Category Archives: Activity

To CQ or not to CQ…that is the question.

This particular question will be answered by our very own Bill Fehring, who will take us through space weather and how it affects terrestrial propagation. In the end, the question we all consider when turning on a rig is “How will the bands be today?” Bill will take us through some online resources that work to predict band performance based not on beacon networks, but on the solar activity of our little corner of the universe. He will help us understand how to interpret the data they present in order to answer that question, what metrics are used, and hopefully allow us some better experiences during this low period of sunspot activity.
As well, this Wednesday evening will be your chance to participate in some home grown democracy while you vote for next year’s WVARA officers.
73,
K0XI

Mission 29, October 21, 2017

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Mission 29 is scheduled to take place October 21, 2017 in Conjunction with PACIFICON, ARRL’s Pacific Division Convention.  Make a contact with a skydiver and receive a one of a kind QSL card.
The mission will take place at Bay Area Skydiving in Byron, CA.  http://bayareaskydiving.com/.  Come on by and visit us.
If you are attending PACIFICON come by our table and say hi.
We hope to have our first jump soon after 10:00 A.M.
FM QSO: 146.430 MHz
HF QSO: 14.250 MHz
D-Star: TBD
APRS: Track the individual skydivers by call sign; AF6IM, KC6TYD, W7BIG
Streaming video: Several point of views will be available including air-to-ground. Log into: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mfwright
Parachute Mobile will be acting as Net Control atop Mt Diablo. ETJs (estimated time of jump) will be announced periodically as will as other mission specific information. Updates will also be made on the W6CX repeater at 147.060 +100. Not in repeater range? No problem. Updates will be made here on the website and on our Facebook page.
We make every effort to record your QSO. To ensure that you receive your QSL card please email KC6TYD@gmail.com indicating which jumper, the jump number, and the time you made your contact.
For updates go to parachutemobile.org.
As always, we do not have control over Drop Zone, aircraft, and the weather, so this event is subject to delay or cancellation.
Bill Frantz

Electronics Flea Market @ De Anza College

Our next Electronics Flea Market is scheduled for September 9, 2017. This event is on rain or shine.

Note to buyers that the daily parking permit fee is $3. The seller/vendor fee is $30. Please bring correct change to speed your entry into the market.

ASVARO and the Electronics Flea Market are now on Facebook. Check it out our FB Page and give us a “like”.

Reminder – Saturday August 19th is our Picnic

When:  11am – 2pm, Saturday, Aug 19
Where:  Sunnyvale’s Baylands Park, Pickleweed Place
(When you get to Baylands Park, turn right after going through the main gate.)
 
For more information please see the Activities page at wvara.org.  If you haven’t seen our updated website, check it out!  Larry KG6ENF and others have done an awesome job remodeling it!
 
BBQ information will also be included in the Heterodyne newsletter, to be posted soon.
73, Phil W6PK

MUD 2017 October 26-29

Microwave Update 2017 will be held on October 26-29, 2017 in sunny Santa Clara, California. The MUD conference is dedicated to microwave equipment design, construction, and operation. It is focused on, but not limited to, amateur radio on the microwave bands. The 50 MHz and Up Group of Northern California is pleased to host this year’s event.

For more information, please check out the MUD 2017 webpage at www.microwaveupdate.org .

Please forward this announcement to any other mail lists and clubs that you may belong to.

WVARA Annual BBQ

When:  11am – 2pm, Saturday, Aug 19

Where:  Sunnyvale’s Baylands Park, Pickleweed Place
 (When you get to Baylands Park, turn right after going through the main gate.)

Sunnyvale Baylands Park Map
Sunnyvale Baylands Park Map
There won’t be an evening WVARA meeting in July or August. Instead, we are having our annual WVARA BBQ.  Our location (see map below, the reservation is under “WVARA”) includes multiple tables, grill, an AC outlet, and a covered awning for shade.  There is an entry fee per car at Baylands Park, so you may prefer to carpool.  We’ll have hot charcoal and condiments — please bring your own meat to grill.

Our BBQ coincides with the SSB portion of the North American QSO Party (NAQP) which means this is an ideal opportunity for a really fun portable radio operation.    (NAQP Contest rules are at: http://www.ncjweb.com/NAQP-Rules.pdf).
– Jim, K6EI

Ham Radio Outlet Grand Re-Opening Event – Oakland

It is with great pleasure and excitement we announce the official Grand Re-Opening final date for our newly upgraded Oakland Store at 2210 Livingston St. in Oakland, California.

On June 17, 2017 we will have a representative from Yaesu on hand. We will also have ABR Industries, Alinco, Bioenno Power, Comet-NCG and Uniden on hand.

We will have hourly prize drawings and refreshments on hand for each of the dates above.

Come join us at our newly renovated store and meet our some of our manufacturer’s representatives, check out our massive in-stock inventory and have a chance at an hourly prize and or a grand prize toward the end of the day. Entry is FREE!

If you happen to stop by around lunch time, lunch will be on us as we will have sandwiches and water on hand from Subway.

This is going to be a special event and we are proud to bring it to the Bay Area. Don’t miss out stop by and see what we have done to HRO – Oakland.