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January 8 Meeting

The next WVARA meeting will be 7pm next Wednesday, January 8.  This will be at our usual meeting place: the Red Cross Building on 2731 N. First Street (Meeting Room #5) in San Jose.  Entry is via the side door on the west side of the building — look for the red WVARA sign.   Visitors are welcome, and of course there will be chocolate chip cookies.  If you haven’t been to the Red Cross, “talk-in” is usually available on the Association’s repeaters. Best choice would be 2m/220.  
Several of us meet for dinner near the Red Cross around 5:45pm prior to the meeting at Disn-N-Dash (2551 N. 1st St. San Jose):  https://dishdash.com/  Feel free to drop by and join us for dinner!   WVARA members also dine at Panera Bread at Coleman Avenue at Autumn Parkway, at the San Jose Market Center at 6 p.m. 

At this month’s meeting Edison Fong, WB6IQN, will bring us up to speed on DMR (Digital Mobile Radio).  This mode is getting really popular.  The radios cost about $100-$150 depending on the quality you want.  All of them  also have conventional FM.  DMR is a full digital format that is interfaced via the internet where one can 24/7 talk all over the world.  The dream of working DX sitting on your couch is here.  Since it is an open system originally set up  by Motorola there are over 15 manufacturers of DMR radios – both hand held and mobiles.  Learn how to get register as a DMR user, where to purchase a radio, how to program the radio and talk to the world without depending on propagation conditions. 

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Ed is a design consultant and has worked at Loral Space System, Microsoft and National Semiconductor. He has 25 years of experience in analog design for communications, data conversion and RF systems. Fong has 12 issued patents and has published more than 40 papers. He is a senior member of the IEEE. He also is on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley, where he teaches RF Wireless Communications and I/O Design Fundamentals. 
Prior to Ed’s presentation on DMR, Steve Sergeant KC6ZKT will give a 15-20 minute update on WVARA’s Winter Field Day plans and preparations (Jan 25-26).  Winter Field Day is an emergency communications exercise focused on providing communications services in some of our area’s mostchallenging conditions.  Our WVARA team will be operating from a 2,840′ hilltop in Henry W. Coe State Park east of Morgan Hill — sounds fun although maybe a little chilly!     You can learn more about WFD at  https://www.winterfieldday.com .
Looking forward to seeing you at next Wednesday’s meeting!Jim, K6EIWVARA Vice President

November 13th Meeting

It has been officially confirmed the the meeting is Wednesday, November 13th.

We will be holding our Election for next years officers, followed by a Presentation by Eric  Guthrie on some of the DXPeditions & people he has interviewed over the past Several Years!


I’ll look forward to seeing you All at the Red Cross at 7pm.
I understand that the groups that meet prior to the meeting for dinner are planning to meet at the usual time and place!
-73-Bill N6FFC w  try

Calling All WVARA Members!

Calling All WVARA Members!

This Saturday is WVARA’s turn to host the Silicon Valley Electronics Flea Market!  We need volunteers for a number of key jobs.

Please CLICK HERE to view the online sign-up sheet and sign up for jobs:

–Load the van on Friday–Collect payments from vendors at the gate bright and early on Saturday–Set up the snack tent Saturday morning–Sell Donuts and Coffee Saturday–Tear down the snack tent Saturday afternoon–Help participants clean up after themselves Saturday afternoon–Remove chalk marks in the parking lot, and make sure the parking lot is in better shape than we found it–Haul cardboard to a recycling center–Unload the van on Saturday afternoon
Also, if you have items to sell, please bring them with you, we will set up WVARA sellers tables, free to WVARA members.

Questions? Please send a note to Greg, N6GD, at g.desbrisay@ieee, or chat with me at the club meeting this evening!

73

Greg, N6GD
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WVARA Annual BBQ

When: 11am – 12:30pm, Saturday, August 17, 2019

Where:  Sunnyvale’s Baylands Park, Pickleweed Place #1

(When you get to Baylands Park, turn right after going through the main gate.)

There won’t be an evening WVARA meeting in 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).  We can’t put up any big Field Day-style antennas at Baylands, but we can still string up an NVIS dipole and/or put an HF whip on top of the metal awning and have some fun in the contest.  Let me know if you are interested in volunteering to be in charge of either of the following two tasks:

  • Setting up an HF SSB station. 
  • Setting up a VHF station for event coordination through the WVARA repeater 

– Jim, K6EI

Sunnyvale Baylands Park Map
Sunnyvale Baylands Park Map

Electronics Flea Market

Hello West Valley members,

As you are planning your family’s summer schedule, please keep in mind that West Valley ARA has the concession for the Electronics Flea Market on Saturday, September 14th.

We will set up the parking lot, deploy out garbage cans, set up tables and the refreshment tent, sell cold drinks, coffee and doughnuts and clean up afterwards.  As such, we will need as much help as possible. Many hands spread the work around.

As many of you know, WVARA does not meet in July or August and the September meeting will be just a few days before the Flea Market, so as the time approaches, reminders will be posted and sign-ups will be solicited.  This is our major fund-raising effort for the year.

Please remember, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 at Fry’s Electronics in Sunnyvale, starts early.

— 

Dave Schultheis
WB6KHP San Jose
Director, WVARA

Field Day 2019

Once again, a photo of WVARA’s Field Day operation on Mora Hill has landed within the pages of QST.  Take a look at page 88 of the May issue.  (And congrats to Bill Frantz for his excellent photographic talent!)

ARRL Field Day 2019

Field Day June 21-23

Field Day is June 21-23, and this year WVARA will be participating in the 9 Alpha Battery category. Here’s a tentative list of the HF band captains and equipment based on last year’s event.  

Feel free to let me know if you have additional information or suggested changes:

Band     Mode  Captain    Rig            Laptop
20/160   SSB   Jack B     K3 (Jack’s)    Jack
40/10    SSB   Mark S     K3 (Mark’s)    Mark
80/15    SSB   Jon K      K3 (Jon’s)     Jon

20       CW    Greg O     K3 (Greg’s)    Bill Fehring
40       CW    Jim P      K3 (Jim’s)     Bill Fehring
80/15    CW    Jim P      KX3(Jim’s)     Bill Fehring

TBD  Digital  Bill AE6JV  K3 (AE6JV’s)   AE6JV
TBD  Digital  TBD         TBD            TBD

GOTA    SSB    Kevin      KX3 (AE6JV’s)  TBD

Jim Peterson

70th International DX Convention

The 70th International DX Convention in Visalia is coming up soon:  April 12-14, 2019.
Online pre-registration closes this Saturday, March 30th at 5:00 PM PDT.  If you register before the deadline, we’ll have your nice registration packet waiting for you in Visalia and you’ll be eligible for a special pre-registration prize.
Currently 558 avid DXers (and contesters) have pre-registered for IDXC, including 40 DX visitors and 79 first-time attendees. http://www.dxconvention.com/pages/attendees.html
Why do folks attend IDXC?
• Learn something new 
• See the latest ham radio gear
• Get QSL cards checked
• Meet a famous DXpeditoner
• Take home a nice raffle prize
• Operate the special event station
• Experience the latest hotel cuisine : >)
• Eyeball QSOs: just happy to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones
Raffle prizes ?  Check out this awesome list — pure Eye Candy.http://www.dxconvention.com/pages/prizes-major.html
Go for it.  Pre-Register now:  http://www.dxconvention.com/pages/registration.html
Hope to CU there !
73, John Miller, K6MM
Rich Seifert, KE1B
Co-Chairs, IDXC 2019

Electronics Flea Market

I want to alert all of you that the Electronics Flea Market season is starting very soon.

We have received an agreement from Fry’s Electronics to hold the flea market at their Sunnyvale location again for 2019.

We have looked at the costs for 2019 and determined that the fee for this season will be $600 per event. You should use this number for planning and budgeting purposes. We will begin sending out the official invoices to the first groups early next week once the ASVARO board has approved it.

The following is the planned schedule for the flea market in 2019:

2019 Schedule – Electronics Flea Market

Saturday Mar.   9Flea Market – Hosted by Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association. 
Saturday Apr.  13Flea Market – Hosted by South Peninsula Amateur Radio Klub. 
Saturday May  11Flea Market – Hosted by Santa Clara County Amateur Radio Association. 
Saturday June   8Flea Market – Hosted by Southern Peninsula Emergency Communications System. 
Saturday July  13Flea Market – Hosted by Foothills Amateur Radio Society. 
Saturday Aug. 10Flea Market – Hosted by Silicon Valley Emergency Communications System. 
Saturday Sep.  14Flea Market – Hosted by West Valley Amateur Radio Association. 

— Mikel Lechner
ASVARO

February 13 Meeting

Tonight, Wednesday February 13th, we will be having, via Zoom, Dave Casler, telling us about Digital HF Modes!

Dave’s Biography is in the Het, And he has Hundreds Of Presentations on UTUBE, covering Topics from your 1st Station, To courses on Technician, General and Extra Licenses, helpings Thousands Of People Get Their licences!

I’m Sure that we’ll All enjoy and Learn from Dave’s Presentation Tonight!

I’ll look forward to seeing you at tonight’s meeting!

Many will be at Dish-n-Dash for pre-meeting dinner.