Friday March 9th, 7:30pm
Speaker: various
Topic: Digital Modes Workshop 1: FT8 Weak-Signal Mode

We'll explore digital modes with a high-level introduction to how digital modes work and what equipment one needs to run digital modes. Then we'll focus more specifically on the latest weak signal mode, FT8. When we're at the low ebb of a solar cycle or if you have very limited options for antennas then the weak signal modes may be just the thing for you. FT8 is amazing in its ability to complete a contact under the absolute worst propagation conditions, using low-gain antennas, and running just a few watts of power. It's no wonder the popularity of FT8 has soared in the few months it's been available. Future Digital Mode Workshops may explore some of the more established digital modes like PSK and RTTY and less frequently used modes like MFSK, Olivia, Domino, Contestia, etc.

Friday April 13th, 7:30pm
Speaker: TBD
Topic: Digital Modes Workshop 2 ???

EBARC, ORCA, and ARCA sponsor joint ARRL VEC Amateur Radio Test Sessions quarterly (see location and dates below). Info at 510-918-4627 or 510-741-8227.

Media Room (Oakland Fire Dept.)
1605 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (at 16th St.)
Oakland, CA 94612

All VE Sessions are held on Sundays at 9am local time on the following dates for 2017:

January 29th
April 23rd
July 23rd
October 29th

Bring a government issued photo ID, and either your Social Security Number or FCC Registration Number (FRN). For upgrades, bring your original license and a photocopy of it or a valid CSCE from a prior exam and a photocopy of it. Also bring a pen and pencil and calculator (optional).

For more information on ham radio licensing classes offered by EBARC please contact Ken Fowler at 510-222-0830 or email: ko6no AT comcast DOT net.

EBARC members coordinate radio communications for many special events throughout the year (charity walks and bike rides, Boy Scout events, etc.). As events are scheduled they will be posted here. We'll be looking for volunteers to staff these events.

Calendar of Bay Area Ham Radio Public Service Events

(coordinated by various local ham radio clubs)

Boy Scout FAGES II Hike - Saturday, June TBD, 2018 07:00 - 19:00 Click here for further information or contact Randy 510 526.4089 to sign up.

EBARC has participated in the annual ARRL Field Day event for many, many years (always held on the last full weekend in June). This is one of the biggest and most enjoyed club events of the year. While it's mainly about having a good time outdoors on the radio, Field Day is also an opportunity to give Ham Radio some exposure to the general public, practice emergency communications preparedness, and participate in a radio contest that's not quite as intense and competitive as most.

Field Day is also a lot of work (enjoyable as the tasks may be). We need people to transport and set up radio equipment and tents, keep everyone well-fed, provide security, interface with the public, and last but not least, get on the air and make as many contacts as you can.

It's also a great opportunity to hone your radio skills, whether it's setting up and tuning antennas or operating at break-neck contest speeds. And there are plenty of club members willing and able to help mentor these skills. But the main goal at an EBARC Field Day is fun for all, so please plan to participate! .

The annual ARRL Pacific Division Convention, Pacificon, is held each October. For more information visit the Pacificon website.