Friday May 26th 7:30pm
Speaker: various
Topic: Ham Radio Science Citizens Investigation (August 2017 Solar Eclipse)

A major solar eclipse will occur on August 21, 2017, fully to partially visible across all of North America. A solar eclipse will cause changes in the earth's ionosphere, and hence, HF radio wave propagation. This is a perfect opportunity to investigate those effects. HAMSci (Ham Radio Science Citizens Investigation) is organizing an effort to crowd-source data collection for analysis of this phenomenon. The ARRL is hosting a Solar Eclipse QSO Party in an effort to get as many stations on the air as possible during the hours of the eclipse and collecting logs that should give us insight into the effects of the eclipse on propagation. HAMSci is also encouraging hams to collect data with tool that are used in the Reverse Beacon Network like CW Skimmer, RTTY Skimmer, and PSK Reporter. All of the collected skimmer and contest log data will be made avialable to academic institutions wishing to study these effects. This presentation will show you how you can get involved in this data collection effort. As with any crowd-sourced event, the key is "The Crowd" so we hope to encourage as many people as possible to get involved.

NOTE: Because the El Sobrante Library will be unavailable until June, we will be holding our meetings (January to May) at the United Methodist Church of El Sobrante on the 4th Friday of each month at the usual time (7:30pm). The church is located at 670 Appian Way in El Sobrante and the church parking lot is accessed at 5151 Argyle Road. In June we should return to the El Sobrante Library and to meeting on the 2nd Friday of each month.

Friday June 9th 7:30pm
Speaker: Ken Fowler, KO6NO
Topic: Field Day Organization

Ken will lead a discussion of our 2017 Field Day activities. Preparation for Field Day is as important as the event itself. So please plan to attend both the preparation meeting and Field Day as well.

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)

Grizzly Peak Century - Sunday May 7, 2017 06:00 to 18:30 Click here for further information or contact Randy 510 526.4089 to sign up.

Boy Scout FAGES II Hike - Saturday, June TBD, 2017 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.