Friday July 28th 7:30pm
Speaker: Group Discussion
Topic: Field Day Debriefing

We'll talk about what went well with Field Day this year and entertain suggestions for improvements.

NOTE: The July meeting will be held at the El Sobrante Methodist Church as the El Sobrante Library will not yet be opened. However, the meeting will be on the 4th Friday of the month. The El Sobrante United Methodist Church is at 5151 Argyle Rd. in El Sobrante.

Friday August (Date TBA) 7:30pm
Speaker: TBA
Topic: TBA

We're hoping by the August meeting to return to our usual meeting location (El Sobrante Library) and date (2nd Friday of the month). But please stay tuned because we are not yet sure the library will be opened by then.

Friday September (Date TBA) 7:30pm
Speaker: Rich Holoch, KY6R
Topic: u.RAT - the Universal Remote Antenna Tuner

If you've seen any of RIch's presentations for EBARC before you'll know he's an avid DXer, covering topics like "Wire Antennas for DXing," "Low Band Antennas," "How I Made the DXCC Honor Roll," etc. With no new DX entities to work, and very few sunspots, Rich has still been keeping busy in amateur radio. This month's presentation will be on a universal remote antenna tuner that Rich dreamed up. He uses an Elecraft KPOD controller in an unorthodox way, pairing it with a RaspberryPi micro controller to run stepper motors that tune a remote analog antenna match (tuner). Very creative, out-of-the-box thinking and a lot of computer programming to make this thing work. He'll be doing a presentation on this topic at Pacificon in October, but you can see it here first - right in your own backyard. So please plan to attend the September meeting. Location (Library or Methodist Church) yet to be determined, as is the date (2nd Friday or 4th Friday of the month).

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.