MDARC provides a wide variety of programs and activities for its members. These include hosting and
staffing PACIFICON (ARRL Pacific Division convention) each October, bringing in great speakers and offering ham radio classes to the public. Our annual picnic, holiday party and radio equipment auction are all enjoyable events!
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We also accept donations to the club via PayPal. Please click this link to make a donation.
Note: MDARC is a 501c3 organization.
Membership in MDARC includes autopatch access to all three MDARC voice repeaters (W6CX). We also maintain an ATV repeater, and support Packet / APS EchoLink, and IRLP. The W6CX D-STAR repeater is operational and connected to our gateway on the Internet.
See our PACIFICON site for details on the best ham radio convention in the Western United States!
The 48th Anniversary Campout Party, organized by Knights of the Megahertz & MDARC, will be on June 2nd-4th this year. They'll be at the Sugar Pine Dam Recreation Area in the Forbes Creek area. They're limited to 50 people at this site so get your reservations in early. See the Campout Party web page for full details and to register.
Our web site has a new page on Radio Operating Procedures. A great reference for new hams and a good review for veterans. Check it out.
The PowerPoint slides from yesterday's presentation on DMR by Tim Barrett, K6BIV, are now available from a link at the end of his description and biography on our Speaker's page.
We had planned to have Chris Wilson from Yaesu talk to us at the February meeting to give us a System Fusion Demonstration. Unfortunately, Chris is no longer with Yaesu and is unavailable. No worries! Our own Tim Barret, K6BIV, will be here to answer the question "So You Got a DMR Radio, Now What?" See our Speakers page.
Have you seen something called an "IP rating" in the specs of your new radio or cell phone? Wonder what it means? Check out our new web page on IP Codes, in the Resources section under Equipment.
We're kicking off the year at our January 20 meeting with a wonderful presentation by a true expert in the area. Michelle Paquette, AA6MP, will teach us the Basic Antenna Principals we need to know. See the details on our Speakers page.
Our annual Holiday Banquet will be on December 2nd at Zio Fraedo’s, 611 Gregory Ln., Pleasant Hill.
Earlier this month, MDARC became the proud owner of an Electronic News Gathering (ENG) van, donated to us by KGO-TV in San Francisco. Check it out on our Vehicles page.
We now have a wonderful Pacificon 2016 Introductory Video,
prepared by none other than Randy Hall, K7AGE, famous for his hundreds
of ham-related videos and his YouTube channel.Take a look at it.
The first ad for Pacificon 2016 is in the August edition of QST, page 148. A beautiful full-pager. Check it out!
Our August meeting will have a "Don't Miss" presentation for anyone interested in passing traffic, especially during emergencies. See our Speakers page for details.
Wednesday, July 20,
is the Round Table Pizza fundraiser for MDARC. See our Fundraiser page for details.
Our web site's Technical Resources section has a new page, on Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System (NBEMS), which uses the Fldigi software. Check it out.
Our Field Day this year turned out to be very good, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the Field Day Chair, Larry Loomer, KI6LNB; and the head chef, Misa Siemons, KJ6BUE. See the details on our Club Announcements page.
A new page has been added to the Resources section of our web site, in the Technical category. It describes the Decibel and how it's used. See the Decibels page.
The club is having a Fundraiser at Round Table Pizza in Pleasant Hill on July 20. See the Round Table Fundraiser page for details.
The Pacificon 2016 brochure is now available for distribution. Download a copy from our Brochure page.
The 47th Anniversary Camp-out Party, sponsored by the San Francisco Amateur Radio Club & Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club, will be June 3-5. A great get-together with a long tradition.
See http://www.sfarc.org/camp2016.htm for details and to register.
Our speaker for the May meeting has been announced! See the details on our Speakers page.
We now have detailed instructions on our web site for obtaining an official copy of your ham license, thanks to John Primus, AF6RJ. See the
License Copy Acquisition page. Thankx, John!
The Keynote Speaker for Pacificon's Banquet has been confirmed. New ARRL CEO and Secretary Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, will be here with a great presentation. See the Banquet page for details.
Public Service events for 2016 are now on our web site. Check them out and sign up on our Public Service page.
The PACIFICON 2016 web site is live! Check it out at http://www.pacificon.org/. The conference registration section isn't ready yet, but will be soon. Keep checking back, as we will be updating the site frequently.
swapping our agenda at the General Meeting this month. The speaker will address us first, at
7:30pm, followed by the business meeting, rather than our usual
other-way-around. So be sure to get there on time!
Our D-Star system is now sharing the antenna up on the tower with our 2-meter system, higher than ever. If you're a D-Star user, give it a try and see how the reception has improved.
A Glossary for Amateur Radio has been added to the Resources section of our web site. Check it out.
The PACIFICON committee meeting for February has been cancelled. We'll see you in March.
The Board meeting was postponed a week. It's tomorrow night. Y'all come! See our Club Meetings page for the location & details.
General Class upgrade course starts in March! See Classes-2016 for details.
General Club Meeting
Friday, May 19, 7:30PM
Easy Up, Easy Down,
Easy with HOA
by Dave Piersall, N6ORB
Our Repeater systems are among the best in Northern California!
- 2 Meters
147.060 + / PL 100Hz
- 220 MHz
224.780 - / PL 77Hz
- 440 MHz
441.325 + / PL 100Hz
145.000 MHz / +2.5 MHz
In 1289.25 MHz AM
In 1292.5 MHz Digital
In 1270.00 MHz FM
In 915.00 MHz FM
In 427.25 MHz AM
Out 1244.50 MHz Digital
- Packet/APRS Node
- Echolink & IRLP