Hi All MDARC Members!
hope the summer is moving along well for you! It has been a
busy summer on my home front. We have been playing some
great ham radio, had an excellent Field Day, concluded a
number of excellent public service events, and traveled
around to some excellent ham radio conventions.
The PACIFICON committee has been hard at work to create an
outstanding event this year. PACIFICON will be held on
October 11, 12 and 13 at the Marriott Santa Clara. We are
lining up some amazing forum speakers and many activities
that are sure to delight your every curiosity about amateur
radio! We are always looking for volunteers to help us with
PACIFICON - both in the planning phase and at the event. It
is a lot of fun, and it is a great way to participate in the
greatest hobby on earth!
During this past month, I received some sad news. Don
Carlson, KQ6FM, from Reno, NV passed away. He was just a
really terrific man and mentor to me. He and his wife were
very involved with EmCommWest and their ARRL Section. He
was a lifelong broadcaster and voice-over talent that lent
his skills to the ARRL and to Amateur Radio Newsline. Don
passed away from pancreatic cancer. I very much enjoyed the
times that I got to speak with him about the state of ham
radio and about putting on great ham radio conventions - and
just about life. He will be missed.
We have some big changes with MDARC over the last month or
so. Our terrific Vice-President, John Welden KJ6GLQ
recently retired and will be moving to Louisiana very
shortly. The Vice-President of our Club, at a minimum,
takes care of the monthly program at our general meeting.
John did that in a really bang-up way, but did so much
more. He was just an incredible rock to the Club, and
worked his tail off for all our members' benefit. John was
able to find another ham to replace him, and this person I
suspect, will do an absolutely amazing job! John found a
candidate for Vice-President in David Schild KK6CQX. David
is a real go getter, and has a background in marketing,
social media and new technologies. The MDARC board was
presented with David, and unanimously voted to accept him as
our new Vice-President! I expect the greatest of things
from David. So far, he has proven himself in doing both
Club business and being a great facilitator with PACIFICON
business. Congratulations David! I sure look forward to
working with you!
We have an amazing meeting and a field trip coming up this
week. Our great friends from KPH/MHRS (Maritime Historical
Radio Society) are coming out to our Club's general meeting
this Friday night to provide an excellent presentation on
their Point Reyes and Bolinas radio sites. This is truly a
not-to-miss presentation. On Saturday morning, we will then
have the opportunity to tour the KPH sites. I have to tell
you, I had the opportunity to do this a couple of years ago
with ARCA (Alameda Radio Club), and I am still amazed. I am
looking forward to going back and seeing what equipment they
have brought back to life, and truly, I cannot get enough of
their site and tour. If want to see some absolutely amazing
pieces of radio gear, this is just a tour that you have to
go on. They have transmitters that are so large, that our
entire tour group will probably be able to fit inside of at
the same time (don't worry - it won't be operating!). KPH
has a stunning array of transmitters and antennas.
Everything that you see there will directly correlate into
your experience as an amateur operator - just on a grander
scale. If you have not signed up, please do so right away.
I don't think that we will turn anyone away, but we would
really like to have a count.
On a couple of personal notes, I want to thank all the Club
members that sent really thoughtful cards and letters to my
daughter, Emily KJ6BUF, who had broken her back. You kind
words, thoughts, prayers and sentiments really meant a lot
to Emily and to our whole family. She is recovering very
well now, and with the use of a brace can scoot around on
her own. She is back living in San Francisco and preparing
for her Sophomore year of college and working this summer
reading to a gentleman who is visually impaired.
A second little note, is I have been a little challenged
trying to keep up with all the activities of MDARC and
PACIFICON during the last couple of months. I had the good
fortune of having my little company get a very favorable
write up in June edition of QST Magazine, and that
precipitated many, many orders that I was not fully prepared
to fulfill so quickly. I have been trying to keep all the
balls in the air, but at times, I get stretched a bit thin.
My apologies for not always being able to be all things to
all people, but we are doing our best. MDARC has a great
team of leaders that have been really passionate about
providing great services to our members. From our Education
and Training group to our Field Day team and our License
Testing VEs, we have some amazing hams that have really
dedicated themselves to you.
We are looking for committee members that would like to
participate in our annual awards committee and our
nominations committee. If you have the desire to help serve
your Club, this would be a great opportunity to participate!
Please contact me if you would like to be of service!
Until next month... I'll catch you down the log book.
Jim Siemons AF6PU