November 16, 2018:
October 19, 2018:
September 21, 2018:
We will bring the SRVFPD Communications Truck CS 131 which was initially deployed to the fire as the Central Complex Fire Communication Center. The Communications unit handled all radio traffic from the three fires that made up the Central Complex.
Ryan is a recent graduate from SF State with a degree in Broadcasting, He has had his Amateur Radio License since 2012 and has been a member of the Fire Communication Reserve Unit since 2014. He currently works part time as a Fire District Aid also performing media and technology duties for the District.
August 17, 2018:
July 20, 2018:
Join us as Kurt takes us into the fascinating world of Air Traffic Control.
Kurt was born and raised in Iowa. He graduated in 1979 from Iowa State University with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, and moved to Sacramento in August of 1980. The options for environmental jobs were few then, so he punted and answered an ad in the Sacramento Bee for Air Traffic Control. Receiving his training in Oklahoma City, he returned to California and served for 32 years as an Air Traffic controller. He controlled air traffic with radar and non-radar oceanic procedures. He moved to the ATC Procedures office and then into Air Traffic Flow Control. In 2007, he was assigned as a Military Operations Specialist, where he served until retirement.
May 18, 2018:
April 20, 2016
March 16, 2018:
Jim obtained his advanced class license in 1979 on the same day he obtained his first-class commercial radiotelephone license. He was inactive as a ham until a couple years ago when he upgraded to extra class. He now has a HF/VHF/UHF station at home as well as one with the same capability in his Jeep Wrangler. Jim has been an employee of Bell Laboratories and their related spin-offs for most of the last 40 years. He is currently employed by LGS Innovations where he is a Distinguished Member of Staff and the Chief RF Technologist. Current work is the design of extremely wideband radios for various applications. He has been granted 19 patents with one pending in the fields of communications, circuit design, system design and antenna design.
February 16, 2018:
January 19, 2018:
November 17, 2017:
Tom Deeble was originally licensed as a Novice while in Jr. High, around 1967, as WN6RJC. He rowed light weight crew one year and graduated from UC Berkeley EECS in 1975. He was also an engineering coop student working at China Lake NWS on the Sidewinder guidance. He worked 35+ years for BART in Train Control Engineering and Computer Systems Engineering.
Two kids came along and that mostly curtailed Ham Radio. In the 80’s he built a home-brew terminal unit and computer system based on a 6502 micro-processor based evaluation board connected to an ASCII terminal. He passed his extra class exam (and 20 wpm code) just as the last of the 1x2 calls had been issued. He also helped with CCRA’s VE exams.
At Pacificon he watched a video presentation by Randy Hall, K7AGE, which started his interest in satellites. He realized that his old ICOM IC-W32A was a perfect dual-band radio for satellite use and then purchased an Arrow antenna at Pacificon. He also operates from home with an elevation/azimuth rotor supporting dual yagis on a 25’ pole, with full computer control.
Other interests include bike riding – both mountain bikes and road bikes. His main goal each July is to ride with his daughter in a 24-hour benefit bike ride in the Sierra Valley north of Truckee. It’s a benefit ride for Christian Encounter Ministries in Grass Valley. He averages somewhere between 150 to 232 miles in the 24 hours.
October 20, 2017:
September 15, 2017:
August 18, 2017:
Our own Trevor Hall will update us on the systems we have on Mt. Diablo's South Peak. He will explain how to access each of the repeaters; Echolink and IRLP connections; and show the programming of D-Star and how access works.
July 21, 2017:
une 16, 2017:
May 19, 2017:
How to work the world with temporary antennas in an HOA. Space and time permitting, Dave will demonstrate a LNR 20 meter end-fed wire antenna and a 10 meter horizontal loop antenna with a mast and tripod made from military mast sections.
April 21, 2017:
March 17, 2017:
Duane Mariotti, WB9RER
NOTE: Our March meeting will be held in the Church Sanctuary, on the upper level. Be sure to park in the upper parking lot for the March meeting only.
February 17, 2017:
Tim Barrett, K6BIV, has been a Ham since 1975. He has been active in repeater building since 1977. He has been a member of MDARC since 1979, a member and a former Director of NARCC, and the current Director of Spectrum Management at NCDCC (Northern California Digital Coordination Council). Tim has been involved in digital modes for a long time. He was a pioneer in Packet (Digital) radio and has been active in Digital Modes for more than 32 years. He is the owner of IRLP Node 3348 and EchoIRLP Node 62684, which he runs mobile.
February 17, 2017 :
January 20, 2017: