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!
General Club Meeting
The date and location of the license test session following this Spring's Technician Class course has been posted to the Class Details page, along with the location of the second GOTA class.
Congratulations to our 2021 award recipients! this year's Ham of the Year award went to Rich Lueck, K6REL; and the Kilroy Key was awarded to Patrick Miller, KK6DBX.
Some recent changes to our website:
* First- Our newest page is about Azimuthal Maps, located in the Operating Aids section. Any ham that does DX needs an azimuthal map to best target their signal to the desired contact. This page explains what they are and provides one centered on the Bay Area.
* Next- We now have a search field; allowing us to find any text string on the website. This should reduce the drudgery of finding something you know is there, but can’t remember where. Just look in the upper right corner of any page and click on the magnifying glass icon. That will pop open a small window to enter your search term.
* Finally, something we had (sort of) but lost when we converted to the “new” Google website format a few months ago. If you look in the address field of your browser on any page, notice that it no longer says something like “https://sites.google.com/some_page…” Now it provides the actual MDARC.org URL to that page. For example, the URL for the page in my first item above is https://www.mdarc.org/operating-aids/azimuthal-map. And that address can be copied and pasted into an email, another browser tab, etc. and, when clicked, will take you directly to that page.
We have a new page on the web site, discussing Azimuthal Maps. Anyone that does DX needs one of these. Check it out.
At the MDARC General Meeting Friday evening, it was announced that our normally-cancelled December meeting will be held after all on our usual 3rd Friday, Dec 17, since the usual Holiday Banquet was cancelled (see the 09/13/2021 announcement below). See our Club Meetings and Speakers pages for details.
At the MDARC General Meeting Friday evening, it was announced that our November General Meeting will be held in the church's Sanctuary rather than our usual room. So park in the upper parking lot in November.
The Pacificon Committee has updated the COVID-19 statement on their website and added a COVID Action Plan page showing how the mandates of the Contra Coast Health Services will be enacted. Please look it over before coming to Pacificon.
The MDARC Board of Directors voted this evening to cancel this year's annual Holiday Banquet, due to COVID concerns. We're all very disappointed, but are hopeful that we'll be able return to normal operations in 2022.