Join us this Friday at 7pm for our September General Membership meeting! Yes, we will be meeting again virtually. Bring your Portable radio stations, Go-Bags and Go-Kits and share your best tips and tricks. We'll get an update on what is going on with the club and then to hang around and socialize, share stories, projects, ask and answer questions, talk about new radios and tech, the past week in smoke, particulate and orange sky, etc.
Looking forward to seeing you all!!
Meeting details: https://meet.google.com/izn-zmch-eps
Dial-in: (US) +1 402-704-6745 PIN: 792 591 519#
Marine VHF Monitors Needed for Farallons Race
The Bay Area Multihull Association has asked the SFRC to help with position reporting from their sailboat fleet as they race from San Francisco to the Farallon Islands and back on Saturday, September 19th. If you have a VHF station, are able to receive 156.475 MHz in FM mode (most 2 meter receivers can), and have line of site to any part of the ocean between the Farallons and the Golden Gate Bridge, we’d love your help! The boats are required to check in every 30 minutes with their Latitude and Longitude after Sunset. The hours of commitment are between 7:30pm and Midnight.
Please contact Kent (AJ6NI) at email@example.com if you are interested for more details.
As the shelter in place and social distancing measures continue as well as due to our inability to access our usual venue, the VA Hospital, we have decided to postpone our VE license exam originally scheduled for September.
If you are still looking to take the exam before our next scheduled session in September, please consider taking your test online. For available sessions check out this link: https://hamstudy.org/sessions
Although we deeply regret this we feel that it is our duty to keep our examiners and candidates healthy. Should you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact our exam coordinator, Nick NF1P.
It is the time of the year where we ask for your support in renewing your membership with the club. Throughout the year the club is funding a number of important initiatives including the upkeep of our repeater systems and events such as our Field Day. Your membership participation and optional donation is keeping the club operational.
Hunkered down? Got a buncha extra time? Good time to cram for a HAM exam, eh?
The FCC has approved virtual/online exams for all license classes. Here is a list and some highlights we'd like to promote.
"The Commission provides flexibility to volunteer examiners and coordinators who wish to develop remote testing methods or to increase remote testing programs already in place," the FCC said in an April 30 news release.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, please verify with your VE team that the exam session is being held.
ARRL Exam Location Search http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session
(Please contact HWA as the California reopening of group activities and services is changing often)
Hamilton Wireless Association (HWA) also offers a one-day license preparation class on the same day as the examination, which will be held Saturday, August 8th at Novato Community Hospital. Due to the pandemic, the license preparation session will be held out side in the parking lot just to the left of the main Hospital campus. The main Hospital is located at 180 Rowland Way, Novato CA 94945. The study session begins at 9:00am. At the Saturday License Class, you will be given a booklet with questions and correct answers which we ask you to read in your car up to the time of the test. Experience indicates virtually everyone who reads the materials passes the test. The exam to qualify for your license is scheduled for 1:00pm. Request a reservation by email to info [at] k6bw.org. The examination fee is $15
As the shelter in place and social distancing measures continue we have decided to cancel our club's outdoor Field Day event on June 27th. We will instead focus on supporting our members and friends in operating remotely from home.
Instead we are sponsoring a region wide effort to contact each other over 2 meter simplex. More Information can be found here field_day_2020_on_2m_fm.pdf Questions? Reach out to Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org
On June 1st we completed our Welfare Check NET initiative. We wanted to thank you all for participating and being part of such a unique caring community. Here are some truly impressive statistics:
We run 32 NET sessions over 10.5 weeks. We had 129 unique callsign check-ins, averaging about 53 check-ins per NET day.
We managed to stay safe and healthy during this time! Thank you all for participating, we definitely have something amazing going on here.
With the Welfare NET sessions completed, we have re-started our classic Monday night NET on 145.150MHz DCS 664 at 8pm PST. The NET we have been running for, as I have been told, more than 40 years continuously! Callsigns on the Welfare NET roll who regularly checked in are now combined with the existing Monday NET roll call list.
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