The California QSO Party for 2020 starts on Saturday October 3rd at 1600 UTC and runs thru Sunday October 4th 2200 UTC. Stations outside of California, worldwide, work stations in California only. The 58 counties of CA are the multipliers. Stations work all stations in or out of CA. The 50 states and 8 Canadian areas are the multipliers. Stations outside of Canada and the US add to one’s total but do not count as multipliers.
It’s a lot of fun just to make contacts even if you don’t compete seriously. For more information click the link below. have fun!
For the first time in its history, the ARRL held a “Virtual Expo” on Saturday August 8th thru Sunday August 9th. After registering online, attendees “entered” the virtual Expo with a click of the mouse. After entering the “Lobby” attendees had opportunities to to attend either many presentations of interest, visit vendor booths ( where the latest products via links on the net were available) chat with other attendees or participate in Q & A sessions. Each presentation had its own downloadable slide packets. Attached please find just a few of the many presentations offered. The presentations are available on demand thru September 9th.
We have conducted our first Zoom meeting and it was quite a success. Although a couple of members will have to work out the bugs, the discussion was fun and informative. We hope to continue to “meet” this way until we get the “all clear” from the HOA to pick off where we left off. In the meantime, we hope everyone remains safe and healthy.
This year’s Field Day was quite different than all past Field Days. Like most Clubs and Groups across the Country, we chose to participate from our homes due to Covid-19 health concerns. Despite the lack of camaraderie and pizza, it was fun and productive. Five of our members made contacts from their home base. A variety of modes, bands and power sources were employed. CW and phone were the main modes and Commercial and Battery power were utilized.
We recorded 143 contacts in 15 different States and 25 different Sections. Two rookie members, Paul KN6DRM and Dan KN6DRN, participating in their first Field Day, recorded a combined contact list of 69 stations. Well done! This was a Field Day to remember with unique circumstances. We look forward to a more traditional event next year when we can all be together.
After recently learning the the Association has not approved the Sports Pavilion area open for Club activities, we have decided to participate in Field Day from our individual homes. The ARRL has approved this manner of logging contacts and submitting them under the Club’s name for aggregate credit. We hope everyone stays safe and has fun making as many contacts as possible. Further information can be found by clicking on the below link.
For those interested in upgrading their license Class, or, perhaps for those new and interested in ham radio, here is the link to the latest NCVEC Question List. Even for those who hold existing Technician, General or Extra Class licenses, there is always new information and things to learn from the newly released Question Pool. Take a look and enjoy! http://www.ncvec.org
Though not shown in the photos other ARG members provided support by loaning equipment, bring donuts and pizza and keeping the coffee pot perking. They also provided the visitors’ tours and answered questions. Public outreach was most satisfying.
Jim operated the forth station but I did not get a photo of him this year. However, my wife Ellen got a great shot of his portable station.
Jim’s Portable Station
The ARG has starting to make plans for the 2nd Annual Field Day in 2020, come and get involved.
There are 86 active Hams living in Sun City Lincoln Hills. Four have PO Box addresses and cannot be plotted. After selecting the map, click on a dot for the specific addresses for 82 of the active Hams.