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February 19, 2017

Update.  ARRL News:

Subject: Use of Cellular and handheld communications devices while driving

Friends-

We regret to inform you that after nearly two decades of monthly Sunday morning amateur radio and electronics swap meets, the Livermore Amateur Radio Klub (LARK) is pulling the plug and canceling all future swap meets effective immediately. There will NOT be a May swap and all swaps for the foreseeable future have been canceled. This was a difficult decision, one that was avoided several times in recent months, but the reality cannot be avoided any longer. Declining attendance by both sellers and buyers, rising costs and the difficulty in recovering from the loss of the swap being held at Los Positas college are just a few of the reasons that led to this decision. It takes an   enormous amount of work and resource to make these swaps successful and as a club we have witnessed a steady decline in both revenue and manpower to make the swap a worthwhile venture. We greatly appreciate your support over the years, it has been a fun ride while it lasted. LARK would especially like to thank all those who volunteered and rose at the crack of dawn on Sunday  mornings to get the swap meet up and running to provide this fun and rewarding event for the amateur radio community at large. The swap will be missed.

LARK is looking at the possibility of a bi-annual event that may look more like a Hamfest including a swap meet. For that reason we are keeping the Yahoo swap list alive and we hope that you will keep your subscription active. Stay tuned as we work out those details. 73 from the Livermore Amateur Radio Klub (LARK)

** Please pass this along and help us get the word out if you can, thanks again.

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ARRL East Bay Section

2011 ARRL EAST BAY SECTION CONVENTION

Posted by af6aq on March 22nd, 2011

The ARRL East Bay Section and the California Historical Radio Society are co-sponsoring the First Annual ARRL East Bay Section Convention. The event will be held at the KRE Building – Home of the California Historical Radio Society, Bay Area Radio Museum, and W6CF Memorial Station.

  • Admission – Free
  • When – June 4 from 0900 to 1300 hours.
  • Where – 601 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710 – (From I-80 East, take the Ashby/Shellmound Exit. Take the Shellmound turnoff. At the stop sign turn left onto Shellmound. Go across the bridge and make the first left into the gate. From I-80 West, take the Ashby Ave. Exit. Go under the bridge & make a right turn on 7th St. Go right on Folger. Go left on Hollis. Go right on 67th & then right on Shellmound, across the bridge and left into the gate.)
  • Contact – Jim Latham, AF6AQ by email at af6aq@arrl.net

Planned Activities;

  • Swap Meet (No fee) – Gate opens 0800. No selling activity until 0900
  • DXCC Card Checking (also VUCC, WAS and WAC cards)
  • Speaker
    • Kristen McIntyre, K6WX – “PSK-31 on iPad: A Personal Journey”
    • Bruce Perens K6BP – “Codec 2, the new codec written by hams, for digital voice”
  • East Bay Section ARES Leadership Meeting (for ECs and above)
  • ARRL Forum/Open Section meeting.
  • Drawing for door prizes.

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I have received the following information. Please contact NARCC directly to voice your opinion.

To:    Open Letter to all interested amateur radio operators
From:    NARCC Spectrum Management Committee
Date:    February 21, 2011

The Spectrum Management Committee (SMC) is a standing committee in NARCC. The committee is made up of representatives from all modes of communications used on frequencies above 29 MHz in Northern  California, and the SMC has the task of ensuring that there is sufficient spectrum set aside for utilization by users of all modes, such as:

1)    FM repeaters
2)    Digital voice
3)    Weak signal
4)    Satellite communications
5)    Packet
6)    FM
7)    AM
8)    ATV
9)    Moon bounce
10)    And any other mode of communication that may be used in the furtherance of the amateur radio hobby.

The committee is charged with examining each band and making recommendations as to spectrum utilization, offset splits, repeater segments, auxiliary frequencies and other parameters within the scope of the amateur bands and FCC Part 97 rules in effect addressing frequencies above 29 MHz.  The SMC shall ensure that adequate spectrum is allocated with a minimum amount of interference to other users

According to the NARCC Policy and Procedures Manual, a document that governs how
NARCC operates, the SMC shall review each band no less than once in any three (3) year period.

This open letter is written in the hopes of gathering those people interested in this very important mission who would like to get involved with the SMC and help us perform our task.  We need folks from all segments of amateur radio activity above 29 MHz in Northern California to contact us, and join in the process.  Your voice should be heard, and we welcome all interested parties who have a positive attitude toward moving spectrum management forward, and who have a genuine desire to help  us make sure everyone and every known mode of operation is represented.

The SMC is comprised of basically three groups:

1)    Those people in our Yahoo Chat Group, of which there are 67 at
the present time, who are interested in helping to shape our recommendations on spectrum, who interact by posting and commenting on the SMC Yahoo Group;

2)    Those people in our Webinar Meeting Group, which meets every third Sunday
afternoon at 4:00 PM for a 1 1/2 hour VoIP meeting, and average 8 at the present time.  This meeting is where most of the activity is found by those seriously involved in the  SMC;

3)    Those people who do not necessarily want to participate in the activities of the SMC, but want to stay apprised of our activiy because the outcome may affect their areas of interest in the hobby;

Please contact the Chairman of the Spectrum Management Committee, Shorty K6J5I
at spectrum@narcc.org if you would like to participate in any of the above venues, and help us deal with the issues we are facing, and participate in the solution.

Your opinion is important to our moving forward with the goal of helping to make
a better amateur radio hobby, serving all of our needs.  Please get involved and become part of the solution.  Your voice counts, and we want to hear it.

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ARRL East Bay Section
Section Manager: James R Latham, AF6AQ
af6aq@arrl.org

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2011 ARRL EAST BAY SECTION CONVENTION

The ARRL East Bay Section and the California Historical Radio Society are co-sponsoring the First Annual ARRL East Bay  Section Convention.
The event will be held at the KRE Building – Home of the California Historical Radio Society, Bay Area Radio Museum, and W6CF Memorial Station.
•    Admission – Free
•    When – June 4 from 0900 to 1300 hours.
•    Where – 601 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710 – (From I-80 East, take the Ashby/Shellmound Exit. Take the Shellmound turnoff. At the stop sign turn left onto Shellmound. Go across the bridge and make the first left into the gate. From I-80 West, take the Ashby Ave. Exit. Go under the bridge & make a right turn on 7th St. Go right on Folger. Go left on Hollis. Go right on 67th & then right on Shellmound, across the bridge and left into the gate.)

•    Contact – Jim Latham, AF6AQ by email at af6aq@arrl.net

Planned Activities;
•    Swap Meet (No fee) – Gate opens 0800. No selling activity until 0900
•    DXCC Card Checking (also VUCC, WAS and WAC cards)
•    Speakers
o     Kristen McIntyre, K6WX – “PSK-31 on iPad: A Personal Journey”
o     Bruce Perens K6BP – “Codec 2, the new codec written by hams, for digital voice”
•    East Bay Section ARES Leadership Meeting (for ECs and above)
•    ARRL Forum/Open Section meeting.
•    Drawing for door prizes.
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ARRL East Bay Section
Section Manager: James R Latham, AF6AQ
af6aq@arrl.org

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