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We had our April Shop Night outing yesterday at the usual meeting room at 731 Stardust Place in Alameda. There was an interesting mix of activities. One ham showed up with a new handheld and needed help getting connected to the local repeaters. David KI6AWR was able to help him with his new hand held. Joe KC6ZZT worked on wiring up a J38 CW key to the club's HF radio. There was even some soldering involved before the night was done. And finally, Jim KJ6UHT brought a new book edited by a Palo Alto ham (Leigh Klotz, WA5ZNU), titled Ham Radio for Arduino and Picaxe. And he also brought a small embedded device, an Arduino Duo. The Arduino looked like a lot of fun -- Jim was able to get going with it and load the first project from the book onto the Arduino. Working with the Arduino looked a lot easier than the older embedded systems. No EPROM to burn, just loading it through a USB cable! Several folks were interested, and I think several people might get the book (available at the ARRL, AES, and Amazon among others) and work through some of the projects.

If all this sounds interesting, why don't you come to our next shop night? It is on the calendar to your left, and is always the first Monday of the month. See you soon!

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Last runner of the Oakland MarathonThe Oakland Marathon (aka "Oakland Running Festival") took place last Saturday. Sixteen amateur radio operators supported the event, which included over 9,000 runners. There was a full marathon, a four person marathon relay, a half marathon and a 5k run, with the various courses overlapping. The fastest marathon time was two hours, thirty-seven minutes, while the slowest time was a little over seven hours. This meant that radio operators supported the run from 7:30 AM to about 3 PM.

There were three amateur radio operators on bicycles, four at net control, and nine at fixed locations on the course. The operators on bicycles roamed over the length of the course. Three operators were from the ARCA club: Cass AG6NT at net control, Jerry KT6CRT on bicycle mobile, and Bruce KI6CYT stationed at 10th and Alice St. Happily, there were no major medical incidents during the various runs. The biggest issue seemed to be hearing the operators over the cheering of the crowd. Definitely a fun event to take part in. Hopefully we'll see you next year!

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Al Sweet Presenting at ARCA 3/2013.jpgAl Sweet KG6HM presented "Operating with Morse Code" at our monthly meeting. He covered the early history of Morse and signaling, as well as what it's like to operate CW. From coherers to spark gaps, he managed to convey the musicality of the original digital mode.

After the break, we discussed what we think Field Day will be like this year. We are planning to operate on Saturday from the CVS parking lot on Bay Farm. We'll have both MDU's setup, and probably run 3 or 4 stations. More details to follow!

 

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We had our February Club meeting last night. The presentation was given by David Haycock, KI6AWR and was an overview of Field Day 2013 -- because it is never too late to begin planning! The presentation was an overview of the various decision points that need to be made, as well as some of the roles that need to be filled. For example:

 

David Haycock KI6AWR, presenting Field Day planning!

  1. Do Field Day on our own, or with another club?
  2. Location, outside the meeting house, or at a park, or somewhere else?
  3. Saturday only operation, or both days?
  4. Will someone be operating through the night?

One of the emphasized points was that in order to be successful, we need to have a wide variety of volunteers in different roles, such as Field Day coordinator, food, operation, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the presentation, we had a social period and then did some of the club business.

We had elections for club officers. The new officers are:

  • President: Cass Carrigan AG6NT
  • Vice President: Jim Wright KJ6UHT
  • Secretary: David Haycock KI6AWR
  • Treasurer: Tom Schweich KI6JRB (returning!)

I want to thank all those who participate as officers in the club, past and present. The time you put in is what helps make the club great!

We also had three members pay their membership dues for 2013. If you haven't already paid for 2013, please do so.

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Hams are needed for the 2013 Oakland Running Festival on Sunday March 24.

Last year several members of ARCA volunteered, including Jerry, who was 'bicycle mobile'. That proved to be especially effective in monitoring public safety in segments of the course lacking course marshals. Other members of ARCA took part as Course Marshalls and Net Control Operators. 


Ham radio jobs include:
Net Control Operators and Scribe
Course Marshals
Race Director Shadows
Bicycle (or moto) mobile

You can suggest your job preference and time availability. The marathon length starts first, around 7 AM and ends around 4 PM. The 10K length starts around 9 AM. Half the runners are back by around noon, but the stragglers need the most monitoring. Course marshals along the early parts of the route start early but end quickly. In later parts of the marathon route, you can arrive later, but you must remain there longer.

Please respond directly to Mike Pompa (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are interested.

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