Beth Peterson W6RYL, SK

Beth W6RYL and Norm N6DAC, now both Silent Keys, were longtime members of our Club, always very friendly, generous and encouraging to new hams including me. -ke6afe

Beth’s Obituary was Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Mar. 14, 2017


CAKE  March 11, 2017

On this glorious Spring morning we were happy to hold our regular session in the courtyard of The Abbey coffee shop.Taking time out from their routines were Ward AE6TY, Fred KJ6OOV, Kerry K3RRY, John N5HPB, Tom KW6S, Don K6GHA, Reed N1WC and Ron W6WO.

 Ward is searching for fundamental equations that govern the behavior of filters. Ron recently logged into a webinar on the subject which showed exotic simulation tools, clearly understanding the equations is a tall order. Good luck and keep us posted Ward.

 Soldering small components with inaccessible contacts can be a challenge. Ward recommended the use of solder paste and baking in an oven. A few experiments first was recommended.

 The mystery item was an image of part of the 40m band provided by Fred. We saw bands of high level noise each roughly 50kHz wide. Fred told us these appear regularly around 4:30 AM and cease around noon. Fred’s loop antenna provided some sense of direction. Many suggestions came forth but were inconclusive. If anyone reading this can offer ideas please contact Fred.

Fred had questions about feeding Off Center Fed antennas. These are often called “Windoms”following the article by L G Windom W8GZ in QST1929. It is a subject Ron has studied extensively and deserves more space than is appropriate in these notes. The following articles are highly recommended.

1.     Impedance Characteristics of Harmonic Antennas by W4UCW in QST Feb 1954

2.     The OCF Antenna – some less explored facets by W4RNL  (no date)

3.     Articles by W6WO in QEX  March/April 2009, Nov/Dec 2011

 Several guys had been to the Foothill flea market that morning and displayed  their treasures. Among these were a couple of useful coax switches and a vacuum relay switch. Don was attracted by a couple of high current ammeters; old style but useful as well as being decorative. Kerry (in his inimical hi-tech and professional fashion) showed how he was rewiring his garage. Ron showed the replacement synthesizer kit obtained for the QRPLabs U3S digital mode beacon TX  (subsequently built and operational).

 Thanks go to all who have supported these sessions for well over a decade and to those who often comment from afar. We welcome questions and will do our best to attend to them.

 Our next CAKE session will be on the 25th and we hope to BCNU
Ron W6WO

The International DX Convention – Visalia

I would like to once again extend a personal invitation to you and Members of your Club to attend the International DX Convention 2017 in Visalia, California on April 21-22-23, 2017.

 IDXC 2017 will be our 68th annual International DX Convention.   DXers from around the world will gather once again to meet their fellow DXers, attend interesting and informative programs, see the latest in new products from the top vendors – and have a chance to win some great raffle prizes!   This year Friday, April 21, 2017 will be a full day of training, presentations and vendor exhibits.

 Over 500 DXers have registered to attend the Convention.  DXers from around the world will be at IDXC 2017.  We have registered DXers from Germany, France, England, Scotland, Hungary, Columbia, Japan, Norway, Isle of Man, Sweden, Puerto Rico, Brazil, St. Kitts & Nevis, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand – so far!

 Full details of IDXC 2017 are at this website:  http://www.dxconvention.com/

Local Ham Exams

Success is measured in percent. The last local licensing exam session
added a number of new licensees. New Technicians, or upgrades to
General, and Extra class awards were achieved with a 100% passage rate!!

Congratulation to all VE’s and VC’s throughout Santa Cruz County
who made this training and exam session possible and successful.

For those who can study quickly, the next licensing exam session
will be Saturday, March 25:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
220 Elk Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The exam runs 1-5 pm and the cost is $15.
All three tests can be taken for $15.


The 32nd Big Sur Marathon

The 32nd presentation of the Big Sur International Marathon is quickly approaching, 4-30-17.  I would like to invite all of you getting this email back for this years marathon.  If you are interested in volunteering to operate this years marathon please respond back,
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email me in a new email, your questions, comments or concerns. If you know of anybody else that would be interested in volunteering please forward this onto them and have them email me.  
Jeff Ackerman