Field Day on top of Empire Grade

Field Day on Top of Empire Grade

Again this year the Santa Cruz County Amateur Radio Club is joining the San
Lorenzo Valley Amateur Radio Club in operating ARRL Field Day as K6MMM 3Alpha with GOTA and satellite station, at the top of Empire Grade at the CAL FIRE Ben Lomond Training Center, 13575 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz, 95060.
Hooray!  Come visit for fun!
Always the fourth full weekend in June.  Friday afternoon setup, operating Saturday morn thru Sunday morn.  Potluck BBQ Saturday early eve too.
Much basic planning has been accomplished already and logistics arranged, led by Field Day IC, John, N6FBA, .  Still particularly helpful will be more radio operating volunteers to staff portions of the
24-hour Day.

Map with Directions to CAL FIRE Ben Lomond Training Center,

On FD for bonus points we’ll send formal messages and the message to the Section Manager with Winlink (email by ham radio, ). Site TAC 147.555 Simplex PL94.8

Please review:
Fine Business

73, Cap KE6AFE, “K6MMM Safety Officer” (for Safety Officer bonus points this
year, new FD rule)

Posted in June 2016

SCCARC Meeting AA6W on how to work DX

From beginner to advanced, how to work DX, AA6W

Our vice president, Don, AA6W, will be giving a presentation at our regular
club meeting this Friday June 17, 2016. Don’s topic is titled: From
beginner to advanced, how to work DX via amateur radio.

Don earned his Satellite DXCC in year 1990 – Don now has over 125 countries confirmed via 2-way amateur satellites. And, he has over 245 DX countries confirmed via both CW and SSB on HF frequencies. Don will share with us his DX tips and techniques for working DX, either on the low bands or vhf/uhf.

We hope to see everyone at the meeting this Friday.

73, Cap KE6AFE

Posted in June 2016

Chatter June 2016

Chatter by Art Lee WF6P


It is always sad when we lose a long-time friend.  Wayne was one of those who was always there to help when needed.  A ham radio operator since his boyhood, he loved the hobby and continued with it throughout his life.  Back in 1980 when I was first licensed, I looked to Wayne for any electronics information I was curious about.  He was keenly interested in the history of radio and during WWII, was a top turret gunner and radio operator in B-25 aircraft.  He had a career in law enforcement in Indiana and was responsible for the operation and maintenance of early police radios.  During his engineering career he worked for many of the large companies in the industry.  Wayne and I were contributors to Short Skip in the 1980s and 1990s when Northe Osbrink, N6KO, was the editor and publisher.  Wayne and I would drive out to Northe’s residence in Aptos to deliver our copy to him directly.  Often, Wayne and I arrived  at the same time.  I believe that Northe lived on Arthur Road at the time.  When he moved out of state, Wayne took over as editor of Short Skip.  He was very active in public events such as The Human Race and we participated as relays annually.  In the 1989 Quake, Wayne took the helm for ARES, coordinating all ham activities in the county both during and after the quake.  When my granddaughter Cheri, KE6BOP, got her Novice license, Wayne came to my home to give her the code test.  I was in another room when he sent code and I thought at the time that it was more like 10 wpm than five.  I don’t think Wayne could send any slower.  She passed and went on to get her General. When he sold his home on Graham Hill Road and moved into a mobile home park, he gave me all his antennas and boxes and drawers full of bits and pieces of electrical fittings.  Another of Wayne’s lifelong pursuits was that of Genealogy.  He and I worked together on some projects for many years.  I, and those who knew Wayne, will miss him.  73 old pal, from all of us.

Posted in June 2016

SCCARC Centennial Celebrations 2016

SCCARC  Centennial Celebrations 2016

(  Rev1.3  5/6/15)

Our Centennial, that began in the spring of 2016, provides an unprecedented opportunity for promoting our Club and Santa Cruz County in general. We could tell: The story of Wireless Communications and Amateur pioneers in Santa Cruz and show how we provide community services and extend the state of the art to this day.

We are beginning to develop details of a one-day event at the Museum of Art and History on September 17th Typically such events are organized in major tracks and sessions and this format is suggested as our model for presentations, demonstrations and associated activities. The major tracks that we might adopt are; Emergency preparation, Community Event, Contesting/ Field Day, Education and Technology.  To make this feasible a Track leader and Session leaders will be required.

On the public relations / public information front our activities will provide opportunities for world-wide exposure, for example a special event station and QSL card featuring Santa Cruz as a destination.

Above all our celebration should be fun, for instance concluding our one-day event with a banquet at the MAH
Contact our Board of Directors with questions, suggestions and most importantly offers to take part in the proceedings.

Ron Skelton   Centennial Activist   W6WO    831 477 1021

Here is a possible breakdown of the Technology track:


Posted in May 2016


SCCARC Club Meeting

Next regular club meeting will be the third Friday evening, June 17, 7:30pm, at

Santa Cruz Red Cross Chapter Office

2960 Soquel Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95062.

Talk-in on K6BJ repeater, 146.790- PL94.8.