October 15 Meeting Speaker – Jeff Liebermann AE6KS
Our guest speaker will be Jeff Liebermann on the topics of ADS-B (aircraft tracking) and AIS (ship tracking) using affordable at home setups, along with resources to view tracked results.
After graduating with a BSEE from Cal Poly Pomona in 1971, I did 2way radio repair for
Pacific Mobile Comm and other small radio shops. I then went to Alpha Electronics to
design 2way radio accessories. In 1973, I worked for Standard Communication (now
part of Yeasu) on radio accessories. I then moved to Santa Clara where I worked for
Intech designing HF/VHF/UHF marine radios. In 1981, I went to Granger Assoc to work
on a 900MHz SCADA system. In 1984, I went back to Intech to help design HF driver
and power amplifiers. In 1984, I continued to work as an RF design consultant, and
started doing computer repair out various offices in Santa Cruz. I officially retired in Dec
During much of my career, I was involved in various aspects of ham radio under call
signs WB6EEP, WB6SSY, and AE6KS. I’ve built and helped build VHF/UHF repeaters,
designed antennas, and repaired radios. Some of these can be found on my web site
Time: Oct 15, 2021 07:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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SCCARC election of new officers is coming up
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Thank You for a Fun and Successful Swap Meet Saturday!
Lowered Annual Membership Dues for 2022
again in 2022!”As defined in the Bylaws, Article III Section 3, the annual dues shall be
set by the Board of Directors. The dues structure which follows was adopted
by the Board at its meeting on April 22, 2021.
Annual Dues, beginning 2022
Full Member $20.00
Family Members $5.00 (for each additional member at the same address)
Dues for new, first time members (not renewals) shall be pro-rated after
April 1 of each year, as follows:
( Reduced 25% between April 1 and June 30
( Reduced 50% between July 1 and September 30
( Reduced 75% between October 1 and December 1
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Apply for a grant from the ARRL or ARDC
By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
In our division director’s September missive to the membership yesterday was this nugget:
ARRL IS CURRENTLY OFFERING GRANTS to fund amateur radio projects. This program, sponsored by the ARRL Foundation, is specifically for organizations and aimed primarily for education, licensing and support of ham activities. A special focus is on youth-related plans. We are now entering the last phase of this year’s grant cycle, so the opportunity exists for your club or organization to submit a grant request. You can find the full details on the grant page of the ARRL web pages, check: http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-grants.
The ARRL accepts grant requests three times a year:
- February 1 – February 28
- June 1 – June 30
- October 1 – October 31
Since this is September 1, you have two months to get your request in. As I’ve written before, our club was awarded $1,500 to help us put up a tower for a club station at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. The money is available. Go get it!
Get money from ARDC, too!
You can also get a grant for amateur radio projects from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), the outfit I’m currently working for. ARDC grants money for projects that fall into one of the following three categories:
- Support and growth of amateur radio,
- Education, and
- Technical innovation.
ARDC has, for example, awarded grants to:
- An amateur radio club in Wisconsin (https://www.ampr.org/grants-old/grant-chippewa-valley-arc-emergency-trailer-and-equipment/) for upgrading their repeater systems and building an emergency communications trailer that they will also use to promote amateur radio in their area.
- A California high school (https://www.ampr.org/grant-incorporaing-constructivism-and-the-maker-mentality-at-california-high-school/) whose computer science teacher will use the funds to purchase microcontrollers and transform his classroom into a maker space. With this equipment and facility, students will learn computer science by building their own projects.
- The M17 Project (https://www.ampr.org/grant-m17-open-protocol/), whose goal is to develop a new, open-source digital radio protocol by hams, for hams, and that is easy to understand and build on.
To be eligible for an ARDC grant, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) public charity or be sponsored by a 501(c)(3) public charity. Other eligible organizations include government entities, schools or universities, and international charities or nonprofits.
For more information on ARDC and how to apply for an ARDC grant, go to https://www.ampr.org/apply.
Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, is the author of the KB6NU amateur radio blog (KB6NU.Com), the “No Nonsense” amateur radio license study guides (https://KB6NU.Com/study-guides/), and often appears on the ICQPodcast (https://icqpodcast.com). He recently joined ARDC as their Content Manager. Among his responsibilities is spreading the word about all the cool things ARDC is doing for amateur radio.
Sept 17 SCCARC Meeting Speaker: Mike Ritz W7VO (Past Club Prez)
Here is my bio:
“Currently retired in Scappoose, Oregon and very active ham, Mike was first licensed in 1974 as WN6HKP and earned his Amateur Extra in 1983. His main radio interests are contesting and DX, and mentoring new hams in HF operating. He was also President of the Santa Cruz Amateur Radio Club way back in 1981, exactly 40 years ago!
Mike is an ARRL Accredited Volunteer Examiner, ARRL Registered License Instructor, author, and seminar presenter on a variety of ham radio topics. In November 2018 he was elected Director for the ARRL Northwestern Division, (re-elected in August 2021), and in January 2019 as a Board member for the ARRL Foundation. For more information, check out his website: www.w7vo.com.”
Topic: SCCARC Meeting – September 17, 2021
Time: Sep 17, 2021 07:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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August Meeting with Speaker Ed Fong WB6IQN
The August meeting was with Ed Fong (WB6IQN). As many of you know, he is the inventor of the DBJ-1 and DBJ-2 antenna that was featured in the February 2003 and March 2007 QST. His most recent antenna was the TBJ-1 – a triband base antenna that was published in March 2017 QST. The DBJ-1 is a highly effective dual band VHF/UHF base station antenna and the DBJ-2 is the portable roll up version. The DBJ-2 won the QST Plaque of the Month Award. Both of these antennas are featured in the ARRL VHF antenna Handbook and also in the ARRL Antenna Classic Handbook. There are over 18,000 of these antennas in use today. About half are used by hams and the other half by government and commercial agencies. He will also give a brief discussion of his triband antenna (TBJ-1) that was featured in March 2017 QST.
Ed gave a history on how these antennas were developed and the theory on how and why they work so well. There is no “black magic” to antennas. He will explain in a non-mathematical manner why these antennas work so well.
Ed Fong was first licensed in 1968 as WN6IQN. He later upgraded to Extra Class with his present call of WB6IQN. He obtained the BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Univ. of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. from the Univ. of San Francisco. A Senior Member of the IEEE, he has 12 patents and over 40 published papers and books in the area of communications and integrated circuit design. Presently, he is employed by the University of California, Santa Cruz (previously with Berkeley from 1997-2010) as an instructor teaching graduate classes in RF design and high speed interface. In his 35 year career, he has done work for Stanford University, National Semiconductor, Advanced Micro Devices, numerous startup companies in the Silicon Valley.
SCCARC Field Day 2021 Photos
A High and Awful Price…Lessons Learned from the Camp Fire
Our May Club Meeting
Our guest speaker for our May was George KJ6VU on the topic of projects from the ham radio workbench.
Good Work Building Fire Defensible Space at the Club Repeater Shack
John Reinartz K6BJ QSL Card.
2019 Holiday Luncheon