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Jim’s Antique Radio Museum is nearby in Castroville.
Santa Cruz County Amateur Radio Club Holiday Gathering Outdoors on Sunday December 19, 11am-2pm
in Anna Jean Cummings Park, Soquel
It’s Time to Renew SCCARC Membership
Your Santa Cruz County Amateur Radio Club has lowered the annual
membership dues for 2022! Hooray, hooray, another good reason to be an
active member again in 2022! Thank you for your support.
SCCARC Annual Dues
Full Member: $20.00
Family Members: $5.00 for each additional member at the same mailing
Annual Dues Payment due on January 1; memberships run through December
31. Payments received after December 1 shall be applied to the
Members over three months in arrears shall be considered inactive.
Dues and other payments may be made using PayPal or a credit card with the
“Donate” button at
or in cash or by check (payable to Santa Cruz County Amateur Radio Club)
at regular Club meetings,
or checks (payable to Santa Cruz County Amateur Radio Club) with
completed membership application forms may be mailed to:
Santa Cruz County Amateur Radio Club
PO BOX 238
SANTA CRUZ CA 95061-0238
If you have updated info for our roster, such as a new address or
telephone number, please let us know.
73, Cap KE6AFE
Watsonville historian Lou Arbanas dies, NJ6H/SK
The New 2022 SCCARC Board of Directors
JOHN PORTUNE (W6NBC) NOVEMBER MEETING SPEAKER ON AUTO TUNERS
W6AB – Satellite Amateur Radio Club – this Club has the Internet remote base station, using the Kenwood TS-2000 on the property of Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Planning Ahead for SCCARC Holiday Gathering and Officer Installation
October swap meet photos
October Club Meeting with Jeff Liebermann AE6KS
Our October guest speaker was 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
Mike Doern (KM6IKE) Now a Silent Key
ARRL Clean Signal Initiative on the horizon
By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
In recent message to his Northwest Division membership, Mike Ritz, W7VO, described a new program that he’s gotten the ARRL to take on—the Clean Signal Initiative. He writes:
“After a few months gathering support from the amateur community for the project, the ARRL Clean Signal Initiative (CSI) is finally getting off the ground. The Board’s Programs and Services Committee approved the concept several months ago, and since then I have been canvassing some of the best known RF engineers in amateur radio to get their support and input.As a result, the team will be conducting our first Zoom call next week to lay out the next steps for the project. All I can say at this time is that there are some amateur radio “heavy hitters” behind this, and I believe will be a game changer for the ARRL.
For those that may be unaware of this project, here is a synopsis (or at least my vision):
- The CSI gets the ARRL formally in the “technical standards” business.(Other technical organizations already do it: IEEE, UL, ASTM, and SAE, and others.)The ARRL currently tests new products to informal standards, with no real hard benchmarks for manufacturers to meet, other than the minimal standards outlined in FCC Part 97.307.
- Creates and incorporates documented “best practice” standards and testing methodologies to ensure commercial amateur radio transmitters and amplifiers meet not only minimum FCC requirements for signal cleanliness, but push the envelope.
- These new standards can be “home grown”, or passed through the IEEE, but I think it’s important they be also branded as “ARRL Technical Standards.”
- Test new commercial transceivers and amplifiers against these standards.
- Certify the transmitters and amplifiers that pass the standards: “CSI certified by the ARRL.”
- Work with manufacturers to ensure compliance of those that don’t. (Market pressure will drive this.)
- Market the program to the amateurs through QST.
- Work with manufacturers and social media experts to create training materials to teach hams how to set up their equipment to ensure the cleanest transmitted signals. (This education part is key!)”
Rob Sherwood, NC0B, of Sherwood Engineering, who is most well-known for his ranking of receiver performance (http://www.sherweng.com/table.html), is part of this effort. You can see a video of a talk that he gave recently to the Sutton & Cheam Radio Society by going to https://youtu.be/IioApKRecrI. Also on the committee is Ward Silver, N0AX.
Based on my knowledge of how IEEE standards committees work, I stressed that the initiative should make every effort to get as many stakeholders—including manufacturers and users—involved as possible. Involving so many people may be cumbersome at times, but standards require consensus for them to be effective, and the only way to do that is to get everyone involved. I’d suggest that if you feel that you have something to contribute that you contact Mike directly. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. ARRL Clean Signal Initiative on the horizon
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). When he’s not worry about how clean his signal is, he operates CW on the HF bands and teaches ham radio classes.
SCCARC election of new officers is coming up
Dear SCCARC member,
Field Day 2021 Video
73, Becky KI6TKB
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
After December 1, full payment shall be required, and dues shall be applied
to the following yea.
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
John Reinartz K6BJ QSL Card.
2019 Holiday Luncheon