• Neil, W6VG replied to the topic Fundraiser 09/05 in the forum Group logo of GeneralGeneral 1 week, 5 days ago

    I’d like to thank everyone who chipped in to make this last minute Meet & Greet come off for our club. We had set-up/teardown crews, staffing throughout, and great PR for our group. We have a long list of sign-ups for licensing, and a number of people who’d like more information about attending a (Zoom) meeting or getting practical information.…[Read more]

  • Congratulations are definitely in order! Call sign not exactly correct, but we all know who you are. Sixteen or so of us did multiple shifts throughout the incident, but Angelo was there all day, every day. Wonderful to receive ARRL recognition, and Angelo should get a ton more from us. – Neil

  • Thanks for the heads-up on this David. I just submitted my comment.

  • Not a “minute” late Pat. Thanks for being so diligent and taking great notes.

  • Neil, W6VG replied to the topic Fundraiser 09/05 in the forum Group logo of GeneralGeneral 2 weeks ago

    Thank you. I’ve got:

    Neil 10-11
    Eva 11-12
    Irma 11-12
    Mary 10-12
    Angelo –
    Mike –

    We’re close to being covered! Any others?

  • Neil, W6VG replied to the topic Fundraiser 09/05 in the forum Group logo of GeneralGeneral 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Thanks Mary for the clarification. I will be IC for this “gig”.

    We can still use a few folks to staff the booth for an hour or two. We should have 2-3 people at the booth throughout the two-hour event. If you can come for an hour, it would really help. Let’s show the face of our organization and be proud of the work we’ve done supporting LH Fire…[Read more]

  • Neil, W6VG replied to the topic Fundraiser 09/05 in the forum Group logo of GeneralGeneral 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    I will bring canopy, banners, table and chairs from the Resource Trailer for early setup. A show and tell sounds awesome Angelo. I think we should have sign-ups for membership, ARES, and licensing classes. And take donations of course. I can do an early shift at the table, come back later to pick things up if needed. – Neil

  • “POSTPONED”. I’m hoping everyone is okay despite having to evacuate our homes and neighborhoods. Hopefully the “all clear” will be announced soon and we can start to pick up some semblance of normal (Covid) life.

    I think it’s fair to say we’ll postpone our August 29th simplex test. Several members have been discussing during shifts at LH Fire how…[Read more]

  • San Benito County ARA offers fully remote online ham test sessions

    Tim / W6TST shares this excellent resource, which may be a first in our
    section. Thanks, Tim !

    Test / Train

    73 de NV6W

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    ARRL Santa Clara Valley Section
    Section Manager: Mr James D…[Read more]

  • I’ve been in touch with Kellyx at the RCD in HMB (Resource Conservation District) and they are anxious to help. She invited me to share this info with anyone. They are offering immediate assistance as well as efforts for recovery. An extremely nice list:

    “Every single person at the San Mateo RCD feels a need to be of service right now. In this…[Read more]

  • Neil, W6VG replied to the topic Wildfire Incident in the forum Group logo of GeneralGeneral 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    Whoops – sorry. I didn’t think I had that right! Thanks for the correction. I’m pretty sure the others are correct.

  • Neil, W6VG replied to the topic Wildfire Incident in the forum Group logo of GeneralGeneral 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    If I may…there is a duty schedule for the next 24h. Angelo has been arranging by text message, which has been successful. If people not getting texts from Angelo that are interested in receiving them, maybe they could reply here.

    The schedule could also be posted here. The six hour shifts are written down at the DOC, but if I remember…[Read more]

  • It was agreed at our general meeting Saturday to conduct our own simplex test again this year. We want to do it soon to better prepare for fire season, power outages, and winter (or August) storms that might come our way. Knowing who you can reach via simplex could be a life saver if you’re unable to reach a repeater. Messages can then be relayed…[Read more]

  • It looks like a nicely shortened drill if I read it correctly – check-in, move to simplex, move back to check-in frequency, next station. We’ll see how it goes.

    A reminder that from our area we should be able to use the 146.805 frequency as the “Check-In Frequency” (instead of 146.865, which some locations out here can’t reach). Same PL…[Read more]

  • Tactical call signs are important as they usually identify your location. Examples are La Honda Fire, Pescadero High School, Coastside EOC. I’ll likely register as San Gregorio Mobile, as I plan to be on the hill across from our house. Mary may use San Gregorio Home or something like that. You might use La Honda Rd. Home or Kesey House. You won’t…[Read more]

  • Sorry to hear about the break-ins and the loss of your radio. I hope some items might be recovered.

    The FT-60 is a pretty basic radio, but has served me well. I’m still using the one I bought in 2007. I upgraded the battery to a Lithium Ion pack which is great. I also like the interoperability concept for emergency use. It’s like, here’s a fire…[Read more]

  • Beautiful, Bob, thanks! I’ll share this today with new hams from last December’s class. They just got FT-60s and we’re meeting today to program and go over basics. Great timing! – Neil

  • Neil, W6VG replied to the topic Equipment Questions in the forum Group logo of GeneralGeneral 2 months, 1 week ago

    Thanks for all the excellent advice. I’ve purchased a nifty MFJ switch, and looked into several different power supplies. The PowerWerx and Astron are out of stock (maybe this year’s Field Day was great for suppliers!) but I have one on order. – Neil

  • 1) Is there a disadvantage to buying a “bench” power supply with meters over a black box? I’m looking at the Astron SS-30M. I’m guessing the meters would be vulnerable in the field, but aside from that? Oh, and it’s $30 more!!

    2) Any recommendations for an antenna switch? Something happened to mine at 10:15 Saturday right before the start of FD.…[Read more]

  • Casey, after 5 on Sat is good! See you – Neil

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