Oct 07

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday October 8, 2019

W6TRW General Meeting

Tuesday October 8, 2019 @ 5:30pm

QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Jim Aspinwall, NO1PC via IRLP:

“Sunnyvale club coordination & activities exchange

Jim NO1PC was first licensed in 1970.   He has lived in Campbell, CA since 1992.  Jim created and moderates a fantastic amateur radio Elmer forum on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/AmateurRadioElmers/ and maintains a web-site of solid ham radio reference information at www.No1PC.org

Jim has worked in medical instrumentation, scientific instrumentation, broadcast, commercial and public safety radio, technical marketing, software product management.  His present career is Principal Computer Systems Analyst in NGC Enterprise Services in Sunnyvale. 

Jim owns/operates several UHF repeater systems in the area – CalNet 443.750, Campbell 442.175, an iconic site in San Francisco on 441.025, GMRS – as well as full HF capability at home and mobile.  His battery-powered home shack has enough ham and public safety capability to function as a mini-EOC for local to State emergency traffic.  Jim has been a CERT trainer and now fosters the program and communications planning with Campbell and local CERT teams and the local ARES/RACES team. 

Among all his other ham activities, Jim will be speaking at Pacificon 2019 in San Ramon, CA this month.


Pizza and conversation at 5:30 PM; Speaker and club business starting at 6 PM. 

The Monthly W6TRW General Meeting is a great place to meet other club members and to ask and answer questions about your radios, local repeaters, and all other radio-related topics. 

Oct 07

W6TRW 53rd Annual Awards Banquet 2019

W6TRW 53rd Annual Awards Banquet 2019

“Deep Space Communications

and the Deep Space Network”

Presented by: Steve Townes, WB4ILW, President JPL ARC

Saturday, Nov. 9th, 2019

6:00 – 10:00 pm

Bluewater Grill, 665 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach

Captain’s Cabin, 1st Floor, back area

Your RSVP needs to be received by Oct. 25th with your check & entrée selection.

Please use the form below.

W6TRW 53rd Annual Awards Banquet 2019 Form


Jul 30

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday September 10, 2019

W6TRW General Meeting

September 10, 2019 Tuesday @ 6:00pm

QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Brian Johnson, AB6UI:

“Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)

ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) lets students worldwide experience
the excitement of talking directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspiring
them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging
them with radio science technology through Amateur Radio. http://www.ariss.org/

Brian has been actively involved with several school and community ARISS contacts, including:
 LA Academy Middle School
 Mendez Middle School
 Santa Barbara Public Library


Meet AB6UI,


 First Ham Radio licensed in 1983. Currently, holds an Extra
Class license
 Graduated from Cal State Long Beach Cal State Long Beach
with a degree in Electrical Engineering
 Career with Hughes Aircraft/Raytheon for 33 years
 President “emeritus” & Station Manager/Trustee for the Hughes
 In 1994 I led the St. Bernard High School SAREX contact team.
This team was made up of members of the HAC ARC and TRW
ARC. We had a horizon to horizon contact with the Space
Shuttle Endeavor STS-59
 Technical Guru at Waterfront Education in Redondo
 Technical Mentor for the Compton College STEM team

Jul 07

AO-85 AMSAT Battery News

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-181.01
ANS-181 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 181.01
jUNE 30, 2019
BID: $ANS-181.01

AO-85 Update: Do Not Access While in Eclipse

The auto Safe mode was disabled on June 24 and the transponder was 
turned on.  A few QSOs were made to verify that it would drop with 

Currently, the battery voltage is very low and it looks like a cell 
is prepared to give up the ghost.  Please do not use the satellite 
while it is in eclipse, even if you hear it.  Operations is not sure 
what will be usable if and when this cell fails completely.

In the meantime, please send reports to the AMSAT-BB.  THey are 
welcome and helpful.

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA for the above information.]


Jun 20

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday July 9, 2019

W6TRW General Meeting

July 9, 2019 Tuesday @ 6:00pm

QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Bob Lanahan, KK6WYW:

“Winlink Tutorial and Demo

Winlink is…a global email system via radio.

…a worldwide radio email service that uses radio pathways where the internet is not present, and is capable of operating completely without the internet–automatically–using smart-network radio relays. Winlink provides its users email with attachments, position reporting, weather and information bulletins, and is well-known for its role in emergency and disaster relief communications.

Licensed Winlink operators/stations use both amateur radio and government radio frequencies worldwide. The system is built, operated and administered entirely by licensed volunteers. https://www.winlink.org/


Bob started Amateur radio with a technician’s license in Oct, 2015, he upgraded to general in Feb, 2017. He’s a member of the TRW, Aerospace, HARC, SBARC and ESARG radio clubs. In addition to digital modes, he’s helping Aerospace upgrade their club shacks with new equipment, including radios and antennas. Bob has done a few Summit’s On The Air (SOTA) hikes, including with Jeff Reed.

Jun 02

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday June 11, 2019

W6TRW General Meeting

June 11, 2019 Tuesday @ 6:00pm

QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Field Day Co-Chairs, Chris Wachs WA2KDL & Greg Shreve KE6YEX:

“ARRL’s Field Day Prep Meeting

Field Day QTH: Friendship Park
1805 W 9th St, San Pedro, CA 90732
Event Schedule: Club Set-Up Friday 21 June 2019
Weekend of 22-23 June 2019

Begins at 1800 UTC Saturday ending at 2100 UTC Sunday

The W6TRW Amateur Radio Club will set up their antennas and emergency
communications equipment in Friendship Park for the annual emergency response
drill, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day. American Radio Relay
League Field Day is a nationwide annual public service drill put on by amateur
radio operators to prepare for volunteer emergency and disaster response.


Apr 29

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday May 14, 2019

W6TRW General Meeting

May 14, 2019 Tuesday @ 6:00pm

QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Bill Moulton, WA6PMW, will present

W6TRW Repeaters

W6TRW Technical Chairperson, WA6PMW, shares his perspectives and

latest information about the Club’s Repeaters.

Gain insight from a Subject Matter Expert on how to maintain and service your repeater

and communications equipment – troubleshoot, fix and repair

I hold an extra class license and have been licensed since 1976. I spent 30 years at TRW/ Northrop Grumman as a spacecraft test conductor & test engineer. I retired in July of 2013. I am presently the technical chairperson of the club responsible for repair and upkeep of the W6TRW repeaters and other radios.”
Bill WA6PMW, Amateur Extra

Mar 31

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday April 9, 2019

W6TRW General Meeting

April 9, 2019 Tuesday @ 6:00pm
QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

David Ziskin, AG6E, will present

Tour of Duty: Antarctica

For the Antarctica research season of 2005/2006, I was aboard the USNS Paul Buck (which has since been decommisioned) as the Radio-Electronics Officer (REO) for the trip.  We made the trip south and met up with the Lawrence Gold, the Krasin, and the USCGC Polar Star.  Our radio equipment allowed coverage from 1.5 – 30MHz.  Voice only, no telegraph.

AG6E is one of Battleship Iowa (BB-61) Amateur Radio Association Directors. NI6BB is a member of K6AA, United Radio Club (URAC) located within L.A. Maritime Museum in San Pedro.

Pictured: Dave, AG6E and Doug Dowds, W6HB, key note speakers at the 2018 W6TRW Awards Banquet.

“I have had a ham license for over 60 years.

Currently, I am involved with the Veterans Administration, as a Communications Specialist and as a drone pilot in the Emergency Operations Dept..I have been a sea-going radio officer – when we had such things.”

Feb 22

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday March 12, 2019

W6TRW General Meeting

March 12, 2019 Tuesday @ 6:00pm
QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Ray Enriquez, KD6IGI, will present

Baker to Vegas Challenge 2019


Ray Enriquez, KD6IGI, will brief volunteers on B2V 2019

The largest police foot pursuit in the world, the Baker to Vegas run is where police organizations form relay teams to run the 120 mi course, in 20 stages from Baker, CA to Las Vegas, NV. Ray Enriquez, KD6IGI, will brief volunteers supporting this event on March 23-24, 2019

Event Information: http://bakervegas.net/

Jan 17

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday February 12, 2019

W6TRW General Meeting

February 12, 2019 Tuesday @ 6:00pm
QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Bill Shanney, W6QR, will present

HF Radio and Portable Operations

Special CW Feature: Keys and Keyers

Bill Shanney, the W6TRW Club Elmer, at his operating bench

W6TRW welcomes one its own, longtime members, Bill Shanney, W6QR.  A ham operator since 1960, Bill has written many technical articles and stays current with ham radio items of interest for beginners to the most advanced operators.

“My first call was WV2RDG in NJ. I became WA2RDG when I got my general in 1961. I operate 99.5% CW on 160-6M. After a long period of inactivity (career and family) I upgraded to extra class in 1988 and became very active. That is also the year that I joined the TRW ARC. I have a BSEE from NJ Institute of Technology and worked for 45 years in RF and microwave design. I retired from NG/TRW in 2007 after 31 years with the company.”