Category: Ham Radio News

Jul 11

Phil Bergeron N6PB Silent Key

It is our sad duty to inform all W6TRW members of the passing of Phil Bergeron, N6PB. Phil became a Silent Key (SK) after a long battle with several medical issues. Phil’s wife, Kathy passed away earlier this year. Phil is survived by his son, Robbie. A donation to the ARRL or other amateur radio …

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Feb 09

NBC News Report Says Hams “Could Save Our Lives” in a Disaster

  A team from NBC News’ digital news unit Left Field was in Hawaii to visit with some radio amateurs to produce a report when the false nuclear missile alert happened on January 13. Left Field’s report points out how much we rely on cell phones and 21st-century technology…and what we would do if these …

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Jan 31

AMSAT AO-92 Opened for Amateur Use

On the 03:25 UTC pass on January 26, 2018, AMSAT Vice President – Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, announced that AO-92 had been commissioned and formally turned the satellite over to AMSAT Operations. AMSAT Vice President – Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, then declared that AO-92 was now open for amateur use. Read the full story: https://www.amsat.org/ao-92-commissioned-open-for-amateur-use/

Jan 13

Ham Radio CubeSat Launch Success

CubeSats carrying amateur radio payloads were among the 31 satellites successfully launched on January 12 at 0359 UT on the ISRO PSLV-C40 mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. Two of the CubeSats, Fox-1D and PicSat, carry amateur radio FM transponders, but neither is yet available for general amateur use. The PicSat FM …

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Jul 03

HRO Ham Jam 2016

Our 5th Annual HRO Ham Jam is coming up! Saturday, July 16, 2016 is the date, store hours are 10AM-5:30PM, and once again we will be hosting our local clubs and communications specialists in the store parking lot for another educational and fun event. Come tour the OC RACES communications van as well as the …

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Sep 22

September 2015 Swap Meet Update

The W6TRW Amateur Radio Swap Meet will continue to be held at Northrop Grumman – as usual – through December 2015. The dates for the Swap Meets are:     September 26     October 31     November 28     December 26 The future beyond this is still up in the air.  We …

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Sep 09

Volunteers Wanted: W6TRW Comm Truck at ARRL Convention September 12

The ARRL Southwestern Division Convention – HAMCON 2015 – will take place on September 11-13 at the Torrance Marriott Hotel. You do not need to be an ARRL member to attend. You’ll find all kinds of great stuff going on at the convention including ham radio manufacturers and vendors with deals on their goods, exhibits, …

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Sep 09

My Volunteer Experience – Special Olympics World Games 2015

By Mike Hamada, KF6UCN, After the W6TRW Swap Meet on the last Saturday in July, I prepared for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, as a volunteer for 5 days (35 hours). Briefing was on Thursday, 7/23. On Sunday, 7/26, I assisted Spectator Services at the Special Olympics World Games Sailing practice event held at Belmont Pier in Long Beach.  I had my Marine Hand …

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Jun 20

Special Olympics Summer Games Cal State University Long Beach

On Saturday & Sunday June 13th &14th W6TRW club members John Bacon KG6IMP, Michael Bao AI6BJ, Mike Hamada KF6UCN, Scott Marsiglia KI6KWI, and Doug Walker W6DOW assisted SCRAN, the South Coast Radio Amateur Network group as additional sport venue Amateur Radio communications for Special Olympics Summer Games at Cal State University Long Beach. This was …

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May 27

FCC Eliminates Vanity Call Sign Fee

The FCC has found that it costs the agency more to process the regulatory fees for amateur radio vanity call signs and other services such as GMRS than the fees themselves cover. Rather than increasing the rate, the FCC has decided to eliminate them altogether. This change will not go into effect until the required …

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