W6TRW Club Meeting August 9, 2022

Speaker Topic for this Month:

“A Brief Recap of Amateur Radio in the ARRL Los Angeles Section during 2022 and the Pandemic”

Diana Feinberg, AI6DF

Diana Feinberg, AI6DF, has served as ARRL Los Angeles Section Manager since 2016 and in numerous other ham radio capacities since 2006. She has been most closely associated with the Palos Verdes Amateur Radio Club at the club level and for emergency communication with the Los Angeles County Disaster Communication Service’s Lomita/South Los Angeles/Marina del Rey districts. Despite living in an antenna-restricted HOA she has worked 95 countries on the HF bands using simple indoor wire dipole antennas with 100 watts or less.

Her topics at the W6TRW August general meeting will be: 1) A brief recap of amateur radio in the ARRL Los Angeles Section during 2022 and the pandemic, as well as recent national ARRL developments, and 2) “The Lighter Side of Amateur Radio, Part 3.” At the November 2017 W6TRW Radio Club holiday dinner members saw Part 1 of “The Lighter Side of Amateur Radio” which characterized how ham radio provides some amusing avenues to an otherwise technical hobby.

When: Tuesday, August 9th at 6:30 PM

Where: Virtual Meeting on Zoom

Due to continued COVID-19 public health guidelines, the W6TRW Club Meetings will not be held in person. Instead, there will be a Virtual Meeting held on Zoom. Click on the link below on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82794654895

Meeting ID: 827 9465 4895

Phone dial-in: 1 669 900 6833

W6TRW Club Meeting July 12, 2022

Speaker Topic for this Month:

“Sunspots and Radio Propagation”

Terry Dennison, K9TAD

Terry Dennison K9TAD, will give the latest updates on sunspots and propagation! “Sunspots”: What they are, why they happen, why they are so hard to predict, and their effect on radio propagation. Prospects for Cycle 25 and concerns that too much of a good thing might be bad.

See Terry’s numerous accomplishments as listed below!

FCC Extra Class Amateur Radio License (2010)
First Licensed in 2007
Callsign: K9TAD
Memberships
American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
Volunteer Examiner (VE)
Southern California DX Club
Southern California Contest Club
PAPA System (Southern California FM/DMR/D-Star Repeater Club)
AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation)
G-QRP Club (UK Low-Power QRP Club)
Awards
WAC (Worked All Continents) – Completed
Have confirmed contacts from all six continents for WAC award plus Antarctica:
Antarctica, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America

WAS (Worked All States) – Completed
Have confirmed contacts with all 50 US states,
WAS Mixed
20 meter Endorsement
WAS Digital
20 Meter Endorsement
DXCC (Worked 100 Countries and DX entities)
Have confirmed contacts with 126 Countries (and DX entities)
DXCC Mixed
DXCC Digital

73, Terry
K9TAD

When: Tuesday, July 12th at 6:30 PM

Where: Virtual Meeting on Zoom

Due to continued COVID-19 public health guidelines, the W6TRW Club Meetings will not be held in person. Instead, there will be a Virtual Meeting held on Zoom. Click on the link below on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82794654895

Meeting ID: 827 9465 4895

Phone dial-in: 1 669 900 6833

W6TRW Club Meeting June 14, 2022

Speaker Topic for this Month:

“W6TRW Field Day 2022 Preparation”

Greg Shreve, KE6YEX

 

Field Day QTH: Friendship Park
1805 W 9th St, San Pedro, CA 90732
Event Schedule: Club Set-Up Saturday 25 June 2022 11:00am
Weekend of 25-26 June 2022

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.

http://www.arrl.org/field-day

 

When: Tuesday, June 14th at 6:30 PM

Where: Virtual Meeting on Zoom

Due to continued COVID-19 public health guidelines, the W6TRW Club Meetings will not be held in person. Instead, there will be a Virtual Meeting held on Zoom. Click on the link below on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82794654895

Meeting ID: 827 9465 4895

Phone dial-in: 1 669 900 6833

W6TRW Club Meeting May 10, 2022

Speaker Topic for this Month:

“EFHW Antenna”

Bill Shanney, W6QR

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.”

Find club meeting presentation slides like this one on our Club Presentations page!

 

When: Tuesday, May 10th at 6:30 PM

Where: Virtual Meeting on Zoom

Due to continued COVID-19 public health guidelines, the W6TRW Club Meetings will not be held in person. Instead, there will be a Virtual Meeting held on Zoom. Click on the link below on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82794654895

Meeting ID: 827 9465 4895

Phone dial-in: 1 669 900 6833

W6TRW Club Meeting April 12, 2022

Speaker Topic for this Month:

“Activating Parks and Summits on 10W (or less!)”

Mark Knight, KD7DTS

Originally licensed in the late 1990s, I initially got hooked on ham radio as a means of reliable outdoor communications during boy scout expeditions. After a few active years on the air, the sun cycle faded, 10m went dead, and I fell out of contact with amateur radio throughout college, graduate school, and some time overseas in Europe.

After moving to California, I started volunteering as a forest ranger with the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association (SGWA). Part of being a ranger is keeping in radio contact with the Forest Service to respond to emergencies. Rather than buy a new radio, or borrow one, I modified my original Yaesu FT50R. That got me back on the air while in the mountains – and I discovered an amazing SOTA and POTA community which emerged since I was last operating.

Fast forward a year or so, and I’ve got a lightweight ‘go’ kit set up for adventures. I carry two radios, a Xiegu X6100 HF+6m rig, and a Yaesu FT5DR HT to cover the 2m/70cm bands with APRS spotting. I’ve got a few antennas, all kit-builds or homebrew, which are all either random wires or tuned EFHW. Courtesy of N1OR, I also have several high-quality homebrew bandpass/BCI filters to protect the front-end of the X6100.

All my operations are QRP from a backpack or a bicycle, and powered exclusively by batteries and coffee. See you on the air soon!

73,

Mark KD7DTS

When: Tuesday, April 12th at 6:30 PM

Where: Virtual Meeting on Zoom

Due to continued COVID-19 public health guidelines, the W6TRW Club Meetings will not be held in person. Instead, there will be a Virtual Meeting held on Zoom. Click on the link below on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82794654895

Meeting ID: 827 9465 4895

Phone dial-in: 1 669 900 6833

W6TRW Club Meeting March 8, 2022

Speaker Topic for this Month:

“Los Angeles Marathon Amateur Radio Communications”

Deane Bouvier (N5DQ),  Greg Powell (KD6AIS),  Bob Dengler (NO6B)

Born out of the success of the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, the first annual Los Angeles Marathon was run in 1986 and has had amateur radio support since the beginning. This presentation describes the support of hams over the years as things have changed and how we have adapted.

Deane Bouvier, N5DQ:

Deane had a 20-year engineering career in the U.S. Air Force and 18 years as an employee with Hughes Space & Communications (now Boeing Satellite Systems) and another 4 years as a consultant building communications satellites. In 1988, first year Deane was at Hughes, Scott Fraser, KN6F who was managing the LA Marathon amateur radio support at that time, asked for help from the Hughes Amateur Radio Club. The rest as they say is history.

Greg Powell, KD6AIS:
Greg has organized and led the amateur radio support since 2005. Greg took over from Scott Fraser who began the effort with the first Marathon. Over the years as the support requirements and course changed Greg has met the challenge by adjusting assignments with the variable number of volunteers who sign up each year.

 

Bob Dengler NO6B:
An RF microwave engineer for 34 years & licensed amateur since 1977, Bob built his first 2 meter repeater in 1981 & has been active in repeater engineering, construction & coordination ever since. He has volunteered in every LA Marathon since it began in 1986, when he was assigned to Medical Mile 19 while also fielding a portable repeater on 145.44 MHz deployed at Griffith. After 10 years the Marathon had its first permanent repeater system installed at the top of the Bank of America tower on 445.45 MHz. Bob later installed 2 meter & 220 MHz systems at the site, giving the Marathon complete course coverage along with linking capability. Changes in the course route combined with loss of the Bank of America tower site in 2010 created coverage challenges. Bob deployed the (now) 445.46 repeater as a portable unit in the Baldwin Hills in 2012, and in 2013 collaborated with Joe Oliveira WB6BJM to install a new repeater on 446.28 in the Hollywood Hills. This repeater provides 100% course coverage & is now the Marathon’s primary communications resource. Bob continues to work with Joe on expanding to other sites & the 900 MHz band, & also works with the GRONK Radio Network & Topanga Remote Base Association to provide additional repeater resources to the Marathon.

When: Tuesday, March 8th at 6:30 PM

Where: Virtual Meeting on Zoom

Due to continued COVID-19 public health guidelines, the W6TRW Club Meetings will not be held in person. Instead, there will be a Virtual Meeting held on Zoom. Click on the link below on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82794654895

Meeting ID: 827 9465 4895

Phone dial-in: 1 669 900 6833

W6TRW Club Meeting February 8, 2022

Speaker Topic for this Month:

“No Tools Troubleshooting”

Wayne Yoshida, KH6WZ

Wayne Yoshida is a Technical Writer and CQ Amateur Radio Magazine columnist who
brings a cornucopia of writing, editing, technology and marketing skills to his everyday
work.
Wayne’s teenage ham radio hobby influenced his life and continues today, turning
various personal interests into an interesting and fun writing, editing, marketing and
selling journey. Working with technical products makes Wayne excited about coming to
work every day.
His most memorable career event is an example of this. As a consultant Public
Information Officer for NASA Mission Control during three Space Shuttle missions,
Wayne’s radio hobby combined with his speaking and writing ability to enable fast and
accurate responses to news reporters from around the world. Hundreds of articles
based on news releases and interviews emphasized the educational value of ham radio
and electronics and its viability as an emergency communication system for the space
program.

When: Tuesday, February 8th at 6:30 PM

Where: Virtual Meeting on Zoom

Due to continued COVID-19 public health guidelines, the W6TRW Club Meetings will not be held in person. Instead, there will be a Virtual Meeting held on Zoom. Click on the link below on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82794654895

Meeting ID: 827 9465 4895

Phone dial-in: 1 669 900 6833

W6TRW Club Meeting January 11, 2022

Speaker Topic for this Month:

“Did-you-feel-it Reporting via Winlink”

Oliver Dully, K6OLI

Oliver K6OLI will present Did-you-feel-it reporting via Winlink. Learn how you can participate in reporting earthquake intensity to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) even when commercial communication options are compromised and what the implications are for amateur radio networks. Oliver encourages everyone who wants to, to follow along and send a Winlink DYFI exercise message to USGS as part of the presentation. Winlink is available for free at https://winlink.org/WinlinkExpress

Oliver Dully, K6OLI, serves as District Emergency Coordinator for ARES LAX Northeast, which provides amateur radio communications backup for 911 receiving hospitals in northeastern Los Angeles County. Operators with ARES LAX Northeast use innovative technologies like Winlink with VARA HF, VARA FM, Packet and AREDN mesh, for example, to provide amateur radio solutions for the complex communications demands of medical facilities when commercial options may have been compromised.

Oliver has authored several popular Winlink Quick Guides for Packet and VARA FM. He coordinated the Winlink Did-you-feel-it (DYFI) project, a Winlink Development Team and West Coast ARES groups collaboration with the United States Geological Survey. He is one of the initiators of the VARA FM Winlink Autobahn connecting Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

With his friends Oliver enjoys supporting events like the AC100 UltraRace and the Baker2Vegas Relay Cup Race.  Oliver and Tran K6NHI live in Pasadena, CA.

When: Tuesday, December 14th at 6:30 PM

Where: Virtual Meeting on Zoom

Due to continued COVID-19 public health guidelines, the W6TRW Club Meetings will not be held in person. Instead, there will be a Virtual Meeting held on Zoom. Click on the link below on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82794654895

Meeting ID: 827 9465 4895

Phone dial-in: 1 669 900 6833

W6TRW Club Meeting December 14, 2021

Speaker Topic for this Month:

“Pizza Pan Antenna Test Fixture, SWR Bridges & NanoVNA”

Allen Wolff, KC7O

Allen Wolff, KC7O, has held an Amateur license for 57 years (in NY, NJ, IN, UT and CA), is an ARRL Life Member, and earned his First Class FCC Radio Telephone License (now General Radio Telephone) in 1974. He is an ARRL Life Member and has had his Extra Class License since 1980.

Allen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, RF Communications from Drexel University, Philadelphia PA and is retired from a career mostly in aerospace manufacturing.

In 1999 he was awarded the ARRL Herb Brier Instructor of the Year award, for 17 years of teaching Novice and Technician classes accounting for at least 450 new Ham Radio licenses.

When: Tuesday, December 14th at 6:30 PM

Where: Virtual Meeting on Zoom

Due to continued COVID-19 public health guidelines, the W6TRW Club Meetings will not be held in person. Instead, there will be a Virtual Meeting held on Zoom. Click on the link below on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82794654895

Meeting ID: 827 9465 4895

Phone dial-in: 1 669 900 6833

W6TRW Club Meeting November 9, 2021

Speaker Topic for this Month:

“AMSAT GOLF”

Chris Wachs, WA2KDL

 

The goal of the GOLF program is to work by steps through a series of increasingly capable spacecraft to learn skills and systems for which we do not yet have any low-risk experience.  Among these are active attitude control, deployable/steerable solar panels, radiation tolerance for Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) components in higher orbits, and propulsion.   Status of the program and transponder details will be presented along with a Q&A session after the 45 min presentation.  The GOLF program is a follow on to the AMSAT FOX program satellites AO-85, AO-91 and AO-92.

When: Tuesday, October 12th at 6:30 PM

Where: Virtual Meeting on Zoom

Due to continued COVID-19 public health guidelines, the W6TRW Club Meetings will not be held in person. Instead, there will be a Virtual Meeting held on Zoom. Click on the link below on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82794654895

Meeting ID: 827 9465 4895

Phone dial-in: 1 669 900 6833