W6TRW Swap Meet Suspended For 2020

The W6TRW Amateur Radio Club Swap Meet is Cancelled for 2020

Updated August 27, 2020

ALL MONTHLY SWAP MEETS CANCELLED THROUGH DECEMBER 2020

REOPENING  IN 2021 – PENDING COMPANY APPROVAL

 

The W6TRW Amateur Radio Club has made the difficult decision to cancel our monthly Swap Meet through the remainder of 2020. We are hoping to reopen in January or February 2021.

The W6TRW Swap Meet has been closed down since March due to concerns over COVID-19 and we have been working to get approval to reopen since then.  Unfortunately, it has been made clear to the Club that we will not receive that approval this year.

We will continue to work with the company, the City of Redondo Beach, and LA County officials to get the Swap Meet going as soon as possible next year.

Sellers who have paid for future reservations will be mailed a refund in the coming weeks. At this point, we’ve held your money for too long and we feel it is best to return it to you. When we do reopen, current sellers will be given first priority for spaces.

Although we all want to get back to “normal” and “business as usual,” the safety and well-being of our volunteer staff, our sellers, and our guests is our number one priority. This is an unprecedented time in our history, and we must do our part, regardless of how difficult, to stop the spread of COVID-19. We are as frustrated as you that we have not been able to hold the Swap Meet since February.

The W6TRW Amateur Radio Club has been putting on a monthly swap meet for almost 40 years and some of you have been with us for all that time. We really appreciate the support and encouragement you have given us over the years. We don’t intend to stop now!

Please continue to check this website: https://w6trw.com/ for updates on future events. Announcements will also be made on our social media platforms @w6trwswapmeet on Twitter and W6TRW Swap Meet on Facebook.

W6TRW Amateur Radio Club

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday November 10, 2020 Repeater Net & Zoom

Hi, all –

 W6TRW General Meeting 5:30PM 6:30 PM Tuesday 10 November Will Be Replaced by Repeater Net on the W6TRW 2 meter and 440 MHz repeaters, and a Zoom meeting.

For the 10 November Tuesday 5:30PM 6:30PM call-in, here is the W6TRW repeater info ( https://w6trw.com/repeaters/ ): 

VHF 2 Meters • 145.320 MHz, Offset: -600 kHz, PL: 114.8 Hz; Located in Redondo Beach, CA • All-Star node 505680

UHF 440 MHz • 447.000 MHz, Offset: -5 MHz, PL: 100.0 Hz; Located in Palos Verdes, CA • All-Star node 505681

 

Due to continued COVID-19 public health guidelines, the W6TRW Amateur Radio Club monthly meeting will not be held in person.  But to take its place, as a virtual meeting, we will again hold a radio net Tuesday 10 November starting at 5:30 PM, on the W6TRW FM repeaters (see repeater info below), and a Zoom meeting (see link below). 

The speaker topic for this November virtual meeting is: 

“Portable-Mobile-OPs”

by Bill WQ6R.

Bill will present a comprehensive, interesting and informative session on all the aspects and options for portable stations: latest equipment, setup and operation, and same principles applied to mobile stations. 

Here is a link to the slides, so we can follow along.  The slides will be uploaded before the meeting.  https://w6trw.com/wp-content/uploads/Portable-Mobile-Ops-WQ6R-Nov-2020.pdf

The slides will also be presented in the Zoom meeting: 

The W6TRW Radio Club is inviting you to a Zoom meeting.  To join the meeting at the scheduled date and time, please click on the link:

 

W6TRW Monthly Meeting

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

Meeting ID: 827 9465 4895

Phone dial-in:  1 669 900 6833

You don’t need a Zoom account or anything – just click the link.  You can hear the audio through your computer, or you can dial in on the phone.

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday October 13, 2020 Repeater Net & Zoom

Hi, all!

We’re going to try something different for the Tuesday 13 October net.  Since a number of our W6TRW members can’t hit the local South Bay based W6TRW repeaters, we have decided to try Zoom, which other amateur radio clubs are using.

Zoom isn’t as bad as the reputation that precedes it– you can dial in with your phone, or web browser, no account needed, and nothing to download.  In the web browser, you’ll be able to see the slides when the speaker is presenting.  Alternatively, you can download the slides from the W6TRW website, at https://w6trw.com/wp-content/uploads/N6EWT-PortablePi-FD-2020.pdf and follow along with just telephone dial-in.

This going to be a great talk.  Chris N6EWT shows solutions for several aspects of low power operating. 

 

So, we’re going to do the monthly W6TRW meeting in two parts, and see how it works:  First, starting at 5:15 PM, we will do radio check-ins via the W6TRW repeaters, like we have done the past few months, and then at 5:30 PM, we will start a Zoom session. 

EARLY CHECK-IN on the repeater:  5:15 PM

Radio check-ins starting at 5:15 PM and I will continue to monitor the radio for the duration of the meeting.  The speaker topic, “Low Power Field Day Digital Station Using Raspberry Pi” will start at 5:30 PM, and the audio will be carried over Zoom.  We didn’t find a practical way, so far, to carry the audio on both repeaters and Zoom, without a compromise in audio quality and some confusion in integrating the voice traffic from both sources.

ZOOM MEETING STARTS:  5:30 PM

The Zoom session won’t start until 5:30 PM, so if you dial in early, you might get a “passcode not valid” message.  But it will be active at 5:30 PM.  It’s easy to get in – you can dial in only, with the phone number and passcode, or you can click the link and use your web browser.  See below:

 

 

Topic: W6TRW October General Meeting
Time: Oct 13, 2020 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

You can join the meeting via your web browser:  https://ucla.zoom.us/j/91280686712
You can call in on the phone:  Dial 1 213 338 8477, then punch in the Meeting ID: 912 8068 6712#

More dial-in numbers:
Dial by your location
        +1 213 338 8477 US (Los Angeles)
+1 669 219 2599 US (San Jose)
+1 720 928 9299 US (Denver)
+1 971 247 1195 US (Portland)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 602 753 0140 US (Phoenix)
+1 651 372 8299 US (St. Paul)
+1 786 635 1003 US (Miami)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 470 250 9358 US (Atlanta)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 912 8068 6712 #
Find your local number: https://ucla.zoom.us/u/auxvd2MAV

New online webinars to be offered by ARRL Learning Network

ARRL is introducing live 30-minute webinars to help spread the word of the various activities and opportunities available to members.

The topic for the first session is Relay Stations and the Art of Traffic Handling, presented by Aaron Hulett, K8AMH on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT (1700 UTC). See the ARRL site for the complete list of scheduled sessions: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-members-to-lead-new-30-minute-amateur-radio-webinar-series

 

If you would like to participate as a speaker, you can fill out their Call to Speakers form here:

http://www.arrl.org/ARRL-Learning-Network-Speakers-Form

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday July 14, 2020 Will Be Replaced by Repeater Net

W6TRW General Meeting

Will Be Replaced by Repeater Net

Tuesday July 14, 2020 @ 5:30pm

QTH: Virtual by Net 

Net Control: Greg Shreve, KE6YEX


Due to continued COVID-19 public health guidelines, the W6TRW Amateur Radio Club monthly meeting will not be held in person. But to take its place, as a virtual meeting, we will hold a radio net Tuesday 14 July starting at 5:30 PM, on the W6TRW FM repeaters.

We don’t have a speaker topic for this July meeting, but we will do a quick Field Day re-cap, to ask what people did for Field Day.

If you want to associate your Field Day effort with out club, W6TRW, please enter exactly the club name: W6TRW AMATEUR RADIO CLUB on the ARRL Field Day entry form: https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php


During the net, we will also have a Discord session running in parallel, for text chat and voice chat, for members who cannot reach the W6TRW repeaters, or in general for member messaging. Discord can also be used for screen-sharing and presentations.
Discord can be run in many ways – as a mobile app, in a browser window (http://www.discord.com), or as a desktop app. Please see the attached PDF instructions for quickly setting up a Discord user account, and for joining W6TRW sessions.
The Discord setup instructions are also at https://w6trw.com/wp-content/uploads/W6TRW-Discord-User-Setup.pdf or at the W6TRW Presentations page https://w6trw.com/club-meeting-presentations/. It’s easy and safe to make an account.

Repeater info ( https://w6trw.com/repeaters/ ):

VHF 2 Meters • 145.320 MHz, Offset: -600 kHz, PL: 114.8 Hz; Located in Redondo Beach, CA • All-Star node 505680

UHF 440 MHz • 447.000 MHz, Offset: -5 MHz, PL: 100.0 Hz; Located in Palos Verdes, CA • All-Star node 505681


Here’s a fun ham radio event, 8-9 August 2020, that you can do from your computer. This is like the Ham Expo events that take place every year or two, except this year, it’s virtual. There is a great list of speakers, and virtual booths by all the usual vendors. Free registration: https://qsotoday.vfairs.com/en/registration

QSO Today Virtual Ham Radio Expo https://qsotoday.vfairs.com/en/

The speakers’ talks will be on the website for 30 days. It looks like a bunch of good ones.


 

GLAARG VE Group Offers Remote Exams

The Greater Los Angeles Amateur Radio Group (GLAARG) is now offering remote testing.

While the W6TRW swap meet and license testing has temporarily suspended during the ongoing pandemic, this is an excellent alternative for those wishing to get their license or upgrade. This link is for information only; W6TRW is not involved with the testing.

Please see the link below for details!

Repost: One Radio Amateur Aboard Historic SpaceX Launch

05/27/2020

If all goes according to plan, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken, KE5GGX, and Doug Hurley will make US space history today [May 27], as human spaceflight returns to the US for the first time in almost a decade.

Behnken and Hurley will be on board a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft for the “test flight” powered by a Falcon 9 launch vehicle, headed to the International Space Station (ISS).

“We are go for launch!” tweeted NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “SpaceX and NASA will continue monitoring lift-off and downrange weather as we step into the countdown. We are proceeding toward a 4:33 [EDT] launch.”

Back-up instantaneous launch opportunities are available on Saturday, May 30, at 1922 UTC, and on Sunday, May 31, at 1900 UTC. The “Demo-2” is the final major test for SpaceX’s human spaceflight system to be certified by NASA for operational crew missions to and from the International Space Station, SpaceX said.

Launch video from the Kennedy Space Center is available on the SpaceX website.

Source: http://www.arrl.org/news/one-radio-amateur-aboard-historic-spacex-launch

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday May 12, 2020 Will Be Replaced by Repeater Net

W6TRW General Meeting

Will Be Replaced by Repeater Net

Tuesday May 12, 2020 @ 5:30pm

QTH: Virtual by Net 

Topic: “Alternatives to ARRL Field Day and

Preparing for ARRL June VHF Contest”

Net Control: Greg Shreve, KE6YEX

Due to continued COVID-19 public health guidelines, the W6TRW Amateur Radio Club monthly meeting will not be held in person. But to take its place, as a virtual meeting, we will hold a radio net Tuesday 12 May starting at 5:30 PM, on the W6TRW FM repeaters.

The topic for this May meeting will be alternatives to ARRL Field Day, and preparing for the ARRL 13-14 June VHF Contest. Please feel free to bring any and all ideas for Field Day, to discuss on the net. (To be clear, at this point we are not planning on hosting Field Day this year at a public site.) We would be very interested to hear from Field Day Band Captains and others who planned to operate W6TRW FD this year. We would also like to hear what the other South Bay ham clubs are planning.

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

Repeater info ( https://w6trw.com/repeaters/ ):

VHF 2 Meters • 145.320 MHz, Offset: -600 kHz, PL: 114.8 Hz; Located in Redondo Beach, CA • All-Star node 505680

UHF 440 MHz • 447.000 MHz, Offset: -5 MHz, PL: 100.0 Hz; Located in Palos Verdes, CA • All-Star node 505681

If you are out of range of the W6TRW repeaters, but would like to participate in the net and want to know more about the Allstar nodes, feel free to contact us with questions.

UPDATE: W6TRW General Meeting 14 April Will Be Replaced by Repeater Net

W6TRW General Meeting 14 April Will Be Replaced by Repeater Net

Due to state, county, city of Torrance and Redondo Beach COVID-19 guidelines, the W6TRW Amateur Radio Club monthly meeting will not be held in person.  But to take its place, as a virtual meeting experiment, we will hold a radio net Tuesday 14 April starting at 5:30 PM, on the W6TRW FM repeaters.

Repeater info ( https://w6trw.com/repeaters/ ):

VHF 2 Meters • 145.320 MHz, Offset: -600 kHz, PL: 114.8 Hz; Located in Redondo Beach, CA • All-Star node 505680

UHF 440 MHz • 447.000 MHz, Offset: -5 MHz, PL: 100.0 Hz; Located in Palos Verdes, CA • All-Star node 505681

The slides for the tech talk, “HF Updates” by Bill Shanney W6QR, that we would normally conduct in person, are on the W6TRW website at https://w6trw.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/HF-Update-April-2020-Talk.pdf .  We won’t walk through the slides, but take a look, and if you have questions or comments, please feel free to discuss on the net.

 

A bulletin will be put out for May to let you know the status of the May meeting.

Please refer back to the website for updates on future events. Announcements will also be made on our social media platforms @w6trwswapmeet on Twitter and W6TRW Swap Meet on Facebook.

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday March 10, 2020

W6TRW General Meeting

Tuesday March 10, 2020 @ 5:30pm

QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

“Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay

Presented By: Ray Enriquez, KD6IGI

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS COMPETE IN the Baker to Vegas run.
THE CHALLENGE CUP IS A 120 MILE, 20 stage FOOT RELAY, STARTING from Baker,
CA to Las Vegas, NV. Ray Enriquez, KD6IGI, will brief volunteers supporting this event on APRIL 4-5, 2020

 

 

Event Information:

http://bakervegas.net/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.