Nov 26

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday December 11, 2018

W6TRW General Meeting

December 11, 2018 Tuesday @ 6:00pm
QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Chris Wachs, WA2KDL, will present

What is FT-8 Digital Mode?

Chris will demonstrate and share his Field Day experience with FT-8 Digital Mode

FT8 stands for “Franke-Taylor design, 8-FSK modulation” and was created by Joe Taylor, K1JT and Steve Franke, K9AN. It is described as being designed for “multi-hop Es where signals may be weak and fading, openings may be short, and you want fast completion of reliable, confirm-able QSO’s.

WA2KDL, longtime member, Chris has held numerous club leadership positions. His Ham Radio resume includes DMR hot spots, IRLP software (what you need to use it on the internet), SDR use for HDSDR & Linux SDR software and AMSAT Life Member, talked to both the space shuttle & OSCAR 6,7,8 working GSE for AMSAT OSCAR 16,17,18-19 use FOX Satellite, Field Day Band Captain 80M and MORE!

Sep 30

Bill Tynan W3XO Silent Key

It is our sad duty to inform the passing of Bill Tynan, W3XO.

William A. “Bill” Tynan, W3XO, of Kerrville, Texas, died on August 7, following a lengthy illness. A past AMSAT President and the editor of the QST column “The World Above 50 MHz” from 1975 until 1992, Tynan was 91.

Click here for link to ARRL article

AMSAT article:

Charter Member, Past AMSAT President William A. “Bill” Tynan, W3XO, SK

Sep 17

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday October 9, 2018

W6TRW General Meeting

October 9, 2018 Tuesday @ 6:00pm
QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Veteran Deane Bouvier, N5DQ, will present


The Military Auxiliary Radio System, a US DOD sponsored civilian program consisting of primarily licensed ham radio operators interested in assisting the military with communications on a local, national, and international basis as an adjunct to normal communications.
MARS has a long history of service to the nation. Its members work by the slogan “Proudly serving those who serve.”

Deane Bouvier, N5DQ

Deane was born in New Orleans, the youngest of three boys. His father was a TV repair technician, so Electrical Engineering in college was a natural. In college, he joined the ROTC and finished a 20 year career in the U.S. Air Force. Then Deane joined Hughes Space and Communications (now Boeing Satellite Development Center) and spent 18 years as an employee and another 4 years as a consultant building communications satellites.

Now fully retired, he is busier than ever; volunteering for Little Company of Mary Medical Centers, the City of Torrance and Los Angeles County Disaster Communications Service. All of these activities are centered on improving disaster communications for our community.

Aug 24

W6TRW 52nd Annual Awards Banquet 2018

W6TRW 52nd Annual Awards Banquet 2018

Special Guests from Battleship Iowa Amateur Radio Association

David Ziskin, AG6E & Doug Dowds, W6HB, President of BIARA

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 2018

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. 26th with your check & entrée selection.

Please use the form below.

W6TRW 52nd Annual Awards Banquet 2018 Form


Aug 15

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday September 11, 2018

W6TRW General Meeting

September 11, 2018 Tuesday @ 6:00pm

QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Understanding the linked multi-repeater

systems of Southern California

Guest Speaker: Diana Feinberg, AI6DF

Diana Feinberg, AI6DF – Key Note Speaker at 2017 W6TRW Banquet

In about an hour we’ll compare and contrast such linked systems as:  PAPA; DARN; Cactus Intertie; Condor; WIN; RABBIT; EARN; SCIRA; and more.  Diana, AI6DF, previously served as President and later Coordination Board Secretary for the 220 MHz Spectrum Management Association of Southern California.  Several of these linked systems use the 222-225 MHz amateur band.

Everything you’ve always wanted to know….Diana will answer all your Questions about Southern California repeater systems as well as give us an update on ARRL activities.


In addition to serving as ARRL Los Angeles Section Manager Diana is President of the Palos Verdes Amateur Radio Club, District Communications Officer for the L.A. County Disaster Communications Service Lomita and South Los Angeles Districts, and an active participant with the PVARC’s annual “Islands on the Air” (IOTA) DXpedition to Santa Catalina Island.

Jul 18

Tour USAF Space & Missile Systems Center

Tour of USAF Space & Missile Systems Center (SMC)


Date: Friday, Sept. 21st, 2018

Car Pool at Space Park, in front of Building S parking Lot

Time: 10:30 am  (**NOTE: Time has changed from 9:00 am to 10:30 am**)

Limit:       1 guest per Club Member  (Total Group: 25)

Cost:         None


The SMC Heritage Center is an area of historical exhibits and monuments to the Air Force space and missile development, located both indoors and outside of the Schriever Space Complex at L.A. Air Force Base in El Segundo.

Lunch will be available at a reserved area of the base patio. Limited Parking, please carpool.

To sign up for this event, US Air Force Base Authorized Guest Registration is required (fill out attachment in link below).

W6TRW Tour of USAF SMC Flyer

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 organization in Phil’s honor would be appropriate, as his family is not accepting flowers or remembrances.

Jun 16

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday July 10, 2018

W6TRW General Meeting

July 10, 2018 Tuesday @ 5:30pm

Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Elmer to many hams, Mike Aust, WB6DJI, Presents:

“Home-brew: HF SDR Rig in

Go-Box HF Bands for Field Day 2018

“This project HF Field Day 2018 radio seemed like it was putting 10 pounds of sand into a 5 pound sack !!
Cutting, milling, sanding steel racks, cabling, mounting equipment onto upper & lower 2U racks into a 4U rack, special mounting brackets for front mounted KX3 HF radio and DSP speaker, not to mention the HF PA deck , Synced SDR receiver and it’s custom milled out rack, etc ……
Working at Northrop was easier work than this stuff …..” Mike, WB6DJI

May 11

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday June 12, 2018

W6TRW General Meeting

June 12, 2018 Tuesday @ 5:30pm

Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

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

“ARRL’s Field Day Prep Meeting

Event Scheduled: Weekend of 23-24 June 2018

Begins at 1800 UTC Saturday ending at 2100 UTC Sunday

Field Day QTH:  Friendship Park, San Pedro

Hope to see you there!


ARRL Field Day is THE largest emergency preparedness, on-the-air event held on the 4th weekend of June. 35,000 or more radio amateurs gather with their clubs and friends, to operate from remote locations. W6TRW will have 7 fully operational stations up and running using Voice, Digital and Morse Code.

Apr 15

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday May 8, 2018

W6TRW General Meeting

May 8, 2018 Tuesday @ 5:30pm

Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Guest Speaker from Silicon Valley:  Edison Fong, WB6IQN

“A Tri-Band Antenna for 2 meters, 220 MHz,

& 70 cm Antenna Without Radials”

WB6IQN will present his new patent on a Tri Band base antenna (TBJ-1),
featured in QST March 2017. The antenna operates on 2mt/ 1.25mt/ 70cm. It uses no radials
and is only 6ft tall.

Ed worked on this concept for several years and first presented this antenna design at Pacificon 2015.
He will give a historical perspective of how this antenna was developed and also explain how this antenna works.
Since its introduction, its popularity has exploded. Sales have not only been to the ham community but also to military, government and commercial applications.