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help to support community service in amateur radio.

ARRL Convention / Hamfest look up:

National Parks

National Parks on the air 2016—Throughout 2016, Amateur Radio will be helping the National Park Service celebrate their 100th anniversary. Hams from across the country will activate NPS units, promote the National Park Service and showcase Amateur Radio to the public.

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Amateur Extra License Class!
— January 9th until February 27, 2016 —

The ARALB Ham University is presenting an Amateur Extra License class.  Please let your members know of this opportunity to upgrade.  We only hold this class once every other year.  This 8-week class will be from January 9th until February 27th .  We will meet each Saturday morning from 9:00 am until about noon.  Then the VE’s will come into the classroom on February 27th for the exam.

We have been quite successful with this class.  In fact, nearly 50% of the ARALB membership now consists of Amateur Extras, and we have about 120 members.

This class will require a lot of work on the part of the student, but if the student participates in class and follows our instructions, we expect positive results.

Our cutoff date must be strictly enforced in order for us to get the books and first assignment to the students the week prior to the first class.  The class is limited to 20 students due to the classroom size.  So, after we receive 20 registrations properly completed, and with payment to cover the book and the exam, we will not be able to accept any more.

The flyer and registration form are attached.


Bill Bradley WD6FON

ARRL Los Angeles Assistant Section Manager - Education

Chairman ARALB Ham University

President Veterans Administration Long Beach Amateur Radio Club

(562) 308-6843 (Cell)

2016 Southwestern Division Convention
Yuma, Arizona
— February. 19-20, 2016 —

LOCATION: Yuma County Fairgrounds 2520 East 32nd Street Yuma, Arizona 85364

The Yuma Hamfest is just three months away on February 19-20, and we request the assistance of you, your club or group in spreading the word about our event. Yuma has become the site of one of the largest hamfests in the southwestern U.S. and will be the ARRL SW Division Convention for 2016.

We feature commercial vendors, tailgating, grand prizes worth over $18,000, on-site RV camping, free parking, seminars held in parallel tracks, $5.00 amateur license testing, DXCC card checking, an antenna clinic & transmitter hunt, our famous "Buzzard BBQ" dinner, a near-space balloon launch, great hourly door prizes, a hospitality area, the "Country Store" consignment sales area, and much more.

Admission is only $5, tailgating spots are $10 for the weekend, and we offer a food concession run by a professional chef. Our now-famous "Buzzard BBQ" dinner is only $10. We hope you and members of your club mark February 19-20 on your calendars and plan on attending the SW Division Convention in Yuma.

Please check our website at for more information. If you have questions, contact us at or by phone at 928-305-1034. Attached is a FLYER for the 2016 Yuma Hamfest.

Roger Hunt, K7MEX

Director, Yuma Hamfest 

Palm Springs HamFest
— March 12, 2016 —

LOCATION: Palm Springs Pavilion, 401 S Pavilion Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

SPONSOR: Desert R.A.T.S. A.R.C.

TYPE: ARRL Hamfest


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HamFest 2016
— March 12th —

LOCATION: Historic Loomis Train Depot Plaza, 3640 Taylor Road, Loomis, CA 95650

SPONSOR: Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club

TYPE: ARRL Hamfest


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Baker to Vegas Relay Challenge
— March 19-20, 2016 —

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Salsa Fest 2016
— March 19, 2016 —

LOCATION:  Copper Sky Regional Park, HWY 347 and Bowlin Rd Maricopa, AZ 85138

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Eastern VHF-UHF-Microwave Conference
April 11-13, 2016

The 40th Eastern VHF-UHF-Microwave Conference will take place April 11-13, 2016 at the Baymont Inn and Suites, 20 Taylor Street in Manchester, Connecticut, sponsored by the Eastern VHF/UHF Society and the North East Weak Signal Group.

VHF Super Conference
Sponsored by Southeastern VHF Society,
North East Weak Signal Group
and the Mt. Airy VHF Radio Club.
Hosted by the Grid Pirates Contest Group
and Directive Systems and Engineering
— April 15-17, 2016 —

First Call for Papers and Presentations for the Super VHF Conference, April 15-17, 2016, near Washington, DC. Jointly sponsored by Packrats, NEWS Group, and SVHFS. details at  looking for presentations or papers on VHF, UHF, microwaves, and higher. all aspects welcome - operating, contesting, homebrewing, software, EME, surplus, antennas, test equipment, amplifiers, SDR, 47 GHz superregen, whatever. this is the first call, so you have time to think about it, heat up your soldering iron if needed, take pictures, win the January contest... N2CEI and W1GHZ will be coordinating the Proceedings. details for submission will be on the website soon.

  73 Paul and Steve

— June 25-26, 2016 —

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If you're interested in volunteering as a Field-day radio communicator, check with your club or clubs and let them know that your willing to work stations with your radio or with a station (radio) already set up.

Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run
— August 6, 2016 —

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Arizona State Convention
(CopaFest 2016)
— October 21-22, 2016 —

LOCATION: Ultra Star Center at Harrah's Ak-Chin 16000 Maricopa Road Maricopa, AZ 85238

SPONSOR: Maricopa Amateur Radio Association

 TYPE: ARRL Convention

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Oro Valley ARC Hamfest
— December 12, 2016 —

LOCATION: Marana Middle School, 11279 West Grier Road, Marana, AZ 85653

SPONSOR: Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club

TYPE: ARRL Hamfest


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