k6MEP / VCARC

Ventura County Amateur Radio Club

About Us

Our call sign is K6MEP. We invite anyone who is interested in amateur radio to explore our website or attend one of our meetings.

We meet on the second Friday of every month, except in December. Our meetings are held at The Dudley House. Our meeting begins at 19:00. During the general meeting we discuss club activities and have a social and refreshment break before our presentation. After the meeting is adjourned, some members go to Toppers Pizza to socialize. Come by, join us, and share your ham radio interests.

Learn about our history as an amateur radio club.

Current Conditions

Radio communication is impacted by space weather. Changes in ionospheric density and structure will modify the path of HF radio transmission or even block the signal transmission completely. Users of the HF radio band (1 to 30 megahertz range) include ham radio operators, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Defense, and commercial airlines.

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April 2022 Meeting

MEETING ADDRESS: Dudley Historical House, 197 N. Ashwood Dr. Ventura CA 93003 and on Zoom.
ATTENDANCE: We had 23 attending in person with one more on Zoom for a total of 24.

CALL TO ORDER (AT 19:00):
President Robert KM6RSS welcomed everyone and Mark S. presented the Flag salute. Afterwards, Robert asked for any member who brought a guest to introduce them. Bob Brodie introduced Rich Deamer, who lives on Via Celito in Ventura.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Bruce Schubert KM6ZJK has passed away. He had been a member of our club since June of 2019. His intellect and kindness will be missed. A celebration of Bruce's life will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, April 19th at Coastline Bible Church, 426 S. Mills Rd, Ventura CA. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Ventura County Library READ Adult Literacy Program.
H&S: We used two air filtration systems (thanks to Pedro K6MIL).
CVARC is holding a Ham radio licensing test at East Valley Sheriff's Station on April 10th.
Picnic: May 7th at the Dudley House.
Board Meeting: May 8th.
Next General Membership Meeting: The club's next meeting date May 13th .Tentatively scheduled is Clement Alberts KM6OKZ, our program chairperson, who will lead our ”K6MEP Field Day Preparation Activities”. Field Day is June 24 (setup) 25, and 26 (takedown after 11am).
Calendar: See groups.io or K6MEP for an updated Calendar.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
K6MEP Monday Night Contest: Robert provided the status of the new K6MEP Monday Night Contest 14 weeks, 219 check-ins with 24 visitors and a 15.64 average.
Club's Inventory: Denney N6HV stated sales at TRW of the club's inventory; $350 made on 10+ items.
Health and Safety: Mark Vodon KI6PTE thanked Pedro for bringing the air cleaners.
Youth Outreach: Tim KN6JGB updated the club on our youth outreach. Science fair is virtual.
Picnic: Mark KD6ASL discussed the club's May 7th picnic at the Dudley House.
Meeting Venue (Pedro K6MIL): Pedro provided an update on the search; waiting on Boys & Girls club.
ARRL Liaison (Dave AI6VX): Dave discussed contacting John Kitchens NS6X, SB section manager.
ACS/ARES Liaison (Burt KA6BJA) [Mountains to Beach]: Burt discussed his role and Mountains to Beach.
Club Committees: The club needs the following committees to assist with club business and would like volunteers for Membership, Monday Night Net and DecemberFest selection (December 9th)

NEW BUSINESS:
Denney suggested a contest for creating a new club membership card. He will send a message in groups.io.
Bob Brodie mentioned a repeater at Rich Deamer’s house that is using the old Area 6 frequency.

Break for socialization and set-up (20 minutes)

PRESENTATION:
The speaker was Pedro Morillas K6MIL who presented “Testing, Results and Opinions regarding the 2M/440+ 'CompacCounterpoise' antenna by Dr. Jack Nilsson, Inventor - Antennas, EM & Energy COMPACtenna.com”. Many questions were asked and Pedro was thanked. His presentation is posted on the K6MEP.org website.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mark motioned and Bob seconded to adjourn the meeting at 20:30. The vote was almost unanimous (W6JPG may have been slow raising his hand).

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