VCARC's callsign is K6MEP and we invite anyone interested in amateur radio to click the link and go to our web page or attend one of our meetings. The date and times of the meetings are given on our web page.
K6MEP VCARC is a registered 501(c)(3) in Ventura County, California. We appreciate any donations of amateur radio equipment that will assist our members (especially the newly-licensed ones) with increasing their knowledge and skills. We will send you a donation acknowledgement letter for any donations you make to our non-profit organization.
Please contact to donate your equipment.


A Special Thanks To Those Who Have Already Donated!!

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                            For All of the K6MEP Keyer Newsletters; June 2020 is now available

                 Ventura County Amateur Radio Club/K6MEP


      Welcome to our Club Page

Contact us:

             VCARC normally holds its meetings at The Dudley House, 197 N Ashwood Ave, Ventura, CA 93003; however, with the California Governor's social distancing restrictions, we won't be able to hold meetings until the bans are lifted.
Driving directions: From Hwy 101, take exit 66B for Main St, drive 0.4 mile. Use the right 2 lanes to keep right at the fork, follow signs for S Mills Rd/Main St W/U. C. S. B. and merge onto US-101 BUS/E Main St, drive 0.1 mile. Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto S Mills Rd, drive 0.6 mile. Turn right onto Telegraph Rd, drive 0.5 mile Turn left onto N Ashwood Ave Destination will be on the left. The meeting room is in the basement. We usually monitor the 146.880 MHz - P/L 127.3 repeater for talk-ins before the meeting begins at 7:30 PM.

The latest information can always be found in the current Keyer newsletter above and on our e-group for members.

Click-->  Here to see a map. The new location is the basement meeting room and more information can be found on

Our Club meeting is held on the second Friday of each Month (except December) at The Dudley House at 7:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public and any interested persons may attend. The Board meeting is held at 7:00 PM before the General meeting and all members are invited to observe. After the Board meeting, we have a break, followed by the General meeting. During the General meeting we discuss club business and have a presentation (see listing, below). After the meeting is adjourned, some members go to Toppers Pizza to socialize. Come by, join us and share your Ham radio interests. This location will make it easier to provide actual live radio communication demonstrations.

The May 8th, 2020, 7pm (19:00) meeting was held on air by our club President Denney N6HV, who used the Sulphur Mountain Repeater, on 145.200 MHz with a minus offset and a PL of 127.3 Hz. He also conducted a Zoom meeting time at 20:00. Thanks to all who joined your club members in attending and sharing your recent amateur radio experiences. Keep an eye out for a email for the latest updates.

The June 12th, 2020 Club meeting is scheduled to be held on air by our club President Denney N6HV, who will use the Sulphur Mountain Repeater, on 145.200 MHz with a minus offset and a PL of 127.3 Hz. He'll also conduct a Zoom meeting time at 20:00. Thanks to all who anticipate joining your club members in attending and sharing your recent amateur radio experiences. Keep an eye out for a email for the latest updates.



Click--> Here to view the document, or--> Here to view our Articles of Incorporation.

We welcome new Hams, old Hams, and non-Hams who are interested in learning about radio communications and sharing the friendship and camaraderie of the local Ham community.  Local ARRL license exams can be located in our Keyer newsletter, usually around page 6 - Click on the moving S-Meter at the top of this page, or click here for a link to the ARRL "find and amateur radio license exam session". We are also planning activities such as:



The 2020 Field Day Committee (Denney N6HV, Clem KM6OKZ, Stewart KG6BOV, Burt KA6BJA, Mark KD6ASL) has considered the state wide isolation requirements and after coordinating with other clubs, the committee has decided to focus its efforts on an at-home Field Day this year. This includes at-home operations plus portable and mobile stations (Classes B, C, D and E) operating under your own call sign rather than the club site at Oxnard College. The committee has promulgated its suggested best practices and support for this year's Field Day in the June Keyer.


The 2019 Field Day began with set-up on Friday June 21. Operations began Saturday June 22 at 11AM and ended on Sunday June 23 11AM. We spent the next 4 hours taking down the antennas and masts and cleaning up. The location was beautiful and grassy Oxnard College near Parking Lot B and the Duck Pond, between S. Campus Rd and E. Bard Rd. off of Entrance Rd.

Click--> Here to listen to the 6/20/19 K6MEP Field Day promotional  with FD co-chairman and Board Member Stewart Stone KG6BOV, Mark Thompson AE6GD and VCARC President Robert Shank KM6RSS on 1590 KVTA News/Talk Radio, hosted by Spence with  Rich, Tom and a special appearance by Andres from the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club who played with Mark's "bug" key

Click--> Here to view the location map

Click--> Here to view Field Day 2019 Photos


The contest is back on and the prizes are bigger ($100, $50 and $25)!

Our Contest Net meeting begins on Monday, January 13th and ends on Monday, December 7th; with the winners being announced at our DecemberFest meeting on Friday, December 11th at our DecemberFest dinner.

  Our Net is held each Monday night at 8:00 PM Pacific time (we won't hold the net on Christmas Eve/Day or New Year's Eve/Day if they fall on a Monday). We welcome all Ham operators so please check-in and join the roundtable discussion. The net is on Two Meters on the WD6EBY Repeater of Oxnard on 145.200 MHz (-)(PL 127.3)
(Thanks to Paul, WD6EBY)


 Join/Renew  your membership in the Ventura County Amateur Radio Club; this year's dues are due beginning in October.

Spring/Fall BBQ Picnic & Swap

Our Spring 2020 BBQ Picnic and Swap has been canceled due to the statewide isolation requirements.

Our 2019 Fall BBQ-picnic & Swap was held on Saturday, September 14 from 10am to 4 pm at the Dudley House, 197 N Ashwood Ave, Ventura CA 93003.

 Click to see photos of the picnic

Many thanks to Mark KI6YLH for bringing and cooking the hot dogs/chili dogs and teriyaki chicken and to Burt KA6BJA for helping to cook. Richard WB6AEW did an excellent job managing the venue, Phil WA6BUZ and John W6JPG provided secretarial and financial services, respectively, and Bob KJ6AAE supported potential members and provided First Aid and Safety support. Denney N6HV and Clem KM6OKZ photographed the fun and camaraderie enjoyed by all. Many members and guests brought potluck and enjoyed the shade and facilities of the Dudley House.

 Our 2019 Spring BBQ-picnic & Swap was held on Saturday May 4 from 10 AM to 4 PM at The Dudley House,  197 N Ashwood Ave, Ventura, CA 93003.
  Click to see photos of the picnic

DecemberFest Dinner Meeting

The 2019 DecemberFest Dinner Party held at La Dolce Vita Ristorante was a Great Success

Thirty-Five Members and their Guests Enjoyed the Holiday Spirit in this Festive Setting


 Click to see photos of the party

 DecemberFest 2018

Thirty-two of us got together to celebrate DecemberFest at Carrow's Ventura,  2401 Harbor Blvd Ventura, 93001, SW corner of Seaward and Harbor on Friday 12/14/2018.  
  Click to see photos of last year's party

K6MEP Links Page

This site contains some links and sources of information about our club in
Ventura County, California 

This is the link to photos of Past President Joe Krigbaum's Ventura Memorial Click--> 

Please send us your favorite links and suggestions on what you would like to see on the club page.

For MESH Network topics, please visit the PVARC, Pleasant Valley ARC site and click on MESH Network to see photos and all the work that Paul Strauss WD6EBY and friends have put into this microwave technology that takes Ham Radio into the high speed digital arena!

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