VCARC/K6MEP

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.

THANK YOU

A Special Thanks To Those Who Have Already Donated!!

 
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                            For All of the K6MEP Keyer Newsletters; the April 2021 Edition 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 physical 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 Groups.io e-group for members and others.

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


CLUB MEETINGS (Being held on the air and on Zoom)
Our Club meeting is held on the second Friday of each Month (except December) at (pre-COVID-19) 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 February 12th, 2021 meeting was held on the air at 19:00 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 conducted a Zoom meeting and discussed old and new club business, as well as welcomed our new members. Our President Denney N6HV presented "Go Boxes" and provided a number of great ideas of types of go boxes (bags, backpacks, etc.), items to include in the container such as paper, pencils, etc. There was a lively discussion after Denney's presentation about the styles and contents of many attendee's "go-containers".

The March 12th meeting was held on the air at 19:00 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 conducted a Zoom meeting and discussed old and new club business, as well as welcoming our new members. Burt KA6BJA presented "An Overview of Digital Modes" and did a thorough job of explaining analog vs. digital, drivers, codecs and an introduction to Packet, Winlink, FT-8 and other modes.

The April 9th meeting was held on the air at 19:00 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 conducted a Zoom meeting and discussed old and new club business, as well as welcoming our new (and old) members. Clem KM6OKZ presented "UV-C LED Reactor" and the microscope that made it possible.

The May 14th meeting will be held on the air at 19:00 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 will conduct a Zoom meeting and discuss old and new club business, as well as welcoming our new (and old) members. The topic and presenter will be announced soon; check K6MEP.groups.io for updates.

Club Presentations:

How not to do Moon Bounce (Updated) Click-->   Here

How to use N3FJP Logging Software Click-->   Here

Stu Sheldon AG6AG FT Talk Click-->  Here

Stu Sheldon AG6AG Emergency Communications (Screen Shots) Click-->   Here

Presentations--> Information about NVIS

Clem KM6OKZ "UV-C LED Reactor" Click-->   Here

 


CLUB MEMBERSHIP

 Join/Renew  your membership in the Ventura County Amateur Radio Club; payment of 2021's dues are very appreciated.

K6MEP VCARC Bylaws

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 11 - 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:


FIELD DAY

  

Field Day 2021 (under construction).

Our club has formed a committee to evaluate the various options, based on several health regulations and other variables, to provide a meaningful club-sponsored event. It appears that we may be able to return to the Duck Pond at Oxnard College; check our committee's status on our groups.io page. The next committee meeting is scheduled for April 17 at 20:00; Denney N6HV will send out Zoom invitations using our groups.io website.

 

 

Field Day 2020 (completed)

Ventura County Hams collaborated across several clubs and provided tools and support via Zoom meetings and on the air repeater discussions so that everyone could follow the Ventura County's "shelter at home" restrictions. Many of our club members used N3MJP logging software, coupled with https://contestonlinescore.com/ to manage our contact information. Although the results didn't have to be submitted to the ARRL until July 28, many members compiled their results and assisted others with the reporting requirements, as well as the software's ability to create "dupe" files for submission.

Click--> Here to view Field Day 2020 Photos

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


MONDAY NIGHT CLUB NET MEETING

Our 2021 Contest started on January 11 and will end on December 6th. Make sure to set your calendar alarms to remind you to check-in and join the Zoom get-together that follows.

  Our Net is held each Monday night at 20:00 hrs local 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). We also have a Zoom meeting following the net at 20:30; see K6MEP.groups.io for details.
(Thanks to PVARC and Paul, WD6EBY)



Spring/Fall BBQ Picnic & Swap

2021's Spring BBQ has been canceled due to the statewide isolation requirements. We are hoping that we will be able to have our Fall event at the Dudley House. Date TBA.

Our Spring and Fall 2020 BBQ Picnic and Swap was 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 2019's September 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 2019's May picnic

DecemberFest Dinner Meeting

Due to Ventura County Health Department restrictions, we didn't hold our annual dinner meeting on Friday December 11th, 2020. Instead, we had a club meeting on the WD6EBY Repeater of Oxnard on 145.200 MHz (-)(PL 127.3). We also had a Zoom meeting following the net meeting at 20:30; see K6MEP.groups.io for details.

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 2019's 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. It was very festive.  
  Click to see photos of 2018'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--> 
Here

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 Orv Beach W6BI have put into this microwave technology that takes Ham Radio into the high speed digital arena!

Correspondence should be directed to

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Last Update: 04/10/21 by KM6RSS