EBARC has participated in the annual ARRL Field Day event for many, many years (always held on the last full weekend in June). This is one of the biggest and most enjoyed club events of the year. While it's mainly about having a good time outdoors on the radio, Field Day is also an opportunity to give Ham Radio some exposure to the general public, practice emergency communications preparedness, and participate in a radio contest that's not quite as intense and competitive as most.
Field Day is also a lot of work (enjoyable as the tasks may be). We need people to transport and set up radio equipment and tents, keep everyone well-fed, provide security, interface with the public, and last but not least, get on the air and make as many contacts as you can.
It's also a great opportunity to hone your radio skills, whether it's setting up and tuning antennas or operating at break-neck contest speeds. And there are plenty of club members willing and able to help mentor these skills. But the main goal at an EBARC Field Day is fun for all, so please plan to participate!
The annual ARRL Pacific Division Convention, Pacificon, is held each October. For more information visit the Pacificon website.
We will be showing off some of our homemade radio gear and the magic of radio. If you have something you'd like to display please consider bringing it to the Faire. Last year we introduced a lot of people to ham radio. The Makers Faire is a lot of fun with a variety of arts, crafts, DIY science and technology, creativity, craziness and fun for people of all ages. The Park Day School in Oakland is a beautiful venue as well. Please consider stopping by if you can. For more information visit the East Bay Mini Maker Faire website.