Current Events

Ham Radio Exam

September 19th, 2020 at 9:00am
Held at the American Legion Post 119
4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville CA 95667
Testing Fees $14.00
Contact Ken Vogele, W6KWV at 530-642-9523

Next Meeting Thur, Sep 24

Join us for our monthly meeting Thursday September 24th at 7:00 PM. 
Via Zoom.

Big Hill SOTA and POTA

Saturday Sep. 19th 10am - 2pm
Join us on Big Hill for SOTA and POTA fun.
Bring your own sack lunch or snack 
Learn from others and test your gear for portable operations.
Big Hill Location

Another fun Wednesday activity night.   We use the IRLP function on our 2m repeater to talk to amateur radio operators in Australia.  Fourteen of our members joined the group to connect to IRLP node 6060 of the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club https://www.ccarc.org.au/.   We chatted with VK2NMZ, Brad, VK2AOR, Bob, VK2FOMG, Jay on the repeater in Australia.  It was 1pm local time on the Central Coast of Australia and a few of the CCARC members were able to take some time out of their workday to chat with us.  On our end, KN6HZM, Austin made his first out of country amateur radio contact.  Thanks to Bob, W1RH for making the secondary node available when the primary node computer failed.   Hope everyone had a good time.

In person VE testing is suspended at this time.   

On-line VE testing is availble at https://hamstudy.org/sessions 

Tony, W6QA can answer some questions

We had another fun activity night on Wednesday the 29th with about 14 members trying out 10m AM.   The signals were not too strong but the majority of the participants were able to copy all but two or three stations.   Aaron, W6CK reported that this simplex mode gave him the best coverage of the county so far.  The Icom IC-7300 stations with stock microphones had good audio.  The net ran about an hour and a few continued to chat after the conclusion of the net.

Thanks to everyone who able to participate.  The next activity night is already in planing. 

Recommended Cleaning Guidelines for Icom Radios and Accessories


In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Icom is providing recommended cleaning guidelines for Icom radios and accessories.

Cleaning

  1. Turn off the radio to avoid heat generation or a malfunction.
  2. Apply over-the-counter isopropyl alcohol, with a concentration of 70% to 80% diluted with water, on a soft, dry cloth and gently wipe down the surfaces of the product.
      a. Do not apply or spray the solution directly on the product, or soak it in the solution.
      b. Avoid wiping the antenna or the transparent acrylic plate of the display as much as possible since rubbing alcohol can damage resin parts.
  3. Make sure that the product batteries are sufficiently dry before using or charging them.
Do not use bleach or detergents, even if diluted. It may cause damage or deterioration.

IMPORTANT

  1. We recommend disinfecting your hands before and after using the product.
  2. We do not guarantee compatibility with all rubbing alcohols. We recommend that you first try it on an inconspicuous part of the product.
  3. Carefully read the precautions for rubbing alcohol before using it.
  4. In the unlikely event that the product is damaged, or malfunctions due to rubbing alcohol, the cost of repairs or replacement of parts may be borne by the customer.

Regular Care (Dirt Removal)


Wipe the product off with a soft, dry cloth. If it is extremely dirty, wipe it with a soft cloth moistened with water. Never use detergent or organic solvents (thinner, benzine, and so on). It may cause damage, paint peeling, or deterioration.