VE EXAM: Kern County CVARC

AMATEUR RADIO VE EXAM IN BAKERSFIELD

Sponsor:
Kern County Central Valley Amateur Radio Club

Date/Time:
Second Friday of every Odd Month at 6:30 pm.
(January, March, May, July, September, November)

Location:
Wilson Road Vetrans Hall
1905 Wilson Rd., Room 3
Bakersfield, CA

Information:
Theory exams are multiple choice.

Bring:

  • Two ID’s, one with photo
  • Taxpayer ID Number / Social Security Number

If Upgrading Bring:

  • ULS registration Number or FCC Registration Number
  • Original and copy of Amateur License and CSCE’s

Contact:
KCCVARC Info Line
(661) 872-1557

Website:
http://www.w6lie.org/

Walk-ins are allowed.

Nobody Talks To Me!

by Steve Ford, WB81MY, Assistant Technical Editor
QST October 1993 p.63

All revved up and no place to go. You know the feeling….and so do I. You just unpacked your first 2-meter FM transceiver and you’re dying to use it. You punch in the frequency of the local repeater and listen. Silence. This is the moment of truth. You key the microphone and, in your most confident voice, announce, “WB81MY listening.”

The repeater transmits for a few seconds, then stops. Surely someone is reaching for their microphone. They’ll call you in just a few seconds…won’t they?The seconds stretch into minutes. “WB81MY listening,” you announce again, this time with added urgency.

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San Joaquin Valley Section Report – April 2007

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of April 2007:
SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

With the change in Part 97 of the FCC Rules eliminating the code exam as a requirement for upgrading, many Amateurs have upgraded to General and Extra Class. Congratulations to those getting upgraded licenses.  Enjoy your new privileges.  Technician Class Amateurs now enjoy limited HF privileges on 80, 40 and 15 CW and 10 meter SSB and CW.  As the year progresses, more Amateurs will upgrade to General and Extra.

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Digipup: A Linux Live CD for Amateur Radio

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Puppy Linux is a lightweight live Linux distribution that you can boot and run from a CD, USB stick, or DVD. One of its features is the ability to create specialized “pups” — new versions of Puppy Linux geared toward a specific purpose. Digipup is one such example, with a focus on amateur radio. I spun it up, and found Digipup to be a great way to check out amateur radio utilities for Linux.

My test machine was an Acer AST-180 with a dual-core Athlon 4000 and a gigabyte of DRAM. When booting, I was offered a choice of video servers: X.org or the smaller, less advanced, but more nimble, xvesa. X.org simplified my choice by refusing to load, so I chose xvesa instead. It performed well; I was surprised at the speed of the GUI. Slow speed is the curse of all live versions of Linux, but Digipup almost made me forget that I was booting from a CD.

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Amateur Radio in Fresno County and the Central Valley of California