The next southern California on-foot direction-finding session will be
Craig Regional Park on July 14, sponsored by the SuperSystem UHF
Repeater Network with support from members of the Fullerton Radio
Club. It is open to everyone. All ages are welcome, so bring the
family. You don't need a ham radio license or knowledge of RDF equipment.
For radio-orienteers of average experience, there will be a 5-fox
two-meter course of low to moderate difficulty. If you are a
beginner, there will be plenty of practice two-meter fox transmitters
just for you. Transmitters on the 80-meter and UHF bands will also be
available to hunt. Experts will be on hand to teach you the basic
techniques of on-foot direction-finding.
An optional cookout will take place just prior to the hunt with
grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken breasts and all the fixings. If
you bring a salad or dessert to share, your cost for the lunch will be
$2. If not, the price is $5. If you plan to take part in this
picnic, it would help if you would make an advance reservation by
e-mail to <wa6twf(a)aol.com> and arrive at the starting point by 11 AM.
If you don't wish to partake in the picnic, no reservation is
necessary. Just bring your own lunch and come to the start point at
12 noon for the hunt. There is no charge for the transmitter hunting.
A limited amount of radio direction finding gear will be available for
loan. If possible, bring a handi-talkie, receiver, or scanner
covering the two-meter band for each person who will be going ARDFing.
If you have directional antennas, attenuators, or other on-foot RDF
equipment, be sure to bring it. Make sure all batteries are fresh.
Craig Regional Park is between the cities of Fullerton and Brea. It
is bounded on the west by State College Boulevard, on the north by
Imperial Highway, on the east by the 57 freeway and on the south by
Bastanchury Road. See the maps at <www.homingin.com> for navigation
to the park and the hunt start location. From the 57 freeway, take
the Imperial Highway exit, go west to State College (first light),
turn left (south) and look for the park on your left (east). This is
the only vehicular entrance.
Vehicular entry and parking within Craig Park costs $5 and there are
parking spaces right next to the starting point, which is south and
east of our previous location. As an alternate, you can park just
outside along the State College Boulevard for free if you're willing
to hike about 500 yards to the start. As you approach, look for the
orange and white orienteering flag.
Two meter talk-in is on K6QEH/R, 146.97(-) PL 136.5. SuperSystem
members can call WA6TWF on "Channel 5."
Questions about the hunt? Send e-mail to <k0ov(a)homingin.com>
Joe Moell K0OV
Santa Maria Radio Swapfest
Saturday, June 16, 2007 (tomorrow)
THE SATELLITE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, W6AB
An ARRL Affiliated Club
WHAT: Best-Known Radio Swapfest on the Central Coast!
Swap Tables, Contests, T-Hunts, Games, and
many drawing prizes, such as
Transceivers* and Antennas
Power Supplies and Surge Protectors
Tools and Test Equipment
* Transmitting equipment awarded to Licensed Amateur Radio Operators ONLY!
WHEN: Sellers admitted at 7:00 A.M.
Open to public at 8:00 A.M.
Prize drawings will occur throughout the event
WHERE: The Santa Maria Elks Lodge parking lot, 1309 North Bradley Road.
Take Highway 101 to the Donovan Road exit in Santa Maria. Go one-half
block west on Donovan Road to North College Drive, turn left onto College
Drive, and go one-half block south to North Bradley Drive. Turn left onto
Bradley Drive and follow it east and then south to the Elks Lodge.
Bring your own tables and chairs.
GPS (NAD83) Coordinates of Event: 34° 57' 49.3" N, 120° 25' 15.6" W
PRICES: ADMISSION AND PARKING IS FREE
Swap Table Space or Tailgate Permit ......................... $ 15.00
TALK-IN: 145.140- (131.8 Hz CTCSS)
Visit our Web Site at www.SatelliteARC.com
The best Father's Day gift any dad can receive is a day in Santa Maria
at the Santa Maria Radio Swapfest!
How Hams Celebrate Father's Day:
President Calvin Coolidge recommended it as a national holiday in 1924.
In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made Father's Day a holiday to be
celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The holiday was not officially
recognized until 1972, during the presidency of Richard Nixon. In
recent years, retailers have adapted to the holiday by promoting
male-oriented gifts such as electronics and tools. Families of Amateur
Radio operators insist that he or she attends the Santa Maria Radio
This year as in recent years past, Amateur Radio operators will celebrate
Father's Day on Saturday June 16, 2007 at the Santa Maria Radio Swapfest
The Santa Maria Radio Swapfest is sponsored by the Satellite Amateur
Radio Club. You can get all of the information by downloading the
swapfest flyer at:
In Santa Maria, California Saturday morning June 16th.
Elks Lodge Parking Lot
1309 North Bradley Road
Talk-In: 147.300+ (PL 131.8)
The information contact is Eric Lemmon, WB6FLY
4416 Titan Avenue
Lompoc, CA 93436-1027