I met an older ham at the Santa Barbara Hamfest earlier this month. We
really were just talking over lunch. He told me his name was "Corky". I
remember his call as KF6 or K6, but I can't be sure. I met so many guys
He's probably in his late 60's and was a lineman for SDG&E in the 70's thru
the 90's. He was a wonderful story teller and told me of his many ham radio and SDG&E
experiences. He also mentioned to me that "everyone knows me here!".
He and his wife won an emergency, hand crank, battery operated radio in the raffle if that helps any!
His wife came over to have him meet someone and he never came back.
I am writing you in the hopes that someone on the list knows "Corky".
If you do, would you please pass along my call and ask "Corky" to contact me at
That would be wonderful, if you would that for me!
I forgot to mention that you can see my track from this morning when I
picked the units up from Bob, stopped at Burger King :), and headed home
on the web.
http://www.aprs.fi/ and just enter the callsign of who you want to check on.
Bob Simmons, WB6EYV, has just finished a pretty cool frequency agile 2M
APRS transmitter. I got one and it is pretty effortless to use ...
connect it to an antenna, connect a GPS to the serial port (NOT USB),
and apply power. I took a couple down to the TRW swapmeet and a number
of people were rather interested.
I have three of them I got from Bob that I can sell for $170.00 (I know,
$169.00 on the website, but I'm rounding it off.) They would have been
sold at TRW, but I made an error programming the unit, and couldn't get
back to Bob to find out what I did wrong. If you want one, give me a
call at 805-687-8881 or just send an email to me ... Bob doesn't have
any more right now :).
Note that a serial port on a computer or terminal set to 4800 baud,
8,N,1,No Handshaking is required to program the unit.
You can find out more on his website at:
MicroBeacon TX APRS Beacon Transmitter
Disclaimer - I make nothing from this, and am just doing it to help Bob
promote a really nice product.
Lessons From the Great SoCal Shakeout - Dr. Kate Hutton, Arnie Lewin
I was busy helping friends [K6QD & AC6T] sell their equipment at the Swap Meet and didn't get a chance to hear the above speakers last Saturday at the HamFest.
Were there any handouts, flyers or other media given to those who attended?
If so, is there anyway that I might get a peek at what was given or discussed?
I would very much appreciate any help my fellow SBARC members might send my way! I would be more than happy to pay any out-of-pocket expenses you might incur in the process. If you could scan any documents as an attachment, I would be most grateful!
Many thanks for taking the time to respond!
Alan M. Vigeant...KI6HPO...San Diego County
SUPES TO CONSIDER $7.26 M EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER: FACILITY
INTENDED TO COORDINATE AREA'S RESPONSE
August 17, 2009 7:05 AM
With the La Brea Fire still raging in the North County and other
recent blazes still fresh in the minds of residents, the Board of
Supervisors on Tuesday will consider approving plans for a $7.26
million Emergency Operations Center.
Back from a four-week summer recess, the board will vote on the plans
for the proposed 9,922-square-foot facility, which is ready to go out
for bids, according to a board agenda letter. The board will also
mull over accepting financial contributions for the construction, as
well as authorizing county staff to advertise the project for
"The primary purpose of the Emergency Operations Center is to serve
as a single focal point for the management of information, policy
making and resource support and allocating during all phases of a
local emergency," according to the letter. "The county, which is the
lead agency for the operational area, as well as recent Grand Jury
investigations, has recognized the need to replace the current
trailers, (an) interim facility shared with the Employees University
program and build a permanent structure that will fully meet the
needs of the county."
The Austin Company -- an architectural and engineering firm
experienced in EOC design -- has determined the best spot for the
building would be in the area of Cathedral Oaks, and the facility
would include a 2,000 square-foot incident management room, two
break-out rooms, a management conference room, a joint information
center and support space for geographic information systems and
Channel 20/amateur radio emergency service, according to the report.
The structure would feature an emergency generator, six offices, a
reception workstation, a break room and restrooms with showers.
A card-activated system would open gates to the facility, which would
be enclosed by a fence, as well as some interior rooms.
Construction is proposed to get underway early next year, and should
bids come in lower than anticipated, there are proposed additions,
such as extra space in the incident management room.
The project's total cost is estimated at $7.26 million, with
construction being $5 million of that, and the county would pay
$950,000 in the current fiscal year.
The board will also consider allowing the county executive officer to
accept financial contributions to put toward the project, but only if
"there are no caveats or obligations placed upon the county by
accepting the contributions," according to the report.
The board will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday on the fourth floor of the
County Administration Building, 105 Anapamu St. in Santa Barbara.
New member here. My name is Alan...KI6HPO. My QTH is in the northern part of San Diego County; I am about 10 miles SE of the Mt. Palomar Observatory. at the 2,200' elevation mark.
I don't often get a chance to listen to the "Swap Net" on Wednesday evenings, expertly orchestrated by our inimitable host for that evening, Dave, N6HWN.
However, I would like to take a moment to ask those who, like me, don't have much of a chance to listen, if they might have the above h/t[s] hanging around in an unused capacity?
I'd like to find one that was in better-than-average shape, with a battery that might still hold a charge. No broken rigs or mods gone awry, please!
If you have such an animal, please state condition, accessories [if any], batteries and capacity and any photos you'd care to send. Photos of the unit powered up would be most welcomed.
I will be attending the Hamfest this coming Saturday, so if you've got one bring it along and we can make a deal there and then.
Looking forward to meeting each one of you, to attach a face to the voice!
>From the Bill Lake estate (WB6RIJ) we have an item I know less than nothing
about.....any ideas on function and/or price would be appreciated.....(and
$$ offers also accepted)
Wiltron, Model 640, RF Analyzer, about the size of a Tektronix 7000 series
I assume(?) it's some form of spectrum analyzer ??
Tnx & 73's