Training for New Hams

Jerry Fry, W7PT has been instrumental in presenting technician classes and training for new hams. His next class is February 3-4, 2018. The class is now filled, but here is the latest from Jerry:

The class is full with 2 extras to fill in for the no-shows. All students have been sent a confirmation. Could you each pass the word to those who need to know. I will be starting a new “Waiting List” for those who responded with a request to be added.

73 – Jerry, W7PT

Note to tech students: The ARRL is coming out with a new question pool this year. The current question pool is valid until June 20, 2018. After that date, the old study guides will not be current.

The solution? Take the Technician test before June 30, or be sure you are using a new study guide to prepare for any test after that date. For more information, check out the ARRL website.



Please join us for our annual December Potluck Dinner.

We will start setting up at 5 pm and have dinner at 6 pm. Spouses are more than welcome. We are glad they support our hobby throughout the year. This is a good time to socialize. We will have a ham (by Owen) and cookies (by John) plus all of the goodies you all bring. Some drinks available, BYOB.

(There will NOT be a separate Board meeting.)

Get into DIGITAL modes with ANDFLMSG

The things we practice regularly, and the tools we have in our pockets will determine how well we respond when other modes of communication fail.

This month’s JCARC meeting will include a demonstration of ANDFLMSG, a version of FLDIGI that is simplified and tailored to use on android devices including cellphones.   Continue reading

Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set

Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set

Elements of the US Department of Defense will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part. Continue reading

JCARC Field Day Facebook Page

Our Field Day Facebook Page is up and running.  Check it our by clicking HERE.

Cape George Fire Station 14 Progress Report

Kurt Steinbach, KG7EKI and Dan Moreillon, KQ7DRM erect the VHF/UHF GP6 Antenna

It all started last year when some of our board members thought that an HF Antenna would be a good addition to the Cape George fire station–this would allow us to have live demonstrations of HF modes and equipment during monthly club meetings, which are currently held at that location.

We submitted our request and got permission for our antenna plan, PLUS a room on the lower floor to be a designated radio room. It turns out that the East Jefferson Fire Department is interested in emergency ham radio stations in most, or all of their Fire Stations. Jefferson County DEM showered us with some radios and other equipment, and before we knew it, we had enough stuff to build a pretty nice all-mode station.

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Notes: April 2017 Meeting

The presentation for the April meeting by Dick Illman was on digital radio systems, with an emphasis on some of the newest VHF technology:

To download the slides (PDF) from Dick’s presentation, click here:  JCARC April 2017 Membership Meeting

JCARC Annual Open House

handi-talkieWednesday March 1, 2017 7pm to 10pm (Setup starting 6pm) Cape George Fire Hall

This will be our annual Open House. We hope to welcome the many recent new hams and have placed announcements in the Leader and PDN for this event.

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W7JCR Repeater Maintenance

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The W7JCR, Port Townsend ARES repeater on Morgan Hill is presently running on low power (4 watts) while the main unit is undergoing repair and maintenance. Other than some minor differences in the ID voice and some loss of range, … Continue reading

Membership Meeting

Wednesday February 1, 2017, Cape George Fire Hall 

Remember to bring something to show and tell before the meeting.

Hopefully you are fulfilling all of your New Year resolutions by now. I know I have one of mine in my shack. A new Flex 6700 radio. Lots of fun and capabilities.

As we discussed at the last meeting, there is a lot of curiosity and interest in digital modes. Continue reading