BOY SCOUT JAMBOREE ON THE AIR

  • The local Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) will be held on Saturday, October 19th starting at 4:00 p.m. and ending on Sunday the 20th at 4:00 p.m.  The event is being held at St. Thomas the Apostle Church on Magnolia and Jackson.  JOTA is dedicated to Radio and Internet Communications with Scouts around the world. There is no charge to attend.
  • Mike K6MJM is the coordinator needs our help.  He would like to set up 10 stations for communications, 6 radio and 4 internet and needs HF and DMR operators with equipment for the event.  Those who volunteer can camp for free, will be fed, and will get recognized for their help.
  • Merit Badge counselors are also needed.  An area will be setup for Scouts to connect with and begin working on their Merit Badges.
  • If you have questions or wish to volunteer you can reach Michael at Michael@familymcbride.net or Marlene at xmadamxx@aol.com

Useful Links:

Google Map to location

https://www.scouting.org/jota/operators-guides/

http://www.arrl.org/jamboree-on-the-air-jota

W6TJ’s Field Day eQSL Cards

FIELD DAY BEHIND THE SCENES:

  W6TJ’s Field Day eQSL Cards

 

The tradition of exchanging post cards (QSLs) to confirm radio contacts goes back to the very first ham radio operators.  The cards usually bore the call sign, and station and contact information, of the station sending.  Many ham shacks even today have these cards plastered on their walls.  ARRL Awards such as Worked All States, DX Century Club etc. required the submission of these cards as proof of contacts made.  The ARRL manages bureaus for incoming and outgoing paper DX QSL cards, primarily for this purpose.  For information go to ARRL.org web site.

In recent years online electronic QSLs have become popular through eQSL.cc.

These are often received in one’s inbox, shortly after a contact is made.  Registration and use, is free, and set up is easy.  Check it out at www.eQSL.cc.

For the past twenty years, Clair, K6LG, has been managing the W6TJ eQSL account.  We have received many (800 to date) from our Field Day contacts, and other public demonstrations .  All incoming eQSLs have been sent the W6TJ QSL shown below.  Some of the incoming eQSL’s for Field Day contacts are also shown:

  • W6TJ to VE7NSR
  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Boy Scouts K2BSA/6 Event

Michael KM6MJM, a new ham and scout leader is the Control Operator for the K2BSA/6 for an event being held on September 6th at the LDS Church on Jackson and California Streets.   He would like to introduce Scouts to amateur radio and has asked permission to use the W6TJ repeater from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm for contacts to talk with Scouts.

He has asked for a few of our members to be available to talk to the Scouts on the air. This is an open to the public event and our group has been invited to set up a booth. The only radio they have is a Baofeng HT.  If anyone is interested in attending and bringing some basic equipment, I can let Michael know.

Let’s support this effort and stand by to talk to the scouts and help encourage them to become future ham operators.

Please limit your use of the repeater during the time slot of 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 6.

This is a “fair” with several vendors and not just a Scouting or ham event.  Volunteers who have offered to attend and bring ham equipment are:

  • Ted KM6AYC
  • Juan KM6CFH
  • Marlene KK6CTX

Club members are asked to be available on the W6TJ repeater to talk to the scouts during the event (Sept. 6 between 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.)

 

Field Day 2017

Highlight photos from Field Day 2017:

  • Antenna setup crew
  • Break time
  • Contesting - Bob Trujillo (KG6NIB) on the mike with Don Bower (AG6HQ) logging. Clair Cessna (K6LG) looking on
  • Councilman Jim Perry and Bob Trujillo (KG6NIB)
  • Rick's (KK6CTT) Setup
  • Dick Norton from ARRL pays a visit
  • Dave setting up
  • Dutch Oven by KK6CTT - Cheesy Bread
  • Dutch Oven Monkey Bread
  • Edgar - Fan Dipole. Wow!
  • Edgar - Inside
  • Edgar - Our Antenna is bigger than yours! Hi Hi!
  • Field Day Chair - Larry WA6PMY
  • Fire Station 5 arrives for a visit
  • Firefighter signs in
  • First Aid Station
  • Manning the Get On The Air (GOTA) station
  • Helping hands make for light work
  • How many Hams does it take to...
  • Iron Chef Rick (KK6CTT)
  • J Pole works fine
  • Not an antenna...
  • Ray (N6KZM) at the BBQ. Carne Asada at it's best!
  • Rick explains how it works to a new Ham
  • Socializing
  • There will be food!
  • Comfort zone
  • An unusual visitor
  • We are patriotic too
  • Taking a break
  • What we do!
  • Who we are!

 

Calendar of Events

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SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
  1RCARA Weekly Net
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
RCARA Weekly NetTime: 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Posted by: w6tj-admin7:00 PM on the W6TJ club repeater (146.88 MHz, -600 KHz offset with a PL of 146.2 Hz) or on the W6CDF Box Springs 224.460 MHz Repeater ( – offset with a PL of 110.9 Hz) which is linked to our 2M repeater.
2 3EMCOMM Net
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
EMCOMM NetTime: 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Posted by: w6tj-adminRiverside EMCOMM Net on 146.610 -06 PL 103.5
4 5 6
7 8RCARA Weekly Net
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
RCARA Weekly NetTime: 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Posted by: w6tj-admin7:00 PM on the W6TJ club repeater (146.88 MHz, -600 KHz offset with a PL of 146.2 Hz) or on the W6CDF Box Springs 224.460 MHz Repeater ( – offset with a PL of 110.9 Hz) which is linked to our 2M repeater.
9Jurupa Emergency Preparedness & Family Safety Fair
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jurupa Emergency Preparedness & Family Safety FairTime: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Posted by: w6tj-admin4810 Pedley Rd.
Jurupa Valley, CA 92509
10EMCOMM Net
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
EMCOMM NetTime: 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Posted by: w6tj-adminRiverside EMCOMM Net on 146.610 -06 PL 103.5
11RCARA Monthly Club Meetings
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
RCARA Monthly Club MeetingsTime: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Posted by: w6tj-adminThe 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM La Sierra University Seventh Day Adventist Church
Fellowship Hall
4937 Sierra Vista Avenue
Riverside, CA 92505
Map
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14 15RCARA Weekly Net
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
RCARA Weekly NetTime: 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Posted by: w6tj-admin7:00 PM on the W6TJ club repeater (146.88 MHz, -600 KHz offset with a PL of 146.2 Hz) or on the W6CDF Box Springs 224.460 MHz Repeater ( – offset with a PL of 110.9 Hz) which is linked to our 2M repeater.
16 17EMCOMM Net
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
EMCOMM NetTime: 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Posted by: w6tj-adminRiverside EMCOMM Net on 146.610 -06 PL 103.5
18GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKEOUT
10:18 am
GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKEOUTTime: 10:18 am
Posted by: Marlene
19Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air
4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Boy Scout Jamboree on the AirTime: 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Posted by: w6tj-adminBoy Scout Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) will be held on Saturday, October 19th starting at 4:00 p.m. and ending on Sunday the 20th at 4:00 p.m. 4359, 3774 Jackson St, Riverside, CA 92503
20Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air
4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Boy Scout Jamboree on the AirTime: 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Posted by: w6tj-adminBoy Scout Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) will be held on Saturday, October 19th starting at 4:00 p.m. and ending on Sunday the 20th at 4:00 p.m. 4359, 3774 Jackson St, Riverside, CA 92503
21 22RCARA Weekly Net
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
RCARA Weekly NetTime: 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Posted by: w6tj-admin7:00 PM on the W6TJ club repeater (146.88 MHz, -600 KHz offset with a PL of 146.2 Hz) or on the W6CDF Box Springs 224.460 MHz Repeater ( – offset with a PL of 110.9 Hz) which is linked to our 2M repeater.
23 24EMCOMM Net
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
EMCOMM NetTime: 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Posted by: w6tj-adminRiverside EMCOMM Net on 146.610 -06 PL 103.5
25 26 27GEAR IN THE PARKGEAR IN THE PARKPosted by: MarleneRYAN BONAMINO PARK
28 29RCARA Weekly Net
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
RCARA Weekly NetTime: 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Posted by: w6tj-admin7:00 PM on the W6TJ club repeater (146.88 MHz, -600 KHz offset with a PL of 146.2 Hz) or on the W6CDF Box Springs 224.460 MHz Repeater ( – offset with a PL of 110.9 Hz) which is linked to our 2M repeater.
30 31EMCOMM Net
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
EMCOMM NetTime: 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Posted by: w6tj-adminRiverside EMCOMM Net on 146.610 -06 PL 103.5
     
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Field Day 2018

Thanks to everyone who joined us for Field Day 2018!  Here are some of the highlights from the event:

 

Videos from FaceBook:

Riverside County Amateur Radio Association Field Day 2018

A short video of some of our Field Day 2018 happenings … courtesy of Mathew and his photography skills. More to come when I get organized. Enjoy!

Posted by Riverside County Amateur Radio Association – RCARA Page on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

RCARA Field Day 2018

It was a good Field Day.

Posted by Art Sutorus on Thursday, June 28, 2018

Please enjoy the slideshow of pictures from the event:

  • SOME OF THE CROWD

 

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • OCT  27 – Gear in The ParkRyan Bonamino Park (click for map) (organized by EMCOMM Group) (further details will be forthcoming)
    • Go Bag named individuals to be announced:
    • N6LMA, Carrie, Alternative Go Bag example
    • K9LMR, Dave, EDGAR display and HF station
    • NRA, Refuse to be a Victim booth
    • ARES:  TBD
    • RACES:  TBD
    • RCARA:  TBD
    • Others:  TBD
    • Potluck style share?  (We need a coordinator)
  • November 3 – RCARA Picnic & BBQ:  1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Villa Magnolia Senior Mobile Home Park, 3500 Buchanan St. Riverside, CA 92503 (click for map)
  • November 8 – RCARA MEETING – ELECTIONS OF OFFICERS
  • November 14 – Riverside CERT/Fire Department and Neighbors Communication Exercise 1800-2000.  (organized by the EMCOMM Group)  (details when available)
  • January 26 & 27 2019 – Winter Field Day:

Recurring Events

  • RCARA Club Meeting: The 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM
    in the La Sierra University Seventh Day Adventist Church
    Fellowship Hall, 4937 Sierra Vista Avenue, Riverside, CA.
  • RCARA Board Meeting: The 2nd Thursday of each month at 6
    PM before the General Monthly Club Meeting. Everyone is
    invited.
  • Weekly West Coast Swap Meet On The Air. Every Saturday and
    Sunday from approximately 1200 – 1500 hours local on 7240
    KHz.
  • Monthly: El Cajon ARC Swap Meet is held the first Saturday of
    each month at the Santee Drive-In Theater on Woodside Ave. at
    Hwy 67 in Santee, CA, starting at 6am, talk-in 146.52, Buyers 50
    cents.
  • Monthly: TRW ARC Swap Meet is held the last Saturday of each
    month (rain or shine) from 7 AM to 11:30 AM at the Northrop
    Grumman facility on the southeast corner of Aviation Blvd and
    Marine Ave in Redondo Beach, CA . The prices for sellers vary
    and buyers are free. More information is available on the
    W6TRW website at: http://www.w6trw.com/

 

Field Day 2016

Some of the “Stars” from Field Day 2016

In spite of the intense heat wave, several brave souls ventured out to this year’s Field Day event at the
California Citrus State Historical Park. The location proved to be most satisfactory and the
accommodations served our purpose quite well.

There was a large covered shelter and plenty of picnic tables, tall trees and several flat areas. The
restrooms were clean and in close proximity to the set ups. The park rangers were very cooperative and
made every effort to make the event pleasant.

Several volunteers showed up on Friday to set up two stations, a GOTA station and a satellite station.
On Saturday, the Boy Scouts from Troop #2 opened the official Field Days with a flag ceremony and the
Pledge of Allegiance which added a colorful touch.

We had plenty of cold water, soda and gator aid to keep everyone well hydrated. The club provided
lunch on Friday for the volunteers and as usual, members and guests donated a wide variety of culinary
delights for Saturday’s Pot Luck.

There are so many to thank for their donations of time, equipment and assorted other necessities.
In no specific order, we are grateful to the following:

Larry WA6PMY, Field Day Chair and his able committee

Thomas Junker who was a major player in handling the heavy lifting and being an excellent “gopher” as
needed.

Bob KG6NIB and Chris KQ6UP who set up the stations, antennas and satellite station with the able
assistance of Jim AG6JN, Ed KF6BNQ, Brad N6GTC as well as several others

The Boy Scouts from Troop #2 and their able leader Mike N6TKR

The EmComm Group: Rick KK6CTT, Ray N6KZM, Chaplin Dave and several others who set up and
maintained the GOTA station and provided overnight security

Jeff KW6MOT brought his unique bicycle mobile and helped with overnight security and loaned us the
portable PA system. He also served as Safety Officer which added points

West Coast Battery donated 3 12 volt batteries, facilitated by Tom WW7T who made the initial contact
and helped secure the batteries

Big Five Sporting Goods donated several door prizes and we thank Rick KK6CTT for his part in obtaining
the items.

Riverside City Fire Department, Captain Tim supplied and delivered coolers and ice throughout the event

Donna KK6UDF donated 5 cases of water and helped with the pot luck set up

Juan KK6LJK brought a cooler full of ice and gator aid

Mike KA6VPW loaned us 2 of his personal generators, fuel cans and a heavy duty extension cord

Jim AG6EA supplied the loan of his personal generator, fuel and a battery charger

Mathew Thurman did an excellent job of photographing the event all three days and was my right hand assistant in loading, moving equipment and other duties as needed

Kay KCOSMH from Country Village who assisted with the pot luck set up and much needed support
Bob Randleman N6CEU who spent a lot of time making contacts

Everyone else who attended and contributed to the success of this event. I apologize if I have left
anyone off the list … it certainly was not intentional

The Yaesu FT-60R HT raffle prize was won by Bob KG6NIB. Congratulations Bob and thank you to all
who supported this endeavor.

In conclusion, I ask that you send me your thoughts, suggestions and observations so that we can make
improvements where necessary for future events. Constructive criticism is welcome.

 

Picture highlights from Field Day 2016;

  • Field Day 2016 at the California Citrus State Historic Park
  • Welcome to Field Day 2016
  • Scouts presenting the Flag
  • Scouts lead the Pledge of Allegiance
  • A 2 Meter Magnetic Mount Antenna
  • More Antennas
  • Bicycle Mobile
  • Battery Power setup
  • Raffle prizes
  • Bob (KG6NIB) and Larry (WA6PMY). Winning the raffle is good thing!
  • Cache Talk In Radio
  • Campers
  • Cert Booth
  • Scouts at the GOTA station
  • Giving a lesson on Ham Radio
  • Drone demonstration
  • Food!
  • More Food!
  • Launching an Antenna
  • Logging Software
  • Morse Code Paddles
  • Odyssey Battery Booth
  • Rick (KK6CTT) starting the grill
  • Old Glory
  • Satellite tracking

Here is the original Field Day 2016 PDF Page