RCARA Board Meeting: The 2nd Thursday of each month at 6
PM before the General Monthly Club Meeting. Everyone is
Weekly West Coast Swap Meet On The Air. Every Saturday and
Sunday from approximately 1200 – 1500 hours local on 7240
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
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/
History of the LEJO Perpetual Award. The Award is presented each year for exceptional, dedicated and/or accidental service to the amateur community. The handcrafted 10-pound iron keyer was the original idea of Lee Owens, WD6DGI(SK), in 1978. Lee, known for his ingenious handy work, presented the keyer to Joe Brown, W6UBQ(SK), while he was in the hospital recovering. Joe was so impressed with the novelty of the keyer, he decided to present it to the club as a perpetual trophy for others to enjoy. Hence, the LE (for Lee) JO (for Joe) award was conceived.
Selection Criteria. Criteria for the award includes: being an active member in the association; activity must have been unusual, unique or unpredictable; recipient must agree to return this key to the club at years end and to be a member of the selection committee for the next recipient; recipient shall be an average person, like the rest of us, who may have been at the wrong place at the right time or vice versa and agrees to bring the award key to each club meeting for use by the presiding officer as a gavel.
Selection Committee. The selection committee consists of the W6TJ Trustee, the Club President, and the Previous Year Recipient.
In days gone by the telegraph key was an important part of every Ham Shack. When a Ham passed away, their key became silent, hence the term “Silent Key”. This memorial is dedicated to the memory of present and former long time Riverside County Amateur Radio Association members.
The Riverside County Amateur Radio Association has established a Blood Bank Account with LifeStream (formerly the Blood Bank of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties). RCARA Members and their families can draw upon this account in time of need. Our LifeStream account is identified as the Amateur Radio Association of Riverside.
The RCARA Blood Donation Coordinator is Ron Braley, KE6RYX, (951)369-5149. Please let him know when you donate blood.
Please consider a donation. You could be the first person to give someone a second chance at life.
The LifeStream blood donation locations in the Riverside Metropolitan Area are as follows:
The Riverside County Amateur Radio Association provides communications support during many Public Service Events throughout the year. A weekly net is held to foster emergency preparedness every Monday evening at 7:00 PM. This 2M Monday net provides bulletins of upcoming club activities and events.
For the first three Mondays of the month, we host the Net on the W6TJ club repeater. It is also possible to check into the net via the W6CDF repeater located on Box Springs Mountain which is linked to the W6TJ repeater.
The fourth Monday of the month is a SIMPLEX net on 146.880 MHz, no Offset, no PL. This is done as practice for emergency preparedness as an exercise in being able to operate in a power outage WITHOUT the repeater.
Our club station call was the call of a former member of RCARA, Harry H. Crawford, W6TJ. Crawford died on June 16, 1959, and the club acquired his call around 1960.
Shortly after graduating from Glendale High School in 1923, Harry went to work as a linotype operator for the Riverside Daily Press, the ancestor of the present Press-Enterprise. He continued to work for the Press, except for periods of military service, for the next 32 years, until shortly before his death.
W6TJ was a real old-timer, and had a considerable reputation as a DX man. He was originally licensed at age 14 in 1918 as “6TJ” (with no prefix) in Glendale, CA. (New and renewed U.S. calls were issued with prefixes for the first time in 1928.) ARRL originated the DX Century Club award in October, 1937. Early in 1939, W6TJ became the 114th station in the world to be issued the DXCC award. He was also the 11th station in the 6th call area to earn DXCC, at a time when the 6th district included Arizona, Nevada and Utah, in addition to California. Famed DXer Don Wallace, W6AM, had only 77 countries confirmed when W6TJ made DXCC.
The accompanying photo (courtesy of Dave Leaven, WI6J) shows the W6TJ shack around 1927. The transmitter, the wood-frame job on the right, appears to be using a 204-A tube, good for about half a kilowatt output on CW. (The power supply was probably under the operating bench.) The two-dial breadboard affair on the left is evidently the receiver. All home-built, of course.
Arlo Myers WA6UDR
(1/22/2008 – Updated with information provided by Gaye Funk, Harry Crawford’s Niece)