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The UC Berkeley News Center has published a story on W6BB and the club’s centennial. W6BB also has an announcement for the W6C special event station listed on page 94 of the March, 2014 QST.
- Feb. 26, 7-10 PM PST, Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall: license exam session (>80 confirmed examinees, >20 confirmed examiners) Edit: this session is full, and no additional examinees will be allowed.
- Mar. 21-28, 0000-2359 UTC: W6C special event station on-air using as many bands/modes as we can manage.
Update 2/24/14, 17:40 PST: Clarified that the exam session is full.
In March, W6BB will be celebrating the centennial of the amateur radio club at UC Berkeley (originally 6XB, then 6XM in 1921; W6BB was allocated in 1929). During the special event, running from 0000z 21 March 2014 to 2359z 28 March 2014, we will be on the air as W6C. We will have a special QSL card for the event. Expect most of the action to be on SSB and CW, probably 40/20/15 and 10 if it’s open.
Stay tuned for more info, and see our announcement in the March issue of QST.
CQP went very well, with over 550 QSOs for W6BB! Pacificon was a lot of fun, and we managed to connect with other school/university club stations.
While our turnout for the CW portion of the November Sweepstakes was low (Elmer K6JEB, Jack, mentoring Bill, AG6RB), “we” managed a clean sweep and 700+ QSOs. Now, during the SSB portion of the Sweepstakes the station is being operated by a pair of students, KQ1N (Joel) and AG6RB. It’s the first Sweepstakes for each of them, but they’ve had lots of support from the other contestants and the UC Berkeley alumni.
The W6BB club seems to be getting some great momentum lately with new radios used in the SSB sweepstakes this weekend. KQ1N’s Icom 7100 was checked out by our infamous Elmer, confidant and president: K6JEB, who personally gave the radio the blessing to be used at the W6BB club station. Currently it has facilitated 120 SSB QSOs (confirmed radio contacts) on 80, 40 20 & 15 meters.. as of 07:51 UTC (23:51 pst) And sweepstakes weekend is not up yet.. More to come.
Members, please feel free to stop by the station tomorrow for observation or to check out the slick new Icom 7100. If you can’t make it in person, look for us on the band (and give us a spot if you can find us! All, as always, are welcome!
Bill (AG6RB) and Joel (KQ1N)