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)
September was an exciting month for W6BB. Our recruiting efforts have been successful, and the new members have brought a great deal of knowledge and excitement to the club. Here are a few highlights of the month:
- Portable operations from Memorial Glade, the campus quad. While on-air contacts have been few, the in-person contacts have been pretty steady.
- We had some generous donations of HF equipment to the club.
- The donation of equipment spurred some through cleaning in the shack, and updated the layout of operating positions and test equipment for better efficiency.
- One of the 10-15-20 tri-band yagis has been assembled and works very well.
- During the power outage, W6BB members were standing by alongside NALCO ARES RACES in case amateur radio support was requested for emergency communication.
October is already off to a good start, too. The California QSO party is underway, W6BB has been making numerous contacts, and having fun at the same time. We’re also looking forward to Pacificon, a major ham radio convention in nearby Santa Clara. Then later this month is the School Club Roundup, where we will be competing against other schools and universities. In our spare time, we might also put up a tower for the yagi. Station facilities will also be receiving attention.
W6BB will again be taking part in welcome week this Wednesday 8/28, sometime around noon. We will also be setting up a 20 meter station near Sproul Plaza—just look for the big antenna. It’s like a small version of Field Day. If you’re just learning about W6BB and amateur radio, you may find the ARRL’s guide to getting started useful. We’re also around if you have questions about what to do with ham radio, how and where to get licensed, and what equipment to start with once you are licensed.
Another radio we have will be beaconing our location using APRS, so we should show up here during the event.
Don’t forget to join us on the air at noon for our weekly net too, starting on 440.9 MHz!