The W6BB centennial was featured in the May 2014 issue of QST (p. 75-76). This is the print version of a news article published earlier, and brought to the ARRL’s attention by Sarah Maxim, great-granddaughter of Hiram Percy Maxim (W1AW) and Vice-Chair of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley.
Further W6BB mention in the May 2014 QST includes the 2013 November Sweepstakes CW results, in which W6BB (op. Jack, K6JEB, with minimal assistance from Bill, AG6RB, along to improve his CW listening and contest skills) placed 4th in the School category and 3rd in the California division.
On Friday evening April 11, W6BB members Jack (K6JEB) and Bill (AG6RB) will present their discoveries, insights, and achievements in building a resonant feedline dipole and analyzing it using the East Bay Amateur Radio Club’s new RigExpert AA-230 Pro antenna analyzer. The resonant feedline dipole is a highly portable antenna for those times when you want to pack light and leave the tuner at home, but can also be built for high-power purposes.
Following the event, more details on the antenna design, measurements, and references will be posted to the W6BB webpage, and possibly also the EBARC webpage.
Looking for more info on the W6C special event?¬† You’ve come to the right place!
Purpose: W6C is a special event celebrating the centennial of the University of California, Berkeley’s Amateur Radio Club (W6BB), established in the spring of 1914 (see History).¬† Our festivities began in late February with a licensing exam session, filled primarily with electrical engineering undergraduates, at which 70 examinees earned new licenses and an additional 10 upgraded.¬† Now a team of students, staff, and faculty are getting on the air, making contacts, and generally having a fun time learning new things and meeting new people. The W6C special event runs from 0000z March 21st to 2359z March 28th.
Frequencies: We’re trying to get on as many bands and modes as we can, and are making efforts to keep the special event open to operators with technician licenses and simple equipment.¬† So here is a list of places you’re likely to find us if we’re around.¬† These are not absolutes, but are likely to be good guidelines.¬† Due to shack accessibility issues, most HF operations will take place during daylight hours on 10 m and 20 m, though several later evenings are likely to bring in some contacts on the lower bands.
- 2 m SSB, around 144.220-144.250 MHz, vertically polarized
- 2 m FM simplex, 146.430 or 146.460 MHz (vertically polarized)
- 2 m APRS, 144.390 MHz
- SO-50 satellite FM voice; possibly APRS via ISS too
- 10 m, 28.035-28.055 MHz CW, 28.440-28.460 MHz SSB
- 15 m, 21.025-21.055 MHz CW, 21.320-21.340 MHz SSB (?)
- 20 m, 14.025-14.055 MHz CW, 14.240-14.260 MHz SSB
- 40 m, 7.025-7.060 MHz CW, 7.220-7.240 MHz SSB (?)
- 80 m, 3.525-3.550 MHz CW, 3.820-3.840 MHz SSB (?)
- We have no antenna for 160 m, so we won’t be there.
- Digital modes will be sporadic, depending on the availability of experienced digital mode ops
QSL cards: W6C: via K6EE (buro) or with SASE direct:
W6C c/o Fritz Sommer
575A Evans Hall, MC# 3198
Berkeley, CA 94720-3198, USA
Our stations: We’re running two separate stations; one 2 m only, one primarily HF though VHF/UHF capable
- The VHF station (just set up two weeks ago!) is in Cory Hall, the electrical engineering building on the main campus, and it is equipped with a Kenwood TS-700A 2 m all-mode transceiver and a Comet GP98 2m/70cm/23cm antenna in a vertical configuration.¬† There is also an Arrow antenna (on loan from a personal station) for satellite contacts from Memorial Glade (our campus quad).
- The HF station is located at the Richmond Field Station, near the San Francisco Bay.¬† This site has much more room for antennas. Here we are operating a Yaesu FT-857d (on loan from a personal station), an Icom IC-730, and a Yaesu VX-8GR handheld (personal) for APRS.¬† Our antennas are:
- 3-element triband yagi at 25 feet
- 40/80 m crossed dipole at 40 feet
- 10/15/20 m fan dipole at 20 feet
- 2m/70cm extended vertical at 12 feet