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