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of the Pacific Division of the ARRL

Serving the California counties of:
Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin,
Mendocino, San Francisco, and Sonoma

Bill Hillendahl, KH6GJV, Section Manager

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  • 12/20/2006: December 2006 San Francisco Section News
    KH6GJV, SF Section Manager

    Where has the year gone! Time sure seems to pass faster each year. I'll recap 2006 in this and next month's news.

    After the wet beginning of the year, Northern California remembered the 100th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake that started the chain of events that devastated San Francisco and leveled most of Santa Rosa. The San Francisco ARC and ARES unit had a booth on Pier 39 during San Francisco's event. It was designed and staffed by George Hughes W0WEB and Dave Gomberg NE5EE. The Sonoma County ARES unit, headed by DEC Rich Freitas KF6SZA, had a display at the event held in downtown Santa Rosa on April 22nd. The event was well attended and had displays from many of the organizations that would be active in a disaster.

    Congratulations to the Humboldt Amateur Radio Club in Eureka for re-qualifying as an ARRL Special Service Club. It was well earned! Special Service Club status is bestowed on affiliated clubs that meet a long list of criteria involving education, service to the Amateur Radio community and public service. These clubs are the cut above. Only two clubs in the Section have qualified as Special Service Clubs. HARC is shares the limelight with the Valley of the Moon ARC in Sonoma, another "go get 'em" club. Many thanks to the membership of both clubs for their dedication.

    EmComm West 2006 occupied the first weekend in May in Reno at the Atlantis Hotel. Once again, it was a great gathering of seminars, vendors and comradery. The Atlantis offered a more modern hotel with great restaurants and numerous meeting rooms for the conference. I met with an old friend of mine from my Las Vegas days and literally dragged him into the VE session. He entered knowing the material, but was test shy. Needless to say, Jack showed up later with a grin from ear to ear having passed the Tech test. Jack had wanted to get his license from childhood, but finally got around to it in retirement. He is now KE7HTY. And, he has gone to town buying new toys and installing antennas on his 42 acres. His wife cusses me out (kiddingly) each time I call and ask about his latest toy. Watch for info on EmComm 2007 at http://emcommwest.org

    The first weekend in June had the Humboldt County clubs once again putting on the San Francisco Section convention. Held at the Ferndale Fair Grounds each year, it is a great excuse to drive north and enjoy the beauty of the far north. They have swap tables set up, various vendors, interesting seminars and, of course the capstone, the Saturday banquet put on by Marci Campbell KE6IAU and her team. Look for the announcement of the 2007 convention or visit their website at http://www.humboldt-arc.org

    After promising an old highschool chum from Honolulu, Clay, and his wife that I'd show up for SeaPac in Seaside, OR, I had to honor my promise and headed north. I landed in Portland and had lunch with a college buddy who lives in the area. Then I drove off to catch up with Clay and family. Clay was in the radio club in highschool. Now his wife and both daughters have their licenses. Anyway, SeaPac was outstanding! The little community of Seaside is a tourist destination and there is a lot to do both in and outside of the NW Division convention. The indoor swap was the best I have seen in a while and the vendors were well represented with lots of goodies to stuff into luggage. Clay and family and I played tourist for a few extra days before heading back to our respective homes. If you have a chance to travel way north, try to plan it to coincide with SeaPac. You won't regret it!

    At the end of June was Field Day! I had the opportunity to visit a number of clubs in the southern part of the section. I started off at the San Francisco ARC. Field Day was planned by George Hughes W0WEB, but George was attacked by his appendix. George won, but his prior planning had SFARC's Field Day going on smoothly without him. The next stop was to the Marin Amateur Radio Society's site at the Marin Rod and Gun club, right on the bay. The crew was hard at it with various setups. From there, I visited with the Hamilton Wireless Association at their hilltop site. Valley of the Moon ARC was set up in a local park and worked on batteries. They looked very comfortable in their location and equipment setup. The Sonoma County Radio Amateurs held their Field Day in an open field alongside Highway 12 between Santa Rosa and Sonoma. Their stations were set up under the trees and the field had plenty of room for antennas. Congrats to all for their Field Day effort. It's the fun, not the points, that counts!

    That's about it for now. The rest of the year in the January 2007 column. If I don't mess it up, look for photos of the above events on the Section site at http://www.arrl.org.

    Thank you to all the San Francisco Section staff for all that you do to promote Amateur Radio. I wish everyone a joyful and safe Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you in 2007!

    Bill Hillendahl, KH6GJV
    Section Manager
    San Francisco Section, Pacific Division, ARRL

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