Valley of the Moon Amateur Radio Club
Hamfest — April 29, 2017
A Hamfest is a half-day event where the public as well as Amateur Radio Operators meet to observe and use Ham radio equipment to make connections with other Ham operators in California, as well as other states and countries.
- a pancake breakfast (the club's annual fund raiser)
- a Swap Meet with all kinds of new and used amateur radio equipment
- demonstrations of Fox-hunting (where a person with a handheld radio and special antenna tries to find a hidden radio)
- a VE session where prospective hams can earn their license or current hams can upgrade
- a display of emergency vehicles.
Place: Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First Street West, Sonoma
Admission: FREE, there is a charge for breakfast
Talk-in on 145.350 MHz (88.5 pl)
Field Day — June 2017
Field Day, the most time-honored tradition in the hobby, was inaugurated in 1933 as a local, national and international test of portable radio equipment for use during disaster. It has evolved into an annual event focusing on preparedness for communications emergencies.
Field Day Rules
Eligibility: Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas
covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2.
DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not
eligible to submit entries.
Object: To work as many stations as possibleon any and all amateur bands (excluding the 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and in doing so to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness as well as to acquaint the general public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio.
Date and Time Period: Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC (1100 local) Saturday and ending at 2100 (1400 local) UTC Sunday.
General: There are specific rules and awards for various operating conditions and equipment. Field day has become a competitive event to encourage clubs and individuals to expand their capabilities so they are better prepared to operate more effectively and efficiently in emergency conditions.
N6P – August 2017
In cooperation with the national Park Service, Valley of the Moon Amateur Radio Club will activate
Amateur Radio Station N6P.
Point Reyes is the windiest place on the Pacific Coast and the second foggiest place on the North American continent. The lighthouse, built in 1870 and retired in 1975, is now under management by the National Park Service. It is the one of the few lighthouses in the U. S. which have the original Fresnel lens and clockwork mechanism in working order.