PAARA Field Trip: March 16, 2014

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Come join us on a field trip to the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation (MVTF).  Learn about the many and varied types of military vehicles and the process of restoration from discovery of a vehicle to the final result.  MVTF has a collection of over 240 vehicles.

There are two tour times, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.  The 10:00 AM tour can accommodate 32 people and the 1:00 PM, 34 people.  The tour takes about 2 hours.  Because of limited parking space at MVTF site, we encourage car pooling. A good place to meet for car pooling is at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. There is ample parking in the Cubberley main parking lot to the East of the facility (directly across from Montrose Ave). Directions will be posted to the parking lot and the MVTF site on the PAARA website when available. This promises to be a fun and interesting field trip.

To reserve a spot please contact Marty at or call me at 408-234-8023.  Give your first and last name, your call, how many are coming, and whether you want the 10 AM or 1 PM tour.  If you sign up, please show up.  We are responsible for all reservations whether they at used or not.

Pacificon 2013, Oct 11 thru Oct 13
W6P Special Events HF Station
391 contacts, 25 countries - WOW what fun!

What a wonderful event Pacificon 2013 was again this year.  Lots of speakers, lots of people, lots of vendors, and even some prize winners. As you know PAARA operated the HF Special Events Station, W6P.  We had a great time.  The station went up and was operational in about four hours.  That time included a couple of do-over's and some idle time.  By Friday noon, we had one station up and working.  By 1:00 PM, two more were on the air.  The stations were an Icom IC-756Pro, a Yaesu FT-1000MP, and an Elecraft K3 all running 100 Watts.  By 3 PM Saturday, the Icom and the Yaesu were feeding 500 Watt amplifiers and by 9 PM Saturday, the Elecraft also had a 500 Watt amplifier behind it.  This was a really fantastic effort by PAARA members working together.  I especially have to thank Rick, N6DQ for the use of his trailer, HEX Beam, Radio, two amplifiers and almost all the interface cabling.

We initially activated 20, 15 and 10 Meters using Rick Huisman's tower trailer and HEX beam.  What a crowd of looky-loos that arrangement created.  Rick could be a spokesman for both K4KIO HEX Beams and Texas Bragg Trailers.  Tom Schiller, N6BT brought one of his new 40 Meter Verticals that worked very well.  Saturday after the flea market cleared out we strung 80 and 40 Meter dipoles courtesy of Rebar, N6DB.  They worked very well and carried most of the contact load Saturday night.  Rebar worked from about 9 PM Saturday night until 8 AM Sunday morning.  What an effort.

On Saturday there was also a 2 Meter Parachute Mobile rig set up so contacts with the jumpers could be made.  John, KI6BEN handled that station and what a crowd it drew.  Thanks John.
Unfortunately, a count of visitors and operators wasn't taken but I know there were a lot.  At times one couldn't move in the tent.  A real high point is when a lad of about 9, made his first ever ham radio contact with a station in Belgium.  He was so excited.  I think we may soon have a new ham.

There are a ton of people I want to thank for all their help and efforts with this PAARA run station.  I captured the names of most who helped.  If I didn't acknowledge you, I apologize.  There is no malice intended.  Please forgive me. Here are the names and calls in no particular order:
Jim Thielemann, K6SV (ex-KI6KVW); Eric Thielemann, KJ6LAY; Rick Huisman, N6DQ; Joe Nichols, KJ6YTA;
Barry Redding, KK6EIP; Joel Wilhite, KD6W; Joanna Dilley, K6YL; John Vargas, KI6BEN;
Darryl Presley, KI6LDM; Rebar Rebarchik, N6DB.

From Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club: Jim Siemons, AF6PU who headed up the whole Pacificon 2013 event; Mitchell Boyce, W8DOD; John Welden, KJ6GLQ
We of course thank the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club for giving us this opportunity.  It was a blast for me and I hope that is true for all involved.

Just a heads up, we have been asked to support the Pacificon 2014 Special Events Station W6P again next year.  The dates are Friday, Oct 10 through Sunday, Oct 12, 2014.  Put those dates on your calendar and join in the fun.

I look forward to having another successful event next year.  I also look forward to working with all of you again and hopefully many more from PAARA.  We have a great club.  Let's again take the opportunity to show the amateur radio community how really great we are.

Thanks and 73,
Marty W6NEV

PAARAFEST 2013 - Saturday, September 28th @ 11:00 AM

Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual PAARAFEST. And why not celebrate the beginning of Fall while getting that last swap meet bargain. After all, who else in the world will appreciate that precious boat anchor (other than yourself of course). You are a welcome to bring your favorite pot luck dish or dip. Talk in on 147.45 simplex.
You don’t have anything to bring? No worries, we have a bumper crop of food and tons of cool stuff to go through.

Date:  Saturday, September 28, 2013
Time:  11:00 pm - 6:00 pm
     Set up:  10:00 - 11:00 - Buy, sell, swap, and dine:  11:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Wilhite Residence (Joel's house – KD6W)
 701 Menlo Oaks Drive
 Menlo Park, CA.  94025
Who:  PAARA club members and families, 50MHz and UP members and families.
What:  A combination of a bbq / club fundraiser, get together and mingle, and a time to swap out all your ham-related treasures!
Lunch - $5:  All you can eat grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, dips - ALL proceeds go to PAARA.
Bottomless Beer - $5:  All you can drink (and still be able to drive), - ALL proceeds go to PAARA.
All other Drinks – 1$: All other chilled drink choices except the beer, - ALL proceeds go to PAARA.
RSVP: no later than 9/21/2013 to reserve a selling spot OR if you’re stopping by.
Please email to Joel at to let him know you are coming to PAARAFEST 2013!


PAARA Heading Up The W6P Special Event Station At Pacificon - Volunteers Needed
PAARA will be heading up the W6P Radio operation at Pacificon this year.  Most of the equipment will be furnished by the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club.  The radio station will be set up on Friday morning, Oct. 11.  It will operate Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday morning then be taken down Sunday afternoon.

I am looking for people to help get the station up and on the air; to operate during the active hours.  Twenty four hour operation is not necessary unless someone wants to volunteer for the overnight shifts.  This will be a fun event with no pressure like Field Day.  I hope many of you would like to become involved and participate at any level.

Please contact me by email at or  If you want to chat, call me at 408-234-8023 (cell, best) or 408-246-7531 (home).

Come join the fun and help promote ham radio and PAARA at Pacificon.

Marty, W6NEV

Radio Day by the Bay 2013 on July 20th

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Help the California Historic Radio Society's celebrate Radio Day by the Bay.  This is the 2013 installment of the annual CHRS fund raising event.  There will be an auction of vintage radios and ham gear, live music by The Joyful Noise Jazz Band, a live radio play by the Broadcast Legends, a vintage electronic flea market, food, tours of KRE, living history interviews and more.  You will also be able to operate W6CF, the James Maxwell Memorial Amateur Radio Station.

A $5 per person donation will be asked for at the gate.  This will be a full day of radio fun.  Lunch is about $7.00.  Gates open a 9 AM. Show starts at 10 AM.

The CHRS site is located at 601 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA.  This is a drive yourself or carpool field trip.  Please make your own arrangements to get there.  I will help coordinate.

If there are any questions, please contact me at or call 408-246-7531.

Marty, W6NEV
KSM/KPH Field Trip - Saturday, April 28 , 2012
PAARA is visiting the Marine Radio Historical Society station KPH/KSM. This coast station was one of several marine communication transmitting and receiving stations located around the globe. The field trip will include visits to both the transmitting and receiving sites. Transportation to and from the site will be by bus. As is part of the PAARA tradition, we will be well fed with hamburgers and accompaniments. Reserve your seats while there are still seats available!

Date: Saturday, April 28

Going: Leave 701 Laurel St, Menlo Park CA at 8:00 AM.

Return: Leave KSM/KPH site approx 3:30 PM.

Cost: $40 per person.

Tickets can be obtained by mailing a check to:

Marty Wayne
1039 Bryant Way
Sunnyvale CA 94087

Please make the checks payable to PAARA and include the name(s) and call(s) for each person going on the trip.

If there are any questions, please contact me at or call 408-246-7531.

Marty, W6NEV
FARS/PAARA Winter Banquet - Friday, January 20, 2012

The Foothills Amateur Radio Society (FARS) and the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association (PAARA) present this ham radio event and fete.  This annual event is open to anyone who wants to attend, but reservations are required.  All members are encouraged to sign up now for this special annual event.  Bring a spouse or a friend and of course bring a few dollars for the raffle.

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2011 PAARAshoot
This year's PAARAshoot wll be held at the Santa Clara County Field Sports Park on Sunday, July 31, 2011.  It will be a joint firearms shooting event, sponsored by PAARA and the Santa Clara Valley Rifle Club (SCVRC).  The event was started by the late Elaine "Trish" Gibbons, WA6UBE, and her partner Carla Satra, who have been volunteer rangemasters at the South County Field Sports Park in San Jose for many years.

Through their good offices, we have been granted the use, without charge, of the 200 yard rifle range, one of only two 200 yard ranges in the Bay Area.  We have the range to ourselves for the entire day.

Setup begins around 8:30 or so, so if you'd like to help, please come first thing. We shoot until 3:30 when we begin cleanup/packup, so we can be off the range by 4:00.

All are encouraged to bring a little extra .22 ammo, and any interesting or unusual firearms they may have to show.  Lunch is potluck, so bring your favorite grille-able items and sides to share.  There is a fair amount of shade there, but it still gets hot.  Bring plenty of cold drinks.

In addition to the treat of getting to shoot on a 200 yard range, it's always a fun gathering.  Come out to do something a little different with your radio friends. You'll have a BLAST!
March 12 Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association
April 9 South Peninsula Amateur Radio Club
May 21 Santa Clara County Amateur Radio Association
June 11 Southern Peninsula Emergency Communications System
July 9 Foothills Amateur Radio Society
August 13 Silicon Valley Emergency Communications System
September 10 West Valley Amateur Radio Association
October 8 Silicon Valley Chapter, American Red Cross

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