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Friday, March 6, 2020

Contesting Live
How To Have Even More Fun In Ham Radio Contests
David Jaffe- WD6T

Contesting is one of the most exciting and fun aspects of amateur radio.  This talk covers how to get started in contesting, as well as offering tips for  increasing your score and fun quotient.  It concludes with a "live" contest, in which "QSOs" will be made on the fly by members of the audience.

David was licensed at age 12 and first operated an amateur radio contest a year later, winning 2nd place in the New Jersey QSO Party for Essex county.  After a long hiatus from ham radio, he became active again in the 2000's on a wide variety of modes and bands from his home station in Berkeley, California.  Since 2017, his casual interest in contesting exploded into a passion.  He has participated in numerous contests from super-stations such as N6RO in Oakley and W6YX at Stanford University.  In 2019, he travelled to the twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda to join the V26B team in the CQ Worldwide SSB contest.  The group made over 10,000 QSOs in two days, and he alone made over 3,000 in twenty-four hours of operating.  He is a board member of the Northern California Contest Club and holds several contesting records, including a Pacific Division record for the ARRL IARU contest.  Professionally, he has several careers as a computer music researcher with several patents, as Senior Scientist/Engineer for Universal Audio, Inc., and as a composer of contemporary classical music (

See you all there !!

Past Meetings
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Club Meetings

The Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association meets on the 1st Friday of the month at 7:00 pm (19:00 J) (except when the first Friday lands on a holiday and typically moved to the 2nd Friday of the month).

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting location has changed. We will now be meeting in Meeting Room H6, in the Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto. Further information is below.

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Location: Cubberley Community Center; 4000 Middflefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303.
Telephone: (650) 329-2418.

After the meeting, many members gather for beer, pizza, and eyeball QSOs at Pizza Chicago, located at 4115 El Camino Real, in Palo Alto..

Board Meetings

The PAARA Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the home of Marty Wayne, W6NEV.  Address is: 1039 Bryant Way, Sunnyvale, CA.  We conduct most of our club business there in order to allow more time for guest speakers and socializing at regular club meetings.  Any PAARA member is welcome to attend.

A few meetings throughout the year have pre-defined agenda items. These include:

September Board Meeting
The Nominating Committee is appointed by the President to decide on a slate of candidates to be recommended to the membership.

October General Meeting
The Nominating Committee presents its nominations to the membership at the regular club meeting.  Nominations from club members opens at the beginning of the meeting, and closes at the end of the meeting.

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