Next PAARA Meeting
Friday June 7, 2013

Please Note: Due to a family emergency, John Miller, K6MM is unable to give his talk at the June 7th meeting. Instead, Rick Tavan (N6XI) will take his place.

Title of Presenation: "Contesting"
by Rick, N6XI

Rick Tavan was first licensed in 1961 as KN3QDD in Maryland, held a few other calls and finally settled in as N6XI in California. He is retired from TIBCO Software Inc. and now splits his time between Saratoga and Truckee. His first love in radio was CW traffic handling in the 60's, followed quickly by contesting.

He joined PVRC and operated a lot of CD Parties and CW Sweepstakes. As an undergraduate, he was an officer of the MIT Radio Society and after graduation became trustee of the club station W1MX. Moving to CA in 1976, he joined the Northern CA Contest Club where he served a stint as president and other positions.

The highlight of his contesting career was participation in the 2010 World Radiosport Team Championship in Moscow as teammate to K6XX. They placed in the middle of the pack but it was a pretty strong pack of world-class contesters. His highest single-operator placing was seventh worldwide (first Asia) in a longago running of the CQ Worldwide DX Contest (CW) as N6XI/4X.

He has been on many first, second and third place teams in multi-operator categories of CQ Worldwide, ARRL DX and CQ WPX contests. Rick's other radio interests include QRP construction and operating. He has built a variety of kit radios and currently uses the Elecraft K-3, and KX-3. He is a member of FOC and a life member of ARRL and CWops.

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.

There is a pre-meeting dinner at the Su Hong Chinese resturaunt on El Camino Real, held to treat the guest speaker. Dinner starts promptly at 5:30 pm (17:30 J).
Location: 1039 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA 94025

After the meeting, many members gather for beer, pizza, and eyeball QSOs at Round Table Pizza, located on El Camino Real, just a few blocks north of Su Hong.
Location: 1225 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Board Meetings

Map & directions

The PAARA Board meets at 7:00 pm (19:00 J) at the Palo Alto Red Cross building, 400 Mitchell Lane, usually on the third Wednesday of the month.  We conduct most of our club business here in order to allow more time for guest speakers and socializing at 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.

December General Meeting
Elections are held at the December annual meeting.

Board of Directors and Appointed Staff

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