The Willits Amateur Radio Society (WARS) and Mendocino County Amateur Radio Communication Service (MCARCS) annual Holiday Dinner is only a month away. This year's dinner is scheduled for Friday December 1, at the Broiler Steakhouse 8400 Uva Drive in Redwood Valley. Happy hour (cash bar) starts at 5:30, with dinner seating at 6:30 PM. The price is $35 per meal, all-inclusive.
All hams in Mendocino, Lake, Northern Sonoma, and Southern Humboldt counties are welcome to attend. No need to be a member of either club. This is a great time to visit with old friends, or meet face to face with folks you have only "met on the net". Each person attending the dinner will receive one free raffle entry. To help control costs for the sponsoring clubs, guests are asked (but not required) to bring a present to donate to the raffle. No need to wrap the gift, and please keep the value at $15 or less.
At this time only 15 seats remain, so RSVP soon to reserve your seat. The last day to make your reservation is Sunday, November 26. Payment is not needed until the night of the event. You may pay by cash or with a personal check made payable to Tim Hanna.
Please provide the names and callsigns of everyone in your party, as we will be making nametags. You may RSVP to Tim WB9NJS or
Sharon Sue KE6YKY by email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com), or by phone (707 459-4116).
Effective January 1, 2017, Section 23123.5 of the California Vehicle Code (CVC) was amended by Assembly Bill 1785, which substantially expanded the scope of Section 23123.5 CVC, from simply prohibiting the use of a wireless phone to text while driving, to prohibiting holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or an electronic wireless communications device while driving.
However, a driver may still use a handheld wireless telephone or an electronic wireless communication device while driving when:The handheld wireless communication device is mounted to a windshield (in compliance with Section 26708[b] CVC), dashboard, or center console in a manner which does not interfere with the driver s view of the road, and; The drivers hand is used to activate or deactivate a feature with a single tap or swipe of the drivers finger. Pursuant to Section 23123.5(f) CVC, the definition of an electronic wireless communications device includes, but is not limited to: a broadband personal communication device, a specialized mobil radio device, a handheld device or laptop computer with mobile data access, a pager, or a two-way messaging device. Section 23123.5 CVC does not apply to manufacturer-installed systems which are embedded in the vehicle,nor does it apply to an emergency services professional using a wireless telephone while operating an authorized Emergency vehicle, in the course and scope of employment.
For the purposes of Section 23123.5(f) CVC, a radio installed and mounted in a vehicle with a wired hand microphone (e.g., business band or citizen band [CB] radio) is not considered a wireless communication device, nor is it considered a specialized mobile radio device, and therefore is not subject to enforcement u nder this section.
We have some members that are interested in getting their tickets and possibly an upgrade, so here are local test sessions found posted by using our zipcode at ARRL License Exam Sessions
Nov 16th, 1:00pm @ 1310 Redwood Way, Petaluma. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations Required
Nov 18th, 12:3opm @ Redwood Academy, Ukiah. Contact: KG6TXU@yahoo.com Reservations Required
Nov 18th, 10:00am @ Eureka Fire Dept, Eureka. Contact: email@example.com
Nov 19th, 3:00pm @ Bennett Valley Grange, Santa Rosa. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 2nd, 9:00am @ Bennett Valley Grange,Santa Rosa. Contact: email@example.com
Dec 9th, 1:00pm @ Petaluma Citizen Center, Petaluma. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations Preferred
Dec 9th, 10:00am @ Open Door Community Church, Shingletown. Contact W6IOdar@gmail.com
Dec 28th, 6:00pm @ McDonalds, Lakeport, Contact: KG6TXU@yahoo.com Reservations Required
We want to extend a huge 'THANK YOU' to Greg Glavich WA6RQX, for his dedication in maintaining and repairing all of the repeaters in the countywide linked system. HAMs from Humboldt County in the north, south to Sonoma County, and east to Lake County can regularly make contact and impart information. Without folks willing to put in hours of their time and energy not to mention funds, we that use the repeaters would be much more limited on VHF/UHF.
So ... if you hear Greg on the radio or happen to see him in person be sure to thank him for all his time and effort!
Every Friday starting at 8:00 A.M. come to Lumberjacks; located at 1700 South Main Street, Willits. We are encouraging everyone to come out and enjoy some coffee, breakfast or just conversation and if 8 is a bit too early, come later! We are very casual with stating times and usually there until 10 or thereabouts.For those on the coast, every Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. come to Angelina's, 400 South Main Street, Fort Bragg for breakfast, coffee or conversation.
Let's try to make one, all, or some, to meet and share ideas!