Pictures from the Summit of San Gabriel Peak

On Sunday, August 11, SPARC members Rick Besocke, KI6ZKM and Jeff Liter, W2JCL hiked San Gabriel peak and performed a SOTA (Summits on the Air) activation. Together they logged seventeen QSOs on 146.52 MHz and 446.00 MHz. Jeff also conducted a mesh chat with Oliver, K6OLI over the AREDN mesh.

Rick KI6ZKM operates a “tape measure” beam on FM. A mesh go-kit operated by Jeff W2JCL is in the foreground.
Rick makes a contact on his beam. Antennas of Mt. Wilson are visible in the background.

If you’d like to know more about SOTA, check out this talk by Scott, WA9STI from our November 2018 meeting. Then use the following links to join in on the fun.

Main SOTA site: www.sota.org.uk
SOTA logging: www.sotadata.org.uk
SOTA Watch (alerts and spots): www.sotawatch.org
SOTA Mapping Project: www.sotamaps.org
SOTlas (SOTA altas): www.sotl.as

Prepare for an Emergency with These Member-Submitted Tips

We’ve added a new page to the SPARC website: Preparing for Emergencies. It is accessible from the navigation menu under “Resources.”

The inspiration for the page came from a discussion started by Bob Vanderwall WB6YJJ during our weekly on-air nets in 2017. Net participants discussed the state of their own preparedness, shared advice and recommended various tools. In the aftermath of the July earthquakes near Ridgecrest, there was renewed interest in emergency prep and new urgency to share our ongoing club discussion.

If you have suggestions on how to improve the page or corrections to any of the contact information listed there, don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you!

Ham 101 Returns – Reserve Your Spot

‭ARES LAX Northeast, our local branch of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, will hold a new session of “Ham Basics 101.”

Saturday, July 27
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, followed by informal mentoring
Huntington Memorial Hospital
conference room adjacent to the cafeteria

Ham Basics 101 is a two-hour workshop for amateur radio beginners and those getting back into the hobby or seeking to improve their skills. Topics covered include:

  • • basic operations and radio options
  • • how to use simplex and repeater frequencies
  • • how to program your radios manually and using software

For more details and to sign up please visit this link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/laect-ham-basics-101-tickets-64313738122

This workshop is open to all licensed amateurs.

Pictures from the 2019 Festival of Balloons Parade

Members of SPARC were proud to march in South Pasadena’s 2019 Festival of Balloons Parade with friends and neighbors involved in CERT and Neighborhood Watch. Mike KM6KAQ wore a fully-functioning mobile rig in a backpack, complete with a portable antenna mast. Tran K6NHI, who works for the Southern California Earthquake Center, had a busy morning thanks to the magnitude 6.4 Ridgecrest earthquake which occurred shortly before the parade. We thank the festival committee and our police and fire departments for organizing another fun day out for the whole community.

Remembering Tim Cox, WA0PTC

Tim Cox, WA0PTC, SK
Timothy A. Cox, WA0PTC, SK
1953 – 2019

It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our friend and club member, Tim Cox, WA0PTC. He passed away due to cardiac and respiratory issues at Huntington Memorial Hospital on May 20.

Tim ’s career in the medical field began at the School of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. For the past twelve years he worked with Dr. Tony Ngoc T. Nguyen as an echocardiographer performing cardiac stress tests and echocardiograms. He also worked part-time as a Consulting Physiologist at Harbor-UCLA. Tim is remembered not only for his knowledge, experience and clinical and technical expertise, but his extraordinary ability to help patients feel comfortable and at ease.

Tim was accomplished in many fields including music, math, physics, astronomy, and amateur radio. He enjoyed fishing and being with his little dog Gypsy. In 2015, Tim was instrumental in helping Bob Vanderwall, WB6YJJ revive the South Pasadena Amateur Radio Club, which had been dormant for some time. Many current SPARC members recall that Tim was the first person to greet them at a meeting and make them feel welcome. He was eager to share his vast knowledge of radio with new hams and encouraged others to learn and use Morse code. At club meetings, he urged everyone to “just get on the air and operate!” He will be greatly missed. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Tim to any of the following:

Huntington Memorial Hospital / Critical Care Giving
In the “Designation” field, chose “Other” then enter “Critical Care.”
Write “Tim Cox” in the “Tribute Information” section below.

Adventist Health White Memorial Medical Center / Cardiology
Designation – “Tim Cox Memorial Fund”

South Pasadena Amateur Radio Club

• Any animal rescue organization of your choice

A celebration of Tim’s life will be held on Saturday July 13, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall
1175 S. San Gabriel Blvd.
San Marino, California, 91108

This post incorporates information from an obituary written by Tim’s family.

Join Us for Field Day 2019

It’s time to prepare for Field Day, “amateur radio’s open house.” Once again SPARC will join forces with the Pasadena, JPL and Caltech radio clubs and operate from the Art Center College of Design campus.

Field Day 2019 begins Saturday, June 22 at 11am and ends on Sunday, June 23 at 11am. The address is 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, 91103. Above is a flyer for the event put together by the PRC.

Come to our monthly meeting on May 1 at the SP Fire Department EOC and learn about getting the most out of Field Day.

Pictures from B2V and Rookie Roundup

At SPARC’s April meeting, Oliver K6OLI provided a wrap-up of all the action at Baker to Vegas 2019. He has kindly shared a summary of the weekend in this Google Photo Album. The album contains photos from Oliver, Jeff W2JCL, Robert K6YZF, Mike KM6KAQ and Lew AC6LS.

Preparing for runners at the Baker to Vegas relay, March 23, 2019. Photo by Robert K6YZF

On April 14, SPARC participated in the 2019 Rookie Roundup. We made contacts in multiple states and tuned in some very clear signals from Georgia and Michigan. Below is a gallery of pictures from the day. Led by Joss KM6NXI, we took time to play a few rounds of kubb, a lawn game that’s increasingly popular here in South Pas.

South Pas CERT Events for 2019

Our friends at the South Pasadena Community Emergency Response Team have released their calendar of events for the rest of 2019. We’ve added these events to our calendar page and will update the listings if/when new dates are announced. Visit the CERT page to register for the refresher course or the fall training session.

May 25, 2019
8am – noon
CERT Refresher Training (held at SPFD)

July 4, 2019
9am – 2pm
CERT Booth in Garfield Park after the annual Festival of Balloons

August 6, 2019
6 -9pm
CERT Booth at National Night Out in Orange Grove Park

September 21, 2019
8am – 1pm
Basic CERT Training, fall session week 1 (held at SPFD)

September 28, 2019
8am – 1pm
Basic CERT Training, fall session week 2 (held at SPFD)

October 5, 2019
8am – 1pm
Basic CERT Training, fall session week 3 (held at SPFD)