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Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello to SBARC
« Last post by kn6koo on March 15, 2021, 03:55:26 PM »
Welcome Ted,

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi. 

I have a question.  I see you're interested in CW.  I will be the first to admit that at the moment I know squat about CW which probably was one of the reasons it took me so long to get licensed.

How did you learn and how good do you have to be at it before you can go out there and do it.  Maybe that's another way of asking what's the learning curve.

Again, thanks for joining in!

Introduce Yourself / Hello to SBARC
« Last post by TangoEchoTango on March 14, 2021, 05:23:28 PM »
K6TET here ... licensed since 2017.  Main interest is CW HF contesting.  73 to all!
Introduce Yourself / Re: kd6kvh intro
« Last post by kn6koo on February 24, 2021, 11:53:51 PM »

Welcome!  Great to have you stop by and introduce yourself. We're glad you're here. We have a good group of folks here and slowly we're going to grow this place with your help and others from North San Mateo County!

Good to see you and thanks for checking in!

dave dornlas
Introduce Yourself / kd6kvh intro
« Last post by quine on February 24, 2021, 05:17:56 PM »
Hello SBARC! I've been a ham since 1992 (tech+). Was pretty active for 10 years in my prior location, Petaluma in Sonoma Co. In the early 2000s my personal life changed. I moved to Pacifica, and then in 2010 to Shelter Creek in San Bruno. My radios disappeared in a car break-in in 2005 and until last September I have not operated at all since then, but I did remember to renew my license every 10 years "just in case".

"Just in case" came around 6 months ago when my youngest daughter got married and thanks to the pandemic decided to hold a smallish wedding in the woods... Way out in the woods on the coast north of Fort Bragg Ca. No cell signal so I thought some communications might be useful. Not really wanting to spend $200+ on a new HT, I stumbled on Baofeng! Is this possible? A dual-band 8 watt HT (UV-5R8W) for $45?? I ordered it along with a decent antenna. The long and short of the rest is I never could hit the Bragg repeater though I could hear it. But I did start playing around with the Baofeng as I walk the hills west of SFO. Been having a good time with it. Look forward to meeting you all someday.

Otherwise, I am a retired software engineer... Can talk about that for hours. Other hobbies include cigars and rums...

It's been announced that Comm Academy 2021, a free virtual training conference for anyone interested in learning more about emergency communications technologies and practices is being held April 10th and 11th, 2021. This year's theme is DISASTERS HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE – ARE WE READY?

For more information  or to sign up go to:

What are you up to / Working on our website and organizing this bbs system
« Last post by kn6koo on February 19, 2021, 09:39:53 PM »
For the last six or seven weeks I've been mainly working on building our website after dusting off my elementary php and MySQL knowledge which never was all that great but it's been fun relearning and discovering new and improved ways to do things.

I've also taken to building a couple of basic antennas including a 20 meter inverted V antenna which on its first outing allowed me to make contact with a station in Pennsylvania which was as cool as watching my first black and white print appear in the darkroom many many years ago.

Introduce Yourself / KN6KOO--Dave Dornlas
« Last post by kn6koo on February 19, 2021, 09:32:15 PM »

I was raised in San Mateo. Went to Hillsdale High---Go Knights! Graduated somehow from UCLA--go Bruins!! and have now lived in San Bruno for 43 years. For most of my life I've been involved in some aspect of photography. First as a newspaper photographer working in the Tai-Valley and then on the peninsula for the San Bruno Herald/San Mateo Times publications for ten years. In 1984 I opened Dave Dornlas Photography in Burlingame for sixteen years before realizing that photography was changing and not in good ways.

While running my studio I got involved with online communities first helping out on GEnie's Photography RoundTable then managing MSN's Photography Community from 1994-1999. In 1999 I became Community Manager/Director of Editorial Content for a major dotcom based in San Francisco called PhotoPoint. This lasted just a couple of years until the "dotcom" hit in 2001.

After that I became a man of leisure :) just kidding. I devoted my time to helping with a elderly family member and took over responsibilities at home as the DDO(Director of Domestic Operations) at Casa Dornlas until my wife retired from the San Bruno Library.

This past year has grounded us but gave me the opportunity to finally get around to getting my Ham license and now getting involved with the SBARC as its webmaster which is a lot of fun and giving me a chance to remember what I learned over all these years.

dave dornlas
Meetings and Events / March 1, 2021 meeting
« Last post by kn6koo on February 19, 2021, 08:49:10 PM »
You're all invited!

Due to COVID-19 our next meeting on Monday, March 1st @ 6:30PM will be a Zoom meeting. The meeting is open to all those who are interested in Ham radio. You don't need to be licensed to belong to the SBARC or to attend our meetings.

Here are the details:

Topic: San Bruno Amateur Radio Club
Time: Mar 1, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 872 3896 3730
Passcode: 186555

Hope to see you all then!
Club Announcements / Welcome Everyone
« Last post by kn6koo on February 19, 2021, 08:38:52 PM »
Welcome everyone,

The San Bruno Amateur Radio Club is providing this message board as a way to exchange information and ideas between members of our Ham community. It's hoped that everyone will practice our best manners here. A good robust conversation is great one that gets out of hand is bad for everyone. With that thought in mind, we invite you to speak and engage other members of the community with conversations about technical topics, how-tos, interesting finds, great adventures, future projects or any topic or issue you feel is appropriate for a conversation about some aspect of Ham radio.

Be good to each other and keep the ball rolling!

Enjoy this feature and let us know how we can help you.

dave dornlas
SBARC Webmaster
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