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.

Our Next Meeting Is the July 4th Parade

Dear all,

The monthly meeting scheduled for July 3rd will not be held. Instead, we will meet on July 4th to participate in the South Pasadena Festival of Balloons Parade. See the attached flyer, which features SPARC members in last year’s parade.

We will meet on El Centro St. in front of the library. Be sure to wear your SPARC t-shirts, and look for the rest of us in the parade marshaling area. 
A pre-parade welcome ceremony begins at 10:30 am, so plan on being there by 10:15 am. The parade itself starts at 11:00 am, and the route ends at Garfield Park (less than one mile).

Hope to see you there.
73,
Stan KR6CV
President, SPARC

Message from the President: Thank You for a Great Field Day

Dear all,

We had a great Field Day last weekend! A big THANK YOU to all the SPARC members who showed to help set up the Field Day site and staff the GOTA station. 

We made close to 180 total contacts on HF and were able to introduce many unlicensed, youth, and new hams to HF radio and Field Day. Thanks to our “partners in crime,”  Pasadena Radio Club, JPL Radio Club, and Caltech Radio Club. SPARC is grateful for the great organizational leadership, help and the opportunity to participate. We made new radio friends and learned a lot about the art of ham radio. We look forward to doing the same next year. If you didn’t have the opportunity to participate this year we look forward to seeing you in 2020!

Robert K6YZF was our photographer, and he made a GREAT video slide presentation to document our activities.

He said he still has a lot more to share and I am positive we will see more in the August club meeting.

73 all,
Stan KR6CV
President, SPARC

Location Change: June Meeting Held at Kaiser Permanente

The South Pasadena EOC is unavailable for our June 5, 2019 meeting, so we will meet at the Walnut Center location of Kaiser Permanente: 393 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena. This is the long-time location of monthly PRC meetings. Enter at the public/visitor entrance at the southern end of the parking structure on Los Robles Ave, just north of Walnut Street and meet in Room 1E (corrected on 05/26/19it’s room 1E not 1D) on the first floor of the building. Parking is complimentary. SPARC thanks Kaiser for generously providing its space.

See you there on June 5.

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.

Get Answers from the Collected Crown City HF

SPARC is proud to help distribute Crown City HF, a collection of columns written by Dr. Tom Berne, W6TAG (SK), for the Pasadena Radio Club’s monthly bulletin. You can download a PDF version of the collection using this link:

Crown City HF book (4 MB PDF)

The following is from the book’s foreword, written by John Minger AC6VV.

Tom Berne, W6TAG, followed in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Clarence J. Berne, becoming a surgeon. He was also a researcher and a professor at USC. […]

In the fall of 2007 Peter Fogg, KA6RJF, then club president-elect, suggested that Tom might consider writing a column for the monthly newsletter, The Pasadena Radio Club Bulletin, especially for our club’s technicians, to encourage upgrading and for new generals, to help them build HF equipped shacks.

Tom was modest about his experience, but Peter persuaded him to create the Crown City HF column, which he wrote every month for eight years. Ten months after the column ended, Tom became a Silent Key at age 81. We were all blessed to have had Tom with us for those many years.

Since then, Bob Ross, WA6JLP, volunteered to collect Tom’s work in a single document. We are pleased to present for you that collection of all of the Crown City HF columns.

Our thanks to PRC and Bob WA6JLP for allowing us to share Tom’s wisdom and enthusiasm for the hobby.

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)