Archive for May, 2015

Next Practice: Saturday June 13, 2015

May 31st, 2015

Greetings 2 Meter Radio Practice Friends:

Our next radio practice will be Saturday, June 13, 2015, 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs, at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park, 36th Ave. and Fulton.

Check-in will be by radio at the Lake on 146.550 PL 100 simplex.

The main topic and radio practice will be: working as a volunteer radio operator at a marathon.  We will discuss and practice how the net control operator works, what aid station ROs do, what to bring, and different incidents that might occur during a marathon or similar event.  Everyone will get a chance to talk on their radios, sending and receiving traffic.

If you have never participated as a volunteer radio operator and want to, this is for.

If you have experience, we need you with us to Elmer or Wilma.

Also at the lake Jeff KK6JJZ will have his radio set up on the knoll, to the South of us, working the ARRL June VHF Contest. .  Join him over there to learn about the contest. If you ask him, he will hand you the mic for an opportunity to get on the air and make a contact.

I hope to see you at the lake.


Peter McElmury AA6SF

HF Opportunity – Museum Ships Weekend, June 6 & 7

May 26th, 2015

2MCM Friends,

If you have a General or higher FCC license and a little HF experience, you might want to consider volunteering to take a shift aboard the USS Pampanito World War II submarine, during the Annual Museum Ships Weekend, June 6 & 7.

Time is running out, so contact Michael K6MLF at: to volunteer for a shift.  Include your call sign, FCC license level and how much HF experience you have.

To learn more about the Museum Ships radio event go to:

To learn about the USS Pampanito go to:

Also, check out this youtube video taken on board the submarine:’s Michael K6MLF in the dark blue USS Pampanito hat, Rem K6BBQ (cinematographer) in the tan hat, and me, when I was KI6NYQ, in the emerald green hat with the 3-leaf clover on the back, having a hard time with a DX contact.  I had the camera and was “filming” while Rem K6BBQ was on the radio.  There is a rare recording of Marvin, who always said “the boat was his”.  May he Rest in Peace.  He is truly missed on board The USS Pampanito.

From Michael K6MLF: The USS Pampanito Amateur Radio Club is looking for a few good SSB and CW operators!  The Annual Museum Ships Weekend is coming up soon: June 6 and 7! Want to stand a two-to-four-hour shift in the submarine’s radio room, connecting with stations around the world? Contact Michael K6MLF. Even if you cannot make it aboard, you can earn a certificate for contacting at least 15 ships.

2 Meter Radio Practice May 9th

May 6th, 2015

2 Meter Radio Practice Friends,

Pat and I are back from our 4600 mile drive across America, following the historic Lincoln Highway from Lincoln Park in San Francisco to Times Square in New York City.  It was a blast but we are glad to be back in San Francisco.

I am looking forward to our radio practice this Saturday.

While we will do some talking on our 2 Meter HTs,  answer questions and help each other, we will also get a chance to participate in an HF (high frequency) radio event.  At the lake there will be three HF radios set up for us to get a chance to participate in the “US Islands One-Day Getaway” ham radio event.

The HF radios will be set up and operating by 1000 hrs, so get there a little early, 0930 hrs, for checking in and orientation.  

My trustee six-year old Yaesu FT60R was accidedntaly left behind in Massachusetts and my cousin is mailing it to me.  That leaves me with a very nice Icom IC-V80 that I will need help programing.

I hope to see you there.


Peter McElmury AA6SF