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Title: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: KM6RWB on April 23, 2018, 01:48:33 PM
New guy here - but seems the closest 'fest to me is in Arizona? not a bad road trip but does anyone know if there is anything in California this year?


Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: N8AUC on April 24, 2018, 07:48:08 AM
New guy here - but seems the closest 'fest to me is in Arizona? not a bad road trip but does anyone know if there is anything in California this year?

Go to http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar

Enter your zip code and see what comes up.


Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: KM6RWB on April 24, 2018, 09:53:02 AM
nope nada -


Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: W1VT on April 24, 2018, 11:36:25 AM
http://w6trw.com/index.php/w6trw-amateur-radio-club-swap-meet/
The W6TRW Swap Meet is ALWAYS on the LAST SATURDAY of the month no matter what — rain, shine, or holiday! The swap meet hours are 7:00 AM to 11:30 AM. The Swap Meet is located on the southeast corner of Aviation Blvd. and Space Park Drive (one traffic signal south of Marine Ave.).

The W6TRW Amateur Radio Club has been holding a monthly swap meet featuring the trade and sales of amateur radio and electronic items since 1978 as a fund raiser to support its activities.

They have one every month and I've actually been to one of them!

Zak W1VT


Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: AC7CW on April 24, 2018, 05:46:21 PM
http://w6trw.com/index.php/w6trw-amateur-radio-club-swap-meet/
The W6TRW Swap Meet is ALWAYS on the LAST SATURDAY of the month no matter what — rain, shine, or holiday! The swap meet hours are 7:00 AM to 11:30 AM. The Swap Meet is located on the southeast corner of Aviation Blvd. and Space Park Drive (one traffic signal south of Marine Ave.).

The W6TRW Amateur Radio Club has been holding a monthly swap meet featuring the trade and sales of amateur radio and electronic items since 1978 as a fund raiser to support its activities.

They have one every month and I've actually been to one of them!

Zak W1VT

In So Cal you don't even have to say "The TRW Swapmeet", you just say "TRW" and hams know what you are referring to. I've been there a few times, worth it every time...

The Satellite Amateur Radio Club on the Central Coast seems to have a annual swapmeet.


Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: KK6BXO on June 14, 2018, 04:20:22 AM
Coming up in October is Pacificon. Also not a bad road trip from So Cal.

http://www.pacificon.org

If you enter your zip code into the ARRL search it often comes up with nothing. Try entering just the state.  If you enter California, Pacificon will pop up, and also Santa Maria and San Diego events.


Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: K5UJ on July 02, 2018, 03:09:54 PM
If there's still a lot of hams in S. Calif. there should be hamfests.  But I have also noticed a dearth of hamfests in Calif. compared to the rust belt and Mid Atlantic and New England, the other two high density ham population areas.  I suspect it is difficult to find a venue out there.  Also, while there are a lot of licensees, there may not be much of a market for hamfest gear because of the difficulty Calif. hams face in setting up stations due to HOA restrictions. 


Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: W6EM on July 04, 2018, 05:13:53 PM
The Southeast is a haven for older snow birds.  And, with them, come lots of us silver haired hams  from colder and costlier environs.  Flea markets are numerous.  Especially in Florida.  You can literally find a hamfest a month there, if you're willing to travel a bit.

Sorry to hear that CA isn't what it used to be, but with the loss of technology manufacturing employment to Asia, and the high cost of living, I'm not too surprised.  As as CA ex-pat, I can speak from experience.

As for large hamfest events, three are worth mention.  In August, Huntsville's indoor hamfest at the Von Braun Center; in November, the Atlanta area Stone Mountain fest; and in February, the Orlando Hamcation.  All of these are large and have plenty of flea market activity.



Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: KA8WRL on August 28, 2018, 10:05:22 AM
You may want to check on some of the local clubs.  They should have a list of them.  The club I am a member of in Kern County, many members head to one even near the coast.  It is www.ke6rn.com

Leilani KA8WRL


Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: KC4ZGP on August 28, 2018, 11:12:52 AM
Uh...wildfires have their attention.

Say, why don't you throw a hamfest?

Kraus


Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: KD9IQO on September 03, 2018, 08:46:50 AM
The "People's Republic of California" has almost eliminated the California middle-class with their socialist policies.


Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: W6EM on September 03, 2018, 07:50:46 PM
The "People's Republic of California" has almost eliminated the California middle-class with their socialist policies.
And, I guess they all moved to Indiana, which had quite a love fest day before yesterday......
https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2018/09/01/kkk-rally-indiana-sparks-protest-hundreds-people-strong/1074336002/ (https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2018/09/01/kkk-rally-indiana-sparks-protest-hundreds-people-strong/1074336002/) ;D



Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: K6BRN on September 03, 2018, 08:36:00 PM
The NGST/TRW Swap Meet is probably the biggest in SoCal and is held the last Saturday of each month on Aviation Blvd. between Marine Ave. to the North and Manhattan Beach Blvd. to the South.  Always a huge amount of equipment, parts, radios, etc, and always fun.  The NGST radio club holds license exams at every swap meet, too.  A great club, well funded, with VERY competent, friendly and helpful members.  Several other radio clubs and the ARRL maintain a permanent presence at the swap meet, too.  Never seen one to rival it.

Anybody know of any good, recurring swap meets in Connecticut?  I've been looking for one out there at QTH #2

Lee... I appreciated your post.  Very applicable in light of Roy's completely inappropriate post.

 HATE

Brian - K6BRN



Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: W6EM on September 04, 2018, 05:18:19 AM
I really get tired of rhetoric (about) how bad life in CA is on the "Left" Coast.  Sure, I left in retirement.  But, to those who say that CA and all of its taxes, lifestyles, etc., is somehow a lesser quality of life, living, accomplishment, etc., and all of any smarts have left, I say look at the record.

The transistor.  The integrated circuit. The cell phone.  Spread spectrum (from a Hollywood actress). McDonnell-Douglas aircraft that helped win several wars.  The list goes on and on.  The atmosphere created and still foments creativity and innovation.  The list of companies formed in and still headquartered in CA is long.  And its public education system is still among the best in the US.

Its open door policy invites the brightest and the best from anyplace.

Look around you.   What was invented in your state?  I now live in Alabama.  All that comes to mind is peanut butter, and I’m not certain of that.  Of course, it’s home to Jim Nabors, Lionel Richie and the Red Tails, (Tuskegee Airmen). 

Maybe there’s truly something to how they do it and how and why it’s done in CA.  Sure, it's a brag about where I grew up, but check my cites.  I think you'll find them accurate.  And yes, the TRW meet still sounds great.  One of those I missed since I lived in the SF Bay Area.  400 miles each way was a stretch.

Cheers and 73,

Lee


Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: K6BRN on September 04, 2018, 06:15:18 AM
Lee:

California is still a good place to live.  I don't see that changing.  People forget that it is a mix of high tech, manufacturing, agriculture and, of course, Hollywood.  It's character changes entirely from north to south and the state is bigger than many countries, as well as having the 5th largest GDP in the world, right after Germany.

But in the end, what we have to concentrate on is "E Pluribus Unum" - "Out of Many,, One".  Which to me, means unity between all states, regardless of our differences.

BTW - moved out there cold in 1982, found a job in just a few days, have never been unemployed since then, except for a brief time when I tried to retire in 2013.  But the many (fun) opportunities dragged me back, at least part time.  Hughes, McDonnel-Douglas, Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Northrop-Grumman, Intel, Apple... the list of companies critical to the USA that are located in CA are astonishing.

'nuff said.

Brian - K6BRN


Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: W6EM on September 04, 2018, 10:09:38 AM
Well said, Brian.  E Pluribus Unum.  Many used to bemoan the loss of the military in the SF Bay Area (including me!!).  Some said it was due to "left of center" focus of the immediate area.  Nope.  Strictly cost of living for the military, I'm afraid, along with lack of need.

But, Lockheed's still there, sitting next to NASA-Ames and the old Moffett NAS.....that still has operable runways for test flights.  Sitting in the middle of what were truck vegetable farms and orchards are a laundry list of Silicon Valley's greatest, including Intel and Apple.

I used to manage the utility high voltage transmission and substation network from there to just north of Santa Barbara.  And, I grew up on a farm in the San Joaquin Valley.  And, a high school buddy in my central valley town earned his PhD from Cal and is the inventor of SPICE.  And a former ham.

A simple test:  Why doesn't Tim Cook, an Alabama native and graduate of Auburn and Apple CEO, move a division down here? Simple.  The nexus of talent is right where he is.....Silicon Valley.  He can't move that.

Sure, I didn't mention Huntsville.  To be fair, it's famous for rocket innovation, but it was the diverse cadre of Dr. Von Braun and his German associates who made that happen when they moved there.  We should all observe from that lesson: Diversity in origin and thought is a win for all who collaborate....

CA.  'tain't nothing like it.  I might have left, but I still have roots....

73, Brian, and keep up the great swapfest and club.



Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: K5UJ on September 05, 2018, 03:50:29 AM
CA may be a nice place to live (and I'm not including S.F. and L.A. unless you are rich), but I wouldn't care for the 13% income tax and the regular water shortages that have been taking place.  But, if one can deal with all of that, it may work out okay, unless you are a ham and want to have decent antennas.   Now, there's a forthcoming requirement that all new homes have solar panels on them.  Solar panels and inverters = RFI in most cases.   Does this sound like a desirable place for a ham?  I don't think so, not if your kind of ham radio is mine:  analog HF and big antennas and QRO.     


Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: AF6LJ on September 05, 2018, 03:59:52 AM
No matter how you stack it, Kalifornia is not a nice place to live.


Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: K6BRN on September 05, 2018, 07:52:17 AM
Robert (K5UJ):

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CA may be a nice place to live (and I'm not including S.F. and L.A. unless you are rich)

We'll, you are pretty much on the outskirts of Chicago, whose murder rate makes L.A. look like Disneyland.  So I'm sure it's just a personal preference.  Regarding being poor or rich, that's always relative - there is always someone with less and someone with more.  SoCal is a whole lot better in the winter than Chicagoland, when you're homeless or can't afford heat.  And there are plenty of urban environments with higher taxes than L.A, like, for instance, New York City.  For the majority of the 40 million who live in CA, North to South (about 800 miles), it's not too bad - there are MUCH worse places and relatively few better ones.

Susan (K5UJ):

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No matter how you stack it, Kalifornia is not a nice place to live.

For you, perhaps, and sorry to hear that.  Maybe you should think about moving?

But for a lot of people, from a lot of places, including me, it's a bundle of opportunity that's allowed us to get the heck out of a much, much worse place, and prosper. And the move was NOT easy.  Empty pockets, running away from a disintegrating post-industrial town whose murder rate made even Chicago look relatively safe.  But lots of possiblities to explore, if you are determined and don't give up.

Brian - K6BRN


Title: RE: Why No Activity In So Cal?
Post by: W6EM on September 05, 2018, 04:05:00 PM
CA may be a nice place to live.. but I wouldn't care for the 13% income tax.....
Have to chuckle here....  I can't count the number of former Midwest state ex-pats [who] complained of sky-high real estate taxes.  Five, six, and one above ten percent on the value of one's home per year.  CA may have 13% as a top incremental income tax rate, but 1.25% of your residence value per year isn't bad. How's the Illini rate?

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.....  you are a ham and want to have decent antennas.   ......... if your kind of ham radio is mine:  analog HF and big antennas and QRO.     
Hmmm.  CA has very, very low relative humidity, unlike where I live in AL.  Aluminum here corrodes easily outdoors.  And then, there's lightning.  And, occasional tornadoes.  CA doesn't have those to speak of.  I have to disconnect and ground all of my coax from my dipoles.  And, I've had several indirect hits in the last 12 years.  And, I don't live atop a ridge either.  I'd guess that Illinois has a lot more lightning, at least, than CA does.