Bald Mountain Fire

Safety First was only a Slogan

Here are pictures from the Saturday, June 26, 2010 fire at Bald Mountain located in Yolo County.  It was started by a tower crew working at the AT&T site next to our N6QDY/R repeater site.  The crew was cutting steel on the backside of their shelter when a spark ignited grass that hadn’t been cut back at the AT&T site.  The crew tried to put out the fire but after two minutes decided to call 911.  When fire arrived they had 2 acres involved.  Air tankers made at least two drops and one helicopter was used.  In some of the pictures you will see what appears to be a dust devil.  There was one.  The IC commented that if the winds had been blowing like this earlier we could have had a couple of hundred acres involved.  We were lucky.  In total there was about 5 acres burned and it was expected to take at least 3 hours of clean-up.  The cost of this response will be in the 10’s of Thousands of dollars.  So much for “Safety First”…

6/19/10 Meeting

During the second CCRA Breakfast Meeting on June 19th Vicki, N6KLS led a discussion on membership requirements and dues structures.  Gene, WW6H and Steve, WA6HAM provided some background information on earlier requirements that the group had used in the past.  This information provided the group an opportunity to look at the membership requirements with a historical perspective.  It was stressed that just because we had certain membership requirements in the past, it wasn’t necessary for us to continue those same membership requirements in the future.

To find out more information about what happened at the June 19th meeting please check out our soon to be released Vol. 1, Issue 1 July issue of the “Contra Costa Repeater Association WA6HAM Newsletter”.

Thanks to everyone for attending the June Breakfast!

Mt. Diablo Equestrian Trail Ride

On Saturday June 26, 2010, Save Mount Diablo will be sponsoring a 30 and 50 mile endurance course trail ride around Mount Diablo.  Amateur Radio operators will be providing communications for safety of the horses and riders from 6 AM to at least 6 PM.

If you would like to help please contact John Stuart, KM6QX at at

For more information on the event, please visit the following website:

Mt. Diablo Equestrian Trail Ride

CCRA Breakfast June 19th and July 17th!!!

The first CCRA breakfast in years on May 22nd was a great success!  Now is the time to plan to attend the next two breakfasts…

Thanks to the efforts of Trevor, WA6JAU, and Mitchell, W8DOD, the CCRA had a very successful first group breakfast reunion on May 22nd!  Everyone had such a good time that the CCRA has made reservations at Legends & Heroes Sports Bar at 9 AM for June 19th and July 17th.  Legends is located at at the Diablo Creek Golf Course at 4050 Port Chicago Highway in North Concord.  Please click the link below for map directions.

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Please make plans to attend by circling June 19th and July 17th on your calenders!

Those of you who were unable to make the meeting missed a very special “family” reunion.  But don’t despair!  Make plans on attending the next get-togethers in June and July.  I hope to see all of you there!

73…Steve, WA6HAM

Alcatraz Swim

On Sunday, May 30, 2010 the annual Alcatraz Swim will be held.  Amateur Radio operators will be providing communications for safety of the swimmers from 6 AM to 10 AM.

Barry, K6ST still is looking for help.  If you are available to help, please contact Barry at  or call him at 530-582-5206.

For more information on the event, please visit the following website:

Alcatraz Swim

5/22/10 Meeting

The first CCRA Breakfast meeting in 7 Years

At our May 22, 2010 reunion, Steve, WA6HAM covered the history of the CCRA, the organizational and technical challenges facing our group, and my his vision of the future. There is a tremendous amount of pent up energy to be directed towards this effort! A great many people were there. One of the biggest surprises was to have Dennis, KA6FUB and Michelle show up from Jacksonville, Oregon. Dennis was instrumental in helping build the CCRA.

Vicki, N6KLS, has taken on the leadership role of guiding the reorganization effort along with the help of Chuck, N6PEO. Not to be left out, Glenn, KJ6EN, will be helping create a newsletter. Barbara, KD6OKJ, will be creating a net schedule…she is the better half of Robbie, N6MNL who has been one of the many pillars that kept the Monday night net running. Gene, WW6H, will be updating our roster from a multitude of sources some dating back to 1983 with over 500 rows of data. Trevor, WA6JAU, “the technical committee” and several others volunteered to learn about the system and in the process help maintain it in the future. Thanks to everyone!

CCRA Breakfast May 22nd!!!

Thanks to the efforts of Trevor, WA6JAU and Mitchell, W8DOD, the CCRA will have its first group breakfast at Legends & Heroes Sports Bar at 9 AM on May 22nd.  Legends is located at at the Diablo Creek Golf Course at 4050 Port Chicago Highway in North Concord.

Many years ago the CCRA used to meet at Legends for our monthly breakfast.  It seems somewhat appropriate to have our first reorganization kickoff meeting at a place familiar to many of our long time members.

This meeting will give many of the users of the CCRA repeaters the opportunity to meet for the first time and place faces with names and callsigns.  WA6HAM will lead a discussion on how to reorganize the CCRA.  We will discuss our group mission and vision of where we, the CCRA, will go in the future.

This is a wonderful opportunity for new and old repeater users to help set the new course for the CCRA.  I hope to see all of you there!

73…Steve, WA6HAM
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EchoLink is Operational

WA6HAM-R is online!

On Saturday, April 17th WA6HAM-R became operational on EchoLink. This Link will be used by other affiliate repeaters to connect into the the CCRA repeater system. If you are a system representative interested in linking to the WA6HAM-R, please send an email to tumblr visitor

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