ARRL August UHF

K6WCC is now on two new bands! We worked the 222MHz, 70cm and 1.2GHz bands from our field site in Santa Barbara this weekend. This is the first step in expanding the VHF and UHF capabilities of the club. There will be an event page with some pictures and results shortly. In the mean time, enjoy this picture by Alex K6VHF!

The WCC UHF antennas in the field. Photo by Alex K6VHF.

The WCC UHF antennas in the field. Photo by Alex K6VHF.

WCC at Uranium Springs

The “Salvage” event in April 2012 was the first event held by EoD at their new “Uranium Springs” site. Check out the Salvage page for a photo gallery.

The entrance to Uranium Springs.

The entrance to Uranium Springs.

At the event, the WCC constructed its first permanent outpost, which contained a bunk room and a combined radio room and post office. The post office represents the first attempt by the WCC to provide communication services outside of wireless transmissions. The WCC Postal Service collected a total of 25 post cards and sent them out to 16 different ZIP codes in 9 different states, which we consider a huge success. The post office also sold local post cards, a tradition we hope to carry over to other events.

Wasteland Weekend 2012

The WCC would like to thank everybody who visited our camp at Wasteland Weekend 2012. We all had an amazing time, and can’t wait to see you all again next year!

 

Souvenirs

Bottlecap with the WCC website address

Bottlecap with the WCC website address

In honor of Wasteland Weekend 2012 we’ve printed up some custom bottle caps with our logo and website address! Some of these will be given out as souvenirs at Wasteland Weekend to people who get on the air for the first time using our radios. The rest will be sent out with new WW2012 QSL cards to people who contact us from afar!

Keep your ears open on the 20m band on the 27th, 28th and 29th of September to get yours!

First physical QSL card!

It’s an old tradition in radio to send a type of postcard confirming communications. Over the years, many radio operators have amassed giant collections of these cards, named for the “Q-code” that is used to query or confirm receipt of transmission.

QSL card from KG6PO

QSL card from KG6PO

Nowadays, much of the confirmation takes place online and via virtual QSL cards. It’s faster, easier and cheaper. But some people still stick to the old ways, and yesterday we received our first physical QSL card as a club! The card came from Ken Macy of Boulder

Creek, CA. His return card should be in his mailbox shortly.

Camp construction! (Update)

On Sunday (7/8) we will be starting construction of the prefabricated sections that will become our camp structure at Wasteland Weekend 2012. If you’d like to help out, please use the “Contact Us” section of the website and let us know, or call (760) 68-99-WCC.

Update!
This was a triumph! Prefabricating the walls for the WW2012 WCC HQ went easier than expected. The operations room is now ready for assembly and furnishing. It will house two radio operator stations with independent equipment, as well as a viewing area and repair bench in a 12×8′ room. Next up is a sleeping room and a lobby that converts to sleeping quarters at night!