Veterans Administration Long Beach ARC (AC6VA)

After an ARALB Ham University Technician License class at the Long Beach VA, about 15 veterans decided to start a ham radio club at the VA for veterans, VA employees, VA volunteers, and their families.  We became a club on October 2, 2015.  Since then we have grown to about 30 members, a number of whom are also ARALB members.

Our primary purpose, being on a hospital campus, is to provide hospital emergency communications for the Long Beach Medical Center.  In that effort, we have been provided a trailer for our station, and some of us have attended a training session to learn to operate the VA’s new HF ALE system, which has a VA call sign as well as a ham radio call sign assigned to it by the FCC.

We participate in many activities both on and off the campus.  We are ARRL affiliated, we are members of the Los Angeles Area Council of Clubs, and we participated in the last HAMCON in Torrance. We are open to participating in more events to hone our EmComms Skills while having some fun.

If you are a veteran, VA employee, VA volunteer, or a family member of one of these groups, we invite you to stop by and see us.  Our monthly meetings are the first Saturday of each month at 10:00 am, in the Day Room of the Community Living Center on the VA campus.  We hold our nets on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, on 449.700 MHz (-) PL 131.8, and visitors are always welcome to check in.

For more information, please contact Andrew Variano, KK6LPT, our President, at  

McBride High School ARC (K6MHS)

In 2013, McBride High School opened its doors. The McBride High School ARC club was the first chartered club for the school. John Jacobson, KK6JBA agreed to work side by side with Devon Day (KF6KEE) to launch the radio club. Soon, Richard Sherwood (N6RU), past President of ARALB, joined the adult support team offering practical and technical advice and a lot of encouragement.

Since 2013, McBride High School has watched its club swell to ten licensed student operators (including one Extra and two Generals). Because McBride High School is a magnet school focusing on Engineering, Medicine, and Forensic sciences, the focus of the club has broadened. In addition to a priority in developing an efficient, Emergency Response Amateur Radio team, the students have been challenged with other science related projects, including antenna design and the design and construction of a mobile radio station.

McBride has participated in three Field Days and three Rookie Roundup where the AREC club K6MHS, took first in California in contacts and third in the nation. McBride held its first Winter Field Day on campus in January 2015. ARALB club members worked side by side with the students during the first 24 hour contest on campus. In 2017, the McBride Amateur Radio Club made contact with The International Space Station via amateur radio as the entire student body looked on.  This was the first ISS contact ever made in the history of LBUSD.  The AREC team has received grants and donations from the ARRL, ARALB, and members of the radio community. McBride (K6MHS) has its own radio room with two radio stations and a permanently installed Comet 250B HF antenna, and is an ARRL Affiliated Club.

Club members from the 2016/17 school year.

Sato High School ARC (W6SHS)

In 2014, Sato High School started its first amateur radio club. With the advantage of an ARRL ETP Station Grant, Devon Day (KF6KEE) and co-advisor Richard Sherwood (N6RU), and the first faculty advisor, Principal Mona Merlo, were able to launch amateur radio at this small engineering-biomedical high school located on Studebaker Road in Long Beach.  Soon private donations of equipment and money from family members of Sato High School parents allowed the quick installation of the school’s first radio station. Within a year, the new radio station, located just off of the auditorium, had two complete radio stations and four vertical antennas installed on top the 3rd story of the auditorium. 

Sato High School’s licensed amateur radio operators have participated in two Field Days, two Winter Field Days, the Belmont Christmas Parade, two fund raising carnivals, working radio at Mother’s Beach, testing the effect of salt water canals next to the school in overall propagation, 9th grade orientations, Open House, and in 2018 is now officially part of the School’s Emergency Communication Plan.  Past club President Tucker Nulty, introduced Boy Scouts to radio during the Scouts on the Air event at the LB Sea Scouts Base.  Following the February 14th school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida student amateur radio operators assisted administrators during the peaceful Sato High School walkout. Student radio operators communicated with the main office as well as curious neighbors who applauded the students’ participation.

Amateur Radio was used in May 2018 to assist students communicate during the solar boat competition.  The results were wonderful. Two licensed radio operators participated.

In the fall of 2018, Sato High School’s Amateur Radio Club will also accept the gift of a complete mobile radio station from Wilson High School’s amateur radio club, K6WHS, which is no longer an active club.

Past President Tucker Nulty helping at Jamboree on the Air with Glenn Draper.

From L-R President Eric, Club Engineer Bryan & VP Michael testing the effect of salt water on propagation.

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