A Collection of Past SCCC News Stories (Newest to Oldest)
Monthly News (SCCCORE - SoCal Contest Club Operations, Results and Enlightenments)
April 2021
SCCC logo NCJ has published the final results of the February NA Sprint CW contest. As you undoubtedly recall, the contest committee moved the start time up by one hour (this time only) in an attempt to provide more operating time on 20 meters. Comments received indicate that it was successful. This did not diminish the west coast domination however, as six of the top ten finishers were on the left coast. Incredibly, Bob, N6TV from NCCC recorded a golden log with 362 QSOs! Amazing! Marko, N5ZO placed eigth overall and Jim, K6ZH finished fifth in the low power group. Dan, N6MJ operated as ZF2MJ (remoting in to his station there) and set a new ZF record in the CW Sprint. These three guys along with Dick, N6AA and Axel, KI6RRN (NO6T) powered the SCCC #1 team to a second place finish! NCCC #1 took first with a record setting score for five member teams in this contest (back in the day, Sprint teams consisted of ten members). Full results can be found here.                                              more
Monthly News (SCCCORE - SoCal Contest Club Operations, Results and Enlightenments)
March 2021
W6XD The following was received from Dick, N6AA.

With great sadness, it must be reported that former ARRL Southwestern Division Director Art Goddard, W6XD, passed away from complications of cancer at age 78 on Saturday, February 13.

Art was first licensed as KN1AII in 1956, soon upgrading to K1AII, and later became W0MOQ.

He was an electrical engineering graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Montana State University. Art worked at Collins Radio, which became part of North American Rockwell, and eventually Boeing, where he retired as an executive.

After a number of years of working with Southern California governments on proposed antenna regulation ordinances, Art was elected ARRL Southwestern Division Vice Director in 1995 and served two terms before being elected Director in 2001. After his term as Director, he continued to follow League affairs and advocate for stronger public-relations efforts on behalf of Amateur Radio.

Art was active on the air from HF through microwaves. A member of the Southern California Contest Club, he took part in contest DXpeditions to locations ranging from sub-arctic to tropical, operating the CQWW DX contest in twenty-six of the forty WAZ zones. He also led teams of VHF-UHF-Microwave contest rovers that typically ran ten or more bands and covered close to a thousand miles in a weekend.

Art was heavily involved with the Costa Mesa Historical Society and was co-author of two books on Costa Mesa history.

Art is survived by his wife Mary Ellen, son Andrew, and daughter Amy, W6XDX. Services will take place at an undetermined future date.

Monthly News (SCCCORE - SoCal Contest Club Operations, Results and Enlightenments)
February 2021

Welcome aboard to new member David, K6FA from Bakersfield. He has held five other call signs over the years but now sports this one. He prefers CW and looks forward to the CQP each year where he runs QRP.

Also, welcome aboard to new member Joan, N6KIM. Joan is the XYL of SCCC member Jim, K6ZH. The two sometimes operate M/S in various contests. Last month, they did the ARRL RTTY Roundup together. They also use the club call KG7NV when at their vacation home in Goldfield, NV. Joan was first licensed back in 1981 and has both DXCC and WAS.

Monthly News (SCCCORE - SoCal Contest Club Operations, Results and Enlightenments)
January 2021
WI6X Welcome aboard to new member Jim, WI6X. Jim wrote up a nice intro in his membership application. I've copied it here.

Hi, I'm Jim Dahl, WI6X, and I enjoy contesting and QSO parties because the contest calendar is full of opportunities to get on the air for an hour or two at a time to practice my operating skills, evaluate my station building endeavors, and learn about propagation.

Things that get in the way of radio time are work, kids (Wisconsin/Ohio State/Woodbridge HS), & my XYL. Other interests are sailing, hunting, fishing, hiking, traveling, reading.

Working on my code speed is important to me. Practicing with CWops, giving back, K1USN SST, and Morse Runner are vey helpful.

I appreciate amateur radio's contest community for sharing ways to make what I have available as effective & useful as possible. As a towerless little gun, I rely on multi-element wire beams, extended double zepps, large loops, reversible phased arrays, inverted-Ls, a vertical, and a rotatable dipole (but not all at the same time or same QTH). Thankfully my Irvine QTH has trees, the XYL doesn't crane her neck up, I am on my HOA board, and my second station at Lake Arrowhead has 100-foot pine trees.

I love that our hobby has an enjoyable and endless learning curve supported by arguably the best community of Elmers of any hobby or profession. Most all of what I have learned about amateur radio has been from the Elmers who write books & magazines like The ARRL Antenna Book, K9YC's Choke Cookbook, ON4UN's Low-Band DXing, N0AX's Grounding and Bonding, CQ, QST, QEX, NCJ, WA7BNM's Contest Calendar & Score Rumors, as well as contribute to e-mail reflectors like Topband, TowerTalk, EZNEC, SimSmith, Elecraft, socal-hamnet-users, N1MM+, as well as the Elmers who volunteer to help with programs such as CWops and Contest University, and of course all the YouTubers.

Hams are great people. I am the Treasurer of South Orange Amateur Radio Assn. (SOARA), member of Irvine Disaster Emergency Communications (IDEC), and Orange County Amateur Radio Club (W6ZE).

Just a newbie with wires playing radio when chores and family do not get in the way.