SNOW & WINTER STORM SEASON HAS ARRIVED..........MONITOR 146.730..primary, also 146.925,and 146.880, ...Reminder: Check your "GO-KITS"....spare batteries, replacemnt snacks, meds, etc...........

The 146.730,146.925 and 146.88 (85.4hz) repeaters are IN SERVICE -

Thanks to Robert, KB6YTD for navigating the dangerous road to the 925 repeater
before the the first snow blocked the road, to re-install the 925 repeater.Robeert also relocated the .88 repeater to Browns Mountain location recently

BPL Radio RFI - DANGER INFO- Internet over Power Lines - COMPACT Florescent Lamp NOISE on HF

NEW TRINITY HAMS!.... KA6WAT, Robbie Jackson; KI6WAX, Bobby McNeil; KI6WBL, Jeanne Simmons; KI6WBD, Nick Prindiville; and John Hanover (call listed soon!)... From the February 2009 test in Redding.



Amateur Radio in Trinity County

Dedicated to Public Service

Visit Trinity County and Bring Your Radio!

California QSO Party- October 2009

CLICK HERE for Trinity County Tourism Information- Visit Scenic Trinity County - Operate your portable stations in campgrounds, picnic areas, roadside areas. Trinity County Amateur Radio Club Website and Trinity County ARES Website.

Shasta-Trinity Line- Ususal WB6FZH/6 CA QSO PARTY portable location Trinity Alps Vista

Shasta-Trinity County Line on HWY 299 and Trinity Alps Wilderness Trail

Scenic Trinity County's Skies are Clear and Blue...

Ed Carpenter, WB6JZN, and Greg WB6FZH work ISS in October 2008


Lightning Strike Forest Fires Ravage Trinity County

photo: mickey Carol Rogan and USFS Friends Photo

Firescape in Big Bar Area and Residents Flee Flames

Local Hams help in Recent Northern Californa Fire Emergency

FIELD DAY 2008 (6/28) - CANCELLEDRed Cross Safety Day at LONGS DRUG (6/21)


Field Day Activity will be June 28th, 2008, 10:00am

Trinity Amateur Radio Operators Participate
Simulated Emergency Exercise is Operating Event in Lowden Park.

Field Day 2008 Location at Lowden Park

Greg Greenwood, Field Day Chairman and former TCARC President operates the Icom 735 100 watt
Shortwave Radio powered by 12volt battery, using a G5RV wire antenna 15 feet high.

Field Day Location at Lowden Park

The Washington St. side of Lowden Park in Weaverville was the location for the Emergency Communications exercise.

ARRL Field Day INFO - TCARC FD - Lowden Park INFO

The Field Day 2007 location is 50' from Washington St. The pine trees provide some shade and support for temporary antenna wire antenna. This year TCARC members will enjoy the casual operating event, communicating with other "Ham Operators" around the country and nearby northstate locations. Besides the HF SSB station, there will be a VHF 50W 2 meter voice radio station. All the equipment used is part of Greg Greenwood's deployable boxed radio system with all required accessories and antennas.


The year was 1906. Marconi had already invented the wireless telegraph and land and sea communication networks were being established. DeForest was attempting to perfect his "audion" (triode) tube.

Reginald Fessenden, a Canadian inventor and Ernst Alexanderson, a Swedish immigrant, were hard at work in Fessendenís Massachusetts laboratory. They developed a mechanical device to "alternate" a continuous radio wave. The device consisted of a huge disc that revolved at 20,000 rpm. They had connected it to a transmitter and a microphone, and discovered that they could "modulate" a radio signal!

On Christmas Eve, as wireless operators at land stations and aboard ships off the Massachusetts coast diligently maintained their radio watches by listening to the familiar Morse code signals; they were startled when they suddenly heard voices in their headphones! They listened spellbound. Then, they heard a woman singing! Finally, they heard someone playing a violin! It was Fessenden himself...playing the sacred carol "O Holy Night". No longer would radio sounds be restricted to the "ditís" and "dahís" of the Morse code.

That's how it happened. Christmas Eve...Nineteen Hundred and Six.

WW2 Landing Craft Special Event Station 2007

Eureka, CA - October 13th 12:00hrs to 14th 12:00

The Humboldt Amateur Radio Club sponsored a "special event station" using KA6PGN callsign. They utilized 3855 , 7250, 14.250 and 146.52 . They used a modern SSB station and Vintage AM/CW station with a 1940s Navy WW2 TCS Radio System. A commemorative QSL was produced to commemorate radio contacts. The ship is presently moored at the dock at the end of Commercial Street in Eureka, CA.

The US Navy LCI 1091 was one of 912 built during WWII. Their mission was to deliver troops and their equipment, directly on shore via ramp through bow doors. The troop capacity is about 200 with their gear. It can also deliver 75 tons of cargo for support. It is 158' Long, 23' beam with a draft of approximately 5'. It was commissioned Sept 21, 1944. After WW2 it was placed into use as a fishing boat in Alaskan waters for many years. It was donated by Dr. Ralph Davis to the Humboldt Bay Naval Sea/Air Museum in 2006.

HARC plans this to be an annual event. WB6FZH was able to contact the ship late on Saturday night, and spoke with KG6FWT, Jim. Conditions were not good enough for the onboard WW2 TCS station to be fired up.

Greg, WB6FZH, had his own TCS-8 WW2 radio equipment standing by incase the signals were strong enough. Greg has had TCS equipment on the air since 1963 in California and in Hawaii (93-99). Greg has a TCS-8 Radio manufactured by Borg-Warner in the 1940s set up with a homebrew AC power supply on the ham bands (160-30mtrs)

Greg has had WW2 radios that have been designed for WW2 aircraft, ships and land use. He has some equipment still in daily use RAO-6, TCS-8, . He is presently selling off most of his boatanchor and mil-radio gear anticipating smaller quarters in the future. He reminds us..."Real Radios Glow in the Dark".

TCS-8 Station at Weaverville and TCS Station onboard the 1091

June 2003 Astronaut / Flight Engineer Edward Lu ISS to Weaverville QSO

(60 seconds)

Recent WB6FZH Ham Radio Activity

On The Air!
Low Power Radio Communication

 K7HI/MM runs QRP Power 2 watts to 30ft whip antenna on SS Kauai Cargo Ship WB6FZH/KH6 Ten Tec C-21 Radio 
sitting on his deck at edge of Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii 1995 2007 picture of C-21 cw xcvr, MFJ 300w tuner and WW2 RAO-7 Receiver

April 3rd about midnight.. 7mhz CW Contact with Cargo Ship 1000 miles N/E of Honolulu, on his way to Seattle,WA. K7HI/MM, Howard was running QRP at 2 watts with a "Wilderness Sierra" Radio Kit to a 30' whip antenna. He is Master Radio Operator-Engineer on the "SS Kauai" a Matson Navigation Cargo Ship. See photo above!

Greg, WB6FZH, was running 10watts out to a 27' Butternut Vertical using 1977 Ten Tec C-21 CW radio transceiver. The conditions were heavy fading, with signal reports of about 579 to 439. See photo above of C-21 radio taken in 1995 at edge of Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii.

Today (2007) the radio now resides in Weaverville in his small cabin, on top of a very sensitive WW2 RAO-7 radio receiver used for communications and inteligence work to locate enemy radio installations with a directional loop antenna. These days the 110lb radio pulls in AM Coast to Coast and other programs all over the west coast in the early morning hours of the day and uses a 67'wire connected to a nearby Pine Tree.

Ham Radio Just Above the AM Broadcast band!

The recent 160 meter CW contests (CQWW and ARRL 160) resulted in contacts throughout the Western United States. The 160 meter band is located at 1.8mhz, just above the AM Broadcast Band (.54-1.7mhz). My 200 watt transmitter and end-loaded longwire antenna made contacts in British Columbia, Washington State, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado and Arizona in the ARRL 160 CW contest. The CQ WW160 SSB DX Contest netted contacts with New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Carribean, So America, Alaska, BC, and a ham I knew when I lived on Oahu, Hawaii. The contacts were made with morse code and SSB Voice using 40 year old tube type equipment.

The 160 contests are always a challenge, as the propagation (radio conditions) and man-made electrical interference often creates very noisy band conditions. Just think...The 160 band is located just above the AM Broadcast Band at 1800khz. (KFBK in Sacramento is 1530khz). My transmitter is about 100 watts output, and most Broadcast AM stations run from 10,000 to 50,000 watts of power into tall towers, not a 60' long wire 15' above ground held up by a pine tree!.

These recent operating activities show that you do NOT need high power, expensive modern equipment or a big antenna to contact stations around the world or across town.

"Real Radios Glow In The Dark..."

"73"- Greg, WB6FZH

TCARC-TCARES Emergency Communications Unit- ECU

Trinity County Amateur Radio Club Emergency Communications Unit
as it is set-up for drill in Weaverville

Greg, WB6FZH and TCARC Emergency Radio Communications Unit
Communications with Ham, Gov't, Fire, Law, FEMA, MARS, MURS, FRS, etc.

This Emergency Communications Trailer is funded by the Trinity County Amateur Radio Club. It can be powered by 110VAC, Generator Power, or 12VDC Batteries. It contains 2-way radio gear for Ham, Local Gov't, Law, Fire, CB, FRS, MARS and ARES. It can provide voice or digital modes. It can access our 7/24/365 radio PBBS/MAILBOX on 145.050 WB6FZH-1 or other Northstate PBBS. It can work in coordination with Red Cross Shelters, Emergency Service INCIDENT COMMAND POSTS, or stand-alone by radio or hardwire-telephone. It can also contact our solar powered mountain top repeaters. The costs of this emergency unit is funded by the TCARC members, Donations are always welcome and needed!

We are always looking for new members, and will help them earn their Ham Radio License. It is easy to be licensed now, inexpensive equipment and no morse code is required.

73- Greg Greenwood, WB6FZH

drake radios from the '60s

Current project: Getting 1960's Drake Tube Radios back on the air
I owned same model radios in 1970, 1990 and now! -I Will keep these!

This equipment requires true radio operator skills to tune and operate!.


Trinity County HAM RADIO LINKS

mir sstv images from 1999

MIR SPACE STATION SSTV images decoded by KH6/WB6FZH in 1999

Soviet Radio Amateur Yurii Gagarin was "First Spaceman" of Planet Earth, April 1961

Ham Radio in Space LINKS

  • How To Become a HAM RADIO OPERATOR- Local Club, Online Help, Books, ARRL info!

    Ham Radio from International Space Station

  • Ham Radio Technical Information

  • Educational LINKS


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    BPL- Broadband Power Lines

    FIGHT BPL! INFO - Sample Letters, etc.