50 MHz & Up Group

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The 50 MHz and Up Group is an educational and public service amateur radio organization centered in the San Francisco Bay area. The group is interested in developing and utilizing communications on frequencies from 50MHz up through light-waves. The group is open to any related topics that might be of interest to members, such as: technology, design, construction, operation, public service, contesting and antennas. Learn more . . .


For questions about this group or about programs and activities, please contact the 2017 President, Paul Zander AA6PZ:  AA6PZ (at) arrl [dot] net

2017 dues and member information must be updated

If you do not have any changes at all in your contact information, then simply send an email with a sentance to Jeffrey Pawlan satating that nothing has changed. Please use jpawlan@yahoo.com
To send a memberform with your updated information or to join, please go to the Membership tab of this website.
Dues are $10 for a year, $15 for two years. This can be brought to a meeting or sent to the new Treasurer:
Oliver Barrett
1111 Pecos Way
Sunnyvale CA 94089

Make your check payable to 50MHz and Up Group of N. Calif Inc

Meeting Announcement

Our next meeting of the 50MHz and Up Group of N. Calif will be a special joint meeting on Thursday, April 6, 2017. For this meeting only, the IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society Chapter and the Microwave Theory and Techniques Chapter will be invited. They will provide free dinner consisting of pizza and drinks beginning at 6:30pm. Please come at 6:30pm to eat and indroduce yourselves to our guests. This meeting will be at the TI conference building, in the large auditorium. You get there from Kifer Rd as shown on our meetings page (click on meetings in the selection bar)

Our program will be:

Other Upcoming Events

Friday March 24 Paul, AA6PZ will give his talk on "Principles of Directional Antennas" at a meeting of the Foothill Amateur Radio Society (FARS) in Los Altos. Talk covers many common antennas made from wires or other straight conductors (but not horns or dishes). Details at: http://www.fars.k6ya.org/meeting2017

Minutes from the Jan. 2017 meeting by Brian Kline

Mike Lavelle called the meeting to order at 7:05pm.

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Microwave Update 2017, will be in Santa Clara, October 26-29, at the Santa Clara Biltmore.

2017 Officers and Board Members

50 MHz and Up Group officers and Board members elections were held at the January meeting.
Paul Zander (AA6PZ) was nominated for president
Art Lange (W6RXQ) was nominated for vice president
Brian Kline (WA6QDP) was nominated for secretary
Oliver Barrett (KB6BA) was nominated for treasurer
Gary Lauterbach (AD6FP) was nominated as a board member
Jerome Peters (AF6UX) was nominated as a board member
Mike Lavelle (K6ML) was nominated as a board member
All of the above were elected without opposition
This ended our formal business
The formal meeting was adjourned and followed by two talks, one by Mike Lavelle K6ML and one by Art Lange (W6RXQ)
There was a roundtable discussion afterwards.
The meeting ended at 9:00 PM.


Microwave Beacons in operation UPDATED The following beacons are known to be operating as of 04-16-2016:

Mt Vaca CM88wj 38.415, -122.116 10368.325 W6ASL +30dBm 10dBi omni CW ID
Mt Allison CM97bl 37.500, -121.872 10369.192

+30dBm total out

10dBi omni

12dBi omni
open WG
CW ID, drifts ~10 kHz
Linear translator: Output is 11-55 kHz above beacon
Input 600 kHz below desired output
FM ID, aimed to Los Gatos
Mt Leeson CM97ae 37.167, -121.924 10367.990
KF6KVG +20dBm
2.5" horn
1.5" horn
1.25" horn
0.6" horn
FM ID, locked, aimed NW
FM ID, locked, aimed NW
FM ID, unlocked, aimed NW
no ID, locked, aimed NW
Bear Mtn. DM06ir 37.747, -119.281 24191.990 W6BY/B +27dBm 20 slot omni locked, IDs as DM07IC, will fix
Mt Frazier DM04ms 34.775, -118.969 10368.310 N6CA/B +31dBm 14dBi omni CW ID, locked
Heaps Peak DM14kf 34.235, -117.141 10368.370 ? +?? dBm ??dBi omni CW ID
Palos Verdes DM03ts 33.747, -118.336 10368.300 N6CA/B +32dBm 14dBi omni CW ID, locked
Santiago DM13fr 33.712, -117.534 10368.330 KE6JUV +27dBm 10dBi omni CW ID, locked
San Miguel DM12mq 32.697, -116.935 5760.000
+34dBm EIRP
10dBi omni
12dBi omni
CW ID, locked
CW ID, locked, aimed to LA