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 2019 President, Mike Lavelle (K6ML):  miclevel at comcast.net

2019 dues and member information must be updated

If you have changed your address, email, phone, other info, please send a simple email to jpawlan@yahoo.com
If nothing has changed at all, then once a year please send an email saying nothing has changed. Make sure you state whether your email address has been changed or not.
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

February 2019 Meeting Announcement

Location, day, and time of the meetings of the 50MHz and Up Group:

We have reserved the Summit Room at the Sports basement in Sunnyvale for 7pm on the first Tuesday of each month thru June at this point, and plan to use this day, time and place as our standard meeting going forward.
The address of the Sports Basement is
1177 Kern Ave
Sunnyvale, CA

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb 5th, at 7pm. All of our meetings are public and everyone is invited. Barring any further updates to the program, it looks like this month's program will be 'show and tell' (you're encouraged to bring your project or radio/gear to show and pass around) and a roundtable plus reports on the January contest, etc.
The meeting will begin at 7pm and we must exit the building at 9pm.

January 2019 Meeting Minutes

Steve Shyvers (N6KLD) called the meeting to order. The first order of business was the election of officers for 2019.
The following people were nominated/elected as officers:
Oliver Barret nominated Steve Shyvers for a second term as president, however he declined. Mike Lavelle (K6ML) was nominated for president by Brian Kline, and he accepted the nomination. No other nominations were proposed.
Ken Kitlas (KD6OBU) was nominated for vice president by Steve Shyvers. No other nominations were proposed.
Brian Kline (WA6QDP) volunteered to continue as secretary. No other nominations were proposed.
Oliver Barrett (KB6BA) volunteered to continue as Treasurer. No other nominations were proposed.
The following were nominated for the board of directors. Art Lange (W6RXQ), Paul Zander (AA6PZ), Jim Moss (N9JIM). No other nominations were proposed.
Nominations were closed. Brian Kline proposed that since there was only one candidate for each office that we vote on them as a slate. The vote for the slate was 11 for the slate and none opposed. They are listed below.
That ended the formal meeting, which was followed by a round table discussion of current activities.

The new 2019 Officers and Board Members


Microwave Beacons in operation 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