BAEARS January 14, 2023 Ham Class

The BAEARS “ham cram” test sessions have a consistently high success rate for Technician class licenses and can be a focused means to get your Technician license or an upgrade.

Flyer attached for their next session on January 14, 2023.

Set a goal now to start the New Year becoming more “Radio Active”.

The Ames Amateur Radio Club (AARC) is available with resources and like interested people to support your Amateur Radio interests, exposure, and activity.

73 (Best regards),

Mark Allard
(650) 269-7991

At the previous session in San Bruno, CA we had an 80.95% pass rate for new licensees. 17 out of 21 who participated in the session received their Technician class license. 4 upgrades to General and 3 to Extra were earned.

Our next session will be in San Francisco on Saturday January 14,2023.  For more information and reservations (required) please go to our website at:  Click on the “Session Info” link for information about the session and then click on “Upcoming Sessions” link.  If the class doesn’t show, click the “load more” button.

Feel free to pass this on to anyone that is interested.  I have also attached a flyer for your convenience.

Ross Peterson

Upcoming Ames Amateur Radio Club (AARC) Events Through June – AARC Meeting, Sally Ride NOTA Event, and Field Day

The remainder of June is going to be a very active time for the Ames Amateur Radio Club (AARC) and for opportunities to visit, support, and participate in several exciting Amateur Radio special events including:

June 16 – Noon (Pacific)

Get details and reports on AARC activities and progress since last month’s meeting, including the upcoming special events.

We will not be meeting physically at the M529 AARC Station site in part due to lack of a reliable internet connection that continues toward a solution. Join us to find out the latest.

June 18-24 – Scheduled Times

  • NASA on the AIR (NOTA) Sally Ride Special Event Station

Several stations will be operating during scheduled times at the M529 AARC facility.  People, licensed and unlicensed are invited to visit to do some operating on one of the stations, bring their own stations/antennas to use, or even operate on behalf of the AARC from a home station or remote site if coordinated and approved in advance with the NOTA Committee. More detail during the AARC meeting.

June 25-26 – Scheduled Times

Amateur Radio Field Day Event

There will be Field Day stations active throughout the United States.  Besides the AARC stations at M529, you can use the ARRL Field Day locator at to locate other Field Day locations throughout the Bay Area and country to visit.

As with the NOTA activity, people, licensed and unlicensed are invited to visit to do some operating on one of the stations, bring their own stations/antennas to use, or even operate on behalf of the AARC from a home station or remote site if coordinated and approved in advance with the Field Day Committee.

Escorted walk-thru tours of the AARC education/station facility will be available during both the NOTA and the Field Day events based on interest and operational circumstances.

Make sure to attend the AARC TEAMS meeting Thursday, 6/16 to hear more regarding all of the above and how you may support and participate.

The AARC facilities and equipment are a resource for you and other like-minded individuals to explore your Amateur Radio and communications interests, so take fullest advantage to utilize and support it, and to promote Amateur Radio and the AARC within your ARC,  ARP, and Moffett Field community of friends and co-workers.

While not a requirement to participate in AARC meetings and many AARC activities, please also consider becoming a Regular member of the AARC ($20/Calendar Year (no proration)), and/or providing a donation to support and help offset costs for AARC facility operations and maintenance overheads.

Membership Applications for Regular and Community of Interest (COI) membership are available at Ames Amateur Radio Club Membership Registration ( (NASA Network Only)

Support can also take the form of applying for or renewing your ARRL membership through the AARC. ARRL provides a portion of the new application and renewal fees back to the AARC. More information at the meeting.

Get out from under the pandemic and get “Radio Active” with the Ames Amateur Radio Club. Your Amateur Radio Club.


Mark Allard


NASA on the Air (NOTA) featured in May 2022 issue of “Astrogram”

Bob Granath, KSC, and Desiree Baccus, ARC, wrote this article, “Celebrating NASA Milestones ‘NASA on the Air’ (NOTA) Spreads Enthusiasm Globally Through Amateur Radio” in the May 2022 issue of Astrogram:

Scott Reiff, KB7JWM, NASA Ames SBIR employee representing the Ames Amateur Radio Club, NA6MF, for their NASA on the Air (NOTA) Special Event from a remote mountain top site near the Pine Mountain Observatory, Bend, Oregon.
Credits: Ames Research Center – Ames Amateur Radio Club (AARC)
Desiree Baccus, N3DEZ, talks with NASA Associate Administrator, Robert Cabana, KC5HBV, about Amateur Radio on the ISS and ongoing NASA on the Air (NOTA) activities with NASA Ames Deputy Center Director, Carol W. Carroll at the Space Symposium conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Left photo: Carl Baccus, KM6HRW is working on the setting up the “perfectly resonate” Wolf River Coil, & Alex Loop antennas for the remote stations for the Ames Amateur Radio Club for NASA on the Air (NOTA) Special Event commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 16 Mission from Daniel’s Park in Castle Pines, Colorado. Right photo: Colton Jones, a Colorado Snow Crew Mechanic Shop Manager, stopped by to give amateur radio a try under the guidance of NASA Ames Radio Operator, Desiree Baccus, N3DEZ. Colton has seen that amateur radio is an important part of communications for his overlanding (vehicular off-road camping) hobby and wanted to learn more about it.
Left to Right – AARC Vice President, Matthew Kilkerr, KN4GWY, setting up an antenna. Stephen Kuryla, KK6FKD, Ames Amateur Radio Club (AARC) NOTA Committee member, Greg Lose, N6MSN, and Moffett Field Community of Interest (COI) members from LTA Research, at the AARC station operating NOTA field stations supporting the event.