The Lodi Amateur Radio Contest Club WB6HUM



 The Lodi Amateur Radio Contest Club was formed to be a subset
 of the Lodi Amateur Radio Club and to preserve the original 1963 call sign, WB6HUM, of
 the LARC. The current LARC call sign is N6SJV, with Mike Zane, N6ZW as trustee.
 
 The contest club was formed in 2015 with Jim Seiferling, WB6BET, as the trustee
 of the call sign WB6HUM. Our sponsored contests can be found "Here"
 starting June 1, 2016.
 
 The History of the Lodi Amateur Radio Club
 (The 1960's)
 
      1963 President: Orrie Grefsheim, WA6UYD, (Club Founded)
                VP: Jim Bonkowski, WA6TZN
                Club call, WB6HUM, issued September-November 1963.
 
      1964 President: Jim Seiferling, WB6BET
      1965 President: Jim McKellips, WB6NFT
 
 Notes from Jim Bonkowski, WA6TZN 
 (now W6LFB in Denton, TX) LUHS Class of 1963.
 
 Orrie Grefsheim, WA6UYD, and I started up the LODI ARC back in 1963.
 He (Orrie) was the first President & I was first VP.
 
 Orrie Grefsheim, WA6UYD and I wanted to set up an ARC in Lodi, so we held a
 meeting in a room over in the AG section of the high school east campus one night.
 
 Notes from Jim Seiferling, WB6BET
 (Rio Vista, CA) LUHS Class of 1967
 
 Jim Seiferling was President of the Lodi Amateur Radio Club, when Oscar III was
 launched, March 9, 1965. I have a copy of the letter I sent to Project Oscar,
 after the satellite quit operating. In the letter, I state that I was president
 of the Lodi Amateur Radio Club.
 
 We operated the satellite ground station under the Lodi Amateur Radio Club call: WB6HUM.
 The call letters were confirmed, using my letter to Project Oscar in 1965 and a 1967 Callbook.
 Orrie Grefsheim, WA6UYD, was trustee of the club call, WB6HUM
 
 We operated the satellite station at Rory Boyce's (WB6GGE) home, on Mundy Lane, Lodi.
 Satellite station configuration:
      Passband Receiver: Hammerlund HQ-129X, 4 tube nuvistor converter.
      Transmitter: Gonset 2-meter Goony Bird, driving an 829B to 100 watts.
      Antenna: Hygain, 15 element Yagi on a 28 foot boom.
      Mast & Rotator: Home made; AZ=360 degrees, EL= -10 to +90 degrees, 30 feet high.
 
      Telemetry Receiver: Hallicrafters SX-28A, a GL-6299 pre-amp, 4 tube nuvistor converter.
      Antenna (primary): Hygain, 10 element Yagi on a 12 foot boom.
      Antenna (tracking): 4 x 4 element Yagis.
      individual feedlines, switched to determine left-right and up-down.
      All 6 antennas were mounted on the same EL-AZ mount (BIG!).
      Home brew narrow pass-band audio filters on both receivers.
 
 As a club, we did at least 2 field days, using the TV transmitter site of KVIE Channel 6,
 south of El Dorado and north of Plymouth, on Highway 49. Orrie, Curt Delzer's father, and
 Rory Boyce's father were the adults in charge. Curt's dad was the cook for the outing.
 Orrie and Rory's father helped with the antenna installations, generator setup, and fueling
 the generator. One HF antenna was an inverted-V, with the center held up by one of the lower
 guy wires of the 350 foot TV tower.
 
 Operators were Curt Delzer, Rory Boyce, Gordon Roget, and myself. We used Gordon's call,
 WN6DQR/6 in 1963 and his upgraded call of WB6DQR/6, in 1964. In those days, if you were
 not at your licensed location, you were required to sign with a "/" followed by your call zone.
 We operated CW on the low bands and AM phone on 2 meters. Curt was a real CW machine.
 His loggers had a tough time keeping up with him. By the way, Curt is blind, so we all
 took turns logging for him. Two days after field day ended, I could still hear CW ringing in my head.
 
 
 Both field days are documented in the December 1963 & 1964 issues of QST.
 See the cartoon page 54, in the December 1964 issue of QST. We made the big time!
 
 We continued to do field day to 1967. After that date most of the young members had graduated
 high school and were off to college or the military.