Navy Day 2015

URAC would like to welcome the 3 Navy vessels to the Port of LA. Today they started onboard tours. While tours are sold out for this weekend, for a great view take a Harbor Cruise and get a good look at them from the water. That’s what I did.

Here are a few photos I took during my Harbor cruise …

USS Bunker Hill (CG-52)
USS Bunker Hill (CG-52)
USS Cape St. George (CG-71)
USS Cape St. George (CG-71)
USS Halsey (DDG-97)
USS Halsey (DDG-97)

URAC Field Day 2015

There was a good showing of URAC members for this year’s FD. With only two stations in operation, one Phone and one CW, our Class was 2A. The weather was nice, but a storm threatened and it was a bit humid. Total score still to be counted, but a good time was had by all.

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URAC February Meeting

There was a good member turnout at the February URAC meeting, held in the LAMM Break Room. Following fomalities, our speaker for this evening was my Dad, Dr. Jacques Linder, who gave us a very interesting talk on Astronomy. We learned of telescopes in use today, and future telescopes we’ll see in coming years. He presented photos taken from the Hubble Space Telescope and from the W.M.Keck Observatory (near the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii). He showed how telescopes work with the lenses that are used.

First URAC Meeting of 2015

There was a moderate showing for URAC’s January meeting in the LA Maritime Museum Break Room. Commencing as usual at 7:00pm, our guest speaker was Howard Rogers, KF6NOR.

This was a very interesting look into a battery’s chemical makeup, how to charge depending upon type, what type to use depending upon purpose, and how to maintain personal safety with their use. Presented were the many types and how they function, with explanation of the appropriate selection for space craft vs cars, cameras vs flashlights, etc.

Thank you, Howard, for a Great Talk!

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URAC November 2014 Meeting at the VTS/Marine Exchange

Fifteen URAC members and guests attended the November meeting. Held at the Marine Exchange of Southern California which, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, runs the Vessel Traffic System (VTS), refreshments of cookies from Scotty K6ZNL and coffee from our host were provided.

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Following official business, which included election of officers for 2015, our Guest speaker was Capt J Kipling (“Kip”) Louttit, Marine Exchange Executive Director.

Rich in history going back to the early 1900s, Capt Louttit gave lots of detailed information on how the Marine Exchange evolved to keep ships at sea safe as they enter and leave the port, as well as tidbits concerning its location on old Fort MacArthur.

“From horseback runners and lookouts waving signal flags and using flashing signal lights — to today’s highly professional MX-VTS technicians operating state-of-the-art electronic radar tracking equipment, radio communications and computer database functions — the Marine Exchange of Southern California has evolved into one of the world’s foremost such organizations, becoming a world-class entity serving the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, El Segundo, San Diego and Port Hueneme as well as the maritime business communities throughout the Southern California region.” (http://www.mxsocal.org/Our-History.aspx)

Following the presentation, we visited the Control Center upstairs to observe the VTS in operation. It was a spectacular evening for viewing the port and ship activity.

With park gates to close and lock at 10:pm, the last of our guests didn’t depart until almost ten; a sure sign of a most interesting evening.

A Big Thank You to Captain Louttit for his hospitality, presentation, and tour of his operation!!

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October 2014 URAC Meeting

There was good attendance Friday night for URAC’s October meeting, held in the LA Maritime Museum’s Break Room. It was quite interesting. Our speaker, Brian Thorson from Edison, gave a talk on RFI (Radio Frequency Interference). He had a very nice powerpoint presentation and a few noise making demos as well. There were plenty of Q&As after the meeting.

Tall Ship Festival 2014

This past week was the Festival of Tall Ships in the Port of Los Angeles. There was a nice selection of Tall Ships present and, from what I heard, it was a big success with thousands visiting the ships. The SS Lane Victory was moved from its regular mooring to just behind the USS Iowa, and both ships were quite packed with visitors.

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Along with many others, I enjoyed a Harbor Cruise which provided a nice close up look at the ships. An added bonus was the Big Rubber Ducky which was towed down the channel. The Harbor Cruise was a terrific way to see the ships. As in years past, the Tall Ships were really nice to see.

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URAC Welomes the visit of the USS Anchorage LPD-23 and USS Spruance DDG-111 for Navy Days

We all welcome the US Navy to San Pedro, with the USS Spruance and the USS Anchorage on display for Navy Days. To control access, reservations were required to tour the ships. The reservations were free, and as anticipated all had been given away. One of the fortunate ones, I was able to procure tickets to visit the ships in the morning with a friend. Here are 2 Pictures of the visiting ship of the Best Navy in the World. Pictures taken from Harbor Cruise on Fiesta Harbour Cruises.

USS Anchorage LPD-23
USS Anchorage LPD-23
USS Spruance DDG-111
USS Spruance DDG-111