Thorough ham training and exams in 2018

Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC) together with Salvation Army Team Emergency Network (SATERN) are now taking sign-ups for all 2018 ham radio license training.  All training sessions, seminars, and exams are in Concord, CA on Thursday evenings for 2 hours except for the first session of each License Class and exams which run 1/2 hour longer.  The training classes are spread over multiple weeks and are not the “ham cram” variety.

Sign up by emailing  You will receive an auto response that is the registration form.  Use Reply, complete the form, and return it to

There is no cost for the training sessions but you must pre-register.  Do not show up without registering because you will need to download the class lesson to attend.  The correct ARRL text book may be available at the first training session for about $30 (price subject to change) or you may purchase it yourself beforehand.

Complete ham class schedules and times can be found at

  • Training for Technician class license, the first ham license level, starts Jan 11 for 7 weeks.
  • Exam for all license classes on Mar 1. There is a nominal cost for this.
  • Amateur Radio “Getting On The Air” skills seminar starts Mar 8 for 2 weeks.
  • Training for General class license starts Mar 22 for 8 weeks.
  • Exam for all license classes on May 24.  There is a nominal cost for this.
  • Amateur Radio “Getting On The Air HF” follow-up for the General class on May 31.
  • Training for Amateur Extra class license starts Aug 9 for 10 weeks.
  • Exam for all license classes on Oct 18.  There is a nominal cost for this.

License testing is also done most months just before the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club meetings.  See MDARC’s Licensing page at  for details & exceptions.

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Final Mudslinger and meeting audio for 2017 (October Meeting) now online

Audio is available here

Mudslinger is here:

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New toys


Dale and I getting ready to put our first 25 miles on our rock crawling 1000 ‘s @ Dale’s property in Camino. Scary fast !

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October 2017 club roster posted

The Madhatters club roster has been updated with the latest changes for our newest members.  The roster is available in both PDF and XLS formats.  Please let me know if you have changes for your entry (address, email, phones, rig picture, ham info, rig mods, etc).

Find the updated roster in the Madhatters web site’s Members section.  Sign in using your Madhatters web site credentials.  If you don’t remember your credentials then send Art or Darrel an email and one of us will get you setup.

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September Mudslinger and meeting audio posted

The September Mudslinger is now available for your viewing pleasure:

Meeting audio for your listening pleasure:

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Help for fellow Madhatter, Greg Osborne

Many of you know Greg – he’s been wheeling with us for years, particularly on Sierra Trek & Fordyce. In the recent fires in Grass Valley, he lost everything. He managed to get out with a few minutes to spare, but only with his truck, laptop and the clothes on his back. He lost his house and pretty much everything on his property, including his 4×4.

Nikki has setup a GoFundMe to help raise some funds to help Greg get back on his feet:

Please help in any way you can.

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Fordyce adopt-a-trail run with Tahoe NF staff

Oct 13-15 the TNF guys will be going in from the Eagle Lakes trailhead and traveling most of the trail, with the plan to do some maintenance at several spots and scope out possible re-route below WH1 and take care of some other issues. I plan to go in with them, most likely camping around Cisco Grove the nite of Thurs Oct 12 and going in sometime Friday – exact times TBD. The Friends of Fordyce will put on a dinner Saturday nite somewhere on the trail. Let me know if anyone is interested/able to come up and help with fall cleanup, etc on the trail.



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Rubicon VIP trip to Spider lake

Hi guys,
John Arenz just called to see if any Madhatters are interested in driving VIP’s into Spider Lake on October 11 for lunch and back to Loon Lake on the same day. I’m going to try to help. I’ll be back by then. John is not home right now but you can leave a message @ 530- 651-3028.
Thanks, see ya soon,

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August Mudslinger and meeting audio now online

Mudslinger and meeting audio now available for your viewing/listening pleasure:



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Cantina at the con

Hi Gang,
John&Rene, Carol & I and maybe Steph. & Art are going to be working in the Cantina kitchen Sat. 9am to 1pm it’s a lot of fun and food and drinks are free to volunteers. It’s not too late to join in. Let me know.

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