Supporting Amateur Radio Emergency Communications

pope francisThe pope is making headlines with his east coast based visit this week.   He won’t be in LA this pass.


Our question tonight, what year was the last time the pope visited Los Angeles?
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California Map

Yesterday, the GOP candidates met for a debate at the Ronald Regan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.  So, because politics was on the mind, tonight we have a political question for you.



How many Presidents and how many Vice Presidents were born in the state of California?

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shark-attackpedestrian deathQUESTION:

We’ve had a number of Hammerhead Shark sightings in the past month with a Kayaker bitten on the foot last week off of Deer Creek Road, near the Ventura/LA County boarder.  The bite turned out to be minor and the kayaker survived.

So I was wondering how shark attack numbers compare to pedestrian deaths by motor vehicles in contrast which generated tonight’s question:

“”For Last year 2014, I want to know how many unprovoked fatal shark attacks there were in the state & how many pedestrian deaths occurred in the same period.   How many people were killed by sharks compared to how many pedestrians were by cars.””
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Lone Ranger and Tonto

On this date in history in 1954, the Lone Ranger radio series came to an end after 21 years and 2,956 episodes. The character of the Lone Ranger has been an important and iconic piece of American culture Even if you have never seen, read or heard anything directly dealing with the Lone Ranger and his faithful partner, Tonto, you know who they are, Kimo Sabe.

Featured in radio and TV shows, movies, and comic books, what famous crime fighter is a descendant of the Lone Ranger?

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For more than 10 years I have been doing the weekly Net on Thursday nights, taking over the LAUSD Net started by Gary Franks, W6NVY, more than 20 years ago.

Well, I’ve decided it’s time to move on and give up my Net Control duties.

Steve, K6CRW, has been a great help by volunteering to do the nets every other week and, recently more often than that, when I have been tied up by “real life” events.

But, the time has come for me to pass the torch and let someone else take over as Net Control for these nets. I will continue through the end of the year, but will not do any nets after that.

If anyone would like to volunteer to help Steve out and take over Net Control duties on a semi-regular basis, please let us know. You can contact me via email at N6CIZ@ARRL.NET and let me know that you are interested. Steve and I can help you out and show you the ropes.



Most of us watch TV and enjoy “visiting” the homes of our favorite television characters each week. Tonight, for a Trivia Question, I’m going to give you a street address and your job is to tell me what TV family lives at that address. I’ll give you guys 3 guesses and if no one gets it right by the 3rd guess, I’ll give you the answer and move on to another address.

OK, here we go:

  1. 301 Cobblestone Way, Bedrock, 70777
  2. 518 Crestview Drive, Beverly Hills
  3. 129 West 81st Street, Apartment %A, New York, NY
  4. 742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield, USA
  5. Venus 1234, Sky Pad Apartments, Orbit City
  6. 704 Hauser Street, Queens, NY
  7. Southfork Ranch, Braddock County, Texas
  8. 211 Pine Street, Mayfield, USA
  9. 322 Maple Road, Mayberry, NC
  10. 2311 North Los Robles Drive, Apartment 4A Pasadena, CA
  11. 4222 Clinton Way
  12. 623 E. 86th, Apartment 3-B, New York, NY
  13. 1313 Mockingbird Lane, Camelot, NJ
  14. 565 North Clinton Drive, Milwaukee, WI
  15. 9674 Jeopardy Lane, Chicago, IL
  16. 31 Spooner Street, Quahog, Rhode Island
  17. 001 Cemetery Lane, Greenbrier

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In the state of California, automobiles are required to display a front and a rear license plate.   This isn’t true however in every state of the union.   Our question tonight, how many states only require one license plate?

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