TO THE CORONA NORCO
Presented to: The Corona Norco Amateur Radio Club
October 6, 1986
By Riverside Members: AH6CL, N6HOJ, W6TKV, W6UBQThat plaque was donated 22 years ago and it is still used today. And, only one of the four donors is still a CNARC member.
|Those familiar with Corona will know of its nickname - Circle City, and when one looks at a local map, the perfect circle can be seen. It seems that in 1913, the city fathers resurfaced its absolutely circular, 70 foot wide Grand Avenue in anticipation of using the city street as a racetrack. The race sanctioned by the American Automobile Association drew a crowd of over 100,000 people. Racing drivers included Barney Oldfield, Earl Cooper, Terrible Teddy Tetzlaff, Ralph De Palma, Felix Magone, and many others. The fastest lap was 102 mph, and newspaper headlines across the nation proclaimed the high speed race. These races lasted for 3 years before being discontinued. Grand Avenue is still in use today, however, there is a posted speed limit of 30 mph.|
|mplete with horses, fences and accessories. And, did you know the name Norco was created from "North Corona", its original name tag.|
Early on, our club was active in
Corona's community events such as Holiday Parades, Bicycle Races, Foot Races and
similar events. Our participation in these events disappeared with the advent
of cell phones and "no license required" GMRS and FRS multi-channel radios (450-470MHz).
The presence of ham radio for emergencies and disasters, however, has become more prevalent and has even moved into EOCs, CNARC meeting location is in the Norco Fire Station EOC with a dedicated HF, VHF and ATV Station. Most interesting is that the ARRL Annual Field Day now takes place in the EOC - with the benefit of zero set-up time - and the down-side of two station operators sitting right next to each other.
Years ago, our club created a Special Event which took to the airwaves in the fall of the year as Barney Oldfield Days. Members were assigned "time and band assignments" which allowed operation from the EOC, as well as from home and mobile stations. QSOs were confirmed with a handsome QSL card which features the 1913 races.
Our club formerly held a monthly 2M Hidden Transmitter Hunt aka T-Hunt - an event described to those who ask, "What's up?" that "We are playing grown-up hide and seek".
Our monthly meetings are held in the Norco Fire Station located on 6th Street at Hillside Boulevard. Our meeting place is in the EOC which includes a rather nifty ham station featuring HF and VHF radios, ATV and is designed to be a message center in an emergency situation. Members have access to and may use the station for normal amateur purposes.
Our club call sign is W6PWT. This call belonged to the first club member of our club to become a Silent Key. On the air, his phonetics were always, "Wisky Six Polecats Wild Cats and Tom Cats". Additional club information can be obtained from the club's Web page (W6PWT.org)
A focus and obligation of our club is to serve in the EOC in times of need, be it an earthquake or other disaster. As a result most club members are also RACES members, although that is not a mandatory requirement for club membership.
For those living in Corona, Norco or adjacent areas, we urge you to stop by and see if we match your needs for a ham club. We are a general interest club and have members with many different interests including - those who get things to work, those who enjoy contesting, those who chase DX, those who favor emergency and disaster work, and so on. We have young hams and old hams, and those in between.
Fred Roberts, W6TKV
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