2016-06 (Jun)

ARRL Sacramento Valley Section News - June 2016

June 2016 News

From the Section Manager

Here is the latest news from our section clubs and members.

ARRL Field Day June 25-26!

This month's highlight is the ARRL Field Day on June 25-26, amateur radio's annual public exposition and exercise of emergency communication response capabilities. All radio amateurs regardless of license class and the general public can participate! Publicize your Field Day activity (use hashtag #ARRLFD on social media). Visit and participate at a nearby site on this list or on the ARRL Field Day Station Locator Map. For more information on ARRL Field Day including official rules, bands, log submissions and more visit: http://www.arrl.org/FieldDay.

Congratulations to our new Section Field Appointees: Jim Linden, N7JIL, District 1 DEC; Doug Hollowell, KJ6VHE, Yolo County EC; and Alan James, KZ6B, Public Information Officer.

This month's Sacramento Valley Section net is scheduled for Thursday June 16. The net will commence about 1930 PDT on the WD6AXM 146.085 MHz FM repeater, immediately followed by an HF net on 5330.5 kHz USB.

I was delighted to meet many of you at the May 15 Hamfest in Carmichael. Congratulations to the North Hills Radio Club for putting on another successful event. Link to photo album.

This month's National Parks on the Air focus is on the Lava Beds National Monument.

Our website, Facebook and Twitter pages are a work in progress, and your suggestions and submissions are always welcome. You can still send items for the June news to kp4md(at)arrl.org. I try to update this news page by each the weekend after submissions are received.

73, Carol Milazzo, KP4MD

American Radio Relay League Sacramento Valley Section Manager


You can always send compliments, suggestions and submissions for inclusion in our Section News to kp4md(at)arrl.org

2015 ARRL Pacificon Photos

ARRL Hamfests and Convention

Amateur Radio License Classes and Volunteer Exam (VE) Schedules

June 4 - Sutter Roseville Medical Center One Day License Review Class and Exam has been cancelled.

June 11 - Citrus Heights Ham-Cram Session

Posted June 1, 2015

Section member Joe Cardoza, KA6ROM, announces that his Ham-Cram team conducts amateur radio training and testing in Orangevale:

"Our next session will be on June 11, 2016 starting at 8:45 AM at the LDS Church, at the corner of Hazel and Cherry Ave in Orangevale, CA. The following session will be on July 16, 2016. We have been doing a session every other month and at this time we will continue that process with an exception of June so that those going for Extra will be able to take the exam before the exam changes July 1st."

Joe Cardoza, KA6ROM, 916-725-6443, cardozas@comcast.net

June 18 - ARRL/VE Test Session in Alturas

Posted June 1, 2015

Modoc Emergency Radio Club will host a ARRL/VE Test session in Alturas June 18th at 10 AM. Address is 139 Henderson, Alturas, CA. Prefer reservations- call Jim Linden at 530-640-3199.

Jim Linden/N7JIL, ARES Emergency Coordinator, Sac Valley District 1

n7jil@arrl.net, (530) 640-3199, Modoc Emergency Radio Club/K6MER, https://www.facebook.com/KK6DJX

June 18 - One Day Technician Fast Class in Reno

Posted May 8, 2015

There will be a One Day Technician Fast Class in Reno on Saturday, June 18, 2016. This class is co-sponsored by Hills Angels 4WD club and Friends of the Black Rock.

Long-time local instructor David Book KD7YIM says, “Almost everybody who takes my class passes the class and gets their license. We test right after the class! I teach using Gordon West’s Technician License Class 2014 – 2018 since I think it’s much to read than the ARRL material.” This book is available from W5YI.org or from Amazon and costs about $21.95. Book adds “I’ve done about 15 or 20 of these classes and since everybody passes, they walk away happy.” The class is $35 and the actual test is $15 more. Pre-payment is required “your payment is your reservation” and the class is limited to 25 students. Morse code is no longer required, all students get information on practice tests, and it’s about like taking a driver’s license test so it’s not hard for an adult.

For complete information call David KD7YIM at (775) 843-6443.

Folsom ARRL Volunteer Exam Schedule

Posted December 22, 2015

Here is our updated exam scheduled for the first part of 2016:

    1. Thursday January 21

    2. Thursday February 18

    3. Thursday March 17

    4. Thursday April 21

    5. Thursday May 19

    6. Thursday June 16

All exams start at 6:00 pm.

Round Table Pizza (Small private room by the front door), 2793 E Bidwell St, Suite 100, Folsom, CA 95630

For information see http://ns6q.net/exams or contact Mike Kirkland, NS6Q at radio.ns6q@gmail.com.

73, Mike, NS6Q

Redding ARRL VE Schedule

Posted March 1, 2016

The Redding ARRL VE Team will be hosting exams on the following Saturdays in 2016:

    1. March 19

    2. May 21

    3. July 16

    4. September 17

    5. November 19

Our exam sessions are now being held at 2486 Progress Drive in Redding. Exams start at 10:00 AM and candidates are encouraged to pre-register.

More information can be found at: www.reddingve.com or by contacting Steve K6KS at sjmosconi@gmail.com


Test location:

SHINGLETOWN AREA RESOURCE CENTER, 31268 HWY 44 SUITE C, SHINGLETOWN, CA. 96088 Next door to the Post Office.

Testing begins at 10:00 AM.

Candidates should arrive 15 to 30 minutes early. We accept walk ins.


Dar Walker W6IO, Shingletown ARRL VE Liaison, Wa6mxh@frontiernet.net, 530-474-3087


Feb 20, Apr 16, Jun 18, Aug 20, Oct 15, Dec 17

Dar Walker W6IO

Other ARRL VE Sessions - Schedule List

50 W PEP Maximum Power Limit Area on 70 cm

A little recognized portion of FCC Part 97 regulations applies to 420-450 MHz operations in most counties in our Sacramento Valley section:

47 CFR §97.313 (f) No station may transmit with a transmitter power exceeding 50 W PEP on the UHF 70 cm band from an area specified in footnote US7 to §2.106 of part 2. The indicated affected areas are specified in http://transition.fcc.gov/oet/info/maps/us7/, in the State of California within a 240-kilometer (150 mile) radius around locations at Beale Air Force Base, California (latitude 39°08' North, longitude 121°26' West).

More information on the additional impact on 70 cm repeater stations is at http://www.narcc.org/NARCC-ARRL-PAVE-PAWS-Update-2014a.pdf

The Amateur Radio Service shares the 70 cm band on a secondary basis with the US Government which has priority. The US Department of Defense routinely monitors and locates signal sources on these frequencies. Our voluntary cooperation is mandatory to avoid interference with the Pave PAWS (Phased Array Warning System) radar at Beale AFB and thus to assure our continued access to these frequencies.

Posted November 28

American Radio Relay League

The National Association for Amateur Radio

Sacramento Valley Section

Serving Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo & Yuba Counties in Northern California

Sacramento Valley Section is located in the ARRL Pacific Division.

Sacramento Valley Section Web Resources

ARRL National Page:www.arrl.org/Groups/view/sacramento-valley

Organization, Clubs, Calendar, Nets

Sacramento Valley ARES:www.sacvalleyares.org SV ARES Brochure


Twitter: www.twitter.com/ARRL_SV

Thanks to Greg Kruckewitt KG6SJT for maintaining our Section ARES web page and for assisting with our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Thanks to Les Cobb W6TEE for maintaining the Section Net list.

Submit Section News updates to kp4md(at)arrl.org

Past Section News Archive

May 5 Sacramento Valley 60 Meter Propagation TestPosted May 5, 2016

A 60 meter section wide propagation test was held on Thursday May 5 at 7:30 pm Pacific Time (0230 UTC 06 May) on 5330.5 kHz (USB dial frequency). The aim of this test was to confirm if a Section-wide net could be conducted on 60 meters. Propagation models predict that both the 60 meter and 75 meter bands are expected to support year-round evening NVIS propagation throughout our Sacramento Valley Section. A 60 meter Section net frequency could offer the benefits of lower atmospheric noise (QRN), no adjacent channel interference, and more efficient antennas for those with space limitations.

32 section members checked in with KP4MD as net control and Ron Murdock W6KJ acting as relay station. Despite atmospheric noise from thunderstorms through the area, signals were strong and the participating stations successfully exchanged their names, locations and signal reports.

Click here to see the May 5 60 meter test report. Participants and listeners may send feedback and reception reports via e-mail to kp4md(at)arrl.org.

Carol F. Milazzo, KP4MD ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Section Manager, kp4md(at)arrl.org

Listen to NVIS propagation in Northern California on W6DRZ's WebSDR receiver

National Parks on the Air January through December 2016

    • In 2016, the National Parks Service (NPS) will celebrate its 100th anniversary, and radio amateurs will be able to help mark the occasion with the ARRL National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event. The fun begins at 0000 UTC on January 1, 2016. NPS entities within the Sacramento Valley Section are:California National Historic Trail (TR14) - Sutter's Fort - Sacramento*

*Although some sites such as Sutter's Fort and the B.F. Hastings Building are under California State Parks administration, NPOTA activations may be conducted there with appropriate permission. "Operations within 100 feet of National Historic Trails are permitted at any point along the route. Operations from private property must receive permission." See NPOTA Rules 13(k) and (m). ARRL Headquarters advises amateur radio operators to contact and register with the corresponding local NPS unit administration in advance to inform them of planned NPOTA operations within their entity. Visit http://www.arrl.org/NPOTA for more information. Follow NPOTA activation updates on npota.arrl.org, Facebook and Twitter.

Do you plan an NPOTA activation in our section? Send e-mail to kp4md(at)arrl.org for posting on this page.

The Lava Beds National Monument - NPOTA (MN50)Posted May 30, 2016The Lava Beds National Monument is located in northeastern California, in Siskiyou and Modoc counties. The Monument lies on the northeastern flank of the Medicine Lake Volcano, and has the largest total area covered by a volcano in the Cascade Range. The Monument was established as a United States National Monument on November 21, 1925, and includes more than 46,000 acres (190 km2).

Lava Beds National Monument has numerous lava tube caves, with twenty-five having marked entrances and developed trails for public access and exploration. The monument also offers trails through the high Great Basin xeric shrubland desert landscape and the volcanic field. In 1872-1873, this area was the site of the Modoc War, with a band led by Kintpuash (also known as Captain Jack). The area of Captain Jack's Stronghold was named in his honor. - from Wikipedia

Visit the National Parks Service website to find the Lava Beds National Monument and other NPOTA entities near you. NPOTA activations may be conducted with permission from sites along NPOTA trails not under NPS administration with proper permission. Be sure to read the NPOTA activation rules and instructions and register your NPOTA activation for a truly enjoyable experience and public outreach!

From Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, Section Technical Coordinator

Updated June 2, 2016

SV Section NPOTA Activations - Update

Because of lightning in the Whiskeytown area I canceled the May 21st activation.

There was a little rain, some wind and a wonderful lightning show.

Here is the new activation schedule:

June 4, 2016 - after 1900 UTC - Whiskeytown Unit National Recreation Area (RC18)

June 22, 2016 - after 1700 UTC - Tule Lake Unit Internment Camp (NM31).

June 23, 2016 - after 1700 UTC - The Lava Beds National Monument (MN50)

Depending on weather, band conditions and arrival times I may activate early and stay late. I will still be able to look at and do DXCC, WAS, VUCC applications with prior arrangements. All logs will be uploaded ASAP.

Pictures will be uploaded to my web page, WB6VYH.com and Facebook NPOTA.

I will still be running RTTY, Packet, JT65HF, SSB and some CW……….

If you would like to make a skid just email me at wb6vyh@arrl.net

See you on the air……

I will be running mostly JT65HF, RTTY, CW and PSK31. Depending on propagation I will also do some SSB. Bands will be 40, 20, 15 meters and 30, 17 if I get the chance to change the antenna. I will start about noon (19:00 UTC) and go for about 6 hours at each site. Each site has been activated with the ARRL. I can also do some DXCC, WAS, VUCC applications during this time. You must contact me beforehand at wb6vyh(at)arrl.net or 4wortman(at)comcast.net for information and appointment.

73, Bob, WB6VYH, ARRL Pacific Division DXCC Awards Manager, Sacramento Valley Section Technical Coordinator, WAS Award Manager, VUCC Awards Manager

From Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD, Section Youth Coordinator

Posted April 29, 2016

Kid's Club Project UpdateDuane Wyatt WA0MJD has been working on a project to expose children with health issues to amateur radio and morse code. He has developed Kid's Club units to accomplish this. Script and photos of Kid's Club are seen in the project website at kidsclubweb.wordpress.com.

Child Life staff at St. Jude's Research Hospital for Children have gladly agreed to accept a Kid's Club donation.

Duane is requesting help to pay for the assembly of a Kid's Club unit to give them. Each unit costs approximately $500 to assemble. Please contact Duane at duanewyatt(at)hotmail.com or (916) 677-9799

Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD,

ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Youth Coordinator


(916) 677-9799

From Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, Section Official Observer Coordinator

Posted January 11, 2016

Do you have what it takes to be an ARRL "Official Observer?"

The Official Observer (OO) program has been sponsored by the ARRL for more than 85 years to help Amateur Radio operators assist each other to operate their stations in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations. Official Observer appointees have assisted thousands of Amateur Radio operators to maintain their transmitting equipment and comply with operating procedures and regulations. The object of the OO program is to notify amateurs of operating and technical irregularities before they come to the attention of the FCC and to recognize good operating practices. The OO program serves as the first line of "eyes and ears" for the FCC. It is the backbone of the Amateur Auxiliary. OOs are certified in the Auxiliary by passing a mandatory written examination.For someone to speak about the OO program at your next club meeting, please contact:

Norm Lucas (WB6RVR)

ARRL Official Observer Coordinator (SV)



Sacramento Bee News Story on FCC vs. William F. Crowell W6WBJ

Posted June 5, 2016

The June 3 Sacramento Bee newspaper carried this story on the ‪‎FCC‬ Notice of Apparent Liability vs. William F. Crowell, W6WBJ at http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article81740737.html In the article, journalist Ed Fletcher relates his interview with Crowell and interviews with others on the reported activity.

ARES Updates

Posted May 30, 2016

—— From Ralph W6RWL District 5 EC

Operators are need WSER & TEVIS CUP Events on June 24-25, 2016 and July 23-24, 2016. If you're interested go to http://comm.wstrail.org/commvolform.htm web site and sign up for these events. Call Ralph 408-640-0963 or w6rwl(at)arrl.net with any questions.

—— Sacramento County ARES (Bill N6SGT)

Eppie's Great Race is on July 16, 2016. Sacramento County ARES is looking for radio operators to help support the event. You will need either a Mobile or HT radio and to be available to help on July 16th. http://www.saccountyares.org/15-home/63-july-16,-2016

—— Amador County ARES

Learn to use your club's repeater’s Autopatch - it could save a life On Monday May 23, 2016 Amador Amateur Radio Club President Paul Keeton KI6LZC, was on deployment with the Red Cross in Calaveras Co. for the Butte Fire Recovery. He was headed to the house where they are staying in West Point, when he came across the woman lying on the roadway (Bald Mountain Rd). There was no cell signal there, so he used the auto patch available on the Amador repeater to call 911. This was an excellent example of the autopatch use. Paul would have had to drive to the nearest town (West Point) to use a phone there. As Paul noted - "Very handy up here in the mountains." The woman recovered and was tended to by people she knew.

June 11 - Sacramento County ARES TrainingPosted May 13, 2016 The Sacramento County ARES February training meeting will be Saturday, June 11, from 0900-1200 hours at To Be Announced.

Placer County & Sacramento ARES participate in MCI ExercisePosted May 30, 2016

May 18, 2016. Over 20 members from Placer County ARES with assistance from Sacramento County ARES participated in the Placer County MCI Emergency Response Drill. ARES provided voice communications between the various locations as well passing packet traffic between Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital.

Placer County posted videos from the exercise http://placer.ca.gov/news/2016/may/mass-casualty-exercise

Quarterly MeetingPosted May 9, 2016

The Placer County ARES General Quarterly meeting was held at the Veterans Hall in Auburn on Apr 30, 2016. Carl First (N6CKV) led the discussion.

PRESIDENTS MESSAGEI can’t believe it’s June already. Two of the Club’s major activities are just around the corner – Field Day and our Club picnic. Looking back to last month, George Poulos, N6YG gave a great talk about digital modes at our meeting and we participated in Farm and Tractor days. I learned something from George and was amazed that a couple of 6th grade girls came back repeatedly to practice sending Morse code at Farm and Tractor.

Our June meeting (remember its on Monday) will concentrate on Field Day operations and preparation. Andy, W6AWS has a detailed plan and will be the program at our meeting to explain what will happen on Field Day and encourage you to attend and participate. Dave, WB6YLK and Marie Martin will be in charge of the BBQ and pot luck and we all can be assured of some good “fixins”.

Our anniversary picnic will be held July 31 at the Fair Oaks VFW grounds. Phil, KD6RM has made the arrangements and we can be assured of good fellowship and a great time.

Clothing sales have been streamlined and River City ARCS gear is once again available.

For those following my station installation adventures, the tower won’t be ready until July (or so they claim). What next?

Don’t forget our June meeting will be held Monday June 6th due to a Tuesday conflict with the primary elections. We have speakers and demonstrations planned for the rest of the year. Stay tuned.

See everyone at the meeting.

73, Bob, N6PGQ

Posted June 5, 2016


According to many, now that the Memorial Day weekend has happened, summer is officially here! To GEARS that means Field Day is upon us – June 24-26, GEARS turns 77 years old on August 13th and the annual Steak Bake will close out the summer on September 17th – lots of fun stuff!

Congratulations to Dick Wolstenholm, W6BIN for being awarded with a GEARS Life Membership at our May meeting. Dick has been a dedicated member of GEARS since the 1970’s and is well deserving of this rare commendation – you earned and deserve it Dick.

I was able to show our recently received ARRL Special Service Club certificate to the club. This means that GEARS will continue to serve our community with our communication capabilities and also continue to promote amateur radio to our communities, training and mentoring new embers to grow our ranks in this wonderful world of amateur radio.

The culmination of our May meeting was our annual auction. This important fundraiser for our club proved to be exciting and entertaining during several bidding wars of sought after treasures. Thank you to Rick, KI6VOS for leading this event and to his dedicated “interpretation” assistants Tom, W6JS and Gene, WA6ZRT. Going “way beyond the call of duty”, master of the details was Clark Hansen (AE5WD). Clark was the real hero of the whole operation in keeping track of all of the transactions. A special thank you to the widow of Julian Lerenz, KK6VL for the donation of his hf and vhf radios, which helped us immensely.

Received at the auction was $733.00 in auction proceeds. In addition, $40.00 was received for auctioning Oroville Amateur Radio Society (OARS) Drawing tickets (all of which our fabulous friends at OARS donated to GEARS). The grand total was $773.00 – way to go everyone!

Our June meeting will consist of another short “Ham Class 101” - a show-n-tell of a homemade 2 meter antenna by Chris, KK6VZD who will be visiting us from Yuba City. Our main program will be a discussion about our Field Day event this year including stations, operators, antennas, layout and events during Field Day weekend at Platte Mountain lookout in Forest Ranch.

I hope to talk with you on the air soon,

73, Larry Marcum, KA6GND,GEARS President; 530-345-5399

Posted June 5, 2016

Next meeting is June 18.


Greetings to all,

In the event you have not yet heard the news here it is; the MLDXCC is the official winner of the gavel for the ARRL Sweepstakes medium club. Congratulations to all who made this happen! At our next few meetings we need to discuss the possibility of defending this title. If the NCCC does not go for the Sweepstakes we should have another run at it but it won't be as easy this year as we have set ourselves up as the visible target.

It has been an impressive spring for our club but it seems that we need to keep working that new DX just to maintain status quo. Early this spring we were in 43rd position on Club Log with an average of 262 DX entities per member. As a result of today we have increased our average to 265 but we remain in 43rd position. We have some members with impressive DX totals who are not on our Club Log roster. Please try to find the time to join Club Log and boost our count.

It appears that we will soon have some new DXCC Honor Roll members in our club. With the recent group of rare DX activations (Heard Is, Juan de Nova, and Iran) along with the deletion of Kingman Reef I have surpassed the minimum requirement and I believe N6RK has also. Are there any others?

Personally I shall not be making my Honor Roll application until after I have received my QSL cards. When I entered Heard Is and Juan de Nova into LOTW all of my QSO's did not confirm yet they all confirmed on the OQRS so I want to get them all counted.

I hope to see you all at the May 14 meeting. As of this time the program is not yet set but the discussion items will be club awards and the November Sweepstakes.

Shirl/AA6K, President/MLDXCC

Posted June 5, 2016

Our meeting is Wednesday, June 8th. Lunch (or breakfast) is at eleven. Denny's serves breakfast all day. As usual, the meeting will be called to order at Noon in the restaurant's back room.

The program for this month is going to be Episode 10 of TX Factor, another of the professionally produced Amateur Radio videos from the U.K.

We meet as usual at: Denny's Restaurant, 7900 College Town Drive, Sacramento. Phone (916) 383-7071 Near Howe Ave. and FWY 50. Please come and enjoy the good food and fellowship.

Update from North Hills RC

Posted May 30, 2016

Hello to the section from The North Hills Radio Club. On May 15, we held our annual Hamfest. But this year, it was at a new venue: The Carmichael Elks Lodge #2103. The fest got off to a rather rocky start but eventually, everything fell into place. Often, when an event moves to a new venue, problems come up that you didn't expect beforehand. But it all worked out. Thanks to everyone in the club who pulled together to make it all work! I don't know if the new venue had anything to do with it or not; but we think that it might have. Nevertheless, everyone who was there seemed to have a good time. George, N6YG, was the captain of our snack bar operation. His wife, Barb, and Kaayla Jaret, KA6YLA helped him out. George really knocked it out of the park with his pork sandwiches. They were a major hit!

A special word of "thanks" needs to be said to our chair-persons, Rick Fazzino, N6RIK and Chris Gifford, KJ6LZR. Chris started out as our chairman. However, towards the end of last year, he had to resign due to family and personal issues. Rick, N6RIK, volunteered to step into Chris' shoes. Rick had never chaired a hamfest committee before. He has, however, been a very good net manager. We have four club nets and two guest nets on our K6IS repeater and he manages them well! For quite a while now, Rick has had to deal with many family issues and personal struggles in his life. Still, he stepped up to the plate and served. Frankly, many members of our club need to follow Rick's example! We rewarded Rick's efforts by refunding his dues and gave him one year of free membership in our club. We were happy to do it.

I want to make sure to remember to thank one more person; ALL OF YOU! Without all of you who came, the hamfest wouldn't have happened. Thank you so very much for coming. Please remember that next year and in succeeding years, the hamfest will be held in Carmichael at the Elks Lodge. Speaking of the lodge, we thank all of the elks for letting us hold our fest on their property. Thanks to John, KJ6JD, Chris, N6ICW and Gary, KJ6IJI for spearheading the effort to make it possible for us to have the fest at the lodge; because there was no way, walkin or runnin that we could return to the high school. We'll see you next year!

The next club meeting will be held on Tuesday evening, June 21. We meet at 5026 Don Julio Blvd. at the corner of Don Julio and Elkhorn Blvds in Sacramento. Our meetings begin right around 7:30 P.M. Hams and non-hams alike are welcome to attend. The program for the meeting is yet to be announced.

73 to all in the section. Doug Emerson, President, North Hills Radio Club

Posted May 30, 2016

Monthly Meeting: Tech 4 Ten by AL, NI2U about using a noise generator. Main program Ms. Sonja Vargas Conklin of Cal Star, an air medivac service, gave an informative presentation of the services of her non profit organization. She reported that 21 members of SFARC are actively enrolled in their service.

Field Day - The club will be all QRP this year with alternate power. SIte is exit #156 off I80 at Nyack. Listed in the ARRL FD finder, also the map is on the website: w6ek.org. Inviting the public to our GOTA station and Hams to come visit FD 2016. Bob, K6UDA designed two Field Day T shirts for us, so the crew will look sharp.

Tour de Cure - Many club members supported the Diabetes Event on Saturday the 21st. George, KG6LSB did the organizing and kept us all on our toes. In the Net Control Photo below are (Left to right) Jackie with American Diabetes Assoc., Jason N6JDX, Orion AI6JB, Bryce K6BAA , George, KG6LSB.

Hamfest 2017 - Already? Yes, Orion, AI6JB, President reserved the Loomis Historic Train Depot for Hamfest 2017 on Saturday, March 18, 2017. #3 will be even bigger and better.

ARRL VEC Exam Session results: 8 candidates/examinees resulted in 5 Technicians, 1 General and 2 Extras 1st Saturday, 8am every month at Raley's in Granite Bay. See http://w6ek.org/veexams.html for details.

Carl WF6J

The topic was on the MCI-2016 exercise due for Wednesday May 18 in the morning. The staffing chart was discussed. Also the frequencies on the ICS-205 form. Pete Hnat (KI6UVJ), the MCI-2016 exercise director, was present and helped us understand issues regarding victims and other matters. Thanks Pete! Some of the new badges were issued to those who came. Others should get badges at the May 13 SF-ARC general monthly meeting, if you are there. Send me a badge-sized photo to get yours finished and delivered. We want every member to have their badges by the time of the May 18 exercise.

If you have specific questions on the MCI materials please contact Carl for details.

Thanks to all the participants! Great Job!

John Hestenes, NT6ET, Placer County Emergency Coordinator

Club and Member News

Posted June 20, 2016

Greetings from the Western Placer Amateur Radio Club:

Wow! Finally a newsletter. This is the first one in about the last 6 months. I am back to the point where I have the energy and the focus to write again. My ankles are almost healed and I am able to walk a little bit. Happy not to rely on a wheelchair all the time. Thanks to all who sent cards, best wishes, and came to visit me while I was in the hospital and the skilled nursing facility. I hope to get back to my usual routine of writing a newsletter every week. We'll see....

The exciting news this week is that Field Day 2016 is this weekend. Field Day is the biggest event of the year in amateur radio and you want to make sure you set aside some time to attend. Our club will stage at Gary's (WA6IKE) again this year. Gary's ranch is an ideal place to hold the event. There is lots of room and the location is terrific. For those of you who haven't been to Gary's, his ranch is at an elevation of 1,200 – 1,300 feet and is on the edge of a cliff which gives an unblocked radio opening to much of the world.

Jerry (N6JKH) is coordinating the event this year so if you are interested email him at jerrykhaar@yahoo.com. We will serve lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. The cost for all 3 is only $10! If you want to participate in the food please bring your $10 to the meeting Tuesday night and give it to Jerry. If you can't make the meeting please email Jerry to make other arrangements.

Our previous Field Day's have been very productive with lots of contacts. Usually we hit at least 45 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. We have a lot of fun as we usually have a large turnout and the airwaves are very busy. If you have never attended a Field Day, come up to Gary's to find out what it is all about. You don't have to bring a radio – there are plenty to share. If you can bring a radio, make sure to coordinate the frequencies and logging with Jerry N6JKH. I am actually very disappointed because I won't be able to go this year. Usually I stay the whole time and do most of my operating during the darkest hours of the night. I love being able to watch the bands move around the country and world as the terminator moves. One band goes dead so you switch to another and boom! Hawaii and Guam come booming in. Then Australia, Japan, and the southern Pacific. Then as the night goes on the U.S. East coast starts waking up and you hit New York, Virginia, Florida, and the Canadian province of Ontario. Then the mid-west comes on and you hear Detroit, St. Louis, and the middle southern states. You jump from band to band to see what is coming back to life – first 80 meters, then 40, and then back to 80, then maybe something on 20. 80 is the real night time band for DX. You can tell when it is starting to die off because you start hitting other Sacramento, bay area, and San Joaquin valley stations, and maybe something from southern California instead of Asia. The middle of the night is quiet and cool and the contacts are there just waiting for you.

As mentioned above, the June club meeting is Tuesday night, June 21 at 7:00 PM at the Woodcreek Oaks Golf Club in Roseville. Many of us arrive early to eat, drink, and share in stimulating conversation. We will review our Field Day plans at the meeting this month. I really missed not being able to attend meetings for a few months but now I'm back and I enjoy the fellowship and technical sharing that goes on at our meeting. Make sure you join in this month. If a time comes when you can't make the meetings you will wish you had attended all of them.

I don't think everyone is aware of it yet, but we installed a new repeater in May. The box itself is a Yaesu System Fusion DR-1X that operates in both analog and digital modes. We also installed a new antenna as our old one was suffering from old age. Many thanks to LC N7VQC, Frank KB6KYK, Gary WA6IKE, Steve N6HTV, Roger N6OU, and Eric W6ETJ for setting up the new unit and making it work so well. LC was the lead for the installation of the new repeater. He has immense technical knowledge and skills so you know that if LC did it, it is done right.

Yaesu System Fusion is making strong gains in the digital market place. It is a good protocol with excellent sound quality. Yaesu wants to gain market share so they were selling the repeaters at 2/3 off! There are several Yaesu radios featuring System Fusion with something for everyone with HT, base, and mobile radios. They also go from inexpensive radios to full featured units that will dazzle you with features. We already have a number of users who have System Fusion radios so we have started a digital only System Fusion net. It is on Monday nights at 8:30 PM and offers technical support and advice for System Fusion users.

Gary, WA6IKE, hosts the repeater at his ranch with no charge to the club. Gary is a 2 meter SSB operator and has nets on Wednesday and Sunday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Our repeater is in close proximity to Gary's antenna and interferes with his SSB net. We request that no one use the repeater during those time periods. We have a great location at Gary's and we don't want to lose it so please stay off the repeater during those time periods. It took us 8 years to find a location as good as what we have now and we don't want to take any chances on losing it.

As if that isn't enough, Clay K6AEP has set up VOIP for the repeater. The system was designed by Clay, one of our most technically astute members. He has an amazing history with amateur radio stretching back more than 60 years. You can look on his website to view some of his history or look up the first trans-Pacific SSTV QSO between Clay and the Japanese government on YouTube. With VOIP on the repeater we can operate on Echolink and Allstar networks and operate thousands of station all over the world. Of course, you can also operate these networks using a smart phone. Clay has posted instructions on how to use the system on the club website at http://wparc.us/voip.html. However, you must never, ever connect to the WinLink System. Never. Ever. Please remember this.

Don't forget our regular weekly nets on the repeater. We have one on Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM that is always hosted by Katy KJ6YCP and then 2 nets on Thursday evenings starting at 7:30 PM. Bill, KJ6YCO, is the net coordinator now and often hosts the 2 meter net. When he isn't on, the trusty Dennis, KI6HHA, is on, and handles the net with his usual style and skills. They both do a fine job and it is a pleasure to hear them lead the net. Many thanks to both of them for dedicating time to the club net to make it a success. If you would like to be a Net Control for one of our nets, please contact Bill at bugout@surewest.net. Five minutes following the 2 meter net we have an HF net. LC, N7VQC, is on the spot to handle the HF net. LC is also an excellent Net Control and it is always a pleasure to hear him on the bands. This net changes bands every week so listen to the 2 meter net for any change in frequency. The usual schedule starts from the first Thursday of the month on 10 meters, then 15, then 40, and finally 75 meters at the end of the month. If there are 5 Thursdays in a month, the last one will be on 10 meters. Here is the schedule for the next 6 weeks (Remember to listen for the frequency on the 2 meter net as it may change):

June 23 – 75 meters (3.855 MHz)

June 30 – 10 meters (28.410 MHz) A good chance for Techs to join in!

July 7 – 10 meters (28.410 MHz) A good chance for Techs to join in!

July 14 – 15 meters (21.355 MHz)

July 21 – 40 (7.225 MHz)

July 28 – 75 Meters (3.855)

The next big event we have coming up is the WPARC Hamfest on September 17th at McBean Park in Lincoln. The gates open at 7:00 AM but we need several volunteers to be there around 5:00 AM to set up and to control parking for buyers and sellers. Katy KJ6YCP has been coordinating the hamfest for several years and does a terrific job every year. If you would like to help out please email Katy at entertainangels@surewest.net. This is a big event for the club and how we operate it reflects on the club so please volunteer. We all (and especially Katy) appreciate it. We have our city permit and our liability insurance in order so the event is set to go.

A month ago we handled all communications and SAG wagon duties for the Tour de Lincoln. As usual, the event came off without a hitch thanks to the exceptional organizational skills of Roger K6OU and the help of many dedicated club members. We have supported this event for 10 years now and we just keeps getting better. Usually I operate as Net Control but was unable to do so this year so the job was carried out by Dennis KI6HHA and Katy KJ6YCP. They did an outstanding job handling all the traffic and keeping tabs on all the SAG wagons. I listened in from home for a while and I was surprised how busy the radio was. When I am there as Net Control I don't notice how busy it is, but when I am just listening in as an observer I am suddenly aware of how much work the WPARC club members do to support the riders. As usual, it was a great job performed by a great group of hams. Many, many thanks to all who helped out.

Well, there is more to say but I am running out of steam. I'm not fully back to my normal self so I apologize for any errors! I look forward to seeing everyone this Tuesday night at the June Club Meeting!

73, Michael Buck K6BUK

Posted June 11, 2016

SFMARC June news

The W6SFM Samuel F Morse Radio Club June meeting was called to order by club President Mike, N6MQL on June 2 at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church in Carmichael CA. 16 members and 1 guest were in attendance. We welcomed 2 new members, Terry, KI6KWS of Sacramento , and Jennifer, NS3O also from Sacramento.

Mike, N6MQL read the Month's budget report and announced the current funds available.

Club Secretary, Chris, AI6U proceded to read the minutes of last month's meeting and the totals for our On-line/On-air net meetings for the month.

Snacks provided by Chris, AI6U.

Topics of Discussion at our in-person meeting included the club Bug Roundup Event (CQ BR).

An update as to the W6SFM CW Beginners Class was given by Mike, N6MQL.

More information on the NPOTA (National Parks On The Air) event was discussed.

The ARRL's support of petition RM-11767 asking the FCC to allow more than 15dB of gain on an amplifier was also discussed.

Another RM, RM11769 was briefly discussed. This was a measure that was presented to the FCC asking that CW become known as another "Symbol Rate" data. It also asked that what is now the ARRL's "gentleman's agreement" on band use plans should become the 'fixed' data and voice areas.

Once again positive feedback on the new "The Doctor Will See You Now!" Pod Cast was given. Those who have listened to the 20 minute show are encouraging others to listen to the Bi-Weekly pod casts based on the QST article by the same name.

The club has taken the opportunity to purchase new QSL cards. These cards will be used to answer incoming QSL requests when the club station call letters are used in special events, outings in the park and other PR related events.

In addition to the QSL cards the Club has also purchased "business cards". These cards will be used to pass out at events such as the Kids Day in the park event and other like PR events.

For our “show and tell” portion of our meeting we opted to take this time to discuss the up coming ARRL 2016 Field Day event.

This year for the first time the club will introduce both a 40 meter ground mounted Phased Vertical array as well as a Tri-Band Yagi antenna to be placed on a 30' tall pneumatic mast. Those antennas will be provided by members Mike, K6LQ and Norm, WB6RVR. The club will also set up its 80 meter Inverted Vee antenna for 80 meter operations throughout the night shift.

Our next SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held at its normal time and address July 7th (followed by our Aug 4th meeting). The SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held in the Howa Crowley room upstairs at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church. More information including a Google Map is available on the homepage of our website.

Update from River City ARCS

Posted June 5, 2016

Clarity on Amateur Radio Parity

Some misconceptions about the Amateur Radio Parity Act are being circulated. Please read full information here.


The Amateur Radio Parity Act

Update from Yuba-Sutter ARCPosted May 30, 20163F BIKE RIDE

Saturday morning, May 7, 2016, eighty-eight 100 mile riders, sixty-eight 100 kilometer (63 miles) riders, and dozens of 38 mile riders raced through the rural towns of Meridian and Sutter passing pastoral farmlands of the Sutter Bypass, across the Tisdale Weir, Sacramento River levee road, and around the Sutter Buttes (the smallest mountain range in the world where John C. Fremont camped his troops in 1848), and returned to Colusa along the banks of the beautiful Sacramento River. Hams as SAGs at rest stops and net control assisted in this ride.

Twelve hams assisted with communications to keep riders safe. Assisting were Steve - K6TAZ, Richard - KI6JRW, Dave - KC9EI, Neil - KI6IYG, Ben - N3BEN, Pat - K6PBM, Ted - KN6TED, Chris - KD6CP, Mark - KA6FFM, Curtis - KF6VFP, Leroy - KJ6DKM, and Bill - WA6OHP.

One rider received minor injuries but was able to continue thanks to first aid provided by one of the SAG operators.

The ride was hampered by rain but was still held as planned. One flat tire was repaired with the assistance of a SAG unit and 12 riders were unable to complete the course and had to be taken back to Colusa.

Posted May 30, 2016


Here’s hoping that this finds all of you well and happy.

Field Day is approaching fast so it is not too soon to get your fire permits for the year and to review your go kit contents and so on for that event. I have been busy with a couple of field day related projects including my tennis ball launcher/antenna pu!er-upper. I'll bring it to this months meeting for “Show and Tell”. A friend of mine at work has a 3D printer and he is “printing” my open face reel to my specs. That won't be ready for the meeting but you'll all have a chance to see it at field day.

I had a good time during the bike ride event last month and from what I have heard so did all of you who participated. The net was operated very professionally and all involved should be proud of their effort. While watching the bike mechanic at the Garden Valley rest stop I learned some interesting things about the current bicycle state of the art. I really liked the disk brakes that are available now.

Congrats to all the new members and licensees on your achievements, to me it is a sign of healthy interest in the Amateur Radio hobby. Keep up the good work!

Well here’s looking forward to this months meeting, hope to see y'all there.

73, AF6ND

Norm Brooks, K6FO, 100th Birthday on June 1

Posted June 1, 2016

Congratulations to Norm Brooks, K6FO on his 100th birthday on June 1. Among his many accomplishments and interests, Norm has earned DXCC and WAS awards, has operated 160 meters through 70 cm. Norm has been a member of ARRL (Life), AMSAT, QCWA, 10-10 International, the Northern California DX Club, the 3905 Century Club, North Hills Radio Club, Mt. Vaca Radio Club and the River City Amateur Radio Communications Society (Life). He was a staff writer for WorldRadio Magazine and has published in QST. Norm's daughter is Kaayla Jaret KA6YLA.

Radio amateurs who attended Norm's 100th birthday celebration were K6WLM, KE6RMN, W6GO, K6HHD, W6TEE, W6KDJ, KI6IJI and Norm's daughter Kaayla KA6YLA.

Update from Steve Sweetman, K6TAZ

Posted May 30, 2016

I would like to thank everyone that came out today, May 14th. to help with the tower removal that was donated by a North Marysville resident. It will have a new home at the Yuba City American Red Cross building. Next will be the tower raising party. Les kk6syv did a fantastic job doing the climbing and the tedious job of removing the antennas so they could be lowered and removing the tower pieces. The project went very smoothly. The ground crew was a big help as well. They were as follows. Steve K6TAZ, David WA1NER, Dave KC9EI, Daryl AC6PJ, Josh W6EVL, and Manna KA6ETB. Submitted by Steve Sweetman K6TAZ EC Yuba/Sutter ARES

73's, Steve Sweetman, K6TAZ

EC ( Emergency Coordinator) Yuba/Sutter ARES, SKYWARN Weather spotter YU-19, AF/MARS Member AFA9SS, ARRL Official Emergency Station

Update from Kelly Shelley, KS6Z

Posted May 30, 2016

My wife Alison KS6Q and I have been traveling with the NPOTA challenge. We have activated 9 Parks so far with a goal of 15 more by October. I think listing them all here would be a little redundant to the NPOTA website. We will also post them to Facebook and Twitter. We had to return home to make some repairs to our 5th wheel. Our furnace went out at 8k feet because the drain from the washing machine separated and dumped water on it. It was cold and snowy there at Mesa Verde NP. We now have it fixed and will be back on the trail next week. Our first stop will be Martin's Cove in Wyoming on June 8th TR08. Please check in if you can on 7214 1700-2100z or 18.144 if it's working.

I will attach three pictures with this. First is our son Michael, who is a Park Ranger at Pinnacles NP, next is Alison and I at the park sign and then one of Michael and I by the truck.

Kelley Shelley KS6Z

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