ARRL Sections - Sacramento Valley

Sacramento Valley

Sacramento Valley

Contact Information

Section Name:
Sacramento Valley
Dr. Carol Milazzo, KP4MD
Daytime Phone:
(916) 782-3786
Evening Phone:
(916) 879-7449

Basic Information


Visit our Section website at for the latest updates.

NPOTA 2016

August 2016 News

From the Section Manager

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

This month's news features reports and photos from public service activities around our section. Thanks to the amateur radio operators and groups who volunteer their expertise and service to our communities.

This month's National Parks on the Air focus is on theWhiskeytown National Recreation Area (RC18).

Roger KI6FYF, Carol KP4MD and ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager Rene Fonseca NP3O

"Suitcase" DXpedition

Last month Roger and I operated aKP4MD/P "Suitcase DXpedition" with an Elecraft KX3 transceiver and both magnetic loop and Buddistick antennas on a beach front condo balcony on the north shore of Puerto Rico. We logged 115 QSOs in 24 countries on 15 through 40 meters CW, JT65 and SSB. A total of 24,772 WSPR spots with Japan, Australia, New Zealand, North and South America, Europe, Russia and Africa were also uploaded to We met with local hams, including ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager Rene Fonseca NP3O and his familyNilda WP4MMP and Tony Santiago KP4IA, and members of the Virgin Islands Amateur Radio Club.

YL-Harmonics Publication of the YLRL

Young Ladies' Radio League

One new task that I take on this month is serving as District 6 Chair (California) for the Young Ladies' Radio League (YLRL), ARRL affiliated and founded in 1939 with a current international membership of about 1,100 YL (Young Lady) ham operators. The YLRL's primary purpose is "to encourage and assist YLs throughout the world to enter into the Amateur Radio Service."  The YLRL encourages YL participation through YL contestsYL nets, member news in the bi-monthly journal YL-Harmonics, and also sponsors scholarships for YLs who pursue education in communications and electronics or related areas (science, technology, engineering and math).

Girl Scout Patch

The majority of newly licensed YLs are Technicians. More YL role models and all Elmers are needed to reach out and welcome both new and inactive YLs and encourage them to get on the air and to upgrade and join our mainstream amateur community. (A YL net "Ladies of the Net" meets on 7245 kHz LSB weekdays at 10:00 am Pacific Time).  We see new opportunities to include YLs in our youth outreach through the Maker movement and through helping to implement the new ARRL "Radio and Wireless Technology" Patch Program in òur local Girl Scout troops. This is good for the growth and health of our entire amateur community. Please do encourage YLs on the air, in your communities, and in your clubs to join this mission to welcome more YLs to our fascinating hobby by contacting me or the YLRL.

Pacificon Convention

October 14-16 PACIFICON Convention

Register online now at for the October 14-16 ‪‎Pacificon‬ ‪‎ARRL‬ Pacific Division Convention at the San Ramon Marriott. PACIFICON is the annual ARRL Pacific Division convention, held each year in October. It is THE premier amateur radio conference in the western U.S.  If unable to attend the convention, consider helping your local Scout troop to participate in Jamboree on the Air that weekend.

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 August news to kp4md(at) 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)



Section News:
Section Nets:
Sacramento Valley ARES:

Thanks to Greg Kruckewitt KG6SJT for maintaining our Section ARES web page and assisting with our Facebook page and Twitter feed.
Thanks to Les Cobb W6TEE for maintaining the Section Net list.

ARRL Affiliated Club web resources are now listed on this web page


ARRL Conventions and Hamfests




Classes and Volunteer Exam (VE) Schedules

License Class and VE Session Calendar


July 13 through August 17 - 
Golden Empire ARS Combined Refresher PLUS Technician/General License Preparation Course
Posted July 2, 2015

THIS fast-paced, “three-track” course will help you master Amateur Radio in the way that best suits your interests. Choose from one of these “Learning Tracks:”

  • Technician. If you want to get started in “Ham Radio” and earn your first FCC license, then the Technician Track (combined “Pre-Session*” and “Session”) is the place to begin.
  • General. The General Track is ideal for you if it’s time to upgrade your Technician’s ticket and work the exciting world of HF.
  • Refresher. If you’re looking for a way to update your Technician or General knowledge without seeking a new License, the Refresher Track is for you.

Reservations are Requested. Please Contact: Gene Wright [WA6ZET] at; +1 (530) 345-3515, Tom Rider [W6JS] at, or Rick Hubbard [KI6VOS] at

PRIOR to the first session (13 July 2016), please read Chapters 1 & 2 of your Track’s textbook.

Download Flyer


September 17 - Citrus Heights Ham-Cram Session
Posted August 5, 2016

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

"Our next session will be on September 17, 2016 starting at 8:45 AM at the LDS Church, at the corner of Hazel and Cherry Ave in Orangevale, CA."

Joe Cardoza, KA6ROM, 916-725-6443,


Folsom ARRL Volunteer Exam Schedule
Posted July 20, 2016

Here is our updated exam scheduled for the 2016:

  1. July NO EXAM
  2. August NO EXAM
  3. Thursday September 15
  4. Thursday October 20
  5. Thursday November 17
  6. December NO EXAM

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 or contact Mike Kirkland, NS6Q at
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 or by contacting Steve K6KS at



New Test Location: 
Open Door Community Church, 33883 HWY 44, SHINGLETOWN, CA. 96088
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,, 530-474-3087

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

Dar Walker W6IO


Other ARRL VE Sessions - Schedule List

  1. BARK Repeater Club - Quarterly - Woodland
  2. Carmichael Elk Lodge ARRL VE - 3rd Sat. at 0700
  3. SFARC ARRL VE at Granite Bay Raley's - 1st Sat. at 0800


Whiskeytown National Recreation Area - NPOTA (RC18)
Posted July 31, 2016

The Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is a United States National Recreation Area in northern California. The recreation area was established in 1965 by the United States Congress. Recreational activities available include swimming, fishing, boating, camping, and hiking.

The Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is 42,500 acres (17,200 ha) in size, centered on Whiskeytown Lake of 3,200 acres (1,300 ha). The backcountry, with mountain creeks and waterfalls, is accessible via 70 miles (110 km) of multi-use hiking, equestrian, and/or mountain biking) trails. It has interesting wildlife viewing opportunities, including over sixty pairs of osprey, thirty pairs of nesting bald eagles, other resident and migrating birds, and deer and bear populations. Plant communities include: Riparian, Interior chaparral, Blue oak grasslands, Mixed oak woodlands, and Knobcone pine, Ponderosa pine, or mixed evergreen forests. - from Wikipedia

Visit the National Parks Service website to find the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 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!

Update from Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, Section Technical Coordinator
Updated June 30, 2016

ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Technical Coordinator, VHF Award Manager, HF Award Manager and DXCC Award Manager Bob, WB6VYH reminds us he can count cards and check applications for VUCC and WAS and DXCC............... Bob will be at the Lincoln Ham swap in September and most likely Ham Club meetings throughout Northern California.

Bob will also be doing NPOTA at some of the parks and monuments in northern California and will be able to do applications there too. Look for listings in the ARRL NPOTA section….

So far this summer I have had fun at Whiskeytown , The Lava Beds and Tule Lake Unit Internment Camp.

Please contact Bob ahead of time at or for information and appointment.

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

Photos (Left to Right) Bob Wortman WB6VYH NPOTA Activations at Lava Beds, Tule Lake and Whiskeytown

WB6VYH NPOTA Activation at Lava BedsWB6VYH NPOTA Activation at Tule LakeWB6VYH NPOTA Activation at Whiskeytown

From Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD, Section Youth Coordinator
Posted April 29, 2016

Kid's Club Project Update

Duane 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

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) 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?"

FCC Amateur Auxiliary 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)

FCC Levies $25,000 Fine on California Radio Amateur for Deliberate Interference
Posted August 3. 2016

The FCC has imposed a $25,000 fine on William F. Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYJ), of Diamond Spring, California, for intentionally interfering with the transmissions of other radio amateurs and transmitting prohibited communications, including music. The penalty represents the full amount proposed in a December 2015 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), and, the FCC said in a lengthy August 2 Forfeiture Order (FO), “is based on the full base forfeiture amount as well as an upward adjustment reflecting Mr Crowell’s decision to continue his misconduct after being warned that his actions violated the Communications Act and the Commission’s rules.”

Read the full story in the ARRL News.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service

August 13 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted July 31, 2016

The Sacramento County ARES February training meeting will be Saturday, August 13, from 0900-1200 hours at To Be Announced

ARES Updates

Sacramento Radio Operators Support the Eppie's Great Race
Posted July 31, 2016


On July 16, 2016, over 20 amateur radio operators gathered in Sacramento, CA to support the 43rd Annual Eppie’s Great Race.

The Great Race is known as “The World’s Oldest Triathlon”, it is also the largest paddling event in the United States.

The race consists of a 5.82-mile run, a 12.5-mile bike and a 6.10-mile paddle held along the scenic American River Parkway in Rancho Cordova and Sacramento. This year the event drew more than 1000 participants.

Sacramento Valley Section Emergency Coordinator Frank Reshke, N6SNO, who has been the communications coordinator for the event for the last 29 years, pulled together teams of operators to monitor the entire course. The radio operators' hard work and radio communications skills helped insure the success of the Eppie’s Great Race. Everyone did a fine job communicating the bib numbers of the leaders, and notifying net control of potential problems.

The medical teams and Park Rangers depend on the radio operators to quickly call in potential injuries so they can dispatch medics or rangers to locate and assist participants.

Everyone is looking forward to the 44th Annual Eppie’s Great Race.

by Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, Greg Kruckewitt, ARRL Sacramento Valley Section District 3 Emergency Coordinator

Modoc County ARES Operators Support the Great Historic Hotel Bike Ride
Posted July 31, 2016


The Modoc Emergency Radio Club, K6MER, helped out on July 23 with two aid stations and two SAG wagons for the second annual reboot of the Great Historic Hotel Bike Ride that ran from the Fort Bidwell Hotel in Fort Bidwell to the Niles Hotel in Alturas. Traveling south from the top of Surprise Valley, bicyclists enjoyed views of the Hayes Mountain range to the east and the Warner Mountains to the west. Riders then climbed 1650 feet in order to reach Aid Station One before biking over Cedar Pass at 6300 feet and on to complete either the 100 kilometer (62 mile) or the 150 kilometer (93 mile) ride. A couple of riders started on the western slope of the Warner Mountains to complete a 40 kilometer (25 mile) stretch of the course. Members of Modoc County’s ARES club met the challenge of providing continuous communication regarding the status of the riders through use of the Payne Peak repeater, the Barnes repeater, and a mobile relay station.

Radio club members look forward to participating in this event in order to practice implementing Incident Command System (ICS) protocols. District 1 Emergency Coordinator Jim Linden, N7JIL, acted as Incident Commander (IC) for the event. Chad Linden, N5BMU, served as Net Control. Modoc Emergency Coordinator Dan Stossmeister, KJ6ZUW, operated SAG 2 while Jason Keen, KJ6PZR, operated SAG 1. Surprise Valley High School’s Amateur Radio Club (KK6YBB) had club member Maya Schulz, KK6TBY, posted in Cedarville to direct riders toward the correct route and to report bib numbers to Net Control. Greg Small, AD6OO, kept track of riders at Aid Station One. Richard Mund, KK6FBZ, reported to Net Control from Check Point One. Marie Linden, N6REE, reported from Aid Station Two. Ron Sharpless, N7ERC, greeted riders at the Niles Hotel, the course’s end, after seeing at least a couple of the riders off at the 40 K Start. Other club hams involved in the event included Jim Hertel, N6KMR, operating the mobile repeater, Corben Chilsen, KK6SJA, offering relief transportation, and David Schulz, WO6M, monitoring the mobile cross band repeater.

The Great Historic Hotel Bike ride was sponsored by Modoc Parks and Recreation District. This historic bike ride follows a route that used to be popular in the 1990s. Special thanks to all of those who provided water, snacks, pastries, electrolytes, and portable facilities at the start, the finish, and each of the aid stations.

More riders participated in the event this year, as compared to last year. Riders and volunteers enjoyed a late lunch after the event. Cell phone communication is unavailable for considerable portions of the route making Amateur Radio the most reliable means of communication for the event.

73, Submitted by David M. Schulz, WO6M

Photo Credits:

  1. Lonely Outpost with KK6TBY and Future Ham, by WO6M
  2. Bicyclists with KK6TBY in Cedarville, by WO6M
  3. N7JIL on the Move, by anonymous
  4. Marie with Riders at Aid Station Two, by N7JIL
  5. Chad as Net Control, by N5BMU

Volunteer Operators Solicited for Oct. 15 Overlook Endurance Run
Posted July 31, 2016


We are looking for amateur radio communication volunteers to help support Ann Trason’s (Overlook Endurance Runs) 50K and 30K running event on October 15th, 2016.

This event covers areas of the historic Western States Trail, Tevis Cup Trail and the American River Canyon. The 50K distance starts in Stone's Brew in Foresthill, CA. The 30K distance starts at Driver's Flat and Foresthill Road. Both distances finish at the American Canyon Park Overlook (Auburn Dam Overlook) in Auburn, CA.

If you are interested in volunteering please send email indicating your interest, availability and contact information and I will contact you directly to confirm. A couple of the aid stations are on fire roads and so high clearance vehicles or 4WD is ideal.

More information about the Overlook Endurance Runs and this event can be found here: This event is conducted under the auspices of the non-profit 501(c)(3) BAUR (Bay Area UltraRunners).

Thank you for your interest.


Submitted by Joe Steinmetz, K6SAT

Club and Member News


Chris KK6VZD talking about his antenna

Update from Yuba-Sutter ARC
Posted July 31, 2016


The next general YSARC membership meeting will be a dinner and social time at Tasty Buffet in Yuba City, 840 Gray Ave. A drawing will be held.

We will meet Tuesday, August 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the Buffet Room. Tasty Buffet is next to where Kmart was located. Adult $11.49 per person, children 3-9, $5.49 per person, over 60 years-10% discount.


At our June meeting Wade LaRue (KN6WX) and Chris McLain (KK6VZD) gave talks about antennas.

Wade discussed W1SFR KX3 9:1 UnUn QRP antenna. The 35 foot EndFed 40 m to 6 m antenna is a field antenna that weights about 8 ounces you can make for QRP ops and is especially well matched with the KX3, FT-817, the KX1, and any other QRP rig with a tuner. For more information go to or you can visit the Emergency Amateur Radio Club of Hawaii (earchi) for plans to build one yourself.

Chris showed off his homebuilt spiral antenna and discussed some of the modifications he made. One such modification is the addition of outer PVC rings to protect the helical coils. Another modification is fastening the antenna wire to the PVC using tie wraps instead of glue. For more information search for HF spiral antenna.


The next VE session will be 3 Sep at 715 King Ave., Yuba City at 9:00 A.M. VE’s are needed to administer the exam. The elements for Technician, General and Extra class will be offered. If you are planning on taking an exam you will need two forms of ID, at least one of them must be a picture ID. A fee of $15.00 is required. A calculator may also be used as long as it has had all of its memories cleared and there are no built in or preprogrammed formulas.

If you are upgrading to a higher class you need to bring your license and a photocopy of the license.

If you take an exam and pass, you can take the next higher class exam for no additional cost. If you do not pass and wish to try again an additional fee will be required.

Congratulations to new technician George Rebane (KM6DYA) who passed the test with score of 100%, Antonio Santiago Ramirez (KK6YFS) for upgrading to general, and to Dan L. Holmes (KM6CTH) for upgrading to extra.

Update from Samuel F Morse ARC
Posted July 29, 2016


The W6SFM CW BEGINNERS CLASS WILL BE HELD STARTING WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14th. The club has locked a date for the beginning of our next semi annual CW Beginners Course. The course is a once per week 2 hour class that meets for 10 consecutive weeks. At this course students will learn how to both send and receive Morse Code. Students will be supplied a straight key and Oscillator to keep at the completion of the course. Students will also learn proper on-air pro-signs and other interesting information about Morse Code and On-air practices. If you or someone you know is interested in joining this course please be sure to contact the club ASAP. This is a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE enrollment with VERY limited seating. Those who contact the club via email are eligible to be placed on a 7 day 'seat reservation' while we await your payment. For more information be sure to contact us by going to

Another great month of outdoor fun was reported at our latest in-person meeting. The W6SFM Samuel F Morse Radio Club meeting was called to order by club President Mike, N6MQL on July 7th at our regular meeting place in Carmichael at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church. A total of 12 members and 2 guest were in attendance. The club welcomed 2 new members who joined us this last month. Steve, K7SF from Portland OR and Ralph NA6D from the Sacramento area.

The meeting was started with President Mike, N6MQL reading the Month's budget report and announcing our current funds available. Club Secretary, Chris, AI6U followed by reading in our minutes from last month's meeting. Chris also reported on our totals for our W6SFM On-line/On-air net meetings for the month of July. Snacks at the in-person meeting were provided by member Bob, K6DGQ.

Topics of discussion included various ARRL section news and club business. The amateur Radio Parity Act (Hr1301) was discussed by the entire group in attendance. Also discussed was the National Parks On The Air (NPOTA).

Samuel F Morse ARC Field Day

This year's Field Day results were also announced at our meeting along with stats on our operations. As like the past 3 years, the SFM ARC Field Day was held in the field at the rear of the Carmichael Presbyterian Church. W6SFM was on the air operating as a 2A SV station. The club saw 14 members and 18 guests, for a total of 32 participants. Five of those were children under 15 years of age. Of the 5 children that attended 2 of them got on the air in CW making 10 assisted contacts. The club was also fortunate enough to be visited by both the ARRL section manager (Carol, KP4MD) and the Captain of Sacramento Metro Fire station 109. Videos of the event are available in our Videos section the website.

For our Tech portion of the meeting members Kevin, KR6AI and Bob K6DGQ demonstrated Items that they brought with them to the meeting. Kevin Demoed his Home Brew "Dit tamer" he uses to slow his Millennium Vibroplex Blue Racer Bug down from 22 WPM to below 13 WPM speeds.

Member Bob, K6DGQ displayed his Heil "Pro7" headset and Microphone combination. Bob explained to the club that even with use of hearing aids he is comfortably able to hear and wear his over the ear "cup" style headphones for many hours of operation.

Our next SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held at its normal time and address Aug. 4th (followed by our Sep 1st meeting). The SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held in the Howard Crowley room upstairs at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church. More information including a Google Map is available on the homepage of our website:

At our Aug meeting we will be discussing the clubs Day in the park get together. Vice President Rob, N6KIX will offer a brief presentation on the proper making of a QSL card. Rob will explain the restrictions and complications due to their size while sending via Post Card mail or the 2 standard size envelopes.

As usual, current events, News regarding Amateur radio and other ARRL items will be discussed. We will have our Tech (show and tell) portion where members and visitors are asked to share their Ham Radio related items they find of interest. Feel free to visit our In-Person meeting with items that you purchased or were given that you would like to share with the group. Visitors are always welcome to join us.

Each Tuesday of the week 8:00 PM on 3.545 MHz the SFM ARC enjoys getting on the air with CW for our weekly Nets. You do NOT need to be a member of the SFM ARC to check into our nets and we encourage you to invite a friend to join us as well. Although our nets usually run around 13 wpm code, we are all happy to accommodate those that are slower and need us to oblige. If you are unable to copy Morse Code or need some code practice please feel free to visit our on-line LIVE streaming broadcast of both the Audio and a CW to Text decoding of the meeting. The “LIVE FEED” link can be found on our home page of our website. Those visiting the on-line site are welcome to make themselves known by using the ‘contact us’ link to let the net op (NCS) know you are there. This of course is not mandatory, just a way of making everyone feel more involved in our on-air nets.

Do you know someone in need of a Ham Club to call home? Perhaps someone that wants to learn Morse Code, are interested in CW or already know and use it, the SFM ARC would love to be their new Club home. Our in-person meetings are held each 1st Thursday of the month at 7PM. Please use the rear parking lot and entry for best access to the meeting. A map and directions can also be found on our website. We hope to see you at our next meeting!

Update from River City ARCS
Posted July 25, 2016


Good things actually come in small packages. Kevin Hooke, KK6DCT demonstrated the Raspberry Pi at our last meeting giving all of us a look into the future. The club is also looking to the future by trying something new at the next meeting August 2. Ed Fong, WB6IQN will give his presentation by SKYPE. It should be really an interesting evening. I had the pleasure to listen to Ed at the Pacificon Antenna Forum and he is a great presenter. From what I understand, we will be able to make a group order of his antenna if we want.

But wait – there’s more. Just three days earlier on Sunday, July 31 we will hold our annual member picnic. We will be celebrating our 40th anniversary. Don’t forget to attend. The Martins will be at the grill and I’m looking forward to another great picnic and Fox Hunt.

In September, in person, our club will hear from Bud Drummond, W3FF from Buddipole. His antenna system can be configured in multiple ways. His demos are always something not to be missed.

Our White Elephant sale is coming in October so it’s time to start cleaning out the shack. A few items have been already donated to the Club and living in my garage. They will make the trip to the meeting.

As I write this, the tower is about to be delivered. If it really shows up, then the real work begins. I think I will become a personal friend of those at DX Engineering and HRO. Figuring out coax loss vs cost will be a test. Hopefully the ground will not be too hard to trench!

See everyone at the meeting. Until next month -73, Bob, N6PGQ    August Newsletter

Congratulations to River City ARCS on your 40th Anniversary! - Carol KP4MD

Update from Mother Lode DX/Contest Club and Northern California Contest Club
Posted July 24, 2016

The July newsletter can be found here

The Joint PL259/NCCC/MLDXCC/REDXA Meeting takes place on Saturday 30th of July at the Rockville Corners restaurant in Fairfield. Address: 4163 Suisun Valley Rd, Fairfield, CA 94534
When: Saturday 30th of July. Time: 11:30 am Social Hour; 12:00 pm Lunch, 12:30 pm Program. 


  1. CQ WW CW Dxpedition 9K2HN (Kuwait) by Bob W6RGG (Operation was by a team of nine operators from Kuwait, USA, and the UK)
  2. TX3X Chesterfield 2015 DXexpedition by Steve W1SRD

Payment of $20 can be via the club's PayPal account ( or at the door. 
Please confirm your attendance by EOD Thursday 28th July!

Regards, Ian W6TCP +1 (925) 405-5835

Sierra Foothills ARC Field Day

Update from Sierra Foothills ARC
Posted July 20, 2016

SFARC Field Day 2016 Results

As you may remember reading in the last Newsletter, SFARC planned a little different Field Day this year. The plan was to run from batteries and solar only, transmitting with only 5 watts, about the power level of your bathroom nightlight, someone said. We erected excellent wire antennas this year, like a 300-foot loop at 70 feet, and a 40m bob-tail curtain pointing East. SSB was challenging, as might be expected with QRP, while CW and Digital modes were productive. 17 operators tried their best on three different modes, and when the final bell sounded, we were surprised at the results.

The fact is, we made less than half the contacts of last year, but due to the 5x multiplier for QRP, we beat last year’s points score by over 400. Total contacts made was somewhere in the 400’s, (remember, QRP folks), but the final points tally with bonus’ was over 5,000!

A highlight of the 24-hour operation was youth participation. Jeff’s (AK6OK) grandson Noah made at least 20 Q’s at the mic, while another youth did almost as well. In any case, everyone had a great time. Our public information table was a hit with an “active map” tied to the N3FJP logging software that displayed states worked in real time on an LCD monitor.

The Saturday night potluck offered good food as usual with tri-tip and chicken and all the trimmings. Our custom Field Day T-shirts this year were a stand-out hit as well, and made it easy to find Club members as visitors strolled around the site.

Of course, no Field Day report, or antenna raising worth reporting, would be complete without AK6OK’s awesome, air-powered, tennis ball shooting cannon to get those wires up high. This thing reminds me of the air cannons at the end of the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz … if you weren’t expecting the noise, it made you jump, every time!

(L to R: Les-KG6NME. Al-NI2U, Dennis-WU6X and Casey-W7IB)

The Club is already looking forward to next year … will it be another QRP-only event, who knows? One thing for sure, it will be a great time for everyone who decides to come up to Nyack near Soda Springs. We hope to see you next year as an operator … or visitor.

(WU6X reporting)

Jeff’s (AK6OK) grandson Noah made at least 20 Q’s at the mic Sierra Foothills ARC Field Day (L to R: Les-KG6NME. Al-NI2U, Dennis-WU6X and Casey-W7IB)

Update from Golden Empire ARS
Posted July 20, 2016


Field Day has come and gone for another year, the years keep on rolln’ by. We could surely have had better band conditions, which is beyond every hams control, but we sure had a great time with many club members and visitors at the site in Forest Ranch. Thank you Michael Favor, N6FAV for doing a great job of chairing this year’s event. We were able to get a lot of publicity out ahead of time on the radio, TV, newspapers and Facebook about Field Day, GEARS and ham radio to the public which is one of the many purposes of Field Day. And if you missed it, you also missed seeing an incredible array of vintage and rare code keys put on display by Tom Rider W6JS and some from Clark Hansen, AE5WD. I hope that I did not drool on any of them, hi hi. Thank you to the many who made our Field Day a success this year.

At our upcoming meeting on Friday July 15th our program will be Chris Huber, N6ICW from Sacramento. Chris has a wonderful repeater system with the 147.195 repeater on Mt, Vaca, the 145.150 repeater at Lake Tahoe, and the 146.940 repeater here locally (temporarily not linked). This system also has several remote receivers and IRLP to enhance it’s capabilities, making it a very efficient and useful systems in a variety of ways. Come hear Chris’ presentation and feel free to pick his brain, a wonderful guy! For more information you can check out

I have now served as our club president for 6 months, 1⁄2 the elected term. We have accomplished a club survey which we remain mindful of the feedback, a variety of guest speakers and a variety of segments added to our club meetings. I am always open to your comments and suggestions, feel free to contact me – I am here to serve the club.

HELP NEEDED: I could use a hand with some soldering here at my QTH here in Forest Ranch sometime this week if possible. I have 4 PL259’s to be done and some jumpers in my automatic antenna tuner to be soldered. I would be eternally grateful – thanks.

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

P.S. For the non-code readers, “de” means “from” and “hi hi” is the same as “ha ha”.

Update from Western Placer ARC
Posted July 20, 2016

Greetings from the Western Placer Amateur Radio Club:

Lots of things to talk about in this newsletter.

The first thing is a shock! Amateur Electronics Supply ( is going out of business! I thought someone was pulling a joke when I read it but I found out it is true. Lots of sad stories on ham websites about how people bought their first radio from them, were advised on what equipment goes with what gadget, etc. I know that I personally have bought lots of stuff from them including 4 radios (a Kenwood TS-2000, a Kenwood TH-F6a (the best HT ever), an ICOM IC208H (great radio with a tiny detachable faceplate that fits in the sunglass holder in my car roof), and, just tonight, a Yaesu FTM-3800DR, a 65 watt 2 meter analog and digital mobile (Yaesu System Fusion C4FM to go with the DR-1X repeater).

The second thing tonight is the WPARC Hamfest on September 17th. We can now announce the Drawing Grand Prize and the 2 First Prizes. The Grand Prize is a Yaesu FTM-3800DR System Fusion Radio. It is a 65 watt mobile unit with great features:

This radio has great reviews and is the hot setup to use with the WPARC repeater for both digital and analog FM. We now have a C4FM net at 8:30 PM Monday nights and it is growing rapidly (W6ETJ, Erik, is net control). There are several people with a lot of System Fusion experience to help you out with any information you may need. The net starts in analog so you can ask questions before the net switches to digital in case you don't have a C4FM radio but are considering purchasing one (or winning one at the Hamfest!) The net is open to everyone, not just WPARC members.

The two First Prizes are something many of us are familiar with now: BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band HT Two Way Radio. These are very popular radios and are handy to keep in the car, backpack, or on your belt. We will also have several smaller prizes. Make sure to be there to win big!

The third thing tonight is Field Day. The results are in and the club did very well with Jerry N6JKH leading as event organizer. We will discuss the results at the July WPARC Meeting Tuesday, July 19th at the Woodcreek Oaks Golf Club in Roseville. Join us for lots of merriment Tuesday night! The meeting starts at 7:00 PM but most of us come early for food and drink and to spin yarns. We didn't miss many states this year but the ones we did are mostly eastern states – Tennessee and Kentucky stick out because there are lots of hams there. I really missed not being able to be part of the fun this year but you can be sure I will be there next year.

Important Note: Frank KB6KYK has been the club Drawing Master for many years and has done an exceptional job finding goodies for us. He now has some other concerns to deal with and will not be able to continue as Drawing Master. If you would like to help out the club and volunteer, please let any board member or Frank know.

Steve N6HTV has several radios for sale: ICOM IC-746 HF all mode HF/2M, Alinco DXSR8, Yaesu FTM-350 2M / 440, Heathkit SB-200 Amplifier, Ten-Tec 2kw Tuner model 238 with manual.  He will be listing them on ebay this weekend so if you are interested, call him right away (916) 740-6842 or email him at:

LC N7VQC is still on the job with the club repeater. He made a new shelf to hold the radio itself and mounted a 5” 120 volt fan in the shelf it to keep the radio cool on the hot days and during nets. LC has done an outstanding job of configuring the repeater and making sure it is up to the job we ask of it. If you have a chance, thank him.

The club website,, has a new look and new information. Jey KQ6DK is now Clay's (K6AEP) backup and is updating the the site. Clay has been traveling a lot and has not had time to keep up the pages. Although Clay's traveling is over for now, Jey is helping out and bringing a new look to the site. Thanks to Clay and Jey for all their work on the website.

While on the subject of media, the club now has a Facebook page. Board Member Arturo KK6NFM created it for Field Day and you can find it at:

Want more? We now have a Twitter account! Just search for @k6pac (the club repeater call sign with the “@” symbol). We are following the ARRL, the ARRL Sacramento Valley Section, Kenwood, and Yaesu for a few. If you think of someone we should follow, please email me. I know there are a few local clubs with Twitter accounts and I will add them.

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 all do a fine job and it is a pleasure to hear them lead the net. Many thanks to all 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 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):

  • July 14 – 15 meters (21.355 MHz)
  • July 21 – 40 (7.225 MHz)
  • July 28 – 75 Meters (3.855)
  • August 4 – 10 meters (28.410 MHz) A good chance for Techs to join in!
  • August 11 – 15 meters (21.355 MHz)
  • August 18 – 40 (7.225 MHz)

NEW! We now have a Monday evening C4FM net! Featuring Yaesu System Fusion radios, this digital net is at 8:30 PM on the club repeater and is hosted by C4FM guru Erik W6ETJ. As noted above, the net starts in analog so you can ask questions, etc. This net is growing fast (I know one more person who will be on this Monday night!) so check in now and join the fun!

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 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.

I have mentioned many times that I use Amazon Smile for my shopping on Amazon. Smile is a program Amazon has that donates .5% of all of your qualifying purchases to a non-profit of your choice (and that participates in the program). The ARRL is my choice and I saw today that I have made 105 purchases that qualify. I buy some medical supplies and bulk items on Amazon so I am confident that the ARRL has benefited from my purchases. If you buy anything from Amazon, please enroll in their Smile program and make the people at ARRL HQ smile!

Remember the club meeting is Tuesday night at 7:30 at the Woodcreek Oaks Golf Club in Roseville. See you there!

73, Michael Buck K6BUK

Kelley Shelley NPOTA Activations

Update from Kelley Shelley KS6Z
Posted July 31, 2016


Alison, KS6Q and I, KS6Z have activated 18 National Park units so far and are now in Alaska activating more. We just activated the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and will be going to the Kenai Fjords National Park next. We have really enjoyed this National Parks On The Air celebration the ARRL instituted this year and being a part of it. Please join us on the air as we continue to activate in Alaska. mostly on seventeen meters because of the distance. Check out the On The Air page at to see the dates of our upcoming activations.

Kelley and Alison Shelley

Feedback from Aaron Jones K6ABJ
Posted July 7, 2016

Hi Dr. Milazzo,

Thank you for your contributions and service to the ARRL Sacramento Valley Section! I enjoy reading the Section Valley News each month. It is my favorite radio publication I receive each month! I attended my first field day last month, and made it to the River City ARCS, SARK's, and SHARP's field day events. It was a busy 24+ hours, and I had a blast. Thank you!!!!

Aaron Jones, K6ABJ

Aaron, thanks for your kind words. I am proud of the many active members and clubs in our section who make ours a truly vibrant amateur radio community! - Carol, KP4MD

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