ARRL SACRAMENTO VALLEY SECTION NEWS November 2014
The Mother Lode DX/Contest Club announces the election of the following leadership for 2015:
Club officers for 2015 will be:
Shirl AA6K President
Bob KR6N Vice President
Dick K6LRN Secretary
Carolyn K6TKD Treasurer
Bob W1RH Board (as outgoing President)
Steve K6SCA Board
Ken K6TA Board
Rick W6RKC Board
OROVILLE AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY,
O.A.R.S. GENERAL MEETING Second Friday, every month, at 7:00 p.m., at St. Paul’s Church Parrish Hall, 1430 Pine St., Oro-ville G.A.R.S. Second Wednesday, each month, General Meeting, Lutheran Church Hall, Ar-tois; 7:00 G.E.A.R.S General Meeting, third Friday each month, at Butte County Search and Rescue Building, Chico. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Butte A.R.E.S. MEET: fourth Friday, monthly, at Butte County Search and Rescue Building. FCC EXAMS - GEARS VEC First Sunday of every even numbered month. At the Butte County Search and Rescue Building,. Written test at 2:00 p.m. For information or pre-registration call Tom Rider-W6JS, (530) 893-9211.
The above is from the Golden Empire Amateur Radio Society Newsletter. http://www.gearsw6rhc.org/
From Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club, Auburn, CA w6ek.org
VE Team - Exams first Saturday monthly at 8am Raley's Granite Bay. Last session tested 14 candidates with 11 VEs to yield 8 new Technicians, 5 new Generals and 1 new Extra. Congratulations to the new Hams and upgrades.
2015 Officers and Directors - Election results Tughe, KD6MLH was re-elected President; Bob, K6UDA, Vice President; Bruce, K6BAA, Secretary; Richard, WA6RWS re-elected Treasurer, and Birton, N6UG, Director #3.
Christmas Dinner - Club members are eagerly anticipating our Member's only annual dinner, Saturday, December 13 at 6pm.
2015 Hamswap - The first SFARC Swap Meet will take place March 14, 2015 at the Historic Loomis Train Depot Plaza, 3640 Taylor Rd, Loomis. Starts at 7:30am.
Field Day 2015 - Field Day Chairman Mark, W8BIT is holding planning meetings for the club's event at Nyack, CA in June. Will be bigger and better than ever!
Elmer Net - First and third Wednesdays at 7:30 on W6EK repeaters. Net is open to everyone and is dedicated to helping new (and older) Hams with questions about operating, antennas, equipment, and any thing pertaining to ham radio. Last net LED bulbs we discussed and the CREE 60 watt (actual 9.5w) soft white had been given the OK for not radiating or causing radio problems.
SFARC Net - Thursdays at 7:30 pm Everyone is welcome to check in. There are reports QSTs, a mystery question and more.
2015 SFARC Meetings - Second Friday, monthly at the Auburn City Hall, Rose room, 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Welcome, Business, Tech 4 Ten, break, Program, Drawing. Everyone is welcome.
Greetings from the Western Placer Amateur Radio Club:
We have three nets every Wednesday (Today!) with 2 on 2 meters and one on HF. On 2 meters we have one at 10:00 AM and one at 7:30 PM. They are both on the 146.640 (-) 156.7 repeater. Katy KJ6YCP is the AM net control and this week, being that it is the 4th Wednesday of November, Scott KJ6FAV will be net control on the evening net. Yes, this is Thanksgiving eve, but we usually have a good turnout for the evening net. Some people want a break from their visiting relatives while others want to show their grandchildren ham radio and give them the chance to check in on a net. The AM net looks like it is growing and the PM net made a strong come back last week. There is an HF net 5 minutes after the 2 meter net ends. As this is the 4th Wednesday in November we will be on 80 meters at 3.855 MHz and as usual I will be net control. The schedule for the December is:
December 3rd – 10 Meters (28.410 MHz) A great chance for our Techs to get on HF!
December 10th – 15 Meters (21.355 MHz)
December 17th – 40 Meters (7.230 MHz – notice the new frequency)
December 24th – 80 Meters (3.855 MHz)
December 31st – 10 Meters (28.410 MHz) A great chance for our Techs to get on HF!
We have a new club member. It is Ellen Schloenvogt, XYL of club member Claire KI6VWG. She doesn't have her license yet but we'll keep you posted. Welcome to Ellen. Remember to introduce yourself to her at a club meeting.
We have set the date and location for the 2015 Kickoff Party. It will be Saturday January 10th at 6:00 PM at the Woodcreek Oaks Golf Club in Roseville (our usual meeting place). We need help coordinating the event. If you would like to help out email Katy or me. We are working on a menu and should have it available soon. It should be similar to the one we had last year and we will email it and post it on the web site. Woodcreek Oaks requests that everyone who plans to attend to RSVP by Monday January 5th. ARRL Section Manager Ron W6KJ and Assistant Section Manager Jo Anne N6YLO will be our honored guests for the evening. If you don't know Ron this is a good chance to meet him and ask any questions you may have about the ARRL. Ron works hard for our section and it is always a pleasure to see him.
At the December meeting we will be voting on club officers for 2015. We received some nominations to date. They are:
President – Jim W6JMF
Vice President – Bill KJ6YCO
Secretary – Michael K6BUK
Treasurer – Scott KJ6FAV and Harvey KD6LND (vote for one)
Board Member – Dennis KI6HHA, Clay K6AEP, Gary WA6IKE, Lou KG6FCT (vote for three)
Alternate Board Member – Ben KK6KQE
We will be supporting the Holiday Parade in Lincoln on December 6th at 4:30 PM so add this date to your calender. Dennis KI6HHA will be coordinating the event. Fortunately, we have a full crew so no more volunteers are needed.
In addition, we will be supporting the Lions Club food distribution on Saturday, December 20th. The team will meet at 6:00 AM. We have provided communications for the traffic in and out of the pickup point for several years. This is a pretty big event with around 500 cars every year. Each car will have an authorization letter that needs to be checked for them to pick up their box of goodies. Frank KB6KYK is the organizer of the event and has done a great job for many years. Thanks for your dedication, Frank! For directions you can catch him on the 2 meter nets, at a club meeting, or at email@example.com.
We need a presentation for the December club meeting. With elections and other business this can be a short presentation if you want to try out your presentation skills. Club VP Jim W6JMF (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the person to talk to if you have a suggestion for a presentation or would like to give a presentation. If you have a suggestion of a topic you would like to hear about at a club meeting or if you would like to present on a topic please contact any board member. I think one of the things that is helping to increase membership is the quality of the presentations we have at meetings.
December 6th is SKYWARN Recognition Day. This is an annual event when Amateur Radio operators visit the National Weather Service offices and contact other operators around the world. The purpose of the event is to recognize the vital public service contributions that Amateur Radio Operators make during NWS severe weather warning operations. More information is on the ARRL web site.
The club repeater, K6PAC, is not very useful at its current location. The altitude is not high enough and there is some terrain blocking for a lot of areas. We have moved it to Gary's WA6IKE QTH at approximately 1,200 to 1,300 feet altitude but it won't be fully connected and on the air until this weekend (November 29-30). I will send out an email when it is ready to test. We will have to reapply for coordination but we have done that a few times. If you were at Gary's for Field Day this year you may have seen the monster antenna tower he has.
I am brokering the sale of a Kenwood TS-990S for $6,500 for another club member. If you are interested let me know. It is in great shape with just a minor scratch on the right side. The TS-990S will blow your socks off – it is a stunning engineering tour de force from Kenwood. The Kenwood site is: http://www.kenwood.com/usa/com/amateur/ts-990s/ It is available at a fair market price and only has very light use.
The Sierra Foothills ARC will be sponsoring their first annual Ham Swap on March 15th 2015 in Loomis which is handy for WPARC members. More info as it becomes available.
If you know of any other Ham Swaps, Hamfests, or any other ham related events in northern California or western Nevada, email me and I will add them to the newsletter.
Thinking of the events in the Sacramento Valley Section reminded me that there are lots of nets in the area that are sponsored by other clubs. There are many different kinds of nets including HF, VHF, UHF, digital, and SSTV. For a full listing go to this link maintained by Assistant Section Manager Les W6TEE. Les does a great job of keeping the page updated: http://www.qsl.net/w6tee/nets.html.
If you have any comments, suggestions, or complaints about the club please talk to a club officer. The club officers are:
Katy KJ6YCP – President email@example.com
Jim W6JMF – Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael K6BUK – Secretary email@example.com
John NQ6Q – Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org
Clay K6AEP – Board Member email@example.com
Bill KJ6YCO – Board Member firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis KI6HHA – Board Member email@example.com
Roger K6OU – Alternate Board Member firstname.lastname@example.org
The first of many reminders – don't forget that the annual membership dues are due by December 31. I think Harvey KD6LND was the first to pay this year, handing in his check at the October meeting. We aren't planning an increase this year so the fee structure will be the same as it always has - $24 for single membership, $36 for family membership, and $14 for active military personnel and members under 18. We haven't raised the dues. Ever.
The International DX Convention in Visalia will be April 17 – 19 this year. This is a big event and a lot of people from the WPARC attend. If you are interested in carpooling let me know and I will start a list. The web page is http://www.dxconvention.com/
The move to pass HR 4969 is gaining a lot of traction. HR 4969 is the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” and is important to the ham community. The ARRL is pushing support and will have a webinar tonight for ARRL members. They also have information on their web site – http://www.arrl.org/hr-4969. Many hams across the country live in new development which are governed by CC&Rs. CC&Rs are Codes, Covenants, and Restrictions and they are killers for ham radio. Most CC&Rs prohibit the installation of ham antennas and as you all are aware, you can't operate HF without a good antenna. The FCC determined that states, counties, and cities can't prohibit the erection of antennas but did not carry their edict to cover CC&Rs, leaving that change for guidance from the U.S. Congress. HR 4969 currently in the House of Representatives will allow a reasonable accommodation for a ham antenna for someone who is governed by CC&Rs. We all know someone who is affected by the restrictions but now we can do something to help. There is a petition at change.org that requests that the House pass the bill and we need every ham in the country to sign it. Please forward this link to all your ham friends (or anyone else you think might sign it). You don't need to be a ham to sign so please enlist the help of all your friends. Several members of the House of Representatives have also signed on to support the ham community. You can sign the petition at:
47 U.S. Congress members have signed on as co-sponsors but we need many, many more. I also noticed that CA, the state with the most hams (nearly twice as many as any other state) and the largest Congressional delegation only has 2 representatives signed on as co-sponsors. This is abysmal and we need to change it. Please write to your representative and let them know that they need to sign on to pass this important bill.
There is a problem brewing caused by some people who oppose HR-4969. They are trying to spread a poisonous rumor that the bill will eliminate ALL CC&Rs. We need to write our Congress people and let them know the truth and that thousands of hams are counting on their vote. Check your email for a form letter to send.
The ARRL does a lot for the ham community, especially when it comes to spectrum preservation. They are always working to keep the ham frequencies in our hands. There is a lot of good information on the website arrl.org. They also send out weekly letters on various topics which are very interesting. In addition, Ron W6KJ sends out a monthly newsletter with information about and from clubs in the Sacramento Valley section. Definitely worth subscribing to for good information. This is the 100th year of the ARRL. Join today to make sure it is still here for the next 100 years and fighting to protect our share of the spectrum. The ARRL is also leading the fight to pass H.R. 4969.
The ARRL has a presence in social media and you can find lots of information on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Here are some sites where you can connect with the ARRL:
For Facebook go to: www.facebook.com/ARRL.org
For Twitter there are several addresses. Try @arrl for primary information. If you are interested in community events, emergencies, and disaster communications follow: @ARRL_ARES
For the latest on ARRLs media and to follow the ARRL Public Relations Manager follow: @ARRL_PR
If you are interested in DXCC follow: @ARRL_DXCC
For the young people in your family have them follow: @ARRL_Youth
To find out what's new with the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, follow:
The ARRL offers lots of YouTube videos on a variety of topics go to:
I also discovered that the ARRL has a presence on Linkedin and there are several ham oriented groups too. If you use Linkedin log in and search for ARRL or ham/amateur radio groups. Club past president Kent K6AXP is active on Linkedin. This week there is a discussion about Logbook of The World (LoTW).
If you know of any upcoming events in the area let me know and I will add them to the newsletter.
Here is a recap of upcoming club events (not much left for the rest of the year!):
Lincoln Holiday Parade – December 6
Lions Club Food Distribution – December 20 (I think – add it to your calender and I will let you know if there is a change of date. Frank KB6KYK manages this event so please let him know if you can help out. We manage the traffic control for lots and lots of cars!)
Many new members have been asking how to purchase the club ID badge. There is new information on the club website WPARC.US that covers how to order, how to specify the correct badge, etc. Thanks to Herman KD6BQH for putting this info together. I once belonged to a club where if you didn't wear your club badge to the meeting you were fined $1.00 at the door!
Speaking of club ID, we now have official club business cards. The board decided that with the growth of the club we needed them and they will be available at club meetings. I banded up sets of 5 to hand out at meetings. The cards have club information on the front and have lines for name, call sign, and phone number on the back for handing out to prospective members or for any other use. We have 1,000 of them so we shouldn't run out any time soon.
There is an unofficial club breakfast every Saturday at Kim's Country Kitchen in Lincoln at 7:30 AM. The new address since the renaming of Highway 65 to Lincoln Blvd. is 490 Lincoln Blvd. It is opposite the (now closed) Ace Hardware which I saw today is being turned into some sort of dollar store or similar business. Lots of members show up for breakfast and there are lots of interesting topics discussed. Bright and early at 7:30 AM. Kim's has good food at good prices and is a strong supporter of the club (Kim's was our original meeting place until we outgrew it several years ago).
Remember, our website is wparc.us. Regards, Michael Buck, K6BUK.
From the River City ARCS President:
At our November 5 meeting we elected Dave Martin WB6YLK and Andy Stephens W6AWS to the Board of Directors. In 2015, Bob Woodward N6PGQ will serve as President and Carol Milazzo KP4MD as Secretary, while Paul McIntyre KC5JAX continues as Vice President and Paul Grose N6DRY as Treasurer.
Also at our November meeting, we collected signatures on our club petition in support of HR-4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act, Bob N6PGQ and Carol KP4MD gave a photo slideshow of the ARRL Pacificon Centennial Convention, and Nichole and Craig Hinch KK6MNL and K-9 Tucker demonstrated Search and Rescue & Ham Radio.
VInce Cracchiolo KI6NHP has resigned as our net coordinator after many years of dedicated service. Paul KC6JAX will assume net coordinator duties and Dave WB6YLK will replace Vince on the net control roster.
Recapping our accomplishments in 2014, our 38th year... Our technical program series included the "Introduction to the MFJ Antenna Analyzer", Ham Radio for the Sight Impaired, an Introduction to Microcontrollers and Arduino Morse and RTTY Sender Demo, Filter Measurement with a Vector Network Analyzer, SWR and Impedance Matching, the Field Day Bandpass Filter Project, a Mobile Station Exposition, and a JT-65 Review and Live Demo. We operated a booth and station at the Rio Linda Farm and Tractor Days, our annual Spring picnic and QRP field operation, our Field Day event, White Elephant sale, and we collaborated with members of the Elk Grove Florin ARC in support of the Clarksburg Country Run.
Planned for 2015: Packet radio, a hidden transmitter hunt, voting receiver demo, the OES (Office of Emergency Services), alternative power sources and more!
Remember annual dues for 2015 are now payable through our web site by PayPal, by mail or at our meeting by cash or check. Also please consider a donation to our repeater fund and update your membership information for our records through the web page or at our meeting.
We thank all for contributing to this very successful year. Our Tuesday December 2 meeting will be our Annual Holiday Dinner from 6-9 pm at Sam's Hof Brau, 2500 Watt Avenue, corner of El Camino. All are welcome to join us for dinner, prize drawings and great company at this year-end social event for members and our families. Linda Cardoza, KI6OLC requests that helpers meet her there at 5 pm to decorate the party room (bring scissors and tape). Please contact her now at email@example.com or (916) 606-3178.
See you there!
73, Carol Milazzo, KP4MD
President, River City ARCS
In the 'real ham' category, I am not sure, even after 47 plus years on the air, what constitutes a real ham and who is excluded, but I will offer these brief examples:
“Been a while since I’ve sent you anything from Folsom - not a whole lot going on at W6JHB. However, after having moved here from Martinez in 2010, I had to start over with my quest for 5BWAS. Living in the city, with a standard (small) lot and CCR/HOA crud to deal with makes a quest like that difficult. at best But….. in March I finally was able to get 5BWAS #3,187. And then, to add some icing on the cake, I subsequently earned WAS on 30, 17, and 12 meters. All this was done on my K3 and KX3 operating CW, PSK31, JT65, and JT9 using simple home brew wire antennas stealthily hidden in the trees, and less than 500 watts; usually less than 100. I did build and operate a 12 meter Moxon beam for a couple months, but with the CCR/HOA issues, it was only 18 feet off the ground. Currently working on my 160 meter WAS - I need 16 more states for that one, mostly back east. Tough band. Anyway, just goes to show that multi-band WAS is in reach for just about anyone, regardless of your antenna situation. And no, I did not operate 24x7 doing that 5BWAS - two small kids got a LOT more of my time than the radio did!! 73, Jim / W6JHB.” Jim did not offer himself in this category, and neither did N6MB.
Then there is our friend Dr. Minh Bui, N6MB, of Yuba City. He put up a Windom for 80-6 meters three years ago and began a long delayed DX career. With an impressive array of antennas, he now has 5BDXCC, and is working the 160 meter band DXCC with a full wave horizontal loop on that band. In my estimation, his success is due entirely to his work ethic.
Obviously, we would not have as much news this month if it were not for all the real hams in our Section. News like that above needs to be shared. Send it in! DE W6KJ
I would like to thank Bill NN7K and his VE team from Reno that came over to Susanville to help with our Radio Testing. We also had Jim N7JIL from Modoc County come down to help. We had eleven candidates test with ten passing their exams, with seven new Technicians, three General upgrades and one of those also passing the Extra Exam. Three came over from Plumas County to test, one from Modoc and the rest from Lassen County. Pretty good turnout from our remote area. Thanks to all and congratulations to our new hams.
Richard, K6TM, our Nevada County EC, reports:
We installed some new equipment at our EOC this month thanks to Vic Ferrera, OES Manager. An HF IC-718 with auto-tuner and multi-band tilt-mount vertical, a 2m/440 dual-band Kenwood TM-V71A, a 6 meter TK630H LMR and a tri-band base for 6m, 2m and 70cm. Installation went fairly well and was done mostly by John, KF6DQU, and Jeff, KK6CUG with minor assistance from Rich Vizcarra, K6TM. I’m looking forward to putting this equipment to the test in the coming year.
2014 November Alpine, CA & Douglas County, NV Sections Comment for ARES monthly report
During November, Douglas County Amateur Radio Team members contributed a lot of hours volunteering for our Nevada Day parade on the 1st, and working on our packet operations to interconnect our whole state. Our Nevada Northwest DEC, John, KD7NHC, contributes to our group with a lot of experience in packet and county ops as well as search and rescue ops with Lyon County. Doug, KA7FOO, our Northwest ADEC for training, brings the latest ARES/ham news from the Reno area and will give our EMCOMM class next year.
For the New Year's Eve celebration at Lake Tahoe, Stateline, we anticipate a request to participate with our Douglas County mobile dispatch, Unit 900 ham station, and the 911 Dispatch ham station. Unit 900 will be positioned at the Sheriff's station at Stateline. We have some work to do in order to have our packet and voice frequencies coordinated to transmit without antenna proximity interference.
Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ
Alpine County, CA and Douglas County, NV
ARES Emergency Coordinator
From our DEC 3, Greg, KG6SJT, Yolo EC Ken, K6WLS, and Gary, WA6TQJ:
Yolo County ARES Working with Public Safety in Yolo County
You County ARES members have been busy testing amateur radio stations at the
Yolo County EOC, City of Davis Fire Stations and stations in Yolo County
Gary Matteson, WA6TQJ, goes to the Yolo County EOC at least once a month
and tests the equipment by operating the all radios on various nets
including the weekly Yolo County ARES net on 2 meters, and the California
Emergency Services Net on 80 meters. Packet messages are also sent and
received on 2 meters. We use Outpost Packet Manager for messaging as well
as Winlink. Gary also has been testing the VHF/UHF station that is now functional
at Yolo Couty Public Health Department.
City of Davis Fire Stations
Gary WA6TQJ and several other ARES members are also going to the City of
Davis Fire stations to test the antenna drops that Yolo ARES installed a few
years ago. Testing on VHF includes participating in nets.
The testing at the fire stations is a great opportunity for the fire
officials to see how ARES members can quickly be deployed to the various
stations. By bringing their own radios, they can quickly and efficiently
get on the air to communicate.
Yolo County Hospitals
The two main hospitals in Yolo have purchased and installed radios and
antennas for amateur radio service.
Dignity Health Hospital in Woodland has functioning VHF/UHF and HF stations. The
"stations on a Cart" can be moved and operated from two different locations
in the hospital. Earlier this month, Gary, WA6TQJ, Ken Wilson, K6WLS, and
Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT went to the hospital and tested the equipment from the
two hospital locations.
Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis, has a station that works well on VHF/UHF,
but the HF antenna needs more work to be effective. The station was tested
this month during a Sutter Health Statewide exercise. Ken, K6WLS,
and Greg, KG6SJT, worked the exercise for four hours sending and receiving
several messages from Sutter Health Emergency Management System Incident
Command Post in Sacramento, which was manned by members of Sacramento County ARES and with hospitals in Richmond and Berkeley.
November has been a busy month for testing the public safety facilities in
Yolo County ARES' jurisdiction.
ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Technical Coordinator, VHF Award Manager, HF Award Manager and DXCC Awards Manager Bob, WB6VYH reminds us he can count cards and check applications for VUCC and WAS and DXCC............... Please contact Bob ahead of time at firstname.lastname@example.org for information and appointment.
"The Amador County club will not be having its regular monthly meeting in favor of having a holiday luncheon business and social meeting. Officers for the next year will be elected during the dinner meeting at Noon; (as in the rural definition of daily meals as breakfast, dinner, and supper). The added feature of the meeting will be a door prize drawing with the proceeds going to the repeater controller fund. We are looking forward to doing some 'build projects' during the new year, which are always fun to do and build a stronger club. Dan Edwards, KJ6WYW, was appointed Emergency Coordinator, after it became necessary for Craig, our EC, to step down. It is expected that there will be several major activities in the emergency preparedness area, including a bi-county exercise in the spring. Most sincere holiday wishes are passed along from our club to all clubs in the section with the hope that every club will have a fun and be enriched. John Stettler, KI6DWP, PIO.
From the YUBA SUTTER ARC NEWSLETTER, THE VALLEY HAM NEWS (www.ysarc.org)
At the November 2014 meeting of the YSARC, members elected Dave Gipson, KC9EI, President;
Jo Anne Murdock, N6YLO, Secretary; June McJunkin, N6JEY, Treasurer; and members of the Board,
Don Elder, KC6PPX; Shari Goforth-Eby, K6AVW; Kathy Burns, N7WVW; Bob McClard, N6BOB;
and Mike Sangria, AC6IP. Ellie Lester, KJ6KZP, was provisionally elected but California law prohibits minors from serving as a member of the board.
YSARC members and Yuba Sutter ARES members also marshaled and directed the start of the Marysville Veterans Day Parade November 11. Of course they did a magnificent job and the parade was completed without a problem.
On November 16, members met at Perkos Restaurant in Yuba City to conduct a Fox Hunt. Former club President Lonnie, KI6ZYY, was the elusive fox, and he was found by David, WA1NER. Lee, KC6MCI,
helped with instruction, and enough fun was had to plan another fox hunt in the near future.
The YSARC VE Group conducted an exam November 1 under the leadership of LeRoy Smith, KJ6DKM, at the church meeting room at 715 King Ave., in Yuba City. Three Technician elements, three General, and one Extra Class elements were given. We had one new Technician, one new General, and one new Extra as a result.
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The ARRL Centennial QSO Party has been in operation most of this year. Differing point values are assigned to each member, appointee, and elected officials. Staff members at ARRL HQ are included, so you might contact Dave, K1ZZ, or Dan, N1ND, or members of the Board of Directors. Each has a different point value. President Kay Craigie, N3KN, awards 300 points for a contact and as your Section Manager, I award 175 points. Membership allows the award of one point per contact/per band.
Red Badge days are to encourage high point value members to work the party on those days. The last such day was November 22. During the roughly 24 hours, I was able to make 415 contacts on 20, 17, 12, and 10 meters. On November 26 we added 96 more in just over an hour on 20 meter SSB. Anytime you work me (except on a repeater) it counts this year toward the total for the QSO Party. The next Red Badge Day is December 31, but I am available and love to hand out 175 points any time.
From the W6SFM SFM ARC:
The W6SFM Samuel F. Morse ARC welcomed 4 new members this month. Steve KB6VSE of Benbow, CA, Paul W6GMU of Cypress, CA, Katy KJ6YCP of Roseville, CA. and Bill KJ6YCO of Roseville, CA. Thank you to all who have helped support the club and the preservation of CW on the bands! All members of the SFM ARC receive a W6SFM.COM email addresses and personal Member webpage where they can proudly display their bios to the public. We encourage our members to post news, photos and other information about themselves as well as their hobbies. Feel free to visit our new members page found in the members section of the W6SFM website.
Reports of our November in-person meeting:
Topics of Discussion included a final recap of the W6SFM Morse Code beginners class. The W6SFM successfully completed our 10 week CW class with 14 graduating students. The club intends on running another Morse Code beginners course around May next year. The month of May was selected so graduating students can feel comfortable participating on-air at our Annual Field Day event in June 2015 should they want to join us. Please contact the club for more information on next years Morse Code Classes.
Mike N6MQL went over the months budget report and was happy to announce that the SFMARC once again received 2 very generous donations. These donations will be used for the purpose of organizing PR booths such as the Kids Day in the Park event, Ranch Cordova and other events where the SFM ARC introduces Ham Radio and Morse Code to Children and the general public. If you would like to contribute to this cause please feel free to visit our home page for a PayPal link to donate.
Preparations for our November 15th CQ Bug Roundup event were discussed once again. Decisions on the web page were made to assist those in need of spotting or general conversation between active participants. More information and results of the W6SFM Bug Roundup event will be discussed at our December meeting and then shared here next month.
For our tech portion of the November meeting member Michael, K6LQ displayed 2 keys. Mike showed his EF Johnson (Speed-X) Bug Circa 1950s. He also showed the group his mid century J36 key with external Oscillator built on. N6MQL showed the group his 1920 Vertical Bug made by National of Chicago. Mike explained how this was the second of 3 Vertical Bugs made by National all using the same patent number but vastly different designs.
At our upcoming Dec 4th SFM ARC in-person meeting club members will vote in our new club officers for 2015. There will also be a vote to move our Club Nets to 80 meters (3.545 MHz) starting December following the meeting. We will also be covering the feedback from our CQ Bug Roundup event. Pictures and emails sent in from participants will be shared with the group as well. ARRL news and events will be shared along with discussions on other CW related upcoming events. As always we will have our Tech portion where members and visitors are asked to share Ham Radio related items they find of interest. Feel free to visit our In-Person meeting with the items that you have too.
Each Tuesday of the week 8:00 PM on 7.110 MHz (Soon to be 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. 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. That link can be found on our home page of the 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, it just lets everyone feel more involved in our on-air nets.
Do you or someone you know need a Ham Club to call home? For those that want to learn Morse Code, are interested in CW or already know and use it, the SFM ARC would love to be your new Club home. Our in-person meetings are held each 1st Thursday of the month at 7PM. The SFM ARC meets in the "Courtyard room" of the Carmichael Presbyterian Church in Carmichael, CA. The church is Located at 5645 Marconi Ave. For directions to the meeting visit our clubs home webpage www.w6sfm.com. Please use the rear parking lot and entry for best access to the meeting. A map and directions can also be found on the website.
We hope to see you at our next meeting! 73,
W6SFM Club President
Oroville Amateur Radio Society reports in with Jim Jennings, W7XZ:
The OARS (http://w6af.org) November meeting saw 19 in attendance. The agenda for the business part of the meeting included communications assistance for the Oroville Downtown Business Association's Parade of Lights, to take place on 13 December; a holiday dinner to be held at the recently reconstituted Blueberry Twist Restaurant on 17 December; selecting Waffle Shop as the venue for the Monthly Breakfast on 29 November. For the program, Lee Hutchins, KA6IRL, brought and showed a faithful replica of a 1930s Eddystone All World Two regenerative receiver that he and W6JRY had built. Lee has published an article about it in CQ Magazine, and the first part appears in the September 2014 issue, entitled "A Spittin' Image of the Classic Eddystone 'All World Two' Regen Receiver--Part I." The second part is expected to appear in the December issue. The long awaited drawing for the TM-281A took place at meeting's end, with Larry Thompson, W6LAT, the lucky winner.
The aforementioned Monthly Breakfast took place as scheduled, with 16 in attendance for good food and good company.
The December OARS meeting will take place on the 12th (second Friday of the month), 7 pm, at St Paul's Parish Hall in Oroville. Agenda items are expected to include the Parade of Lights, which takes place on the 13th (Saturday evening, the day after the meeting), and nominations for 2015 club officers.
From Sacramento Emergency Coordinator John Staples, KI6ZWW:
Thank you all for the work you put into ARES this year.
The shirt store is open for business but there is only one way to get there, www.sacvalleyares.org , you must be registered there to purchase the ARES shirts. Once you log in using your call sign and password you will see the link to place your shirt order. If you forgot your password give me a holler and I can get it to you. For those of you that have volunteered for the International Marathon, you can place your order by 11/30 and get the apparel on the day before the marathon. If you have any questions just ask.
John Staples, KI6ZWW
Sacramento County A.R.E.S. E.C.
OFFICIAL RELAY STATION, Joe DeAngelo, AG6QO, reports:
The AG6QO BBS in Winters has been running FBB software on a Raspberry Pi since September 2013. However, the functionality of BPQ software has been increasing continuously, and so the BBS made the switch to BPQ on November 26. The new system still runs on the Pi., and retains its previous forwarding partners.
The system has added a WinLink RMS Gateway and a Chat system, and now provides:
BBS (radio mail) via WINTBB:AG6QO-1
Node Services via WINTER:AG6QO-4
BPQ Chat via QOCHAT:AG6QO-2
WinLink RMS Gateway via QORMS:AG6QO-10
The system can be reached by calling AG6QO via PACTOR 1,2,3 on 3.5904 MHz USB (dial) or 14.1124 MHz USB (dial).
The BBS VHF frequency is 144.37, which can be accessed throughout the region via the BERR37 node. Some services are also accessible on 145.05 via KBERR or BERRY.
In addition to the packet and pactor ports, this system allows use of standard email clients (via internet OR Mesh Net) to receive and send bbs mail, winlink mail, and NTS messages. Mesh Net links are under development. Most desktop, laptop, iPad, and phone email clients work with the system. Let Joe know if you are interested in setting one up. Also, telnet access to all services is available on a restricted basis.
NTS messages must be formatted per the NTS standards, and compliant messages will be routed to the Region 6 NTS MBO for relay within the NTS system.
(See http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Public%2520Service/MPG604A.pdf if you don't know how).
A tutorial on using the BPQ system will be posted shortly, replacing the one on FBB here:
For more information visit ag6qo.com, or contact the Sysop, Joe at ag6qo at winlink dot org or AG6QO@AG6QO.#NCA.CA.USA.NOAM .
Operating as a Net Control station or as a relay for Net Control is a fun,
sometimes challenging, and a great opportunity to increase your radio
It takes good hearing and quick recognition of call signs under sometimes
challenging propagation conditions. Becoming a good NCS or Relay is not
gender specific, however.
I really enjoy nets when women take on this duty. So do many others, both OM
and YLs. If you do also, let us know. We will promote an all YL net scenario
with the women taking over direction of a net on a regular basis. That may
be once a month or once a week, or every other net; for example, every other month,
alternate weeks, or alternate days--all depending on how much interest there
Please let me know if you are interested:
Net manager is another good position for YLs. Witness Anna, KG6ZOA, as a
great example. She handles NM duties for the California Traffic Net, and is
NCS on that net once (or more) each week. Check 3906 kHz each evening at
I encourage all amateur radio operators men and women to step up and
practice the skills for operating as a Net Control Station. I look forward
to hearing from women who are participating as Net Controls or relays for
Net Control. (With assistance from Greg, KG6SJT) Ron, W6KJ.
At the December 6, 2014 ARRL Pacific Division Leadership Meeting in Livermore, CA, River City ARCS Vice President Paul McIntyre, KC5JAX demonstrates how sight impaired amateur radio operators program and use a Wouxon KG-UVD1P handheld radio.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or1sIkRSR-I Dr. Carol F. Milazzo, KP4MD
President, River City Amateur Radio Communications Society Assistant Manager, ARRL Sacramento Valley Section
As you can see, we have an extraordinary report this month, all due to the
many active amateur operators who contribute to our Section News. Thanks to
them and to you for reading.
If we missed getting your news in the column this month, please send it at once to me
at email@example.com and we will share it with the other members of our Section.
73, Ron, W6KJ