ARRL Sections - Sacramento Valley

Sacramento Valley

Sacramento Valley

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Sacramento Valley
Ron Murdock, W6KJ
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SAD NEWS: Paul Johnson, Jr., N6XVL, passed away August 19 at his home in Olivehurst, CA. Paul was a consummate traffic handler, organizer of public service events, and loved nothing more than participating in amateur radio events in Northern California. He also was a fan of Philly Cheese Steaks, snicker doodle cookies, and the Philadelphia Phillies. Paul was born in New Jersey and shared his birth date with me and millions of others. He will be missed.

Earlier in the month, August 5, we lost Tim Ryan Jr., K6RHM, 71, of Sacramento. Tim was a mentor to many, a great friend, and notable collector of old radio programs, which he freely shared with his friends. He was a regular member of QCWA/SOTORS and will be missed. Tim, too soon.



Pacificon 2014, celebrating 100 years of the ARRL, returns to the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel at 2700 Mission College Blvd in Santa Clara, California. The convention takes place Friday, October 10th through Sunday, October 12th, 2014. Pacificon 2014 is the ARRL Pacific Division Convention, produced by the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC). To register and get a hotel reservation at the Marriott, go to:

If you have missed the other special centennial conventions make sure you attend this one.


MORSE CODE CLASS THIS FALL: The W6SFM ARC will have morse code classes for beginners. Each class will be held Wednesday evenings from 7 PM until 9 PM at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church, Carmichael, CA.  The dates of the classes are as follows:

September 3, 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8 ,15, 22, 29
November 5th

Contact Michael, N6MQL, for more information at:







Dr. Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, has been appointed Assistant Section Manager of our ARRL Sacramento Valley Section. Congratulations, Carol.


Urgent action is requested of all ARRL members in the matter of the HR 4969. In June, 2014 with Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) as the sponsor and Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) as co-sponsor, HR 4969 - the "Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014" - was introduced into the 113th Congress.  This bipartisan effort would direct the FCC to extend the "reasonable accommodation" provisions for Amateur Radio antennas to include all types of land-use regulation, including deed restrictions and restrictive covenants.

Please read more about this at:

Then consider contacting your congressperson to ask for their support. We don't have much time. Those of us attending the ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, CT, were given the chance to sign a letter for the League to hand deliver to our members of Congress. You can use a telephone call, an e-mail, or directly write to your congressperson. The instructions are at the above link. If you call or e-mail please let Dan, N1ND, at HQ know via a courtesy copy.


You may note that recent FCC enforcement actions are not necessarily preceded by warning announcements in the news. The current policy is to investigate, then act, a welcome change that may see some foolishness put to rest. This from Riley, K4ZDH, during his remarks at Hartford.


Our ARRL Pacific Division Convention is not until October, but you can register and reserve a room at the Marriott in Santa Clara now. Rooms usually are snapped up fast, so don't delay. You can research all the information at  This is a regional ARRL Centennial event.


Jim, W6JHB, our SV frequent contributor to QST Magazine, scores another good question answered by Joel, W1ZR, on page 60 of the September 2014 QST. It explores Jim's recent balun project and some very hot results. Check it out!


Mel Farrer, K6KBE, a licensed amateur radio operator living south of Ione, has worked with the Amador County Amateur Radio Club to increase the coverage of amateur radio during any emergency or disaster situation. Amateur radio is present in all of the major disasters that have occurred around the country. The local club has an active group working cooperatively with local government and community service agencies to support their efforts by providing an alternative communication resource.

As a longtime supporter of amateur radio and his community, Mel has supported emergency communications for years. Chuck Bland, NA6BR, the repeater trustee for the club says: “Mel has allowed us to deploy a portable APRS digipeater (portable repeater transmitter) on his property for the last two years as we supported the Party Pardee Bike Event.” This allowed expanded coverage in the west portion of Amador County, as well as portions of Calaveras and San Joaquin counties. Chuck goes on to state: “This year he approached us about putting a permanent digipeater on his property. He provided all of the necessary support equipment. This is a classic example of Amateur Radio Ops working together, supporting the hobby, public service, and other local hams.”

The club maintains a website at from which additional information may be obtained. Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome to attend our meetings and can contact John at 295-2272 for more details. Thanks to John Stettler., KI6DWP, our Section Public Information Coordinator.



The WPARC Hamfest is Saturday September 6th from 7:00 AM to Noon at McBean Park in Lincoln.  It opens to vendors at 6:00 AM so they can set up.  We had over 40 vendors last year and are hoping for more this year.  More details are posted on our website, and the new flyer should be posted by the time you read this (thank you, Clay).  Obviously, we need lots of membership support to pull off an event as large as this and we are counting on seeing some new faces this year!  Please email me if you want to volunteer.  I will keep a list for the event Chair.  Last week I sent out a .pdf copy of the flyer to everyone on the mailing list.  If you need another copy email me and I will send it to you.  Also, please forward the flyer to all your ham friends to help advertise.  We all need to work together to continue the success we have had at the past several events.  The Hamfest has been steadily growing every year and this year I think we have the chance to set a new record.  Herman KD6BQH suggested that we advertise on Craig's List.  Any volunteers to take care of that?  By the way, Katy sent our event ad to QST and it is on page 100 of the August issue.
As we have in past years, we will have drawings for door prizes throughout the morning with a grand prize at the end.  Last year we gave away a Yaesu FT-2900 and will offer a similar radio this year.  Last year we started selling tickets for the drawings a month before the Hamfest which was very successful so we will do so again this year.  We are still working on arrangements for refreshments and are open for suggestions.  I like the coffee and donuts myself because it is one of the few chances I have to get a donut.  When you are retired no one brings them to you like they did to the office.  Mmmmm.  I like those maple bars!  And jelly donuts.  And glazed donuts.  And chocolate bars.  And....  Well, you get the idea!

We are fortunate to be able to offer VE sessions now at the Hamfest.  The sessions will be in the Community Room at the Raley's in Lincoln and Dennis KI6HHA is the contact person for all VE information.  It is important to register for an exam before the Hamfest so Dennis and the VE team have room for you as space is limited.  Email Dennis at for information and to register.  There will be specific start times for each session.

We will be supporting the Holiday Parade in Lincoln on December 6th at 4:30 PM so add this date to your calender.  As I noted last week, Roger was the primary organizer and contact with the CoC for the July 4th parade.  We would be hard pressed to find anyone who does a better job than Roger when it comes to organizing an event but we are burning him out and we can't afford to lose a resource as valuable as he is.  We seriously need some new people to step up and organize events.  Roger no more finished organizing Field Day when he had to start the July 4th parade.  He is adamant it is his last event of the year.  We have all the paper work you need to follow to run an event and we offer lots of support to anyone who wants to try to be a leader.  Talk to any club Officer if you want to volunteer.

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.  There is currently a bill in the House of Representatives to 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 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).  Since the petition started a few weeks ago and over 5,000 (up 1,000 from last week) and counting hams have signed it to support their fellow hams.  You don't need to be a ham to sign so please enlist the help of all your friends.  You can sign the petition at:

New ham Ben KK6KQE is ready to jump into the fascinating world of HF communications and is looking to purchase his first HF rig.  He is interested in talking to any club members who might have a good HF rig for sale.  Ben says he is anxious to jump into the HF world and start making some DX contacts.  If you have a good radio you would like to sell you can email Ben at or call/text him at 707.592.2483

Rick KJ6QJO is moving into a new home in Yuba City and it has a 50' to 70' tower on the property.  It also has an antenna but Rick is not sure what it is.  He wants to sell it for $250.  If you are interested in it you can email Rick at or call him on his cell phone at 925.708.8244.

Steve N6HTV has a couple of radios for sale.  If you are looking for something, email him at

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:
We need some presentations for club meetings to take us through the year.  Club VP Jim W6JMF is the person to talk to if you have a suggestion for a presentation or would like to give a presentation.  One suggestion is to have virtual shack tours so we can see what type of equipment others are running and what their setup is.  I'm for that one and have some great photos of my tilt-up antenna I would like to share.  It is a flagpole type but folds down in seconds (literally) when not in use or for adjustments.  It is great for our CC&R communities.  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.

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.
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 address has changed since the renaming of Highway 65 to Lincoln Blvd. and I am not sure of the new address but it is opposite the (now closed) Ace Hardware.  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 We will. Thanks to Michael Buck, K6BUK, and the very active hams at Western Placer ARC.


ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Technical Coordinator VHF Award Manager and HF Award Manager Bob, WB6VYH, reminds us he can count cards you have for VUCC and WAS. Contact Bob at:


Randy, K7AGE, was one of our Section to visit Hartford for the Centennial and he reports: “I'll be giving a ARRL Centennial Talk at the Aug 11 meeting of the Nevada Country Amateur Radio Club. I would be available to also present this at other clubs in the area after that date.” Look for a photo taken of Randy at the Flex Radio display. ALSO check Randy's You Tube channel for his really neat videos.


We hear from the W6SFM SFM ARC president:

The W6SFM Samuel F. Morse ARC welcomed one new guest, Norm WB6RVR and one returning guest to our July monthly in-person meeting. 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 the web site members section to see more on our members personal WebPages.

Reports of our July in-person meeting: 

The SFM ARC was very happy to welcome returning guest Stan AA6DK along with Norm WB6RVR who represented the N6FR Natomas ARC along with W6SFM members Mike K6LQ and Eddy K6SDW.  It was a pleasure to have both guests attend our meeting. Perhaps we’ll see both as new members soon.  Topics of Discussion included our W6SFM Club Field Day event held in the rear field behind the Carmichael Presbyterian Church.  An in-depth report was given on our Field Day scores which were just above last years numbers at 521 all CW contacts. Praises were given to the 5 new  band Band-Pass filters the club hand made.  These filters were a life saver as NO interference was had between either of the two closely operated rigs. The club also discussed and compared our Field Day logs with the N6FR ARC.  Mike, Eddy and Norm provided comparisons on antenna setups, contacts per hour, sections worked as well as percentages of contacts based on section and state.  A lot of helpful information was exchanged on those topics as well as how walk-ups were treated to operate the rigs as guest operators. W6SFM feels that these types of cross club exchanges both bring local clubs together for a common cause, as well as help local clubs to understand how each of our setups can be improved or changed in a way to garner positive gains with future events.

Other topics of discussion were the ARRL proposal to the FCC RM-11708 which will effect the narrow-band areas of the HF bands.  Discussions were held on what this ruling could potentially mean to CW and other DATA operators. We urge all ARRL members to read about RM-11708 and make comments to the FCC based on educated decisions.  The club also discussed other ARRL related articles found in both the section news as well as the QST magazine. After, Budget reports and other announcements were made by our club secretary Chris AI6U. A very special thank you was given to non-member Robert W6OPO who generously donated $50 to the SFM ARC for it’s work with our CW PR booths and other Ham Radio related educational programs.

On the topic of CW and educational programs by the SFM ARC, The club has solidified the dates we will begin to offer our CW training course to the general public. Starting September 3rd through November 5th each Wednesday evening from 7PM until 9PM the SFM ARC will offer a beginners course on Morse Code. If you or someone you know is interested in learning Morse Code (CW) please feel free to contact for more information on how you can sign up.

For our tech portion of the July meeting member Mike, K6LQ gave the club a look at his custom made single lever paddle for use in a mobile setup. Surprisingly there was a screw hole where a cup holder size mount could be placed.  Mike also showed off his newly finished dual base Vibroplex Champion bug. Club Guest Stan, AA6DK brought a host of items to show the members as well. Stan showed off his original Nor Cal Iambic paddle as first produced during the Nor Cal QRP club days.  Stan also brought a QRP SGC mini transceiver that fit in a box about twice the size of an altoids aluminum case. A very impressive showing from both.

At the upcoming August 7th  SFM ARC in-person meeting club members will begin to discuss the upcoming 49th  October CA QSO Party contest which the W6SFM enjoys each year. If you are interested in joining us as a member or non-member guest please contact for more information on that.  Look for details on the contest and other happenings on our home page located at

Other items to be covered are the ARRL’s proposal to the FCC, HR4969. Something we feel ALL Amateur Radio operators and their friends that may or may not live under HOA and CC&R restrictions should get involved with. Also, the new W6SFM field day video now posted on the clubs website Video section will be announced and shown at the in-person meeting.

Each Tuesday of the week 8:00 PM on 7.110 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 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 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, Michael
N6MQL (di dah di dah di dah)


The Yuba-Sutter Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring a technician class for those who wish to obtain their license. The instructor is Curtis Sylvester-Jose (KF6VFP). Classes will be held on Wednesday and Friday nights at the American Red Cross building, classroom 1 (2125 E OnstottFrontage Road, Yuba City) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The start date is Sept. 3rd and runs through Oct. 24.

There is no cost for the class. The manual that will be used is "The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual", third edition. The cost of the manual is $22.46 if purchased through the instructor or $29.95 if you purchase from ARRL or through a book store. Please sign up no later than 15 Aug so Curtis has enough time to order and receive a manual for each student. Students can reimburse him for the manual at the first class session by cash or check. Class size is limited to 20 students. You can contact Curtis by email (preferred) or phone (530)743-3003. If calling please leave your name and phone number and state you are interested in signing up for the class. Please speak slowly and clearly when leaving a message. Curtis R. Sylvester-Jose, 12472 Krosens Road, Marysville, CA 95901-8710 Home: 530.743.3003 Cell: 530.713.9068 Email:


On Thursday 17 July, Bennet, K6CEL, greeted me in the Starbucks shop in the Marriott Hotel in Hartford. We visited for a few minutes and then we were off to the separate activities we had each chosen for the day. Thursday was the forum day of the ARRL Centennial Convention in the Connecticut Convention Center next to the Marriott. On the sixth floor there were six forum rooms (with an additional few on the opposite side of that floor. It is a huge facility. We used less than half of what was available.

  My training track for the day had to do with the development and assistance to local clubs and local operations. It was arranged by Katie Allen, WY7KRA, the assistant Section Manager for Wyoming, and wife of Rocky Mountain Vice Director, Dwayne Allen, WY7FD. Katie was, until her marriage to Dwayne, membership manager at ARRL HQ. Many of you probably met her at Pacificon for a few years, beginning in 2007.

Bill Edgar, K3LLR, ARRL ATLANTIC DIV. DIRECTOR, was one of the presenters in this track of presentations. At the end of his excellent talk, he provided anyone interested with a CD-rom of all the material and links to his website where resources for club programs, training, networking, newsletters, discussions, and sharing are available. (Bill is a vice president in the IOOK.) You can find these at  and

 At the completion of Thursdays training track, the Pacific Division Section Managers, along with the Connecticut SM, Betsey Doane, K1EIC, and Barb, Betsey's twin
sister, all adjourned to a pricey restaurant across the street from the hotel. We had a great meal, but there were other options for other nights not so expensive. This was a great time for networking. We had San Francisco, Pacific, Sacramento Valley, and Connecticut sections together and besides having a great time, we all learned a lot about the differing conditions in each of our Sections.

Friday morning at the convention was a much anticipated event, as I was to meet friends I only talk to on the radio at the show. Just outside the entry to the Expo and exhibits was my old radio friend, Bill, WZ1L, IOOK VP. While we waited for the doors to open at 9 AM, we introduced ourselves formally (we're both IOOK vice presidents) and then noticed W3TOM, ARRL Atlantic Division Vice Director and another IOOK VP headed our way. He said to look for Dave Smith, K3CRF, my old friend from Omaha, another IOOK VP, who was looking for us both. We later made contact.

 That is the great thing about conventions. They gather  all interested hams in one place. We had great visits and shared all the gossip. We also chose which forums to attend, and learned that the forum rooms on either side of the sixth floor are all on one central light control. Turning the lights on or off in one forum room, did the same to all the forum rooms at the same time. Once that little glitch was handled, things began running a bit smoother.
We had arrived in Connecticut late on the evening of  July 8 , using the extra time to visit places important to us for various reasons. Our first visit was to the Hartford home of Samuel Clements, Mark Twain, a must see attraction if you enjoy reading his works in English. (Mark Twain is responsible for many of the terms and idioms we use everyday, including 'scrapbooking'.)

The next thing on the agenda was moving to a central location a bit east in Norwich. We did day trips for the next few days to visit attractions around the state and do a little genealogy. (My ancestors settled in several Connecticut locations before we made it to California.)

All told, we had a wonderful time, and considered it time well spent. Now there is nothing pending until Pacificon in October. Check the Section web page or search for Pacificon 2014 for more information about our Division Centennial Convention at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel. We have registered for the convention, and already have our hotel reservations.

Hope to see you all there. 73, Ron, W6KJ.


Kelley, KS6Z, in Lassen County reports: “We have been invited to present at the upcoming Lassen Disaster Preparedness Summit in Susanville on September 11, 2014.  The all day event will encourage the community to be aware of preparedness resources in their efforts to prepare their families for unexpected events that may happen in our area.  The Summit is hosted by Lassen Public Health in conjunction with the Lassen County Shareholders and will be held at the Memorial Hall on  Main street.  All are invited and there will be lunch provided. For questions you may call me, Kelley Shelley, KS6Z at 530-249-4046”


From River City ARCS: At the July 1st meeting Carol KP4MD presented a slide show on modifying a low cost Jump Start as an emergency power pack.  For the remainder of the meeting we reviewed this year's Field Day activity at the Dry Creek Ranch House.


This year we had five operating positions on 100% battery and solar power and completed 77 CW contacts, 18 on digital and 575 on phone, in 69 of the 83 ARRL Sections.  With our power multiplier and 1,050 bonus points we submitted a total claimed score of 2,580.

Field Day Feedback:

  • Jason Lager KF6QQX reported having excellent support for erecting and tearing down the tower and antennas.

  • The Ranch House staff provided use of a cherry picker to support the off center dipole and 2 meter Yagi antennas.

  • The N3FJP Field Day Log program did repeatedly cause a computer at one position to freeze and require a reboot when the text message feature was used.

  • The bandpass filters that we built helped reduce interference and receiver overload among positions when used.

  • One capacitor failed in the 15 meter filter on Saturday afternoon--cause uncertain.

  • Carol Milazzo KP4MD reported that the Flex-1500 and 40 meter Loop Skywire antenna yielded plenty of CW contacts on that band.

  • 20 meter band propagation was excellent and yielded many contacts through the night and early morning hours.

  • When Ryan Toomey's G5RV antenna failed on Saturday night, he used the demo magnetic loop antenna and completed solid and strong contacts with Hawaii and the East coast.  He later identified an intermittent connection in the G5RV and repaired it.

  • There were no reported equipment failures due to operator error.

  • Participants took time to explain our stations and operation to visitors.

  • Many new hams had opportunities to observe and assist with operating and logging.

  • Linda Cardoza KI6OLC treated a bee sting with her well stocked first aid kit.

  • Chris Gifford KJ6LZR and Linda prepared dinner for all who attended.

  • The weather was amenable and we were spared the stifling heat wave that arrived in the following days.

  • Sean McCaskey KK6GMN did an excellent job in setting up the logging server. WiFi network and our various computers.  Sean rapidly provided the log for our preliminary results to be posted by the next day.

Overall, our Field Day exercise once again provided a satisfying learning experience and improved our readiness for emergencies.

Upcoming events include the Sacramento Valley Hamfest at McBean Park in Lincoln on September 6, the White Elephant sale at our October 7 meeting and the ARRL Pacificon Convention in Santa Clara on October 10-12.

Vince Cracchiolo KI6NHP again called for volunteers for net control and for the Clarksburg Country Run on November 9.  

Our August 5 meeting program will be a Mobile Station Exposition in the parking lot.  All radio amateurs are welcome to visit, demonstrate and explain the unique radio stations in their vehicles.

All are welcome to join us this coming Tuesday, August 5, 7:30 pm at the Sacramento County Corp. Yard at 5026 Don Julio Blvd.  See you there!

During their July vacation on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, Carol KP4MD and Roger KI6FYF enjoyed the hospitality of Tony Santiago KP4IA, Broadcast Maintenance Engineer at WAPA-TV.  He gave us a VIP tour of this state of the art facility that produces live TV shows and serves as the satellite uplink for the all television stations in Puerto Rico. Tony owns several FM repeater systems and an ATV repeater in Puerto Rico that provide emergency communications specially during the hurricane season. The KP4IA linked repeater system on 2, 6 and 10 meters is heard around the world. Tony is active from his solar powered home station on CW, DX, Satellites, EME, digital modes and ATV.

73, Dr. Carol Milazzo, KP4MD/6, President, River City ARCS


UC Davis alumnus hopes to bring amateur radio to Nepal (via Bill, K6KN)

In 2003, UC Davis graduate Suresh Ojha quit a well-paying job as a communications engineer to spend a year in his native Nepal. Working pro-bono to develop a curriculum at Tribhuvan National University in radio engineering. It has been 80 years since the last major earthquake struck Kathmandu and killed more than 8,000 Nepalis. Experts estimate an 8.0 magnitude earthquake should hit the region, which is nestled between the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates, every 75 years. In a city of more than 2 million residents, a similar earthquake today would claim close to 40,000 casualties, according to estimates by Nepal's National Society of Earthquake Technology. Though researchers can predict another impending disaster, Ojha believes the next big earthquake is long overdue, and its why he started the Radio Mala project last October.
“We're trying to save lives by establishing this system of amateur radio systems beforehand,” Ojha said.

There wasn't adequate information infrastructure in Haiti at the time of that devastating earthquake; cellular phone networks were overwhelmed. If we can develop this network now, maybe we can save lives that would otherwise be lost.
Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT
ARRL Sacramento Valley Section District 3 Emergency Coordinator



Don't forget to look at the photos submitted for this month including the one from Lee, W6LFR, (at the bottom of the Section News,) taken at Net Control Station for the Eppies Great Race on July 19, 2014.  Members of the Sacramento Amateur Radio Communications Reserve (SARCR) helped out by providing communications from different locations along the race route. In all about 15 hams helped out during the race with one bicycle mobile riding on the bike trail.  In the picture are (L to R) Mike (KD6ILC), Dolly (KC6ZWR) and Abby (K9DOG). (John KI6ZWW, not shown, was also present) Photo taken by Lee (W6LFR)


We are happy to close this month with news from Oroville ARS (OARS) from good friend Jim Jennings, W7XZ:  The month here has had its hot days and some days of unremarkable band conditions.  The first spotless day on the sun since 2011 also occurred this month.

The July meeting of OARS ( saw some fifteen in attendance.
The agenda included a discussion about the Field Day operation in the
previous month and making a presence at the Berry Festival in Berry Creek
( on 9 August.  Also, it was
agreed to hold the Monthly Breakfast at The Waffle Shop in Oroville.  The
breakfast, which takes place the last Saturday of each month, is expected to
rotate through the available venues in town over the next three months or
so.  Also agreed upon was arranging for the meeting venue, St. Paul's Parish
Hall, to be open earlier for a "social hour" before the August meeting.  The
subject of the program, presented by Erik, AF6EF, was HF Packet and APRS.

The OARS Monthly Breakfast took place as planned on the 26th at The Waffle
Shop with, despite a number of "regulars" out of the area, 16 in attendance.
Bennett, K6CEL, shared images of his visit to ARRL Headquarters during the
League's National Centennial Convention.  The venue for the August breakfast
will be determined at the next regular meeting.

The regular OARS August meeting will take place on Friday, 8 August 2014, 7
pm at St. Paul's Parish Hall in Oroville.  It is planned to have the venue
open at 6 pm for a social hour prior to the meeting. Agenda is expected to
include the Steak Bake, scheduled for 20 September 2014 in Hammon Park,
Oroville.  The program, at time of writing, is to be announced.
73, Jim, W7XZ.”


Here are the stats from another successful session by the VE Team at Sierra Foothills ARC, 2 August:

13 Tech candidates took element 2-- all passed.  Ten General element candidates, two passed, one amateur extra element candidate, one passed.
24 Elements 14 new hams 16 candidates, pretty impressive.
We had a 12 year old boy from Reno pass his General.  We had candidates from Reno, Nevada, Woodland, Yuba City.
We have a good reputation for always having a published session and people trust us to be there.
Thanks to all of you for taking time out of your Saturday to make this possible.
We even had one guy ready to join the club with printed out application in hand. He wanted himself and and an associate plus donations for the repeater etc.  He will turn the application in Friday night at the meeting when he gets his new call.

Dave NO6NO



KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2014 July Alpine, CA & Douglas County, NV Sections:
Comment for ARES monthly report.

The yearly Tour of the California Alps also known as the Death Ride bicycle event took place July 12th in Alpine County. Almost 3,500 cyclists took on 129 miles of Alpine County's mountain roads. The
Tahoe Amateur Radio Association (TARA) coordinates the ham radio support
communications. TARA, DCART members and other area hams contribute their volunteer hours in planning and manning ride sites throughout the county.
DCART members especially help with the ham radio communications coordination with the Alpine County Dispatch/Sheriff's Office. The Alpine County Sheriff/Dispatch offices are in their new location now. Their office is next to the old Courthouse where their previous quarters were there in
Markleeville. KV7S, KA7UIS, and KA7AJQ helped reestablish our ham station in their new office. KV7S had previously added a filter to the radio left with
the office so the Dispatcher's transmissions would not override the signals
from and to our ham radio. Also, he provided the temporary two meter mag mount antenna which construction men placed on top of the building. We coiled up the long cable on the outside. Then the day of the event, we uncoiled the 100 feet or so of coax, ran it through a window, across the hallway and into the Dispatcher's office. The Dispatcher rolled a little couch across the coax in the hallway. The building was not in use that day anyway so safety concerns were addressed. Our communicators shared a corner of her office and with the extra speaker, the Dispatcher could hear all our traffic and dispatch immediately any medical resources needed. For future ham station use from her office, a mag mount antenna and long run of coax would have to be planned and provided. In the future it may be possible to plan a dedicated ham radio antenna along with their own possible antenna relocation plans. Ours is still on the old building.

Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ Alpine County, CA and Douglas County, NV ARES Emergency Coordinator

Late item:


The Redding ARRL VE Team announces that our next exam session will be held on Saturday September 20th, at BloodSource in Redding.  Candidates are asked to be there by 9:30 AM.  We are holding our regular VE exam sessions in odd-numbered months.  More information can be found at or by contacting Steve K6KS at .








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