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

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October 2018 News

From the Section Manager

Here are the latest news and happening from clubs andmembers around our section.

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This month's news features reports, photos and videos from radio amateurs and clubs around our Section.

No Section Wide Net is scheduled for October


Saturday, October 6.  At theRocklin Maker Faire, the ARRL Sacramento Valley Section will have a booth and station setup to share the wonders of amateur radio between 9 AM and 4 PM. Ham radio’s roots are in making radios and antennas which is what the maker faire is all about. Last year more than 8,000 people showed up at Sierra College to see what folks are doing for hobbies. 
If you are interested in working the booth and sharing our hobby with others, please contact Michael Buck, K6BUK For more information click hereor visit the Rocklin Mini Maker Faire

October 6-7.  California QSO Party.

Saturday, October 13.  Shasta/Tehama ARES Hamfest in Redding, CA.  Download Flyer.

October 19-21 ARRL PACIFICON Convention

Register online now for the October 19-21, 2018 ‪‎‪‎ARRL‬ Pacificon 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.

October 19-21 Jamboree on the Air

If you do not plan to attend the Pacificon convention, consider reaching out to your local Brownies, Cubs, Boys or Girl Scout troop to offer an Amateur Radio demonstration and to support their participation in the Oct. 19-21 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) to communicate with other scouts around the world.  Offer to help your local Brownies, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts earn the Scouting Radio Merit Badge and the ARRL Girl Scout Radio and Wireless Technology PatchClick for more information.

  ARRL SV Assistant Section Manager, Roger Cain, KI6FYF, Silent Key Roger Cain, KI6FYF, SV Assistant Section Manager, SK

I am sad to announce that my beloved husband, Roger Cain, KI6FYF, expired on Monday, September 24 after suffering a massive stroke.
Born on June 28, 1940 in Casper, Wyoming, Roger was a classmate of Dick Cheney at Natrona County High School and went on to study electrical engineering, motivational science, and industrial engineering. Roger served five years in the US Army including assignments in Korea and Vietnam, five years in the Air National Guard, and 26 years in the US Coast Guard stationed in Monterey and San Francisco. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the River City Amateur Radio Communications Society, an ARRL Life Member, Sacramento Valley Assistant Section Manager and an avid supporter of section and club activities.
A memorial service and reception in celebration of Roger's life will be held on Sunday October 7 at 4 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral 2620 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95816.

Our Section website, Facebook and Twitter pages are a work in progress, and your suggestions and submissions are always welcome.

This website is visited most during the first week of each month, but do check back as it is often updated with late breaking news.

73, Dr. 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)




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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



Club and Member News - September 2018

River City ARCS     Update from River City ARCS
Posted September 10, 2018


September! Wow where did August go? For me most of it was spent in the hospital with breathing problems. I was in or a total of four times and fourteen days so for me the month of August is a total wipeout. This last time the Dr’s gave me a stronger medication and for several days longer and that has done the trick - I hope.

Tues September 4 is our Homebrew night with details on the web site

Up Coming Regional Events

September 15th
Western Placer ARC Hamfest, Lincoln, Ca. For more information go to

October 13th
Rocklin Maker Faire. Go to:

October 19-21
ARRL Pacificon Division Convention, San Ramon, Ca. Go To:

November 11th
Clarksburg Country Run—Clarksburg, Ca. email Vince Cracchiolo KI6NHP at

Dave Martin, WB6YLK, President This Month's Newsletter

Sierra Foothills ARC Update from Sierra Foothills ARC - pending
Posted August 11, 2018

Meetings - Monthly Members second Friday Monthly at Auburn City Hall, Rose Room. Everyone welcome. Breakfast last Saturday Monthly at Mel's off 49 in Auburn.

Nets - Thursday night at 7:30 on the W6EK repeater system is the weekly club net. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday is the Elmer Net. Please join us. - Dennis, WU6X has converted us from the Yahoo Group to the This allows a good forum for events, notices, files and database. There are now 105 members.

VE Exams - Every 1st Saturday each month at Raley's Granite Bay. Starts at 8am. Walk ins welcome. Contact is Al, NI2U at

As with any SFARC net or meeting, we love visitors, so come on down and join the membership check out our website at:

Carl, WF6J, PIO Sacramento, CA

Newsletter at:

VE Report August 2018

Thanks again for all the VE's that were able to come to the session. We had a very successful session again. We administered 4 elements to 3 candidates. 2 earned a new or upgraded license. We have 1 new Technician and 1 new Extras

PS. Raley’s helped me and we are all set with the Event Center through November. Thanks Al NI2U


North Hills RC Update from North Hills RC
Posted September 10, 2018

The next event for The North Hills Radio Club will take place on Tuesday evening, September 18, 2017.

The North Hills Radio Club will once again be holding our annual event called What Is Amateur Radio Night.

This year, it will take place on Tuesday evening, September 18 from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. At What Is Amateur Radio Night, (WIARN), We try to showcase as many aspects of the amateur radio service as we can. From the early days of tube-type and military gear to today's modern radios and cutting-edge digital modes and just about everything in between! WE invite all NHRC members as well as hams from other clubs to come and display your favorite part of the hobby. In the past we have had persons from ARES/RACES, CERT, SkyWarn and even the CHP.

We would like for you to come and look at all of the various displays or, bring something to display your own self! If you're from another club, how about bringing some literature about your club as well as applications for perspective future members. Nothing wrong with trying to get more members into your club.

WIARN well be held at the former SMUD building located at 5026 Don Julio Blvd. at the northeast corner of Don Julio and Elkhorn Blvds in Sacramento.

One more thing; How about bringing a non-ham friend to our event. We would especially like to see young people from the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts or Brownies. Be sure to know that everyone, young or old is welcome to attend. Don't be afraid to bring that non-ham friend to the show.

There have been several instances where persons have come to WIARN and have gone on to get their ticket. If you have any questions or would like to come, you can contact Doug, N6NFF on the club's K6IS repeater on the frequency of 145.190Mhz with a minus offset and a CTCSS tone of 162.2Hz. You can also send an e-mail to:

The North Hills Radio Club looks forward to seeing all of you at What Is Amateur Radio Night (WIARN).

Until then, the very best of 73. From Doug Emerson, Vice-President, North Hills Radio Club. Amateur callsign, N6NFF

Club meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of every month, at the former (SMUD) building located at 5026 Don Julio Blvd, at the northeast corner of Don Julio and Elkhorn Blvds. The board meeting begins at 6:00 P.M., followed by the general membership meeting at 7:30 P.M.


Samuel F. Morse ARC  Update from Samuel F Morse ARC
Updated September 10, 2018

Our next SFM ARC in person meeting will be held at its normal time and location Sep. 6th (followed by our Oct. 4th meeting). The SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held in the Howard Crowley room upstairs at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church. Directions, including a Google Map, are available at the bottom of the homepage. At our September meeting, we will be discussing ARRL news and events. We will also have a presentation on the CommCat DX cluster, spotting and logging program, including its “Live” add-on option. Plans will be made for the annual CA QSO Party which will happen the first weekend of October. As always, we will have our Tech (show and tell) portion. Members and visitors are asked to share their Ham Radio related items they find of interest.

On-Air Net Meeting 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 15 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 under the “Media Clips & Pics” tab of our website. With our YouTube Live streaming system, you can watch the Live Feed on your Apple IOS or Android devices. You do not need to have a YouTube account to access the feed. However, you will need one to subscribe to our channel. Those viewing directly via the W6SFM YouTube channel can chat with others watching on-line as well. This of course is not mandatory, but rather just a way of making everyone feel more involved in our on-air nets. If you like, you can also “check-in” using the chat window to be included with our weekly On-Air Net log. Tell A Friend

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 knows and uses 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 at the bottom of our home page of the website. We hope to see you at our next meeting!

Thank you.

Chris, AI6U (SFM ARC Secretary 2018)


Western Placer ARC Update from Western Placer ARC
Posted September 10, 2018

WPARC Twelfth Annual Hamfest - Sep 15, 2018 7:00 AM to 12:00 noon
All the arrangements are completed. Early morning donuts and coffee are on order. Drawing prizes from our sponsors are ready to go. All we need is YOU to join us for our WPARC Twelfth Annual Ham Fest! Look for us at McBean Park in Lincoln CA near the bandstand. Vendors: Vendors may arrive at 6:00 AM to set up, enter at 2nd and D Street entrance, near the baseball diamond. A parking stall is still a bargain at $10. Provide your own tables. Buyers: Buyers may arrive at 7:00 AM or later at McBean Park Drive (4th) and A Street entrance, near the pool. Bring cash to procure your new treasures. This Ham Fest is getting bigger with each passing year. We hope to see YOU there!  Hamfest Flyer

Ham License Testing - Wednesday, Sep. 5, 6 PM
WPARC offers Ham radio license testing on the first Wednesday of each month at Round Table Pizza at 6 PM (see below for map and directions.) For more information please email Chuck KK6DOA

WPARC Board Meeting - Wednesday, Sep. 5, 7:30 PM
WPARC conducts Board Member meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at Round Table Pizza at 7:30 PM (see below for map and directions.) The board welcomes members and guests who wish to observe or bring business before the board.

WPARC Members Meeting - Tuesday, Sep. 18, 7 PM
WPARC holds Member Meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at Round Table Pizza at 7 PM (see below for map and directions.) Come out to enjoy some camaraderie, food, beverage, and tales of the radios! Round Table Pizza offers a pizza and salad bar buffet dinner on Tuesday evenings for about $12/person. Scheduled Topic: TBD

WPARC Meeting and Testing Location
Join us at Round Table Pizza, 1020 Pleasant Grove Blvd #170, Roseville. This location faces Roseville Parkway at the northeast corner of the complex, just around the corner from the CVS store. View map and directions

The club website,, has a new look and new information. Jey KQ6DK is now club web master and is updating the the site on a regular basis. Thanks to Jey for all his work on the website.

Don’t forget about our WPARC Facebook page. It is 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 and a few others. 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.

73, Michael Buck. K6BUK

WPARC on Facebook and Twitter

Check us out on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter (@k6pac)

  Update from El Dorado County ARC
Posted September 10, 2018


This month, the meeting is dedicated to go-boxes and portable operating.  If you have a go-box or portable operating setup bring it to the meeting and show it off.  It's a perfect time to get some ideas on where to start or make improvements on your station setup.  You may want to bring a camera and notepad to the meeting to record anything interesting you may see

Jay, KE6GLA  Newsletter

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