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

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Happy Valentine's Day!

  February 2018 News

From the Section Manager

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

Congratulations to our Pacific Division Director Bob Vallio, W6RGG, on his recent election as Second Vice President of the ARRL! Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, assumes Bob's former position as our new Pacific Division Director and Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, has been appointed as our new Division Vice Director.

We sincerely thank Rich Vizcarra, K6TM, for his past service as Nevada County ARES Emergency Coordinator and congratulate Jason Eaton, KJ6HNP, on his new appointment to that position.
We also welcome Orion Endres, AI6JB, as our new Section Youth Coordinator.

Volunteers are needed for an Amateur Radio Exhibit at the March 3 Placer County STEM Expo at William Jessup University in Rocklin.
If you would like to participate in this outreach activity and introduce youth to the fascinating world of amateur radio please e-mail kp4md(at) as soon as possible.

SV Section Nets

February 15 Sacramento Valley Section Net

On Thursday February 15, ARRL Sacramento Valley Section will hold a Section-Wide Net, first on the WD6AXM repeater atop Sutter Buttes near Yuba City on 146.085 MHz (plus 600 kHz offset, tone 127.3 Hz) IMMEDIATELY after the 7 pm Yuba-Sutter ARES net closes. For those who are unable to access the WD6AXM repeater, our HF net will commence on the 75 meter frequency of 3880 kHz LSB +/- 3 kHz IMMEDIATELY after the VHF SV net signs off. Those who check in to the VHF net are also encouraged to join the HF net if they are able.

Thanks to all who participated in the January 18 Sacramento Valley Section Nets.  There were 31 check-ins on the VHF net but only 6 check-ins on the 75 meter net due to a disturbance in HF propagation at net time.

Now is a good time for all affiliated clubs to renew the contact information that people see on the ARRL National website. Clubs must update their club record at least once per year even if nothing changes. Should two years pass without an update your club will be listed as inactive. Just go to: and follow the instructions.

QST Cover

The ARRL International Grid Chase is the 2018 year long operating event. Read how you can participate on

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

The website is visited most during the first week of each month, but do check back as it is updated weekly 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)



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 SV January 18 Section Net Report


The ARRL SV Section-wide nets were held on Thursday, January 18. Andy Boone KJ6IYM opened the VHF net on the WD6AXM 146.085 MHz FM repeater at 7:14 pm PST after the Yuba-Sutter ARES net signed off. 


At 7:35 pm, SV Section Manager Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, called the Section HF net on 3880 kHz LSB.  Unfortunately, Coronal hole 848 caused a geomagnetic storm raising the Planetary K Index to 3 for a few hours and severely degrading all HF skywave propagation at the net time. These stations within ground wave range were able to check into the HF net: K6WLM in Sacramento, N6SAC in Antelope, WB6OGD in El Dorado Hills, N6PGQ in Roseville and W6BS in Carmichael.

All Sacramento Valley Section radio amateurs are welcome to check into our Section Nets.  The nets carry announcements of interest to our section and test section-wide station communication capabilities.

ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Nets are conducted only on the third Thursday of the month when announced, following the 7 pm Pacific Time Yuba-Sutter ARES net on the WD6AXM 146.085 MHz FM repeater, followed by the HF Section Net on 3880 kHz LSB +/- 3 kHz. During summer months the HF net may be conducted on 5330.5 kHz USB as propagation permits.

Don't have an HF radio?
Listen on the W6DRZ web receiver at Half Moon Bay
or the W7RNA web receiver in Sedona, AZ

Hourly Northern California NVIS Observations 
Current NVIS Observations
This chart shows colors that represent the recommended HF frequencies for contacting stations for a particular hour. Both stations should use the SAME frequency denoted by the color at the location of the target station. The chart is in Universal Time (UTC). More information at


Samuel F Morse ARC to offer Morse Code Instructional Course April 4-June 6
Posted February 4, 2018

Morse Code Course

The Samuel F Morse ARC will once again be running our 10-week CW for beginner’s course. This course will be held once a week for 2 hours (7 PM until 9 PM) each Wednesday evening in Carmichael. If you or someone you know are interested in learning Morse Code we encourage you to sign up NOW. You do NOT need to be a licensed operator to join our class. We will begin Wednesday evening April 4th (ending June 6th).

Everyone can benefit from this course! For those with no Morse Code knowledge this is an excellent course where you or your friends will be taught the complete International Morse Code alphabet, numbers, pro-signs, how to adjust and send on a Morse Code straight. Please contact Mike, N6MQL for more information:


January 20 Butte County ARES Field Training Exercise
Posted February 3, 2018


On Saturday January 20, 2018 a small band of radio operators from Butte County ARES braved the cold temperature to participate in a training exercise in Chico California. The objective of the exercise was to introduce new member Eric Linden KK6LBU to ARES operations using Winlink. Eric is a member of the Oroville Amateur Radio Society. The training was also was to bring up to the speed members Rick Hubbard KI6VOS and Carl Franke KI6CIU to changes in the Winlink software. Rick and Carl are members of the Golden Empire Amateur Radio Society. As part of this exercise, the members led by Butte County ARES AEC and president of the Oroville Amateur Radio Society Theodore Cochran N6TBC were to transmit a check in message across the Winlink system using packet radio into the ARC DOC in Sacramento. Members got to set up a Winlink data system, create, post and transmit a message. Such training prepares operators for real world message traffic using Winlink during deployments.

Theodore B Cochran, N6TBC, Butte County ARES AEC, President Oroville Amateur Radio Society

Rick Hubbard, Carl Franke, Ted Cochran & Eric Linden Ted Cochran at the portable  Winlink station Carl Franke at his station

ARES Group Registration for ARES Connect
Posted January 19, 2018


All Section ARES groups should contact their Emergency Coordinators now to provide their current ARES group information for registration in the new ARES Connect system.  Your Emergency Coordinator is responsible for registering ARES groups in your respective area.

Additional information on changes to the ARES program will be emailed to SMs and SECs soon. Beta testing of ARES Connect will begin shortly and once completed additional information will be sent out.

ARRL Public Service Enhancement Working Group, Dale Williams, WA8EFK, Chairman

Joe Pistritto, N3CKF, Speaks on ARRL/Red Cross Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Deployment

Posted January 14, 2018


At the River City ARCS General Meeting on Tuesday, January 2 at 7:30 pm, Joe Pistritto, N3CKF, gave a presentation on his September 28-October 18 deployment as a communications volunteer in the post-Hurricane Maria ARRL/Red Cross Puerto Rico disaster relief effort. The presentation was held at the Sacramento County Corp Yard, 5026 Don Julio Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95842. December 6 Windstorm Takes Down KE6YUV Repeater Tower - Baja California Radio Club Assists with Donation
by Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, Posted January 14, 2018


Strong winds on December 16 caused the tower from the communications vault next to us to topple. When their tower fell, it took out the KE6YUV repeater antennas and stripped the coax from our tower. On a positive note, the packet nodes KBERR and BERR37 were still operating.

At a recent meeting of the CREBC XE2BNC Baja Radio Club in Mexico saw photos of KE6YUV repeater damage due to a neighboring tower falling due to the wind storm in the Valley. The club "passed the hat" and send a generous donation to the Berryessa Amateur Radio Klub to assist with the repairs of the repeater that was damaged. It’s mutual assistance like this that makes Amateur Radio such a great community.

February 10 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted February 3, 2018


The next Sacramento County ARES training and meeting is scheduled for Saturday February 10, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Sacramento Sheriff's Central Division, 7000 65th Street, Sacramento, CA 95823.

Vince Cracchiolo KI6NHP is the Sacramento County EC.

For more information, visit the Sacramento County ARES web site at

Redding Veterans Home Redding Veterans Home to Receive Amateur Radio Station
Posted November 27, 2017


Members of the Redding ARRL VE Team and the Redding Old Timers’ group have received permission to move forward to design and install an amateur radio station at the Redding Veterans Home. The station is likely to have HF, VHF and UHF capabilities. Currently, there are five licensed amateur radio operators living at the facility and two more residents are studying to obtain their Technician Class licenses.

73, Steve, K6KS

Shriners Hospital School Update from Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD
Posted November 27, 2017

Amateur Radio Program for the Shriner's Hospital School


A joint project of Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Sacramento City Unified School District, the on-site Northern California Shriners Hospital School provides bilingual education for preschool through 12th grade. Special programs include vocational education and school re-entry programs for rehabilitation patients.

Shriners Hospital School The administrator and teachers at the Northern California Shriner's Hospital School are interested in starting an amateur radio program for their patients/students.  Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD, has secured some Morse equipment and an Alinco VHF handheld radio for the program and is soliciting a donated HF station (transceiver, microphone, power supply and antenna).

Please contact Duane at if you or your club can assist or would like to collaborate with him and the school staff in setting up and conducting this youth outreach project.

Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD,

Editor's note - The November 22 TWiT Ham Nation webcast featured an inspiring video story on Jim Mayercak's success at the Dresden Elementary Amateur Radio Station, KD8NOM.  See

Volunteer Operators Needed for June 23-24 Western States Endurance Run
Posted February 3, 2018


Joe Steinmetz, K6SAT, is the HAM radio coordinator for Western States 100 mile Endurance run, sponsored by WSER, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Joe is looking for radio operator volunteers for June 23 and 24th this year. More information about the race is available here: Radio Volunteer Information are available here: There is a sign-up form link in the above URL location, or interested amateur radio operators may contact Joe directly via email at or

Joe Steinmetz, K6SAT, WSER HAM Radio Coordinator


Light Ballast RFI Pot grow lights interfere with Ham Radio
Submitted by Rene Smythe, WB6PSY, posted March 4, 2017

I have experienced this interference for the past few years. I found the interference by swinging my 10m Yagi monobander around until the noise became over S9. I then went outside to see where the beam was physically pointed and discovered a garage where indoor pot is being grown. The lights are on a time cycle so the interference comes and goes. 40º degrees in either direction takes the noise out.

Now that marijuana is being legalized in more states, more hams are going to experience this noise.


Annotated 40 meters showing RFIRadio Frequency Interference
posted February 3, 2018

ARRL and the FCC have a cooperative agreement in radio frequency interference matters.
You may submit complaints together with your supporting documentation to ARRL EMC Engineer Mike Gruber W1MG who then files the report with the FCC Gettysburg office.
You may also contact our Section Technical Coordinator Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, or our Section Official Observer Coordinator Bob Hess, W1RH, for assistance. More information is posted under the "From the Section Manager" notes in the November 2016 Section News - Carol KP4MD

Our Official Observer Coordinator Bob Hess, W1RH, shares this helpful web page by NK7Z for identifying sources of Radio Frequency Interference 

Club and Member News - February 2018



River City ARCS Update from River City ARCS - pending
Posted January 1, 2018


And a Happy A New Year to All!

As we start the New Year there are some old things and a few new ideas that we are going to try. Elmer night with some new topics, Farm and Tractor Days to help get Ham Radio out to the public, the Club picnic - just for fun, Field Day - the fun of working in the heat or cold or wind or all of the above. I would add rain but it never rains in sunny California does it? Home Brew night, Our White Elephant sale (which was VERY good last year) and last but not least our Christmas Party.

I hope that the board and I can bring some interesting speakers and topics to the club meetings. Starting in Jan. We are having Joseph Pistritto N3CKF as our speaker. He was one of the 50 hams who were selected to go to Puerto Rico to assist in the post-Hurricane Maria ARRL-Red Cross relief effort in getting communications back up and running after the storm.

One of the new ideas is making a better effort to welcome new members and new hams to the club by having board members and/or older members take them under their wing and welcome and “Elmer” them if they need it.

If any club member has any ideas or suggestions please let me know and I will see what we can do with them.

Dave Martin WB6YLK Newsletter


Sierra Foothills ARC Update from Sierra Foothills ARC
Posted February 3, 2018


Sierra Foothills ARC, Auburn, CA Web: 
Newsletter at:

VE – First Saturday each Month 8 am at Raley’s Granite Bay. See website for more.

President’s Message
By Orion Endres – AI6JB, President

Hello All! 

Dues Are Due
The New Year is here and that means Dues are Due! A single year’s membership is $22, but, if you pay for 2 or more years, it is $20 per year. Please go to our website, download a membership application, fill it out, and send it to Sharron, our Treasurer. You can pay via PayPal, send her a check, or bring it with you to February’s meeting. Thank you!

Western States & Tevis Cup Surprise
Ralph, W6RWL, dropped by the January Board meeting and presented the Club with a donation to the Repeater Fund. Thank you Ralph and the Western States/Tevis Cup folks for your generous support! The Western States is June 23-24 this year and the Tevis Cup is July 28. They need radio operators for both of these events and training sessions. If you would like to help out, please contact Ralph at

Hamfest 2018 ... T-minus 43 days!!  Flyer

Hamfest 2018 is on Saturday, March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day this year. Why not make it a part of your St. Paddy Day’s celebration? And a celebration it will be!! There are many exciting things happening this year.

The Grand Prize will be a Honda Generator!! We started crowdfunding, i.e. Passing the Hat at January’s meeting, and have already collected over $235 so far!! We have two members who challenged each other with $50 donations. They are now challenging you to match or better them!! Bring your wallets and get the word out to the Ham community!!

Bruce, K6BAA, and Bob, K6UDA, will be our featured presenters this year! Bruce will show the hot new digital mode FT-8 that everyone is talking about. Bob will conduct a DSTAR University teaching everything you need to know to get into DSTAR. You will not want to miss either session.

Now’s the time to talk up Hamfest! Get on area repeaters and ask folks if they are planning to come to Hamfest. Check into weekly nets and make QSTs announcing the Hamfest. Download flyers from our website and post them in public places. With a 124 members, you are our best marketing team.

VE Session Summary (pending)

Sierra Foothill Scores for CQP 2017

Sierra Foothills ARC scored big in the 2017 California QSO Party. Six Club members participated from remote counties of Alpine, Placer, Plumas and Siskiyou to take impressive spots in the event as follows:

Place CW PH Total Mult Score ALPINE 1st AI6US-Brian 0 253 253 48 24,288 2nd AI6JB-Orion 0 196 196 37 14,504 PLACER 2nd K6UDA-Bob 0 254 254 45 22,860 PLUMAS 3rd W6DT-Wayne 3rd N6UWQ-Gary 0 138 138 19 5,244 (team) SISKIYOU 1st WU6X-Dennis 150 45 195 36 19,440

A good time was had by all and we are already looking forward to next year.

Submitted by: Dennis Gregory - WU6X

Photos by Brian Gohl, AI6US. Orion AI6JB and Brian did an expedition to Alpine ALPI County on Monitor Pass on 8900' Leviathan Peak (an old fire lookout).

Nevada County ARC Update from Nevada County ARC - pending
Updated January 19, 2018


Nevada County Amateur Radio Club members hold impromptu meetings at the Omega Rest Area on highway 20. Members set up their stations and in this case made contacts during the California QSO party. Elevation is around 5000 ft and the views are tremendous. Our activity always draws the interest of motorists coming through the rest stop.

73, Cal McKitrick AI6MC, NCARC President 2018 Newsletter Facebook Group

Happy New Year to All.  Here is the January 2018 newsletter for NCARC.  The meeting will be January 8 at 7 pm at the Salvation Army meeting room, 10725 Alta Street in Grass Valley.  Doors open at 6:30 pm for eyeball QSOs.  I hope to see you there!

Mark, W8BIR, Newsletter Editor

COFFEE CHAT (Ham n' Coffee)

Thursdays, 8 am at Valentina's Bistro, 841 Sutton Way, Grass Valley

Photo caption: Seated: Richard KI6UOV, Chuck KI6CM. Standing: Walt N6HNS and Jim KI6UOX At the radio is Ike KM6IUI making his first HF contact.  (Photos by Cal AI6MC)

Mount Shasta ARC Update from Mount Shasta ARC - pending
Submitted January 3, 2018


January is the month we elect new officers. For the past few years, the January meeting has been cancelled due to weather, but the elections took place online. Who knows what the weather forecaster will bring us, so keep your eyes open and let's make certain we have the right officers in place to bring us into the New Year.

The club wishes to extend our warmest regards to the family of George Dibelka, AB6UE (SK). South Siskiyou County has lost a giant in amateur radio and emergency communications.

On December 20, 2017, the club hosted its annual holiday gathering. An excellent potluck was capped by door prizes and several rounds of "RADIO" (like bingo, but, well, radio) wherein winning members received premium prizes. The night was filled with warmth, laughter, and getting to know each other.

As we head into another year, we also begin another cycle of public service events. Please remember to test your equipment and check your calendars, because we'll be asking you to help.

Submitted by Mark Dibelka, AB2LI


Samuel F. Morse ARC Update from Samuel F Morse ARC
Updated February 3, 2018


The W6SFM CW BEGINNERS CLASS WILL BE HELD STARTING WEDNESDAY April 4th. 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 The W6SFM Samuel F Morse Radio Club January meeting was called to order by club President Mike, N6MQL on January 4th at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church in Carmichael CA, with 15 member with no guest in attendance.

Welcome aboard to our newest member Phil, KD6RM of Fair Oaks CA.

January Meeting Report

This month the YouTube Live feed was working flawlessly on-line. Once again, the club had an uninterrupted 2-hour broadcast of our W6SFM In-person meeting! Due to the snack break the video has been divided up into part 1 and part 2 online. All On-air CW meetings are broadcast in their entirety and also posted to our W6SFM.COMwebsite. Those videos along with Club in-person meetings can be found under the “Videos” page. Feel free to use our on-air net recordings archived for CW Practice, or just review when you are unable to view LIVE while the club is on-the-air. Please note that there may be a delay starting the live videos as it takes the YouTube server up to 2 minutes to begin the live transmission. This is done to accommodate any lag in the transmission video due to internet speeds. the live videos as it takes the YouTube server up to 2 minutes to begin the live transmission. This is done to accommodate any lag in the transmission video due to internet speeds.

Congratulations to our new club officers. With a vote of 37 to 0 the new club officers were elected into their current positions. • President – Mike, N6MQL • Vice President – John, WB6UBK • Secretary -Chris, AI6U The position of club treasure is still open, but being maintained by Mike, N6MQL.

This year the NA QSP held its annual NAQP event on the 13rd of January. David, K6CIM volunteered his home QTH for the event. The club worked the bands from 10 AM until 10 PM. With 6 members in attendance at this year’s event everyone had a chance to either get on the air, or enjoy sitting alongside an operator and perform logging duties. All in all, the club was able to score over 220 plus contacts! The club provided a Pizza lunch and refreshments, while the members brought snacks.

Other news and items of general interest were discussed by the members.

For this month's presentation, Mike, N6MQL presented the members with information on vertical Antennas”.

For show and tell, Member Eddy, K6SDW brought with him his portable Alpha Loop Magnetic Loop antenna system, complete with carry bag. Member Andrew, KC6O brought with him his complete Western Electric key, sounder and repeater board made circa 1910. The Western Electric 3B 20 Ohm Sounder was a very popular and highly used system back in the days of professional telegraphy. A telegraph sounder is an antique electromechanical device used as a receiver on electrical telegraph lines during the 19th and early twentieth century.

r next SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held at its normal time and location Feb. 1st (followed by our March 8th 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 February meeting, we will be discussing ARRL news and events. We will also have a presentation on the VEC/VE Program as presented by Tom, W6JS. As always, we will have our Member show and tell portion. Members and visitors are asked to share their Ham Radio related items they find of interest. Please be sure to attend our In-Person meetings with items that you’ve purchased or were given to you that you would like to share with others in the group. Visitors are always welcome to join us at our meetings.

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 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. 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 to subscribe to our channel. Those visiting & viewing 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 “check in” using the chat window and you will be included with our On-Air Net log. Simply announce your call letters in the chat window.

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 on our website. We hope to see you at our next meeting!

Thank You -- Chris, AI6U (SFMARC Secretary) Newsletter

Western Placer ARC Update from Western Placer ARC - pending
Posted January 1, 2018


Greetings from the Western Placer Amateur Radio Club:

Our Next Club Meeting is Saturday, January 27, 2018. 1:00 PM
Location: Via Roma Pizzeria con Cucina, 1230 Sunset Blvd Suite 600, Rocklin, CA
Scheduled Speaker and Topic: Kickoff Luncheon

The club is repeating a successful and popular kick off event from 2017. We will assemble on Saturday, January 27 at 1:00 PM at Via Roma Pizzeria con Cucina for a kickoff luncheon. Four Italian themed entrees will be available to order at the event. The meal will include salad, entree, dessert, tea or soda, and gratuity for $25 per person. Adult beverages are available at extra cost. Our annual prize drawing using all the tickets from the monthly drawings will be held during the luncheon. This event takes the place of our usual monthly third Tuesday meeting for January. Come join the fun! It won't be the same without you!

Regular Club Meeting Location: WPARC conducts board and member meetings on third Tuesdays of each month. Members and guests with business to bring before the board are welcome to attend board meetings. Join us at Round Table Pizza, 1020 Pleasant Grove Blvd #170, Roseville. This location faces Roseville Parkway at the northeast corner of the complex. View map and directions in link above. Come out to enjoy some camaraderie, food, beverage, and tales of the radios! Round Table offers a pizza and salad bar buffet dinner on Tuesday evenings for about $10/person.

WPARC Repeater New Tone 67.0 Hz. Our old subaudible tone of 179.9 Hz was becoming audible on newer radios presenting a hum. On Friday October 27 a team treked up to the repeater to change the tone from 179.9 Hz to 67.0 Hz. Ensure that you change all of your radios to use the new PL tone. The old tone won't be recognized by the repeater.

WPARC Repeater Abuses. Repeater Trustee Michael K6BUK received comments on a few repeater users abusing repeater etiquette. Please review Ethics and Operating Procedure for the Radio Amateur as a refresher.

Ham Radio License/Volunteer Examiner (VE) Tests (New Day and Location). WPARC is now offering VE testing on the first Wednesday of each month. Chuck KK6DOA will be managing the program. The location will be at the Round Table Pizza, 1020 Pleasant Grove Blvd #170, Roseville CA. This is the same location as our monthly member meeting noted above. See link there for map and directions. For more information and to confirm a time please email Chuck at: kk6doa (at) gmail (dot) com.

Club T-Shirts. Club T-shirts have been a huge hit, and club members wanted more! Our vendor will soon have a web site offering more colors and shirt options. New orders are suspended until the new web site is available.

K6PAC Repeater Yaesu DR-2x Upgrades Completed. Upgrades to new Yaesu DR-2X are completed. A new FVS-2 Voice Module will add new features to leave messages, record and review your transmission, along with announcements. Stay tuned for more details.

We have set the date and location for the WPARC 2018 Kickoff Party! It will be at Via Roma again in Rocklin on Saturday January 27. The cost per person will be the same as last year.

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 Yaseu 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)

El Dorado County ARC Update from El Dorado County ARC
Posted February 3, 2018


Greetings and welcome to 2018. I hope everyone was able to enjoy the holiday season and their New Year is off to a good start.

First, I would like to thank Michael for presiding as president of the club for the past couple of years.

Second, I would like to thank all of you for electing me as president for this year. I’ll do my best to keep the club running strong.

I believe this is my fourth time serving as your president. I have been a member of the club since 1998 when Nancy and I moved to El Dorado Hills from Rancho Cordova. I’ve had my license and call KE6GLA, since 1995. My wife Nancy, KG6PNP, got her license shortly after we moved to El Dorado County and became active in the club. Our Daughter Natalie got her ticket, KJ6NLD, when she was 10 at a Hamfest at the M2 Antenna factory. We are still working on Dennis, but he does like to participate in Field Day. We live in on a small lot and don’t have any tall towers for the antennas. Most of my antennas are wire and are supported by trees or small poles. Even with that limitation I’m able to work some DX and participate in few contests when time permits. I enjoy just about all aspects of the hobby and love to experiment with new modes or gadgets. I also enjoy building antennas and tinkering with so5ware. Recently I have been trying my luck at working the new satellites that AMSAT has put up in the sky for us to use. I‘ve learned to do these things in Amateur Radio with the help of our club members. Which brings me to my final thought.

The greatest asset club membership can offer you is its members. There is a wealth of experience and knowledge contained in our club membership. Our members can help with anything from programing memories in your handheld radio to installing a tower. All you need to do is ask and I sure someone will be willing to help you.

That’s it for now. I look forward to seeing you at meetings and club activities.

73, Jay, KE6GLA Newsletter

Yuba Sutter ARC Update from Yuba-Sutter ARC - pending
Posted December 1, 2017


When you’re on the road what frequency do you have your rig tuned to? Probably like me you keep it tuned to the local repeater so that you can talk to your friends if they’re on the air. What about when you leave the area though or it’s late at night and no one seems to be out there on your normal stomping grounds? I hope you’ve got some other local frequencies programmed onto your rig and routinely scan those in these circumstances. You’ll be giving yourself a chance to expand your contacts and make new friends. I recently found myself in those situations and was glad to have the extra frequencies programmed onto my mobile. I made a trip to Fairfield a week or so ago and was having a nice conversation with Doug/KD6LOK when I lost the signal because of the Coastal Range. Having nothing else to do except drive I set my rig to scan and eventually picked up a conversation between some hams in Fair Oaks, Elk Grove and Woodland about a project that one of them was coordinating to assemble a rig for another ham living in an assisted living facility. I didn’t join in but enjoyed listening to this group of hams, some of whom were unknown to the others, working together to aid a fellow ham. A couple of days later I turned on my radio to go home and caught the call sign of one of those hams, Mal/KM6MFP, who was on our repeater testing out an antenna he was building for this project. I answered him and we had a nice conversation about how I had heard them discussing this the other day and was glad to have the chance to talk to him. He was with another of the hams who was on that original conversation. Even though they had never met before they were together in Mal’s workshop collaborating on building this piece for the project. Yet a couple of days later I was heading for Santa Rosa for Thanksgiving, again with my mobile on scan, when I heard Mal’s call sign for the third time in a week. I took the time to have another pleasant conversation with him before I lost the signal. We might not talk again for a long while but have got another friend out there because of scanning frequencies other than our own. I also made another acquaintance the other night, Brett/N6VIA, when I switched to another frequency during a very late night’s drive and just asked if anyone was on the frequency. Apparently I had gotten onto the Sacramento Sheriff’s Amateur Radio Program repeater and he was over in Jackson that evening. We didn’t have a long chat but it was nice to have a friendly conversation and meet yet another ham during that long, dark night.

Because of our hobby we have a unique avenue to make new and interesting acquaintances in varied and sometimes far-flung locations. I’m getting more bold in getting out onto other frequencies when the opportunity arises and have always been glad that I reached out. I hope you’ll take the opportunity, especially the new hams, to make new friends and give them the opportunity to get to know you also.

73s and a great Christmas season to you all, Chris/KK6VZD


The party will be at the 1st United Methodist Church at 730 D Street, Marysville. That is at 8th and D Streets. We will be using Pioneer Hall, which is in the back. There will be a couple of door prizes so bring your tickets. There will also be tickets sold for drawings for other related items. There will something for all groups including the kids. Doors will open at 6 PM.

The caterers will arrive and set everything up. Porky's BBQ will be serving chicken, pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, rolls, and green salad with a choice of either ranch or Italian dressing.

Dinner tickets for Adults are $15 each, $8 for kids 6 to 11 years and under 6 are free.

Joe Visalli, N9BD


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Elk Grove-Florin ARC Update from Elk Grove-Florin ARC - pending
Posted November 18, 2017

Elk Grove-Florin ARC—Section News –November 18, 2017

Our General Meeting in November was the Annual Meeting required by our by-laws. We had our election of officers to manage the club affairs for the calendar year 2018. The officers for 2018 are: President: Chris Lay, KG6JFO; Vice President: Mark Flint, KK6YFV; Secretary: Mary Frederici, KI6YPQ; Treasurer: Cindy Gansereit, KM6BUY; Member at Large: Dave Reingold, KK6MVJ

We thank our 2018 officers for the time and service will give in leading our club and look forward to an exciting year.

Following the election Dave, KK6MVJ, presented an excellent slide show talk about his trip to Oregon for the Solar Eclipse in October. Thank You Dave!

Club members and their families will end 2017 with a Christmas Party including lots of food, fellowship and a slideshow summary of the year.

Happy Holidays!, Paul N6DRY

Oroville ARS Update from Oroville ARS
Updated February 3, 2018

OARS Monthly Meeting Reminder

The monthly meeting of OARS will take place Friday, February 9, 2018, 7 pm, in St. Paul’s Parish Hall, 1430 Pine Street, in Oroville. The doors will open at 6 pm for a social hour prior to the meeting.

Membership dues for 2018 ($20) are due at this time.  The OARS Club mailbox location is unexpectedly being shut down.  Until further notice, all club correspondence including dues paid by mail should be sent to: OARS, c/o Ted Cochran, 47 Orchard Crest Dr, Oroville, CA 95965.

Ted Cochran, N6TBC, President, Butte County ARES AEC, N6TBC@WINLINK.ORG

QCWA Update from SOTARS/QCWA Chapter 169 - pending
Submitted January 8, 2018


Our meeting this month is Wednesday, January 10th. You can choose Lunch or Breakfast. (Denny's serves breakfast all day.) Breakfast (or lunch) starts at eleven and the meeting will start at noon.

There a couple of viewing options available this month, so I will let the attendees decide what to air at the meeting. One is a tour of the MFJ factory on their 45th anniversary, which is rather long and will have to be split into two sessions. The other is TXfactor Episode 19, including clips from the UK hamfest, some Icom radio previews, a return to the BBC and finally a clip about online exams. Give some thought as to what you might like to see on Wednesday.

The meeting as usual at: Denny's Restaurant, 7900 College Town Drive, Sacramento. Phone (916) 383-7071, Located at the southwest corner of Howe Ave. and College Town Drive one block North of Highway 50.

Please plan to attend.

North Hills RC Update from North Hills RC - pending
Posted January 19, 2018


The next meeting of the North Hills Radio Club will take place on Tuesday January 16.

Club meetings are always 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.

See you there! From Doug Emerson, Vice-President, North Hills Radio Club. Amateur callsign N6NFF

Glenn ARS   Update from Glenn ARS - pending
Submitted January 4, 2018

Prez Says!

Welcome to the New Year and New Beginnings! I trust that each and everyone had a happy and blessed Holiday season. Did you get some new toys for Christmas? If so please tell, or show and tell, at our next membership meeting which is right around the corner. With the weather we have been experiencing this winter it is hoped that your antenna and feed line work has been attended to. I have not gotten to mine and it will catch up just when the weather decides to get nasty.

I would like the first meeting of the year to be an idea and planning type of meet. We need to start our plans for the ARRL Field Day this coming June. Also need to come up with some ideas for topics and presentations to present at our club membership meetings for the balance of the year.

Been playing with the SharkRF openSpot a little and have it almost working. New radios that are being sold today are for the most part well built; but the programming software in most cases has not received the same attention to detail. Having spent a number of days at the keyboard with two different radio computer programming software (CPS) I can attest to that fact. Do you have a different experience?

Also would like to hear from the group your thoughts on where you would like to see the club in six, twelve months, and two years from now. Would also be interesting to hear your thoughts on what you think your station might look like in the near future. There has been a lot of progress in all things electronics, software, and communications. So what you wanted two years ago may be well within your grasp in coming months ahead.

See you all, Thursday next, the 11th of January, 2018. We will meet at the Artois Lutheran Fellowship Hall at 6:30pm. Late arrivals and guests are welcome. So be safe in all you do and may you all have many blessings in the days ahead!

Mike Ellithorpe-KF6OBI 530-518-3730 Newsletter

Golden Empire ARS   Update from Golden Empire ARS
Posted February 3, 2018

The Prez' Says:

It's been a busy month.

I asked the VE team to go to Feather River Medical Center to give FCC exams. Three of the candidates passed and three did not. That was on Jan. 28.  On Feb. 1st. Gene and I will be going to a Carmichael club to set up a VE testing group.

Feb. 4 we will be testing at the Search and Rescue building. Please NOTE: On June 3rd we will have to move the test site, as we cannot use the Search and Rescue Building on that specific Sunday. I will obtain a new site for that one test date.

I believe we have guest speaker for our Feb. 16 meeting. Scott Petersen-KE6VUS, will give a presentation on the MESH system.

73, Tom Rider W6JS Newsletter

Member Updates and Feedback


K9LBC Winter Field Day Station
by Aaron Jones, K6ABJ, posted February 3, 2018


Pictured here is Brian Courtright, K9LBC, a newly licensed ham and a member of the North Hills Radio Club participating in his first contest. The contest was Winter Field Day 2018 (WFD) held at 19:00 UTC on January 27 to 19:00 UTC on January 28. The K9LBC Winter Field Day station event held at Folsom Lake was organized by Aaron Jones, K6ABJ. They competed in the “Outdoor” category, and stayed on site in the outdoors during the entire 24 hour event. Also creating a station and operating at the event was Joel Baldwin AI6DG. Jones learned about the contest and decided to organize a group of contesters after learning about the contest through the Sacramento Valley Section Newsletter.

Story and photos by Aaron Jones, K6ABJ.

One Ham's Opinion... Worth What It Cost... Probably Less!
by Alan Canton, K6AAI, submitted January 20, posted February 3, 2018


I thought the statement by the Board in the [ARRL January 18] newsletter was obscure and somewhat stilted. It was basically a typical bureaucratic response written by pubic sector lawyers trying to say something while actually saying nothing. The response did not address the topic and left me with more questions.

It seemed to me that the Board's response is saying that the items that Mr. Norton mentioned in his speech and his disagreement to them have not even been adopted by the board. So I don't know what to believe. I look to 'influencers" and "thought leaders" like you and others to help in forming an opinion. I did not know about the splinter groups you mentioned and I will check them out.

You know what troubles me more than anything about the ARRL? It is the low membership share. There are 700,000 hams in the country and 150,000 members which is only 21%. That is very low 'market penetration.'

When I've asked others about this I get the answer of "You know how cheap hams are." OK, I get that, but just about every ham as $1,000 tied up in his hobby and another $49 is not going to take any food (or beer!) off the table.

I was an ARRL member in 1960 (or '61) when I was 13 (or 14) years old and had a novice ticket. (I think the dues were maybe $5 a year!) ARRL (and ham radio) was a big deal.Every school had a 'radio club' and I sometimes think that half the 13 year old boys in the New York city area were hams. (I never knew a YL who was a ham back then... I would have dated her in a New York minute!) And EVERYONE with a ham ticket joined the ARRL if for no other reason than to get the magazine (we could buy CQ and 73 at a large news/magazine stand... there were many that dotted the corners New York streets... usually near subway stations.)

I think the ARRL management would be better served spending more of their time, treasure, and resources attracting a larger membership than dealing with internal codes of ethics and other non-issues to the membership.

A "Be a member, recruit a member" campaign might help. Perhaps offer a digital-only-QST membership price? Maybe offer a discount for brining in a friend? I don't think a 21% market-share is sustainable at the current level of league spending.

I hope the ARRL can easily and quickly resolve this internal conflict. If they take a hardcore "We know best for the membership" it is going to create a wide schism which will take years to resolve.

My advice to the board would be to drop the offensive new board rules, be as open as possible, allow board members the right to be honest and open to their constituents about ARRL policies, and *** MOVE ON *** to more important and pressing matters... like membership and HOA and the constant battle to preserve our bands from commercial encroachment.

Alan Canton, KM6AAI, Fair Oaks, CA,,

  Response and update:

These are my individual thoughts and do not represent official League policy.

I am aware of the controversy that appeared in the social media such as Ham Radio Nowwww.myarrlvoice.orgWrite Your Director and a Facebook Group. Those who organized those grass root responses impress me as genuinely motivated to protect the integrity of our representative process and the accountability of the League officials whom we elect.

I personally know CEO Tom Gallagher NY2RF to be competent and visionary in his leadership and am sad to hear of his retirement announcement. I also have met ARRL President Rick Roderick and Dick Norton, N6AA, the Southwest Division Director whom the Board censured for allegedly publicly criticizing the Code of Conduct.

In the January 18 ARRL Letter, President Rick Roderick K5UR wrote:

"Unfortunately, it was necessary for the Board to take the highly unusual action of publicly censuring one of its members recently. The Board heard the allegations made by an ARRL member of what transpired at an Amateur Radio event; it heard reports from other amateurs who were there, and it heard all the informa

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