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

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Springtime! May 2017 News

From the Section Manager

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

Section Manager Nomination

Thanks to the members who have endorsed and submitted the nomination for my re-election as Section Manager. I appreciate your confidence and support and will gladly continue serving as your Section Manager if you so desire.

From "Whenever more than one member is nominated in a single section, ballots will be mailed from Headquarters on or before July 1 to full members of record as of June 10 which is the closing date for nominations. Returns will be counted August 22. Section Managers elected as a result of the above procedure will take office October 1."

"If only one valid petition is received from a section, that nominee shall be declared elected without opposition for a two-year term beginning October 1."

April 20 Section Net Report

Thanks to Steve Sweetman, K6TAZ, who served as Net Control and to all who participated in the April 20 Section Nets. Twenty one stations participated in the 2 meter net over the WD6AXM repeater atop Sutter Buttes, and thirteen stations on the HF net on 3880 kHz LSB. The solar flux did not support a net on 5330.5 kHz.  This confirms the trend that we expect to observe during the next three years of decreasing solar activity of Solar Cycle 24.

Don't have an HF radio?  Tune in 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

Don't miss the Sunday May 21 North Hills Radio Club Hamfest at the Carmichael Elks Lodge.  The Hamfest opens at 7:00 am through 12 noon.  Roger and I look forward to see you at the ARRL booth.

ARRL Field Day

Save the June 24-25 weekend to attend ARRL Field Day, amateur radio's premier public outreach event.  Be sure to add your public Field Day site to the ARRL Field Day Station Locator. Log on to and click on the Field Day Locator link. Promote your Field Day event in your community and use hashtag #ARRLFD on social media.

Also mark your calendar for ARRL Exhibit and Special Event Station N6M at the Rocklin Maker Faire on Saturday, October 14 at Sierra College, Rocklin, CA.

We are currently recruiting for a new Affiliated Club Coordinator for our section. Please contact me if you are interested in assisting in this capacity.

Our 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 updated weekly with late breaking news.

Roger and I look forward to see you at the North Hills Radio Club Hamfest at the Carmichael Elks Lodge on May 21.

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)

Recent Past ARRL SV Section Managers: Ron Murdock, W6KJ, Jul 2007-Sep 2015 Casey McPartland, W7IB, Dec 2006-Jun 2007; Jettie Hill, W6RFF, Oct 2002-Nov 2006; Jerry Boyd, K6BZ, Apr 2000-Sep 2002; and Jettie Hill, W6RFF, 1989-2000.



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



  STEAM Expo Amateur Radio Exhibit at May 13 Girl Scouts STEAM Expo in Sacramento

Would you enjoy sharing your passion for amateur radio with girls who are curious about communications and electronics? On Saturday, May 13, from 2-6 pm hundreds of Girl Scouts of all ages will meet at the Sacramento Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, 6601 Elvas Ave, Sacramento, CA 95819 for their annual STEAM Expo celebrating women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Ours will be the first amateur radio exhibit at this annual event.

We plan to have a hands-on operational amateur radio station, literature about the ARRL, YLRL, Radio Scouting, and the new Girl Scouts Radio and Wireless Technology Patch Program.  Please contact Carol KP4MD at if you wish to assist at our booth.

California Distracted Driving Law Update Update on AB-1222 Amendment Bill to Distracted Driving Law 
posted April 29, 2017

I wish to thank Jim Aspinwall, NO1PC, Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, Glen Pitts K6KJQ and Mike Morris WA6ILQ for their diligent advocacy and work with the office of Assemblymember Bill Quirk, the California Assembly and the California Highway Patrol, and for the rank and file ARRL membership and radio amateurs throughout California who have signed on to support this effort to correct the ambiguous language in the existing law.  

The effort continues with some concerns over the language in the bill that will proceed to the California Senate.

For those who wish to keep updated on the status and contribute to the effort, I recommend Jim Aspinwall's detailed overview of the concerns and progress of the effort on his Hands-Free Information Site.

-Carol Milazzo, KP4MD

Radio Amateurs Effort to Amend AB1785 California Radio Amateurs Move to Amend Distracted Driving Law AB-1785
posted March 21, 2017

In the last two months since its posting, San Jose area radio amateur Jim Aspinwall, NO1PC's online grass roots petition to amend the ambiguous language in California's AB-1785 Distracted Driving Law has gathered over a thousand signatures in its support.

In a news story aired recently on KOVR-TV CBS13 Sacramento, Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, explained that the Distracted Driving Law was designed to curb smartphone texting while driving which has been identified as a safety hazard.  However, the ambiguous language in the law has also unintentionally rendered all commercial and amateur radio two-way mobile operation illegal in California.  The original author of AB-1785, California Assemblyman Bill Quirk (Assembly District 20) has confirmed that the law was not intended to ban amateur radio mobile operation and has recently introduced AB 1222, the purpose of which is to amend this law. Negotiations are underway and continuing between all of the stakeholders regarding appropriate language to modify this law.

Ham Radio Now: California Distracted Driving Law

In Ham Radio Now Episode 311, Gary Pearce KN4AQ and David Goldenberg WØDHG interview Norm Lucas and Jim Aspinwall for an in depth look at the drafting of the California AB-1785 Distracted Driving Law and how it came to negatively impact on commercial and amateur mobile two-way radio operation in California. They also describe the growing community effort to bring this problem to public attention and to lobby the California legislature for an amendment to this problematic law.

AB1785 on Amateur Radio Roundtable

Tom Medlin, W5KUB, also interviewed Jim Aspinwall about the effort to amend AB1785 on the March 21 episode of the Amateur Radio Roundtable podcast.

ARRL Weighs In on New California ‘Driving While Wireless’ Statute
from March 14, 2017

ARRL is recommending that Amateur Radio be specifically excluded from a California statute prohibiting the use of “wireless communication devices” while driving. ARRL Southwestern Division Vice Director Marty Woll, N6VI, is taking point on the effort to revise the statute, known by its legislative bill number AB 1785. It was signed into law last September, and it took effect on January 1, amending §23123.5 of the state’s Vehicle Code.

“ARRL has received a huge volume of inquiries and complaints about this statute in particular, since its enactment,” ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, wrote in a letter to Woll to provide guidance in amending the California statute. “I would urge that you present this letter at any meetings you have with California State legislators on this topic, thus to bring the issues contained herein to their attention.”

Read the full story here

HR 1301 Amateur Radio Parity Act Speeds to U.S. House Passage, Heads to U.S. Senate

From the ARRL National Web Site, January 24, 2017

Just 10 days after being introduced, the 2017 Amateur Radio Parity Act legislation, H.R. 555, passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week on unanimous consent under a suspension of House rules. The bill’s language is identical to that of the 2015 measure, H.R. 1301, which won House approval late last summer after attracting 126 co-sponsors, but failed to clear the U.S. Senate last fall as the 114th Congress wound down. The new bill, again sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), was introduced on January 13 with initial co-sponsorship by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), who chairs the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

“The grassroots effort of Amateur Radio operators across this nation in support of the Amateur Radio Parity Act has been remarkable, nothing like we have ever seen before,” ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said. “To all hams, keep going! Now is the time to charge forward with that same momentum to the Senate. We can do it!” The bill arrives in the U.S. Senate with ample time in which to garner its approval through an education campaign.

Read the full story here.

Update from Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, Section Technical Coordinator
Updated April 29, 2017

Spring is upon us and maybe the weather will change too.

I will be at the Reno swap for all of you that need QSL cards checked. Be sure to check the rules and contact me before the event.

We will also headed North this summer a few times and maybe a trip to Kings NP. So if you’re in that area and need cards check just let me know.

I also will be at Pacificon 2017 for the weekend and I’m sure that NCDXC will be there too. Stop by the table.

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

From Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD
Posted April 29, 2017

Call for Equipment Donations for Kid's "Radio Library"

Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD, is starting a Radio Library for local elementary school students who attend school workshops sponsored by the A Touch of Understanding disability inclusion and acceptance organization. This Radio Library will allow students parents to check out radios and accessories instead of books. The students parents return the amateur radio items to the library if the student loses interest in amateur radio or purchases his own equipment.

Duane is seeking amateur radio equipment donations to start this program. If interested please contact Duane at duanewyatt(at)

Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD,

FCC Amateur AuxiliaryFrom Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, 
Section Official Observer Coordinator
Posted January 11, 2016

Do you have what it takes to be an ARRL "Official Observer?"

Update October 12, 2016 - The ARRL and the FCC are currently working together to update and to make changes to the Official Observer/Amateur Auxiliary program. Because of these expected upcoming updates and changes, ARRL has placed a temporary hold on applications for new Official Observers and Official Observer Coordinators at this time.  Read more here.

The Official Observer (OO) program has been sponsored by the ARRL for more than 85 years to help Amateur Radio operators assist each other to operate their stations in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations.
Official Observer appointees have assisted thousands of Amateur Radio operators to maintain their transmitting equipment and comply with operating procedures and regulations. The object of the OO program is to notify amateurs of operating and technical irregularities before they come to the attention of the FCC and to recognize good operating practices.

The OO program serves as the first line of "eyes and ears" for the FCC. It is the backbone of the Amateur Auxiliary. OOs are certified in the Auxiliary by passing a mandatory written examination.

Federal Communications Commission FCC Issues Amateur Radio Service Rules for 630 Meters and 2,200 Meters
From, posted March 31, 2017

It’s been a long time coming, but the Amateur Service will get two new bands in the near future. The FCC on March 28 adopted rules that will allow secondary Amateur Radio access to 472-479 kHz (630 meters) and to 135.7-137.8 kHz (2,200 meters), with minor conditions. The FCC Report and Order spells out the details. It allocates 472-479 kHz to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis and amends Part 97 to provide for Amateur Service use of that band as well as of the previously allocated 135.7-137.8 kHz band. The R&O also amends Part 80 rules to authorize radio buoy operations in the 1900-2000 kHz band under a ship station license. Just when the new Part 97 rules will go into effect is difficult to determine just yet; more on that below.

Read the full story at

Update on FCC Deliberate Interference Case
Posted April 4, 2017

Recent filings related to a long-standing FCC case regarding deliberate interference on 3908 kHz is posted on the FCC website at,DESC
Additional information related to this matter is posted on the ARRL News

FCC Seeks Solar Array Interference Complaints
Submitted by Mike Kirkland, NS6Q, Posted February 14, 2017

I have been working for over a year to resolve an interference issue caused by a solar array a few houses down (daytime VHF noise level S9+ during the day).

In the mean time I talked with Ms Chen at the FCC. I mentioned that solar array interference is a big issue for hams. She said that I was the only one she knew about. She asked me to spread the word and have hams with solar array interference issues to do the following.

  1. Create an interference complaint with the FCC about your solar array interference issue at:
  2. Email her with the specifics of your solar array interference issue.
  3. Be sure to include the complaint ticket number and why you believe the solar array is the source of the interference issue.

Deborah Chen, Federal Agent / Electronics Engineer,

For everybody with a solar array interference issue, the FCC is listening and wants to hear from you.

73, Mike, NS6Q

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.  More infomation is posted under the "From the Section Manager" notes in the November 2016 Section News - Carol KP4MD

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.


Keep Our Digital Transmissions Legal on 60 Meters
Posted January 29, 2017

Our decreasing solar activity and residential antenna restrictions have attracted increasing numbers of radio amateurs to operate CW and weak signal digital modes on our lower HF frequencies including 60 meters. The five frequency channels that US amateur radio operators share on a secondary basis with US federal government users on 60 meters (5 MHz) pose unique requirements for CW and digital operators. As explained on, US radio amateur emissions on our 60m channels must be precisely centered in the center frequency of each assigned channel, that is, 5332.0, 5348.0, 5358.5, 5373.0 or 5405.0 kHz. Thus, for example, a CW signal on channel 3 (USB Dial frequency 5357.0 kHz) must be precisely on 5358.5 kHz. The same ARRL page explains that all digital emissions must also be centered in the channel center.

This may appear unreasonable to radio amateurs because a 2.8 kHz channel can accommodate many digital and CW transmissions simultaneously, and requiring multiple stations to operate on the same exact frequency would result in mutual interference. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)* explains this requirement in which states: "Allowing multiple emissions within the necessary bandwidth of the widest authorized modes (2.8 kHz) increases the possibility of harmful interference from secondary amateur stations to primary federal stations, and would make it more difficult for a federal station to identify an interfering amateur station. In addition, NTIA is concerned about the aggregate equivalent isotropically radiated power from multiple amateur stations transmitting within a single 2.8 kHz channel. Accordingly, NTIA requests that 47 C.F.R. Section 97.303(h) continue to require that amateur stations transmit only on the five center frequencies allocated to the amateur service."  (See

60 meter JT65 signals


This screenshot photo shows JT65 signals received on 60m Channel 3 (5357 kHz USB dial frequency) from 0300-0309 UTC on January 29, 2017. In the photo, the 5357 kHz dial frequency is at 0 Hz on the left side of the waterfall and the 5358.5 kHz channel center is at the 1500 Hz mark. Decodes of several US radio amateurs are seen transmitting JT65 emissions simultaneously on various frequencies throughout the channel 3 frequency range 5357-5360 kHz. This is the familiar appearance of a JT65 waterfall display on all other amateur radio bands; however, it does not meet the NTIA requirement that each US radio amateur transmission be centered on the 1500 Hz mark (the 5358.5 kHz channel center frequency). Richard Saunders, K6RBS, has posted the program settings for proper 60m JT65 operation here. 60 meter WSPR


The link lists recent WSPR mode emissions on 60 meters. One can scroll down that list and see how many A, K, N and W call signs have been transmitting WSPR mode outside the authorized 60 meter center channel frequencies.  Many US WSPR transmissions are now being observed on the WSPR software default 60m frequency of 5288 kHz, a completely unauthorized frequency for US radio amateurs.

Each licensee has the final responsibility for the lawful operation of his or her station.  Unfortunately, the increasing automation in our radios has apparently accustomed some to falsely assume that the radio will correct for operator carelessness and ignorance of regulations.  Our cooperation with NTIA requirements is essential for our continued access to the 60m channels and for possible future access to the new ITU worldwide 60 meter allocation at 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz. (See and Please be aware of these requirements if you intend to or currently operate CW or digital modes on our shared 60m allocations. The Amateur Auxiliary is documenting this matter and hopes to raise its awareness in the wider amateur radio community.

-Carol Milazzo, KP4MD

*The NTIA is the federal authority that coordinates radio spectrum use for the US military and federal government while the FCC serves in this capacity for civilian radio spectrum users.

Amateur Radio Emergency ServiceMay 13 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted April 29, 2017

The next Sacramento County ARES training and meeting is scheduled for Saturday May 13, 2017 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

Red Cross Award to ARRL Sacramento Valley SEC, Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT
Posted April 29, 2017

Mr. Robin Friedman presenting certificate of appreciation to Greg Kruckewitt KG6SJT Greg Kruckewitt KG6SJT has been instrumental in the development of flmsg HTML custom templates of Red Cross disaster forms. These templates used with flmsg optimize disaster messaging communications over data circuits by removing form variable data, i.e., the message itself, from the overall form. Saved to a small object file, the message can then be moved efficiently over an HF, VHF, or UHF data circuit.

During the April Red Cross Disaster Leadership Council meeting, Mr. Robin Friedman, Red Cross Regional Disaster Program Officer, presented with Greg with a Certificate of Appreciation inscribed:

Greg Kruckewitt Award for Excellence Service to the American Red Cross Gold Country Region.
In recognition of your outstanding contributions for your many hours of effort developing Red Cross disaster forms templates suitable for transmission over digital radio circuits.  Your contributions reflect highly on the Red Cross mission and on the partnership between the American Red Cross and the Amateur Radio Relay League.

Photo caption: Mr. Robin Friedman presenting certificate of appreciation to Greg Kruckewitt KG6SJT.

Club and Member News

Update from Amador County ARC
Posted April 29, 2017

April was a busy month for the club. We assisted two bicycle clubs with communication for their rides in the country side. The first was the ride in and around Amador County which featured 1,500 riders on a 30 mile or 60 mile ride. The event went smoothly and any incidents where assistance was required was handled efficiently through the use of a radio operator riding with their club's "assistance vehicles". The second ride was two weeks later and covered several courses ranging from 30 to 120 miles in both Amador and El Dorado counties. This is a ride with some serious terrain but the event went well. Then there was a situation with a woman missing from her home in mountain terrain which involved a large number of personnel including a National Guard helicopter. The club ARES component was put on alert and provided support to that operation. The club meetings feature interesting presentations and a licensing class is planned for June for both Technician and General. 73, John Stettler, ACARC PIO

River City ARCS Update from River City ARCS
Posted April 29, 2017


Hi everyone - I hope April's meeting went well with "Winter Field Day". I had a great time in Bordeaux, France. The trip was on UniWorld's river boat, The "MS River Royale". Unfortunately, I couldn't fit all of you in my suitcase, so I asked Paul McIntyre to give you my apologies. Touring the Bordeaux country side, I did look for anything that looked like an amateur radio antenna but didn't see one, unless it was disguised as a grape vine and there were millions and millions of those. My only disappointment was not seeing the insides of the WWII German U-Boat sub pen - (see image)

Anyway, back to the present. Field Day is 2 months away. The thought of operating only on batteries and solar systems for maximum points, has motivated me to give a presentation on "solar for hams" at the May meeting. I started building an off-grid solar system back in 2003, mainly motivated by the Enron fiasco 20 years earlier, where I was without of power for a week. My beginning off-grid system was small, but adequate to run a transceiver and supporting instruments as long as I had sun during the day to recharge the batteries if they were used. The current system has more storage power and panels to keep the batteries charged even with a few days without sun and supply power for things that require power 24/7. Hope you can make it to the meeting and find the presentation useful. Until then.

73, Ed, WA6QYO  Newsletter

Yuba Sutter ARC Update from Yuba-Sutter ARC
Posted April 30, 2017


The next general meeting will be held May 2nd at the Caltrans Building in Marysville. Yuba Sutter Domestic Animal Disaster Assistance will be giving a talk about what they do and how radio plays a part.  Come to the meeting, help plan, and volunteer to help out.

Field Day is coming up June 24-25, 2017.  Chris McLain (KK6VZD) and Mark Peters (KA6FFM) scouted two potential locations to hold Field Day.  One was a private residence in Browns Valley and the other Sycamore Ranch.  Other possible locations are Hammon Grove and Live Oak High School.

Committee members are needed to help with planning such as dinner, set up, etc.  Also needed is loan of equipment and antennas to use during the event.


✓YSARC’s new web page is: - click on the upper right-hand icon on the homepage to join the club’s Facebook pagePast issue’s of the VHN are available on our new website.

✓Send your ham related articles and pictures to share in your VHN. Pictures of ham shacks, antenna projects, antenna parties, etc. are appreciated or


Sierra Foothills ARC Update from Sierra Foothills ARC
Posted May 1, 2017

Ongoing club activities - Thursday night net at 7:30pm / Elmer Net 1st & 3rd Wednesdays / Club Breakfast last Saturday / Board (6pm) and General Meetings 2nd Friday, monthly at 7:30pm / VE Exams first Saturday, monthly at 8am in Raley's Granite Bay. More information at:

VE team had 10 candidates resulting in 4 Technician, 1 General and 1 Extra class licensees.

Hamfest 2017 was a success and planning for Hamfest 18 is already underway. Thanks to everyone who came by the swap.

Field Day - Al, NI2U is the Chairperson and is looking for more volunteers. The club site at Nyack is on the ARRL Field Day Locator map. Hope everyone can drop by and enjoy the fun.

Club Library - Jim, WA8MPA has organized a book lending library, complete with cards. These books are available for checkout by club members. We hope to have information posted on the club website soon.

Extra activity - George, KG6LSB organizes our communications support of the neighborhoods. Next event will be Tour de Cure, the American Diabetes Association's bike run Saturday, May 20th

SFARC April 14 Program

The Club Picnic will be held again in Applegate Park in August.

Greg, KO6TH not only gives us a satellite report each Thursday net, he also has been doing a video of each Tech 4 Ten and Main Program of each club meeting. They can be found by clicking on the menu item: W6EK Videos

Not being daunted by the lack of my audio files, we pressed on regardless and did the program for Sierra Foothills ARC April 14th.

This was a SWOT (Sidewinders on Two) oriented talk about what else can be done on 2 meters besides FM. The talk was dedicated to Larry, W6OMF/sk in his honor for making the SWOT group of Northern California a very active club.

So, grab something to drink, perhaps coffee so you don't fall asleep :) and take a look:

73, Carl, WF6J, ARRL PIO  Newsletter

Elk Grove-Florin ARC Update from Elk Grove-Florin ARC
Posted March 31, 2017

Our March meeting included an excellent discussion of Basic Antennas by Phil Sittner, KD6RM. Phil had an excellent Power Point Presentation which can be viewed on our website, Click on Documents > Presentations to view it. Thank You, Phil!

Our subject for our April Meeting will be Batteries and Steve, W6WBO, will be our presenter.

Plans for our Field Day are moving along. Chris, KF6JFO, our President and Field Day Captain has secured a location in Sloughhouse (Davis Ranch). We are also exploring the possibility of a booth at upcoming ELK GROVE WESTERN FESTIVAL coming up in May. We hope to do a little PR work for Ham Radio in Elk Grove.

Submitted by Paul Grose, N6DRY

Oroville ARS Update from Oroville ARS
Posted April 30, 2017

The OARS Monthly Breakfast will take place this Saturday, 29 April 2017, 9 am, at The Waffle Shop, 2107 Feather River Blvd (across the street from Applebee’s) in Oroville. Hope to see everyone there. 73, Jim, W7XZ

The monthly meeting of OARS ( will take place this Friday, 14 April 2017, 7 pm, at 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 (due to the date being Good Friday, there is the possibility of a slight delay in beginning the social hour). The program, presented by Vice President Ted, N6TBC, is to be devoted to using an MFJ-259C antenna analyzer for measuring feedline characteristics, such as reflection coefficient, return loss and attenuation in coaxial cables. Ted invites anyone with an available length of coax to bring it to the meeting for measurement. Hope everyone can attend. PS Sorry for the delay in sending out this announcement. XYL Trudy was admitted to Oroville Hospital this past Monday with a couple problems, but seems to be improving.

73, Jim, W7XZ

QCWA Update from SOTARS/QCWA Chapter 169
Posted April 10, 2017

Our meeting is Wednesday, April 12th. Lunch (or breakfast) is at eleven. Denny's serves breakfast all day. As usual, the group will be called to order at Noon in the meeting room.

The program for this month will be TXFactor, Episode 15, the first part is on remote operation with the Icom 7300. The last half is on Amateur Television, (ATV) which may have to be shown next month due to the overall length of the video.

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 come and enjoy the good food and fellowship.

North Hills RC Update from North Hills RC
Posted April 2, 2017

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

This month's meeting will include a presenation by Mark Naber KF6IDO on the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN)

Join us at our April meeting of the North Hills Radio Club, where Mark will talk with the club about his adventures in emergency communications using AREDN.

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 call sign N6NFF

NORTH HILLS RADIO CLUB’s 42nd ANNUAL HAMFEST SUNDAY MAY 21, 2017 From 700am-1200pm At the Carmichael Elks Lodge #2103, 5631 Cypress Ave, Carmichael, CA. 95608. PRIZES will be announced each hour. Grand Prize is a Yaesu FT-60R Hand Held. Other prizes Astron power supply & Wouxun 2M/440 HT.

Directions: Interstate 80 to Madison then Right on Manzanita then RIGHT on Cypress we’re 2 blocks on the right. K6IS Repeater Talk in: 145.190Mhz – 162.2Hz or 224.400Mhz – 162.2Hz

Download Hamfest Flyer

Nevada County ARC Update from Nevada County ARC
Posted April 16, 2017


Since the club is still without an official Secretary, the following is an entirely unofficial account of the events of the March meeting. Which is OK, because, to the knowledge of your intrepid reporter, no official business occurred at that meeting. Hopefully we will have an officially elected Secretary soon.

There were 29 attendees according to an unofficial count, and a great presentation on receivers by Walt N6HNS


Walt gave us a great history of receivers and the history of amateur receiver construction and the development of receivers toward the modern superheterodyning receiver.

Among the books he pointed us toward were Building Radio Outfits from 1909, and Civilian at Risk by our own Keeper of Shaggy Dog Stories, Ken Blue, K06H. Amazon link:

Walt took us from early coherer units and magnetic detectors to the Marconi Multiple Tuner (with tuning performed at each stage of the receiver) to the Audion and crystal units to the regenerative radio, the TRF, and finally our familiar modern superhet. Which uses a tunable front end that produces a fixed beat frequency for a fixed frequency intermediate stage before the audio finals. This improves the selectivity of the front end while allowing for the following stages to be designed to work well at the chosen intermediate frequency.

73, Walt, N6HNS        Newsletter

Samuel F. Morse ARC Update from Samuel F Morse ARC
Posted April 30, 2017


The W6SFM Samuel F Morse Radio Club April meeting was called to order by club President Mike, N6MQL with 12 members in attendance.

In an effort to keep all of the clubs members and guests who were either unavailable or out of state / city closely involved, The SFM ARC now provides a LIVE FEED via our on-line LiveStream video services. This live feed can be found on the homepage by clicking on the Live Feed! link at the top of our page. On-line turn out was slightly lower than last months 3 viewers, however the club held an audience with 2 views on the night of the meeting, and a few additional watching the recorded playback. A copy of our in-person meeting are made available on our LiveStream account or by going to the W6SFM Live Feed! link on our homepage. To watch the meeting, or any of our pre-recorded videos simply click on the play button that says "Watch again". You can then scroll to select the video that you would like to watch.

Member Norm, WB6RVR presented to us the latest update to the California "Hands-Free Public Safety Law" (ab1785). Other club business and ARRL news and information was discussed at the meeting along with the current band conditions based on our own personal on-air experiences.

Each Year in honor of April Fools day the W6SFM presents its annual Bogus Story Contest. This contest is geared around finding the most entertaining "bogus story". The story should be some stretch of the truth about the member telling it, or just something completely made up. The only important thing is, it should be Ham Radio related, and Entertaining to all. Out of the 8 participants, this years' unanimous winner was Carol KP4MD with her story, “How I came to love Radiotelegraphy”.

For "show and tell", member Bob KJ6CA brought with him his QRP J36 mini-bug to display to the group. This TINY J36 bug has all of the adjustable features of its larger ancestors. Constructed of over 100 component parts, all tension limit and contact elements are present. Bright nickel-plated brass furniture, solid silver contacts, an operating "shorting switch" and many other features make this key truly unique at ¼ scale size.

Our next SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held at its normal time and location May 4th (followed by our June 1st meeting). The SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held in the Howard Crowley room upstairs at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church. More information including a Google Map is available on the homepage of our website. At our May meeting, we will be discussing the biannual W6SFM Bug Roundup Event and results of our Kids Day in the park event. We will also have a presentation on the importance of a proper station ground.

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

Each Tuesday of the week 8:00 PM on 3.545 MHz the SFM ARC enjoys getting on the air with CW for our weekly Nets. You do NOT need to be a member of the SFM ARC to check into our nets and we encourage you to invite a friend to join us as well. Although our nets usually run around 13 wpm code, we are all happy to accommodate those that are slower and need us to oblige. If you are unable to copy Morse Code or need some code practice please feel free to visit our on-line LIVE streaming broadcast of both the Audio and a CW to Text decoding of the meeting. The “LIVE FEED” link can be found on our home page of our website.

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

Chris AI6U


Western Placer ARC Update from Western Placer ARC
Posted March 10, 2017

Our Next Club Meetings are Mar 21, 2017. 5:30 – Board Meeting. 7:00 – Members Meeting. Woodcreek Oaks Golf Club, 5880 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd., Roseville, California

Scheduled Speaker and Topic: Michael Buck and Jerry Haar will do a demonstration on the Kenwood TS-2000 and Sky Command II. This allows anyone with a 2M HT to get on an HF radio remotely. You could take part in Field Day QSO right from your home! Join us to see how its done!

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 Legends at Woodcreek Oaks Golf Club, 5880 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd., Roseville.


Tour de Lincoln Date Announced

Roger K6OU announced that the Tour de Lincoln date is now set for May 6. Clear your calendar now and plan to help out at this annual event working as a SAG wagon on the course or operating from a fixed rest stop location. Many hands make for light work and shorter shifts. Sign up at a club meeting or other club activity.

WPARC 2017 Hamfest Date Announced

Katy KJ6YCP announced that our WPARC 2017 Hamfest date will be Saturday, Sep 16. Start setting your ham radio treasures aside for the next owner, and plan to attend this annual event. Be thinking about volunteering a few hours to make this year another success!

2017 WPARC Dues are Due.

WPARC Member Dues are due in January of each year. Dues remain the same as previous years: $24 individual, $36 family, and $12 active military and under age 18. Bring your check to a club meeting or mail to POB 1173, Lincoln CA 95648.

Wires X Node on Yaesu System Fusion Radios

We now have a test Wires X node set up for club members to try. For those unfamiliar with Wires X, it is similar to Echolink or Allstar. The node is located at Art’s QTH for the test and is on 145.700. The system consists of a Yaesu FTM-400 DR dual band (2 meters/70 cm) and a Yaesu Wires X box. If the tests are successful (which they appear to be to date) we will link the node with the repeater. This is a significant benefit to the club and greatly increases the versitility and reach of the repeater. Anyone with a System Fusion radio can join in.

System Fusion Net Popularity Increasing as Members Acquire SF Radios

The Monday 8:30 PM 2 meter System Fusion net is growing rapidly. A number of club members have obtained a Yaesu model that offers System Fusion, from HTs to mobiles, to base stations. Of course, the System Fusion radios will also work on standard analog modes. Several people have new radios on order and we should see the net grow even more in the near future. In addition to many club members, we are hearing many visitors from a wide area on the repeater for this net. Also, the Thursday 2 meter and HF nets are growing. Monday Jan 2nd had the largest number of HF check ins ever. We also have recently heard check ins on the repeater from areas as far away as Dixon, Woodland, and Davis.

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