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Sacramento Valley

Sacramento Valley

Contact Information

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

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January 2017 News

From the Section Manager

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

This month's news features news and happening from clubs and members around our section.

As of the first of January, Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT assumes duties as our new Sacramento Valley Section ARES Emergency Coordinator.  We look forward to Greg's leadership and direction for the future of our ARES organization.  I sincerely thank Frank Reshke N6SNO who is stepping down from his long and dedicated service in that capacity.  Thanks also to Ken Wilson, K6WLS, who will step up to serve at the new District 3 Emergency Coordinator.

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.

We sincerely wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year!

73, 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


Update from Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, Section Technical Coordinator
Updated December 31, 2016

Hope that everyone had a great year. NPOTA is about to end and there should be a few WAS application coming in. It was fun and I can’t wait to see what is next.

I will be out and about in Northern California this coming year. We plan on stopping at some club meetings in Northern California and doing a few SOTA’s too.

I will be able to do WAS, VUCC, WAC, and DXCC at the meetings and if possible at the SOTA locations too.
For on the spot, in the field new DXCC applications you will need to have an on-line application fill out and printed.
If you have an old fashion DXCC paper style application or over 100 QSL cards I may need to take them home to do. Contact me for more information.
If you are doing a LOTW application with QSL cards too and having problems contact me, I may be able to help.
Any questions just email me. You need to contact me before I can do an application in the field.

I will be at several ham swaps this year in NorCal and maybe Nevada including Pacificon 2017. If you can’t get to Sacramento to drop off your application contact me, I love road trips and we can meet somewhere.

Happy New Years everyone…………….

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

From Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD, Section Youth Coordinator
Posted April 29, 2016

Kid's Club Project Update

Duane Wyatt WA0MJD has been working on a project to expose children with health issues to amateur radio and morse code. He has developed Kid's Club units to accomplish this. Script and photos of Kid's Club are seen in the project website at

Child Life staff at St. Jude's Research Hospital for Children have gladly agreed to accept a Kid's Club donation.

Duane is requesting help to pay for the assembly of a Kid's Club unit to give them. Each unit costs approximately $500 to assemble. Please contact Duane at duanewyatt(at) or (916) 677-9799

Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD,
ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Youth Coordinator
(916) 677-9799


From 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.

FCC Amateur Auxiliary 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.

Norm is scheduled to give a presentation on the ARRL Official Observer Program at the January 14th meeting of the Elk Grove Florin Amateur Radio Club (see below) - Carol KP4MD

Frank Reshke N6SNO and Greg Kruckewitt KG6SJT 35 Amateur Radio Operators Support the 34th California International Marathon - December 4, 2016
Posted December 5, 2016

The 34th California International Marathon (CIM), hosted by the Sacramento Running Association, drew over 9000 runners for this 26.2-mile race from Folsom to downtown Sacramento and an additional 3,500 runners for the Relay Challenge. The CIM is a recognized qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.

Thirty five amateur radio operators from multiple counties in Northern California worked together to support communications for this event.

The Amateur radio communications teams were directed by Sacramento Valley Section Emergency Coordinator Frank Reshke N6SNO who was working his 29th CIM run. The ham radio operators provided communications between the seventeen Aid Stations, three Relay Locations, and SAG buses. They passed lead runner information as well as coordinating the tracking of runners who dropped out and needed rides to the finish line, and passing Aid Station requests for needed materials, and safety concerns.

Ham operators also used fire department 800 mHz trunked radios to communicate with Command. The 800 mHz radios were used to pass medical information from Aid Stations to the fire department personnel in the Mobile Incident Command Center communications trailer for dispatch of medical assistance.

Thank you to all the radio operators for volunteering their time to make this event a great success.

Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, ARRL Sacramento Valley Section, District 3 Emergency Coordinator

Amateur Radio Emergency ServiceJanuary 14 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted December 31, 2016

The next Sacramento County ARES training and meeting is scheduled for Saturday January 14, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Vince Cracchiolo KI6NHP is the new Sacramento County EC.

For more information, visit the Sacramento County ARES web site

Don N6DPH on left Greg KG6SJT on right in the radio room at Sutter Roseville Medical Center.  Photo by Carl First, N6CKV Placer County ARES Participates in Sutter Roseville MCI Drill
Posted December 1, 2016

On November 30th Sutter Roseville Medical Center held an Active Shooter Mass Causality Incident Drill. Placer County ARES along with help from Yolo and Sacramento ARES participated in the drill. The drill involved 3 shooters and a bomb vest, there were 22 drill victims. The hams passed traffic between Sutter Roseville and Sutter Auburn. Both voice and digital modes were used successfully. In the lesions learned the hams found that hand held radios cannot transmit out of the concrete buildings within the Sutter Roseville campus, not only did this affect ham communications but it also affected the SWAT teams communications.

Thanks to KG6LSB, N6DPH, KG6SJT, W6TOC, N6CKV, WU6X, NI2U, and Michael for participating.

Photo credit: Don N6DPH on left Greg KG6SJT on right in the radio room at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Photo by Carl First, N6CKV

Carl N6CKV, Placer County EC

Congratulations also to Placer County ARES for your media hit with members seen in the KCRA-TV News Story - Carol, KP4MD

Update from Jim Piper, N6MED
Posted December 31, 2016

The American Red Cross Gold Country Region with 24 northern California which eclipses counties the ARRL Sacramento Valley Section, looks to ARES for disaster communications support when the telecommunications infrastructure is impacted into and out of a disaster area.

As experienced during a Red Cross shelter exercise in April 2015 in which we opened shelters from Cottonwood near Redding to San Andreas and Stockton, long haul voice radio communications can be a challenge within the Section. During a real disaster, the challenge is exacerbated by the length of general messages and logistics requests within the initial 12 to 96 hours of a Red Cross disaster response where the telecommunications infrastructure – dial-up, cell phone, and Internet access are all impacted.

Since the exercise, locally we have been working on a solution for efficiently and effectively passing our longer message traffic (i.e., messages longer than a couple dozen words that can otherwise be easily passed via voice). Traffic handling via an rf path can be a challenge during “blue skies” and can require frequent training and exercise. Complicate this existing challenge further with potentially verbose messages that lack the brevity required for transmission over an rf path. Complicate this challenge further with the potential for transcription errors* at the near and far end of path with hand written messages from author to radio operator (RO) and RO to addressee. *Consider the problem when an RO who mis-transcribes the name of a medication a client is taking and needs!

We went through an iterative process evaluating Winlink and its selection of forms templates, flmsg (part of the fldigi suite), various ARES message templates, and Red Cross volunteers pushing back at possibly “… having to learn yet another program?!?”). The most viable solution at which we arrived was to create an interface that was v-e-r-y easy for a non-ham to learn and a message creation/editing/viewing environment.

The resultant was an “agency specific” flmsg interface that Mr. fldigi himself, Dave Freese W1HKJ, created that could be used by virtually any agency and the creation of message templates in HTML. The form appears as a simple window with “Create Message,” “Edit Message,” and “View Message” in a browser -- an interface with which the casual Red Cross computer user should be familiar.
Message process will be:

  • Author uses flmsg to create a message saved to an flmsg text object file.
  • Author hands off the message (e.g., on a thumb drive) to the RO for handling.
  • RO uses whatever means to move the traffic, whether Winlink, NBEMS, Outpost/AX.25, sneaker net, etc.
  • RO at destination prints out (if facility available) or hands message object file to addressee.
  • Addressee manages information in message accordingly.

We will be deploying flmsg 4.0.1 together with the Red Cross 213 General Message and Red Cross Disaster Requisition templates (now complete) within our region. We have in the development chain an flmsg HTML template for the Safe and Well data registration form. Training in-house is on-going. With the help of Greg Kruckewitt KG6SJT (whose help, among others, has been instrumental in this project), we will disseminate the Red Cross ICS 213, the Disaster Requisition 6409, and when available, the Safe and Well Registration templates. flmsg 4.0.1 is available now for download from the fldigi download site. We would like to continue to look forward to ARES support when ‘stuff’ happens.

Best regards, Jim / RN / N6MED

Jim Piper, N6MED

Club and Member News

Norman Brooks, K6FO (SK) Norman Brooks K6FO (SK)
Posted December 1, 2016

ARRL Life member Norm Brooks, K6FO passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. His 100th birthday was on June 1. Among his many accomplishments and interests, Norm earned DX Century Club and Worked All States awards, and operated 160 meters through 70 cm. Norm was a member of ARRL (Life), AMSAT, QCWA, 10-10 International, the Northern California DX Club, the 3905 Century Club, North Hills Radio Club, Mt. Vaca Radio Club and the River City Amateur Radio Communications Society (Life). He was a staff writer for WorldRadio Magazine and was published in QST.

A Celebration of Life will be planned within the next two months. Norm is survived by his daughter Kaayla Jaret KA6YLA.

Elk Grove-Florin ARC Update from Elk Grove-Florin ARC
Posted December 31, 2016

At our final meeting of the year on December 10th, the Elk Grove Florin ARC said goodbye to 2016 with its annual Holiday Potluck. About 30 folks enjoy great home-cooked food. We honored our outgoing officers and board members with certificates of appreciation for their hard work and leadership throughout the year. Laura Grossman, Crime Prevention Specialist for Sheriff was our guest. We presented her with toys for the Sheriff’s annual Toy Drive.

Our new Board with take office on January 1, 2017 and we look forward to another successful and fun year. Our first meeting of the year will be Saturday, January 14th at 7:00 pm. We meet each 2nd Saturday of the month at the Sheriff’s Central Division Community Room located at 7000 65th Street, Sacramento, CA. 95823.

Our guest speaker for the January meeting will be Norm Lucas, WB6RVR. Norm is the ARRL’s Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator. Everyone is invited to join us in learning more about this program which is so vital to our Hobby.

Submitted by Paul Grose, N6DRY

Oroville ARS Update from Oroville ARS
Posted December 31, 2016

The OARS Monthly Breakfast will take place this Saturday, the last one of the month and 2016, 31 December 2016, 9 am, at The Waffle Shop, 2107 Feather River Blvd (across the street from Applebee’s) in Oroville. Hope to see everyone there.

73 and Happy New Year,Jim, W7XZ

Black Eyed Peas Party Russell Quackenbush, N0EFX, SK

It is with deep sadness I report that Russell, N0EFX, became a Silent Key on Wednesday. Below is the text of daughter in law Christie’s notification:

Jim - this is Shirley's daughter and I am writing this email on behalf of Shirley. I don't know if you have heard, but if not I am sorry to let you know that Russell passed away yesterday, December 28. We are planning a service for next Saturday, January 7 at 11:00 am at First Congregational Church at 1715 Bird Street, with a simple lunch served after the service, and all are welcome to attend. I would appreciate it if you could share this information with the other OARS members at your breakfast on Saturday.

As you might imagine, this is a difficult time for our family, and Shirley has asked people to please send emails rather than calls right now. Thank you for your understanding - Christie Fischetti

I’m planning to attend the service a week from tomorry (7 Jan). 73, Jim

January 1 Black Eyed Peas Party

The announcement at the right was forwarded on behalf of KM6FON. Sounds like fun.

73, Jim, W7XZ

QCWA Update from SOTARS/QCWA Chapter 169
Posted Decemer 10, 2016

The next meeting is Wednesday, December 14th. 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 part of TX Factor, Episode 13. The first section is on digital transceivers and the second is about weather and atmospheric conditions and how they affect propagation.

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 December 1, 2016

The North Hills Radio Club had two fairly busy months. During our October meeting, we had the most successful White Elephant Sale we've had in a very long time. We also took nominations for election of officers which would take place the following month of November. During October we welcomed a new net manager and a new repeater trustee. Greg Bawolski, KK6WSP is our new net manager, succeeding Rick Fazzino, N6RIK, who moved out of state at the end of the month. Our thanks goes to Greg for being willing to take Rick's place. Greg is also the manager of our We invite all to log onto our site and see for yourself how much improved it is! Thanks to Rick, N6RIK for serving as net manager for the past four years. During October a new repeater trustee was appointed. His name is Ryan Larkin, amateur callsign W6RNL. He succeeds Glenn Mcclain, WA7SPY who has served for several years. Glenn asked to be relieved as trustee do to other things taking place in his life right now. Ryan has been under Glenn's wing for the past several years, with the thought being that he would one day become trustee. That day has come. Ryan's appointment as trustee became official on November 21. We would sincerely like to thank Glenn for serving as trustee for the past number of years. He quite litterally brought our K6IS repeater back from the dead! Glenn should also be thanked for installing IRLP, Internet Radio Linking Project to our K6IS repeater. We wish Glenn, who is a life member of our club, well in his future endeavors. We're sure that Ryan will be able to fill Glenn's shoes quite well. We wish Ryan the best of luck. In the coming weeks, Ryan will be adding EchoLink onto the repeater along with IRLP. Our IRLPp and soon-to-be EchoLink nodes are open to all licensed hams in the Sacramento area.

During our November 15 meeting we held our election of officers. Kaayla Jaret, KA6YLA, is the new NHRC president. The out going president, Doug Emerson, N6NFF, drops down one rung of the ladder to vice-president. Our current secretary-treasurer, Maynard Wright, W6PAP, chose not to stand for re-election. Taking his place will be a young man by the name of Arren Jones, K6ABJ. He is the son of Stan Jones, N6ATS, who also is a member of nhrc. We welcome Paul Young, KA6PDY back to the board as a director. He will succeed Chris Gifford, KJ6LZR who, for health and personal reasons, chose not to run for another term. Thanks, little zipper wripper, for your service. We welcome Eric Handle to the board as a director. He'll take the seat being vacated by Kaayla in lieu of her elevation to the presidency. Two things about Kaayla. She is the daughter of Norm Brooks, K6FO who became a silent key recently. Kaayla is the forty-fifth president of The North Hills Radio Club. She is the first YL to become president of the NHRC. I know I speak for all members of the club when I say, "Good luck, Kaayla". Also, Thank you Maynard, for your many years of service to our club. Maynard has held all four offices of the club. One year, he held all four offices at once!

The final activity of the year will be our annual Christmas dinner, to be held on Tuesday evening, December 13. We will meet from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at Brookfield's Restaurant in Sacramento. All who are members in good standing of the club are invited to attend. If you plan to come, don't be shy about bringing a guest along.

As for me, I sincerely appreciate our club giving me the chance to serve as president for the past six years. I know that once the gavel has been passed to President Kaayla, she'll do a bang-up job as president. I'll do my dead level best to serve as VP. I've also enjoyed sending these articles to you, bad spelling and typos not withstanding. I don't know if Kaayla will want me to continue, do it herself or find someone else. So, thanks for reading. From all of us in the NHRC, have a very Merry Christmas and New Year. I'll see all NHRC members at our first meeting on Tuesday evening, January 17, 2017.

Sincerely, Doug Emerson, President, North Hills Radio Club. Amateur call N6NFF

River City ARCS Update from River City ARCS
Posted December 5, 2016


The River City ARCS Membership Holiday Dinner will be held Tuesday December 6 from 6:00-9:00 pm at Sam's Hof Brau, 2500 Watt Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821 This is a Family Event!  Current club members bring your family, guest or significant other for dinner, the Lyle Aufranc Award presentation, prize drawings and great company!  If you wish to donate to our toy drive for needy children at WEAVE, please bring an unwrapped toy (up to $10 value) for collection at this Holiday Dinner Meeting.

Volunteers to help with our room setup please contact Marie Martin now

From the President

Thanks Carol, KP4MD for the interesting DX presentation at our November meeting. The Buddistick antenna’s performance vs the loop was informative. Congratulations to all the reelected Board, officers and our new president Ed, WA6QYO. I hope all the members continue to give their efforts to help the club be successful.

In just a few days, our Christmas Party will be held at Sam’s Hof Brau. This will also be our December meeting so I hope to see all of you there. Watch out for door prizes, good fellowship, and a great meal - anything your heart desires (that is available at Sam’s and your wallet or credit card can handle).

Our January meeting will be an Elmer night. Phil, KD6RM has organized the meeting where experts will be at tables helping those with specific questions.

As my term ends, I would like to thank the Board for its help to bring interesting speakers to the meeting and ramroding our activities. Their efforts made my tenure easy and enjoyable. I plan to be at most of the activities next year, so you can’t get rid of me that easily! Now my quartet will not have to find a substitute violinist as often.

For those continuing to follow my tower project, we installed conduit to hold transmission and control lines and 120V power. Then it rained. The trench filled with water and the conduit acted like a boat – it floated. I had driven in short pieces of rebar and wired the pipes down but the pipes pulled the rebar out of the ground! After a session with a sump pump and 4 yards of sand, it’s now time to pull lines and connect a carrier line for the bundle of cables to go into the house. Again, more calls to DX Engineering and trips to the electrical supply store and Home Depot. The project continues.

See everyone at the party, 73, Bob, N6PGQ     Newsletter

Nevada County ARC Update from Nevada County ARC
Posted December 9, 2016

Just a reminder – we will be having a regular club meeting next Monday, December 12. We’ve already had our holiday potluck dinner meeting in November, so don’t bring any side dishes/dessert to the December meeting. If the weather is extra cold, we may be asked to move our meeting into the church building, but, we’ve done this before and will have people directing you to the church if we do get moved. So, again – regular club meeting next Monday 73 Walt, N6HNS        November Meeting Flyer

Sierra Foothills ARC Update from Sierra Foothills ARC
Posted December 9, 2016

President's Message Party Time!

We have made to the end of yet another year so it is time to PARTY! All members and their spouses are cordially invited to the Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club Annual Christmas Party, Saturday, December 10, starting at 6:00 PM in the Auburn Veterans Memorial Hall (100 East St., Auburn, CA). This is a potluck. The Club is bringing the turkey, ham, beverages, paper ware, decorations, and condiments. Please go to our website,, scroll down to Christmas Party and click sign-up to bring your favorite dish, dessert or hors d’oeuvre.

We will have several Drawings, so bring cash!

First we have the Lady’s Drawing. All ladies in attendance will receive one ticket. No cash necessary, just your smiling face. ;-)

Second, will be the Club Drawing, you’ll want to make a cash donation for this one! The more tickets you buy, the better your chances are to WIN the Grand Prize, $300 Gift Certificate to Ham Radio Outlet!! There will be four (4) runner-up prizes of $50 each!

New this year is a Food Drive Drawing. It is important that our Club offer assistance to those in our community that might need a little help to make the holiday season special. To that end, for each non-perishable food item you bring to the party, you will get one drawing ticket. The more you bring, the better your chances are. All items collected will be delivered to the Auburn Interfaith Food Closet. Please check out their website if you would like more information. So be sure to make a trip to the grocery store or raid your pantry before you come!! You’ll be putting a smile on someone’s face.


I was remiss in mentioned our annual White Elephant Sale in last month’s Newsletter. It was another resounding success! Bob, K6UDA, and Tyghe, W6TGR, once again entertained and cajoled the money out of our wallets to the tune of over $700! The money gets allocated to the annual Christmas Party, see above. Thank you to everyone for bringing in their junk prized possessions for the good of all! We had a great time and I look forward to next year.

Welcome Aboard!

November is election time at Sierra Foothills ARC. But first, I want to say a great big thank you to Al Martin, NI2U, and Birton, N6UG, for their service on the board this year. With their mentorship and never ending contributions to the club you were instrumental in keeping the wheels on the track as I fumbled my way through the first year. Thank you Gentlemen!! We have two new faces to the Board next year, Mike Perry, KK6GLP, and Greg, KO6TH. Mike will take over Al’s position as Vice President and Greg takes on Birton’s as Board member. Sharron, KK6RGV, will continue as our treasurer, Bruce, K6BAA, as secretary and Bob, K6UDA, and Andrew, KC6O, as board members. Thank you everyone for your service to the Club and I am excited for next year’s possibilities.

Help Wanted Update ….

Sharron, KK6RGV, has jumped forward to take on the Refreshment position next year from Laura and Scott Van Winkle. Thank you Laura and Scott for the goodies at our meetings! Also, thank you for hosting the Club Picnic and Christmas Party, see above!!

Aaron, KG6TVT, one of our newest members and his sons Donald and Vernon, jumped right in to take over the Club Drawing from Jason, N6JDX. Jason had them all trained up by the end of the November meeting. Jason was instrumental in making our Hamfest drawing so successful by soliciting donations for all the fabulous prizes. Jason, thank you for all your help! We still need a Membership Chair. If you are interested, please let me know.

I wish everyone safe and joyous Holidays!!

By Orion Endres – AI6JB, President    Newsletter

Western Placer ARC Update from Western Placer ARC
Posted December 28, 2016

Our Next Club Meeting is Dec 20, 2016, 7:00 PM, Woodcreek Oaks Golf Club, 5880 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd., Roseville, California

Tonight is the December meeting of the WPARC and it is important to attend as we will be electing new officers for the 2017 term. If you are interested in serving as an officer, you can nominate yourself or have someone else nominate you. If you want to see someone serve on the board, you can nominate that person. This is an important meeting so be sure to attend. It is at the Woodcreek Oaks Golf Club in Roseville and starts at 7:00 PM

Also, the membership dues for 2017 are due tonight. The amount is the same as it always has been – $24 for an individual, $36 for a family membership, and $12 for anyone under 18 or active duty military. We have never raised the dues in keeping with our goal of an affordable club.

We have some interesting topics for the meeting tonight including solar power for stations and 2 meter SSB. This is a teaser – show up for more info.

We have set the date for the 2017 Kickoff Party. It is Saturday January 21 2017 at the Via Roma restaurant in Rocklin. This year it will be a luncheon at 1:00 PM. More information will be shared at the meeting tonight and will be on the website soon ( A variety of Italian food will be available and there will be a vegetarian option. The lunch will include a salad, main dish, dessert, and a soft drink. Other beverages are available but are not included.

There is a change in the Board meeting dates. The meeting will now be prior to the regular club meeting on the third Tuesday of the month and will start at 5:45 PM. This will streamline the amount of time and money for Board members. This change will start in 2017. We did this with the November meeting and it worked very well.

We have several weekly nets starting with the 2 meter System Fusion net on Monday nights at 8:30 PM. This net is growing rapidly and often goes to 11:00 PM with information sharing. Erik W6ETJ or LC N7VQC are the usual net controls. The next net is the Wednesday 2 meter net at 10:00 AM. Katy KJ6YCP is usually the net control. Thursday night we have 2 nets – the 2 meter net and the HF net. The 2 meter net starts at 7:30 PM and Dennis KI6HHA or Bill KJ6YCO are the usual net controls. I will have the net on December 29 and January 5th. 5 minutes following the 2 meter net is the HF net. LC N7VQC is the net control and has done a great job taking over for me while I am unable to raise my antenna. The HF band changes every week and the website has the frequency for the date. Jey KQ6DK is backing Clay K6AEP up on the website and is doing a great job with it.

I have often mentioned that will donate a percent of your purchases to the ARRL. I have been participating in this program for quite a while and saw recently that Amazon has donated over $12,000 to the ARRL this year from ham purchases. That is a healthy infusion of cash and will support someone’s salary, new test equipment, or W1AW. I strongly encourage to enroll in the program if you shop at Amazon. It doesn’t cost you any money and does a lot of good. Tell your friends to enroll, too!

Last month at the club meeting Erik W6ETJ discussed, among other things, the Elk Antennas 2M/440L5 Log Periodic Dual-Band Antenna. It is a compact, light weight, well-built antenna that has many uses and is very handy if you are into satellite or portable operations.

I look forward to seeing you at the meeting tonight at 7:00 PM!

Club Meeting Location
WPARC conducts monthly club meetings on third Tuesdays of each month. Join us at Legends at Woodcreek Oaks Golf Club, 5880 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd., Roseville.

Board Meeting Location
WPARC Board meets on second Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, at Pizza Round Up, 2270 Nicolaus Rd, Lincoln. Members and guests with business to bring before the board are welcome to attend.

Yuba Sutter ARC Update from Yuba-Sutter ARC
Posted December 31, 2016


The next general meeting will be 3 Jan at the CalTrans building at 7 p.m. Alfred Dunning (KK6VOS) will be giving a presentation of his trip to the HAARP Facility in Alaska. HAARP is the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program; an ionospheric research program. Hope to see you all there.


The club will again be sponsoring a technician class. Classes will be held at the American Red Cross Center, 2125 East Onstott Frontage Road, Yuba City, classroom 1. It will be taught from 6:30 to 8:30 Monday and Wednesday evenings from Jan 2nd thru Feb 28th. There is no cost for the classes, however you will need an up-to-date manual. You can obtain a Kindle version from Amazon, purchase a copy from a bookstore, ARRL, or order one thru an instructor. The instructors will be Curtis (KF6VFP) and Joe Visalli (N9BD). Please get the word out to family, friends and anyone you know who is interested in getting their license.


El Dorado County ARC Update from El Dorado County ARC


Don McCallum, AF6ND.    Newsletter

Plumas ARC Update from Plumas ARC
Posted December 1, 2016

It's late Fall on the Plumas and things are winding down for the EmComm season for PARC. Our Tuesday Night Net is still going strong and we try to meet at Round Table on the 3rd Friday of the month at 1700 to catch up and make new Ham friends. Many of us have found our Christmas trees, some are still looking. Only light snow on the floor of American Valley, but the higher elevations around are seeing more than a dusting. It may be a bit early, but to all, a Merry Christmas !! See you "On the Air"....73 de KI6YUK

Samuel F. Morse ARC Update from Samuel F Morse ARC
Posted December 31, 2016


TThe W6SFM Samuel F Morse Radio Club December meeting was called to order by club President Mike, N6MQL with 10 members in attendance.

W6SFM would like to welcome three new members in the month of December. Our newest members include Bob Kehr,KA9MDP from Citrus Heights CA, Dana Nichols, KM6BTD from Orangevale CA and Richard Singer, K6KSG from Howard CO. 2 of the newest members were W6SFM CW Beginners class students. Both Completing the course with 20 hours of CW training.

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 12 viewers, however the club held a good audience with 8 viewers this month 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.

At this months meeting the Semi-annual Bug Roundup Event or "CQ BR" as it's also called was discussed. Some of the E-mails were shared as they had been sent to the club. It was reported that stations from Many US states, Canada, Brazil, England, Spain, Japan and Australia all operated in the Bug Roundup Event. Our event has certainly become a Global event! Some of the E-mails received had very pleasant greetings, some included pictures of Keys operated in the event (shown at the end of this news letter), as well as others that offered suggestions to the club. One of those letters which comes from Ron, K3PID suggests that the club consider hosting the CQ BR event from Friday evening 0000 UTC until Sunday 0000 UTC (Friday 4 or 5PM until Sunday 4 or 5PM, depending on time of year).

The Clubs ARRL Field Day results were discussed. Great news on the W6SFM station was given. It appears that W6SFM placed very well among the other stations in the United States participating with the following results:
W6SFM Placed 17th place of 147 total Pacific Division stations
W6SFM Placed 3rd place of 20 total Pacific Division 2A type stations
W6SFM Placed 74th place of 377 total 2A stations in the entire United States
W6SFM Placed 4th place of 32 Sacramento Valley (SV) stations

Other ARRL news and information was discussed at the meeting along with the current band conditions based on our own personal on-air experiences.

For the clubs “show and tell” portion of our meeting Member Stan, AA6DK brought with him 2 items. The first a Kent Key with an unknown Date. Stan's key appeared to resemble a replica of the Marconi "Titanic" Morse key. Stan's second items he brought with him was a deck of WWII 'flash cards'. These cards had on one side the Morse code and 1 phonetic pronunciation of a letter (IE Able A ) on the other side of the card was the semaphore flag indicating the same letter. Member Mike, K6LQ brought with him a German Junker straight key. Member Charles, WG6CFS brought with him his circa 1960 Poucel "Elkey" single lever electronic paddle key. This key was highly revered as one of the 'streamline' paddles of the late 50 early 60's as only 400 of the Chrome base models were made between 1959 and 1963.

Our next SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held at its normal time and address Jan. 5th (followed by our Feb. 2nd 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 January meeting we will be discussing the North American QSO party contest, results of any other contests, such as the CA.QSO party contest will be announced and 2017 club membership dues will be collected. Current events, News regarding Amateur radio and other ARRL items will also be discussed. 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!

Very 73. Michael N6MQL -W6SFM Club President

Ham Radio Software Company Blacklisted Users For Posting Negative Reviews
Submitted by Mike Kirkland, NS6Q, December 28, 2016

Mike Kirkland, NS6Q, shares a report of one ham radio software company that has been blacklisting, that is, disabling the software purchased by their customers in retaliation for posting negative reviews online. Read the story at

K6TLR Plaque Update from Tyler Laursen, K6TLR
Posted December 15, 2016

The 3077th County Plaque

CQP has come and gone. Alpine county got activated and the 125 or so QSOs got to log it into their books. Activating Alpine was an eye opener. The weather conditions were terrible. The wind was violent. A storm rolled in. And we were only able to log about 125-150 QSOs for all of our efforts for the weekend... But what happened in the following months has now made it well worth it...

Roughly 3-4 weeks after CQP finalized, a couple of QSL cards came rolling in. This was exciting enough by itself, because, being new to ham radio, QSL cards are exciting! It's like finding spare UHF connectors when you thought you were all out! And, I have heard that when you live in California, no one really sends you QSL cards... because everyone has already contacted California. We just aren't a hot commodity! So getting a few QSL cards was pretty cool, but one of them really stuck out.

K4PBX had included with his card, a full page, typed request of how he was trying to get the Worked All Counties award, and that Alpine County was the last one he needed. He had also included a response card in case I didn't have a QSL card... which I don't. I put his letter on my desk as a reminder to send him a QSL card once I get some made... and there it sat. Roughly a month later, I get an email from K4PBX asking if I had received his letter. Again he reiterated that he was working on the Worked All Counties award. Because I was thinking so California centered, I was thinking there were only 58 counties, hold your horses, I will get a QSL card to you once I get some made. Well, it turns out, he was on a whole new level. He made mention of 3,076 counties that he has already confirmed and just needed the very last #3077. Then it dawned on me that I was immensely underestimating this kind stranger, and that something else WAY WAY more amazing than working all of California's Counties was going on. K4PBX was intentionally collecting every single county in the United States of America... all 3077 of them! I don't know how long he has been attempting it, but I immediately apologized for my laziness and sent his response confirmation card back.

December 7th rolls around and I get a package on my doorstep. Upon opening it, I find a nice hand written thank you card, and a wooden plaque from K4PBX; a huge thank you gesture for helping him confirm his final county in the USA. This is my first "wallpaper" from being in the hobby. I hope it won't be my last. It is, so far, by far, the coolest thing I have gotten to do in ham radio. Thank you K4PBX!

VINTAGE RADIO STATION FROM THE 40'S AND FIFTIES. Rcvr is BC-342 used in tanks and planes in WW 2 Update from Keith Edwards, WB6GCL
Posted December 1, 2016

The History and making of the Antenna

The below article was in "Ham Radio Online". It was read by 40,000 hams in 120 countries. Over 1200 hams checked into the extra pictures that we had on the site

The Antenna In 1957, I got my first ham license and had it for a year and let it lapse. I got back into ham radio in 1975. In the late 70's, I was listening to a pile up on a DX station in the South Pacific, when a very loud signal came on and made one call to the DX station.

The DX station just said "WOW" what a signal. The station was W6BHM in Oroville, California, which was about 35 miles from me. He was sitting on a hill running an 8 element beam. Right then, I decided to make a big beam someday if we ever moved out of town.

In 1984, we moved to the country on an acre and I started to collect antenna parts. I started to build the antenna in the late 80's and got on the air with it in the early 90's.

After I got it built, I had it sitting on some sawhorses, two and a half feet off of the ground checking the SWR, when I heard it pile up on a station in Mexico City. So I pointed the beam that direction and made one call. I broke the pile up on the first call---Barefoot. I knew then that I would have a good antenna.

After I got the antenna up, I would usually talk into the South Pacific and they often would tell me that I had the strongest signal on the West Coast. My friend Larry Murdock, K6AAW, who is on the DX honor roll, would tell me, "I would hear you talking to the South Pacific and I wouldn't be able to hear the station you were talking to"... The antenna is a 12 element, 10 meter mono band on a 60 foot boom. The boom is made out of 2 inch sprinkler pipe. The element were picked up from fellow hams, who had them. The antenna was put together with u-bolts with and hose clamps. The mast is 2 3/8th diameter tubing out of a gas well. The totor is an old prop pitch motor from a World War II aricraft. I got it from K6AAW and had it rewired. The tower is made from one inch schedule 40 balck pipe. It is 3 ft square and 42 feet tall up to the blatform. From there it is another 4 feet to where the first antenna is. The top beam is a Wilson 7 element beam on a 40 foot boom. The antennas were a lot of fun to build and use.

Update from Alan Canton, KM6AAI
Posted December 31, 2016

I Am Now KM6AAI And It Only Took 55 Years!

It took a lifetime, but I finally did it.

Ever since I was in my early teens I wanted to accomplish a specific goal in life.

In the early 50s our family was wealthy. My father ran a dress business with my grandfather (who started the business.) They manufactured what were called "cotton frocks"... basically cotton house-dresses for woman... the kind of thing a woman wore around the house and nice enough to go to the grocery store in.

It was the kind of dress Donna Reed and June Clever wore (June wore pearls with it because we know that all housewives of the era wore pearls when they were dusting!) and you still see these thin, cotton dresses worn by some women in the southern states.

Zenith Multi-band Radio

We had a thirty-foot boat which was docked in a marina not far from our Long Island, NY house. On the boat we had this huge Zenith multi-band radio. It not only had the marine stations for weather, but you could hear Europe and the amateur (ham) bands. It was portable (weighted a ton) and was so much fun to listen to. Here is a pix of the model:

In the late 50s the business failed... factories went to the South and women started wearing slacks and jeans... and my father just didn't change with the times.

We were broke.

My parents got divorced when I was 11 and as part of the settlement my mother got the radio, which she gave to me and I put it in my room where I spent hours listening to Europe ("BBC Calling", "Radio Moscow", etc.)

But what I loved more than anything was listening to the ham radio stations talk to each other... often across the nation and to Europe as well. I was fascinated by radio and wanted to get MY ham license (there is no age limit.)

I would also visit Elliot Gross's house. He had been licensed when he was around 10 years old and I was amazed at how he could talk to people all over the world in his father's ham 'shack.'

Back then the entry license from the FCC (called the Novice class) required that you take a written test that was fairly easy... but you also had to be able to send and receive Morse Code at five words-per-minute.

But it wasn't the entry license that I wanted. That one was limited to low power transmission which basically worked for "around the block" communications.

I wanted what was called the General class license because that allowed you to 'work' the "DX" (distance) bands and talk to people across the country and throughout the world.

The General license required you to pass a difficult written exam and be able to send and receive fifteen words-per-minute of Morse Code!

But there was a problem.

I simply could not receive the code. I could send it, but receiving just didn't work. If dit-dit-dah was sent I might hear dah-dit-dit.

It was not until years later that I learned that I had a minor audio dyslexia issue. I always wondered why someone might say "That's a large dog" but sometimes I heard "That's a dog large.”

Anyway, it was never much of a problem and it was random, usually triggered by stress, and I was not bothered by it... music sounded fine... and although I might have heard some of the sounds a bit differently than others, it was no big deal. But it was (obviously) a big deal with hearing code... so I had to end my quest for getting a ham license.

I recently learned that several years ago the FCC dropped the code requirement and so I started studying for the entry level (now called the Technician License) which is rather easy and I passed that a few months ago and was assigned the callsign of KM6AAI.

Then I started on my real quest... learning the much more difficult material for the General exam.

How many of you remember how to compute the square root of the reciprocal of a sum of reciprocals:

                           1   +     1    +    1
                          ---       ---       ---
                           x         y         z

or can figure out the answer to this... even after studying?:

What signal source is connected to the vertical input of an oscilloscope when checking the RF envelope pattern of a transmitted signal?

A. The local oscillator of the transmitter
B. An external RF oscillator
C. The transmitter balanced mixer output
D. The attenuated RF output of the transmitter

This was not an easy test and I had to re-learn a lot of college algebra.

Yesterday I took the exam, only missed one question and achieved a life-long goal... and now... 55 years since my 13th birthday... I am the proud recipient of the Amateur Radio General Class FCC license.

Just a small thing to most... but a huge thing to me.

73s, Alan Canton, KM6AAI, Fair Oaks, CA

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