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The Mother Lode DX & Contest Club is proud to announce that we will have John  Miller K6MM as our July meeting speaker. The meeting will be held on July 25 2015 between 11:30 and 3:00 pm.
Location … The Old Spaghetti Factory in Stockton March Ln & I-5   RSVP to .
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The list of nets kept up to date by Les Cobb, W6TEE, is now at:

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Want to help pass the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015?

Before pasting in your member of Congress as the addressee, please read the entire page on which this sample letter is accessed. The letter should be sent to ARRL HQ so it will avoid the toxin screening outside Washinton, DC.





The NEXT BIG THING! From Western Placer Amateur Radio Club:

THE WPARC Hamfest is our big event for the year. It will be Saturday September 19th which is a little later this year due to the scheduling of Labor Day and a major contest on the 12th. We will be at McBean Park (in Lincoln off hiway 193)  again this year. We will have VE sessions for all classes at an off-site location. More information as the date approaches.

Thanks to Michael Buck, K6BUK.

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Vern Wright W6MMA, SK.  Vern passed on Tuesday, June 2nd.

Vern was a long time WPARC member and a strong supporter of the club.  Vern was also the owner of SuperAntennas and NewSuperAntennas, a company that built portable, high performance, and high quality HF antennas.  Vern had an international clientele and still has orders on the books.  He donated several antennas to the club over the years for drawing prizes which were popular, especially at our Hamfest.  If you look at the photos on our web site of our Field Day location you will see a small forest of Vern's antennas.  Many people will remember Vern for his smoked ribs that we had at Field Day and club picnics.  He knew a lot about ham radio and was happy to share it with others.

Vern will be greatly missed by the club and by anyone who knew him.

Assistant Section Manager, Bob McClard, N6BOB, added, "Sad to see an active member of our ham radio fraternity pass on to the great shack in the sky... we will miss his creativity. He helped many portable operators with his inventive solutions to the issues of portable operation, quick set up and take down of antennas, masts, and beams."

This sad news courtesy of Michael Buck, K6BUK.

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An update from Michael, K6BUK:

Some good news from our VE Team lead, Dennis KI6HHA: There was a HamCram class on Saturday at the Sutter Roseville hospital and it was very successful. Fourteen people attended the full day class and thirteen earned their Technician license. Two people also took the General class test and one passed. One person took and passed the General and Extra class test. The result is that we have thirteen new Technician licensees, two new General licensees, and one Extra class licensee. Congratulations to all the new hams! We hope some of the new licensees will join the WPARC and we look forward to seeing them at the club meeting Tuesday June 16th. If you see any new faces, please extend a warm welcome to them. Dennis extends his thanks to the VE team that conducted the tests – Jim W6JMF, John NQ6Q, John NT6ET, Herman KD6BQH, and Ben N3BEN. The next test session will probably be at the Hamfest in September. Thanks from the club to the VE Team!


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The FCC is eliminating the regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur Radio vanity call sign. The change will not go into effect, however, until required congressional notice has been given. This will take at least 90 days. As the Commission explained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Report and Order, and Order (MD Docket 14-92 and others), released May 21, it’s a matter of simple economics.

“The Commission spends more resources on processing the regulatory fees and issuing refunds than the amount of the regulatory fee payment,” the FCC said. “As our costs now exceed the regulatory fee, we are eliminating this regulatory fee category.” The current vanity call sign regulatory fee is $21.40, the highest in several years. The FCC reported there were 11,500 “payment units” in FY 2014 and estimated that it would collect nearly $246,100.”

You can read the entire article on our web site at:


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Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2015 is June 27-28. This is the biggest ARRL operating event of the year. To help folks find your FD site, please register the site with the Field Day Locator,

There are currently over 800 sites registered, though not all in SV, thank goodness. You can operate any Amateur Radio band except 12, 17, 30 and 60 Meters. We try to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (except those above) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries.

The rules can be found at:

Your results will be published in QST if you submit your log. Log submission entries must be postmarked, emailed or submitted by 2059 UTC Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Late entries cannot be accepted.

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Another fine North Hills Radio Club ham fest is in the rear view mirror. I made the rounds this year a bit late but it looked like a healthy swap meet and the coffee was hot and welcome. I heard that the rent was doubled this year, and that was not welcome, but not unexpected. As a result the swap meet spaces were more expensive. If you compare what we paid with the first such swap I attended here 30 years back, the price is not bad. We need to keep supporting our Section swap meets or we won't have them.

The same day, May 17, folks at Dayton Hamvention, where I sometimes go on that day, were watching the skies for more rain and wind. Flea market attendance there was down, and Saturday morning my friends at the IOOK Technology Center (yesterday's technology tomorrow!) had to rebuild their canopy and supports as a wind and rain storm had taken it all down very early in the morning. You can see the pictures at

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From Dar, W6IO, in Shingletown, we have the VE schedule for their area:

“I have four sessions scheduled for the remainder of the year.

June 27

August 22

October 24

December 19, 2015.




Open Door Community Church

33883 Hwy 44

Shingletown, Ca 96088


10:00 AM

Walk ins are welcome.”

You can contact Dar at via 

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The Redding ARRL VE Team had two more successful exam sessions in May.  We had a total of 8 candidates and all of them were successful in passing their exams.  4 candidates obtain their Technician class licenses.  3 candidates upgraded from Technician to General class.  And, 1 candidate passed his Technician class exam and qualified for the Grandfather automatic upgrade to General.  Our next exam is scheduled for Saturday July 18th.  For more information, go to or contact Steve K6KS at .

Members of the Redding ARRL VE Team also gave a presentation on amateur radio to the residents at the new Redding Veterans’ Home.  Some of the residents there are already studying for their Technician class license exams. Thanks to Steve, K6KS.

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There is an ARRL/VE ham test session in Modoc County scheduled for June 27 at 10 AM. Location is 139 Henderson Ave, Alturas, CA. Call ahead preferred but walk-ins ok. VE Team Leader is Jim Linden/N7JIL (530) 640-3199.

Thanks to our Modoc EC, Jim Linden/N7JILARES Emergency Coordinator, Modoc County  Modoc Emergency Radio Club/K6MER

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Sierra Foothills VE team examined 11 Candidates and corrected 18 elements.

We ended up with 4 new Techs, 4 new Generals, 3 new Extras.

Excellent Work! Thank You.

Al, NI2U
Birton, N6UG

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The Yuba Sutter ARC VE team examined one candidate on May 2. He passed his Technician exam, tried the General exam at our insistence, but missed it by a few. Congratulations to Elvie D.Cobb (KK6UCC) from Paradise on becoming a new ham.

The next YSARC VE Test session will be on July 11th at 715 King Ave. Yuba City at 9:00 A.M. VE’s are needed to administer the exam. The elements for Technician, General and Extra class will be offered. If you are planning on taking an exam you will need two forms of ID, at least one of them must be a picture ID. A fee of $15.00 is required. A calculator may also be used as long as it has had all of its memories cleared and there are no built in or preprogrammed formulas.

After the VE Team completed its work, many went on to Colusa to help in the



On 2 May 2015 the Colusa Lions Club held the 6th annual 3F Century bike ride which started at the Colusa County Fair Grounds and went south of Winship School back up to Meridian then around the Sutter Buttes and ended back at the Fair Grounds where the Lions served a delicious lunch.


This year 11 volunteer ham radio operators assisted to help the riders have a safe and fun day. Other then a few riders who just couldn’t quite make the full trip and needed a ride back, a couple of flat tires, and a desperate call to replace the paper product in the out house.... all went well. All 298 riders returned to the Fair Grounds safe and sound.


We were invited to return next year so if you would like to help next year be sure to set Saturday May 7, 2016 aside on your calendar.

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It's been an interesting month up on the Plumas. The Plumas Amateur Radio Club (PARC) has been busy going up and down the mountain to our 2 meter repeater on Mt. Hough. First, our primary repeater failed. We got that repaired by Steve, N7KP and put it back in service. Then, we began talking about a back-up unit there on the chance that the primary goes down. Many clubs have a secondary machine, but we're a pretty small group and haven't been able to afford one. We found an outfit that had reconditioned repeaters. bought one, found it wasn't programmed, brought it down, got it programmed, ran it back up, installed it, only to find it was glitchy, dropped QSO's and just did not perform. Back up the mountain, pulled the backup, sent it back to the company and they sent us a replacement. On the 26th, we went back up and put in the rack and ran some tests. Looks like we finally have a good backup repeater!

Saturday the 23rd saw our first Event of the season, the Indian Valley Century Ride. Threatening weather, only around 100 folks took the Ride. We had 16 Operators at 5 locations, from Greenville to Antelope Lake and logged 145 hours. Net Control had 2 shifts and we had 2 SAG vehicles. Comm was on the Mt. Hough Repeater. Things got a bit dicey in the afternoon with really dark clouds, then light to drenching rain, hail, thunder and lightning, with some pretty strong winds. But, we all held our positions and completed the tasks assigned. No serious injuries, but some very cold and wet riders threaded their way down from Antelope, maneuvering their way through inches of hailstones and flowing mud from off the banks. the SAG wagon transported a few riders just too sore to continue. Thanks go out to: KF6CCP, KF6CCR, KJ6FPT, KJ6FPS, KJ6CUG, AF6PO, KF6JUY, KF6JJW, KA6NSN, KI6KQI, KJ6WLR, KJ6EAC, KI6YUO KI6YUK, KI6SPK and AC6DY. May 30th, the Club will work the Lost and Found Ride, sponsored by the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. This is a 100/60/30 mile mountain bike ride up and around Lake Davis, above Portola, CA. Our second year there.   ---73 de KI6YUK, Larry


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Shingletown Amateur Radio Club (STARC) News – June 2015 – Thanks to Richard Booth, KK6LAX.

The Shingletown Amateur Radio Club has grown over the last year to a membership total of 31 individuals. Of this total, 27 are licensed amateurs, and 17 are ARRL members. The club has established a competent and well qualified VE team which just recently successfully completed the initial four test sessions. The VE team is now working on getting the testing stock built up. Several test dates have already been scheduled and approved for the remainder of 2015.

The club’s new repeater is now up and running and we are slowly mapping the area of coverage. We have had several amateurs check-in to the weekly net from as far away as Chico, CA. In addition, several of the club’s members participated in providing coordination communications for the Redding Rodeo parade.


These efforts were rewarded by very positive comments from the Redding Police Department.


The club is just about ready to complete our ARRL affiliation application. The constitution is ready for review and a vote of the membership. In addition, the club is looking forward to Field Day on June 27th.


73’s from Shingletown

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Sad news.

Charles (Chuck) Freas, W6FT, SK, passed away May 26. Chuck was a member of River City ARCS and a popular mentor and friend. He will be missed.

Thanks to Paul, N6DRY, for this sad news.



Bart Ickes, KE7UOR, SK. Bart was critically injured in a one vehicle accident in Del Norte County on May 15. He was rescued from his wrecked pickup but died later at hospital. Bart was an active operator on the WinSystem and a member of GEARS in Chico. His friend, Anna Horn, KG6ZOA, announced his passing on the California Traffic Net, 3906 kHz at 1830L.


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Yolo County ARES provided communications support for a Sutter Davis Hospital Drill on May 27th.  The hospital staff conducted a drill which feature a train derailment. The Drill started at 0815 hours. 41 patients were processed by hospital staff (31 minor, 6 delayed, 4 immediate). The Yolo County ARES open their emergency response net with eight ARES members logging in. The Drill ended 0919 hours.

An amateur radio station had been recently installed in the Sutter Davis Hospital and it has been tested every month by members of the ARES Group. This monthly activity, by Yolo County ARES, led the Sutter Davis Hospital organizers to invite the ARES group to join them in this drill. Reactions to seeing the yellow vested ARES members at the drill site were varied. Some of the staff knew that amateur radio was an alternative form of communication support for the hospital. Other staff
members were unaware of this relationship, but welcomed the group once they understood their function.

Ken Wilson, K6WLS, Rob Brunt, N6KIX operated the Hospital VHF station.  Greg Kruckewitt, Sacramento District 3 EC, KG6SJT shadowed the Disaster Team.  Gary Matteson, WA6TQJ provided Net Control from the Yolo County OES VHF and HF Station, located in Woodland.  While the only traffic was between the Hospital and the County OES, Directer Dana Carey, the Yolo County OES Station did log in weekly statewide Auxiliary Communication Services HF Net on 40 meters.  This net covered the entire State of California.


And that is not all from Yolo County ARES.

The Cache Creek Ridge Ride is an equestrian event staged on BLM land located south of State Highway 20, and west of State Highway 16, near the Colusa and Lake County borders. There are two Endurance Rides (25 mile and 50 mile) and one Ride-and-Tie event (25 mile). This event is held annually in the first week of May.

The Yolo County ARES provided radio communications in support of the Cache Creek Ridge Ride to enhance the health, safety and welfare of participants and their equine partners, event volunteers and event organizers. The amateur radio operators assisted Ride Management with communications between the Vet Checks and other points along the trails.  The event started at 5:30 am and was concluded at 4:00 pm.

Shadow to ride management, N6KIX, Rob Brunk Cowboy Camp/Net Control Control, K7DWO, Bryce Birkman and K6BIL, Bill Gustavson Veterinarian checkpoint 1 Confluence, K6KN, Bill Ragsdale, and KK6DUW, Robert Close
Veterinarian checkpoint 2, 50 mile ride High Bridge,KG6SJT Greg Kruckewitt, W6KJX Lu King Veterinarian checkpoint 3, 50 mile ride Judge Davis, K6WLS, Ken Wilson Relay and Cross-band Repeater site Pine Tree, KC6YFG, Dave Nishikawa, Caterpillar Point along the Ridge trail Caterpillar, W6MAR, Mark Reitzell Trail Intersections, KJ6IYM, Andy Boone; Water Wagon KI6PEL, Donald Matteson; Rover, N6KLB, Rick Littlefield.

And we are not done yet. Members of the Yolo Amateur Radio Society were joined by amateur radio operators from the greater Sacramento  and Clear Lake area to provide radio communication for the Davis Double Century on Saturday May 16th.  The Davis Double Century is a very special event. Over 600 cyclists come together  in May for a challenging 200 mile bike ride through Solano, Napa, Lake, and Yolo counties. This is the Davis Bike Club's 46th year of hosting the DC.  The Double Century is not a race. It is simply a very long bike ride. The climbing is challenging, but manageable. Everyone who completes the ride is a winner, and gets to enjoy a wonderful finish celebration at the US Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis.

Forty five amateur radio operators provided support in various ways,  There were 8 net control operators that traded off shifts at the Davis based race manager's office.  There were 23 sags vehicles that followed the riders along the course.  There were 2 pilots that traded shifts in carrying the airborn repeater above the event for 7 hours.  There were 27 amateur radio base stations at the respective rest stops.  As you may note, the numbers add up to more that 45 participants and that is because many operators performed multiple assignments.

Dave Nishikawa, KC6YFG, was again the person to organize and oversee amateur radio resources provide to the Davis Double Century.  He logged in nearly 20 hours on the day of the event and also contributed another 20 hours in set-up and close down activities.  To Dave and the many other amateur radio operators who contributed their time and effort to the event,  Thank You!

Gary Matteson, WA6TQJ
Yolo Amateur Radio Society President and Assistant EC Yolo County ARES

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Nevada County ARC also had multiple operating, public service events in May, as retold in the NCARC Nuggets newsletter.

Nevada County ARC helped out with the Gold County Challenge (bike event) which was held on Saturday, May 9. This was the second year for this fund raiser bike ride sponsored by the Gold County Rotary. Once again Chuck Murphey, KI6CM, was the NCARC coordinator. He had a good turn out with club volunteers and mentioned the participants at the May club meeting.

There were four stations along the route, each with two hams providing communications support. In addition, Chuck and Al, AA7C, were net control based at the fairgrounds. The other participants were: Larry, K6LRL, and Jeremiah, W6DLO, at the corner of Hwy 49 and Oak Tree Rd (N. San Juan); Jim, Ki6UOX, and Ben, N3BEN at the Williams Ranch School; Alan, KX6B, and Louis, KK6GJS at the corner of Indian Springs and McCourtney, and Doc, NM6K and Rich, K6TM, at Magnolia School. Chuck said the ride went well – no accidents or injuries, and I’m sure the Gold County Rotary, who sponsors this event, was very appreciate of the support and what ham radio provides.

A second bike ride was the Mountain Bike Endurance Ride, which is a fund raiser for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Nevada County and was held on Saturday, May 23. This year was the tenth year the club has helped with communications for this event. As is previous years, the club was asked to provide communications for the part of the 50 mile ride which takes the S. Yuba River canyon trail from the trailhead across the river from the town of  Washington all the way down the canyon to the S. Yuba Campground by Edwards Crossing. We hadhams at both ends of the canyon trail, one at Missouri Bar about mid-point on the canyon trail,one person up at Carl Cook’s place, overlooking the canyon, and people at Pioneer Park where the ride coordinator was located. The participants were: Washington Trailhead, Chuck, KI6CM; Missouri Bar, Ben, N3BEN; Carl Cook’s overlook, Walt, N6HNS; S. Yuba Campground, Larry, K6LRL; and Pioneer Park, Richard, KI6UOV, and Rich, K6TM. In addition to these club members, Ed Flower, KK6ISF, helped out at Pioneer Park, and Al, AA7C, was monitoring all the radio traffic, just in case. And, again, the ride went well and no accidents or injuries. I also wanted to mention that Ben, N3BEN, who hiked down the Missouri Bar trail, also took a ladder line J-pole antenna which he got up about 12 feet in a tree, and using this antenna with a HT was not only able to talk simplex to me, but also the Washington Trailhead. In addition, he had a reasonable signal to the Oregon Peak repeater, which is the primary communications link for this ride. Ben also said the fishing early in the morning was pretty good, but the mosquitoes were very active. Anyway, nice work Ben!

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From the River City ARCS:   At our May Meeting, members and guests brought examples of their go kits and showed mobile installation prowess. Guest Don, W6PJJ demonstrated his work in progress – a complete bicycle mobile station.

Our Club Secretary, Carol, KP4MD was featured on a podcast of QSO Today. Her hour plus interview was spectacular and highlighted our talented, multifaceted member.

Our next Club meeting will be dedicated to preparing for Field Day. Andy, W6AWS is spearheading our annual participation. We plan to have a location at our FD site for members and guests to bring their own gear for testing and operation. Join us at Dry Creek Ranch in Rio Linda June 27 and 28.

We are looking to purchase an enclosed trailer to store our Field Day and portable gear. If anyone knows of one for sale (reasonably) please let us know.

We now have 78 members, 70.5% belonging to ARRL.

Finally, it was with great sadness that I heard the call “W6FT SK”. Chuck Freas passed away May 26. Chuck was a stalwart member and served tirelessly in the Club’s behalf. Chuck was someone who was there with a smile and a handshake. He faithfully kept our equipment running and served as many new hams’ Elmer. Chuck will be greatly missed. We thank his wife and family for sharing him with us. We will be keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob Woodward, N6PGQ


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Former SV Section Manager, Norm Wilson, N6JV, just received credit for an E30 RTTY QSO and has qualified for the DXCC Digital Honor Roll with 331 current countries. Norm can cross off another of his bucket list projects. Congatulations, Norm!

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ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Technical Coordinator, VHF Award Manager, HF Award Manager and DXCC Award Manager Bob, WB6VYH  reminds us he can count cards and check applications for VUCC and WAS and DXCC............... Bob will be at some of the Ham Swaps this year and most likely Ham Club meetings throughout Northern California. If you can't travel let Bob know and he can work something out.

Please contact Bob ahead of time at for information and appointment.


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From Oroville Amateur Radio Society courtesy of Jim, W7XZ.

OARS ( met on 8 May with nineteen in attendance.  Webmaster Erik, AF6EF, gave a progress report on the club website and its major revision.  The revised site, at this time of writing, is now online.  This year's Field Day was discussed, with plans to once again operate at the EAA site on the west edge of Oroville Airport.  In previous years it has been customary to attend EAA's monthly breakfast on the Saturday before Field Day and do a walkaround of the the area, but with the breakfast having been discontinued, it was decided to hold the OARS Monthly Breakfast for June a week early with a look at the site afterwards.  Last minute details for OARS' communications assistance in the Feather Fiesta Days Parade were discussed, with President Ron, KD7UHF, distributing vests and other materials to the participants.  For the program, Vice President Joe, WA6CAL, did a presentation devoted to the digital modes JT65 and JT9 with the use of K1JT's WSJT-X software.

The Feather Fiesta Days Parade took place on the morning following the OARS regular meeting.  Participating in the communications effort along the parade route were:  Jerry, KJ6VJT; Bill, AG6ZT; Terry, KB6TR; Jim, W7XZ; Past President Gary Clark, KF6EWO ; Joe, WA6CAL (at reviewing stand); Stan, KN7ZYZ; Marilyn, KK6GNL; Ron, KD7UHF; and Bob, K6RCO (NCS).  This year's printed schedule of events included a short paragraph acknowledging the OARS presence at the parade.

OARS' next meeting will take place on Friday, 12 June 2015 at St. Paul's
Parish Hall in Oroville, with Field Day expected to be the main agenda item.

During the past month, W7XZ tried his hand at constructing a 20-meter Moxon Rectangle on end spreaders of fiberglass poles with rope cradles, suitable for hanging between two natural antenna supports (trees).  The online calculators for Moxons, it was discovered, could be rather apocryphal.  The first set of dimensions applied to the project resonated slightly above 15.0 MHz; the second set brought the frequency down to 13.7 MHz, and the last set put the antenna nicely inside the band with best match around 14.07 MHz
(14.250 was used for the last calculations).  An image of the finished
product is attached.  A half wavelength above ground (about 35 feet) and "looking" north, it has been doing well into Europe and near east Asia on CW and digital modes around sunset and early evening.

The OARS Monthly Breakfast took place on 30 May with a light turnout--only ten present.  Next month's breakfast is expected to take place on the Saturday of the week before Field Day, with a visit to the site afterwards.


Check out the photo at the bottom of the page in our photo section of the 20M Moxon antenna at W7XZ.


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One of the active members of our Section is Maynard Wright, W6PAP. You may have heard him on California Traffic Net (3906 kHz at 6:30 PM DST) or at the North Hill Radio Club Ham Fest on May 17. Maynard has been active with that club for many years. In addition to his other activities, he writes articles for QEX, the ARRL journal for experimenters. He was also the presenter of a fine program on transmission lines at the the Nevada County ARC during their May meeting. I for one enjoyed the presentation very much. de W6KJ.


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From the W6SFM SFM ARC:

The W6SFM Samuel F. Morse ARC welcomed 9 members, 2 licensed and 1 non-amateur licensed guests to this months SFMARC  in-person monthly meeting. We were pleased to be Jessie’s first point of contact as a non-licensed operator.  We look forward to having you back again!  Thank you to all who have helped support the club and the preservation of CW on the bands! All members of the SFM ARC receive a W6SFM.COM email addresses and personal Member webpage where they can proudly display their bios to the public. We encourage our members to post news, photos and other information about themselves as well as their hobbies.  Feel free to visit our new members page found in the members section of the W6SFM website.

Reports of our  May  in-person meeting: 

President Michael, N6MQL read the months budget report and announced the final funds available, Including a $50 and $10 donation made to the club. These donations will be used for the purpose of organizing PR booths such as the Kids Day in the Park event, Ranch Cordova and other events where the SFM ARC introduces Ham Radio and Morse Code to Children and the general public.  If you would like to contribute to this cause please feel free to visit our home page for a PayPal link to donate.

Topics of Discussion included the tally on our W6SFM CW Beginners class. The SFM ARC began it’s 10 week CW course on the 15th of April.  There were a total of 18 students signed up for the course, including a Father and 13 year old son duo. Students received their free Keys and Oscillators for use both in the class room and to keep at the conclusion of the course.

Michael N6MQL discussed  this years annual Kids Day in the Park event which was held on April 25th. The club was represented at the event with a PR booth where W6SFM demonstrated Amateur Radio and Morse code to the children and their parents. Eighth District Assemblyman Ken Cooley visited the W6SFM booth to receive more information on Ham Radio and our club.  Assemblyman Cooley has since inquired about participating with the W6SFM at our June Field Day operations. To see pictures of the Kids Day in the park event please visit our Photo gallery section of our website.

 A final vote on the purchase of new Field Day equipment was approved.  This purchase will include a 250 foot run of RG-213 coax as well as a 1:1 Balun for use with our 80 meter tuned Dipole and newly donated Hustler 4BTV Vertical antennas.  The club voted unanimously to spend the $475 required for this upgrade package. 

An operators sign up sheet was distributed to the club members to be used in the scheduling of the W6SFM “Bug Roundup Event”.  Members happily signed up for 2 hour shifts for the 24 hour event.  Members in Colorado, Southern California and Northern California were scheduled to operate as the W6SFM control station. The twice yearly Bug Roundup Event or “CQ BR” as it’s also known is scheduled to take place again this November.  For more information on that and other W6SFM events please check our home page located at

Chris, AI6U reported on this months On-Air Net check-ins. The net is held each Tuesday evening on 80 meters.  With propagation having been good lately we have been finding a much larger attendance with members spanning across the country reporting in. Please feel free to join us every Tuesday evening on-air.

For our tech portion of the May meeting members discussed the ARRL’s  Begali made Paddle Key for sale.  This key is very similar to the Begali Sculpture key and sells for $495.00.  For those interested a flyer was handed out. 

Our next SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held at it’s normal time and address found below. Our next upcoming in-person meeting will be held June 4th in the Howard Crowley room upstairs. Final planning of the ARRL Field Day event, Current events, News regarding Amateur radio and other ARRL items will be discussed.  As always we will have our Tech portion where members and visitors are asked to share 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.

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. Although our nets usually run around 13 wpm code, we are all happy to accommodate those that are slower and need us to oblige. If you are unable to copy Morse Code or need some code practice please feel free to visit our on-line LIVE streaming broadcast of both the Audio and a CW to Text decoding of the meeting. That link can be found on our home page of the website.

Those visiting the on-line site are welcome to make themselves known by using the ‘contact us’ link to let the net op (NCS) know you are there.  This of course is not mandatory, it just lets everyone feel more involved in our on-air nets.

Do you or someone you know need a Ham Club to call home?  For those that want to learn Morse Code, are interested in CW or already know and use it, the SFM ARC would love to be your new Club home.  Our in-person meetings are held each 1st Thursday of the month at 7PM.  The SFM ARC meets in the "Howard Crowley" room of the Carmichael Presbyterian Church in Carmichael, CA. The church is Located at 5645 Marconi Ave. For directions to the meeting visit our clubs home webpage Please use the rear parking lot and entry for best access to the meeting. A map and directions can also be found on our website.

We hope to see you at our next meeting! 73,

N6MQL, W6SFM Club President

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Douglas and Alpine Counties May 2014 ARES comment


May held major ham events for DCART members and hams throughout Nevada and the West. The Nevada Conference provided an opportunity to learn, network and enjoy events at the Reno Boomtown based meetings the first of May. Along with the technical classes there were also ARES and SKYWARN presentations. Then on May 30th Washoe County held a field exercise based in Incline Village. The exercise was named Mill Creek Evacuation Drill. Washoe County ARES Emergency Coordinator, Bob Miller, WA6MTY, coordinated the ham radio ARES response assignments and procedures to support emergency management and public safety. I was at the Douglas County Community Center in Gardnerville to support communications for the Red Cross evacuation center. The Red Cross had player evacuees and training. Cross banding operations would certainly have been in order that day. Packet radio operations were a major part of the exercise and are a major focus for many DCART members. A lot of our volunteer time centers around packet operations. One of our DCART members, John Abrott, KD7NHC, is also our NV Northwest District Emergency Coordinator. He contributes many hours of leadership and packet operations for our group and our NV section.


Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ

ARES EC Douglas and Alpine Counties

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Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club, Auburn, CA   Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club again provided communications and field support to the American Diabetes Association’s annual Tour de Cure in Rocklin. Participating club members were responsible for locating and transporting several tour participants who were injured or suffering from exhaustion. We had 20 operators covering Net Control, 5 rest stops and 6 SAG wagons.      Field Day 2015 - Chairman Mark, W8BIT has the crew ready for Nyack, which will be the location for what appears to be the biggest Field Day ever for SFARC.  V.P. Bob, K6UDA is planning a video program that will include videographers, airborne video (drone) and much more.  Again we have SFARC T shirts for the event.  The club is out to beat last year's score, plus have fun over the weekend.  Nyack site is marked on the ARRL Station Finder. Come up I80 and exit Nyack (156). Good Luck to all for a safe and fun Field Day.   VE Exams - Dave, NO6NO continues to improve after some serious time in the hospital.  We are all pulling for Dave to have a complete recovery. The VE Team misses you at the test sessions.  Al, NI2U reports that last session yielded 7 Techs and 2 new Extras. Exams are held on the first Saturday, monthly in the Raley's in Granite Bay. See our website for details:   Club Nets - Every Thursday at 7:30 is the general net open to all Amateurs.  Every first and third Wednesday is the Elmer Net at 7:30. Operators are encouraged to check in with any questions or assistance needs about anything Ham Radio.   Club Meetings -  At Auburn City Hall, Rose Room the second Friday, monthly. Starts at 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome.  

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