ARRL SACRAMENTO VALLEY SECTION NEWS, JUNE 2015
Terribly sad news; David A. Albright, NO6NO, SK.
On June 30, we lost Dave, the most overscheduled retired person you'll ever know, to natural causes. Dave reported monthly on the VE exam sessions he and his friends at Sierra Foothills ARC held, where so many got their new or upgraded licenses. He was active in many other fields of volunteer work as well. Services are pending.
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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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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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At last we have a U.S. Senate bill complementing the Amateur Radio Parity Act in the US House of Representatives. US Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), who sponsored “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015” in the Senate, had said the bill he introduced, with original cosponsor Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would allow for transparency and equality in the regulatory process. S. 1685 and its identically worded US House version H.R. 1301 direct the FCC to provide “regulatory parity” for Amateur radio operators. Wicker said in a June 29 media release that the legislation would ensure that Amateur Radio operators are able to continue to provide “critical communications support at no cost to taxpayers.” We need to write letters to our two US Senators to ask them to become cosponsors of this bill.
Read more at: http://www.arrl.org/news/senate-sponsor-of-amateur-radio-parity-act-of-2015-said-bill-promotes-regulatory-transparency-equali
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From the W6SFM SFM ARC:
The W6SFM Samuel F. Morse ARC welcomed 10 members to this months SFMARC in-person monthly meeting. 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 June in-person meeting:
President Mike, N6MQL read the months budget report and announced the final funds available, Including one $10 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 final planning of the ARRL Field Day event. The SFM ARC voted to once again operate a modest 2 station all CW, battery operated setup. Lists of equipment, food items and supplies needed was generated. Each member then signed up for a food item to bring with them to the FD Pot Luck Dinner Saturday evening. The club decided to meet between 9 – 9:15 AM Saturday Jun 27th for the beginning preparations. We encourage the public to join us for our Field Day event. We offer Logging operators for those that don’t feel confident with their CW copy, and we even offer a printed copy of the Morse Code letters in Dit and Dahs to send the CQ and proper ARRL section/station information. So ANYONE can operate the W6SFM CW station during Field Day!
Information on the upcoming Western Placer Swap meet to be had in the McBean Park area from 7AM until Noon were also discussed. For more information on this event please feel free to contact our club. We will happily send you directions along with a map.
A mention was made about the upcoming completion of the W6SFM CW Beginners class. From the 18 students originally signed up it looks like we will have 12 students complete the class. This is a very high average among CW Classes. We already have confirmation from 3 of the 6 students who were unable to complete the course wanting to sign up for our next class. We feel confident that ALL students that compete our class will leave with the complete knowledge and understanding of CW Morse Code as well as having the ability to accurately send it on a straight key during a conversational on-air QSO.
Chris, AI6U reported on this months On-Air Net check-ins. The net is held each Tuesday evening on 80 meters. With propagation continuing to be good we have been finding a much larger attendance with members spanning across the country reporting in.
For our tech portion of the April meeting members discussed the ARRL’s HR 1301 bill, and support that is growing within the house of representatives. Due to our extended Field Day planning we skipped over our normal “show and tell” of Electronic and Amateur Radio related equipment. This will resume again at our next scheduled meeting July 7th
Our next SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held at it’s normal time and location in the Howard Crowley room upstairs. 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 www.w6sfm.com. 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
Chris, AI6U, sent the FD message to the Section Manager, reporting 1A operation, 16 participants, 17 visitors of which six were children, 1 official, and one Fire Department representative.
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"We are looking for amateur radio communication volunteers to help support Ann Trason’s (Overlook Endurance Runs) 50K and 30K running event on October 18th, 2015.
This event covers areas of the historic Western States Trail, Tevis Cup Trail and the American River Canyon. The 50K distance starts in Stone's Brew in Foresthill, CA. The 30K distance starts at Driver's Flat and Foresthill Road. Both distances finish at the American Canyon Park Overlook (Auburn Dam
Overlook) in Auburn, CA.
If you are interested in volunteering please send email to email@example.com indicating your interest, availability and contact information and I will contact you directly to confirm. A couple of the aid stations are on fire roads and so high clearance vehicles or 4WD is ideal.
More information about the Overlook Endurance Runs and this event can be found here:
Thank you for your interest.
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From River City ARCS, regarding Field Day:
And another one is in the "books".
This years operation was a huge success. The weather was spectacular and turnout great. I believe we had over 750 contacts.
First, I want to thank each and everyone of you who came out to help set up Saturday morning. We had 20m, 15m and 10m stations operational by 9:20am (a whole 1:40 ahead of schedule). The usual suspects were there as they always are each year. One thing that was trully amazing was the amount of new members out to help. It was certainly encouraging to see participation at this level.
Thank you to all who donated equipment. As you will see in our "wrap up"at the next general membership meeting we had quite a large operation and used 90% of what was brought.
Special Thanks to Kevin Hooke KK6DCT for setting up our logging network. It operated flawless without any issues. Be sure to mark you calendar for next year Kevin.
Thanks to Ken Kretzer W6IEZ for handling the food services and BBQ. And also making sure our water and sodas were ice cold. And also Thanks, to Carol KP4MD for the donuts and coffee Sunday morning. Nothing like a needed "sugar push" before tear down. Hi Hi.
Last, I want to thank all of you who were there for tear down. Field Day is a fun event, but when it comes to tearing down, everyone is tired, hot and ready for some well deserved rest. Having as many people as we did sure makes the job easier. Jason KF6QXX our designated Lift operator made our life especially easy when it came to setting masts, antennas and removing them. Thanks Jason.
I'm sure there is more, but I'm just to darn tired to think.
This from the RCARCS Newsletter: From the River City ARCS: At our June Meeting, Andy, W6AWS explained Field Day preparation and the club raffled surplus equipment to its members. Some received some real gems (not a boat anchor in sight).
Finally Field Day arrived. What club participation. Volunteers arrived Saturday morning at Dry Creek Ranch and set up antennas and stations that were ready to operate at the very beginning of Field Day. Andy, W6AWS had everyone organized and antennas went up without a hitch. Kevin, KK6DCT was our tireless IT administrator and kept our logging computers operating without a hitch. There was ample opportunity for members and visitors to operate CW, digital, and phone. Ken, W6IEZ organized our food offerings and demonstrated a novel method of barbecuing at our evening pot luck. When we finally pulled the plug, we had plenty of volunteers to take down antennas and break down our stations. With about 30 members and guests Field Day was a resounding success. Thanks to all who worked hard, brought gear and especially food.
At our next meeting we will review Field Day and make plans for next year.
Our August meeting will feature Debby Wells, KK6IQL who will give a presentatin on raising handicapped children.
Join us at our meetings.
Bob Woodward, N6PGQ.
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At this point I want to congratulate Carol Milazzo, KP4MD/6, on her election to be Sacramento Valley Section Manager. Carol has been active in the leadership of the River City ARCS club for several years, and is as active in ham radio as any of us could wish to be. Her two year term starts 1 October of this year. de W6KJ.
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As is the custom, N6YLO and I made a circuit of Field Day sites, trying to visit the ones we usually miss. If we missed yours, then you can probably remember a year in the not too distant past when we did visit. Using the ARRL Field Day Locator, we charted out six sites in the central part of our Section. First was a visit to our local club, Yuba Sutter ARC, which was setting up at the Sutter County Airport. Hosted by Twin Cities Aviation under some shady trees and shade structures, they looked ready to go, with several portable towers and antenna supports. Dave, KC9EI, President of the YSARC, Don, KC6PPX, and Chris, KD6CP, their Field Day Chairman had things under control.
Then we visited Oroville ARS at the Oroville Airport EAA facility. We visited with them also in the shade of some nice trees. They had several wire antennas up already and a vhf beam. Jim, W7ZX, Bennett, K6CEL, Joe, WA6CAL, President, and Stan, KN7ZYZ, with XYL Marilyn, KK6GNL, were all ready to go under shade structures equipped with lots of hydration material for the hot day ahead.
We then traveled up Highway 99 to Highway 32 just above Forest Ranch to visit with Golden Empire ARS, the Chico based club celebrating over 75 years of ARRL affiliation. Klaus KG6DTE, along with Butte County EC Scott, KE6VUS, greeted us at the site of a former fire lookout on a nice high spot 18 miles east of Chico. While the old fire tower could not be used, the site is a good clear shot to all quadrants and is a popular place to hold Field Day. Out on the highway a large sign invited the public to attend, prompted by publicity arranged ahead of time. We visited with Robert W6RQR, Tom, W6JS, Michael, N6FAV, and Larry, KA6GND. We missed President
Anna, KG6ZOA, who was off to the eye emergency room, and Dave, W6PS, because we were off to the next site.
We left there for Nevada County ARC at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. We found them fixing lunch. We were both handed plates with nice prime rib sandwiches which really hit the spot. Here we visited with club president Walt, club Treasurer Chuck, KI6CM, and VE buddy Al, AA7C. The Nevada County Fairgrounds is a familiar ham radio operating site. I first operated there during the 49er fire decades ago. The club was at a pause for lunch and to replace a TS850 with VCO difficulties, but they were underway again by the time we headed for our next stop.,
Sierra Foothills ARC has used Nyack Mountain for the last several years for their FD operation.
GREETINGS FROM THE W6EK FIELD
DAY CREW AT NYACK MOUNTAIN
CALIFORNIA X WE HAVE TWENTY
OPERATORS MANNING FIVE TRANSMITTERS X
100 IN ATTNEDANCE 73 X
DENNIS WU6X AND COMPANY
The Field Day message from SFARC was the first one I received.
It was sent via WinLink 2k.
SFARC had a GOTA station set up with a sign up board divided
into one hour blocks. Four operators, in this case, boy scouts,
were assigned to each one hour block, giving everyone interested
a chance to make a few contacts.
Then we were off to Carmichael, to visit the FD site of W6SFM,
located behind a church off Marconi Ave. Over 50 years ago, we
lived less than a half mile away on the same street. We found
the club resting in the shade of a wonderful tree. The weather
was warm but not uncomfortable, and the visit was very nice.
But we left anyway and headed up to Rio Linda to see the FD site
at River City ARCS. As is their custom, they were at a historic
site on the grounds of the Dry Creek Ranch. They had multiple
stations set up including at least one yagi (and a hydraulic lift
to get it atop their tower.) We visited with lots of folks
including my replacement, Carol, KP4MD/6.
Our last stop was with W6BO, Bob Olson, and wife Janet, W6JND,
at their station south of Yuba City. It has been said that Bob
has 'enough radios' (but not by W6BO) and we found him making
contacts on an Icom 756ProIII and a MFJ Yagi assembled just for
Field Day on a temporary mast near his other antennas. After a
brief visit with Bob and Janet and their new kittens, we headed
back to home.
In past years we have visited with as many as a dozen sites, and
travelled well over 500 miles. But my back hurts. Nuff said.
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The Redding ARRL VE Team announces that our next exam session will be held on Saturday July 18th, at BloodSource in Redding. Candidates are asked to be there by 10:00 AM. We are holding our regular VE exam sessions in odd-numbered months. More information can be found at www.reddingve.com or by contacting Steve K6KS at firstname.lastname@example.org . 73 Steve K6KS, Redding ARRL VE Team Liaison.
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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.
December 19, 2015.
Open Door Community Church
33883 Hwy 44
Shingletown, Ca 96088
Walk ins are welcome.”
You can contact Dar at
email@example.com via yahoo.com
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On July 15, 2015 the Volunteer Examiners (VEs) returned to American River College to provide testing for the Amateur Radio service (Joe Cardoza).
We had 15 students take the FCC Amateur Radio exam. I am pleased to say 13 of the 15 passed the Technician class license, and three of the 15 also took and passed the General class license exam. But also sad that 2 did not pass, one of the students will be working with the VE’s to retake the test.
In this class we had 3 Advanced Education students. These are High school students who have completed the 10th grade or are 16 years old. Two passed the test, and one was unable to take it but will take the exam in the near future. The youngest to pass is 11 years old.
My thanks to the ARRL and the Ham community for support our endeavor. We hope to able to offer another this in the Fall of 2015
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The YSARC VE Test session was on July 11th at 715 King Ave. in Yuba City. The elements for Technician, General and Extra class were offered. Five unlicensed applicants were tested, and all five passed. Three tried the General test but none passed. Just shows what study can do for you.
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Jim Jennings, W7XZ, chimes in with this news from Oroville Amateur Radio Society, OARS.
OARS (http://w6af.org) held its June meeting on the 12th with 15 in
attendance, including Glenn Amateur Radio Society President Albert Leyva,
N6YCK, who gave a brief report about the Steak Bake, to be hosted by his
club this year. OARS Webmaster Erik, AF6EF, reported on the revision of the
club website, still a work in progress but now online. Field Day then took
center stage in the agenda. The monthly club breakfast, usually the last
weekend of the month, had been moved ahead one week to the 20th, to be
followed by a visit to the Field Day site. It was proposed, and approved by
the membership, to set up antennas the evening before the event. The
program, by Erik, AF6EF, was a presentation about a folded unipole multiband
vertical antenna, originally featured in the May 1979 issue of Ham Radio
The Monthly Breakfast took place on the 20th with 25 in attendance.
Following the breakfast, the visit to the EAA hangar and grounds on the west
edge of Oroville Airport, the Field Day site, went as planned. The
following Friday, a late afternoon "antenna party" was conducted at the
The OARS 2015 Field Day saw on the order of 20 participants in the event.
Sacramento Valley Section Manager Ron Murdock, W6KJ, with Jo Anne, N6YLO,
paid a visit to the site on the way to visit others in the section. As a 2A
operation, W6AF logged 213 QSOs, 147 SSB and 66 Digital (all PSK31).
The gear for the operating positions were provided by Bennett, K6CEL (Phone,
powered by solar charged batteries), Joe, WA6CAL (Digital), and Bill, AG6ZT
(all mode VHF). Erik, AF6EF, provided two full wave loop
antennas, one for 80M and one for 40M, both making good
accounts of themselves during the operating period; the apex of the 80M loop was
near the top of a valley oak, thanks to Gary, KF6EWO, and his compressed air
line thrower. Randy, KK6HRJ, brought a small quad rotor drone helicopter to
the site and sent it aloft with a camera to take an aerial view video of the
operation. Stan, KN7ZYZ, and Marilyn, KK6GNL, came down the hill from
Forbestown for Field Day; a cookout put together by Marilyn provided some
hefty hamburgers with all the trimmings for a splendid repast that Saturday
evening, Bob, K6RCO, doing the honors at the barbecue grill. In addition to the
above, others who gave their time, operating and/or assisting, to make the
event successful include President Ron, KD7UHF; Lance, KC6FLB and Rod, N4QNX
(kept the log moving at the SSB position); John, K7XE; Howard, W6AIL (our
"go-between" with the EAA); Russell, N0EFX; and Jim, W7XZ. The concensus on
OARS Sunday Night Net was that this Field Day was enjoyed by all who
OARS will hold its July meeting on Friday the 10th, 7 pm, at St. Paul's
Parish Hall in Oroville. The agenda and program are to be determined at
time of this writing.
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Yuba Sutter ARC:
On Saturday, June 27-Sunday Jun 28. the Yuba Sutter
Amateur Radio Club participated in the ARRL Field
Day at the Sutter County Airport, Yuba City, CA.
Friday, club members met and setup antennas for
the big event. There were two crank-up towers
with Yagi antennas, a J-pole, and a dipole fan antenna.
Smokers and BBQs were set out in preparation breakfast
Ron (W6KJ) our ARRL Section Manager and Jo Anne
(N6YLO) stopped by Saturday morning as they made
their rounds of field day sites through out Northern
California. Club members and non-members stopped
by and participated in making contacts. The club operated
5 transmitters on battery or generator power. They
also had a GOTA (Get On The Air) station that the
public could use to make contacts. Breakfast was
served Saturday and Sunday morning. A feast of pulled
pork, BBQ ribs, corn-on-the-cob, and all the fixings
were served Saturday evening. Afterwards a karaoke
station was set up for entertainment. Information about the
number of contacts made, bands they were made
in, modes, the number of Field Day participants
and states and countries contacted will be in the July
newsletter. Thanks to Chuck (KI6HK) who donated
funds to help pay for the dinner even though he could
not attend, Mountain Mikes Pizza in North Highlands
(courtesy of Cindy (KK6OIO)) who donated chicken
wings for the dinner and the American Red Cross for
donating several cases of water. Three photos from
field day are posted below. More photos will be posted
on the club website at YSARC.org.
Reported by Curtis, KF6VFP, and Marsha, KI6CSN in the Valley Ham News.
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Yolo Amateur Radio Society, Yolo County ARES, and UC Davis
Amateur Radio Communication Society joined forces to put up a
2B station Field Day operation at the UC Davis Airport.
The group made 200 phone contacts and 70 CW contacts. The
participating amateur radio operators and visitors totaled
twenty five. The attached photograph shows Bill Ragsdale,
K6KN operating the Digital Station. Gary Matteson, WA6TQJ is
observing his success.
Submitted by Gary, WA6TQJ.
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I have section news for you from North Hills
Radio Club: First, a belated "thanks" to those
who attended our ham fest in May. We look forward
to seeing you next year. For the first time
in a number of years, North Hills tried our
hand at Field Day. We held it at Folsom Lake,
near the boat launch area. By anyone's account
it was a modest event as only three club members
were able to attend and operate. Doug, N6NFF,
Paul, KA6PDY and Joel, AI6DG were the three who
came, operated and had fun. We were restricted
to daylight operation only. During the nine
hours we were on we made about forty-four
Q's. At sunset we had to break down and head
for home. I wish to express a very big "thank
you" to Joel Baldwin, AI6DG. He agreed to
serve as our Field Day coordinator. Not only
was this the first time he headed up a Field
Day operation, but this was the first time
he had ever operated Field Day since becoming
a ham back in the 1980's. In my view, there
isn't a big enough bag of Kudos to offer
him as a reward for this effort. I sincerely
hope that this is the spark which causes
North Hills to become active in Field Day
again. This July, we're bringing back another
club tradition which has been asleep for
a number of years. It's a club picnic. It
will be held at a park in Rio Linda on Saturday,
July 25. In addition to the goodies you normally
associate with a picnic, we're going to have
a fox hunt. We have been building tape measure
2 meter beams at our June and July meetings
for this purpose. We hope that as many members
as possible will attend our picnic. I've given
everyone fair warning about next years Field
Day dates and I hope we get a big turnout
when the big day of June 25, 2016 arrives.
Everyone have a good ham radio summer and
the best of 73 from NHRC. Doug Emerson, N6NFF.
President, North Hills Radio Club
From Douglas County, NV, where we have help covering Alpine
County, CA, comes this report from Sheila, KA7AJQ.
Douglas and Alpine Counties June 2015 ARES comment.
June was very busy with the AMBR ride at Tahoe, the Pony Express Reride, the Alta Alpina Challenge ride planning, Field Day and the CA Washington Fire. When you read about the July 11th Death Ride information, note that I could use other ham operators at Alpine Dispatch with me to become familiar with operations.
Area hams, including DCART members, supported the Pony Express Reride by going into the field to follow the pony/mail, going to mountain tops, and being base stations at home. Information could then be called into the Hot Line and report the mail progress as early or late. This year the mail was East to West, entering Nevada by way of Ibapah, Utah and leaving to California riders at Stateline. Those CMEs probably got us as HF was impossible to work. We resorted to cell phones and e-mail thanks to our mountain top located hams. Our repeater use plan worked well in the western part of our state. In the Carson Valley, the 147.330 worked well but not at the Lake. So repeater controllers linked the 147.240 to it and we were able to have great contact for both valley and Lake locations. California hams contacted us for pony location and estimated arrival and connected two more CA repeaters so all locations could be saddled up. The 147.24 has EchoLink so more remote CA locations could still receive the information. The repeater controllers were looking at interference difficulties. These events always bring practice in using our radio equipment and using all communications devices and interfacing with other hams.
The big cycling event, the Alta Alpina Challenge Ride, was canceled because of the smoke and fire danger and losing ambulance resources to the needs of the Washington Fire. That was the weekend of June 27th - Field Day. The organizers planned alternate routes and bases but in the end safety and logistics considerations could not be met. This ride takes place over the same Alpine county location as the coming Death Ride event. Also during this time frame the specter of an evacuation of Markleeville was looming. El Dorado EC, Jay Harmor, KE6GLA, kept in touch about a possible Red Cross evacuation center and we spoke of supporting repeaters. Really appreciated his contact and support.
The Tour of the California Alps also known as the Death Ride is still being planned for July 11th. The Alpine County organizers will look at all the conditions and make a final go decision on July 6th. Tahoe Amateur Radio Association (TARA) is the lead group to organize ham radio communications support for this event. As you know, there is basically no cell phone coverage in most of the county. We plan to staff the Alpine County Sheriff's with ham radio coverage to support the Dispatcher to help get emergency resources to incidents as quickly as possible. The hours are 6 AM to 8 PM. IF YOU CAN HELP US THAT DAY, PLEASE CONTACT ME!
Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ
ARES Emergency Coordinator
Douglas, NV and Alpine, CA
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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 ARRL.org web site at: http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-eliminates-amateur-radio-vanity-call-sign-regulatory-fee
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