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Section Name:
Sacramento Valley
Dr. Carol Milazzo, KP4MD
Daytime Phone:
(916) 782-3786
Evening Phone:
(916) 259-3221

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October 2019 News

From the Section Manager


Here are the latest Sacramento Valley Section news and happenings.

No Section Wide Net is scheduled for October


October 5-6.  California QSO Party.

October 12 ARRL Exhibit & Special Event Station N6M at Rocklin Maker Faire


Where: Rocklin Maker Faire, Sierra College, 5100 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677.  The ARRL Sacramento Valley Section will host a booth and Special Event Station N6M to share the wonders of Amateur Radio on Saturday Oct 12 between 9 AM and 4 PM. Ham radio’s roots are in improvising radios and antennas and "Do It Yourself" is what the Maker Faire is all about.

  Admission is free to the public! Participate in our display showing homebrew amateur radio equipment and antenna projects, Morse Code practice stations, and hands-on experiences for attendees to learn about wireless technology and on the air contacts via our on-site Special Event Station N6M. We will offer literature and information on local clubs, licensing, the ARRL and amateur radio's role in community service and promoting the hobby and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Last year more than 8,000 people attended Maker Faire at Sierra College to see and share their creativity.  If you are interested in working our booth to help show the "Do It Yourself" spirit of amateur radio, please contact Orion Endres, AI6JB

For more information on the Rocklin Mini Maker Faire visit website

ARRL Pacificon Convention October 18-20, 2019


Register online at pacificon.orgby October 6 or at the door to attend the October 18-20, 2019 ‪Annual ‎‪‎ARRL‬ Pacificon Division Convention at the San Ramon Marriott.  For one low admission price Pacificon offers three full days of fun and educational activities for radio amateurs of all ages and interests.  Exhibits, forums, workshops, license classes & exams, vendors, and more!  PACIFICON is the annual ARRL Pacific Division convention, held each year in October. Pacificon is THE premier amateur radio conference in the western U.S. October 18-20 Jamboree on the Air


If you do not plan to attend the Pacificon convention, consider reaching out to your local Brownies, Cubs, Boys or Girl Scout troop to offer an Amateur Radio demonstration and to support their participation in the Oct. 18-20 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) to communicate with other scouts around the world.  Offer to help your local Brownies, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts earn the Scouting Radio Merit Badge and the ARRL Girl Scout Radio and Wireless Technology Patch.

You can still send October news to This website is visited most during the first week of each month, but do check back as it is often updated with late breaking news.

Our Section website, Facebook and Twitter pages are a work in progress, and your suggestions and submissions are always welcome.

73, Dr. Carol Milazzo, KP4MD

American Radio Relay League Sacramento Valley Section Manager

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



Section News:
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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


Boy Scouts Pioneer Express District Seeks Amateur Radio Support at Oct. 19 Scout Fellowship Weekend
Posted October 2, 2019

Attention Sacramento Area Hams and Groups:  Amateur Radio in Scouting The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts (Pioneer Express District) request support for an amateur radio station at the Saturday, October 19 BSA Pioneer Express District Scout Flag Retirement Event at Gibson Ranch in Elverta. From 300 to 500 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts are expected to attend the event that lasts from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and features exhibits and booths related to scouting. Volunteers would answer inquiries about amateur radio and help youngsters communicate with other scouts during this Worldwide Scouting Jamboree on the Air Event.  

If you wish to share the joy of amateur radio with these young people, please contact Greg Kramer of the BSA Pioneer Express District at

Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Manager

CalFire and Amateur Radio Repeaters

Posted October 5, 2019

Section members may have heard reports claiming that "California declares Ham Radio no longer a benefit, severs ties across state" and "CalFire is causing removal of ham radio emergency communications infrastructure from entire State of California."  Our ARRL Pacific Division Director, Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, offers the following facts that explain the issue that has arisen with few amateur repeaters on CalFire premises that have not properly identified their association with local emergency support.

"The State of California has not made any determination we can find 'that Ham Radio [is] no longer a benefit.'  What happened is that CAL FIRE has transferred responsibility for its communications sites to its property management department. That department has the task of evaluating each site, its condition, use and tenants. If a repeater not known to be associated with the emergency management function of a local jurisdiction is found in a CAL FIRE vault, the default action is to move it out or subject it to commercial rental rates."

"Our contact in the California Office of Emergency Services suggests that, if any affected repeater is in any way involved with local emergency or government support activity, they should ask that agency to engage with CAL FIRE concerning the repeater. If the agency makes the case, there is a good chance that the repeater will be unaffected."

"Their advice is not to elevate this to State Legislators or the Governor's office. In Southern California, wherein sites managed by the U.S. Forest Service have required repeater owners to post bonds to cover the dismantling of their sites if they cease operation. Negotiation has resulted in considerable easing of the original requirements and a modification of terms to help mitigate the short-term financial impact on those repeater owners."

73, Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, Pacific Division Director

In episode 414 of the Ham Radio Now podcast, David Goldenberg, WØDHG, and Jim Aspinwall, NO1PC, discuss and explain this and other considerations for amateur radio EmComm equipment that shares space with government radio facilities.

No ARRL SV Section-Wide Net Scheduled for October

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

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

Locations of Web SDR receivers.1. W6DRZ Receiver at Half Moon Bay2. Northern Nevada Receiver3. Northern Utah Receiver Don't have an antenna or HF radio?  Click a link
and Listen to our HF net on a web receiver. W6DRZ receiver at Half Moon Bay 3880 kHz No 60m WO7I receiver in Northern Nevada 3880 kHz 5330.5 kHz Northern Utah web receiver 3880 kHz 5330.5 kHz

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

Update from Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, Section Technical Coordinator
Posted August 1, 2019

Pacificon is coming on Oct. 18 to the 20th. Don’t forget the Western Placer Amateur Radio Club Ham Fest, September 21, 2019, more info. at
The Boomtown swap was good this year and the weather was not that bad.
I will be all over Northern California, Northern Nevada, Idaho (still thinking about moving to Idaho and looking for a place) and Oregon this summer. If you have cards to check for DXCC, VUCC or WAS and can’t get out or find someone in your area let me know, I may be in that area sometime this year. I will need advance notice so that I can advise the ARRL Awards Desk especially for the out of state ones.
Watch that sun out there and like always, keep the SWR flat.

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


Placer County ARES participate in SRMC MCI Exercise
Posted July 7, 2019

On June 19th Placer County ARES participated in a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) exercise at Sutter Roseville Medical Center (SRMC). The exercise was a drone strike on a Black Hawk Helicopter landing on the SRMC helipad causing it to crash and start a fire. There were nine "victims" with varying degrees of injuries. Placer Count ARES were located at the Emergency Department, and at the scene. The relayed "victim" injury information from the scene to the emergency department, so the emergency department could be properly prepared to treat the injures. The exercise was a great success. I would like to thank KM6RIW, WH7QC, WH7DH, KC3PO, KM6RIX, K6ABJ, NI2U, N6UWQ, and KK6GLP for participating.

Carl First N6CKV Placer County ARES EC

The pictures are from Mike KK6GLP

October 12, 2019 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted September 28, 2019

The next Sacramento County ARES training and meeting is scheduled for Saturday October 12, 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Sacramento Sheriff's Central Division, 7000 65th Street, Sacramento, CA 95823.

Vince Cracchiolo KI6NHP is the Sacramento County EC.

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

Update from Jim Piper, N6MED, Red Cross Liaison to Amateur Radio
Posted June 1, 2019

Changes are afoot in the American Red Cross Gold Country Region.

The ink will be dry on the changes this coming January 1. Nationally, the Red Cross is aligning its previously uncorrelated disaster response and blood services regions.

The Gold Country Region will be giving up San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties which will be absorbed by the Central Cal Region. We will be gaining the north coast Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino counties and Lake county to increase our regional response area by two counties to 26. Along with these counties comes additional disaster potentials, not the least of which are more wild land fire and tsunami risk.

Homogeneous training for voice and digital disaster comm skills between ARES districts becomes ever more important.

Thanks to ARES for all that you do and best regards, Jim / N6MED

Jim Piper, N6MED   


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