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

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Happy Holidays!

  December 2018 News

From the Section Manager

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

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This month's news features reports, photos and videos from radio amateurs and clubs around our Section.

December 1 ARRL Pacific Division Leadership Summit

On Saturday December 1, ARRL Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT and Vice Director Kristen McIntyre, K6WX convened the annual ARRL Pacific Division Leadership Summit at the Livermore City Council Chambers. Also attending were East Bay Section Manager, Jim Siemons, W6LK, Sacramento Valley Section Manager, Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, Nevada Section Manager John Bigley, and various other ARRL Field Organization officials and representatives from ARES and affiliated clubs throughout the ARRL Pacific Division. At the meeting, Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT appointed Dave Otey, WB6NER, Assistant Pacific Division Director to assist Division members with changes in ARES. Those present also discussed status updates on the Amateur Radio Parity Act,ARES Connect, the ARES Strategic Plan, the transition of our Official Observer program to an enhanced ARRL-FCC Volunteer Monitor program, theARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal and other matters of concern to radio amateurs in our Sections.

Thanks to ARES Members for Support to Camp Fire Red Cross Shelters

Thanks to all the ARES Members who supported the Camp Fire Red Cross Shelters. 
Well Done! Please pass our thanks to all of your operators.

  • Plumas County ARES: Kathy KF6CCP, Keith AI6OO, Larry Trotter KI6YUK.
  • Butte County ARES: Dale KK6EVX, Theodore N6TBC, Robert KK6WUG, Stephan KM6RSO, Daniel N6APX, Rick KI6VOS.
  • Yuba-Sutter ARES: Andy KJ6IYM, Bill WA6OHP, Neil N6CNY, Brandon KM6JID, Ted KN6TED, Michael AG6IP, Brad KM6RIW.
  • Glenn County ARES: Michael KJ6KIZ , Philip KI6SMN, Hank KM6VFF.
  • Sacramento County ARES: Michael KK6ZGB, Carl KK6RAS, and James KK6FON

Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Section Emergency Coordinator
& Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Manager

To all operators that assisted The American Red Cross during this trying time! Your hard work and dedication made my job much easier! Thank you again.

Michael Joseph, American Red Cross Amateur Radio Liaison

Section Wide Net Thursday, December 20

Mark Thursday evening, December 20, on your calendar to check in to our ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Wide Nets on 146.085 MHz and 3880 kHz LSB. See the details below.

Our Section 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 often updated with late breaking news.

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:
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

------------------------------------------------- ARRL VHF & HF Section-Wide Nets Thursday, December 20

On Thursday December 20, ARRL Sacramento Valley Section will hold an ARRL SECTION-WIDE NET, first on theWD6AXM repeater on 146.085 MHzIMMEDIATELY after the 7 pm Yuba-Sutter ARES net closes, then followed immediately by an HF net on 3880 kHz LSB +/- 3 kHz. All radio amateurs are encouraged to participate. We will issue an Official Bulletin reminder during that week.

ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Nets are conducted only on the third Thursday of the month when announced, 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: W6DRZ Receiver at Half Moon Bay; W7RNA Receiver at Sedona, AZ; 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 W7RNA receiver in Sedona, AZ Tune Kiwi SDR 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 ARRL Sacramento Valley SEC Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, Reports on the ARES Response to the Camp Fire

In's Ham Nation episode 376 on November 14, Sacramento Valley SEC Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, gave a detailed question and answer report on the role that radio amateurs played in supporting communication needs during the tragic Camp Fire in Butte County.  The interview begins at the 45:50 point in the program. Read more about the amateur radio response to the Camp Fire in the ARRL News and on our Section Facebookand Twitter feeds. 

Andy Boone KJ6IYM on Amateur Radio Newsline

In Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2142 for Friday, November 16 2018, Yuba-Sutter EC Andy Boone described the ARES response to the Red Cross call for support in the aftermath of the devastating Camp Fire. Click to read the script.

On Saturday December 1, ARRL Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT appointed Dave Otey, WB6NER,  Assistant Pacific Division Director. Dave Otey, WB6NER, Appointed Pacific Division Assistant Director for ARES Connect

During the Saturday December 1, ARRL Pacific Division Leadership Summit in Livermore, Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT appointed Dave Otey, WB6NER, Assistant Division Director. Dave will be our division resource for ARES Connect registration and maintenance.

January 12, 2019 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted December 2, 2018

The next Sacramento County ARES training and meeting is scheduled for Saturday January 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

Club and Member News - December 2018

River City ARCS Update from River City ARCS
Posted December 2, 2018

Our Membership Holiday Dinner will be held on Thursday December 13 @ 6-9 PM at Sam's Hof Brau, 2500 Watt Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821 This is a Family Event!

For current members only! Bring your family or a guest for dinner, the prestigious Lyle Aufranc Award presentation, prize drawings and great company! Optional: Bring an unwrapped toy donation for WEAVE (up to $10 value) for collection at our Holiday Dinner Meeting. Volunteer to help with this event decorating. Please contact Marie Martin

This event takes the place of our usual meeting on the 1st Tuesday of December. Our General meetings are the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm and are open to the Public. Check into our Wednesday night nets at 8:00 pm on the 145.25 MHz N6NA repeater

Our Regular Meetings are held at Sacramento County Corp. Yard, 5026 Don Julio Blvd (corner of Elkhorn Blvd) Sacramento, California 95842.

Sierra Foothills ARC Update from Sierra Foothills ARC
Posted December 2, 2018

Meetings - Monthly Members second Friday Monthly at Auburn City Hall, Rose Room. Everyone welcome. Breakfast last Saturday Monthly at Mel's off 49 in Auburn.

Nets - Thursday night at 7:30 on the W6EK repeater system is the weekly club net. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday is the Elmer Net. Please join us. - Dennis, WU6X has converted us from the Yahoo Group to the This allows a good forum for events, notices, files and database. There are now 105 members.

VE Exams - Every 1st Saturday each month at Raley's Granite Bay. Starts at 8am. Walk ins welcome. Contact is Al, NI2U at

As with any SFARC net or meeting, we love visitors, so come on down and join the membership check out our website at:

Carl, WF6J, PIO Sacramento, CA

Newsletter at:

VE Report December 2018

Thanks again for all the VE's that were able to come to the session. We had a very successful session again. We administered 17 elements to 11 candidates. 3 earned a Technician, 6 earned General and one earned Extra Class license. 

Thanks Al NI2U

North Hills RC Update from North Hills RC
Posted December 2, 2018

NO December meeting...It's the holiday season!

The North Hills Radio Club will hold our annual Christmas dinner on Tuesday evening, December 18 at Brookfield's Restaurant, located at 4343 Madison Avenue, near I 80.

The dinner will take place from 6:00 Until 8:00 P.M. on that evening. All who are members in good standing of the NHRC are welcome to attend.

You are also cordially invited to invite a family member or friend to accompany you to the dinner. You will be permitted to order anything you wish from the main menu. You will be responsible for paying your own check.

There will be a drawing for door prizes plus lots of fun and fellowship with our NHRC friends and guests.

The officers and directors of The North Hills Radio Club sincerely hope that many of you will plan to attend this once-a-year event which will bring to a conclusion, another successful year in the on-going history of NHRC.

The NHRC would like to wish everyone in the ham radio community a most joyous holiday season and a Happy and Bright New Year.

From Doug Emerson. Vice-President, North Hills Radio Club. Amateur radio callsign N6NFF

Club meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of every month, at the former (SMUD) building located at 5026 Don Julio Blvd, at the northeast corner of Don Julio and Elkhorn Blvds. The board meeting begins at 6:00 P.M., followed by the general membership meeting at 7:30 P.M.


Samuel F. Morse ARC Update from Samuel F Morse ARC
Updated December 2, 2018

Our next SFM ARC inperson meeting will be held at its normal time and location Dec. 6th (followed by our Jan.3rd meeting). The SFM ARC in-person meeting is held in the Howard Crowley room upstairs at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church. Directions, including a Google Map are available at the bottom of the homepage.

At our December meeting, we will be discussing the recap of our Bug Roundup Event and participation level. We will also be discussing January’s North American QSO party event to be held at a member’s home QTH. As always, we will have our Tech (show and tell) portion. Members and visitors are asked to share their Ham Radio related items they find of interest. Visitors are always welcome to join us at our meetings.

On-Air Net Meeting

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 15 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. With our YouTube Live streaming system, you can watch the Live Feed on your Apple IOS or Android devices. You do not need to have a YouTube account to access the feed.. However, you will need one to subscribe to our channel.

Those visiting viewing can chat with others watching on-line as well. This of course is not mandatory, but rather just a way of making everyone feel more involved in our on-air nets.

If you like, you can “checkin” using the chat window and you will be included with our On-Air Net log. Simply announce your call letters in the chat window.

Tell A Friend

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 knows and uses 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! Thank You, Chris AI6U SFM ARC Secretary 2018


Western Placer ARC Update from Western Placer ARC
Posted December 2, 2018

Ham License Testing - Wednesday, December 5, 6 PM

WPARC offers Ham radio license testing on the first Wednesday of each month at Round Table Pizza at 6 PM (see below for map and directions.) For more information please email Chuck KK6DOA

WPARC Board Meeting - Wednesday, December 5, 7:30 PM
WPARC conducts Board Member meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at Round Table Pizza at 7:30 PM (see below for map and directions.) The board welcomes members and guests who wish to observe or bring business before the board.

WPARC Members Meeting - Tuesday, December 18, 7 PM
WPARC holds Member Meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at Round Table Pizza at 7 PM (see below for map and directions.) Come out to enjoy some camaraderie, food, beverage, and tales of the radios! Round Table Pizza offers a pizza and salad bar buffet dinner on Tuesday evenings for about $12/person. Scheduled Topic: TBD

WPARC Meeting and Testing Location
Join us at Round Table Pizza, 1020 Pleasant Grove Blvd #170, Roseville. This location faces Roseville Parkway at the northeast corner of the complex, just around the corner from the CVS store. View map and directions

The club website,, has a new look and new information. Jey KQ6DK is now club web master and is updating the the site on a regular basis. Thanks to Jey for all his work on the website.

Don’t forget about our WPARC Facebook page. It is at:

Want more? We now have a Twitter account! Just search for @k6pac (the club repeater call sign with the “@” symbol). We are following the ARRL, the ARRL Sacramento Valley Section, Kenwood, and Yaesu and a few others. If you think of someone we should follow, please email me. I know there are a few local clubs with Twitter accounts and I will add them.

73, Michael Buck. K6BUK

WPARC on Facebook and Twitter

Check us out on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter (@k6pac)

WPARC Nets WPARC Weekly Nets Members and guests are always welcome to check in. Share a few minutes with us and keep your net skills sharp!Day and Time Net Notes Wed 10:00 AM WPARC Day Net Members and guests welcome Thu 7:30 PM WPARC Evening Net 2M then HF net follows, see below
WPARC Thursday Evening HF Net Schedule Following the Thursday evening 2M Net we have an HF Net to keep our HF radio skills sharp. Confirm the scheduled band and frequency during the 2M net.
Day Band and Frequency Dec Jan Feb Mar 1st Thu 10 meters (28.410 MHz) 6 3 7 7 2nd Thu 15 meters (21.355 MHz) 13 10 14 14 3rd Thu 40 meters (7.225 MHz) 20 17 21 21 4th Thu 75 Meters (3.855 MHz) 27 24 28 28 5th Thu 10 meters (28.410 MHz)   31    

  Update from El Dorado County ARC
Posted December 2, 2018

Club Holiday Dinner

Club Holiday Dinner: Fifty Grand Steakhouse, 6401 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines, CA 95726. Sunday, December 9th 5pm to 8:00pm
Door prizes for club members and raffle prizes for everyone. Please R.S.V.P via SignUpGenius with head count and menu choices by December 1st

Menu Choices: Herb Crusted Prime Rib $32.00 per person, Chicken Piccata $25.00, Broccoli and cheese stuffed Portobello mushroom $21.00
All meals include artisan bread, mixed garden green salad & herb roasted red potato. Chocolate Mousse peppermint cake w/ganache and coffee for dessert.
Bar will be open for beverage purchase.

Ham Radio Exam

January 12th, 2019 at 9:00am. Held at the American Legion Post 119, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville CA 95667. Testing Fees $14.00. Contact Ken Vogele, W6KWV at 530-642-9523

2019 Coloma Special Event

The El Dorado County ARC will be commemorating 171st anniversary of the discovery of gold in Coloma, CA. The special event station will be on the air as AG6AU from the gold discovery site January 26th and 27th. More information to coming soon./p>

Jay, KE6GLA  Newsletter

Oroville ARS Update from Oroville ARS
Updated December 2, 2018

OARS Christmas Dinner

The OARS Christmas Dinner will take place Saturday, 15 December, 5-8 pm at Oroville First United Methodist Church, 45 Acacia Ave, Oroville, CA 95966.

OARS Monthly Breakfast

This month’s OARS Breakfast will take place Saturday, 29 December 2018, 9 am, at the Acorn Cafe (second floor) of the Gold Country Casino and Hotel, 4020 Olive Hwy, Oroville, CA 95966

QCWA Update from SOTARS/QCWA Chapter 169
Posted December 2, 2018

The SOTARS/QCWA meeting is Wednesday, December 12. You may choose lunch or breakfast. (Denny's serves breakfast all day). Breakfast (or lunch) starts at eleven and the meeting will start at noon.

The meeting as usual is at: Denny's Restaurant on the southwest corner of Howe Ave. and College Town Drive, one block North of Highway 50. 7900 College Town Drive, Sacramento Phone (916) 383-7071

Please plan to attend. 73, Dan WA6VPJ

Nevada County ARC Update from Nevada County ARC
Updated December 2, 2018

Next Meeting: Monday December 10, 2018 7pm-9pm. This will be the Holiday Party.

NCARC Holiday Party - Monday December 10th. Same location as our monthly meetings. Turkey and Ham provided by the club. Bring a side dish or a dessert. A signup sheet will be going around or contact a club officer and let them know if you can attend.

Holiday Raffle drawing will be at the Holiday Party. Tickets again will be $5.00 each. The prize this year will be a complete 2 meter mobile installation package. Radio is a Kenwood TM-V71a Dual Band 2m/440. A very nice radio for home or mobile. The more tickets you purchase the better your chances!

Nevada County Amateur Radio Club members hold impromptu meetings at the Omega Rest Area on highway 20. Elevation is around 5000 ft and the views are tremendous. Our activity always draws the interest of motorists coming through the rest stop.

73, Cal McKitrick AI6MC, NCARC President 2018 Newsletter Facebook Group

COFFEE CHAT (Ham n' Coffee)

Thursdays, 8 am at Valentina's Bistro, 841 Sutton Way, Grass Valley

Yuba Sutter ARC Update from Yuba-Sutter ARC
Posted December 2, 2018


04 Dec – 7:00 P.M. Club Christmas Party, Marysville First UMC, 730 D Street, Marysville 18 Dec – 7:00 P.M. Board Meeting, Cancelled


Larry / KA6GND is one of our ham friends who had to evacuate his house in Forest Ranch due to the fire. He is back home now and gave me some information on some of our fellow hams also affected. Thought you might like to know in case you're acquainted with them:

"The one who lost 2 homes in Old Magalia is Ron, K6RG. The ones who have been staying with us but were able to return home to Magalia last night are John, N6NTM and Scott AD6DX. Others who I have heard lost their places are Doug / KD6LOK, Stephen / W6AKF, Ron / WB6IAG (Winsystem), Bill / K6IWY, Larry / N7MRN. Larry / KE6LAW also lost the house he just moved into this year and I believe Robert / KK6WUG also lost his house. Submitted by Chris, KK6VZD

Jim, KG6UDW and Anna, K6ZOA lost everything too. Submitted by Russ Decker

The majority of PARS members lost their homes. Don't have an exact number at this time but probably at least 90% of 22 members. Submitted by Douglas Poppelreiter. This is a post from Facebook on November 20, 2018.


President: Chris McLain KK6VZD, V. Pres.: Daniel Weber KM6RHC, Secretary: Linda Maas KK6SOZ, Treasurer: June McJunkin N6JEY, Board Members: John Rogers KI6UDF, Neil Bossard N6CNY, Mark Peters KA6FFM, Joe Visalli N9BD, Joe Peterson K6JFP. Thanks to all who volunteered.


Coming in January and February 2019 is the next technician class. Do you know of anyone interested in becoming a ham? Encourage them to attend and then become their Elmer. Help your hobby to grow. Classes will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. at the American Red Cross Center in Yuba City beginning Jan. 7, 2019. They will run through Feb 27th. The Red Cross building is located at 125 E. Onstott Road, Yuba City. We will be meeting in Classroom 2.


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

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



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