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

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June 2018 News

From the Section Manager


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

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ARRL Field Day is June 23-24!


ARRL Field Day is an annual exercise and public demonstration of our emergency communications response capabilities. Radio amateurs throughout North America participate in this exercise during the last weekend of each June. Anyone with or without an FCC license is welcome to visit and participate in Amateur Radio at a Field Day site.  Click to find a public ARRL Field Day site in your area.

Clubs: Be sure to add your public Field Day site to the ARRL Field Day Station Locator. Log onto and click on the Field Day Site Locator link. Promote your Field Day event in your community, online, and use hashtag #ARRLFD on social media.

A hearty thanks to John Dyer, KJ6JD, and others of the Carmichael Elks Club for putting together the May 27 swap meet in Carmichael.  Here are a few call signs of others we saw by our ARRL Section booth: AA6AM, AI6JB, AI6U, AI6UO, AI6US, K6GCN, KA6PDY, KC6MHT, KD6MDV, KD6RM, KE6FIQ, KE6RMN, KG7OR, KI6CDD, KJ6ZOL, KK6AHL, KM6RIW, KM6RIX, KQ6EO, N6ICW, N6KIX, N6MQL, N6PGQ, N6TWW, N6UOE, N6YUV, W6TOM, W6XBC, WB2ZEI, WB6BET, WB6GCL, WB6V, and WB6YLK. Also, in this photo by the ARRL Section booth are: (left to right) Sue Mayoff, WA6AGP, Janet Fisher, KK6RXO, Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, Emilia Seiferling, KI6YYT and Michelle Wyman, AA6MW, of the Ladies of the Net group.

Mark Thursday evening June 21 on your calendar to check in to our pre-Field Day Sacramento Valley Section-wide net.  See the details below. ARRL Section-Wide Net Thursday, June 21


On Thursday June 21, ARRL Sacramento Valley Section will hold an ARRL SECTION-WIDE NET, first on the WD6AXM repeater on 146.085 MHz IMMEDIATELY after the 7 pm Yuba-Sutter ARES net closes, then followed immediately by an HF net on 5330.5 kHz USB (alternate 3880 kHz LSB +/- 3 kHz if no propagation on 60 meters). All are encouraged to participate. We will issue an Official Bulletin reminder during that week.

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.

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.

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 No 60m
W7RNA receiver in Sedona, AZ 5330.5 kHz
Northern Utah web receiver 5330.5 kHz

Ron Murdock, W6KJ (SK) The Yuba Sutter Amateur Radio Club has changed its call sign to W6KJ in honor of the memory of our past Section Manager, Ron Murdock, W6KJ (SK) photo at right. Read more about Ron in the April 2017 SV Section News.

Mike Kirkland, NS6Q shares: "Congratulations to Folsom VE Team Examiner Gordy Fuller, WB6OVH, who passed the 300 VE exam session mark this month!"  Bravo!

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

This website is visited most during the first week of each month, but do check back as it is 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



Update from Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, Section Technical Coordinator
Posted May 31

Pacificon 2018 is right around the corner. I will be there checking WAS, VUCC, and DXCC cards at the NCDXC table. Swap on Sunday.

Field day is coming soon, June 23-24, 2018 . Find your local club and go out and have fun.

I will be out and about this summer in Northern California. If you need cards checked contact me, I may be in your area

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

From Section Affiliated Club Coordinator, Max Soucia, N1KGS
Posted March 11

Hi Sac Valley Hams. I’m the newly appointed section Affiliated Club Coordinator. I’ve been a ham for 28 years or there about. I relocated from northern Maine in 2009 after I retired where I was Section Emergency Coordinator and I helped write and develop the original EC 101 course. I was an online mentor for EmComm for several years. I’m a big cheerleader for Amateur Radio’s ability to assist in emergencies when nothing else works. As such I’m a proponent of ARRL affiliation for the support we can give it in return for the technical and particularly legislative support they provide. In the present atmosphere of monetizing all aspects of society we will be feeling more and more pressure to privatize the EM spectrum including our slivers of it. Witness the development and expansion of 5G services. Protection and expansion of our spectrum is where we as individual hams can benefit from League activity as we support them with sheer numbers through membership and club affiliation.

I’ll be contacting each ARRL affiliated club in the Sacramento Valley Section over the coming weeks to update your club information and to help bring your League affiliation up to date if needed. I also want to visit each club over the coming months for an eyeball QSO. There is much of Northern California I have not seen and I’m looking forward to the travel. In the meantime, if you want assistance in utilizing the benefits of affiliation such as club insurance, or updating your Special Service Club status or have questions about any of these issues or just want to rag chew my cell number is (916) 607 6524 and my email is

73 de Max Soucia, N1KGS, Affiliated Club Coordinator, Sacramento Valley Section, ARRL Modoc ARES Meeting Report
Posted May 28, 2018

We talked a little about the ham radio demo we are doing for Children’s Fair/Sportsman Expo on June 16-17th. We plan to have the ARES Comm trailer there.

We had 2 Packet Winlink stations set up at the meeting. After viewing a YouTube video about P2P mode, we did a little practice with Peer to Peer mode of sending e-mails and using the on-line forms. I encourage all to keep active on Winlink so if we get called, the system will let you log in. This mode is a force multiplier for us, we could get a lot of traffic in and out of the area during a crisis with a few hams. Even checking in Winlink Express from your computer via Telnet mode will keep your address active.

You can download the free software at

There are several YouTube videos out there to explain the system.

Reminder, since we are doing the demo in June, we are not holding a 4th Thursday night meeting this month. So next ARES meeting is July 26th. As usual, Chad is doing a good job of reminding us.

73, Jim Linden, N7JIL,
ARES Emergency Coordinator, Sac Valley District 1 (Trinity, Siskiyou, Modoc and Lassen Counties)

CalOES Visits Placer County ARES
Posted May 3, 2018

On April 28th Placer County ARES held a face to face meeting, with 21 members and guests. The guest speaker was Ben Green WD8CZP Assistant Chief Tactical Communications CaOES. Ben spoke about the role of CalOES in large disasters and events, and the role of volunteers including HAMS in these activities.

Submission and photos by Carl First, N6CKV, Placer County ARES Emergency Coordinator

The Placer County ARES group Ben Green WD8CZP Ben Green’s work SUV

June 9 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted May 26, 2018

The next Sacramento County ARES training and meeting is scheduled for Saturday June 9, 2018 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 - June 2018


River City ARCS   Update from River City ARCS
Posted May 28, 2018


Members of the River City Amateur Radio Communications Society will be participating in the National Amateur Radio Field Day Exercise beginning at 11:00 am on Saturday June 23rd and ending at 11:00 am Sunday June 24th.

This annual event demonstrates volunteer emergency communications skills. The public is encouraged to attend, and a special “Get On The Air” station will allow all attendees to talk to other amateurs across the country. We encourage youth to take the controls and make a live radio contact. 
Admission is free at the historic Dry Creek Ranch House, 6852 Dry Creek Road, Rio Linda. #ARRLFD

Assemblyman Ken Cooley helping to erect antennas for ARRL Field Day Assemblyman Ken Cooley operating the Get On The Air station

Dave Martin WB6YLK, President    Newsletter

  Sierra Foothills ARCUpdate from Sierra Foothills ARC

Posted May 26, 2018

Field Day - Gary, KC3PO and the Committee are hard at work planning out the logistics for our Field Day in Nyack, CA. See the ARRL Location webpage for detailed map.

Count Down to Field Day

It's only about a month away folks - got your gear dusted off and ready to go?

Things seem to be coming together pretty well... as you probably gathered from Brian's recent post, the club has taken delivery of the two 10' x 20' popups that will be used to create our fellowship area that will feature chairs, refreshments, a big screen TV monitoring stats/contacts and so on.

As in the past, we'll be running 4A (four stations simultaneously operating) PLUS a GOTA (Get On The Air) station PLUS a VHF station. One of the four main operating positions will be a dedicated digital station set up by Orion (this will be a great opportunity to learn about and even operate digital modes if you're interested)... two of the main operating stations will be tried and true Elecraft KX3 w/ 100w amps. The remaining main operating station (during the day) is designated as the "fun" station - an easy-to-use touch screen Icom 7300. We thought this would be an attractive option for club members who just wanted to casually jump in and knock out a few QSOs for fun. As previously mentioned the 7300 will only be available during the day. When the 7300 is put to bed, the GOTA station will become one of the main operating stations. GOTA station during the day / main station at night will be a Flex 6000 series software defined radio. If you haven't see one of these in operation, you're in for a treat!! Definitely check it out!

We're planning on more antennas this year - three 80m doublets fed with ladder line (should be able to tune these to just about any band)... and a 160m End-Fed-Half-Wave that can cover 160/80/40. We'll have at least two, maybe three beams to cover the 20/15/10m bands as well.

Also new this year will be a designated tent camping area - tent camping is encouraged, and by all means bring your families!

We're still in need of someone to head up the cooking of the meats... please let me know if you're willing to take this on or maybe at least if you have a suitable BBQ and/or smoker(s) that can be brought up to the site. We normally have Tri-Tip and maybe chicken... cook it low-and-slow so really won't a high maintenance situation! Assuming we can at least get the right gear up there, I imagine we can coordinate a few people to trade off watching the meats (I'll be happy to help!). The club will supply the meats as well... but it's not going to cook itself. Please step up and be the hero! Eight people indicated on the Field Day survey that they had cooking gear that they could bring up...

We also need tables and chairs... in the past, we had a source of tables and chairs. We no longer have that source. Can we crowd source this one? Twenty people indicated on the survey that they could bring chairs and eighteen indicated they could bring tables. Seems like probably enough, but we need to nail down who's bringing what just to be sure. Same goes for popups... seems like we have enough in the club, just need to do some final coordination.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm getting excited!

- Gary, KC3PO

Events - MS Walk in Folsom - Mike, KK6GLP coordinated the efforts to support the race. Photos forthcoming on Next events: Georgetown Enduro, Cyctic Fibrosis Bike Ride, and SFARC will be well represented on The Tevis Cup. Thanks to all the WS100 support.

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 June 2018

Thanks again for all the VE's that were able to come to the session. Today, the VE’s at 7 were less than the 9 candidates. We had a very successful session again. We administered 12 elements to 9 candidates. 8 earned a new or upgraded license. We have 4 new Technicians, 2 new Generals, And 2 new Extras. Thanks Al NI2U Update from Paradise ARS
Posted June 5, 2018

Get on the Air Event June 2

The Northern California Amateur Radio Clubs and the Amateur Radio Emergency Services Members were all invited to a Get On The Air (GOTA) June 2nd at the Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley. Paradise Amateur Radio Society (PARS) and the Yuba Sutter Amateur Radio Club (YSARC) showed various amateur radio activities.

The purpose of the event was to simply have fun and meet other amateur radio operators or those that may wish to become a licensed operator and that need help. During the GOTA event, some were demonstrating radio go box configurations, homemade antennas, sending emails without the internet, helping un-licensed visitors Get On The Air and more.

The GOTA event was held at North State Kiwi Fest at the Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley. Some of the Kiwi Fest attractions were a carnival, rodeo, model train display, classic cars, food vendors.

Paradise ARS Members. Left to Right: Doug KD6LOK,  Grant KK6FKW, Jerry KM6JIF, Chris WA6CP, Robert KJ6ZEB Paradise ARS Site

For more information, see the flyer.

Teach, Learn, Communicate and Have Fun

73, Stephen, W6AKF, PIO Paradise Amateur Radio Society  Click to see Event Flyer

Mount Shasta ARC Update from Mount Shasta ARC
Posted May 30, 2018

Spring has sprung and is headed into Summer, and Summer in Siskiyou County means public service events!

MSARC is the little club that could. With an average meeting attendance of 12 and a total membership of under 20, the club, somehow, manages to handle 5-7 large public service events every year. 2018 is no exception and the festivities kick off on June 23, 2018 (yep, on Field Day) with the Castle Crags Century bike event - wherein we cover over 150 miles of rugged riding in the mountains. We need a minimum of 12 hams (14 would be better) to handle health/welfare/location/logistics traffic for this event - most of which is physically located in areas without cell coverage. Please let us know you are willing to help by signing up at A dedicated troop of volunteers from the club have been teaching a ham radio technician level class at Sisson Elementary School and the final (licensing) exam was held on May 29, 2018 at the clubhouse. We are proud to say that one of our students worked hard and earned his ticket! Please join MSARC in welcoming Jake, KM6TNG (kilo mike six the next generation) into the world of ham radio. Huge props to the hams who volunteered their time to make this class happen: KD2JLY, KD6MC, WA6KJV, KI6LIT, KX6MMM, and NR6J! We have been invited back to the school to teach a full year course starting in Fall.

The attached photo shows former Mt. Shasta Mayor and founder of Snowcrest ISP, Dennis Engdahl - NR6J, congratulating Jake on his achievement and gifting him with his first ham radio.

Submitted by Mark Dibelka, AB2LI

Samuel F. Morse ARC

W6SFM In Person Meeting 5/3/2018

Update from Samuel F Morse ARC
Updated June 2, 2018

The W6SFM Samuel F Morse Radio Club May meeting was called to order by club President Mike, N6MQL on May 3rd at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church in Carmichael CA, with 14 members and no guests in attendance. With the addition of better internet service at our meeting location, this month the YouTube in-person Live feed was working flawlessly. Our current broadcast recording of the W6SFM In- person meeting was broken into two parts for convenience, as we didn’t want to include too much of our chatter during our scheduled break time. At this time the club still has some issues with the Live Feed broadcast of our weekly on-air net meetings, although this is something that is being worked out with the addition of a new club computer to be installed.

On-air videos along with Club in-person meetings and CW Beginners Class practice code can be found under the “Videos” page of our website. Please note that there may be a delay starting the live videos as it takes the YouTube server up to 2 minutes to begin the live transmission. This is done to accommodate any lag in the transmission video due to internet speeds. At the April meeting, Mike, N6MQL asked the club to consider purchasing a new desktop computer for our needs. At the May in-person meeting Mike presented some of the computers that he believes would meet the needs of the club and come with a reasonable price tag. Both Desktops and Laptop pricing was offered. The club voted with a quorum that we should invest our funds in the purchase of an adequate Laptop rather than a Desktop computer. The club laptop could be used for multiple purposes. This budget would be fine for the current and perceived needs of the club for the next 5–8 years based on our current software and hardware requirements. Members suggested that the laptop be purchased before Field Day scheduled for the weekend starting June 23–24th so it may be used for contest logging during the event.

With this approval Mike is investigating the best computer for the club’s needs, along with reliability and durability to find the best choice available. The main presentation was given by Mike, N6MQL regarding the 3 new antenna analyzer models released by RigExpert Ukraine. Mike, presented the club with information regarding the new features added to the Zoom lineup. This presentation was geared both to those who already own a Zoom model analyzer and want to know and understand the new features. Or those who are interested in what an antenna analyzer can do for them and want to possibly purchase one. Our next SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held at its normal time and location June 7th (followed by our July 5th meeting). The SFM ARC in-person meeting will be 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 June meeting, we will be discussing ARRL news and events. We will also have a recap of the May W6SFM Bug Roundup event held May 18th–20th . The club will also discuss and plan the logistics of our June Field Day event to be held in the field behind the church parking lot where the club meets in-person. We hope that you will be there to help us plan and offer various items needed to help us operate successfully in the event. 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. Attend our In-Person meetings with items that you’ve purchased or were given to you that you would like to share with others in the group. Visitors are always welcome to join us at our meetings. They do not need to be licensed to attend 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 13-15 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 on our webpage. However, you will 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, is 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!

Chris, AI6U (Secretary SFM ARC) Newsletter

Western Placer ARC Update from Western Placer ARC
Posted May 30, 2018

Greetings from the Western Placer Amateur Radio Club:

Our Next Club Meeting is Saturday, June 19, 2018. 7:00 PM
Location: Round Table Pizza, 1020 Pleasant Grove Blvd #170, Roseville, CA
Scheduled Speaker and Topic: To Be Determined

WPARC Field Day 2018 - Jun 22-24
WPARC secured a new Lincoln location for Field Day this year at Foskett Regional Park [1911 Finney Way, click to open map on a new tab], on Field 1, directly behind the school. Take Joiner Parkway north to the end, there is a stop sign at Finney Way before becoming Venture Drive. Turn right on Finney Way just past the school, and turn right again at the first roundabout into the parking lot. Plans call for setting up Friday night, Jun 22, operating starting on Saturday morning and overnight into Sunday morning, Jun 24. There will be plenty of time to operate and President Jerry N6JKH assures us that RF noise is very low from this location. Bring some snacks and drinks to share, note that Lincoln Parks does not allow alcohol on the grounds. Come join us and participate in the grand ham tradition of Field Day!

Ham License Testing - Wednesday, Jun 6, 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

Regular Club Meeting Location: WPARC conducts board and member meetings on third Tuesdays of each month. Members and guests with business to bring before the board are welcome to attend board meetings. Join us at Round Table Pizza, 1020 Pleasant Grove Blvd #170, Roseville. This location faces Roseville Parkway at the northeast corner of the complex. View map and directions in link above. Come out to enjoy some camaraderie, food, beverage, and tales of the radios! Round Table offers a pizza and salad bar buffet dinner on Tuesday evenings for about $10/person.

WPARC Ham Fest - Sep 15, 2018 Are you looking forward to our next WPARC Ham Fest on Sep 15? It will be here before you know it. Drawing prizes are already being solicited and WPARC is looking forward to another great Ham Fest. Start rounding up your collectible items that you can bear to part with, in hopes of finding them new owners. Whether you're a buyer or seller, we hope to see you at McBean Park in Lincoln CA on Sep 15!

May Meeting Wrap Up Lou KG6FCT spoke on High Potential Coaxial Cable Testing. There were coaxial cable tests ranging from simple continuity to high potential impedance tests to measure leakage. Special thanks to the member who had the high potential meter in his truck! Special thanks to President Jerry who volunteered his HF radio for some of the testing!

Ham Radio License/Volunteer Examiner (VE) Tests. WPARC offers Ham Radio License testing on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Round Table Pizza, 1020 Pleasant Grove Blvd #170, Roseville CA.  For more information please email Chuck at: kk6doa (at) gmail (dot) com.

Club T-Shirts. Club T-shirts have been a huge hit, and club members wanted more! Our vendor will soon have a web site offering more colors and shirt options. New orders are suspended until the new web site is available.

K6PAC Repeater Yaesu DR-2x Upgrades Completed. Upgrades to new Yaesu DR-2X are completed. A new FVS-2 Voice Module will add new features to leave messages, record and review your transmission, along with announcements. Stay tuned for more details.

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 - Harvey Ulijohn, SK

It is with an exceptionally sad and heavy heart that I must inform you of the passing of club past President Harvey Ulijohn, KD6LND. Harvey was a long-time club member and was a ham for many years. He served in other club positions and was active in many areas. However, it was as President that Harvey had his most impact on the club. He took over the reins after a disastrous term by someone who should have never been President and stabilized the club. He was a natural leader and mentor and had a good influence on many people. Harvey had a calming influence on any organization he was involved with and was highly respected for his leadership. Those who knew him valued his friendship. He organized the WPARC Hamfest one year and played an active role many other years along with his XYL Karen. In addition, Harvey was involved in many other community activities. He was a past President of the Lincoln Rotary club and led many useful projects to help people worldwide. He was also active in some car clubs and for many years had a Sunbeam Alpine, a popular British sports car. He lived in England for several years while running a software company.

Harvey's passing is a great loss to all who knew him. I am deeply saddened but have many good memories of him and will cherish them for years to come. Please join me in offering condolences and sympathies to his XYL, Karen.

Sadly, Michael Buck, WPARC Secretary

Elk Grove-Florin ARC Update from Elk Grove-Florin ARC
Posted May 26, 2018

Elk Grove-Florin ARC—Section News

June 9th we will have a booth at the Elk Grove regional Safety Fair. We plan to have members with a radio there communicating with members at a booth at the H.E.L.P.S. Safety Fair a few miles away. We will be generating interest in our club and passing out fliers. At our monthly meeting which is also on June 9th, our guest speaker will be Joe Spier from Auburn, who will give a presentation on satellites and ham radio. Should be very interesting. On June 23-24, Field Day weekend, we will have several Ham stations set up out at Davis Ranch in Sloughhouse along with Sharp's and ARES. We are inviting the public to come check us out and enjoy the fruits and veggies of the Davis' Ranch vegetable stand.

Christine Lay, KG6JFO, President EGFARC, 916/715-8091

QCWA Update from SOTARS/QCWA Chapter 169
Posted June 5, 2018

Our meeting this month is Wednesday, June 13th. You can 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 at: Denny's Restaurant, 7900 College Town Drive, Sacramento. Phone (916) 383-7071, Located at the southwest corner of Howe Ave. and College Town Drive one block North of Highway 50.

Please plan to attend.

North Hills RC Update from North Hills RC
Posted May 30, 2018

NHRC Field Day 2018

ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

All are welcome to join members of the North Hills Radio Club as they participate in the 2018 ARRL Field Day. It doesn't matter what you're there for, the hot dogs, to watch the setup ( or you can help? ), to watch radio contacts being made, or to make radio contacts yourself, you're invited to come out and have a grand time.

Setup starts around 8am on Saturday June 23, with radio operations starting at 11am and continuing around the clock until 11am the next day.

Our location this year is at Negro Bar, a unit of the Folsom Lake SRA. This is next to the New Rainbow Bridge across the river from downtown Folsom along Greenback Ln, between the east end of Madison Ave and Greenback where they intersect, and Folsom-Auburn Rd.

North Hills RC Field Day Site

Drop in visitors during Field Day are welcome. Radio talk-in into Negro Bar will be on the K6IS repeater (145.190, -, 162.2). Please use the Talk-In if you're coming out. Negro Bar is a State Park fee area. We have parking permits that we can run up to you at the road before you enter. Otherwise there will be a $12 fee to enter.

If there are any questions/problems/issues please contact the NHRC Field Day Coordinator, Joel Baldwin,

Date: 06/23/2013 (Sat.) Time: 8:00am PDT Sat thru 11:00am PDT Sunday Location: Negro Bar - Folsom Lake SRA - Group Site C - far end of parking lot past bathrooms - Limited # parking permits, use Talk-In and we'll meet you at the street with a permit if available, $12 State Park Fee area otherwise

You may signup here if you will be participating

During Signup you may also volunteer to bring items needed for Field Day

Link to NHRC Field Day 2018 site photos

K6IS Field Day web page

Glenn ARS   Update from Glenn ARS
Posted June 5, 2018

Prez Says for June 2018

As we close in on the longest day of the year, the 21st of June we must remember to pace ourselves so as not to overdo. This month, and I believe most of you will agree with me, is becoming very busy very fast. As we head into the warmer months of the year please remember to stay hydrated and seek cooler climes if you feel you are getting over heated.

At this month’s membership meeting we will be making final plans of this year’s big ARRL Field Day event.

“Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

This year, many groups and participants may choose to combine 2018 Field Day with our yearlong operating event - 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase (IGC) - working stations in as many grid squares as possible and upload-ing log data to ARRL's Logbook of The World (LoTW).

For 2018 Field Day and the IGC, the standard event exchange of Field Day Class and Section is still what is sent over the air. After Field Day is where your logs can count for the IGC, but you must be sure when uploading your Field Day logs to LoTW that your TQSL Station Location includes your Grid Square - then LoTW takes care of the rest. Check out the Monthly ongoing results on the IGC Leaderboard.” Quoted from the ARRL web site.

The ARRL has posted the new rules for this year’s Field Day, 2018. I have downloaded a copy and will have it at our next membership meeting for all to peruse. We will be discussing this event and formalizing plans during the membership meeting. We have been granted access again this year to the Providence Christian Center site on Highway 32, just east of Orland. Tentative plans are to have the Disaster Response Trailer (DTR) there which can support up to three operator stations. The DRT now has an ICOM 7300 installed in the equipment rack and other radios may be installed in the trailer on a temporary basis.

Yes! You can bring our own rig if you wish.

Mike Ellithorpe, KF6OBI President, GARS 530-518-3730  Newsletter

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40m Yagi by Keith Edwards, WB6GCLBoom is 40 ft. long.  Driven element is 15 ft. in front of reflecter.  It is made from 3 different commercial ham radio antennas Update from Keith Edwards, WB6GCL
submitted by Keith Edwards, WB6GCL, posted May 31, 2018

Keith has a vintage station, a restored Collins R-590A and a Johnson Ranger that he will put on the air. He also sent this photo at the right of a three element 40 meter Yagi that he recently built and mounted atop his tower.

"The boom is 40 feet long, the driven element is 15 feet in front of reflector. It is made from three different commercial ham radio antennas."

Keith also sends this amusing original "tongue-in-cheek" article below on a "New Vertical Antenna"...

A New HF Vertical Antenna
by Keith Edwards, WB6GCL

I have been reading about the 43’ vertical and how great it is. So, I looked in the ads and saw a couple of them. The price just about put me down. $370.00 for a piece of tubing with a capacitor and inductor at the bottom - no way would I pay that for something that I could make. So, I started to make my 43’ vertical with some of my improvements to it. I started with a 29’ piece of 2 inch aluminum tubing which I cleaned up with steel wool. Then, to bring it to 43’, I added a piece of 1/2 inch aluminum tubing - 3’ 8’’. I painted the outside of the 2 pieces of tubing with a non-conductive paint. This keeps the RF on the inside of the tubing. Next, I fed the coax on the inside of the 2” at the base on one side of the tubing. What this does is - the RF starts on one side and goes in a circle up the tubing like a centrifuge. As it goes up, it gains strength, like added dB. When the RF hits the top of the 2” it is squeezed down and out the inside of the 1/2” tubing. This is like water being put from the hose into a nozzle. This also adds strength to the signal. I call the 1/2” my “RF Accelerator”. The braid of the coax is tied into my metal pump house. I plan on putting in ground rods around the pump house and also tie all the grounds into my water well casing. I think that my antenna has about 43 dB inside the antenna trying to get out. So far, I have worked 2 countries in Europe, New Zealand, South America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the East Coast with 400 watts QRP. If you would like to make one of these antennas, get a hold of Russ. The antenna does work well. P.S.... As you no doubt noticed the antenna leans to the West. This helps me work Japan.

(A response from Larry Murdoch, K6AAW).......

Keith asked me to come down and evaluate this monstrosity antenna he built! I was surprised to see such a sleek, trim, nice job. On paper and just by looking, it appeared to be the real thing, making even Cushcraft envious, but the results are what counts! He purports to have worked 5 stations, but 4 were all in Sutter, not world wide, and the 5th was me whistling “Dixie” in my MIC for testing!

The SWR is horrible, feeding 99% of the power back into the power lines, making the neighbor’s meters run backwards. One lady told me she hadn’t paid an electric bill in months! ...and he wonders why the pump house is always lit up!!

One of the things I would have changed would be to forget about the actual 43’, and bring the whole thing down to resonance with a 55 gallon drum for a top hat. That would bring it down to 7 MHz in only 10 feet tall.

73, Larry, K6AAW, Chief Op.

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