ARRL Sections - Sacramento Valley

Sacramento Valley

Sacramento Valley

Contact Information

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

Basic Information


Visit our Section website at for the latest updates.

NPOTA 2016

September 2016 News

From the Section Manager

Assistant Section Manager Roger Cain KI6FYF and I look forward to visit the Shingletown ARC meeting at 2:00 pm on Saturday Sept 3 at Papa Casey's Grill, 7355 Black Butte Rd in Shingletown, CA. We will present a slideshow of our visit to ARRL Headquarters and an update on Section activities.

A Section-wide net is scheduled for Thursday September 15. The net will commence after the Yuba-Sutter ARES net about 7:20 pm Pacific Time on the WD6AXM 146.085 MHz FM repeater, immediately followed by an HF net on 5330.5 kHz USB. An Official Bulletin will be issued a few days prior to the net.

This month's news announces many upcoming community outreach events around our section. I encourage all amateur radio operators to reach out and welcome the public to learn about our community service and to share the enjoyment of our fascinating hobby. Join one of our upcoming events or plan one in your own community. Your amateur radio demonstration could interest others to join us on the air and become licensed operators.

Plan to attend the October 14-16 ARRL Pacificon Convention at the San Ramon Marriott. Register online at before October 3 or at the door. A limited number of hotel rooms remain available at a discounted convention rate of $129/night.

Attention YLs!  Click here or on the new tab labeled "YLRL District 6" at the top of the section website for YL news.  Plan to join us at the YL Forum at the Pacificon Convention (time to be announced).

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

The website is visited most during the first week of each month, but do check back as it is updated weekly with late breaking news.

We look forward to see you at the ARRL Booth at the September 17 WPARC Hamfest in Lincoln!

73, 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


Sac Valley Area Events




Classes and Volunteer Exam (VE) Schedules

License Class and VE Session Calendar


September 17 - Citrus Heights Ham-Cram Session
Posted August 5, 2016

Section member Joe Cardoza, KA6ROM, announces that his Ham-Cram team conducts amateur radio training and testing every other month in Orangevale:

"Our next session will be on September 17, 2016 starting at 8:45 AM at the LDS Church, at the corner of Hazel and Cherry Ave in Orangevale, CA."

Joe Cardoza, KA6ROM, 916-725-6443,


Folsom ARRL Volunteer Exam Schedule
Posted July 20, 2016

Here is our updated exam scheduled for the 2016:

  1. July NO EXAM
  2. August NO EXAM
  3. Thursday September 15
  4. Thursday October 20
  5. Thursday November 17
  6. December NO EXAM

All exams start at 6:00 pm.

Round Table Pizza (Small private room by the front door), 2793 E Bidwell St, Suite 100, Folsom, CA 95630
For information see or contact Mike Kirkland, NS6Q at
73, Mike, NS6Q


Redding ARRL VE Schedule
Posted March 1, 2016

The Redding ARRL VE Team will be hosting exams on the following Saturdays in 2016:

  1. March 19
  2. May 21
  3. July 16
  4. September 17
  5. November 19

Our exam sessions are now being held at 2486 Progress Drive in Redding. Exams start at 10:00 AM and candidates are encouraged to pre-register.

More information can be found or by contacting Steve K6KS at



New Test Location: 
Open Door Community Church, 33883 HWY 44, SHINGLETOWN, CA. 96088
Testing begins at 10:00 AM. 
Candidates should arrive 15 to 30 minutes early. We accept walk ins.
Dar Walker W6IO, Shingletown ARRL VE Liaison,, 530-474-3087

Feb 20, Apr 16, Jun 18, Aug 20, Oct 15, Dec 17

Dar Walker W6IO


Other ARRL VE Sessions - Schedule List

  1. BARK Repeater Club - Quarterly - Woodland
  2. Carmichael Elk Lodge ARRL VE - 3rd Sat. at 0700
  3. SFARC ARRL VE at Granite Bay Raley's - 1st Sat. at 0800


Amateur Radio Booth at September 24 Scout Event in Elverta
Posted August 14, 2016

Attention Sacramento Area Hams and Groups:  Amateur Radio in Scouting The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts (Pioneer Express District) have invited us to provide an amateur radio booth at the Saturday, September 24 Golden Empire Council 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. The Amateur Radio booth would consist of one to two canopies with tables, promotional and informational literature on amateur radio, local clubs, the ARRL, the Boy Scouts Radio Merit Badge and the Girl Scouts Radio and Wireless Technology Patch, Morse code practice stations, working HF and VHF stations (preferably with battery power), and opportunities for Scouts to communicate on the air. Booth volunteers are needed to answer inquiries about amateur radio and licensing and as station control operators.

We should not miss this opportunity to promote our area radio clubs and to recruit youth into amateur radio. Your club may decide to follow this event up with support for a local scout troop to participate in the October 14-16 Jamboree on the Air.

If interested in helping to plan and/or participate in this September 24 youth outreach activity, please contact me promptly at kp4md(at)

Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Manager

ARRL Exhibit & Special Event Station at Oct 1 Rocklin Maker Faire
Posted August 20, 2016

ARRL Exhibit at Rocklin Mini Maker Faire Attention Sacramento Area Hams and Groups:

The ARRL Sacramento Valley Section will sponsor an exhibit promoting Amateur Radio at the Mini Maker Faire at Sierra College in Rocklin on Saturday October 1 from 10 am - 5 pm. We plan a display of homebrew amateur radio equipment and antenna projects, Morse Code practice stations, and offering opportunities for attendees to learn about the many facets of the amateur radio and to communicate on the air with amateur radio operators via an operational on-site amateur radio Special Event Station N6M. We will offer literature and information on licensing, local clubs, the ARRL and amateur radio's role in community service and promoting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

2015-10-03 Rocklin Maker Faire

  Radio hams were the original Makers and Hackers, using new, used and scavenged parts to make transmitters, receivers, and antennas capable of communicating with other hams anywhere on Earth, and beyond. In this hobby, communicating is the keyword. And, when computers came along, they fit right in to the ham's wide world. Using their technical skills and imagination, hams put together advanced communication networks connected by radio waves instead of wires.

When amateurs began experimenting with radio more than a century ago, they had no choice but to build everything they needed. You might or might not be able to get a signal on your smartphone, but it is truly liberating to be able to communicate using equipment you've built yourself — using just the natural phenomenon of radio-wave propagation and without our telecommunications infrastructure. Radio amateurs don't develop radio-communication skills and capabilities just for ourselves, but also to serve our communities and country through public service and emergency preparedness.

For more information or to help plan or participate in this public outreach, please e-mail kp4md(at)

October 14-16 PACIFICON Convention

Register online now for the October 14-16 ‪‎Pacificon‬ ‪‎ARRL‬ Pacific Division Convention at the San Ramon Marriott. PACIFICON is the annual ARRL Pacific Division convention, held each year in October. It is THE premier amateur radio conference in the western U.S.

Attention YLs! Plan to attend the YL Forum at Pacificon! More here.


October 14-16 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. 14-16Jamboree 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.

National Parks on the Air January through December 2016

National Parks on the Air

In 2016, the National Parks Service (NPS) will celebrate its 100th anniversary, and radio amateurs will be able to help mark the occasion with the ARRL National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event. The fun begins at 0000 UTC on January 1, 2016.

Click on these links for information on NPS entities within the Sacramento Valley Section:

*Although some sites such as Sutter's Fort and the B.F. Hastings Building are under California State Parks administration, NPOTA activations may be conducted there with appropriate permission. "Operations within 100 feet of National Historic Trails are permitted at any point along the route. Operations from private property must receive permission." See NPOTA Rules 13(k) and (m). ARRL Headquarters advises amateur radio operators to contact and register with the corresponding local NPS unit administration in advance to inform them of planned NPOTA operations within their entity. Visit for more information. Follow NPOTA activation updates on npota.arrl.orgFacebook and Twitter.

Do you plan an NPOTA activation in our section? 
Send e-mail to kp4md(at) for posting on this page.

Update from Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, Section Technical Coordinator
Updated September 2, 2016

Lava Beds and Lassen NPOTA Activations

We did the Lava Beds National Monument again and we did Lassen NP. I was cool and fun. Plans were changed a bit. I had plans to do the activation from the peak parking lot but there was about 500 people there. They were have a naturalization ceremony there instead of at Manzanita Lake. So we drove back down the street a few blocks to Helen Lake to do the thing. Wonderful rangers and they were full of questions. We were going to go up to Crater Lake but because of the fires and all the emergency vehicles we decided that was out for this trip. In October we are planning a trip to Kings canyon and Sequoia to activate them………..

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

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

Photos (Left to Right) Bob Wortman WB6VYH NPOTA Activations
1 & 2. Lassen Volcanic NP, 3. Lava Beds NM

WB6VYH at Lassen Volcanic NP WB6VYH at Lassen Volcanic NP WB6VYH at Lava Beds NM

From Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD, Section Youth Coordinator
Posted April 29, 2016

Kid's Club Project Update

Duane Wyatt WA0MJD has been working on a project to expose children with health issues to amateur radio and morse code. He has developed Kid's Club units to accomplish this. Script and photos of Kid's Club are seen in the project website at

Child Life staff at St. Jude's Research Hospital for Children have gladly agreed to accept a Kid's Club donation.

Duane is requesting help to pay for the assembly of a Kid's Club unit to give them. Each unit costs approximately $500 to assemble. Please contact Duane at duanewyatt(at) or (916) 677-9799

Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD,
ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Youth Coordinator
(916) 677-9799 Public Information Officer Training at Pacificon Convention
Posted September 3, 2016

Does your club or group have a Public Information Officer?

Do you wish to promote and publicize your club or group activities and to be better prepared to respond to inquiries about amateur radio from the media and your local authorities?  Are you interested in updating skills to more effectively deliver your message to our 21st century interconnected audience?  Those describe some key roles of thePublic Information Officer (PIO)--a valuable player for your club or group's community relations and growth.

ARRL Public Information Coordinator Suellene Petersen, K6CPA, strongly encourages current and aspiring PIOs to pre-register now for the PIO course that she will offer on Saturday, October 15, at the ARRL Pacificon Convention.  The course material can be downloaded here and is useful for your club PIO, photographers, newsletter editors, and webmasters.

From Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, Section Official Observer Coordinator
Posted January 11, 2016

Do you have what it takes to be an ARRL "Official Observer?"

FCC Amateur Auxiliary The Official Observer (OO) program has been sponsored by the ARRL for more than 85 years to help Amateur Radio operators assist each other to operate their stations in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations.
Official Observer appointees have assisted thousands of Amateur Radio operators to maintain their transmitting equipment and comply with operating procedures and regulations. The object of the OO program is to notify amateurs of operating and technical irregularities before they come to the attention of the FCC and to recognize good operating practices.
The OO program serves as the first line of "eyes and ears" for the FCC. It is the backbone of the Amateur Auxiliary. OOs are certified in the Auxiliary by passing a mandatory written examination.

For someone to speak about the OO program at your next club meeting, please contact:
Norm Lucas (WB6RVR)
ARRL Official Observer Coordinator (SV)

Amateur Radio Emergency ServiceSeptember 17 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted August 31, 2016

The Sacramento County ARES February training meeting will be Saturday, September 17, from 0900-1200 hours at Sacramento County Sheriff's Florin Substation, 7000 65th St, Sacramento, CA 95823.

Volunteer Operators Solicited for Oct. 15 Overlook Endurance Run
Posted July 31, 2016

We are looking for amateur radio communication volunteers to help support Ann Trason’s (Overlook Endurance Runs) 50K and 30K running event on October 15th, 2016.

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 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: This event is conducted under the auspices of the non-profit 501(c)(3) BAUR (Bay Area UltraRunners).

Thank you for your interest.

Submitted by Joe Steinmetz, K6SAT

Club and Member News

Jennifer Hughes, NS3O, Silent Key Jennifer Hughes, NS3O, Silent Key
Posted September 2, 2016

We are saddened to report that ARRL SV section member Jennifer Hughes NS3O, formerly KJ6YLS, passed away suddenly in her sleep in a Phoenix, AZ hotel room on August 31.

Jennifer was on vacation doing her favorite thing--riding her motorcycle (she was a member of the Capital City Wings)--about to embark on the 3FlagsClassic again, riding all the way from Mexico to Canada. She had just arrived in Phoenix to visit a friend following a long motorcycle trip. Her friend found Jennifer in the hotel room bed. She had otherwise been in good health.

Jennifer was a U.S. Navy veteran, an active member of the River City ARCS, the Samuel F. Morse ARCARES,SHARP and other amateur radio groups, and served as a Volunteer Instructor and Examiner.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on September 18 in the Sacramento area with further details to follow at

Buddipole Antennas Update from River City ARCS
Posted September 3, 2016


Last month’s meeting was a first. We heard from Ed Fong, WB6IQN, via Skype, discussing his antenna creations. Thanks to our Treasurer, Phil, KD6RM for providing the wireless access and all the assorted infrastructure to make the presentation work.

This month we have the pleasure of hosting Bud Drummond, W3FF who will be traveling half way down the state to speak to us. Bud is the inventor of the Buddipole antenna system. This off-center fed dipole system is the portable DXpedition friend. His company has many other Ham related items that I hope he will discuss. We are fortunate to have Bud at our meeting.

October is our white elephant sale – start the shack cleaning. November is our election and we will hear from Carol, KP4MD about her Puerto Rico DX exploits.

Rounding out the busy and productive year will be our Christmas party at Sam’s. My tower project is slowly progressing. Random packages drop in from DX Engineering. The trenching crew is scheduled for Wednesday. They are coming here in between bigger jobs so hopefully they show up. My clay soil will be a challenge – we’ll see how they do.

Finally, I was extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Jennifer Hughes, NS3O (SK). I enjoyed talking to her about her many motorcycle exploits, VE exams, her new job, and especially her humorous comments at the CW class. She was a great member of the club and will be missed.

See everyone at the meeting. Until next month - 73, Bob, N6PGQ     September Newsletter

Sierra Foothills ARC Update from Sierra Foothills ARC
Posted September 3, 2016

Sierra Foothills ARC is now 103 members strong. Our VE Testing, Elmer Net and club activities have helped the club to be strong. Check out the club and activities at:

September Meeting is Friday, the 9th… everyone welcome! Club Nets: Thursdays at 7:30 for the club net and September 7 & 21 for the Elmer Net. October meeting is the BIG White Elephant Auction.

Summer Picnic - Thanks to Scott, K6SVW and Laura, K6LXW for organizing the event. Fun time for all.

Ham Family - Alex gets KM6EPX as a new Technician. Son of proud Mom, W6EVA & Dad, K6BAA.

Field Support - George, KG6LSB thanks everyone for supporting events so far and is looking for help 11/08 Cystic Fibrosis Nike Ride and 10/29 - Enduro in Georgetown. Thanks for all your help George!

VE Results - The VE Testing keeps cranking out Hams and Upgrades all year. Thanks to all the VEs and for Al, NI2U keeping it together. Had: 9 candidates, 6new Technicians, 1 General and 1 Extra.

See everyone September 17th at the Lincoln Swap and at Pacificon October 14-16.

de WF6J, ARRL PIO    September Newsletter

Golden Empire ARS Update from Golden Empire ARS
Posted September 3, 2016


What a wonderful time many of us had visiting the museum of Jerry, W6JRY here in Forest Ranch this past month. I believe that everyone walked away in a state of awe and wonder regarding what they had just experienced! If you missed it and would like to go visit Jerry, he can be reached at 343-1131.

There are lots of fun activities coming up in the next 30 days for us all. On Friday September 16th will be our General Meeting. Our meeting will be full of lots of different things, including the guest speaker, Chris Huber, N6ICW from Sacramento will talk about repeaters, how they work and his widespread system. There will also be a memorable, special presentation, so we hope to see you all there!

The next day, Saturday the 17th is our annual SteakBake, full of food, fun and fellowship, so if you have not done so yet, please make your reservation with Evelyn or Dorothy – see flyer in this issue.

On Saturday October 8th we will hold an all-day workshop at the Search & Rescue building. Details are still being worked out but we will have several hands-on activities for all hams and those checking out our hobby. We will have such things as:
- Buddipole antenna construction
- SWR Bridge and Antenna Analyzer operation and use
- Proper soldering techniques and coax connector installation
- Power pole construction and installation
- Checking of rigs and h/t’s for proper calibration and deviation
- On-site operating of HF, VHF and UHF stations
- And more!

We will start selling raffle tickets at all club events for the wonderful Buddipole antenna system ($450 value) that Dick – W6BIN so graciously donated. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. The drawing will take place at our Christmas party in December.

We will soon be taking orders for an “official” beautiful GEARS coffee mug – with your call and name on it as well as GEARS logo. Stay tuned for ordering information.

I hope to talk with you on the air soon, 73, Larry Marcum, KA6GND, GEARS President

North Hills RC Update from North Hills RC
Posted September 2, 2016

September 20 - What is Amateur Radio Night

The North Hills Radio Club will once again be holding our annual event called What Is Amateur Radio Night.

This year, it will take place on Tuesday evening, September 20th from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. At What Is Amateur Radio Night, (WIARN), We try to showcase as many aspects of the amateur radio service as we can. From the early days of tube-type and military gear to today's modern radios and cutting-edge digital modes and just about everything in between! We invite all NHRC members as well as hams from other clubs to come and display your favorite part of the hobby. In the past we have had persons from ARES/RACES, CERT, Skywarn and even the CHP. We would like for you to come and look at all of the various displays or, bring something to display of your own! If you're from another club, how about bringing some literature about your club as well as applications for perspective members. Nothing wrong with trying to get more members into your club.

WIARN well be held at the former SMUD building located at 5026 Don Julio Blvd. at the northeast corner of Don Julio and Elkhorn Blvds in Sacramento.

A map showing how to get to the WIARN site can be found here.

One more thing; How about bringing a non-ham friend to our event. We would especially like to see young people from the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts or Brownies. Be sure to know that everyone, young or old is welcome to attend. Don't be afraid to bring that non-ham friend to the show.

There have been several instances where persons have come to WIARN and have gone on to get their ticket. If you have any questions or would like to come, you can contact Doug, N6NFF on the club's K6IS repeater on the frequency of 145.190Mhz with a minus offset and a ctcss tone of 162.2Hz. You can also send an e-mail to:

The North Hills Radio Club looks forward to seeing all of you at What Is Amateur Radio Night (WIARN). Until then, the very best of 73. From Doug Emerson, President, North Hills Radio Club. Amateur callsign, N6NFF

We are planning an ARRL Booth for WIARN  - Carol, KP4MD

Samuel F. Morse ARC Update from Samuel F Morse ARC
Posted September 2, 2016


The W6SFM CW BEGINNERS CLASS WILL BE HELD STARTING WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14th. The club has locked a date for the beginning of our next semi annual CW Beginners Course. The course is a once per week 2 hour class that meets for 10 consecutive weeks. At this course students will learn how to both send and receive Morse Code. Students will be supplied a straight key and Oscillator to keep at the completion of the course. Students will also learn proper on-air pro-signs and other interesting information about Morse Code and On-air practices. If you or someone you know is interested in joining this course please be sure to contact the club ASAP. This is a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE enrollment with VERY limited seating. Those who contact the club via email are eligible to be placed on a 7 day 'seat reservation' while we await your payment. For more information be sure to contact us by going to

The W6SFM Samuel F Morse Radio Club August meeting was called to order by club President Mike, N6MQL on August 4 at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church in Carmichael CA, with 12 members in attendance. Mike, N6MQL read the Month's budget report and announced the current funds available. Club Secretary, Chris, AI6U followed by reading the minutes of last month's in-person meeting. Chris also reported the totals for our W6SFM On-line/On-air net meetings for the month of July. Thank you to Tony, W6VFW for providing this months snacks.

Some topics of discussion at this months meeting included various ARRL section news and club business. The amateur Radio Parity Act (Hr1301) was discussed by the entire group in attendance. Also discussed was the FCC taking comments on its RM11708, to change the Part 97 rule from "Symbol Rate" for data transmissions to a set 2.8 KHZ. Members were urged to comment to the FCC.

Also under discussion were the FCC's proposal to create an entry-level license class, The National Parks On The Air (NPOTA)stations and FCC RM11667 to lift the current 15 DB gain limitation for manufacturers of linear amplifiers. Again the members were urged to comment to the FCC.

This month Chris, AI6U sent in an article he thought would be of interest to our members: From the August 4th ARRL Letter Chatham Marconi Maritime Center Acquires "Creed Machine" from Georgia Radio Amateur

For the club's “show and tell” portion of our meeting member Mike, K6LQ presented 2 classic straight keys. The first was a Marconi "Z50" Key circa 1950s: This key (example shown above) had a very smooth movement with a very light touch to the downward motion. The second key that Mike presented to the group was the very popular and generally now costly Amplidan 50713 made in Denmark circa 1950s: This Danish Navy key is known for it's very smooth, accurate movements and adjustability. Spring tension, as Mike noted, is in the "tensioned" positioned. When the key lever is pressed the spring is pulled on as opposed to compressed as on a J38 type key. Thank you to Mike for bringing in these treasures for the club to see. After our "Show and Tell" portion of the meeting Vice president Rob,

For our presentation Vice President Rob, N6KIX presented the members with a brief presentation on the making of a proper QSL card to be sent via U.S. Postage mail. Rob brought up important facts about how the postal service uses electronic machines to sort and cancel the mail. Rob also shared some key notes on where to place 'empty' spaces so that cards can be more accurately sorted without causing damage or loss during the process. A template of the front side of an envelope, or QSL card in this case, was shown to indicate where all cancellations and bar codes would be placed by the post office. Thank you to Rob for sharing this important information with the club members, along with a few examples of some letters and cards that indicated issues he had experienced. One of which was a beautiful QSL card from W6MRV. Louis's QSL was made out of wood.. That's right, a WOOD QSL card!

Please be sure to join us for our next SFM ARC in-person meeting to be held at its normal time and address Sep. 1st (followed by our Oct 6th meeting). The SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held in the Howard Crowley room upstairs at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church. More information including a Google Map is available on the homepage of our website:

At our September meeting we will be discussing the W6SFM's participation in the California QSO Party event.

As usual, current events, News regarding Amateur radio and other ARRL items will be discussed. As always we will have our Tech (show and tell) portion where members and visitors are asked to share their 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. Visitors are always welcome to join us.

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 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.

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, just a way of making everyone feel more involved in our on-air nets.

Very 73., Michael N6MQL -W6SFM Club President

Yuba Sutter ARC Update from Yuba-Sutter ARC
Posted September 2, 2016


Jeffery Brown (KK6GBM) will be demonstrating his homebuilt emergency go-box with HF and UHF/VHF radios. Our next general YSARC membership meeting will at the Caltrans Building in Marysville.<

Last month’s meeting was a buffet dinner and social get together at the Tasty Buffet in Yuba City. If you were unable to attend you missed a good meal and fun time talking with friends.


The club will again be sponsoring a technician class. Classes will be held at the American Red Cross Center, 2125 East Onstott Frontage Road, Yuba City, Ckassroom 1. It will be taught from 6:30 to 8:30 Monday and Wednesday evenings from Jan 2nd thru Feb 28th.

There is no cost for the classes, however you will need an up-to-date manual. You can obtain a Kindle version from Amazon, purchase a copy from a bookstore, ARRL, or order one thru the instructor.

The instructors will be Curtis (KF6VFP) and ??

Please get the word out to family, friends and anyone you know who is interested in getting their license.

More information can be obtained from Curtis at (530) 743-3003 or

Curtis, K6VFP


Steve Sweetman (K6TAZ) has agreed to act as YSARC’s ramrod for the Veterans Day Parade to be held Nov. 11, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Marysville. Let Steve know If you are willing to help out. About 12 volunteers are needed. Volunteers will start at about 9:00 a.m. helping participants find their starting positions.


The next VE session will be 3 Sep at 715 King Ave., Yuba City at 9:00 A.M. VE’s are needed to administer the exam. The elements for Technician, General and Extra class will be offered. If you are planning on taking an exam you will need two forms of ID, at least one of them must be a picture ID. A fee of $15.00 is required. A calculator may also be used as long as it has had all of its memories cleared and there are no built in or preprogrammed formulas.

If you are upgrading to a higher class you need to bring your license and a photocopy of the license.

If you take an exam and pass, you can take the next higher class exam for no additional cost. If you do not pass and wish to try again an additional fee will be required.

Congratulations to new technician George Rebane (KM6DYA) who passed the test with score of 100%, Antonio Santiago Ramirez (KK6YFS) for upgrading to general, and to Dan L. Holmes (KM6CTH) for upgrading to extra.

Western Placer ARC Update from Western Placer ARC
Posted August 31, 2016

Ellen Loomis, XYL of KB6KYK

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Ellen Loomis, XYL of long time club member Frank Loomis (KB6KYK). They were together over 59 years. Please join with me in expressing our condolences to Frank.

Greetings from the Western Placer Amateur Radio Club:

The WPARC Hamfest on Saturday September 17th! That is less than 3 weeks away!  Look lower in this newsletter for a prize list. We are expecting a large turnout of vendors this year including Hi-Tec Liquidators, the people from Costa Mesa who occupy 5 – 6 spots every year. They have tables full of stuff with a huge overflow on the ground. I have bought many items from them including a new 240 volt variac last year. You don't want to miss them – lots of good stuff! There will be many other vendors, too, to provide you with just what you need to finish a project.

We haven't increased the cost for vendors since the first Hamfest 10 years ago. It is still $10 per parking spot. I think that is helping to drive the growth of the event. We will have coffee, donuts, and water available at the club booth. Club President, Bill KJ6YCO and past President Katy, KJ6YCP, will be manning the club booth, selling drawing tickets and refreshments. We expect to have hot dogs later in the morning. See the end of this email for a full list of prizes. Also, a .pdf flyer is attached.

The gates open at 7:00 AM but we need several volunteers to be there around 5:00 AM to set up and to control parking for buyers and sellers. Gates open at 6:00 AM for vendors. Katy KJ6YCP has been coordinating the hamfest for several years and does a terrific job every year. If you would like to help out please email Katy This is a big event for the club and how we operate it reflects on the club so please volunteer. We all (and especially Katy) appreciate it. We have our city permit and our liability insurance in order so the event is set to go.

We will have VE sessions at an offsite location. If you are interested in taking a test please email Dennis KI6HHA at Also, we will use the club repeater, K6PAC, for the talk in frequency. It is 147.300 (+) 179.9.

We can now announce the Drawing Grand Prize and the 2 First Prizes. The Grand Prize is a Yaesu FTM-3200DR System Fusion Radio. The two First Prizes are BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band HT Two Way Radios. These are very popular radios and are handy to keep in the car, backpack, or on your belt. We will also have several smaller prizes. Make sure to be there to win big!

In addition, we have two $50 and two $25 gift certificates and many other goodies to drool over. Thanks to the ARRL for donating the gift certificates. My pitch – please join the ARRL. The organization does the heavy work to keep our ham frequencies free. There is lots of competition for band width throughout the world for cell phones and other Internet of Things – for example, WiFi. The ARRL works with government officials in the US and throughout the world to protect the ham frequencies from being auctioned off to the highest bidder. An important part of that work is to coordinate frequencies with countries and agencies in almost every nation. The ARRL is a powerful player in the international fight for bandwidth and they have had many victories.

New Event! We will provide SAG support to the Tour de Rocklin this year! We have supported the event in the past but it was cancelled the past 2 years due to health issues with one of the organizers. This year it will be on Sunday, October 9th. We will need a full contingent of volunteers to drive, work rest stops, etc. Put it on your calendar today and send me an email if you want to volunteer. More to come about this event.

Important Note: Frank KB6KYK has been the club Drawing Master for many years and has done an exceptional job finding goodies for us. He now has some other concerns to deal with and will not be able to continue as Drawing Master. If you would like to help out the club and volunteer, please let any board member or Frank know.
Steve N6HTV has several radios for sale. Please see the list at the end of the newsletter. He will be listing them on ebay this weekend so if you are interested, call him right away or email him at:
I ran across an interesting book a few days ago. The name of it is “Signal Processing for Communications.” It evolved from lectures the authors gave to college students over several years. If you are an engineer you will probably love it. If you aren't an engineer, skip over the stuff that is too technical and you will still learn some valuable insights into signal processing and how it is used to improve our communications. It is a free book for downloading at this url:

The club website,, has a new look and new information. Jey KQ6DK is now Clay's (K6AEP) backup and is updating the the site. Clay has been traveling a lot and has not had time to keep up the pages. Although Clay's traveling is over for now, Jey is helping out and bringing a new look to the site. Thanks to Clay and Jey for all their work on the website.
While on the subject of media, the club now has a Facebook page. Board Member Arturo KK6NFM created it for Field Day and you can find it 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 Yaseu for a few. 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.
Don't forget our regular weekly nets on the repeater. NEW! We now have a Monday evening C4FM net! Featuring Yaesu System Fusion radios, this digital net is at 8:30 PM on the club repeater and is hosted by C4FM guru Erik W6ETJ. As noted above, the net starts in analog so you can ask questions, etc. This net is growing fast so check in now and join the fun! We also have analog FM nets on Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM and Thursday at 7:30 PM. The morning net is always hosted by Katy KJ6YCP and the 2 nets on Thursday evenings start at 7:30 PM. Bill, KJ6YCO, is the net coordinator now and often hosts the 2 meter net. When he isn't on, the trusty Dennis, KI6HHA, is on, and handles the net with his usual style and skills. They all do a fine job and it is a pleasure to hear them lead the net. Many thanks to all of them for dedicating time to the club net to make it a success. If you would like to be a Net Control for one of our nets, please contact Bill at Five minutes following the 2 meter net we have an HF net. LC, N7VQC, is on the spot to handle the HF net. LC is also an excellent Net Control and it is always a pleasure to hear him on the bands. This net changes bands every week so listen to the 2 meter net for any change in frequency. The usual schedule starts from the first Thursday of the month on 10 meters, then 15, then 40, and finally 75 meters at the end of the month. If there are 5 Thursdays in a month, the last one will be on 10 meters. Here is the schedule for the next 4 weeks (Remember to listen for the frequency on the 2 meter net as it may change):

August 25 – 75 Meters (3.855)
September 1 – 10 meters (28.410 MHz) A good chance for Techs to join in!
September 8 – 15 meters (21.355 MHz)
September 15 – 40 (7.225 MHz)

I have mentioned many times that I use Amazon Smile for my shopping on Amazon. Smile is a program Amazon has that donates .5% of all of your qualifying purchases to a non-profit of your choice (and that participates in the program). The ARRL is my choice and I saw today that I have made 125 purchases that qualify. I buy some medical supplies and bulk items on Amazon so I am confident that the ARRL has benefited from my purchases. If you buy anything from Amazon, please enroll in their Smile program and make the people at ARRL HQ smile!

73, Michael Buck, K6BUK

El Dorado County ARC Update from El Dorado County ARC
Posted August 31, 2016


I hope this message finds all of you well and happy.

It has been another slow month for me due to my sore feet but I am getting along in spite of them. The VA came through with a set of orthopedic shoes that has reduced my discomfort considerably. Some people complain about the VA but not me. They are doing quite well on my account. Well, enough about me, on with the show.

Another SK (William Hawks, WA6CAP, a former EDCARC member) estate sale has presented itself and this one is a pretty good one including a Collins transceiver and what looks like a Motorola repeater. I only saw the case (it could be empty for all I could tell). There is also plenty of test equipment and RF Amps. There are antennas, towers, and a rack full or large batteries (WWII submarine style???) A1er two hours of looking around at it all my head was reeling. Anyway, if you think you have a lot of (good) stuff, you ain't seen nun yet. If this excites the bargain hunter in you, plan to come up to Garden Valley on Saturday the 27th. Meet me on 2 or 6 meters and I'll guide you in or meet me about 10:30 at GV park. (My apologies for those who I failed to meet last Saturday.)

Anyway, 2016 is huffin' on to a finish and it is not to early to consider who you would like to see as next year's officers. We are fortunate to have some really dedicated people in the club and I encourage all of you to consider making yourself available for service as a club officer. Its not hard work but it does require a small additional amount of your free time, mostly geng to the monthly meeting about an hour ahead of time, and performing the other duties of the office.

Well, that is about all I can think of except to urge you all to support our Nets on Mondays and Tuesdays. Will Nancy ever log 25 persons on the Tuesday night? Be there and find out. You can help and it'll be fun. I hope to see you all at the monthly meeting on this coming Thursday, the 25th.

Don McCallum, AF6ND.    August 2016 Newsletter

Oroville ARS Update from Oroville ARS
Posted August 31, 2016

The OARS Monthly Breakfast will take place this Saturday, 27 August 2016, 9 am, at The Waffle Shop, 2107 Feather River Blvd (across the street from Applebee’s) in Oroville. Hope to see everyone there.

73, Jim, W7XZ

PS Sorry for delay getting this out—things are still settling down after XYL Trudy’s medical crisis last weekend.

Update on an old time member... Billy Christian, KG6AYF who lives at 760 Grand Avenue in Oroville. Billy has been in a bad way for a couple of years and in and out of Country Crest several times. Billy is home now but is not doing well and he admits that he is close to his last QSO. He would like to have some visits by the guys. Not a big group but a few at a time if the guys who remember Billy would like to spend a few minutes with him. I work with his grandson Gary Judd, at the Gold Country Casino. Gary says his grandpa needs some visits and interaction with others. Maybe we can talk him into getting back on the air. I don't know if his email is still connected but it's

Thanks, Larry, W6LAT

Feedback from Aaron Jones K6ABJ
Posted July 7, 2016

Hi Dr. Milazzo,

Thank you for your contributions and service to the ARRL Sacramento Valley Section! I enjoy reading the Section Valley News each month. It is my favorite radio publication I receive each month! I attended my first field day last month, and made it to the River City ARCS, SARK's, and SHARP's field day events. It was a busy 24+ hours, and I had a blast. Thank you!!!!

Aaron Jones, K6ABJ

Aaron, thanks for your kind words. I am proud of the many active members and clubs in our section who make ours a truly vibrant amateur radio community! - Carol, KP4MD

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