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

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Happy New Year!

  January 2018 News

From the Section Manager

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Happy New Year to all! This month's news features news and happening from clubs and members around our section.

January marks the opening of this year's operating event, the ARRL International Grid Chase. Read how you can participate on

Thanks to all who have submitted the 2018 calendar year License Class and VE Session updates. These and more useful information for anyone interested in amateur radio are now included in our home page sidebar.

SV Section Nets ARRL SV Section
2 Meter and HF Nets 
Thursday, January 18 approx 7:20 pm PDT

An ARRL SV Section-wide net is scheduled for Thursday, January 18. The net will commence after the Yuba-Sutter ARES net closes about 7:20 pm Pacific Time on the WD6AXM 146.085 MHz FM repeater, immediately followed by an HF net on 3880 kHz LSB +/- 3 kHz. We will issue an Official Bulletin reminder prior to the net.

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

You can still send January news to This news page is usually updated on the weekend after your submission is received.

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.

We wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year!


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.

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 SV Section 2 Meter and HF Nets 
Thursday, January 18 approx 7:20 pm PDT

An ARRL SV Section-wide net is scheduled for Thursday, January 18. The net will commence after the Yuba-Sutter ARES net closes about 7:20 pm Pacific Time on the WD6AXM 146.085 MHz FM repeater, immediately followed by an HF net on 3880 kHz LSB +/- 3 kHz. We will issue an Official Bulletin reminder prior to the net.

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

Don't have an HF radio?
Listen on the W6DRZ web receiver at Half Moon Bay
or the W7RNA web receiver in Sedona, AZ

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

Puerto Rico Relief Joe Pistritto, N3CKF, to Speak January 2 on ARRL/Red Cross Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Deployment
Posted December 2

At the River City ARCS General Meeting on Tuesday, January 2 at 7:30 pm, Joe Pistritto, N3CKF, will give a presentation on his September 28-October 18 deployment as a communications volunteer in the post-Hurricane Maria ARRL-Red Cross Puerto Rico disaster relief effort. The presentation will be held at the Sacramento County Corp Yard, 5026 Don Julio Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95842. Directions are posted at All are welcome.

January 13 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted January 1, 2017

The next Sacramento County ARES training and meeting is scheduled for Saturday January 13, 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

Redding Veterans Home Redding Veterans Home to Receive Amateur Radio Station
Posted November 27, 2017

Members of the Redding ARRL VE Team and the Redding Old Timers’ group have received permission to move forward to design and install an amateur radio station at the Redding Veterans Home. The station is likely to have HF, VHF and UHF capabilities. Currently, there are five licensed amateur radio operators living at the facility and two more residents are studying to obtain their Technician Class licenses.

73, Steve, K6KS

Club and Member News - January 2018

River City ARCS Update from River City ARCS
Posted January 1, 2018


And a Happy A New Year to All!

As we start the New Year there are some old things and a few new ideas that we are going to try. Elmer night with some new topics, Farm and Tractor Days to help get Ham Radio out to the public, the Club picnic - just for fun, Field Day - the fun of working in the heat or cold or wind or all of the above. I would add rain but it never rains in sunny California does it? Home Brew night, Our White Elephant sale (which was VERY good last year) and last but not least our Christmas Party.

I hope that the board and I can bring some interesting speakers and topics to the club meetings. Starting in Jan. We are having Joseph Pistritto N3CKF as our speaker. He was one of the 50 hams who were selected to go to Puerto Rico to assist in the post-Hurricane Maria ARRL-Red Cross relief effort in getting communications back up and running after the storm.

One of the new ideas is making a better effort to welcome new members and new hams to the club by having board members and/or older members take them under their wing and welcome and “Elmer” them if they need it.

If any club member has any ideas or suggestions please let me know and I will see what we can do with them.

Dave Martin WB6YLK Newsletter


Sierra Foothills ARC Update from Sierra Foothills ARC
Posted January 1, 2018

Sierra Foothills ARC, Auburn, CA Web: 
Newsletter at:

Calendar of Events: January 12 - Club Meeting.  January 27 - Club Breakfast.

VE – First Saturday each Month 8am at Raley’s Granite Bay. See website for more.

Hamfest 2018 – March 17th Historic Loomis Train Depot Plaza. Orion, AI6JB is the Hamfest 2018 Chairperson this year. Already planning, approved as a sanctioned ARRL Hamfest and we are working on some fabulous prizes. Check the website for more.

SFARC Activities - The Club Net meets every Thursday at 7:30pm, Elmer Net meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7:30pm.Board and General Meetings occur on the 2nd Friday, Board meeting is held at Sizzler Restaurant in Auburn, and General meetings at 7:30pm at Auburn City Hall everyone is welcome. The Club breakfast is held on the last Saturday at Mel’s Diner in Auburn.

The Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club Christmas Party was held on December 9, 2017,  at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Auburn, CA. Photos courtesy of Sierra Signals.

Nevada County ARC Update from Nevada County ARC
Posted January 1, 2018

Nevada County Amateur Radio Club members hold impromptu meetings at the Omega Rest Area on highway 20. Members set up their stations and in this case made contacts during the California QSO party. Elevation is around 5000ft 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

Photo caption: Seated: Richard KI6UOV, Chuck KI6CM. Standing: Walt N6HNS and Jim KI6UOX At the radio is Ike KM6IUI making his first HF contact.  (Photos by Cal AI6MC)


Samuel F. Morse ARC Update from Samuel F Morse ARC
Updated January 1, 2018

W6SFM December Club Newsletter and important reminders

Hello members,

Well it's December and we've reached the end of yet another year in Solar Cycle number 24! (beginning 2008) This means only a short 5 more years to go and we'll be at the peak once again! Hmm...

This last year has brought many good things to the Samuel F Morse Amateur Radio Club. One of those good things is the addition of 16 NEW Members! The club currently has 68 members and growing. The SFM ARC has made strides in serving the public from our continued work with Rancho Cordova city council and the Kids Day in the park event, Field Day 2017, the Girl Scouts STEM program to the Boy Scouts of America, where we have been given an opportunity to exhibit a hands on Amateur Radio and Morse Code display to the public.

I hope that each and every one of you have enjoyed being a member as much as we've enjoyed having you as one! It is at this time of year the club asks that you to once again consider your membership and rejoin us for yet another year of fun, enjoyment, and important radio work keeping our bands and Morse Code alive for the next generation. Please be sure to submit your 2018 club dues before the 15th of January.

Please enjoy the attached Newsletter that we have put together for your reading pleasure. Thank you all once again for being a member of the W6SFM, without you this club could not exist! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and a very 73 to you and yours!

Michael, N6MQL, President SFM ARC 2017


The W6SFM Samuel F Morse Radio Club November meeting was called to order by club President Mike, N6MQL on November 2nd at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church in Carmichael CA, with 13 members and 2 guests in attendance.

The SFMARC would like to welcome aboard two new members, Walter K5EST of Right City MO and Lou, N8LA from St. Louis MO. Both applications were approved in October.

This month the YouTube Live feed was working flawlessly on-line. Although we saw an uninterrupted 2-hour broadcast of our W6SFM In-person meeting last month, the club has yet again found another bug in the broadcast system. Because of this situation only 1:24 of the 2-hour meeting was broadcasted live. On-air meetings have not just been broadcast in their entirety but also posted to our W6SFM.COM website. Those videos along with Club in-person meetings can be found under the “Videos” of our website. Feel free to use these recorded and archived videos. 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.

The bi-annual bug roundup (CQ BR) event was held November 18/19 (UTC). In the spirit of straight key night, stations from all over the world take to the airwaves with their bug style keys. A good time was had by all. The new 48-hour format generated much positive feedback. More details next month.

This month, the CW Beginner's class concluded graduating 15 students. We began with 21 students. Our youngest student was an unlicensed 17-year-old female. Of the 15 that completed the last night of the course all were 'tested' for speed and accuracy. Our fastest student was clocking in at about 16 WPM, where as our slowest 2 students were still around 5 WPM. All of the other students (13 people) were operating between 11 and 14 WPM. This is a very good speed for a 20-hour class. We had students that insisted at the beginning of the course they would be unable to learn Morse code as they have been trying to learn code for years. One of those students graduated at the rate of 14 WPM! The next class, (10 weeks) will commence in April 2017. To sign up, please register on the W6SFM homepage, or drop an email to to be added to the notification list.

Other news and items of general interest were discussed by the members.

For this month's main presentation, Member Mike, N6MQL presented the club with a presentation on “DSP Noise Control” An explanation on Noise Reduction, RF Gain, AGC and Noise blanking as it pertains to a Superheterodyne / SDR Radio.

Our next SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held at its normal time and location Dec. 7th (followed by our Jan 4th 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 is available at the bottom of the homepage. At our December meeting, we will be discussing ARRL news and events. We will also have a presentation on vertical antenna design. 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.

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 homepage 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 have 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 “check in” 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 7 PM. 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 (SFMARC Secretary) Newsletter

Western Placer ARC Update from Western Placer ARC
Posted January 1, 2018

Greetings from the Western Placer Amateur Radio Club:

Our Next Club Meeting is Saturday, January 27, 2018. 1:00 PM
Location: Via Roma Pizzeria con Cucina, 1230 Sunset Blvd Suite 600, Rocklin, CA
Scheduled Speaker and Topic: Kickoff Luncheon

The club is repeating a successful and popular kick off event from 2017. We will assemble on Saturday, January 27 at 1:00 PM at Via Roma Pizzeria con Cucina for a kickoff luncheon. Four Italian themed entrees will be available to order at the event. The meal will include salad, entree, dessert, tea or soda, and gratuity for $25 per person. Adult beverages are available at extra cost. Our annual prize drawing using all the tickets from the monthly drawings will be held during the luncheon. This event takes the place of our usual monthly third Tuesday meeting for January. Come join the fun! It won't be the same without you!

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 Repeater New Tone 67.0 Hz. Our old subaudible tone of 179.9 Hz was becoming audible on newer radios presenting a hum. On Friday October 27 a team treked up to the repeater to change the tone from 179.9 Hz to 67.0 Hz. Ensure that you change all of your radios to use the new PL tone. The old tone won't be recognized by the repeater.

WPARC Repeater Abuses. Repeater Trustee Michael K6BUK received comments on a few repeater users abusing repeater etiquette. Please review Ethics and Operating Procedure for the Radio Amateur as a refresher.

Ham Radio License/Volunteer Examiner (VE) Tests (New Day and Location). WPARC is now offering VE testing on the first Wednesday of each month. Chuck KK6DOA will be managing the program. The location will be at the Round Table Pizza, 1020 Pleasant Grove Blvd #170, Roseville CA. This is the same location as our monthly member meeting noted above. See link there for map and directions. For more information and to confirm a time 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.

We have set the date and location for the WPARC 2018 Kickoff Party! It will be at Via Roma again in Rocklin on Saturday January 27. The cost per person will be the same as last year.

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 Yaseu 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)



Member Updates


Update from Jim Heath W6LG
Posted January 1, 2018

I helped in a very small way with granting a man's last wish. Here's the video Articles about our contact were in Chicago area newspapers. I was described as Jim in Grass Valley.

John Nugent's last wish was fulfilled with the kind and generous help of a large group of Ham Radio volunteers and others on December 5, 2017. The group included the follow ham radio operators and others near Chicago, IL: Alesia K. Behnke FHCC Lovell, Dave K9DRH, Donald Whitney, Derick.Bonewitz, Rob Orr, Jim Heath W6LG, David Isgur, George Dorner, Kent McKenzie, Michael Jackson, W. Paul Mazzeno, Allan Ayers, John Fritze K9TAL, Dave Pritchard.

Jim's W6LG YouTube channel has almost at 10K subscribers with one video at more than 100,000 views.

Still recovering from a bilateral PE a year ago and the damage that all did. I've been going to UC Davis Med Center.

Thanks, Jim Heath W6LG


NCIS Newington - The Controversy
Posted January 1, 2018

When ARRL HQ announced via Facebook that the October 31 episode of NCIS episode #336 "Trapped" would spotlight amateur radio, I imagined a glowing positive portrayal of volunteer amateur radio heroes who assist law enforcement in serving public safety. I mean, what else would we expect after seeing all the positive media coverage that we received in the aftermath of last year's hurricanes and wildfires?

Instead, I (and apparently many others) felt disillusioned and perhaps somewhat insulted by a grossly inaccurate stereotype of radio amateurs, e.g. the use of cryptic "handles" instead of call signs, etc. and a grotesque representation of radio amateurs as generally being odd, paranoid and social misfits. Perhaps that portrayal did serve the writers' intent to add a sensational mystique to the plot, but, in my opinion, had they researched the topic, it would have added credibility as well as an informed and realistic view of the amateur radio service.

In his Ham Radio Now podcast #365, Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, focuses on the amateur radio images and dialogue from the NCIS episode to analyze and discuss the portrayal and his concerns over its impact on the public perception of the amateur radio service.

In his "Second Century" column on page 9 of the January 2018 issue of QST, ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher NY2RF gives his take on this matter and concludes that "The public saw ham radio. They missed the distractions [that were so obvious to us]. Maybe that's a good thing." After all, Hollywood and fictional prime time television are about entertainment, not education.

- Carol Milazzo, KP4MD


You can still send January news to The section news page is usually updated on the weekend after your submission is received.


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