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

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Visit our Section website at for the latest updates.

Happy Valentine's Day! February 2019 News

From the Section Manager

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

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New Section Appointments

We welcome Dale Dennis, KJ6HHY, as new Yolo County ARES Emergency Coordinator, and sincerely thank his predecessor Douglas Hollowell, KK6LDS, who has resigned for health reasons.

Karl Fisher, KJ6OCL, the current Emergency Coordinator for Trinity County is the newly appointed District 1 Emergency Coordinator, replacing Jim Linden, N7JIL, who has resigned due to personal commitments.

Scott Vogelsang, WA6YNE, of the Sierra Foothills ARC is newly appointed Public Information Officer.

Congratulations to these new ARRL Section officials and thanks to all our volunteers for your service to our communities!

An ARRL Sacramento Valley Section-Wide is scheduled for Thursday, February 21.See details below.

Now is a good time for all affiliated clubs to renew the contact information that people see on the ARRL National website. Clubs must update their club record at least once per year even if nothing changes. Should two years pass without an update your club will be listed as inactive. Just go to: and follow the instructions.  For assistance, please contact our Affiliated Club Coordinator, Max Soucia, N1KGS at

Volunteers are welcome for the ARRL Section Amateur Radio Exhibit and Special Event Station N6S at the March 2 Placer County STEM Expo at William Jessup University in Rocklin. If you would like to demonstrate amateur radio and introduce inquisitive young people to our fascinating hobby please e-mail Orion Endres, AI6JB our Section Youth Coordinator at

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

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

73, Dr. Carol Milazzo, KP4MD

American Radio Relay League Sacramento Valley Section Manager

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

SV Section Nets

February 21 Sacramento Valley Section Net

On Thursday February 21, ARRL Sacramento Valley Section will hold a Section-Wide Net, first on the WD6AXM repeater atop Sutter Buttes near Yuba City on 146.085 MHz (plus 600 kHz offset, tone 127.3 Hz) IMMEDIATELY after the 7 pm Yuba-Sutter ARES net closes. For those who are unable to access the WD6AXM repeater, our HF net will commence on the 75 meter frequency of 3880 kHz LSB +/- 3 kHz IMMEDIATELY after the VHF SV net signs off. Those who check in to the VHF net are also encouraged to join the HF net if they are able.

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

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

Locations of: W6DRZ Receiver at Half Moon Bay; W7RNA Receiver at Sedona, AZ; Northern Utah Receiver

Don't have an antenna or HF radio?  Click a link
and Listen to our HF net on a web receiver.

W6DRZ receiver at Half Moon Bay 3880 kHz No 60m W7RNA receiver in Sedona, AZ 3880 kHz 5330.5 kHz Northern Utah web receiver 3880 kHz 5330.5 kHz

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

ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Youth Coordinator, Orion Endres, AI6JB, coaches a young STEM Expo attendee at the VHF Station

Amateur Radio Youth Outreach at Saturday 
March 2 STEM Expo in Rocklin
Posted December 31

Hundreds of curious youngsters at the Placer County STEM Expowill learn about the fascinating world of communications and electronics at the ARRL Amateur Radio Special Event Station N6S and Exhibit! Kids of all ages love hands-on activities and the opportunity to experience contacts over amateur radio, and you can participate in learning experiences that can lead to a new amateur radio license and to fulfilling careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

The American Radio Relay League Sacramento Valley Section will sponsor an amateur radio exhibit and Special Event Station N6S from 9 AM to 3:30 PM at the Saturday March 2 Placer County STEM Expo at William Jessup University in Rocklin with literature, hands-on activities, Morse Code practice stations and an operational amateur radio station.  Admission is free!

Radio amateurs and clubs who wish to join us at the STEM Expo to answer questions and share the joy of amateur radio should contact our Section Youth Coordinator, Orion Endres, AI6JB now for more information!

Update from Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, Section Technical Coordinator
Posted February 3, 2019

Here comes spring ready or not.

It will be time to get out and fix all the antennas, be careful and stay away from the power lines.

The SFARC ham swap is coming soon. It is on March 16, 2019 this year at the Loomis Train Station. Minden Nevada Annual Radio Swap meet is on June 1, 2019 and on July 19-21, 2019 is Boom Town NV.

Pacificon 2019 will be 18-20 Oct 2019 at San Ramon Marriott, San Ramon. I plan to be there doing DXCC, VUCC and WAS cards. This year I will not be at the NCDXC table because of a problem last year. I will be at the ARRL table.

I will be all over Northern California, Northern Nevada, Idaho ( still thinking about moving to Idaho and looking for a place) and Oregon this summer. If you have cards to check and can’t get out or find someone in your area let me know. I will need advance notice so that I can advise the ARRL Awards Desk especially for the out of state ones. My contact info. is on the ARRL web page.

Ok, spring is coming, get out and plant those antennas…………….

73, Bob Wortman, WB6VYH,
ARRL Pacific Division DXCC Awards Manager, Sacramento Valley Section Technical Coordinator, WAS Award Manager, VUCC Awards Manager Carmichael Elks ARC Ham Swap Sunday May 26
posted February 2, 2019

The KJ6JD Carmichael Elks Second Annual Ham Swap is scheduled for Sunday, May 26 from 7 am to 2 pm at the Carmichael Elks Lodge on the corner of Cypress and Hackberry. That’s 5631 Cypress 95608 for you GPS users. Single spaces are only $10 each!! Thanks to the Elks. Sellers may arrive at 7, buyers at 8 and we will have talk in on N6ICW 147.195 + PL 123 for ease of use. The Elks will have water, coffee and doughnuts for sale. More details to come, but if you have questions you can call John Dyer, KJ6JD at (916) 927-4201 or email ARRL Board of Directors Issues Statement on Amateur Radio Parity Act
from the ARRL News, January 24, 2019

At its annual meeting January 18 – 19, the ARRL Board of Directors decided that the organization needs to “review, re-examine, and reappraise ARRL’s regulatory and legislative policy with regard to private land use restrictions.”

In order to effectively undertake such a review, the Board adopted a resolution to withdraw its December 18 Petition for Rule Making to the FCC, which sought to amend the Part 97 Amateur Service rules to incorporate the provisions of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA), without prejudice to refiling. The resolution also is asking members of Congress who had refiled legislation to enact the Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA) to refrain from seeking to advance that legislation pending further input from the ARRL.

Board members noted that the ARRL has been pursuing adoption of the ARPA for the past several years, and that objective has not yet been achieved. While everyone understands that getting Congressional approval on any matter can be a lengthy process, the difficulties getting the ARPA approved have been a source of frustration to the organization and its members. A majority of the Board now believes that there is a need to reassess the organization’s approach to this issue.

The Board wants to make clear to its members, and to those whose policies and conduct prevent or impair the right of US Amateur Radio operators to operate from their homes, that this pause is not, and should not be interpreted as an abandonment of its efforts to obtain relief from private land-use restrictions. The Board noted that its intent is “to renew, continue and strengthen the ARRL’s effort to achieve relief from such restrictions.” This action represents a chance to get the best product possible for all US Amateur Radio operators.

For the complete story go to ARRL News. ARRL Sacramento Valley SEC Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, Reports on the ARES Response to the Camp Fire

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

Andy Boone KJ6IYM on Amateur Radio Newsline

Yuba Sutter ARES EC Andy Boone, KJ6IYM Interviewed on Amateur Radio Newline

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

February 9, 2019 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted February 2, 2019

The next Sacramento County ARES training and meeting is scheduled for Saturday February 9, 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Sacramento Sheriff's Central Division, 7000 65th Street, Sacramento, CA 95823.  Mike Abernathy NM3S will give an orientation on packet radio.

Vince Cracchiolo KI6NHP is the Sacramento County EC.

For more information, visit the Sacramento County ARES web site at Sacramento Metro Fire FEMA CERT Class in March
Posted February 3, 2019

Sacramento Metro Fire Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be offering the FEMA CERT Basic Class over four sessions from March 7-16. The class is a FREE 24 hour course for people who live or work in the area served by Sac Metro Fire. The class trains participants in Disaster Preparedness and Response Skills including Fire Safety, light Search and Rescue, and disaster Medical Operations. Graduates of the course will be better prepared to care for themselves, their family, and their community in the event of a disaster, and will be eligible to volunteer as a member of Sacramento Metro Fire Community Emergency Response Team. The class is only offered twice a year, and will fill up quickly.

See Flyer for more details. To register for the class, or obtain answers to any questions you may have email  Article by AD6DM on FEMA CERT Basic Training

Aaron Jones, K6ABJ



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Thanks to Greg Kruckewitt KG6SJT for maintaining our Section ARES web page and assisting with our Facebook page and Twitter feed.
Thanks to Les Cobb W6TEE for maintaining the Section Net list.

ARRL Affiliated Club web resources are now listed on this web page



Club and Member News - February 2019

Mount Shasta ARC Update from Mount Shasta ARC
Posted February 3, 2019

Hello Hams! Michael here (KX6MMM) here.

I want to start by thanking all the members of the Mount Shasta Amateur Radio Club the confidence you have shown in me by electing me to be your president for 2019. So, let’s get started!.

This message is the first I hope to write every month, to go over things we’ve accomplished this month and our goals for the next.

In the January meeting we had a good group show up with many questions and ideas to share. Ken (KD6MC) chaired the meeting. The incumbent officers, Ken Palmer (KD6MC) Vice President, Kamille Dibelka ( KD2JLY) Secretary were reelected to their offices. Wilma Dibelka (KD6WZC) President and Dennis Freemen (WB6MBF) Treasurer, chose not to run again and Dennis Engdahl (NR6J) and Michael Howell (KX6MMM) are now Treasurer and President, respectively.

Here are some other changes:

• Effective immediately, the Club’s Business Meetings will be quarterly, with one special meeting in February. Dates for 2019 are: January 16th (just past); February 20 (Special Meeting to vote on new by-laws; see below); April 17th; July 17th; and November 20th. There will be reminders emailed before the meetings. • Also effective immediately, our monthly technical and social gatherings at the clubhouse will be held on the second Saturday of every month without a regular business meeting from 1000 to 1400; all members should plan to attend as they would to a Third Wednesday evening meeting. Please bring food for an informal potluck if you like, and plan to coordinate the spread with your fellow members. Dates for 2019 are: February 10th; March 10th; April 14th; May 12th; June 9th; July 14th; August 11th; September 8th; October 13th; November 10th; and December 8th. • All Second Saturday dates will be pending event schedules. February 20th is a special meeting, in addition to the Second Saturday February 10th. We will be voting on new bi-laws. Please plan to arrive early. Meeting starts at 1900. I will send everyone an email of the proposed edits to the bi-laws to read, beforehand. If you have any questions or concerns call or email me or any of the others in the bi-laws committee: Michael Howell, Bruce Johnson or Larry Marks • Members who attended this last meeting, received membership cards with the new door lock code on them. For security purposes, the code was changed. I will be sending out cards to those who did not attend. Remember that if you have not paid dues, and did not work in an event last year, the dues are $20 • There are new LED Lights throughout the clubhouse, so our electricity use should be much less. • There is a photosensor for the light in the front, so it comes on in the evening and shuts off in the morning. • We have a new antenna in the works courtesy of Martin (KI6WJP) and Ken (KD6MC). Installation on the roof of the clubhouse will be scheduled soon. • Martin and Ken have made some improvements and repairs to the FT8 system and it’s working. See them for details. And here’s what happening in February: • Special meeting for the bi-laws • If you have a need or an issue that is to be discussed at the February meeting, it will not be allowed unless it’s placed in the agenda ahead of time. • Contact Kamille Dibelka at with your agenda requests.

Thank you all again for your confidence and support. Please let me hear your concerns and suggestions and let’s all work together to make sure MSARC has a great year!

24th January 2019 Michael Howell (KX6MMM) President MSRC

River City ARCS Update from River City ARCS
Posted February 3, 2018

Our February 5 meeting will feature a program on Philo Farnsworth and the Invention of Television.  The presenter will be Philo's own grandson, Matthew Farnsworth. All are welcome.

Our meetings are held at the Sacramento Co. Corp Yard (SMUD) building 5026 Don Julio Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95842 (corner of Elkhorn and Don Julio Blvds). Meetings are open to the general public and visitors are always welcome.

Our May 7 meeting will feature the construction of a dual band, VHF-UHF J-Pole antenna—Ed Fong’s DBJ-1. You may go to this link to review the design. You’ll note that Ed’s design provides a great beam pattern and broadband SWR performance. Your total cost to build this antenna is $5.00, payable to the club. Ed sells these antennas for about $50 once the freight costs are included. We will use an assembly line approach for constructing these antennas and it’s expected we can complete as many as 20 antennas during our normal meeting hours. Since we anticipate a large demand for the antenna, and the fact that we have limited time to complete the construction, we will use a first-come, first-served reservation system. To reserve your spot in the queue, please send a brief note to with your name, callsign and note that you wish to reserve a spot in the antenna Build-A-Thon.

The new venue for our Field Day event on June 22-23 will be the VFW Center Township Post, 8990 Kruitof Way, Fair Oaks, CA 95628. Kevin Hooke KK6DCT will be Field Day Captain. All are welcome to participate as they are able in this annual operating and public outreach event. Stand by for more details. See our Field Day Primer for newbies.

Our club holds nets every Wednesday evening at 8:00 pm on the 145.25 MHz N6NA FM repeater, followed by an 8:30 pm 10 meter net on 28.420 MHz USB and a slow scan television net at 9 pm on the 441.300 MHz N6NA FM repeater.  All club members and visitors are welcome to check in to our nets.  See more information at


Sierra Foothills ARC Winter Field Day

Sierra Foothills ARC Update from Sierra Foothills ARC
Posted February 3, 2019

Winter Field Day was a success as brave SFARCers went up into the mountains, pitched a tent and operated stations to put W6EK on the air. See the video and photos in the news and on the website. Thanks to everyone for representing the club!

STEM Expo Saturday, March 2nd - Come check out the Ham Radio Exhibit, Booth #9. William Jessup University in Rocklin.

Hamfest 2019 - the first Swap of the year will return to the Loomis Historic Train Depot. Mark your calendars for this date: March 16th, 2019.

Field Day 2019 - We are on the ARRL Locator Map and into planning our event for this June.

Three years of Ham Radio in Two Minutes - K6UDA Radio

Social Media - Facebook / Video - Bob, K6UDA presents Three years of Ham Radio in two minutes. See it on our club page at:

Meetings - January saw our new Officers (and some reelected ones) take charge with our first meeting of the New Year. Everyone is invited to join us. Every 2nd Friday is our Main Meeting Auburn City Hall, 1225 Lincoln Way, in the Rose Room. W6EK Breakfast - come join us every last Saturday at Mel's off Hwy 49. See the website for map and more information.

Nets - Every Thursday night at 7:30 pm is our general net. Everyone is welcome, no membership needed. Also every 1st and 3rd Wednesday is the Elmer Net. Get answers or help on your projects, radios, antennas or anything else ham radio related. 7:30 pm. Held on the W6EK Repeaters: 145.430 pl 162.2; 223.860 pl 110.9; and 440.575 pl 162.2. Come join the fun!

de WF6J

Our replaced the Yahoo Group function.

Newsletter at:

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

VE Report February 2019

Thanks again for all the VE's that were able to come to the session. We had a very successful session again. We administered 10 elements to 7 candidates. One went all the way from Technician to Extra in one session.  We have 3 new Technicians, 1 General and 3 new Extras.

Thanks, Al NI2U

North Hills RC Update from North Hills RC
Posted February 3, 2019

The next meeting for The North Hills Radio Club will take place on Tuesday evening, February 19, 2019.

Our speaker for the evening program will be, Mr. Alan Thompson, W6WN. He will discuss disaster and recovery communications surrounding the recent Camp Fire up in Butte County. Mr. Thompson is on a mission to make sure that what happened in Butte County, never happens again and what each of us can do to prevent such a thing from happening again. It promises to be an interesting topic of discussion.

Remember that the meetings of the NHRC are open to anyone and everyone who wishes to attend. Come one, come all and let's have a big turnout for our speaker. Also, we'll be welcoming our new president, Paul Young, KA6PDY as he takes the gavel for the first time.

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

See you there! From Doug Emerson, Vice-President, North Hills Radio Club. Amateur call sign N6NFF

W6SFM Monthly Meeting

Samuel F. Morse ARC Update from Samuel F Morse ARC
Updated February 2, 2019

Our next SFM ARC inperson meeting will be held at its normal time and location Feb 7th (followed by our March. 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 W6SFM homepage.

At our February meeting, we will be discussing ARRL news and events. We will be recapping our NAQP event held at member Bob, N6PGQ’s QTH. We will also have a presentation on the different aspects of the Buddipole portable antenna system. As always, we will have our Tech (show and tell) portion. Members and visitors are welcomed to share their Ham Radio related items they find of interest.

John WB6UBK operating and Michael N6MQL logging during the January 2019 ARRL North American QSO Party CW On-Air Net Meeting

Each Tuesday of the week 8:00 PM on 3.545 MHz the SFM ARC enjoys getting on the air with CW for our weekly Nets. You do NOT need to be a member of the SFM ARC to check into our nets and we encourage you to invite a friend to join us as well. Although our nets usually run around 15 wpm code, we are all happy to accommodate those that are slower and need us to oblige. If you are unable to copy Morse Code or need some code practice, please feel free to visit our on-line LIVE streaming broadcast of both the Audio and a CW to Text decoding of the meeting. The “LIVE FEED” link can be found on our home page of our website. With our YouTube Live streaming system, you can watch the Live Feed on your Apple IOS or Android devices. You do not need to have a YouTube account to access the feed. However, you will need one to subscribe to our channel. Those viewing through Youtube 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 7PM. Please use the rear parking lot and entry for best access to the meeting. A map and directions can also be found on our website.

We hope to see you at our next meeting!

Thank You, Chris AI6U Secretary 2019


Western Placer ARC Update from Western Placer ARC - pending
Posted January 8, 2019

WPARC 2019 Kickoff Luncheon at Via Roma Pizzeria con Cucina Sat, Jan 19, 2019, 1:00 PM

Our third WPARC Annual Kickoff Luncheon will be held at Via Roma Pizzeria con Cucina. Via Roma is opening early for this special luncheon just for us, on Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM. In past years we've dined on delicious lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, or chicken parmigiana entrees. Come join us for salad, fine Italian dishes, beverages, dessert and gratuity included for $25/person (wine available at additional cost.)

There will be our annual prize drawings from all of the drawing tickets collected at meetings in 2018. You have one last chance to strike it big! Who knows what prizes our Drawing Master will find?

Find Via Roma Pizzeria con Cucina at 1230 Sunset Blvd, Suite 600, in Rocklin [Map] where West Oaks Blvd crosses Sunset Blvd, between Lonetree and Blue Oaks Blvds.

We'll see you there!

Ham License Testing - Wednesday, January 2, 6 PM

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

WPARC Board Meeting - Wednesday, January 2, 7:30 PM
WPARC conducts Board Member meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at Round Table Pizza at 7:30 PM (see below for map and directions.) The board welcomes members and guests who wish to observe or bring business before the board.

WPARC Meeting and Testing Location - No Evening Meeting in January
We're having a luncheon meeting on January 19. See the lead article at the top of this section. Skip the evening meeting, and come to the luncheon! Our usual meeting site is Round Table Pizza, 1020 Pleasant Grove Blvd #170, Roseville. This location faces Roseville Parkway at the northeast corner of the complex, just around the corner from the CVS store. View map and directions

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

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

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

73, Michael Buck. K6BUK

WPARC on Facebook and Twitter

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

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

  Update from El Dorado County ARC
Posted February 2, 2019


Greetings, This will be a short message from me this month.

Time has been flying by for the Harmors and we haven’t had much free time; my mother was in a car accident before Christmas, we had to put down our family dog right at the start of the year and we had to get Natalie back off to college just this week.

I hope your new year is off to a better start than ours. We have the club meeting this Thursday, so, it’s the perfect time to show off any radio presents that Santa may have brought you. We also have the Coloma special event station this Saturday and Sunday, Jan 26-27.

We should have a few weeks of good weather coming up, to make any antenna repairs that you need to take care of after that last round of storms. The storms did a beautiful job of covering the Sierra’s in a fresh blanket of snow. Nancy and I were able to enjoy some of the snow on Tuesday after our trip to Reno to drop of Natalie back at University of Nevada Reno.

Stay warm and hope to see and catch up with many of you on Thursday at the meeting.

73, Jay, KE6GLA Newsletter

Oroville ARS Update from Oroville ARS
Updated February 3, 2019

OARS Monthly Meeting

The OARS regular monthly meeting will take place Friday, 8 February, 7 pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church Hall, 1430 Pine St., Oroville, CA 95965.  The doors will open at 6 pm for a social hour prior to the meeting.  73, Jim W7XZ

Net night is every Sunday evening 8:00 pm on the 146.655 MHz W6AF FM repeater.

OARS Monthly Breakfast

This month’s OARS Breakfast will take place Saturday, 23 February, 9 am, at the Acorn Cafe (second floor) of the Gold Country Casino and Hotel, 4020 Olive Hwy, Oroville, CA 95966

QCWA Update from SOTARS/QCWA Chapter 169
Posted February 3, 2019

The SOTARS/QCWA meeting is Wednesday, February 13. You may choose lunch or breakfast. Lunch is at eleven and Denny's serves breakfast all day.

The meeting will be called to order at noon in the restaurant's back room.

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

Please plan to attend. 73, Dan WA6VPJ

Nevada County ARC Update from Nevada County ARC
Updated February 3, 2019

Next Meeting: Monday February 11, 2019 7 pm-9 pm.

Our February guest speaker will be: Alan Thompson W6WN, VSAT Field Engineer for El Dorado Networks. Alan was involved with the disaster recovery efforts in Butte County to restore and harden cell phone services that were disabled by the Camp Fire. He has some interesting insights on the communications recovery.

General Meetings 2nd Monday of Each Month 7:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army Meeting Room, 10725 Alta Street - Grass Valley. Guests are Welcome. Presentation, Coffee, Monthly Raffle. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

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

73, Cal McKitrick AI6MC, NCARC President 2019 Newsletter Facebook Group

COFFEE CHAT (Ham n' Coffee)

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

Yuba Sutter ARC Update from Yuba-Sutter ARC
Posted February 2, 2019


The next general meeting will be held Tues., Feb 5 at Marysville First United Methodist Church, 730 D Street, Marysville. This meeting will include a potluck. Enjoy good food, and good conversation with fellow club members. There will be a drawing.


Board meetings are held at the American Red Cross Center. The Red Cross building is located at 125 E. Onstott Road, Yuba City. The next board meeting will be Wed., 20 Feb 2019. Visitors are welcome.


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


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

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


Elk Grove-Florin ARC   Update from Elk Grove-Florin ARC - pending
Posted July 9, 2018

Elk Grove-Florin ARC—Section News

Remember how much fun the Install-O-Rama was last August? Attached is the announcement for this year's event. Please share it with your radio club and others who may be interested. Thanks... Dave Reingold, KK6MVJ

Christine Lay, KG6JFO, President EGFARC, 916/715-8091  Install-O-Rama Flyer

Glenn ARS   Update from Glenn ARS - pending
Posted July 9, 2018

Prez Says for July 2018

Greetings to all club members and guests. It’s almost Independence Day and I want to thank you for your service this club and to this great country. I hope you find the club newsletters and ‘Prez Says” message useful and informative.

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

Golden Empire ARS   Update from Golden Empire ARS - pending
Posted July 9, 2018

The Prez' Says:

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Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD, on Kaleidoscope Variety Show

Section Member Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD, on Childrens Hospital's "Kaleidoscope Variety Show"
Posted February 3, 2018

The University of California Benioff Childrens Hospital's Kaleidoscope Variety Show recently featured Sacramento Valley Section member Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD, showing his ham radio operation.

In this "Video Postcard" Duane explains and demonstrates his ham radio station in this program for children.

Phil Sittner KD6RM on QSO Today Section Member Phil Sittner, KD6RM, on QSO Today Podcast

Phil Sittner, KD6RM, has a ham radio story that goes back over 50 years, from childhood. Still living in Northern California, Phil builds his own radios and test equipment, operates CW on 80 and 40 meters, using his fence mounted 80 meter end-fed Zepp and a pair of phased 40 meter verticals in an HOA neighborhood where antennas are forbidden. We harness Phil’s extensive technical expertise and hear his ham radio story in this QSO Today.

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