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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. September 2018 News

From the Section Manager

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

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

New Section Appointment

We welcome Michael Joseph, KK6ZGB, on his new appointment as ARES District 3 Emergency Coordinator. Michael is a Red Cross Amateur Radio Disaster Operator, a certified ARES Field and Digital Operator and runs the weekly net for the Sacramento EC. We sincerely thank Ken Wilson K6WLS for his time as past DEC and for his continued service in our ARRL Field Organization.

Section Wide Net Thursday, September 20

Mark Thursday evening, September 20, on your calendar to check in to our ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Wide Nets on 146.85 MHz and 3880 kHz LSB.  See the details.


Saturday, September 15. Mark your calendars and stop by the ARRL booth at the Western Placer ARC Hamfest in Lincoln, CA.  Download Flyer.

Thursday September 20.  ARRL Sacramento Valley HF and VHF Section-Wide Nets (details).

Saturday, October 6.  At the Rocklin Maker Faire, the ARRL Sacramento Valley Section will have a booth and station setup to share the wonders of amateur radio between 9 AM and 4 PM. Ham radio’s roots are in making radios and antennas which is what the maker faire is all about. Last year more than 8,000 people showed up at Sierra College to see what folks are doing for hobbies. 
If you are interested in working the booth and sharing our hobby with others, please contact Orion Endres For more information click here or visit the Rocklin Mini Maker Faire website

Saturday, October 13.  Shasta/Tehama ARES Hamfest in Redding, CA.  Download Flyer.October 19-21 ARRL PACIFICON Convention

Register online now at for the October 19-21, 2018 ‪‎‪‎ARRL‬ Pacificon 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.

October 19-21 Jamboree on the Air

If you do not plan to attend the Pacificon convention, consider joining the Jamboree on the Air at the Beale AFB Scout Expo (details below) or reach 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. 19-21 Jamboree 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 PatchClick for more information.

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 often updated with late breaking news.

73, Dr. Carol Milazzo, KP4MD
American Radio Relay League Sacramento Valley Section Manager

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

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

On Thursday September 20, ARRL Sacramento Valley Section will hold an ARRL SECTION-WIDE NET, first on the WD6AXM repeater on 146.085 MHz IMMEDIATELY after the 7 pm Yuba-Sutter ARES net closes, then followed immediately by an HF net on 3880 kHz LSB +/- 3 kHz. All radio amateurs are encouraged to participate. We will issue an Official Bulletin reminder during that week.

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

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

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

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

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

Jamboree on the Air Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) 2018
October 19-21
Update from Orion Endres, AI6JB, Section Youth Coordinator, posted August 8, 2018

Every third weekend of October for over 60 years, Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) has continuously grown to now be the largest Ham radio event in the world. In 2017, the World Organization of Scouting logged over 1.4 million scouts, girls & boys, participating in 152 countries. The ARRL is a supporter of the event and has a very informative webpage on how you can get involved,

Every club in the Section is encouraged to get with your local scouting units to run a JOTA site. If you need help identifying local units, please contact the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California Council at 800.322.4475 and the Golden Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America at 800.427.1417.

The Sierra Foothills ARC will be hosting a JOTA site at Beale Air Force Base as a part of Scout Expo. Scout Expo draws 5,000 Boy Scouts from all over northern California. If your club is not planning on setting up a JOTA Site and you want to be a part of the action, please let me know. We would love to have you. Due to the fact this event is on an active military base, we need to know your intentions by Sept 1st. Additional information can be found at

Another way to get involved is to be on the air for Scouts when they call CQ! Check out the ARRL webpage for great information on frequencies, suggested discussion topics, and what to expect.

Hope to hear you on the air, Orion, AI6JB, Section Youth Coordinator

ARRL Exhibit and Special Event Station at October 6 Rocklin Mini Maker Faire
Posted August 10, 2018


Attention Area Radio Amateurs and Groups:

The ARRL Sacramento Valley Section will sponsor an exhibit promoting Amateur Radio and our local clubs at the Mini Maker Faire at Sierra College in Rocklinon Saturday October 6 from 9 am - 4 pm. Admission is free!  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.

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 our Section Youth Coordinator Orion Endres at

Update from Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, Section Technical Coordinator
Posted September 10, 2018

There goes summer. I did two trips to Twin Falls, Idaho this summer and I even found a ham swap in Twin Falls.

We are planning a trip to Idaho this winter. If you are up in that area and need cards checked let me know.

Don’t forget the Western Placer ARC ham swap coming up on the 15th of September, more information at See you all there. If you have an application for DXCC, WAS or VUCC and it is already just find me. Any questions just email me, my info is on QRZ or the ARRL site.

Pacificon 2018 is just around the corner. I will be there doing applications and cards. Stop by and say hi. More info at

I have not heard anything about the Durham California swap meet yet, in the past it has been at the end of September. If I hear anything I will update this information.

See you down the log sheets.

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

The Redding Veterans' Home is On the Air
Posted September 10, 2018, submitted by Steve, K6KS

On Friday August 24th, Tom Cleminson KF7FTJ made the first HF contact from the Veterans’ Home in Redding, checking into the Noon Time Net with their Net Control Station Dar W6IO. The Veterans’ Home now has VHF and HF capabilities.

The Veterans’ Home has three licensed hams living there. Two more residents are studying for their Technician Class licenses.

Thanks to members of the following groups who contributed to this project: The Redding ARRL Volunteer Examiner Team, The Shingletown Amateur Radio Club, the Redding Old Timers group, and the Western Amateur Radio Repeater and Echolink Association.

The Redding Veterans' Home is On the AirThe Redding Veterans' Home is On the Air

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

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

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

73 de Max Soucia, N1KGS, Affiliated Club Coordinator, Sacramento Valley Section, ARRL

ARES at Nevada County Fair.It is fair time in Nevada County. This year we are together with the Nevada County Amateur Radio club. Since Cal McKitrick is the president of the club AND a valued ARES member we get lots of exposure at the fair. We have a nice banner (orange in foreground) and always have an ARES member or two on hand for questions and information. ARES go boxes (on table in foreground) are good and drawing in some folks that like to "geek" out on the hardware. Thanks to Cal for letting us tag along! ARES at Nevada County Fair
Posted August 15, 2018

It is Fair time in Nevada County. This year we are together with the Nevada County Amateur Radio Club. Since Cal McKitrick is the president of the club AND a valued ARES member we get lots of exposure at the fair. We have a nice banner (orange in foreground) and always have an ARES member or two on hand for questions and information. ARES go boxes (on table in foreground) are good and drawing in some folks that like to "geek" out on the hardware. Thanks to Cal for letting us tag along!

Submission and photo by Jason Eaton, KJ6HNP, Nevada County ARES Emergency Coordinator

September 22 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted September 10, 2018

The next Sacramento County ARES training and meeting is scheduled for Saturday September 22, 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


NIST FY 2019 Budget Would Eliminate WWV, WWVH and WWVB

from the ARRL News, posted August 21, 2018

ARRL members and Amateur Radio clubs are expressing increased concern over the inclusion of WWV and WWVH on a list of proposed cuts in the White House’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Fiscal Year 2019 budget request. The proposed cuts also would include the Atomic Clock signal from WWVB used to synchronize specially equipped clocks and watches. Online petitions soliciting signatures include one established by Tom Kelly II, W7NSS, of Portland, Oregon, who would like to see funding for the stations maintained. At this point, the budget item is only a proposal, not a final decision. That would be up to the Congress to decide.

Read the full story at

NOTE: Here is the link to Tom Kelly's online petition to continue funding for the NIST broadcast services.
NPR Story on "What Closing A Government Radio Station Would Mean For Your Clocks"



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



Club and Member News - September 2018

River City ARCS     Update from River City ARCS
Posted September 10, 2018


September! Wow where did August go? For me most of it was spent in the hospital with breathing problems. I was in or a total of four times and fourteen days so for me the month of August is a total wipeout. This last time the Dr’s gave me a stronger medication and for several days longer and that has done the trick - I hope.

Tues September 4 is our Homebrew night with details on the web site

Up Coming Regional Events

September 15th
Western Placer ARC Hamfest, Lincoln, Ca. For more information go to

October 13th
Rocklin Maker Faire. Go to:

October 19-21
ARRL Pacificon Division Convention, San Ramon, Ca. Go To:

November 11th
Clarksburg Country Run—Clarksburg, Ca. email Vince Cracchiolo KI6NHP at

Dave Martin, WB6YLK, President This Month's Newsletter

Sierra Foothills ARC Update from Sierra Foothills ARC - pending
Posted August 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

Carl, WF6J, PIO Sacramento, CA

Newsletter at:

VE Report August 2018

Thanks again for all the VE's that were able to come to the session. We had a very successful session again. We administered 4 elements to 3 candidates. 2 earned a new or upgraded license. We have 1 new Technician and 1 new Extras

PS. Raley’s helped me and we are all set with the Event Center through November. Thanks Al NI2U


North Hills RC Update from North Hills RC
Posted September 10, 2018

The next event for The North Hills Radio Club will take place on Tuesday evening, September 18, 2017.

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 18 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 your own self! If you're from another club, how about bringing some literature about your club as well as applications for perspective future 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.

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, Vice-President, North Hills Radio Club. Amateur callsign, N6NFF

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


Samuel F. Morse ARC  Update from Samuel F Morse ARC
Updated September 10, 2018

Our next SFM ARC in person meeting will be held at its normal time and location Sep. 6th (followed by our Oct. 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, are available at the bottom of the homepage. At our September meeting, we will be discussing ARRL news and events. We will also have a presentation on the CommCat DX cluster, spotting and logging program, including its “Live” add-on option. Plans will be made for the annual CA QSO Party which will happen the first weekend of October. 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.

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 under the “Media Clips & Pics” tab 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 directly via the W6SFM YouTube channel 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 also “check-in” using the chat window to be included with our weekly On-Air Net log. 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 at the bottom of our home page of the website. We hope to see you at our next meeting!

Thank you.

Chris, AI6U (SFM ARC Secretary 2018)


Western Placer ARC Update from Western Placer ARC
Posted September 10, 2018

WPARC Twelfth Annual Hamfest - Sep 15, 2018 7:00 AM to 12:00 noon
All the arrangements are completed. Early morning donuts and coffee are on order. Drawing prizes from our sponsors are ready to go. All we need is YOU to join us for our WPARC Twelfth Annual Ham Fest! Look for us at McBean Park in Lincoln CA near the bandstand. Vendors: Vendors may arrive at 6:00 AM to set up, enter at 2nd and D Street entrance, near the baseball diamond. A parking stall is still a bargain at $10. Provide your own tables. Buyers: Buyers may arrive at 7:00 AM or later at McBean Park Drive (4th) and A Street entrance, near the pool. Bring cash to procure your new treasures. This Ham Fest is getting bigger with each passing year. We hope to see YOU there!  Hamfest Flyer

Ham License Testing - Wednesday, Sep. 5, 6 PM
WPARC offers Ham radio license testing on the first Wednesday of each month at Round Table Pizza at 6 PM (see below for map and directions.) For more information please email Chuck KK6DOA

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

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

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

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

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

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

73, Michael Buck. K6BUK

WPARC on Facebook and Twitter

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

  Update from El Dorado County ARC
Posted September 10, 2018


This month, the meeting is dedicated to go-boxes and portable operating.  If you have a go-box or portable operating setup bring it to the meeting and show it off.  It's a perfect time to get some ideas on where to start or make improvements on your station setup.  You may want to bring a camera and notepad to the meeting to record anything interesting you may see

Jay, KE6GLA  Newsletter

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