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Sacramento Valley

Sacramento Valley

Contact Information

Section Name:
Sacramento Valley
Contact:
Dr. Carol Milazzo, KP4MD
Daytime Phone:
(916) 782-3786
Evening Phone:
(916) 879-7449
Email:
kp4md@arrl.org

Basic Information

Division:
Pacific
Alert:

Visit our Section website at www.arrlsacvalley.org for the latest updates.

Happy Valentine's Day! February 2017 News

From the Section Manager

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

This month's news features news and happening from clubs and members around our section.

Now is a good time for all affiliated clubs to renew the contact information people see on the Internet. Affiliated clubs remain affiliated even if the club information is not kept current. Then a club is considered not current. Just go to: http://www.arrl.org/affiliated-club-benefits and follow the instructions.

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 updated weekly with late breaking news.

73, Carol Milazzo, KP4MD
American Radio Relay League Sacramento Valley Section Manager
kp4md(at)arrl.org

 

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

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SACRAMENTO VALLEY SECTION WEB RESOURCES

Section News: www.arrlsacvalley.org
Section Nets: http://sites.google.com/site/arrlsacvalley/nets
Sacramento Valley ARES: www.sacvalleyares.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ARRLSacramentoValley
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ARRL_SV

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

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Update from Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, Section Technical Coordinator
Updated December 31, 2016

Hope that everyone had a great year. NPOTA is about to end and there should be a few WAS application coming in. It was fun and I can’t wait to see what is next.

I will be out and about in Northern California this coming year. We plan on stopping at some club meetings in Northern California and doing a few SOTA’s too.

I will be able to do WAS, VUCC, WAC, and DXCC at the meetings and if possible at the SOTA locations too.
For on the spot, in the field new DXCC applications you will need to have an on-line application fill out and printed.
If you have an old fashion DXCC paper style application or over 100 QSL cards I may need to take them home to do. Contact me for more information.
If you are doing a LOTW application with QSL cards too and having problems contact me, I may be able to help.
Any questions just email me. You need to contact me before I can do an application in the field.

I will be at several ham swaps this year in NorCal and maybe Nevada including Pacificon 2017. If you can’t get to Sacramento to drop off your application contact me, I love road trips and we can meet somewhere.

Happy New Years everyone…………….

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

 

 

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

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

Update October 12, 2016 - The ARRL and the FCC are currently working together to update and to make changes to the Official Observer/Amateur Auxiliary program. Because of these expected upcoming updates and changes, ARRL has placed a temporary hold on applications for new Official Observers and Official Observer Coordinators at this time.

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.

Norm is scheduled to give a presentation on the ARRL Official Observer Program at the March 7th meeting of the River City Amateur Radio Coommunications Society - Carol KP4MD

Keep Our Digital Transmissions Legal on 60 Meters
Posted January 29, 2017

Our decreasing solar activity and residential antenna restrictions have attracted increasing numbers of radio amateurs to operate weak signal digital modes on our lower HF frequencies including 60 meters. The five frequency channels that amateur radio operators share on a secondary basis with US federal government users on 60 meters (5 MHz) pose unique requirements for CW and digital operators. As explained on http://www.arrl.org/60m-channel-allocation, US radio amateur emissions on our 60m channels must be precisely centered in the center frequency of each assigned channel. Thus, for example, a CW signal on channel 3 (USB Dial frequency 5357.0 kHz) must be precisely on 5358.5 kHz. The same ARRL page explains that all digital emissions must also be centered in the channel center.

This may appear unreasonable to radio amateurs because a 2.8 kHz channel can accommodate many digital and CW transmissions simultaneously, and requiring multiple stations to operate on the same exact frequency would result in mutual interference. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) explains this requirement in https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/7021871884.pdf which states: "Allowing multiple emissions within the necessary bandwidth of the widest authorized modes (2.8 kHz) increases the possibility of harmful interference from secondary amateur stations to primary federal stations, and would make it more difficult for a federal station to identify an interfering amateur station. In addition, NTIA is concerned about the aggregate equivalent isotropically radiated power from multiple amateur stations transmitting within a single 2.8 kHz channel. Accordingly, NTIA requests that 47 C.F.R. Section 97.303(h) continue to require that amateur stations transmit only on the five center frequencies allocated to the amateur service."  (See http://www.arrl.org/what-the-fcc-rules-say-97-303-h)

60 meter JT65 signals This screenshot photo shows JT65 signals received on 60m Channel 3 (5357 kHz USB dial frequency) from 0300-0309 UTC on January 29, 2017. In the photo, the 5357 kHz dial frequency is at 0 Hz on the left side of the waterfall and the 5358.5 kHz channel center is at the 1500 Hz mark. Decodes of several US radio amateurs are seen transmitting JT65 emissions simultaneously on various frequencies throughout the channel 3 frequency range 5357-5360 kHz. This is the familiar appearance of a JT65 waterfall display on all other amateur radio bands; however, it does not meet the NTIA requirement that each US radio amateur transmission be centered on the 1500 Hz mark (the 5358.5 kHz channel center frequency).

Our compliance with NTIA requirements is essential for our continued access to the 60m channels and for possible future access to the new ITU worldwide 60 meter allocation at 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz. (See http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-asks-fcc-to-allocate-new-5-mhz-band-retain-channels-and-current-power-limit). Please be aware of these requirements if you intend to operate CW or digital modes on our shared 60m allocations. We are forwarding this concern to ARRL for wider dissemination to the amateur radio community.

-Carol Milazzo, KP4MD

Jim Piper, N6MED, Red Cross Liaison to Amateur Radio Speaks at Placer County ARES Meeting
Posted January 29, 2017

On January 28th Placer County ARES held a face to face meeting in Auburn. Eighteen members and visitors showed up for a talk by Jim Piper N6MED, Red Cross Gold Country Region Liaison to Amateur Radio. Jim covered that activities of the Red Cross during emergencies and how amateur radio works with Red Cross. Jim described the various forms that ham radio might need to relay, including the Red Cross version of the ICS 213. Jim also showed the forms in FLmsg.

Photos and story submitted by Carl First N6CKV Placer County EC

Jim Piper, N6MED Placer ARES January 28 Meeting

Amateur Radio Emergency ServiceFebruary 11 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted January 21, 2017

The next Sacramento County ARES training and meeting is scheduled for Saturday February 11, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Vince Cracchiolo KI6NHP is the new Sacramento County EC.

For more information, visit the Sacramento County ARES web site at www.saccountyares.org

Update from Jim Piper, N6MED, Red Cross Liaison to Amateur Radio
Posted December 31, 2016

The American Red Cross Gold Country Region with 24 northern California which eclipses counties the ARRL Sacramento Valley Section, looks to ARES for disaster communications support when the telecommunications infrastructure is impacted into and out of a disaster area.

As experienced during a Red Cross shelter exercise in April 2015 in which we opened shelters from Cottonwood near Redding to San Andreas and Stockton, long haul voice radio communications can be a challenge within the Section. During a real disaster, the challenge is exacerbated by the length of general messages and logistics requests within the initial 12 to 96 hours of a Red Cross disaster response where the telecommunications infrastructure – dial-up, cell phone, and Internet access are all impacted.

Since the exercise, locally we have been working on a solution for efficiently and effectively passing our longer message traffic (i.e., messages longer than a couple dozen words that can otherwise be easily passed via voice). Traffic handling via an rf path can be a challenge during “blue skies” and can require frequent training and exercise. Complicate this existing challenge further with potentially verbose messages that lack the brevity required for transmission over an rf path. Complicate this challenge further with the potential for transcription errors* at the near and far end of path with hand written messages from author to radio operator (RO) and RO to addressee. *Consider the problem when an RO who mis-transcribes the name of a medication a client is taking and needs!

Jim Piper Interview on Ham Radio Now

We went through an iterative process evaluating Winlink and its selection of forms templates, flmsg (part of the fldigi suite), various ARES message templates, and Red Cross volunteers pushing back at possibly “… having to learn yet another program?!?”). The most viable solution at which we arrived was to create an interface that was v-e-r-y easy for a non-ham to learn and a message creation/editing/viewing environment.

The resultant was an “agency specific” flmsg interface that Mr. fldigi himself, Dave Freese W1HKJ, created that could be used by virtually any agency and the creation of message templates in HTML. The form appears as a simple window with “Create Message,” “Edit Message,” and “View Message” in a browser -- an interface with which the casual Red Cross computer user should be familiar.
Message process will be:

  • Author uses flmsg to create a message saved to an flmsg text object file.
  • Author hands off the message (e.g., on a thumb drive) to the RO for handling.
  • RO uses whatever means to move the traffic, whether Winlink, NBEMS, Outpost/AX.25, sneaker net, etc.
  • RO at destination prints out (if facility available) or hands message object file to addressee.
  • Addressee manages information in message accordingly.

We will be deploying flmsg 4.0.1 together with the Red Cross 213 General Message and Red Cross Disaster Requisition templates (now complete) within our region. We have in the development chain an flmsg HTML template for the Safe and Well data registration form. Training in-house is on-going. With the help of Greg Kruckewitt KG6SJT (whose help, among others, has been instrumental in this project), we will disseminate the Red Cross ICS 213, the Disaster Requisition 6409, and when available, the Safe and Well Registration templates. flmsg 4.0.1 is available now for download from the fldigi download site. We would like to continue to look forward to ARES support when ‘stuff’ happens.

Best regards, Jim / RN / N6MED

Jim Piper, N6MED

Ladies of the Net Ladies of the Net to Activate the USS Hornet Museum Amateur Radio Station on February 18
Posted January 30, 2017

Members of the Ladies of the Net Radio Club KM6CIR will activate the amateur radio station NB6GC aboard the USS Hornet Museum Ship, 707 W Hornet Ave, Pier 3, Alameda, California 94501 on Saturday, February 18 starting at 11:00 am Pacific Time (1900 UTC).
Check in with the Ladies of the Net weekdays at 10:00 am PST (1800 UTC) on 7.245 MHz LSB or check this web page for details and updates.

Club and Member News

Elk Grove-Florin ARC Update from Elk Grove-Florin ARC
Posted January 28, 2017

We greeted 2017 with a Bang! We had 24 hams show up for our first meeting of the year which featured an excellent presentation of the ARRL’s Official Observer Program by Norm Lucas, WB6RVR.

Our new board took office on January 1, and we have been very busy planning our programs for the remainder of the year. Our meeting on February 11th will provide an overview of Packet Radio with demos of the Outpost Packet Manager and WinLink software packages. The presenter will be Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT. Greg is the Sacramento Valley ARES SEC and he will be assisted by Dwane Evans, KG6KPW and Paul Grose, N6DRY. Our meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month at 7:00pm. We meet at the Sheriff’s Community Room located at 7000 65th Street just north of Florin Road.

Check us out by going to www.egfarc.org, and there you will find directions to our meeting location. Come see what we are about!

Submitted by Paul Grose, N6DRY

Oroville ARS Update from Oroville ARS
Posted January 10, 2017

The monthly meeting of OARS (http://w6af.org) will take place this Friday, 13 January 2017, 7 pm, at St. Paul’s Parish Hall, 1430 Pine Street in Oroville. The doors will open at 6 pm for a social hour prior to the meeting. Atop the agenda is election of 2017 officers. Also, Treasurer Gerry Vrooman, N6GCV, will be accepting dues payments for the year. Hope all can attend.

73, Jim, W7XZ

The OARS Monthly Breakfast will take place this Saturday, the last one of the month and 2016, 31 December 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 and Happy New Year,Jim, W7XZ

  Russell Quackenbush, N0EFX, SK

It is with deep sadness I report that Russell, N0EFX, became a Silent Key on Wednesday. Below is the text of daughter in law Christie’s notification:

Jim - this is Shirley's daughter and I am writing this email on behalf of Shirley. I don't know if you have heard, but if not I am sorry to let you know that Russell passed away yesterday, December 28. We are planning a service for next Saturday, January 7 at 11:00 am at First Congregational Church at 1715 Bird Street, with a simple lunch served after the service, and all are welcome to attend. I would appreciate it if you could share this information with the other OARS members at your breakfast on Saturday.

As you might imagine, this is a difficult time for our family, and Shirley has asked people to please send emails rather than calls right now. Thank you for your understanding - Christie Fischetti

I’m planning to attend the service a week from tomorry (7 Jan). 73, Jim

QCWA Update from SOTARS/QCWA Chapter 169
Posted January 8, 2016

Greetings and Happy New Year!  The next meeting is Wednesday, January 11th. Lunch (or breakfast) is at eleven. (Denny's serves breakfast all day.) As usual, the group will be called to order at Noon in the meeting room.

The program for this month will be part of TX Factor, Episode 13 about the pirate ship Radio Caroline.

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

Please come and enjoy the good food and fellowship.

North Hills RC Update from North Hills RC
Posted January 10, 2017

First meeting of the New Year will be January 17th at 7:30 pm

Meeting Location - North Area Corporation Yard Facility, 5026 Don Julio Blvd., corner of Elkhorn (former SMUD Service Center.)

Directions - From I-80 in the north end of Sacramento County, exit west on Elkhorn Blvd. Turn right on Don Julio, then right into parking lot. Park on the Elkhorn Blvd. side of building.

River City ARCS Update from River City ARCS
Posted January 3, 2017

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Happy New Year everyone. As we start 2017, your club officers have been thinking of new ways to make our amateur radio club meetings more interesting. For January, they will be exploring "The Elmer" tradition where hams who have more experience in specific areas of amateur radio could share their knowledge with others hams in increasing their knowledge of the hobby.

During or after January's general meeting, we would like to know how you feel about the event so future meetings can be planned according to your experience. I would suggest that coming to the general meeting with a notebook and pen would be a very good ideal to "jot" down information that is shared at the Elmer Table of your interest.

The tables will be arranged a little differently to accommodate the Elmer Night so just find a seat as we explore this new direction together.

As the president for 2017, I would like to thank Bob Woodward (N6PGQ) for his services as club president for the past years, and for the continued support of our current officers who are continuing on in 2017.

Unfortunately, some of the members who have contributed greatly to Field Day and other special events will be unable to assume those leadership roles for 2017 and we will need members to step up an assume those positions. We are now 120 strong, so please think about helping in filling these positions for 2017.

Looking forward in see you all at the general meeting, January 3, 2017./

 

73, Ed WA6QYO    Newsletter

Nevada County ARC Update from Nevada County ARC
Posted January 9, 2017

Due to concerns about the weather and possible road flooding/closures the NCARC meeting scheduled for January 9 has been CANCELLED.

73, Walt, N6HNS        November Meeting Flyer

Sierra Foothills ARC Update from Sierra Foothills ARC
Posted January 10, 2017

President's Message

The Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club Christmas Party for December 2016 was held at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Auburn, CA. Officers, Board members, and other SFARC staff were present, as well as newly elected officers for 2017.

President Orion, AI6JB welcomed the club members and their families. We had a special visit from Santa Claus who presented our newest member, Alexander Anderson, with an RF Brick.

Naturally there was a raffle, and the atomic clock was as popular as ever, and the evening concluded with a special award presented to Richard, WA6RWS for Lifetime Membership.

Thank you everyone for supporting our Christmas Party Food Drive! You are Awesome!!

Jim, KQ6VP, and his wife Ellen were so kind to deliver the food to the Auburn Interfaith Food Closet yesterday. Here is the feedback they got: “Wow, what a response at the Interfaith Food closet. They could not believe how much food we delivered to them. Everyone there shared a blessing for the SFARC, and their members. They kept saying that at least there will be some thankful folks, with full stomachs. Jim KQ6VP”

Thank you all for your generosity!! Orion, AI6JB, President    Newsletter

Western Placer ARC Update from Western Placer ARC
Posted January 10, 2017

Greetings from the Western Placer Amateur Radio Club:

I hope everyone had a Happy New Year and that the happiness will extend through the year!

The WPARC 2017 Kickoff Party will be Saturday January 21st at 1:00 PM at the Via Roma in Rocklin. The address is 1230 Sunset Blvd., Suite 600 in Rocklin. We have 4 menu items available for the party and we have a good deal on them. The menu will be a salad, a pasta dish, dessert, and soft drinks. The price is $25/person and includes tip. The menu items are:

Cannelloni alla Veneziana
Spaghetti with Meatballs
House Lasagna
Chicken Parmigiana

Vegetarian options are available. We are expecting a large turnout so PLEASE RSVP to me as soon as possible! Again this year the Sacramento Valley ARRL Section Manager Carol Milazzo KP4MD will be our special guest. Bring any questions you might have for Carol about the ARRL to the party. If you have participated in any of the club drawings this year your tickets are automatically entered in the Kickoff Party drawing. We will have some terrific prizes specially chosen for this event. I will send out a list in a week or so in the next newsletter.

We elected new club officers at the December club meeting. They are:

President – Jerry Haar N6JKH
Vice President – Arturo Galindo KK6NFM
Secretary/Treasurer – Michael Buck K6BUK (we are looking for a volunteer for Treasurer as our current Treasurer Paul KJ6ORG is leaving the area soon.)
Board Member – Clay Abrams K6AEP
Board Member – Bill Miller KJ6YCO (President Emeritus)
Board Member – Gary Talent WA6IKE
Alternate Board Member – Don Hayes N6DPH

Many thanks to Bill for the great job he did this past year as President. Also, thanks to all the Board members for their time and energy.

Remember, we have changed the date of the Board meetings. We have eliminated the meeting on the second Tuesday of the month and will meet at 5:45 on the 3rd Tuesday of month before the regular club meeting. This will be more convenient for Board members and will reduce their time commitment.

We have some exciting news on the System Fusion front. We now have a test Wires X node set up for club members to try. For those unfamiliar with Wires X, it is similar to Echolink or Allstar. The node is located at Art’s QTH for the test and is on 145.700. The system consists of a Yaesu FTM-400 DR dual band (2 meters/70 cm) and a Yaesu Wires X box. If the tests are successful (which they appear to be to date) we will link the node with the repeater. This is a significant benefit to the club and greatly increases the versitility and reach of the repeater. Anyone with a System Fusion radio can join in.

Speaking of System Fusion, the Monday 8:30 PM 2 meter System Fusion net is growing rapidly. A number of club members have obtained a Yaesu model that offers System Fusion, from HTs to mobiles, to base stations. Of course, the System Fusion radios will also work on standard analog modes. Several people have new radios on order and we should see the net grow even more in the near future. In addition to many club members, we are hearing many visitors from a wide area on the repeater for this net. Also, the Thursday 2 meter and HF nets are growing. Tonight I think we had the largest number of HF check ins we have ever had. We also have recently heard check ins on the repeater from areas as far away as Dixon, Woodland, and Davis. Of course, club member Dennis KI6HHA now lives in Woodland and has a strong signal coming into the repeater for the nets. In fact, I think Dennis’s signal might be better than when he lived in Roseville. The Wednesday 2 meter AM net still seems to be quite popular but it is too early for me to check in. Information on all the nets, including the weekly HF net frequency, is on the club website at wparc.us.

Well, we have a lot more stuff coming up in the new year. I’ll try to keep you up-to-date on all developments as they occur.

73, Michael Buck, K6BUK, WPARC Secretary

In the past two newsletters I have forgotten to include the club mailbox for those members who wish to mail their dues in. The address is: WPARC P.O. Box 1173, Lincoln, CA 95648. Dues are unchanged at $24 for an individual member, $36 for a family membership and $12 for students and active military personal.

Don’t forget to RSVP for the club 2017 Kickoff Party with your menu choices. Also, remember that the party replaces the usual Tuesday night club meeting. The next Tuesday club meeting will be February 21 at 7:00 PM at the Woodcreek Oaks Golf Club in Roseville.

Club Meeting Location
WPARC conducts monthly club meetings on third Tuesdays of each month. Join us at Legends at Woodcreek Oaks Golf Club, 5880 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd., Roseville.

Yuba Sutter ARC Update from Yuba-Sutter ARC
Posted January 28, 2016

GENERAL MEETING (February)

The next general meeting will be 7 Feb at the CalTrans building at 7 p.m.

Joe Visalli, N9BD, will demonstrate how to use the Amateur Contact Log and it interfaces with a radio for logging contacts. He will give a demo on Logbook of the World (LoTW) and how it ties to several software packages http://www.arrl.org/logbook-of-the-world

Hope to see you all there.

PRES SEZ

Well, it’s a new year. And with that being said the first thing I’m going to do is remind all members that it’s time to renew your membership. Many already have renewed (and have been very generous in donating to the repeater fund, thank you) and I want to thank those who have already renewed for being prompt. For those that still need to take care of that piece of business, the renewal form is available on the new website to print out, fill out and send in. New this year is the fact that this form is now a fillable PDF form. It can be opened from the website link and filled in by typing the info in each field. After filling it out it can then be printed out and mailed in. You can also save it to your computer by using the right mouse button to click on the form and choosing the “Save As” option. Not a huge improvement mind you but an alternative way to fill it out for the more technically inclined.

Having mentioned the new website, http://www.ysarc.NET, I want to pass on grateful thanks to Kevin Conde / KM6GVD and Joe Visali / N9BD for creating this new more attractive website. And more importantly than the looks itself, IT ACTUALLY WORKS. Kevin eagerly took on the challenge of building, maintaining and improving the website so club news and info can easily be found with a computer or smartphone. And to further improve information sharing throughout the club, and with other hams, he put up a Facebook member page for more informal, time relevant information sharing. Got a new toy to show off? Post it on Facebook. Found a good deal that others would be interested in? Post it on Facebook. Need help with a project or just want to pick someone’s brain? Post it on Facebook. Tell your ham friends who aren’t part of the club about it. Think of it as an extension of our Monday night net. Not everyone will participate I know, some due to technological challenges and some because they don’t “do” social media, but for those that do it’s a great way to share.

Regarding the Monday Net, I want to put another plug in for volunteers to take some of the open slots we have this year. So far we have six of the twelve months covered and I think that’s excellent for this early in the year. Thanks to those who are repeat Net Controllers, your constancy is very appreciated. For those that haven’t taken up the challenge I repeat my invitation. I know that lack of equipment might be a barrier to some. As I write this Dave Gartner / WD6AXM is programming a Motorola MaxTrac mobile rig intended as a loaner for Net and event duty. A loaner power supply and antenna are also intended to be part of the package and will be available to any club member. Another barrier I suspect is keeping others from volunteering as a net controller is the anxiety of never having done anything like it. It took a few months for me to work up to taking on the challenge so I can certainly understand. For those that would but are a bit unsure of their abilities I offer my services as a mentor. I would be more than happy to have someone shadow me when I take Net duty and am willing to be present for the first Net that someone takes. I’m hoping other experienced net controllers would also be willing to mentor someone else and would announce that willingness. It would add to our pool of possible net controllers and, I’m sure, add to a ham’s self-satisfaction in having mastered this skill. Speaking for myself I actually have fun running the Net.

I hope you’re all as pleased as I was with the January regular club meeting. I’ll admit to some mis-givings on my ability to lead it. There were a couple of times where I was thinking to myself “What do I talk about now?”. It does help to know that someone will be giving a presentation of interest to the membership and I’m hoping we’ll have a string of people willing to share some of their experiences of HAMship. Hopefully we can persuade someone with experiences in areas of amateur radio that a lot of us aren’t familiar with to expand our horizons. I personally would like to see some presentations on digital modes (DPMR, Fusion), APRS, PSK31, Echolink, SDRs, etc.. I’m hoping someone in our club has some knowledge of those topics and will be willing to share. But anything you feel might be of interest to the club would be welcome.

I’m eager to see what the rest of the year will bring as I hope the rest of you are. We have a great group of people in our club and I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you better. If you hear me on the air give me a call so we can have a chat, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Till then, 73.

Chris / KK6VZD

HAARP

Recently, Alfred (KK6VOS) visited the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Gakona, AK.

At the 03 January YSARC meeting, Alfred talked about his experience at the HAARP facility.

Originally, HAARP was a joint effort of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and the University of Alaska to explore the possible development of ionosphere enhancement equipment for radio communications and reconnaissance.

In the summer of 2015 HAARP was handed over to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for research purposes.

HAARP directs a 3.6 MW signal, in the 2.8–10 MHz region of the HF band, into the ionosphere to study how radio signals are affected. The signals may be continuous or pulsed.

The ionosphere has been difficult to study. The air in the ionosphere is too thin for balloons and too thick for satellites to orbit.

Newsletter

El Dorado County ARC Update from El Dorado County ARC
Posted January 20, 2017

El Dorado County Hams Commemorate 169th Anniversary of Gold Discovery

Special Event Station, AG6AU Special Event Station Operating from Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park January 28-29

Placerville, CA January 20th, 2017 – The El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club will operate Special Event Station, AG6AU, from the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park on January 28th and 29th from 0900 to 1700 Pacific Time. This Special Event Station, showcasing the El Dorado County Amateur Radio Emergency Service communications trailer, will be communicating with other hams in North America and from the world.

We will be using the ARES trailer for our station and will be located in a parking lot near the saw mill. We will operate near the following frequencies 28.348 MHz, 21.348 MHz, 14.248 MHz and 7.248 MHz on SSB Phone. You are encouraged to come and see the operation or operate for a while if you wish. If you would like more information please contact Jay Harmor – KE6GLA at jharmor@comcast.net.

The Special Event call sign, AG6AU, was issued by the Federal Communications Commission. The call letters represent gold (AU) and Silver (AG).

The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. The station will be on-the-air during the Park’s normal hours of operation. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air!

To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to http://www.arrl.org/emergency-radio-org. To learn more about the El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club, go to www.edcarc.net.

Bob Hess, W1RH.    Newsletter

Plumas ARC Update from Plumas ARC
Posted December 1, 2016

It's late Fall on the Plumas and things are winding down for the EmComm season for PARC. Our Tuesday Night Net is still going strong and we try to meet at Round Table on the 3rd Friday of the month at 1700 to catch up and make new Ham friends. Many of us have found our Christmas trees, some are still looking. Only light snow on the floor of American Valley, but the higher elevations around are seeing more than a dusting. It may be a bit early, but to all, a Merry Christmas !! See you "On the Air"....73 de KI6YUK

Samuel F. Morse ARC Update from Samuel F Morse ARC
Posted January 28, 2017

FEBRUARY REPORT:

The W6SFM Samuel F Morse Radio Club January meeting was called to order by club President Mike, N6MQL with 9 members in attendance.

W6SFM would like to welcome our newest member, Carol, KP4MD of Citrus Heights CA.

The SFM ARC now provides a LIVE FEED via our on-line LiveStream video services. This live feed can be found on the W6SFM.com homepage by clicking on the Live Feed! link at the top of our page. On-line turn out was slightly higher than last months 8 viewers, however the club held a good audience with 13 viewers this month A copy of our in-person meeting are made available on our LiveStream account or by going to the W6SFM Live Feed! link on our homepage.

The SFM ARC announced the new date for our next CW (Morse Code) Beginners Class. A start date of April 5th has been scheduled. The CW Beginners Class will be held each Wednesday evening from 7PM until 9PM. The course lasts for 10 consecutive weeks culminating 2 weeks before the ARRL’s Field Day event. Class instruction includes a complete understanding of the Morse Code, Pro-Signs, on-air operations and how to send properly using a Straight key. Students are provided with a key and oscillator built by the club members. At the conclusion of the course students are able to keep those instruments as part of their course fee. If you or someone you know is interested to take our course, please be sure to contact the club with that information. You do NOT need to be a licensed amateur radio operator to take our class.

Preparations for the North American QSO Party hosted by John, WB6UBK was discussed. Other club business and ARRL news and information was discussed at the meeting along with the current band conditions based on our own personal on-air experiences.

For show and tell, Member Carol, KP4MD brought with her 3 items. Carol’s first item was a WWII field Radio key. This key has a plunger type button that is pushed down. Carol’s second item she displayed a home brewed “Micro TO Mk II” keyer built by herself in 1975 from a QST article. Carol indicated that she made use of this keyer until 2010! Along with her keyer box Carol also brought with her a newer acquired home brew paddle key. For Carol’s final item she displayed an Army Signal Corps KY-116/U (AKA J45) leg key Circa 1940 -1977.

Member Kevin, KR6AI brought with him his brand new Elecraft KX2 QRP rig accompanied with his DX Engineering Pelican type carry case. The KX2 is the latest radio in the Elecraft KX line of radios. Kevin explained to the group that the KX2 works the 80 – 10 meter bands. However, he also mentioned that the radio will receive on the 160 meter band, but has no 6 meter operations. At only 13 Oz. and 1.4” X 2.8” X 5.8” small the KX2 can output as much as 10 watts.

Our next SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held at its normal time and address Feb. 2nd (followed by our Mar. 2nd 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 February meeting we will be discussing the North American QSO party contest, results of any other contests, such as the CA QSO party contest will be announced. Current events, News regarding Amateur radio and other ARRL items will also 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.

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 know and use 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!

73. Michael N6MQL -W6SFM Club President    Newsletter

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