ARRL Sections - Sacramento Valley

Sacramento Valley

Sacramento Valley

Contact Information

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

Basic Information


Congratulations to Norm Brooks, K6FO on his 100th birthday today June 1. Among his many accomplishments and interests, Norm has earned DXCC and WAS awards, has operated 160 meters through 70 cm. Norm has been a member of ‪#‎ARRL‬ (Life), AMSAT, QCWA, 10-10 International, the Northern California DX Club, the 3905 Century Club, and the River City ARCS (Life). He was a staff writer for WorldRadio Magazine and has published in QST. Norm's daughter is Kaayla Jaret KA6YLA. Norm currently resides at Eskaton FountainWood Lodge, 8773 Oak Ave., Orangevale, CA 95662.

Norm Brooks, K6FO

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NPOTA 2016

From the Section Manager

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

This month's highlight is the ARRL Field Day on June 25-26, amateur radio's annual public exposition and exercise of emergency communication response capabilities.  All radio amateurs regardless of license class can participate!  Publicize your Field Day activity (use hashtag #ARRLFD on social media) and find a nearby site here or on the ARRL Field Day Station Locator.  For more information on ARRL Field Day including official rules, bands, log submissions and more visit:

Congratulations to our new Section Field Appointees: Jim Linden, N7JIL, District 1 DEC; Doug Hollowell, KJ6VHE, Yolo County EC; and Alan James, KZ6B, Public Information Officer.

This month's Sacramento Valley Section net is scheduled for Thursday June 16.  The net will commence about 1930 PDT on the WD6AXM 146.085 MHz FM repeater, immediately followed by an HF net on 5330.5 kHz USB.

I was delighted to meet many of you at the May 15 Hamfest in Carmichael.  Congratulations to the North Hills Radio Club for putting on another successful event.  Link to photo album.

This month's National Parks on the Air focus is on the Lava Beds National Monument.

Our website, Facebook and Twitter pages are a work in progress, and your suggestions and submissions are always welcome. You can still send items for the May news to kp4md(at) I try to update this news page by each the weekend after submissions are received.

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

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



Section News:
Section Nets:
Sacramento Valley ARES:

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

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


ARRL Conventions and Hamfests




Classes and Volunteer Exam (VE) Schedules

License Class and VE Session Calendar


Folsom ARRL Volunteer Exam Schedule
Posted December 22, 2015

Here is our updated exam scheduled for the first part of 2016:

  1. Thursday January 21
  2. Thursday February 18
  3. Thursday March 17
  4. Thursday April 21
  5. Thursday May 19
  6. Thursday June 16

All exams start at 6:00 pm.

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


Redding ARRL VE Schedule
Posted March 1, 2016

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

  1. March 19
  2. May 21
  3. July 16
  4. September 7
  5. November 19

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

More information can be found or by contacting Steve K6KS at



Test location: SHINGLETOWN AREA RESOURCE CENTER, 31268 HWY 44 SUITE C, SHINGLETOWN, CA. 96088 Next door to the Post Office.
Testing begins at 10:00 AM. Candidates should arrive 15 to 30 minutes early. We accept walk ins.
Contact: Dar Walker W6IO, Shingletown ARRL VE Liaison,, 530-474-3087

2016 SCHEDULE: Feb 20, Apr 16, Jun 18, Aug 20, Oct 15, Dec 17

Dar Walker W6IO


Sacramento Valley Section HF Propagation

May 5 Sacramento Valley
60 Meter Propagation Test
Posted May 5, 2016

A 60 meter section wide propagation test was held on Thursday May 5 at 7:30 pm Pacific Time (0230 UTC 06 May) on 5330.5 kHz (USB dial frequency)The aim of this test was to confirm if a Section-wide net could be conducted on 60 meters. Propagation models predict that both the 60 meter and 75 meter bands are expected to support year-round evening NVIS propagation throughout our Sacramento Valley Section. A 60 meter Section net frequency could offer the benefits of lower atmospheric noise (QRN), no adjacent channel interference, and more efficient antennas for those with space limitations.

32 section members checked in with KP4MD as net control and Ron Murdock W6KJ acting as relay station. Despite atmospheric noise from thunderstorms through the area, signals were strong and the participating stations successfully exchanged their names, locations and signal reports.

Click here to see the May 5 60 meter test report.  Participants and listeners may send feedback and reception reports via e-mail to kp4md(at)

Carol F. Milazzo, KP4MD ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Section Manager, kp4md(at)


National Parks on the Air January through December 2016

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

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

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


The Lava Beds National Monument - NPOTA (MN50)
Posted May 30, 2016

Lava Beds National Monument

The Lava Beds National Monument is located in northeastern California, in Siskiyou and Modoc counties. The Monument lies on the northeastern flank of the Medicine Lake Volcano, and has the largest total area covered by a volcano in the Cascade Range. The Monument was established as a United States National Monument on November 21, 1925, and includes more than 46,000 acres (190 km2).

Lava Beds National Monument has numerous lava tube caves, with twenty-five having marked entrances and developed trails for public access and exploration. The monument also offers trails through the high Great Basin xeric shrubland desert landscape and the volcanic field. In 1872-1873, this area was the site of the Modoc War, with a band led by Kintpuash (also known as Captain Jack). The area of Captain Jack's Stronghold was named in his honor. - from Wikipedia

Visit the National Parks Service website to find the Lava Beds National Monument and other NPOTA entities near you. NPOTA activations may be conducted with permission from sites along NPOTA trails not under NPS administration with proper permission.

Be sure to read the NPOTA activation rules and instructions and register your NPOTA activation for a truly enjoyable experience and public outreach!


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

Kid's Club Project Update

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

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

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

Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD,
ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Youth Coordinator
(916) 677-9799


From Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, Section Technical Coordinator

Posted May 8, 2016

Section NPOTA Activations

On June 4, 2016 I will be at Tule Lake Unit Internment Camp (NM31).
Then on June 18, 2016 I will be at The Lava Beds (MN50)

I will be running mostly JT65HF, RTTY, CW and PSK31. Depending on propagation I will also do some SSB. Bands will be 40, 20, 15 meters and 30, 17 if I get the chance to change the antenna. I will start about noon ( 19:00 UTC) and go for about 6 hours at each site. Each site has been activated with the ARRL.

I can also do some DXCC, WAS, VUCC applications during this time. You must contact me beforehand at wb6vyh(at) or 4wortman(at) for information and appointment.

73, Bob, 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?"

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.

If you need further information about the OO program, or would like someone to speak about the OO program at your next club meeting, please contact:
Norm Lucas (WB6RVR)
ARRL Official Observer Coordinator (SV)

Sacramento Bee News Story on FCC Case vs. William F. Crowell W6WBJ
Posted June 5, 2016

The June 3 Sacramento Bee newspaper carried this story on the ‪‎FCC‬ case vs. William F. Crowell, W6WBJ accused of jamming amateur radio communications.

In the Sacramento Bee article, the reporter describes an interview with Crowell and his activities. FCC representative Will Wiquist is also quoted in the article as saying that these FCC actions "take months" to progress.

The ‎ARRL‬ Amateur Auxiliary has forwarded its written reports and collected data on the jamming activities of W6WBJ thru the ARRL to the FCC in timely fashion. Since then, Sacramento Valley Official Observerscontinue to submit reports that represent hours and hours of monitoring of Crowell's jamming activities.

The FCC Notice of Apparent Liability against Crowell that was issued late last year is still pending. Crowell has manipulated the legal system to obstruct the FCC action for years. The amateur community is carefully watching the progress of the FCC's Notice of Apparent Liability against Crowell, and hopes for a prompt and timely resolution of this matter.



Amateur Radio Emergency Service

June 11 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted May 13, 2016

The Sacramento County ARES February training meeting will be Saturday, June 11, from 0900-1200 hours at To Be Announced

ARES Updates
Posted May 30, 2016

—— From Ralph W6RWL District 5 EC

Operators are need WSER & TEVIS CUP Events on June 24-25, 2016 and July 23-24, 2016. If you're interested go to web site and sign up for these events. Call Ralph 408-640-0963 or w6rwl(at) with any questions.

—— Sacramento County ARES (Bill N6SGT)

Eppie's Great Race is on July 16, 2016. Sacramento County ARES is looking for radio operators to help support the event. You will need either a Mobile or HT radio and to be available to help on July 16th.,-2016

—— Amador County ARES

Learn to use your club's repeater’s Autopatch - it could save a life On Monday May 23, 2016 Amador Amateur Radio Club President Paul Keeton KI6LZC, was on deployment with the Red Cross in Calaveras Co. for the Butte Fire Recovery. He was headed to the house where they are staying in West Point, when he came across the woman lying on the roadway (Bald Mountain Rd). There was no cell signal there, so he used the auto patch available on the Amador repeater to call 911. This was an excellent example of the autopatch use. Paul would have had to drive to the nearest town (West Point) to use a phone there. As Paul noted - "Very handy up here in the mountains." The woman recovered and was tended to by people she knew.


Sutter Roseville Medical Center Radio Room

Placer County & Sacramento ARES participate in MCI Exercise
Posted May 30, 2016

May 18, 2016. Over 20 members from Placer County ARES with assistance from Sacramento County ARES participated in the Placer County MCI Emergency Response Drill.  ARES provided voice communications between the various locations as well passing packet traffic between Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital.

Placer County posted videos from the exercise


Club and Member News


Update from North Hills RC
Posted May 30, 2016

Hello to the section from The North Hills Radio Club. On May 15, we held our annual Hamfest. But this year, it was at a new venue: The Carmichael Elks Lodge #2103. The fest got off to a rather rocky start but eventually, everything fell into place. Often, when an event moves to a new venue, problems come up that you didn't expect beforehand. But it all worked out. Thanks to everyone in the club who pulled together to make it all work! I don't know if the new venue had anything to do with it or not; but we think that it might have. Nevertheless, everyone who was there seemed to have a good time. George, N6YG, was the captain of our snack bar operation. His wife, Barb, and Kaayla Jaret, KA6YLA helped him out. George really knocked it out of the park with his pork sandwiches. They were a major hit!

A special word of "thanks" needs to be said to our chair-persons, Rick Fazzino, N6RIK and Chris Gifford, KJ6LZR. Chris started out as our chairman. However, towards the end of last year, he had to resign due to family and personal issues. Rick, N6RIK, volunteered to step into Chris' shoes. Rick had never chaired a hamfest committee before. He has, however, been a very good net manager. We have four club nets and two guest nets on our K6IS repeater and he manages them well! For quite a while now, Rick has had to deal with many family issues and personal struggles in his life. Still, he stepped up to the plate and served. Frankly, many members of our club need to follow Rick's example! We rewarded Rick's efforts by refunding his dues and gave him one year of free membership in our club. We were happy to do it.

I want to make sure to remember to thank one more person; ALL OF YOU! Without all of you who came, the hamfest wouldn't have happened. Thank you so very much for coming. Please remember that next year and in succeeding years, the hamfest will be held in Carmichael at the Elks Lodge. Speaking of the lodge, we thank all of the elks for letting us hold our fest on their property. Thanks to John, KJ6JD, Chris, N6ICW and Gary, KJ6IJI for spearheading the effort to make it possible for us to have the fest at the lodge; because there was no way, walkin or runnin that we could return to the high school. We'll see you next year!

The next club meeting will be held on Tuesday evening, June 21. We meet at 5026 Don Julio Blvd. at the corner of Don Julio and Elkhorn Blvds in Sacramento. Our meetings begin right around 7:30 P.M. Hams and non-hams alike are welcome to attend. The program for the meeting is yet to be announced.

73 to all in the section. Doug Emerson, President, North Hills Radio Club


Update from Sierra Foothills ARC
Posted May 30, 2016 

Monthly Meeting: Tech 4 Ten by AL, NI2U about using a noise generator. Main program Ms. Sonja Vargas Conklin of Cal Star, an air medivac service, gave an informative presentation of the services of her non profit organization. She reported that 21 members of SFARC are actively enrolled in their service.

Field Day - The club will be all QRP this year with alternate power. SIte is exit #156 off I80 at Nyack. Listed in the ARRL FD finder, also the map is on the website: Inviting the public to our GOTA station and Hams to come visit FD 2016. Bob, K6UDA designed two Field Day T shirts for us, so the crew will look sharp.

Tour de Cure - Many club members supported the Diabetes Event on Saturday the 21st. George, KG6LSB did the organizing and kept us all on our toes. In the Net Control Photo below are (Left to right) Jackie with American Diabetes Assoc., Jason N6JDX, Orion AI6JB, Bryce K6BAA , George, KG6LSB.

Hamfest 2017 - Already? Yes, Orion, AI6JB, President reserved the Loomis Historic Train Depot for Hamfest 2017 on Saturday, March 18, 2017. #3 will be even bigger and better.

ARRL VEC Exam Session results: 8 candidates/examinees resulted in 5 Technicians, 1 General and 2 Extras 1st Saturday, 8am every month at Raley's in Granite Bay. See for details.

Carl WF6J

The SFARC Field Day QRP T shirt!

Tour de Cure Net Control operations (Left to right) Jackie with American Diabetes Assoc., Jason N6JDX, Orion  AI6JB, Bryce K6BAA, George, KG6LSB


Bill Duncan (WA6OHP) and Ted Herman (KN6TED) Net Control

Update from Yuba-Sutter ARC
Posted May 30, 2016


Saturday morning, May 7, 2016, eighty-eight 100 mile riders, sixty-eight 100 kilometer (63 miles) riders, and dozens of 38 mile riders raced through the rural towns of Meridian and Sutter passing pastoral farmlands of the Sutter Bypass, across the Tisdale Weir, Sacramento River levee road, and around the Sutter Buttes (the smallest mountain range in the world where John C. Fremont camped his troops in 1848), and returned to Colusa along the banks of the beautiful Sacramento River. Hams as SAGs at rest stops and net control assisted in this ride.

Twelve hams assisted with communications to keep riders safe. Assisting were Steve - K6TAZ, Richard - KI6JRW, Dave - KC9EI, Neil - KI6IYG, Ben - N3BEN, Pat - K6PBM, Ted - KN6TED, Chris - KD6CP, Mark - KA6FFM, Curtis - KF6VFP, Leroy - KJ6DKM, and Bill - WA6OHP.

One rider received minor injuries but was able to continue thanks to first aid provided by one of the SAG operators.

The ride was hampered by rain but was still held as planned. One flat tire was repaired with the assistance of a SAG unit and 12 riders were unable to complete the course and had to be taken back to Colusa.


Update from El Dorado County ARC
Posted May 30, 2016


Here’s hoping that this finds all of you well and happy.

Field Day is approaching fast so it is not too soon to get your fire permits for the year and to review your go kit contents and so on for that event. I have been busy with a couple of field day related projects including my tennis ball launcher/antenna pu!er-upper. I'll bring it to this months meeting for “Show and Tell”. A friend of mine at work has a 3D printer and he is “printing” my open face reel to my specs. That won't be ready for the meeting but you'll all have a chance to see it at field day.

I had a good time during the bike ride event last month and from what I have heard so did all of you who participated. The net was operated very professionally and all involved should be proud of their effort. While watching the bike mechanic at the Garden Valley rest stop I learned some interesting things about the current bicycle state of the art. I really liked the disk brakes that are available now.

Congrats to all the new members and licensees on your achievements, to me it is a sign of healthy interest in the Amateur Radio hobby. Keep up the good work!

Well here’s looking forward to this months meeting, hope to see y'all there.

73, AF6ND


Update from Steve Sweetman, K6TAZ
Posted May 30, 2016


I would like to thank everyone that came out today, May 14th. to help with the tower removal that was donated by a North Marysville resident. It will have a new home at the Yuba City American Red Cross building. Next will be the tower raising party. Les kk6syv did a fantastic job doing the climbing and the tedious job of removing the antennas so they could be lowered and removing the tower pieces. The project went very smoothly. The ground crew was a big help as well. They were as follows. Steve K6TAZ, David WA1NER, Dave KC9EI, Daryl AC6PJ, Josh W6EVL, and Manna KA6ETB. Submitted by Steve Sweetman K6TAZ EC Yuba/Sutter ARES

73's, Steve Sweetman, K6TAZ
EC ( Emergency Coordinator) Yuba/Sutter ARES, SKYWARN Weather spotter YU-19, AF/MARS Member AFA9SS, ARRL Official Emergency Station


Update from Kelly Shelley, KS6Z
Posted May 30, 2016


My wife Alison KS6Q and I have been traveling with the NPOTA challenge. We have activated 9 Parks so far with a goal of 15 more by October. I think listing them all here would be a little redundant to the NPOTA website. We will also post them to Facebook and Twitter. We had to return home to make some repairs to our 5th wheel. Our furnace went out at 8k feet because the drain from the washing machine separated and dumped water on it. It was cold and snowy there at Mesa Verde NP. We now have it fixed and will be back on the trail next week. Our first stop will be Martin's Cove in Wyoming on June 8th TR08. Please check in if you can on 7214 1700-2100z or 18.144 if it's working.

I will attach three pictures with this. First is our son Michael, who is a Park Ranger at Pinnacles NP, next is Alison and I at the park sign and then one of Michael and I by the truck.

Kelley Shelley KS6Z

KS6Zs son Michael, who is a Park Ranger at Pinnacles NP Alison KS6Q and Kelly KS6Z at the park sign Kelly KS6Z and son Michael by the truck E-mail compliments, suggestions and submissions for inclusion in our Section News to kp4md (at)
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