ARRL SACRAMENTO VALLEY SECTION NEWS—April 2015
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From the North Hills Radio Club, and Doug, N6NFF:
We're less than three weeks away until The Sacramento Hamfest sponsored by The North Hills Radio Club. Sunday, May 17 isn't all that far away so make your plans to come and visit us on that day. There will be a snack bar with lots of good food, vendors with lots of itoms to sell and lots of prizes for you to win! The hamfest will take place from 7:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.m. at Natomas High School in Sacramento, near I 80 and Truxle. It's the same place where the fest has been for several years now. We hope to draw for prizes about every thirty to forty minutes. Third prize is a dual band mfj mag-mount. Second prize is the Alinco 220Mhz handheld. First prize will be the Icom ic718 hf transiever. You don't need to be present to win those three prizes but you do for the others. The talk-in frequency will be the K6IS repeater at 145.190Mhz, negative offset with a tone of 162.2Hz. Bring your ht along and monitor this frequency for announcements. Unfortunately, our pa system doesn't cover all of the hamfest grounds. As President of The North Hills Radio Club I look forward to seeing all of you there. Please come to the club table where the tickets will be sold. One more thing. Be prepaired to have lots of fun when you come! 73. Doug Emerson. President, North Hills Radio Club. Amateur call N6NFF.
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ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Technical Coordinator, VHF Award Manager, HF Award Manager and DXCC Award Manager Bob, WB6VYH reminds us he can count cards and check applications for VUCC and WAS and DXCC............... Bob will be at some of the Ham Swaps this year and most likely Ham Club meetings throughout Northern California. If you can't travel let Bob know and he can work something out.
Bob will be at NVCON (the ARRL Nevada State Convention) this weekend at a table provided by the convention. Stop by and say hello.
Please contact Bob ahead of time at email@example.com for information and appointment.
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Fred, K6DGW, frequent, articulate, and generous contributor to newsletters in our Section, has this:
“With the arrival of the new synthesizer for my K3 and thus the ability to receive down to 100 Kcs, I've learned about WSPR and been exploring the MF region below the AM broadcast band. Using my flagpole with a single wire feed into the shack, there are a myriad of NDB's, the Differential GPS transmissions from Lincoln and Chico on 314 and 318 Kcs [really strong here in Auburn] and a number of as yet unidentified signals. WSPR on 474.200 Kcs all night has yielded decodes of signals at 3,400 km with 5-10 W EIRP. Haven't heard anything on 137 Kcs yet. Always something new in ham radio.
- Northern California Contest Club
- CU in the 50th Running of the Cal QSO Party 3-4 Oct 2015
- Auburn CA CM98lw”
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Amador County Amateur Radio Club
April was a huge success for the ACARC. Early in the month we had another successful opportunity to provide site and course communication for a bike ride. The course covers 60 miles and involved over a thousand participants. With the terrain presenting a real challenge, we have been continuing to improve the level of reliability necessary to optimize the safety and comfort of the riders. This year we set up the base station and information table at the staging area. Both positions were able to track the activity and location of every support vehicle on any portion of the course. This was accomplished by positioning 4 digipeters at key locations around the course where reliable communication has proven to be difficult to maintain. Not only was communication reliable, the screen at the information table allowed the participants to come by and see what level of technology we employed in their behalf; which they really appreciated and they understood what amateur radio was doing for their safety.
Then mid-month we participated at the first time ever bi-county disaster drill. With a simulated fire in the forest in Calaveras County, it was necessary to evacuate people to shelters in Amador County. This involved dozens of agencies and organizations and even more volunteers. The exercise went very well and was both a learning experience and a source of satisfaction. Our volunteers provided communication at two shelters, a base control station, with the animal rescue group, and at the local hospital. We provided 12 volunteers for this exercise. Our May meeting will be a debriefing of this exercise and start to lay out plans to improve those areas identified in the exercise as desirable.
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Yuba Sutter ARC provided course and rider safety over watch on April 18 for the annual Bike Around the Buttes event. 100 mile, 40 mile, and 17.5 mile routes soak up lots of manpower, yet all stations were manned and even a few reserve operators were available. When a rider dropped car keys on the course, they were returned to Net Control/Lost and Found before the rider knew they were missing. One or two riders found the course more demanding than anticipated—they were returned to the Start Line by our SAG wagons. No injuries were recorded this year.
Here is a thoughtful article by one of the NCS operators, Steve, KJ6VCF. This was his first year as YSARC's BATF organizer. BATB photos can be viewed at the bottom of the Section News page.
Bike Around the Buttes 2015
By Steve (KJ6VCF)
The Bike Around the Buttes event was started in 1984 by Leroy Ervin, a type 1 diabetic. The event runs to benefit the Yuba-Sutter Children’s Type 1 Diabetes Support Group (YSCDSG), which provides a support network for newly diagnosed children and their families during the distressing time of initial diagnosis. This year they celebrated the 30th year with all proceeds raised at this event were delivered to the Yuba-Sutter Children's Type 1 Diabetes Support Group & Resource Center. It’s interesting to note that the original ride was from Yuba City to the Redding/Red Bluff area. The ride now begins in Sutter and extends out many miles throughout the Sutter Buttes area.
BATB is one of the major, most popular, and well-attended events of the year for our area and the Yuba Sutter Amateur Radio Club again played a vital role in its successful execution. The event’s success stems from a perfect match between an event that requires communication support and a group (YSARC) ready, willing, and competent in delivering just that. This event continues to unite bicycle enthusiasts throughout the area, some travelling long distances to enjoy this unique event.
This year’s ride again consisted of three courses around the Sutter Buttes: a 17.5 mile course, a 40 mile course, and a 100 mile course. The ride comes with rest stops along the way, support and gear vehicles (SAG vehicles) in case of emergency, and even includes a BBQ lunch and live music after the ride! Each rest stop and SAG vehicle is manned by a radio operator who maintains contact with net control based at the Sutter start point. Mike (AG6IP) and myself (KJ6VCF) shared net control duties. A huge advantage in excellent coverage throughout this expansive area was the use of the WD6AXM repeater, situated atop the nearby Sutter Buttes. For this we are very appreciative of repeater trustee, Dave, (WD6AXM) for the day’s use!
The SAG units, support runners, and rest stop volunteers became the eyeballs for net control along the three routes and they delivered support by inflating a tire, assisting with first aid, providing directions, reporting on needed supplies, or simply delivering the disabled rider to a desired location. All the while our guys out in the field maintained contact with us at net control back in Sutter.
Mike (AG6IP) and I tried a new net control set-up this year, being as the trailer was not available. We set up a pop-up canopy which was completely enclosed on three sides, giving us adequate privacy. The canopy worked just fine. I ran a length of coax to my vehicle and connected to my vehicle’s 2-meter antenna (I know that’s cheating) to monitor the repeater frequency, whereas Mike (AG6IP), never taking shortcuts like me, ran his coax to his buddipole, extended to at least 20 feet, to monitor the backup frequency. Happily, we never had to revert to the selected backup frequency, as all jammers took this most wonderful day off!
Months before the event, I nervously confronted Ted (KN6TED), last year’s event organizer, with some logistical questions, and he quickly reassured me, “Don’t worry. You’ll be fine. The event kind of runs itself!” You really can’t begin to imagine what this means until you witness the SAG units, rest stop stations, runners, and shadows all working together in concert and all willing to perform whatever extra duties are necessary to deliver supplies, to perform first aid, or to cover an additional stretch. Almost all volunteers had previously worked this event; most had helped out for several years running! This dedication and commitment to the event made Mike’s job and mine at net control so effortless. When SAGS 2 and 4 knew when and where to cover for the delayed SAG 3, net control just leaned back and enjoyed the moment. When rest stop 3 reported they had the extra toilet tissue which rest stop 4 needed, Mike and I poured another cup of coffee and relaxed. I suddenly understood how the event runs itself.
Mike and I would like to thank all who volunteered their entire day. This made BATB 2015 a resounding success. Driving SAG units were Chris (KD6CP), Lonnie (KI6ZYY), Andy (KJ6IYM), Shari (K6AVW), Dave (KC9EI), Stan (KN7ZYZ) with Steven (KJ6QEA), LeRoy (KJ6DKM), Ken (W6KEN), Kevin (KJ6TXZ), Steve (K6TAZ), Curtis (KF6VFP) with Linda (KK6SOZ), Matthew (AC6MF), and Bill (WA6OHP).
Manning the rest stops were David (WA1NER), Eleanor (KI6CSO), John (KK6JZL), Mike (KM6EBY), and Bill (WA6OHP) who performed double duty. Positioned as a support runner riding with Drew were Mike (KK6ISQ) and his son. Marsha (KI6CSN) helped with check-ins and set up. Mike (AG6IP) assisted as net control 2. My thanks also are extended to Ted (KN6TED) who passed on to me the knowledge and insight he gained from organizing last year’s event. Thanks to all of you who helped out. It has been my pleasure and privilege to have shared the day with you!
The Yuba Sutter VE Team conducted an exam May 2, in Yuba City. There was one applicant who succeeded in his Tech test. Look for Eli Cobb on the air late in the first week of May. He only missed his General by one question.
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Gordy WB6OVH, celebrated passing 200 VE sessions last month at the Folsom VE session. Gordy works with several groups but this celebration was at the Folsom VE group's (run by Barri, NW6Q) 3'rd Thursday night session in March.
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Are you a VE? If not, you should check it out. ARRL VE Certification is via an open book test, and the experience of telling someone they have passed the examination and are now about to be qualified for a new or upgraded ticket is very gratifying. If you are already a VE, and want to check on your progress toward the next milestone of sessions tested, try: http://www.arrl.org/ve-session-counts and enter your state, then scroll down to your call sign. I have 111 to my credit.
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Sierra Foothills ARC was out in force at the Rocklin Police Department's Public Safety Day April 25. Check out the photos at the bottom of the Section News.
This just in: V.P. Bob, K6UDA/ ZF2DA will be operating as "Rare DX" from the Cayman Islands.
"I just got my Ham License from the Cayman Islands. I'll be operating as ZF2DA May 2nd thru 9th. I'll try & work you guys on 20 meters. I'll play in the General Portion. 14.250 to 14.260 I suppose. I'm thinking afternoons will probably work best between dive boats. 73, Bob ZF2DA.
Field Day - the club had a "test" exercise setting up at Bob, K6UDA's QTH. Mark, W8BIT, Field Day Chairperson has the FD committees ready to go. Part of this year's project will be our custom FD Tee shirts and we will have a video project to end all. The club is ready!
Meeting - Topic will be Field Day :) May 8th at 7:30pm
VE Testing - April results: 5 New Tech, 5 New General, 11 Candidates 15 Elements. Every first Saturday, monthly at Raley's in Granite Bay. See w6ek.org for more details or email Dave, NO6NO at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another good session. There were 9 candidates 14 elements administered. The information has been submitted to ARRL.
6 new Technicians
2 new Extras
Thanks to Al, NI2U.)
Another May update, this time from Jef Allbright, N5JEF: He is reporting on a vehicle fire (RV towing a SUV) in which he was able to alert emergency services.
"The location was eastbound I-80 in Auburn, just before the Bell Rd exit.
The people from the RV had tried and failed to reach 911 on their cell
phone. I also tried, and although cell phone service was working, I
too got an "unable to connect" message.
I took the photo on May 3 at 11:47AM, immediately after I had
contacted Jim Griffith, KI6AZH, on the W6EK 2M repeater and confirmed that he was calling emergency services.
Certainly the RV was totaled, and I expect that the towed vehicle was
too. I left immediately after the Fire Department arrived and I saw
that the flames were under control.
- Jef N5JEF" See Jef's photo at the bottom of Section News in the photo area. Thanks to Carl, WF6J, for the tip on this item.
Rocklin PD Safety Day - SFARC took our booth out to show the ARES side of communications. Those in the booth were: Bruce, K6BAA, his XYL Barbara, W6EVA, their Son, Alex and Jim, WA8MPA. Literature Handouts and station operation demonstrations.
Website - The new Webmaster, Birton, N6UG has kept the transition smooth.
The club is growing leaps and bounds as we focus on Ham education, new members and support (Elmer Net every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, monthly). Our Main Net is held Thursdays at 7:30 on all of the W6EK repeaters. Everyone is welcome. Thanks to Carl, WF6J, for the news items.
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From the W6SFM SFM ARC:
The W6SFM Samuel F. Morse ARC welcomed 10 members to this months SFMARC in-person monthly meeting. Thank you to all who have helped support the club and the preservation of CW on the bands! All members of the SFM ARC receive a W6SFM.COM email addresses and personal Member webpage where they can proudly display their bios to the public. We encourage our members to post news, photos and other information about themselves as well as their hobbies. Feel free to visit our new members page found in the members section of the W6SFM website.
Reports of our April in-person meeting:
Vice President Glen, WA7SPY read the months budget report and announced the final funds available, Including one $10 donation made to the club. These donations will be used for the purpose of organizing PR booths such as the Kids Day in the Park event, Ranch Cordova and other events where the SFM ARC introduces Ham Radio and Morse Code to Children and the general public. If you would like to contribute to this cause please feel free to visit our home page for a PayPal link to donate.
Topics of Discussion included the final planing of the W6SFM CW Beginners class. The SFM ARC is to begin it’s 10 week CW course on the 15th of April. Students have checked in and their free Keys and Oscillators are under construction at the time of the meeting. Preparations were finalized for the upcoming annual Kids Day in the Park event. The radio club is slated to present a PR booth where we will demonstrate Amateur Radio and Morse code to the children and their parents. Announcements such as the Valley of the Moon Amateur Radio club Hamfest 2015 were made. Some members not attending the Kids day in the park event noted that they will support the VMARC club by going to the swapmeet to show a solidarity of Ham Radio operators still interested in local ham swaps.
The 2nd Annual W6SFM “Bogus Story Contest” was held with 3 entries this year. The group awarded the SFM ARC Bogus Story contest trophy to this years winner and member, Charles WG6CFS. Charles will maintain control of the trophy for 1 year until his title is challenged at next years April meeting. Charles’s Bogus Story entry will be posted on the W6SFM home page located at www.w6sfm.com soon. Please check our home page for that article.
Chris, AI6U reported on this months On-Air Net check-ins. The net is held each Tuesday evening on 80 meters. With propagation having been good lately we have been finding a much larger attendance with members spanning across the country reporting in.
For our tech portion of the April meeting members discussed the ARRL’s HR 1301 bill, and support that has come from Colorado’s Governor showing his support of amateur radio by singing in the Amateur Radio Antenna Bill into law. Congratulations to the state of Co. for being forward thinkers.
Our next SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held at it’s normal time and address. As a reminder the club has now moved to a larger space to accommodate our growing club. Our upcoming May 7th SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held in the Howard Crowley room upstairs. Current events, News regarding Amateur radio and other ARRL items will be discussed. As always we will have our Tech portion where members and visitors are asked to share 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.
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. 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. That link can be found on our home page of the website.
Those visiting the on-line site are welcome to make themselves known by using the ‘contact us’ link to let the net op (NCS) know you are there. This of course is not mandatory, it just lets everyone feel more involved in our on-air nets.
Do you or someone you know need a Ham Club to call home? For those that want to learn Morse Code, are interested in CW or already know and use it, the SFM ARC would love to be your new Club home. Our in-person meetings are held each 1st Thursday of the month at 7PM. The SFM ARC meets in the "Howard Crowley" room of the Carmichael Presbyterian Church in Carmichael, CA. The church is Located at 5645 Marconi Ave. For directions to the meeting visit our clubs home webpage www.w6sfm.com. 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,
W6SFM Club President
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Here is a link to ham radio news in Oregon: http://www.opb.org/news/series/unprepared/amateur-radio-operators-prepare-for-the-megaquake/
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The Redding ARRL VE Team announces that we will be offering two exam sessions this month. The exam sessions will be held on Friday May 15th and on Saturday May 16th, at BloodSource in Redding. Candidates are asked to pre-register and to be there by 10:00 AM. We have added the Friday exam session this month for individuals who cannot make it to our Saturday VE sessions. More information can be found at www.reddingve.com or by contacting Steve K6KS at email@example.com
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River City ARCS, Bob, N6PGQ, and Carol, KP4MD/6, our ASM, report:
“It's a busy Spring. Last month's guest speaker, Rick McCusker, WF6O prepared us for transmitter hunting. His visit was extremely timely as our club held two fox hunts at our club picnic April 25. We had a great time. Marie and Dave Martin, WB6YLK barbecued the traditional hamburgers and hot dogs along with the most amazing chicken you could ask for. Carol Milazzo, KP4MD constructed a loop antenna which we used to participate in the 10-10 Spring Digital QSO Party and the QRP to the field contest, working Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York and North Carolina. Our fox hunting champions were Phil, KD6RM and George, N6YG. (See the photos of the Picnic operation at the bottom of Section News page with the other photos.)
After a stormy Friday night we were all pleasantly surprised to have an excellent cool sunny Saturday for our April 25 River City ARCS picnic at Lew Howard Park in Folsom!
Talk-in was provided on the N6NA FM repeater on 145.25 MHz. The N6NA club field station was set up on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters with an Elecraft KX3 and Alinco DX-70TH transceivers on battery power, and a 40 meter full wave Loop SkyWire and small magnetic loop antennas. N6NA operators Carol Milazzo KP4MD, Andy Stephens W6AWS and Bob Woodward N6PGQ contacted stations in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina and Wyoming in the QRP To The Field Contest and the 10-10 Spring Digital QSO Party.
The fox hunters were: James Chen KK6FON, Rick Fazzino N6RIK & harmonic, Kevin Hooke KK6DCT, Hunter and Paul McIntyre KC5JAX, George Poulos N6YG, Phil Sittner KD6RM, Andy Stephens W6AWS, and Gert and Hank Thompson KG6RZC.
Phil KD6RM used his Yagi and homebrew attenuator to find Sonobuoy Fox #1 and George N6YG used two handheld radios to find the Micro Fox #2 (on loan from Chris Gifford KJ6LZR).
We enjoyed an excellent selection of salads and desserts, and Marie and David Martin WB6YLK prepared the burgers, franks and toppings.
Thanks to all who attended for helping to make our River City ARCS picnic an unqualified success!
Carol Milazzo, KP4MD
Secretary, River City Amateur Radio Communications Society
Link to Picnic photos
2015 River City ARCS Picnic 15 photos
“River City ARCS invites members and guests to our upcoming events. May 5 will be our monthly meeting where we are featuring mobile rig installations and go kits. Come see what members of the club have developed and, better still, bring along your handiwork. May 7 and 8 we will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at the Rio Linda Farm and Tractor Days. At our June 2 meeting, we'll prepare for Field Day which we will hold in Rio Linda. For details, check N6NA.ORG
Bob Woodward, N6PGQ”
Look for an ARRL Booth at the Special Event Station N6F at the May 8-9 Rio Linda Historical Farm and Tractor Days at Dry Creek Ranch. Assistant Section Manager Carol, KP4MD/6, will have ARRL materials and information available.
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The recent earthquake in Nepal has hams there working disaster relief traffic. Please keep 14.205 MHz and 14.215 MHz clear until further notice. Bill, AE7OX has the following links for us to check out.
Nepal hams on the air: http://bit.ly/hams-help-nepal-2015
Nepal Facebook page with additional Ham related links: https://www.facebook.com/NepalEarthquake2015ReliefEffort
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Richard, K6TM, our Nevada County EC, reports:
Attended an April 18th meeting of the Sacramento Valley Section. The upcoming fire season was discussed and the need to update our operation plans in the event that mutual aid is required. A recent Red Cross/ARES multi-county drill was also discussed. Nine counties were included in this drill at Red Cross’ discretion. Some re-organization within Grass Valley Red Cross is taking place with the departure of Michelle Perkins, Disaster Program Manager.
The ARES presentation that I was previously scheduled to give in April at the quarterly Nevada County Emergency Services Council (NCESC) meeting has been rescheduled for mid-May. Hopefully, this will generate some interest from some potential served agencies like the Sheriff’s department and Cal-Fire as well as others.
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Douglas and Alpine Counties April ARES comment
DCART members participated in our April nets. At our monthly meeting, we discussed phone, WIFI, and radio use protocol while in our 911 Dispatch Center. Next month we return to our Fire Station 12 meeting place. Six DCART members took the final EMCOMM 1 exam and all passed. Their final projects centered around mobile ham radio preparedness and supplies, including forms.
At the Nevada state level, there is a lot of action. NV Con is the first weekend in May at Boomtown. There is a new Winnemucca repeater, 146.670 (PL 123), with solid coverage to about MM 138 (overlapping Toulon coverage). This SNARS repeater also covers north into Paradise Valley and East to Golconda Summit and maybe parts of I-80 near Battle Mountain. It is linked to the Toulon repeater, 146.925 (PL 123) which serves Lovelock and Fallon and to Ophir 443.075 (PL 123). Nevada Division of Emergency Management Chief, Chris Smith, W4HMV resigned from his Nevada position to work for FEMA in DC. Area ARES officials are working on our ARES/RACES plans and with neighboring CA counties for mutual aid agreements.
A thought on reaching me in an emergency. First try my home and cell numbers. If no contact, call our Douglas County 911 Dispatch Center non-emergency number, 775-782-5126 where the 911 Manager or Duty Dispatch Supervisor will activate other DCART members. We have no formal AEC right now.
Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ
ARES EC Douglas and Alpine Counties
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From Western Placer ARC, Michael, K6BUK, reporting:
Good news! The WPARC repeater, K6PAC, is now coordinated at 147.300 (+) 179.9. We now have a permanent frequency pair and a permanent location. It has taken a lot of work and a lot of time to finally reach this point but it has all paid off. I think the location we now have will be a definite asset to the club. The first real workout for the repeater will come on Saturday May 16th with the Tour de Lincoln. This will be a good test of the coverage we have and how useful the repeater will be for events. Roger K6OU and Dennis KI6HHA did some testing on the Tour de Lincoln routes last week and were able to hit the repeater from just about every location on the TdL route. They didn't find any dead spots, just a couple with some signal flutter or static. We will have a work party this Saturday to move the repeater electronics from Gary's (WA6IKE) shack to a new room. All club members are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun. We will meet at Kim's Country Kitchen in Lincoln for breakfast at 7:30 AM and will leave for Gary's between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM. If you don't want to eat, you can join us and caravan to Gary's or meet us there. We will install the radio, power supply, and backup power in a rack mount cabinet, move the filter cans, check the tuning with a miniVNA, and much more. See you there!
Some exciting news from the ARRL – we may be granted use of two more bands. The FCC proposes to permit amateur access to the 2200 and 630 meter bands. This is from the ARRL web site:
“Amateur Radio is poised to gain access to two new bands! The FCC has allocated a new LF band, 135.7 to 137.8 kHz, to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis. Allocation of the 2.1 kHz segment, known as 2200 meters, was in accordance with the Final Acts of the 2007 World Radio Communication Conference (WRC-07). The Commission also has proposed a new secondary 630 meter MF allocation at 472 to 479 kHz to Amateur Radio, implementing decisions made at WRC-12. No Amateur Radio operation will be permitted in either band until the FCC determines, on the basis of comments, the specific Part 97 rules it must frame to permit operation in the new bands. Amateur Radio would share both allocations with unlicensed Part 15 power line carrier (PLC) systems operated by utilities to control the power grid, as well as with other users. In addition, the FCC has raised the secondary Amateur Service allocation at 1900 to 2000 kHz to primary, while providing for continued use by currently unlicensed commercial fishing vessels of radio buoys on the “open sea.””
There is more information on the ARRL web site at:
2200 meters is considered LF and 630 meters is considered MF. The use would be on a secondary basis with other users such as the national electrical grids and radio navigation buoys so power may well be limited to one (1) watt EIRP and users will need to be base stations only. Might be good for JT65 and other digital modes. Check the article out on the ARRL web site. It is easy to see how the ARRL works to benefit the amateur community when you read this article and it is one more reason to support the ARRL by becoming a member. This is an important step for any amateur radio operator and should be the first thing you do when you receive your license.
Also from the ARRL website is important information about the Amateur Radio Parity Act, HR1301. This is the same bill that was on offer last year but didn't gain enough support to pass. However, the support is much stronger this year. Here is a bit of info from the ARRL web site (http://www.arrl.org/hr-1301):
“The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R.1301 -- has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle -- seven Republicans and five Democrats.
HR 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners' association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as "covenants, conditions, and restrictions" (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.”
We need the support of the amateur community to pass this bill. I have attached a draft letter at the bottom of this newsletter that was written by the ARRL. All you have to do is enter the name of your representative in two places, and insert their address. Then put your name and call sign at the bottom of the letter and sign the letter. The best thing to do then is mail it:
ARRL Members are asked to send their letters, addressed to their member of Congress to:
Attn: HR 1301 Grassroots campaign
225 Main St
Newington CT 06111
If you wish to send a signed letter that has then been converted into a PDF, it can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Please include the phrase "HR 1301 Grassroot Letter" in the SUBJECT field of your email. (The PDF is available on the ARRL web site at: http://www.arrl.org/hr-1301. If you have trouble with the PDF, I can email a copy to you. Just let me know.) The ARRL suggests that you send the letter to them so they can collect several thousand and present them all at once. This makes a bigger impression than individual letters sent to your Representative.
The next hamfest is the North Hills Radio Club event Sunday, May 17 in the parking lot of Natomas High School just east of the I-5/I-80 interchange. Exit on Truxel south, take San Juan left, and then left again on Fong Ranch Road to the swap on the left in the parking lot. This swap is the oldest in the Section. It lasts from 7 AM to Noon. More information at k6is.org. See you there. (This hamfest is the day after the Tour de Lincoln.)
We have some reminders from the Board. The first is that the Tour de Lincoln will be May 16th this year. Roger K6OU will be the club organizer. If you would like to volunteer, talk to Roger – email@example.com. As usual, Roger has the event well coordinated and asks that all volunteers meet at the Pavilion in McBean Park at 7:00 AM on event day. TdL t-shirts are free to all volunteers and the organizers serve a great lunch for all.
Clay K6AEP reminded us that he has a simplex WINS (Western Inter-tie System) station set up at his QTH. It is 145.10 and everyone is welcome to use it. He leaves it up 24/7 for convenience and it has been on the air for several years.
Mark Saturday June 6th on your calender. That is the date for our next Tech Hamcram. It will be at the Sutter Roseville Hospital. More details and enrollment information are available from Dennis KI6HHA – firstname.lastname@example.org. These classes are an excellent way to review and prepare for the exam and we have been very successful with them. As always, there will be a VE exam session at the end of the class and all exam levels are available. You must pre-register for the class and the exam session for those upgrading.
The next reminder is that Field Day will be the weekend of June 27 – 28 this year. We will be back at Gary's (WA6IKE) QTH. It has great elevation and a view that is quite spectacular. Make plans now to be there! We will cover more at upcoming meetings. This is a really big event with a large turnout every year. It is a great chance to try different rigs and hear stations from all over the U.S., Canada, and a few other countries. We will have several HF stations set up and possibly a VHF station. The radios will be available to all operators in the club.
Immediately following Field Day will be the July 4th parade in downtown Lincoln and we have been asked to provide the communications again this year. Last year was a big success for the club and this year should be even better.
The last big event to be mentioned tonight is the WPARC Hamfest and it is our big event for the year. It will be Saturday September 19th which is a little later this year due to the scheduling of Labor Day and a major contest on the 12th. We will be at McBean Park again this year. We will have VE sessions for all classes at an off-site location. More information as the date approaches. We will be polling the club membership at the May meeting for suggestions on what we should offer as a grand prize for the drawing. We will have minor prizes in addition to the grand prize. If you want to volunteer to work this event, please email the club organizer, Katy KJ6YCP, at email@example.com.
We have other events on the calendar and will give more info in future newsletters. If you have any questions about the events or would like to suggest an event for the club, talk to any club officer. Also, if you know of any events that we should list in the newsletter, email me.
The International DX Convention was last weekend (17,18,19 April) in Visalia. I haven't heard any reports about it. Did anyone from the club attend? Send me some details.
Thinking of the events in the Sacramento Valley Section reminded me that there are lots of nets in the area that are sponsored by other clubs. There are many different kinds of nets including HF, VHF, UHF, digital, and SSTV. For a full listing go to this link maintained by Assistant Section Manager Les W6TEE. Les does a great job of keeping the page updated: http://www.qsl.net/w6tee/nets.html.
If you have any comments, suggestions, or complaints about the club please talk to a club officer. The club officers are:
Jim W6JMF – President firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill KJ6YCO – Vice President email@example.com
Michael K6BUK – Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott KJ6FAV – Treasurer email@example.com
Clay K6AEP – Board Member firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary WA6IKE – Board Member email@example.com
Dennis KI6HHA – Board Member firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben N3BEN – Alternate Board Member email@example.com
The ARRL does a lot for the ham community, especially when it comes to spectrum preservation. They are always working to keep the ham frequencies in our hands. There is a lot of good information on the website arrl.org. They also send out weekly letters on various topics which are very interesting. In addition, Ron W6KJ sends out a monthly newsletter with information about and from clubs in the Sacramento Valley section. Definitely worth subscribing to for good information. This is the 101th year of the ARRL. Join today to make sure it is still here for the next 100 years and fighting to protect our share of the spectrum. The ARRL is also leading the fight to pass H.R. 4969.
The ARRL has a presence in social media and you can find lots of information on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Here are some sites where you can connect with the ARRL:
For Facebook go to: www.facebook.com/ARRL.org
For Twitter there are several addresses. Try @arrl for primary information.
If you are interested in community events, emergencies, and disaster communications follow: @ARRL_ARES
For the latest on ARRLs media and to follow the ARRL Public Relations Manager follow: @ARRL_PR
If you are interested in DXCC follow: @ARRL_DXCC
For the young people in your family have them follow: @ARRL_Youth
To find out what's new with the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, follow: @ARRL_W1AW
The ARRL offers lots of YouTube videos on a variety of topics go to:
I also discovered that the ARRL has a presence on Linkedin and there are several ham oriented groups too. If you use Linkedin log in and search for ARRL or ham/amateur radio groups. Club past president Kent K6AXP is active on Linkedin. This week there is a discussion about Logbook of The World (LoTW).
If you know of any upcoming events in the area let me know and I will add them to the newsletter.
Many new members have been asking how to purchase the club ID badge. There is new information on the club website WPARC.US that covers how to order, how to specify the correct badge, etc. Thanks to Herman KD6BQH for putting this info together. I once belonged to a club where if you didn't wear your club badge to the meeting you were fined $1.00 at the door!
Speaking of club ID, we now have official club business cards. The board decided that with the growth of the club we needed them and they will be available at club meetings. I banded up sets of 5 to hand out at meetings. The cards have club information on the front and have lines for name, call sign, and phone number on the back for handing out to prospective members or for any other use. We have 1,000 of them so we shouldn't run out any time soon.
There is an unofficial club breakfast every Saturday at Kim's Country Kitchen in Lincoln at 7:30 AM. The new address since the renaming of Highway 65 to Lincoln Blvd. is 490 Lincoln Blvd. It is opposite the (now closed) Ace Hardware which I saw today is now a Family Dollar Store. Lots of members show up for breakfast and there are plenty of interesting topics discussed. Bright and early at 7:30 AM. Kim's has good food at good prices and is a strong supporter of the club (Kim's was our original meeting place until we outgrew it several years ago).
Remember, our website is wparc.us.
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From Oroville Amateur Radio Society, OARS: (http://w6af.org) held its monthly meeting on 10 April with twenty one,including Sacramento Valley SM Ron (W6KJ) and Jo Anne (N6YLO) Murdock, in
attendance. The first order of business was an amendment to the bylaws that
had been tabled at the previous meeting due to language issues; the reworked amendment was approved by the membership. Other discussion centered around the annual Wildflower Century bicycle event scheduled for 26 April, and the upcoming Feather Fiesta Days Parade in Oroville to take place on 9 May.
Also, The Waffle Shop on Feather River Boulevard was selected as the venue
for the Monthly Breakfast on the 25th. The program, presented by W7XZ, was devoted to SSTV and digital imaging (DRM).
The May meeting of OARS will be on the 8th, 7 pm, at St. Paul's Parish Hall
in Oroville (social hour starting at 6). The parade on the following day,
and providing communications support for it, is expected to top the agenda.
Some discussion about Field Day, now looming on the horizon, is also
The OARS Monthly Breakfast took place as scheduled on the 25th with fourteen present for good food and good company.
Participating, from OARS, in the communications support for the Wildflower
Century bicycle event on 26 April were Ron, KD7UHF, and Bob, K6RCO.
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It has been my honor and privilege to serve our ARRL Sacramento Valley Section as Section Manager since July 2007. But all good things come to an end, and I am retiring as SM. We have many fine volunteers to work with, and I know the next SM will have their support as well. If you have ever considered playing a more active part in Amateur Radio, please look into the Section Manager position. The nomination instructions are on page 80 in April QST, and on page 79 in the May QST. A full description of the job is available at: http://www.arrl.org/section-manager DE W6KJ