ARRL SACRAMENTO VALLEY SECTION NEWS JANUARY 2015
There will not be a regular Sacramento Valley Section Net until perhaps April due to travel by W6KJ.
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Stan McKetchin, WB6KDZ, a member of GEARS, was a member of the World War II Special Services Forces Unit, and along with other surviving members of the unit, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Tuesday, February 3 at Expedition Hall in Washington, D.C. Read all about it: http://www.arrl.org/news/ham-among-devil-s-brigade-members-to-receive-medal
The unit was the precursor of today's Special Forces and its exploits have been recounted in the YouTube video, The Black Devils --Full Show--First Special Service Forces. An interview with a Chico TV station is available at:
Thanks to Greg, KG6SJT.
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The ARCA club and SCares will have a ham cram March 14th,, Redding CA for more info call 530 244 6456,
The Anderson radio club will hold a testing season on the 14 of Feb and April the 11th 8 AM at the Anderson VFW hall, for more info call w6mac 5302446456
On 10 Jan 2015 at 1800 UTC Placer County ARES conducted an HF communications test net on 7214 kHz LSB from Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville, CA. Duane Wyatt WA0MJD set up the MFJ-1788 magnetic loop antenna. Marty Machado W6TOC raised the 2 meter collinear vertical antenna used for the VHF portion of the activity on the N6ICW repeater. The equipment used was an Alinco DX-SR8 transceiver with 100 watts and an MFJ-1788 Magnetic Loop antenna. Twenty-two stations checked in and exchanged signal reports from northern and southern California and Nevada.
More information on the antenna at: http://sacvalleyares.org/contents/news%202015/SRMC%20test/
Carol, KP4MD/6, took the pictures. “ Here is a link to the photos I took during the set up.(over 25 MB) I participated from my home station 8 miles away in Citrus Heights, CA, a FlexRadio 3000 SDR with 100 watts peak output and a 40 meter full-wave horizontal loop at 20 feet height. After the net I met with with operators and provided an IQ recording of the entire net on a flash drive.”
AG6IP "MIke" of the Yuba-Sutter Amateur Radio Club is in the planning stages to activate Wake Island in September 2015 commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the End of Battle of Wake Island. K6W is the reserved one by one call sign for this special event. Currently, Wake Island is restricted to the public and he is coordinating travel plans to access Wake Island for two weeks and will be operating on 6-80 meters SSB and digital(including JT65). He will be possibly going along with a group of World War II veterans who will also be visiting the island for the same reason. He is also seeking donations and sponsors to assist in the expenses for this DXpedtion. Wake Island is Clublog's #46 most wanted DXCC. Please contact Mike via email at email@example.com if you have any questions or if you are interested in sponsoring him or donating. More updates to follow.......
Amateur Radio Station "AG6IP, ZC4MIS, 5B/AG6IP, HL2/KF6RCP, KF6RCP"
The annual Sacramento Hamfest has been confirmed by the North Hills Radio Club for Sun May 17 2015 at Natomas High School, as usual, near the junction of I-5 and I-80 in Sacramento. A flyer will be available later and posted on the NHRC web page, www.k6is.org . This is an ARRL event.
NHRC VP, ASM
Speaking of ham fests, Sierra Foothills ARC offers their first annual Hamfest 2015 March 14 starting at 7:30 AM at the Historic Loomis Train Depot Plaza. This will be the first swap of the year. Buyers free, sellers pay $10 per space. Free admission, door prizes, coffee and donuts and even some local vendors. The site is northeast of Sacramento (southwest of Auburn) off I-80 at the Loomis exit, Horseshoe Bar Road. Just go north-northeast to the Taylor Rd. stoplight. Follow the signs to Buyers Parking.
The Redding ARRL VE Team had another successful exam session in January. We had 10 candidates pass a total of 11 exams. Their scores averaged 93%. We will be assisting the Shingletown Amateur Radio Club with their inaugural VE session on Saturday January 31st. Our next exam is scheduled for Saturday March 21st. For more information, go to www.reddingve.com or contact Steve K6KS at firstname.lastname@example.org .
You may have seen in Sunday's Sac Bee, the January 25 supplement, that there
was an announcement for Pete, W6QEU, & Sadie Onnigian's 73rd wedding anniversary.
BTW, Pete appears to be about 94. Pete was a popular nominee for Kurt N. Sterba of World Radio Magazine fame. If you check, there is a lot more to this story.
Congrats! De K6LRN, and the rest of us, many of whom have only made it to 53 years!
Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club, Auburn, CA
Hamfest 2015 - 1st swap of the year, March 14th, Loomis, CA SFARC has planned to have our first swap ever at Th Historic Loomis Train Depot Plaza, in Loomis. Starts at 7:30. Flyer and more information at: http://w6ek.org/hamfest.html
VE Exams - Next session on Saturday, February 7th. January saw 17 elements given resulting in 5 new Technicians, 3 New Generals, & 4 new Extras. Congratulations to Sharron Griffith (winner of the radio drawing at the Christmas Party) Said she would have to get a license and she did, 35 of 35 right! Congratulations to Louise Gregory (XYL of Dennis, WU6X) for her upgrade to General.
Elmer Net - Held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday night, the net's popularity has picked up. Had 3 guys email about antennas, radios and exam information. We found that out of the new LED "bulb" replacements, the CREE brand had no RFI. Worked out a tuner problem, and got to provide some books to a want to be a Ham guy. Usually have at least 5 seasoned "elmere" that check into the net for support. I would encourage your club to start one of these.
Meeting, February 13th. The program will be announced. The "Tech 4 Ten: will be announced. Held in the Rose Room at Auburn City Hall. see week.org for more details. Thanks to Carl, WF6J.
W6KJ note: This is the second time in the news we have mentioned SFARC's Hamfest. Keep reading.
The Amador County Amateur Radio Club had it's January meeting with an update on the status of the ARC/ARES program. The next big activity will be participation in the two county joint exercise in April with one county having to evacuate and the other county providing shelter and communication services. Voice and digital modes will be used, with two repeater and simplex frequencies identified which cover all locations involved in the exercise. The club has had a fund raising project of home built dummy loads which has added to the effort to replace our "near antique" controller with a new model. We are also gearing up for other activities in which the club provides communication services; looking forward to a busy spring for emergency preparedness practice and demonstration. John Stettler, KI6DWP, PIO
Many of our friends in Sacramento Valley Section escape the fog, snow, what have you each January by making the pilgramage to Quartzite. Imagine too many acres of RV campsites carved out of the desert. This year, as in past years, pictures are available for your enjoyment. Check out:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/124346543@N02/sets/72157650476844121/ Not all of the Quartzfest attendees are hams, but a lot of them are.
FCC issues our licenses but starting February 17, 2015, you will have to request a paper copy from FCC to get them to send you one when renewing or upgrading. The official record of your license will be the one in their ULS data base. Right now you can print a reference copy to display. This will, no doubt, open the new market for printed ham licenses, with a lot more flash and pizazz in those printed paper copies. Read all about the change at: http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-paperless-amateur-radio-license-policy-goes-into-effect-on-february-17
From the River City ARCS: At our January Meeting, The River City ARCS was proud to recognize with a certificate of appreciation Ken Martin, KE6RMN for being our Newsletter Editor from 2011 through 2014; Vince Cracchiolo, KI6NHP for being our Net Manager from 2011 through 2014; and Linda Cardoza, KI6OLC for hosting our holiday parties from 2009 to 2014.
Our newly formed Repeater Committee is working diligently to upgrade and move the control point for the club’s 2 meter repeater. During the change-over, local coverage for Hams using hand held radios has been reduced. We are working to improve the situation and look forward to a return to normal operation.
The River City ARCS Board approved a MOU with the Sacramento Amateur Radio Communications Reserve (RACES & ARES) allowing them to use our repeater in the event of an emergency.
The Club is planning for the operation of a station at the Rio Linda Historical Society Farm and Tractor Days in May, as well as operation there for Field Day in June.
Join us for our February meeting, Tuesday February 3 at 7:30 pm at the Sacramento County Corp. Yard at 5026 Don Julio Blvd for refreshments and great company. Visitors are always welcome. Roger Ince, Coordinator of Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services will discuss Amateur Radio EmComm.
March 3 Meeting: ARRL SV Section District 3 Emergency Coordinator Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT will present an introduction and live demonstration of 2 meter Packet Radio and its role in routine and emergency message traffic.
April 7 Meeting: Rick McCusker, WF6O Sacramento SHARP will discuss fox hunting. This presentation will help us with our fox (transmitter) hunt, held for the first time at our Annual Picnic and QRP field operation.
Bob Woodward, N6PGQ, President, River City ARCS
Division: Pacific Alert: SB QST ARL ARLB004
ARLB004 FCC "Paperless" Amateur Radio License Policy Goes into
Effect on February 17
Starting February 17, the FCC no longer will routinely issue paper
license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. The
Commission has maintained for some time now that the official
Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic record that
exists in its Universal Licensing System (ULS), although the FCC has
continued to print and mail hard copy licenses. In mid-December the
FCC adopted final procedures to provide access to official
electronic authorizations, as it had proposed in WT Docket 14-161 as
part of its "process reform" initiatives. Read the whole bulletin at www.arrl.org The Mother Lode DX Contest Club will hold its January meeting on the 31rst at Mountain Mike's Pizza in Martell, CA, at 12 noon. 2015 Officers will be introduced. All attendees will do an introduction, a treasurer's report will be presented along with estimated income and expenditures. See the club website for location and map: http://www.mldxcc.org/news.html Description: ARRL SACRAMENTO VALLEY SECTION NEWS December 2014 We start this month's Section News with an excerpt from the Sierra Signals, the newsletter of the Sierra Foothills ARC. I cannot paraphrase what club president Tyghe, KD6MLH, says here, so I put it where it belongs, up front. de W6KJ From the Mic By Tyghe Richardson – KD6MLH, President Last year has been an interesting one to say the least. We as a club and as a community have had good times and bad. In our wonderful group of hams we have lost friends and family. We have been fortunate to spend treasured moments with those now silent keys. Like most in the club I am ready to put this year in the log book and look forward to what 2015 has to offer. It is important to remember that we had some very exciting events in 2014; the first club contest, the picnic, radio support events, Field Day 2014, the white elephant sale, election night, the Christmas party, and a lot of exciting breakfasts and meetings in between. Field day was one of the most attended and exciting events of the year, we placed better than expected and enjoyed a weekend with good friends. I am looking forward to next year. To the hams that participated in these events thank you, without you they just would not be that much fun! As I look at the 2015 calendar we have added a new event, the ham swap. This new event will need volunteers to make it prosperous. The swap is on 3/14/2015 if you cannot volunteer, I hope that you will come buy or sell at the swap; don't forget to tell a friend! For more information on the swap meet contact VP Bob Brodovsky K6UDA. As I am sure most of you know, all but 2 committee chair positions are open for 2015. Like last year I will be filling the Chair and Vis-Chair positions as soon as possible. If you would like to head up and event, and I know you do, give me a call or email and we will get you all set up. I think the best way to honor our silent keys is to perpetuate the hobby that they loved and these events do just that. I am happy to say that this group of hams share stories about silent keys and often remember the ones that have long since gone SK. If you have not paid your dues for 2015, Richard Kuepper WA6RWS will be happy to receive them. I look forward to seeing all of you at the January meeting. ******************************************** On12/20/2014, Joe, AG6QO, held a meeting / training session on the Mesh
Net system with ham operators from Sacramento. The meeting was well attended and there were lots of interested and experienced operators there.
Dennis - AF6TR, Dwane - KG6KPW, Steve - W6WBO, Joel - KK6IQR, Eric -
kG6BZT Dave - KK6HVJ, Ken Wilson - K6WLS, and Joe DeAngelo- AG6QO.
You might ask;
What is a "Mesh net"?
“A mesh network is a network topology in which each node (called a mesh
node) relays data for the network. All nodes cooperate in the distribution
of data in the network.
Broadband Ham Networks operate in the range of 2.4, 3.6, or 5.8 GHz,
providing data rates in excess of 50 Mb/s !
- Permits VoIP, Video and just about anything you can do with internet
- Is NOT a replacement for or extension of the internet! How they can be
- Anything a high-speed TCP/IP network can be used for. For example, remote monitoring
and control Video Audio Temperature/Weather
Repeater/Rig/BBS Power Condition, Power Control (Cycle) Web pages, ftp
data, Any data !
- Anything allowed by FCC Part 97 (Amateur Rules)
- Nothing Commercial
- Nothing Encrypted (be careful !)
For additional information go to - The mesh page:
A Sacramento Area Mesh Net group has been formed on Yahoo Groups. It can be
found here: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SacMeshNet/info
Look for additional information and links on - www.sacvalleyares.org ************************************************** Colton Ragsdale, KE0CRD, of Centennial, CO, passed his Technician exam on 3 January 2015. He was read the questions by his three VEs, and on January 11, sent his grand uncle Bill Ragsdale, K6KN, of Woodland an NTS message. It was delivered by SM, W6KJ. Colton's picture with his three Volunteer Examiners is in the photo library at the bottom of the page. Oh yeah, Colton is five years old!
Sierra Foothills ARC VE Team reports good numbers for the first 2015 Session.
17 elements given resulting in 5 new Technicians, 3 New Generals, & 4 new Extras
Congratulations to Sharron Griffith (winner of the radio drawing at the Christmas Party) Said she would have to get a license and she did, 35 of 35 right!
Congratulations to Louise Greggory (XYL of Dennis, WU6X) for her upgrade to General.
And this update from the February tests: 13 Candidates.... took 19 elements.
Results 9 Tech passed 4 Generals passed.... 9 new hams
Good turn out and good results.
Thanks again Dave NO6NO
And thanks to Carl, WF6J, for passing along the information to us.
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The Yuba Sutter ARC Team examined one candidate on 3 January 2015, but he was very prepared and has a new Technician license. We had 10 volunteers examiners present. de W6KJ.
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.
Please contact Bob ahead of time at email@example.com for information and appointment.
With the beginning of each year your club Internet presence needs to be checked for accuracy. The contact person and that person's information needs to confirmed for the information to be useful. I can't count the number of times I have tried to connect a prospective club member with a club only to find out that the club's information is several years out of date. Have you checked your club's presence on the Internet to see if you could contact your club via the information provided?
Thanks to Les, W6TEE, our Assistant Section Manager for things like this, here is an up to date listing of nets in and around our Section. http://www.qsl.net/w6tee/nets.html
Dar Walker, W6IO, reports from Shingletown.
I am happy to report that our first VE Session went very well, Thanks to Steve Mosconi
and his VE Team. In total we had 7 VE's at our Session.
We had six Candidates, three new Technicians, two upgrades to General and one
upgrade to Extra. Gabriela Perez of Janesville earned her Technician License today at the age of 11 years.
We are in the process of scheduling our next Test sessions on Saturday February 28th.
After that Sessions to be scheduled will be Saturday April 25th, June 20th and
Saturday August 29th. Starting time will be 10:00 AM. All sessions will be held at the Open Door Community Church.
33883 Hwy 44
Shingletown, Ca 96088
Location is approx. 6 miles east of Shingletown.
I can be reached at 530-474-3087
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim, W7XZ, has the Oroville ARS news this month:
OARS (http://w6af.org) met on 9 January with 21 in attendance, and welcomed
Eric, KK6LBU, to the club as a new member. Election of officers for 2015
was the first order of business, and the "usual suspects," except for Bob,
K6RCO, as Treasurer, have been replaced with some new ones:
President, Ron Osborne, KD7UHF (formerly at-large Board Member)
Vice President, Joe Herman, WA6CAL
Secretary, Dorence Young, WB6FBQ
Treasurer, Bob Oden, K6RCO
Board Member, Bill Curran, AG6ZT
Board Member, Bennett Laskey, K6CEL
The seventh seat on the board is now occupied by Past President Gary
Clark, KF6EWO (with thanks for his two years of faithful service as
Following the election was a critique on OARS participation in Oroville's
Parade of Lights, which took place the evening after the December meeting. The
concensus among the participants was that it went quite well, probably due in no
small part to OARS being represented by Ron, KD7UHF, and Joe, WA6CAL, at the
parade's planning meetings. Other agenda included a proposal to change the
night of the club's monthly meeting, which would also require a change in
the bylaws. The Monthly Breakfast was also set to take place for January at
Blueberry Twist, which was the venue for the club's holiday dinner the
The results of the 2014 California QSO Party have been posted on the web.
OARS members WA6CAL, W6AF (K7XE op) and W7XZ listed 509 Butte County
QSOs between them, 304 on Phone and 225 on CW, low power.
The Monthly Breakfast at Blueberry Twist Restaurant saw 18 in attendance for
good food and good company.
OARS' February meeting will take place on Friday, 13 February 2015, 7 pm, at
St. Paul's Parish Hall, 1430 Pine Street in Oroville. Agenda and program
are to be determined.
73, Jim, W7XZ
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From the W6SFM SFM ARC:
The W6SFM Samuel F. Morse ARC welcomed 12 members and 1 guest to this months SFMARC in-person monthly meeting. We also welcomed 3 new members to the club, Charles WG6CFS from Sacramento, Cap W0CCA from Colorado, and Tom W0UFC from Thousand Oaks, CA. 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 January in-person meeting:
Mike N6MQL went over the months budget report and was happy to announce that the SFMARC once again received another generous donation. 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 NAQP contest sign up and preparations. Members solidified our location of the event and what items members would bring to the Pot Luck dinner. 2015 Club dues were collected for all members and reminders were sent to all those that did not attend the in-person meeting. At the point of the meeting it appears that the SFMARC will have a 98% retention rate of our members.
Feedback of this months on-air club nets now being held on the 80 meter band were also discussed. Members who had checked into the net on our new frequency of 3.545 MHz gave their feedback on the conditions and signal levels. Our 8PM on-air net is held each Tuesday evening. This move was made to accommodate those members that are in locations other than Sacramento who enjoy joining the net, but have been unable to. 80 meters will be used until April or May of 2015 at which time it will be once again reevaluated based on band conditions.
The NAQP CW event took place Saturday the 11th of January at one of our Members QTH. Members enjoyed a fun time getting together for some brass pounding and snacking! Stan AA6DK made his first “rag chew” QSO during the event when his CQNA call was answered by someone not participating in the event. This was a proud moment for the club to see Stan have his first on-air QSO in perhaps 30 years! For the NAQP event the club made over 200 contacts in the 12 hour period. Attendees also enjoyed a club provided Hamburger dinner with sides provided by those who joined us. Thank you to all those who came out to support the club and Morse Code. For pictures of the event click HERE, or visit the Photo Gallery of the W6SFM.COM website.
For our tech portion of the January meeting member Mike, K6LQ brought in his Marconi Key, and a Canadian Air Force key circa 1961 by Grimmer Wilson. Also known as the “Tear Drop” key. Rob, N6KIX also displayed his home made Vibroplex Bug to single level electronic paddle key.
Mike, N6MQL once again displayed his “spider” gripping base normally used to hold cell phones to a cars dashboard. Mike explained that this rubberized material is a great way to keep ANY key in place on a desk regardless of how hard hams “slap” their key. Mike offered these table grips for only $2 each to members.
Our next SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held at it’s normal time and address. However the club has now moved to a larger space to accommodate our growing club. Our upcoming Feb 5thSFM ARC in-person meeting and all those following it 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 the website.
We hope to see you at our next meeting! 73,
W6SFM Club President
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ARES and Douglas County, NV, comment for January, 2015
Douglas County Amateur Radio Team members are attending the EMCOMM 1 class each Monday for the next twelve weeks at 911 dispatch center conference room. Doug Abramson, KA7FOO, is our instructor. On January 31 Nevada ARES members across the state held a digital communications exercise. More about that next month. Our Packet group, especially in Douglas County (for Alpine as well) is working hard to train and practice digital communications and they are having fun with that.
Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ, ARES EC for Alpine and Douglas County, NV.
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THANKS to all the active amateur operators in this section who have contributed to this month's report. You make it fun to read and easy to keep up with friends in other clubs and cities.
If we missed your news, please send it to me at: email@example.com and I will get it in there with the rest.