ARRL SACRAMENTO VALLEY SECTION NEWS—March 2015
Wow. That was quick. March brought us the first ham fest of the year at the Historic Loomis Train Depot, actually in the parking lot. By all accounts it was a great first effort by Sierra Foothills ARC.
If you missed this ham fest, check out Randy, K7AGE's youtube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjXNy-7-HdE
Thanks to Assistant Section Manager Carol, KP4MD/6, and Roger, KI6FYF, for manning the ARRL table in my absence.
The next ham fest is the North Hill Radio Club's 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.
Sellers note: A California tax page download from k6is.org is available below the ham fest flyer.
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Here is a simple tip for Field Day in California. Northern California FD stations point your vhf and uhf ssb/cw station antennas south. Southern California stations point north. I point this out now so you can have a station ready by Field Day. Thanks to Chip, K7JA.
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Mike Meighan, KD6ILC, checked in to let us know that the Sacramento County Sheriff's Amateur Radio Program (SHARP) is offering an upgrade class for Technician's to go for the General Class license. Classes will be held in the Central Division Community Room, 7000 65th St., in Sacramento on April 6, 8, 13,16, 20, 27, with the exam on May 1. While the class is free, the exam fee is $15. The text to study is the current ARRL General License Manual, available at: http://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-General-Class-License-Manual-7th-Edition/
or at: http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-010981
RSVP is encouraged. Please include your name, e-mail address, and phone number. RSVP to email@example.com or rickmccusker@firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information call 916-201-9543.
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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.
Please contact Bob ahead of time at email@example.com for information and appointment.
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KI6YUK here with some information from the Northern Sierras. The Plumas Amateur Radio Club (PARC) maintains 3 mountaintop repeaters in Plumas County. In early October last year, we removed the Claremont machine for service, leaving 2 repeaters working. Early this month, our Mt. Hough unit was not responding to key ups from local users. The weekly Net NCO for the Tuesday night check-in was not able to hear any response, so he called the ARES EC. After a half hour of landline calls to see if Mt. Hough could be reached from several areas around the County, the Net was cancelled and plans were made to visit the vault. A small posse was mounted on 13 March and drove to Mt. Hough, which (for our purpose) had little snow and mud to deal with, arriving with the party intact. All perfunctory tests indicated the antenna, power supply and duplexer were functional ( analyzer, voltage and current, cleaning connectors, etc), leaving the radio in question. We pulled the machine and brought it home. A week later, the Club got together for a meal at Round Table Pizza in Quincy and discussed the problem. Bob Miller WA7MTY ARES EC over in Reno, was in attendance and agreed to transport out sick radio to Steve N7KP to look at and repair. So, we are down 2 repeaters presently and our Dyer Mountain machine is plagued with local RFI and lousy weather conditions ( its above Lake Almanor which makes its OWN weather!), making the weekly Net a challenge. We'll let y'all when Mt. Hough is back up and running. " You never know what you're missing until its gone".
Thanks to the Posse: Leland KF6CCP, Kathy KF6CCR, Keith KI6SPK and Mike KI6YUJ!
Attached photo is of the Mt. Hough vault. From left to right: KF6CCP at the truck door, KI6SPK on the propane tank and KI6YUJ in the shadow. Photo: Larry KI6YUK ARES EC, Plumas County
73 de KI6YUK. (See Larry's photo at the bottom part of this Section News page.)
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From the Oroville Amateur Radio Society:
As February was a "perfect" month, starting on Sunday and ending on Saturday, the March meeting of OARS (http://w6af.org) was held on Friday the 13th for the second consecutive month, with 17 in attendance. The central agenda item was an amendment to the Bylaws to permit changing the day of the monthly meeting; the proposed amendment was ultimately tabled due to language issues. It was announced that Howard, W6AIL, has consented to be the club's new PIO. Upcoming events on the OARS calendar include the Wildflower Bicycle Run in April, and Feather Fiesta Days Parade in May. It was decided by the club to hold a raffle with a MFJ-269 Antenna Analyzer (rather than a 2m FM transceiver) as the prize. For the Monthly Breakfast on 28 March, The Waffle Shop on Feather River Boulevard was named as the venue. The program, presented by Erik, AF6EF, was devoted to the design and performance of G5RV and Full Wave Loop antennas.
On 18 March, a delegation consisting of President Ron, KD7UHF, and Vice President Joe, WA6CAL, attended a planning meeting for the Feather Fiesta Days Parade to impart enlightenment about the club's capabilities in providing communications assistance. It reportedly went well.
The OARS Monthly Breakfast took place as scheduled on 28 March with 16 present for good food and good company.
OARS will hold its next monthly meeting on 10 April 2015, 7 pm, at St. Paul's Parish Hall in Oroville. Agenda is expected to include the previously tabled Bylaws amendment. The program is expected to be a presentation by W7XZ about SSTV.
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From the W6SFM SFM ARC:
The W6SFM Samuel F. Morse ARC welcomed 12 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 January in-person meeting:
Mike N6MQL 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 Verizon American Morse code message regarding Net Neutrality and how it effects users of the web, as well as a chance to have fun decoding the message. A round table conversation was had regarding the new ARRL proposed Band Plan and it’s effects on the CW operator. Suggestions and concerns were mentioned for the ARRL. A brief mention regarding the ARRL’s equipment insurance was made . N6MQL shared a story of how the insurance program paid on a claim he made. Concerns were voiced on the new MITRE 2.5 MHz – 16 MHz 6-122 watt tests that are to be conducted with 100 to 300 KHz band width. Something every ham should consider reading about so they can make comment to the FCC.
Last minute discussions on The Kids Day in the Park event was had in preparation of attending and who would be available. If you would like to participate with our PR booth spreading the word on CW please feel free to contact the club through our w6sfm.com webpage. Members also discussed attending the March Sierra Foothills Hamfest 2015. Members are sure to have more info on that at our next meeting!
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.
The W6SFM CW BEGINNERS CLASS is scheduled to begin as planned. The class will start on Wednesday night April 15th and concluding June 17th just in time to allow completing class members to get on the air at the clubs annual ARRL Field Day event. We are still actively looking for students for this seasons CW Morse Code Class. If you or someone you know are interested in learning Morse Code with the potential to send and received Morse Code at as much as 15 WPM by course end, please feel free to contact Mike, N6MQL via email at n6mql @ w6sfm.com We hope to see you there this Spring! We ask that Students sign up by April 5th.
For our tech portion of the January meeting member Angie, KG6FJF brought in a very nice Vibroplex Original Deluxe left hander bug key. Members passed the key around and challenged themselves to send properly using a Left handed bug key.
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 April 2ndSFM 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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The next VE test in Shingletown will be May 2, instead of April 25. As before, the exam will be at the Open Door Community Church, 33883 Hiway 44, in Shingletown. The test begins at 9:30 AM. Walk ins are accepted. Thanks to Dar, W6IO, for the heads up.
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From Amador County ARC:
April will be a big month for the club. It starts out with providing comm support for a substantial (over 100 riders) bicycle ride. They use two courses; one 60k and the other is 100k. Its an all day event where we use our go boxes in the bike club members vehicles when they go out on the course to render aid and transportation. We have a net control station to handle all that traffic. In addition, we have an information booth in the start/stop building where we have a radio tuned to the net control so people can hear what is going on. Even better, we have each SAG (support) vehicle equipped with a mobile telemetry unit so their location can be monitored on a big flat screen monitor. Thus they can see what net control sees and lets them see how we can make their support efforts more efficient and the riders more safe. Later in the month we have our first bi-county emergency drill in which a community in one county has to evacuate to our county which requires us to provide communication, shelter, and other support services. This will be an excellent "adventure". John Stettler, KI6DWP, PIO.
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Sierra Foothills ARC is hot off the "first ever" Hamfest in Loomis.
Still receiving accolades about the quality and management of
pit first Hamfest. Thanks to all those who helped Bob, K7UDA in
making this a success and an annual event, and thank you to
all the Hams that came out with their stuff to sell, or to look and
buy gear. Your support was fantastic!
Field day is the next event coming to us all and we are organized
early this year. Mark, W8BIT is our FD Chairman and has team
members all lined up and ready to get going. Will try to put more
antennas into the air besides the tribander on the 50' tower. Will
try to podcast the event or at least have an edited version to go
on the air with. W6EK is on the ARRL Field Day Station map and will
have the press release and flyers "out" soon. Your club not having
Field Day? come on down (err UP) to Nyack and join us. Plus
we will have a larger, more equipped GOTA station this year.
As PIO and webmaster, I am handing over the server to Birton, N6UG
who will take the club's website to new heights. As I get older, find
I can't do as many things at the same time as I once could :) The
SFARC Events calendar on the activity page… we try to list as many
events, club meetings, VE sessions, etc. as we can. Have something
to list? Please send the info to: firstname.lastname@example.org
VE Session this month another success. Dave, NO6NO reports that
13 passed Element 2 (Tech) 1 failed (only been studying for 3 days),
2 Passed Element 3 General & 2 passed Element 4 Extra. 12 new hams
2 upgrades (one passing tech was an 8 year old boy. Come out on the
First Saturday each month at Raley's Granite Bay, 8am.
Every first and third Wednesday is our Elmer Net. It is open to all and
provides a forum to help new and older operators find a solution to any
type problem realted to Ham Radio. Please check in or listen in. Our
next meeting is Friday, April 10th… everyone is welcome!
UPDATE: VE results, April 4. From Dave, NO6NO. "Another good one,
5 New Tech, 5 New General, 11 Candidates 15 Elements.
We have had some complaints (comments) about the noise level at the sessions. We need to show respect for the candidates and ourselves. Lets try to talk in hushed tones or whispers.
Maybe we can remind each other when we are getting loud.
I appreciate your cooperation with this.
Thanks again for all your help and time.
Dave NO6NO. "
Thanks to Carl, WF6J, our Public Information Officer at Sierra Foothills ARC.
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Yuba Sutter ARC (YSARC) VE Team conducted a VE exam March 7, in Yuba City. Fifteen exam elements were administered to 10 candidates; eight Technician, six General, and one extra. The result was six new Technicians, and four new Generals. Thanks to Curtis, KF6VFP, and the Valley Ham News.
The other big event in YSARC's calendar is the Bike Around the Buttes event April 18. This event is sponsored by the Diabetes Association (benefits Children with Type 1 Diabetes) and features three routes of varied distance from 10km to 100 miles, all starting from the Sutter Youth facility in Sutter, CA. The Sutter Buttes area is beautiful this time of year, and the routes are basically over flat terrain (I can say this as one who has traveled all the routes in a car.) Ham radio event coordinator is Steve, KJ6VCF. He will share NCS duties with Mike, AG6IP. This is a popular event from the ham radio standpoint and it has been conducted for over 20 years with ham radio as the public service overwatch.
YSARC's next meeting occurs 1 April 2015 in the Yuba County Library at 303 2nd St. in Marysville.
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The Redding ARRL VE Team had another successful session in March. Six candidates tested and passed a total of eight exams. We will be offering an additional exam session on Friday May 15th for those candidates who cannot make it to our Saturday exam sessions. For more information, go to: http://www.reddingve.com/ or contact Steve K6KS at email@example.com
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The IDXC 66th annual DX Convention occurs April 17-19, 2015, in Visalia. Check out: http://www.dxconvention.com/pages/program.html
for all the details.
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Richard, K6TM, our Nevada County EC, reports:
A packet training class took place on 3/4/15 at the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services. The class focused on the use of a program called “Outpost” for ARES personnel. The class went well with 6 members in attendance. Most were able to get up and running without any difficulty but a couple still have some work to do.
Also, on 3/18/15 Vic Ferrera, OES Manager, registered 3 new ARES personnel as Disaster Service Workers (this is a form of Workmen’s Comp for volunteers). New this year in Nevada County, ARES members must be re-registered annually. I will be scheduling another session for remaining personnel who need to be re-registered.
On a side note, I received a KAT2 auto-tuner kit for my birthday for my K2 transceiver. What a cool toy. It was easy to put together and works great. After all these years doing it manually; if I’d known it was this easy, I would have tried to get one sooner. Push one button and it’s tuned. Yeah!
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The North Hills Radio Club has gotten the year 2015 off to a good start. We have a new vice president for this year. He is Les Cobb, W6TEE. Doug Emerson, N6NFF continues to serve as president, while Maynard Wright W6PAP is once again our secretary-treasurer. Chris Gifford, KJ6LZR, Paul Young, KA6PDY and Bill Minor K6WLM serve as directors at large. Paul Young is serving in the absence of Ryan Larkin W6RNL who is on active duty with the National Guard.
Our club is very busy planning our ham fest. It will take place on Sunday May 17 from 7:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. here in Sacramento. This year our main drawing will be for an Icom 718 transceiver. We will also conduct drawings for the Alinco 220 hand-held and a 2m 70cm mag mount antenna. Further information about our ham fest can be found at www.k6is.org. I look forward to seeing all of you at our fest. Sincerely, Doug Emerson, President, North Hills Radio Club. Amateur call: N6NFF.
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The Yolo County ARES conducts a test at one of several served agencies, each Monday evening.
These tests are during their regularly scheduled 8:00 pm Net on 147.970 MHz. On March 9th,
the test was conducted at the Woodland Hospital. The attached picture shows Lew
Harris, WB6LEW, on the left, operating the VHF station. He has just recorded the "practice
message." On the right is Gary Matteson, WA6TQJ, operating the HF station on
80 meters. Note the ear phones used by WA6TQJ. In order to operate the two stations
simultaneously, one operator must use ear phones. The hospital purchased the antennas,
transceivers and power supplies. Ken Wilson, K6WLS, modified a stock cabinet and
installed the components. The hospital installed antenna connections in their
administrative area and in their meeting room. The picture shows the meeting room installation.
The Woodland Hospital test is conducted every month on the second Monday of the month,
The picture, seen below in the photo section, was taken by Ken Wilson.
We're not done with Yolo ARES yet. Todd Root, KE6GC, sent this along for our study and edification:
“Came across this while surfing around FEMA’s Training website. It became available in February of this year! I think it’s an awesome certification to obtain! I know I will be going through the course.
In reading the overview, it’s geared toward voluntary agencies and how they’re involved in emergency management operations. It would appear you can take the course online, including the final exam. Please keep in mind, however, it does say that it takes approximately ten (10) hours to go through the entire course. But I would think it depends on your ability to read and participate in the course material.
Without further ado, here is the link to the independent study course: IS-288.A: The Role of Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management.
Take care and talk with you all later! Best Regards, Todd Root, KE6GC.”
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March Douglas, NV and Alpine, CA ARES Comment 2015
Six DCART members completed the EMCOMM 1 class and will take the exam on April 4th when they will also demonstrate their projects and "go kits".
The packet radio team continues to update, research and experiment with area packet aficionados.
KJ6IX has helped relocate the Carson Valley Medical Center ham station and often goes there for the Monday mornings hospital net and testing. KJ6IX and KJ7UK visit the Nevada Division of Emergency Management ham station and helps keep us updated at that level also.
Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ
Alpine, CA and Douglas County, NV ARES Emergency Coordinator
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Here is a helpful hint from Dave, N06NO, at the SFARC: The FCC has decided to cease issuing paper amateur licenses, unless requested. The 'Official Record' of your license is the ULS listing on the FCC site.
They say it is easy to download an 'Official Copy' of your license from their site. Not True!
Anyone who tells you it is easy to download an 'Official Copy' of your License, probably has never done it or has just downloaded an 'UNOfficial Reference Copy' (and even that is not easily found)
Here is the procedure to obtain the 'Official Copy' (I downloaded a copy of my license and documented what I had to do to successfully complete the task.
Click on this link https://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsEntry/licManager/login.jsp Enter your FRN and password. (If you have a license, you have an FRN. Look it up in the ULS license search – If you don’t know your password (they assign you a password when you get an FRN, but don't tell you what it is) click on the forgot password and then select a security question. You may need to wait for an email from the FCC with a link that allows resetting password and selecting a security question) Click Submit Click on your Call Sign Click on Download Electronic Authorizations on the left hand menu Your License will appear in the ‘Filter by Radio Service Box’ Click to highlight it Click add Click to highlight your license Click the Download Button Your “official copy” License will appear in a PDF Print it. Have Fun. Dave, NO6NO. * * *
From the River City ARCS: At our March Meeting, we discovered Packet Radio is not dead. ARRL Sacramento Valley SEC Greg Kruckewitt KG6SJT demonstrated 2M packet and its role in emergency communication.
Our club already has 72 paid members for the 2015 year with 62.5% ARRL members.
Ongoing work on our 2M repeater is progressing and we hope to be off “hilltop” mode soon.
Join us at our April meeting where Rick McCusker, WF6O will give a transmitter hunting presentation. Rick, president of the Sheriff Amateur Radio Project (SHARP) in Sacramento will demonstrate skills that enable hams to assist in search and rescue missions.
We are encouraging all area hams to put our May 5 meeting on their calendar. River City ARCS members will be showcasing their mobile radio installations as well as bringing examples of “go boxes”. If visitors have equipment and items to share, bring them along for a great show and tell.
The club will be operating at the Rio Linda farm and Tractor Day May 9-10 and at the same location for Field Day. We encourage guests to come operate with us. Andy Stephens, W6AWS our field day captain, is planning to have a place at our field day site where you can test your antenna or rig. Plan to join us.
Bob Woodward, N6PGQ
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We hear from Dan, KJ6WYW, the new EC in Amador County: “I am the new EC for Amador County. We are working hard on expanding the ARES membership for this county. We are currently at 20 and are adding 3 new members this month. There are several big events coming up in the near future.
“The first is a joint exercise with Calaveras County on April 16th. We have been preparing for this over the last six months We will providing communications support for shelters located in Amador county as well as backup to Calaveras County for shadow communications for the various responders participating in the drill. We anticipate that we will need between 15 to 20 radio operators to support all the activities.
“We will also be supporting the Party Pardee bike ride held by Bike Hikers in Amador County on April 4th. We support four rest stops and ten Sag Wagons with net control located at Howard Park. This event utilizes about 20 radio operators and covers an area of roughly 1600 square miles of varying terrain. We equip each vehicle with Tiny Trackers and deploy Digipeaters at strategic locations to track their movements.
Daniel L Edwards, KJ6WYW.
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The Friends and Amateur Radio Communications Enthusiasts, F.A.R.C.E., is an ARRL affiliated club dedicated to providing operations, maintenance & support of the Amateur Radio station KF6NNM equipment & antennas installed at the State of California, Office of Technology’s data center for use in disaster communications.
Established on April 1st, 1997, F.A.R.C.E. is a small club of former and current employees of the State of California. The group meets at various places monthly for lunch, participates in the ARRL Field Day weekends as a Sacramento Valley 2F or 3F operation, and the members install/maintain & operate the radio equipment & antennas that support the disaster communications mission at the data center located there in the Emergency Communication Center (ECC).
Photos of the FARCE crew appear in our photo page at the bottom of Section News. Photos were taken by Bob Fitzgerald, WA6FGU, Webmaster
Much more info, including who & what F.A.R.C.E. is all about and what/when our upcoming events will be held can be found on our web site at www.KF6NNM.net along with many photo albums of past campouts and other activities. …. Photos by Bob Fitzgerald, WA6FGU, Webmaster 2/20/2015
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Greetings from the Western Placer Amateur Radio Club:
We have three nets every Wednesday (Today!) with 2 on 2 meters and one on HF. On 2 meters we have one at 10:00 AM and one at 7:30 PM. They are both on the W6SAR repeater 146.640 (-) 156.7. Katy KJ6YCP should be net control on the AM net and Dennis KI6HHA will be net control on the PM net. We will have an HF net 5 minutes after the close of the PM 2 meter net and we will be on 10 meters tonight at 28.410 MHz. The HF nets for the next 4 weeks are:
April 1 – 10 Meters (28.410 MHz) A good chance for Techs to join in!
April 8 – 15 Meters (21.355 MHz)
April 15 – 40 Meters (7.225 MHz)
April 22 – 80 Meters (3.855 MHz)
The check ins on all nets have dropped quite a bit in the last two months. If you have any suggestions on how to make the nets more interesting or changes you think might increase participation please email me or Dennis KI6HHA (email address below). The nets are for the club members and we need you to tell us what you want to have in a net. The HF net is dropping to just 2 or 3 check ins every week which is disappointing. Often I am the only person on the net so we need to look at club interest in continuing the HF net.
We are working to eliminate the interference caused by the club repeater to Gary's (WA6IKE) 2 meter rig. More updates as they become available.
As noted in an email I sent out earlier, Gene Gorden W6EN (SK) has passed away after a lengthly illness. Gene was an active ham operator and participated in the communications for many bike rides with his XYL Rita W6RG. His passing is a loss for the ham community and we send our sympathies to Rita.
I will send out a spreadsheet of the equipment Rita has for sale.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
To go along with the TdL, we will have a programming session using computer programs for HT and mobile radios at the April meeting. This is to help people program in the new repeater frequency if they haven't already done so. In addition, we will have a file of local repeaters that we can program in if you would like some coverage in the area. We have adapters to program most HTs and some mobile units. Let us know what your have so we can be prepared.
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 – email@example.com. 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.
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.
To go along with Field Day, the ARRL has a nice selection of T-shirts, polo shirts, and hats with the new Field Day logo and colors. You can preview them at http://www.arrl.org/shop/Field-Day-Supplies-2015/. We would like to make a club order to save on shipping. If you are interested, let us know right away. We will collect money for your order at the April meeting. In addition, if you would like to order any books or other ARRL material, you can include it in the order. Let me know as soon as you can.
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 the 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 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.
Don't forget the International DX Convention in Visalia April 17 – 19 this year. This is a big event and a lot of people from the club attend. If you are interested in carpooling let me know and I will start a list. The web page is http://www.dxconvention.com/
Club President Jim W6JMF has a Kenwood HF rig for sale:
Kenwood TS-940 $550
Has been gone through by AVVID Kenwood service including VCO unlock work (Dots in display)
Serial (RS232 style from PIEXX) added for computer interface.
100w SSB 120v
Many signal breakouts including IF, line in/out and separate receive antenna jack.
Comes with LP-PAN Panadapter and Firewire sound adapter for 96K wide view (other USB based adapters can be purchased)
Includes audio isolation box to run digital modes off your computer sound card.
Minor paint wear and photos available on request
Bruce K6OJI has a Kenwood TH-F6a HT for sale. He has lots of accessories with the radio. They are great little HTs (I have one and love it) that cover 2 meters, 1.25 meters (220) and 70 cm (440) with 5 watts on all bands. They also receive HF and with an external antenna you can hear a lot. L.C. N7VQC has one and monitored our HF net one night just using the internal ferrite antenna. That is the radio he used to talk to the repeater from Vallejo, Vacaville, and Davis with just 5 watts. firstname.lastname@example.org
Former club member Paul Bacchi has some equipment for sale. The items are:
ICOM 706MKIIG - 600.00
Yaesu Handheld, 2m - 75.00
MFJ 934 Antenna Tuner - 100.00
Astron Power Supply RS-20 amp - 50.00
Heathkit Amateur Band Receiver - 50.00
Misc. lengths of coax.
All items in good to new condition. Light use.
Contact Paul – 916-786-3107
I am brokering the sale of a Kenwood TS-990S for $6,500 for another club member. If you are interested let me know. It is in great shape with just a minor scratch on the right side. The TS-990S will blow your socks off – it is a stunning engineering tour de force from Kenwood. The Kenwood site is http://www.kenwood.com/usa/com/amateur/ts-990s/ It is available at a fair market price and only has very light use.
I found out recently that you can have a percentage of any purchases at amazon.com go to the ARRL! Amazon.com will donate 0.5% on eligible items to the ARRL. Just go to the link and choose the ARRL for your charity. I changed my amazon.com account a few weeks ago and when I log in it asks me if I want to change to the ARRL donation page. You can sign up at http://smile.amazon.com/
If you know of any other Ham Swaps, Hamfests, or any other ham related events in northern California or western Nevada, email me and I will add them to the newsletter.
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 email@example.com
Bill KJ6YCO – Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael K6BUK – Secretary email@example.com
Scott KJ6FAV – Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org
Clay K6AEP – Board Member email@example.com
Gary WA6IKE – Board Member firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis KI6HHA – Board Member email@example.com
Ben N3BEN – Alternate Board Member firstname.lastname@example.org
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 100th 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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We have a lot of news this month and there is still room for more. If we missed getting the good news from your club, group, or station in already, just send it on to me at: email@example.com and I will do the rest.