ARRL Sections - Sacramento Valley

Sacramento Valley

Sacramento Valley

Contact Information

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

Basic Information


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NPOTA 2016

October 2016 News

From the Section Manager

Assistant Section Manager Roger Cain KI6FYF and I enjoyed visiting the Shingletown ARC and meeting many of you at the Lincoln Hamfest and the Rocklin Mini Maker Faire.

A Section-wide net is scheduled for Thursday October 20. The net will commence after the Yuba-Sutter ARES net about 7:20 pm Pacific Time on the WD6AXM 146.085 MHz FM repeater, immediately followed by an HF net on 5330.5 kHz USB. An Official Bulletin will be issued a few days prior to the net.

This month's news features the continuing community outreach events around our section. I encourage all amateur radio operators to reach out and welcome the public to learn about our community service and to share the enjoyment of our fascinating hobby. Join one of our upcoming events or plan one in your own community. Your amateur radio demonstration could interest others to join us on the air and become licensed operators.

Plan to attend the October 14-16 ARRL Pacificon Convention at the San Ramon Marriott. Register online at before October 9 or at the door.

Attention YLs!  Click here or on the new "YLRL District 6" tab at the top of this page for YL news. Join us at the Pacificon Convention YL Forum Saturday, Oct 15 at 4 pm.

If not attending Pacificon, remember to reach out to your local Scout troops to support the Worldwide Scouting Jamboree on the Air during the October 14-16 weekend.  JOTA activations in our section are listed in the detail further below.


Our website, Facebook and Twitter pages are a work in progress, and your suggestions and submissions are always welcome. 

This website is visited most during the first week of each month, but do check back as it is updated weekly with late breaking news.


We look forward to see you at the ARRL Booth at the Pacificon Convention!

73, Carol Milazzo, KP4MD

American Radio Relay League Sacramento Valley Section Manager

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



Section News:
Section Nets:
Sacramento Valley ARES:

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

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


Sac Valley Area Events




Classes and Volunteer Exam (VE) Schedules

License Class and VE Session Calendar


September 17 - Citrus Heights Ham-Cram Session
Posted August 5, 2016

Section member Joe Cardoza, KA6ROM, announces that his Ham-Cram team conducts amateur radio training and testing every other month in Orangevale:

"Our next session will be on September 17, 2016 starting at 8:45 AM at the LDS Church, at the corner of Hazel and Cherry Ave in Orangevale, CA."

Joe Cardoza, KA6ROM, 916-725-6443,


Folsom ARRL Volunteer Exam Schedule
Posted July 20, 2016

Here is our updated exam scheduled for the 2016:

  1. July NO EXAM
  2. August NO EXAM
  3. Thursday September 15
  4. Thursday October 20
  5. Thursday November 17
  6. December NO EXAM

All exams start at 6:00 pm.

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


Redding ARRL VE Schedule
Posted March 1, 2016

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

  1. March 19
  2. May 21
  3. July 16
  4. September 17
  5. November 19

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

More information can be found or by contacting Steve K6KS at



New Test Location: 
Open Door Community Church, 33883 HWY 44, SHINGLETOWN, CA. 96088
Testing begins at 10:00 AM. 
Candidates should arrive 15 to 30 minutes early. We accept walk ins.
Dar Walker W6IO, Shingletown ARRL VE Liaison,, 530-474-3087

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

Dar Walker W6IO


Other ARRL VE Sessions - Schedule List

  1. BARK Repeater Club - Quarterly - Woodland
  2. Carmichael Elk Lodge ARRL VE - 3rd Sat. at 0700
  3. SFARC ARRL VE at Granite Bay Raley's - 1st Sat. at 0800


Amateur Radio at September 24 Scout Fellowship Weekend
Posted October 5, 2016

  Andy Stephens W6AWS demonstrating Amateur Radio to scouts from Troop 380 On September 24, scouts from the Golden Empire Council experienced the fascinating world of amateur radio as Andy Stephens W6AWS, Michael Aretsky N6MQL, John Geyer WB6UBK, Gene Holdren WA9WAC, Carol Milazzo KP4MD, Roger Cain KI6FYF and others provided hands-on guidance, answered inquiries about amateur radio and licensing and served as station control operators at the Amateur Radio Exhibit and Special Event Station N6S at the Pioneer Express District Eternal Flame Scout Fellowship Weekend at Gibson Ranch, Elverta, California. 400-500 Golden Empire Council Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts attended the event. This Amateur Radio activity provided literature on amateur radio, Morse Code, the ARRL, Morse code practice stations, and on the air communications experience using solar powered HF stations on 20 and 40 meters.  We are scheduled to return to next year's Scout weekend on October 1, 2017.
Click for Photo album

ARRL Exhibit & Special Event Station at Oct 1 Rocklin Maker Faire
Posted October 5, 2016

ARRL Exhibit at Rocklin Mini Maker Faire

On October 1, Dave Martin WB6YLK, Ken Martin KE6RMN, Tim Tribble KD6MDV, Paul McIntyre KC5JAX, Kevin and Kim Amey AA6KA, Roger Cain KI6FYF and Carol Milazzo KP4MD attended visitors atthe ARRL "DIY Magic of Amateur Radio" Exhibit and Special Event Station N6Mat the Rocklin Mini Maker Faire at Sierra College, Rocklin, CA. On display were improvised transmitting and emergency power equipment, a homebrew 40 meter Loop Skywire, magnetic loop and other antennas, D-STAR digital voice, software defined radio, Morse Code practice stations and ARRL and local amateur radio club literature. Visitors of all ages learned about the many facets of the amateur radio and communicated on the air via our fully emergency powered HF and VHF stations. The exhibit showcased amateur radio's role in public service and in promoting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Click for Photo album

October 14-16 PACIFICON Convention

Register online by Oct. 9 for $25* at for the October 14-16 ‪‎Pacificon‬ ‪‎ARRL‬ Pacific Division Convention at the San Ramon Marriott. PACIFICON is the annual ARRL Pacific Division convention, held each year in October. It is THE premier amateur radio conference in the western U.S.
* Youths 17 and under admitted free, College students to age 25 with ID $5, After Oct. 9 General admission will be $30 and sold only at the door 

Attention YLs! Plan to attend the YL Forum at Pacificon! More here.


October 14-16 Jamboree on the Air

If you do not plan to attend the Pacificon convention, consider reaching out to your local Brownies, Cubs, Boys or Girl Scout troop to offer an Amateur Radio demonstration and to support their participation in the Oct. 14-16 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) to communicate with other scouts around the world.  Offer to help your local Brownies, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts earn the Scouting Radio Merit Badge and the ARRL Girl Scout Radio and Wireless Technology Patch.

Amateur Radio Support for JOTA

National Parks on the Air January through December 2016

National Parks on the Air

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

Click on these links for information on NPS entities within the Sacramento Valley Section:

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

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

Update from Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, Section Technical Coordinator
Updated September 2, 2016

Lava Beds and Lassen NPOTA Activations

We did the Lava Beds National Monument again and we did Lassen NP. I was cool and fun. Plans were changed a bit. I had plans to do the activation from the peak parking lot but there was about 500 people there. They were have a naturalization ceremony there instead of at Manzanita Lake. So we drove back down the street a few blocks to Helen Lake to do the thing. Wonderful rangers and they were full of questions. We were going to go up to Crater Lake but because of the fires and all the emergency vehicles we decided that was out for this trip. In October we are planning a trip to Kings canyon and Sequoia to activate them………..

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 or for information and appointment.

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

Photos (Left to Right) Bob Wortman WB6VYH NPOTA Activations
1 & 2. Lassen Volcanic NP, 3. Lava Beds NM

WB6VYH at Lassen Volcanic NP WB6VYH at Lassen Volcanic NP WB6VYH at Lava Beds NM

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

Kid's Club Project Update

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

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

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

Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD,
ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Youth Coordinator
(916) 677-9799 Public Information Officer Training at Pacificon Convention
Posted September 3, 2016

Does your club or group have a Public Information Officer?

Do you wish to promote and publicize your club or group activities and to be better prepared to respond to inquiries about amateur radio from the media and your local authorities?  Are you interested in updating skills to more effectively deliver your message to our 21st century interconnected audience?  Those describe some key roles of the Public Information Officer (PIO)--a valuable player for your club or group's community relations and growth.

ARRL Public Information Coordinator Suellene Petersen, K6CPA, strongly encourages current and aspiring PIOs to pre-register now for the PIO course that she will offer on Saturday, October 15, at the ARRL Pacificon Convention.  The course material can be downloaded here and is useful for your club PIO, photographers, newsletter editors, and webmasters.

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

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

FCC Amateur Auxiliary The Official Observer (OO) program has been sponsored by the ARRL for more than 85 years to help Amateur Radio operators assist each other to operate their stations in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations.
Official Observer appointees have assisted thousands of Amateur Radio operators to maintain their transmitting equipment and comply with operating procedures and regulations. The object of the OO program is to notify amateurs of operating and technical irregularities before they come to the attention of the FCC and to recognize good operating practices.
The OO program serves as the first line of "eyes and ears" for the FCC. It is the backbone of the Amateur Auxiliary. OOs are certified in the Auxiliary by passing a mandatory written examination.

For someone to speak about the OO program at your next club meeting, please contact:
Norm Lucas (WB6RVR)
ARRL Official Observer Coordinator (SV)

Amateur Radio Emergency ServiceOctober 15 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted October 3, 2016

The Sacramento County ARES February training meeting will be Saturday, October 15, from 0900-1200 hours at Sacramento County Sheriff's Florin Substation, 7000 65th St, Sacramento, CA 95823.

WPARC - Urgent Call for Volunteers - Oct. 9 Tour de Rocklin
Posted October 5, 2016

We have an urgent call for volunteers for the Tour de Rocklin. We need 10 – 12 people to help out on the event Sunday October 9th. We need 6 – 7 people for SAG wagons, 2 people for rest stops, and 2 people for Net Control. I had more ankle surgery last week and am back in a wheelchair so I'm not sure I can make the event.

The event kicks off about 8:00 AM but we should be there by 7:00 – 7:30 and we should be wrapped up by noon to 1:00 PM.

If you want to volunteer, please email Bill KJ6YCO at or 916.849.7091 or me at or 916.765.5910 (please don't call before noon). When you sign up to volunteer make sure to tell us your t-shirt size for you souvenir shirt.

For information on the group sponsoring the event click this link: They help families with premature babies.

For information on the event, routes, etc., click this link:

Please consider helping out for this event.

73, Michael, K6BUK, WPARC Secretary

Volunteer Operators Needed for Oct. 15 Overlook Endurance Run
Posted July 31, 2016

We are looking for amateur radio communication volunteers to help support Ann Trason’s (Overlook Endurance Runs) 50K and 30K running event on October 15th, 2016.

This event covers areas of the historic Western States Trail, Tevis Cup Trail and the American River Canyon. The 50K distance starts in Stone's Brew in Foresthill, CA. The 30K distance starts at Driver's Flat and Foresthill Road. Both distances finish at the American Canyon Park Overlook (Auburn Dam Overlook) in Auburn, CA.

If you are interested in volunteering please send email indicating your interest, availability and contact information and I will contact you directly to confirm. A couple of the aid stations are on fire roads and so high clearance vehicles or 4WD is ideal.

More information about the Overlook Endurance Runs and this event can be found here: This event is conducted under the auspices of the non-profit 501(c)(3) BAUR (Bay Area UltraRunners).

Thank you for your interest.

Submitted by Joe Steinmetz, K6SAT

Club and Member News

Update from SOTARS/QCWA Chapter 169
Posted October 9, 2016

Our meeting is Wednesday, October 12th. Lunch (or breakfast) is at eleven. Denny's serves breakfast all day. As usual, the group will be called to order at Noon in the meeting room.

The program for this month will be part two of TX Factor, Episode 12. Bob teaches Mike a thing or two about amateur satellite operating.

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

Please come and enjoy the good food and fellowship.

North Hills RC Update from North Hills RC
Posted October 9, 2016

Last month, the North Hills Radio Club held their annual event, What Is Amateur Radio Night. The event took place on Tuesday evening, September 20. This year's crowd wasn't as large as last year's was. Nevertheless, those who were there seemed quite interested in what was going on. It would have been nice for the propagation gods to have provided better conditions for the event. There were displays ranging from 1950's vintage equipment to the latest digital modes of today. Our friends from NorCal Skywarn were there with their usual weather related information. Our section manager, Carol, KP4MD was there representing the League. Our only wish is that more persons from the general public were there. We must figure out a way to overcome this hurdle. The main reason for having (WIARN) is to introduce our wonderful hobby to the public, especially to those of the younger set! Thanks to all of you who made it to (WIARN) and thanks to you, Carol, for coming.

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 18 at our regular meeting site, the former SMUD building at the northeast corner of Don Julio and Elkhorn in Sacramento. We'll have our annual White Elephant sale. We'll also hear from the nominating committee who will present the slate of officers for election night which will take place on Tuesday evening, November 15. Please be sure to visit our recently updated, vastly improved web site, for updates about our club. To all in the section, best of 73 from the NHRC.

From Doug Emerson, President, North Hills Radio Club. Amateur callsign, N6NFF

(From  The North Hills Radio Club will be holding our annual White Elephant Sale this year. It will take place on Tuesday evening, October 18. We will have a very short business meeting at 7:30 P.M. After a short break following the meeting, the White Elephant Sale will begin. If you have an item in your shack you are no longer using, but is still in reasonably good condition, how about bringing it to the (WES) and placing it on the table. Things such as HT's, FM rigs, radio parts or computer parts are just the things to bring.

Please don't bring things such as long outdated computers or broken items which cannot be repaired by anyone to the sale. The money raised from (WES) will benefit the club. Hams and non-hams alike are welcome to attend. If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact Doug, N6NFF on the K6IS repeater at 145.19 MHz with a minus offset and a CTCSS tone of 162.2 Hz. You may also send an email to:

Come one, come all to the NHRC White Elephant Sale on Tuesday, October 18. See you there! 
From Doug Emerson, President, North Hills Radio Club. Amateur callsign N6NFF

River City ARCS Update from River City ARCS
Posted October 3, 2016


I’ve got all the packing complete for the White Elephant Sale. I hope you are cleaning your shack and garage of those things you can live without. Someone’s junk may be another’s treasure. It will be interesting to see what lands on the auction table.

Bud Drummond, W3FF was our speaker last month. His entertaining demo and presentation was greatlyappreciated and well received by all who attended.

Volunteers from our club were at the Sierra College Maker Faire and I look forward to their report and stories from the large and well-attended event.

Our club needs you to serve on our Board and help take a leadership position. At our October meeting, see an officer or Board member and volunteer to help serve. Elections will be held at our November meeting.

Also in November, Carol, KP4MD will be our speaker. We will probably learn which antenna works best from her Puerto Rico DX station.

Our December Party will again be at Sam’s. You can order as little or as much as you’d like to fill your plate. Join us for fellowship, your chosen meal, and our annual prize drawings.

It’s a few months away but we will be having an “Elmer” session at our January meeting. Be thinking of those questions you have so we can find an “Elmer” to help.

For those following my tower project, the trench is in. No conduit or lines. The TV weather talkers are calling for some rain. It should be fun working in mud. After an inventory of parts, I’ve discovered another list of things I need. It’s time to give DX Engineering my credit card number again.

See everyone at the meeting. Until next month -73, Bob, N6PGQ     Newsletter

Nevada County ARC Update from Nevada County ARC
Posted October 5, 2016

Next Meeting Monday Oct 10, 2016

From our Fearless Walter - The Lincoln Hamfest / Swap meet.

On Sunday, September 18, 2016, the Western Placer Amateur Radio Club (WPARC) hosted their annual Hamfest/Swap Meet. This is an event I always try to get down and see. I was able to arrive there a little before the official start time of 07:00 AM and it was already pretty busy. This year there seemed to be a lot more old radios than in previous years and several of them were on my list of potential “wants”.

There was a clean Hallicrafters SX-100, a nice looking Hallicrafters SX-101, and a National HRO 50 and HRO 60, both with full sets of coils but in pretty ragged condition. As I kept looking around I decided against getting any of those. Then I saw a very clean looking Kenwood R-599 receiver. This was a radio I had thought about buying back around 1980 when I was working towards getting my ham license. At the time I thought it was necessary to have a license to purchase a transmitter or transceiver and so was thinking about just a receiver. However, I was told by my friend Mike, N6CKO, that I didn’t need a license and so ended up buying a Kenwood TS-830 Transceiver. But, there was the old Kenwood R-599, looking very nice and so after some discussion, I bought it. Later I found a very clean Hammarlund HQ-129X receiver. This model was the second receiver I had while in high school (the first one was a Hallicrafters S-38) and it looked very inviting sitting on the seller’s tailgate so I asked about it. The seller had owned this radio for quite a while and said that he had replaced the RF gain control. Looking at it a little closer I could see that it really was in nice condition and so it became my second purchase that day.

A little later I was walking by one of the “booths” and saw Bert, AI6LZ, talking with the seller. The seller (I’m afraid I don’t remember the name and call) had a very, very old Atwood Kent radio and speaker each seeming to be made out of cast iron. The price was $20 for both. I was toying with the idea of getting them and stopped to talk. He told me that he had been planning on restoring them, and even had a 2002 Antique Electronics Supply catalog he had been looking at then to get parts for it. He said the speaker did need a new or reworked speaker cone but that would be relatively simple to do. I replied that the first speaker cones I needed to work on were the large speakers in my ESS Heil Rock Monitor I’d purchased back in the mid-70’s. The seller knew these speakers quite well as he had been a very successful salesman for ESS Heil speakers at the time and had been awarded a set of Rock Monitors for his sales performance. That conversation settled things for me and I went home with an Atwood Kent Model 44 (which had all 7 tubes) and the AK series E Speaker, both of which were very heavy. A couple years ago, I gave up trying to carry heavy old radios back to my car, no matter how “close” I had been able to park to the sales area. Burl, K4VYL, and Doc, NM6K, are just about always there with a booth and let me drop off my treasures which I drive by to pick up as everyone is packing up and leaving.

73, Walt, N6HNST        Newsletter

Sierra Foothills ARC Update from Sierra Foothills ARC
Posted October 5, 2016


The SFARC General meeting for September commenced at 1930 hours at the Auburn City Hall Rose Room, President Orion-AI6JB presiding. All Officers and Directors were present with the exception of Director Andrew KC6O. Orion led approximately 47 members and guests in a Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. An introduction of Officers, members and guests followed.


President’s Report: Orion briefly discussed the agenda and reviewed this evening’s board meeting. Last month’s minutes as published in the newsletter, were approved.
Vice President’s Report: Al-NI2U reviewed the meeting presentation and Tech-Ten.
Secretary’s Report: Bruce-K6BAA requested input for the club newsletter; advised a welcome letter was available for new members and guests, and a reminder to the membership to sign the attendance sheet.
Treasurer’s Report: Sharron-KK6RGV reviewed the clubs August 2016 finances to members.
Sunshine: Gary-N6UWQ’s brother passed away.
Repeater Report: Richard-WA6RWS reviewed the repeaters status.
VE’s Report: Al-NI2U reported during the last session, 8 candidates resulted in 7 new techs.
Nominations: Al-NI2U asked members to volunteer for office, that all positions have candidates, but more members would be appreciated. Currently running for reelection/election: President Orion-AI6JP. VicePresident Mike-KK6GLP. Directors Andrew-KC6O, Bob-K6UDA and Greg-KO6TH. Secretary Bruce-K6BAA and Treasurer Sharron-KK6RGV.
Field Day: Dennis-WU6X updated members and additionally explained the proposed club contest procedures and fielded questions.
Activities: Orion-AI6JB reminded members of the upcoming Newcastle Cystic Fibrosis bike ride October 8th and the Georgetown Enduro on October 29th
Satellite Report: Greg-KO6TH briefed members of upcoming ISS activities.
Refreshments/Drawing: Jason-N6JDX reviewed items planned for the drawing. Scott-K6SVW reported on refreshments for the break. A volunteer is still needed to replace Jason for the drawings.
Christmas Party: December 10th at the Auburn VFW.
Yahoo: Dennis-WU6X advised the membership on the Yahoo group status and programed members hand held radios.
Tech-Ten: Al-NI2U gave an informative presentation on tools for home electrical projects.
Presentation: Dennis-WU6X gave an interesting presentation on the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) and how it can help radio operators.Jim-WA8MPA had on display coax and wave guides for members to view.
General Announcements: The Club Net meets every Thursday at 7:30pm; Board and General Meetings occur on the 2nd Friday, Board meeting is held at Sizzler Restaurant in Auburn, and General meetings at 7:30pm at Auburn City Hall. The Club breakfast is held on the last Saturday at Mel’s Diner in Auburn; an Elmer Net is held the first and third Wednesday night at 7:30pm on the 2m repeater. See for more information.

The meeting adjourned at 2120. Submitted by Bruce-K6BAA, Club Secretary    Newsletter

Samuel F. Morse ARC Update from Samuel F Morse ARC
Posted October 5, 2016


The W6SFM Samuel F Morse Radio Club September meeting was called to order by club President Mike, N6MQL on September 1st at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church in Carmichael CA, with 15 members and 1 guest in attendance.

We are very sad to announce the death of SFM ARC member and former W6SFM CW Beginners Class student, Jennifer Hughes, NS3O. Jennifer will be greatly missed and the clubs condolences go out to her family.

Mike, N6MQL read the Month's budget report and announced the current funds available. Club Secretary, Chris, AI6U followed by reading the minutes of last month's in-person meeting. Chris also reported the totals for our W6SFM On-line/On-air net meetings for the month of August. Snacks were provided by Mike, K6LQ.

Topics of Discussion at our in-person meeting included the upcoming Pacificon convention to be held in San Ramon on October 14-16th. There were a few members that showed an interest in attending and suggested that we form a carpool down to the event.

Mark K6JJR offered to host the California QSO Party in October, from his home QTH at Lake of The Pines in Nevada County. The club unanimously voted on the acceptance of this location. We will report our results on our next section news release.

A report was given on the growing US Amateur Radio community. The Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) reports that 20,447 new US Amateurs have been licensed since January 1st of this year, and that we are on target for over 30,000 new licenses by the end of the year. This is contrary to the thoughts of friends and family that seem to be constantly asking "Isn't Ham Radio a dying hobby?" Of course the same could be said about Morse Code, but as our CW Beginners Classes have proved, the desire to learn and operate Morse Code has exploded since the requirement for the Code based Ham License was eliminated.

An update on the National Parks on the Air was given. According to the NPOTA website run by the ARRL, many new stations were being activated in the month of September.

It was pointed out that the FCC is still taking comments on the Part 97 rules change RM11708 where the ARRL is asking to remove the "Symbol Rate" of Data transmissions and replace it with a set 2.8 KHz bandwidth allowance. Mike, N6MQL noted that all comments must be submitted to the FCC by October 11th. Again, the members were encouraged to submit their comments to the FCC on this matter. A report on other news and bits of interest from the ARRL was read as well.

Finally, A story on the HAARP 'super-power' RF system in Alaska and how the US Govt has concocted a plan to use CubeSats to disperse ionizing gas above Earth. With that they hope to bombard Earth's upper atmosphere with this plasma with the concept of "improving long-distance radio communications". In other words, they want to ionize the upper atmosphere like the sun currently does by naturally using sun spot activity. If this should occur through the hand of the US Military, and our atmosphere survives, the DX of the 50's and the late 80's may look like Child's play to all of us. Imagine being able to work DX through the "Plasmosphere" at any time, day or night. Who knows, maybe someday all of us will be able to see the "northern lights" every night??? More updates on this as we get the information.

For our “show and tell” portion of our meeting member Rob, N6KIX brought with him an early circa 1950s Sounder most likely used by the telegraph company. This sounder made by the Bunnel company was in excellent condition.

Member Angie, KG6FJF read to the group an article just out from the "Sac Bee" news titled "Pentagon looks to the past to counter digital warfare of the future". The article talks about the idea of "going dark" or being thrown back to a pre-digital age. In the article Peter W. Singer, a military consultant and co-author of a 2015 novel, “Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War,”says that In such a scenario, stealth jet fighters remain grounded, robotic drones lose their human guides, GPS goes haywire and ship-to-ship communications can be reduced to semaphore and beacons flashing Morse code. Let's hope this is never the case with the modern day age of signal jamming. But once again it emphasizes the need for those of us that have the knowledge and skill of operating in Morse Code whether it be by sound or light. Feel free to read more here: Thank you Angie for bringing that find to the group.

Our next SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held at its normal time and address Oct. 6th (followed by our Nov 3rd meeting). The SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held in the Howard Crowley room upstairs at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church. More information including a Google Map is available on the homepage of our

At our October meeting we will be discussing the California QSO Party event.

As usual, current events, News regarding Amateur radio and other ARRL items will be discussed. As always we will have our Tech (show and tell) portion where members and visitors are asked to share their Ham Radio related items they find of interest. Feel free to visit our In-Person meeting with items that you purchased or were given that you would like to share with the group. Visitors are always welcome to join us.

Each Tuesday of the week 8:00 PM on 3.545 MHz the SFM ARC enjoys getting on the air with CW for our weekly Nets. You do NOT need to be a member of the SFM ARC to check into our nets and we encourage you to invite a friend to join us as well. Although our nets usually run around 13 wpm code, we are all happy to accommodate those that are slower and need us to oblige. If you are unable to copy Morse Code or need some code practice please feel free to visit our on-line LIVE streaming broadcast of both the Audio and a CW to Text decoding of the meeting. The “LIVE FEED” link can be found on our home page of our website. For those that would like to watch the Live Feed on their Apple IOS or Android devices a “LiveStream” App is required. For instructions and the proper location to view the LIVE FEED please contact Mike, N6MQL for more setup information.

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, just a way of making everyone feel more involved in our on-air nets.

Very 73. Michael N6MQL -W6SFM Club President

Yuba Sutter ARC Update from Yuba-Sutter ARC
Posted October 5, 2016


Jeffery Brown (KK6GBM) gave a demonstration and talk about his go box (pictured below) that he built into a 550 Pelican Case. Jeff paid $90.00 for this case and two smaller cases. The case has panel mounted Yaseu FT857 (a mobile HF/VHF/UHF all mode transceiver shown on the right in the photo below) and a Yaesu FT8800 (A mobile 2m/70 cm transceiver shown on the left in the photo below). An installed internal battery provides power to the radios. Two recycled computer fans provide cooling. Three panel mounted SO-239 jacks allow connection to external antennas. Two Anderson Power Poles are panel mounted. One allows external power to be provided to the radios and to charge the battery the second allows the pass through of power to an external device. Two automotive car power adapters are mounted on the panel. One provides an alternate source for power and the other provides USB power. There are external speaker jacks and headphone jacks provided.

For HF Jeff has a 6-band Super Antenna (20, 17, 15, 12, 10 and 6 meter) with a tripod mounted push-up pole. He also has a 2m/70cm antenna.

Jeff’s next project is to use one of the smaller Pelican Cases with gel cell batteries, a charge controller, and connections for solar panels.

At the YSARC October meeting Dave Gardner (WD6AXM) will give a talk and bring some test equipment. If you want to have your handheld tested bring it with you. Note: this is testing only, no repairs.

Reminder: next months meeting will be on Oct 11th. The club store will be there if you need parts. We will also be having a door prize drawing.


The club will again be sponsoring a technician class. Classes will be held at the American Red Cross Center, 2125 East Onstott Frontage Road, Yuba City, Ckassroom 1. It will be taught from 6:30 to 8:30 Monday and Wednesday evenings from Jan 2nd thru Feb 28th.

There is no cost for the classes, however you will need an up-to-date manual. You can obtain a Kindle version from Amazon, purchase a copy from a bookstore, ARRL, or order one thru the instructor.

The instructors will be Curtis (KF6VFP) and ??

Please get the word out to family, friends and anyone you know who is interested in getting their license.

More information can be obtained from Curtis at (530) 743-3003 or

Curtis, K6VFP


Steve Sweetman (K6TAZ) has agreed to act as YSARC’s ramrod for the Veterans Day Parade to be held Nov. 11, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Marysville. Let Steve know If you are willing to help out. About 12 volunteers are needed. Volunteers will start at about 9:00 a.m. helping participants find their starting positions.


The next VE session will be 3 Sep at 715 King Ave., Yuba City at 9:00 A.M. VE’s are needed to administer the exam. The elements for Technician, General and Extra class will be offered. If you are planning on taking an exam you will need two forms of ID, at least one of them must be a picture ID. A fee of $15.00 is required. A calculator may also be used as long as it has had all of its memories cleared and there are no built in or preprogrammed formulas.

If you are upgrading to a higher class you need to bring your license and a photocopy of the license.

If you take an exam and pass, you can take the next higher class exam for no additional cost. If you do not pass and wish to try again an additional fee will be required.

Congratulations to new technician George Rebane (KM6DYA) who passed the test with score of 100%, Antonio Santiago Ramirez (KK6YFS) for upgrading to general, and to Dan L. Holmes (KM6CTH) for upgrading to extra.    Newsletter

El Dorado County ARC Update from El Dorado County ARC
Posted October 5, 2016


I hope this message finds all of you well and happy.

The silent key (William Hawks, W6AUX, a former EDCARC member) estate sale has been in progress now for about three weeks. Last weekend we took about 2 large pickup trucks worth to the Lincoln Hamfest and so far our net proceeds are about $1400 dollars which we plan to put into the repeater fund. I hope to make the Reno Hamfest in Boomtown this coming weekend with another load of stuff. In addition a certain amount of stuff is likely to show up at this month’s meeting this coming Thursday.

Elections for next year’s officers are coming up soon...

I again urge you all to support our Nets on Mondays and Tuesdays. Will Nancy ever log 25 persons on the Tuesday night net? Be there and find out. You can help and it'll be fun.

Would anyone be interest in a tone based Morse code net on one of the repeaters? We could borrow the format of the SFMARC code class, or maybe even invite their instructor, N6MQL, to join in.

73 to all, and I hope to see you all at the monthly meeting on this coming Thursday, the 22nd.

Don McCallum, AF6ND.    Newsletter

Oroville ARS Update from Oroville ARS
Posted October 5, 2016

The OARS Monthly Breakfast will take place this Saturday, 24 September 2016, 9 am, at The Waffle Shop, 2107 Feather River Blvd (across the street from Applebee’s) in Oroville. Hope to see everyone there.

73, Jim, W7XZ

Western Placer ARC Update from Western Placer ARC
Posted September 14, 2016

Greetings from the Western Placer Amateur Radio Club:

There is a lot of new information in this newsletter so be sure to read it all (tip – the Amateur Radio Parity Act passed the House!).

  The WPARC 10th Annual Hamfest is this Saturday! Only 3 days to the big event at McBean Park in Lincoln (65 McBean Park/Highway 193)! Gates open at 7:00 AM (5:00 for vendors to set up). Look lower in this newsletter for a drawing prize list. We are expecting a large turnout of vendors this year including Hi-Tec Liquidators, the people from Costa Mesa who occupy 5 – 6 spots every year. They have tables full of great and rare stuff with a huge overflow on the ground. I have bought many items from them including a new 240 volt variac last year. You don't want to miss them – lots of good stuff! There will be many other vendors, too, to provide you with just what you need to finish a project. See the attached flyer for more information.

If you haven't met our new ARRL Section Manager, Carol KP4MD, she will have a League booth next to the WPARC booth. Come and introduce yourself and pick up some League information or membership application.

We will have something new at the Hamfest this year. WPARC members are setting up a “power & test station” with 12 and 120 volt connections and HF/VHF/UHF antennas. We will also have a watt meter available. If you want to see if a piece of equipment works before you buy it, you can take it to the power station and turn it on. Thanks to Jerry N6JKH for coming up with this clever idea.

SPECIAL NOTE for VENDORS! We will have roving club members available to watch your booth if you need to use the restroom.

We haven't increased the cost for vendors since the first Hamfest 10 years ago. It is still $10 per parking spot. I think that is helping to drive the growth of the event. We will have coffee, donuts, and water available at the club booth. Club President, Bill KJ6YCO and past President Katy, KJ6YCP, will be manning the club booth, selling drawing tickets and refreshments. We will have free hot dogs available starting at about 9:30 AM thanks to the Lions Club. See the end of this email for a full list of prizes.

The gates open at 7:00 AM but we need several volunteers to be there around 5:00 AM to set up and to manage parking for buyers and sellers. Gates open at 5:00 AM for vendors. Katy KJ6YCP has been coordinating the hamfest for several years and does a terrific job every year. If you would like to help out please email Katy at This is a big event for the club and how we operate it reflects on the club so please volunteer. We all (and especially Katy) appreciate it. We have our city permit and our liability insurance in order so the event is set to go.

We will have VE sessions at an off site location. If you are interested in taking a test please email Dennis KI6HHA at

If you need directions or other information we will use the club repeater, K6PAC, for the talk in frequency. It is 147.300 (+) 179.9 and will be monitored.

We can now announce the Drawing Grand Prize and the 2 First Prizes. The Grand Prize is a Yaesu FTM-3200DR System Fusion Radio. This is the radio many club members use on the System Fusion Net on Monday nights. KK6NFM recently hit the repeater from Los Banos. It is a super compact 65 watt mobile unit with great features. This radio has great reviews and is the hot setup to use with the WPARC repeater for both digital and analog FM. We now have a C4FM net at 8:30 PM Monday nights and it is growing rapidly (W6ETJ, Erik, is net control). There are several people with a lot of System Fusion experience to help you out with any information you may need. The net starts in analog so you can ask questions before the net switches to digital in case you don't have a C4FM radio but are considering purchasing one (or winning one at the Hamfest!) The net is open to everyone, not just WPARC members. New update – several new people have checked into the net with a new System Fusion radio in the past couple of weeks. A few weeks ago someone called in from Elk Grove with full quieting into the repeater with just 5 watts (!) and a quarter wave mag mount.

The two First Prizes are something many of us are familiar with now: BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band HT Two Way Radios. These are very popular radios and are handy to keep in the car, backpack, or on your belt. We will also have several smaller prizes. Make sure to be there to win big!

In addition, we have two ARRL $50 and two $25 gift certificates and many other goodies to drool over. Thanks to the ARRL for donating the gift certificates. My pitch – please join the ARRL. The organization does the heavy work to keep our ham frequencies free. There is lots of competition for bandwidth throughout the world for cell phones and other Internet of Things – for example, WiFi. The ARRL works with government officials in the US and throughout the world to protect the ham frequencies from being auctioned off to the highest bidder. An important part of that work is to coordinate frequencies with countries and agencies in almost every nation. The ARRL is a powerful player in the international fight for bandwidth and they have had many victories. Look at what they are doing for the Amateur Radio Parity Act!

More BIG ARRL news! The US House of Representatives just passed the Amateur Radio Parity Act! The Act, HR 1301, was approved on a voice vote and now goes to the Senate for approval. There will undoubtedly be lots of discussion and probably some compromises but the outlook is good. For those of you not familiar with the act, it allows amateur operators who live in deed restricted communities (almost all new developments in the past 20 or more years) to erect a communications antenna that will fit in specific guidelines. This is a great boon to the amateur community as too many people cannot participate because they cannot put up a reasonable antenna.

So what can you do? It is important for every amateur to write to your US Senator and encourage them to pass this act. It is an important issue nationally because we need amateurs to be able to communicate in emergency situations. Remember that the only communications for the first 10 days in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina were provided by amateurs. It was an important service that saved many lives and made rescue efforts possible. The ARRL has worked tirelessly with the House to pass this bill and will now do the same with the Senate. I'm sure everyone knows that our US Senators are Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Their addresses are: Boxer, Barbara - (D – CA), 112 Hart Senate Office Building, washington DC 20510 (202) 224-3553 Contact:
Feinstein, Dianne - (D – CA), 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510, (202) 224-3841, Contact: If you click on their name it will give you their primary email address.

The ARRL publishes a magazine for members every month called QST. It is a very informative periodical with lots of new equipment reviews, tricks, tips, ideas, and much other relevant information for amateur operators. If you want to learn something new every month or find some information that improves your operating skills then you need to join the ARRL to receive QST every month. Further, the entire issue is available on line so you don't have to wait for it to show up in your mail box every month. In the October issue there were several good articles on making and improving antennas, all the way up to microwave antennas. One interesting article that caught my eye was a tool for predicting solar conditions for DX operating for a month at a time. Check out the website to find out how it works. Just put in your QTH location and a couple of other bits and it will give you a map of probable DX propagation so you have a visual idea of how far your signal will go and who you will be able to hear for the next month.

New Event! We will provide SAG and Rest Stop support for the Tour de Rocklin this year! We have supported the event in the past but it was cancelled the past 2 years due to health issues with one of the organizers. This year it will be on Sunday, October 9th. We will need a full contingent of volunteers to drive, work rest stops, etc. Put it on your calendar today and send me an email if you want to volunteer. I hope to coordinate the event, depending on some health issues. More to come about this event.

Important Note: Frank KB6KYK has been the club Drawing Master for many years and has done an exceptional job finding goodies for us. He now has some other concerns to deal with and will not be able to continue as Drawing Master. If you would like to help out the club and volunteer, please let any board member or Frank know.

I ran across an interesting book a few days ago. The name of it is “Signal Processing for Communications.” It evolved from lectures the authors gave to college students over several years. If you are an engineer you will probably love it. If you aren't an engineer, skip over the stuff that is too technical and you will still learn some valuable insights into signal processing and how it is used to improve our communications. It is a free book for downloading at this url:

The club website,, has a new look and new information. Jey KQ6DK is now Clay's (K6AEP) backup and is updating the the site. Clay has been traveling a lot and has not had time to keep up the pages. Although Clay's traveling is over for now, Jey is helping out and bringing a new look to the site. Thanks to Clay and Jey for all their work on the website.

While on the subject of media, the club now has a Facebook page. Board Member Arturo KK6NFM created it for Field Day and you can find it at: Want more? We now have a Twitter account! Just search for @k6pac (the club repeater call sign with the “@” symbol). We are following the ARRL, the ARRL Sacramento Valley Section, Kenwood, and Yaseu for a few. If you think of someone we should follow, please email me. I know there are a few local clubs with Twitter accounts and I will add them.

Don't forget our regular weekly nets on the repeater. NEW! We now have a Monday evening C4FM net! Featuring Yaesu System Fusion radios, this digital net is at 8:30 PM on the club repeater and is hosted by C4FM guru Erik W6ETJ. As noted above, the net starts in analog so you can ask questions, etc. This net is growing fast so check in now and join the fun! More new nets! There will be another C4FM net at (get this) 10:00 PM on Monday nights. Many of the System Fusion operators are night people or work late so we will pick up again later in the evening. We are also c

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