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ARRL Sacramento Valley Section News - August 2017

American Radio Relay League
The National Association for Amateur Radio
Sacramento Valley Section

Serving Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo & Yuba Counties in Northern California

Sacramento Valley Section is located in the ARRL Pacific Division.

Sacramento Valley Section Web Resources

ARRL National Page: www.arrl.org/Groups/view/sacramento-valley
Organization, Clubs, Calendar, Nets
Sacramento Valley ARES: www.sacvalleyares.org SV ARES Brochure
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ARRLSacramentoValley
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ARRL_SV

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

Submit Section News updates to kp4md(at)arrl.org


ARRL Conventions & Hamfests & Regional Events

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Amateur Radio License Classes and Volunteer Exam (VE) Schedules
Class and VE Session Calendar


Getting Your Amateur Radio License

A license is required to operate an amateur radio station. Amateur Radio Licenses in the United States are granted by the Federal Communications Commission after passing an exam at a Volunteer Exam (VE) session.  
There are currently three classes of amateur radio license: Technician, General and Amateur Extra.
For information on testing, preparation and study materials, see:


NCDXC Free Online General Class License Course Starts in Mid September
Posted August 23, 2017

The Northern California DX Club is offering free classes aimed at helping you to pass your General Class license exam, build your first effective HF station and learn HF operating skills. Enhancing your HF experience will be done with classes on advanced HF phone, CW and Digital operating skills, propagation analysis, antennas and other topics. These classes are arranged in 3 tracks so that you may take only those classes that interest you. Some classes will be taught using Power Point presentations delivered to your computer over Webex. You need no special software as Webex allows you to see and hear the presentation and participate in the two way audio stream. Other classes will be taught by your Elmer at his or her own shack. There you will experience the skills that you are learning on the air! Our 13 instructors are experts in their fields with literally hundreds of years of active ham radio experience. Our goal is to put you on the air on the HF bands and give you the background to enjoy the many aspects of the HF experience. Some of our instructors are great teachers, others are operators with many years or SSB, CW and Digital mode experience, while others enjoy building state of the art equipment. The classes will be taught at your level. We will strive to make each class fun. We want you to succeed!

Go to http://www.ncdxc.org/pages/elmer.html for details.


Citrus Heights Ham-Cram Sessions
Posted January 5, 2017

Section member Joe Cardoza, KA6ROM, announces that his Citrus Heights VE Team will conduct their amateur radio Ham-Cram Technician License training and examinations on the fourth Saturday (except third Saturday in January) every other month at starting at 8:45 am at the LDS Church, at 7950 Hazel Ave, Orangevale, CA. This is the intersection of Hazel and Cherry Ave.

The Ham-Cram and Exam dates for 2017 are:

  • January 21st, 
  • March 25th, 
  • May 27th, 
  • July 22nd, 
  • September 23rd, and 
  • November 25th.

Joe Cardoza, KA6ROM, 916-725-6443, cardozas@comcast.net

A Ham-Cram is a several hours' review class of exam questions and answers followed by a license exam session.


Morse Code Beginners' Class
Posted August 10, 2017

The SFM ARC would like to announce that we will once again be running our 10 week CW for beginners course. This course will be 10 weeks long held once a week for 2 hours (7PM until 9PM) each Wednesday evening in Carmichael. If you, your club members, or someone you know are interested in taking our CW class we encourage you to sign up NOW. This class is made available to EVERYONE that wants to take it. You do NOT need to be a licensed operator to join our class. We have locked a start date for the class, we will begin Wednesday evening September 13th (Ending November 15th).

Everyone can benefit from this course! For those with no Morse Code knowledge this is an excellent course where you or your friends will be taught the complete International Morse Code alphabet, numbers, pro-signs, how to adjust and send on a Morse Code straight key and more interesting general information than one brain can store! The goal of our course is to have all students up to speed around week 6, and on the air! This is also a great opportunity for those of you who may have already taken our course before. This class offers a chance for returning students to brush up on their code, increase their speed, build on-air confidence and get a better understanding of the 'pro-signs' that CW radio ops use on-air.

The CW class is $50 for new members, and only $20 for returning members who bring their previously supplied Morse Key and Oscillator. As always, as a new student you will receive a FREE Morse Code straight key and a Code Oscillator to keep at the completion of the course. These items are worth more than $40 by themselves.

Now for the important part... This is a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE COURSE! We will Limit the amount of students who are able to take this course. Therefore it is very important that you make your payment AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to secure your seat in this class. We do not take walk-ins at the door. To make payment by check you must FIRST send an email to admin@w6sfm.com to indicate that you are interested and you are going to make your payment. We will hold your seat for 7 days from your email while we await your payment to come:

If you prefer, you may also pay via PayPal or Credit Card. PayPal and CC payments will be charged an extra $2.00 for credit card processing fees. If you would like to make your payment this way please send an email to admin@w6sfm.com to request an electronic payment you can make on-line.

If you have ANY questions please do not hesitate to email us back at your convenience. Thank you and we hope to see you at our next class!

73, Michael, N6MQL, President
W6SFM Samuel F Morse ARC


Folsom ARRL Volunteer Exam 2017 Schedule
Posted December 16, 2016

Folsom ARRL VEC exams are held at 6 pm the third Thursday of each month except July, August and December.
Here is our updated exam scheduled for 2017:

  1. January 19
  2. February 16
  3. March 16
  4. April 20
  5. May 18
  6. June 15
  7. July NO EXAM
  8. August NO EXAM
  9. September 21
  10. October 19
  11. November 16
  12. 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 http://ns6q.net/exams or contact Mike Kirkland, NS6Q at radio.ns6q@gmail.com.
73, Mike, NS6Q


Redding ARRL VE Schedule 2017
Posted December 1, 2016

The Redding ARRL VE Team will be hosting exams on the following Saturdays in 2017:

  1. January 21
  2. March 11 (changed)
  3. May 20
  4. July 15
  5. September 16
  6. November 18
Our exam sessions are now being held at the Shasta County Office of Emergency Services at 2486 Progress Drive in Redding. Exams start at 10:00 AM and candidates are encouraged to pre-register.

More information can be found at: www.reddingve.com or by contacting Steve K6KS at sjmosconi@gmail.com


SHINGLETOWN ARRL VE 2017 Schedule

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.
Contact:
Dar Walker W6IO, Shingletown ARRL VE Liaison, w6iodar@gmail.com, 530-474-3087

TEST SCHEDULE:
2016: Dec 17
2017: Feb 18th, Apr 15th, Jun 17th, Aug 19th, Oct 21st, Dec 9th

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
Posted November 28

http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act
Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 - HR 555 - S1534

LATEST NEWS: The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 was introduced in the US Senate on July 12, marking another step forward for this landmark legislation. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are the Senate sponsors. The measure will, for the first time, guarantee all radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities governed by a homeowner's association (HOA) or subject to any private land use regulations, the right to erect and maintain effective outdoor antennas at their homes. The Senate bill, S. 1534, is identical to H.R. 555, which passed the US House of Representatives in January. Read more here.

The Amateur Radio Parity Act

Amateur Radio Parity Act


Clarity on Amateur Radio Parity

Some misconceptions about the Amateur Radio Parity Act are being circulated. Please read full information here.  http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act


50 W PEP Maximum Power Limit Area on 70 cm
50 W Power Limit Area on 70 cm

A little recognized portion of FCC Part 97 regulations applies to 420-450 MHz operations in most counties in our Sacramento Valley section:
47 CFR 
§97.313 (f) No station may transmit with a transmitter power exceeding 50 W PEP on the UHF 70 cm band from an area specified in footnote US270 to §2.106 of part 2. The indicated affected areas are specified in http://www.arrl.org/us270, in the State of California within a 240-kilometer (150 mile) radius around locations at Beale Air Force Base, California (latitude 39°08' North, longitude 121°26' West).
More information on the additional impact on 70 cm repeater stations is at http://www.narcc.org/NARCC-ARRL-PAVE-PAWS-Update-2014a.pdf

Pave PAWS Radar at Beale AFB, CA

The Amateur Radio Service shares the 70 cm band on a secondary basis with the US Government which has priority. The US Department of Defense routinely monitors and locates signal sources on these frequencies.  Our voluntary cooperation is mandatory to avoid interference with the Pave PAWS (Phased Array Warning System) radar at Beale AFB and thus to assure our continued access to these frequencies.

Pacificon 2017
August 2017 News

From the Section Manager

QST Cover

This month's news features reports, photos and videos from our section clubs and members.

Section Manager Election

Thanks to the members who supported my re-election as Section Manager. I appreciate your confidence and support and will gladly continue serving as your Section Manager.

Bob Hess, W1RH, is the newly appointed Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator. With the downsizing of federal resources, the ARRL Official Observer program will play an increasingly important role in assisting in the mission of the Federal Communications Commission with regard to the Amateur Radio Service. Bob has my full confidence as consistent supporter of the Amateur Auxiliary with the leadership qualities for this important position.

Congratulations to new Field Organization appointees Kris Koenig, KKØNIG, Public Information Officer and to Dan Stossmeister, KJ6ZUW, Modoc County Emergency Coordinator.

Steve Sweetman, K6TAZ, has notified us that due to a family move, he will leave his position as Yuba-Sutter ARES Emergency Coordinator effective September 1 after four years of service. We deeply appreciate Steve's service as net control during the recent Oroville Dam crisis evacuation, as well as in ARES supervision and training, Section nets and other assistance to our Section Field organization when needed.

ARRL Special Service Club

We are currently recruiting for a new section Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC). The ACC serves to assist clubs to become ARRL affiliated; to help clubs better serve their members and communities; to motivate clubs to qualify for the prestigious ARRL Special Service Club recognition; and to keep affiliated club information updated annually. Please contact me if you are interested in assisting in this capacity.

Attention club officers. Please check the details on your ARRL Club Directory listing to assure that its annual report date is not overdue.  If so, please update your club information online now.  The Golden Empire ARS, and the newly renewed River City ARCS and Sierra Foothills ARC are currently listed as Special Service Clubs.  If your club qualifies for the "ARRL Special Service Club" distinction, please apply or renew your club application on the ARRL Special Service Club page.

Future Section Events

Mark your calendars for the Western Placer ARC Hamfest in Lincoln, CA on Saturday, September 16 and the ARRL Exhibit and Special Event Station N6M at the Rocklin Maker Faire on Saturday, October 14 at Sierra College, Rocklin, CA.

ARRL Pacificon Convention Oct. 20-22, 2017

October 20-22 ARRL PACIFICON Convention

Register online now at www.pacificon.org for the October 20-22, 2017 ‪‎‪‎ARRL‬ Pacificon 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.

October 20-22 Jamboree on the Air

If you do not plan to attend the Pacificon convention, reach 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. 20-22 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.

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.

73, Dr. Carol Milazzo, KP4MD

American Radio Relay League Sacramento Valley Section Manager
kp4md(at)arrl.org

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


Don't have an HF radio?  
Listen on the W6DRZ web receiver at Half Moon Bay
or 
the W7RNA web receiver in Sedona, AZ.

Hourly Northern California NVIS Observations
Current NVIS Observations


ARRL President Issues Call for Members to Reach Out to their Senators to Support S. 1534
posted on arrl.org July 25, 2017

August 8, 2017 Update from Rick Roderick K5UR

Based on feedback I’ve received, it seems to me that some members still don’t fully understand certain features of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA) and what it is meant to do. To make things clearer, we have developed an FAQ in the format of questions and answers. Please take a few minutes and read the FAQ to learn more about the ARPA. Here is the direct link: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Regulatory/The%20Amateur%20Radio%20Parity%20Act%20FAQ.pdf

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, is calling on League members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017, S. 1534. ARRL has opened a RallyCongress page to simplify the task.

“[W]e are at a crossroad in our efforts to obtain passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act,” Roderick said. He said the campaign to secure passage of the bill scored a major victory earlier this year when H.R. 555 passed unanimously in the US House of Representatives. Obtaining passage of the companion Senate bill, S. 1534, is the final legislative hurdle.

“Now is the time for all hams to get involved in the process!” Roderick said. “Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities, and that number grows daily.”

He urged radio amateurs now restricted by a Homeowners Association from installing effective outdoor antennas to visit the RallyCongress site and e-mail their two US Senators. He also encouraged those not now affected by deed covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) to support their fellow radio amateurs by doing the same.

“If you want to help create an opportunity - not available before now - for Amateurs who live in deed restricted communities to install effective outdoor antennas on property that you own or lease, send these e-mails today!” Roderick said. “We need you to reach out to your Senators today. Right away.” S. 1534 was introduced in the US Senate on July 12, marking another step forward for this landmark legislation. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are the Senate sponsors. The measure will, for the first time, guarantee all radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities governed by a Homeowners Association (HOA) or subject to any private land-use regulations, the right to erect and maintain effective outdoor antennas at their homes, while protecting the aesthetic concerns of HOAs.


California Distracted Driving Law Update
Update on AB-1222 Amendment Bill to Distracted Driving Law

CA CVC 23123.5 / AB-1222 Hands-Free Update, by Jim Aspinwall NO1PC, posted July 30, 2017

On 11 July 17, Bob Venditti, Glen Pitts and myself, Jim Aspinwall, attended the CA Senate Transportation and Housing Committee hearing, in which AB-1222 was “being heard” and we submitted Opposition to.

Since we had front-loaded the Committee members with our opposition points, no doubt they ‘shared’ with the author, so our presence was essentially ‘token’ but not insignificant for what else we learned about processes and politics.

I introduced our issue and Bob presented its significance on our public service value. In rebuttal the author, Assemblymember Quirk and then one of his staff/supporters, offered:

  • they intended to work with CHP on proper enforcement advice
  • they would deal with the legal/Constitutional issue of over-/unintended-enforcement if and when appropriate Court cases came up.
  • they also claimed that we had requested a specific exemption for amateur radio, which is not in evidence, plea, communication, etc. (they lied!)

We were not offered the opportunity for counter-argument. No questions were directed to us. Instead an acknowledgement of the first two points was issued, vote was taken.

Bob W6AW, Jim NO1PC and Glen K6KJQ at the CA State capitol.
The Bill is now headed to the ‘appropriations’ committee, which will pass and be forwarded as there is NO money involved in this. Then it will go to the Senate at-large for vote. Expected to pass. Then to the Governor. Rarely has anyone at any of those three levels acknowledged, amended or otherwise not passed the legislation into law.

That leaves a couple of anticipated questions and issues:

  • when will AB-1222 turn into law as CVC 23123.5?
  • when if at all will we see any new communications with/from CHP?
  • can we create any interest in the Senate at-large?
  • how do we collect evidence and case records of any violations/citations of the eventually revised CVC 23123.5?
  • what do we do with what we may or may not collect of eventual case-findings?

Bottom-line:

  • we did NOT lose ground (current AB-1222 will not be scrubbed, some ambiguity has been removed)
  • we did not gain ground (we did not get the “not limited to” removed)
  • our recourse is to establish a Constitutional precedence (leverage the “not limited to in case law)

Take-aways for ‘us’:

  • obtain, print and have present a copy of the CHP enforcement memo and the current Legislative Analysis to RESPECTFULLY OFFER to any citing officer, certainly to have on-hand for any Court case
  • DO NOT *push* or insist this matter at the enforcement/citation level encounter with a peace officer – they have at least one other vehicle code they can cite for instead. In California that may be the Basic Speed Law – do NOT get cited for that!
  • share and advocate for this cause… “not limited to” means UNLIMITED
  • DO, please DO be aware of and come forward with ANY citations for violation of 23123.5 NOT specific to cellphones/”smart devices”, etc. WE NEED CASE LAW to work with.
  • we will explore and expand this effort to other ‘social’ venues as appropriate, which may or not involve forming a ‘PAC’, mustering and funding clear legal action, etc.

In closing… for myself, Glen, Bob, Al, Mike, especially in memory of Norm Lucas WB6RVR (sk) whose last words with me were “stay the course”, and many other contributors to this effort and our audience – hearty thanks and appreciation for your interest and support. We DID effect a change of law from a VERY grass roots, organic level amid very obscure “technology law.” We are indeed ‘GOOD’ with what we could get changed. We all learned A LOT. We know what to do to continue forward.

THANK YOU!!!!  Hands-free Information Site

Photo caption: Bob W6AW, Jim NO1PC and Glen K6KJQ at the CA State capitol

I wish to thank Jim Aspinwall, NO1PC, Norm Lucas, WB6RVR(SK), Glen Pitts K6KJQ and Mike Morris WA6ILQ for their diligent advocacy and work with the office of Assemblymember Bill Quirk, the California Assembly and the California Highway Patrol, and for the rank and file ARRL membership and radio amateurs throughout California who have signed on to support this effort to correct the ambiguous language in the existing law.

-Carol Milazzo, KP4MD


Update from Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, Section Technical Coordinator
Updated July 30, 2017

We just got back from Redding, love that heat.

We will be headed back North to the Lava Beds and Klamath Falls area soon. So if you’re in that area and need cards check just let me know, ahead of time please.

I will also be at the Lincoln swap in September. If you need cards checked for DXCC, WAS or VUCC let me know ahead of time please.

Call me and leave a message or email me, my information is on the ARRL web page.

I also will be at Pacificon 2017 for the weekend and I’m sure that NCDXC will be there too with a card checking table. Stop by and say hi.

Don’t forget the Solar Eclipse QSO Party on August 21. If you’re not into QSO party’s you might just want to see what happens at your station.

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


From Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD
Posted April 29, 2017

Call for Equipment Donations for Kid's "Radio Library"

Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD, is starting a Radio Library for local elementary school students who attend school workshops sponsored by the A Touch of Understanding disability inclusion and acceptance organization. This Radio Library will allow students parents to check out radios and accessories instead of books. The students parents return the amateur radio items to the library if the student loses interest in amateur radio or purchases his own equipment.

Duane is seeking amateur radio equipment donations to start this program. If interested please contact Duane at duanewyatt(at)hotmail.com

Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD,
duanewyatt(at)hotmail.com


FCC Amateur AuxiliaryFrom Norm Lucas, WB6RVR (SK),
Section Official Observer Coordinator
Posted January 11, 2016

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

Update April 6, 2017 - The ARRL and the FCC are currently working together to update and to make changes to the Official Observer/Amateur Auxiliary program. Because of these expected upcoming updates and changes, ARRL has placed a temporary hold on applications for new Official Observers and Official Observer Coordinators at this time.  Read more here.

The ARRL Executive Committee (EC) has directed that work begin on finalizing the language of a revised memorandum of understanding between ARRL and the FCC regarding the Amateur Auxiliary (Official Observer) program. The EC met on March 25 in Aurora, Colorado. The panel, which acts on behalf of the ARRL Board of Directors between its regular meetings, heard an update on the Official Observer Program Revitalization Study from ARRL Second Vice President and committee chair Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, who said his committee plans to present final recommendations later this year on revamping the Amateur Auxiliary, for ultimate consideration by the full Board.

Official Observer Program Update

In his remarks, General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, was complimentary of new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and told the EC he thinks enforcement efforts may be more successful in the future, due to the new chairman’s interest in the issue. Imlay also said the new chief of the Enforcement Bureau, Michael Carowitz, is reported to be “amateur friendly.” He told the EC that he foresees a potential window of opportunity for improved spectrum enforcement work, as well as the opportunity to build a stronger working relationship with the FCC on all issues.

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.


Federal Communications Commission

Update on FCC Deliberate Interference Case
Posted April 4, 2017

Recent filings related to a long-standing FCC case regarding deliberate interference on 3908 kHz is posted on the FCC website at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=08-20&sort=date_disseminated,DESC.
Additional information related to this matter is posted on the ARRL News http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-levies-25-000-fine-on-california-radio-amateur-for-deliberate-interference.


Light Ballast RFI
Pot grow lights interfere with Ham Radio
Submitted by Rene Smythe, WB6PSY, Posted March 4, 2017

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/c1b607bfbbab459ba9e21d4c282996e4/growing-problem-pot-lights-give-ham-radio-operators-buzz

I have experienced this interference for the past few years. I found the interference by swinging my 10m Yagi monobander around until the noise became over S9. I then went outside to see where the beam was physically pointed and discovered a garage where indoor pot is being grown. The lights are on a time cycle so the interference comes and goes. 40º degrees in either direction takes the noise out.

Now that marijuana is being legalized in more states, more hams are going to experience this noise.

WB6PSY

ARRL and the FCC have a cooperative agreement in radio frequency interference matters.  You may submit complaints together with your supporting documentation to ARRL EMC Engineer Mike Gruber W1MG who then files the report with the FCC Gettysburg office.
You may also contact our Section Technical Coordinator Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, or our Section Official Observer Coordinator Bob Hess, W1RH, for assistance. More infomation is posted under the "From the Section Manager" notes in the November 2016 Section News - Carol KP4MD


Keep Our Digital Transmissions Legal on 60 Meters
Posted January 29, 2017

Our decreasing solar activity and residential antenna restrictions have attracted increasing numbers of radio amateurs to operate CW and weak signal digital modes on our lower HF frequencies including 60 meters. The five frequency channels that US amateur radio operators share on a secondary basis with US federal government users on 60 meters (5 MHz) pose unique requirements for CW and digital operators. As explained on http://www.arrl.org/60m-channel-allocation, US radio amateur emissions on our 60m channels must be precisely centered in the center frequency of each assigned channel, that is, 5332.0, 5348.0, 5358.5, 5373.0 or 5405.0 kHz. Thus, for example, a CW signal on channel 3 (USB Dial frequency 5357.0 kHz) must be precisely on 5358.5 kHz. The same ARRL page explains that all digital emissions must also be centered in the channel center.

This may appear unreasonable to radio amateurs because a 2.8 kHz channel can accommodate many digital and CW transmissions simultaneously, and requiring multiple stations to operate on the same exact frequency would result in mutual interference. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)* explains this requirement in https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/7021871884.pdf which states: "Allowing multiple emissions within the necessary bandwidth of the widest authorized modes (2.8 kHz) increases the possibility of harmful interference from secondary amateur stations to primary federal stations, and would make it more difficult for a federal station to identify an interfering amateur station. In addition, NTIA is concerned about the aggregate equivalent isotropically radiated power from multiple amateur stations transmitting within a single 2.8 kHz channel. Accordingly, NTIA requests that 47 C.F.R. Section 97.303(h) continue to require that amateur stations transmit only on the five center frequencies allocated to the amateur service."  (See http://www.arrl.org/what-the-fcc-rules-say-97-303-h)

60 meter JT65 signals

JT65

This screenshot photo shows JT65 signals received on 60m Channel 3 (5357 kHz USB dial frequency) from 0300-0309 UTC on January 29, 2017. In the photo, the 5357 kHz dial frequency is at 0 Hz on the left side of the waterfall and the 5358.5 kHz channel center is at the 1500 Hz mark. Decodes of several US radio amateurs are seen transmitting JT65 emissions simultaneously on various frequencies throughout the channel 3 frequency range 5357-5360 kHz. This is the familiar appearance of a JT65 waterfall display on all other amateur radio bands; however, it does not meet the NTIA requirement that each US radio amateur transmission be centered on the 1500 Hz mark (the 5358.5 kHz channel center frequency). Richard Saunders, K6RBS, has posted the program settings for proper 60m JT65 operation here.
60 meter WSPR

WSPR

The link http://wsprnet.org/olddb?band=60&sort=callsign&reverse=on&unique=on lists recent WSPR mode emissions on 60 meters. One can scroll down that list and see how many A, K, N and W call signs have been transmitting WSPR mode outside the authorized 60 meter center channel frequencies.  Many US WSPR transmissions are now being observed on the WSPR software default 60m frequency of 5288 kHz, a completely unauthorized frequency for US radio amateurs.

Each licensee has the final responsibility for the lawful operation of his or her station.  Unfortunately, the increasing automation in our radios has apparently accustomed some to falsely assume that the radio will correct for operator carelessness and ignorance of regulations.  Our cooperation with NTIA requirements is essential for our continued access to the 60m channels and for possible future access to the new ITU worldwide 60 meter allocation at 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz. (See http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-asks-fcc-to-allocate-new-5-mhz-band-retain-channels-and-current-power-limit and http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-invites-comments-on-arrl-petition-to-allocate-new-5-mhz-band). Please be aware of these requirements if you intend to or currently operate CW or digital modes on our shared 60m allocations. The Amateur Auxiliary is documenting this matter and hopes to raise its awareness in the wider amateur radio community.

-Carol Milazzo, KP4MD

*The NTIA is the federal authority that coordinates radio spectrum use for the US military and federal government while the FCC serves in this capacity for civilian radio spectrum users.


Amateur Radio Emergency ServiceAugust 12 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted July 30, 2017

The next Sacramento County ARES training and meeting is scheduled for Saturday August 12, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Sacramento Sheriff's Central Division, 7000 65th Street, Sacramento, CA 95823.

Vince Cracchiolo KI6NHP is the Sacramento County EC.

For more information, visit the Sacramento County ARES web site at www.saccountyares.org


Report from Modoc Emergency Radio Club
Posted July 31, 2017

On July 22, 2017 the Modoc Emergency Radio Club, K6MER, provided aid stations, SAG wagons, and communications support for the 2017 Historic Hotels Bike Ride. At 8:00 AM riders left the hotel in Fort Bidwell and traveled south through Surprise Valley enjoying views of the Hayes Mountain range to the east and the Warner Mountains to the west. At Cedarville riders turned west to climb 1650 feet on their way over Cedar Pass before heading to the finish line at the Niles Hotel in Alturas, California. This annual event is good practice for the ARES affiliated club.

Dan Stossmeister, KJ6ZUW, drove SAG 1. Jim Hertel, N6KMR, served as Repeater Tech and logistical support along the route. The Surprise Valley High School Amateur Radio Club, KK6YBB, with club members Maya Schulz, KK6TBY, Charisse Armstrong, and club call sign trustee David Schulz, WO6M, operated Winlink Express at the starting line in Fort Bidwell and called in progress of riders at Aid Station 1 in Cedarville. Aid Stations 2 and 3 were staffed by Richard Mund, KK6FBZ, and Dave Bullard, NT6K, respectively. Visiting from Sacramento, fellow ham Mark Walsh, KM6XU, drove SAG 2. Jim Linden, N7JIL, drove SAG 3 and served as the Ham Team Leader. Chad Linden, N5BMU, served as Net Control, and Deanna Smith, W6DWS, served as Alternate Net Control and Finish Line operator.

Regarding the implementation of Winlink Express, Jim Linden says that next year he will "upgrade by adding a printer in his mobile so he can print out the bib number list for the aid stations."

Net Control was able to see the location of all three SAG wagons with the use of APRS and the APRS.fi website displayed on a big screen.

The Historic Hotels Bike Ride has three course options: 150 km, 100 km, and 40 km. A lunch is provided at the finish line in Alturas. More information about the event can be found at the Modoc County Parks and Recreation website: http://www.modocparksandrec.com/

Respectfully submitted, David M. Schulz - WO6M

Inside the historic Fort Bidwell Hotel with SVHS ARC members (left to right) Charisse Armstrong, Maya Schulz/KK6TBY, and David Schulz/WO6M Chad Linden/N5BMU, Net Control and Esther Linden/XYL, Logger at Niles Hotel Left to right standing, Deanna/W6DWS, Jim Hertel/N6KMR; seated left to right, Mark Walsh/KM6XU, Dan Stossmeister/KJ6ZUW, Jim Linden/N7JIL, Esther Linden/XYL, Chad Linden/N5BMU.

Northern California DX Club Offering Free Online Classes for General Class License
From the arrl.org News, August 1, 2017

The Northern California DX Club (NCDXC) has announced an initiative aimed at getting more new Technician and General class radio amateurs active on HF. The NCDXC Elmering Project will launch in mid-September.

NCDXC said its Elmering Project is aimed squarely at swelling the pool of new HF operators and getting them on HF. After some introductory classes are three curriculum tracks —General License Exam Preparation, HF Operating and Station Building, and Advanced Topics. Students sign up only for the classes that interest them; instruction will be at the participant’s skill level. The club said classes will cover such topics as advanced HF phone, CW, and digital mode operating skills, propagation analysis, and antennas. Some classes will be taught using Power Point presentations delivered to a student’s computer via WebEx.

Read the full story here.  Program Flyer


Project Amelia Earhart

Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, to Stop in Sacramento on his Historic Project Amelia Earhart Flight
Posted July 31, 2017

Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, is making news as he completes his “Project Amelia Earhart” round-the-world solo flight (featured on page 82 of August 2017 QST) in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the original historic ill-fated flight of Amelia Earhart. Brian departed from Miami on May 31 and has passed through the Caribbean, South America, Africa, South Asia, the East Indies, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii, while journaling his itinerary on the project web site and Facebook page. Brian landed in San Francisco on July 31 and is scheduled to stop in Sacramento on August 1.

Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, was a resident of Cameron Park, CA, founder and trustee of the K6GBM Granite Bay Montessori Amateur Radio Club, a member of the Northern California Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System Net and of the River City Amateur Radio Communications Society in Sacramento prior to moving to San Antonio Texas in April 2013. A licensed radio amateur since 1976, Brian authored the TNC KISS mode specification for packet radio communication, and has a long history as a pioneer in computer networking, digital communications and software defined radio.


ARRL Exhibit and Special Event Station at October 14 Rocklin Mini Maker Faire
Posted August 8, 2017

Rocklin Mini Maker Faire
Attention Area Radio Amateurs and Groups:

The ARRL Sacramento Valley Section will sponsor an exhibit promoting Amateur Radio at the Mini Maker Faire at Sierra College in Rocklin on Saturday October 14 from 9 am - 4 pm. We plan a display of homebrew amateur radio equipment and antenna projects, Morse Code practice stations, and offering opportunities for attendees to learn about the many facets of the amateur radio and to communicate on the air with amateur radio operators via an operational on-site amateur radio Special Event Station N6M. We will offer literature and information on licensing, local clubs, the ARRL and amateur radio's role in community service and promoting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The DIY Magic of Amateur Radio

Radio hams were the original Makers and Hackers, using new, used and scavenged parts to make transmitters, receivers, and antennas capable of communicating with other hams anywhere on Earth, and beyond. In this hobby, communicating is the keyword. And, when computers came along, they fit right in to the ham's wide world. Using their technical skills and imagination, hams put together advanced communication networks connected by radio waves instead of wires.

When amateurs began experimenting with radio more than a century ago, they had no choice but to build everything they needed. You might or might not be able to get a signal on your smartphone, but it is truly liberating to be able to communicate using equipment you've built yourself — using just the natural phenomenon of radio-wave propagation and without our telecommunications infrastructure. Radio amateurs don't develop radio-communication skills and capabilities just for ourselves, but also to serve our communities and country through public service and emergency preparedness.

For more information or to help plan or participate in this public outreach, please e-mail kp4md(at)arrl.org


Club and Member News - August 2017


Update from Amador County ARC
Posted July 30, 2017

The Amador County Amateur Radio Club has had a busy month. We started out with a joint B-B-Q with the Mother Lode Rockcrawlers. Both clubs use amateur radio and took advantage of that mutual interest to get together and improve our knowledge of each clubs activities and enjoy some fine food and fellowship. Our relationship with Red Cross was further enhances when a representative from Red Cross spoke at our July monthly club meeting. Later in the month we concluded a licensing course and every student was successful in passing the test for their Technician license. Our new repeater controller is in full operation and we had a special class to learn about its capabilities. 73, John Stettler, PIO


El Dorado County ARC
Update from El Dorado County ARC
Posted July 26, 2017

FROM THE PRESIDENT

We now move into the heat of summer! Is it too hot to work outside? It is always nice to work on indoor projects.

What are some of your summer projects? Do you have something you can share with the club at our monthly meeting? Let one of our officers know, so we can set aside some time for you to make a short presentation to the membership.

We will hear about the results of Field Day at our July meeting. I look forward to all of you joining us. As luck would have it, I dashed off for our family reunion and left my antenna kit (Buddipole) at home, which kept me off the air this year!

There is an article in the July issue of QST, which I used as an example of how to set up a digital station. Titled, “The Raspberry Pi Alternative for WSJT-X”, this article is an introduction to putting this little $35 computer to use in the shack. It will step you through the process of gathering necessary components and configuring your Raspberry Pi. It is based around the Pi 3 model, which provides more memory and a faster CPU than its predecessors.

Now to learn WSJT-X and start working the digital modes!

Hope to see you at the meeting!

73, Michael, K6MLE Newsletter


River City ARCS
Update from River City ARCS
Posted July 31, 2017

August 1 Meeting Program - Ham Radio and the August 21 Solar Eclipse

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Field Day was the big event for the end of June. Some of the members performed tasks that especially aided in making this year a success event.

I gave verbal credit at the July's general meeting to those individuals, but would like to extend that "thank you" in the news letter.

August Program - Amateur Radio and the Solar Eclipse

  • To Marie and Dave Martin, WB6YLK, for a great meal.
  • To Kevin Hooke, KK6DCT, for the networking and fast posting of Field Day contacts to the ARRL - very fast.
  • And for those who came out and braved the heat while making those contact - Well done.

On August 21, 2017, there will be a solar eclipse and if you happen to be in Portland, Oregon, around 1720 UT, you will experience a total eclipse. There are lots of articles on this event along with WARNINGS on how to observe the event. Observing incorrectly can cause permanent damage to the eyes. What's interesting to hams is the effect an eclipse has on radio wave propagation. Dr. Carol Milazzo (KP4MD), during her presentation at the club's August general meeting, will add comments on this. If you can, check out Ward Silver's (N0AX) article "The Solar Eclipse QSO Party" in August's QST edition. Ward also wrote a very good article "The Solar Eclipse and Ham Radio" in "Nuts and Volts" magazine, August edition. I found it to be very well written about ionization of the upper atmosphere and how it effects radio waves.

Also to be discussed during the August 1 General Meeting, rules on September's "Home Brew" contest. Be sure to attend so you can know how to participate in this event. Until then,

73, Ed, WA6QYO  Newsletter  

River City ARCS Field Day Photos


Yuba Sutter ARC
Update from Yuba-Sutter ARC
Posted July 31, 2017

GENERAL MEETING

The next general meeting will be held Tuesday, August 1st at the Caltrans Building in Marysville. Photos from field day and the antenna building party will be shown.

SUTTER HIGH SCHOOL TO START AN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

Gary Mason (KE6VUR), a teacher at Sutter High School, will be starting a ham club this fall. They are in need of some used current Technician License Manuals for the club. If you have one you’re willing to donate to them please contact Curtis (KF6VFP). About 8 more copies of the manual will be needed.

VE TEST SESSION

The next VE session will be 9:00 A.M., 2 September at 715 King Ave., Yuba City. 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. Good luck to everyone taking exams.

At the July 8th VE session Gary Mason (KE6VUR) upgraded to general, Daniel Leon (KM6KVT) upgraded to Extra, and Andrew Altes (KM6LOG) and Christopher Gallion (KM6LOH) became Technicians. Congratulations to all.

For photos and comments see the clubs Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1656462021319061/.

EDITORS COMMENTS

✓YSARC’s new web page is: www.ysarc.net - click on the upper right-hand icon on the homepage to join the club’s Facebook page. Past issue’s of the VHN are available on our new website.

✓Send your ham related articles and pictures to share in your VHN. Pictures of ham shacks, antenna projects, antenna parties, etc. are appreciated KI6CSN@arrl.net or KF6FVP@arrl.net

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Yuba Sutter ARC Field Day Photos


Sierra Foothills ARC Technical Presentation

Sierra Foothills ARC
Update from Sierra Foothills ARC
Posted July 27, 2017

SFARC Monthly Report

All's well in Auburn. After a grass fire that was threatening on the edge of town, CAL FIRE came through once again. Our sincere thanks, from all 114 of our Members, to Cal Fire for the great job they continue to do.

Mark, W8BIT, Social Media Officer, has updated our Facebook page and added a twitter account at: https://www.youtube.com/user/W6EK/ or from twitter: @SFARC_W6EK. Our thanks to Donna, W6CQX for doing our first YouTube site during these past years.

Meeting programs - We have a session that is called "Tech 4 Ten" and is a brief presentation about a subject, radio review, antennas or similar. Then after the break we begin the main program. July was two fold: HF Antenna and VHF antenna pre-build technical presentations. Greg, KO6TH has been doing videos of all our programs and posting them on our You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/W6EK/ You can also see our 2017 Field Day video there.

Shout out to President Orion, AI6JB for contacting Dave, NN1N and getting our Special Service Club status renewed. SFARC supports our Community with local communications, participation in Ham Events, VE Testing, Education and more.

VE Testing - AL, NI2U reports: We had a very successful session again. We administered 25 elements to 16 candidates. 15 earned a new or upgraded license. We have 14 new Technicians 4 new Generals.

Nets - Every Thursday at 7:30 pm, some business, reports, a Mystery Question and checkins. Then every 1st and 3rd Wednesday is our Elmer Net. Great place to find answers to all of your Ham questions.

Club Picnic - Saturday, August 19th will be the club's annual picnic for the members. Thanks to Jeremiah, W6DLO for taking the picnic under his able management. Will there be another QLF Contest? Hope so as it is entertaining.

Great thing to do - Maritime Radio Historical Society -Keep in touch with their newsletter and special events: info@radiomarine.org and http://radiomarine.org/

The Amateur Radio Parity Act - Give your support to this legislation for Amateur Radio. Go to: https://arrl.rallycongress.net/ctas/urge-us-senate-to-support-amateur-radio-parity-act and support your hobby! Every signature counts.

Eclipse - You saw it on the cover of QST. Are you ready for the QSO Party? Check with your club or read the article so you too can participate on the radio.

73, Carl, WF6J, ARRL PIO  Newsletter

August 5 VE Session Report

Thanks again for all the VE's that were able to come to the session. We had a very successful session again. We administered 25 elements to 19 candidates. 18 earned a new or upgraded license. We also issued credit for a Technician License prior to 1987. We have 12 new Technicians, 5 new Generals, and 1 new Extra.
Oh yes, we had fewer examiners than candidates, 10 with a little cajoling.

Thanks, Al NI2U. A special thanks to Carl N6CKV and Burton N6UG for covering for me as I ran home to get the CSCV forms!

From an examinee

Thanks to you and your team... You and your people did a terrific job this morning - very friendly and helpful. Now I need to get the HOA to approve my antenna design and study for General Class. Thanks for all you do, hope to see you at my next exam.

Lee Blachowicz


Elk Grove-Florin ARC
Update from Elk Grove-Florin ARC
Posted August 16, 2017

Elk Grove-Florin ARC-August meeting

Our August meeting was a little different than most. We called it “Install O’Rama”. We invited the clubs and hams in the area to join us for this parking lot event. Hams with mobile installations were invited to display them and hams looking for ideas were encouraged to come and see what others had done. While the attendance was a little lower than we had hoped, we still had some great installations to show.

Fred W7KOZ and Bonnie KC6PSZ brought their Communications Trailer in from Wilton. This is truly a labor of love. They built it up from Scratch. Fred for many years was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and used it in many of its events. As you can see from the picture it contains work space for two operators and several radios.

Fred Sellstrom W7KOZs trailer.  Photo by Craig Bruce WP2N Van owned by Brian Courtright K9LBC.  Photo by Craig Bruce WP2N

Brian K9LBC brought his van. He is new to ham radio and has done a magnificent job of building a mobile radio/camping vehicle. It is powered by a 12-volt deep cell battery that is charged by a 100 watt solar array. He can fish, hunt and play radio in the same vehicle. Brian lives in Antelope and is a member of the North Hills ARC. We appreciate.

We had a visitor that is not a licensed yet, but wants to be. So, we had a chance to promote Amateur Radio a bit. It was a good night!

73, Paul (N6DRY)

Photo credits: 1. Fred Sellstrom W7KOZ's trailer.  Photo by Craig Bruce WP2N  2. Van owned by Brian Courtright, K9LBC.  Photo by Craig Bruce WP2N


Oroville ARS
https://goo.gl/photos/vJwjKqCRf1TiK8vD8
Update from Oroville ARS
Posted July 26, 2017

The OARS Monthly Breakfast will be Saturday, 29 July 2017, 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

The monthly meeting of OARS (http://w6af.org) will take place Friday, 11 August 2017, 7 pm, at St. Paul’s Parish Hall, 1430 Pine Street in Oroville. The doors will open at 6 pm for a social hour prior to the meeting. The Steak Bake committee will meet at 6 pm there. The agenda is expected to include the club’s participation in the Berry Creek Berry Festival, which takes place this Saturday (12 August), and the Steak Bake. The scheduled program is an introduction to APRS, presented by Erik Bayer, AF6EF. Hope all can attend.

Oroville ARS Field Day Photos


QCWA
Update from SOTARS/QCWA Chapter 169
Posted August 6, 2017

Our meeting this month is Wednesday, August 9th. You can choose Lunch or Breakfast. (Denny's serves breakfast all day.)  Breakfast (or lunch) starts at eleven and the meeting will start at Noon.

The program is the first half of TXFactor, Episode 17, that includes a section on operating the various digital modes and a short clip on QSL'ing via the bureau. Next month's show will be the conclusion of Episode l7 about Field Day in the UK.

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 plan on attending.


North Hills RC
Update from North Hills RC
Posted July 31, 2017

The next meeting for The North Hills Radio Club will take place on Tuesday evening, August 15, 2017.

Join us at our August meeting of the North Hills Radio Club, where we will be building several transformer boxes for the End Fed Antenna.  program will be about End Fed Antennas. Maynard W6PAP will be guiding those that signed up for the workshop. Even if you haven't signed up to build a transformer box, come to the meeting, and maybe you can assist in the builds and join in the fun.

Please come and you are encouraged to bring a friend, ham or otherwise. Our meetings are open to the general public and we would like very much for you to attend. See you on August 15.

Club meetings are always held on the third Tuesday of every month, at the former (SMUD) building located at 5026 Don Julio Blvd, at the northeast corner of Don Julio and Elkhorn Blvds. The board meeting begins at 6:00 P.M., followed by the general membership meeting at 7:30 P.M.

See you there! From Doug Emerson, Vice-President, North Hills Radio Club. Amateur call sign N6NFF


Nevada County ARC
Update from Nevada County ARC
Posted August 11, 2017

Next Meeting: Monday August 14, 2017 doors open 6:30pm, meeting at 7pm. PIZZA! COME HUNGRY TO THE MEETING. The August Meeting is Member Appreciation Night. Pizza Will Be Provided.

As a special thank you to the members who have volunteered at the Nevada County Fair, and all the members of the club who all do so much to make this club what it is, the August meeting will be Member Appreciation Night. We will also hear reports from the fair and from Ben Soper N3BEN on traveling and operating in Europe and the hazards of chasing fish with a GoPro!

Nevada County Fair Aug 9-13 http://nevadacountyfair.com

By the time you receive this newsletter, the Nevada County Fair is already underway! Come to the fair this weekend to visit us at our booth, and perhaps even take the opportunity to stand behind it for a while and give someone there a break (if you're not already scheduled to be there.)

Bring a friend to show them you're not the only crazy person in the county who does this stuff, and possibly to infect them with "the Bug" through contact with multiple carriers!

Solar Eclipse Monday August 21

Grass Valley will experience an 85% Partial Solar Eclipse on Monday the 21st. It's worth noting that an 85% partial eclipse is not 85% of the experience of a TOTAL solar eclipse, the two events are not even comparable. However, if you're unfortunate enough to not be able to travel to the path of totality for this eclipse, you get a minor little show similar to our annular eclipse in 2012, where the sun is not fully covered.

Grass Valley Eclipse Timing Eclipse begins: 9:03 am Eclipse Maximum: 10:17 am Eclipse ends: 11:40 am

If you can at all, travel to the path of totality. The times for the eclipse in other locations will vary as the Moon's complete shadow sweeps across the U.S., so make sure you look up the times for where you are going to not miss the eclipse. http://timeanddate.com/eclipse

When in partial eclipse, solar filter glasses will be necessary to view the eclipse. You will need this protection for the entire eclipse from Grass Valley and anywhere outside the path of totality.

NEVADA COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MINUTES

No minutes submitted for the last meeting.

73, Walt, N6HNS        Newsletter


Samuel F. Morse ARC
Update from Samuel F Morse ARC
Posted July 31, 2017

JULY REPORT:

The W6SFM Samuel F Morse Radio Club July meeting was called to order July 6th by club President Mike, N6MQL on June 1st at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church in Carmichael CA, with 18 members and 1 guest in attendance.

The W6SFM annual Field Day was held behind the rear parking lot in the field of the Carmichael Presbyterian Church. This location provided everyone with FREE and Easy public accessibility to the W6SFM Field Day location.

Throughout the event the club saw 24 total people show up. The club was visited by 11 guests and 13 club members. Included in those numbers were 5 Kids 18 years old or younger. Member Chuck N6UOE brought out his grandson to get a view of what Field Day was all about. Chris 12 years old, was very helpful assisting chuck and the club with the vertical antenna setup and connection. ARRL Section manager, and W6SFM member, Carol KP4MD joined us with her ‘official’ visit around 4:30 PM and stayed through dinner time.

W6SFM Field Day

The SFM ARC suffered a great loss with the passing of Member Norm, WB6RVR (which caused the club to have to switch to “plan-B” in our antenna setup. The club operated a modest 2 stations, all emergency powered 100-watt (or less, depending on battery voltage levels) configuration. This year’s antennas used were the club work horse “all-band” 80 meter tuned Inverted Vee, and the clubs newly repaired, rebuilt and retuned Hustler 4 band trapped vertical.

The total number of contacts was 423 along with additional bonus points. A good time was had by all.

For our main presentation, Mike, N6MQL presented a hands-on demonstration of the differences in past and current size Surface mounted devices. Mike also demonstrated some helpful tips on how to use both a soldering iron and SMD Hot air work station to remove, clean and install SMD devices. Because of the sizes involved members watched what was being done on the TV monitor feed by Mike’s Microscope placed on the table.  The club looks on as Mike compares different SMD components to a Dime.

There was no "Show and Tell".

It was announced last month that LiveStream, the provider of W6SFM’s Live Feed will no longer be providing free streaming services. As of July 11th our Livestream feed will no longer be available, nor will any of the previously recorded videos on-line.  As of the 11th the club will begin moving all of its Live Feed transmissions through our new W6SFM YouTube Channel. The Live Feed page will continue to serve live feeds, but because of the way the new software works you may be required to ‘refresh’ your Livestream browser in order to activate the live transmission once it has begun. Unlike the previous LiveStream integration, YouTube has no way to continuously update our webpage in order to let the Live transmission begin on its own. Therefore, once you have arrived on the clubs “Live Feed” page, if there is no transmission currently playing you will be required to refresh your browsers to check again for the start of the transmission. We hope to find a way past this allowing for an automatic start of the broadcast as we did in the past. Until then, if you prefer you can always go to the YouTube channel to see if we are “Live Broadcasting”. Those who subscribe to the W6SFM YouTube channel will always be notified by email when the club goes live. The W6SFM Channel can be found by simply going to YouTube.com and searching for W6SFM. Click on any of our videos and then click the Subscribe button under the video.

Our next SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held at its normal time and location August 3rd (followed by our Sep 7th meeting). The SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held in the Howard Crowley room upstairs at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church. Directions, including a Google Map are available on the W6SFM.com home page.

At our August meeting, we will be discussing news and events. We will also have a presentation on the setup and use of the WSPR net Sub-noise floor beacon, receiver communication and mapping system.

As always, we will have our Tech (show and tell) portion. Members and visitors are asked to share their Ham Radio related items they find of interest. Attend our In-Person meetings with items that you’ve purchased or were given to you that you would like to share with others in the group. Visitors are always welcome to join us at our meetings.

-- Chris AI6U (SFMARC Secretary)

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Samuel F Morse ARC Field Day Photos


Western Placer ARC
Update from Western Placer ARC
Posted August 8, 2017

Our Next Club Meetings are August 15, 2017. 5:30 – Board Meeting. 7:00 – Members Meeting. Woodcreek Oaks Golf Club, 5880 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd., Roseville, California

Scheduled Speaker and Topic: This meeting will have two parts: First up are preparations for our annual WPARC Hamfest on Saturday, Sep 16. Consider volunteering an hour or three during this fun event. Many hands make for light work. Second, President Jerry Haar N6JKH will speak about his recent HF DX-pedition to Catalina Island using a Buddipole antenna in portable operation. He worked contacts in Italy, Sweden, Hungary and Croatia with it! Come out to enjoy some camaraderie, food, beverage, and tales of the radios!

Club Meeting Location: WPARC conducts board and member meetings on third Tuesdays of each month. Members and guests with business to bring before the board are welcome to attend board meetings. Join us at Legends at Woodcreek Oaks Golf Club, 5880 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd., Roseville.

WPARC News

First Ever Club T-Shirts!

One of your fellow members is coordinating our first ever club T-Shirt order. Many expressed interest at the May meeting. The plan is to prepare an order of high quality long- and short-sleeve shirts, where a large club logo is printed on the back, and your name, call sign, and small club logo on the front. Tentative costs are in the $15-20 range. If interested in a T-shirt of your very own then bring your checkbook or cash to the June meeting.

WPARC 2017 Hamfest - Sep 16

WPARC 2017 Hamfest will be Saturday, Sep 16. Start setting your ham radio treasures aside for their next owners, and plan to attend this annual event. Be thinking about volunteering a few hours to make this year another success!

Tour de Rocklin - Sep 30

Bill KJ6YCO announces that the Tour de Rocklin will return this year on Saturday, Sep 30. This is another premier cycling event in our area and WPARC will be there to support it. Save the date to provide support at net control, as SAG in your vehicle, or at a check point along the route.

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Glenn ARS
Update from Glenn ARS
Posted August 8, 2017

Prez Says!

July is now distant and we have moved into another hot summer month. This continuous heat wave has been wracking havoc on everyone activities, slowing us down I hope, in order to stay as cool and healthy as possible.

On the club front we are not doing much this summer but it is hoped that in the weeks remaining in this year, if we all work together, that we can put together some interesting programs to attract new members and bring back some past ones.

Your ideas and suggestions are most welcome and I would like to hear them presented at the next GARS membership meeting on 10 August 2017, at the Lutheran Fellowship Hall in Artois, CA. Time to meet is 6:30 pm (1830 hours) local time. Hope to see you all there and if you can see your way bring someone to introduce them to Amateur Radio.

Work on the Disaster Response Trailer (DTR) is moving very slowly but the repairs to the 4 foot man door on the side of the trailer are almost complete. There is some sealing work to be done to complete this work list item. It would be complete but the high heat and humidity and the sealant do not mix so we are waiting for cooler climes to finish. Work on the battery boxes will commence this month along with programming the Anytone radios.

There is still much work to do! We will have a short discussion during the membership meeting on what needs to be accomplished to ready the DRT for deployment.

See you all at the GARS membership meeting and have a safe and blessed month!

Mike Ellithorpe-kf6obi President, GARS kilofox6obi@yandex.com 530-518-3730  Newsletter


Golden Empire ARS
Update from Golden Empire ARS
Posted August 6, 2017

The Prez' Says

QST de KA6GND

We were so saddened very recently hear of the passing of Chuck Aldrin, KN6JS. Chuck was such a gentleman, a treat to hear on the air - 73 Chuck, you will be missed.

Thank you to John Bush, WH6DLK/V63JB for your very interesting program at our July meeting. What a life that you live on the islands!

If one of you are familiar with the software Ham Radio Deluxe or FL Digi and would like to tell us about it as the program speaker at an upcoming meeting, please let me know, we'd love to hear about these things and popular programs.

The plans for another workshop are still in the works, possibly in late September. If you would like to be involved in helping to put this on let Rick Hubbard, KI6VOS know of your availability.

Our VEC Tom W6JS and VE/former VEC Gene WA6ZRT just made a trip back to the VEC meeting at the FCC in Gettysburg, PA. They will give a report on the latest in licensing news at our August club meeting, so come for this discussion.

73 for now, Larry Marcum, KA6GND, GEARS Club President, ka6gnd@gmail.com, 530-345-5399  Newsletter


Field Day Photo Collage from Shingletown ARC
Submitted by Dr. Shelli Joye, K6SRJ, posted July 30, 2017

Shingletown Amateur Radio Club (STARC)
The struggle to raise one of our antennas on Field Day in Viola, 9 miles east of Shingletown at 4500 feet. Note the llamas watching!

Posted by Dr. Shelli Joye, K6SRJ

Shingletown Amateur Radio Club (STARC) The struggle to raise one of our antennas on Field Day in Viola, 9 miles east of Shingletown at 4500 feet. Note the llamas watching!
Clarence Nevis, KF6YTQ, Silent Key

Clarence Nevis, KF6YTQ SILENT KEY
Posted July 6, 2017

Clarence Nevis, KF6YTQ- Club Member for a long long time.. became a Silent Key the weekend of June 16th-17th. There will be no service.

He was a very strong guy for a long time considering what difficulties he had... very intelligent and really an 'expert' on many subjects... of course Amateur Radio but also an accomplished Machinist as a hobbyist.. Engineer by vocation and worked for Cal Trans.

Submitted by Larry Fibich AF6LF


Dr. Thomas A. York, N6DFL SILENT KEY
Posted July 22, 2017

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Thomas A. York, the Ham Radio Operator of the N6DFL station.

I am his adult grandson, some of my fondest memories from my childhood involved joining him in his "Nets", learning about the operation of his station, and morse code. One of the final messages I communicated to him was a greeting in morse code that he taught me 25 years ago.

I thank you all for the contributions of friendship you provided to my grandfather, it meant a great deal to him, and to his family.

N6DFL is SK.

- Christopher J. Baker, Grandson of Dr. Thomas A. York N6DFL


ARRL Virgin Islands Section Manager Fred Kleber NP2X, Roger Cain KI6FYF and Carol Milazzo KP4MD on St. Croix USVI
Visits with Caribbean ARRL Section Officials
Submitted by Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, posted July 6, 2017

While on our KP4MD/P Holiday style Suitcase DXpedition at our vacation condo in Puerto Rico, Roger KI6FYF and I took a 6/30-7/1 weekend trip to St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. ARRL VI Section Manager Fred Kleber NP2X and his wife Lisa W4LIS treated us to a tour of the island, a visit to their lofty hilltop contest-class station, a visit to the boardwalk and souvenir shopping in downtown Christiansted, St. Croix, and the monthly meeting of the St. Croix Amateur Radio Club. In spite of their few numbers and limited infrastructure, the Virgin Islands ARES group has been quite resourceful in networking with the National Guard, FEMA and the territory government for disaster preparedness.

July 5, 2017 - Dinner meeting at Hacienda Muñoz in San Lorenzo, PR with ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, Asst. Section Manager Jose "Otis" Vicens, NP4G, Sacramento Valley Asst. Section Manager Roger Cain, KI6FYF, and SV Section Manager Carol Milazzo, KP4MD.
On July 6, we enjoyed a dinner meeting at the Hacienda Muñoz (a restaurant in a traditional mountainside coffee plantation setting) in San Lorenzo, PR with ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, Asst. Section Manager Jose "Otis" Vicens, NP4G, Sacramento Valley Asst. Section Manager Roger Cain, KI6FYF, and SV Section Manager Carol Milazzo, KP4MD. We enjoyed legendary Puerto Rican hospitality, ambience and exquisite cuisine while discussing issues that amateur radio faces in our respective sections.

Photo Album


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Equipment Grounding Problems
Submitted by Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, posted July 9, 2017

At the April meeting of the W6SFM Samuel F. Morse ARC, John Geyer, WB6UBK, who is a professional electrician, presented a talk on electrical safety and grounding. Over the past year or so I had noticed increasing noise floors on HF and inconsistent SWR readings. While operating on the 80 meter CW net, RF appeared on our household appliances and triggered touch lamps. Suspecting a grounding problem, John very kindly assisted me in tying the station ground rod to the Ufer ground at the electrical service entrance with 4 AWG wire, but the problem persisted.

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Then suspecting a problem in the equipment ground connections (a rat's nest of coax braids secured where the ground wire enters the station) I found that over the years a common tie point screw had come loose and instead of zero ohms the equipment chassis measured 13 ohms to ground.

Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur
Rather than just tightening the loose screw, I decided to replace the rat's nest of coaxial braids with a proper grounding bus. I replaced the braid from the ground rod with a short direct length of copper plated hanging tape securely attached to an 18 inch copper plated plumbing bracket as a bus bar behind the station equipment.

I mounted my Powerpole distribution box securely to the bracket and ran short lengths of braid from the bracket to each equipment chassis.  See photo album.

I may solder the joints in the future, but for now I have confirmed a good low resistance ground to all station equipment and have resolved much of the receiver noise, erratic SWR readings and RF that had appeared on the home wiring.

Thanks to John Geyer for his talk on proper grounding and check out Ward Silver's new ARRL publication "Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur."  73, Carol KP4MD


Norm Wilson N6JV

Norm Wilson N6JV Completes 10 Band DXCC
Submitted by Norm Wilson, N6JV, July 24, 2017

Just today I worked ZS4TX using EME on 6 meters and finally completed 6 Meter DXCC and 10 band DXCC.

That's hard from Sacramento Valley.

Norm, N6JV@N6JV.com

http://N6JV.com (Tube Museum)

Norm was Sacramento Valley Section Manager from 1982 to 1983 and maintains an impressive web site with photos of his amateur radio station since first licensed in 1960. - Carol KP4MD
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