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ARRL Sacramento Valley Section News - September 2018

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 & other Regional Events

Past Section News Archive

Section Media


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

Classes and Exam Sessions


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 (FCC) after passing an exam at a Volunteer Exam (VE) session.  
The FCC currently issues three classes of amateur radio license: Technician, General and Amateur Extra.

The license exam contains multiple choice questions selected from lists that are published online at http://www.arrl.org/question-pools. Many individuals prepare for an exam session using self-study license manuals and online practice exams. From time to time, license preparation courses are offered that cover the exam material over several weeks. "Ham-Cram" sessions are also popular, where a several hours' review class of exam questions and answers is immediately followed by a license exam session.

Visit http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-class to find a license class.
Visit http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session to find a license exam session.

For more information on testing, preparation and study materials, see:


Citrus Heights 2018 Ham-Cram Sessions
Posted December 4, 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 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 2018 are:

  • January 27, 
  • March 24, 
  • May 26, 
  • July 28, 
  • September 22, and 
  • November 17.

Contact Joe Cardoza, KA6ROM, 916-725-6443 or cardozas@comcast.net to register.


California Emergency Volunteers Ham-Cram Sessions
Posted December 4, 2017

The California Emergency Volunteers, Inc. offers 6 hour long "Get Your License in One Day" Ham-Cram sessions followed by a Technician Class license exam session. These sessions are held on monthly on a Saturday alternating between Stockton and Manteca, CA. Visit http://www.hamcram.org/ for more information and to register.


Folsom ARRL Volunteer Exam 2018 Schedule - New Location
Updated June 26, 2018

Folsom ARRL VEC exams are held at 6 pm the third Thursday of each month except July and December.
Here is our updated exam scheduled for 2018:

  1. January 18
  2. February 15
  3. March 15
  4. April 19
  5. May 17
  6. June 21
  7. July NO EXAM
  8. August 16
  9. September 20
  10. October 18
  11. November 15
  12. December NO EXAM
All exams start at 6:00 pm.

Round Table Pizza, 9500 Greenback Ave, Suite 1, Folsom, CA 95630.  We meet in the large meeting room.
For information contact Steve Porten, KN6OX at steve@kn6ox.net.


Redding ARRL VE Schedule 2018
Posted December 1, 2017

The Redding ARRL VE Team will be hosting exams on the following Saturdays in 2018:

  1. January 20
  2. March 17
  3. May 19
  4. July 21
  5. September 15
  6. November 17
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 2018 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:
2018: Feb 17, Apr 14, Jun 16, Aug 18, Oct 20, Dec 8

Dar Walker W6IO


Other VE Sessions - Schedule List (ARRL national site)
  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
  4. WPARC VE at Roseville Round Table Pizza - 1st Wed.

Samuel F Morse ARC to offer Morse Code Instructional Course Sep 5-Nov 14
Posted June 1, 2018

Morse Code Course
The Samuel F Morse ARC will once again be running our 10-week CW for beginner’s course. This course will be held once a week for 2 hours (7 PM until 9 PM) each Wednesday evening in Carmichael. If you or someone you know are interested in learning Morse Code we encourage you to sign up NOW. You do NOT need to be a licensed operator to join our class. We will begin Wednesday evening September 5th (ending November 14th).

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. Please contact Mike, N6MQL for more information: admin@w6sfm.com


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.

www.pacificon.org
September 2018 News

From the Section Manager

Here are the latest news and happening from clubs and members around our section.

QST Cover

This month's news features reports, photos and videos from radio amateurs and clubs around our Section.

New Section Appointment

We welcome Michael Joseph, KK6ZGB, on his new appointment as ARES District 3 Emergency Coordinator. Michael is a Red Cross Amateur Radio Disaster Operator, a certified ARES Field and Digital Operator and runs the weekly net for the Sacramento EC. We sincerely thank Ken Wilson K6WLS for his time as past DEC and for his continued service in our ARRL Field Organization.

Section Wide Net Thursday, September 20

Mark Thursday evening, September 20, on your calendar to check in to our ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Wide Nets on 146.085 MHz and 3880 kHz LSB.  See the details below.

UPCOMING SECTION EVENTS

Saturday, September 15. Mark your calendars and stop by the ARRL booth at the Western Placer ARC Hamfest in Lincoln, CA.  Download Flyer.

Thursday September 20.  ARRL Sacramento Valley HF and VHF Section-Wide Nets (details below).

rocklin.makerfaire.com
Saturday, October 6.  At the Rocklin Maker Faire, the ARRL Sacramento Valley Section will have a booth and station setup to share the wonders of amateur radio between 9 AM and 4 PM. Ham radio’s roots are in making radios and antennas which is what the maker faire is all about. Last year more than 8,000 people showed up at Sierra College to see what folks are doing for hobbies.
If you are interested in working the booth and sharing our hobby with others, please contact Orion Endres ai6jb@outlook.com. For more information click here or visit the Rocklin Mini Maker Faire website rocklin.makerfaire.com.

Saturday, October 13.  Shasta/Tehama ARES Hamfest in Redding, CA.  Download Flyer.

ARRL Pacificon Convention Oct. 19-21, 2018

October 19-21 ARRL PACIFICON Convention

Register online now at www.pacificon.org for the October 19-21, 2018 ‪‎‪‎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 19-21 Jamboree on the Air

If you do not plan to attend the Pacificon convention, consider joining the Jamboree on the Air at the Beale AFB Scout Expo (details below) or 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. 19-21 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. Click for more information.

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 often updated 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


ARRL VHF & HF Section-Wide Nets Thursday, September 20

On Thursday September 20, ARRL Sacramento Valley Section will hold an ARRL SECTION-WIDE NET, first on the WD6AXM repeater on 146.085 MHz IMMEDIATELY after the 7 pm Yuba-Sutter ARES net closes, then followed immediately by an HF net on 3880 kHz LSB +/- 3 kHz. All radio amateurs are encouraged to participate. We will issue an Official Bulletin reminder during that week.

ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Nets are conducted only on the third Thursday of the month when announced, following the 7 pm Pacific Time Yuba-Sutter ARES net on the WD6AXM 146.085 MHz FM repeater, followed by the HF Section Net on 3880 kHz LSB +/- 3 kHz. During spring and summer months the HF net may be conducted on 5330.5 kHz USB as propagation permits.

All Sacramento Valley Section radio amateurs are welcome to check into our Section Nets. The nets carry announcements of interest to our section and test our section-wide station communication capabilities.

Locations of: W6DRZ Receiver at Half Moon Bay; W7RNA Receiver at Sedona, AZ; Northern Utah Receiver
Don't have an antenna or HF radio?  Click a link
and Listen to our HF net on a web receiver.
W6DRZ receiver at Half Moon Bay 3880 kHz No 60m
W7RNA receiver in Sedona, AZ 3880 kHz No 60m
Northern Utah web receiver 3880 kHz 5330.5 kHz

Hourly Northern California NVIS Observations
Current NVIS Observations
This chart shows colors that represent the recommended HF frequencies for contacting stations for a particular hour. Both stations should use the SAME frequency denoted by the color at the location of the target station. The chart is in Universal Time (UTC). More information at http://www.sws.bom.gov.au/HF_Systems/6/6


Jamboree on the Air
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) 2018
October 19-21
Update from Orion Endres, AI6JB, Section Youth Coordinator, posted August 8, 2018

Every third weekend of October for over 60 years, Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) has continuously grown to now be the largest Ham radio event in the world. In 2017, the World Organization of Scouting logged over 1.4 million scouts, girls & boys, participating in 152 countries. The ARRL is a supporter of the event and has a very informative webpage on how you can get involved, http://www.arrl.org/jamboree-on-the-air-jota.

Every club in the Section is encouraged to get with your local scouting units to run a JOTA site. If you need help identifying local units, please contact the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California Council at 800.322.4475 and the Golden Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America at 800.427.1417.

The Sierra Foothills ARC will be hosting a JOTA site at Beale Air Force Base as a part of Scout Expo. Scout Expo draws 5,000 Boy Scouts from all over northern California. If your club is not planning on setting up a JOTA Site and you want to be a part of the action, please let me know. We would love to have you. Due to the fact this event is on an active military base, we need to know your intentions by Sept 1st. Additional information can be found at https://jamboreeontheair.weebly.com.

Another way to get involved is to be on the air for Scouts when they call CQ! Check out the ARRL webpage for great information on frequencies, suggested discussion topics, and what to expect.

Hope to hear you on the air, Orion, AI6JB, Section Youth Coordinator


ARRL Exhibit and Special Event Station at October 6 Rocklin Mini Maker Faire
Posted August 10, 2018

Attention Area Radio Amateurs and Groups:

The ARRL Sacramento Valley Section will sponsor an exhibit promoting Amateur Radio and our local clubs at the Mini Maker Faire at Sierra College in Rocklin on Saturday October 6 from 9 am - 4 pm. Admission is free!  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 our Section Youth Coordinator Orion Endres at ai6dj@outlook.com


Update from Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, Section Technical Coordinator
Posted September 10, 2018

There goes summer. I did two trips to Twin Falls, Idaho this summer and I even found a ham swap in Twin Falls.

We are planning a trip to Idaho this winter. If you are up in that area and need cards checked let me know.

Don’t forget the Western Placer ARC ham swap coming up on the 15th of September, more information at http://www.wparc.us/ See you all there. If you have an application for DXCC, WAS or VUCC and it is already just find me. Any questions just email me, my info is on QRZ or the ARRL site.

Pacificon 2018 is just around the corner. I will be there doing applications and cards. Stop by and say hi. More info at http://pacificon.org/

I have not heard anything about the Durham California swap meet yet, in the past it has been at the end of September. If I hear anything I will update this information.

See you down the log sheets.

73, Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, wb6vyh@arrl.net
ARRL Pacific Division DXCC Awards Manager, Sacramento Valley Section Technical Coordinator, WAS Award Manager, VUCC Awards Manager


The Redding Veterans' Home is On the Air
Posted September 10, 2018, submitted by Steve, K6KS

On Friday August 24th, Tom Cleminson KF7FTJ made the first HF contact from the Veterans’ Home in Redding, checking into the Noon Time Net with their Net Control Station Dar W6IO. The Veterans’ Home now has VHF and HF capabilities.

The Veterans’ Home has three licensed hams living there. Two more residents are studying for their Technician Class licenses.

Thanks to members of the following groups who contributed to this project: The Redding ARRL Volunteer Examiner Team, The Shingletown Amateur Radio Club, the Redding Old Timers group, and the Western Amateur Radio Repeater and Echolink Association.

The Redding Veterans' Home is On the AirThe Redding Veterans' Home is On the Air

From Section Affiliated Club Coordinator, Max Soucia, N1KGS
Posted March 11

Hi Sac Valley Hams. I’m the newly appointed section Affiliated Club Coordinator. I’ve been a ham for 28 years or there about. I relocated from northern Maine in 2009 after I retired where I was Section Emergency Coordinator and I helped write and develop the original EC 101 course. I was an online mentor for EmComm for several years. I’m a big cheerleader for Amateur Radio’s ability to assist in emergencies when nothing else works. As such I’m a proponent of ARRL affiliation for the support we can give it in return for the technical and particularly legislative support they provide. In the present atmosphere of monetizing all aspects of society we will be feeling more and more pressure to privatize the EM spectrum including our slivers of it. Witness the development and expansion of 5G services. Protection and expansion of our spectrum is where we as individual hams can benefit from League activity as we support them with sheer numbers through membership and club affiliation.

I’ll be contacting each ARRL affiliated club in the Sacramento Valley Section over the coming weeks to update your club information and to help bring your League affiliation up to date if needed. I also want to visit each club over the coming months for an eyeball QSO. There is much of Northern California I have not seen and I’m looking forward to the travel. In the meantime, if you want assistance in utilizing the benefits of affiliation such as club insurance, or updating your Special Service Club status or have questions about any of these issues or just want to rag chew my cell number is (916) 607 6524 and my email is N1KGS@arrl.net.

73 de Max Soucia, N1KGS, Affiliated Club Coordinator, Sacramento Valley Section, ARRL




Carr Fire
Sacramento Valley ARES Volunteers Respond to Carr Fire
Posted August 5, 2018

The Carr Fire in Shasta County started July 23 with a small fire started by a mechanical failure of a vehicle. Carr Fire Incident Update

By Friday July 27, the Red Cross Disaster Operations Center in Sacramento was opened. They immediately asked for ARES to support the communications at the shelters due to power issues and cell phone service had issues in some places.

Sacramento County ARES trained radio operator, Michael Joseph, KK6ZGB, has been leading the communications with the ARES operators deployed to shelters.

As the fires continued to grow and various portions of Redding were evacuated, multiple shelters were opened by Red Cross.

Shasta County ARES and Trinity County ARES have small numbers of ARES members and they were quickly overwhelmed with the request to support communications at the shelter and asked the Section EC Greg KG6SJT for mutual assistance.

ARES volunteers at a Red Cross shelter in Shasta County. Photo courtesy of Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT
A message was sent out to all ARES ECs in the Sacramento Valley Section to query their groups for potential volunteers.

We quickly developed a list of over twenty ARES members from Glenn County, Butte County, Shasta County, Trinity County, Sacramento County, Placer County, Yuba-Sutter Counties, and El Dorado County. For the last week approximately 15 operators have been working to support the shelter.

Due to the terrain in the Redding area, we were unable to find a RF frequency that would allow communications to the Red Cross DOC in Sacramento. We had been hoping to use the Carla System of linked repeaters, however the Carr Fire destroyed the key node for the Redding area.

ARES quickly found that Winlink became the "go to" Communications link to the Red Cross DOC. When internet was available, operators were able to use Winlink via Telnet. When internet was down, various packet Ka-nodes were used to sent the requested information via radio.

By August 1, ARES volunteer radio operators were supporting shelters at Shasta College, Crosspoints Community Church, Foothills High School, Simpson College, and Trinity High School in Weaverville

Winlink continues to be the mode to communicate with the Red Cross Disaster Operations Center. Michael Joseph KK6ZGB leads the team running the Winlink station KA6ARC.

Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Section Emergency Coordinator www.sacvalleyares.org

Photo credit: ARES volunteers at a Red Cross shelter in Shasta County. Photo courtesy of Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT

Also see the ARRL News story and check www.sacvalleyares.org for updates.


ARES at Nevada County Fair.It is fair time in Nevada County. This year we are together with the Nevada County Amateur Radio club. Since Cal McKitrick is the president of the club AND a valued ARES member we get lots of exposure at the fair. We have a nice banner (orange in foreground) and always have an ARES member or two on hand for questions and information. ARES go boxes (on table in foreground) are good and drawing in some folks that like to "geek" out on the hardware. Thanks to Cal for letting us tag along!
ARES at Nevada County Fair
Posted August 15, 2018

It is Fair time in Nevada County. This year we are together with the Nevada County Amateur Radio Club. Since Cal McKitrick is the president of the club AND a valued ARES member we get lots of exposure at the fair. We have a nice banner (orange in foreground) and always have an ARES member or two on hand for questions and information. ARES go boxes (on table in foreground) are good and drawing in some folks that like to "geek" out on the hardware. Thanks to Cal for letting us tag along!

Submission and photo by Jason Eaton, KJ6HNP, Nevada County ARES Emergency Coordinator


The Placer County ARES group had a face to face meeting July 28th.  Eighteen members and guests attended for a presentation by Orion AI6JB on reading maps.  The group also covered supporting Shasta County ARES for the Carr Fire.Photo by Carl First, N6CKV
Placer County ARES Report
Posted August 8, 2018

The Placer County ARES group had a face to face meeting July 28th. Eighteen members and guests attended for a presentation by Orion AI6JB on reading maps. The group also covered supporting Shasta County ARES for the Carr Fire.

Submission and photo by Carl First, N6CKV, Placer County ARES Emergency Coordinator


September 22 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted September 10, 2018

The next Sacramento County ARES training and meeting is scheduled for Saturday September 22, 2018 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



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 May 4, 2018 - In the light of unanticipated delays in the approval and implementation of revisions to the Official Observer program, ARRL HQ will resume accepting a limited number of Official Observer appointments under the current rules and standards. Any new OO appointments are being made with the understanding that a new program is coming, with new requirements and new standards for OOs.
Reference: ARRL Executive Committee April 21 Meeting Minutes Item 16.

Official Observer Program Update

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 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.


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

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

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


Annotated 40 meters showing RFIRadio Frequency Interference
posted February 3, 2018

ARRL and the FCC have a cooperative agreement in radio frequency interference matters. You may submit interference reports 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 information is posted under the "From the Section Manager" notes in the November 2016 Section News - Carol KP4MD

Our Official Observer Coordinator Bob Hess, W1RH, shares this helpful web page by NK7Z for identifying sources of Radio Frequency Interference http://www.nk7z.net/rfi-snapshots


Radio Amateurs Use WWV for Frequency Calibration

NIST FY 2019 Budget Would Eliminate WWV, WWVH and WWVB
from the ARRL News, posted August 21, 2018

ARRL members and Amateur Radio clubs are expressing increased concern over the inclusion of WWV and WWVH on a list of proposed cuts in the White House’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Fiscal Year 2019 budget request. The proposed cuts also would include the Atomic Clock signal from WWVB used to synchronize specially equipped clocks and watches. Online petitions soliciting signatures include one established by Tom Kelly II, W7NSS, of Portland, Oregon, who would like to see funding for the stations maintained. At this point, the budget item is only a proposal, not a final decision. That would be up to the Congress to decide.

Read the full story at http://www.arrl.org/news/concern-rising-within-amateur-radio-community-over-wwv-wwvh-shut-down-proposal

NOTE: Here is the link to Tom Kelly's online petition to continue funding for the NIST broadcast services.
NPR Story on "What Closing A Government Radio Station Would Mean For Your Clocks"


Club and Member News - September 2018


River City ARCS
Update from River City ARCS
Posted September 10, 2018

PRESIDENTS MESSAGE

September! Wow where did August go? For me most of it was spent in the hospital with breathing problems. I was in or a total of four times and fourteen days so for me the month of August is a total wipeout. This last time the Dr’s gave me a stronger medication and for several days longer and that has done the trick - I hope.

Tues September 4 is our Homebrew night with details on the web site

Up Coming Regional Events

September 15th
Western Placer ARC Hamfest, Lincoln, Ca. For more information go to http://www.wparc.us/

October 13th
Rocklin Maker Faire. Go to: https://rocklin.makerfaire.com

October 19-21
ARRL Pacificon Division Convention, San Ramon, Ca. Go To: http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/pacific-division-convention-pacificon-2018

November 11th
Clarksburg Country Run—Clarksburg, Ca. email Vince Cracchiolo KI6NHP at vsicilian@comcast.net

Dave Martin, WB6YLK, President This Month's Newsletter


Sierra Foothills ARC
Update from Sierra Foothills ARC - pending
Posted August 11, 2018

Meetings - Monthly Members second Friday Monthly at Auburn City Hall, Rose Room. Everyone welcome. Breakfast last Saturday Monthly at Mel's off 49 in Auburn.

Nets - Thursday night at 7:30 on the W6EK repeater system is the weekly club net. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday is the Elmer Net. Please join us.

Groups.io - Dennis, WU6X has converted us from the Yahoo Group to the Group.io. This allows a good forum for events, notices, files and database. There are now 105 members.

VE Exams - Every 1st Saturday each month at Raley's Granite Bay. Starts at 8am. Walk ins welcome. Contact is Al, NI2U at vechair2015@w6ek.org.

As with any SFARC net or meeting, we love visitors, so come on down and join the membership check out our website at: w6ek.org

Carl, WF6J, PIO Sacramento, CA

Newsletter at: http://www.w6ek.org/newsletters/current.pdf

VE Report August 2018

Thanks again for all the VE's that were able to come to the session. We had a very successful session again. We administered 4 elements to 3 candidates. 2 earned a new or upgraded license. We have 1 new Technician and 1 new Extras

PS. Raley’s helped me and we are all set with the Event Center through November. Thanks Al NI2U


What is Amateur Radio Night

North Hills RC
Update from North Hills RC
Posted September 10, 2018

The next event for The North Hills Radio Club will take place on Tuesday evening, September 18, 2017.

The North Hills Radio Club will once again be holding our annual event called What Is Amateur Radio Night.

This year, it will take place on Tuesday evening, September 18 from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. At What Is Amateur Radio Night, (WIARN), We try to showcase as many aspects of the amateur radio service as we can. From the early days of tube-type and military gear to today's modern radios and cutting-edge digital modes and just about everything in between! WE invite all NHRC members as well as hams from other clubs to come and display your favorite part of the hobby. In the past we have had persons from ARES/RACES, CERT, SkyWarn and even the CHP.

We would like for you to come and look at all of the various displays or, bring something to display your own self! If you're from another club, how about bringing some literature about your club as well as applications for perspective future members. Nothing wrong with trying to get more members into your club.

WIARN well be held at the former SMUD building located at 5026 Don Julio Blvd. at the northeast corner of Don Julio and Elkhorn Blvds in Sacramento.

One more thing; How about bringing a non-ham friend to our event. We would especially like to see young people from the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts or Brownies. Be sure to know that everyone, young or old is welcome to attend. Don't be afraid to bring that non-ham friend to the show.

There have been several instances where persons have come to WIARN and have gone on to get their ticket. If you have any questions or would like to come, you can contact Doug, N6NFF on the club's K6IS repeater on the frequency of 145.190Mhz with a minus offset and a CTCSS tone of 162.2Hz. You can also send an e-mail to: k6is@arrl.net.

The North Hills Radio Club looks forward to seeing all of you at What Is Amateur Radio Night (WIARN).

Until then, the very best of 73. From Doug Emerson, Vice-President, North Hills Radio Club. Amateur callsign, N6NFF

Club meetings are usually 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.


W6SFM Monthly Meeting

Samuel F. Morse ARC
Update from Samuel F Morse ARC
Updated September 10, 2018

Our next SFM ARC in person meeting will be held at its normal time and location Sep. 6th (followed by our Oct. 4th 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 at the bottom of the W6SFM.com homepage. At our September meeting, we will be discussing ARRL news and events. We will also have a presentation on the CommCat DX cluster, spotting and logging program, including its “Live” add-on option. Plans will be made for the annual CA QSO Party which will happen the first weekend of October. 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.

On-Air Net Meeting 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 15 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 under the “Media Clips & Pics” tab of our website. With our YouTube Live streaming system, you can watch the Live Feed on your Apple IOS or Android devices. You do not need to have a YouTube account to access the feed. However, you will need one to subscribe to our channel. Those viewing directly via the W6SFM YouTube channel can chat with others watching on-line as well. This of course is not mandatory, but rather just a way of making everyone feel more involved in our on-air nets. If you like, you can also “check-in” using the chat window to be included with our weekly On-Air Net log. Tell A Friend

Do you know someone in need of a Ham Club to call home? Perhaps someone that wants to learn Morse Code, are interested in CW or already knows and uses it? The SFM ARC would love to be their new Club home. Our in-person meetings are held each 1st Thursday of the month at 7PM. Please use the rear parking lot and entry for best access to the meeting. A map and directions can also be found at the bottom of our home page of the website. We hope to see you at our next meeting!

Thank you.

Chris, AI6U (SFM ARC Secretary 2018)

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Western Placer ARC
Update from Western Placer ARC
Posted September 10, 2018

WPARC Twelfth Annual Hamfest - Sep 15, 2018 7:00 AM to 12:00 noon
All the arrangements are completed. Early morning donuts and coffee are on order. Drawing prizes from our sponsors are ready to go. All we need is YOU to join us for our WPARC Twelfth Annual Ham Fest! Look for us at McBean Park in Lincoln CA near the bandstand. Vendors: Vendors may arrive at 6:00 AM to set up, enter at 2nd and D Street entrance, near the baseball diamond. A parking stall is still a bargain at $10. Provide your own tables. Buyers: Buyers may arrive at 7:00 AM or later at McBean Park Drive (4th) and A Street entrance, near the pool. Bring cash to procure your new treasures. This Ham Fest is getting bigger with each passing year. We hope to see YOU there!  Hamfest Flyer

Ham License Testing - Wednesday, Sep. 5, 6 PM
WPARC offers Ham radio license testing on the first Wednesday of each month at Round Table Pizza at 6 PM (see below for map and directions.) For more information please email Chuck KK6DOA

WPARC Board Meeting - Wednesday, Sep. 5, 7:30 PM
WPARC conducts Board Member meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at Round Table Pizza at 7:30 PM (see below for map and directions.) The board welcomes members and guests who wish to observe or bring business before the board.

WPARC Members Meeting - Tuesday, Sep. 18, 7 PM
WPARC holds Member Meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at Round Table Pizza at 7 PM (see below for map and directions.) Come out to enjoy some camaraderie, food, beverage, and tales of the radios! Round Table Pizza offers a pizza and salad bar buffet dinner on Tuesday evenings for about $12/person. Scheduled Topic: TBD

WPARC Meeting and Testing Location
Join us at Round Table Pizza, 1020 Pleasant Grove Blvd #170, Roseville. This location faces Roseville Parkway at the northeast corner of the complex, just around the corner from the CVS store. View map and directions

The club website, http://wparc.us/index.html, has a new look and new information. Jey KQ6DK is now club web master and is updating the the site on a regular basis. Thanks to Jey for all his work on the website.

Don’t forget about our WPARC Facebook page. It is at: https://www.facebook.com/WPARC

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 Yaesu and a few others. 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.

73, Michael Buck. K6BUK

WPARC on Facebook and Twitter

Check us out on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter (@k6pac)


Update from El Dorado County ARC
Posted September 10, 2018

FROM THE PRESIDENT

This month, the meeting is dedicated to go-boxes and portable operating.  If you have a go-box or portable operating setup bring it to the meeting and show it off.  It's a perfect time to get some ideas on where to start or make improvements on your station setup.  You may want to bring a camera and notepad to the meeting to record anything interesting you may see

Jay, KE6GLA  Newsletter


Oroville ARS
Update from Oroville ARS
Updated September 13, 2018

OARS Monthly Meeting Reminder

The September OARS regular monthly meeting will take place Friday, 14 September, 7 pm at St. Paul's Parish Hall, 1430 Pine Street in Oroville.  The door will open at 6 pm for a social hour prior to the meeting.  Hope everyone can attend.

73, Jim, W7XZ

OARS Monthly Breakfast

This month’s OARS Breakfast will take place Saturday, 25 August 2018, 9 am, at Tabletop Restaurant and Catering, 109 Table Mountain Blvd (where Hof Brau used to be) in Oroville.  Hope all can attend.  73, Jim, W7XZ


QCWA
Update from SOTARS/QCWA Chapter 169
Posted September 10, 2018

The SOTARS/QCWA meeting is Wednesday, September 12. You may 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 for this month is going to be several short subjects: Connector Loss, Coax Loss and a very short demo video of the difference between digital and analog audio using the freeDV software. The freeDV software can be downloaded from: https://freedv.org for those interesting in experimenting.

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

Please plan to attend. 73, Dan WA6VPJ

Barbara Langford, KD6EGX, Silent Key

After a short illness, Barbara my beloved wife of sixty and a half years passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Thursday, August 2nd at 2:30 P.M.

Dan Langford, WA6VPJ

Our deepest condolences - Carol, KP4MD


Nevada County ARC
Update from Nevada County ARC - pending
Updated July 9, 2018

Next Meeting: Monday September 10, 2018 doors open 6:30pm, meeting at 7pm

Nevada County Amateur Radio Club members hold impromptu meetings at the Omega Rest Area on highway 20. Elevation is around 5000 ft and the views are tremendous. Our activity always draws the interest of motorists coming through the rest stop.

73, Cal McKitrick AI6MC, NCARC President 2018 Newsletter Facebook Group

COFFEE CHAT (Ham n' Coffee)

Thursdays, 8 am at Valentina's Bistro, 841 Sutton Way, Grass Valley


Yuba Sutter ARC
Update from Yuba-Sutter ARC - pending
Posted May 5, 2018

Club Meeting Location Change

Starting June 2018 the general membership meeting location will move to the Marysville United Methodist Church Assembly Hall at 730 D Street, Marysville.

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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Elk Grove-Florin ARC
Update from Elk Grove-Florin ARC - pending
Posted July 9, 2018

Elk Grove-Florin ARC—Section News

Remember how much fun the Install-O-Rama was last August? Attached is the announcement for this year's event. Please share it with your radio club and others who may be interested. Thanks... Dave Reingold, KK6MVJ

Christine Lay, KG6JFO, President EGFARC, 916/715-8091  Install-O-Rama Flyer


Glenn ARS
Update from Glenn ARS - pending
Posted July 9, 2018

Prez Says for July 2018

Greetings to all club members and guests. It’s almost Independence Day and I want to thank you for your service this club and to this great country. I hope you find the club newsletters and ‘Prez Says” message useful and informative.

Mike Ellithorpe, KF6OBI President, GARS kilofox6obi@yandex.com 530-518-3730  Newsletter


Golden Empire ARS
Update from Golden Empire ARS - pending
Posted July 9, 2018

The Prez' Says:

73 de KI6VOS, Rick +1.415.624.5865

73, Tom Rider W6JS, President GEARS rustyboyrider@aol.com Newsletter


Member Updates and Feedback


Please send your feedback to kp4md@arrl.org to be included in this section.


60 meter band plan
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)

Observed Violations of US 60 Meter Frequency Regulations
60 meter JT65 signals

JT65

This screenshot photo shows JT65 signals received on 60 meter 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 violates the NTIA requirement that each US radio amateur transmission be centered on the 1500 Hz mark (the 5358.5 kHz channel center frequency).
ARRL Official Observer Richard Saunders, K6RBS, has posted the proper WSJT-X program settings for legal 60m JT mode operation here.
60 meter WSPR

WSPR

The link http://wsprnet.org/olddb?band=60&sort=callsign&reverse=on&unique=on lists WSPR mode emissions on the 60 meter band. One can scroll down that list and see how many A, K, N and W call signs have been transmitting WSPR mode on 5288 kHz outside the authorized 60 meter center channel frequencies.  
US WSPR transmissions continue to be observed on the WSPR software default 60 meter 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 US civilian radio spectrum users.

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