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ARRL Sacramento Valley Section News - January 2019

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The National Association for Amateur Radio
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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:
Organization, Clubs, Calendar, Nets
Sacramento Valley ARES: SV ARES Brochure

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 Conventions/Hamfests & other Regional Events
  • March 2, 2019 - ARRL SV Section Exhibit and Special Event Station N6S at Placer County STEM Expo
  • March 16, 2019 - Sierra Foothills ARC Hamfest, Historic Loomis Train Depot, Loomis

Past Section News Archive

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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. In the United States the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) grants Amateur Radio licenses to individuals who successfully pass a multiple choice written 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 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 to find a license class.
Visit to find a license exam session.

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

License Courses

Sacramento SHARP 2019 Technician and General Class Ham Radio Licensing Courses
Posted December 2, 2018

The Sacramento Sheriff Amateur Radio Project is offering no-cost license courses for the Technician and the General Class Amateur Radio Licenses at the LDS Church, 8580 Florin Rd, Sacramento, CA 95828. The course is offered as class sessions from 6-9 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays over 3 or 4 weeks, each of which covers one portion of the material with pre and post practice exams. A license exam session for a $15 fee is offered on the Friday following the final class of each course.

DATES FOR TECHNICIAN CLASSES: March 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st with the VE Session on the 22nd of March, 2019.  Download Flyer
DATES FOR GENERAL CLASSES: April 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, with the VE session on the 26th of April, 2019.  Download Flyer

A current ARRL License Manual for each corresponding license class is required. For details go to

Volunteer Teachers Wanted
Posted January 20, 2019

Sacramento SHARP is looking for volunteer teachers to assist with their Technician and General Class Licensing courses. If interested, please contact Steve Hartzell W6WBO with your qualifications.

Technician Class License Course in Yuba City
Posted December 2, 2018

Coming in January and February 2019 is the next Yuba-Sutter ARC Technician license class. Classes will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. at the American Red Cross Center in Yuba City beginning Jan. 7 through Feb 27, 2019. The Red Cross building is located at 125 E. Onstott Road, Yuba City. We will be meeting in Classroom 2. If you plan to attend this class please contact Curtis KF6VFP. If you do plan on taking the class, you will need to obtain a Technician class book. The books and other needed material are listed below.

"The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual", fourth edition. Manuals can be obtained from the instructor (20% discount), the ARRL, Amazon (Print or Kindle), or buy a used copy from a friend, etc.


The Yuba Sutter Amateur Radio Club also offers tests for all amateur radio classes. Testing will be held at 715 King Ave, Yuba City, CA 95991 the first Saturday of every odd month at 09:00 AM.

Citrus Heights 2019 Ham-Cram Sessions - New Location
Posted January 7, 2019

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 Metro Fire Station #32, 8890 Roediger Ln, Fair Oaks, CA 95628.

The Ham-Cram and Exam dates for 2019 are:

  • January 26, 
  • March 23, 
  • May 25, 
  • July 27, 
  • September 28, and 
  • November 16.

Contact Joe Cardoza, KA6ROM, 916-725-6443 or to pre-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 for more information and to register.

Folsom ARRL Volunteer Exam 2019 Schedule - New Location
Updated January 5, 2019

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 17
  2. February 21
  3. March 21
  4. April 18
  5. May 16
  6. June 20
  7. July NO EXAM
  8. August 15
  9. September 19
  10. October 17
  11. November 21
  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 click here or contact Steve Porten, KN6OX at

Redding ARRL VE Schedule 2019
Posted December 31, 2018

The Redding ARRL VE Team will be hosting exams on the following Saturdays in 2019:

  1. January 19 (7:00 pm this date only)
  2. March 16
  3. May 18
  4. July 20
  5. September 21
  6. November 16
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: or by contacting Steve K6KS at


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

2019: Feb 16, Apr 20, Jun 15, Aug 17, Oct 19, Dec 14

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.

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, 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°21' West).
More information on the additional impact on 70 cm repeater stations is at

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.

January 2019 News

From the Section Manager

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

QST Cover

Happy New Year to all! This month's news features reports, photos and videos from radio amateurs and clubs around our Section.

Volunteers are needed for an ARRL Section Amateur Radio Exhibit and Special Event Station N6S at the March 2 Placer County STEM Expo at William Jessup University in Rocklin. If you would like to participate in this outreach activity and introduce youth to the fascinating world of amateur radio please e-mail Orion Endres, AI6JB our Section Youth Coordinator at

Thanks to all who have submitted the 2019 calendar year License Class and Volunteer Exam Session updates. These and more useful information for anyone interested in amateur radio are now included in our home page sidebar.

There is no Section Wide net scheduled for January. Thanks to all who participated in our December 20 Section-wide nets.

You can still send January news to 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.

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

73, Dr. Carol Milazzo, KP4MD

American Radio Relay League Sacramento Valley Section Manager

You can always send compliments, suggestions and submissions for inclusion in our Section News to kp4md(at)
Amateur Radio Youth Outreach at Saturday
March 2 STEM Expo in Rocklin
Posted December 31

Hundreds of curious youngsters at the Placer County STEM Expo will learn about the fascinating world of communications and electronics at the ARRL Amateur Radio Special Event Station N6S and Exhibit! Kids of all ages love hands-on activities and the opportunity to experience contacts over amateur radio, and you can participate in learning experiences that can lead to a new amateur radio license and to fulfilling careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Youth Coordinator, Orion Endres, AI6JB, coaches a young STEM Expo attendee at the VHF Station
The American Radio Relay League Sacramento Valley Section will sponsor an amateur radio exhibit and Special Event Station N6S from 9 AM to 3:30 PM at the Saturday March 2 Placer County STEM Expo at William Jessup University in Rocklin with literature, hands-on activities, Morse Code practice stations and an operational amateur radio station.  Admission is free!

Radio amateurs and clubs who wish to join us at the STEM Expo to answer questions and share the joy of amateur radio should contact our Section Youth Coordinator, Orion Endres, AI6JB now for more information!

ARRL SV Section-Wide Net Reports Thursday December 20

The ARRL SV Section-wide nets were held on Thursday, December 20. Andy Boone KJ6IYM opened the VHF net on the WD6AXM 146.085 MHz FM repeater at 7:30 pm PDT after the Yuba-Sutter ARES net signed off.


At 7:45 pm, ARRL SV Section Manager Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, called the SV Section HF net on 3880 kHz LSB. Propagation was good and KP4MD, AE6LM, K6BAA, K6WWL, KC9EI, KF6ABC,, KF7SWC, KK6YYF, KM6NFE, KM6RHC, N6DXX, N6JKH, N6LFB, N6PGQ, N6SAC, W7KOZ, WB6OGD, and K6ROB checked into the HF net.

Thanks to all who assisted and participated in our December Section-Wide Nets!

No Section-Wide Nets Scheduled for January

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 5330.5 kHz
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
ARRL Petitions FCC to Incorporate Parity Act Provisions into its Amateur Radio Rules
from the ARRL News, December 19, 2018

The ARRL has filed a Petition for Rulemaking (PRM) asking the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to incorporate the provisions of the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The Petition has not yet been assigned a rule making (RM) number and is not yet open for public comment. In the past, the FCC has said that it would not take such action without guidance from the US Congress, but, as ARRL’s Petition notes, the Congress “has overwhelmingly and consistently” offered bipartisan support for the Amateur Radio Parity Act.

Specifically, ARRL is proposing that the FCC amend Part 97 by adding a new subsection under §97.15, that prohibits and ceases the enforcement of, “Any private land use restriction, including restrictive covenants and regulations imposed by a community association,” that either fails to permit a licensee to install and maintain an effective outdoor antenna capable of operation on all Amateur Radio frequency bands, on property under the exclusive use or control of the licensee; precludes or fails to permit Amateur Service communications, or which does not constitute the minimum practicable restriction on such communications to accomplish the lawful purposes specifically articulated in the declaration of covenants of a community association seeking to enforce such restriction. ARRL's proposed rule would not affect any existing antenna approved or installed before the effective date of a Report and Order resulting from ARRL’s petition.

For the complete story go to ARRL News.

FCC to Suspend Most Operations on January 3, if Government Shutdown Continues
from the ARRL News, December 31, 2018

If the partial lapse in federal government funding continues, the FCC will suspend most operations on Thursday, January 3, at mid-day. At that time, employees will have up to 4 hours to complete an orderly shutdown of operations. Work required for the protection of life and property will continue, however, as will any work related to spectrum auctions, which is funded by auction proceeds. In addition, the Office of the Inspector General will continue operations until further notice.

ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, said in such situations, the FCC website would go offline, including includes the Universal Licensing System (ULS) and the Commission Registration System (CORES). “This means all electronic license transactions would stop,” Somma said. “FRN registrations would be unavailable, and even the search engines would be unavailable.”

For the complete story go to ARRL News.
ARRL Sacramento Valley SEC Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, Reports on the ARES Response to the Camp Fire

In's Ham Nation episode 376 on November 14, Sacramento Valley SEC Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, gave a detailed question and answer report on the role that radio amateurs played in supporting communication needs during the tragic Camp Fire in Butte County.  The interview begins at the 45:50 point in the program. Read more about the amateur radio response to the Camp Fire in the ARRL News and on our Section Facebook and Twitter feeds. 

Andy Boone KJ6IYM on Amateur Radio Newsline

Yuba Sutter ARES EC Andy Boone, KJ6IYM Interviewed on Amateur Radio Newline

In Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2142 for Friday, November 16 2018, Yuba-Sutter EC Andy Boone described the ARES response to the Red Cross call for support in the aftermath of the devastating Camp Fire.  Click to read the script.

January 12, 2019 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted December 2, 2018

The next Sacramento County ARES training and meeting is scheduled for Saturday January 12, 2019 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

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.


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

Club and Member News - January 2019

River City ARCS
Update from River City ARCS
Posted December 31, 2018

Our January meeting date has been changed to Wednesday, January 2 at 7:30 pm due to the New Year holiday.  Tom Cutter, W6BS, will give a technical presentation on HF digital voice modes.  All are welcome.

Our meetings are held at the Sacramento Co. Corp Yard (SMUD) building 5026 Don Julio Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95842 (corner of Elkhorn and Don Julio Blvds). Meetings are open to the general public and visitors are always welcome.

Our club holds nets every Wednesday evening at 8:00 pm on the 145.25 MHz N6NA FM repeater, followed by an 8:30 pm 10 meter net on 28.420 MHz USB and a slow scan television net at 9 pm on the 441.300 MHz N6NA FM repeater.  Our nets are open to participation by all club members and visitors.  See more information at

We will hold no formal RCARCS nets on Wednesday January 2 due to the rescheduled general membership meeting that night.


Sierra Foothills ARC
Update from Sierra Foothills ARC
Posted December 31, 2018

SFARC Meetings - Monthly Members second Friday Monthly at Auburn City Hall, Rose Room starts at 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome.

On-air Nets - Thursday night at 7:30 on the W6EK repeater system is the weekly club net. Then every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 7:30pm is the Elmer Net. Please join us. W6EK Repeaters: 145.430 - 162.2Hz, 223.860 - 110.9Hz, 440.575 + 162.2Hz

Winter Field Day - Brian, AI6US is planning our Winter Field Day. Sign-up to come and participate… Brian is doing Breakfast!

Hamfest 2019 -the date is set for March 16th, 2019. Location will be at the Historic Loomis Train Depot in Loomis, CA

Our is now at 126 members. This replaced the Yahoo Group function.

Jim, WA8MPA has assembled a Member's Library that allows the membership to check out any of over a hundred ARRL and other publications on Ham Radio.

Club activities for December boil down to our Members Christmas Dinner on the 15th, and the Breakfast at Mel's Auburn on December 29th.

We will be having a Youth Ham Scholarship in 2019. Details will be announced at the January meeting.

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

Newsletter on the Homepage at

VE Report December 2018

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

All the Best Wishes to everyone from the members of SFARC. Happy New Year!

Carl, WF6J, PIO Sacramento, CA

Newsletter at:

VE Report January 2019

Thanks again for all the VE's that were able to come to the session. We had a very successful session again. We administered 10 elements to 6 candidates. 3 earned a Technician, 3 earned General and no new Extras.

Thanks Al NI2U

North Hills RC
Update from North Hills RC
Posted December 31, 2018

The next meeting for The North Hills Radio Club will take place on Tuesday evening, January 15, 2019. This month's program will be presented by former past president, vice-president and secretary-treasurer, Maynard Wright, W6PAP. Maynard will give a talk about SWR. It promises to be an interesting program. So, why not come and join us!

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

W6SFM Monthly Meeting

Samuel F. Morse ARC
Update from Samuel F Morse ARC
Updated January 1, 2019

Our next SFM ARC in person meeting will be held at its normal time and location Jan. 3rd (followed by our Feb.7th meeting). The SFM ARC in-person meeting is held in the Howard Crowley room upstairs at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church. Directions, including a Google Map are available at the bottom of the home page. At our January meeting, we will be revealing the results of our officer votes. We will also be finalizing January’s North American QSO party event to be held at member Bob N6PGQ’s home QTH. 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. Visitors are always welcome to join us at our meetings.

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 on our home page 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 visiting viewing 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 “check in” using the chat window and you will be included with our On-Air Net log. Simply announce your call letters in the chat window.

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 on our website. We hope to see you at our next meeting!

Thank You, Michael N6MQL President 2018, Chris AI6U Secretary 2018


Western Placer ARC
Update from Western Placer ARC
Posted January 8, 2019

WPARC 2019 Kickoff Luncheon at Via Roma Pizzeria con Cucina Sat, Jan 19, 2019, 1:00 PM

Our third WPARC Annual Kickoff Luncheon will be held at Via Roma Pizzeria con Cucina. Via Roma is opening early for this special luncheon just for us, on Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM. In past years we've dined on delicious lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, or chicken parmigiana entrees. Come join us for salad, fine Italian dishes, beverages, dessert and gratuity included for $25/person (wine available at additional cost.)

There will be our annual prize drawings from all of the drawing tickets collected at meetings in 2018. You have one last chance to strike it big! Who knows what prizes our Drawing Master will find?

Find Via Roma Pizzeria con Cucina at 1230 Sunset Blvd, Suite 600, in Rocklin [Map] where West Oaks Blvd crosses Sunset Blvd, between Lonetree and Blue Oaks Blvds.

We'll see you there!

Ham License Testing - Wednesday, January 2, 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, January 2, 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 Meeting and Testing Location - No Evening Meeting in January
We're having a luncheon meeting on January 19. See the lead article at the top of this section. Skip the evening meeting, and come to the luncheon! Our usual meeting site is 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,, 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:

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)

WPARC Weekly Nets
Members and guests are always welcome to check in. Share a few minutes with us and keep your net skills sharp!
Day and Time Net Notes
Wed 10:00 AM WPARC Day Net Members and guests welcome
Thu 7:30 PM WPARC Evening Net 2M then HF net follows, see below

WPARC Thursday Evening HF Net Schedule
Following the Thursday evening 2M Net we have an HF Net to keep our HF radio skills sharp. Confirm the scheduled band and frequency during the 2M net.
Day Band and Frequency Jan Feb Mar
1st Thu 10 meters (28.410 MHz) 3 7 7
2nd Thu 15 meters (21.355 MHz) 10 14 14
3rd Thu 40 meters (7.225 MHz) 17 21 21
4th Thu 75 Meters (3.855 MHz) 24 28 28
5th Thu 10 meters (28.410 MHz) 31

Update from El Dorado County ARC
Posted December 31, 2018


This will be the last article for the year and I hope 2018 has been a good year for you.

The Amateur Radio community has been very busy in 2018. The new FT8 digital mode has created an explosion of activity in the data subbands allowing many to make DX contacts with limited stations and poor band conditions. Several specialized groups collecting contacts such as Summits on the Air (SOTA), Parks on the Air (POTA) and Grid Chasers have also increased band activity. Many have discovered the digital voice modes on 2m and 70cm bands that allow Hams to talk across continents or to large groups beyond the range of their local repeater with a simple handheld transceiver. A few DXpeditions created some DX excitement in the Fall. Finally, our ARES and RACES groups have been busy providing communications during the many disasters our country faced this year. This tells me that Amateur Radio is still relevant and growing and you are all part of it. Congratulations on doing your part to keep the hobby growing.

The club has one more activity this year, our holiday dinner on Sunday, December 9th. It looks like there might be some rain in Pollock Pines on Sunday, but we should be below the snow level. Then in January we will have our regular meeting on the 24th and the Coloma Gold Discovery Special Event Station on January 26th and 27th. More information will be provided soon for the special event station. The board has already started looking for club activity ideas for early 2019, so stay tuned in!

From my family to yours, I’m wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

73, Jay, KE6GLA

Ham Radio Exam

January 12th, 2019 at 9:00am. Held at the American Legion Post 119, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville CA 95667. Testing Fees $14.00. Contact Ken Vogele, W6KWV at 530-642-9523

2019 Coloma Special Event

The El Dorado County ARC will be commemorating 171st anniversary of the discovery of gold in Coloma, CA. The special event station will be on the air as AG6AU from the gold discovery site January 26th and 27th. More information to coming soon./p>

Jay, KE6GLA  Newsletter

Oroville ARS
Update from Oroville ARS
Updated January 7, 2019

OARS Monthly Meeting

The OARS regular monthly meeting will take place Friday, 11 January, 7 pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church Hall, 1430 Pine St., Oroville, CA 95965.  The doors will open at 6 pm for a social hour prior to the meeting.  Election of 2019 officers is expected to top the agenda.  Payment of dues for the year ($20) would also be appreciated.  Hope all can attend.  73, Jim W7XZ

Net night is every Sunday evening 8:00 pm on the 146.655 MHz W6AF FM repeater.

OARS Monthly Breakfast

This month’s OARS Breakfast will take place Saturday, 26 January, 9 am, at the Acorn Cafe (second floor) of the Gold Country Casino and Hotel, 4020 Olive Hwy, Oroville, CA 95966

Update from SOTARS/QCWA Chapter 169
Posted January 7, 2018

The SOTARS/QCWA meeting is Wednesday, January 9. You may choose lunch or breakfast. Lunch is at eleven and Denny's serves breakfast all day.

The meeting will be called to order at noon in the restaurant's back room.  The program this month will be a video tour of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica.

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

Nevada County ARC
Update from Nevada County ARC
Updated December 31, 2018

Next Meeting: Monday January 14, 2018 7 pm-9 pm.

General Meetings 2nd Monday of Each Month 7:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army Meeting Room, 10725 Alta Street - Grass Valley. Guests are Welcome. Presentation, Coffee, Monthly Raffle. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

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
Posted December 31, 2018


Coming in January and February 2019 is the next technician class. Do you know of anyone interested in becoming a ham? Encourage them to attend and then become their Elmer. Help your hobby to grow. Classes will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. at the American Red Cross Center in Yuba City beginning Jan. 7, 2019. They will run through Feb 27th. The Red Cross building is located at 125 E. Onstott Road, Yuba City. We will be meeting in Classroom 2.


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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 530-518-3730  Newsletters

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 Newsletter

Member Updates and Feedback

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Phil Sittner KD6RM on QSO Today
Section Member Phil Sittner, KD6RM, on QSO Today Podcast

Phil Sittner, KD6RM, has a ham radio story that goes back over 50 years, from childhood. Still living in Northern California, Phil builds his own radios and test equipment, operates CW on 80 and 40 meters, using his fence mounted 80 meter end-fed Zepp and a pair of phased 40 meter verticals in an HOA neighborhood where antennas are forbidden. We harness Phil’s extensive technical expertise and hear his ham radio story in this QSO Today.

Listen to Phil's podcast interview on

Pave PAWS Radar System

The 70 cm Pave PAWS Radar at Beale AFB
Posted December 8, 2018

The Sacramento Valley has the distinction of being home to Beale AFB—one of the Pave PAWS (Precision  Acquisition Vehicle Entry Phased Array Warning System) 420-450 MHz radar installations in the continental US. Since 1979, Pave PAWS continues to be a key component of the US Department of Defense missile defense and satellite surveillance mission.

Pave PAWS Videos

The Beale AFB AN/FPS-132 Pave PAWS radar is housed in a 105 foot high five story triangular building with two 20° tilted faces that each contain a phased array of 2,677 circular polarized crossed dipole antennas with a gain of 38.6 dB and beam width of 2.2°. The radar beam can be steered rapidly within microseconds by computers that electronically control the phase of the antenna elements. The facility can scan from 3° to 85° elevation over a 240° arc of azimuth with a range of 3000 nautical miles for objects of 10 m2 size. Each array face transmits 600 kW peak power output (145 kW average) with a normal 18% duty cycle. Pave PAWS search mode radar signals can be observed as random pulses of about 300 kHz bandwidth that are centered every 1 MHz throughout the 420-450 MHz band.  In tracking mode the pulse bandwidth can increase to 30 MHz.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) is the primary user of the 70 cm band shared with the Amateur Radio Service as the secondary user. FCC Part §97.313 (f) limits our amateur radio transmitter power to 50 watts PEP within a distance of 150 miles radius from the Beale AFB Pave PAWS in Yuba County. Since its 2007 system upgrade, the Beale AFB Pave PAWS radar has required additional power restrictions on some 440 MHz repeaters in this area. Radio amateurs may continue to operate on 70 cm thanks to our voluntary cooperation with limits coordinated among the ARRL, NARCC, the DoD and FCC. A status report is posted at

Read more about Pave PAWS at Air Force Space Command PAVE PAWS Radar System and Appendix H—Upgraded Early Warning Radar Analysis

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, 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 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

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


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


The link 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 and 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.

Free Amateur Radio Club Website Template
Posted January 20, 2019

Section Member Al Canton K6AAI is offering a generic amateur radio club WordPress website template for free. See the sample website posted at  If interested, please contact Al at

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