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ARRL Sacramento Valley Section News - May 2019

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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: www.arrl.org/Groups/view/sacramento-valley
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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

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Amateur Radio License Classes and Volunteer Exam (VE) Information and Schedules
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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 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:

License Courses

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 cardozas@comcast.net 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 http://www.hamcram.org/ for more information and to register.

Samuel F Morse ARC to offer Morse Code Instructional Course April 10-June 12
Posted February 5, 2019

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 April 10th (ending June 12th).

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

W6SFM Net 3545 kHz Tuesday Nights 8 PM PT

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 steve@kn6ox.net.

Redding ARRL VE Schedule 2019
Posted February 2, 2019

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 City of Redding Parks Building, 20055 Viking Way, Bldg #4, 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


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, w6iodar@gmail.com, 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.
  5. Yuba-Sutter ARC VE - 1st Sat. of odd months at 0900

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°21' 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.

More information and videos on Pave PAWS

May Flowers!
May 2019 News

From the Section Manager

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

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Section Manager Nomination

Thanks to our section members who have endorsed and submitted the nomination for my re-election as Section Manager. I appreciate your confidence and support and will gladly continue serving as your Section Manager if you so desire.

From arrl.org: "Whenever more than one member is nominated in a single section, ballots will be mailed from Headquarters on or before July 1 to full members of record as of June 10 which is the closing date for nominations. Returns will be counted August 22. Section Managers elected as a result of the above procedure will take office October 1."

"If only one valid petition is received from a section, that nominee shall be declared elected without opposition for a two-year term beginning October 1."

New Section Appointments

Michael A. Ellithorp, KF6OBI, the current Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Glenn County and President of the Glenn Amateur Radio Society is the newly appointed District 2 Emergency Coordinator, replacing Mac McCulley, W6MAC, who became a Silent Key on March 16, 2019.

We welcome Robert E. Cobb, K6JBH, as new Lassen County ARES Emergency Coordinator. Robert comes recommended with many years of service in ARES and brings valuable experience with the CALFIRE Lassen-Modoc Ranger District, the Susanville Inter Agency Dispatch Center, Susanville CALFIRE Headquarters and his association with Lassen County OES, the Lassen County Fire Warden, and Police and Sheriff Offices. We sincerely thank his predecessor Terry L. Cobb Sr., K6ME, for his over twenty years of service as Lassen County EC. Terry has resigned for personal and health reasons.

Congratulations to these new ARRL Section officials and thanks to all our volunteers for your service to our communities!

The Carmichael Elks Amateur Radio Club Ham Radio Swap Meet is on Sunday May 26 starting at 8:00 am through 2 pm at the Carmichael Elks Lodge, 5631 Cypress Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608. Talk-in is on the N6ICW repeater 147.195 MHz, +600 kHz offset, PL 123 Hz. The Elks will have water, coffee and doughnuts for sale, all proceeds go to the Elks Lodge. If you have questions you can contact John Dyer, KJ6JD by email jd3@johndyer.com.

ARRL Field Day
ARRL Field Day is June 22-23!

ARRL Field Day is an annual exercise and public demonstration of our emergency communications response capabilities. Radio amateurs throughout North America participate in this exercise during the last weekend of each June. Anyone with or without an FCC license is welcome to visit and participate in Amateur Radio at a Field Day site.  Click to find a public ARRL Field Day site in your area.

Clubs: Be sure to add your public Field Day site to the ARRL Field Day Station Locator. Log onto http://www.arrl.org/field-day and click on the Field Day Site Locator link. Promote your Field Day event in your community, online, and use hashtag #ARRLFD on social media.

You can still send May news to kp4md@arrl.org. 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)arrl.org

No ARRL Section-Wide Net Scheduled for May

ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Nets are conducted only on months announced, on the third Thursday of that month 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 http://www.sws.bom.gov.au/HF_Systems/6/6


FCC Cites Carmichael Radio Amateur for Unlicensed Broadcasting
from ARRL News, March 20

An FCC Enforcement Bureau Notice of Unlicensed Operation (NoUO) issued last fall to a California Technician-class licensee for alleged unlicensed FM broadcasting on 95.7 MHz now has been upgraded to a Notice of Violation (NoV) that cites violations of the Part 97 Amateur Service rules. The March 15 NoV sent to Daryl Thomas, KE6MWS, of Carmichael, also specifically acknowledges Thomas as an Amateur Radio licensee — something not done in last November’s NoUO. The FCC Enforcement Bureau warned that it could progress to a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), “if warranted.”

An FCC Enforcement Bureau agent who monitored transmissions on 95.7 MHz from “Amateur Radio station KE6WMS” in the FM broadcast band on January 31, 2019, observed violations of §97.103 — not operating in accordance with FCC rules; §97.113(b) — prohibited transmissions, i.e., broadcasting, and §97.301 — operation outside frequency bands authorized for Amateur Radio. The FCC ordered Thomas to respond in writing within 20 days, explaining each violation and actions taken to correct them and prevent their recurrence.

Read the full story at http://www.arrl.org/news/view/fcc-cites-amateur-service-rule-violations-in-unlicensed-broadcasting-case

Update from Bob Wortman, WB6VYH, Section Technical Coordinator
Posted February 3, 2019

Here comes spring ready or not.

It will be time to get out and fix all the antennas, be careful and stay away from the power lines.

The SFARC ham swap is coming soon. It is on March 16, 2019 this year at the Loomis Train Station. Minden Nevada Annual Radio Swap meet is on June 1, 2019 and on July 19-21, 2019 is Boom Town NV.

Pacificon 2019 will be 18-20 Oct 2019 at San Ramon Marriott, San Ramon. I plan to be there doing DXCC, VUCC and WAS cards. This year I will not be at the NCDXC table because of a problem last year. I will be at the ARRL table.

I will be all over Northern California, Northern Nevada, Idaho ( still thinking about moving to Idaho and looking for a place) and Oregon this summer. If you have cards to check and can’t get out or find someone in your area let me know. I will need advance notice so that I can advise the ARRL Awards Desk especially for the out of state ones. My contact info. is on the ARRL web page.

Ok, spring is coming, get out and plant those antennas…………….

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

Carmichael Elks ARC Ham Swap Sunday May 26
posted February 2, 2019

The KJ6JD Carmichael Elks Second Annual Ham Swap is scheduled for Sunday, May 26 from 8 am to 2 pm at the Carmichael Elks Lodge on the corner of Cypress and Hackberry. That’s 5631 Cypress Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608 for you GPS users. Single spaces are only $10 each!! Thanks to the Elks. Sellers may arrive at 7, buyers at 8 and we will have talk in on N6ICW 147.195 + PL 123 for ease of use. The Elks will have water, coffee and doughnuts for sale. More details to come, but if you have questions you can call John Dyer, KJ6JD at (916) 927-4201 or email jd3@johndyer.com.

 Emergency Communications 

ARRL Board of Directors Adopts New ARES Plan
from the ARRL News, February 19, 2019

The new ARES Plan adopted by the ARRL Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting in January represents an effort to provide ARES with a clearly defined mission, goals, and objectives; specific training requirements, and a system for consistent reporting and record-keeping. The Board’s Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) spent more than 3 years crafting the ARES Plan which, ARRL officials believe, provides a much-needed update of the program’s role in public service and emergency preparedness in the 21st century. Concerns focused on bringing ARES into alignment with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS), and creating more consistent and standardized ARES training requirements. Given dramatic changes and upgrades in national, regional, and local emergency and disaster response organizations, ARRL faced a major challenge, said ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who chaired the PSEWG.

“If we didn’t address these issues, such as training standards and organizational management, ARES faced the very real possibility that it would no longer be viewed as a valid and valuable partner in emergency and disaster relief situations,” Williams said.

For the complete story go to ARRL News.

May 11, 2019 - Sacramento County ARES Training
Posted May 3, 2019

The next Sacramento County ARES training and meeting is scheduled for Saturday May 11, 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 www.saccountyares.org

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 http://www.nk7z.net/rfi-snapshots

Club and Member News - May 2019

Update from Amador County ARC
Posted May 2019

Our Club meetings are the first Thursday of every month at 7PM at the Volcano Telephone Tech Center in Pine Grove. We also have a club breakfast on the third Sunday of every month, at 8:30AM at the Waffle House in Jackson. Thanks for stopping by and we hope to meet you sometime.

Club Repeaters
On VHF, you can find us at 146.835 MHz, minus offset, 100 Hz PL. On UHF, you can find us at 441.525 MHz, plus offset, 100 Hz PL. Both repeaters transmit 100 Hz PL, so you may use PL decode on your receiver, if you like. Our weekly net is on Tuesday evenings, 7:30PM on both repeaters. We also have a simplex net on 146.55 MHz simplex on the second Tuesday of each month immediately after our net on the repeater. In either case, visitors are always welcome.

Mount Shasta ARC
Update from Mount Shasta ARC
Posted May 2019

WEEKLY NET: The Mount Shasta Amateur Radio Club conducts a weekly net on Wednesday evenings on the Grey Butte repeater. Early check-ins start at 6:35 PM Pacific Time and the Net starts at 7:00 PM. The Grey Butte (W6YOP) repeater operates on a frequency of 440.275 MHz with a +5.0 MHz offset and a tone of 118.8.

MONTHLY SOCIAL MEETINGS: The members of the club gather for social and radio operating time at the clubhouse on the second Saturday of each month at 10 AM.

License Testing – Second Saturday of Odd numbered months. Please see the licensing/testing page for details.

Science Festival: May 18, 2019 Sign-up here to help the club introduce the art and science of radio to the young and the old at the Mt. Shasta Science Festival.

Update from Paradise ARS
Posted May 2019

June 3 Meeting 7:00 pm at the POA Library 14211 Wycliff Way in Magalia. Presentations: Introduction to Contesting – Grant Hunsicker – KK6FKW, Field Day Presentation – Stephen McDermott – W6AKF, Repeater Etiquette – Grant Hunsicker KK6FKW (Time Permitting)

PARS Net - The Paradise Amateur Radio Society net meets weekly on Thursday nights at 1900 on the Butte County Search and Rescue Repeater. Radio Settings: 145.290, Minus Offset and PL of 110.9.

PARS Breakfast - The Paradise Amateur Radio Society is holding monthly breakfasts at 9:00 am on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Location to be determined.

Update from Shingletown ARC
Posted May 2019

Our club is made up of a great group of new and experienced anateur radio operators who live in and around Shingletown, California. Shingletown is located approximately 27 miles east of Redding, CA. in Shasta County, just a few short miles from beautiful Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park. Our club callsign, WO6P, is in memory of Richard Cloyd (SK). Richard was very active in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and was the Emergency Coordinator for Shasta-Tehama ARES for many years.

The club meets on the first Tuesday of each month, at Open Door Community Church, at 33883 State Highway 44, Shingletown, CA. Meeting time is 7:00 PM local time. The club holds a weekly 2M net on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM local time on the WO6P repeater (147.165, +600 offset, PL 88.5.) There are no nets on meeting nights. (The WO6P repeater is owned and maintained by STARC.) The club also has a 2nd repeater to increase the communications coverage in the Shingletown area.

We also offer amateur radio licensing exams every other month which are sponsored by the Shingletown ARRL Volunteer Examiner Team. Licensing exams are held at the same location as the monthly meetings. We request that candidates pre-register.

River City ARCS
Update from River City ARCS
Posted May 2019

Editor’s Note

The April meeting had a discussion on homebrew from Bob Mix KF6ABC.


The May 7 meeting we will be building the Ed Fong dual band J-pole 2m/440 antenna.

In May we will have a booth at the Farm and Tractor show at Dry Creek Ranch in Rio Linda.

Field Day is fast approaching and will be here before you realize it. So it is time to start planning for it. Kevin Hooke KK6DCT has volunteered to be Field day captain so see him to find out what help he needs.

Ken Martin KE6RMN Editor

June 22-23 Annual ARRL Field Day Event

The new venue for our Field Day event on June 22-23 will be the VFW Center Township Post, 8990 Kruitof Way, Fair Oaks, CA 95628. Kevin Hooke KK6DCT will be Field Day Captain. All are welcome to participate as they are able in this annual operating and public outreach event. See our Field Day Page for for more details.

Our club meetings are held at 7:30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month 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 on-the-air nets are conducted 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.  All club members and visitors are welcome to check in to our nets.  See more information at www.n6na.org/nets

Club member Ioan Negru, AI6UO, invites all interested to check into his Slow Speed (5 wpm) CW Net on 28.055 MHz. Net times are Tues. & Thurs. at 10:00 AM and Wed. at 7:00 PM Pacific Time.


Meeting Presentation

Sierra Foothills ARC
Update from Sierra Foothills ARC
Posted May 2019

President’s Message “Get Out There! Explore!”

While I am a relatively new ham, I am amazed at all there is to do in Ham radio. At last month’s meeting we had a Show and Tell session where members brought in items they had created. The depth of expertise of our membership alone is mind boggling. We had members who built their own radio as a kid, custom fabricated a case for their kit built radio, used a Raspberry PI to get into the digital radio world, demonstrated how you can build a spectrum analyzer with minimal cost, and pieced together an APRS station from equipment already owned. The creativity and ingenuity was inspiring.

Brian, AI6US, and I decided we wanted to dive into the world of Packet Radio and Winlink to help out at the Western States Endurance Run and the Tevis Cup. Neither one of us has vast experience here. However, with a point in the right direction from Joe, K6SAT, and help from the village, Brian is up and running with a TNC-X. I decided to go beyond my comfort and purchase the kit build version of the TNC—X. It is a work in progress. Look me up at the May 10th meeting to see how things worked out.

The point here is: Ham radio has all kinds of different pursuits surely to peak your interest. Even if you are unsure where to begin, let the Club know and we will help get you going in the right direction. The Club has a vast array of experts who are more than willing to share it with you in a fun and supporting way.

Get Out There! Explore something new in Ham radio and enjoy!!

Hope to hear on the air soon, Orion, AI6JB President

Field Day 2019 - W6EK is on the ARRL Locator Map (Nyack, CA) and into planning our event for this June.

Meetings - May 10 at 7:30 pm.  See w6ek.org for details!. Nets - Every Thursday night at 7:30 pm is our general net. Everyone is welcome, no membership needed. Also every 1st and 3rd Wednesday is the Elmer Net. Get answers or help on your projects, radios, antennas or anything else ham radio related. 7:30 pm. Held on the W6EK Repeaters: 145.430 pl 162.2; 223.860 pl 110.9; and 440.575 pl 162.2. Come join the fun!

Our Groups.io replaced the Yahoo Group function. This is our club's main communications vehicle.

Newsletter at: http://www.w6ek.org/newsletters/SFARC%20May%202019%20newsletter.pdf

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

VE Report May 2019

Thanks again for all the VE's that were able to come to the session. We had a very successful session again. 10 elements were tested and 6 elements passed: 3 tech, 2 general, 5 candidates, 6 VEs. The father/son team both passed tech.

Thanks, Al NI2U

North Hills RC
Update from North Hills RC
Posted May 2019

The next meeting of The North Hills Radio Club will take place on Tuesday evening, May 21st. The evening will kick off with the monthly board meeting at just after 6:00 P.M.

All NHRC members are invited to attend. The board meeting will be followed by the general membership meeting at 7:30.

Our guest speaker will be Mike Cappi, amateur call sign KB6ODH. Mike will present a program on the inner workings of the newest digital TV you and I watch, as well as some enhanced technology that public safety officials use today. Mike works at channel 6, the PBS station her in Sacramento. This promises to be a vary interesting program, so tell your friends about it and bring them along with yourself.

Remember NHRC meetings are open to the general public. We meet at the former SMUD building which is located at 5026 Don Julio Blvd, at the corner of Elkhorn and Don Julio in Sacramento.

See you all on Tuesday evening May 21. Sincerely, Doug Emerson, Vice President, North Hills Radio Club. Amateur radio call sign N6NFF

Field day starts Saturday June 22, See our field day page!

W6SFM Monthly Meeting

Samuel F. Morse ARC
Update from Samuel F Morse ARC
Updated May 2019

Our next SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held at its normal time and location May 2nd (followed by our June 6th 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 homepage.

At our May meeting, we will be discussing ARRL news and events. We will also have an update on our bi-annual Bug Roundup Event. As always, we will have our “show and tell” portion where Members and visitors are welcomed 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 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 viewing through Youtube 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, Chris AI6U Secretary 2019


Western Placer ARC
Update from Western Placer ARC
Posted May 2019

Another Successful Tour de Lincoln is in the books

The annual Tour de Lincoln cycling event on Saturday, May 11 was a success with only a few minor wrinkles. The routes changed in 2019 due to bridge construction. A few riders appeared to be on autopilot, following prior year routes. This year there were only three routes for quarter-century (25km), half-century (50km), and century (100km) tour routes. All shorter routes around town were dropped. 409 riders joined the ride from all over. At net control we met riders from Lompoc, Modesto, Nevada, and Northern California that came to ride in the event. Thank you to all who volunteered as SAG, rest stop, and net control. Your participation in this event helped our local Rotary service chapter to raise $25K for programs in the greater Lincoln area. Mark your calendars for next year, May 2, 2020 and we'll see you there!

Field Day to return to Foskett Ranch Park

We plan to return to Foskett Ranch Park for Field Day again this year. The guys are already considering how to use the soccer field lighting poles to hang dipoles and exotic antennas. Find us at the parking lot off Finney Way round-about, directly behind Foskett Ranch Elementary School (1561 Joiner Pkwy, Lincoln CA) on June 22-23. Map and directions

Linux Journal Antenna Modeling, Mar-2019

I spotted this Linux Journal article on antenna modeling in the March 2019 edition. It uses veteran Numerical Electromagnetics Code (NEC) that has been implemented many times, and in many languages since the 1970's. The package appears to be free and installable to Debian systems (think: Ubuntu). The app can show colorful models of radiation patterns for your antennas. If you're on Linux then this might be very interesting.

Annual Ham Fest Scheduled for Saturday, Sep 21

The date for the annual WPARC Ham Fest will be on Saturday Sep 21, 2019. Plan to join us at McBean Park in Lincoln, CA. Make your list to buy or sell. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Ham License Testing - Wednesday, May 1, 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, May 1, 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 - Tuesday May 21, 7:00 PM
WPARC holds Member Meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at Round Table Pizza at 7 PM, 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. 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: Michael Buck will demonstrate a miniVNA Antenna Tester

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)

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

1st Thu 10 meters (28.410 MHz)

2nd Thu 15 meters (21.355 MHz)

3rd Thu 40 meters (7.225 MHz)

4th Thu 75 Meters (3.855 MHz)

5th Thu 10 meters (28.410 MHz)

Update from El Dorado County ARC
Posted May, 2019


Greetings, the year seems to be moving right along and now that the days are longer I’m hoping to get some of my projects moving as well. One of my main projects is building a setup to make my vehicle a rover for the June VHF contest. I usually work the June VHF contest as a fixed station from my home or portable from a hilltop in our county. This year I’m going to try the contest as a rover class. That will allow me to move across different grid squares for the contest and possibly more points. So, I will be sacrificing altitude, a quite location, and high gain Yagi antennas for the ability to move to new grid squares and increase my multipliers. The June VHF contest has traditionally used SSB and CW but over the past few years FM and FT8 have gained popularity. You will find lots of activity on 146.520 FM and 446.000 FM during the contest. The VHF contest is a good time to find out the simplex range of your VHF equipment or a good excuse to go to a hilltop with a handheld transceiver and enjoy the fresh air. My VHF rover project comprises of many small projects. I must build an antenna support system that can survive highway speeds. I need a power supply system for the radios in addition the vehicle 12v battery. I also must consider the ergonomics of the station in the vehicle and be able to switch radios easily and log the contacts and keep everything in place while moving down the road. So, my list keeps getting longer with things to consider and what might go wrong during the trip. Whatever happens it should be a learning experience with lots of good stories to tell.

Another club member Bob, W1RH, has been working on a project to upgrade all the voting receivers for the AG6AU repeater system which will improve the clarity on the system. It’s a huge project that Bob will tell us about at the next meeting. If we’re lucky he may give us few stories from the Visalia DX convention as well. Enjoy what’s left of the cool temperatures in April. I think Summer is just around the corner. See all of you at the meeting on Thursday.



Oroville ARS
Update from Oroville ARS
Updated May 2019

OARS Monthly Meeting

The OARS regular monthly meeting will take place Friday, 10 May 2019, 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. Agenda is expected to include the Fiesta Days Parade, which takes place the following morning, and Field Day, the weekend of 22-23 June. The scheduled program, to be presented by Erik Bayer, AF6EF, is entitled “Antenna Modeling and Optimal Height Above Ground for Vertical Antennas”. Hope everyone can attend. 73, Jim W7XZ

OARS Sunday Night Net meets at 2000 (8 pm) local time Sunday evenings through W6AF/R 146.655 MHz, –, 136.5 Hz CTCSS, or EchoLink Node W6AF-R. After the net session on 2M closes, a short 10M net meets on 28.450 MHz USB.

OARS Monthly Breakfast

This month’s OARS Breakfast will take place this Saturday, 25 May 2019, 9 am, at Gold Country Casino, 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville, in Acorn Cafe, located on the level above the gaming floor (go to the left at the top of the escalator or to the right leaving the elevator). Hope all can attend. 73, Jim, W7XZ

Update from SOTARS/QCWA Chapter 169
Posted May 2019

The SOTARS/QCWA meeting is Wednesday, May 8. 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 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

Bill Easton, W6UYD, Silent Key

I am sad to report the passing of long time SOTARS member, W6UYD Bill Easton on Saturday May 11, 2019. I have known Bill for over 45 years, dating back to when we both worked at the Office of State Printing and we have had almost daily contacts, both on amateur radio and via computer using various digital modes or Skype. Bill had turned 97 on March 25th. Bill was a good friend and I will miss him greatly. RIP old friend. Dan, WA6VPJ :'(

Nevada County ARC
Update from Nevada County ARC
Updated May 2019

Next Meeting: Monday May 13, 2019 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 2019 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 May 2019


The next general meeting will be held Tues., May 7th at Marysville First United Methodist Church, 730 D Street, Marysville. Joe (N9BD) will present a video of a DX Expedition. Bring your popcorn for the movie.


A sunny warm day started the kickoff for the 2019 “Bike Around the Buttes” on April 27th.

During the event 4 riders were transported back to start/finish, 2 riders were assisted with minor first aid, 1 rider was assisted in reattaching a chain, 1 rider was assisted in replacing a tire and a small (car size) fire was called in. As an aside on how communications can get messed up the small fire we reported was received by the fire department as a large out of control fire and 5 fire engines were sent.


✓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


Elk Grove-Florin ARC
Update from Elk Grove-Florin ARC
Posted May 2019

Elk Grove-Florin ARC—Section News

Members of the Elk Grove Florin ARC will operate the annual ARRL Field Day operating event with the River City ARCS at the VFW Post #6158 in Fair Oaks on June 22-23.  Go to the River City ARCS Field Day page for more information.

The weekly net is held every Wednesday on the N6NA repeater. Repeater Net Start Time: 7 PM (1900) Frequency: 145.250 (-) pl 162.2 Hz

The Elk Grove Florin Amateur Radio Club monthly meeting is on the second Saturday of every month. Everyone is invited to attend the meetings.  You can use the map to view the meeting location and get directions. Meeting Time: 7 PM PST/PDT. Meeting Location: Sacramento County Sheriff (Community Room) 7000 65th Street, Sacramento, CA 95823

Look for the club's new website coming soon at www.w6egf.org

Glenn ARS
Update from Glenn ARS
Posted May 2019

Prez Says for May 2019

Greetings to all club members and guests from the shack of KF6OBI. Now that we are into Spring, by 44 days, we are finally being blessed with some really nice weather. What's around the corner this coming Summer is unknown. I can tell you that vegetation wise this year is going to be a much different than the last few years. I’m already seeing and dealing with weed varieties that are popping up much earlier than what was normal.

Phil, KI6SMN, is out on a 6 week road trip across the US and will not be able to make membership meetings for the months of May and June. Therefore I have decided to not hold the GARS membership meeting

for these two months. After Phil returns we will resume meetings on our normal scheduled day of the month. GARS and GEARS are now in a partnership to rebuild the W6RHC repeater and to build and put up another

repeater at a site up on Saint Johns. This new repeater will be linked to the W6RHC repeater that is now located up in Forest Ranch. It has been decided that this will be a Yaesu System Fusion repeater system to take advantage of the analog and digital features that the new Yaesu DR-2X brings to the table. Will you need a new radio? No, you will not! But if you wish to enjoy the benefits of C4FM and other Yaesu digital options, then yes, you will need to explore a new radio that will accomplish this. The features of the Yaesu DR-2X repeater are listed elsewhere in this newsletter. Next month we shall learn more about the differences between the DR-1X and DR-2X repeaters and a little more about the DR-2X features.

Going forth this Spring and looking toward Summer we all will be very busy. This year because of this and the fact that we will not be meeting to plan what we will do for the ARRL 2019 field Day, this too, it has been decided, we will meet up with GEARS for this event. This will be real fun and educational for all. More on this next month. Stay tuned! Glenn County ARES – monthly meetings are held at the Kanawha Fire Protection District fire house located at 1709 County Road D, Willows. The next Glenn ARES meeting is to be held on the 14th of May. Meetings start at 6:30pm. Our next normal meeting will be at the Artois Lutheran Fellowship Hall at 6:30pm, is canceled this month.

Please see reason mentioned above. Remember that one does not have to be a member of the club to participate in our membership meetings. So be safe in all you do and may you all have many blessings in the days ahead!

Mike Ellithorpe, KF6OBI President, GARS kilofox6obi@yandex.com or kj6hcg@gmail.com Newsletter

Golden Empire ARS
Update from Golden Empire ARS
Posted May 2019

GEARS monthly meetings are held on the third Friday every month, at 6 PM, at the Butte County Search and Rescue building, 3898 Morrow Lane, in Chico, and usually include an interesting and informative speaker or program. If you are interested in Amateur Radio, you are invited to attend. Doors open at 6 PM for social time (“Eyeball QSO”) General meeting starts at 7 PM: Flag Salute & Introductions, Interesting and Informative Programs/Speakers, Committee Reports, Announcements & Adjourn – 8:15 Raffle.

Monthly Breakfast
All GEARS members are invited to meet for breakfast at Farmers Skillet, 690 Rio Lindo Ave, Chico, usually on the second Saturday of every even-numbered month. Other hams are also welcome. All hams who check in on the Thursday night 146.52 Simplex Net are invited to meet for breakfast at the Farmers Skillet on the last Saturday of odd-numbered months. Other hams are also welcome. In other words, the GEARS breakfast and the Simplex Net breakfast are both on the second Saturday of the month, on alternating months, but all hams are invited to every breakfast.

DAILY Sacramento Valley Traffic Net: 9:00 PM, 146.850 MHz (GEARS Repeater)
MONDAY Butte County ARES – Amateur Radio Emergency Services Net: 8:00 PM, 145.290 MHz (BCSCR Repeater)
TUESDAY GEARS Club Net: 7:30 PM, 146.850 MHz (GEARS Repeater)
THURSDAY North Valley Simplex Net: 7:30 PM, 146.520 MHz (National 2-meter Simplex Calling Frequency)

Any licensed ham is welcome to participate in any of the nets listed above. Please feel free to contact the net control for more information about joining the roll call, or tune in to the net and transmit your call-sign when the net controller asks for visitors to check in. GEARS encourages participation in local nets, and we are pleased to provide the GEARS repeater to host local nets as a service to the community.


Member Updates and Feedback

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

Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD, on Kaleidoscope Variety Show

Section Member Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD, on Childrens Hospital's "Kaleidoscope Variety Show"
Posted February 3, 2019

The University of California Benioff Childrens Hospital's Kaleidoscope Variety Show recently featured Sacramento Valley Section member Duane Wyatt, WAØMJD, showing his ham radio operation.

In this "Video Postcard" Duane explains and demonstrates his ham radio station in this program for children.

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 https://www.qsotoday.com/podcasts/kd6rm

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


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 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.

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 https://k6anc.com/wpradio/.  If interested, please contact Al at ac@K6AAI.net

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