Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club

NEXT CLUB MEETING IS THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH AT 1900 HOURS ...

W6SF CLUB BREAKFAST 
THURSDAY MORNINGS 9:00 AM
THE OMLETTE HOUSE 
CHEROKEE AND 99 ON THE WEST SIDE
OF THE FREEWAY 

Club members and friends of Amateur Radio are welcome to gather at 9:00 AM on Thursdays for Hamz n Eggs Breakfast... This week is at The Omlette House, 3455 N Cherokee Lane in Stockton.   

We enjoy a high level discussions of ham radio communications, rules, regulations, contesting, SOTAs, ARES gear and whatever else 'ya got. 

This week we've invited club members from Lodi, Manteca and Modesto to join us!

I hope to see you there!   de N6LHL

SEPTEMBER MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH 7:00 PM

STOCKTON SAILING CLUB
4980 BUCKLEY COVE RD
WEST MARCH LANE TO BUCKLEY COVE
THERE WILL BE ZOOM ACCESS!

QST QST QST… The September meeting of the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club will be held at the Stockton Sailing Club Auditorium, 4980 Buckley Cove Rd in North Stockton. The Sailing Club is located at the west end of March Lane, west of Interstate 5 on the left-hand side of the road just before you enter Buckley Cove Park.


This meeting is back on our regular schedule with eyeball QSOs from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM and then the regular meeting starts.  

THE MEETING STARTS AT 7:00 PM (1900 HOURS) 


John NZ6Q will be discussing What Your Logbook Tells About You, why logging your contacts is important, how to perform contest logging vs every day logging and more. 


Non-hams, spouses, significant others, friends just checking out what you do, are definitely encouraged to attend.  

W6SF FIELD DAY REPORT
JUNE 25TH & 26TH
DeVRIES RD FIELD DAY SITE

 

The W6SF Field Day operation was held on the 4th weekend in June.  The club operated 3A class from the DeVries Rd site owned by Charlie WB6NVB.  Several members came out on Friday morning to help set-up antennas for the operation including dipoles and the club's HexBeam antenna for 20 - 6 Meters.  The set-up and take down crew included Charlie WB6NVB, Mark W6SXA, Duztynn KM6HDY, Dave N6DCH, Tim KN6PYJ, Hardwick N6LHL & Joyce K6QBQ.


Field Day operators also included Glen AK7YT and Bryson K6BWY.  


W6SF Field Day operation ran from Saturday morning until evening and then again on Sunday morning.  There was no overnight operation this year. 


40M and 20M were the "workhorse" bands again this year. A solar event a few days prior to Field Day created some noisy band conditions especially during the daylight hours. 


The logbook and pictures are still being compiled. 



W6SF JULY MEETING REPORT
THURSDAY, JULY 14th - 7:00 PM

 

The July meeting of the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club was held at the Stockton Sailing Club Auditorium, 4980 Buckley Cove Rd in North Stockton on Thursday, July 14th starting at 7:00 PM.. 


The meeting was called to order at 7:05PM by president Mark W6SXA. There were 10 members in attendance who introduced themselves.  There were 8 members on Zoom...  

Old Business:

Photo Shack Contest Winners not announced. Bob N6TCE was not present.


Mark W6SXA thanked Charlie WB6NVB for the use of the vineyard for Field Day. Joyce stated that logs were being compiled by Club Secretary Annie N6ACL for submitting a final score to the ARRL. The club operated 3A category Saturday morning and afternoon into the early evening. Dave N6DCH and Dave N6LHL continued the operation until the end of the event at 1100 hours on Sunday.

Mark W6SXA & Joyce K6QBQ gave a recap of the 4th of July Parade and relayed a great message of gratitude from Linda Vasquez and the United Veteran's Council for the support of San Joaquin County ARES and SDARC. Ron KG7OR, Charlie WB6NVB and others lead a short discussion on some of the challenges we confronted and adjustments to consider for next year. 


New Business:

August Meeting will be on Thursday 8/11 starting at 6:00 PM in the Pavilion at the sailing club.  Joyce K6QBQ offered to bring pulled pork so no one would have to man "the bar-b-que pit" and cook.  A sign-up sheet was passed around for club members attending to select what they would be brining for the event. 

 

Other:

There was a discussion about preparing for HamU in September. This is scheduled for September 17th. John NZ6Q and others felt that there isn't enough time to pull this together and suggested pushing the class out to the spring and only holding class a year. There was discussion but no decision.  Bob K6DGQ suggested that we start developing a "playbook" to make this training event easier going forward.  

Mark asked if we could support the Sailing Club for the Wooden Boat Regatta on Saturday July 23rd. John NZ6Q and Annie N6ACL offered to be on site with the ARRL display and tables if others could join to set-up and take down at the end of the event. This is scheduled to run from 10AM - 3PM on Saturday July 23rd. We would need some people on site at 8AM to set up. 

There was no presentation this evening.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM 


DELTA CENTURY RIDE
APRIL 30TH 7:00 AM
JESSE’S GROVE WINERY


The 2022 Delta Century Ride was held on Saturday April 30th.


We started setting up the NCS station at 6:00 AM. The Start/Finish was at Jessie's Grove Vineyard on Turner Rd just west of Lodi. Jessie's Grove was great to work with and we able to set up close to the registration tables and ride end point. Right by lunch! 

 

Club members stepped up to support the ride with their own SAG vehicles and complete SAG wagon operation - Driver, radio, APRS GPS transceiver, bike tools and more.  While there were also SAG operators from Stockton Bike Club, having radio and APRS significantly improved response times for the 18 riders that called in on the SAG hotline.   


Rest stops along the routes were covered by 1 or 2 radio operators.  Very few incidents were reported at rest stops. Bob K6DGQ and the crew at Courtland continually updated the net on numbers of riders thru the "hub" rest stop. The rides traverse the rural Delta roads of the San Joaquin Valley. Flat quarter (26 miles), metric (62 miles), and full (100 miles) century loops cover scenic vineyard, farm, and Delta roads–and a ferry ride across Steamboat Slough (metric and full century routes only)–with rewarding rest stops along the way.


SAG Operators were Mark W6SXA (along with Charlie K9DOG), Ron W6RMR, Cecil W6CPR, Gayle W6SWT, Randy K6TVT, Thomas KN6TQY and Kelly KN6TQZ, and Shane K5SML who rode in SAG10 with a member of the Stockton Bike Club. 


Rest Stop Operators were Joyce K6QBQ with Dave N6DCH in Clarksburg, Bob K6DGQ and Charlie WB6NVB in Courtland, Eric W6INP at Walnut Grove and Barry K6ZZB and Dave N6LHL at the Cosumnes River Farm in Thornton. 


Net Control was Annie N6ACL, Paul N6KZW and John NZ6Q 

 

A delicious post ride meal and entertainment welcomed each rider and volunteer at the finish line.

Proceeds from the Delta Century benefit local charities including our own SDARC!


Check out pictures of the ride in the May 2022 SDARC The Flysheet newsletter. 

WORLD OF STEAM EXPO SUCCESS


The club participated in the 2022 World of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) on Saturday March 26th at Lincoln High School.  The event ran from 10:00 AM to 2:00PM

 

Bob K6DGQ set up several straight keys and had a practice sheet kids could fill out and then send in Morse Code.  The table was a big hit!

 

Well over 100 elementary and middle school students were able to learn their names in Morse Code and practiced on code oscillators made available by club members. 

Dave WB6TOU, Paul N6KZW, Joyce K6QBQ and others launched a hi-altitude balloon from the parking lot of the high school at the start of the event.  The balloon carried a payload of both a 20-Meter WSPR and 2-Meter APRS transmitters to an altitude of 42,000 feet sending back real time location data which was then displayed on a large monitor at the demo table.  Students also could watch a video documenting the balloon’s construction and usefulness.

Throughout the 4-hour event, hundreds of students looked, stopped, listened, got on the air, asked questions and more.  Hopefully we will see some of the next generation of hams getting licensed at upcoming HamCrams and events. 



AUGUST HAMCRAM/VE SESSION
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13TH   
DOORS OPEN 7:45 AM 

STOCKTON FIRE STATION #2 - BRET LAWES CLASSROOM
110 W SONORA ST, STOCKTON, CA 95202

The next HamCram study and test session will be held at the Stockton Fire Station #2 on Saturday, August 13th.  

 

If you are interested in doing a HamCram Study Session, OR you are testing for an upgrade, or you or a family member wants to get your license, please pre-register at www.w6sf.org/hamcram.html

 

HamCram study session starts at 8:00 AM and the doors will open at 7:45.

 

The Test Only sessions will start at 3:00 PM

 

Sign up for the next HamCram clicking the link here.

FCC Application Fee Update
APPLICATION FEE TAKES EFFECT
APRIL 19TH, 2022

The FCC released a Public Notice on March 23, 2022, stating that the amateur radio application fees, including those associated with Form 605 application filings, would become effective on April 19, 2022. The Federal Communications Commission's authority to impose and collect fees is mandated by Congress.

The $35 application fee, when it becomes effective on April 19, will apply to new, renewal, and vanity call sign applications. The fee will be per application. There will be no fees charged for license class upgrades. 

Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, will also be exempt from fees.

VECs and Volunteer Examiner (VE) teams will not have to collect the $35 fee at exam sessions.  Once the FCC application fee takes effect, new and upgrade applicants will pay the $15 exam session fee to the ARRL VE team as usual, and pay the $35 application fee directly to the FCC by using the CORES FRN Registration system (CORES - Login). 

When the FCC receives the examination information from the VEC, it will email a link with payment instructions to each successful candidate who then will have
10 calendar days from the date of the email to pay. After the fee is paid and the FCC has processed an application, examinees will receive a second email from the FCC with a link to their official license. The link will be good for 30 days.

Additionally, the FCC stated that applications processed and dismissed will not be entitled to a refund. This includes vanity requests where the applicant does not receive the requested call sign.

The FCC published the notice in the Federal Register on March 23, 2022, stating that the amateur radio application fees, including those associated with Form 605 application filings, would become effective on April 19, 2022.

Further news and instructions will follow as the FCC releases them.
     ___________________________________

FCC Instructions (not applicable until fees take effect on April 19): 
If paying fees for an application filed via the Universal Licensing System, please use the CORES FRN Registration system (CORES - Login). 

FEE SCHEDULE (not applicable until fees take effect on April 19):

INDIVIDUALS

$35 FEE: New, modification (upgrade and sequential call sign change), renewal, and vanity call sign applications. All fees will be per application.
NO FEE: Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, or license cancellation.

AMATEUR RADIO CLUBS
$35 FEE: New, renewal, trustee change, and vanity call sign applications. All fees will be per application.
NO FEE: Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, or license cancellation.


  HAM UNIVERSITY - "HAM-U SESSION 2"
NEW HAM - EXPERIENCED HAM 
TRAINING CLASS

JOIN THE SESSION 2 CLASS ON
SEPTEMBER 17TH  2022


This is a FREE program that every ham – from beginner to Extra Class can benefit.  

The term "Elmer" means someone who provides personal guidance and assistance to would-be hams. The term first appeared in QST in a March 1971 "How's DX" column by Rod Newkirk, W9BRD (now also VA3ZBB). Newkirk called them "the unsung fathers of Amateur Radio."

Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club, the Manteca Amateur Radio Club and the Lodi Amateur Radio Club have come together to help teach new hams how to get started and offer this "personal guidance". 

These sessions are an opportunity for the new ham to learn and discover some of the many opportunities there are in Amateur Radio to "find your world" and give any ham just the chance to ask questions and get on the air. 

The session 2 class is structured with more content and more hands-on presentations.  There will be six 50-minute "classroom" sessions in the morning running in 2 tracks; lunch for an hour with "mini presentations", then two 50-minute break-out sessions in the afternoon. Classroom sessions include: Setting up and operating an HF station, How to Learn CW - Morse Code, digital modes - FT8, DMR, Packet and WinLink; your Radio Club Membership, Programming and using your programmable radios, Anderson Power poles, building simple antennas, Radiosport (contesting & chasing DX), Satellite operations - and opportunities to ask questions of experienced ham operators in an open forum.    

SIGN UP FOR ELMERING SESSIONS HERE

THEY ARE FREE 

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS

1510 W CENTURY BLVD, LODI, CA 95240 

STARTING AT 8:30 AM

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2022

 


THANKS DAVE NAVONE FOR THE LINK TO THIS COOL VIDEO ALL ABOUT HAM RADIO AND THE TV SHOW "LAST MAN STANDING"
W6SF
2019 FIELD DAY VIDEO
CHECK IT OUT!
THANK YOU DENNIS AD6DM

Ham Test Online
CHECK OUT THE CLUB HISTORY PAGE

CHECK OUT OUR OWN BOB KM6ONS AND KYLE K6KDD ON GOOD DAY SACRAMENTO

AUGUST 28, 2018

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CLUB REPEATERS

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 2500 feet, the club repeaters cover the Southern Sacramento and Northern San Joaquin Valleys. The call-sign is W6SF and can be heard on 147.165 MHz and on 442.250 MHz with a PL of 107.2 Hz. Club simplex frequency is 147.51 MHz.



SDARC also has a UHF repeater, operating independently, on 444.575+ PL 107.2.  This is a local low level Stockton repeater with the call W6SF.  As the project progresses, three receiver/voters will be installed via T1 phone lines and the addition of IRLP linking to other repeaters.  
CLUB REPEATERS

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 2500 feet, the club repeaters cover the Southern Sacramento and Northern San Joaquin Valleys. The call-sign is W6SF and can be heard on 147.165 MHz and on 442.250 MHz with a PL of 107.2 Hz. Club simplex frequency is 147.51 MHz.



SDARC also has a UHF repeater, operating independently, on 444.575+ PL 107.2.  This is a local low level Stockton repeater with the call W6SF.  As the project progresses, three receiver/voters will be installed via T1 phone lines and the addition of IRLP linking to other repeaters. 
CLUB REPEATERS

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 2500 feet, the club repeaters cover the Southern Sacramento and Northern San Joaquin Valleys. The call-sign is W6SF and can be heard on 147.165 MHz and on 442.250 MHz with a PL of 107.2 Hz. Club simplex frequency is 147.51 MHz.



SDARC also has a UHF repeater, operating independently, on 444.575+ PL 107.2.  This is a local low level Stockton repeater with the call W6SF.  As the project progresses, three receiver/voters will be installed via T1 phone lines and the addition of IRLP linking to other repeaters.  
CLUB REPEATERS

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 2500 feet, the club repeaters cover the Southern Sacramento and Northern San Joaquin Valleys. The call-sign is W6SF and can be heard on 147.165 MHz and on 442.250 MHz with a PL of 107.2 Hz. Club simplex frequency is 147.51 MHz.

  



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