Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club

The Next Club Meeting is Our Year End Celebration - Dec 8th starting at 6:00PM....

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. 

DX, county and state , SOTA, and POTA  hunters!  This is a reminder that you are expected to attend Thursday's breakfast or face demerits on your FCC issued license. 

Schmoozing starts about 9am so bring your latest stories, gadgets and lies to entertain everyone

I hope to see you there!   de N6LHL

2022 CHRISTMAS DINNER & YEAR-END CELEBRATION!

THURSDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 8TH 6:00PM

 

QST QST QST… Sign-ups are open for the 2022 Christmas Dinner & Year-End Celebration which will be held at the Shipyard Portside Restaurant, 2305 W Washington St, Stockton.

Several outstanding prizes will be offered in our year-end raffle. Raffle prizes include four (4), that’s right FOUR complete radio packages including DMR, GPS enabled and Analog, the 2022 Radio Amateurs Handbook, Antennas, test gear and more. By more, we are talking about non-radio prizes so the non-ham in the family can win something he or she wants too!

 

Sign-up for the dinner today! Go to The Event Sign-UP Page HERE and book your seats today. You can pay for your reservation in advance using PayPal for just a $1.00 fee – bringing your total dinner costs to just $26 ! The club is picking up the tip and the tax. Dinner includes Chicken and Tri-Tip, roasted potatoes and vegetables, salad bar, dessert and coffee or tea beverage.

NO-HOST COCKTAIL HOUR / MEET N GREET: Starts at 6:00 PM

DINNER: starts at 7:00 PM

RAFFLE: starts at 8:00 PM

So… grab your spouse, significant other or just that friend that you want to get their license and join us for good food and good fun; celebrating a great year together as a club!

 

PS – if you’re having trouble with PayPal just contact Annie N6ACL to make other

arrangements for paying your reservations.

NOVEMBER MEETING REPORT

The November meeting of the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club was held on November 10th at the Stockton Sailing Club Auditorium.  

President Mark W6SXA called the meeting to order at 7:05 and several members attended on Zoom. 


John NZ6Q gave a report on Pacificon, along with Joyce K6QBQ and others.  Joyce K6QBQ also gave a report on the Walk to End Alzheimer's on the 15th. All great events and well attended. 


This meeting included the election of club officers for the 2023 SDARC Board of Directors. Mark W6SXA reminded the members that anyone can be on the board and called for any last minute nominations. There were none.  There was a motion to accept the list of nominations as there were no challengers for any position. The motion carried. 


Your 2023 Club Officers are: 

President.............. Mark W6SXA 
Vice-President...... Joyce K6QBQ
Treasurer.............. Charlie WB6NVB
Secretary.............. Annie N6ACL 


The new board will appoint the positions of call sign trustee and member at large at their first meeting.  Those nominations shall come before the full membership at the AGM in January. 


The club welcomed new member Art KN6SSP from Manteca. 


After the election, Paul N6KZW put out a call for operators for the 18th Annual Run Against Hunger on Thanksgiving Morning.  You can still sign up on the website by going to the "Event Sign-Up" page. Details below.


Annie N6ACL and Mark W6SXA let everyone know you can also sign-up for the Annual Christmas Party / Year-End Celebration which is our next meeting on December 8th. The party starts at 6:00PM and you can sign-up and pay right here via PayPal on the website. 


The regular meeting adjourned with a raffle. 


Mark W6SXA gave informative and impressive demonstration on the use of NanoVNA devices in the ham shack. These are impressive test devices running anywhere from $50 to $150 


The meeting adjourned at 8:30PM.  There were 20 in attendance in person and 10 attended online. 


The meeting and training was simulcasted on Zoom Video Conference. 


GET READY FOR THE 17TH ANNUAL
RUN / WALK AGAINST HUNGER
THANKSGIVING DAY MORNING

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH
DOWNTOWN STOCKTON

 

Paul N6KZW is coordinating this year’s Thanksgiving Day Run Against Hunger for the club. He’s looking for volunteers! This is the 18th year of the event which benefits the Stockton Emergency Food Bank. CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP NOW

 

Our mission is to provide communications necessary for the safety of participants and the public. This is both a run and a walk, conducted simultaneously on slightly different routes from the Banner Island Ballpark around Weber Point to Morelli Point (Weber Ave under I-5) and back. The 10K runners do the course twice.

Weather: The show will go on rain or shine. It normally is cool to cold during this event, be prepared for this type of weather.  Raincoat?

Operators: We are currently setting up who will be at what posts.

The Plan: We meet at the Ballpark entrance at 06:30 AM. The run and walk begins at 8:00 AM for the Kids and 8:30 AM for the Adults, but access to our post locations may be difficult after 7:15 AM unless you are on foot or bring a bicycle, as the course usually is blocked off and closed to traffic.  Please expect to be out in the field along the route by 7:15 before the police start closing the roads.

Email: You will receive a map of the run and the parking lot you should use is to the west of the stadium. There is also another parking lot across the street (Fremont) from the ballpark which may also be used. We normally arrive early enough to easily get our parking close by.

Assignments: We are planning assignments now.

Safety: Please, all ham operators should be wearing a green or orange safety vest at all times during the event. This is for your safety as well as to identify us as participants, organizers, and public safety workers. If you do not have a vest, our club has many available, just let us know, please. Think and act safely before, during, and after the event. We want you to have an enjoyable time out there. 

Beverage/Pastries: There will be coffee and pastries available at the ballpark as you walk in the gate to the right. Come early.

 

T-Shirts:  In the past, we are given event T-shirts at net control Thursday morn.    

Frequencies

Main           147.210 pl 114.8  +600     N5FDL
Backup        444.325 pl 94.8  +5.000    K6KJQ          Please program your HT.
Simplex       147.510 no pl needed

Tactical Callsigns: Standard rules of identification apply. We will use tactical calls, but you should identify your ham station as normal FCC regulations.

Checklist: 
1. Dual-band HT radio w/extra battery. If you do not have a dual band or UHF handy-talkie, contact us.
2. Bring a folding chair as our posts don't have seating available.
3. Appropriate clothing for the weather, mindful it will be dark when we arrive. Cold and rain are always possible.
4. A flashlight may be helpful in the wee hours of the morning before the event
5. Traffic safety vest. If you do not have one, we will loan you one.
6. Hot/cold beverage, or water and snack if needed.
7. Personal items, such as glasses and medication.
8. Printed Map from the website will be emailed to you. Make sure we have your email address.

Go to the event website... http://www.runagainsthunger.org/Event-Info  it will give you an idea of what's going on... 

Please ham radio folks do not volunteer that way, go to the Event Sign-Up page here to sign up. I suggest printing out the map and bringing it with you. We will use that during the event.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP

This is a great event supporting the neediest in our community. The club has been involved nearly since the beginning. Do you have time to give back? support your community? Get a free T-Shirt? If you don’t want to volunteer and be part of the radio team – then just come and do the 5K walk or the 10K run.


Call me if you have any questions 209-477-6893 Paul  N6KZW@sbcglobal.net

OCTOBER MEETING REPORT 
THURSDAY OCTOBER 13TH 

The October 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, October 13th starting at 7pm. There was a limited Zoom presentation because of an equipment issue.

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00PM by President Mark W6SXA. There were 20 members in attendance.

 

Old Business:

John NZ6Q gave a report on the CQP Expedition to Mariposa County. We made 981 QSOs and worked all 58 multipliers for a submitted score of 144,750 points and currently led the Multi-Op Low Power Expedition category. Colin K6CMM got on the air on 10M using his call sign and made 20 QSOs Sunday afternoon before we had to start breaking down. Thomas KN6TQY and Kelly KN6TQZ arrived Saturday night and served up a great meal for all and then got on the air Sunday morning as well. Joyce K6QBQ was a big help with set-up on Friday as well as President Mark W6SXA. Everyone is excited to do this again next year.

 

Bob N6TCE gave a report on Saturday’s HamCram in Lodi. We licensed 9 new Technicians including a mother and son from Valley Springs, 2 upgrades pass their General and 1 Extra Class upgrade.

 

John NZ6Q also reminded the club that N6F was still in progress and club members could sign up to participate as the special event station until Saturday midnight.

 

There was a report on the Alzheimer’s Walk given by Joyce K6QBQ as Zoom issues prevented Ron KG7OR from connecting. Everything looked pretty set and a couple of additional members stepped up to volunteer.

 

President Mark W6SXA opened the floor for nominations for club officers for 2023. Peter K6PH stated he would not continue as Treasurer and Charlie WB6NVB was nominated (accepted) as Treasurer to replace him. All the other officer positions had no nominations to replace incumbents. Bob N6TCE motioned to accept a “white ballot” election, but it was pointed out that club bylaws keep the nomination window open until the November meeting. Anyone wishing to nominate a member to board, including themselves, should contract Annie N6ACL (n6acl@arrl.net) to be included in November’s election.

 

Annie N6ACL reported on the club Christmas Party / Raffle and it was voted on by the membership to hold the Year-End Celebration at the Shipyard Restaurant at the Port of Stockton again. Suggestions for the raffle included a NanoVNA analyzer, SDR receivers and antennas along with some “non radio related” prizes. (more details on the Christmas Party are in the newsletter)

 

Bob N6TCE gave a presentation on the Great California Shake-Out Drill on Thursday October 20th at 10:20 AM. He discussed the incident plan using both the Lodi 147.090 and Stockton 147.165 repeaters as well as WinLink. Stations will be encouraged to submit drill messages of simulated damages as they check in.

 

 

WinLink will be used to send “Did You Feel It” reports to the USGS. Stations without WinLink were discouraged from sending damage reports through the USGS website as their website had no way to flag the reports as part of a “drill” and not the real thing.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 PM

 

Annie N6ACL
Secretary


OCTOBER HAMCRAM / VE SESSION
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10TH 7:45 AM   
DOORS OPEN 7:45 AM 

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST - LATTER-DAY SAINTS
731 N HAM LANE, LODI, CA 95240 

The next HamCram study and test session will be held at the Ham Lane building of the Church of Jesus Christ - LDS on Saturday, December 10th   

 

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 8:05 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.

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


WE ARE LOOKING TO BRING BACK HAM-U IN MARCH 2023


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


 


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
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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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