Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club

FCC PROPOSES $35 LICENSE FEE - READ MORE IN THE W6SF NEWSLETTER ....

JANUARY MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14TH
Meeting starts at 7:00 PM

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 
USING ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCING
DO NOT GO TO THE STOCKTON SAILING CLUB MEETING ROOM… THERE WILL BE NO ONE THERE

QST QST QST… The January meeting of the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club will be held on Thursday, January 14th starting at 19:00 hours. The meeting will be VIRTUAL – ON-LINE using Zoom Video Conferencing as our platform.  Our meeting space at the Stockton sailing club is undergoing renovation. 

 

THIS MEETING IS OUR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.  CLUB OFFICERS WILL BE REPORTING ON DUES AND OUR 2021 BUDGET.  


The meeting program will be a virtual tour of W1AW by John NZ6Q and Annie N6ACL.  


Club members interested in presenting at an upcoming meeting, or who have suggestions for training content in 2021 should contact a board member and make your ideas known!

 

Topic: W6SF SDARC MONTHLY CLUB MEETING – ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 

 

Time: January 14, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

       

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FCC ANNOUNCES AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE FEE AT $35 

The FCC has agreed with ARRL and other commenters that its proposed $50 fee for certain amateur radio applications was “too high to account for the minimal staff involvement in these applications.” In a Report and Order (R&O), released on December 29, the FCC scaled back to $35 the fee for a new license application, a special temporary authority (STA) request, a rule waiver request, a license renewal application, and a vanity call sign application. All fees are per application. There will be no fee for administrative updates, such as a change of mailing or email address.

This fall, ARRL filed comments in firm opposition to the FCC proposal and urged its members to follow suit.

As the FCC noted in its R&O, although some commenters supported the proposed $50 fee as reasonable and fair, “ARRL and many individual commenters argued that there was no cost-based justification for application fees in the Amateur Radio Service. “After reviewing the record, including the extensive comments filed by amateur radio licensees and based on our revised analysis of the cost of processing mostly automated processes discussed in our methodology section, we adopt a $35 application fee, a lower application fee than the Commission proposed in the NPRM for personal licenses, in recognition of the fact that the application process is mostly automated,” the FCC said in the R&O.

“We adopt the proposal from the NPRM to assess no additional application fee for minor modifications or administrative updates, which also are highly automated.”

DECEMBER TEST ONLY SESSION REPORT
KARL ROSS AMERICAN LEGION POST

The December HamCram scheduled for Saturday December 12th at Stockton Fire Station #2 was changed to a Test Only Session.  The Fire Station COVID-19 restrictions continue due to the recent increase in positive test results. Normally we would move to the Stockton Sailing Club, but remodeling of their auditorium and cold weather made their space unusable. 

Thank you to Stewart KN6MCT for making the connection with the Karl Ross Post who graciously opened their hall to allow for the testing session.   

The HamCram Team, of Bob N6TCE, Annie N6ACL, Mark W6SXA and John NZ6Q administered 14 exams in three sessions with 13 passing for new licenses or upgrades.  If you hear them on the air, please welcome them to the hobby and congratulate them on their achievement.

KN6MOI Ornido, Alvin Technician
KN6MOJ Gordon, Jonathan P Technician
KN6MOK Reed, Marcia L Technician
KN6MOL Reed, Jerry W Technician
KN6MOM Weiler, Jenna Technician
KN6MON Slavas, Michael A Technician
KN6MOO Tseng, Ehtan Technician
KN6MOP Hadagone, Scott J Technician
KN6MOQ Wicke, Benedict Technician
KN6MOR Bragg, William P Technician
N6JRQ Quast, James  General Upgrade
KN6MKL Elias, Geoffe Extra Upgrade
KN6RGT Thomas, Richard General Upgrade

A special note that one of our successful candidates was 13 year old Ben, now KN6MOQ who's mom drove him in from San Andreas to take and pass the Technician test.  Ben reached out to the team on Thursday about taking the test and getting his license.  Annie N6ACL gifted him a new handheld radio and antenna for passing his test.  I'm sure we are going to see this energetic ham operator at upcoming meetings and club events. CONGRATULATIONS BEN! 

2021 DAYTON HAMVENTION
CANCELLED

 

Unfortunately, several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic make necessary the difficult decision to cancel Hamvention 2021. Hundreds of volunteers have been working to do everything necessary to bring this Hamvention to the many amateur radio enthusiasts and vendors who support the Dayton Hamvention.

Vaccine distribution both in the United States and around the world is lagging behind what was planned. In addition, the emergence of a more communicable form of the COVID-19 virus increases the potential for further public health problems in the next few months. We make this difficult decision for the safety of our guests and vendors.

Those who had their tickets, inside booths or flea market spaces deferred last year will be deferred again. Those who purchased 2021 tickets, inside booths or flea market spaces will also be deferred. If you desire a refund instead please email tickets@hamvention.org and we will contact you.

Stay tuned for information about a QSO party for the 2021 Hamvention weekend.

We are looking forward to the 2022 Hamvention!!!

Executive Committee, Dayton Hamvention 2021



GET ON THE AIR FOR WINTER FIELD DAY
JANUARY 30TH & 31ST

Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns.

We believe as do those entities of ARRL Organizations like ARES & RACES that maintaining your operational skills should not be limited to fair weather scenarios. The addition of Winter Field Day will enhance those already important skills of those that who generously volunteer their time and equipment to these organizations. This is why WFD is open to all licensed amateur radio operators worldwide.

Disasters are unpredictable by nature and can strike when you least expect them. WFDA's goal is to help enhance your skills and ready you for all environmental conditions found in the US and Canada during the spring, summer, fall and winter Preparedness is the key to a professional and timely response during any event and this is what local and state authorities are expecting when they reach  out to the emergency service groups that offer their services.


If you are serious about emergency communications as we are; we welcome you to join us for our yearly event. We are sure you will find this event a pleasant change and challenge to that of a normal summer time field day.


For more info on how you can participate in Winter Field Day go to www.winterfieldday.com

SDARC HOSTS W-6-Q SPECIAL EVENT CALL FOR CAL QSO PARTY 2020

The Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club was honored with the Special Event Callsign W6Q as part of the 2020 Cal QSO Party celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Northern California Contest Club.  We were one of only 21 stations across the state needing to be worked to spell the word
S-E-Q-U-O-I-A to qualify for the SEQUOIA challenge.  You can read about the challenge on the Cal QSO Party website - HERE

Starting the week prior, we put up the club HexBeam and additional antennas for 40M and 80M so we could run simultaneous stations on both Phone and CW during the contest.  We set up 4 stations for phone and 3 stations for CW.  Sadly there was no activity heard on 10M but we did make contacts on all bands 15 - 80 Meters. The "night shift" especially had fun on 40M and 80M - even 11 yr old Shane was making contacts on 80 Meters like a seasoned pro contester.  

We logged 1056 QSOs for a combined score of over 150,000 points. We missed a “clean sweep” of all 58 multipliers by just two MB and NT – those darn Canadians were hiding! For a completely unassisted operation (no spotters or internet alerts) with current band conditions that is a solid win! Pictures are worth 1000 words and thanks to Dave N6LHL for these pictures of the event. 

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


HAM U HAS BEEN CANCELLED IN SEPTEMBER BECAUSE OF COVID-19

JOIN US AGAIN IN SEPTEMBER 2021


Ham-U has been cancelled for 2020.     We had a schedule conflict with the March date and have rescheduled to May 16th - then to September.  Now, with the city facilities shut down a second time because of the Coronavirus Shelter-in-Place, we have decided to start over in 2021. 

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 class is structured with three 50 minute "classroom" sessions in the morning; 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, Introduction to CW - Morse Code, digital modes - FT8, DMR, Picking your Radio Club, Programming and using your programmable radios, Anderson Power poles, building simple antennas, Radiosport (contesting & chasing DX), Satellites and an opportunity to ask questions of experienced ham operators in an open forum.    

SIGN UP FOR ELMERING SESSIONS HERE

THEY ARE FREE 

STOCKTON FIRE STATION #2
TRAINING DIVISION CLASSROOM
110 W SONORA ST
STOCKTON, CA 95202
(CORNER OF W SONORA ST/COMMERCE ST)

STARTING AT 8:00 AM

Look for HamU to be back on a Saturday

in September 2021

 


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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THANK YOU DENNIS AD6DM

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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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