Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club

CLUB MEETING THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 7:00 PM AT THE STOCKTON SAILING CLUB....

SEPTEMBER MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH
Meeting starts at 7:00 PM 
Stockton Sailing Club
4980 Buckley Cove

LET'S LOG THOSE CONTACTS!

QST QST QST… The September meeting of the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club will be held on Thursday, September 8th  starting at 19:00 hours. The meeting will be held in person at the Stockton Sailing Club Auditorium.  


WE WILL ALSO BE ON ZOOM FOR THE MEETING AND PRESENTATION

 

After the business meeting, John NZ6Q will be giving a presentation on Logging and Logging Software which promises to be interesting and informative.  Logging, while not a hard requirement anymore in Amateur Radio, is an important skill.  We will be going over station logging as well as event logging practices.  Event logging is keeping a record of an event, like a parade or a bike race and the radio traffic which occurred during the event. 


We will be bringing back coffee and refreshments after the meeting. 


Here is the Zoom Meeting Info:


Topic: W6SF SDARC MONTHLY CLUB MEETING


Time: Sep 9, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

        

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Topic: W6SF SDARC MONTHLY CLUB MEETING 
Time: Sep 9, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Topic: W6SF SDARC MONTHLY CLUB MEETING 
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FEMA Announces National Preparedness Month, Urges All to 'Prepare to Protect' Before Disasters Strike

September is National Preparedness Month, an annual observance to remind all Americans how important it is for individuals, families and communities to be prepared for disasters and emergencies that can happen at any time.

This year's theme is Prepare to Protect and highlights how preparing for disaster is to protect everyone you love. This year, Ready Campaign shifted its focus in support of President Biden's Executive Order on Racial Equity and FEMA's new strategy for cultural competence that includes empowering historically underserved communities to prepare for a disaster.

For the first time ever, the agency will feature a series of public service advertisements™ (PSAs) designed to resonate with Latino communities and beyond that will launch during National Hispanic Heritage Month. In fact, the theme "Prepare to Protect" which carries universal meaning and significance, was established based on research and focus groups with Latino communities led by the Ad Council that highlighted the idea of protecting one's family as a prime motivator to prepare for a disaster. The PSAs, in Spanish and English, will air during hurricane season and as wildfires continue to impact several states. 

"Today marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month, as we're already in the height of a very active hurricane season, while wildfire threats to communities are increasing daily," said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. "Now is the time that everyone should have a conversation with their family, neighbors or loved ones to discuss what you would do in the event of a disaster in your area. Use the resources on Ready.gov or Listo.gov to make sure you have taken the steps to get prepared."

Also, everyone should sign up to receive local alerts and warning on your mobile phone. Download the FEMA app and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide and have the steps to prepare for disaster with you at all times to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Each week during National Preparedness Month will focus on a theme with easy-to-follow steps that individuals and families can take to enhance their emergency preparedness efforts. This year's weekly themes include:

Notable National Preparedness Month events:

  • In partnership with the American Red Cross, FEMA will co-host a "Prepare with Pedro" day. The day will highlight the "Prepare with Pedro" activity book on social media and encourage youth to help their families prepare for a disaster by building a kit and making a plan.
  • FEMA will publish the "2020 National Household Survey" full dataset on Open FEMA. The survey tracks progress in personal disaster preparedness through insights on Americans' preparedness actions, attitudes and motivations.
  • Region 1 is hosting a "Talk Shop" on Sept. 9 via Zoom for faith-based organizations, and how they can include themselves in emergency management and better serve their communities during disasters.
  • Region 2 is hosting FEMA "Ready Games" each Wednesday in September. The region encourages participants from the whole community to join the fun and learn about resilience, youth readiness, emergency management and the FEMA CERT program through bingo, trivia and much more.
  • Regions 3, 4, 8 and 10 to host "Spaces" live conversations on Twitter throughout the month highlighting Tribal Nation preparedness, general preparedness and disability integration.
  • Region 4 is hosting an online training for disability integration and accessibility stakeholders. The training is designed to help community-based organizations create a disaster response plan so they can stay open during disasters.
  • Region 10 is hosting a "Virtual Family Prep Night," an interactive event aimed to include the entire family in talking about and preparing for disasters.

Ready.gov/September has free resources online, including social media content in multiple languages, for public use. Help spread the word of how to be prepared for disasters and emergencies before they happen. For more information, visit Ready.gov and Listo.gov.

56th RUNNING OF CQP IS COMING!

                                                                 CQP 2021 BEGINS:
            1600 UTC October 2, 2021 to 2200 UTC October 3, 2021

Click HERE for More Information... 
FCC Application Fee Update
Likely NOT to Take Effect
Until 2022
SB QST ARL ARLB021
ARLB021 FCC Application Fees Unlikely to Go into Effect Until 2022

The schedule of FCC amateur radio application fees likely will not
go into effect before 2022. FCC staff confirmed during a recent
virtual meeting with Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (VECs) that the agency is still working on the necessary changes to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) software and other processes and procedures that must be in place before it starts collecting fees from amateur applicants. 

Once it's effective, the $35 application fee will apply to new,
modification (upgrade and sequential call sign change), renewal, and vanity call sign applications. All fees will be per application. Administrative update applications, such as those to change a licensee's name, mailing, or email address, will be exempt from fees. ARRL VEC manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, said Volunteer Examiner (VE) teams will not face the burden of collecting the $35 fee.

"Once the FCC application fee takes effect, new and upgrade
applicants will pay the exam session fee to the VE team as usual,
but they'll pay the $35 application fee directly to the FCC using
the FCC ULS Pay Fees system," she explained. 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 days from the date of the email to pay.

The FCC Pay Fees system can be accessed at,

https://apps2.fcc.gov/Batch_Filer/login.cfm .

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. Licensees also will be able to view, download, and print official license copies by logging into their FCC ULS account. The FCC no longer provides printed licenses.

Licensees can log into the ULS with their 10-digit FRN (FCC
Registration Number) and password at any time to view and manage
their license and application, print their license, and update
anything in their FCC license record, including adding an email
address.

FEE SCHEDULE:

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.

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W6SF CLUB BREAKFAST 
THURSDAY MORNINGS 9:30 AM
CHUCK'S ON PACIFIC AVE 

Club members and friends of Amateur Radio are welcome to gather at 9:30 AM on Thursdays at Chucks, at Pacific Ave Bowl, on the corner of Pacific and Swain Road. 

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

I hope to see you there!   de N6LHL

AUGUST MEETING REPORT 

ICE CREAM SOCIAL / PICNIC

TRANSMITTER HUNT


The August meeting of the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club was held on Thursday, August 12th.  We started with a picnic and social hour at 18:00 hours.  Ice Cream was served at 18:30.  In spite of our best efforts, the Chocolate became an extreme version of "soft serve" but it was still delicious! Even better than the ice cream was the company, with members and guests - well, now new members, travelling from Lodi, the foothills and Modesto to enjoy the ice cream and the presentation. 


During the business meeting, members voted to participate in CQP 2021 along with members of the Lodi Amateur Radio Club using special event call K6R.  This call is to commemorate Shirley Roses AA6K, a long time club member in both radio clubs and avid contester and DXer.  This will be an 8-hour effort in a new club catagory for CQP.  More details to follow... 


Mike K6MDS gave a great presentation on Radio Direction Finding or Transmitter Hunting. With the increase in sunspots and activity on HF Bands, RDF on HF is an opportunity to play with something new and different.  VHF/UHF RDF is an important skill in locating local "jammers" or "stuck transmitters".  Mike outlined all of this and demonstrated different ways to attenuate your received signal as you get closer to the source. Several members discssed starting an RDF group that could meet regularly on transmitter hunts.  


It was a beutiful night on the Delta and the river offered a great backdrop for the social hour and the meeting.  Sailboats were out as well as a large ship being towed into the Port of Stockton provided some extra fun. 


Thanks to the board members serving up the delicious treats and everyone who attended.  Thanks to Paul N6KZW for the pictures here and in the upcoming September newsletter to enjoy.  


Annie, N6ACL
Secretary

STOCKTON SAILING CLUB WOODEN BOAT SHOW
RUNABOUTS ON THE RIVER EVENT
SATURDAY, JULY 17TH


Members of the club gathered early on Saturday to set-up for the Stockton Sailing Club Runabouts on the River Event featuring classic and restored wooden boats from around the region. 
 

SDARC set up our booth and an operating station, on HF / FT8 on a 32in screen.  We also used a new back-drop donated to the SJV Section Manager for displaying information about amateur radio which added quite the "professional look" to our booth. We set up HF / VHF and UHF stations and demonstrated FT-8 as well as WeFax reception for ocean-going craft.   

 

Classic Wood Boats, Ham Radio and Food - who wouldn't want to be a part of that? We enjoyed lots of folks "stopping by to chat and ask questions from "do people still do ham radio"? to "Can you guys help me set-up a radio in my boat?" Several people stopped by to swap stories, get a free copy of QST and information about the August HamCram. 


In all we got about 12 "sign-ups" for more information and had an easy day playing radio along the water making about 35 FT8 contacts on 20-Meters using a mobile center-loaded whip in a short mast and using a couple of metal Slinky's as radials. 


Thank you to Paul N6KZW, Mark W6SXA, Peter K6PH, Shane K5SML and Annie N6ACL for the hard work organizing, setting up and taking down the equipment. 


PACIFICON IS BACK FOR 2021!
MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW
FOR THE BIGGEST HAM CONVENTION ON THE WEST COAST 
SAN RAMON MARRIOTT 
OCTOBER 15TH - 17TH 
THE GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKE-OUT IS COMING
OCTOBER 21ST AT 10:21 AM PDT 
2021 FIELD DAY 
GREAT EVENT!

Look for a more detailed report and pictures from our 2021 Field Day activation in the W6SF Newsletter this week.  Also, we will be featured in The Soundings on line magazine soundingsmag.net

We made over 500 QSOs, but Field Day isn't just about the contacts you made, it's about the fun and the testing and learning you do in a short period of time. It's about PR and promoting Ham Radio.  It's about adjusting quickly when things go wrong.  We enjoyed all of those things this year and much more... 

W6SF club members gathered first on Friday June 25th to put up the club HexBeam at the start of FD2021.  Early Saturday Morning antenna preparations resumed soon after daybreak.  Charlie WB6NVB and his team put up the mast for the 40/80 Meter dipole.  Once ready to add the antenna, the halyard got snagged in the pully forcing us to bring the mast down after putting up the all-band dipole and verticals.  John NZ6Q and Paul N6KZW started setting up the radios and computers.  Erin KM6LDD kicked us off on 20M Digi while we others started on 15M and 10M – both bands somewhat open.  After operating a few hours we dropped the 40M tower to fix the antenna mount and then 40M took off.

Antennas for 2M & 440M weak signal CW-SSB work would follow and a trap vertical for the GOTA station.  We set-up operating positions facing the open air of the covered area and this allowed us to connect directly to the 100Ah batteries we had received from NorCal battery for the event. At almost 100lbs per battery they were not something to move around easily.  (Thank you Dave N6LHL for your repeated help with this).

This configuration also allowed for easy connection to all antennas and tri-plexer combiner/filters were used to allow multiple stations on the multi-band antennas. 

 

Mark W6SXA set up his solar charging system to keep batteries fully charged, but the 100Ah capacity per radio or set of radios appeared to easily be able to “go the distance” of a 24-hour event. 

 

Throughout each day, Cindy and Mike from the online magazine “Soundings” took pictures, videos, etc. for an article they are writing and producing about Amateur Radio. 

Saturday morning we had received a call that ARRL Vice President Bob Vallio W6RGG and Pacific Division Director Kristen McIntyre K6WX would be making a visit.  The two arrived shortly after 3:00 PM Saturday afternoon landing at Kingdon Airport.  Thank you to Mark W6SXA who offered his services as Lyft Driver in his ‘retired’ military Utility Vehicle.  I’m sure while the drive was short, the conversation was great – sparked no doubt by the interesting and unique “taxi” complete with ham radios in his truck.  Bob and Kristen both did not escape the watchful eyes of our media guests Mike and Cindy. The weren’t on scene long before both were being interviewed as well for the soundings magazine article.

          

Into the evening on Saturday the bands were good.  12-year old Shane K5SML took over the 20-meter voice station, while Erin KM6LDD and John NZ6Q worked FT-8 on 40M and 15M. The “night shift” consisted of Erin KM6LDD who kept things busy both on digital as well as voice modes, Annie N6ACL on SSB and John NZ6Q mostly on CW.


Sunday morning again had good operating conditions and we continued to make QSOs right up to the 11AM stop for our station.  Take down commenced pretty quickly thereafter and by 1:00 PM things were pretty much cleaned up, put up and ready to pack up for the next contest. 

The 100Ah AGM Data Center batteries were offered for sale to club members at a cost of $100 each and they were all sold by the end of the event.  If you’re interested, contact Joe at Nor-Cal Battery in Stockton, tell him you’re a member of SDARC or ham operator and you can get more. They currently had several additional units available.  

 

Scores are being tabulated and a report should be ready by the July 8th  club meeting. 


AUGUST HAMCRAM/VE SESSION
SATURDAY OCTOBER 23RD 
STOCKTON FIRE STATION #2
DOORS OPEN 7:45 AM 

STOCKTON FIRE STATION #2 - DIVISION OF TRAINING
110 W SONORA ST
STOCKTON, CA 95202

The next HamCram study and test session will be held at the Stockton Fire Department – Division of Training on Saturday, October 23rd.  We are back in the classroom.  

 

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 3:30 PM

 

Sign up for the next HamCram clicking the link here.

SDARC W-6-Q SPECIAL EVENT CALL 
WINS CAL QSO PARTY 2020 AWARD

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. 

Our W6SF CQP adventure as W6Q has won a CQP Plaque! W6Q was #1 in the Multi-Multi (Multi Operator, Multi Transmitter) Low Power Expedition category for CQP. W6Q was #6 overall in the Multi-Multi category as well with 139,755 points. The Contra Costs County team of N6O took the top honors for Multi Operator / Multi Transmitter (MM) regardless of power or expedition class.

 

Our teamwork also earned a new CQP record for MM Low Power Expedition in San Joaquin County.

This is the mark to shoot for next year to beat as W6SF !


  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
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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