Stockton-Delta

Amateur Radio Club

Assignments for the Thanksgiving Day Run Against Hunger are out - Contact Paul, KC6RRR if you did not get yours ... Happy Thanksgiving!!
NOVEMBER CLUB MEETING REPORT
2018 BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED
CHRISTMAS DINNER VENUE CHOSEN 

The November meeting was held on Thursday, November 9th at 7:30 PM at the Bear Creek Community Church. 

 

Election of the 2018 Board Members was held.  Your 2018 slate of officers are:


President (2nd term) John NZ6Q
Vice-President           Mark W6SXA
Secretary                   Eric W6INP
Treasurer                   Paul KC6RRR
Call-Sign Trustee       Charlie WB6NVB
Member At Large       Bob N6TCE

Congratulations to Mark W6SXA for being Elected to the office of Vice President to replace Paul N6KZW.  Since Paul stepped aside at the beginning of the meeting and there were no other nominations for office, the officers were elected by a show of hands of those present. 

The membership reviewed venues for 2018 Christmas Dinner and chose Chuck's at Pacific Ave Bowl for the December 14th event starting at 7:00 PM.  Please see the website and newsletter for sign-up information. The cost per person is $15.00 with a $1.00 convenience fee if you pay through paypal.  $30.00 per couple.  Spouses are encouraged to attend.

Mark W6SXA gave a presentation of antennas and antenna analyzer use which was very impressive.  This was a very short example of the more in-depth program at Elmer University.    

BENEFITING THE
EMERGENCY FOOD BANK STOCKTON/SAN JOAQUIN

13th Annual Run and Walk Against Hunger

Thanksgiving morning, November 23, 2017

Be part of the 13th Annual Stockton Thanksgiving morning tradition to help raise hunger awareness and funds for the Emergency Food Bank ... an organization that provides food assistance and programs to the working poor in San Joaquin County.

Race Day Schedule

Race Day Registration • 6:30 a.m. - 8:25 a.m.

Kids 1/4 Mile Run • 8:00 a.m.
Opening Ceremony • 8:20 a.m.

5K Run/Walk & 10K Run • 8:30 a.m.

Course

The scenic, flat and fast 5k run/walk and 10k run begins and ends at the Stockton Ports Banner Island Ballpark (404 W. Fremont in Downtown Stockton, California.  The course proceeds along both sides of the Stockton Deep water Channel past the Weber Point Event Center, returning and finishing back at the Ballpark.  Walkers have their own scenic waterfront course along the promenade.

Operations

Club member volunteers should plan on meeting at the Net control site in front of the Stockton Ports ballpark by 6:30AM.  Dress appropriately.  YELLOW SAFETY VESTS ARE REQUIRED.  If you do not have a vest, contact John NZ6Q or Paul, N6KZW and we will have one for you that morning.  Volunteer commemorative T-Shirts will be distributed the morning of the event.  It's important to get onto the course and at your assignment before Stockton PD closes Center St and Weber Ave.  Operators should plan on being deployed until about 10:30 depending on your assignment.  

You can register to volunteer by going to the "Event Sign-up" page on the website or by clicking HERE


CHRISTMAS DINNER / CLUB MEETING
THURSDAY DECEMBER 14TH 6:30pm
CHUCKS AT PACIFIC AVE BOWL
Chuck's At Pacific Ave Bowl was chosen as the sight of this years Christmas Dinner and Year End Celebration.  

The club with gather at 6:30 in the banquet room at Chuck's with dinner served at 7:00PM.  This year's menu includes roast chicken, Tri-Tip, salad, freshly baked rolls, vegetable medley and a special dessert.  Tea, Water and Coffee are included.  Members and Guests wishing to add an adult beverage to their Christmas Cheer may do so at the bar located between the banquet room and the bowling alley.  

The cost is $15.00 per person and can be paid through paypal by going to the Event Sign-Up Page on the club website.  There is a $1.00 convenience fee added to paypal payments.  Bring plenty of cash as the club raffle will include several new Amateur Radio items offered as prizes.  

The program will include a slide-show year in review of the many club activities in 2017 as well as presentations from club officers.  

Sign-up early and reserve your spot! With over 70 local members, let's make this a great celebration!!
SUPPORT THE AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT TODAY! 
Many of you have seen that the Amateur Radio Parity Act has been
introduced in the U.S. Senate as S.1534, and has been referred to
committee for review.  This is wonderful news following the unanimous
passage of H.R.555 in the House of Representatives this past January. 
Vice Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, and I recently returned from the July
ARRL board meeting at headquarters in Connecticut.  There we learned
that an estimated 90% of all new housing in the U.S. contains covenants,
with the majority of those having boilerplate antenna restrictions. 
This means that as housing expands, Amateur Radio will face increasing
restrictions.
 
It is important to realize that H.R.555/S.1534 is a bill resulting from
negotiations between ARRL and the Community Associations Institute
(CAI), both of whom have approved the wording of the bill.   Some have
questioned whether this bill goes far enough to favor Amateur Radio.  It
does!  At this time, deed-restricted neighborhoods have the authority to
absolutely deny outside antenna installations, with no recourse.  This
bill will guarantee the right of an amateur radio operator to have an
effective outdoor antenna.  It is time for ALL of us to come together,
and get this important bill passed!
 
We are now the closest we have ever been to obtaining antenna relief in
deed-restricted neighborhoods.  If passed and enacted, the Amateur Radio
Parity Act will be the most important piece of Amateur Radio legislation
since the FCCs 1985 PRB-1 regulation.  That's over 30 years, or an
entire generation, of no added antenna relief.  To make S.1534 pass,
however, we need your help again.  Below is a hyperlink to an app called
RALLY CONGRESS.  By clicking on the link (or copying and pasting in your
browser) and completing some contact information, within two minutes you
will generate a letter that will let both of your respective U.S.
senators know that you want them to vote for this bill. Time is critical
as we expect the bill to be heard before committee soon, and if passed
in committee, it could go to the floor of the senate for a vote within a
matter of weeks.  Please take a moment NOW to click on the hyperlink and
share with your senators your support for S.1534, the Amateur Radio
Parity Act.  Thank you.
 
https://arrl.rallycongress.net/ctas/urge-us-senate-to-support-amateur-radio-parity-act

Many of you have seen that the Amateur Radio Parity Act has been

introduced in the U.S. Senate as S.1534, and has been referred to

committee for review.  At the JulyARRL board meeting at headquarters in Connecticut, it was stated that an estimated 90% of all new housing in the U.S. contains covenants, with the majority of those having boilerplate antenna restrictions.  This means that as housing expands, Amateur Radio will face increasing restrictions.

 

It is important to realize that H.R.555/S.1534 is a bill resulting from

negotiations between ARRL and the Community Associations Institute

(CAI), both of whom have approved the wording of the bill.   Some have

questioned whether this bill goes far enough to favor Amateur Radio.  It

does!  At this time, deed-restricted neighborhoods have the authority to

absolutely deny outside antenna installations, with no recourse.  This

bill will guarantee the right of an amateur radio operator to have an

effective outdoor antenna.  It is time for ALL of us to come together,

and get this important bill passed!


There have been a number of dissenting views on the internet stating that the Parity Act may do more harm than good.  The ARRL has responded with a FAQ on the Parity Act information page on their website.  You can access this document here.  

http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act

 

We are now the closest we have ever been to obtaining antenna relief in deed-restricted neighborhoods.  If passed and enacted, the Amateur Radio Parity Act will be the most important piece of Amateur Radio legislation since the FCCs 1985 PRB-1 regulation.  That's over 30 years, or an entire generation, of no added antenna relief.  To make S.1534 pass, however, we need your help again.  Below is a hyperlink to an app called RALLY CONGRESS.  By clicking on the link (or copying and pasting in your browser) and completing some contact information, within two minutes you will generate a letter that will let both of your respective U.S. senators know that you want them to vote for this bill. Time is critical as we expect the bill to be heard before committee soon, and if passed in committee, it could go to the floor of the senate for a vote within a matter of weeks.  Please take a moment NOW to click on the hyperlink and share with your senators your support for S.1534, the Amateur Radio Parity Act. 

HamTestOnline - online courses for the ham radio exams

Qualify or Repeal AB 1785 Hands-Free Driving Law re: Interactive v. Passive Devices Contact Your State Senator by Phone or Email today!

* Calif AB 1785 was passed in 2016 and went into effect 1/1/2017

* Among other things, by varied interpretations it effectively prohibits use of ham, CB, and commercial radios while driving. 

* The letter of the law is ambiguous vs. different or over-reaching interpretations of law enforcement officers and departments, and may or may not enforce, nor do so consistently. 
 

On May 11th, the bill passed the Assembly untouched. This leaves two chances to get it fixed - the Senate Transportation Committee, and a final Senate vote. If it leaves the Transportation Committee untouched, it will likely never get fixed.

Voters in CA Senate District 15 should call and register their opposition to the Transportation Committee chair - http://sd15.senate.ca.gov/contact-us so we hopefully get recognized at their committee meeting to defend our position.

All voters *NEED* to call their respective State Senator - find them: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

Share with them specifically: "Hello, my name is _________ from (city). I am calling to register opposition to Assembly Bill 1222, as it is presently worded. I ask instead that AB1222 completely codify the Author's own Legislative Analysis *and* the recent CHP enforcement memo. Instead, I fully support the amendment language of AB1222, as recently offered by the Amateur Radio Operators of California – Change.org group."

You can also email your Senator with the same basic language in the text of your email as:  "I am writing you today to register opposition to Assembly Bill 1222, as it is presently worded. I ask instead that AB1222 completely codify the Author's own Legislative Analysis *and* the recent CHP enforcement memo. Instead, I fully support the amendment language of AB1222, as recently offered by the Amateur Radio Operators of California – Change.org group."

Your support is needed today.



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.  
TECH REP:  Steve - K6SCA
Coming Soon!

Plans are underway to install several voting receivers, strategically located on the 444.575 repeater (W6SF) in Stockton.  The addition of these receivers will sharply increase receive capability throughout Stockton and Lodi with the use of a hand held radio.  Check the repeater occasionally for the upgrade.
TECH REP:  Knox - K6NOX

W6SF CLUB INFORMATION

MEETINGS: Regular meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 1930 hours, located at the Bear Creek Community Church, 11171 Lower Sacramento Road. Members, guests and people having an interest in amateur radio are invited to attend.

WEEKLY NET: The weekly net is held each Monday at 2000 hours on the above named repeaters. Members and visitors are invited to check in. There is also an unofficial get-together on Thursday evenings (Except meeting nights) at 1930 hours on 28.457 MHz. Amateurs with the proper license are encouraged to particip
ate.

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