Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club

THE MAY MEETING IS THURSDAY MAY 13TH AT 1900 HOURS....

W6SF MAY MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

THURSDAY, MAY 13TH

THE FIRST HYBRID MEETING
(JUST LIKE SCHOOL BUT WITH HAM RADIO)


IN PERSON
VIDEO CONFERENCING


QST QST QST… The May meeting of the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club will be held on Thursday, May 13th  starting at 19:00 hours. The meeting will be VIRTUAL – ON-LINE using Zoom Video Conferencing as our platform.

It looks like the Sailing Club Auditorium will be available for in person meetings as well.  Watch for updates in the May newsletter as well as on the website and the Facebook page.  Once we get final approval from the Sailing Club Board, we should be good to go.  


May will be a hybrid format on both Zoom and in person.

 

The meeting program will be on “SOTAs" 
Summits On The Air


Steve WG0AT

 


Time: May 13th, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


Come to the meeting in person:


     Stockton Sailing Club
     4980 Buckley Cove Rd
     Stockton, CA (west on March La west of I 5 about 1 mile) 

     

     Join Zoom Meeting                      https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84385771704

 

Meeting ID: 843 8577 1704                   

 

One tap mobile +16699009128,,84385771704# US (San Jose)

 

Join the meeting with your spouse or significant other, invite a new ham friend to join the meeting and join the club!
 

Meeting starts at 7:00 PM



QST QST QST… The May meeting of the club will feature Steve WG0AT as our speaker.  Steve is a avid SOTA activator and uniquely uses goats to get his equipment up on some pretty impressive mountaintops. SOTA activations are very popular around the world using CW, Digital and Voice communications. 


If you're coming to the meeting in person, Steve will be on the big screen in the room and we will be feeding the Zoom Conference with audio and video.  Local club members are encouraged to come to the in person meeting. We will have a brief meet n greet before and after the meeting. Of course, appropriate safety protocols should be considered for everyone in attendance.  


On Zoom you can just sit back and enjoy the video feed. Certainly if you're at risk, have concerns about COVID-19 or just plain don't feel like coming to the meeting, your club is here for you! 




LODI ARC MOBILE ROUND-UP
SATURDAY MAY 15TH 8:00 AM 



The Lodi A.R.C. will hold its 4th Mobile Roundup on Saturday morning, May 15th, between 0800 and 1000, in the southeast corner of the Lodi Walmart shopping center parking lot, Lower Sacramento Road at Kettleman Lane (Highway 12) in Lodi.

 

Bring your mobile rig to show off, park in the area south of McDonald’s (near the south fence), and then go buy something at McDonald’s to keep them happy with us using up a bunch of their parking spaces. (Mask required inside McDonald’s.)

The Mobile Roundup is not limited to Lodi A.R.C. members. If you’re reading this and you have a mobile-equipped vehicle worth demonstrating, join us—the more the merrier. And if you don’t, c’mon down anyway. It’s a great opportunity to get some cool mobile ideas, meet club members and make new friends!

 

This year’s roundup will “round up” promptly at 1000 so that everyone planning to work the Spring Sprint can get ready for that contest.

APRIL MEETING REPORT 
TALL TOWERS PROGRAM BY BOB W1RH

The April meeting was called to order by President Bob N6TCE at 19:05 hours.  There were 36 people in attendance on Zoom.  

Peter K6PH gave the Treasurers report.  He also stated that new memberships and renewals continue to come in mostly through PayPal.  If you need to renew your membership or would like to join the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club, you can do so by clicking on the link below or on the "Join SDARC" button to the left. 

Charlie WB6NVB reported that the vineyard would be available for Field Day and Bob N6TCE stated he would lead a committee planning the annual event.  Last year we assembled a socially distant 7A operation.  Charlie stated we should go out to the vineyard and start planning.  

Bob N6TCE discussed the USS Lucid and ask Paul N6KZW to head up a committee to explore connecting with the Museum Ship for Museum Ships Weekend also in June. 

Kids Day (also in June) was discussed and we are going to see if the libraries will be open for us to have them host kids day.

John NZ6Q reported that STEAMFEST hosted by Lincoln Unified School District is on for Saturday April 24th. The club is presenting 3 separate virtual demonstrations.  Bob N6TCE is leading Parachute Mobile Radio, Bob K6DGQ is presenting on Morse Code and Dave WB6TOU is going to be launching two Hi-Altitude Balloons for the event. We will be able to put a HamCram announcement as well as other information about ham radio in the "go-kits"  that the attendees will receive prior to the event. 

Bob Hess W1RH, local broadcast engineer gave a great presentation on some of the "Tall Towers" that have bee erected around the country over the last 100 years for radio and TV Stations.  He shared a lot of really good technical information on the construction, demolition and occasional disaster when one of these monsters collapses.  

Quick Question for those in attendance:  Do tall towers that are guyed (held steady by guy wires) tend to fall straight down or do they fall over when the wires are cut? Anyone who wants to email N6ACL@arrl.net with your answer could win a free Starbucks gift card. 

After the great presentation, the meeting was adjourned at 20:50 hours but several members hung around to chat until almost 9:30. 
$35 FCC application fee in the Federal Register - does NOT take effect yet.
The final rule change was published in the Federal Register on March 19, 2021. 

Even though the document has an effective date of April 19, the Amateur Radio fees will 
not yet be required.  The fee changes outlined in this order will not take effect until the 
requisite notice has been provided to Congress, the FCC's information technology systems 
and internal procedures have been updated, and the Commission publishes notice(s) in the 
Federal Register announcing the effective date. The FCC will most likely not be ready to charge the Amateur Radio License Fee until sometime this summer or fall. 

APRIL HAMCRAM/VE SESSION REPORT
STOCKTON FIRE STATION #2
APRIL 10TH

The April HamCram study and test session was held at the Stockton Fire Department – Division of Training on Saturday, April 10th

 

The session was attended by 21 studying and an additional five "test only" candidates came after the study session to take their FCC Exam. Following the City Guidelines for use of the classroom, we are limiting the number of people in the room to 25.  


When you hear them on the air please welcome our newest operators and congratulate those who upgraded.

Upgrade to Extra Class

Caleb        Salida, CA -- W6CSD
Robert       Crestview, FL -- KK6JND

Upgrade to General Class
Pam           Lodi, CA -- KM6VNJ
Michael      Modesto, CA -- KN6NIA
Sara           Susanville, CA -- KN6EVF
Devon        Marysville, CA -- KN6NRF

New Licenses
Kenneth    Livingston, CA -- General -- KN6OKA
Joshua      Penryn, CA -- Technician -- KN6OKB
Beatrice    Sacramento, CA – Technician -- KN6OKC
Charles     Davis, CA – Technician -- KN6OKD
Chris         Valley Springs, CA – Technician -- KN6OKE
Nyhung     Daly City, CA – Technician -- KN6OKF
Andrew     Auburn, CA -- Technician -- KN6OKG
John         Sacramento, CA – Technician -- KN6OKH
John C     San Francisco, CA – Technician -- KN6OKI
“Buddy”    Pleasanton, CA – Technician -- KN6OKJ
David       Hollister, CA – General -- KN6OKK
Debra      Elk Grove, CA -- Technician -- KN6OKL
Karen      Davis, CA – Technician -- KN6OKM



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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