Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club
Club Meeting on ZOOM Thursday August 13th starting at 7:00 PM...

AUGUST MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13TH 
Meeting starts at 7:00 PM

RADIO DIRECTION FINDING 

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

QST QST QST… The August meeting of the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club will be held on Thursday, August 13th starting at 19:00 hours. The meeting will be VIRTUAL – ON-LINE using Zoom Video Conferencing as our platform. I have copied the invitation here, but you can join via the webmail link that will be on the W6SF website. Following the business meeting, Mike K6MDS will be giving a lesson on Radio Direction Finding or "Fox Hunting".  


Traditionally, this meeting has been held outside with the club sponsoring a potluck Bar-B-Que.  Due to restrictions in place still with Covid-19, the Stockton Sailing Club has asked us not hold a Bar-B-Que at this time.  Rather than try to find and alternative venue, we are going to continue with virtual meeting format we have been using since April.  


Radio Direction Finding is a fascinating and useful sub section of Amateur Radio.  There are clubs and events world-wide devoted to "Fox Hunting" of hidden transmitters.  

Tell your friends about this exciting meeting and plan on attending!

 

Topic: W6SF SDARC MEETING FOR AUGUST 2020 - RDF - FOX HUNTING
Time: Aug 13, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Topic: W6SF SDARC MEETING FOR AUGUST 2020 - RDF - FOX HUNTING

Time: Aug 13, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

 

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VIRTUAL HAM EXPO 

COMING TO YOUR PC, TABLET OR SMARTPHONE

SATURDAY AUGUST 8TH - SUNDAY AUGUST 9TH

SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE - REGISTER TODAY!


CLICK ON THE LOGO ABOVE TO REGISTER! 



Despite the current Covid-19 situation, ham radio operators are more active than ever and want to continue to learn and engage with their community.  To meet this need, we’ve organized the first of its kind, virtual ham radio expo designed to allow everyone interested in amateur radio to engage with amazing speakers, leading suppliers of equipment, parts and services, and fellow attendees.  Our virtual expo platform provides a visually captivating and easy to navigate user experience that recreates the look and feel of a physical amateur radio convention. 

Attendees have the opportunity to:  

  • Listen to and engage with 70+ internationally recognized ham radio luminaries that have committed to lead expo sessions. Click here for the speaker list.
  • Walk through our virtual exhibit hall filled with popular amateur radio suppliers. Watch new product demos, interact directly with booth staff using video, audio, or text conferencing. 
  • Engage with fellow hams without leaving your home ham shack. And save thousands of dollars since you don’t have to worry about travel, food, and lodging!
  • Return over the next 30 days to re-visit, explore, and re-engage exhibitor offerings.
  • Register Today by clicking on the link HERE or on the Logo

Here is the Ham Expo Schedule:  

W6WIM SK

With regret I wish to advise you of the passing of a long time ham and a dear friend to many, Ray Mills, W6WIM... Ray Passed sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning...  Ray was a regular on the TARC morning net and long time member of Western Public Service Net on 3952 Khz... He will surly be missed by all who knew and loved him... Our prayers and condolences are extended to his family during this time of remembrance...  Pending services will be forwarded when available...
RIP Ray  _ _ . . .    . . . _ _        . . .   _ ._
PACIFICON 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 - STAY TUNED FOR A POSSIBLE VIRTUAL PACIFICON 

JULY MEETING REPORT 

SOLAR POWER YOUR STATION


QST QST QST… The July meeting of the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club was held on Thursday, July 9th starting at 19:00 hours. The meeting was held online on Zoom. After a short business meeting, Fred K6FVC gave a great presentation will be VIRTUAL – ON-LINE using Zoom Video Conferencing as our platform. I have been working with Zoom on getting the link to the presentation on the website. 


Here is the link. I encourage you to download and save the recording.  Because of space limitations on Zoom for recording, I may have to delete this recording for the club meeting on August 13th. 


Topic: W6SF SDARC MEETING FOR JULY 2020 - SOLAR POWER FOR THE HAM SHACK

Start Time : Jul 9, 2020 06:46 PM

 

Meeting Recording: click on the link HERE 




Topic: W6SF SDARC MEETING FOR JULY 2020 - SOLAR POWER FOR THE HAM SHACK
Start Time : Jul 9, 2020 06:46 PM

Meeting Recording:
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W6SF FIELD DAY REPORT 

JUNE 27TH & 28TH 

Field Day 2020 was like no other.... 


W6SF club members gathered early Saturday Morning for the start of this year’s Field Day. Antenna preparations began soon after daybreak with Charlie WB6NVB, Dave N6LHL, Paul N6XZW, Erin KM6LDD, Dave KN6IWI, Scott K6NEZ and others setting up the 2nd tower for the 40/80 Meter Dipole antenna and the 6 Meter Vertical. Originally we had planned on erecting the club Hexbeam on top of the same tower but we had a last minute problem locating a box containing the spreaders so the Hexbeam was replaced by the MFJ all band 80 – 6 meter vertical.

Check out the full report with pictures in this month's July 2020 W6SF Newsletter "The Flysheet".  You can download a copy by clicking on this link here


This was a great Field Day with lots of fun and visitors.  
2020 CLUB DUES ARE NOW DUE AND PAYABLE
DUES ARE STILL JUST $20 IN 2020!

The 2020 Board reviewed the current dues schedule and determined that if the club maintained their current membership level and continued to grow, there should be no reason to raise the dues in 2020. 

SDARC Dues are just $20 for a single membership, and $30 for a family membership - when the family lives under the same roof.  Click on the PayPal icon, and pay at that point with your credit or debit card.

Joining SDARC is a great value and a great investment in your hobby. We are looking forward to a great year of learning, supporting events and just plain hanging out and having fun.  Your $20 or $30 dollars help support these activites, help new hams get started, and help keep our repeaters on the air and getting better. 

You can also send a check for dues to:

Stockton-Delta A.R.C.
P.O. Box 690271
Stockton, CA 95269-0271


PEDALING PATHS TO INDEPENDENCE
BIKE RIDE
12TH YEAR 
BIG SUCCESS!

The Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired hosted its 12th annual Pedaling Paths to Independence Century Bicycle Ride in Linden on Saturday February 22nd. The ride is an annual fund raiser to supporactivities for its San Joaquin County clients. Last year’s ride saw nearly 400 participants and raised over $25,000 for the Community Center. The fundraising count is going on for this year, but we saw almost 300 riders on the course and over 325 registered. 

 

This is one of our biggest operating events and we tested our plans and systems several times.  We had some minor issues at the start with APRS tracking of SAG wagons, but John NZ6Q and Dustyn KM6HDY at Net Control figure it out and we had excellent APRS coverage this year.  One of the board members for the Delta Century Bike Ride spent some time at Net Control and was very impressed with the APRS map and information.  


Brent W6YNO and Sierrah K6WYF as well as Ron KG7OR and Dave WB6TOU provided much needed support and coverage as Riders crossed and recrossed Hwy 26 along the route.  We will be looking into providing coverage at the intersection of HWY 4 and Milton Rd next year as well as we were approached by local residents in that area concerned for rider safety.  SAG Wagons were busiest along the Milton Rd stretch assisting riders with SAGs into the next rest stop, fixing flats along the roadside and occasionally bringing a rider back to start-finish.  One rider at the Farmington Rest Stop was SAG'd back to start-finish and a few minutes later transported by ambulance to a local hospital after being evaluated by EMS and Linden-Peters Fire first responders. (editors note... just procautionary and at last report Saturday was doing fine in the ER) For the last 12 years, the Stockton-Delta ARC has provided radio communications between rest stops, the start/finish line and sag wagons.  

 

Our “Central Dispatch” phone number, was used several times by riders needing SAG support but thankfully no emergencies. Using APRS in each of the SAG Wagons, Net Control was able to track the locations of SAGs and ‘dispatch’ the closest SAG Wagon to the reported break-down or other incident.

 

Riders and Volunteers enjoyed a tremendous lunch hosted by DeVinci's Deli. Net Control was placed in front of the restaurant on Front Street. 


Thank you to the Lodi Amateur Radio Club for the use of their repeaters on Fowler Peak (WB6ASU) and Gopher Ridge (N6GKJ) for the event. Our HWY 26 "watchdogs" used simplex to give each other a heads-up (great idea guys) on riders to help keep that stretch safe.  We were able to monitor that at Net Control which tells us that we could potentially try adding ATV camera there in the future.  


Bike rides like this one for the CCBVI give us an opportunity to demonstrate the capability of ham radio to others, and teach us how to handle radio traffic of varying priority while in the field. We even got press in the Escalon Times!  check it out at 

www.escalontimes.com/news/vision-impaired-bicyclists-ready-roll-through-countryside/


Thanks to Dave N6LHL for pictures. Thank you ALL who came out and gave up a beautiful Saturday to help this very worth cause. 

If you have pictures of the event, please send them to nz6q@arrl.org for including in the newsletter this month. 



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


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


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 March 2021

 


Get Your Ham Radio License Test Session Only


Saturday, August 8th, 2020
9:00AM
10:00AM
11:00AM
12:00PM 
Please contact Bob, N6TCE or John, NZ6Q to schedule a start time

HamCram has been postponed until October 10th.  We will be offering a test only session at the Stockton Sailing Club on Saturday August 8th.  NO WALK INS - You must pre-register and be assigned a start time.  


HamCram will be back in October.  


If you have ever wanted to get your license (or know someone who should), now’s the time!


Register www.w6sf.org/hamcram.html

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

ARRL 2019 FIELD DAY
GREAT DAY - GREAT FUN
LOTS OF CONTACTS!
The 2019 ARRL Field Day was held on Saturday June 22nd and Sunday June 23rd from 11:00 AM to 11:00 AM. We had a great turn out of club members to set-up, operate and break down at the end of the event.  We were on the air on 4 bands at the start of the event.   Not bad considering we started setting up at 8:00 AM Saturday morning.  

Set-up crews were treated to Starbuck's coffee, donuts & bagel bites. 

Once on the air, the fun quickly got into high gear.  We were running 6A catagory this year - 6 simultaneous stations on emergency power, so we got lots of operators and lots of contacts. We used 3 FT-950s on 20-15-10 Meters (thank you K6TVT, N6DCH & NZ6Q) using the beam antenna.  Icom IC-7300 was on 40-Meters and the club go-box was on 6M and 2M.  Thanks to Dave N6LHL we had his FT-840 to run a dedicated radio on 80-Meters as well.  

Paul N6KZW, Jim K6JMB and John NZ6Q ran the overnight shift with lots of QSOs on 40M & 80M Phone and CW.  

Here are some early pictures of the event... 




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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.


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.  



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