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Qualify or Repeal AB 1785 Hands-Free Driving Law re: Interactive v. Passive Devices

* 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.  One such troubling interpretation from the California Highway Patrol:

"The staid and un-moving interpretation ... is that unless the equipment is vehicle OEM, or it is an official vehicle operating in a form of governmental business with official markings, the operation of 2-way radio equipment is prohibited in a moving vehicle unless it conforms to the"dash mounted, one-swipe" form-factor prescribed in the law. No exceptions. This includes public utility vehicles, emergency responders actively in-motion (i.e. volunteer firefighters in POV's), and many more examples."

Read more about the fight to change this law and join the petition breing delivered to Sacramento here

The ARRL attorney, Chris Imlay, responded to our Pacific Division Director Bob Vallio as follows:  "While there is a risk that licensed Amateur Radio operators in California using portable transceivers in their cars while driving may be subject to sanctions from police officers, the intent of the legislation clearly is to address handheld phones and mobile data and not private land mobile, dispatch radios, or mobile radios for voice communications with handheld mics. The definitions in state mobile cellular and mobile texting laws do make a difference....

This statute is an example of poor legislative draftsmanship. It creates a motor vehicle law with citations issued for certain activity that includes the words "but is not limited to" in the language defining the violation. However, what is included does not proscribe use of mobile Amateur Radio equipment for voice communications.

There are several ways to respond to this. Perhaps the most difficult is to obtain a legislative amendment that either restores the Amateur Radio exemption from the prior legislation. Obtaining curative legislation so soon after enactment of a state statute is not politically the most simple of tasks... Another option is to attempt to obtain a favorable exclusionary interpretation of the new Statute from the California Attorney General's office, which we understand has already been attempted unsuccessfully by some California radio Amateurs, though the effort could be renewed). Finally, if there is an instance of a radio amateur being cited for violating the statute, a successful defense of that citation could be used as a precedent for precluding subsequent instances of application of the Statute to licensed radio Amateurs....

We are working with our ARRL Leadership to closely monitor the statute and its application.  If you hear of anyone being cited for using their Amateur Radio while driving, let your ARRL section leadership know. 
I am saddened to report that Life Member Shirley Rose, AA6K passed away on Wednesday February 1st.  Shirly had been battling cancer and had been improving at last reports, but complications from his treatment lead to his unexpected passing.  

Shirl's contributions to the Amateur Radio hobby, Contesting, DXing, and to this club and its membership are too numerous to begin to list here.  There were very few endeavors of the club that Shirl was not a part of.  He organized and contributed to the club's ARRL Field Day activities and acheivements for many years.  He was the W6SF Club Call Sign trustee.  He held this position for many years until he relinquished that position last year to relocate and be closer to family.  Shirl was an avid contester and DXer. Over the years he has shared his wisdom with the club through presentations supporting The California QSO Party, Contesting and good operating procedures in general and the DXers Code of Conduct.  

Shirl's family will be planning a memorial get-together with food and drink for his friends to get together and share their stories of his life and times.  This is tentatively planned for late July at his home in Stockton.  
AA6K Silent Key - Shirl, you will be missed, but not forgotten. 
73 SK
7:30 PM

QST QST QST  ALL Members and Guests are encouraged to attend the February meeting on Thursday February 9th 2017.  The meeting will be held at the Bear Creek Community Church, 11171 N Lower Sacramento Rd just north of Eight Mile Rd in North Stockton beginning at 7:30 PM. 


Ed N6XMA will report on the Community Center for the Blind Pedaling Paths to Independence Century Bike Ride on February 25th.  Club Member Bob N6TCE and Paul N6KZW will be presenting an antenna project.  A prize raffle will be held at the end of the meeting with 6 tickets for $5.00 and members being able to choose from several prizes so there will be multiple winners.     


Members needing transportation assistance to or from the meeting should contact Paul N6KZW or John NZ6Q or a club officer.  We will arrange assistance for you.  


The Meeting was called to order at 7:30PM by President John NZ6Q. Ice Cream was brought in for everyone to enjoy in spite of the rain and cold weather.  After introductions, the Treasurer Paul KC6RRR gave his report. He continues to receive membership dues via the PO Box and Paypal ad would be availabe after the meeting for members wishing to pay their dues in person.  Membership dues for 2017 are $20.00 for Individual Membership and $30.00 for Family Membership. 

Bob N6TCE gave a report on the upcoming ACES Training on March 18th & 25th at SAn Joaquin General Hospital.  a few members have already signed up and he encouraged others to do likewise.  This is one of the best "Emergency Responder for Communications" training classes. 

Ed N6XMA reviewed some of the assignments for Pedaling Paths Bike Ride on the 25th and stated that a liust of assignments should be coming out by the weekend.  (Editor's note:  This list is out, If you signed up and did not get an assignment, please contact Ed N6XMA or John NZ6Q.

Mark KM6FQZ played a very interesting recording he made of the International Space Station NA1SS in communication with a school in Arizona on a pass over in January.  You can read more about contacting the ISS at .  Bob K6DGQ gave an interesting presentation of his portable station and the monitor he had designed and built for his power sources.  Several club members came up after the meeting for a closer look at the well designed project.  

The meeting adjourned with the 50/50 raffe with the club and winning member each receiving $36.00 

A reminder that dues are now payable for 2017 and can be paid on the club website through paypal by clicking here.


If you are need of transportation to and from the meeting, please contact Paul, N6KZW or John, NZ6Q and we will arrange transportation assistance for you.

It's almost time for the International DX Convention 2017 in Visalia, California on April 21-22-23, 2017. 

IDXC 2017 will be our 68th annual International DX Convention.   DXers from around the world will gather once again to meet their fellow DXers, attend interesting and informative programs, see the latest in new products from the top vendors – and have a chance to win some great raffle prizes!  

year Friday, April 21, 2017 will be a full day of training, presentations
and vendor exhibits. 

DXers from around the world will be at IDXC 2017.  We have registered DXers 
from Germany, France, England, Scotland, Hungary, Columbia, Japan, Norway, Isle of Man, Sweden, St. Kitts & Nevis, Canada and Mexico - so far! You even get a chance to meet that DXer ham you have talked to over the years in person.  It's always good to put a face with a name, right?  Well. what about a slap on the back, a cup of coffee together and a great conversation?  This is your chance to do just that!  

Full details of IDXC 2017 are at this website:

The ABC's of Morse Code Operating
By Ed Tobias, KR3E

This small but solid guide is the perfect read for those interested in learning 
or improving CW operating techniques!
Within its pages you'll find:

* The secret of becoming a proficient CW Operator
* Where and how to practice, practice, practice.
*  Straight Key or Paddle?
* Adjusting your Straight Key or Paddle
* Keyers, Iambic Keying and Bugs
* Contests, Events, DXing
* Operating QSK
* CW Filters
* Signs, Signals and Procedures
* Tips on Taking CW On the Road . . .  and much, much more!

Only $18.95 including shipping for the 6 X 9 paperback.  Click here for link to the CQ website to order.
KIDS DAY 2017 
Dave KG6SVF posted this picture of Dakota on the air for Kids Day 2017.  Dave reports that Dakota didn't find a lot of activity due to poor band conditions, but managed to work Stations in Hawaii, Ohio and Wisconsin.  

KM6HEB son Alex got on the SARA 2M Repeater and worked several stations around the valley for Kids Day.  

Here at the NZ6Q station, our boys Kyle KM6EQN and Shane (age 7) got on the air and we worked Dave N6LHL on 20M Phone for some good DX there! 
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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.


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

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