Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club

JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT MEETING THURSDAY AUGUST 12TH STARTING AT 6:00 PM AT THE STOCKTON SAILING CLUB - ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND TRANSMITTER HUNT....

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. 


AUGUST MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

THURSDAY, AUGUST 12TH 
Social starts at 6:00 PM
Meeting starts at 7:00 PM 
Stockton Sailing Club
4980 Buckley Cove

PICNIC / ICE CREAM SOCIAL / T-HUNT

QST QST QST… The August meeting of the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club will be held on Thursday, August 12th starting at 18:00 hours. The meeting will be held in person at the Stockton Sailing Club.  NOTE: 18:00 hours start time to allow for PicNic in the park and Ice Cream Social. 


We will be meeting on the water at the pavilion area. There will be no Zoom Broadcast. 


Members are encouraged to bring a picnic and socialize from 18:00 - 19:00 hours as Club Officers serve up delicious scooped ice cream, Sundaes, and Banana Splits. 

 

Following the social hour, Mike K6MDS will be giving a 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 will open your eyes as to how HF signal propagate, how you can make your handheld radio much more directional even without a Yagi antenna.  A "DIY Tape Measure Yagi" instructions are in the June W6SF Newsletter.  

After the presentation, we will "go hunting" around the Pavilion looking for our hidden transmitter "rabbit"


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 AUGUST 14TH 
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, August 14th.  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.

$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. 

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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