Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club

CAL QSO PARTY W-6-Q STARTS SATURDAY OCTOBER 3RD AT 9:00 AM... SIGN-UP NOW TO OPERATE...

SDARC TO HOST W-6-Q SPECIAL EVENT FOR CAL QSO PARTY 2020
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The Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club has been honored with the Special Event Callsign W6Q as part of the 2020 Cal QSO Party celebration of the 55th Anniversary of the Northern California Contest Club.  This means we will be operating not as W6SF, but as W6Q - one of only 21 stations across the state needed to spell the word S-E-Q-U-O-I-A .  You can read about the Sequoia Challenge HERE .

We are planning on running simultaneous Phone and CW operations on at least 3 bands from our Field Day site at the vineyard  on DeVries Road.  4 Stations will be on the air for Phone and 3 Stations available for CW operators.  CW is a big part of CQP;  the CW Sub-bands are always busy during CQP.  You don't need to be a super-fast CW Operator to Participate on CW.  There will be experienced CW OPs on site and even if your speed is slow, being on at a slower speed is better than not on at all. 

We need to be on the air as much as possible and are encouraging members of Lodi ARC and Manteca ARC to join us making this a county-wide team effort.  

Please go to the following spreadsheet found in Google Docs to sign up for your turn on Phone or CW or both.  When you're not on the air, you can help someone else or even come and go from your own station and make contacts with your call from home.  

The sign-up sheet is here:  

OCTOBER MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8TH 
Meeting starts at 7:00 PM

STOCKTON SAILING CLUB CLASSROOM
4980 BUCKLEY COVE WAY
STOCKTON, CA 


VIRTUAL MEETING 
DO NOT COME TO THE SAILING CLUB 

QST QST QST… The October meeting of the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club will be held on Thursday, October 8th starting at 19:00 hours. We will be streaming the meeting ON-LINE using Zoom Video Conferencing.  The classroom space at the Stockton Sailing club is undergoing remodeling and will not be available for use.

We will be hearing reports on CQP and the W-6-Q SEQUOIA Special Event station.  An update on National Fire Prevention Week Special Event N-6-F will also be given.  

This is our annual nomination of officers meeting.  Nominations will be received from the membership for the 2021 Board of Directors.  

Following the business meeting, we will hear from our speaker and training.  Todd KL4EL will be discussing EMCOMM basics in preparation for the Great Shake-Out Drill on October 15th.  Todd is an experienced ARES EC and has two earthquake + tsunami events during his EC tenure.  


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FCC PROPOSES $50 LICENSE FEE FOR AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE

Amateur radio licensees would pay a $50 fee for each amateur radio license application if the FCC adopts rules it proposed this week. Included in the FCC’s fee proposal are applications for new licenses, renewal and upgrades to existing licenses, and vanity call sign requests. 

The FCC proposal is contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MD Docket 20-270, which was adopted to implement portions of the “Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act” of 2018 — the so-called “Ray Baum’s Act.”

The Act requires that the FCC switch from a Congressional-mandated fee structure to a cost-based system of assessment. In its NPRM, the FCC proposed application fees for a broad range of services that use the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS), including the Amateur Radio Service that had been excluded by an earlier statute. The 2018 statute excludes the Amateur Service from annual regulatory fees, but not from application fees. Applications for personal licenses are mostly automated and do not have individualized staff costs for data input or review,” the FCC said in its NPRM. “For these automated processes — new/major modifications, renewal, and minor modifications..." The same $50 fee would apply to all Amateur Service applications, including those for vanity call signs. “Although there is currently no fee for vanity call signs in the Amateur Radio Service, we find that such applications impose similar costs in aggregate on Commission resources as new applications and therefore propose a $50 fee,” the FCC said.

The FCC also proposes to assess a $50 fee for individuals who want a printed copy of their license. “The Commission has proposed to eliminate these services — but to the extent the Commission does not do so, we propose a fee of $50 to cover the costs of these services,” the FCC said.

The Ray Baum’s Act does not exempt filing fees in the Amateur Radio Service. The FCC dropped assessment of fees for vanity call signs several years ago.

Comments are being accepted on the NPRM in MD Docket 20-270, which proposes application fees for radio amateurs.  The is already open on the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System located at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings  , and posting to MD Docket No. 20-270.  You can also click on the FCC logo to be connected to the ECFS page of the FCC website.  

Formal deadlines for comments and reply comments have not been set by the FCC.  

STOCKTON-DELTA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
SEPTEMBER 10TH MEETING REPORT 


The September meeting of the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club was held on Thursday, September 10th starting at 19:05 hours. The meeting was called to order by President Bob, N6TCE.  In the business meeting, a second order of T-Shirts was discussed.  Dave N6LHL said we needed 12 shirts to place an order.  Shirts are blue with the club logo in white on the front. Costs range from $15.00 - $24.00 depending on size.  If you would like to order a shirt, contact Dave N6LHL at n6lhl2@gmail.com .  Charlie WB6NVB made a motion to designate CQP and the W6Q Special Event as a club sanctioned event. The motion was 2nd by Eric, W6INP and carried unanimously.  Bob N6TCE asked for a motion to pay for a porta-potty on site at the Vineyard. Motion was made by Dave N6LHL, 2nd  by Annie N6ACL and carried unanimously.  The business meeting was adjourned and Bob N6TCE introduced our speaker Rich WC6H.


Rich took the group through a great conversation about how to be more successful as a contest operator and how to have more fun while driving up your individual score. An extremely accomplished contest op, Rich played a great audio clip on how quickly you can make QSOs in a contest.  There were lots of great questions from the group.  


In all 36 people attended the Zoom Conference meeting. After a very interesting Q&A session, the meeting was adjourned at 20:20. 


You can listen to the meeting again via Zoom recording here. 


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Topic: W6SF SDARC MEETING FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 - CONVERSATION W/A CONTESTER
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Annie, N6ACL
NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK 
SPECIAL EVENT CALL N6F 
COMING SOON
GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKE OUT DRILL 
OCTOBER 15TH (10/15) AT 10:15 AM 
W6SF WILL PARTICIPATE - DETAILS COMING SOON
PACIFICON 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 - STAY TUNED FOR A POSSIBLE VIRTUAL PACIFICON 

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


  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 MARCH 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.    

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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

 


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

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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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