Amateur Radio Club


The Meeting was called to order at 7:30PM by President John NZ6Q. We started around the room with brief introduction by everyone present. 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  Ed N6XMA reported on the Pedaling Paths Bike Ride and stated that the Community Center for the Blind was very pleased with our efforts.  Joni, who organizes the event stated she was on board for one more year next year provided we would be there as well.  

Paul N6KZW and Bob N6TCE gave a report on the upcoming ACES Training on March 18th & 25th at San Joaquin General Hospital. Everyone was encouraged to sign up as soon as possible so enough course material could be prepared. This is one of the best "Emergency Response for Communications" training classes available

John NZ6Q and Bob N6TCE reported on the February HamCram which licensed 12 new Technicians and 4 General Class upgrades.  Congratulations to Duztynn KM6HDY for his upgrade to General Class.

Bob N6TCE gave an interesting presentation on Anderson power poles, their development and use as a standard for ARES communications.  Thank you Bob for a great presentation. 

The meeting adjourned with the prize raffle with seberal club members winning some pretty cool stuff andadding $36.00 to the club treasury. 


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



6:30 PM



QST QST QST  ALL Members and Guests are encouraged to attend the April meeting on Thursday April 13th  2017.  The meeting will be held at Fire Station #2, 110 W Sonora St, in downtown Stockton.  We will be meeting in the Training Classroom behind the main fire station.  Enter the Fire Station complex on the Commerce St side at the gate and drive back to the training classroom.  The meeting will start at 6:30 PM.  

We will be touring FIRECOMM and Paul N6KZW will give a brief report on the ACES Training and the San Joaquin County Emergency Communications Channel Plan for using in all our radios.  

A 50/50 raffle will be held at the end of the meeting with 6 tickets for $5.00 and the winning member splitting the raffle with the club.   

The SFM ARC would like to announce that we will once again be running our CW beginners course.  This course will be 10 weeks long held once a week for 2 hours (7PM - 9PM) each Wednesday evening in Carmichael.  If you or someone you know are interested in taking our CW class we encourage you to sign up NOW

This class is made available to EVERYONE that wants to take it.  You do NOT need to be a licensed operator to join our class.  We have locked a date of April 5th - June 7th.  In an effort to give everyone personalized attention, seating will be very limited and on a first come first serve basis.

Everyone can benefit from this course! For those with no Morse Code knowledge this is an excellent course where you or your friends will be taught the complete International Morse Code alphabet, numbers, pro-signs, how to adjust and send on a Morse Code straight key and more interesting general information than one brain can store!  The goal of our course is to have all students up to speed around week 6, and on the air! This is also a great opportunity for those of you who may have already taken our course before.  This class offers a chance for returning students to brush up on their code, increase their speed, build on-air confidence and get a better understanding of the 'pro-signs' that CW radio ops use on-air. 

The CW class is $40 for new students. New students will all receive a FREE Morse Code straight key and a Code Oscillator to keep at the completion of the course. These items are worth more than $40 by themselves. Returning students pay only $20 and should bring their previously supplied Morse Key and Oscillator.

If you or your friends are interested in signing up or have questions regarding this course, please be sure to send an email to  Thank you and we hope to see you at our next class! 
Pedaling Paths to Independence Bike Ride
Great Day for Ride
Great Day for Radio
The 2017 Pedaling Paths to Independence Bike Ride benefiting the Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired was held Saturday February 25th in the in Linden and the surrounding foothills of Eastern San Joaquin and Western Calaveras counties.  

Early bird riders were already warming up in anticipation when we arrived to set up Net Control at the start-finish line in front of Davinci's Deli in Linden at 0700 hours.  Operators starting checking in from Rest Stops in Farmington, Milton and Bellota as early as 0730.  This year we used the N6GKJ repeater (147.015Mhz +PL 114.8) located on Gopher Ridge in Western Calaveras County near Valley Springs.  This repeater proved to be particularly effective in covering the course with the exception of a deep dead spot near the town of Jenny Lind.  This would become a problem during the event as this area was where several riders could not continue the ride and had to be SAG'd into the Shelton Rd-Bellota rest stop.  

SAG wagons were staffed with Amateur Radio Operators and APRS for real-time position reporting of SAG's along the course.  Again for the 12 to 15 riders that needed SAGs, this was a very effective tool in 'dispatching' SAG resources to the as quickly as possible.  We also incorporated a "Direct Hotline" to Net Control number that every rider was given to call in if they became involved in an emergency, saw an emergency or needed SAG assistance.  This year we got many more calls than in previous years.

Joni from the Community Center for the Blind expressed her sincere gratitude for our help again this year and pledged "one more year" of chairpersonship if we would help her again next year. Joni stated that the event raised nearly $25,000 to support programs at the Community Center for the Blind in 2017.  

Many thanks to everyone who gave up their Saturday and helped out with this great event.  More pictures and details will be coming in next edition of the W6SF Flysheet and at the next club meeting on March 9th. 

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. 
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! 
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
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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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