Stockton-Delta

Amateur Radio Club

Pacificon is October 20th - 22nd - DON'T MISS IT
GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKOUT NET HELD
THURSDAY 10/19 AT 10:19AM
The club participated in the Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drillbyhaving members check in to our "ShakeOut" net starting at 10:19 AM. 

John NZ6Q opened the net with a QST call reporting the Earthquake and then played the official announcement. He then asked for check-ins on the air. Thirteen club members and guests checked in.  Several were from work (including the Net Control Op).  A number of members included mock "damage reports" such as Bob K6DGQ who checked in on March Lane in Stockton with "All the traffic lights are flashing red and traffic is severely impaired" Nice Job Bob!

Our last check in was from our youngest club member Kyle KM6EQN who was allowed to check in from his fifth grade class at John McCandless S.T.E.M. School.  Kyle demonstrated Amateur Radio to his classmates, teacher and school administrators. 

Thanks to the following amateurs who checked into the net:  From Stockton N6KZW Paul, K6DGQ Bob, N6TMA Tom, KK6QXQ Cecil, KI6GVO Wade, N6ACL Annie, and KM6EQN Kyle; From Lodi N6GKJ Ron; From Lockford WJ6N Barry; From Valley Springs KM6IKB Brent, From Tracy N6ZDH Dan; from Folsom KF6UJS Dennis and from Martinez KI6LUI John.  

Your workplace can still get credit for participation in the drill by signing up on the ShakeOut website and noting the ham operator's participation as well as others.  Everyone is encouraged to check in!  Let's make this a GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKEOUT! 

Remember, we're all in this together. Let's make sure we do everything we can to improve how we prepare to survive and recover.
The ARRL Pacific Division and the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club Present: 
PACIFICON 2017 - October 20, 21 & 22, 2017
• The ARRL Pacific Division Convention!
• One of the Largest West Coast Vendor Shows of Amateur Radio Gear!
• Outstanding Technical Forums - All Day Saturday!
• All Day Antenna Seminar - Friday 
• One Day Technician License Prep Class With Rich Harrington
• Gordon West and Bob Heil - Special Topics & Appearances 
• Saturday Banquet Speaker - ARRL President Rick Roderick
• Saturday Banquet Speaker - Youth Ham Radio Activities Leader Carole Perry 
• Sunday Ham Radio 101 & 201 - What Every New Ham Needs to Know
• Scout Jamboree-On-The-Air and Radio Merit Badge Work 
• Sunday Swap Meet!  
   And...Much, Much More!

Takes place in San Ramon, California 
San Ramon Marriott Hotel
2600 Bishop Drive 
San Ramon, California, 94583 


For Events, Schedules, Latest Updates, and Registration and Ticket Reservations, go to:
www.PACIFICON.org
Youth 17 & under admitted free • College students 25 & under $5 • Advance registration closes October 8, 2017. 

If Hotel lodging is needed:
To make Hotel reservations on-line and get the special Pacificon rate, CLICK HERE. Or, call the Marriott Hotel Reservations Desk at 1-800-228-9290, and ask for the Pacificon rate. The special rate will be available until the Pacificon block is sold out. 

Unique Forums Programs:
Pacificon 2017 features a long list of great Forums, including presentations from some of the most well-known and respected names in Amateur Radio. 

PACIFICON 2017 Events, Forum Topics, and Exhibits Include:
All-Day Antenna Seminar on Friday • Saturday Morning Breakfast with Gordon West • Outstanding Technical Forums • Large Vendor Show of Amateur Radio Gear - All 3 Days • Get-on-the-Air W1AW/6 Special Events Station • "Friday Evening MDARC Meeting – Making Maker Faires Work by David Witkowski" • QSL Card Checking • Scout Jamboree-On-The-Air and Radio Merit Badge Work 

Saturday Evening Banquet with Guest Speakers, ARRL President Rick Roderick, & Youth Ham Radio Activities Leader Carole Perry • Excellent QRP Program • Ham License Testing • One-Day Technician Class Followed by License Testing • Gordon West Ham Instructor Academy • Kit Assembly/Soldering for Youth and Adults • Daily Radio Prize Drawings • Parachute Mobile Radio Transmissions • Wouff Hong Ceremony

Great Sunday Swap Meet  • Sunday Ham Radio 101/201 Seminar - What Every New Ham Needs to Know • Sunday Annual ARRL Pacific Division Forum • Sunday Emergency Communication Exam (EC-001) • Bill Feist Discusses Salvation Army/SATERN Disaster Response to Harvey and Irma

Come and Experience the Many Facets of Ham Radio!
PARACHUTE MOBILE MISSION 29
DURING PACIFICON

Mission 29 is scheduled to take place October 21, 2017 in Conjunction with PACIFICON, ARRL’s Pacific Division Convention.  Make a contact with a skydiver and receive a one of a kind QSL card.

The mission will take place at Bay Area Skydiving in Byron, CA.  Come by and visit us. 

http://bayareaskydiving.com/

If you are attending PACIFICON come by our table and say hi.

We hope to have our first jump soon after 10:00 A.M.

FM QSO: 146.430 MHz
HF QSO: 14.250 MHz
D-Star: TBD
APRS: Track the individual skydivers by call sign; AF6IM, KC6TYD, W7BIG
Streaming video: Several point of views will be available including air-to-ground.

Log into: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mfwright

Parachute Mobile will be acting as Net Control atop Mt Diablo. ETJs (estimated time of jump) will be announced periodically as will as other mission specific information. Updates will also be made on the W6CX repeater at 147.060 +100. Not in repeater range? No problem. Updates will be made here on the website and on our Facebook page.

We make every effort to record your QSO. To ensure that you receive your QSL card please email KC6TYD@gmail.com indicating which jumper, the jump number, and the time you made your contact.

As always, we do not have control over Drop Zone, aircraft, and the weather, so this event is subject to delay or cancellation.

NOVEMBER CLUB MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
ELECTION  OF 2018 BOARD MEMBERS
THURSDAY OCTOBER 12TH 19:30 HOURS
BEAR CREEK COMMUNITY CHURCH 

QST QST QST  ALL Members and Guests are encouraged to attend the November meeting on Thursday, November 9th at 7:30 PM  

 

The meeting will be held at the Bear Creek Community Church, 11171 N Lower Sacramento Rd, north of 8 Mile Rd in North Stockton. 

 

Election of the 2018 Board Members will be held followed by a presentation of antennas and antenna analyzer use by Mark W6SXA.  Final plans for the club's Christmas Dinner will also be discussed. 

 

A 50/50 raffle will be held at the end of the meeting with tickets for $1.00/6 for $5.00  Winner will split the collected prize with the club. 

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. 

BENEFITING THE
EMERGENCY FOOD BANK STOCKTON/SAN JOAQUIN

13th Annual Run and Walk Against Hunger

Thanksgiving morning, November 23, 2017

Be part of the 13th Annual Stockton Thanksgiving morning tradition to help raise hunger awareness and funds for the Emergency Food Bank ... an organization that provides food assistance and programs to the working poor in San Joaquin County.

Race Day Schedule

Race Day Registration • 6:30 a.m. - 8:25 a.m.

Kids 1/4 Mile Run • 8:00 a.m.
Opening Ceremony • 8:20 a.m.

5K Run/Walk & 10K Run • 8:30 a.m.

Course

The scenic, flat and fast 5k run/walk and 10k run begins and ends at the Stockton Ports Banner Island Ballpark (404 W. Fremont in Downtown Stockton, California.  The course proceeds along both sides of the Stockton Deep water Channel past the Weber Point Event Center, returning and finishing back at the Ballpark.  Walkers have their own scenic waterfront course along the promenade.

Operations

Club member volunteers should plan on meeting at the Net control site in front of the Stockton Ports ballpark by 6:30AM.  Dress appropriately.  YELLOW SAFETY VESTS ARE REQUIRED.  If you do not have a vest, contact John NZ6Q or Paul, N6KZW and we will have one for you that morning.  Volunteer commemorative T-Shirts will be distributed the morning of the event.  It's important to get onto the course and at your assignment before Stockton PD closes Center St and Weber Ave.  Operators should plan on being deployed until about 10:30 depending on your assignment.  

You can register to volunteer by going to the "Event Sign-up" page on the website or by clicking HERE


SUPPORT THE AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT TODAY! 
Many of you have seen that the Amateur Radio Parity Act has been
introduced in the U.S. Senate as S.1534, and has been referred to
committee for review.  This is wonderful news following the unanimous
passage of H.R.555 in the House of Representatives this past January. 
Vice Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, and I recently returned from the July
ARRL board meeting at headquarters in Connecticut.  There we learned
that an estimated 90% of all new housing in the U.S. contains covenants,
with the majority of those having boilerplate antenna restrictions. 
This means that as housing expands, Amateur Radio will face increasing
restrictions.
 
It is important to realize that H.R.555/S.1534 is a bill resulting from
negotiations between ARRL and the Community Associations Institute
(CAI), both of whom have approved the wording of the bill.   Some have
questioned whether this bill goes far enough to favor Amateur Radio.  It
does!  At this time, deed-restricted neighborhoods have the authority to
absolutely deny outside antenna installations, with no recourse.  This
bill will guarantee the right of an amateur radio operator to have an
effective outdoor antenna.  It is time for ALL of us to come together,
and get this important bill passed!
 
We are now the closest we have ever been to obtaining antenna relief in
deed-restricted neighborhoods.  If passed and enacted, the Amateur Radio
Parity Act will be the most important piece of Amateur Radio legislation
since the FCCs 1985 PRB-1 regulation.  That's over 30 years, or an
entire generation, of no added antenna relief.  To make S.1534 pass,
however, we need your help again.  Below is a hyperlink to an app called
RALLY CONGRESS.  By clicking on the link (or copying and pasting in your
browser) and completing some contact information, within two minutes you
will generate a letter that will let both of your respective U.S.
senators know that you want them to vote for this bill. Time is critical
as we expect the bill to be heard before committee soon, and if passed
in committee, it could go to the floor of the senate for a vote within a
matter of weeks.  Please take a moment NOW to click on the hyperlink and
share with your senators your support for S.1534, the Amateur Radio
Parity Act.  Thank you.
 
https://arrl.rallycongress.net/ctas/urge-us-senate-to-support-amateur-radio-parity-act

Many of you have seen that the Amateur Radio Parity Act has been

introduced in the U.S. Senate as S.1534, and has been referred to

committee for review.  At the JulyARRL board meeting at headquarters in Connecticut, it was stated that an estimated 90% of all new housing in the U.S. contains covenants, with the majority of those having boilerplate antenna restrictions.  This means that as housing expands, Amateur Radio will face increasing restrictions.

 

It is important to realize that H.R.555/S.1534 is a bill resulting from

negotiations between ARRL and the Community Associations Institute

(CAI), both of whom have approved the wording of the bill.   Some have

questioned whether this bill goes far enough to favor Amateur Radio.  It

does!  At this time, deed-restricted neighborhoods have the authority to

absolutely deny outside antenna installations, with no recourse.  This

bill will guarantee the right of an amateur radio operator to have an

effective outdoor antenna.  It is time for ALL of us to come together,

and get this important bill passed!


There have been a number of dissenting views on the internet stating that the Parity Act may do more harm than good.  The ARRL has responded with a FAQ on the Parity Act information page on their website.  You can access this document here.  

http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act

 

We are now the closest we have ever been to obtaining antenna relief in deed-restricted neighborhoods.  If passed and enacted, the Amateur Radio Parity Act will be the most important piece of Amateur Radio legislation since the FCCs 1985 PRB-1 regulation.  That's over 30 years, or an entire generation, of no added antenna relief.  To make S.1534 pass, however, we need your help again.  Below is a hyperlink to an app called RALLY CONGRESS.  By clicking on the link (or copying and pasting in your browser) and completing some contact information, within two minutes you will generate a letter that will let both of your respective U.S. senators know that you want them to vote for this bill. Time is critical as we expect the bill to be heard before committee soon, and if passed in committee, it could go to the floor of the senate for a vote within a matter of weeks.  Please take a moment NOW to click on the hyperlink and share with your senators your support for S.1534, the Amateur Radio Parity Act. 

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Qualify or Repeal AB 1785 Hands-Free Driving Law re: Interactive v. Passive Devices Contact Your State Senator by Phone or Email today!

* 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. 
 

On May 11th, the bill passed the Assembly untouched. This leaves two chances to get it fixed - the Senate Transportation Committee, and a final Senate vote. If it leaves the Transportation Committee untouched, it will likely never get fixed.

Voters in CA Senate District 15 should call and register their opposition to the Transportation Committee chair - http://sd15.senate.ca.gov/contact-us so we hopefully get recognized at their committee meeting to defend our position.

All voters *NEED* to call their respective State Senator - find them: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

Share with them specifically: "Hello, my name is _________ from (city). I am calling to register opposition to Assembly Bill 1222, as it is presently worded. I ask instead that AB1222 completely codify the Author's own Legislative Analysis *and* the recent CHP enforcement memo. Instead, I fully support the amendment language of AB1222, as recently offered by the Amateur Radio Operators of California – Change.org group."

You can also email your Senator with the same basic language in the text of your email as:  "I am writing you today to register opposition to Assembly Bill 1222, as it is presently worded. I ask instead that AB1222 completely codify the Author's own Legislative Analysis *and* the recent CHP enforcement memo. Instead, I fully support the amendment language of AB1222, as recently offered by the Amateur Radio Operators of California – Change.org group."

Your support is needed today.



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.  
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.
TECH REP:  Knox - K6NOX

W6SF CLUB INFORMATION

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
ate.

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