Announcements & Events
To help the SFMARC promote and preserve CW on the bands, please use the Donation button
below. All Donations are greatly appreciated.
Moneys collected go strictly towards PR booths in public locations, demonstrations at public
events, all in the name of introducing ham radio and CW to both youth and the general public.
The SFMARC In-Person Meetings
Each 1st Thursday of the month at 7PM the SFMARC meets in the "Howard Crowley" room of
the Carmichael Presbyterian Church in Carmichael, CA. The church is Located at 5645 Marconi
Ave. For directions to the meeting Click HERE. Please use the rear parking lot and entry for best
access. The Howard Crowley room can be found up-stairs above the center courtyard area of the
church grounds. We hope to see all members and prospective members there!
SFMARC On-Air Net Meetings
Please join us for our club's 8:00PM Tuesday Night on-air Net Meetings held at 3.545 MHz
Or you can listen and watch the CW to text translation HERE using our Live Feed!
ARRL's Field Day 2016 is almost here...
It's that time of year again, time for the annual W6SFM Field Day operations. This year we are
will have 3 types of antennas and 2 station setups. The club plans to set up for our first time a
40 meter Phased Vertical Array and a Tri-band 3 element Yagi beam. We will also have our club
80 meter inverted vee for overnight operations as well. The SFM ARC hopes to beat the low solar
cycle that we have been experiencing in the last month or two. Setup of the Verticals and Yagi
antennas will be started on Friday June 24th. The SFM ARC is looking for volunteers to join us
for that pre-Field Day start. Please contact us if you are interested.
Official Field Day events will begin Saturday the 25th at around 9am. There will still be the need
for the 80 meter Vee antenna to be erected. Tables, chairs and other supplies will also need to
be setup along with the rigs. We hope to see all of the members join us Saturday morning to
help with this setup.
There will be a Pot Luck dinner held Saturday evening. As always the club will provide
Hamburgers and Hot Dogs along with drinks. Family members are encouraged to join us for that
event and any amount of Field Day operations they would like. PLEASE RSVP using the
'contact us' link above so the club knows how many burgers and dogs to purchase. Be sure to
bring your side dish or desert with you on the day of the Pot Luck. Water and Diet Soda will also
be provided throughout the entire event. Everyone is strongly encouraged to spend the night out
with us in the field camping in your personal tent / sleeping bag. There will be plenty of
opportunity for those interested to get on the air, especially on the overnight shifts.
Visitors and the general public are more than welcome to join us as we demonstrate Emergency
communications via 100% battery powered Amateur Radio communications in Morse Code. At
the close of the event on Sunday morning around 11am we would ask that all the members who
have gone home please return to help break down the event. If you have ANY questions, or need
help with other aspects of this event please feel free to email the club using the 'contact us' link
at the top of this page.
May Bug Roundup Event Another Success..
The W6SFM Hosted our twice annual Bug Roundup Event this May 21-22. In the same spirit as
ARRL's Straight Key Night, participants were encouraged to make simple, conversational, “Rag
Chewt” QSOs using their bug type key. Participants exhibited their personalized fists and shared
information on their Bug Keys.. Participants Called "CQ BR" so folks knew they were a Bug
Roundup Participant. This season the club had CQ BR contacts as far as the EU. For more
information on our upcoming November 19-20th event click HERE or visit the Bug Roundup event
webpage by clicking on the link at the top of this page.
CW Beginners Class Completes.
The W6SFM CW Beginners class held strong until the end with over 95% of the original students
completing our 10 week course. Students learned their entire alphabet along with the numbers
and some pro-signs. Students are now being encouraged to get on the air with their code when
ever possible. Students were taught proper Sending and Receiving methods using their supplied
Morse Code Straight Key and Code Oscillator which they were able to keep at the end of their
We are happy to report that of the attending students about half were at a skill level of 13 WPM
or better copy. While of the other half was divided into two groups. The first quarter were able to
copy and send code at about 10 to 12 WPM. While the remaining quarter of the class had
difficulties receiving conversational code. All students who completed the course were able to
recite their entire alphabet. Student skill levels depend on the amount of study time each student
gives to the class during their week, We find those students who spend at least 15 minutes a
day working on their code tend to better overall. The SFM ARC CW (Morse Code) class is a 10
week course held once per week for 2 hours. Our goal is to have all students on the air operating
conversational speed CW by week 7. Students who take the class are always welcome to come
back again for a refresher course. For those that don't do as well in the first class we find that
their acceleration rate is twice that of their first try.
If you or someone you know is interested in attending our next CW course to take place Mid
September 2016, please email the club admin by clicking on the Contact us link above and
letting us know. We hope to see you there!
W6SFM Activates N6P TR15
The SFM ARC in conjunction with N6NA and the Sacramento ARRL Section co-coordinator
activated the NPOTA (National Parks On The Air) station TR15 April 3rd. The event was held at
the Wells Fargo Termination station of the Pony Express in Old Sacramento, CA. Thank you to
all of the SFM ARC members who showed up to help and support this "NTS" (Nature Trail
Station). About 40 special event contacts were made using the G5RV Mini and KX3 100 watt
station. Those who worked the event station please send your QSL cards in for a very nice N6P
W6SFM Kids Day in the Park 2016.
In an ongoing effort to continue the W6SFM's Public Relations the SFMARC has once again
participated in the annual "Kids Day in the Park" event April 30th 2016 at Hagan Park in Rancho
Cordova, CA. The club displayed a KX3 on-air along with an interactive Morse Code practice
station for the kids and their parents to participate and learn with. Everyone who visited our PR
booth was given a paper to code their Name in Morse Code along with a fact sheet with plenty of
web links.Guests were then given a brief history of More Code and Ham radio and then offered a
chance to send their name they coded on the paper using a Straight Key. A great time was had
by the guest as well as the 8 club members who participated. Pictures of our PR booth and
some of the Kids Day visitors are available to be viewed in Photo Gallery, or by clicking HERE.
This event is held each year around the same time. If you or someone you know would be
interested in joining us next year please feel free to contact the club by clicking HERE or on the
Contact Us link at the top of this page. We hope to see you there next time.
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Joining or Renewing ARRL?
The SFMARC would like to Remind you that if you or
anyone you know is newly joining or renewing
membership with the ARRL we encourage you to do
so through the ARRL link above. The club will receive
credit for each person to do so. Please help to support
the W6SFM when you can.
The SFM ARC would like to welcome 2 new
members Steve, K7SF from West Linn, OR and
Ralph, NA6D from Roseville, CA to the W6SFM.
Welcome to the crew guys!