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!
California QSO Party 10-3-2015
As with past years the SFM ARC once again enjoyed the California QSO Party contest. The
goal of the On-Air contest in CW was for out of state stations to contact as many California
stations as possible. The contest focuses on operators in each country of California. Although
the SFM ARC is a Sacramento County club, we enjoyed the event hosted by Mark, K6JJR at his
home QTH in Nevada city. Some members Carpooled to the event with Mike N6MQL others met
at the contest location. Michael, K6LQ also provided an amazing view of the Sun with his
Hydrogen Alpha Day time telescope. A big thank you to everyone that attended and provided
food for our Pot Luck dinner! Click HERE to see some of the pictures taken at the event. We
hope to see you there!
A Tropical Field Day 2015
SFM ARC member Mike, K6LQ had the honors of visiting Hawaii's oldest Amateur Radio Club,
KH6RS formed 1936. Mike was visiting the island of Maui with his family during the 2015 ARRL
Field day. Mike was graciously offered an opportunity to operate along side their Hawaiian club
members. For the full report, pictures and more information on KH6RS ARC click HERE.
CW Beginners Class Begins!
The SFM ARC began another CW (Morse Code) class! The 10 week course has begun with a
record 22 students! Unfortunately 9 students had to be turned away due to the size of the class.
A special "VIP" waiting list has been created for the 29 others that have asked to sign up for our
next class beginning Late March or early April 2016. We believe students will be up to 13 - 15
WPM conversational code speed by course end. 100% will have a good grasp on their complete
alphabet, numbers and CW Pro-signs. Students are taught proper Sending and Receiving
methods, and are provided with a Morse Code Straight Key to keep and use on-air with their
home stations. As noted above, another CW Beginners course is being scheduled to begin again
If you or someone you know is interested in attending our next CW course please email the club
admin by clicking on the Contact us link above and letting us know. We hope to see you there
Bug Roundup Event coming November!
Once again on the 3rd weekend of November the W6SFM will host it's CQ BR event. In the same
spirit as ARRL's Straight Key Night, participants are encouraged to make simple, conversational,
“chewing-the-fat” QSOs using their bug type keys. This is not a contest but rather a chance for
CW ops who enjoy using Bug type keys to get on the air and have a QSO with others that have
the same interest.
Be sure to listen for 'remote' W6SFM stations who will be operating from all parts of the country.
If you are a member of the W6SFM and you would like to sign up to work as the W6SFM host
station please contact the Admin by using the above link on this website. For more information
on the event, and even a LIVE spotting tool to use during the event, click HERE, or visit the Bug
Roundup event link at the top of this page.
W6SFM Kids Day in the Park. Another Success!
The SFMARC once again participated in the 26th annual "Kids Day in the Park"April 25 from 11
a.m. until 3 p.m at Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova, CA. The club displayed a KX3 on-air along
with an interactive Morse Code practice station for all the kids and their parents to participate
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. Once their names were written in Morse Code
the kids were then given instruction and a chance to send their names coded on the paper using
a Straight Key. Both participants and members of the SFM ARC who attended had a great time!
Pictures are now available to view in our Photo Gallery, or by clicking HERE.
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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 announce new member
Bob Schuldheiz, K6DGQ from Sacramento to the
W6SFM. We hope that you enjoy everything the club
has to offer you. Welcome to the crew Bob!