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 Great results...
This year the SFMARC enjoyed 3 types of antennas and 2 station setups. The club set up for
our first time a 40 meter Phased Vertical Array and a Tri-band 3 element Yagi beam along with
our normal 80 meter tuned Inverted Vee. The 80 meter inverted vee was used mainly for overnight
operations this year. The SFM ARC beat the low solar cycle that we have been experiencing in
the last month or two with our newly acquired 'power house' of antennas.
Our Field Day events began Saturday the 25th at around 9am. Members showed up to provide a
hand setting up our entire battery of equipment; including member supplied chairs and tables.
There was a Pot Luck dinner held Saturday evening. As always the club provided Hamburgers
and Hot Dogs along with drinks.Plenty of water and snacks were provided all day and night long.
Some family members joined us for the Pot Luck event along with friends of the club. This year
we had an outstanding show of people spending the night out with us in the field camping,
including our new member Tom W0UFC up from Thousand Oaks, CA.
Visitors and the general public were welcomed as over 18 different non-members joined our 13
members who showed up in person as we demonstrated Emergency communications via 100%
battery power using Morse Code. At the close of the event on Sunday morning around 11am we
we once again had a full crew of members who helped to break down the event. You can watch
our newest 2016 Video of this event in our Videos link found above or by clicking HERE. A
complete re-cap of this event will take place at our next in-person meeting to be held 7-7-2016.
We hope to see all of you at our next meeting and then again for Field Day, 2017!
CW Beginners Class Scheduled
The next W6SFM CW Beginners class has been scheduled to start on September 14th!. Our
course will be held once per week for 10 weeks. Each Wednesday evening from 7 PM until 9 PM
Students will learn their entire alphabet along with the numbers and some pro-signs. Students
will then be encouraged to get on the air with their code around week 6! All students will be
instructed on proper Sending and Receiving methods using their supplied Morse Code Straight
Key and Code Oscillator. Students will be able to keep those tools, an over $40 value, at the
completion of the course.
Due to the popularity of this class, this is a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE CLASS with LIMITED
SEATS. Those who indicate they are interested in the class will have 7 days to make their
non-refundable deposit after sending an email request to have a seat held for them.
The SFM ARC's goal is to have all students on the air operating conversational speed CW by
week 7. In our last class we were happy to report that of the attending students about half were
at a skill level of 13 WPM or better copy by the course end. Student skill levels depend on the
amount of study time each student gives to the class during their week. We always find those
students who spend at least 15 minutes a day working on their code tend to do better overall.
Students who take the class are always welcome to come back again for a refresher course at a
reduced rate . If you or someone you know is interested in attending our September 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!
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.
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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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.
October is CA. QSO PARTY!
Begining 1600 UTC October 1 to 2200 UTC October 2
the SFM ARC will participate in the 51st CAQSP event.
The event is to be held at a members QTH. Everyone is
welcome to join us! For more information on this event
please attend our next in-person meeting, email us, or
check back here for more info soon.