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!
Club Members to come together for a cause!
Saturday April 29th marks the annual Rancho Cordova Kids Day in the park event. Once again
this year the SFM ARC will join the event with our PR booth. At our booth the club members will
help to introduce kids, their parents and the general public to Amateur Radio and the Morse
Code. After a brief lesson on Radio and Morse Code the kids will be given a Hands-on worksheet
where they will be asked to spell their name and code it using the supplied Morse alphabet.
After, they will be instructed on the use of a straight key and given a chance to send their names
in code with the supplied key and oscillator. Each person taking part in the hands-on event will
be given their worksheet and accompanying "helpful links" page to take home with them. If you
are interested in volunteering for this event please be sure to send your email to the club ASAP.
W6SFM Bug Roundup Event May 20-21st
The W6SFM radio club will once again host their twice yearly Bug Roundup Event, or CQ BR as
it is also known by. This world known Bug event begins at 7AM local time the thrird Saturday of
the month and continues for 24 hours until 6:59 AM Sunday May 21st. Be sure the SIGN UP
your station for the event. To do this you must complete our CQ BR on-line application found
under the "Bug Roundup Event" link at the top of this page. This event is operated by HAMS all
around the globe. At our last event we had check ins from South America,Australia, Japan and
parts of Europe! We hope that you can all join us again for this event! For more information
please contact the admin by sending an email to the club using our "contact us" link above.
W6SFM CW Beginners Class has been Begun.
The W6SFM 2017 CW Beginners class is here!. Mike, N6MQL reports that a total of 16 students
attended our first class. This year the class was reduced in size so that students would feel a
more personalized instruction. Mike noted that this new class size gives him a better oportunity
to have more 1 on 1 time with the students. The CW Beginners class is held once per week on
Wednesday evenings at 7PM until 9PM for a total of 10 weeks. This year the class program will
end about 2 weeks before the big W6SFM Field Day event. This will give the CW class students
a chance to brush up on their code skills for an extra 2 weeks before they are welcome to join
our club for our event.
W6SFM'S Bogus Story Contest 2017!
And we have a winner! Member Carol, KP4MD took the coveted "premium Ham" trophy home for
her entry into this years Bogus Story contest. In celebration of April's Fools Day, each April's
in-person meeting the W6SFM holds their annual Bogus Story Contest. The contest is open for
entry by anyone who attends our meetings, or sends their story in to the club administrator to be
read by a member. This year the club had 8 entries. Contestants were; John WB6UBK, Mike
N6MQL, Arnie AB6JY (as read by Bill KJ6YCO), Bob KG6DQ, Charles WG6CFS, Kevin KR6AI,
Chris AI6U and our winner Carol, KP4MD. After hearing all of the entries attending members
were asked to blindly vote on who they thought presented the best Ham Radio related Bogus
Story. This year Carol brought it home with a VERY funny and factual story on how she "came to
love Radiotelegraphy". To read Carol's Bogus Story contest entry along with past years winners,
click HERE. It will now be up to Carol to care for the club's trophy for 1 year, During its visit to
her shack, Carol is required to adorn the trophy with some type of embellishment. We'll be sure
to have pictures of her 'handy work' once she has made some changes. Look for that post in an
upcoming newsleter or front page posting! Once again, Congrats to Carol!
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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.
CVC 23123.5 Update
Many of you know about the new California auto law
that restricts HAM radio operators from using their
radios in the car. Member Norm, WB6RVR has been
working on getting this glitch in the system fixed. He
suggests if you have radios in the car you want to use
while driving that you click HERE to print out a letter
you can show the CHP or other law enforcement
should you get pulled over.