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!
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.
Get ready for May Bug Roundup Event...
Twice annually the W6SFM Hosts our Bug Roundup Event. In the same spirit as ARRL's Straight
Key Night, participants are encouraged to make simple, conversational, “Rag Chewt” QSOs
using their bug type key. This is an opportunity to exercise, share and exhibit your personalized
fist. This is NOT a contest. Call "CQ BR" so folks know you are a Bug Roundup Participant. For
more information on our upcoming May 21st event click HERE or visit the Bug Roundup event
webpage by clicking on the link at the top of this page.
CW Beginners Class Starts!
The W6SFM CW Beginners class has once again started as of April 13th! Students in our 10
week class are sure to all complete with a good grasp on their entire alphabet, numbers and CW
Pro-signs. Students will be taught proper Sending and Receiving methods. Students were each
provided with a Morse Code Straight Key and an Oscillator to keep and use on-air with their
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 6.
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 too!
We have a Winner!
It was that time of year again, time for the annual W6SFM Bogus Story" contest. An event that
celebrates April Fools day. This event invites our club members to write a simple 1 page Ham
Radio related "bogus" story, or "tall tale". Members then read their stories aloud at our April
in-person meeting. The story with the most votes wins... This year we held our contest at our
April 7th meeting, and we have a winner! The trophy goes to our newest member Kevin, KR6AI.
To see the newly adorned BS Contest trophy and read Kevin's story simply click HERE, or visit
Kevin's members page found under the Members link above. Maybe you'll be next years winner..
It's not too late to start writing your story now.
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
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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 new member
Kevin, KR6AI from Sacramento, CA to the W6SFM.
Welcome to the crew Kevin!