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!
Field Day Fun Had By All
As with past years the SFM ARC once again celebrated the ARRL's Field Day event Saturday
the 27th of June beginning 1800 UTC running through Sunday the 28th 2059 UTC. The W6SFM
stations were once again graciously hosted by the Carmichael Presbyterian Church. The club
took to the field directly behind the parking lot of the Church. 16 Members and 17 non member
guests joined us for the event. Some members of the club spent the entire 24 hours camping out
in the field and working CW on the bands. This year we operated 2 stations using both an 80
meter tuned Inverted Vee along with our newly donated Hustler 4BTV on 10 - 40 meters.
A "Potluck" dinner was held at 6:00 PM Saturday evening. Guests and members brought a side
dish to the Hamburgers and Hot dog meal that the club provided. Cold water and soda were also
made available throughout the entire event. In the end the club fared very well with over 500
contacts reported, and over 900 bonus points being added to the final score!
Check back here for more information, photos and a video of the event. We hope to see you, and
your friends at our 2016 Field Day event!
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 Completes
The SFM ARC completes another successful CW (Morse Code) class! The 10 week course has
competed with 12 students. The W6SFM is proud to announce with confidence that 80% of our
completing students were at a conversational code speed ability by course end. 100% had a
good grasp on their complete alphabet, numbers and CW Pro-signs. Students were taught
proper Sending and Receiving methods, and were provided with a Morse Code Straight Key to
keep and use on-air with their home stations. Another CW Beginners course is being scheduled
to begin again this comming September ending early November 2015.
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
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.
Be sure to visit the 9th Annual Sac Valley Hamfest
held Saturday, Sept 19, 2015 0700 - 1200 PST at
65 McBean Park (Hwy. 193), Lincoln CA. There will
also be Prize Drawings & License Exam Sessions.
For more Info use the Contact link above.