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 them HERE using our Live Feed!
W6SFM Kids Day in the Park. Another Success!
The SFMARC once again participated in the 26th anual "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 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 the Photo Gallery, or by clicking HERE.
CW Beginners Class has begun!
Do to the success of our last CW (Morse Code) class the SFM ARC has done it again. The 10
week course will be meeting each Wednesday evening from 7 PM until 9 PM. Students were
provided with a Morse Code Straight Key and a practice Oscillator to keep at the completion of
the course. Students will be instructed on the Proper Sending and Receiving of Morse code. Our
goal is to have every student on the air by week 6 and sending and receiving 13-15 WPM
conversational Morse Code by the end of the course.
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
May Bug Roundup a success!
The W6SFM semi annual Bug Roundup Event held Saturday May 16th was once again a
success!. For the first time the SFM ARC allowed interested members to operate as W6SFM
from their home stations. All but 4 hours of the 24 hour event were staffed with different
members. Bug Roundup contacts were made all over the globe. Reports are coming in from the
UK and other parts of Europe as well as Asia, Australia, South America and Canada. We even
had a DXpedition contact with the Canary Islands (although they were not using a bug sadly) The
new On-line spotter page seemed to increase chances of making CQ BR contacts. To learn
more about this event and see pictures and comments Click HERE. Further updates will be
made as more pictures and comments are sent in, be sure to check back often.
Field Day Almost here!
As with past years the SFM ARC will once again celebrate the ARRL's Field Day event from
Saturday 1800 UTC running through Sunday 2059 UTC the weekend of June 27 & 28. W6SFM
will once again be on the air hosted by the Carmichael Presbyterian Church. The club will take to
the field directly behind the parking lot of the Church. Members and non members joining us are
welcome to spend the entire 24 hours with us camping out in the field and working some CW on
the bands. This year we will operate 2 stations using both an 80 meter tuned Inverted Vee along
with our newly donated Hustler 4BTV on 10 - 40 meters.
As always a "Pot Luck" dinner will be held around 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Saturday evening. Guests
and members are asked to bring a side dish to the Hamburgers and Hot dogs that the club
always provides. Cold water and soda will also be available.
For more information, directions, or to sign up as a guest operator please feel free to contact the
Club's administrator by clicking HERE or going to our "Contact Us" link at the top of this page.
We hope to see you, and your friends there!
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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.
Welcome New Member!
The W6SFM welcomes new member
Angie,KG6FJF of Sacramento, CA
We're glad to have you on the crew Angie!