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WELCOME! This page is for anyone interested in learning about Amateur Radio, becoming a Ham, new Hams, or anyone generally interested in radio communications and the Amateur Radio hobby. We encourage you to send us questions and ask for help. We all started somewhere. So, don’t be shy.

OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN

ELMER NET: Consider checking-in to the Elmer Net on the Club’s repeater, the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm. The Net’s purpose is to provide access to a friendly expert (or “Elmer” in Ham lingo) to ask questions and get friendly tutoring. Net participants strive to provide the most up-to-date information available, with references when possible. See the W6EK Home page or Nets tab for repeater information.

CLUB GENERAL MEETING: General meetings are held the 2nd Friday of the month at 7:30 pm and include a 10-minute session called "Tech-Ten", where a Club member gives a short talk on various topics of interest to Ham Radio. These sessions are always interesting and posted later to the W6EK YouTube™ Channel. See the W6EK Home page for the meeting place.

The last part of the meeting includes a half-hour “main presentation” where a Club member or visiting representative provides a more in-depth look at a particular subject of interest. These presentations are also posted to the W6EK YouTube™ Channel. See the W6EK Home page for upcoming topics.

SOCIAL INTERACTION: Of course, a Club meeting is a great place to interact with us, meet friends or make new ones, to learn about other activities, and to ask questions 1-on-1.

LEARN MORSE CODE: CW is not a lost art ... CLICK HERE to access Chuck Adams-K7QO’s popular code course page. The course provides guided study in MP3 format, and a “zip” file download with instructions and answer keys as well as several interesting papers. (76.5 MB).

OPPORTUNITIES TO GET LICENSED

ONLINE STUDY: Study for the FCC Technician-level license online. CLICK HERE to link to study guides, practice questions and books that can prepare you for the Technician Class FCC exam.

FCC EXAMS: We sponsor FCC license exams for all license classes. These sessions are hosted by volunteer examiners (VE’s) who are licensed by the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL). Exams start at 8 am, the first Saturday of every month at Raley's, 6845 Douglas Blvd., at the Northwest corner of Auburn Folsom Road and Douglas Blvd., Granite Bay. Sessions are held in the multi-purpose room in the back of the store. No appointment walk-ins are welcome.

OTHER ASSISTANCE

We offer assistance to families of deceased Amateur Operators (known as SKs or Silent Keys) in helping with equipment removal and sales. Email us at: info@w6ek.org

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

If it has been some time since you’ve looked at the Amateur Radio hobby, you will be surprised to find new and exciting things to try. Hams are technology leaders and tend to "push the envelope" in radio communications.

So, please join us at a Club meeting or on one of the radio Nets to learn more about an exciting new world in Amateur Radio. Learn why we are known as the “friendly Club” in the foothills.

WE DO THAT

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