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Classes/Training Tech Class ’23 (Page)

The  Sierra Foothills ARC offers all levels of amateur radio license upgrade classes.

Course fees include the latest version of the applicable ARRL license manual shipped to your home and hands-on lab materials.  FCC exam fees are not included. All classes are held online via a Zoom classroom. The class also includes two (2) in-person labs held in the Auburn, California, area. The first lab focuses on a license-appropriate Get On The Air (GOTA) skills session. In the second lab, we will explore building your very own antennas.  Labs are not required.

The next class offered by SFARC will be the Amateur Radio Technician License class.  This is the entry-level first in a series of classes.  Classes will start April 25th, 2023, and run 6 weeks.  Each class will be held Tuesday evenings from 19:00 – 21:00 PST via Zoom.

Our 2023 Class Calendar:

    • Technician – April 25 – May 30, 2023
    • General – August 8 – September 26, 2023
    • Technician – October 17 – November 28, 2023

Ready to enroll in either of the upcoming Tech classes?
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Want to pre-enroll in the General class starting on August 8th, reserve your spot today.
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If you’d like more information about our upcoming class or would like to be added to our interest list, please let us know by using the form below.


Hamfest Sponsors

We couldn’t make this happen without the help from sponsors.
A BIG thank you To all those who make the Loomis Hamfest a success!

2019 Supporters​

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ARRL

The national association for
AMATEUR RADIO

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2018 Supporters​

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ARRL

The national association for
AMATEUR RADIO
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2017 Supporters​

Ham Radio Outlet, Oakland, Calif.  www.hamradio.com
2210 Livingston St., Oakland, Calif.  Toll Free (877) 892-1745

Raley’s  /Bel Air, www.raleys.com
6119 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis, CA 95650 (916) 652-5737

Dutch Bros Coffee, www.ductchbros.com
405 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA 95603

Taylor’s, a locally owned, old fashion burger and shake shop www.taylorsloomis.net
3636 Taylor Road, Loomis, Calif. (916) 652-8255

Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for amateur radio  www.arrl.org
225 Main Street, Newington, CT, (860) 594-0200

RF Adapter Guy, RF connectors, adapters, antennas, and accessories for  your Ham, commercial, GMRS or CB needs  
www.adapterguy.com

Hamfest Sellers

Sellers can purchase spaces on a first-come-first-served basis on the day of the event. Spaces range in size from a standard parking stall to 8′ x 8′.  All spaces, regardless of size, cost $10 each.  Sellers may purchase as many stalls as desired.  SFARC staff will make every effort to accommodate requests for specific locations.

Sellers may arrive starting at 6:00 AM to set up.  Follow the “Seller” signs or ask our parking staff for directions to the Seller’s entrance.  Sellers may park in their stalls.  Vehicles must fit within the area purchased.  Additional parking is available at no additional cost.

​Sellers need to bring their own tables, chairs, pop-ups, generators, etc… No equipment will be provided.  No electrical power will be available to sellers.

Show up early on the day of with your $10 bill, get a spot, and join us for a day of fun!

SPECIAL NOTICE

California law requires Swap meet operators to obtain information on all sellers who conduct activities on premises.  Sellers are be required to fill out the State of California, Department of Tax and Fee Administration, Form 410d: Swap Meets, Flea Markets, or Special Events Certification.  This form is available at:  www.cdtfa.ca.gov/formspubs/cdtfa410d.pdf.  To expedite entrance into the Swap meet, please print and bring with you a completed and signed form.  Thank you!

Event Information:
Event Name and Place:  Loomis Hamfest, Loomis, Calif.
Event Date:  March 18, 2022

Forms will be available for you if you forget yours.

All sellers will be required to complete the form prior to setup.

Additional information is available in Publication 111, Operators of Swap Meets, Flea Markets, or Special Events on the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration website.

Hamfest Parking

Parking is FREE at Loomis Hamfest.

We have several lots to park vehicles.  Please follow SFARC parking staff directions.  They will direct you to the closest available spot.

​Disabled parking is available adjacent to the Hamfest site.  To access ADA parking, cross Taylor Road and turn right into the ally way behind Taylor’s Restaurant.  Please let the SFARC parking staff know you are looking for the disabled parking lot and they will guide you.

Sellers may park in their stalls.  Vehicles must fit within the area purchased.  Additional off-site parking is available at no additional cost.

Hamfest Events

DEPOT TIME

Depot Time is where you get to learn new things. Currently, we are working hard in our shack to bring you informative and exciting topics. Stay tuned and check back often.

ELMER TOURS

Are you a new ham? Or just wondering what all this stuff is and how to use it? Then an Elmer Tour is for you! Elmer tours are FREE and conducted by experienced members of the Sierra Foothills ARC. They will walk you through the swap meet showing you all the neat ham gear available. More importantly, they will explain why you would want it and how you might use it. They are there to answer all your questions! Inquire at the Test Table …

TEST TABLE

Need to test equipment you are thinking about buying? Bring it over to the Sierra Foothills ARC Test Table. There will be power supplies, antennas, antenna analyzers, and other test equipment to check out your potential purchase. The table will be staffed by experienced SFARC Elmers. You don’t have to go home wondering if you bought a boat anchor.

ARRL BOOTH

Loomis Hamfest 2023 is, once again, an ARRL sanctioned hamfest. Drop by the ARRL Booth and visit with your Section Manager and other local ARRL staff. While you are there, pick up the new color US Amateur Radio Bands chart. Learn how ARRL membership can enhance your Ham experience. Let ARRL help you!

Hamfest (Main Page)

7TH ANNUAL LOOMIS HAMFEST
LOOMIS HISTORIC TRAIN DEPOT, LOOMIS, CA

All of us here at the Sierra Foothills ARC are eager to see you all
​Mark your calendars for March 18, 2023!

First swap of the year!
Get your stuff, grab your wallet and get ready for a super swap!
We’ll have donuts, coffee, Hamfest door prizes, a club table, media coverage, Elmer tours, a test table,  sellers, buyers, and much more.

WHERE
Historic Loomis Train Depot
5775 Horseshoe Bar Road
​Loomis, CA

WHEN
Saturday, March 18, 2023
Buyer ​7:00 AM – Noon
Sellers 6:00 AM

Admission Free to Buyers!
​Free Parking!

Need Additional Information?


Classes/Training Extra Class ’23 (Page)

ONLY TWO MORE SPOTS LEFT!

FOR THE UPCOMING EXTRA CLASS

Hurry and save your spot!!

The  Sierra Foothills ARC offers all levels of amateur radio license upgrade classes.

Course fees include the latest version of the applicable ARRL license manual shipped to your home and hands-on lab materials.  FCC exam fees are not included. All classes are held online via a Zoom classroom. The class also includes two (2) in-person labs held in the Auburn, California, area. The first lab focuses on a license-appropriate Get On The Air (GOTA) HF digital session. In the second lab, we will explore tuned antenna stubs.  Labs are not required.

The next class offered by SFARC will be the Amateur Radio Extra License upgrade class.  Classes will start January 24th and run 10 weeks.  Each class will be held Tuesday evenings from 19:00 – 21:00 PST via Zoom.

Our 2023 Class Schedule:

    • Extra – January 24 – March 28, 2023
    • Technician – April 25 – May 30, 2023
    • General – August 8 – September 26, 2023
    • Technician – October 17 – November 28, 2023

Ready to enroll in the next Extra class?
Click SELECT OPTIONS below.

Want to enroll in either of the upcoming tech classes?
Click SELECT OPTIONS below.

If you’d like more information about our upcoming class or would like to be added to our interest list, please let us know by using the form below.


Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) (Page)

JOTA (Jamboree On The Air) 2023

JOTA is Held the 3rd weekend of October each year.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 21st, 2023.
More information will be posted as we finalize our plans.

If you have any questions, please use the form below.  We will get right back to you!


Classes / Training (Page) (Default)

The  Sierra Foothills ARC offers all levels of Amateur radio license upgrade classes.

All classes are held online via a Zoom classroom.  We also include two in-person hands-on labs.  One lab focuses on a license-appropriate Get On The Air session and a project build.

Course fees include the latest version of the applicable ARRL License Manual shipped to your home and hands-on lab materials.  FCC exam fees are not included.

Our 2023 Class Calendar:

    • Technician – April 25 – May 30, 2023
    • General – August 8 – September 26, 2023
    • Technician – October 17 – November 28, 2023

If you’d like more information about our upcoming class, please drop us a note using the form below.


Technicians Class (Saved)

IF YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO GET YOUR AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE, THIS IS THE COURSE FOR YOU!!!

Our class is not a Ham-Cram! We focus on passing the test, but also teach the principles so you will understand the answers.  The course includes six (6) 2-hour online Zoom sessions plus 2 in-person labs.

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Greg (KO6TH) showing our students proper soldiering techniques.

For the first lab, you will build your first antenna to keep. You will learn how to solder, strip coax cable, and tune an antenna. You will even have the opportunity to make a contact with it.

The second lab is our GOTA (Get On The Air) lab. We teach you the basics of how to use a radio and help you with your first transmission. We will show you the basic components and how to put them together to build your own Ham radio station.

Our next class starts on Tuesday, April 25,2023 , and only costs $40. The fee includes an ARRL Technician License Class manual and all the materials needed to make your own antenna.

If you’d like more information, use the form below to send us a message.
If you’re ready to go, purchase the class by CLICKING HERE