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Watts Up This Week

Hey SFARC Members and Friends,
 
We’ve got some fun coming up this weekend. I got the following a little late and it hasn’t made it on the web yet so please help spread the word.

FOX HUNT — THIS SATURDAY

Saturday, Feb 24th after the club breakfast at Mel’s

Where: Eastern Roseville Area

(East of I-80,  West of Sierra College)Fox transmitter will be POWERED ON from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM on 146.565 MHz FM

During the Coffee Break Net the Fox Tender will monitor 146.430 MHz FM simplex.After the Coffee Break Net participants should communicate using the W6EK repeater at 145.43 MHz, PL 162.2, but the fox tender will also monitor 146.430. Need to borrow equipment? Reach out to Doug (W2VX), Greydon (KC6SLE) or Jon (KI6RT) on the W6EK 2m repeater. Tips for a successful hunt: A directional antenna and attenuation will come in handy for this fox hunt.  After the hunt: When you locate the hidden transmitter, a notepad with finder’s log sheet will be visible and placed near-by. Sign and time stamp the finders log sheet.  If hunters are still trying to find the fox transmitter at the 11:30 am transmitter turnoff time, the meeting location will be announced on 146.430 and on the W6EK 2-meter repeater.

CLUB BREAKFAST — THIS SATURDAY

Break bread with us (or pancakes) at Mel’s Diner in Auburn this Saturday, Feb 24th. The fun begins at 0730. We recommend coming early or you might end up at the kids table.

And one last reminder for you contesters.
This weekend is the North American QSO Party (RTTY).

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The Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club (W6EK)
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Watts Up This Week

SFARC Members and Friends,
 
HAVE YOU HEARD?
HAMFEST IS COMING AND
WE’VE RELEASED AN EARLY LIST OF PRIZES!!
We need your help. Whether it be the day of as a volunteer (LINK: https://www.w6ek.org/activities/hamfest/volunteering) or help us promote by printing the attached flyer and handing it out — every little bit helps.
 
With over $1,700 in prizes, the list includes:
  • Renogy “Solar Kit
    • Including: Foldable Solar Panel, Charge Controller, and a 30aH battery.
  • Yaesu FT-70DR
    • w/ RTSystems software
  • Yaesu FT-65
    • w/ RTSystems software
  • (5) Alpha Antenna $100 Gift Cards
  • Super Antenna YP-1
    • (6 Band Resonate Portable Dipole).
  • ARRL Gift Certificates
  • Easy Way Ham Books Package
  • Bridgecom Systems (more details coming soon)
  • “Ham Goodie Box” from MFJ
    • Including: antennas, cables, a dummy load, and more.
More information about the event can be found @ https://hamfest.w6ek.org
 
 
GENERAL CLUB MEETING, THIS FRIDAY / FEBRUARY 9TH @ 7:30 PM
We’ll be welcoming Tom (NN6H) who will be giving a talk on considerations when purchasing an electric vehicle and what to look out for. We encourage everyone who is able to attend in person to participate. Those who are unable can join the interactive Zoom meeting @ https://meeting.w6ek.org  
 
 
BOARD MEETING, THIS THURSDAY / FEBRUARY 8TH @ 6 PM
Want to see behind the curtain at SFARC? All our welcome to join the club board meeting this Thursday in the club Zoom room @ https://meeting.w6ek.org  

 
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Watts Up This Week

SFARC Members and Friends,

We’ve got a Hamfest update and a reminder about next weeks VE session.

HAMFEST UPDATE – NEXT PLANNING MEETING THIS THURSDAY @ 6PM (02/01) IN THE CLUB ZOOM ROOM.

Hamfest is fast approaching, and SFARC needs your help. We’re looking for volunteers!!!! You may think we already know that you want to be a part of Hamfest, but we want you to sound off at https://www.w6ek.org/activities/hamfest/volunteering . We’re also looking for people to make presentations at Hamfest. If you have a topic you think others might want to learn about, contact us using the volunteer link above.

Maybe you can’t help on the day of, but believe it or not, you can still help by making a QST on other nets you participate in. We have a QST script below and on our website @ https://www.w6ek.org/activities/hamfest/qstscript

 

QST Script:

The Loomis Hamfest is back for 2024, sponsored by the Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club.  Get your gear, grab your wallet, and prepare for a super swap at the Historic Loomis Train Station on March 16th. Admission is free, with doors opening at 7 AM for buyers.  If you want to sell some gear, $10 gets you a spot, first come, first served, with setup at 6 AM. We’ll have coffee and donuts, Elmer tours, a test table for buyers, some cool prizes, and much more!

Want more information? Check out all the details at hamfest.w6ek.org.

 

READY TO GET YOUR LICENSE OR UPGRADE? JOIN THE SFARC VE TEAM NEXT MONDAY (02/05)

Looking for a local location to take your amateur radio license or upgrade exam? The Sierra Foothills VE Team is back in action next week. If you want more information or are ready to sign up, visit https://www.w6ek.org/activities/testing

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Watts Up This Week

SFARC Members and Friends,

We’ve got a few things lined up this week and weekend.

COME HELP AT HAMFEST 2024
We’re gathering volunteers for SFARC’s biggest event of the year, HAMFEST 2024. We’re looking for “elmers”, parking lot attendees, presenters, security… you name it!!!
SIgn up to volunteer now @ https://www.w6ek.org/activities/hamfest/volunteering

IN THE SHACK – THIS WEDNESDAY – JANUARY 24TH
It’s like the “Buena Vista Social Club” for amateur radio operators. Join us Wednesday night in the club’s Zoom room @ 7:30PM. We talk about radio and projects in the shack, it’s truly a lot of fun.

CLUB BREAKFAST – THIS SATURDAY – JANUARY 27TH
Come break bread with us (or just chow down on some pancakes) at Mel’s Diner in Auburn. The officials start time is 0730 however we recommend coming early so you can sit at the big kids table.

FOX HUNT – THIS SATURDAY (RAIN OR SHINE) – JANUARY 27TH
This time we’ll be hunting in Granite Bay led by Fox Tender Jon (KI6RT). The fox will start transmitting at 0930 on 146.565 Mhz. Doug (W2VX) will provide the fox hunt pre-meeting following breakfast at Mel’s. First timers will also be paired up with an “elmer” if desired. If you want more information, check out the official event flyer @ https://www.w6ek.org/files/docs/Event-Flyers/Fox-Hunts/foxhunt_january_2024.pdf

Good luck to all taking part in Winter Field Day this weekend. Please remember to upload your pictures.

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The Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club (W6EK)
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Watts Up This Week

Hey SFARC Members and Friends,
 
A big thank you to Earl and Scott for some excellent presentations at last weeks general club meeting. If you happen to miss the meeting, both presentations are available on the club’s YouTube channel, accesible through https://www.w6ek.org/media/videos 
 
ELMER NET, THIS WEDNESDAY (1/17) @ 7:30 PM
With so many news hams joining SFARC, and those recently upgraded, a reminder to check out the SFARC Elmer Net hosted by Eric (W6EMR). 
 
LOOMIS HAMFEST 2024 IS FAST APPROACHING – CAN YOU HELP?
With the SFARC Loomis Hamfest fast approaching, we’d love your help spreading the word. If you attend different nets in the Sacramento Valley, maybe make a QST. The event flyer, QST script, and a whole lot more can be found at our dedicated site, https://hamfest.w6ek.org
 
This is SFARC’s biggest fundraiser and event of the year. If you can help by volunteering at or before the event, let us know ASAP @https://www.w6ek.org/activities/hamfest/volunteering
Even if you think we already know you’re going to help, please take a moment to fill out the form above.
 
 
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January 2024 SFARC Newsletter

SFARC Members and Friends,

The January 2024 Newsletter is attached.  You can also read it online (along with the full archive) at https://www.w6ek.org/aboutsfarc/newsletter 

 
Look forward to seeing you all THIS Friday for the General Club Meeting at 7:30 PM.

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Watts Up This Week (Correction)

Hey SFARC Members and Friends,
 
We sent out the incorrect version of the Hamfest 2024 “Save The Date” Flyer. This is on of our biggest events of the year so please help us spread the word. Attached is the updated flyer.
 

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The Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club (W6EK)
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Watts Up This Week

Hey SFARC Members and Friends,
 
We’re in the second week of the year and we’ve got some fun coming up later this week.
 
SFARC BOARD MEETING | THIS THURSDAY, JANUARY 11TH
We’ll be meeting this Thursday @ 6PM in the club’s Zoom room. It’s a great way to provide feedback and learn more about what’s coming up at SFARC. 
 
SFARC GENERAL MEETING | THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 12TH
Join us in person (or online on Zoom) for the SFARC General Club Meeting, this Friday, January 12th @ 7:30PM. Topics for the night include Earl’s (K6GPB) presentation on crystals, and Scott’s (KM6RFB) presentation on emergency preparedness training. If joining in person, please consider bringing a non perishable food items for the greater Auburn community.
SAVE THE DATE – THE FIRST HAM SWAP OF THE YEAR IS COMING!
Get your gear, grab your wallet, and get ready for a super swap on March 16th, 2024 at the Historic Looms Train Deport. We’ll have coffee and donuts, awesome prizes, Elmer tours, a test table, presentations, and so much more. A save the date flyer is attached.  Please help SFARC by spreading the word.

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The Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club (W6EK)
(530) 492-0920

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Watts Up This Week

Hey SFARC Members and Friends,
 
Welcome to 2024!! As we start the new year we’ve got a few updates. The newsletter should be out soon with a list of all the new members to vote in this month. The rest of this week is quiet but next week we kick things into gear starting Monday.
 
SFARC VE TESTING | MONDAY, JANUARY 8TH @ 7 PM
Ready to get your upgrade? Know someone that wants to get their Tech? Send them to w6ek.org now to sign up for Monday’s VE session. The team always meets for dinner so if you’d like to break bread with the VE team, you’re always welcome.
 
BOARD MEETING | THURSDAY, JANUARY 11TH @ 6 PM
Online in the club Zoom room. All members are welcome to attend.
 
SFARC GENERAL MEETING | FRIDAY, JANUARY 12TH @ 7:30 PM
Our general meetings are in person or in the club’s Zoom room. All our welcome, you do NOT need to be a club member to check out our club meetings and maybe make some new friends. It’s also a great opportunity to meet the 2024 officers who will be taking the reins.
 
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for the monthly newsletter coming soon.
 
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