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Special Zoom Event

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at 7:00 PM.

SFARC welcomes Ed Fong (WB6IQN) to the club Zoom room for a special presentation on antennas.  Ed is the inventor of the DBJ-1 and DBJ-2 antenna that was featured in the February 2003 and March 2007 QST.

Ed will give a history of how these antennas were developed and the theory on how and why they work so well.


Hamfest QST Script

The Loomis Hamfest is back for 2023 sponsored by the Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club.  Get your gear, grab your wallet, and get ready for a super swap at the Historic Loomis Train Station on March 18th. 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 serve with setup at 6 AM.

We’ll have coffee and donuts, Elmer tours, a test table for buyers, and some cool prizes including a 100 amp hour LiFePO4 battery w/ Victron charger, a 3D printer, a Yaesu FT70D, and much more

Want more information? Check out all the details at

March Project Build (Read More)


The build will be at the Crossroads Church Gym starting promptly at 9:30 AM, and running no later than 1:00 PM. It will include a brief test and usage following the build.

The cost is $26 and includes everything needed to construct and complete it. It will be both an RX and TX antenna and useful for many things including field use and RDF.

If you’re interested in joining the waiting list, please submit your reservation below:

February Fox Hunt (Read More)

This month’s Fox Hunt is fast approaching on February 25th and we want to see you.

This time we’ll be searching within the city limits of Roseville hidden by Fox Tenders Paul (KE6MXV) and Sam Dyer (KN6UXI).  If you’re new to Fox Hunting, come to the SFARC Club Breakfast (7:30 AM at Mel’s Diner @ 1730 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA) and ask to team up with one of the experienced Fox Hunters! The fun starts after breakfast (around 9:30 AM), all are welcome, no license is required!

BOUNDARY:  Within the City Limits of Roseville and east of I-80.

FREQUENCIES: During the Coffee Break Net the Fox Tender will monitor 146.43 MHz. After the Coffee Break Net participants should use the W6EK repeater at 145.430 MHz, PL 162.2

NEED TO BORROW EQUIPMENT? Reach out to Doug (W2VX), Greydon (KC6SLE), or Jon (KI6RT) using the contact form HERE.

Hams In The Snow

In case you missed it in this week’s “Watts Up At SFARC”

To All Hams (hoping to get) In The Hills,

This Saturday we’re going to do a impromptu snow run for anyone interested. We will meet at Mar-Val’s grocery in Georgetown, Saturday (February 4) at 0800. We will head east on Wentworth Springs Road and see how far Paul (W2OHV) can go and how many of us need to be pulled out.

Bring lunch and a camp chair.

A recovery point on your vehicle would be good but you can count your receiver hitch as a recovery point. Be able to remove the ball from your hitch, if needed.