Newsletter (Proof of Concept)

By: Aaron Bond (W1ATB)
Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club | President

  • Welcome to April!

    Wow, what a month March was. We had a fabulous Hamfestevent that was very well attended with somewhere in the 450+ number. We sold somewhere in the neighborhood of $2400 in prize tickets and $1400 in items at the club table. Elmer tours, presentations, test bench, and of course all the vendor tables! The parking lot was full and I’m not sure there was even any available spot left. What a great event!

    And then there is The Coffee Break Net… where we hit 45,000 check-ins in March and Jim KN6OONI mean W6JCZ was the prize winner for his fortuitous timing. AND… we celebrated the Coffee Break Net’s 4th anniversary on March 20th! Congratulations to all of those that make the net so popular and successful!

    In April the SFARC board will be hosting “Donuts and Coffee in the Park” at the beautiful Meadow Vista Park on April 20th at 9:00 AM. Come out, have a donut and some coffee, bring your family, and play some radio with friends…

    The next big club event will be of course Field Day coming up later this year. More details on this event will be published soon –see you there! Thank you all for coming out and supporting all these events. I want to give a special thanks to all of the volunteers who helped put on the Hamfest this year… we could not of done it without you.

    Aaron W1ATB

By: Jim Zheng
Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club | Vice President

  • The month of June is stacked to the brim with events every week. A big shout-out to all the participants in this year’s Field Day T-Shirt contest who provided great designs across the board. It was difficult to rank them since they all had their own stylistic appeal.

    We’ll kick off the month with a VE exam session on the 3rd, where I’ll be Elmering new licensees and upgrades both before and after their exam. It’s a fun and rewarding way to give back within the hobby of amateur radio, and there’s always something to teach and learn at these sessions.

    Our club meetings are held at 7:30 PM on the second Friday of the month, and this month’s meeting on the 14th features Jeff (KM6RGO), who will get us up to speed on plans for Field Day and Steve (W1SRD), sharing his experiences being the DX at Clipperton Island. If you’ve ever wondered what things are like for operators on a DXpedition, the challenges they must overcome, and the conditions they work with, don’t miss out on this month’s meeting. Even if you can’t make it live, stop by our YouTube channel to learn all about it!

    A week later, on the 21st, I’ll be at Georgetown Airport for Field Day! The first time I attended it was just for a few hours in the afternoon, the second time it was for an evening, and the third time it was for a full weekend where I slept in the back of my SUV. This year I’m going to put up a tent and relive my childhood days of camping out in the forest. I hope to see you there for a weekend of fun and excitement!

    We round out the month with our club breakfast on the 29th. If you’re able to join us please do so, and come hungry because the food is always good and even better with friends.

    At last, but not least, Hot RF Nights will be held in July this year. Our club’s show-and-tell event drew quite the publicity last year, and this year we plan on getting the word out even further. Look forward to a parking lot full of mobile installs and portable setups from both amateur and professional radio operators!

    Whether you’re planning on going to all of these great events, some of them, or just one, I look forward to meeting you there!

    73 DE W6JCZ

  • When: September 19-22, 2024
    Where: Logger Campground @ Stampede Reservoir
    Join your SFARC friends September 19th through the 22nd for the entire weekend or stop by and visit for a day. Tents are welcome.

Welcome new SFARC Members!

    • Haven Courtney (KN6URM)
    • Garritt Darling (KO6BMA)
    • Adam Gothard (KN6YSQ)
    • James Malley (WA0HYS)
    • Chuck Nungester (KO6CRZ)
    • Gregory Phelan (KO6CWF)
    • Chris Robinson (KF6NFW)
    • Forest “Sandy” Shoemaker (K6MJ)

Members Up For Vote

    • Robert Calvo (KO6DXL)
    • Kristoff Church (KO6DLT)
    • Elijah Gilberg (KO6DSQ)
    • Joe Denton (KD6HON)
    • Robert Sanders (K6ON)
    • James Keffer (KA3VGM)
    • Michael Kostic (KN6VWS)
    • Allan Breller (KJ6ZH)
    • Randy Silverman (K8TR)
    • Joel Miller (W6ACE)
    • Charles Ricthie (KK6PAS)
    • Dudley McFadden (KO6DRM)
    • Alex Smith (KO6DXO)
    • Kevin MacDonell (KO6DQS)
    • Charles Peavy II (KO6CVD)

  • Called to order: 1802 PST by Aaron W1ATB

    Approve February, 2024 Board minutes – approved as corrected

    President: Aaron Bond W1ATB
    Vice-President: Jim Zheng W6JCZ
    Treasurer: Brian Fulkerson KM6MDM (correct callsign)
    Secretary: Dave McBrayer N6OJJ
    Director: Greydon Hicks KC6SLE (2 years)
    Director: Mark Koehler W2MWK
    Director: Jim Jupin WA8MPA (3 years)
    also present: Brian AI6US; Greg KO6TH; Bob K6ZLY;
    Gary KB7QWC; Clyde AB4CC; Smitty WB1G; Scott KM6RFB
    introductions around

    Quorum: minimum 1 Director + 4 Officers = MET

    Officer & Board Member Reports
    Jim Zheng W6JCZ – advert items at back of newsletter: motion by Smitty “ Motion: The “sponsor/special” thanks section in the SFARC Newsletter be reserved for advertisements from members in good standing, limit one ad per member, free of charge.“. second by Greydon KC6SLE. Motion carried by acclamation.
    Dave McBrayer N6OJJ – nothing to present
    Brian Fulkerson KN6BKB – bank statements uploaded to in board files folder. annual insurance premium paid.
    Greydon KC6SLE – noting to present
    Jim WA8MPA – nothing to present
    Mark W2MWK – nothing to present

    Repeater (Station Trustee) – Clyde AB4CC – 220 repeater going back to vault.
    Repeater Committee – Jeff KM6RGO – awaiting contractor bids.
    Newsletter – Bob, K6ZLY – Newsletter posted
    Webmaster / Social media / PIO – Smitty WB1G –
    social media site: FB at 500 members. fox hunt promo
    PIO: hamfest promotion, / Dropbox – Dennis WU6X stepping down, need new chair – at 293 members.
    Membership – Jeff KM6RGO) – 8 new applications to vote on tomorrow;
    Currently enrolled: 311 members. 6 (2023) members did not renew.
    meeting quorum = 62.
    VE exams – Brian, AI6US – March 4: 14 elements administered.
    7 new Technicians; 2 new upgrades.
    next exams: April 1, 2024.
    Volunteer Events Coordinator – Chip, KM6MDF – not present
    Contests – Dennis, WU6X – not present. stepping down, need new chair
    Scholarship Committee – Earl, K6GPB – not present.
    Jeff KM6RGO: Daniel Fogart Scholarship (existing) and one more.
    Drawing – Ray, KK6AM – not present
    Refreshments – Mark, W2MWK – plenty of water on hand
    Nominations – Gary, KB7QWC – needs 1 more committee member.
    Hamfest 2024 – Aaron, K6ABJ – 3rd Sat. in March., 3-16. walk thru next
    Thursday, 1700.
    ByLaws Committee – TBA

    Field Day / Hot RF Nights 2024 – Jeff, KM6RGO / Greydon KC6SLE –
    time to dust off spreadsheets. First FD zoom meeting on March 28 at 1800. All welcome.
    Hot RF Nights – Greydon
    Picnic chair 2024 – open
    Coffee & Doughnuts in Park 2024 – open
    X-mas party – open. confirmed: Dec. 8, 2024.

    Elmer/Mentoring: Pamphlet for VE and Club Meetings, QSL Card,
    “How to become a Ham”. Smitty, WB1G, met with Greydon, KC6SLE.
    Repeater Committee: 1st and 3rd Monday’s on Zoom @ 1930. RFP
    sent out for repeater work.
    Position Duties: 2023 officer input due soon.
    Financial Audit: nothing to add.
    Scholarship Committee: Committee has not met recently.
    X-Mas Party date: Dec. 8, 2024. Confirmed with Church Pastor.
    VE items: Brian AI6US, new VE handout being refreshed.
    Club Asset Inventory: Jeff KM6RGO developing a spreadsheet.
    Scott KM6RFB approved for his monthly net on W6EK repeater.

    Scott KM6RFB, PCARES MOU for W6EK repeater use. discussion.
    Motion of support by Greydon, 2nd by WA8MPA. passed by
    Brian AJI6US – Coffee & Donuts in Park event – April 20, 0900-1100.
    Brian AI6US – Camp out 2024 – Sept. 21 at Stampede. board support for group site? carry over to next month.
    By-laws Committee – begin recruiting efforts
    General Meeting – Jim WA8MPA – what donations does the pantry
    need? paper towels, toilet tissue, kleenex, canned chicken/tuna,
    cereal, pasta.

    Hamfest walk-through meeting: March 14, 1700 at the Loomis Depot
    parking lot.
    Sat. Breakfast: 30 March, 0730 at Mel’s Original Diner, Grass Valley
    Hwy at Luther Road, Auburn.
    Fox Hunt: 30 March, 0900 after breakfast.

    Next Board meeting: 11 April 2024, 1800 PT. on ZOOM

    Adjourned: 1930 PST

  • President Aaron W1ATB welcomed individuals to this monthly meeting.

    The event was called to order at 1930 by President Aaron, W1ATB who opened the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

    Board members present:
    President- Aaron, W1ATB.
    Vice-President- Jim, W6JCZ
    Treasurer- Brian, KN6BKB
    Secretary- Dave, N6OJJ.
    Director- Greydon, KC6SLE
    Director- Mark, W2MWK
    Director- Jim, WA8MPA

    Club Business
    Quorum met: YES 50 in person + 13 on ZOOM = 63
    311 members / need 62 ‘present’ to meet quorum.
    January General meeting minutes have been distributed. Accepted by acclamation as amended by members present.

    New Members acceptance vote: 8 new applications:
    Haven Courtney KN6URM Garritt Darling Ko6BMA
    Adam Gothard KN6YSQ James Malley WA0HYS
    Chuck Nungester Ko6CRZ Gregory Phelan Ko6CWF
    Chris Robinson KF6NFW Forrest “Sandy” Shoemaker K6MJ
    Acceptance by acclamation of those present.
    revised membership count=319.
    The Informational parts of the meeting continue below:
    Repeater needs a new antenna pole (wood). Bid requests sent out.

    Jim W6JCZ introduces:
    Program 1: “Vacuum Tubes”, Greg Ko6TH


    Program 2: “Loomis Hamfest overview” Aaron K6ABJ

    Committee Chair Reports:
    Repeater – Clyde, AB4CC- not present. AI6US- 220 repeater installed
    this weekend.
    Greeter/Sunshine – Pam, KN6GTK.
    VE Exams – Brian, AI6US exam on March 4. 14 elements administered.
    7 new Technicians; 2 new upgrades to General.
    Next exam session: April 1, 2024.
    Volunteer Events – Chip, KM6MDF- nothing on the volunteer events list until Spring. None pending.
    Exam classes – Orion AI6JB: Extra Class session 4, 11 students.
    Next Technician class: April 23.
    Newsletter – Bob, K6ZLY – newsletter distributed by email & on homepage.
    Satellite – Greg, KO6TH – nothing to report.
    PIO – Smitty, WB1G –
    Website – Smitty, WB1G –
    Social Media – Smitty, WB1G – FB members now at 500. / Dropbox sites – Dennis, WU6X stepping down – currently:
    293 participants. Smitty WB1G taking role in short term. Need new chair/admin.
    Contests – Dennis, WU6X – CQWW WPX RTTY this weekend,
    ARRL International DX on Feb. 16.
    Membership – Jeff KM6RGO – Currently 311 members + 8 new tonight.
    Nomination Committee – Gary KB7QWC, need 2 more members.
    By-laws Committee – vacant, will be recruiting
    ARES – Scott KM6RFB. Effective 1 March, will be ARES EC for Placer County.
    Refreshments – Mark W2MWK – nothing to add.
    Drawing – Ray, KK6AN – nothing to add.
    Hot RF Nights – Greydon KC6SLE
    Hamfest – Aaron K6ABJ – need Presentation, Test Bench, Logistics,
    Sanitation, Parking coordinators.
    Field Day – Jeff KM6RGO / Greydon KC6SLE
    1st meeting 1800, March 28 on ZOOM.
    Scholarship Committee – Earl, K6GPB –
    Equipment Donations / Library – Jim, WA8MPA – thank you to all for tonight’s donations.

    Calendar of club events:
    Mar. 14 – 1700, Hamfest team meeting (Historic Loomis Depot)
    Mar. 16 – 0700-1100, Hamfest opens at Historic Loomis Depot parking
    Mar. 30 – 0730, Club breakfast at Mel’s, CA-49 at Luther Road
    Mar. 30 – 0900, Foxhunt. Meet at Mel’s Diner
    April 11 – 1800, next SFARC Board Meeting, on ZOOM
    April 12 – 1930, next Club Meeting
    April 20 – 0900-1100, Coffee & Donuts in Meadow Vista park
    June 22-23, ARRL Field Day, Georgetown Airport Campground
    Dec. 08 – SFARC X-Mas party

    Nets (on W6EK repeater, 145.430, PL=162.2):
    Daily: 0730-1000, Coffee Break Net on W6EK repeater
    1st Sunday/month: 1930, Placer County ARES Net on W6EK repeater
    Monday’s: 1800, All-Node Net
    Wednesday’s: 1930-2030, 1st/3rd, Elmer/Mentoring Net;
    1930, (ZOOM),2nd / 4th, In the Shack
    Thursday’s: 1930-2030, SFARC Weekly Net

    Adjourned at: 2118 PST

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