Looking Forward

The 8th annual SFARC Hamfest is approaching fast and the word has certainly got out! Listening to local 2-meter nets as well as conversations on HF it sounds like we’re expecting a large crowd this time around. The first northern California hamfest of the year always draws participants from all around so look forward to a busy morning of buying, selling, and eyeball QSOs on March 16th! A big shout-out to all our members and sponsors for making this possible.

Within the club we’ve got a variety of events and activities planned for the month of March, starting out with a licensing exam session on the 4th. If you or someone you know are interested in getting (or upgrading) your amateur radio license sign up and take that step!

Our next club meeting on the night of the 8th features an overview of vacuum tubes, presented by Greg (KO6TH). Aaron (K6ABJ) will then brief us on the hamfest and what we can expect. Since taking the position as hamfest chair, he has done an excellent job organizing the event and getting in touch with members to assist with everything from parking to prizes.

As usual, on the morning of the last Saturday of the month we gather at The Original Mel’s Diner in Auburn for our club breakfast, after which we will go on a fox hunt. February’s event proved to be a real challenge, and as a bonus we drew attention from pedestrians and motorists as we wandered around with our radio direction finding gear! Questions were asked, and great demonstrations were given.

I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!

73,
Jim (W6JCZ), SFARC VP

Fox Hunt This Weekend (Front Page Promo)

COME ONE COME ALL AND HUNT WITH US!

This Saturday (Feb 24th) we have another Fox Hunt taking place. This time we’ll head out to East Roseville, east of I-80 and west of Sierra College. The fox will start transmitting at 9:30 AM on 146.565.  Hope to see you all there.

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. 🙂


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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73,
The Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club (W6EK)
(530) 492-0920

Website: www.w6ek.org
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Hamfest Prizes

Foldable Solar Panel, Charge Controller, 30 Ah Battery

(5) $100 Alpha Antennas Gift Certificate

Super Antenna YP-1, Package (6 Band Resonate Portable Dipole)

Yaesu FT-70DR - Handheld Two Way Radio

Yaesu FT-65 - Handheld Two Way Radio

10 Amp Lead-Acid/AGM Battery Charger

(1) $50 ARRL Digital Prize Gift Certificate

(2) $5 ARRL Digital Prize Gift Certificates

Easy Way Ham Books Package

$150 Annual BridgeCom University

Squincher Hydration

MFJ Goodie Box, Antennas, Cables, Dummy Load & More

(1) $100 Ham Radio Outlet Gift Certificates

(1) $50 DX Engineering Gift Certificates

RTSystems Software and Goodies

March 2024 Meeting

Our next club meeting will be on March 8th at 7:30 PM at the Auburn Crossroads Church South Campus Gym and on Zoom at zoom.w6ek.org. Continuing our series of tech-talks, Greg (KO6TH) will brief us on vacuum tubes, and Aaron (K6ABJ) will give us an overview of plans for the upcoming Loomis Hamfest. We welcome all who are interested to attend!

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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73,
The Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club (W6EK)
(530) 492-0920

Website: www.w6ek.org
Group.io: groupsio.w6ek.org

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Next VE Exam Date (Front Page Promo / March 2024)

Looking for a local location to take your amateur radio license or upgrade exam? Sierra Foothills VE Team provides in-person exam sessions on the 1st Monday evening of the month.

Scholarships are available for new hams, who are under 21 years old and enrolled in an education program. The scholarship reimburses the cost of your exam and provides a study guide for the next license level.

NEXT IN-PERSON DATE: 03/04/2024 @ 7 PM

Need more information before signing up? CLICK HERE


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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73,
The Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club (W6EK)
(530) 492-0920

Website: www.w6ek.org
Group.io: groupsio.w6ek.org

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