Watts Up This Week

A early release of Watts Up This Week and with good reason. We’ve got a lot in the coming days. Field Day 2024 is definitely on the front burner. If you plan to attend we ask that you take these quick and easy steps.
 
  1. RSVP NOW! RSVPs will close down on June 15th so don’t procrastinate. Link: https://www.w6ek.org/fieldday/rsvp 
  2. If you’re coming to Field Day (even for just the day), sign up for a shift to work the bands. There are a total of 6 stations setup. The pickin’s are good right now so grab a shift before your favorite time slot gets taken. Link: https://www.w6ek.org/fieldday/signups-schedule 
  3. All Things Field Day (Antenna Plans, What To Bring, Rules, Safety, etc…) can be found @ https://fieldday.w6ek.org 
 
In other news, the SFARC BOARD MEETING IS THIS THURDAY (JUNE 13TH) @ 6 PM PT in the club zoon room. And don’t forget about the SFARC CLUB MEETING THIS FRIDAY (JUNE 14) @ 7:30PM PT in person at the Crossroads Church South Campus Gymnasium in Auburn. More information can be found @ https://www.w6ek.org/activities/meetings

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

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NEXT VE EXAMS | JUNE 2024 (Bonus Session)

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: 06/22/2024 @ Georgetown Airport as part of Field Day 2024
More information to come…

Need more information before signing up? CLICK HERE

Results of May 25, 2024 Fox Hunt

Great turn out for the SFARC Fox Hunt.  Congratulations to the team of Chris N6CTC and his two sons Jaxon and Aiden for earning first place!  Participants and their order of finish:

  1.  Chris N6CTC, Aiden, Jackson
  2. Brian AI6US
  3. Brian KN6SUZ and Dylan KN6SDO
  4. Greg KO6TH
  5. Jim W6 JCZ and Mike KN6WYK
  6. Evan AJ6OR
  7. Paul N1PCD
  8. Ryan WU6H

Watts Up This Week

SFARC Members and Friends,
 
It was a BIG Memorial Day weekend for SFARC. This past weekends POTA party was a big hit. If you missed it, no worries. I’ve heard rumblings that “SFARC POTA parties” will likely become a new monthly event. Stay tuned here. 🙂

 
JOIN SFARC TONIGHT (5/29) FOR A SPECIAL WSJT PRESENTATION OF EXPEDIITION MODE @ 7:30 PM PT (https://meeting.w6ek.org)
Al (K7AR) will cover what “DXpedition Mode” is, why it was created, how to set up and operate as a hound, what to do, and most importantly what NOT to do as a hound. Real-world scenarios from the VK9LAA expedition will be presented, so viewers can see how a Fox operates. Please join us on Zoom at meeting.w6ek.org as we welcome Al and acquaint ourselves with what it takes to run a DXpedition and learn about good operating practices. A Q&A session will be held after his presentation too. Join us tonight, ALL ARE WELCOME!
 
FIELD DAY RSVPS ARE NO OPEN
Joining SFARC for Field Day 2024? RSVP now at https://fieldday.w6ek.org
Next planning meeting is THIS Thursday (5/30) @ 6PM PT @ https://meeting.w6ek.org

HOT RF NIGHTS IS SHAPING UP WITH NEW PRIZES ADDED WEEKLY
For those hearing about Hot RF Nights for the first time, it’s an event and a chance to show off mobile rig installs or go kits and build fellowship among Northern California amateur radio operators and groups. All attendees get a ticket for the drawing with waters available for all in attendees. For 2024 we plan to bring back ice cream floats for $5 and new for this year, food trucks.

** Please note the new earlier event start time – 4PM

We’ll be collecting food donations for the great Auburn community too so please bring nonperishable items.

Hope to see you there, all are welcome.

 
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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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Fox Hunt News

Great turn out for the SFARC Fox Hunt.  Congratulations to the team of Chris N6CTC and his two sons Jaxon and Aiden for earning first place!  Participants and their order of finish:

  1.  Chris N6CTC, Aiden, Jackson
  2. Brian AI6US
  3. Brian KN6SUZ and Dylan KN6SDO
  4. Greg KO6TH
  5. Jim W6 JCZ and Mike KN6WYK
  6. Evan AJ6OR
  7. Paul N1PCD
  8. Ryan WU6H

W6EK 2M Repeater This Saturday

This Saturday (5/25) the Western States Endurance Run Team will be doing their primary training run. Contacts and OSOs on the W6EK 2M repeater should be limited providing priority access to the repeater to the Western States communications team. There will be no Coffee Break Net on Saturday.

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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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Field Day 2024

EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday June 21

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Set Up (Starting Time)

Continues until complete.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch

Hot Dogs, Potato Salad, and Chips

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM
W1AW message (Testing Radios)

CW @ 1700, Digital @ 1800, Phone @ 1845, CW @ 2000

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Dinner (Pizza Group Buy)
10:00 PM – 7:00 AM
Quiet Time (Until 7AM)

Saturday June 22

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Breakfast

Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, and OJ

11:00 AM
ARRL Field Day (Continues until 11AM Sunday)
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
VE Testing Session at KK7AIR Hangar
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Presentation By Scott KK7AIR
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
BBQ Tri-Tip and Chicken Dinner
10:00 PM – 7:00 AM
Quiet Time (Until 7AM)

Sunday June 23

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Breakfast

Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, and OJ

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tear Down / Clean Up

Watts Up This Week

SFARC Members and Friends,
 
Another great week ahead at SFARC! We’ve got a lot on our plate this week…
 
POTA POTA POTA PARTY! – THIS SUNDAY 10 AM
Join Thomas (KN6MJB), Christina (AK6DU), Chris (N6CTC), and the Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club are having a Parks on the Air (POTA) this Sunday at Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley. If you’ve never been to Empire Mine State Park, it’s AMAZING!!! We’ll kick things off @ 10AM and continue as long as we have willing operators (or we get kicked out). We will have two HF portable stations available for everyone to use (Yaesu FT-710 & Yaesu DX-10). You do not need prior POTA experience, or even a call sign. We promise to teach you everything you need to know for your first successful POTA activation.
 

MIKE “DJ LOOT” (AD6CQ) AND DJ SMITTY (WB1G) LIVE ON 89.5 KCZT FM

In case you missed it, Mike (AD6CQ) and Smitty (WB1G) were on air together talking about the joys of ham radio and some other fun stuff. MANY shout outs to SFARC and w6ek.org. You can check out the audio from the show on SFARC TV on our main website @ www.w6ek.org.

HOT RF NIGHTS PLANNING MEETING – THIS THURSDAY, MAY 23 @  https://meeting.w6ek.org/ 

SPECIAL 5TH WEDNESDAY PRESENTATION – MAY 29, 2024 @ 7:30 PM

On the 5th Wednesday evening this month (5/29 @ 7:30 PM), Al (K7AR) will cover what DXpedition Mode is, why it was created, how to set up and operate as a Hound, what to do and most importantly what NOT to do as a Hound. Real-world scenarios from the VK9LAA expedition will be presented, so viewers can see how a Fox operates. Please join us on Zoom at meeting.w6ek.org as we welcome Al and acquaint ourselves with what it takes to run a DXpedition and learn about good operating practices. A Q&A session will be held after his presentation.

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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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Looking Forward

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

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