Looking for a local location to take your amateur radio license or upgrade exam? Sierra Foothills VE Team provides a monthly in-person VE amateur radio exam session 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: 01/02/2022 @ 6:30 PM
It’s almost the end of 2022 and you know what that means: PARTY TIME!
And SFARC will be doing exactly that on Saturday, December 10 at 5 PM.
The location will be the same place we hold our meetings (the Crossroads Church in Auburn) so you know where that is and how to get there. But this year’s theme will be a little bit different. Instead of your standard boring pedestrian Christmas party fare with turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, this year will be a Mexican Fiesta theme. Please note: This event is for SFARC Club members only. …READ MORE…
From the VP
Our November 11 SFARC Club meeting marked the end of regular club meetings for the 2022 year. On December 10 we will have our annual SFARC Holiday Celebration. More can be found on this fantastic event on this same site.
Thank you to all those who turned out in-person and via Zoom for our November club meeting. We held our annual elections for 2023 club officers and Smitty, WB1G, provided an excellent overview of the updated club website. An excellent job by all those involved in the IT Summit and on behalf of SFARC, thank you for the long hours, hard work and great outcome. If you missed Smitty’s overview it is available in the club video archives.
Our next club meeting will be on Friday, January 13, at the Crossroads church in Auburn, 7:30 PM. The meeting will also be available via Zoom for those who cannot attend in person, but in person attendance is always strongly encouraged. Why? It a great opportunity to meet and socialize with fellow HAMs, exchange ideas on what you are working on and what others are working on, have fun, it allows you to donate to the church’s food drive which then supports those in need in our community, and our presenters really appreciate the in-person interaction with an audience. All good things.
For our January meeting, Greg, KO6TH, is working on another great mystery “Show Us Your Shack”, Brian, AI6US and Doug, W2VX, will provided a quick overview of improvements made to the W6EK repeater site, and Dennis, WU6X, is going to present some new contesting tools that he has had great success with.
73s, be safe and enjoy.
Greydon KC6SLE, VP SFARC
We couldn’t make this happen without the help from sponsors.
A BIG thank you To all those who make the Loomis Hamfest a success!
Ham Radio Outlet, Oakland, Calif. www.hamradio.com
2210 Livingston St., Oakland, Calif. Toll Free (877) 892-1745
Raley’s /Bel Air, www.raleys.com
6119 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis, CA 95650 (916) 652-5737
Dutch Bros Coffee, www.ductchbros.com
405 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA 95603
Taylor’s, a locally owned, old fashion burger and shake shop www.taylorsloomis.net
3636 Taylor Road, Loomis, Calif. (916) 652-8255
Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for amateur radio www.arrl.org
225 Main Street, Newington, CT, (860) 594-0200
RF Adapter Guy, RF connectors, adapters, antennas, and accessories for your Ham, commercial, GMRS or CB needs
Sellers can purchase spaces on a first-come-first-served basis on the day of the event. Spaces range in size from a standard parking stall to 8′ x 8′. All spaces, regardless of size, cost $10 each. Sellers may purchase as many stalls as desired. SFARC staff will make every effort to accommodate requests for specific locations.
Sellers may arrive starting at 6:00 AM to setup. Follow the “Seller” signs or ask our parking staff for directions to the Seller’s entrance. Sellers may park in their stall. Vehicles must fit within the area purchased. Additional parking is available at no additional cost.
Sellers need to bring their own tables, chairs, pop-ups, generators, etc… No equipment will be provided. No electrical power will be available to sellers.
California law requires Swap meet operators to obtain information on all sellers who conduct activities on premises. Sellers are be required to fill out the State of California, Department of Tax and Fee Administration, Form 410d: Swap Meets, Flea Markets, or Special Events Certification. This form is available at: www.cdtfa.ca.gov/formspubs/cdtfa410d.pdf. To expedite entrance into the Swap meet, please print and bring with you a completed and signed form. Thank you!
Event Name and Place: Loomis Hamfest, Loomis, Calif.
Event Date: March 18, 2022
Forms will be available for you if you forget yours.
All sellers will be required to complete the form prior to setup.
Additional information is available in Publication 111, Operators of Swap Meets, Flea Markets, or Special Events on the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration website.
Parking is FREE at Loomis Hamfest.
We have several lots to park vehicles. Please follow SFARC parking staff directions. They will direct you to the closest available spot.
Disabled parking is available adjacent to the Hamfest site. To access ADA parking, cross Taylor Road and turn right into the ally way behind Taylor’s Restaurant. Please let the SFARC parking staff know you are looking for the disabled parking lot and they will guide you.
Sellers may park in their stalls. Vehicles must fit within the area purchased. Additional off-site parking is available at no additional cost.
Depot Time is where you get to learn new things. Currently, we are working hard in our shack to bring you informative and exciting topics. Stay tuned and check back often.
Are you a new ham? Or just wondering what all this stuff is and how to use it? Then an Elmer Tour is for you! Elmer tours are FREE and conducted by experienced members of the Sierra Foothills ARC. They will walk you through the swap meet showing you all the neat ham gear available. More importantly, they will explain why you would want it and how you might use it. They are there to answer all your questions! Inquire at the Test Table …
Need to test equipment you are thinking about buying? Bring it over to the Sierra Foothills ARC Test Table. There will be power supplies, antennas, antenna analyzers, and other test equipment to check out your potential purchase. The table will be staffed by experienced SFARC Elmers. You don’t have to go home wondering if you bought a boat anchor.
Loomis Hamfest 2023 is, once again, an ARRL sanctioned hamfest. Drop by the ARRL Booth and visit with your Section Manager and other local ARRL staff. While you are there, pick up the new color US Amateur Radio Bands chart. Learn how ARRL membership can enhance your Ham experience. Let ARRL help you!
7TH ANNUAL LOOMIS HAMFEST
LOOMIS HISTORIC TRAIN DEPOT, LOOMIS, CA
All of us here at the Sierra Foothills ARC are eager to see you all
Mark your calendars for March 18, 2023!
First swap of the year!
Get your stuff, grab your wallet and get ready for a super swap!
We’ll have donuts, coffee, Hamfest door prizes, a club table, media coverage, Elmer tours, a test table, sellers, buyers, and much more …
Historic Loomis Train Depot
5775 Horseshoe Bar Road
Saturday, March 18, 2023
Buyer 7:00 AM – Noon
Sellers 6:00 AM
Admission Free to Buyers!
Need Additional Information?
The next class offered by SFARC will be the Amateur Radio Extra License upgrade class. Classes will start in early February 2023 and run 10 weeks. Each classs will be held Tuesday evenings from 19:00 – 21:00 PST via Zoom.
The class includes two (2) in-person labs held in the Auburn, California, area. Labs are not requied. First lab will be a GOTA HF Digital experience. In the second lab, we will explorer tuned antenna stubs.
If you’d like more information about our upcoming class or would like to be added to our interest list, please let us know by using the form below.