Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club

Sign up and come aboard the USS Lucid June 3 - 4 - 5 ...

MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND IS ON
 FOR JUNE 3 - 5 

 

Museum Ships Weekend is back for 2022 and we are planning to be aboard the USS Lucid again. We will be operating from 0000Z June 4th (5:00 PM June 3rd) until Sunday June 5th - shutting down at 1200 noon. 


Club members are needed Saturday May 28th starting at 8:30AM to set up the club's Hexbeam and other antennas aboard the ship.  Bring gloves, wear good shoes for the set up. 

 

Sponsored by the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station NJ2BB, MSW is a great operating event especially for new hams with little HF radio experience. It’s a great chance to be “the hunted DX station” and improve your listening and operating skills. Radio operation will be from a variety of vintage and noteworthy vessels. This is not a competition – it is an event.


All stations are encouraged to QSL the USS Lucid and we get a lot of QSL request that we typically answer during the July club meeting. There will be certificates awarded this year! 

A schedule to sign up and work one of four stations is posted here in google docs. You’re welcome to come out and enjoy being on board before or after your shift as well. Late night and early morning operators are welcome using Phone, CW, and FT4 or FT8 modes.

Some ships also may be found on 75 meters (3.880 – 3.885 MHz) and on 40 meters (7.290 MHz) using AM, some using the vessel’s original restored equipment.

 

here is the link to sign up on the operating schedule:

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KjCsNN4ChP7JfHOD6WrEhNbPMxkHDFs5_RPgB-z1nSs/edit?usp=sharing

 

Welcome Aboard and join us for this fun radio event!

JUNE MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
THURSDAY, JUNE 9TH  7:00 PM

STOCKTON SAILING CLUB + ZOOM
4980 BUCKLEY COVE RD
WEST MARCH LANE TO BUCKLEY COVE

QST QST QST… The June meeting of the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club will be held at the Stockton Sailing Club Auditorium, 4980 Buckley Cove Rd in North Stockton. The Sailing Club is located at the west end of March Lane, west of Interstate 5 on the left-hand side of the road just before you enter Buckley Cove Park.


All members are strongly encouraged to attend in-person or on line... Coffee and snacks are serviced at the in-person meeting 

 

The meeting will be our last opportunity to discuss Field Day 2022 set up and Kids Day. Kids Day is Saturday June 18th and Field Day is Saturday June 25th.  Everyone is invited to operate either or both of these events regardless of your license class. 

 

So… grab your spouse, significant other or just that friend that wants to “see what the ham radio club is all about” and join us.

 

Zoom Meeting Information:

 

Topic: W6SF MONTHLY CLUB MEETING ON ZOOM

Time: June 9th, 2022 - 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

 

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W6SF MAY MEETING REPORT
THURSDAY, MAY 12TH 7:00 PM

 

The May meeting of the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club was held at the Stockton Sailing Club Auditorium, 4980 Buckley Cove Rd in North Stockton on Thursday, May 12th starting at 7:00 PM.. The meeting was also held on ZOOM for those who could not attend in person.  

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 due to technical difficulties with Zoom connections. We began with introductions from both in-person and on-line attendees. There was a full house in the meeting room and on line.  President Mark W6SXA opened the meeting by acknowledging Joni from the Stockton Bicycle Club on-line. Joni took a few minutes to thank the club for their participation and support in the 2022 Delta Century Ride and let us know we will be part of the 2023 Delta Century on April 29th 2023.  She also mentioned getting er license (finally) during the August HamCram. 


Mark W6SXA ad John NZ6Q reported the success of the Delta Century and thanked the Stockton Bicycle Club for their generous donation to the club for our support of the ride.  


There was no treasurers report at Peter K6PH left the meeting early due to illness.  


A motion was made and passed to recognize Museum Ships Weekend on biard the USS Lucid a "club sanctioned" event. This included not only the operating event but the set-up and take down of equipment the weekend before and after. 


Mark W6SXA and Joyce K6QBQ reported on the Board meeting and that the club had reimbursed members and sent a $300 check to Steve NC6R for professional weed whacking and weed control at the repeater site.  


The club photo contest was extended another month to the June 9th meeting to give new members an opportunity to submit photos and since the "judge" Bob N6TCE was not at the meeting due to illness. 


After the business meeting, John NZ6Q gave a presentation on Museum Ships Weekend and the USS Lucid. Ron KG7OR played a video clip of the USS Lucid's movie appearance as well as slides of the ship from the W6SF website. New members, newly licensed hams and non member "significant others" were encouraged to attend and be invited and get on the air. MSW will use SDR receiver nodes to enhance the stations heard and combat the USS Lucid noise problems. John NZ6Q stated 4 stations will be on the Lucid including a brand new Yaesu FTDX10R, 2 competition class ICOM transceivers and TS-480HX radio (acquired from Jim WB6BET's estate). Bands have been good and the event promises to be a good opportunity for voice, CW and digital modes on all bands.  

 

There were 19 members present in person, an additional 7 members and 1 guest (Joni Bauer) on Zoom.  The meeting was adjourned at about 20:20 hours. 


The next meeting will be Thursday, June 9th at the Stockton Sailing Club starting at 1900 hours.  


Coffee and cookies were served throughout the meeting. 


Annie, N6ACL
Secretary 

DELTA CENTURY RIDE
APRIL 30TH 7:00 AM
JESSE’S GROVE WINERY


The 2022 Delta Century Ride was held on Saturday April 30th.


We started setting up the NCS station at 6:00 AM. The Start/Finish was at Jessie's Grove Vineyard on Turner Rd just west of Lodi. Jessie's Grove was great to work with and we able to set up close to the registration tables and ride end point. Right by lunch! 

 

Club members stepped up to support the ride with their own SAG vehicles and complete SAG wagon operation - Driver, radio, APRS GPS transceiver, bike tools and more.  While there were also SAG operators from Stockton Bike Club, having radio and APRS significantly improved response times for the 18 riders that called in on the SAG hotline.   


Rest stops along the routes were covered by 1 or 2 radio operators.  Very few incidents were reported at rest stops. Bob K6DGQ and the crew at Courtland continually updated the net on numbers of riders thru the "hub" rest stop. The rides traverse the rural Delta roads of the San Joaquin Valley. Flat quarter (26 miles), metric (62 miles), and full (100 miles) century loops cover scenic vineyard, farm, and Delta roads–and a ferry ride across Steamboat Slough (metric and full century routes only)–with rewarding rest stops along the way.


SAG Operators were Mark W6SXA (along with Charlie K9DOG), Ron W6RMR, Cecil W6CPR, Gayle W6SWT, Randy K6TVT, Thomas KN6TQY and Kelly KN6TQZ, and Shane K5SML who rode in SAG10 with a member of the Stockton Bike Club. 


Rest Stop Operators were Joyce K6QBQ with Dave N6DCH in Clarksburg, Bob K6DGQ and Charlie WB6NVB in Courtland, Eric W6INP at Walnut Grove and Barry K6ZZB and Dave N6LHL at the Cosumnes River Farm in Thornton. 


Net Control was Annie N6ACL, Paul N6KZW and John NZ6Q 

 

A delicious post ride meal and entertainment welcomed each rider and volunteer at the finish line.

Proceeds from the Delta Century benefit local charities including our own SDARC!


Check out pictures of the ride in the May 2022 SDARC The Flysheet newsletter. 

WORLD OF STEAM EXPO SUCCESS


The club participated in the 2022 World of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) on Saturday March 26th at Lincoln High School.  The event ran from 10:00 AM to 2:00PM

 

Bob K6DGQ set up several straight keys and had a practice sheet kids could fill out and then send in Morse Code.  The table was a big hit!

 

Well over 100 elementary and middle school students were able to learn their names in Morse Code and practiced on code oscillators made available by club members. 

Dave WB6TOU, Paul N6KZW, Joyce K6QBQ and others launched a hi-altitude balloon from the parking lot of the high school at the start of the event.  The balloon carried a payload of both a 20-Meter WSPR and 2-Meter APRS transmitters to an altitude of 42,000 feet sending back real time location data which was then displayed on a large monitor at the demo table.  Students also could watch a video documenting the balloon’s construction and usefulness.

Throughout the 4-hour event, hundreds of students looked, stopped, listened, got on the air, asked questions and more.  Hopefully we will see some of the next generation of hams getting licensed at upcoming HamCrams and events. 



W6SF CLUB BREAKFAST 
THURSDAY MORNINGS 9:30 AM
CHUCK'S ON PACIFIC AVE 

Club members and friends of Amateur Radio are welcome to gather at 9:30 AM on Thursdays at Chucks, at Pacific Ave Bowl, on the corner of Pacific and Swain Road. 

We enjoy a high level discussions of ham radio communications, rules, regulations, contesting, SOTAs, ARES gear and whatever else 'ya got. 

I hope to see you there!   de N6LHL
AUGUST HAMCRAM/VE SESSION
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13TH   
DOORS OPEN 7:45 AM 

STOCKTON FIRE STATION #2 - BRET LAWES CLASSROOM
110 W SONORA ST, STOCKTON, CA 95202

The next HamCram study and test session will be held at the Stockton Fire Station #2 on Saturday, August 13th.  

 

If you are interested in doing a HamCram Study Session, OR you are testing for an upgrade, or you or a family member wants to get your license, please pre-register at www.w6sf.org/hamcram.html

 

HamCram study session starts at 8:00 AM and the doors will open at 7:45.

 

The Test Only sessions will start at 3:00 PM

 

Sign up for the next HamCram clicking the link here.

APRIL HAMCRAM/VE SESSION
RESULTS
SATURDAY, APRIL 9TH    

The April HamCram study session and VE test session was held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 731 N Ham Lane, Lodi CA.  We had 32 people attend the study session or test sessions and 29 people passed for either new Technician, New General, or upgrade to General or Extra Class License upgrade. 


When you hear these new ham operators on the air, be sure and welcome them!


Craig N Smith                    KN6TQX  Technician

Thomas  Bradshaw            KN6TQY  Technician

Kelly  Greene                     KN6TQZ  Technician

Christopher B Congrave    KN6TRA  Technician

Kristia  Suutala                   KN6TRB  Technician

Martin F Pricco                   KN6TRC  Technician

James S Miller                    KN6TRE  Technician

MELVIN SIMMONS            KN6TRF  Technician

Grant  Gilley                       KN6TRG  General (new)

Daniel  Cascaddan             KN6TRH  Technician

MICHAEL W MORRIS        KN6TRI  Technician   

Keith  Russell                      KN6TRJ  General (new)

Brad  Huffman                     KN6TRK  Technician

Russell D Haig                    KN6TRL  General (new)

Luis E Torres                       KN6TRM  Technician

Riley J Broughton                KN6TRN   Technician

Eric A Holden                      KN6TRO   Technician

Russell C Lewis                  KN6TRP    Technician

Jeffrey L Rivera                   KN6TRQ    Technician

Jim H Mason                       KN6TRR    Technician

Jesse T Rivera                    KN6TRS    Technician

Jeremiah Mecham              KN6TRT    Technician

Bryan S Johnson                KN6TRU    Technician

Jesse M Rivera                   KN6TRV    Technician 

 

UPGRADES

Howard Suutala                  KN6RLI    General

Ronald M Radicali              W6RMR   General

Robert W Kleinbrahm         W6FYN     Extra

RENEWALS

Kenneth A Garner               KJ6WNM   General

ELIONORA E BJUR            K6SWE     General

 

Our next HamCram study session and VE Test Session is Saturday August 13th.

 

If you work one of our newly licensed hams, be sure to send them a "first contact" form by going to the ARRL website at www.arrl.org/first-contact


Our next HamCram study session and VE Test Session is Saturday April 9th.


If you work one of our newly licensed hams, be sure to send them a "first contact" form by going to the ARRL website at www.arrl.org/first-contact



FCC Application Fee Update
APPLICATION FEE TAKES EFFECT
APRIL 19TH, 2022

The FCC released a Public Notice on March 23, 2022, stating that the amateur radio application fees, including those associated with Form 605 application filings, would become effective on April 19, 2022. The Federal Communications Commission's authority to impose and collect fees is mandated by Congress.

The $35 application fee, when it becomes effective on April 19, will apply to new, renewal, and vanity call sign applications. The fee will be per application. There will be no fees charged for license class upgrades. 

Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, will also be exempt from fees.

VECs and Volunteer Examiner (VE) teams will not have to collect the $35 fee at exam sessions.  Once the FCC application fee takes effect, new and upgrade applicants will pay the $15 exam session fee to the ARRL VE team as usual, and pay the $35 application fee directly to the FCC by using the CORES FRN Registration system (CORES - Login). 

When the FCC receives the examination information from the VEC, it will email a link with payment instructions to each successful candidate who then will have
10 calendar days from the date of the email to pay. After the fee is paid and the FCC has processed an application, examinees will receive a second email from the FCC with a link to their official license. The link will be good for 30 days.

Additionally, the FCC stated that applications processed and dismissed will not be entitled to a refund. This includes vanity requests where the applicant does not receive the requested call sign.

The FCC published the notice in the Federal Register on March 23, 2022, stating that the amateur radio application fees, including those associated with Form 605 application filings, would become effective on April 19, 2022.

Further news and instructions will follow as the FCC releases them.
     ___________________________________

FCC Instructions (not applicable until fees take effect on April 19): 
If paying fees for an application filed via the Universal Licensing System, please use the CORES FRN Registration system (CORES - Login). 

FEE SCHEDULE (not applicable until fees take effect on April 19):

INDIVIDUALS

$35 FEE: New, modification (upgrade and sequential call sign change), renewal, and vanity call sign applications. All fees will be per application.
NO FEE: Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, or license cancellation.

AMATEUR RADIO CLUBS
$35 FEE: New, renewal, trustee change, and vanity call sign applications. All fees will be per application.
NO FEE: Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, or license cancellation.


  HAM UNIVERSITY - "HAM-U SESSION 2"
NEW HAM - EXPERIENCED HAM 
TRAINING CLASS

JOIN THE SESSION 2 CLASS ON
SEPTEMBER 17TH  2022


This is a FREE program that every ham – from beginner to Extra Class can benefit.  

The term "Elmer" means someone who provides personal guidance and assistance to would-be hams. The term first appeared in QST in a March 1971 "How's DX" column by Rod Newkirk, W9BRD (now also VA3ZBB). Newkirk called them "the unsung fathers of Amateur Radio."

Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club, the Manteca Amateur Radio Club and the Lodi Amateur Radio Club have come together to help teach new hams how to get started and offer this "personal guidance". 

These sessions are an opportunity for the new ham to learn and discover some of the many opportunities there are in Amateur Radio to "find your world" and give any ham just the chance to ask questions and get on the air. 

The session 2 class is structured with more content and more hands-on presentations.  There will be six 50-minute "classroom" sessions in the morning running in 2 tracks; lunch for an hour with "mini presentations", then two 50-minute break-out sessions in the afternoon. Classroom sessions include: Setting up and operating an HF station, How to Learn CW - Morse Code, digital modes - FT8, DMR, Packet and WinLink; your Radio Club Membership, Programming and using your programmable radios, Anderson Power poles, building simple antennas, Radiosport (contesting & chasing DX), Satellite operations - and opportunities to ask questions of experienced ham operators in an open forum.    

SIGN UP FOR ELMERING SESSIONS HERE

THEY ARE FREE 

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS

1510 W CENTURY BLVD, LODI, CA 95240 

STARTING AT 8:30 AM

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2022

 


THANKS DAVE NAVONE FOR THE LINK TO THIS COOL VIDEO ALL ABOUT HAM RADIO AND THE TV SHOW "LAST MAN STANDING"
W6SF
2019 FIELD DAY VIDEO
CHECK IT OUT!
THANK YOU DENNIS AD6DM

Ham Test Online
CHECK OUT THE CLUB HISTORY PAGE

CHECK OUT OUR OWN BOB KM6ONS AND KYLE K6KDD ON GOOD DAY SACRAMENTO

AUGUST 28, 2018

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CLUB REPEATERS

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 2500 feet, the club repeaters cover the Southern Sacramento and Northern San Joaquin Valleys. The call-sign is W6SF and can be heard on 147.165 MHz and on 442.250 MHz with a PL of 107.2 Hz. Club simplex frequency is 147.51 MHz.



SDARC also has a UHF repeater, operating independently, on 444.575+ PL 107.2.  This is a local low level Stockton repeater with the call W6SF.  As the project progresses, three receiver/voters will be installed via T1 phone lines and the addition of IRLP linking to other repeaters.  
CLUB REPEATERS

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 2500 feet, the club repeaters cover the Southern Sacramento and Northern San Joaquin Valleys. The call-sign is W6SF and can be heard on 147.165 MHz and on 442.250 MHz with a PL of 107.2 Hz. Club simplex frequency is 147.51 MHz.



SDARC also has a UHF repeater, operating independently, on 444.575+ PL 107.2.  This is a local low level Stockton repeater with the call W6SF.  As the project progresses, three receiver/voters will be installed via T1 phone lines and the addition of IRLP linking to other repeaters. 
CLUB REPEATERS

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 2500 feet, the club repeaters cover the Southern Sacramento and Northern San Joaquin Valleys. The call-sign is W6SF and can be heard on 147.165 MHz and on 442.250 MHz with a PL of 107.2 Hz. Club simplex frequency is 147.51 MHz.



SDARC also has a UHF repeater, operating independently, on 444.575+ PL 107.2.  This is a local low level Stockton repeater with the call W6SF.  As the project progresses, three receiver/voters will be installed via T1 phone lines and the addition of IRLP linking to other repeaters.  
CLUB REPEATERS

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 2500 feet, the club repeaters cover the Southern Sacramento and Northern San Joaquin Valleys. The call-sign is W6SF and can be heard on 147.165 MHz and on 442.250 MHz with a PL of 107.2 Hz. Club simplex frequency is 147.51 MHz.

  



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