Amateur Radio Club


There is still time to reserve your seat at the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club annual Christmas dinner meeting on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Chuck's Restaurant. The dinner is open to all all members and guests.   Chuck's is located at Pacific Bowl, 5939 Pacific Avenue, Stockton.  We plan on gathering at 6pm for a repeat of the fine dinner and fellowship we enjoyed last year.

The cost of the dinner will be $20 per person, cash or check, payable at the door.  The dinner will include tri-tip, chicken, side dishes and a delicious dessert. 
The $20 charge includes dinner, tip, and room rental. 

Advanced reservations are required.  

Please contact Dave Hardwick, N6LHL at, or at 477-8866 to make your reservation.  So we can determine how much food to order, reserve your seat no later than Monday, December 5. Last year we had a great turnout with some awesome door prizes.  This year's program will be even better.  Be sure to bring extra cash to win some great door prizes.  We look forward to seeing you at this year's dinner. 

Dave Hardwick, N6LHL, Treasurer


Amateur Operators braved the cold and fog on Thanksgiving morning to support the 2016 12th Annual Run Against Hunger to benefit the Stockton Food Bank.  The venue runs from the Stockton Ports Banner Island Ball Park on Fremont Street, around Weber Point then down Weber Ave to Morelli Park and back. There are fun runs for the kids starting at 8:00 AM, fun run/walk 5K and a 10K run. We arrived starting about 6 AM with everyone checking in by 6:30 AM to get last minute assignment changes, safety vests and deployment before Stockton PD closed the streets at 0700. 

Net Control was set-up in front of the Banner Isl ballpark where we had excellent line of site to the start of the race and the finish line.  We used Paul N6KZW's 2-Meter / 440 radio in a box (Go-Kit) with portable radios on back-up channels for monitoring.  Primary operation was on the K6KJQ 444.325Mhz repeater on top of the Stockton PD building.  


Kyle KM6EQN, newly licensed this summer and not quite 11 years old was put in charge of the operation and his first time as Net Control.  He did an outstanding job with minimal support from John NZ6Q. Taking control of the net from start to finish, we had only one minor incident involving a lost drivers license.  We also coordinated with the race officials and Stockton PD as well as Parks & Recreation to get the bathrooms at the Morelli Park turn-around stocked with TP and open. We covered 10 strategically placed posts for communications and interaction with course marshal volunteers who are charged with keeping the walkers and runners in their own 'lanes'.  


This was one of our biggest volunteer events of the year.  The Run Against Hunger reported over 3500 runners and walkers registered for the event.  That's 7 X as many bike riders as we support on the Delta Century ride in May.  Everyone was secured and on their way to 'Turkey day' by 1030 hours.  

Thanks to the following members and operators who gave up a perfectly good morning to sleep in to support the Emergency Food Bank event:  

Kyle KM6EQN, Larry KI6LNB,  Eric W6INP,  David AA6HO,  Roxane KJ6DGB, Aaron K6AIB,  Mark KM6FQZ,  Guy W6MSU,  Dave N6LHL,  Jeff KJ6RHF,  Paul N6KZW,  Mike K6AAN (who's daughter Ran in the race); Richard KK6TGX and Terry KK6KGX

Thanks also to Glen K6KJQ for use of the 444.325 repeater at the Stockton PD which provided excellent coverage and flawless operation.  Also thanks to David N5FDL for the 444.500 Coronado repeater as back-up.  

President Charlie WB6NVB called to order the regular meeting of the Stockton-Delta amateur Radio club at 7:30pm on November 10, 2016 at Bear creek Church Stockton, CA.

The following persons were present: Charlie WB6NVB, Guy W6MSU, Dave N6LHL, Eric W6INP, Paul N6KZW, Bob N6TCE, Karen N6KSO, Ed N6XMA, Annie KM6BJJ, Dave N6DCH, Mike W6MRM, Bob K6DGQ, Todd, Mark KM6FQZ, Dennis, Dave from Lodi, Tammy KM6CBK, Randy K6TVT.

Charlie WB6NVB had everyone introduce themselves around the room. 

Bob N6TCE gave a brief rundown of the differences between ARRL VEC and Laurel VEC.  

Laurel VEC only accepts donations for testing they do not charge.  ARRL charges $15.00.  Laurel VEC usually has test results and new licenses issued within days of the test vs. weeks.  Also was mentioned about testing groups such as boy scouts , girl scouts, aux. coast guard, Offering a 6 week course that met once a week. 

December 10th, Saturday starting at 8AM is the next Ham Cram at Comcast building on Tam-O-Shanter.  Elmer University to start at 9AM.  Bob N6TCE also stated there would be testing on the 19th of November in Tracy. Mark KM6FQZ a new member, offered his services to help out at the Ham Crams and Elmer University.  He is a former teacher at Delta college.  Bob K6DGQ let him know to not teach over their heads because new operators would loose interest. There is only 45mins per module - enough time to get them interested not make them an expert.

Bob N6TCE suggested a 6 week course for General to extra because the test was more technical and required more studying.

NPOTA update over 350 QSOs.

Guy W6MSU to attend a Pacificcon OES meeting, Randy K6TVT offered to go with him. 12/3/16 at 9am in Livermore.  They will be discussing new laws as they relate to ham radio mobile operators.  Guy to report his finding at the January meeting.

Tammy KM6CBK is holding off on her home antenna.  

Paul N6KZW reported UJ’s was full on Dec 8th, and he would be contacting Chucks, to have the party there.  The club voted to pay the $100.00 fee to rent the room at Pacific Bowl.  Paul to set up the dinner and reserve the room.

Paul N6KZW reported on the "Turkey Trot" Run Against Hunger.  Nov 24.  This is all organized but still needed 2 more volunteers.  Handheld radio is fine for this event.  Starts at 6AM and should be completed by 10AM.  Run Simplex and use 444.325 Mhz repeater as a back up . Ed N6XMA wanted to know where he would be stationed.

Ed N6XMA gave a run down on how the Great Calif. Shake out went that was on Oct 20, 2016 at 10:20AM.  Ed reported that he operated from NZ6Q's station.  Had 12 check-in’s.  (2 new comers)

The meeting moved on to voting :  Charlie WB6NVB called for any new nominations ?  None heard.  Charlie moved to close the nominations, Dave N6LHL 2nd.  The nominations were closed. On Treasurer.  Cecil KJ6QXQ and Dave N6LHL had backed out leaving on Paul K66RRR unopposed.  On President, Charlie WB6NVB withdrew to accept the position of Call-Sign Trustee leaving John NZ6Q unopposed.  Vice President nominees are Paul N6KZW or Randy K6TVT. Secretary nominees are Eric W6INP  or Annie KM6BJJ

The ballots for Vice President and Treasurer were passed out, the ballots were collected and counted by Eric W6INP, and Paul N6KZW.  The following were the results. 
President -  John NZ6Q
Vice President - Paul N6KZW 
Secretary - Eric W6INP 
Treasurer - Paul KC6RRR 
Call Sign Trustee - Charlie WB6NVB

Member-at-Large to be voted on at the January meeting after selection by the new board

John NZ6Q will get the gift certificates / prizes for the Christmas Party from HRO.

Feb 25th Pedaling Paths to Independence Bike Ride in Linden.  The Delta Century Bike Ride is the first Sunday in May 2017.  

The 10-meter net meets at 7:30 PM local time each Thursday except club meeting night.  Any class of license can check in on 28.457 MHz.  

The Treasurer reminded club members that Dues are not due until January after the AGM, Please refrain from paying early.


Charlie WB6NVB adjourned the meeting at 8:35pm
At the September meeting it was proposed that the club extend lifetime membership to Shirly Roses, AA6K for his many years of service, elmering and support of the club and its membership.  President Charlie WB6NVB presented Shirl AA6K with his certificate of his Lifetime Membership in the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club, stating "For your outstanding example of a Radio Amateur, your long term commitment as Club Call Sign Trustee, having held many Club Officer posts and having been an active member/participant/role model at our club events... 73 and good DX as you QSY to New Hampshire". Charlie/WB6NVB
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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.  
TECH REP:  Steve - K6SCA
Coming Soon!

Plans are underway to install several voting receivers, strategically located on the 444.575 repeater (W6SF) in Stockton.  The addition of these receivers will sharply increase receive capability throughout Stockton and Lodi with the use of a hand held radio.  Check the repeater occasionally for the upgrade.


MEETINGS: Regular meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 1930 hours, located at the Bear Creek Community Church, 11171 Lower Sacramento Road. Members, guests and people having an interest in amateur radio are invited to attend.

WEEKLY NET: The weekly net is held each Monday at 2000 hours on the above named repeaters. Members and visitors are invited to check in. There is also an unofficial get-together on Thursday evenings (Except meeting nights) at 1930 hours on 28.457 MHz. Amateurs with the proper license are encouraged to particip

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