Announcements & Events
To help the SFMARC promote and preserve CW on the bands, please use the Donation button
below. All Donations are greatly appreciated.
Moneys collected go strictly towards PR booths in public locations, demonstrations at public
events, all in the name of introducing ham radio and CW to both youth and the general public.
The SFMARC In-Person Meetings
Each 1st Thursday of the month at 7PM the SFMARC meets in the "Howard Crowley" room of
the Carmichael Presbyterian Church in Carmichael, CA. The church is Located at 5645 Marconi
Ave. For directions to the meeting Click HERE. Please use the rear parking lot and entry for best
access. The Howard Crowley room can be found up-stairs above the center courtyard area of the
church grounds. We hope to see all members and prospective members there!
SFMARC On-Air Net Meetings
Please join us for our club's 8:00PM Tuesday Night on-air Net Meetings held at 3.545 MHz
Or you can listen and watch the CW to text translation HERE using our Live Feed!
NCCC California QSO Party Great Results....
The SFMARC enjoyed another great get together for the NCCC sponsored California QSO Party
Contest. W6SFM was on the air with 9 members strong working the first 12 hours of the 24 hour
annual contest. In this contest on-air contestants were looking to make contact with as many
CA. stations from as many counties as possible. This year, like last W6SFM operated as a
Nevada County station as we were once again hosted by Mark K6JJR at his home QTH. At the
event the club provided food and drink for all who attended. Mike K6LQ also provided a little fun
with his 2 Sun Telescopes. The first, a white light scope checks for sun spots on the surface of
the sun. While the second telescope allows for a view in the Hydrogen field. With the Hydrogen
scope members were able to enjoy a view at the prominences emanating from the sun (Solor
Flares). Although the SSN number for the day was reported as 12, NO sun spots could be
visually seen on the surface through the white light scope. However, the bands seemed to be
very open. Most of the clubs contacts were made on 15 meters, a band that is generally not as
active as it once was during the upside of the solar cycle. A total of 307 confirmed contacts were
made by members of the club, included our newest member David, K6CIM. A big shout out to
Mark, K6JJR who landed 134 of the 307 contacts, way to go Mark. For pictures of the event click
HERE or visit our photo gallery. We hope to see all our members attend next years event!
November is BUG ROUNDUP EVENT time!
The W6SFM will once again Host our twice annual Bug Roundup Event this coming November
19th - 20th In the same spirit as ARRL's Straight Key Night, participants are encouraged to get
on the air using their Bug Style keys to make simple, conversational, “Rag Chew” QSOs.
Participants exhibit their personalized fists and share information on their Bug Keys..
Participants are asked to Call "CQ BR" so folks listening know they are participating in the Bug
Roundup event. This event has been growing each event held, and we have reports coming in
from all around the world. At last count there has been over 5,000 total unique page views!
You do not need sign up to participate in this event. Although logs are optional they are very
much appreciated. If you would like to send in photos of your bug, or just a testimonial, or you're
interested to see others, feel free to visit our information page by clicking HERE or visit the Bug
Roundup event webpage by clicking on the link at the top of this page.
Look for Special Member W6SFM Stations. You may hear a W6SFM/6, W6SFM/0, W6SFM/5
or W6SFM/9 station. These are W6SFM stations that will be operated by our out of state/city
members who have signed up for a short window of operation. There will be only 1 special station
on the air at any one time, so work them while you can. During the event there will be an On-Line
Chat/Spotting page available for those intersted in a little assistance. Feel free to vist that page
and chat during the event. The Chat window link can be found in the Bug Roundup Event
information page. We hope to hear each and every one of you on the air for the event!
W6SFM demos for the Boy/Girl Scouts.
The SFM ARC in conjunction with N6NA and the Sacramento ARRL Section co-coordinator
activated 3 on-air stations at the annual Boy/Girl Scouts of America Flag Retirement ceremony.
On September the 24th the W6SFM operated a CW station and PR event booth. At the booth
members got on the air using a QRP(ish) Flex 1500 SDR station and Horizontal loop antenna
made from speaker wire at 30' using a balun and 25 watts. Also at the booth were learning
materials and a hands on demonstration of the use of Morse Code and straight key. After a brief
history of the Morse Code and it's past and present uses, members then gave instruction to the
interested scouts on the proper method of sending code on a straight key. After the instruction
the Scouts were invited to code their names using the Morse Alphabet. They were then given an
opportunity to send their names using the provided Straight key and Oscillator. Scouts who
completed the demo were given a copy of their names in Morse Code along with many useful
links on Ham Radio, Getting licensed and learning the Morse Code. The event lasted from 9AM
until about 5PM. Although Morse is no longer a qualifier for a Merit Badge, it is still recognized
by the Scouts and can be used to earn a Morse "Bar" for their uniforms. The Morse Badge has
since been replaced with a more broad "Radio" badge which tests Scouts on their knowledge of
both Amateur and Broadcast radio transmissions and their on-air spectrum area. The SFM ARC
intends on making this event a permanent PR booth each year the ceremony is held. If you are
interested in joining us for our next one please be sure to contact us, or keep an eye out on this
page for upcoming announcements.
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Joining or Renewing ARRL?
The SFMARC would like to Remind you that if you or
anyone you know is newly joining or renewing
membership with the ARRL we encourage you to do
so through the ARRL link above. The club will receive
credit for each person to do so. Please help to support
the W6SFM when you can.
The W6SFM has put together a photo gallery for those
members who have been up to DIY activities and other
on the road trips / radio work. To see what the members
have been up to on their own time click HERE to see
the photos. Be sure to send yours in too!