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The W6SFM radio club was honored to be featured on the Fox40 Morning news 8-9-2012. Tech Reporter Zohreen Amadjee came to an SFMARC event where she interviewed Michael N6MQL about Morse Code use in Modern society. Zohreen was interested to see how Morse code compares with technologies such as Texting with an Apple iPhone. Members of the W6SFM radio club can be seen on camera in the background. Including Chris AI6U, John WB6UBK and Mike K6LQ. Duane WA0MJD is also mentioned for his involvement in the "Kids Club" program that brings ill children amateur radio and Morse code equipment.
This year we had a fantastic Field Day at the Gibson Ranch Park, Sacramento. The weather was a nice 75 degrees and clear. We enjoyed section 1A where we were able to take in the wonderful lake view. 2 club banners were proudly displayed, one pointing out over the lake for the entire park to view, and the other at the entrance of our field day event area. It was great to see all of the members who were able to make it out, and our guests that showed up to greet us!
A special thanks to John K9JPJ for doing all of our BBQ cooking this year, and making sure that everyone was fed both at our potluck dinner and morning breakfast. Thanks to all the hard workers who helped set up our antennas which consisted of our club's 80 meter doublet facing North/South about 30 feet up between 2 trees , Bob WA6NEA's version 2 G5RV between another 2 trees facing East/West and Mark K6JJR's ground mounted R-7000 vertical set up about 60 feet away from the other 2 antennas. This years rigs were supplied by Michael N6MQL with his Elecraft K3, and Bob WA6NEA and his Ten Tec Jupiter which held it's own out there. . For more information on Feild Day, scores and locations worked click HERE
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FIELD DAY 2013
This year we had a fantastic Field Day at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church, Carmichael. The weather was a nice 90 degrees and clear. It wasn't until just as we packed that the skies decided to drop a little drizzle on us. The SFM ARC enjoyed use of the entire field where we were able to take advantage of the shade of a large Oak tree. It was great to see all of the members who were able to make it out, and our guests that showed up to greet us! Thanks to all the hard workers, including our newest member Troy AE6VP. Troy and the other members helped set up our club's 80 meter Inverted Vee facing North/South about 30 feet up in the Oak tree and Mark K6JJR's ground mounted R-7 vertical set up about 60 feet away from the other antenna. This years rigs were supplied by Michael N6MQL with his Elecraft K3, and Tony W6VFW and his Yaesu FT-450D.
FIELD DAY 2014
This year we had a fantastic Field Day at the CPC Field in Carmichael, CA. The weather was a warm 90+ degrees and clear, but a comfortable 80 under the big oak tree. At the event we had an ARRL information table set up along with our club banner. There were also plenty of sweets to greet people as they approached. It was great to see all of the members who were able to make it out, and our guests that showed up to greet us! All in all we had 11 members and 10 guests join us. For more stats click HERE
FIELD DAY 2015
As with past years the SFM ARC once again celebrated the ARRL's Field Day event Saturday the 27th of June beginning 1800 UTC running through Sunday the 28th 2059 UTC. The W6SFM stations were once again graciously hosted by the Carmichael Presbyterian Church. The club took to the field directly behind the parking lot of the Church. 16 Members and 17 non member guests joined us for the event. Some members of the club spent the entire 24 hours camping out in the field and working CW on the bands. This year we operated 2 stations using both an 80 meter tuned Inverted Vee along with our newly donated Hustler 4BTV on 10 - 40 meters.
A "Potluck" dinner was held at 6:00 PM Saturday evening. Guests and members brought a side dish to the Hamburgers and Hot dog meal that the club provided. Cold water and soda were also made available throughout the entire event. In the end the club fared very well with over 500 contacts reported, and over 900 bonus points being added to the final score!
Samuel F. Morse Amateur Radio Club
Sacramento, CA
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SFM ARC celebrated the 2016 ARRL Field Day event held 6/25 - 6/26 behind the Carmichael Presbyterian Church. 13 members attended with over 18 guests including 5 children of which 2 got on the air using CW (Morse Code). Carol, KP4MD our Sacramento Valley ARRL section manager was in attendance as well as Captain Haus of the Sac. Metro Fire department station 109
Antennas included a 40 meter Phased Vertical array, 3 element Tri-band Yagi beam and an 80 meter tuned Inverted Vee. Radios included the KX3 with the 100 watt KXPA100 amp and a Kenwood TS-590s. With our newly acquired 'power house' of antennas the club scored its highest amount of contacts yet at 696! As usual our Annual Pot luck dinner took place around 5:30PM and was enjoyed by all.