SFM ARC On-Air Net Meetings
Please join us for our club’s 8:00 PM 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!
Next Month’s In-Person Meeting
Our next SFM ARC in person meeting will be held at its normal time and location March 1st (followed by our April 5th meeting). SFM ARC in-person Meetings are held in the Howard Crowley room upstairs at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church. Directions, including a Google Map are available at the bottom of this webpage. At our March meeting, we will have a presentation by Phil, KD6RM on the
Phased Vertical Array System. We will also have a recap of last years Bogus Store Contest winning story in preparation of this Aprils event. As always will discuss ARRL news and events. and have our Member show and tell portion. Members and visitors are asked to share their Ham Radio related items they find of interest. These are items that you’ve purchased or were given to you that you would like to
share with others in the group. Visitors are always welcome to join us at our meetings.
SFM ARC Club Dues Now Being Collected
The Samuel F Morse Amateur Radio Club of Sacramento is now accepting in-person Checks, Cash, On-line PayPal, Credit Card and Debit card payments for member’s 2018 club dues. All members are encouraged to make payment of their $20 annual dues by the 15th of January to remain an active member of the W6SFM. Dues are collected from December, until Jan 15th of the new year. Dues go to help the club continue our efforts with public relations events such as “Kids Day in the Park” where we introduce Ham Radio and Morse Code to kids and the general public. Club dues also help to pay for our annual Field day event and other events like the NAQP and CAQP where members come together to enjoy club comradery. Your support of this club also helps to keep the bands alive with CW as we sponsor the biannual Bug Roundup Event on-air. Without your continued support this club cannot exist. Please consider renewing now.
Solar Report by Tamitha Skov (A real report everyone can understand)
Urgent Request for ALL licensed and non licensed visiting this site Many of you have seen that the Amateur Radio Parity Act has been introduced in the U.S. Senate as S.1534, and has been referred to committee for review. This is wonderful news following the unanimous passage of H.R.555 in the House of Representatives this past January. Vice Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT recently returned from the July ARRL board meeting at headquarters in Connecticut. There he learned that an estimated 90% of all new housing in the U.S. contains covenants, with the majority of those having boilerplate antenna restrictions. This means that as housing expands, Amateur Radio will face increasing restrictions. It is important to realize that H.R.555/S.1534 is a bill resulting from negotiations between ARRL and the Community Associations Institute (CAI), both of whom have approved the wording of the bill. Some have questioned whether this bill goes far enough to favor Amateur Radio. It does! At this time, deed-restricted neighborhoods have the authority to absolutely deny outside antenna installations, with no recourse. This bill will guarantee the right of an amateur radio operator to have an effective outdoor antenna. It is time for ALL of us to come together, and get this important bill passed! We are now the closest we have ever been to obtaining antenna relief in deed-restricted neighborhoods. If passed and enacted, the Amateur Radio Parity Act will be the most important piece of Amateur Radio legislation since the FCCs 1985 PRB-1 regulation. That’s over 30 years, or an entire generation, of no added antenna relief. To make S.1534 pass, however, we need your help again. Below is a hyperlink to an app called RALLY CONGRESS. By clicking on the link (or copying and pasting in your browser) and completing some contact information, within two minutes you will generate a letter that will let both of your respective U.S. senators know that you want them to vote for this bill. Time is critical as we expect the bill to be heard before committee soon, and if passed in committee, it could go to the floor of the senate for a vote within a matter of weeks. Please take a moment NOW to click on the hyperlink and share with your senators your support for S.1534, the Amateur Radio Parity Act. Thank you. https://arrl.rallycongress.net/ctas/urge-us-senate-to-support-amateur-radio-parity-act I just completed and sent my letter inside of 60 seconds. Please take a minute and do so also! 73, Michael, N6MQL President W6SFM