About W6SFM

Our History

The Samuel F Morse Amateur Radio Club was originally formed by a small group of amateurs that mainly enjoy CW. We wanted a way to bring others together who also have an interest in operating CW on-air, and share the love of Field Day. Each year the SFM ARC gets together and sets up a modest field day operation In a public location. (Please check our Club Calendar on the home page for events and more information regarding Field Day as we get closer). Members also enjoy getting together in other locations to work portable QRO/QRP operations, contests and to test new antenna designs and ideas with each other.

Twice annually the club hosts its very own Bug Roundup Event. This is an event that brings bug key operators together on the air. In the same spirit as ARRL’s Straight Key Night, participants are encouraged to make simple, conversational, Rag Chew” QSOs using their bug type keys.

The SFM ARC is actively looking for other Operators around the globe that would like to join our club. We do NOT discriminate against SSB or Digital mode ops, they are just as welcome to join our group. As matter of fact, the SFM ARC encourages those that only work other modes now, who may be interested in learning and operating CW to join us.

The SFM ARC offers CW Beginners courses to the public. Students in our classes are taught a good grasp on their entire Morse alphabet, numbers and CW Pro-signs. Students are taught proper Sending and Receiving methods and encourage to get on the air during our once per-week, 10 week course.

In Hopes of helping our community and educating the public, the W6SFM Participates in numerous Public Relations Events where we go out and introduce Ham Radio and Morse Code to Kids and the General public.

Our dues are reasonable and annual. They are collected mainly to cover our expenses on our Field Day operations, and any other activities that we set forth throughout the year. Donations are always welcome.
The SMFARC objectives are as follows:

1. To provide leadership experiences through amateur radio

2. To promote education for persons interested in telecommunications.

3. To disseminate information about scientific discoveries and progress in the field

4. To train communicators for public service and emergency communications.

5. To assist those who are interested in obtaining or upgrading their license

6. To teach and promote the use of A1, CW Mode on the Amateur radio bands.

7. To provide support to the community in times of need.

8. To participate in community activities such as Field Day in order to help educate the
public about amateur radio