News and Events

Steve K7SF nears completion

As many of you know, member Steve (K7SF) has been working on his new radio room that will be sure to rival W1AW soon enough. As seen in our last months newsletter, Steve went from the one room 200 Square foot shack to what will be his new 800 Square foot radio room.  11 years ago Steve began by building an amazing room to store and use his equipment. 3,000 lbs of concrete blocks and 1,000 lbs of retaining wall later, Steve is well on his way to completing the new space.

In our new set of pictures we can see that Steve has installed the new windows only one week after installing the new Presidential roof. The interior shot from the front door shows the new addition and part of the old shack.

This new addition has a 9 foot vaulted ceiling and from the looks of it, seems huge inside. Steve will now have a whopping 55 feet of console and workbench space!

We were happy to hear Steve once again back on the air with us for the first October on-air net. I’m sure there’s still a little more to do from the looks of it. But we’re all looking forward to seeing the finished product. Good job Steve,  and your one man crew!



The SFM ARC Needs your help with Club 


As those many of you who attend our regular in-person meetings held each first Thursday of the month know, the club has some type of presenter/ presentation each month. Months where there is an inordinate amount of club business to discuss presentations are not made available. At the beginning of each year the club is asked to suggest ideas that they would like to see presented or discussed at the in-person meeting. Last year the club enjoyed presentations such as:

  • WSPR Program and operations
  • RigExpert Antenna Analyzer overview
  • Antenna and Grounding Safety
  • SMD Soldering and Hot air rework station use
  • How to read the solar report and solar indices
  • DSP Noise Reduction on an SDR Radio
  • Horizontal Antenna Design

2018 will bring us a whole new list of educational and entertaining presentations. On the list we have the following being considered:

  • Vertical Antenna Design
  • VEC / VE What is needed and How to become involved
  • Phased Verticals Construction and Installation.
  • KX2/KX3 operations
  • Magloop antenna design
  • Field Day prep
  • Bogus Story recap and award modifications
  • RigExpert AA-55 Zoom features and operations.
  • Buddipole setup and Configurations.

The club is still looking for input from its members on what other ideas YOU may have. If there is something that you would like to hear or see presented at the meeting the club kindly asks that you email us to give us your input. Those out of town are also welcome to suggest presentation material as well. All presentations that are given in-person are also then presented to the editor of the W6SFM newsletter for publication each month. This way our out of town members will be able to enjoy what the other members saw or heard at the in-person meetings. So, should you think of something, please be sure to submit your suggestions for an opportunity to have them presented. Recaps can also be viewed on the Videos page too.