News and Events

Newest Addition To The K6CIM Antenna Farm:
Looks like we’ll be hearing a stronger signal on the air from Carmichael, CA as member David K6CIM puts up his new NA4RR Hex Beam. David reports that with the aid of some Sunday afternoon tree trimmers visiting his QTH he was able to get his new beam on its 25’ telescopic mast using a  portable concrete 5 gallon bucket as a base. David reports that all of the hardware and guy wires are up and installed. This should be a great addition to David’s set up and should yield him some good results on the 20 – 6 meter bands. The NA4RR Hexagonal Beam (commonly referred to as the hex beam) is a popular antenna based on the G3TXQ design. Their antenna doesn’t require a large expensive tower, many people are using inexpensive push up poles including a lot of the current and past DXpeditions who have taken them along due to their weight, size and ability to pack up when it’s time to roll. The NA4RR broadband hexagonal


beam is not a “kit”. This is a plug-and-play design that not only fits a budget but is easy to assemble. No cutting, crimping, or tuning of the wires is required. The only tools needed are a pair of pliers and a pair of 7/16 wrenches. Most users report they are on the air in less than 90 minutes after opening the boxes. Here is a short video describing how to assemble this antenna in case you’re interested in getting one for yourself. We hope to hear good reports from David as he gets on the air and realizes the benefits. Good luck and good DX David, we’ll be listening for you on the air!

ARRL Exhibit and Special Event Station at October 14 Rocklin Mini Maker Faire   The ARRL Sacramento Valley Section will sponsor an exhibit promoting Amateur Radio at the Mini Maker Faire at Sierra College in Rocklin on Saturday October 14 from 9 am – 4 pm. A plan has been made to display homebrew amateur radio equipment and antenna projects, Morse Code practice stations, and offering opportunities for attendees to learn about the many facets of the amateur radio and to communicate on the air with amateur radio operators via an operational on-site amateur radio Special Event Station N6M. The event will offer literature and information on licensing, local clubs, the ARRL and amateur radio’s role in community service and promoting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The DIY Magic of Amateur Radio - American Radio Relay League

Radio hams were the original Makers and Hackers, using new, used and scavenged parts to make transmitters, receivers, and antennas capable of communicating with other hams anywhere on Earth, and beyond. In this hobby, communicating is the keyword. And, when computers came along, they fit right in to the ham’s wide world. Using their technical skills and imagination, hams put together advanced communication networks connected by radio waves instead of wires.

When amateurs began experimenting with radio more than a century ago, they had no choice but to build everything they needed. You might or might not be able to get a signal on your smartphone, but it is truly liberating to be able to communicate using equipment you’ve built yourself — using just the natural phenomenon of radio-wave propagation and without our telecommunications infrastructure. Radio amateurs don’t develop radio-communication skills and capabilities just for ourselves, but also to serve our communities and country through public service and emergency preparedness. Perhaps you would like to share that gift with others? Consider coming out to the event and helping out.

For more information or to help plan or participate in this public outreach, please e-mail the club for more information on this event. A contact us link can be found at the top of this page.

Auction Time                                                                                                                                             It’s once again time for the W6BXN annual TARC Fall auction… The Auction is a continuing effort to provide widows of SK amateurs in the area with a means of disposing of no longer needed Amateur Radio Equipment… Come and join us for a worthwhile cause and a great meal…  Pictures of various equipment scheduled for sale at auction is continually being added at Please help support Auctioneer Grady, K6IXA’s cause if you’re interested.


N6MQL operates QRV  ‘G1/N6MQL/QRP/P’  &  ‘F1/N6MQL/QRP/P’
In the month of August Member Mike, N6MQL had an opportunity to visit both London, England and Paris, France for 3 weeks.  During his stay Mike brought with him his Elecraft KX2 QRP Rig along with a 26′ random wire antenna and ranImage result for elecraft kx2dom length counterpoise antenna. Mike reports that in the short time that he had to operate his radio (Mostly in the evenings) he did very well making contacts abroad.  Mike notes that in all of his travels he’s rarely worked anyone in the same country as he’s transmitting from, but rather always outside of the country.  He found that to be odd on this trip having been in 2 major European cities.

During his 5 watt operations he was able to work stations in Bulgaria, Hungry, Andorra, Russia, and a few other places all with the 26′ wire hanging out the window of his 2 story flats and the counterpoise wire thrown on the floor inside the apartment. (Thank you Air BNB). Operating outside of the US requires a reciprocal license in some cases. For this trip Mike noted that only a copy of the reciprocal paperwork and an original copy of his FCC license (which can be downloaded on-line) is all that was required.  Because the standards are different in Europe, in order for a US station to operate in the EU, you must hold an Advanced or Extra Class ticket.


Scouts Promote Morse Code
Member and Sac Valley ARRL section co-coordinator Carol, KP4MD reports to the W6SFM that the Boy Scouts of America has created a new award for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers as wells as Adult Leaders called the “Morse Code Interpreter Strip”. This Strip encourages youth and adults to learn Morse Code and elevate their skill level to at least 5 WPM! Once earned, they can proudly sew on this uniform patch. The BSA reports that nearly 4,000 patches have been purchased. To read more about this BSA patch and requirements please visit their Award website by clicking HERE .