News and Events

STEM Youth Outreach Event

Hundreds of curious youngsters at the Placer County STEM Expo willlearn about the fascinating world of communications and electronics at the ARRL Amateur Radio Special Event Station N6S and Exhibit! Kids of all ages love hands-on activities and the opportunity to experience contacts over amateur radio, and you can participate in learning experiences that can lead to a new amateur radio license and to fulfilling careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Member Bob, N6PGQ demo’s CW to a youth visitor at last years STEM

The American Radio Relay League Sacramento Valley Section will sponsor an amateur radio exhibit and Special Event Station N6S from 9 AM to 3:30 PM at the Saturday March 2 Placer County STEM Expo at William Jessup University in Rocklin with literature, hands-on activities, Morse Code practice stations and an operational amateur radio station. Admission is free!

W6SFM members who wish to join Carol, KP4MD and other hams at the STEM Expo to answer questions and share the joy of amateur radio should contact our ARRL Section Youth Coordinator, and former CW beginners class student, Orion Endres, AI6JB ai6jb@arrl.net now for more information! Your help would be much appreciated.

The STEM Expo is an alternative concept to the typical Science Fair – striving to give students a place to exhibit their work alongside entertainment and learning opportunities for the whole family – including STEM based activities and interactive exhibits from local scientists, organizations, schools, and companies.

One-Day Ham Radio Class

Once again the Benicia Amateur Radio Club and its volunteers will be conducting another One-Day Ham Radio Class. This class is intended for those wishing to get a Tech Ham license, or existing Techs wishing to upgrade to General.

Conducted multiple times throughout the year, this class has been very well received by the greater Northern California community. We have helped Hams from Shasta to Santa Cruz, the San Joaquin Valley, and from the Peninsula to the Sierra Foothills.

Many of us know people that we’d love to see get into our exciting hobby but have faced opposition because they didn’t have time to study. As we know, many people typically require one to two months to prepare to pass their test.

We have the answer. Earn a license or upgrade in One Day!

Historically over 90% of attendees pass the on-site FCC licensing exam. Our exams are administered by federally accredited Volunteer Examiners (VE’s) immediately at the conclusion of the class. Our proven class pass rate easily exceeds home study results.

When:              February 2, 2019, 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Where:           Benicia Senior Center, 1201 East 2nd Street, Benicia, CA 94510

Cost:              $30. Includes all study material, venue, day-long refreshments, handouts, freebies and the federally required exam fee. All instructors, facilitators and VE’s are volunteers.

Access:         Our facility has full handicap access.

Info/Signup: Online at www.BeniciaARC.com. Class size is limited to 90 and it always fills up, so register promptly.

Questions:   hamradioclass@beniciaarc.com or Ham Class coordinator Bob Fentress (707) 742-3847

The Club Needs Your Help With Presentations

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
  • 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.

2019 will bring us a whole new list of educational and entertaining presentations. On the list we have the following being considered:

  • 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 W6SFM.com Videos page too.