•   Thank you to vendors and attendees at our WPARC 2017 Ham Fest!   •   Thank you to volunteers at our September cycling events!   •   Next meetings: Oct 17 - Board @ 5:45 - Members @ 7:00   •   New meeting location: Round Table Pizza - Pleasant Grove Blvd @ Roseville Parkway   •   Member Meeting Topic: TBD   •   System Fusion Net Time Change: Mondays @ 7:30 PM   •   Follow WPARC on Facebook and Twitter (@k6pac)   •   See WPARC News below for more details...   •  
 Next WPARC Meetings -- New Location!

Our Next Club Meetings are Oct 17, 2017
5:45 : Board Meeting
7:00 : Members Meeting

New Meeting Location
Round Table Pizza
1020 Pleasant Grove Blvd #170, Roseville CA

View map and directions

Scheduled Speaker and Topic
To be determined

Club Meeting Location
WPARC conducts board and member meetings on third Tuesdays of each month. Members and guests with business to bring before the board are welcome to attend board meetings. Join us at Round Table Pizza, 1020 Pleasant Grove Blvd #170, Roseville. This location faces Roseville Parkway at the northeast corner of the complex. View map and directions in link above. Come out to enjoy some camaraderie, food, beverage, and tales of the radios! Round Table offers a pizza and salad bar buffet dinner on Tuesday evenings for about $10/person.
WPARC Sep-2017 Meeting Member Picture
 WPARC News
WPARC Repeater Abuses
Repeater Trustee Michael K6BUK received comments on a few repeater users abusing repeater etiquette. Please review Ethics and Operating Procedure for the Radio Amateur as a refresher.

PACIFICON Car Pool(s) - Oct 21 2017
Members are interested in traveling to PACIFICON in San Ramon Oct 20-22. President Jerry N6JKH is looking to form one or more carpools to make the trek to the east bay on Saturday Oct 21. Catch Jerry on the air or at the next club meeting (Oct 17).

Ham Radio License/Volunteer Examiner (VE) Tests
WPARC is now offering VE testing on the first Tuesday of each month. Chuck KK6DOA will be managing the program. The location will be at the south gate Visitors Center in Sun City Lincoln Hills. For more information, directions, and to confirm a time please email Chuck at: kk6doa (at) gmail (dot) com.

Club T-Shirts
Club member Don Hayes N6DPH is coordinating club T-Shirt orders. First orders were taken in June and delivered at the July club meeting. T-shirts are available in long- and short-sleeve, and a choice of a few colors. A large club logo is printed on the back, and your name, call sign, and small club logo on the front. Costs are in the $15-20 range depending on sleeve length. If interested in a T-shirt of your very own then bring your checkbook or cash to the next meeting. Or, make contact with Don at plumberdon1815 (at) gmail (dot) com. Orders must be pre-paid. Make checks payable to Steven Hayes. Mail checks to 1815 Larkflower Way, Lincoln CA 95648.

K6PAC Repeater to be Upgraded Soon
Our current repeater is a Yaesu DR-1X which provides analog and digital operations. Yaesu is offering a terrific upgrade deal for the new DR-2X and we are taking advantage of it. The repeater is on its way from Japan and should be here in October. It is more robust than the DR-1X and has many new features. As part of the upgrade we may be changing the PL tone to 67 Hz. The PL tone is supposed to be sub-audible but 179.9 is just a little too high and causes an audible hum on many radios, especially those with wider audio bandwidth. More information to follow.

Sep 16 - WPARC 2017 Ham Fest
Our Annual WPARC Ham Fest on Saturday, Sep 16 was another resounding success. Thank you to all vendors and attendees that came out in search of treasure. Start setting your ham radio treasures aside for our next ham fest in 2018. See you next year!
Arturo, Michael, Gary and ? lift mighty coil
Ray KM4RM offers donuts Roger and Katy offer coffee Jerry and Shopper
Heathkit Old Timer Hallicrafter Old Timer
Dr Carol Milazzo, ARRL Sac Valley Section Manager
Buyer and seller close deal Bill and Claire work raffle tickets

Kevin Amey AA6KA D-STAR Presentation
Kevin AA6KA spoke to members at our July 18 meeting on D-STAR. D-STAR (Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio) is a digital voice and data protocol specification designed specifically for Amateur Radio. He covered bands, radios, and digital features available when operating D-STAR. Retrieve the PDF slides here. Kevin works multiple digital modes some of which he touched upon in this presentation.

Carl First N6CKV ARES Presentation
Placer County ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) Carl First N6CKV presented Placer County ARES at our May 16 meeting. Many of the members were curious and wanted to learn more. Carl provided his presentation for review. Retrieve the PDF slides here. If you would like to learn more about ARES then Carl's contact information, training links, local and national ARES links, and details on ARES weekly nets on Sunday evenings can be found in the presentation. Thank you Carl!

Wires X Node on Yaesu System Fusion Radios
We now have a test Wires X node set up for club members to try. For those unfamiliar with Wires X, it is similar to Echolink or Allstar. The node is located at Art's QTH for the test and is on 145.700. The system consists of a Yaesu FTM-100 DR dual band (2 meters/70 cm) and a Yaesu Wires X box. If the tests are successful (which they appear to be to date) we will link the node with the repeater. This is a significant benefit to the club and greatly increases the versitility and reach of the repeater. Anyone with a System Fusion radio can join in.

System Fusion Net Popularity Increasing as Members Acquire SF Radios
The Monday 7:30 PM [New Time!] 2 meter System Fusion net is growing rapidly. A number of club members have obtained a Yaesu model that offers System Fusion, from HTs to mobiles, to base stations. Of course, the System Fusion radios will also work on standard analog modes. Several people have new radios on order and we should see the net grow even more in the near future. In addition to many club members, we are hearing many visitors from a wide area on the repeater for this net. Also, the Thursday 2 meter and HF nets are growing. We also have recently heard check ins on the repeater from areas as far away as Dixon, Woodland, and Davis.

WPARC on Facebook and Twitter
Check us out on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter (@k6pac)

VoIP on the Club Repeater
Our Club repeater can connect to repeaters all over the world by VoIP. Read more about it at the VoIP page.

 WPARC Field Day - 2017: Baby it's hot outside!
Three element Yagi Conquers the Continent
'QQJ, 'TFF, and 'OU work the Nation on HF
President 'JKH works to synchronize Sky Commander ARRL Sacramento Valley Assistant Section Manager Les Cobb W6TEE Visits Our Field Day Site Kevin 'KA homebrews antenna and makes record contacts
Frank 'KYK and Don 'DPH beat the heat in the shade for a few minutes

 WPARC Calendar
All dates are tenative and subject to change at discretion of the board.
2017
January
21-Members 2017 Kick Off Luncheon
February
21-Board + Club Mtg
March
21-Board + Club Mtg
April
18-Board + Club Mtg
May
6-Tour de Lincoln Cycling Support
16-Board + Club Mtg
June
20-Board + Club Mtg
23-25-Field Day Weekend
July
18-Board + Club Mtg
August
15-Board + Club Mtg
September
16-WPARC Ham Fest
19-Board + Club Mtg
23-CF Fdn Cycling Support
30-Tour de Rocklin Cycling Support
October
17-Board + Club Mtg
20-22-PACIFICON
November
21-Board + Club Mtg
December
19-Board + Club Mtg
TBD-Lions Food Distribution Event Support
2018
January
TBD-2018 Members Kick Off Party
February
20-Board + Club Mtg
March
20-Board + Club Mtg
April
17-Board + Club Mtg
May
TBD-Tour de Lincoln Cycling Support
15-Board + Club Mtg
June
19-Board + Club Mtg
22-24-Field Day Weekend
July
17-Board + Club Mtg
August
21-Board + Club Mtg
September
15-WPARC Ham Fest
18-Board + Club Mtg
TBD-Tour de Rocklin Cycling Support
October
16-Board + Club Mtg
November
20-Board + Club Mtg
December
18-Board + Club Mtg
TBD-Lions Food Distribution Event Support
 WPARC Nets
WPARC Weekly Nets
Members and guests are always welcome to check in. Share a few minutes with us and keep your net skills sharp!
Day and TimeNetNotes
Mon 7:30 PM [New Time!]C4FM ForumLearn about this new digital technology
Wed 10:00 AMWPARC Day NetMembers and guests welcome!
Wed 7:30 PMWPARC Simplex NetCan you check-in on 146.550?
Thu 7:30 PMWPARC Evening Net2M then HF net follows, see below.

WPARC Thursday Evening HF Net Schedule
Following the Thursday evening 2M Net we have an HF Net to keep our HF radio skills sharp. Confirm the scheduled band and frequency during the 2M net.
DayBand and FreqDates
1st Thu10 meters (28.410 MHz)10/5 11/2 12/7
2nd Thu15 meters (21.355 MHz)10/12 11/9 12/14
3rd Thu40 meters (7.225 MHz)10/19 11/16 12/21
4th Thu75 Meters (3.855 MHz)10/26 11/23 12/28
5th Thu10 meters (28.410 MHz)11/30

Bozo 2M SSB Net - Wednesday and Sunday Eves - 7:30-10:00 PM
This net started in Southern California when local hams started a 2M SSB simplex net on the calling frequency, and some old timer got on to inquire 'What are you Bozos doing?' And the rest is history. Our club repeater site host is active on Bozo Net and thus we need to minimize QRM during Bozo Net hours to be good neighbors. Please respect these quiet hours and limit K6PAC repeater usage to emergency contacts.

Net Script
Running a net is a great way to gain radio experience. Try your hand at running a net! The script can be found here [pdf].
 WPARC Officers - 2017
PresidentJerry HN6JKH
Vice PresidentArturo GKK6NFM
SecretaryMichael BK6BUK
TreasurerChuck SKK6DOA
Board MemberClay AK6AEP
Board MemberGary TWA6IKE
Board MemberBill MKJ6YCO
Alternate Board MemberDon HN6DPH
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