Next meetings: third Tuesday, Aug 15, Board @ 5:45, Members @ 7:00   •   Member Meeting Topic: September Hamfest Prep and N6JKH DX-pedition using Buddipole Antenna for Portable Ops   •   Jul Meeting D-STAR Presentation by Kevin Amey AA6KA now available   •   May Meeting ARES Presentation by Carl N6CKV now available   •   Order Club T-Shirts at August Meeting   •   WPARC Annual Ham Fest on Sep 16 at Lincoln CA McBean Park   •   Tour de Rocklin Bicycle Event on Sep 30   •   See WPARC News below for more details...
 Next WPARC Meetings

Our Next Club Meetings are Aug 15, 2017
5:45 – Board Meeting
7:00 – Members Meeting
Woodcreek Oaks Golf Club
5880 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd., Roseville, California

Scheduled Speaker and Topic
This meeting will have two parts: First up are preparations for our annual WPARC Hamfest on Saturday, Sep 16. Consider volunteering an hour or three during this fun event. Many hands make for light work. Second, President Jerry Haar N6JKH will speak about his recent HF DX-pedition to Catalina Island using a Buddipole antenna in portable operation. He worked contacts in Italy, Sweden, Hungary and Croatia with it! Come out to enjoy some camaraderie, food, beverage, and tales of the radios!

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 Legends at Woodcreek Oaks Golf Club, 5880 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd., Roseville.
 WPARC News
WPARC 2017 Hamfest - Sep 16
Our Annual WPARC 2017 Hamfest is Saturday, Sep 16. Start setting your ham radio treasures aside for their next owners, and plan to attend this annual event. Please volunteer a few hours to make this year another success!

Tour de Rocklin - Sep 30
Bill KJ6YCO announces that the Tour de Rocklin will return this year on Saturday, Sep 30. This is another premier cycling event in our area and WPARC will be there to support it. Save the date to provide support at net control, as SAG in your vehicle, or at a check point along the route.

Club T-Shirts!
Club member Don Hayes N6DPH is coordinating club T-Shirt orders. First orders were taken in June and those orders should be ready for 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.

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 8:30 PM 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
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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
2017
All 2017 dates are tenative and subject to change at discretion of the board.
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
30-Tour de Rocklin Cycling Support
October
17-Board + Club Mtg
November
21-Board + Club Mtg
December
19-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 8:30 PMC4FM 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)7/6 8/3 9/7
2nd Thu15 meters (21.355 MHz)7/13 8/10 9/14
3rd Thu40 meters (7.225 MHz)7/20 8/17 9/21
4th Thu75 Meters (3.855 MHz)7/27 8/24 9/28
5th Thu10 meters (28.410 MHz)8/31

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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