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Aug
3
Fri
Sonoma County Fair – SCRA Information Booth @ Sonoma County Fair
Aug 3 @ 12:30 PM – 8:00 PM

SCRA Information Booth

Use the online system to signup for a shift at the Information Booth.

The Community Outreach Committee will provide information and extend community awareness of Sonoma County Radio Amateurs (SCRA) and amateur radio in general. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your passion of amateur radio with the community at large.

 

Sonoma County Fair – SCRA will have a booth Friday and Saturday – August 3rd and 4th.

This includes an hour for setup & tear down.
Radio demonstration
1st shift 1230-1600
2nd shift 1600-2000
There will be plenty of time to enjoy the fair.
I’m not sure which building we will be in.
We get gate passes. Unfortunately we don’t get parking passes.
 
 
Thanks
Darryl
KI6MSP
Aug
4
Sat
Sonoma County Fair – SCRA Information Booth @ Sonoma County Fair
Aug 4 @ 12:30 PM – 8:00 PM

SCRA Information Booth

Use the online system to signup for a shift at the Information Booth.

The Community Outreach Committee will provide information and extend community awareness of Sonoma County Radio Amateurs (SCRA) and amateur radio in general. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your passion of amateur radio with the community at large.

 

Sonoma County Fair – SCRA will have a booth Friday and Saturday – August 3rd and 4th.

This includes an hour for setup & tear down.
Radio demonstration
1st shift 1230-1600
2nd shift 1600-2000
There will be plenty of time to enjoy the fair.
I’m not sure which building we will be in.
We get gate passes. Unfortunately we don’t get parking passes.
 
 
Thanks
Darryl
KI6MSP
Aug
16
Thu
DXing Campout/North Am QSO Party @ Arthur W. Way County Park
Aug 16 @ 12:00 PM – Aug 18 @ 1:00 PM

CM79 - Mini-DX 2011 Group Shot

DXing Campout/North Am QSO Party will be August 16-18, 2018

More information can be found here.

Please direct any inquiries to Doug.

Aug
25
Sat
Tour de Fox Wine Country @ Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens
Aug 25 @ 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM

DETAILS

Click Here to Sign-Up

This is a charity bicycle event sponsored primarily by Kendall-Jackson with proceeds benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation (Parkinson’s disease research) and the local community.  There are four courses (70.2, 52.4, 34.5, 10.7 miles) in the northern and western parts of Sonoma county, with the first riders departing at 0800.  In addition to Net Control, aid stations, SAGs and motos, we will incorporate radio bike marshals (hams).

Radio Motos and Radio Bike Marshalls must have approval from Bike Monkey to work this event.  Contact John Prouty at marshal@bikemonkey.net to obtain approval.

We will not be reporting rider times.

Michael J. Fox Foundation announcement: https://tourdefox.michaeljfox.org/winecountry

Event information and individual course map links: https://tourdefox.michaeljfox.org/winecountry/Static/Event-Info

Summary route map with Aid Station locations: tdfmap.pdf

Aid Station GPS coordinates (in decimal degrees):

  • 38.499600, -122.811800  La Crema Maint. Rd
  • 38.653254, -122.883100  Puma Springs Vineyards
  • 38.580613, -122.881128  Old Felta Schoolhouse
  • 38.516200, -122.995860  Russian River Senior Center
  • 38.429710, -122.892600  Dutton Ranch
  • 38.506968, -122.772905  Net Control. Address: Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens 5007 Fulton Rd, Santa Rosa, California 95403

New or inexperienced hams are welcome.  If you’d like to learn the ropes, sign up as a Shadow and we’ll pair you with an experienced ham.

Sep
15
Sat
VE Testing – HAM Licensing @ Varies - See Description
Sep 15 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

VE Testing

A VE/VEC are volunteers who give out the test(s) for new and upgrades in licensing. The F.C.C. (Federal Communication Commission) does not test for Ham/Amateur Radio licenses anymore.

 Upcoming Exam Sessions:

Saturday, February 3, 2018, 9:00 am to noon, Bennett Valley Hall

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9:00 am to noon, Rincon Valley Mobile Estates Club House, 4671 Circle Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 9:00 am to noon, Bennett Valley Hall

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 9:00 am to noon, Bennett Valley Hall

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 9:00 am to noon, Bennett Valley Hall

 

If you’ve been studying for a new license or upgrade, your next opportunity to take your test is coming up on Saturday, April 7, at 9:00 am. The location will be the Rincon Valley Mobile Estates Club House, 4671 Circle Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 for this exam session.

Directions to Bennett Valley Hall (for the rest of the sessions):

Bennett Valley Hall, located at 4145 Grange Rd, in Santa Rosa.
From Hwy 101, take Highway 12 East to Farmers   Lane. Turn right onto Farmers Lane and then left onto Bennett Valley Road. Stay on Bennett Valley Road approximately 4.1 miles and turn right onto Grange Road. Bennett Valley Hall is 0.5 miles from Bennett Valley Road on the right.

Walk-ins will be accepted and all test elements will be administered.

Time: The exam session will take place from 9:00 until noon. Please arrive by 8:45am to be signed in. Testing will begin shortly thereafter.

Candidates should bring the following:

  • One (1) photo ID or two (2) non-photo ID
  • Social Security Number (if not currently licensed) or FCC Registration Number (FRN, if licensed)
  • Original and photocopy of your current amateur radio license (if licensed)
  • Original and photocopy of any valid CSCEs (if applicable)
  • Original and photocopy of any documents submitted for exam credit (see Exam Element Credit below)
  • #2 Pencil and eraser
  • $15.00 exam fee. Checks may be made payable to “ARRL-VEC”

Calculators may be used, but it must be demonstrated that all memories and programs have been erased. The calculator function in a cell phone or PDA may not be used! If you have any special needs, please contact Brian Torr, N6IIY in advance.

Exam Element Credit for Expired Licenses

The FCC now offers partial credit for expired General, Advanced or Extra Amateur Radio licenses. A license that has expired and gone beyond the two year grace period will be canceled in the FCC system. The licensee will not automatically qualify for a new license. At a minimum, previous license holders must take the current 35-question Technician exam at a VE exam session to return to Amateur Radio.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide documents to obtain this credit. For information on where to obtain such documents, refer to the following URL (expand the link to “Valid Forms of Exam Element Credit for Expired Licenses”)

http://www.arrl.org/exam-element-credit

Please have these documents before appearing at a VE exam session.

Good Luck!

Brian Torr, N6IIY
n6iiy@arrl.net
(707) 575-5871

Sep
22
Sat
Waves to Wine – Radio Support
Sep 22 @ 7:30 AM – Sep 23 @ 7:00 PM

Volunteer – Public Service Waves to Wine – Saturday signups are coming soon. Sunday signups are coming soon.

22-23 September – MS Society’s Waves to Wine
The annual MS Society annual fund raising event to battle MS. SCRA has been involved in this event for many years. Saturday, the ride starts in SF, proceeds up Hwy 1 before turning inland to finish at Sonoma Mountain Village. Sunday, the ride tours areas in the west county to finish back at SMV. This event makes use of the Marin ARS repeater system on Saturday.
HT Friendly? No.
Access to field assignments? Requires some long drives (1 hour max ) to field assignments.
Eric AA6EM will be Comm Boss for this event.

 

Oct
5
Fri
Gran Fondo – Radio Support
Oct 5 @ 7:00 AM – Oct 7 @ 5:30 PM

Volunteer – Public Service Grand Fondo _ Sign Up to Come

5-7 October – Levi’s Gran Fondo,
Comm Boss: K6XLT
Location: Western Sonoma County
Duration: 0700-1800
Our official end of the year event. The biggest and the best. The Fondo, in five years, has become the largest event in the county drawing 7500 riders from all over the globe. We will be operating rest stops, SAGs and coordinating with Sonoma County Emergency Services.  The course covers all the way from Finley Center to as far north as Stewarts Point. Sign up to come
HT Friendly? No
SAG? Volunteer at the Gran Fondo page
Access to field assignments? Easy to Difficult with up 1.5 hour drives to the furthest reaches of the course.

 

Oct
27
Sat
North Bay Science Discovery Day – SCRA Information Booth @ Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Oct 27 @ 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

SCRA Information Booth

Please contact SCRA Community Outreach Chair, Darryl Paule, KI6MSP to volunteer for a shift at the Information Booth.

The Community Outreach Committee will provide information and extend community awareness of Sonoma County Radio Amateurs (SCRA) and amateur radio in general. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your passion of amateur radio with the community at large.

North Bay Science Discovery Day

* Saturday, October 27, 2018

* Sonoma County Fairgrounds

* Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* FREE admission

* FREE parking

* Plan to spend the day

* Sign up here.

Nov
17
Sat
VE Testing – HAM Licensing @ Varies - See Description
Nov 17 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

VE Testing

A VE/VEC are volunteers who give out the test(s) for new and upgrades in licensing. The F.C.C. (Federal Communication Commission) does not test for Ham/Amateur Radio licenses anymore.

 Upcoming Exam Sessions:

Saturday, February 3, 2018, 9:00 am to noon, Bennett Valley Hall

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9:00 am to noon, Rincon Valley Mobile Estates Club House, 4671 Circle Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 9:00 am to noon, Bennett Valley Hall

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 9:00 am to noon, Bennett Valley Hall

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 9:00 am to noon, Bennett Valley Hall

 

If you’ve been studying for a new license or upgrade, your next opportunity to take your test is coming up on Saturday, April 7, at 9:00 am. The location will be the Rincon Valley Mobile Estates Club House, 4671 Circle Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 for this exam session.

Directions to Bennett Valley Hall (for the rest of the sessions):

Bennett Valley Hall, located at 4145 Grange Rd, in Santa Rosa.
From Hwy 101, take Highway 12 East to Farmers   Lane. Turn right onto Farmers Lane and then left onto Bennett Valley Road. Stay on Bennett Valley Road approximately 4.1 miles and turn right onto Grange Road. Bennett Valley Hall is 0.5 miles from Bennett Valley Road on the right.

Walk-ins will be accepted and all test elements will be administered.

Time: The exam session will take place from 9:00 until noon. Please arrive by 8:45am to be signed in. Testing will begin shortly thereafter.

Candidates should bring the following:

  • One (1) photo ID or two (2) non-photo ID
  • Social Security Number (if not currently licensed) or FCC Registration Number (FRN, if licensed)
  • Original and photocopy of your current amateur radio license (if licensed)
  • Original and photocopy of any valid CSCEs (if applicable)
  • Original and photocopy of any documents submitted for exam credit (see Exam Element Credit below)
  • #2 Pencil and eraser
  • $15.00 exam fee. Checks may be made payable to “ARRL-VEC”

Calculators may be used, but it must be demonstrated that all memories and programs have been erased. The calculator function in a cell phone or PDA may not be used! If you have any special needs, please contact Brian Torr, N6IIY in advance.

Exam Element Credit for Expired Licenses

The FCC now offers partial credit for expired General, Advanced or Extra Amateur Radio licenses. A license that has expired and gone beyond the two year grace period will be canceled in the FCC system. The licensee will not automatically qualify for a new license. At a minimum, previous license holders must take the current 35-question Technician exam at a VE exam session to return to Amateur Radio.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide documents to obtain this credit. For information on where to obtain such documents, refer to the following URL (expand the link to “Valid Forms of Exam Element Credit for Expired Licenses”)

http://www.arrl.org/exam-element-credit

Please have these documents before appearing at a VE exam session.

Good Luck!

Brian Torr, N6IIY
n6iiy@arrl.net
(707) 575-5871

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