Calendar

Apr
28
Sat
Human Race – Radio Support @ Spring Lake Park
Apr 28 @ 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Human Race, Santa Rosa

Volunteer – Sign Up Here

Human Race – April 28, 2018

This easy, fun, HT-friendly event is great for those new to public service or looking to refresh their skills.

The Human Race is a nationwide community fundraising event for nonprofit organizations and is the largest collaborative fundraising event in Sonoma County as well as the largest Human Race in the nation! The Sonoma County Race features a 3K and 10K run and walk through Howarth and Spring Lake Parks, rain or shine.

May
5
Sat
Wine Country Century 2018 – Radio Support @ Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
May 5 @ 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Volunteer – Sign Up – Here (Wine County Century)

Wine Country Century 2018

DETAILS:

Operational Area: West Sonoma County, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys Operational Time: 0600 – 1800 Repeater(s): W6SON Primary; K6ACS backup HT Friendly? Depends on location, mobile radios (35W Min.) are preferred. Santa Rosa Cycling Club’s long running WCC is a long time staple of SCRA’s public service season. This is a straight ahead century bike tour of the west central portions of the county. SRCC is big contributor to SCRA. A Note about SAGs: SCRA does not manage SAGs for this event – SAGs are managed by Santa Rosa Cycling Club. If you volunteer as a SAG you should also register at the SRCC volunteer page.

Jun
10
Sun
Monte Rio Vineman – Radio Support
Jun 10 @ 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Volunteer – Sign Up – Coming Soon

Rodney Strong Monte Rio Triathlon

June 10, 2018

We’d like to invite you to join us for the sixth annual Monte Rio Triathlon! This race has quickly become a favorite early season race in northern California. In the past we have sold out a few weeks before race day with a cap of 1000 athletes. We will be allowing 1100 athletes in 2018. We will continue to have a Sprint distance race along with the Olympic distance race. This gives an option to anyone not quite ready for the longer distance triathlon.

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Jun
16
Sat
Terrible Two – Radio Support @ Analy High School
Jun 16 @ 5:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Volunteer – Sign Up – Here (Terrible Two)

Terrible Two – 16 June 2018
This is one of the toughest double centuries in the state and requires lots of good operating skills. We’ve got aid stations, a few NC slots, and SAGs available. While traffic consists of informational traffic, we do transmit rider number and times – you will get a lot of traffic handling experience. If you want to visit remote parts of Sonoma County, sag for the TT is one way to do it. TT starts at 0530 and finishes around 2300

 

Jul
21
Sat
VE Testing – HAM Licensing @ Varies - See Description
Jul 21 @ 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

Aug
12
Sun
Tour de Organics Radio Support @ Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
Aug 12 @ 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Tour D’ Organics is a unique bike ride event in the western county, divided up into four routes of 16, 35, 65, and 100 miles.  7 Rest stops are located at organics farms and businesses along the routes. http://tourdorganics.com/rest-stops.html We are looking for radio operators to staff the rest stops.  Nice cushy, low key duty. Good food, shade, what else could you ask for. This year, the Tour will be organizing the SAGs (registering, assigning times, routes etc.)  If you are interested in being a Radio SAG, please sign up both here AND on the Tour’s volunteer webpage. http://tourdorganics.com/volunteer.html This will be a repeater event.  Rest stops 1, 5, 6 & 7 should be an easy hop for an HT. Rest stops 2, 3 & 4 and Radio SAGS would be better served using a mobile rig.  We would like as many Radio Sags to be APRS equiped  as possible. Route maps can be found online at http://tourdorganics.com/routes.html

Radio Hams are needed for Rest stops, and Radio SAGS.  Signup coming soon.

More event information can be found at http://tourdorganics.com/directions-parking.html

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.

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