Calendar

Feb
3
Sat
VE Testing – HAM Licensing @ Varies - See Description
Feb 3 @ 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

Mar
10
Sat
Fish Rock Bicycle Adventure Race @ Anderson Valley High School
Mar 10 @ 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Volunteer – Public Service Fish Rock _ Sign Up  HERE

This is a UHF event. Your 2-meter radio won’t cut it.

March 10th is the Fish Rock bicycle event, new to SCRA this year. Three hundred cyclists will depart Boonville, traverse to and down the coast, and return to Boonville. Find more info here:
https://www.bikemonkey.net/fishrock .

This is an all-day event with riders starting from Boonville at 10:00 am and stragglers returning at 5:30 pm. Operators will close aid stations progressively and may depart for home from there.

Travel times are long, ranging from 1.5 to 2.25 hours from Santa Rosa, depending on location, due to distance and winding roads:

  • Santa Rosa to Boonville about 90 miles
  • Santa Rosa to Pt. Arena via coast about 85 miles
  • Event course (a loop) 72.4 miles

This is a UHF event. Your 2-meter radio won’t cut it. (Oh, I guess I said that already… How about this? UHF = 70 cm = 440 MHz band…)

Weather (fog, rain, clouds) can impact UHF reception significantly so bring a UHF mobile radio (or HT with UHF amp, say 40W) and a good antenna. During clear weather, most sites can get by with a UHF HT, but be prepared for changing weather. SAGs will need a mobile radio on the more radio-difficult portions of Fish Rock Road.

Note to SAGs: Portions of Fish Rock Road between Tenmile road and Aid Station 3 aren’t paved, but sport well-graded dirt with minor-to-moderate washboards and a few potholes. Low-rider cars (under which you can’t roll a beer can) need not apply. (The Aid Station 3 operator can approach from Highway 128 via all-paved roads.)

Times and more details will be coming shortly. If impatient, contact your favorite psychiatrist, or, contact Fred AE6SF at ae6sf@fredee.com.

Mar
16
Fri
Technician License Class – March Introductory @ Graton Fire Protection District Firehouse
Mar 16 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Welcome to the exciting world of Ham Radio!

Technician License Class

Our next Technician License class will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 and Sunday, March 18, 2018.   The Saturday class will begin at 8:00AM and continue until 6PM.  The Sunday class will begin at 8:00AM and end at 3:00PM when the Technician License Examination will be conducted by our team of SCRA Volunteer Examiners.  We will have frequent, short breaks during the class, and 45 minutes for a lunch break each day.  There will be an introductory class meeting on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM to cover some of the class material in greater depth; and, we will also conduct a practice examination to provide you with useful feedback before the formal class.  Location for the class will be the training room at the Graton Fire Protection District Firehouse at 3750 Gravenstein Highway (State Route 116) North of Sebastopol, CA.

Our weekend Technician License classes have been very successful.   Since 2007 when SCRA started its weekend Technician license classes, over 250 people have obtained their amateur radio license.  In our July 2017 class, all nine students passed the exam on their first attempt.

Take our class if you are interested in obtaining your Technician Class ham radio license and obtaining valuable information relating to assembly and proper and safe operation of your amateur radio station.  Unlike cell phones, and family radio service (FRS) walkie-talkies, the amateur radio service is available only to qualified applicants, so you need to prepare ahead of the examination.  Our class will give you the background to understand and enjoy amateur radio!

The Technician License test covers basic rules, operating practices and radio theory and must be passed in order to qualify for, and obtain, your ham radio license.  You should expect to be successful with this entry level test, providing you prepare for your license in the weeks before the class. The study material is not hard, but needs to be covered before you join our class and take the test.

There is no charge for our class.  The Volunteer Examiner testing fee is $15.00.  Check our VE Exam schedule under the Events tab for times and places for license examinations throughout the year.

If you would like to be in our class, please contact me directly via email.  We have study materials available now, and we strongly recommend you  get started with your pre-class preparation as soon as you can!  There is no charge for the class itself, but it requires prestudy of the Gordon West Technician Class study materials.  Cost for the study materials, including the Gordon West 244 page Technician Class study manual, is $20.00, and you can arrange for pickup from me.  Or, you can order the book directly from the publisher:  www.w5yi.org.   We will be using Gordo’s proven study guide and method in this class.  Virtually every one of our students passed the Technician License exam on their first attempt.  Our method works!

If you would like to register for our November class, please contact me, so that I can add your name to the list before the class fills up.  We can handle a maximum of 16 students.

GENERAL CLASS or EXTRA CLASS license upgrade?  Contact me and we’ll advise you concerning self-study assistance  if that would be helpful. Mentors for SCRA members desiring to upgrade are always available to help.

We at SCRA look forward to hearing from you.

73

Cornell Chesnik, W6HMN, SCRA Education Chair
Sonoma County Radio Amateurs

 w6hmn@sonic.net

Mar
17
Sat
Technician License Class – March Saturday @ Graton Fire Protection District Firehouse
Mar 17 @ 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Welcome to the exciting world of Ham Radio!

Technician License Class

Our next Technician License class will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 and Sunday, March 18, 2018.   The Saturday class will begin at 8:00AM and continue until 6PM.  The Sunday class will begin at 8:00AM and end at 3:00PM when the Technician License Examination will be conducted by our team of SCRA Volunteer Examiners.  We will have frequent, short breaks during the class, and 45 minutes for a lunch break each day.  There will be an introductory class meeting on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM to cover some of the class material in greater depth; and, we will also conduct a practice examination to provide you with useful feedback before the formal class.  Location for the class will be the training room at the Graton Fire Protection District Firehouse at 3750 Gravenstein Highway (State Route 116) North of Sebastopol, CA.

Our weekend Technician License classes have been very successful.   Since 2007 when SCRA started its weekend Technician license classes, over 250 people have obtained their amateur radio license.  In our July 2017 class, all nine students passed the exam on their first attempt.

Take our class if you are interested in obtaining your Technician Class ham radio license and obtaining valuable information relating to assembly and proper and safe operation of your amateur radio station.  Unlike cell phones, and family radio service (FRS) walkie-talkies, the amateur radio service is available only to qualified applicants, so you need to prepare ahead of the examination.  Our class will give you the background to understand and enjoy amateur radio!

The Technician License test covers basic rules, operating practices and radio theory and must be passed in order to qualify for, and obtain, your ham radio license.  You should expect to be successful with this entry level test, providing you prepare for your license in the weeks before the class. The study material is not hard, but needs to be covered before you join our class and take the test.

There is no charge for our class.  The Volunteer Examiner testing fee is $15.00.  Check our VE Exam schedule under the Events tab for times and places for license examinations throughout the year.

If you would like to be in our class, please contact me directly via email.  We have study materials available now, and we strongly recommend you  get started with your pre-class preparation as soon as you can!  There is no charge for the class itself, but it requires prestudy of the Gordon West Technician Class study materials.  Cost for the study materials, including the Gordon West 244 page Technician Class study manual, is $20.00, and you can arrange for pickup from me.  Or, you can order the book directly from the publisher:  www.w5yi.org.   We will be using Gordo’s proven study guide and method in this class.  Virtually every one of our students passed the Technician License exam on their first attempt.  Our method works!

If you would like to register for our November class, please contact me, so that I can add your name to the list before the class fills up.  We can handle a maximum of 16 students.

GENERAL CLASS or EXTRA CLASS license upgrade?  Contact me and we’ll advise you concerning self-study assistance  if that would be helpful. Mentors for SCRA members desiring to upgrade are always available to help.

We at SCRA look forward to hearing from you.

73

Cornell Chesnik, W6HMN, SCRA Education Chair
Sonoma County Radio Amateurs

 w6hmn@sonic.net

Mar
18
Sun
Technician License Class – March Sunday @ Graton Fire Protection District Firehouse
Mar 18 @ 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Welcome to the exciting world of Ham Radio!

Technician License Class

Our next Technician License class will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 and Sunday, March 18, 2018.   The Saturday class will begin at 8:00AM and continue until 6PM.  The Sunday class will begin at 8:00AM and end at 3:00PM when the Technician License Examination will be conducted by our team of SCRA Volunteer Examiners.  We will have frequent, short breaks during the class, and 45 minutes for a lunch break each day.  There will be an introductory class meeting on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM to cover some of the class material in greater depth; and, we will also conduct a practice examination to provide you with useful feedback before the formal class.  Location for the class will be the training room at the Graton Fire Protection District Firehouse at 3750 Gravenstein Highway (State Route 116) North of Sebastopol, CA.

Our weekend Technician License classes have been very successful.   Since 2007 when SCRA started its weekend Technician license classes, over 250 people have obtained their amateur radio license.  In our July 2017 class, all nine students passed the exam on their first attempt.

Take our class if you are interested in obtaining your Technician Class ham radio license and obtaining valuable information relating to assembly and proper and safe operation of your amateur radio station.  Unlike cell phones, and family radio service (FRS) walkie-talkies, the amateur radio service is available only to qualified applicants, so you need to prepare ahead of the examination.  Our class will give you the background to understand and enjoy amateur radio!

The Technician License test covers basic rules, operating practices and radio theory and must be passed in order to qualify for, and obtain, your ham radio license.  You should expect to be successful with this entry level test, providing you prepare for your license in the weeks before the class. The study material is not hard, but needs to be covered before you join our class and take the test.

There is no charge for our class.  The Volunteer Examiner testing fee is $15.00.  Check our VE Exam schedule under the Events tab for times and places for license examinations throughout the year.

If you would like to be in our class, please contact me directly via email.  We have study materials available now, and we strongly recommend you  get started with your pre-class preparation as soon as you can!  There is no charge for the class itself, but it requires prestudy of the Gordon West Technician Class study materials.  Cost for the study materials, including the Gordon West 244 page Technician Class study manual, is $20.00, and you can arrange for pickup from me.  Or, you can order the book directly from the publisher:  www.w5yi.org.   We will be using Gordo’s proven study guide and method in this class.  Virtually every one of our students passed the Technician License exam on their first attempt.  Our method works!

If you would like to register for our November class, please contact me, so that I can add your name to the list before the class fills up.  We can handle a maximum of 16 students.

GENERAL CLASS or EXTRA CLASS license upgrade?  Contact me and we’ll advise you concerning self-study assistance  if that would be helpful. Mentors for SCRA members desiring to upgrade are always available to help.

We at SCRA look forward to hearing from you.

73

Cornell Chesnik, W6HMN, SCRA Education Chair
Sonoma County Radio Amateurs

 w6hmn@sonic.net

Apr
7
Sat
VE Testing – HAM Licensing @ Varies - See Description
Apr 7 @ 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

Apr
13
Fri
Sonoma Family Life Magazine Camp Fair – SCRA Information Booth @ Coddintown Mall
Apr 13 @ 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sign-Up here.

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.

Setup is at 1300 breakdown 1915-2000. Macy’s side of Coddingtown Mall.

You will be amazed at the huge variety of summer camps  and new activities to be discovered at this one exciting fair. Feel free to talk face-to-face with camp directors and other experts. Everything from sewing, arts and music, to sports, fitness, and horseback riding camps, just to name a few. There’s something for everyone in your family!

This is a great showcase of all the best places. A chance to find your child’s dream school or that perfect summer or afterschool experience. Look for the family travel packages, party ideas, and so much more.

Enjoy on-stage performances by local groups. Check out the freebies, drawings, discounts, and other great prizes!

Don’t miss this FREE day, devoted to family and home. One day only rain or shine at the Coddingtown Mall, April 13th.

Apr
14
Sat
Lake Sonoma 50 – Radio Support @ Lake Sonoma South Lake Trailhead
Apr 14 @ 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Volunteer – Public Service Lake Sonoma

Lake Sonoma 50

DETAILS:

Operational Time: 0600-2000 Operational Area: Western Arm (Warm Springs Arm) of Lake Sonoma / Warm Springs Dam Net Control Location: South Lake Trailhead (off Skaggs Springs-Stewarts Point Rd) at the event’s Start-Finish What: 50 mile foot race [Ultra running event] Web Site: http://www.run100s.com/ls50.htm Repeater: No Comments: This event is run on remote trails behind Lake Sonoma. The club repeater and others are not reachable in this locale.

  • Operations for this event are in simplex, usually with HTs.
  • NC sets up at the South Lake Trailhead – same as Start-Finish for the event.
  • Traffic consists of tracking the top 10 male and female runners, aid station status and medical/lost runners.
  • Aid Stations are remote and sometimes require as much as 45 minutes to reach from NC. One requires a boat ride.

 

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.

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