The 3rd annual San Francisco FM QSO Party will be held on August 26, 2017. More details can be found by pressing the below button or going to the events menu.
Dear ARRL member,
I am writing to you today because we are at a crossroad in our efforts to obtain passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act.
Our legislative efforts scored a major victory in our campaign when The Amateur Radio Parity Act, S. 1534 now moves to the Senate, where we need every Senator to approve the bill. This is the companion Bill to H.R. 555, which passed in the House of Representatives in January.
You are one of over 730,000 licensed Amateur Radio Operators living in the United States. Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities, and that number grows daily.
NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL HAMS TO GET INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS!
• If you want to have effective outdoor antennas but are not currently allowed to do so by your Home Owner’s Association, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!
• If you already have outdoor antennas, but want to support your fellow hams, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!
• If you want to preserve your ability to install effective outdoor antennas on property that you own, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!
We need you to reach out to your Senators TODAY! Right away. Help us in the effort. Please go to this linked website and follow the prompts:
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Rick Roderick, K5UR
ARRL - The national association for Amateur Radio®
WOW! What a great Field Day. If you missed it, well, there’s always next year. We had great participation, some set-up challenges, a lot of new faces and, of course friendship and good fun. With support from the V.A. we got the tent up and generator online and jumped into the madness of Field Day ops. What struck me as special were the visitors throughout the event! A number of folks dropped by after hearing about our FD effort including Cub Scout Troop 188 and their parents.
Several scouts enthusiastically jumped onto the air via our G.O.T.A. (Get On The Air) station. Once the nerves passed it got easier, especially for Cub Scout Kenneth who not only spent a good amount of time at the mic, but, had to go home only to return with a sleeping bag and spent the night. Real “trooper”, right? In all, despite, poor band conditions, Kenneth made 32 contacts witch gave SFRC 6,400 Points! Great job Kenneth.
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The San Francisco Radio Club is providing communications support for the 40th running of The San Francisco Marathon on July 23rd, 2017. Please join us in one of five roles during this world famous event which brings participants from all over the world.
The San Francisco Radio Club will hold this annual event at our usual location, Ft Miley West (the ocean side of the VA campus) on June 24th and 25th. Setup begins at 7am on the 24th and we'll be on the air by 10am that morning.
Continuous operation will conclude Sunday the 25th. Plans include lunch and dinner on Saturday and Breakfast on Sunday morning.
All are welcome and encouraged to participate. Bring friends, relatives and neighbors. Everyone gets on the air! Be there-it's a fun time!
Dear SFRC members
In our last board meeting we decided to move our monthly general meetings forward by 30 minutes. This means that our next General meeting on June 16th will start at 7pm PST.
From Bill Hillendahl KH6GJV quick update on the CA Hands Free Law - AB 1785/CVC 23123.5.
We have been fielding a number of inquires on if Amateur Radio (2-way radio) is exempt from the updated "hands-free" law that went into effect on January 1st of this year. The language of the legislation is "all inclusive" and tends to, by default, wrap 2-way radio use into the prohibition.
Amateur licensees in the Pacific and South West Divisions of ARRL have been working on this issue. The original bill's sponsor has been contacted a number of times. The CHP command has also been contacted.
As a result, the CHP has issued a memo to its officers advising that "a radio installed and mounted in a vehicle with a wired hand microphone is not considered a wireless communications device........and therefore is not subject to enforcement under this section." That memo was issued on March 28, 2017.
More recently, the sponsoring assemblyman entered into the Assembly Journal a letter establishing the legislative intent of the law. Essentially, the letter states that common 2-way, wired radio use was not intended to be addressed by the newer hands-free law. This letter was published in the Assembly Journal on April 27, 2017.
Please note: Use of an HT would still be a violation. The radio must be mounted and the microphone be corded to the radio.
I have packaged the CHP memo and the letter to the Assembly Journal in one document. Please pass it on. Amateurs should carry copies of these documents in their vehicles to present to law enforcement officials in case they are stopped. It may, or may not, prevent them from receiving a citation.
Please remember that not all law enforcement officers will be aware of these documents, and may not follow them. Amateurs may still be cited.
I would like to hear if any Amateur is actually cited under CVC 23123.5 for using Amateur Radio.
We can all thank the past SW Div Vice Director Marty Woll N6VI, Jim Aspinwall NO1PC, Norm Lucas WB6RVR, and others behind the scenes for their valiant effort to move this clarification forward. The effort is not over, as equally ambiguous language is being promoted in the revision to the law moving through the legislature now.
Please remind everyone that they must still not use their radios in a manner that detracts from their safe operation of their vehicle. Drivers can still be cited under the very broad "distracted driving" code section.
Our WiresX W6PW node is back up! The issue has been resolved.
HRO As you may have heard, we recently remodeled our Oakland Ham Radio Outlet Store after consolidating both our Sunnyvale and Oakland Bay Area facilities into one location.
Now it’s time to showcase it off to the Northern California Ham Radio Community and what better way to do it than with a Grand Re-Opening Event. The event runs from 10 AM until 5:30 PM on Saturday June 17th and includes Hourly Door Prizes, Exclusive Discounts, Product Demos and Representatives from the Major Manufacturers. We will also have Finger Food and Drinks for everyone that attends.