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Tim played with CBs in the 70's and 80's but due to work, family and community commitments he took a break. When his kids entered college age it was time to get back into the hobby. He initially passed the technician exam and was awarded KJ6RNN. He upgraded to general the following year. After convincing his spouse to join the hobby he also decided to aim higher and get his extra ticket. His new callsign was AF6TF.
"I was looking for ways to operate while outdoors so when Bay-Net offered a simple hike to a local peak in a park, I was all in. Packed up my IC7000, and 40A/H battery and some long wires I had, basically taking my home station outside! I learned very quickly that the right choice of equipment and backpack weight were key."
Join us this Friday evening to learn what it takes to elevate your radio operation!
This year we are also introducing a life membership package with pricing based on age. Members get priority access to SFRC participating events, have the ability to advertise (radio equipment) for free via the club website, have access to SFRC equipment loan library and more. So please support our club, renew your membership or donate today!
We are so doing this! So excited! ...and the view will be spectacular! Yes this is my picture, I was up there last weekend :)
It is official! May 12th will be our first, annual "San Francisco Radio Club" SOTA activation. Tim AF6TF and I (Antonis) AA6PP will be leading this effort. We are planning to combine hiking and nature trailing with setting up radio stations (both VHF/UHF & HF) and making contacts! We will most likely lead two groups of hikers (novice and advanced) to the top of Mt Tamalpais West Peak on that Saturday morning. For more information and for registration click the button below.
Our 2m repeater is WiresX capable. This means that you can connect it to distant repeaters, nodes or even reflectors (such as the America Link, MNWIS etc) and enjoy conversations often many thousand of miles apart. Our 2m repeater puts us on the map!
Nevertheless this powerful feature can get in the way of running normal analogue FM NETs if not well understood. Here is what I mean; when our repeater is connected to a distant node it is connected in digital mode only. But our repeater can support both FM (analogue) and C4FM (digital) transmissions as it has been purposely set to AMS mode (automatic). Both transmissions can coexist (in serial mode). So it is very important that when we run our FM only NETs to disconnect our repeater from any distant WiresX nodes first. Equally it is important to let local digital users know that an analogue NET is about to begin.
To make it clear, it is the responsibility of the operator who connected the repeater in the first place to disconnect it when we have a scheduled FM NET or when he/she has finished interacting with other stations or monitoring.
The San Francisco Radio Club has been invited to manage the Communications Team for the 35th Annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon & 5K. We will appreciate your assistance for this event, our inaugural year of participation.
On behalf of all members of the San Francisco Radio Club (SFRC), past and present, thank you for your support of amateur radio.
SFRC started over a century ago, driven by individuals with similar interests. They came together then, as we do now, to learn together and from each other. We encourage interest in all aspects of the hobby, and to aid our community.
Thank you for providing me the honor of serving as President for the 2018 year, and for providing a stellar collection of leaders to serve with on the Board of Director. We look forward to continued growth, building on the strong foundation of the oldest continuously operating amateur radio club in the world.
The Board of Directors met recently to discuss the coming year, and are pleased to present the following objectives for 2018:
None of this is possible without each and every one of you. We still need and want you to share your interests and ideas. More importantly, we need your participation, not just at the meetings and events, but also in the continued development and growth of our club. We see our role as the elected leaders is not to impose, but to facilitate.
We look forward to seeing you throughout the year, at all of the SFRC events!