2018 Dues can be paid by mail to WARS, PO Box 73, Willits, CA 954590

WARS JAN 20th Pizza Meeting

There will be a meeting Sat. January 20th from 11:30 am until 2:00pm, located at Old Mission Pizza in Willits. All hams and their families are invited to attend and as usual, WARS will buy the pizza and attendees will provide their own drink or anything else.

Mendocino County Sheriff, Tom Allman will be speaking about what hams did to help during the Redwood Complex fire and other things that could have been helpful.

Come out and enjoy converation with your fellow hams, bring your suggestions for activities that you'd like to see happen in the coming year, or speakers (topics) you like to investigate.

2018 Dues can be paid at the meeting or mailed in to WARS, PO Box 73, Willits, CA 954590

Ham Radio Classes in Covelo


Learn how to participate in ham radio communications during communication outages! Prepare for your ham radio exam by joining us in the next FREE study group sessions to be held weekly on Tuesdays in the Covelo library commons room from 6:30pm to 8:30pm starting in mid-January 2018 through April 2018.

We will be using the latest edition of the Technician Class FCC Element 2 Amateur Radio License Preparation textbook that discusses the complete 426 question pool effective July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2018, available online at www.amazon.com for $19.99 or in class at a discounted rate if you preregister right away. To register, email Mary Jane at wa3vui@gmail.com or call 983-9319.


According to Bill Hillendahl KH6GJV, this is a positive step ... however until the law has been ammended, this is open to interpretation by all law enforcement officers. Carry a copy of this and if you are stopped be polite and show it to the officer but there is no guarantee that it will be honored.
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 8:23 AM
To: @CHP
Subject: Comm-Net: Enforcement of Section 23123.5 of the California Vehicle Code Enforcement of Section 23123.5 of the California Vehicle Code
To: All Commands
Reference: Action Required
Subject: Enforcement of Section 23123.5 of the California Vehicle Code

Effective January 1, 2017, Section 23123.5 of the California Vehicle Code (CVC) was amended by Assembly Bill 1785, which substantially expanded the scope of Section 23123.5 CVC, from simply prohibiting the use of a wireless phone to text while driving, to prohibiting holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or an electronic wireless communications device while driving.

However, a driver may still use a handheld wireless telephone or an electronic wireless communication device while driving when:The handheld wireless communication device is mounted to a windshield (in compliance with Section 26708[b] CVC), dashboard, or center console in a manner which does not interfere with the driver s view of the road, and; The drivers hand is used to activate or deactivate a feature with a single tap or swipe of the drivers finger. Pursuant to Section 23123.5(f) CVC, the definition of an electronic wireless communications device includes, but is not limited to: a broadband personal communication device, a specialized mobil radio device, a handheld device or laptop computer with mobile data access, a pager, or a two-way messaging device. Section 23123.5 CVC does not apply to manufacturer-installed systems which are embedded in the vehicle,nor does it apply to an emergency services professional using a wireless telephone while operating an authorized Emergency vehicle, in the course and scope of employment.

For the purposes of Section 23123.5(f) CVC, a radio installed and mounted in a vehicle with a wired hand microphone (e.g., business band or citizen band [CB] radio) is not considered a wireless communication device, nor is it considered a specialized mobile radio device, and therefore is not subject to enforcement u nder this section.

This information will be added to an upcoming revision to Highway Patrol Manual 100.68, Traffic Enforcement Policy Manual, Chapter 5, Other Enforcement Issues.
CHP Headquarters/Office of the Commissioner/061/18227

Test Sessions

We have some members that are interested in getting their tickets and possibly an upgrade, so here are local test sessions found posted by using our zipcode at ARRL License Exam Sessions

Jan 13th, 1:00pm @ Petaluma Citizens Center, Petaluma. Contact: dalew@sonic.net

Jan 20th, 10:00am @ Office of Emergency Services, Redding. Contact: sjmosconi@gmail.com

Jan 27th, 1:00pm @ Lakeport Senior Center, Lakeport. Contact kg6txu@yahoo.com. Reservations required

Jan 27th, 10:00am @ Office of Emergency Services, Sonoma. Contact: jhill@vom.com

Feb 10th, 1O:00pm @ Petaluma Citizens Center, Petaluma. Contact: dalew@sonic.net

Feb 17th, 10:00am @ Fortuna Fire Dept, Fortuna. Contact: DAN.AG6JW@gmail.com

Feb 17th, 10:00am @ Open Door Community Church, Shingletown. Contact: w6iodar@gmail.com

Feb 17th, 1:00pm @ Novato Community Church, Novato. Contact: hbco2@hbco2.com.

Feb 22nd, 1:00pm @ 1310 Redwood Way, Petaluma. Contact dalew@sonic.com. Reservations Required

Mar 10th, 1:00pm @ Petaluma Citizens Center, Petaluma. Contact: dalew@sonic.net

Mar 17th 10:00am R Office of Emergency Services, Redding. Contact: sjmosconi@gmail.com

We want to extend a huge 'THANK YOU' to Greg Glavich WA6RQX, for his dedication in maintaining and repairing all of the repeaters in the countywide linked system. HAMs from Humboldt County in the north, south to Sonoma County, and east to Lake County can regularly make contact and impart information. Without folks willing to put in hours of their time and energy not to mention funds, we that use the repeaters would be much more limited on VHF/UHF.

So ... if you hear Greg on the radio or happen to see him in person be sure to thank him for all his time and effort!

Coffee Klatsches

Every Friday starting at 8:00 A.M. come to Lumberjacks; located at 1700 South Main Street, Willits. We are encouraging everyone to come out and enjoy some coffee, breakfast or just conversation and if 8 is a bit too early, come later! We are very casual with stating times and usually there until 10 or thereabouts.

For those on the coast, every Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. come to Angelina's, 400 South Main Street, Fort Bragg for breakfast, coffee or conversation.

Let's try to make one, all, or some, to meet and share ideas!