BBQ Potluck Picnic

email: Joyce KJ6ZVS with questions or RSVP HERE

18-20 Aug International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend

The ILLW takes place on the 3rd full weekend in August each year and attracts over 500 lighthouse entries located in over 40 countries. It is one of the most popular international amateur radio events in existence probably because there are very few rules and it is not the usual contest type event. It is also free and there are no prizes for contacting large numbers of other stations.

ABARC and MCARCS have both had activities scheduled in the past at coastal lighthouses, however not seeing anything currently I will keep checking. It makes for a great day to escape the heat inland and go play radio where it is generally cooler.

Raffle Battery Info from KK6VLV

Soulin provided the following: The battery I won in the raffle is a Power Sonic PS-1250 F. I found the data sheet for it here There is a lot of information but I will share this.

Charging Cycle Applications
Limit initial current to 1.2A. Charge until battery voltage (under charge) reaches 14.4 to 14.7 volts at 68 degrees F
Hold at 14.4 to 14.7 volts until current drops to under 50mA.

Battery is fully charged under these conditions, and charger should be disconnected or switched to 'float' voltage.

'Float' or 'Stand-By' Service

Hold battery across constant voltage source of 13.5 to 13.8 volts continuously.
When held at this voltage, the battery will seek its own current level and maintain itself in a fully charged condition.

Note: Due to the self-discharge characteristics of this type of battery, it is imperative that they be charged within 6 months of storage, otherwise permanent loss of capacity might occur as a result of sulfation.

Sample Letter to Representatives

Senator Mike McGuire
200 South School Street, Suite K
Ukiah, CA 95482

Dear Senator McGuire

On January 1, 2017, California Vehicle Code Section 23123.5 was changed to restrict the use of wireless communications devices. This change also included amateur two way radios. Unfortunately, with the wording of this vehicle code change, it will severely restrict people who are responding to or reporting emergency situations via their federally licensed amateur two-way radios.

The revision would also restrict many other groups that require two way communications for emergency communications such as local department of public works vehicles responding to emergencies, contract tow vehicles responding to the scene of a traffic accident, power companies and tree companies responding to downed power lines and power outages, in addition to other groups who do not operate emergency vehicles.

The two-way radio communications by all of the above entities are brief and concise, not like the use of cell phones for long conversations by the general public. The National Safety Council even told the Amateur Radio Relay League that there is no evidence that using amateur radio while driving is a significant risk.

I request that you consider sponsoring a bill to change this vehicle code section to exempt licensed amateur radio operators from the provisions of Section 23123.5 of the California Vehicle Code.


This should also be sent to: Assembly Member Jim Wood, 200 South School Street, Suite D, Ukiah, CA 95482


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


Sept 16th, 10:00am @ Eureka Fire Dept, Eureka. Contact:

Sept 16th, 10:00am @ Redding OES, Redding. Contact:

Sept 30th, 10:00am @ Sonoma OEC, Sonoma. Contact:

Oct 14th, 1:00pm @ Old Mission Pizza, Willits. Contact: Reservations Required

Oct 14th, 9:00am @ Bennett Valley Grange, Santa Rosa. Contact:

Oct 21st, 10:00am @ Fortuna Volunteer Fire Dept, Fortuna. Contact:

Oct 21st, 10:00am @ Open Door Community Church, Shingletown. Contact

Nov 18th, 1:oopm @ Redwood Academy, Ukiah. Contact: Reservations Required

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!