Irma, a great ham and a wonderful peron, passed away peacefully Sunday night, April 22nd. She always monitored 145.130 and was a welcoming voice and helping hand to anyone that needed assistance. Always an encouraging operator to those hams just starting out and a charter member of WARS. We will miss her.

We would like to acknowledge all those who attended classes, studied diligently and passed their license exam!

WARS Meeting July 28th

There will be a meeting held at Old Mission Pizza, Saturday July 28th starting at 11:30am and lasting until about 2:00pm. All Hams, their families and anyone interested in ham radio is invited to attend. The club buys pizza and you provide your drinks or anything else special.

Len WA6KLK, will be speaking on frequencies in our area; both simplex and repeaters, their approximate coverage, and protocols, providing more information to the newer licensed hams in the area. This is also a good time to connect with a more experienced ham, put a face to the call that you've been talking with, exchange ideas, have questions answered and just plain have a good time! If time permits, Paul K2HZO, will give a very short talk on what has been happening with digital QSOs.

We hope to see many attend and encourage everyone to share experiences and information to help the newer hams in the county to 'get on the air'!.

WARS BBQ Sept 15th

Save the Date ... We are planning another BBQ to be held at the Recreation Grove in Willits. Noon to 4. Wars will provide the meat .. and ask all attending to bring a complimentary dish to go with it. Bring your chairs and prepare to have an enjoyable tie!


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

Jul 14th, 1:00pm @ Petaluma Citizen Center, Petaluma. Contact:

Jul 21st, 10:00am @ Eureka Fire Dept, Eureka. Contact:

Jul 21st, 9:00am @ Bennet Valley Grange, Santa Rosa. Contact:

Aug 8th, 1:00pm @ Petaluma Citizen Center, Petaluma. Contact:

Aug 18th, 10:00am @ Fortuna Fire Dept, Fortuna. Contact:

Aug 18th, 1:00pm @ Hidden Valley Lake. Contact: Reservations Required

Aug 18th, 1:00pm @ Novato Community Hosp, Novato. Contact:

Aug 23rd, 1:00pm @ 1310Redwood Way, Petaluma. Contact: Reservations Required

Sept 8th, 1:00pm @ Petaluma Citizns Center, Petaluma. Contact: Reservations Preferred

Sept 15th, 10:00am @ Eureka Fire Dept, Eureka. Contact:

Sept 15th, 9:00am @ Bennett Valley Grange, Santa Rosa. Contact:

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!