Irma, a great ham and a wonderful peron, passed away peacefully Sunday night, April 22nd. She always monitored 145.530 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!

Hamfest 2018

Valley of the Moon Amateur Radio Club presents HAMFEST 2018 Saturday, April 28th, 8 am to 12 noon.


Swap Meet (indoor and outdoor spaces)
VE Testing Session
Station Demos
Fox Hunt


Special exhibit of vehicles that support emergency communications
Radio Control helicopter using 70cm.
On the air demo of FreeDV digital voice on HF

Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building, located at 126 First Street, West Sonoma

For info: 707-935-7441

Admission: FREE
Breakfast: $8.00
Talk - in on 145.350 MHz (88.5 pl)

WARS Seminar June 16th

Save the date ... Seminar will be held at the LDS Church, on the south end of Willits, starting at 10am. Topics will be announces once the program has been set.


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

Apr 28th, 1:00pm @ MCOE, Talmage. Contact: Steve 707-467-5021. Registration Required

Apr 28th, 9:00am @ Sonoma Veterans Memorioal Hall, Sonoma. Contact:

May 12th, 1:00pm @ Petaluma Citizen Center, Petaluma. Contact:

May 19th, 10am @ Eureka Fire Dept., Eureka. Contact:

May 24th, 1:00pm @ 1310 Redwood Way, Petaluma. Contact: Reservations Preferred.

May 26th, 10:00am @ Redwood Academy, Ukiah. Contact: Reservations Required.

Jun 9th, 1:00pm @Petaluma Citizen Center, Petaluma. Contact:

June 23rd, 12:00pm @ Lakeport Chamber of Commerce, Lakeport. Contact: Reservations Required.

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