Club E-Mail Reflector Not Working

Have you wondered why no one has responded to your post on the Club e-mail reflector?  Our Club e-mail reflector has been broken for a couple of months, making it impossible to get information and notices out to membership.  
Stay tuned for updates.


This year’s Holiday Luncheon will be at Ming’s Chinese Restaurant in Soquel Village (4720 Soquel Drive).  Lunch Menu is extensive and orders will be taken by separate check.  Our customary gift raffle exchange will take place following installation of Board officers.  Don’t miss this fun event!

RSVP appreciated but not mandatory to Becky <ki6tkb@yahoo.com> or phone message at 831-685-2915.



Mark your calendar for the January 17, 2020 Santa Cruz County Amateur Radio Club meeting at the Red Cross Center (2960 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz).  The meeting will begin at 7:30pm, with a brief business meeting, followed by a not-to-be-missed guest presentation by Ron Skelton (W6WO), an antenna expert, who will discuss efficient designs of vertical antennas.



Please contact Richard (K8SQB) <scgooner@att.net> or

Becky (KI6TKB) <ki6tkb@yahoo.com>


Annual Club membership dues are due January 1 and can be paid at the annual Holiday Luncheon at Ming’s (Dec. 14).

SCCARC ANNUAL DUES (Due January 1) Full Member: $25.00 Family Members: $6.00 for each additional member at the same mailing address Youth Members: $10.00 for full-time students age 18 or under Dues for new, first time members (not renewals) shall be pro-rated after April 1 of each year, as follows: • Reduced 25% between April 1 and June 30 • Reduced 50% between July 1 and September 30 • Reduced 75% between October 1 and December 1 After December 1, full payment shall be required, and dues shall be applied to the following year. Annual Dues are due January 1. Members over three months in arrears in the payment of dues shall be considered inactive, thereby relinquishing privileges in the Club.

MEMBERSHIP is open to any and all persons.
Membership dues may be paid securely online using the Donate button above, with PayPal or a credit card.

PLEASE NOTE: We appreciate the convenience of using PayPal to transmit funds to your Club. However, PayPal subtracts fees from each payment in the amount of 2.9% of the base amount plus $.30 per transaction. In order to keep your Club from losing money as a result of this convenience to you, we request that you include an amount equal to these fees in addition to the base amount of your payment. Example: To pay dues of $25.00, add $.73 + $.30 for a total of $26.03. We appreciate your cooperation.

Also, with your payment, please include a comment including your callsign or purpose of donation. Or, Membership dues may be paid with cash, or check (payable to Santa Cruz County Amateur Radio Club), at regular Club meetings, or checks with completed Membership Application Form may be mailed to the club’s mailing address: SCCARC PO BOX 238 SANTA CRUZ CA 95061-0238 Dues Renewals may be paid in these same ways. Thanks!

November Meeting Recap

1) November Club Meeting Board Elections and Guest Presentation to a Full House!

The November 15 Club meeting was great fun, and brought radio operators and will-be radio operators from far and wide.  The first item of Club business was to elect new Board officers, which occurred quickly.  Here are the new officers that will serve for the next two years:

President: Becky Steinbruner (Ki6TKB)

Vice President: Richard Adams (K8SQB)

Secretary: John Gerhardt (N6QX)

Treasurer: Allen Fugelseth (WB6RWU)

Board Member: David Dean (N6DTH)

Board Member: Cap Pennell (KE6AFE)

Board Member (past President): Don Taylor (K6GHA)


Repeater Committee:

Nate Preston (KM6THE)

Craig Harlamoff (N6SBN)  (special interest in digital modes)

Duane Titus (K6TS)

Many thanks to Gary Watson (K6PDL) and Ned Rice (N6ZOZ) for serving on the Board for the past two years.  We hope they will remain involved in Board discussions as important issues move forward.

A GREAT PRESENTATION BY ERIC SWARTZ (WA6HHQ) followed.  Eric, owner of Elecraft, brought one of the new K4 Direct Sampling SRR HF transceivers that his company has developed and is currently taking orders for production.  He brought a model to demonstrate the amazing technology and kept us all spellbound for the rest of the evening.


Open Shack (Its Better Than A Flea Market)


Greetings to one and all, this is an invitation to an:-
Open Shack (better than a flea market) event at my home in Capitola

Saturday Dec7 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Pizza served for lunch at noon.
After 70 years of Ham Radio it is time for me to part with many Ham related items. Where possible I found the probable cost new then offer them at 50%.
In all cases I invite offers at What It’s worth to you the buyer.
Apache Labs Anan 100D an open source Software Defined HF Radio. The new owner will receive a 34 page professional test report on this specific unit $1,350.
I will send you a list of features via email if interested.
A SignalLinkUSB unit set up for K3 orKS3 is $75
Cushcraft R6000 HF vertical (20 to 6m) $225.
Astron 30A linear power supply $40
Alinco switching power supply 15v 5A individually adjustable $25
Diamond X200A VHF/UHF Base/rptr vertical $70. Mag-mount UHF /VHFvertical
FreeTalk wireless headset
50 Ohm 50 Watt Dummy load. N connector DC-8GHz $35
MFJ 281 ClearTalk loudspeaker RadioShack compact stereo loudspeaker
Many through-hole R L C components A 7×9” through-hole project board
Good collection of Surface Mounted components
Many lengths of coax. and several lengths of Al tubing- free
Collections of QST and QEX journals, various ARRL Handbooks and reference books
Fujifilm FinePix camera
Hustler mobile antenna, base, top plate and elements for 17, 15 and 10M $30
These are all in good shape, so hopefully my surplus will quickly become your treasure. Reasonable offers only please, of course no tax and shipment costs are involved. Sight unseen offers OK but I will send items only via a USPS Flat-rate carton.
Contact me by email if you have any questions ronskelton@cruzio.com 831 477 1021
Please come and have some fun on Dec7
Addr 4220 Gull Cove Way Capitola
73 Ron W6WO


How to get “plugged in” to the amateur radio community

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

This morning, I found this email in my inbox:

Thank you for your website and great content. I passed the Tech and General tests on Saturday, and I will be taking the Extra exam in November. Your “No Nonsense” guides were very helpful.

I do have a question, though. How do I stay current on what’s happening in the ham world?For example the CQ WW SSB contest was this weekend. How do newbies know this kind of thing? How do we find local or regional hamfests and other events?

This is a great question. Like any special interest, it can seem daunting to get plugged in (pun intended) to the community. Here are a few of my suggestions:

Join the ARRL (http://arrl.org/). The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is really the place to start for information related to amateur radio.QST, the ARRL’s monthly magazine, includes news about upcoming contests and ARRL-sanctioned hamfests. It also reviews new amateur radio products and provides a wealth of technical information.

In addition to QST, the ARRL publishes many email newsletters that members can subscribe to. For example, Contest Update is a biweekly newsletter that not only lists upcoming contests, but also includes tips on operating contests. The ARES E-Letter is a monthly public service and emergency communications newsletters. There are also email newsletters for ham radio instructors, those interested in DX, legislative matters, and satellite operation.

Join your local club. While the ARRL will help you keep abreast of amateur radio news and events nationally and internationally, if you want to know what going on in amateur radio in your area, you should join your local club. To find clubs near you, go to http://www.arrl.org/find-a-club.

Visit the WA7BNM Contest Calendar (https://www.contestcalendar.com/). This contest calendar has become my go-to resource for any and all contest information. This site provides detailed information about amateur radio contests throughout the world, including their scheduled dates/times, rules summaries, log submission information and links to the official rules as published by the contest sponsors. Its features include an 8-Day calendar, a 12-Month calendar, and separate calendars for state QSO parties, CW contests, and QRP contests. You can also get a weekly e-mail of contests taking place in an 8-day period (Monday through Monday), as well as a list of contests scheduled for the next week and a list of log submission information for recent contests.

Ham radio blogs. Blogs are also a good way to keep up with what’s going on in amateur radio. I like to think that I do a good job of covering what’s going on in amateur radio, but, of course, I can’t do it all. That being the case, you might also want read other blogs. Other amateur radio blogs that you might want to check out include:

  • The K0NR Radio Site (http://www.k0nr.com/wordpress/)
  • QRP–When you care to send the very least (https://w2lj.blogspot.com/)
  • Everything Ham Radio (https://www.everythinghamradio.com/)

There are a bunch of other good ones out there. Find the ones you like and subscribe to them, so that you get a notification when new items are posted.

Mailing lists. Mailing lists are kind of old school, but if you have a special interest, chances are that there is a mailing list for it. For example, I own an Elecraft KX-3, so I subscribe to the Elecraft KX User Group mailing list (https://groups.io/g/Elecraft-KX/). Many amateur radio mailing lists are migrating to the Groups.io. To find a list, just click on the “Find or Create a Group” link at the top of the page. I just did a search for “amateur radio” and found 910 different amateur radio mailing lists.

Podcasts and videocasts. Podcasts are also another great way to stay up with amateur radio. I’m partial to theICQPodcast (http://icqpodcast.com/) because I am on the panel once a month. The podcast not only includes a discussion of what’s new in amateur radio, but also a feature, which digs a little deeper into a particular topic. Other great podcasts are Ham Radio Workbench (https://www.hamradioworkbench.com/), and Linux in the Ham Shack (https://lhspodcast.info/). Internet video shows that are worth checking out are Ham Radio 2.0 (https://www.livefromthehamshack.tv/), Ham Radio Now (https://www.hamradionow.tv/home), and Ham Nation (https://twit.tv/shows/ham-nation).

This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you have an amateur radio information resource that you find particular helpful, please let me know.


Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, is the author of the KB6NU amateur radio blog (KB6NU.Com), the “No Nonsense” amateur radio license study guides (KB6NU.Com/study-guides/), and often appears on the ICQPodcast (icqpodcast.com). When he’s not trying to keep up with ham radio, he likes to build stuff and  operate CW on the HF bands.