Repeater Frequencies

145.430 MHz
-0.6 Offset
PL Tone 162.2
AllStarLink: 51018
Echolink: 4128
Wires-X: W6EK-2M-ROOM (62545)
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223.860 MHz
-1.6 Offset
PL Tone 110.9
AllStarLink: 56039
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440.575 MHz
+5.0 Offset
Fusion C4FM
Wires-X: Sierra-NorCal (62998)
YSF/FCS: SierraNorCal FCS00360
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Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club Newsletter

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Welcome to Sierra Foothills
Amateur Radio Club


Coffee Break Net ~ Daily from 7:30 am till 10 am on W6EK repeater 145.430 megahertz, -0.6 offset, with pl tone 162.2

When: Every morning starting at 7:30 pm until at least 10 am (yes, there are a few exceptions, not many, throughout the year when the repeater is dedicated to supporting community events).

Where: On the W6EK 2 meter repeater via RF, AllStar, Echolink, Wires-X (see the main page of this site for repeater frequency, offset, PL and node numbers).

Did you know the Coffee Break Net just celebrated its second anniversary with 20 thousands of check-ins o-date? It has become truly a national and sometimes international net too. And what a great net it is covering a variety of fascinating topics that just must be experienced to believe and appreciate. If you are commuting to work or just starting your day at home with a fresh cup of coffee please tune-in, check-in, and participate for as long as you can. Enjoy, and perhaps direct with topics you are interested in, where the conversation(s) is headed for the day.

Coffee Break Net hosts include Brian, AI6US, Orion, AI6JB, Don, WB7LPJ, Gerry, WA6E, Theta, WA6EWF, Al N6ADL and Tom, NN6H. Thank you to these hosts for all their efforts making this a truly great net recognized throughout the Amateur Radio Community.

Upcoming Events

Georgetown E36 Airport Fly In

When: May 28th @ 8 am

Where: Georgetown Airport, 6245 Aerodrome Way, Georgetown, CA

Contact: Brian, AI6US

SFARC has once again been invited to promote our club activities and display ham gear at the Georgetown Fly-in. Last year, the event hosted thousands of visitors and a larger turn-out is expected this year. Bring your ham toys to show off and be ready for a fun day filled with radios, planes and great conversations.

Click here to view Fly-in flyer.

Click here to view photos from last year’s event in the SFARC Dropbox.

Field Day 2022 Logo

Who/What: Members of the Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national amateur radio Field Day exercise. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of amateur radio. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN! This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

When: Saturday, June 25th @ 11 am PST till Sunday the 26th @ 2 pm PST

Where: Georgetown Airport Campgrounds, Georgetown, CA

Contact: Gerry WA6E / Herb KM6JBI

Next Field Day planning meeting May 5th @ 6:30 pm on Zoom.

Click here to order your ARRL Field Day t-shirt. Orders close May 26th.

For those who are interested in VE Session. The club will be sponsoring testing on Saturday the 25th @ 2 pm. There will be a $14 testing Fee. You will also need a FRN from the FCC. If you do not have have one click here to be directed to the FCC page.

Hope to see you there!

Recent Events

We have been busy!

Club Presentation

Thanks to everyone who attended this month’s SFARC meeting on April 8. Between those attending in person and those joining by Zoom we had 75+ club members in attendance, participating and enjoying both a “Show us your shack” highlighting Don’s, WB6LPJ, HAM station in Meadow Vista and a great presentation from Al, N6ADT, on the history, traditions, and evolution of QSL Cards. Thank you Don and Al!

So…what is coming for our next club meeting on May 13? Spring is here and summer is rapidly approaching. Given that, most of us will be spending much more time outdoors with family and friends in all sorts of fun activities. But are we prepared for the bumps, bruises, and other potential consequences associated with enjoying the great outdoors? Well Thomas, KN6MJB, is going to help us with the health and safety planning that should be a part of our “packing” for outdoor activities. Thomas has extensive training and experience in the medical field, and we look forward with him sharing this with all of us. Thank you Thomas.

And for our TechFifteen, Tom, NN6H, is going to help all of us better understand all the digital capabilities and options that are built into the W6EK 144, 220 and 440 repeaters. This will include the proper protocols associated with these digital features and how to be a valued user. Tom is very well versed in digital technologies and protocols, and is one of the club’s repeater stewards. Thank you Tom!

A reminder that SFARC general membership meetings start at 7:30 pm PST at the Crossroads Church in Auburn, 1101 Auburn Ravine Road (please use the Dairy Road entrance and parking lot). We are planning on a hybrid meeting consisting of a combination of both in-person and Club Zoom-Room attendees. Members planning to attend through the club Zoom-Room can do so by connecting to www.w6ek.org, selecting the “Meetings” tab, then following the Zoom meeting login directions (note that Board meetings are not available on the club’s Zoom-Room).

As always, I would appreciate hearing your feedback on past presentations, and your desires and ideas for future club meetings topics and presentations. Many of you have already submitted ideas which is most appreciated. And…do you have a topic you would like to present to the club?

Please contact me at vicepresident@w6ek.org.


Greydon, KC6SLE
SFARC Vice President

Club Volunteer Events

Date Event Contact
June 25th ~ 26th Western States Endurance Run Joe, K6SAT

Club Radiosport

Click here to download ARRL & Non-ARRL contests for the month of May.

If you would like to make a donation to the club, or need to send money to us for any reason, you may use this PayPal link PayPal.me/w6ek or the link below, or mail a check to:

P.O. Box 6421
Auburn, CA 95604.