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River City Amateur Radio Communications Society
Sacramento, California since 1976!

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River City ARCS May 5 Meeting

Our June 2 Online General Meeting online via Zoom

Click here to watch our May Meeting

Tuesday June 2 at 7:30 pm

Meeting Program:
Field Day Prep and Art Clark, KD6GBY
"Solid State Transformers"

Our General meetings are currently held online & open to members and guests.
Visitors may request meeting access via advance e-mail to contact@n6na.org
Time: 7:30 pm 1st Tuesday of each month
Place: Sacramento County Corp. Yard, 5026 Don Julio Blvd (corner Elkhorn Blvd), Sacramento, CA 95842
Click to view our archived meeting presentations

Would you like a personal mentor to help get you on the air?
Come to our meeting and ask about our "Elmer" Program!

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Health & Welfare Net

Daily 7:30 pm Informal "Health and Welfare" & Roundtable Net 145.25 MHz

As we are asked to “shelter in place,” many Amateurs may be isolated in their home. Occasionally some may have no outside contact checking on needs. Therefore, the River City ARCS' informal "Health and Welfare Net" is held every evening at 7:30 pm on our N6NA repeater on 145.25 MHz.

Instead of calling for “check-ins,” the net control operator calls for those who have indicated they need a contact.
If the person doesn’t respond, at the end of the net they are called to see if all is well.  After the contact period of the net, we have an informal roundtable giving everyone an opportunity to chat.

Amateurs desiring to be contacted need to e-mail contact@n6na.org with their name, call, complete phone number and address.  Persons desiring to be a net control operator or backup, also e-mail contact@n6na.org


River City ARCS Wednesday Night Nets
8 pm Pacific Time - N6NA repeater on 145.250 MHz (-) 162.2 PL
~8:30 pm - 10 meter net on 28.420 MHz USB after 2 meter net 
~9:00 pm - Slow Scan Television Net on 441.300 MHz N6NA Repeater
Members and Visitors always Welcome!

Slow Speed (5 wpm) Morse CW Net:
28.055 MHz. Tues. & Thurs. at 10:00 AM and Wed. at 7:00 PM Pacific Time (Hosted by Club member Ioan Negru, AI6UO)


Paul McIntyre at the 2014 ARRL Pacific Division Leadership Summit

Paul McIntyre, KC5JAX
Paul McIntyre
Celebration of Life - Postponed
Paul McIntyre, KC5JAX, president of the River City ARCS, became a Silent Key at the age of 57 on February 28, 2020. He was one of four victims of a knife attack by a client at the Wellness and Recovery Center in Carmichael where Paul was interning in his training to become a social worker.

The Celebration of Life for Paul McIntyre is postponed due to the Coronavirus Health Advisory.  The future date is to be determined.

Paul was a long time mentor and volunteer, passionate to help others learn and enjoy amateur radio. He served years as a club officer, on the Board of Directors and as our net coordinator. He and his wife Barbara and son Hunter regularly participated in our picnics, Field Days and other club activities.

“He's a wonderful brave blind man who had no defense against what happened here,” said his wife Barbara McIntyre. Barbara said Paul interned at the wellness and recovery center two days a week. But his life was cut short Friday. "He was murdered on our son’s 17th birthday, so now, my son is going to have to remember his father's brutal death on every birthday that he has for the rest of his life.” McIntyre's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs. “He was the most beautiful man I ever met and I waited and waited for him. And when I found him, I knew I had something good,” said Barbara.  Link to Fox40 news storyPhotos of Paul.

Link to GoFundMe Donation Page 
Thanks to all who have donated!

Upcoming Meeting Programs and Area Events


Ham Nation Videos on TWIT.TV
K7AGE YouTube Channel
Amateur Radio Videos/Podcasts
Ham Nation Live Wed. at 6 pm PT on TWiT.TV
Amateur Radio Roundtable • Amateur Logic TV • Ham College TV
YouTube: N6NA • K7AGE • W6LG • K6UDA • W2AEW • KEØOG • VK3YE

Audio Podcasts: SolderSmoke • QSO Today Podcast
ARRL: The Doctor Is In • ARRL: So Now What? • ARRL: On the Air

River City ARCS Meetings, Nets & Events


River City ARCS Newsletter


Join or Renew your Membership through 2020
Annual Dues for Full Time Students are $5
Click here to Join, Renew or Update
your River City ARCS Membership Now!

2020 calendar year dues are payable on January 1, 2020.  
Dues received now are credited through the 2020 calendar year.

Members current through 2020 as of 5/22/2020: AA6CS AF6PK AG6YG AJ6FL AJ6G AJ6GE DW7XCP K3CJT K6AAI K6BSY K6CBB K6CIM K6CWJ K6DRY K6GCN K6HUH K6MCS K6VDU K6VSS KA6PRW KA6YLA KB6QNQ KC6RUO KD6GBY KD6ILC KD6MDV KD6RM KE6RMN K7GFM KE7EL KE7WJR KE8FT KF6ABC KF6ABD KF6QXX KF6UQS KF6VOZ KG6ILB KI6BWN KI6MOL KI6PHB KJ6CFD KJ6IST KJ6MYL KJ6PIK KJ6PRY KJ6VVV KK6AAR KK6DCT KK6FON KK6NZW KK6TBO KK6WCG KK6WIP KK6WSP KK6YUB KK6YYF KK6YYG KK6ZGA KK6ZOM KL7HQR KM6DWD KM6FKA KM6FKB KM6GYM KM6HJM KM6IOZ KM6LSO KM6MFI KM6MPV KM6MZY KM6NEZ KM6NFO KM6NQC KM6ONO KM6RGQ KM6SBB KM6TVV KM6UHD KN6CAT KN6FXF KN6HTD KN6ISP KN6SD KO6KD KO6KL KP4MD KR4TH KS6P KS6WTF N5JEF N6BQY N6DRY N6DTR N6DXX N6KEN N6PAA N6PGQ N6RS N6TWW N6VN W6AE W6BS W6GU W6JCD W6KDJ W6MPO W6PJJ W6SWC W6TEE W6VFW W6WMD W6ZTY WA6QYO WB6FC WB6OWT WB6UBK WG6CFS WN6GAL KF6IZU+ N6ICW+ W6AWS+ W6DFG+ WB2ZEI+ WB6YLK+ WO6J+ (NØCALL): Jon Gerdemann WQRA622, Marie Martin+
+Courtesy or Life members

Member dues & donations defray our meeting, event and operating expenses.

Online Amateur Radio License Courses and Practice Tests

KEØOG Online Licensing Courses

Technician Video Course https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6aFXH_SQUo&list=PL07A7D1C9D7BF7F48
General Video Course https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0R9jy9LZw_35KimLiSIOH0YdNtCeYcRe
Amateur Extra Course 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0R9jy9LZw_3CHCH-5A8faeIA-H3e4ZNC

Ham Academy

Practice Exams http://hameducation.org/

HamRadio Testing Easy Audio Flashcard Videos

The Technician Exam Playlist (07-01-2018 to 06-30-2022 Question Pool)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYIFVi1uA3jFRROpyhM3_Uwtgpw0br824
The General Exam Playlist (07-01-2019 to 06-30-2023 Question Pool)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYIFVi1uA3jGDnbQ6UMbzQ2AB_xf8K62-
The Amateur Extra Exam Playlist (07-01-2020 to 06-30-2024 Question Pool)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYIFVi1uA3jF453Aqnx8FOeHtP_VAzTLR

River City ARCS Logo Apparel

River City ARCS Logo Apparel

Order River City ARCS Logo caps, shirts and jackets directly from our logo apparel supplier.
Call Gina Land at (916) 455-2876 or visit Danoc Manufacturing, 6015 Power Inn Rd Ste A, Sacramento CA 95824.

Port Authority Cap $5.00 plus tax
River City ARCS Logo - add $5.50 plus tax
Name and call sign on each side of Logo - add $10.00 plus tax

Deep Red color Hanes #0504 EcoSmart Jersey Knit Polo Shirt with Pocket $14.00 plus tax
River City ARCS logo on left chest - add $5.50 plus tax
Name and call sign embroidered on right chest - add $8.50 plus tax

True Royal color Sport-Tek by Port Authority Style JST71 Sideline Jacket (price pending)
Large Logo embroidered on back - add $18.00 plus tax.
Small Logo on left chest - add $6.50 plus tax.
Name and call sign on left chest - add $8.50 plus tax.


Phil Sittner KD6RM on QSO Today
River City ARCS Member Phil Sittner, KD6RM, on QSO Today Podcast

Phil Sittner, KD6RM, has a ham radio story that goes back over 50 years, from childhood. Still living in Northern California, Phil builds his own radios and test equipment, operates CW on 80 and 40 meters, using his fence mounted 80 meter end-fed Zepp and a pair of phased 40 meter verticals in an HOA neighborhood where antennas are forbidden. We harness Phil’s extensive technical expertise and hear his ham radio story in this QSO Today.

Listen to Phil's podcast interview on https://www.qsotoday.com/podcasts/kd6rm


Links to other Sacramento Area Amateur Radio Resources