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

ARRL Special Service Club

N6NA 145.250 MHz FM Repeater via EchoLink N6NA-R and AllStar node 53410 - Status ONLINE


SolderSmoke Podcast
Our March 2 Meeting - 7:30 pm PST

Bill Meara N2CQR and Pete Juliano N6QW present "SolderSmoke"

Homebrew electronics gurus and podcasters Bill Meara N2CQR and Pete Juliano N6QW will join us to discuss radio projects and to share "tribal knowledge" about how to succeed when melting solder. Their humorous SolderSmoke podcasts, reminiscent of "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers" of NPR's Car Talk program, have been entertaining and fostering a sense of global community among electronics hobbyists since 2005. All are welcome!  Email contact@n6na.org for log on info for this March 2 River City ARCS Zoom meeting!

Besides their SolderSmoke podcasts, Bill and Pete also recommend:
G-QRP Club
  1. The G-QRP Club – a wonderful resource for those contemplating a homebrew adventure, 
  2. N6QW's "Ten Commandments of Homebrewing" – steps to a successful project, and 
  3. Bill's amazing new Quarantine Hodgepodge homebrew rig
SolderSmoke–The Book

SolderSmoke–The Book by Bill Meara, N2CQR

SolderSmoke is the story of a secret, after-hours life in electronics. Bill Meara started out as a normal kid, from a normal American town. But around the age of 12 he got interested in electronics, and he has never been the same.
To make matters worse, when he got older he became a diplomat. His work has taken him to Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, the Spanish Basque Country, the Dominican Republic, the Azores islands of Portugal, London, and, most recently, Rome. In almost all of these places his addiction to electronics caused him to seek out like-minded radio fiends, to stay up late into the night working on strange projects, and to build embarrassingly large antennas above innocent foreign neighborhoods. SolderSmoke takes you into the basement workshops and electronics parts stores of these exotic foreign places, and lets you experience the life of an expatriate geek. If you are looking for restaurant or hotel recommendations, look elsewhere. But if you need to know where to get an RF choke re-wound in Santo Domingo, SolderSmoke is the book for you.
SolderSmoke is no ordinary memoir. It is a technical memoir. Each chapter contains descriptions of Bill’s struggles to understand (really understand) radio-electronic theory. Why does P=IE? Do holes really flow through transistors? What is a radio wave? How does a frequency mixer produce sum and difference frequencies? If these are the kinds of questions that keep you up at night, this book is for you.
Finally, SolderSmoke is about brotherhood. International, cross-border brotherhood. Through the SolderSmoke podcast we have discovered that all around the world, in countries as different as Sudan and Switzerland, there are geeks just like us, guys with essentially the same story, guys who got interested in radio and electronics as teenagers, and who have stuck with it ever since. Our technical addiction gives us something in common, something that transcends national differences. And our electronics gives us the means to communicate. United by a common interest in radio, and drawn closer together by means of the internet, we form an “International Brotherhood of Electronic Wizards.”
Click to view our February 2 Meeting Video & Program Slideshow

Our General meetings are currently held online & open to members and guests.  Our members receive log on instructions via their registered email.  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

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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River City ARCS Wednesday Night Nets • Members and Visitors always Welcome!
8:00 pm - N6NA 145.250 MHz FM Repeater (- offset) PL 162.2 AllStarLink Node: 53410, EchoLink Node: N6NA-R 8:30 pm - 10 meter net 28.420 MHz USB 9:00 pm - Slow Scan TV Net N6NA 441.300 MHz FM Repeater

Telegraph Key
Morse Code Practice

Club members are invited to participate in beginner level Morse Code practice on the N6NA 441.30 MHz repeater daily from 7:00 am to 8:00 am.

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

DIY Radio Builders Group


DIY Radio Tuna Tin "S" Project

Bob Mix KF6ABC and Phil Sittner KD6RM are leading our 2021 "DIY" Radio project, Bob Fontana's 'The Tuna Tin "S",' as featured in the December 2020 QST Magazine. Our "Elmers" will guide you in building this bare bones battery-operated CW transmitter that boasts an Arduino controlled digital readout frequency synthesizer and an FCC-clean 1 watt CW signal on your choice of 80, 40 or 20 meters.

Our February 25 DIY-Radio Zoom meeting video is now posted.  All are welcome to observe our build sessions.

Click here to read more. Join DIYRadio group at groups.io to get on the email list to receive news updates.


Links to other Sacramento Area Amateur Radio Resources

RCARCS Meetings, Nets & Events (all Pacific Time)

River City ARCS Newsletter


Upcoming Meeting Programs and Area Events

  • March 2 - 7:30 pm General Meeting: Program Bill N2CQR & Pete N6QW of the SolderSmoke Podcast
  • March 13-14 - QSO Today Ham Expo
  • April 6 - 7:30 pm General Meeting: Program Bob KF6ABC - The Tuna Tin S Transmitter Project
  • May 4 - Meeting Program Kevin KK6DCT - Online Resources for Radio Amateurs
  • June 1 - Meeting Program Tom Cutter W6BS - Field Day Prep
  • June 26-27 - ARRL Field Day

Join or Renew Membership now through 2021
Annual Dues for Full Time Students are $5
Click here to Join, Renew or Update
your River City ARCS Membership Now!

Membership is by calendar year.  2021 membership dues are due now.
Members current through 2021 as of 02/18/2021: AA6CS AG6YG AJ6GE DW7XCP K3REH K6AAI K6BSY K6CBB K6DRY K6ESS K6GCN K6HUH K6JWN K6MCS K6VDU K6WSM(ex-KN6LUE) K7GFM KA4RXE(ex-KN6JBR) KA6YLA KC6RUO KD6GBY KD6KFM KD6MDV KD6QZH KD6RM KE7EL KE7WJR KF6ABC KF6RNZ KF6VOZ KF6YXK KF6ZMV KG6ILB KG6NEN KG6SMX KI4FND KI6MOL KI6PHB KI6RT KJ6CFD KJ6KME KJ6PRY KJ6YYY KK6DCT KK6GGC KK6UEI KK6WSP KK6YHI KK6YHM KK6ZGA KL7HQR KM6DNV KM6FKB KM6GYM KM6LYW KM6MFI KM6MZY KM6NFO KM6ONO KM6SBB KN6CAT KN6FGX KN6HTD KN6JGY KN6JMH KN6JYI KN6LPW KN6LPX KN6LPY KN6LRN KN6LRO KN6SD KO6KD KP4MD KR4TH KS6WTF KV3LMR KW6EC N3ARP N6CKV N6DTR N6DXX N6EMF N6MAJ N6PAA N6PGQ N6RXT N6TWW N6UMI N6VN W6BS W6GUY W6PJJ W6SWC W6TGS W6VFW W6XBC WA6LXD WA6NEA WB6UBK WG6CFS KF6IZU+ N6ICW+ W6AWS+ W6DFG+ WB2ZEI+ WB6YLK+ WO6J+ (NØCALL): Marie Martin+ John Rapp Nancy Reid(XYL of K6DRY)
+Courtesy or Life members
Member dues & donations defray our meeting, event and operating expenses.

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 PT 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 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.

Calling for VEs for new Online Testing Team

The River City ARCS and nearby clubs plan to help meet the heightened need for license testing in our area through a new regional online VE team. There are opportunities for those interested to audit an online VE session who are or plan to become an accredited Volunteer Examiner (especially Extra Class). If interested please email contact@n6na.org


Ham Nation Videos
SolderSmoke Podcast
Amateur Radio Video/Podcast Channels
Ham Nation Live Wed. at 6 pm PT
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