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Recently, members of Sacramento County ARES got together to build a 20/40 meter trap dipole antenna with a homemade balun. This was a fun project that gave us an opportunity to get some hands- on experience with antenna making.  Members built their own baluns (a simple 1:1 voltage balun) and a pair of 20 meter coax traps. We then took wire and assembled the antennas, then hoisted them up and tuned them. We ended up with a useful little antenna that works verywell on 20 meters while giving good performance on 40 meters with the added advantage of being shorter than a standard 40 meter dipole. 

42 amateur radio operators from 6 counties worked together to support communications for the California International Marathon (CIM) December 5, 2015.

The CIM hosted by the Sacramento Running Association, drew over 9000 runners for this 33rd annual marathon 26.2-mile race from Folsom to downtown Sacramento. Elite racers are able to use finish times to qualify for the Boston Marathon or Olympic Marathon trial.

On 10/31/15, members of Sacramento County ARES met to build some dual-band (2 meter / 440) trap J-Pole antennas out of twin lead based on WB6IQN's “DBJ-2” antenna design.

Butte Fire After Action Report

Daniel L. Edwards
Amador County ARES EC

The following is the final after action report for the Amador County ARES support of the Red Cross Shelter set up for the Butte Fire. Radio communications were maintained for 102 hours beginning at midnight Wednesday Sept 9, 2015 until 6:00 AM Monday morning Sept 14, 2015 An FSD 157 for this event is included with this report.

Although we were not technically challenged due to the high quality of the facilities at the shelter, we did have an excellent opportunity to exercise our ability to deploy on short notice. The following bullets are a brief chronological summary of our activities.


The Net is held weekly on Monday night on the N6ICW and K6IS repeater systems.  The two systems are linked during the net.

Time: 7:00 PM


N6ICW: 147.195 MHz (+) pl 123.0

K6IS: 145.190 MHz (-) pl 162.2


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