An Invitation

Once again the Benicia Amateur Radio Club and its volunteers will be conducting another One-Day Ham Radio Class. This class is intended for those wishing to get a Tech Ham license, or existing Techs wishing to upgrade to General.

Conducted multiple times throughout the year, this class has been very well received by the greater Northern California community. We have helped Hams from Shasta toSanta Cruz, the San Joaquin Valley, and from the Peninsula to the Sierra Foothills.

Many of us know people that we’d love to see get into our exciting hobby but have faced opposition because they didn’t have time to study. As we know, many people typically require one to two months to prepare to pass their test.

We have the answer. Earn a license or upgrade in One Day!

Historically over 90% of attendees pass the on-site FCC licensing exam. Our exams are administered by federally accredited Volunteer Examiners (VE’s) immediately at the conclusion of the class. Our proven class pass rate easily exceeds home study results.

How your Club Benefits

We have generated a large number of very active Hams who have brought additional participation, dimension and interest to their local clubs and their CERT Teams. We’re seeing our successful attendees now volunteering for On-The-Air activities, Drills, Nets & Public Service Events, and accepting leadership roles on club boards and committees.

Expand the success of your Club and its

Public Service Capabilities 

Please Share this email with your club members, friends, family, co-workers and local CERT Teams

We invite all persons interested in obtaining a Ham license – or Techs wishing to upgrade – to enroll in this One-Day class. We have over 30 Facilitators and Accredited VE’s to help deliver this successful class.

One-Day Ham Radio Class


When:              October 7th, 2017, 7:30AM-5:00 PM

Where:           Benicia Senior Center, 1201 East 2nd Street, Benicia, CA 94510

Cost:              $30. Includes all study material, venue, day-long refreshments, handouts, freebies and the federally required exam fee. All instructors, facilitators and VE’s are volunteers.

Access:         Our facility has full handicap access.

Info/Signup: Online at Class size is limited, register promptly.

Questions: or Ham Class Registrar, Art Mayoff, (925) 212-9953


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Repeater Update:

W6BIS reports that the Mt.St.Helena repeaters, 147.18 and 441.900 have been returned to service after a brief outage.  It was reported that the battery charger had failed allowing the batteries to go dead.  The 147.180 repeater for Mt. Veeder is back on the bench.

The Dstar Hot-spot at St. Helena has been removed due to lack of use.

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No SARS meeting in June.  Next meeting July 18th

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Update AB1222, “hands free Law”

Attributed to James Latham, AF6AQ ARRL East Bay SM

“Thanks to Bill Hillendahl, SF SM, for the following update:
A quick update on the CA Hands Free Law – AB 1785/CVC 23123.5.
We have been fielding a number of inquires on if Amateur Radio (2-way
radio) is exempt from the updated “hands-free” law that went into effect
on January 1st of this year. The language of the legislation is “all
inclusive” and tends to, by default, wrap 2-way radio use into the
Amateur licensees in the Pacific and South West Divisions of ARRL have
been working on this issue. The original bill’s sponsor has been
contacted a number of times. The CHP command has also been contacted.
As a result, the CHP has issued a memo to its officers advising that “a
radio installed and mounted in a vehicle with a wired hand microphone is
not considered a wireless communications device……..and therefore is
not subject to enforcement under this section.” That memo was issued
on March 28, 2017.
More recently, the sponsoring assemblyman entered into the Assembly
Journal a letter establishing the legislative intent of the law.
Essentially, the letter states that common 2-way, wired radio use was
not intended to be addressed by the newer hands-free law. This letter
was published in the Assembly Journal on April 27, 2017.
Please note: Use of an HT would still be a violation. The radio must
be mounted and the microphone be corded to the radio.
Please remember that not all law enforcement officers will be aware of
these documents, and may not follow them. Amateurs may still be
I would like to hear if any Amateur is actually cited under CVC 23123.5
for using Amateur Radio.
We can all thank the past SW Div Vice Director Marty Woll N6VI, Jim
Aspinwall NO1PC, Norm Lucas WB6RVR, and others behind the scenes for
their valiant effort to move this clarification forward. The effort is
not over, as equally ambiguous language is being promoted in the
revision to the law moving through the legislature now.
Please remind everyone that they must still not use their radios in a
manner that detracts from their safe operation of their vehicle.
Drivers can still be cited under the very broad “distracted driving”
code section.
ARRL East Bay Section
Section Manager: James R Latham, AF6AQ”

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AB1222 information

AB1222 is a modification to the “Hands-free” cell phone law that went into effect on January 1st.  This modification affects every Ham radio operator who operates mobile.  Here are links that will provide the latest information on this bill and more on the way it bears on mobile operation:

The following is a quote from Jim Aspinwall, NO1PC who introduced this information at the annual NARCC meeting on April 29, 2017

Under “Hands-Free Information Links” is a fresh document available to any/all to convey to their local Assembly and Senate representatives.
Do NOT let Quirk win with a few token wording edits.

Go to this site:

and sign-up to track AB1222… do not miss a date/opportunity to get this fixed properly.
CHP did us a tremendous favor.  Insist that their valuable expert input be included!!!


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