ARRL Field Day 2023 Is Approaching!

The Vaca Valley Radio Club is participating in the 2023 ARRL Field Day activities. The dates this year are from 12:00 PDT Saturday June 24th until 12:00 PDT Sunday June 25th.
We will be operating for 24 hours from the Brannan Island State Park Campground, at 17645 Hwy 160, Rio Vista. We will also have a Get On the Air (GOTA) station where unlicensed people can get on the air with assistance of a licensed Ham.
Here's a link to the location.

Brannan Island State Park Webpage Please make your reservations soon, sites are filling up. Most people will arrive on Friday, June 23rd. Note that Sites vary from 20 feet to 36 feet in length. While booking your site Please check SITE length and width under amenities to be sure your unit and vehicle will fit properly. Use this llnk for reservations ==> Brannan Island State Park Reservations


Upcoming Ham License Classes
There are a few ham license classes that will begin early in 2023.
The Mt Diablo ARC has a number of courses planned for all classes of licenses during the first quarter of 2023. Details and registration information is available here MDARC Education and Licensing Classes

The Benicia ARC has started planning to resurrect their highly respected one-day “ham-cram” class. It will include both Technician and General Class training. No date or location has been confirmed yet. For details when they’re available, check in on their website occasionally at Benecia ARC Web Site

The Stockton-Delta ARC also does one day HamCram sessions. There's nothing on the schedule now, but that will change. You can check their HamCram page here Stockton-Delta ARC HamCram site

The Emergency Amateur Radio Club of Hawai`i will provide several online-only 7-session Technician courses next year. The first one begins January 9, 2023, with others beginning in March, June, July and October. Contact (skawamae[at]gmail[dot]com) for details. Send email


WD6BQX RF Propagation Presentation Art's presentation on solar effects on propagation can be found here:
Hello and Welcome to Untangling DX Solar Info<

Weekly Cow Town Call In

The VVRC has initiated a new weekly rag chew session on our club repeater, 145.470.

This is a chance for members and non-members to just chat about whatever topic is of interest. No restrictions, but keep it civil.
We meet every Thursday moring at 10:30 AM LT. Bryan, KBØA, will moderate, but it is pretty freeform.
Join us on Thursday!

Quartzfest 2022 is coming!

The annual Quartzfest held in the desert just south of I-10 in Quartzsite Arizona starts on January 22, 2023 and runs through January 28th.

A few of our club members are going down there this year. It is dry camping, but it's free. For more info ==> 2023 Quartzfest website


Field Day 2022
See photos from our 2022 Field Day at Rio Vista:
2022 Field Day Photos


NOTICE FACE-2-FACE MEETINGS ARE BACK -
In-Person Meeting are held on the second Thursday of each month at the Nut Tree Airport at 7:00 PM, unless posted otherwise. See the Meetings & Events Page.

Nut Tree Airport 301 Airport Rd., Vacaville. The December meeting is our Holiday dinner and is typically held at a different time and location.
Please check the Meeting & Events page on our website for logistics.


We hold a net every Tuesday at 2000 local time on the club's repeater (W6VVR)

If you would like to join the VVRC or renew you membership this is the link to an Application Form


Browse our web site for more information about the club and what it has to offer.
If you have any questions, please email us at

or call Bryan, KB0A at 707-580-6058.


New "For Sale" page on our website
You can now find items for sale by members and non-members on the "For Sale" page on our website. Find it under the "Interesting Items" tab at the top of the page.


The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF), based here in the Bay Area, has posted a complete copy of the book “Where Do We Go Next” by Martti Laine, OH2BH, on their website. You can download it from this page: Where Do We Go Next
The book provides lots of tips on how to improve your DX success rate and what it takes to make a successful DXpedition.


We've gotten a number of new members into the club, some of which are new Hams as well. The PAPA System, Southern California's Premier Repeater System operator, has put together a guide to being a "Smooth Operator." You can read the information with this link:
PAPA Smooth Operator

Updated 06/30/2022