SPECIAL EVENT!

ARRL is sponsoring the annual January VHF Contest for VHF and Up communications.

January 20-22, 2018 - Begins 1900 UTC Saturday, ends 0359 UTC Monday

If you have ever had an interest in VHF communications outside of using repeaters, in just about two weeks from now, the ARRL is sponsoring the annual January VHF Contest for VHF and Up communications.
 
The ARRL January VHF "Contest" is an excellent opportunity to try new modes and methods of communications, test radios and antennas out, and do so with a larger population of users of these "higher" bands being on the air and without the additional stress or frustration that could occur in one of the larger contest events. You can operate from home, portable, just about any location,- much like Field Day - and participate for a few hours or the whole event.
 
We have new digital modes that have recently evolved and are now in wide use across all of the bands and for VHF folks, especially six meters, that allow very modest stations to communicate over distances not previously possible. This time of year is also an interesting time for six and two meter propagation, and there are a lot of folks that will be happy to "Elmer" others interested in the hobby and techniques.
 
In the San Diego Area, our first Saturday of the Month VHF Breakfast at the Spice House Cafe, 9035 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, Ca 92123 - Phone (858) 565-1028 will focus as always on good food, camaraderie, and also answering questions for folks interested in VHF communications, as well as providing operating tips and strategies for the actual event taking place on January 20th and 21st.
 
Parking lot chats and discussions often start at 0845, and breakfast indoors at 0900.
Anyone interested in VHF and VHF DX operations (not just for fun and hobby, but also often to support CERT, ARES, Red Cross and other community radio support teams) are all welcome.
 
73, Bruce, KG6IYN

Six Shooters' Story (with recent Field Day pix)

It was early in 2001 when a group of amateur radio operators in San Diego's east county decided to form a club dedicated to promoting operations locally in the 6 meter amateur radio band.  For months previous to that, they enjoyed communicating and experimenting on the band, particularly exploring the benefits of local communication in the FM mode.

Through this experimentation, word got out locally that some hams were hanging our hats on 6 meters and the number of operators now "testing the waters" was slowly growing.  Certainly, there was activity on 6 meters before this group, but that activity was limited to the DX'ers who would only tune in on 6 meters when there were band openings.  There were only a couple of very quite repeaters, but all of that was soon to change.

In April 2001, five local hams got together and formed the San Diego Six Shooters Amateur Radio Club.  Gary Richardson, N6LRV; Stacy Macintyre, KC6STT; Phil Goodwin, W6BAS/SK; Rich Hall, KF6ARX; and Joe Acevedo, N6SIX laid out the blueprint to organize and promote this wonderful band. Little did they know where that journey would take them, but it was sure to be an adventure.

It didn't take long for the Six Shooters to become a fixture within the local amateur radio community.  Weekly FM simplex and SSB nets, which were the staple,  and participation grew with each passing month.

The very first meetings were held in a restaurant named the Top Sirloin Restaurant in El Cajon.  There, they shared ideas and information regarding six meters and our operations on six.  It was there that the Six Shooters, as a group, developed the San Diego Six Shooter logo that is now so easily recognizable.  The logo was a true group effort, taking 6 months to nail down and with everyone making a contribution.

 

As the San Diego Six Shooters ARC grew, so did thier reputation for becoming the local 6 meter group and in 2003, they were approached by Ranger Communications.  RCI had just develped their second generation 6 meter radio (RCI-5054DX-100) and they asked The Six Shooters to field test the prototype before they submitted it for  FCC type-acceptance.  After six weeks, Stacy, KC6STT and Gary, N6LRV published their preview of the radio which is still refered to today by RCI.

As time moved forward, the Six Shooters always learned something new about forming a club.  None of them had ever done this before and mistakes were made, but they never prevented the Six Shooters from continuing to grow.  Changes took place... club meetings began at the Ranch House in Santee, but are now held at Marie Callender's restaurant in La Mesa.  The FM Simplex net was moved to a wide area repeater system thanks to the invitation by Chris Buchanan, N6LXX. The participation on the SIx Shooter nets skyrocketed as they now had hams from all over southern California as well as Las Vegas and northern Texas tuning in.

In 2011, the San Diego SIx Shooters celebrated their 10th anniversary.  It was a celebration of a 10 year journey...six meters at a time.  Today, the San Diego SIx Shooters are looking to become bigger and better, providing support for all facets of amateur radio, promoting the Amateur Radio Service to the public, and striving to make this amateur radio experience enjoyable for all of its members. - Joe, N6SIX

Club Award

Memorial 'HAM OF THE YEAR' Award.

Angelo Boccia was one of the original members at the founding of the club. He is greatly missed. The 2017 Angelo Boccia Ham of the Year Award goes to Dr. Bill Sperling - NA6AA.

Club Award

Memorial 'HAM OF THE YEAR' Award.

Angelo Boccia was one of the original members at the founding of the club. He is greatly missed. The 2017 Angelo Boccia Ham of the Year Award goes to Dr. Bill Sperling - NA6AA.

Club Nets

  • Monday SSB +

    Net Monday nights at 8:00pm PST on 50.200MHz USB.

  • Wednesday +

    Wednesdays at 7:00pm on 53.580MHz, 103.5 PL - Hosted by N6LXX.

  • Friday +

    Friday at 8:00pm, 53.580MHz, 103.5 PL The 'Original' Six Shooters net on N6LXX.

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Net Control Op?

You've been checking into a Six Shooter Net and believe that you are ready to volunteer as a Net Control Operator. At a meeting or on a net, contact Bruce, KG6IYN, the Six Shooters Net Control Manager. He'll get you started.

Want to Donate?

Six Shooters is growing. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are TAX DEDUCTABLE. Your donation is greatly appreciated and will be used to help fund training materials and public club activities.

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