The Northern Amateur Relay Council of California

Welcome to northern California's repeater coordinating body. The Northern Amateur Relay Council of California, Inc. (NARCC) is the Amateur Radio coordinating organization for the 10 meter band and higher in Northern California.

In cooperation with the FCC, ARRL, and the support of the hams in northern California, NARCC performs the repeater coordination function for the region. NARCC's region extends from California's coast to the Nevada border and from Tehachapi in the south to the Oregon border in the north. All amateurs with repeaters in the region are urged to file for Coordination and maintain their station data with NARCC. Having a station with a current Coordination helps should a dispute arise.  (Click Here for NARCC Service Area Map)

NARCC is made up of a board of directors elected by the membership. Frequency coordinators are appointed by the board. All are unpaid volunteers.

We encourage you to become a member of NARCC. By doing so you help support the cost of the service and receive certain members-only benefits.

See the navigation bar to the left for areas of interest.

Special Notices!

Former NARCC President and ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator Norm Lucas, WB6RVR (SK)  :

ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, died on June 19, after suffering an apparent pulmonary embolism. Norm went pretty quickly, and apparently without much or prolonged pain at the end.He was 67. Norm had been an OO since 1989 and OOC since 2003.

Licensed in 1964, Norm was a past president of the Northern Amateur Relay Council of California (NARCC) and actively lobbied for the revision of California's distracted driving bill. He was a life member of the Northern California Contest Club (NCCC) and a regular participant in the ARRL 160 Meter Contest.

Norm had a lifelong career railroading, as a conductor/brakeman, etc., first with the Sacramento Northern and later with the Union Pacific, as well as many years as a United Transportation Union as the General Chairman.  He began volunteering at the California State Railroad Museum many years ago and continued through retirement. Norm served as docent, volunteer conductor, brakeman and was assistant manager of museum railroad operations.

His contributions to the many communities he served in are far more than we will ever truly know. Norm is truly missed by many.

NARCC Board Meeting  :

Our next Board Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 5th 2017. The proposed agenda can be found here.  The meeting will be held at the Ygnacio Valley Library - 2661 Oak Grove Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

BoardMeeting20170805.png You can access our Interactive Map here.

NARCC Technical Committee  :

Jim Aspinwall NO1PC, our Technical Committee Chair has put together a list of technical resources. You can find these links by clicking on Technical Committee →  Resources.  You can also find the file here. If you have anything links that you found helpful, please contact Jim via the Who’s Who link to the left.

NARCC Audit Committee  :

I want to thank Jim Siemons AF6PU, Tim Barrett K6BIV, and Jack Kirk W6KRK for completing the audit of our books for 2014, 2015, and 2016. The full report can be found here. A few items have since been dealt with.  The outstanding $100 has been resolved. The board has also voted to write-off / remove the missing UT123 Option Board from the NARCC Inventory. I want to thank Jim and Jack for volunteering to perform the audit again next year.

NARCC General Membership Meeting  :

The most recent NARCC General Membership Meeting started an hour and a half late. We were delayed due to not having a quorum.  At the point of the meeting we had 262 voting members on the books. Quorum is 20% of the voting membership. I want to thank those members who emailed their proxies in to help us achieve quorum. This is the second time that we struggled to meet quorum.

The notes from the meeting can be found here.

A few staff changes occurred during the meeting. Bob Venditti W6AW decided not to run for the Board this term. Jim Aspinwall NO1PC nominated himself for the Board. These changes left us with a slate of five nominees (Jim + four incumbent members) for the Board.  The members voted to elect the entire slate into office.

Eric Homa N6NMZ from our IT Services Group, added the ability to download the NARCC directory to your NARCC On-Line Account. Simply login and look under Miscellaneous. There you should see Directory Download. Simply select the version that works best for you.


Bob Warmke W6CYX has asked to step down as the 902MHz and Above Coordinator.  Scott Miles WB6PQM has volunteered to take on the role. Please give Scott and Bob a few weeks to exchange information and for Scott to get his feet under him. Please give Scott a big thank you for stepping up to fill this role. Please also give Bob a huge thank you for his many years of service.

NARCC 2017 Newsletter  :

The newsletters are in the process of being taken to the printers and ultimately mailed to each Org. There will be no deduplication, so if you have 4 Orgs, you will get four Newsletters.

Can’t wait for the newsletter to hit your mailbox, you can find the online version here.

The newsletters might be a little late, considering that we had to change venues at the last minute for the General Membership Meeting.

NARCC February 11th Board Meeting Minutes  :

The Preliminary Draft of the February 11th, 2017 Board Meeting is available here. The document can also be found on the Meeting Minutes to the left, under Minutes.

From the ARRL :

The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, died an unbefitting death as the 114th Congress of the United States drew to a close today. After having passed the House of Representatives on a unanimous vote, the bill stalled in the Senate due to the intervention of only one member, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

Over the course of the past year, Sen. Nelson has received thousands of emails, letters, and phone calls from concerned constituents asking for his support of H.R. 1301. Numerous meetings were held with his senior staff in an effort to move the legislation forward. Negotiations, which led to an agreement with the national association of homeowner’s associations and publicly supported by CAI and ARRL, were brushed aside by Sen. Nelson as irrelevant.

In a final meeting with the Senator’s staff earlier this week, it became clear that no matter what was said or done, the Senator opposed the bill and refused to allow it to move forward. Unfortunately, as the bill did not receive floor time, the only manner in which it could get passed in the Senate would be through a process that required unanimous consent, which means no one opposes the bill.

The legislation will be reintroduced in both houses of Congress after the 115th Session begins in January. We have already been in contact with the sponsors of the bill to allow for an early introduction, which will give us more time to obtain success. We believe that we can get his bill adopted given the fact that we were inches away from crossing the goal line. We will continue to need the support of the membership, particularly in Florida, as we go forward through the next year.

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