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!

NARCC Board Meeting Recording Posted:

The recording from the January 27th, 2018 Board Meeting has been posted. You can find it under Minutes to the left. Then look for January 2018 under Board Meetings. Finally click on the mp3 link.  Alternatively you can find it here.

Draft NARCC Border Map:

In an attempt to make a higher resolution version of our existing border map, we overlaid the existing map onto Google Earth. While old graphical map does not fit exactly, every effort was made to align the eastern and southern borders.

Next we downloaded the official county boundaries from the  US Census Bureau website. With the boundaries imported, the only county that had an issue was Kern County. As it turns out our boarder bisects the county from the top to the bottom. 

With a modified version of Kern County, a Draft updated version of existing NARCC Boarders is now available for review.

NARCC New Proxy Forms:

Many of members have started to receive their newsletters. This year we chose a new printer based upon a few good solid recommendations. The printers did a great job for us, however they made one small, minor mistake. In short in the process of doing the mail-merge, they left several fields unchanged. Specifically affected are the fields that exist on the Proxy Forms, as highlighted below in yellow

A good judge of how good a company is can be measured by how they respond to a problem. The printer, acknowledging that they made a mistake, printed and mailed all new Proxy Forms. So in the next few days all voting members will be receiving a new Proxy Form in the mail. This extra mailing did not cost NARCC anything. More importantly the new forms have some key information that a few members have accidentally left out in the past.

When someone presents a proxy without the proper information, could result in an invalid proxy. With attendance at the General Membership Meeting being marginal as it is, invalid proxies only hurt the organization.

A big thank you to the Members, the Volunteers, and specifically Mr. Fox for following this process through.

I look forward to seeing you ALL at the Membership Meeting on April 21st, 2018.

NARCC General Membership:

Our next General Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 21st 2018 at 10:00AM. The Proposed General Membership Agenda can be found here.  The meeting will be held at the Salvation Army. The address is 3950 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521.

You can access our Interactive Map here.

NARCC Board Membership:

Our next Board Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 21st 2018, immediately following the General Membership Meeting. ALL are welcome to join us. The Proposed Board Meeting Agenda can be found here.  The meeting will be held at the Salvation Army. The address is 3950 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521.

You can access our Interactive Map here.

NARCC Email Bouncing  Work in Progress:

We have made progress getting any mail to and from @NARCC.NET working seamlessly. All of the features that have needed to be enabled have been enabled.

Some emails from the database for a few small emails, may still have a few issues. We are working on changing the email addresses that come from the database. Hopefully within the next week we will have all of the code in the database updated to send emails from the new email address of no-reply@narcc.net. As email is a critical aspect of communicating with our members, we  want to be sure that everything is checked, double checked, and triple checked.

NARCC 2018 Newsletter:

The NARCC 2018 Newsletter has started to hit the streets. We used a new printer this year, per recommendation of a few other groups that have used them before. Unfortunately there was a small issue, despite our best efforts to communicate and verify the printing process was accurate. Over the last several editions, we have pre-populated the Proxy at the back of the Newsletter with your Organization Number as well as your name. This year the printer, for one reason or another, left those mail merge fields alone.

What this means to you . . . .  If you will not be joining us in Concord for the General Membership Meeting next month, we ask that you remember to manually write your Org Number, Name, and Callsign on the Proxy Form, before mailing it back to us.

The online version of the Newsletter can be downloaded here.

NARCC SSL Certificate Issue  RESOLVED:

The SSL Certificate issue has been resolved and will be valid for the next year.  Anyone with a stored password, may have to remove and re-store their password

Anyone having issues logging in, please send an email to webmaster at narcc dot net.

NARCC Audit Committee  :

It is time to complete the audit for the 2017 Finances. We are looking for one or two additional people to join Jim Siemons AF6PU and Jack Kirk Sr. W6KRK on the 2018 Audit Committee. The total commitment to the Audit Committee will be a few hours to pour over the books. If you are interested and/ or can help, please contact

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NARCC Board Meeting  :

Our next Board Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 27th 2018 at 10:00AM. The proposed agenda can be found here.  The meeting will be held at the Salvation Army. The address is 3950 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521.

You can access our Interactive Map here.

NARCC Board Meeting Minutes of November 18th, 2017:

The agenda and meeting minutes from the last NARCC Board Meeting can be found 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.

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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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