NorCal Info


From: Doug Hendricks (
Date: Tue Jun 14 1994 - 12:11:56 EDT

Several newcomers have joined the list and have requested info on NorCal.
Here it is again for all the "new guys on the block", thanks for joining us!!

Thank you for your inquiry about the Northern California QRP Club. NorCal
was started in June 1993 by Jim Cates, WA6GER and Doug Hendricks, KI6DS.
Our goal is to spread information about QRP and to promote building and
homebrewing QRP rigs and accessories. We do not charge for memberships, but
we do charge $5 for a one year subscription to QRPp, the Journal of the
NorCal QRP Club. Each issue is 72 pages in a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
format. QRPp is published in March, June, September and December.
Members are issued membership numbers and we also usually do one or two
club projects per year. The project for 1993 was the NorCal 40, a 2 watt,
40 meter transceiver with varactor tuning, RIT, AGC, and a superhet receiver.
The kit was complete with custom designed case, knobs, connectors, silk
screened pcboard, and all parts. We sold the first run of 100 for $79,
post paid. The second run of 100 sold for $94 delivered. We are now selling
partial kits which consists of the pcboard, varactor diode, case, standoffs,
and special screws for $25 postpaid in the US, $30 foreign. The rig was
designed by Wayne Burdick, N6KR, who has also designed the Sierra, and is
the technical advisor for the club.
The project for 1994 is the Sierra, which is an all band cw transceiver that
covers 150 KHz of each band. It uses band modules that plug in to a main
board to change bands, and will be available from 160 through 10 meters,
including all of the WARC bands. The kit sells for $160 for the basic
radio without band modules. Band modules are $25 each for complete kits
on 80, 40, 30, 20, and 15 meters. Extra band module boards are $7. It too,
has a custom case, knobs, pcboards, all parts, RIT, AGC, and a double tuned
superhet receiver that is hotter than a pistil. The Sierra will only be sold
to club members, but it is easy to become a club member.
To join the club, send $5 to Jim Cates if you want a subscription to QRPp.
His address is Jim Cates, 3241 Eastwood Rd., Sacramento, CA 95821. By the
way, the gang gets together for an informal meeting on the first Sunday of
the month at the California Burger Restaurant at the Santa Rita exit of I-580
in Pleasanton. It starts at 11:00 AM and usually lasts for about 2 - 3
hours. No business meeting, no program, just show up and show and tell.
If you have questions, let us know.
72, Doug, KI6DS

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