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San Joaquin Valley

San Joaquin Valley

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San Joaquin Valley
Dan Pruitt AE6SX
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News last updated: Thurs 11, February, 2015

Welcome to the San Joaquin Valley Section.

Section Manager (SM) Dan Pruitt AE6SX

Assistant Section Managers (ASM) John Lee K6YK and Bob Hervatine N2NS

Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) Charles McConnell W6DPD

Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Edward Hanna KF6FIR

Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) Victor Magana N1VM,

Section Traffic Manager (STM) Fred Silveira K6RAU,

Public Information Coordinator (PIC) Craig Carter K6QI

Technical Coordinator (TC) Dave Smith W6TE.

The San Joaquin Valley Section includes 12 counties in the central valley of California, Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Calaveras, San Joaquin, and Mono.

Thanks for visiting this page.

When your affiliated club elects officers for the next year, be sure to update your club’s information on the affiliated club area of the ARRL web page. If your club fails to update the information for 2 years, your club will be placed in the inactive file. ARRL HQ and the Director use this information on these reports to send information to your club. If the information is not up to date, your club will miss out. Please notify your Section Manager of your club's election results, and the Affiliated Club Coordinator,


  As space allows I will enjoy relaying any events or occurrences which illustrate Amateur Radio as a hobby and public asset. It need not be a newsletter, if you think it important, it probably should be here.

 You should also send your newsletter to the Affiliated Club Coordinator ( and the Director ( vice director ( and to ARRL HQ (

Need to take an Amateur exam? Are you having an exam? Check the ARRL web page, for exam information. You can also search for Amateur Radio Classes in your area and register your exam. Instructors can also register classes there.

Card Checking in the Section: You can get cards checked for awards within the section. W6XK, K6ZZ, and W6DPD can check your cards for DXCC in accordance with the rules for field checking. DXCC card checkers may now check cards dated from Nov 15, 1945, including Deleted DXCC Entities. K6ZZ can now check 160 Meter Cards. DXCC card checkers may, at their discretion, check cards for WAS, WAC, and VUCC. W6DPD and K6ZZ can check cards for the CQ Awards, WAZ, DX, Field, and Prefixes. The card checkers may also check applications for the IARU Region 2 Award. ARRL Special Service Clubs may appoint a HF awards manager for WAS and a VHF Awards Manager for VUCC.


The Webinar by Hank Garretson, W6SX, has been posted to the WWROF webpage ( under the Webinars link.

Hanks presentation will be of particular interest to "Little Pistols" and those who are space limited. It's worth checking out!

Hank added a link to the elevation plot which can be viewed at

Also the Ladder Snaps in the presentation can be found at You can e-mail Hank at for additional details.


The K6RAU (our Traffic Manager) Morse Code Instruction Course is available at or

No need to know a "dit" from a "dah", simply with paper and pencil, and following the instructions.


San Joaquin Valley Nets:

The Noontime net meets on 7.268.5 MHz. This net handles a lot of messages.

Daytime Region 6 Traffic Net meets daily at 3:30 pacific time on or near 7.275 MHZ. This one is probable not in operation at this time.

The California Traffic Net meets daily on 3.906 MHZ and 6:00 PM local time.

The Golden Bear Amateur Radio Net meets nightly at 7:00 PM local time on 3.975 MHZ.

Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.533 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.

San Joaquin Net meets Monday-Saturday on 3918khz, at 6 PM Pacific Time.

Western Public Service System (WPSS) meets nightly on 3952khz, roll - at 7:30 PM local Pacific Time.

The Mission Trail Net meets nightly on 3.856 MHZ at 8:00 PM local time.

Northern California Net 2 (NCN2) The slow speed training session of NCN, meets nightly on 3.533 MHZ at 9 PM Pacific Time. Handling traffic on CW is a good way to improve your CW skills.



CWops Tests are held weekly – Every Wednesday at 1300Z, 1900Z, and 0300Z (Thursday). Info and rules at .





Mark your Calendars: RADIOFEST (Santa Clara Valley Section Convention) is March 7, 2015. Visit for information. Palm Springs Hamfest is March 14, 2015. See for more information. 2015 International DX Convention is April 17-19 in Visalia. Check for information as the dates approach. NEVADA STATE CONVENTION is May 1, 2015. See particulars at Northwestern Division (SEAPAC), is scheduled for June 5, 20. Details are at PACIFICON is in San Ramon CA on October 16-18, 2015. Check for information as the date approaches.








********** Monthly Reports **********

  >> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of January 2015: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the fact that I just went through some rough times that resulted in a stay in Hospital.  For this please forgive me for doing a little catch up.  For the most part I will discuss January events and such however I may digress into 2014.

We are reminded of 2014's Fire season and although we are getting some moisture, I fear it is only enough to grow good tinder.  If we are so lucky as to get more rain, the result could be flooding and treats to our antiquated levee system.  This would be an assault on the urban community.  Please prepare yourselves by networking with your local ARES/RACES and/or the agency of your choice.  All are important.  All will be better equipped by training with the local response agencies.  Stay up to date.  Practice with the Charity events.  Take the free online basic FEMA Independent Study Courses 100, 200, 700, & 802.  I also Highly recommend the ARRL EC-001 course.  If for no other reason than to learn how to speak Acronym.
January was a fun Month for operating.  DX peditions to the Southern hemispheres, Winter Field Day, Straight Key night and contests.  February will continue with more of the same.  Please let me know of your exploits.  Use a radiogram and NTS and drop me a note about what you do in Ham Radio!

Remember to support HR4969 and get your letter to ARRL and your Congressional Representative. Go to the link on the ARRL website .  We have to start now for the big push next year.


Dan Pruitt, AE6SX

NEWS: From ARRL newsletters.  Read complete articles from January to now.


 01/20/2015 | Australian “Pico Balloon” Piques Ham Radio Interest    

 01/21/2015 | ARRL Board Okays Changes to DXCC Program, VHF and Above Contesting Rules    

 01/28/2015 | RSGB Welcomes Proposed Crackdown on Interference-Producing Power Line Data Devices    

01/28/2015 | FCC  Paperless  Amateur Radio License Policy Goes into Effect on February 17

01/30/2015 | Participation in ARRL Centennial On-the-Air Events Exceeds All Expectations

02/03/2015 | RadioShack s Long, Slow Downward Slide Nears the End

02/03/2015 | ARISS Selects 15 Possible ISS Amateur Radio Contact Hosts for 2015 Events

02/08/2015 | Alexanderson Alternator Station SAQ to Transmit on World Radio Day, Febuary 13

02/09/2015 | Hamvention Week AuxComm Course Registration Now Open

02/10/2015 |  Gray Radio Gang  Reactivates Vintage Battleship Iowa HF Transmitter

02/11/2015 | Another Round of International Space Station SSTV Activity Set for Late February

02/11/2015 | World Radio Day, February 13, Will See Inauguration of Special 4U0ITU Call Sign

N2NS operated CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW, QSOs = 54.  Total Score = 4,000

W6DPD operated NAQP SSB to help the NCCC in the club challenge. Score 540

N2NS operated North American QSO Party, CW - January Single Op Score = 525

W6DPD operated 2015 RTTY RU single op, SCORE 4,840

N2NS operated Single Op Total: QSOs = 116 Total Score = 465

N6FUB is operating JT 65. Welcome to the mode.

Starting January 5, 2015 the following RTTY/data frequency expanded allocations go into effect in Japan.

160m 1907.5 - 1912.5 kHz

80m 3520 - 3575 kHz

40m 7030 - 7100 kHz

30m 10130 - 10150 kHz

20m 14070 - 14150 kHz

17m 18090 - 18120 kHz

15m 21070 - 21150 kHz

12m 24910 - 24940 kHz

10m 28070 - 28200 kHz

Notice the wider bands on 80 and 40.


February 2015

+ ARRL School Club Roundup    1300Z, Feb 9 to 2359Z, Feb 13
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint    0145Z-0215Z, Feb 13
+ CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest    0000Z, Feb 14 to 2359Z, Feb 15
+ SARL Field Day Contest    1000Z, Feb 14 to 1000Z, Feb 15
+ Asia-Pacific Spring Sprint, CW    1100Z-1300Z, Feb 14
+ OMISS QSO Party    1500Z, Feb 14 to 1500Z, Feb 15
+ New Hampshire QSO Party    1600Z, Feb 14 to 0400Z, Feb 15 and
  1200Z-2200Z, Feb 15
+ FISTS Winter Unlimited Sprint    1700Z-2100Z, Feb 14
+ ARRL Inter. DX Contest, CW    0000Z, Feb 21 to 2400Z, Feb 22
+ REF Contest, SSB    0600Z, Feb 21 to 1800Z, Feb 22
+ SARL Youth Day Sprint    0800Z-1000Z, Feb 21
+ Russian PSK WW Contest    2100Z, Feb 21 to 2100Z, Feb 22
+ SARL Digital Contest    1300Z-1600Z, Feb 22
+ CQC Winter QSO Sprint    0100Z-0259Z, Feb 23
+ SKCC Sprint    0000Z-0200Z, Feb 25
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint    0145Z-0215Z, Feb 27
+ North American QSO Party, RTTY    1800Z, Feb 28 to 0559Z, Mar 1
March 2015
+ SARL Hamnet 40m Simulated Emerg Contest    1200Z-1400Z, Mar 1
+ North Carolina QSO Party    1500Z, Mar 1 to 0059Z, Mar 2
+ ARS Spartan Sprint    0200Z-0400Z, Mar 3
+ AGCW YL-CW Party    1900Z-2100Z, Mar 3
+ QRP Fox Hunt    0200Z-0330Z, Mar 4
+ AWA John Rollins Memorial DX Contest    2300Z, Mar 4 to 2300Z, Mar 5 and
  2300Z, Mar 7 to 2300Z, Mar 8
+ QRP Fox Hunt    0200Z-0330Z, Mar 6
+ ARRL Inter. DX Contest, SSB    0000Z, Mar 7 to 2400Z, Mar 8
+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint    0600Z-0800Z, Mar 7
+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest    1100Z-1700Z, Mar 8


CLOVIS ARP ++   Rob, AE6GE and his XYL Laura, KI6KRT, hosted a camping trip to Little Basin in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  While there, portable operations on most HF bands during the NA QSO Party netted some great contacts on a myriad of Antenna types.  Fox hunts still on the Calender as are the Public service events.

FRESNO ARC++    VP Ken, WA6OIB, presents a history of the now defunct Silver Dollar Hofbrau as a weekly luncheon gathering since 1980.  It will be difficult to reconcile the memories nurtured at that venue.  Ken does his best to explain the fellowship and fraternity that brought all of the Hams in the area, together.  The next program will feature Mike Stall, K6MYC of M Squared fame.  Antennas will be the topic, 13 February.

LOS BANOS ARC ++  George, W6YD announces the Valentines Day Dinner and provides a calender of events for 2015.

SIERRA ARC ++    Want to read about very early radio? Here is a link to an article from the June 1899 McClures Magazine about Marconi's Wireless Telegraph. Thanks from Jerry, KK6PA for the info and URL    You need to check out the "Ask Elmer" article on downtown RFI.

SEQUOIA ARG ++  January issue is very large and informative.   I encourage you to check out the safety tips and articles.  Thank you Al, N6ALP..

STOCKTON DELTA  ARC ++  Pres. W6COB, Chuck and the Club are celebrating their 84th year! Group photo of Ham Cram graduates.  A very comprehensive 2015 Calender of events is posted.  It includes “Ham Radio in the Park” many times, Museum Ship Weekend (USS Lucid) and Field Day.  Great read.

TURLOCK ARC ++   Great nostalgia – pictures from the 1958 4th of July Parade.  I might have been there!  I was living in Modesto at the time.  Calender for 2015 events is posted.

The following Amateur became Silent Key since the last report: Joe , KB6KZD
 He will be missed.

Traffic for January 2015:

ORS: W6SX  10 WA6IAF 206, WS6P 1057,  K6RAU 13  Total 1286

PSHR:  W6SX 35, WA6IAF 90, WS6P 235, K6RAU 83



>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of November 2014: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.


November usually means fall season and Thanksgiving. Color of red and gold, cool weather, leaves and fire in the fireplace are all motifs of this season. We, as amateur radio operators, also think of projects that start the holiday season. Charity events, parades and functions that will lead to the Christmas season in December.


We also tend to socialize with potluck dinners and simple meetings of our clubs, reminiscing the clubs accomplishments. We also finish our contesting and start planning for projects that we wish to accomplish after the weather breaks. It is the time to create committees and install officers for the next year over good food and coffee.


We also pull up the plans to cover us through the winter season. This includes road and traffic nets, repeater checks, ARES training and practice, checking your equipment and go bags and generally planning for the worst and hoping for the best.


A couple of new items: One shows the importance of initiating the youth to amateur radio. The IARU has instigated an all December event that is called YOTA (youth on the air). Much like jamboree on the air except you attempt to make contact with stations sporting a YOTA call sign suffix anywhere in the world. This should be fun as well as giving you an opportunity to allow anyone under the age of 22 to operate and contact those stations with third party reciprocating agreements. Give it a try especially if you have connections with organizations that have younger individuals.


Your section emergency coordinator has developed a site for the emergency coordinator's and district emergency coordinator's to leave and receive information. This can be contacted via Email to and registering. Ed, KF6FIR, well then send you a confirmation Email. The next time you log in, you will be able to see all that is available.


Pacificon will be returning to San Ramon in 2015 and will return to the third weekend of October. I am looking forward to being catered by the facility there. Hope to see you there.


Remember to support HR4969 and get your letter to ARRL and your Congressional Representative. Go to the link on the ARRL website, We have to start now for the big push next year.




Dan Pruitt, AE6SX






NEWS: From ARRL newsletters. Read complete articles from November to now.

11/05/2014 | ARRL Introduces Kindle Edition of Ham Radio License Manual

11/05/2014 | South African 5 MHz Research Project Sees Unexpected Results

11/07/2014 | American Legion Amateur Radio Club Plans On-Air Tribute to Veterans

11/13/2014 | “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” Attracts More than a Dozen New Co-Sponsors

11/17/2014 | MARS Volunteers Reach Out to Amateur Community to Test Interoperability

11/18/2014 | “Frequency” TV Series Would Reprise Amateur Radio-Themed Movie

11/19/2014 | Riley Hollingsworth to N. Carolina Club: Amateur Enforcement “Very Much Alive”

11/19/2014 | New Jersey Radio Amateurs Enter Emergency Antenna-Raising Project in Innovation Competition

11/20/2014 | Homeland Security’s 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan Incorporates Amateur Radio

11/20/2014 | New “My DX Summit” Website Going Live on November 21

12/01/2014 | December is Youngsters On The Air Month!

12/03/2014 | WRTC-2018 Announces Team Selection Criteria

12/03/2014 | Japanese Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads are Launched Deep Space

12/08/2014 | DX Engineering Acquires Bencher, Butternut Antenna Product Lines

12/08/2014 | IARU Region 3, Asia-Pacific Telecommunity Formalize Relationship

--The results of the August (2014) UHF contest are now online on ARRL.ORG.

--N2NS, Bob Sweepstakes CW Score = 25,280

--N2NS, Bob CQ Worldwide DX Score=1,080,310 (conditions on 10 and 15 were “Hot”)

--KI6QEL, Duane captured his first WAS



December 2014  

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Dec 17 and 1900Z-2000Z, Dec 17 and 0300Z-0400Z, Dec 18

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Dec 19

+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Dec 19

+ Russian 160-Meter Contest 2000Z-2400Z, Dec 19

+ OK DX RTTY Contest 0000Z-2400Z, Dec 20

+ Lighthouse Christmas Lights QSO Party 0001Z, Dec 20 to 2359Z, Jan 4

+ ARRL Rookie Roundup, CW 1800Z-2359Z, Dec 21

+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0200Z-0400Z, Dec 22

+ SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Dec 24

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Dec 24 and 1900Z-2000Z, Dec 24 and 0300Z-0400Z, Dec 25

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Dec 26

+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Dec 26

+ DARC Christmas Contest 0830Z-1059Z, Dec 26

+ RAC Winter Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Dec 27

+ Original QRP Contest 1500Z, Dec 27 to 1500Z, Dec 28

+ Stew Perry Topband Challenge 1500Z, Dec 27 to 1500Z, Dec 28

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Dec 31 and 1900Z-2000Z, Dec 31 and 0300Z-0400Z, Jan 1  

January 2015  

+ SARTG New Year RTTY Contest 0800Z-1100Z, Jan 1

+ NCCC Sprint Ladder 0230Z-0300Z, Jan 2

+ ARRL RTTY Roundup 1800Z, Jan 3 to 2400Z, Jan 4  




CLOVIS ARP ++ Pres. Rob AE6GE has the clubs Christmas Party all planned. Last T-Hunt was described difficult, with a few expletives. All in fun. Looks like a camping trip is in order for the HF contest in January. The Two Cities Marathon was supported and all turned in a fine job.


FRESNO ARC++ John, K6MI, SKIP Editor spoke of the clubs accomplishments and up coming Christmas Dinner. He reported Charles W6DPD and Perry's multiple awards on JT-65. Pat W6YEP station hosted W1AW/6 on frequencies of 28 MHz and above. Duane KI6QEL captured his WAS.

SIERRA ARC ++ Changing of the guard as Dave W6TLA turns over the reins to the new Board. He does so very well in the news letter. Article on the Horse Rides and the last T-Hunt.


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ Paul, N6KZW gave a gracious farewell. He reminded the club of the Christmas Meeting as dinner. A Great job was done by all at the Hunger Walk for the Food Bank. November's program was on antennas. If you look up their newsletter, you will get a kick out of the reprint of “Twas the Night before a Ham's Christmas. The added picture is great too.


TURLOCK ARC ++ Ron KJ6KNL, Pres. Discussed his year as President. The newsletter discusses the Christmas Dinner and the Club meeting the previous week. Agenda – elections. Spencer, KJ6ART, will demonstrate also programming of DMR radios. An Estate Sale was listed for KG6ON, SK. Contact Bill at K6BWZ@ARRL.NET.


The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Verne, N6RDY, Sam, KB6SA, and Jack, WA6LJD. They will be missed.


Traffic for November 2014:

ORS: W6SX 9 WA6IAF 391, WS6P 1389, K6RAU 8 Total 1797

PSHR: W6SX 4, WA6IAF 90, WS6P 185, K6RAU 76





>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of October 2014: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.


Pacificon 2014 was quite the event. W100AW/6 put on a real show! The ARRL 100 Anniversary was very well celebrated with fun, frolic and lots of commemorative merchandise. There are perks on multiple renewals and Life memberships. Technical advisers from HQ, Educational advice and Pres. Kay Craigie, N3KN, to personally answer questions regarding the future of ARRL. We were very lucky to have had the Pacific Division as a “Regional Convention” for the 100th Anniversary of ARRL.


Forums were plentiful and very interesting. I had many comments regarding the PIO instruction from the SCV Section PIC.  Suellene, K6CPA, is very knowledgable, accessable and has an ongoing curiculum for training PIOs. Other forums and talks ranged from the extremely technical to the easy and practical.


The were many venders with people ready to answer questions and offer assistance. The swap meet was great as usual offering antiques to the state of the art computer and radio components.


We were privileged to have the Kern County Central Valley amateur Radio Club interviewed on TV. Very nice publicity for Ham radio.


Remember to support HR4969 and get your letter to ARRL and your Congressional Representative. Go to the link on the ARRL website .




Dan Pruitt, AE6SX




NEWS: From ARRL newsletters. Read complete articles from October to now.

  1. 10/14/2014 | ARRL Executive Committee Adopts Mobile Amateur Radio Operation Policy

  2. 10/15/2014 | AMSAT Offering Fox Satellite Collectable Coin as Donation Premium

  3. 10/15/2014 | Celebration of First Great Britain-New Zealand Contact Highlights Interesting History

  4. 10/15/2014 | Young Ham Recognized for Navigation Aid for Visually Impaired

  5. 10/17/2014 | CQ Will Not Accept Logs from Stations in Crimea Using Russian-Issued Call Signs

  6. 10/20/2014 | ARRL Headquarters IT Department Working to Resolve Threat to Logbook of The World Server

  7. 10/31/2014 | New DX Summit Website Seeking Beta Testers, Will Debut Formally by December 1

  8. 11/04/2014 | Kansas Radio Amateur is ARRL McGan Silver Antenna Award Winner

  9. 11/05/2014 | ARRL Introduces Kindle Edition of Ham Radio License Manual

  10. 11/05/2014 | South African 5 MHz Research Project Sees Unexpected Results

  11. 11/06/2014 | ARRL Asks FCC to Continue Issuing Hard Copy Licenses to Those Who Want Them


Call: W6YO Operator: N2NS Station: N2NS

California QSO Party

Class: SOFixed HP Total Qs: 526



Call: N2NS

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB

Class: SOSB(A)/10 HP Total Qs: 201




November 2014  

+ WAE DX Contest, RTTY 0000Z, Nov 8 to 2359Z, Nov 9

+ 10-10 Int. Fall Contest, Digital 0001Z, Nov 8 to 2359Z, Nov 9

+ JIDX Phone Contest 0700Z, Nov 8 to 1300Z, Nov 9

+ OK/OM DX Contest, CW 1200Z, Nov 8 to 1200Z, Nov 9

+ Kentucky QSO Party 1400Z, Nov 8 to 0200Z, Nov 9

+ CQ-WE Contest 1900Z-2300Z, Nov 8 (CW/Digital)

     and 0100Z-0500Z, Nov 9 (Phone)

     and 1900Z-2300Z, Nov 9 (Phone)

     and 0100Z-0500Z, Nov 10 (CW/Digital)

+ CWops Mini-CWT (20 wpm) 1300Z-1400Z, Nov 12 and 1900Z-  2000Z,      Nov 12 and 0300Z-0400Z, Nov 13

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Nov 14

+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Nov 14

+ SARL Field Day Contest 1000Z, Nov 15 to 1000Z, Nov 16

+ Russian WW MultiMode Contest 1200Z, Nov 15 to 1200Z, Nov 16

+ NA Collegiate ARC Championship, SSB 2100Z, Nov 15 to 0300Z, Nov 17

+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB 2100Z, Nov 15 to 0300Z, Nov 17

+ Homebrew and Oldtime Equipment Party 1300-1500Z, Nov 16 (40m) and 1500-1700Z, Nov 16 (80m)

+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0200Z-0400Z, Nov 17

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Nov 19 and 1900Z-2000Z, Nov 19 and 0300Z-0400Z, Nov 20

+ NAQCC CW Sprint 0130Z-0330Z, Nov 20

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Nov 21

+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Nov 21

+ YO International PSK31 Contest 1600Z-2200Z, Nov 21

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Nov 26 and 1900Z-2000Z, Nov 26 and 0300Z-0400Z, Nov 27

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Nov 28

+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Nov 28

+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Nov 29 to 2400Z, Nov 30 December 2014

+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1800Z-1900Z, Dec 4 (CW) and 1900Z-2000Z, Dec 4 (SSB) and 2000Z-2100Z, Dec 4 (FM) and 2100Z-2200Z, Dec 4 (Dig)

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Dec 5  



CLOVIS ARP ++ Rob AE6GE and volunteers from 3 counties pulled 16+ hours covering the “Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride” while most regular volunteers were at Pacificon. A master feat due to the time and limited resources. Meanwhile Christmas Party and 2015 Calender were submitted including the T-Hunt schedule. Good Job.


FRESNO ARC++ Stu, WB6VRJ announced the annual “Swap Meet” at the next meeting. Jim W6NIF and Ken WA6OIB demonstrated JT-65 mode at the October meeting. W1AW/6 was operated at W6TV. Operators were Eric, NI6G, Pat, W6YEP, and Rob, AE6EG. Pictures of the station are part of “Skip”. Glen, N6HEW ARES Fresno Co. talks on the months happenings. Busy Month.


KERN CO. CV ARC++ Mark, WI6J sent this link showing the Bakersfield ham TV stars, hi.


LOS BANOS ARC ++ October pictures showing off the new Club T-shirts. A heartfelt graphic thanking our troops is included..


SEQUOIA ARG ++ Rescue radio: ham radio in the Yukon when all else fails …... This is a great reprint of the original article included by AL, N6ALP. How many Satellites are up there? There is a chart in this newsletter.


SIERRA ARC ++ "Tale of the Coax" by Mike, WA6ARA. Very well written artical on diagnosing transmission line. Many activities are described from JOTA and Horse ride events to Marathons and other public service. Small club, big presence.


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ October 1st W1AW/6 -Bob, N6TCE, Bob, N6GTO, Ed, N6XMA and Bill, AE6J were huge helps at the NZ6Q home station. Bob, K6DGQ got more than a few CW contacts on 10M. LT, KJ6YVF learned from the “Zen” QSO Master Dan, KB6UNC and quickly had a full

house of calling stations on 40M SSB. Dave N6LHL, Bob, N6TCE and Charlie WB6NVB were main ops and Bill, AE6J came by almost every night. Ed N6XMA led the GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKE-OUT DRILL . CA QSO PARTY 2014 REPORT FROM MARIPOSA & MERCED: This year’s crew included Bob N6TCE, whose call sign was used for Mariposa County QSOs; Ed N6XMA , Bob N6GTO, Dan KB6UNC, Paul N6KZW, Bill AE6J; and John NZ6Q all participated.


TURLOCK ARC ++ “The RACE and GOMX-2 CubeSats, both carrying Amateur Radio payloads, were among more than 2 dozen satellites lost after an unmanned Orbital Space Sciences (OSC) Antares 130 vehicle exploded...”, as reported by the ARRL letter dated 30 October. Auction has been postponed until Spring 2015.



The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Robert KI6KIJ, Imogene WB5JFS and JOHN KB6TRN.


They will be missed.


Traffic for October 2014:

ORS: W6SX 14 WA6IAF 221, WS6P 1011, K6RAU 34 Total 1280

PSHR: W6SX 39, WA6IAF 90, WS6P 215, K6RAU 103





>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of September 2014: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.


September was a very busy month. Now October is going to be just as involved with all the good things Amateur Radio.


The Centennial QSO Party continues and I enjoy the Red Badge contacts. It is great to see the enthusiasm and camaraderie.


Pacificon is just over a week away and will sport W100AW/6 and the final regional Centennial Convention. We are so lucky to see the 100 years come to fruition. All the interactions with Scouting, Do it Yourself (Maker Fairs) projects, scholarships and Public Service.


Scouting is a great way to introduce Ham Radio to the youth. Make sure you are on the air October 18-19, 2014. Better yet, work with a local troop and get them on the air! Great fun.


Our own “Rally in the Valley” was a very pleasant 1 day event. It was very educational, drawings and practical demonstrations. Even the Bakersfield Salvation Army communications vehicle was on display. Plans are already in the works for next year.


Remember to support HR4969 and get your letter to ARRL and your Congressional Representative. Go to the link on the ARRL website .


See you at Pacificon! Don't forget the SET exercise, Great Shake Out and JOTA!




Dan Pruitt, AE6SX



NEWS: From ARRL newsletters. Read complete articles from September to now.


  1. 09/04/2014 | Fox-1 Satellites to Offer Slow-Speed Telemetry During Normal Transponder Operation

The Fox-1 family of CubeSats will be able to transmit continuous slow-speed telemetry while the FM transponder is in use.


  1. 09/08/2014 | Selected “Ham Radio” 2014 Presentations Now Available Online

Selected presentations from the 2014 “Ham Radio” exhibition in Germany have been posted online.


  1. 09/09/2014 | Keynote Convention Speech of FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, Available on YouTube

Keynote The ARRL Centennial Convention speech of FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, now is available on YouTube


  1. 09/09/2014 | Morse Learning Machine Challenge Catching on with Hams

Morse Learning Machine Challenge Catching on with Hams


  1. 09/11/2014 | No Easy Answers for RadioShack’s Slow, Downward Slide

RadioShack has been unable to turn around it's financial situation and could go under.


  1. 09/15/2014 | New $21.40 Vanity Call Sign Fee Now in Effect

The new $21.40 vanity call sign fee is now in effect.


  1. 09/15/2014 | Moon-Bound Ham Radio Payload Will Transmit Your Message from Space — But Hurry!

The deadline to upload short digital messages to the 4M spacecraft is September 17!


  1. 09/16/2014 | Qatari Es’hail 2 Satellite will Include AMSAT-DL Phase 4 Amateur Radio Transponders

The Qatari Es’hail 2 communication satellite will Include AMSAT-DL Phase 4 Amateur Radio digital and analog transponders.


  1. 09/22/2014 | ARDF Team USA Takes Home a Silver Medal from World Championships

ARDF Team USA takes home a silver medal from the 17th World Championships in Kazakhstan.


  1. 09/23/2014 | Amateur Radio is “Communications Superpower,” IARU Region 1 Delegates are Told

IARU Region 1 General Conference delegates are told that Amateur Radio is a “communications superpower.”


  1. 09/23/2014 | ARRL Deploying Ham Aid Kits to Hawaii to Assist in Possible Lava Flow Response

ARRL Headquarters is deploying Ham Aid kits to Hawaii to assist in a possible activation in the wake of a lava flow.


  1. 09/24/2014 | Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Launched to International Space Station

The SpinSat satellite carrying an Amateur Radio payload was launched to International Space Station on September 21 for later deployment.


  1. 09/24/2014 | List of “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” Co-Sponsors Swells Before Congressional Recess

The list of “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” co-sponsors has swelled to 47 ahead of the Congressional recess.


  1. 09/24/2014 | ARRL Presents Barry Goldwater, K7UGA, Achievement Award to Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI

The ARRL has presented the Barry Goldwater, K7UGA, Achievement Award to Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI.


  1. 10/01/2014 | RSGB Outlines “New” Islands on the Air (IOTA) Vision, Seeks Partnership

RSGB outlines its “New IOTA" vision and seeks a partner to take the program forward.


  1. 10/06/2014 | ARRL Hosts 31st USTTI Amateur Radio Administration Course

ARRL Headquarters was the host for the 31st USTTI Amateur Radio Administration Course.


  1. 10/07/2014 | Late October Exercise to Test MARS-ARES Interoperability

A late October exercise is aimed at testing MARS-ARES interoperability and cooperation.


N2NS: CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY Class: SOAB(A) HP QTH: ZONE 3 Operating Time (hrs): 17

651 Qs for a Score of 553,900


KI6QEL: Duane, holding his First Place Certificates from 2013, is pictured in Fresno ARC 'SKIP' at . Class: SOP , January and September VHF Contests in SJV.




October 2014

+ 10-10 Int. 10-10 Day Sprint 0001Z-2359Z, Oct 10

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder 0145Z-0215Z, Oct 10

+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Oct 10

+ ARRL EME Contest 0000Z, Oct 11 to 2359Z, Oct 12

+ Makrothen RTTY Contest 0000Z-0759Z, Oct 11 and 1600Z-2359Z, Oct 11 and 0800Z-1559Z, Oct 12

+ Oceania DX Contest, CW 0800Z, Oct 11 to 0800Z, Oct 12

+ Scandinavian Activity Contest, SSB 1200Z, Oct 11 to 1200Z, Oct 12

+ Pennsylvania QSO Party 1600Z, Oct 11 to 0500Z, Oct 12 and 1300Z-2200Z, Oct 12

+ Arizona QSO Party 1600Z, Oct 11 to 0600Z, Oct 12 and 1400Z-2359Z, Oct 12

+ PODXS 070 Club 160m Great Pumpkin Sprint 2000 local, Oct 11 to 0200 local, Oct 12

+ NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Oct 15

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Oct 15 and1900Z-2000Z, Oct 15 and 0300Z-0400Z, Oct 16

+ JARTS WW RTTY Contest 0000Z, Oct 18 to 2400Z, Oct 19

+ 10-10 Int. Fall Contest, CW 0001Z, Oct 18 to 2359Z, Oct 19

+ New York QSO Party 1400Z, Oct 18 to 0200Z, Oct 19

+ Iowa QSO Party 1400Z-2300Z, Oct 18

+ Worked All Germany Contest 1500Z, Oct 18 to 1459Z, Oct 19

+ Stew Perry Topband Challenge 1500Z, Oct 18 to 1500Z, Oct 19

+ South Dakota QSO Party 1800Z, Oct 18 to 1800Z, Oct 19

+ Illinois QSO Party 1700Z, Oct 19 to 0100Z, Oct 20

+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0100Z-0300Z, Oct 20

+ ARRL School Club Roundup 1300Z, Oct 20 to 2359Z, Oct 24

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Oct 22 and1900Z-2000Z, Oct 22 and 0300Z-0400Z, Oct 23

+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Oct 25 to 2400Z, Oct 26

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Oct 29 and1900Z-2000Z, Oct 29 and 0300Z-0400Z, Oct 30 November 2014

+ Ukrainian DX Contest 1200Z, Nov 1 to 1200Z, Nov 2

+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW 2100Z, Nov 1 to 0300Z, Nov 3

+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest 1100Z-1700Z, Nov 2    



CLUBS – Please get your news items and club information to me by the 5th of each month.


CLOVIS ARP ++ Rob AG6GE is gearing up for another bicycle event. The powerhouse double century on October 11. The fourth quarter training class begins 23 October for those that want to get their technician license. The Fox Hunt schedule can be found on their web site.


FRESNO ARC++ The next program for the Fresno Club will be on JT-65 by Jim, W6NIF. Everyone is planning on the Swapmeet in November and the Christmas Party.


SEQUOIA ARG ++ Al N6ALP, editor and Pres. Pete W6SV have another great newsletter. Note the Texas assault and the up coming geology program. Good job guys & gals.


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ Bill, AE6J, John, NZ6Q, and Ed, N6XMA are doing a Buddi-pole demonstration Oct. 9.


TURLOCK ARC ++ TARC’s Fall Auction is postponed. Tentatively the date is 15 November. Morse Learning Machine Challenge Catching on with Hams. Interesting article.





No Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: .

They will be missed.


Traffic for August 2014:

ORS: W6SX 10, WA6IAF 118, WS6P 1009, K6RAU 10 Total 1147

PSHR: W6SX 34, WA6IAF 90, WS6P 150, K6RAU 71



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