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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: Wed 20 January 2016

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) Vacant

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:


  1. 02/19/2016 | Southwestern Division Convention (Yuma Hamfest)

Location: Yuma, AZ
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Yuma Amateur Radio Hamfest Organization

  1. 03/12/2016 | Santa Clara Valley Section Convention (RADIO FEST)

Location: Del Rey Oaks, CA
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Naval Postgraduate School Amateur Radio Club

  1. 03/12/2016 | Hamfest 2016

Location: Loomis, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club

  1. 03/12/2016 | Palm Springs Hamfest

Location: Palm Springs, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Desert R.A.T.S. ARC

04/15/2016 | 67th International DX Convention

Location: Visalia, CA
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Southern California DX Club


Location: Sonoma, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Valley of the Moon ARC

  1. 04/29/2016 | Nevada State Convention (NVCON)

Location: Las Vegas, NV
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club

  1. 06/03/2016 | Northwestern Division Convention (SEA-PAC)

Location: Seaside, OR
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Oregon Tualatin Valley ARC

  1. 06/18/2016 | Santa Maria Radio Swapfest

Location: Orcutt, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Satellite ARC



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



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

Hello All;

One more year gone and posted to the History books! I'm already late with my inept computer competition holding me back. I do want to say that there is a bright new year ahead. We have a long “To Do List”. AMSAT is trying to establish a Geosynchronous Satellite with in the year. Dave, W6TE will be working through the West Coast to explain the system that needs to be created from the ground stations to the “Bird” itself. Be on the look-out for Dave speaking near you, or contact him directly or you may invite him to your Club”! We have contests, of course and The National Parks on the Air. There are many other opportunities to operate. Stay informed and educate your relatives and neighbors. Then bring them to the club meetings and work with them so they realize their potential in the hobby.

We need to keep apprised of the Amateur Radio Parity Act. Tell everyone you know and give them the link to get their letters in. The link is:


Now the bad stuff. The weather is here, rain and we should be grateful but we need to be mindful of all the water coming at once. Are you ready to help if needed? Take the on line EC-001 Emergency Communications course. Add the FEMA IC 100, 200, 700, and 802 on line study courses that are offered for free. Then work in your county ARES contingent to practice doing Public Service Events. Regularly test your skills by contacting your neighbors in adjacent Counties. Work with your PIOs or equivalent in collecting and dispensing information properly. Be an effective communicator.



Dan Pruitt, AE6SX

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

12/14/2015 | Gabi San Martin Hernandez, EB1BT, Dies in Afghanistan Violence

12/16/2015 | Astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI, to Host First ARISS Video Contact

12/16/2015 | Philippine Radio Amateurs Respond to Typhoon Threat

12/17/2015 | Preliminary CQ World Wide Survey Results Suggest Contesters Trending Older 12/19/2015 | FCC Proposes to Penalize California Licensee $25,000 for Causing Intentional Interference

12/21/2015 | School in Remote Alaskan Village Reaching Out via Ham Radio

  1. 12/24/2015 | First Geosynchronous Orbit Amateur Radio Payload Could Aid Disaster Communication

  2. 12/28/2015 | New Wild and Scenic Rivers, Scenic and Historic Trails Added to NPOTA Sites List

  3. 12/29/2015 | CQ World Wide Participants Favor Limiting Operating Time to Less Than 48 Hours

  4. 12/30/2015 | Medium-Wave Transmitters in Germany and France Shutting Down at Year’s End

  5. 01/02/2016 | Palmyra, South Sandwich/South Georgia Will Help Kick Off 2016 DXpedition Calendar

  6. 01/05/2016 | ARRL Board of Directors to Elect New President, Officers at January Meeting

  7. 01/06/2016 | Dishtronix Purchases TEN-TEC Assets

  8. 01/06/2016 | “Official” P5/3Z9DX North Korea Activation Now Set for this summer

  9. 01/06/2016 | National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) Event Gets Off to a Strong Start!

  10. 01/06/2016 | Redesigned FCC Website Makes it Easy for Hams to File Interference Complaints

  11. 01/07/2016 | Ramsey Kits Calls it Quits

  12. 01/07/2016 | CWops Announce Award for Advancing the Art of CW

  13. 01/08/2016 | SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Christmas Eve Transmission Generates a Host of Reports

  14. 03/05/2015 | Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress

  15. 03/11/2015 | FCC Enforcement Bureau Field Resources Poised to Shrink

  16. 03/17/2015 | Amateur Radio Roundtable Offers Live, Weekly Ham Radio Discussions

  17. 03/16/2015 | ARRL President: H.R. 1301 is All About Fairness

  18. 03/16/2015 | Colorado Governor Signs Amateur Radio Antenna Bill Into Law

  19. 03/13/2015 | IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide Available Online

  20. 03/26/2015 | “Radio DARC” Program Debuts on Ham-Operated German Shortwave Outlet

  21. 04/01/2015 | Utah Group Puts Broadband-Hamnet to Work for Food Project

  22. 04/02/2015 | Standard General Affiliate Acquires 1743 RadioShack Stores

  23. 04/03/2015 | TEN-TEC and Alpha Purchased from RF Concepts

  24. 04/08/2015 | WWV’s 25 MHz Signal Still Going Strong After 1 Year Back on the Air

  25. 04/10/2015 | New iOS App Available for The ARRL Repeater Directory®

  26. 04/13/2015 | “Thinking Day” Activity Gets Girl Scouts Thinking About Ham Radio

  27. 04/13/2015 | Switching Power Supplies a More Common Noise Source than Power Lines, ARRL Lab Manager Says

  28. 04/14/2015 | Ohio ARES to Sponsor “NVIS Antenna Day”

  29. 04/15/2015 | Call for Papers: ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference

  30. 04/16/2015 | ARRL 600 Meter Experiment Coordinator Recommends Renewing Experimental License

  31. 04/16/2015 | FCC Proposes to Make Past Amateur Radio Address Information Private

  32. 04/17/2015 | Australian Ham’s “PicoSpace” Balloon Circumnavigates the Globe

  33. 04/20/2015 | Fox-1C and 1D Satellites to Include L-Band Uplink; Fox-1E to Have Linear Transponder

  34. 04/22/2015 | Participants May Apply Anytime for Centennial Points Challenge, W1AW WAS Awards

  35. 04/23/2015 | CQ DQs Two Dozen CQ World Wide DX Contest SSB Participants

  36. 04/24/2015 | House Committee Asks FCC for Documents Related to Proposed Enforcement Bureau Closures

  37. 04/26/2015 | AMSAT: Amateur Radio Payload Could Share Space on Geosynchronous Satellite

  38. 04/27/2015 | Jacob Nunez-Kearny, KF7DSY, is 2015 Goldfarb Scholarship Recipient

  39. 04/28/2015 | FCC Proposes to Permit Amateur Access to 2200 and 630 Meters

  40. 04/29/2015 | ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition Seeks “Social Entrepreneurs”

  41. 04/30/2015 | Central States VHF Society Annual Conference Set for July 23-26 in Denver

  42. 04/30/2015 | ARRL Facebook Repost of Interview with Ham in Nepal Draws Huge Response

  43. 05/01/2015 | Remotely Controlling VY1JA Station in Yukon Territory a Win-Win

  44. 05/05/2015 | Whistler Recalls Jump&Go Portable Jumpstart and Power Supply Units Due to Fire Hazard

  45. 05/05/2015 | ARISS “Ham Video” Ground Station Tests Under Way

  46. 05/07/2015 | US Naval Academy CubeSat Launch to Include Next APRS Satellite

  47. Contests:


January 2016

+ NAQCC CW Sprint 0130Z-0330Z, Jan 21

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jan 22

+ YL-ISSB QSO Party, CW/SSB 0000Z, Jan 23 to 2359Z, Jan 24

+ Montana QSO Party 0000Z-2400Z, Jan 23

+ SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Jan 27

+ UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Jan 27

+ CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW 2200Z, Jan 29 to 2200Z, Jan 31

+ UBA DX Contest, SSB 1300Z, Jan 30 to 1300Z, Jan 31

+ Winter Field Day 1700Z, Jan 30 to 1700Z, Jan 31

+ ARRL January VHF Contest 1900Z, Jan 30 to 0359Z, Feb 1



February 2016

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 2000Z-2130Z, Feb 1

+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Feb 3

+ UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Feb 3

+ YLRL YL-OM Contest 1400Z, Feb 5 to 0200Z, Feb 7

+ Vermont QSO Party 0000Z, Feb 6 to 2400Z, Feb 7

+ Triathlon DX Contest 0000Z-0759Z, Feb 6 (CW) and

0800Z-1559Z, Feb 6 (SSB) and

1600Z-2359Z, Feb 6 (RTTY)

+ 10-10 Int. Winter Contest, SSB 0001Z, Feb 6 to 2359Z, Feb 7

+ Black Sea Cup International 1200Z, Feb 6 to 1159Z, Feb 7

+ Minnesota QSO Party 1400Z-2400Z, Feb 6

+ British Columbia QSO Party 1600Z, Feb 6 to 0400Z, Feb 7

+ AGCW Straight Key Party 1600Z-1900Z, Feb 6

+ FISTS Winter Slow Speed Sprint 1700Z-2100Z, Feb 6

+ Mexico RTTY International Contest 1800Z, Feb 6 to 1759Z, Feb 7






CENTRAL VALLEY RADIO CLUB ++ Bill, K6WGJ, opened up his warehouse to Greg KI6OUI and other Instructors to educate nearly 40 new Hams over 4 weeks of Saturday study. Following on the Tech Class a hands on forum for “What to do next” as half a dozen Elmer’s answered questions and gave practical advice. Thank you Bill and Greg and the whole crew!


CLOVIS ARP ++ T-Hunt on Jan. 9, Sat. A.M. Fox(s) will be Ron K6MTS and Ken WA6OIB. Public Service events: February 20 – The Rotary Chocolate Run, March 5 – Blossom Trail 10K.

FRESNO ARC++ Dave, W6TE, was our January speaker at the FARC meeting. He is informing all Hams concerning the exciting AMSAT Phase IV mission on a very fast track with a launch at the end of 2016 or early 2017. New officers for 2016: Stuart WB6VRJ, Pres.; Ken WA6OIB, VP; Joe WA6FFJ, Sec; Ron N6MTS, Treas. A transverter box built by Dave, W6TE, our January speaker was shown. It will be in use for the January VHF contest on Jan. 30-31. Frequencies covered are 900mc., 1.2g, 2.3g, 3.5g, 5.7g, and 10g. 24g and the lower vhf bands are all covered in separate radios. EmComm Group: For Newbie’s - “IntroNet”. Lew N3LER, will be starting a new net Tuesdays at 19:30 hrs, Local. Frequency 147.150 + MHZ PL 141.3. This is designed for the new Ham. December 18, ARES & SATERN members assisted The Salvation Army with their annual food and toy distribution. Over a 1,000 families received assistance so that the children would have toys and food on the table Christmas morning.

LODI ARC ++ Jim WB6BET, trustee, announced that our original club call, WB6HUM, was re-issued by the FCC. They now have control over their original call that we could use for a special event or one of the lesser contests. The use of the call will have to be cleared through Jim. Our club will again do both Field Day and the California QSO Party. Our program tonight was presented by Jim, WB6BET, on the ARRL National Parks on the Air year long event. This is the 100 year anniversary of the national park system. The second half of his presentation was on ham equipment for doing a portable operation in one of the National park units. For further details see;



LOS BANOS ARC ++ IMPORTANT BUSINESS of Election of Officers for 2016 will be the main subject of the January Meeting.


SIERRA ARC ++ The annual SARC Installation dinner was held on January 11. Mike, WA6ARA reported that the R/C Desert Classic went well. Dave, W6TLA reported the December 12 exam session went well with three new techs and 2 generals. Steve, N6MVX will be having the CPR class on a Saturday morning in January or February. Dennis, W6DQ ran a radio spectrum clinic checking out everyone’s HT. He had a borrowed Field Fox N9918A spectrum analyzer to check the power, spurious signals, and harmonics coming from the HT. The 2016 officers are: Pres: Dennis, W6DQ; First VP Steve, KK6JTB; Second VP Mike, KK6TAZ; Secretary Bill, WA6QYR; and Treasurer Julie, KI6YRA. Check out the Airwaves for the HT analyzer results.


SEQUOIA ARG ++ 2016 Leadership: Pres: Pete W6SV; VP Donna WA6FUN; Sec.: Christine KK6AZQ; Treasurer/ Web Master & Past Pres. Mike KA6IYS. There is too much fun stuff in the “Kern River Voice”. Please check out the frivolity.


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ The Club went in November to The California Historical Radio Society Museum (CHRS), the West Coast's largest educational center for radio, and it publishes the Journal for the Restoration and Preservation of Early Radio. Recently relocated in Alameda, they hosted many Amateur Radio Clubs. Check out the website: New officers 2016: President: KI6FTT, Dan; VP: W6MSU, Guy; Treas: N6LHL, David; Sec: W6INP, Eric.


The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report:


WA6OZZ John, WA6JGR Eleanor, WD6CAZ Tony, KJ6RIL, Gordon, and K6SNL, Steve.


They will be missed.


Traffic for December 2015:

ORS: W6SX 6 WS6P 1562 K6RAU 14 TOTAL: 1582

PSHR: W6SX 30 WS6P 205 K6RAU 81




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

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with plenty of food and family. Is everyone ready for Christmas?


A couple of operating opportunities. Straight Key night on New Years Eve. I also worked the WW1USA station for the WWI Museum in Kansas City. Good site, and a QSL Certificate is available.

Remember the membership for ARRL increases after the First of January 2016. Now is a great time to consider “Life Membership”. The amount of money you will save is significant. If you feel the Life Membership is not for you then at least renew for 3 years. This will save you $30 (almost an annual membership at current prices) and will be added to what ever you now are committed.


Get your letters in for the Amateur Radio Parity Act. If it was a while ago, do a new one for each house. Tell your friends, ARRL member or not, go to “ARRL.ORG/amateur-radio-parity-act” and you will be able to complete it on line.


Merry Christmas! Oh yes, send me and/or the ACC Charles, W6DPD (, your Club contact information and Officers for 2016. Go the ARRL web page and update your club information also. This is very important so your records are up to date.



Dan Pruitt, AE6SX


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

11/17/2015 | Recording of 1935 Marconi Speech Released

11/17/2015 | Oregon SM Pledges Continued Cooperation with Office of Emergency Management After Rift

11/18/2015 | AO-85 Commissioned and Turned Over to AMSAT-NA Operations

11/18/2015 | Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes Senate Committee, Gains Cosponsors

11/18/2015 | National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) Map Now Available

11/24/2015 | FCC License and Examination File Processing System Getting Back on Track

11/25/2015 | Martti Laine, OH2BH, Article on Working DX Pileups Now Available

  1. 11/27/2015 | MARS-Amateur Radio Exercise an Overall Success

  2. 11/30/2015 | FCC Cites Homeowner for Unintentional Interference to Telecoms Provider

  3. 12/01/2015 | The Radio Amateur’s Workshop Explains Workshop Essentials

  4. 12/03/2015 | Santa Claus Arctic Circle Team Active During December

The Santa Claus Arctic Circle Team will be active as OH9SCL (Santa Claus Land) from the Finnish Lapland above the Arctic Circle during December.

  1. 12/05/2015 | SKYWARN Recognition Day is Under Way

  2. 12/07/2015 | Scouting’s Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) Participation Dips for Third Year

  3. 12/08/2015 | Polish Radio Amateur Traveling to North Korea in Advance of Proposed Operation

  4. 12/11/2015 | Kosovo Amateur Radio Association SHRAK Joins International Amateur Radio Union



December 2015

+ ARRL 10-Meter Contest 0000Z, Dec 12 to 2400Z, Dec 13

+ NAQCC CW Sprint 0130Z-0330Z, Dec 17

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Dec 18

+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Dec 18

+ Russian 160-Meter Contest 2000Z-2400Z, Dec 18

+ AGB-Party Contest 2100Z-2400Z, Dec 18

+ OK DX RTTY Contest 0000Z-2400Z, Dec 19

+ RAC Winter Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Dec 19

+ ARRL Rookie Rdup, CW 1800Z-2359Z, Dec 20

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Dec 25

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

+ RAEM Contest 0000Z-1159Z, Dec 27

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Dec 30 and

1900Z-2000Z, Dec 30 and

0300Z-0400Z, Dec 31


January 2016

+ AGB New Year Snowball test 0000Z-0100Z, Jan 1

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jan 1

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

+ AGCW Happy New Year test 0900Z-1200Z, Jan 1

+ AGCW VHF/UHF test 1400Z-1700Z, Jan 1 (144)

and 1700Z-1800Z, Jan 1 (432)

+ PODXS 070 Club PSKFest 0000Z-2400Z, Jan 2

+ WW PMC Contest 1200Z, Jan 2 to 1200Z, Jan 3

+ Original QRP Contest 1500Z, Jan 2 to 1500Z, Jan 3

+ ARRL RTTY Roundup 1800Z, Jan 2 to 2400Z, Jan 3

+ EUCW 160m test 2000Z-2300Z, Jan 2

and 0400Z-0700Z, Jan 3

+ Kid's Day Contest 1800Z-2359Z, Jan 3

+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0200Z-0400Z, Jan 5

+ UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Jan 6

+ Old New Year Contest 0500Z-0900Z, Jan 9

+ UBA PSK63 Prefix Contest 1200Z, Jan 9 to 1200Z, Jan 10





BEAR VALLEY SPRINGS++ Check out the message board on this site. Many useful download-able files.


CENTRAL VALLEY RADIO CLUB ++ Bill K6WGJ, help sponsor and made his “Red monkey Communications” facility available for an over 30 person Tech Class over 4 weeks of Saturday Classes. A brainstorm of Greg, KJ6OUI, he collected the instructors and VE team to extract a nearly 100% pass result.


CLOVIS ARP ++ Marty K6KTP was the fox for the 21 Nov T-Hunt. Skywarn recognition day Dec 4 1600 hrs, Rob AE6GE provided an on line sign up sheet and Ed KA6PNL from Kings County headed for surgery. Representation from Tulare, Kings, Fresno Counties kept the station up and running for the event. CARP announced The Ham Radio ‘INTRO-NET’ Are you a relatively newly licensed HAM with questions about what to do next now that you have your license? The ‘INTRO-NET’ is the perfect place to go for the answers to those questions or any other question you may have regarding operating your new HAM radio. The ‘INTRO-NET’ will have three HAMS standing by to respond to your questions on the RACES repeater 147.15+ PL 141.3 at 1930 hrs.


FRESNO ARC++ Dave, W6TE, will be our January speaker at the FARC meeting. He is looking forward to informing all Hams concerning an exciting project from AMSAT Phase IV Geosynchronous Satellite mission, on a very fast track with a launch at the end of 2016 or early 2017. Lew, KI6YWX and Glen, N6HEW, have assembled a project for the EmComm (ARES/RACES/SATERN etc) Group to build an interface for digital communications. The kit is available then some added features are incorporated. Details are in Skip on the website. Christmas party Italiano is planned for December.


LODI ARC ++ QST for January and saw that the Lodi Amateur Radio Club has two August UHF contest winners. Tom; WA6OSX was the Pacific Division single operator low power winner. Tom also placed 2nd in the West Coast region. Jim; WB6BET was the Pacific Division classic rover winner and placed 11th in the West Coast region, classic rover.



LOS BANOS ARC ++ Mike, AD6AA states, “The Christmas Party isn’t all fun and games, this is traditionally when we hold our elections. Nominations are kept open until the election. At the last meeting, I announced that 2016 will be my last year as president unless someone else wishes to run for president in December. I first became president in or around 1997. On the same subject, our Sec/Treas, Dorothy W6DME, recently told me she will not be running for the position this year.


SIERRA ARC ++ Just how well does your HT live up to its specifications?? The December meeting will be a HT Spectrum Clinic. Why Bob's New Antenna had a bad mismatch on 26 December 2014 is the object of the photo in the “Airwaves”. It was obvious considering all the critters dangling precariously from an ornately decorated Sleigh that emptied its red, white and white bearded pilot onto the beam as it snagged the unlighted center mast! Very good article, “A tale of two batteries” from Bill WA6QYR.


SEQUOIA ARG ++ 2016 Officers directors. Pete, W6SV, remains President; Donna, WA6FUN, remains Vice President, Christine, KK6AZQ, joins the board as our new Secretary; Mike, KA6IYS, stays on as Treasurer and Web Master; and last, but not least; Al, N6ALP, will be taking over the newsletter again starting with the January 2016 Issue.


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ The club emblem was right in the middle of all the sponsors on the Run Against Hunger commemorative long sleeve shirt? That’s pretty cool!, says Chuck, W6COB. Make it to the December Meeting / Christmas Party to see me pass the gavel to Dan KI6FTT who takes over as President on 1 January. November meeting had the election of officers for 2016. Dan KI6FTT was elected President for 2016. Guy W6MSU was elected Vice President after a “run-off” tiebreaker vote with Charlie WB6NVB. Dave N6LHL was unopposed and re-elected Treasurer. Eric W6INP retained his seat as Secretary for another term. Our December Meeting will be the Christmas Dinner celebrated on December 10.


The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Eleanor WA6JGR,

 Steve K6SNL, and John, KK6DIG in June.  They will be missed.


Traffic for November 2015:

ORS: W6SX 37, WS6P 710, K6RAU 10 Total 757

PSHR: W6SX 61, WS6P 165, K6RAU 76




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


Thanksgiving! Being grateful. We radio operators have a spectrum we can use, a hobby to enjoy and the ability to make friends no matter how far distant they are. This is enough to be thankful, but there is more.

We all should appreciate those that came before us (Marconi, Fessenden, Bell Labs and even Maxim), way too many to address here. Still we need to recognize all those that have contributed to our hobby and industry.

How and why was this possible? It was permitted by a people that saw that freedom of will and choice was encouraged. All protected by individuals that committed themselves to protecting those freedoms and guaranteed the future of our way of life. It is in November, on the 11 day, at the 11 hour that we honor those that served in our military. In peace and war, times of national or international strife, they stand between us and harm.

For this I encourage you to add a few more seconds to your Thanksgiving list of things to be grateful. For me, it will be the first line of my prayer when I ask his blessing.

Make sure you have your letter in to ARRL. The link is:

Skywarn Recognition Day is December 5, 2015. Contact your local weather station for details.



Dan Pruitt, AE6SX



NEWS: From ARRL newsletters. Read complete articles from October to now.10/07/2015 | New ARRL Handbook, Antenna Book Editions Now Shipping

10/07/2015 | ARRL President Congratulates Hurricane Watch Net on its 50th Anniversary

10/08/2015 | Now, “Clarity on Parity” — the Video!

10/08/2015 | AMSAT Fox-1A CubeSat Launches from California

10/12/2015 | IARU Administrative Council Stresses Importance of Antenna Systems for Amateur Radio

10/13/2015 | ARRL Asks FCC to Clarify that Hams May Modify Non-Amateur Gear for Amateur Use 10/15/2015 | “ARRL National Parks on the Air” Event to Mark National Park Service Centennial 10/19/2015 | ARES/RACES Teams Expected to Join MARS in Coronal Mass Ejection Disaster Exercise

10/20/2015 | Parity Act House Cosponsors Now in Triple Digits!

10/21/2015 | ARRL Executive Committee Presented with Draft Enforcement Improvement Plan 10/21/2015 | Use of 146.52 MHz FM Simplex Frequency Cleared for ARRL Contests

10/23/2015 | Fox-1A (AO-85) Transponder Again Open for Use

10/27/2015 | Amateur Radio to Have a Presence at National Tribal Assistance Coordination Group Workshop

10/27/2015 | ARRL Field Day 2015 Results Now Available:

10/28/2015 | ARRL Medium-Wave Experimenters Sponsoring Special Event in November 13 thru 14 November, see details

10/29/2015 | ARISS Celebrates 1000th Event, 15 Years of Permanent Ham Radio Presence in Space

10/30/2015 | Polish Radio Amateur May Be a Step Closer to Activating North Korea


10/30/2015 | Putting Contesting to Work for Your Public Service Team


10/30/2015 | It’s ARRL November Sweepstakes Season!


11/04/2015 | January VP8 DXpedition to Incorporate “Youth and Community Participation”


11/04/2015 | Amateur Radio Parity Act Continues to Gain Traction in US House



November 2015   + RSGB 80m Club Sprint, SSB 2000Z-2100Z, Nov 11 + NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Nov 13 + WAE DX Contest, RTTY 0000Z, Nov 14 to 2359Z, Nov 15 + 10-10 Int. Fall Contest, Digital 0001Z, Nov 14 to 2359Z, Nov 15 + JIDX Phone Contest 0700Z, Nov 14 to 1300Z, Nov 15 + OK/OM DX Contest, CW 1200Z, Nov 14 to 1200Z, Nov 15 + Kentucky QSO Party 1400Z, Nov 14 to 0200Z, Nov 15 + Homebrew and Oldtime Equipment Party 1300-1500Z, Nov 15 (40m) and 1500-1700Z, Nov 15 (80m) + Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0200Z-0400Z, Nov 16 + NAQCC CW Sprint 0130Z-0330Z, Nov 19 + NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Nov 20 + YO International PSK31 Contest 1600Z-2200Z, Nov 20 + SARL Field Day Contest 1000Z, Nov 21 to 1000Z, Nov 22 + LZ DX Contest 1200Z, Nov 21 to 1200Z, Nov 22 + All Austrian 160-Meter Contest 1600Z, Nov 21 to 0700Z, Nov 22 + Feld Hell Sprint 1700Z-1859Z, Nov 21 + NA Collegiate ARC Championship, SSB 2100Z, Nov 21 to 0300Z, Nov 23 + RSGB 2nd 1.8 MHz Contest, CW 2100Z, Nov 21 to 0100Z, Nov 22 + ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB 2100Z, Nov 21 to 0300Z, Nov 23 + UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Nov 25 + RSGB 80m Club Sprint, CW 2000Z-2100Z, Nov 26 + NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Nov 27 + ARRL EME Contest 0000Z, Nov 28 to 2359Z, Nov 29 + CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Nov 28 to 2400Z, Nov 29     December 2015 + NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1800Z-1900Z, Dec 3 (CW) and 1900Z-2000Z, Dec 3 (SSB) and 2000Z-2100Z, Dec 3 (FM) and 2100Z-2200Z, Dec 3 (Dig) + NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Dec 4 + ARRL 160-Meter Contest 2200Z, Dec 4 to 1600Z, Dec 6 + TARA RTTY Melee 0000Z-2400Z, Dec 5    



CLOVIS ARP ++ Rob announces the CARP Christmas Party - Friday December 4th, 2015 - 7:00pm at the Clovis Senior Center classroom. Windows 10 vs. Baofeng, and Chirp - The Windows 10 installation/upgrade includes a newer version of the Prolific USB-Serial driver. This is the interface driver software that translates many USB to Radio adapters via a Com-Port (for lack of a more complex explanation). There is one problem. The newer drivers prevent any updates to the radio using Chirp software and forces your radio into an undesired transmit state. by: Conrad Nerdahl – WA6KUE.

FRESNO ARC++ Ron, N6MTS said “The FARC Field Day effort resulted in the second highest score for the SJV, not only in our 3a category, but in all categories.” Swap meet at the November meeting! December FARC Banquet Dec. 11. The Central Valley T-hunters November 21, 2015.

LODI ARC ++ Jason, KE5JTS opened up the floor for nominations for the offices of president and vice president. Jason nominated Maria, KK6COR, for president and Emilia, KI6YYT, for vice president (both are general class hams). It was seconded by Ron Simpson. Emilia moved that the nominations from the floor be closed and a vote was taken. The nominated individuals were elected by a verbal vote. Jim and Doug will retain their current positions as secretary and treasurer respectfully.

Program Schedule for 2015 - November - The Coherer, Dave, N6SWX; December - Christmas Party @ Casa Flores, Dec 5th, 6:30 PM.


LOS BANOS ARC ++ Please note that were it not for Phil, KC6JDL, we would not have meeting pictures to include in your newsletter. So, please, join me in thanking Phil for his service to the Club. I continue to be challenged by my work schedule and am only able to sporadically take part in Club activities. We're hoping that will all end soon, so please bear with me for the time being. Schedule: Nov 14th - Club Meeting; Dec 4th - Christmas Parade; Dec 10th - Christmas Party. It seems only right that Veterans Day and Thanksgiving should fall only days apart, in the same month. We should first thank God and then honor our veterans, who served their Country to preserve our freedom.

SIERRA ARC ++ T HE A IRWAVES C ALENDAR Every Monday IWV Emergency Net 730pm

WA6YBN Repeater-147.00MHz +, 107.2 tone

09 Nov SARC Board Meeting, 6:30pm - USO building

09 Nov SARC General Meeting 7:00pm - USO building - Program : "Grounded for Safety"

14 Nov Ridgecrest Desert Classic. Mike WA6ARA had the presentation on Satellites- the future of ham radio. Satellite sub-bands were covered and the various orbits used. Modes of the satellites include linear, FM, APRS, and video. Simple antenna and 10 watts of power will do it. Computer software is handy to have to plot where a satellite is located. Mike also reviewed the use of commonly used forms in EmComm: ARRL - Radiogram, both general and as a Disaster Welfare message, General Message (ICS-213), and the Activity Log (ICS 214). The group then conducted a practice emergency net using the Club's emergency net script as a guideline. Both presentations inspired numerous practical comments. To wrap up the meeting, a live microphone was handed to Mike (KK6TAZ) to be Net Control for the SARC emergency net. He did quite well, despite it being his first time as Net Control. One of the goals of the Ridgecrest ARES group is to see that all members are capable as the Net Control operator. Pacificon - A session with the NORCAL QRP group with a MUPPET build. Chuck (K7QO) has developed the Manhattan-Ugly-Professional-Placement-Experimental-Technique (MUPPET) for construction of electronic circuits. It’s actually quite pretty. No holes, no numbers, just etched with household chemicals. This is a multi-frequency signal generator with interchangeable crystals. Mike (WA6ARA) whiz-built his signal generator with the help of his multi-element transistor tester. The perfect Christmas present - is a half scale model of the J-36Vibroplex. These limited production collectible CW keys are handcrafted, numbered, with every part made in the USA. Field Day Results! or It all matters how you look at it! The Field Day results are in! We were near the bottom of the 4A list, out of 155 total. We have been lower! But, we are at the top, number uno, for our section, San Joaquin Valley (SJV)! Yah! (there were only two entries for 4A in SJV). During a recent public service event base camp kept hearing a QSO. Repeated attempts to notify the two holding the QSO that a public service event was being held went unacknowledged. Strange, some with the event were hearing the QSO, other were not. Finally the repeater identified, and it wasn't ours! As it turns out another 147.00 repeater is on the air west of Lake Isabella. What can we do about it? Tone Decode. If implemented the squelch only opens if it receives the specified sub audible tone and our repeater re-transmits the 107.2 Hz tone. So the fix is to implement your radio's tone encode and decode for the 147.000 repeater. You.

SEQUOIA ARG ++ W6SV says “Weather will be a large concern this year. Emphasis on BE PREPARED.” Saturday December 12, 2015. Our annual Christmas Dinner will be held at the Elk’s Lodge. Camping at 7,500’ in October? Well 7 of your club members did just that. On Oct. 6th we went to Glass Creek Campground just north of Mammoth Lakes. .

STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ October 15th , 2015 – Great Shake-out Earthquake Drill . The Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club has participated in this drill for several years with check-in numbers rivaling larger cities like Sacramento and Fresno. The plan was a directed net on the W6SF 147.165 repeater and take check-ins from around the city and county. Participating stations checked-in with their call sign, location and radio capabilities..

TURLOCK ARC ++ Dick, K6SUU, was called forward to make an announcement regarding a program with Pacificon. Mission 22 will be this October 17th. For information go to Also, the radio to hit the ISS has been fixed. There was an issue with the GPS, but hopefully it won’t be a problem. Let Dick know if you are interested in using the radio. Grady Williams, K6IXA, gave the evening presentation on the W6BXN Repeater System. His presentation was excellent, including a Power Point with a diagram of all the repeaters, how they work together, and pictures of the different sites. (Turtle Dome, Sentinel Dome and Buck Rock. It was very interesting and informative. Grady stated that the new engine has been put in, tested and is working fine. An alarm panel with three lights has been ordered. There was a question about if there were power failure, how long would the system run? There would be approx. 72 days power to run it. On behalf of the TARC we would like to thank Grady, W6BXN, and Spencer Boyd for the extensive commitment they have shown, taking care of the W6BXN Repeater System.


The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Mario W6FMC, John KK6DIG, Suzanne KD6ANX, Jerry WB6ZTI, Gary K6RYD and Sandi KJ6KEF.

They will be missed.

SJV Section ORS/FOR 2015 Traffic Report: [Oct 2015]

Call Total

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w6sx 51

ws6p 751

k6rau 17

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Sum: 819


SJV Section PSHR/FOR Reports: [Oct 2015]

Call (T)

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w6sx 65

ws6p 190

k6rau 85





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


What joy, I got to play radio for 2 days solid!


The California QSO Party was like a mini Field Day for us. I set up with the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers in Merced at the San Luis Reservoir. The camp was great and we had a 72-foot crank up tower with a tri-band beam. Also we had 3 other multi-band wire antennas. Very fine hardware. We were doing very comfortably well until about sundown on Saturday. The wind picked up and the temperature dropped below us desert folk's comfort level. We rooted out long sleeves and long pants, shedding our sandals in the process. This was easy, however chasing the pop-ups and watching the tower imitate a fishing pole in the 30 – 40 mph wind was disconcerting, hi hi. All turned out well and we have another story to tell, hi hi.


OK, back to business. PACIFICON, in San Ramon, is the next big event. I'm looking forward to seeing you all at the old location. Swap meet is on Sunday, I think that is great. There is too much happening on Saturday at the convention. There are some very interesting forums and presentations. I think this will be a good one. Get registered and your rooms reserved.


We are now officially into Fall. Elections in most clubs, so please update your club information and send your officers list to the ACC (Charles, W6DPD) and myself.


Finally, remember the Amateur Radio Parity Act. It is going good but we need to keep up the pressure. Make sure you have your letter in to ARRL. The link is: .



Dan Pruitt, AE6SX

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