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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: June 10, 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.





>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of June 2016: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC vacant, TC W6TE.

Hello San Joaquin!

I apologize for being late, I have been under the weather. I think I was having trouble dealing with the heat and air quality. If I missed anything, send me a heads up and I will get out an addition.


Some good news in the ARRL letters. Some scary stuff also. All the disasters, all across the nation and the fires here in the valley. Worst case scenarios call to train in the digital realm, to get out of a blacked out area. This means any means at our disposal. Once the connection is established, the infrastructure will repair itself with in hours. So we must be ready to respond at a moments notice. One option is to apply for an Official Emergency Station (OES). Ask the Section Traffic Manager (STM) about how to do this.


Solar Data has really made DX operations difficult for most of us. Frequencies above 20 meters are near useless. 20 meters is fair to good late in the day. It is an effort but worth it.


SUPPORT HR-1301 & S-1685 – 05.28.2016 | ARRL Reaches Agreement With Community Associations Institute On Parity Act: . We have to continue the support for this legislation.


Rally in the Valley – 24 September. This year will be held at the Red Shield Corps of the Salvation Army, 1649 Las Vegas Street, Modesto Ca. 95358. This is the ARRL Section Hamfest for San Joaquin Valley. Please reserve this spot on your calendar. We welcome all swap-meet tailgaters. An open invitation is extended to anyone with projects or presentations for the event.




Dan Pruitt, AE6SX


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

06/09/2016 | Now Shipping: Storm Spotting and Amateur Radio 2nd Edition

06/13/2016 | Polish DXer 3Z9DX Reported Ready to Return to North Korea on a Moment’s Notice

06/14/2016 | ARRL Now Offering New “Radio and Wireless Technology” Patch Program for Girl Scouts

06/15/2016 | “The Magic Band” Lives Up to its Name in ARRL June VHF Contest

Six meters sounded more like an HF band during the ARRL June VHF Contest over the June 11-12 weekend.

06/15/2016 | Gear Up for ARRL Field Day with Official Merchandise

06/16/2016 | STMSat-1 Youngsters Told: “Only Half of the CubeSats Deployed into Space Work”

06/17/2016 | FCC Transitioning to New Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS)

06/17/2016 | FCC Technological Advisory Council Initiates Noise Floor Inquiry

06/20/2016 | ARRL Programs and Services Committee Expresses Appreciation, Support of NTS

06/21/2016 | Field Day at All-Kids Special Event K1D Will Be a Multimedia Event

06/21/2016 | ARRL Executive Committee Removes NTS Eastern Area Chair, Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager

06/22/2016 | Amateur Radio Parity Act Set for House Energy and Commerce Committee Markup

06/22/2016 | FCC Says "No" to Lifetime Amateur Radio Licenses

06/23/2016 | India Launches Amateur Radio Satellites

06/24/2016 | Youth DX Adventure Team Headed to Saba in August

06/27/2016 | Yaesu Musen Signs on as Prime Sponsor of WRTC 2018

06/27/2016 | The 13 Colonies Special Event was on July 1

06/27/2016 | Nepal Amateur Radio Earthquake Response Presentation Available

06/28/2016 | ARRL to Sponsor 2016 Atlantic Season Hurricane Webinar 21 July

06/30/2016 | FCC’s OET Clarifies Emissions Compliance Testing for RF LED Lighting Devices

07/05/2016 | IOTA Now Offering Online Contact Credits

07/05/2016 | New Microwave, UHF Distance Records Set on Same Day

07/05/2016 | Juno Spacecraft that Heard Hams Say “HI” Now Orbiting Jupiter

07/07/2016 | Amateur Electronic Supply Closing after 59 Years in Business

07/07/2016 | Solar Power Systems Often Do Not Comply with EMC Standards, VERON Says

07/08/2016 | Solar Car Challenge W1N Traveling Special Event Operation Set

07/12/2016 | ARRL CEO, Emergency Preparedness Manager Visit FEMA

07/12/2016 | Amateur Radio Parity Act Draws Support in Opening Statements of Delayed Hearing

07/12/2016 | Ham Radio Outlet to Acquire Some AES Employees, Re-Open Milwaukee Location as HRO Branch

07/13/2016 | Sweden’s SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Station Receives Nearly 300 Reports



July 2016


+ Russian Radio Team Championship 0700Z-1459Z, Jul 16

+ Trans-Tasman Low-Bands Challenge 0800Z-1400Z, Jul 16

+ DMC RTTY Contest 1200Z, Jul 16 to 1200Z, Jul 17

+ CQ Worldwide VHF Contest 1800Z, Jul 16 to 2100Z, Jul 17

+ North American QSO Party, RTTY 1800Z, Jul 16 to 0559Z, Jul 17

+ RSGB Low Power Contest 0900Z-1200Z and 1300Z-1600Z, Jul 17

+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0100Z-0300Z, Jul 18

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data 1900Z-2030Z, Jul 21

+ SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Jul 27

+ RSGB IOTA Contest 1200Z, Jul 30 to 1200Z, Jul 31



August 2016


+ ARS Flight of the Bumblebees 1700Z-2100Z, Aug 1

+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1700Z-1800Z, Aug 4 (CW) and

1800Z-1900Z, Aug 4 (SSB) and

1900Z-2000Z, Aug 4 (FM) and

2000Z-2100Z, Aug 4 (Dig)

+ TARA Grid Dip Shindig 0000Z-2400Z, Aug 6

+ 10-10 Int. Summer Contest, SSB 0001Z, Aug 6 to 2359Z, Aug 7

+ European HF Championship 1200Z-2359Z, Aug 6

+ North American QSO Party, CW 1800Z, Aug 6 to 0559Z, Aug 7

+ August UHF Contest 1800Z, Aug 6 to 1800Z, Aug 7

+ SARL HF Phone Contest 1300Z-1630Z, Aug 7

+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, CW 1900Z-2000Z, Aug 10

+ MMMonVHF/DUBUS 144 MHz Meteorscatter Sprint Contest 2200Z, Aug 11 to 2200Z, Aug 13

+ WAE DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Aug 13 to 2359Z, Aug 14

+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, Aug 13 to 2400Z, Aug 14

+ Maryland-DC QSO Party 1600Z, Aug 13 to 0400Z, Aug 14 and

1600Z-2400Z, Aug 14

+ 50 MHz Fall Sprint 2300Z, Aug 13 to 0300Z, Aug 14




2016 ARRL RTTY Roundup: 1st WC6H, 2nd W6SX, and 3rd N2NS

2016 ARRL DX CW 1st W6SX, 2nd N2NS, and 3rd K6YK






FRESNO ARC++ The July program consisted of a history of Heathkit equipment presented by Ken, WA6OIB. All members were encouraged to bring their favorite. As a bonus, home made Ice Cream was offered. .


LOS BANOS ARC ++ Annual Field Day in the Park. Great pictures.


SEQUOIA ARG ++ Due to the fire near Lake Isabella Pete W6SV Pres., is canceling the July meeting. .


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ A summary of events to cover the neglected Flysheets of April through July. April's meeting demonstrated a $50.00 headset. Report of the “rained on Swap-meet”. The April 9 Hamcram test session used the Laurel VE software that gets a new licensee a call with in 48 hours. Charlie WB6NVB was elected to finish the current term. May meeting was called to order by V. P. Guy, W6MSU who introduced the new area director for the American Red Cross. The Red Cross director gave a great presentation. The June meeting focused on Field Day preparations. The operations were recorded in the Flysheet. New addition: a Port-a-Potty on site.


TULARE Co. ARC ++ A National Tribal Emergency Management Council will be in September, in Lemoore. There is talk of Kings and Tulare Clubs merging..


TURLOCK ARC ++ . The July meetings were canceled. The fall auction looks to be a large one.



The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report:

.Gene, WB6SUP, and Claud, WB6SMV


They will be missed.


Traffic for June 2016:

ORS: W6SX 6, WS6P 642, K6RAU 11 TOTAL: 659


PSHR: W6SX 28, WS6P 355, K6RAU 72

Mark your Calendars:


Location: Portland, OR
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Willamette Valley DX Club

Location: Lincoln, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Western Placer Amateur Radio Club


  • 09/24/2016 | San Joaquin Valley Section “Rally in the Valley”

Location: Modesto, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Salvation Army SATERN


Location: Lakeside, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Lakeside Amateur Radio Club

Location: Bend, OR
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest VHF Society


Location: San Ramon, CA
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club

Location: Kingman, AZ
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Mohave Amateur Radio Club


>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of May 2016: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, TC W6TE, PIC vacant.


Here we go, in June:

VHF contest, Kids Day then FIELD DAY, oh my, hi hi. Last weekend was Museum Ship Weekend. I hope you had a chance to play radio and contact our own USS Lucid, N6MSO in Stockton.


May was kind of a ramp up for June. We had dialogue with the State OES. Mesh Networks are expanding from Mt Oso and Mt. Bullion. If you don't know Dan WL7COO, you need to get acquainted regarding ARDEN and MESH Networking. These state of the art Wi-Fi networks should enhance our productivity between organizations. Including the Native American Tribes and state agencies (that have 2 Summits this year) all the organizations need to work together as per our National MOU with VOAD.


Don't forget the youth! It is summer now. Find out about the Maker Fairs. Volunteer with Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts, including Venture and Sea, as Merit Badge counselors, advisers and mentors. You have many skills that you've learned in your hobby. Put them to good use.


National Parks on the Air ought to be more prolific during the summer. Get on the air and make some contacts. Your next DX may be there also!


Remember to support “The Amateur Radio Parity Act”. Go to the link on the ARRL website We have to continue the support for this legislation. The latest information is on site.



Dan Pruitt, AE6SX



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

05/03/2016 | No Need for Panic Regarding Synthetic Aperture Radars on 70 Centimeters, ARRL CTO Says


05/04/2016 | Digital Storage Oscilloscopes for Ham Radio Now Available

05/07/2016 | ARRL Ham Aid Gear Headed to Ecuador to Support Earthquake Relief, Recovery 05/10/2016 | Rare de Forest Audion Donated to ARRL, Mated with Vintage Radio for Museum Display

05/10/2016 | FCC Issues “Enforcement Advisory” on Marine Radio Rules

05/11/2016 | Over-the-Horizon Radars, Fishery and Taxi Traffic, Buoys, and Broadcasters Continue to Mar Ham Bands

05/12/2016 | IARU to Serve as Custodian of Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur

05/13/2016 | ARRL to Offer “Memorandums of Understanding” Webinar

05/16/2016 | Maritime Mobile Service Network Responds to Mayday Call from Stranded Vessel

05/16/2016 | Elementary School’s STMSat-1 CubeSat Now in Orbit

05/18/2016 | DX Engineering Announces New Acquisitions

05/20/2016 | CQ Announces its 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

05/20/2016 | Radio Club of America Debuts Updated Website

05/25/2016 | New ARRL Extra Class License Manual Available as Softcover, Spiral-Bound, or E-Book

05/27/2016 | ESA Announces Winners of “Fly Your Satellite!” CubeSat Competition

05/28/2016 | ARRL Reaches Agreement with Community Associations Institute on Parity Act

05/30/2016 | Argentine Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Launched from China

05/31/2016 | Don Wallace Museum Foundation Closing; Donates Assets to Northern California DX Foundation

05/31/2016 | Geostationary Es’hail-2 Satellite Set to Launch this Year

06/01/2016 | Signal Bounced from ISS Heard Across the Atlantic

06/01/2016 | Youth Contesters Take Over at ES9C and 9A1A

06/01/2016 | Diana Feinberg, AI6DF, Appointed as Los Angeles Section Manager

06/04/2016 | New FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Deputy Chief Appointed


K6AAB CQ WPX SSB SO Assisted 21 hours

Band QSO Mult

40 25 10

20 93 62

15 88 65

10 18 11 TOTAL: 75,828





40 59 30

20 79 39

15 7 2

10 1 0 TOTAL: 30.459

Multipliers are W7 counties worked once per contest


CQWW WPX Contest, CW

Call: N2NS Operator(s): N2NS Station: N2NS

Class: SO(A)AB HP QTH: CA Operating Time (hrs):

Summary: Band QSOs

80: 1

40: 50

20: 113

15: 36

Total: 200 Prefixes = 159 Total Score = 107,961

Comments: In between holiday weekend activities.

73, Bob N2NS


NPOTA Confirmations for the section (100 or more): K6YK 262, W6OEZ 175, W6DPD 138.


June 2016



+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 1 + NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1700Z-1800Z, Jun 2 (CW) and 1800Z-1900Z, Jun 2 (SSB) and 1900Z-2000Z, Jun 2 (FM) and 2000Z-2100Z, Jun 2 (Dig) + HA3NS Sprint Memorial Contest 1900Z-1929Z, Jun 3 (40m) and 1930Z-1959Z, Jun 3 (80m) + PVRC Reunion 0000Z-0400Z, Jun 4 (CW) and 0000Z-0400Z, Jun 5 (SSB) + 10-10 Int. Open Season PSK Contest 0000Z, Jun 4 to 2400Z, Jun 5 + DigiFest 0400Z-1200Z, Jun 4 and 2000Z, Jun 4 to 0400Z, Jun 5 and 1200Z-2000Z, Jun 5 + SEANET Contest 1200Z, Jun 4 to 1200Z, Jun 5 + IARU Region 1 Field Day, CW 1500Z, Jun 4 to 1459Z, Jun 5 + RSGB National Field Day 1500Z, Jun 4 to 1500Z, Jun 5 + Dutch Kingdom Contest 1500Z, Jun 4 to 1500Z, Jun 5 + Alabama QSO Party 1600Z, Jun 4 to 0400Z, Jun 5 + DRCG WW RTTY Contest 0000Z-0759Z, Jun 11 and 1600Z-2359Z, Jun 11 and 0800Z-1559Z, Jun 12 + VK Shires Contest 0600Z, Jun 11 to 0600Z, Jun 12 + Portugal Day Contest 1200Z, Jun 11 to 1200Z, Jun 12 + ARRL June VHF Contest 1800Z, Jun 11 to 0259Z, Jun 13 + All Asian DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Jun 18 to 2400Z, Jun 19 + SMIRK Contest 0000Z, Jun 18 to 2400Z, Jun 19 + Ukrainian DX Classic RTTY Contest 1200Z, Jun 18 to 1159Z, Jun 19 + AGCW VHF/UHF Contest 1400Z-1700Z, Jun 18 (144) and 1700Z-1800Z, Jun 18 (432) + Stew Perry Topband Challenge 1500Z, Jun 18 to 1500Z, Jun 19 + West Virginia QSO Party 1600Z, Jun 18 to 0200Z, Jun 19 + Kid's Day Contest 1800Z-2359Z, Jun 18 + Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0100Z-0300Z, Jun 20 + Ukrainian DX DIGI Contest 1200Z, Jun 25 to 1200Z, Jun 26 + His Maj. King of Spain Contest, SSB 1200Z, Jun 25 to 1200Z, Jun 26 + ARRL Field Day 1800Z, Jun 25 to 2100Z, Jun 26     July 2016 + RAC Canada Day Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Jul 1 + Venezuelan Ind. Day Contest 0000Z, Jul 2 to 2359Z, Jul 3 + FISTS Summer Slow Speed Sprint 0000Z-0400Z, Jul 2 + DL-DX RTTY Contest 1100Z, Jul 2 to 1059Z, Jul 3 + Marconi Memorial HF Contest 1400Z, Jul 2 to 1400Z, Jul 3 + PODXS 070 Club 40m Firecracker Sprint 2000Z, Jul 2 to 2000Z, Jul 3 + DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest 1100Z-1700Z, Jul 3    






CLOVIS ARP ++ From the CARP weekly newsletter: FAA Warns of GPS Outages This Month During Mysterious Tests on the West Coast around China Lake. They will be Radio Active on Field Day. Field Day location will be at Pine Ridge School, located at the top of the Highway 168 4-lanes. Look for K6ARP in the VHF contest, up on Bear Mountain, in grid DM06ir


FRESNO ARC++ Scott, AG6IS was our April and May speaker, giving us a two-part presentation on remote ham radios, in English. Stu, WB6VRJ, the President made some very pertinent comments bout the Hobby. Kudos Stu. Field Day location: Dry Creek Park in Clovis.


LOS BANOS ARC ++ Gearing up for Field Day at At Big Page Park (on “I” Street).


SIERRA ARC ++ April program was Mike’s WA6ARA talk on Summits on the Air (SOTA) and National Parks on the Air (NPOTA). There is an informal 2 meter SSB net starting up on Saturday evenings, 7pm, on 144.200 USB. SARC - SARC and BARC in the Park was 23April. June's Letter: Keith W3ISZ had a show and tell of his VLF monitoring system. We will be holding a Dutch Oven dessert cook off on Saturday night of Field Day. The 10 meter Rag chew net on Monday nights – so about 7:45pm, +/-. The frequency is 28.400MHz, USB.


SEQUOIA ARG ++ There is a lot of history published here about Kern River Valley. Just days before the end of World War II, the USS Indianapolis was sunk. For a look inside the radio room exhibit, and the history behind the ship, log on to their website at May's meeting was SKYWARN by the NOAA.


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ 51st Running Of The CQP! 1600 UTC October 1, 2016 to 2200 UTC October 2, 2016. Museum Ships Weekend was last week. I hope everyone got to contact N6MSO, the USS Lucid. Full load of Public service events are evident.


CALIFORNIA CITY ARC++ In 2015 the club took first place in 2A in the SJV. They are up to the task for 2016. Officers are pres KI6LIM, vp K6ZED, sec K6SEQ, treas KI6VC and trustee K6ZZ. The club meets the 3 Wednesday at 7 PM at the Cal City Senior Center. The club net is Wednesday at 7 PM on 145.34- 100.0 HZ except on club night. Check for information.

The following Amateur became Silent Keys since the last report:

Lloyd WA6KZV, Bob KC6EZE and Robert W6SHF.

They will be missed


Traffic Report: [May 2016]:

ORS: W6SX 2, WS6P 1016, K6RAU 14 Total 1032

PSHR: W6SX 25, WS6P 190, K6RAU 83


Mark your Calendars:


  • 06/11/2016 | Reno Ham Swap & Hamfest

Location: Verdi, NV

Type: ARRL Hamfest

Sponsor: Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society

Location: Orcutt, CA

Type: ARRL Hamfest

Sponsor: Satellite ARC




Location: Lincoln, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Western Placer Amateur Radio Club


Location: San Ramon, CA
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club











San Joaquin Valley Officials