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San Joaquin Valley

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San Joaquin Valley
John Litz, NZ6Q
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 Updated:  March 17, 2021

 Welcome to the San Joaquin Valley Section News. 

Section Manager (SM) John Litz, NZ6Q

Assistant Section Managers (ASM) John Lee, K6YK – North

Assistant Section Managers (ASM) (OPEN) – South

Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) Charles McConnell, W6DPD

Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Daniel Sohn, WL7COO

Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator (ASEC) Lucian Thomas, KF6NPJ

Section Traffic Manager (STM) Fred Silveira K6RAU,

Public Information Coordinator (PIC) (OPEN)

Technical Coordinator (TC) Dave Smith, W6TE

The San Joaquin Valley Section Leadership serves ARRL Members and Amateur Radio Operators in 12 counties in the central valley of California, including Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Calaveras, San Joaquin, and Mono.


Club Officers, please update your club's information page in the affiliated club area at . ARRL HQ and the Pacific Division Director use this information to send information to your club. If the information is not up to date, your club will miss out. As space allows, I will relay any events or occurrences which illustrate or promote 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 Pacific Division 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.

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

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


ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section Report for the month of March 2021 SM John Litz, NZ6Q -  ASM K6YK - ACC W6DPD, SEC WL7COO, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KJ6OUI, TC W6TE.

Field Appointments 

Lucian, KF6NPJ as Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator
Rich, W6ABJ as Emergency Coordinator in Merced County
Fred, K6FVC as Emergency Coordinator in San Joaquin County

Is your club ready for post-pandemic meetings? Events?  2021 Field Day will be here (June 26th & 27th) sooner than we expect.  I’m hopeful that I will be able to visit clubs that are planning a Field Day event this year.  Now more than ever is our opportunity to demonstrate the value of Amateur Radio. 

Field Day Shirts and supplies are now available from ARRL HQ.  Go to for info...

Always be prepared to show off your skills. Especially to young individuals. They will not realize the excitement of Ham Radio and its variety, if we don’t share it with them.

It’s great to see clubs getting on Zoom for their meetings.  Many clubs report increased attendance on their Zoom meetings and some great programs have been shared - from Virtual Tours of W1AW to High Altitude Balloon Launches and more… Going forward, have you considered “Hybrid” club meetings?  Maybe streaming your meeting to those who otherwise could not attend via Zoom or bringing in a speaker from around the country – or the world – to educate your membership?  Like Amateur Radio the possibilities seem infinite. 

If you do not have a Zoom Account, I will happily set up my account to host your meeting anytime. 

>> CLUB NEWS  <<

CALAVERAS AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY -  ++ Steve Airola W6RXK, President.  It looks like CARS Breakfast meetings may be returning in April at the Murphy Hotel. Upgrades made to the repeater system and members are encouraged to test along Hwy 4.

CLOVIS AMATEUR RADIO PIONEERS - K6ARP ++ Rob Marvis AE6GE, President.  The March 5th meeting was held on Zoom.  The April 2nd meeting, if open, will be held starting at 7:00PM at the Clovis Sr Activities Center Classroom. 

LODI ARC ++ Barry Marson K6ZZD, President - Lodi ARC March meeting on Zoom was a “Show and Tell” of your favorite radio, tool, etc… WA6TOU planning a Hi Altitude The next meeting is April 1st.

FRESNO ARC ++ Stu Home, WB6VRJ, President - Fresno ARC meetings are on the air 2nd Friday of the month.  Congrats to
club member Nora, WA6BDE, receiving her first and second vaccinations in Jan. and Feb., and she has a birthday coming up on March 28th!  Featured on the front page of the March 21 “Skip” Newsletter. 

MADERA COUNTY ARC ++ Guss O Keith, KF6ZXO President.  Look for club meetings to resume when COVID restrictions are lifted.

SIERRA ARC ++ Steve Hendricks KK6JTB, President. 

SEQUOIA ARG ++ Don Jefferson KC6OCA, President --  Sequoia ARG held their first face to face meeting in over a year on March 13th.  Next meeting is April 10th 9:30 AM  Kern Valley Elk's Lodge in Wofford Heights, CA.

STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ Bob Officer N6TCE, President – March meeting was a primer of ARES Go Boxes by James KX4TV on Zoom from Florida.  HamCram Study and VE Test Sessions are back at Stockton Fire Station #2 - just $20 for the study session – no charge for VE Test – Saturday April 10th.  Club Dues are only $20 single, $30 Family for 2021.

STANISLAUS ARA ++ Wally Walsh KK6CPN, President – Club Meetings are 3rd Tuesday of the month on Zoom until it is safe to go back to in-person meetings.  Morning Traffic, Weather  & Information Net is weekdays on WD6EJF repeater 145.390 - (PL 136.5) starting at 7:00AM. 

TULARE COUNTY ARC ++ Ray Quinn W6RAY, President – Club meetings are held virtually on Zoom during the pandemic. Sign up through the club website

TUOLUMNE COUNTY A.R.E.S.  ++  Craig Peterson KM6NCU, President – Check Out the Spacewalk to fix the ISS antenna on the club website…

TURLOCK ARC ++  Bambi Schmidt KI6YQL, President – In person meetings are suspended until COVID restrictions are lifted.  The club meets virtually using Google Meet. The February Meeting discussed vaccination sites..


The following Amateur became Silent Keys since the last report:

Jim, K6JAT       Robert, N6GTO      Dave, K6MAR       George, W6YD         

Alan, N6QOG       John, WB6WXG

I'm sure there were others... They will be missed... 


San Joaquin Valley Section Traffic Report -


      SJV Section ORS/FOR Traffic Report: [Feb 2021]

      Call       Org       Rcvd       Sent      Del       Total

   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

     k6rau       0            3           12         0           15


      sum:       0            3           12          0           15


      SJV Section PSHR/FOR Reports:   [Feb 2021]

      Call     (1)     (2)     (3)     (4)     (5)     (6)     (T)

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -       

     k6rau   27     15      30       0        0       0      72


      sum:   27     15      30       0         0       0     72


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Upcoming Events!       Mark your Calendars:

5/15/2021 | 72nd Annual Visalia DX Convention

Location: Virtual
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Southern CA DX Club  

6/26/2021 | ARRL Field Day 2020

Location: ON-THE-AIR
Type: Operating Event
Sponsor: ARRL

10/02/2021 | California QSO Party

Location: ON-THE-AIR
Type: Operating Event 
Sponsor: NCCC

10/15/2021 | Pacificon Convention 

Location: San Ramon, CA 
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Mount Diablo ARC 

Currently Pacificon 2021 is planning to be live and in person event.  Let’s hope so!  It will be great to see so many friendly faces in 3-D again. 

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.

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 7.2835 MHz. This net has a lot of check-ins especially mobile.

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 3.8575 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 .


See you on the Air!


John, NZ6Q






San Joaquin Valley Officials