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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: May 23, 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 April 2016: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC vacant, TC W6TE.


WOW! Here we are in May and there is a lot going on. The VHF Contest and Field Day are next month. Dayton HAMVENTION, Armed Forces Crossband, MARS/DHS drills, National Parks on the Air and all the QSO Parties.


Weather has been fantastic so I'm sure Antennas have been up-graded, installed, replaced or repaired. You can't have new antennas without new gear. The modes, oh my all the modes. We have PSK, Packet and CW, of course, then there is JT, SSTV, Video, FM and old AM. Now add MESH Networks and all the digital modes, voice, video and packet. Looking forward to Phase IV satellite and ground stations, cube SAT micro SAT. Kids winning awards for loop antennas and SAT construction. Like I said, Wow!


I don't think this is CB or old tube radio exclusively. Amateur Radio is even back in 600 Meters while Raspberry PII's control everything with Linux GPL.


Tell your friends, your relatives even those not so close. There is a future for Amateur Radio and a present and a past to expand. Bring them to Field Day or any other public event


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.




Dan Pruitt, AE6SX


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

04/12/2016 First-Ever D-STAR Satellite to Launch in April

04/18/2016 Radio Amateurs Asked to Keep 7.060 MHz Clear for Ecuador Earthquake Emergency Traffic

04/18/2016 New ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, Pledges World-Class Service, Openness, Inclusiveness

04/19/2016 Commemorative ARISS Slow-Scan TV Transmissions a Success

04/19/2016 Brazil Eases Authorization for Radio Amateurs Attending the 2016 Summer Olympics

04/20/2016 Lack of Power Stymies Amateur Radio Post-Quake Aid in Ecuador

04/20/2016 SHARES Interoperability Exercise to Use 5 MHz Channels, Involve Amateur Radio

04/20/2016 EchoLink VoIP Service Proving Valuable in Handling Ecuador Earthquake Traffic

04/21/2016 Amateur Radio Praised Following Participation in Washington Interoperability Exercise

04/21/2016 TAPR Dayton Hamvention Digital Forum to Include SatNOGS, HamWAN, SDR Talks

04/23/2016 New AO-85 Distance Record Claimed

04/23/2016 Romania Puts Toe in the 5 MHz Waters with Scheduled Amateur Radio Testing

04/25/2016 Now Shipping: High Speed Multimedia for Amateur Radio by Glen Popiel, KW5GP

04/26/2016 Three ESA “Fly Your Satellite!” Program CubeSats Now in Orbit

04/27/2016 Young Ham Wins First-Place Science Fair Trophy with Mag Loop Antenna Entry

04/27/2016 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Issues Call for Technical Papers

04/27/2016 FCC Invites Comments on Petition to Eliminate 15 dB Gain Limit on Amateur Amplifiers

04/28/2016 IARU Region 2 Calls for Emergency Communications Workshop Papers, Presentations

04/28/2016 RFinder – The World Wide Repeater Directory Now Lets Users File Jamming Reports

05/02/2016 ARRL Aims to Connect Engineers, Educators, Students at IEEE International Microwave Symposium

05/02/2016 Deadline is June 1 for US Radio Amateurs to Submit IARU Region 2 HF Band Plan Suggestions

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

05/03/2016 FCC Action Anticipated on ARRL’s “Symbol Rate” Petition for Rule Making

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 Some 400 pounds of Ham Aid Amateur Radio equipment

05/10/2016 AMSAT’s Fox-1B CubeSat Gets a January 2017 Launch Date

05/10/2016 Rare de Forest Audion Donated to ARRL, Mated with Vintage Radio for Museum Display

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

05/11/2016 Canadian Radio Amateurs Went on Alert to Assist in Alberta Wildfire Emergency, Evacuations

05/12/2016 Elementary School’s SSTV CubeSat Now Set to Deploy from ISS on May 16

05/14/2016 SATERN Founder Pat McPherson, WW9E, SK


May 2016


+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 1900Z-2030Z, May 19

+ UN DX Contest 0600Z-2100Z, May 21

+ NZART Sangster Shield Contest 0800Z-1100Z, May 21 and

0800Z-1100Z, May 22

+ Aegean RTTY Contest 1200Z, May 21 to 1200Z, May 22

+ His Maj. King of Spain Contest, CW 1200Z, May 21 to 1200Z, May 22

+ EU PSK DX Contest 1200Z, May 21 to 1200Z, May 22

+ Baltic Contest 2100Z, May 21 to 0200Z, May 22

+ CQ WW WPX Contest, CW 0000Z, May 28 to 2359Z, May 29

+ Portuguese Navy Day Contest, Digital 0800Z-2359Z, May 28

+ SARL Digital Contest 1300Z-1600Z, May 29


June 2016


+ 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)

+ 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 6 to 1200Z, Jun 7

+ 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

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data 1900Z-2030Z, Jun 6

+ 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

+ GACW WWSA CW DX Contest 1500Z, Jun 11 to 1500Z, Jun 12

+ ARRL June VHF Contest 1800Z, Jun 11 to 0259Z, Jun 13

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 1900Z-2030Z, Jun 15

+ 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

+ 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

+ WAB 50 MHz Phone 0900Z-1500Z, Jun 19



SK -The following Amateur became Silent Key since the last report:

Gene W7POR, Lloyd, WA6KZV and Tim, K6TRK.

They will be missed.


Traffic Report: [Apr 2016]:

ORS: W6SX 4 , WS6P 781, K6RAU 15 Total 800

PSHR: W6SX 28, WS6P 315, K6RAU 74



Mark your Calendars:


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


Changes, for the good!


There is a lot going on in Amateur Radio. New technologies, new satellites, new protocols and new takes on old technologies.


New technologies; have to do with DMR, MESH Networks. These are coupled with new Satellites (A new D-Star specific one). The Phase IV AMSAT project to put up a Geo-synchronous Satellite with new Protocols to interface with FEMA and Ham Radio Emergency Communications. Old technologies with new takes are Packet and Medium frequency communications. All this has changes in the Ham auxiliary and Band Plans.


Still have the fun stuff: Contests QSO Parties, JOTA. IOTA, SOTA and the year long National Parks on the Air.


So get informed, participate in your favorite activities.


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.




Dan Pruitt, AE6SX


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

03/11/2016 | ARRL 2016 August UHF Contest Cancelled

The ARRL August UHF Contest for 2016 has been cancelled.

  1. 03/14/2016 | Over the Horizon Radars Becoming Routine Visitors on Amateur HF Bands

  2. 03/15/2016 | RFinder Now Includes Coverage Maps

A new addition to a popular repeater directory app.

  1. 03/16/2016 | Fox-1C and Fox-1D Satellites Ready for Payload Integration

  2. 03/17/2016 | Russian “Inventors of Telecommunications” Stations on the Air

Special event stations in Russia will be on the air until June 16 as part of the international scientific-educational radio marathon called “Inventors of Telecommunications.

  1. 03/19/2016 | UC Berkeley Trains, Tests Hundreds of New Hams

  2. 03/20/2016 | AMSAT Announces Dayton Hamvention Forum Presentations

  3. 03/21/2016 | ARRL Introduces 3 New E-Books for Radio Amateurs

  4. 03/22/2016 | SBE Urges FCC to Improve Medium-Wave Noise Environment

  5. 03/23/2016 | ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Issues 2016 Call for Papers

  6. 03/23/2016 | ARRL HF Band Planning Committee Seeks Suggestions on IARU Region 2 HF Band Plan

The ARRL Board of Directors’ HF Band Planning Committee is inviting input from the US Amateur Radio community regarding possible changes to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Band Plan.

  1. 03/24/2016 | ARRL to Review, Evaluate, and Explore Possible Improvements for OO Program

  2. 03/28/2016 | ARRL Tells FCC to Restore Balance of Modes on 80 and 75 Meters

  3. 03/28/2016 | Kingman Reef (KH5) Deleted from DXCC List

  4. 03/30/2016 | ARRL Okays P5/3Z9DX North Korea Operation for DXCC

  5. 03/30/2016 | “Discover the HF Experience” Aims to Dazzle Technicians, Newcomers

  6. 03/30/2016 | Washington National Guard Communications Exercise Involves Use of 60 Meters

  7. 04/01/2016 | ARRL School Club Roundup Results Posted

  8. 04/01/2016 | ARRL Establishes “Youth Nets” Web Page

  9. 04/04/2016 | FEMA Official Tells ARRL Delaware Section Conference that Her Agency Values Amateur Radio

  10. 04/06/2016 | “Cows Over the World DXpedition” Set to Get Under Way

  11. 04/06/2016 | Voice of America Antenna Farm in North Carolina Leveled

  12. 04/07/2016 | World Amateur Radio Day 2016 Will Celebrate Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society

World Amateur Radio Day (WARD), observed every April 18,

  1. 04/12/2016 | First-Ever D-STAR Satellite to Launch in April

  2. 04/13/2016 | World ARDF Championships Participation Expected to Break Record

  3. 04/13/2016 | ARRL Rookie Roundup Returns with SSB Event on Sunday, April 17!


  1. W6WI, Tony Gullickson, of Clovis worked (and has confirmed) the recent K1N Navassa operation, qualifying Tony for the top of the DXCC Honor Roll. Congratulations, Tony!'

The National Parks on the Air celebrating the 100 Anniversary of the National Parks is generating a lot of activity in the Section. The following Amateurs in the section are listed on the list: K6YK, W6DPD, W6OEZ, WJ6Y, W6KKO, WA6OEF, N6OMM, W6SX, W6XK, NN6NN, K6MTS, and N2NS.


April 2016


+ Holyland DX Contest 2100Z, Apr 15 to 2100Z, Apr 16

+ TARA Skirmish Digital Prefix Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Apr 16

+ ES Open HF Championship 0500Z-0559Z, Apr 16 and

0600Z-0659Z, Apr 16 and

0700Z-0759Z, Apr 16 and

0800Z-0859Z, Apr 16

+ Worked All Provinces of China DX Contest 0600Z, Apr 16 to 0559Z, Apr 17

+ CQ Manchester Mineira DX Contest 1200Z, Apr 16 to 2359Z, Apr 17

+ Nebraska QSO Party 1400Z, Apr 16 to 0200Z, Apr 17 and

1400Z-2300Z, Apr 17

+ Michigan QSO Party 1600Z, Apr 16 to 0400Z, Apr 17

+ EA-QRP CW Contest 1700Z-2000Z, Apr 16 (10-20m) and

2000Z-2300Z, Apr 16 (40-80m) and

0700Z-0900Z, Apr 17 (40m) and

0900Z-1200Z, Apr 17 (20-10m)

+ Ontario QSO Party 1800Z, Apr 16 to 0500Z, Apr 17 and

1200Z-1800Z, Apr 17

+ North Dakota QSO Party 1800Z, Apr 16 to 1800Z, Apr 17

+ YU DX Contest 2100Z, Apr 16 to 0500Z, Apr 17 and

0900Z-1700Z, Apr 17

+ WAB 3.5/7/14 MHz Data Modes 1200Z-1400Z, Apr 17 (RTTY) and

1400Z-1600Z, Apr 17 (PSK) and

1800Z-2000Z, Apr 17 (RTTY) and

2000Z-2200Z, Apr 17 (PSK)

+ ARRL Rookie Roundup, SSB 1800Z-2359Z, Apr 17

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

+ 222 MHz Spring Sprint 1900 local - 2300 local, Apr 19

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

+ 10-10 Int. Spring Contest, Digital 0001Z, Apr 23 to 2359Z, Apr 24

+ SP DX RTTY Contest 1200Z, Apr 23 to 1200Z, Apr 24

+ BARTG Sprint 75 1700Z-2100Z, Apr 24

+ SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Apr 27

+ 432 MHz Spring Sprint 1900 local - 2300 local, Apr 27

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

+ SBMS 2.3 GHz and Up Contest and Club Challenge 0600 local, Apr 30 to 2359 local, May 1

+ Russian WW MultiMode Contest 1200Z, Apr 30 to 1159Z, May 1

+ Florida QSO Party 1600Z, Apr 30 to 0159Z, May 1 and

1200Z-2159Z, May 1


May 2016


+ AGCW QRP/QRP Party 1300Z-1900Z, May 1

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 1900Z-2030Z, May 2

+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0100Z-0300Z, May 3

+ MIE 33 Contest 2300Z, May 4 to 0300Z, May 5

+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1700Z-1800Z, May 5 (CW) and

1800Z-1900Z, May 5 (SSB) and

1900Z-2000Z, May 5 (FM) and

2000Z-2100Z, May 5 (Dig)

+ 10-10 Int. Spring Contest, CW 0001Z, May 7 to 2359Z, May 8

+ Microwave Spring Sprint 0800-1400 local, May 7

+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, May 7 to 2400Z, May 8

+ ARI International DX Contest 1200Z, May 7 to 1159Z, May 8

+ F9AA Cup, PSK 1200Z, May 7 to 1200Z, May 8

+ 7th Call Area QSO Party 1300Z, May 7 to 0700Z, May 8

+ Indiana QSO Party 1500Z, May 7 to 0300Z, May 8

+ FISTS Spring Slow Speed Sprint 1700Z-2100Z, May 7

+ Delaware QSO Party 1700Z, May 7 to 2359Z, May 8

+ New England QSO Party 2000Z, May 7 to 0500Z, May 8 and

1300Z-2400Z, May 8




The following Amateur became Silent Key since the last report: KD6ZUJ, Larry; W6SHF, Robert; and K6MYM, Myrna. They will be missed.


Traffic for March 2016:

ORS: W6SX 2, WS6P 1064, K6RAU 15 Total 1081

PSHR: W6SX 25, WS6P 255, K6RAU 79


Mark your Calendars:


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


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


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


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