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San Joaquin Valley

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San Joaquin Valley
Dan Pruitt AE6SX
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News last updated:March 7, 2018

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

assistant Section Emergency Coordinator (aSEC) Daniel Sohn WL7COO

Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) Victor Magana N1VM,

Section Traffic Manager (STM) Fred Silveira K6RAU,

Public Information Coordinator (PIC) Greg Waters KJ6OUI

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.

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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, WAS, 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 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



>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of January 2018: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, ASEC WL7COO, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KJ6OUI, TC W6TE.

Hello All;

I’m putting this together to finish reporting 2017 and to get 2018 off to a good start. Remember to support our new Director in the Pacific Division. I believe we will not miss a beat as Jim moves forward.

There are some new things coming from ARRL concerning ARES and Public Relations. We have had a bit of recognition during the disasters we have experienced and we should continue.

February report is being edited as I speak and will be up to date.




Dan Pruitt, AE6SX




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

  • Our most significant news was our Pacific Director being voted as 2nd Vice President for ARRL. Good luck Bob W6RGG!

  • This makes Jim K6JAT our Director.




CALIFORNIA CITY ARC ++ Great site for California City Emergency Radio Team

CLOVIS ARP ++ Rob AE6GE, has their 3 event this month. A foxhunt is due.

FRESNO ARC++ FT8 mode is on every mind for the newest mode .


LOS BANOS ARC ++ Fox Hunt March 10, 2018


SIERRA ARC ++ New Board installed, Winter Field Day and Mule Team support.

SEQUOIA ARG ++ Amateur Radio glossary and history is noted in Kern River Voice.

STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ Christmas Dinner event discussed.


TURLOC ARC ++ The Arc-Over continues. New Pres Bambi KI6YQL lead the club into 2018.



The following Amateur became Silent Key since the last report:

.Bobby AA6HU, Bob K6UGM, Charles KC6UEW, Pam KD6LBS, Tim K4EOV and John KF6JG


They will be missed.


Traffic for December 2017:

ORS: WS6P 979, K6RAU 13 Total 992

PSHR: WS6P 345, K6RAU 70


Traffic for January 2018:

ORS: WS6P 1506, K6RAU 9 Total 1525

PSHR: WS6P 420, K6RAU 70


Mark your Calendars:

03/17/2018 |Hamfest 2018

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




The 69th annual International DX Convention

In Visalia, California, takes place April 20-22 at the Visalia Convention Center. The Southern California DX Club (SCDXC) sponsors the 2018 event. Online convention registration opens on January 15 at 1700 UTC. The Saturday banquet program will be on the…

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



  1. 07/20/2018 |Nevada State Convention (NVCON 2018)

Location:Reno, NV
Type:ARRL Convention
Sponsor:Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society



  1. 09/15/2018 |Western Placer ARC Hamfest

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



  1. 10/19/2018 |Pacific Division Convention (PACIFICON 2018)

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





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