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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:August 16, 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 July 2016: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC vacant, TC W6TE.


We are definitely in summer. Check out the September QST. Good information on Public Service and an article from Greg, KJ6OUI about getting new Technicians from the 4 wheel drive Clubs. Very inspirational.


Field Day turned out to be the real thing for the Lake Isabella residents. Community service was appreciated and welcomed by the residents affected by the Erskine Fire. Then here in Fresno County, a fire near Prather and 2 more near Coalinga. There were more and they won't be the last so be thinking how you can help, but do not self deploy. Align yourself with a known organization (ARES, RACES, CERT, SATERN or State OES ACS) and follow their lead.


If you want a glimpse, attend the Rally in the Valley on 24 September at the Red Shield Salvation Army Corps for presentations, exhibits and hands on Public Service. Don't forget the swap meet also!


Lots of Contests going on next month. Great opportunities to play radio. Pacificon is looking good this year also so get your reservations in.


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. It was passed out of committee by a unanimous vote in July and will be considered by the full House in September.




Dan Pruitt, AE6SX


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

07/15/2016 | Sixth Youngsters On The Air Will Feature Contact with the ISS

07/17/2016 | “Triumvirate” to Oversee CQ World Wide DX Contest

  1. 07/18/2016 | Ham Radio 2016 in Friedrichshafen Attracts a Bumper Crowd

07/19/2016 | Two Young Radio Amateurs are First Americans to Take Part in YOTA Camp

07/21/2016 | New European Table of Frequency Allocations Released

07/22/2016 | Chatham Marconi Maritime Center Acquires “Creed Machine” from Georgia Radio Amateur

07/23/2016 | Amateur Radio Alive and Well in Turkey

07/26/2016 | UK Astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI/GB1SS, Heads Ham Contingent to 10 Downing Street

07/28/2016 | Nexø I Rocket Launched from the Baltic Sea, Tracked via Amateur Radio

07/28/2016 | Updated Android Digital QST App Now Available

07/29/2016 | Georgia Radio Amateur Fined $1000 for Failure to Properly Identify

07/30/2016 | Fox-1B (RadFxSat) Nears Completion

07/31/2016 | Woodpecker Antenna Becomes Drone Obstacle Course

08/02/2016 | ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Extends Call for Papers

08/02/2016 | Danish Ham-Cyclist Soon to be in Europe and Heading Home

08/03/2016 | FCC Levies $25,000 Fine on California Radio Amateur for Deliberate Interference

08/03/2016 | ARRL Expresses Support for All Activities that Strengthen Emergency Communications Infrastructure

08/04/2016 | HAARP Facility to Reopen in 2017 under New Ownership

08/08/2016 | New SO-50 Distance Record Set in Youth DX Adventure Contact

08/09/2016 | NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative Opens Space to Educators, Nonprofits

08/09/2016 | Growth in New Amateur Radio Licensees Ahead of Last Year’s

08/09/2016 | Slow-Scan Television Transmissions from ISS Set for August 15-16

08/10/2016 | ARRL Field Day 2016 List of Logs Received Now Available

08/10/2016 | Space Campers to Talk with Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ, on ISS

W6DPD qualified for VUCC on 6 Meters with LoTW confirmations only.

CQ Worldwide VHF Contest

N2NS Class: SOSB/6 HP Summary: Band QSOs Mults Total Score = 36


North American QSO Party, RTTY – July

K6MI Class: Single Op LP Operating Time (hrs): 4 Total Score = 7,869

N2NS Class: Single Op LP Operating Time (hrs): 1 Total Score = 2,040


IARU HF World Championship

N2NS Class: SOAB(A)CW HP QTH: Zone 6 Operating Time (hrs): 1.1 Total Score = 5,412

SJV Scores from the 2016 ARRL Phone DX Contest were 1st K6YK, 2nd NJ6G, and 3rd AA6K




August 2016


+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0100Z-0300Z, Aug 2

+ 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

+ WAB 144 MHz Low Power Phone 1400Z-1800Z, 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

+ 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

+ SARTG WW RTTY Contest 0000Z-0800Z, Aug 20 and

1600Z-2400Z, Aug 20 and

0800Z-1600Z, Aug 21

+ ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest 0600 local, Aug 20 to 2400 local, Aug 21

+ Russian District Award Contest 0800Z, Aug 20 to 0800Z, Aug 21

+ Himalayan Contest 1200Z, Aug 20 to 1200Z, Aug 21

+ North American QSO Party, SSB 1800Z, Aug 20 to 0559Z, Aug 21

+ Feld Hell Sprint 2000Z-2159Z, Aug 20

+ CVA DX Contest, CW 2100Z, Aug 20 to 2100Z, Aug 21

+ SARL HF Digital Contest 1300Z-1630Z, Aug 21

+ ARRL Rookie Roundup, RTTY 1800Z-2359Z, Aug 21

+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0100Z-0300Z, Aug 22

+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, SSB 1900Z-2000Z, Aug 25

+ Hawaii QSO Party 0400Z, Aug 27 to 0400Z, Aug 29

+ ALARA Contest 0600Z Aug 27 to 0559Z, Aug 28

+ YO DX HF Contest 1200Z, Aug 27 to 1200Z, Aug 28

+ W/VE Islands QSO Party 1200Z, Aug 27 to 0300Z, Aug 28

+ SCC RTTY Championship 1200Z, Aug 27 to 1159Z, Aug 28

+ Kansas QSO Party 1400Z, Aug 27 to 0200Z, Aug 28 and

1400Z-2000Z, Aug 28

+ Ohio QSO Party 1600Z, Aug 27 to 0400Z, Aug 28

+ CVA DX Contest, SSB 2100Z, Aug 27 to 2100Z, Aug 28

+ SARL HF CW Contest 1300Z-1630Z, Aug 28




September 2016


+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1700Z-1800Z, Sep 1 (CW) and

1800Z-1900Z, Sep 1 (SSB) and

1900Z-2000Z, Sep 1 (FM) and

2000Z-2100Z, Sep 1 (Dig)

+ G3ZQS Memorial Straight Key Contest 2300Z, Sep 2 to 2300Z, Sep 4

+ Russian RTTY WW Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Sep 3

+ All Asian DX Contest, Phone 0000Z, Sep 3 to 2400Z, Sep 4

+ RSGB SSB Field Day 1300Z, Sep 3 to 1300Z, Sep 4

+ IARU Region 1 Field Day, SSB 1300Z, Sep 3 to 1259Z, Sep 4

+ AGCW Straight Key Party 1300Z-1600Z, Sep 3

+ Colorado QSO Party 1300Z, Sep 3 to 0400Z, Sep 4

+ PODXS 070 Club Jay Hudak Memorial 80m Sprint 2000Z, Sep 3 to 2000Z, Sep 4

+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest 1100Z-1700Z, Sep 4

+ Tennessee QSO Party 1800Z, Sep 4 to 0300Z, Sep 5

+ UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Sep 7

+ Kulikovo Polye Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Sep 10

+ FOC QSO Party 0000Z-2359Z, Sep 10





CLOVIS ARP ++ Rob, AE6GE says the summer Bar B Que was on August 13. The next meeting is September. CARP Swap meet is 24 September, at New Hope Community Church.


FRESNO ARC++ No August meeting. Ken (VP) is again hosting the poolside Club Picnic instead. Great Pix of Gary, KI6OYW at 2015 Rally in the Valley. Nice little tidbit on Ham Terms reprinted from the ICOM handbook for transceivers. Jeff, WB6ZBX gives pix of his newest completed project, a Harris RF350K system and his next one a AN/WRT-2. Jim, W6NIF, shows pix of the last meeting “Heathkit Night”. Glen, N6HEW talks about the National Tribal Conference special event station in Lemoore.


LOS BANOS ARC ++ W6YD discusses the future of "Asset to the Community".Great pictures of the Ice Cream Social.


SIERRA ARC ++ No Meeting just Ice Cream, oh yeah..


SEQUOIA ARG ++ What happened to us was THE ERSKINE FIRE! Says Al N6ALP. Al's perspective is worth reading, humor, history and the Fire in Kernville, CA. Field Day was an actual community response around Lake Isabella.


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ On Saturday August 6, Dave N6LHL and John K6YK joined the 39th Annual UHF Contest by driving up to the now-defunct Iron Mountain Ski Area to see how they could do by mountain topping. Parachute Mobile Mission 24 gave you a chance to contact a skydiver and receive a one-of-a-kind QSL card August 14, 2016. .



The following Amateurs became Silent Key since the last report:

WB6SMV Claud, W6KZZ Marvin, N6VVK Raymond and N6PMC Irene.



They will be missed.


Traffic for July 2016:

ORS: W6SX 14, WS6P 1021, K6RAU 16 Total 1051

PSHR: W6SX 39, WS6P 125, K6RAU 75


Mark your Calendars:


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 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












San Joaquin Valley Officials