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San Joaquin Valley

San Joaquin Valley

Contact Information

Section Name:
San Joaquin Valley
Contact:
John Litz, NZ6Q
Daytime Phone:
2093313078
Evening Phone:
2093313078
Email:
john@litz.com

Basic Information

Division:
Pacific
Description:

Updated:  January 10, 2020

Welcome to the San Joaquin Valley Section News. 

Section Manager (SM) John Litz, NZ6Q

Assistant Section Managers (ASM) John Lee,  K6YK

Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) Charles McConnell, W6DPD

Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Daniel Sohn, WL7COO

Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator (ASEC) 

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 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.

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Club Officers, please update your club's information page in the affiliated club area at ARRL.org . 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 (w6dpd@arrl.org) and the Pacific Division Director (k6jat@arrl.org) Vice Director (k6wx@arrl.org) and to ARRL HQ (clubs@arrl.org).

Need to take an Amateur exam? Are you having an exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org/arrlvec/examsearch.phtml 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 K6RAU (our Traffic Manager) Morse Code Instruction Course is available at https://k6rau.podomatic.com

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

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>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of January 2020  SM John Litz, NZ6Q -  ASM K6YK - ACC W6DPD, SEC WL7COO, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KJ6OUI, TC W6TE.

ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section Manager Dan Pruitt, AE6SX, of Fresno died suddenly on December 27th. He was 68. Dan had been hospitalized briefly as a result of a fall.  Dan had served as our SJV SM since 2009.  He had previously served as Fresno County Emergency Coordinator, and his focus has been on improving emergency communication in our region.  

Dan also supported the Salvation Army and SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network).  Dan was a faithful attendee at Pacificon and participated annually with the W6SF/N6MSO crew aboard the USS Lucid Museum Ship. 

A celebration of life is being planned to honor Dan. Time and place to be announced.  

It is my honor and privilege to serve out the remainder of Dan's term as your Section Manager. My goal is to continue his work on improving our connections with ARES, CERT, local and state first responders while helping our clubs attract, develop and retain new members to carry forward our great hobby.  

Winter Field Day is Jan 25th & 26th - Is your club ready to brave the weather and GOTA?  https://www.winterfieldday.com/

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

>> CLUB NEWS  << 

CLOVIS AMATEUR RADIO PIONEERS - K6ARP ++ Rob Marvis AE6GE, President.  The January 3rd meeting featured Orv Beach W6BI presentation on AREDN. The February 7th meeting will feature a discussion on renewable energy - held starting at 7:00PM at the Clovis Sr Activities Center Classroom.  www.k6arp.org 

LODI ARC ++ Barry Marson K6ZZD, President - Lodi ARC will host a field trip to the California Radio Society Museum in Alameda, CA on Saturday January 18th. Please RSVP Mike Duggar K6AAN at sjdep97@gmail.com for information.  

FRESNO ARC ++ Stu Home, WB6VRJ, President - Fresno ARC VE Session, February 15th 9:30AM at St. James Episcopal in Fresno.  New and old Hams will enjoy breakfast on Saturdays starting at 6:30AM at Blueberry Hill on Blackstone in Fresno.  www.w6to.com 

SIERRA ARC ++ Steve Hendricks KK6JTB, President. 

SEQUOIA ARG ++ Jan Robertson N7CCV, President --  New VP Cheryl is working hard to make great programs.  Support her by attending meetings. January 11th 9:30 AM  Kern Valley Elk's Lodge in Wofford Heights, CA. Everyone attending gets a free door prize raffle ticket.  

STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ Bob Officer N6TCE, President -- January 9th club meeting program included Steve Dyer W1SRD "Dulcie Isl DXpedition VP6D" and announcement of South Orkney Isl DXpedition VP8PJ www.sorkney.com  The W6SF club station will be on Winter Field Day January 25th... weather permitting (hihi).  The next HamCram is Saturday February 8th at Stockton Fire Station #2 - just $20 for 2020. www.w6sf.org/hamcram.html  Club Dues are only $20 single, $30 Family for 2020.  www.w6sf.org

STANISLAUS ARA ++ Wally Walsh KK6CPN, President -- Starting in Jan 2020 club meetings will be in the back room at Stan County OES.  Need to arrive before the 7:00PM start.  HamCram is Saturday February 15th at Stan County OES www.stanares.org for info.  Morning Traffic, Weather  & Information Net is weekdays on WD6EJF repeater 145.390 - (PL 136.5) starting at 7:00AM. www.saraclub.net 

Tuolumne County ARS ++ -- Next meeting is Saturday January 18th at My Garden Cafe in Sonora (New Meeting location) starting at 8:30 AM.  www.tcares.net

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The following Amateur became Silent Keys since the last report:

Ed, N6XMA ; Dan, KB6UNC ; Dan, AE6SX 

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

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SJV Section ORS/FOR Traffic Report: [December 2019]

      Call       Org       Rcvd       Sent      Del       Total     - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -       ws6p        0          119         160        0         279      k6rau       0              0             9        0             9     --------------------------------------------------------------------       sum:       0          119         169        0         288     =============================        SJV Section PSHR/FOR Reports:   [Dec 2019]       Call     (1)     (2)     (3)     (4)     (5)     (6)     (T)     - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -       ws6p    31     40      20      45      0     20    156      k6rau   31       9      30        0      0       0      70     -------------------------------------------------------------------       sum:   62     49      50      45      0      20    226     =============================   Thank you Fred K6RAU for your hard work as STM. Keep it up!

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Mark your Calendars:

01/19/2020 | Quartzfest Convention

Location: Quartzsite, AZ
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Quartzfest Planning Committee
Website: http://www.quartzfest.org


4/24/2020 | 71st Annual Visalia DX Convention

Location: Visalia, CA
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Southern CA DX Club  
Website: http://www.dxconvention.org 

6/27/2020 | ARRL Field Day 2020

Location: ON-THE-AIR
Type: Operating Event
Sponsor: ARRL
Website: http://www.arrl.org/field-day

10/03/2020 | California QSO Party

Location: ON-THE-AIR
Type: Operating Event 
Sponsor: NCCC
Website: http://www.cqp.org 

10/16/2020 | Pacificon Convention 

Location: San Ramon, CA 
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Mount Diablo ARC 
Website: http://www.pacificon.org

Need to take an Amateur exam? Are you having an exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org/arrlvec/examsearch.phtml 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 K6RAU (our Traffic Manager) Morse Code Instruction Course is available at www.pdarrl.org/K6RAU or www.pdarrl.org/k6rau.

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

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San Joaquin Valley Nets:

The Noontime net meets on 7.283.5 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.

CWops Tests are held weekly – Every Wednesday at 1300Z, 1900Z, and 0300Z (Thursday). Info and rules at http://www.cwops.org/cwt.html .

See you on the Air!

73

John, NZ6Q

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San Joaquin Valley Officials