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San Joaquin Valley

San Joaquin Valley

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San Joaquin Valley
John Litz NZ6Q
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 Updated:  November 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 Section Manager,  (,  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. 

FCC License Fees appear to be coming soon ($35 for New, Upgrade, Renewal, Call Sign Changes).  If you know someone "on the fence" about getting their license, help them study, get into a study session, HamCram or VE Test Session before the new fees take effect.  Several Clubs in the section offer these sevices monthly. 

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 November 2021 SM John Litz, NZ6Q -  ASM K6YK - ACC W6DPD, SEC WL7COO, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KJ6OUI, TC W6TE.

Field Appointments 

Bob N6TCE as Emergency Coordinator in San Joaquin County.
Thank you Fred K6FVC for your service. 

John K6JRO as Emergency Coordinator in Stanislaus County. 
Thank you Pat KG6JXZ for your service. 

Annette N6ACL as Assistant EC in San Joaquin County. 

Is your club having hybrid meetings? Events?  If you do not have a Zoom Account, I will happily set up my account to host your meeting anytime.  

I’m hopeful that I will be able to visit clubs that are meeting in person after the holidays when my work takes me back to the South Valley monthly. If your club has successfully implemented hybrid (Zoom + In Person) meetings, I would love to hear best practices for audio and video... Now more than ever is our opportunity to demonstrate the value of Amateur Radio and invite new people into our clubs. 

Winter Field Day is coming January 29-30th, 2022.  Is your club preparing an operation?  (

If you were at Pacificon raise your hand!  Hopefully you attended the Saturday Night Banquet and heard our Pacific Division Director Kristen K6WX talk about the life in the hobby... Remember digital modes are "the gateway drug" for lots of new hams - especially the youth operators... 

There were lots of great presentations all three days.  I hope you got to see everything you wanted.  

If your club is planning a Christmas Dinner, Year-end Celebration with a raffle, please email me for a gift for your fund raiser. 

There was a great story in the San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper on Amateur Radio response in the event of "the big one" earthquake.

Recent internet service outage in the Tiburon Peninsula of the Bay Area demonstrated the need for better back-up communications for Public Safety.  Can you say AREDN? 

>> CLUB NEWS  <<

CALAVERAS AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY -  ++ Steve Airola W6RXK, President.  CARS Breakfast meetings are back Saturdays at the Murphy Hotel.

CLOVIS AMATEUR RADIO PIONEERS - K6ARP ++ Rob Marvis AE6GE, President.  CARP Christmas Party Pot-Luck Friday December 3rd @7pm. Congrats to new Board Members for 2022. 

LODI ARC ++ Mike Dugger K6AAN, President - Lodi ARC Christmas Dinner Thursday December 2nd @ 6:30PM.  Reindeer Round-Up VHF Contest Saturday December 4th.

FRESNO ARC ++ Stu Home, WB6VRJ, President - Fresno ARC meetings are on the air 2nd Friday of the month.  Hope you made it to the November FARC
 Swap on 11/14.  FARC Banquet on Friday December 10th, meet at 6:30, dinner at 7 P.M. at DiCicco's on Cedar and Ness. 

MADERA COUNTY ARC ++ Guss O Keith, KF6ZXO  President

MOUNTAIN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB ++ Alan Gil W6LSU President, VE Test Session Saturday December 11th

SIERRA ARC ++ Steve Hendricks KK6JTB, President. 

SEQUOIA ARG ++ Don Jefferson KC6OCA, President --  Sequoia ARG Christmas Dinner Saturday December 11th @ Kern Valley Elk's Lodge in Wofford Heights, CA.

STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ Bob Officer N6TCE, President – Congratulations to Mark W6SXA and Joyce K6QBQ elected President & Vice-President for 2022.  Christmas Dinner Thursday December 9th starting at 6PM at the Shipyard Restaurant.  HamCram Study/VE Test Sessions are just $20 for the study session – no charge for VE Test – Saturday December 11th.

STANISLAUS ARA ++ Wally Walsh KK6CPN, President – Club Meetings are 3rd Tuesday of the month back to in-person meetings at Stanislaus County OES.  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 3rd Thursday of each month - VE Session at 6PM. Christmas Party Wednesday December 15th at 6PM. Sign up through the club website

TUOLUMNE COUNTY A.R.E.S.  ++  Craig Peterson KM6NCU, President – TCARES inviting the public to a presentation on "Urgent Need for Backup Communication.  I've seen this program and it is excellent. Check Out the club website…

TURLOCK ARC ++  Bambi Schmidt KI6YQL, President – Club Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday each month.  December Christmas Dinner on the 14th starting at 6PM...


The following Amateur became Silent Keys since the last report:

Martha Mabel Jefferson, know to all as Marty, KC6RIZ. One of founding members of the Sequoia ARC, Marty became a silent key on October 11, 2021.


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


San Joaquin Valley Section Traffic Report -


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


     Call       Org       Rcvd       Sent      Del       Total

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

    k6rau       0            2           15          0           17


      sum:       0            2           15          0          17


       SJV Section PSHR/FOR Reports:   [Oct 2021]

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

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

     k6rau   26      17      30       0       0        0      73


      sum:    26      17      30       0       0        0     73


                          [ de: ]     



Upcoming Events!       Mark your Calendars:

January 29th - 30th WINTER FIELD DAY

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

  • Gregory Waters

    Public Info Coordinator

    Gregory A. Waters KJ6OUI

  • John Litz

    Section Manager

    John T. Litz NZ6Q

  • Fred Silveira

    Section Traffic Manager

    Fred B. Silveira K6RAU

  • David Smith

    Technical Coordinator

    David R. Smith W6TE

  • Charles McConnell

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    Charles P. McConnell W6DPD

  • Daniel Sohn

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Daniel Sohn WL7COO

  • John Lee

    Assistant Section Manager

    John W. Lee K6YK


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