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San Joaquin Valley

San Joaquin Valley

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San Joaquin Valley
John Litz NZ6Q
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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) Steve Hendricks, KK6JTB – South

Assistant Section Manager (ASM) (OPEN) – Central

Assistant Section Manager (ASM) Kristen Dugger, KD6SUN – Social Media

Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) Charles McConnell, W6DPD

Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Daniel Sohn, WL7COO

Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator (ASEC) Lucian Thomas, KF6NPG

Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator (ASEC) Dennis Kidder, W6DQ – Special Projects

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.


It’s a New Year!  Many of our clubs have installed new officers starting in 2023.  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.

Join us on Facebook. be sure an share your club events and pictures for the rest of the section to see!

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.  The FCC now requires a $35 fee for New, Renewal and Vanity Call Sign Changes.  There is currently no fee for upgrading your license or changing your address. 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 February 2023 SM John Litz, NZ6Q

Field Appointments – January 2023

Kristen KD6SUN has accepted the position of Assistant Section Manager for Social Media. Look to her for help in getting you club messaging out there as she helps the section get the word out to your members!

Steve KK6JTB has accepted the position of Assistant Section Manager for the South Section.  Clubs and members in Mono, Kern (inyoKern), South Tulare and Kings Counties Steve is your local ARRL leader.  

Please welcome these new leaders as they reach out your clubs and give them your support!

WANTED:  Assistant Section Manager for the Central Section.  I’m looking for a leader to be the local ARRL Leader primarily for Fresno, Madera. Mariposa, North Tulare and Merced Counties.

CLUB MEETINGS: 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. 

W1AW/6 is coming to California February 15th – 22nd, 2023.  If you would like to operate as W1AW/6 please send me an email!  This is part of the 2023 Volunteers on the Air (VOTA) Special Event.  Email me:

Winter Field Day 2023 – LOVE all the club Facebook postings and pictures of WFD activities!

If you were at Pacificon raise your hand!  Hopefully you attended the Saturday Night Banquet and heard Dr Seth Shostak from the SETI Institute.  What an amazing discussion.  It’s good to know that none of our early days of radio or television has reached our celestial neighbors yet…


CALAVERAS AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY -  ++ Steve Airola W6RXK, President.  CARS business meeting was Thursday January 12th at 6:30 PM.  Breakfast meetings are back on the first Saturday of the month at the Murphy Hotel.

CLOVIS AMATEUR RADIO PIONEERS - K6ARP ++ Rob Marvis AE6GE, President.  CARP was on the air for Winter Support Your Parks Event Jan 21st – Millerton Park starting at 8AM.  Next Regular Meeting is Friday February 3rd 7PM at the Clovis Senior Center. 

LODI ARC ++ Mike Dugger K6AAN, President – Great info about battery operation and testing in their Newsletter. Club meetings are the first Thursday each month at Casa Flores on Kettleman Lane. Check out their newsletter at

FRESNO ARC ++ Stu Home, WB6VRJ, President - Fresno ARC meetings are on the air 2nd Friday of the month.  Hope you made it to their great Christmas Dinner! Congratulations to Rob KM6SRR on the Allen Ross Award for 2022. 

MADERA COUNTY ARC ++ Guss O Keith, KF6ZXO, President

MOUNTAIN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB ++ Terry Burley, W6HRY, President - A new Technician class is planned and scheduled at the LDS church on school road in Oakhurst over 2 Saturdays starting Saturday, February 25. Regular club meetings are the 4th Thursday each month at the Sierra Senior Center in Oakhurst

PORTERVILLE ARA (PARA) ++ next meeting is Feb 4th, 2023 8AM at RJ’s Café, Putnam and D St in Porterville.

SIERRA ARC ++ Ric Soard AJ6UE, President. Congrats and good luck to the 2023 club officers after the banquet installation dinner on Jan 9th. Check out the upcoming events and hands-on classes coming soon

SEQUOIA ARG ++ Dale Ripley KG6TBQ, President --  Sequoia ARG Club Meeting January 14th.

STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ Mark Cloud W6SXA, President – HamCram Study/VE Test Sessions are just $20 for the study session – no charge for VE Test – Saturday February 11th. SDARC is the new sponsor of the Pedaling Paths to Independence Bike Ride for the Community Center for the Blind.

STANISLAUS ARA ++ Everette Young NQ6C, President – Congratulations to new President Everette NQ6C and good luck to you and your 2023 Club Officers. Club Meetings are 3rd Tuesday of the month at Stanislaus County OES.  Morning Traffic, Weather & Information Net is weekdays on WD6EJF repeater 145.390 - (PL 136.5) starting at 7:00AM. VE Sessions are available prior to club meetings.

TEHACHAPI AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC. TARA ++ Great WFD pictures on the club website TARA meets regularly on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. We meet in the Community Room at the Tehachapi Police Department Building at 7:00 pm. The Tehachapi Police Department is located at 220 West C Street, Tehachapi, CA 93561

TULARE COUNTY ARC ++ Ray Quinn W6RAY, President – Club meetings are held 3rd Thursday of each month - VE Session at 6PM regular meeting a 7PM.

TUOLUMNE COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO ELECTRONICS SOCIETY  ++  Craig Peterson KM6NCU, President – TCARES was at Winter Field Day in Columbia State Park January 28th. Check Out the club website

TURLOCK ARC ++  Bambi Schmidt KI6YQL, President – Club Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday each month at the Salvation Army in Turlock.  Club dues are just $25 for 2023.


 The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report:

Jim WB6BET who was very active in the Lodi ARC even though he lived just outside our section in Solano County.

Dale W6SJV Stockton

Dr. Kees KM6SGM Sierra

Grady K6IXA who was very active with Turlock Amateur Radio Club and all things digital…

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



San Joaquin Valley Section Traffic Report -




    SJV Section ORS/FOR Traffic Report: [Dec 2022]


     Call       Org       Rcvd       Sent      Del       Total


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


    k6rau       0            0            13         0           13




      sum:       0           0             13         0           13




       SJV Section PSHR/FOR Reports:   [Dec 2022]


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


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


     k6rau   27      13     30       0        0       0       70




      sum:   27      13     30       0        0       0       70




                          [ de: ]






Upcoming Events!       Mark your Calendars:


February 15th – 22ndW1AW / 6 hosted by California hams! Check out the ARRL VOTA event (Volunteers On The Air) at and if you would like to BE W1AW/6 from your station – send me an email  


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 HF 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

  • John Lee

    Assistant Section Manager

    John W. Lee K6YK

  • Kristen Dugger

    Assistant Section Manager

    Kristen E. Dugger KD6SUN

  • Fred Silveira

    Section Traffic Manager

    Fred B. Silveira K6RAU

  • David Smith

    Technical Coordinator

    David R. Smith W6TE

  • Steven Hendricks

    Assistant Section Manager

    Steven Charles Hendricks KK6JTB

  • Charles McConnell

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    Charles P. McConnell W6DPD

  • Daniel Sohn

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Daniel Sohn WL7COO


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