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San Joaquin Valley
Dan Pruitt AE6SX
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News last updated:November 22, 2017

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



Mark your Calendars:


  1. 01/21/2018 | QuartzFest Convention

Location: Quartzsite, AZ

Type: ARRL Convention

Sponsor: QuartzFest Planning Committee



  1. 02/16/2018 | Southwestern Division Convention (Yuma Hamfest)

Location: Yuma, AZ

Type: ARRL Convention

Sponsor: Yuma Amateur Radio Hamfest


  1. 04/14/2018 | Communications Academy 2018 - 20th Anniversary

Location: Seattle, WA

Type: ARRL Convention

Sponsor: King County ARES, Seattle ACS, Bellevue ACS, WWA Medical Services Comm.



  1. 06/01/2018 | Northwestern Division Convention (SEA-PAC)

Location: Seaside, OR

Type: ARRL Convention

Sponsor: Oregon Tualatin Valley ARC



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

Location: Reno, NV

Type: ARRL Convention

Sponsor: Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society



>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of October 2017: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, ASEC WL7COO, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KJ6OUI, TC W6TE.

Happy Turkey Day! Let us remember what we have to be thankful and pass it on.

This is hoping you receive this in time. It has been very busy over the last 30 days and I can not stress the fact that Emcommm and Public Service has been on all of our calendars. We have 2 new bands, new satellites and world wide recognition. We need to Elmer the youth to continue our legacy. DIY projects and maker fairs should be in our vocabulary. We helped bring in the digital age and we should continue all the facets that are integrated in Amateur Radio and remember to have fun!


Pacificon and Rally in the Valley had good presentations alluding to MESH Networks and digital communications. With digital, all modes are available and logging, spotting and APRS. Find your niche and enjoy.


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.




Dan Pruitt, AE6SX



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

  1. 10/13/2017 | ARRL Section Manager Evacuates When Fire Comes Within Two Blocks

  2. 10/15/2017 | Amateur Radio Facilitates Another Patient Evacuation on Puerto Rico

  3. 10/16/2017 | Volunteer Shelter Duty Slots in Northern California Filled on the Fly “via RF”

  4. New Ham Bands Spring to Life; Veteran LF Experimenter Denied Amateur Access to 2200 Meters

  5. 10/18/2017 | Focus on Emergency Communication at Pacificon 2017

  6. 10/19/2017 | Chinese CAS-4A and CAS-4B Amateur Radio Satellite Transponders Activated

  7. 10/20/2017 | RadFxSat (Fox-1B) FM Satellite Set to Launch in November

  8. 10/23/2017 | New IOTA Website is Up and Running

  9. 10/24/2017 | New BBC Amateur Radio Station G8BBC Officially Opened

  10. 10/26/2017 | SSTV Goes Very High Profile

  11. 10/27/2017 | Caution Urged in Using High Duty Cycle Digital Modes on Satellites

  12. 10/27/2017 | CWops Announces Awards for Advancing the Art of CW

  13. 10/27/2017 | CW Gets the Message Through in Wake of Hurricane Irma

  14. 10/27/2017 | Tiny LF Signal Makes the Hop from Newfoundland to the UK

  15. 10/31/2017 | American Red Cross Hails “New Partnership” with ARRL Following Puerto Rico Deployment

  16. 11/02/2017 | New Digital Modes Changing Complexion of Bands and Perhaps of Ham Radio

  17. 11/06/2017 | SKYWARN Recognition Day is Saturday, December 2

  18. 11/09/2017 | Radio Amateurs in Spain, Argentina Gain New and Extended Bands

  19. 11/09/2017 | Announcing: The ARRL International Grid Chase!



  1. November 2017

+ SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Nov 22 + RSGB 80m Autumn Series, SSB 2000Z-2130Z, Nov 22 + CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Nov 25 to 2400Z, Nov 26 + UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Nov 29 + RSGB 80m Autumn Series, CW 2000Z-2130Z, Nov 30 December 2017 + NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Dec 1 + QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Dec 1 + ARRL 160-Meter Contest 2200Z, Dec 1 to 1600Z, Dec 3 + TOPS Activity Contest 1600Z, Dec 2 to 1559Z, Dec 3 + EPC Ukraine DX Contest 2000Z, Dec 2 to 1959Z, Dec 3 + Ten-Meter RTTY Contest 0000Z-2400Z, Dec 3 + SARL Digital Contest 1300Z-1600Z, Dec 3 + ARS Spartan Sprint 0200Z-0400Z, Dec 5     + ARRL 10-Meter Contest 0000Z, Dec 9 to 2400Z, Dec 10 + International Naval Contest 1600Z, Dec 9 to 1559Z, Dec 10 + AWA Bruce Kelley 1929 QSO Party 2300Z, Dec 9 to 2300Z, Dec 10 and 2300Z, Dec 16 to 2300Z, Dec 17 + QRP ARCI Holiday Spirits Homebrew Sprint 2000Z-2359Z, Dec 10 + CQC Great Colorado Snowshoe Run 2100Z-2259Z, Dec 10 + 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint 0100Z-0300Z, Dec 11




CLUBS -- Download the whole newsletters from the links. There is much more info than I can paraphrase.


CALAVARAS Amateur Society++ The Calaveras Amateur Radio Society elected Chuck Farr W6AJW & Jerry Tannhauser WA6AVR as Co-Presidents at the November Club Meeting.



CLOVIS ARP ++ Christmas Party - Friday December 1st, 2017. JORDAN’S FIRST SATELLITE – JY1-SAT. Elections for the 2018-2019 term of the Clovis Amateur Radio (CARP) Board of Directors was held at the CARP Annual Business Meeting on November 3, 2017. Congratulations to the new Board of Directors members: James Majors K6JDM Tom Reinhart N6MQG Craig Roberts W6CMR A Board of Directors meeting will be held on November 8, 2017.


FRESNO ARC++ Oct. Presentation on the new mode FT8! Very popular! Christmas
Dinner, Dec. 8, Friday 6 P.M. The November meeting of course will be a swap meet!
It will be on Saturday, November 11th, Wayne decided to come up the San Joaquin Valley and formed a microwave rover team consisting of himself N6NB, John K6MI, Dave W6TE, and myself N6MTS. Wayne also brought portable microwave stations so that we could all make microwave band contacts. So now instead of operating the usual 4 bands, I am able to make contacts on 11 bands, from 6 meters all the way up to 24Ghz. ..


LODI ARC ++ Program presented by Barry Marson, K6ZZD, on how to operate ham satellites. Barry is a retired high school chemistry teacher. Bob Schuldheisz spoke about his plans, for the ARRL “Kids Day” January 6th, at the Galt library. He plans to have rigs set up on HF and the WB6ASU VHF repeater. Treasurer Andy and Mike Zane volunteered to count ballots. The results were: Emilia for President, Ron for VP, Jim for Secretary, Andy for Treasurer.


LOS BANOS ARC ++ Will K6WJR, spoke about emcomm from March meeting. The September meeting found the club locked out of the meeting place so discussions were held on the street. Orchestrated by Will K6WJR, John KE6UCX, Bill WB6KBS, Anne KK6QLR and Dave KG6NUO, the impromptu sidewalk meet was a success..


SIERRA ARC ++ In the interest of expanding club activities, there has been discussion of taking some of the "boat-anchors" from Elvy's estate and using them as teaching tools in repair and restoration of old radios. If this sounds interesting to you get in touch with either Mike, WA6ARA or myself. There are some nice Hammarlund and Hallicrafters receivers just waiting for someone to work on them. Dennis WW6DQ mentioned the passing of Tammy KG6YZW. The program was presented by Mike WA6ARA on the 147.00 MHz repeater status. Some time back the power supply died and was on battery backup until they ran down. There needs to be some on air indication that it is on battery power. .


SEQUOIA ARG ++ Before you jump in your car or run out the front door with your HT, studying some FEMA guidelines is not only helpful, but it is more and more being required for membership in ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency System). The minimum is to learn the structured system which an
emergency response functions in. the list of courses. We received word from his son, Jeff Payne, that his father Dale N6PU
F, passed away at home on September 15, 2017, at the age of 87..


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ We are a Hobby We are a National Resource We are Life Savers
Part 2--I’m following the national news coverage of the disaster in Puerto Rico and several stories about the deployment of Amateur Radio Operators after the devastation. The most intriguing story so far has been the “call up” of ham operators by the Red Cross to the CEO of the ARRL for 50 volunteers to be sent to Puerto Rico. In last month’s President’s message, I related the story of helping out with an Emergency Preparedness Fair sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the questions we got. Questions like:Q: “What do you guys do anyway?” A: “We save lives” Q: “HUH?” A: “Besides talk to people all over the world, we train, we prepare, we experiment and we stand ready in a disaster to assist – not just with radios, but with a pool of resourceful minded professionals (who are Amateurs)”

On Saturday, September 9, the ARRL's September VHF Contest was held, so John K6YK and Dave
N6LHL loaded up the pickup with radios, batteries, antennas , coax, turkey sandwiches and Pepsi's and
headed for the mountains to do battle with the gods of VHF propagation. From 7000 feet on Highway 88 antennas with coax were set up, radios were plugged into batteries, and the 11am start was awaited..


TULARE Co. ARC ++ A major sponsor of Rally in the Valley, partnered with the Boy Scouts and SATERN to put on the SJV Section Hamfest centered on digital modes. Boy Scouts and Eric, N6VYT put together a splendid lunch and a DMR Radio was the main prize.


TURLOCK ARC ++ The W6HHD D-Star system was the inspiration of Rick Swanson, KF6FR. He called up one day and said, “Grady we gotta get going on D-Star”. What’s D-Star I retorted. “Man it’s the latest greatest and we gotta have it.”After a short break, Dick Decker (K6SUU) gave a very detailed presentation with hand held visual aids (radios) on what to do and not to do when buying a Chinese Radio, his experiences as well as that of others in making on line purchases, the “ins and outs” of warranty providers, and as to the continuing progress the Chinese have been making on quality,
particularly as to DMR systems. .




The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report:

Dale N6PUF, Joe WB6EAN, John KF6JG, and Tim K4EOV.

They will be missed.


Traffic for October 2017:

ORS: WS6P 2571, K6RAU 10 Total 2581

PSHR: WS6P 410, K6RAU 70

de K6RAU



San Joaquin Valley Officials