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San Joaquin Valley

San Joaquin Valley

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San Joaquin Valley
John Litz NZ6Q
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It’s Field Day time again!  Many of our clubs are in the “launch mode” of Field Day 2023.  It’s not too late to order Field Day swag. If you’re planning a remote activation, please let your section leadership know.  We want to be “out there” and meeting you all.  Field Day isn’t just an exercise in emergency preparedness, it’s also an opportunity to put our faces “out there” in our communities.  It’s an opportunity impress and recruit new members. Tune In the World means tuning in to our friends and neighbors and sharing the greatest hobby in the world!


Join us on Facebook. be sure and share your club events and pictures for the rest of the section to see!  Invite your club members and ham friends, or potential new ham friends to connect with us on social media.


You should also send your newsletter to the Section Manager,  (,  Affiliated Club Coordinator ( and the Pacific Division Director (  and to ARRL HQ ( Thanks to all the clubs who are doing this – I read every one.


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 services 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 June 2023 SM John Litz, NZ6Q


Field Appointments -


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 now that my job has transitioned back to 100% in the field.  Much as I have liked home office / ham shack, I want to sit down with our clubs.


W1AW/6 is coming to California again in October 2023.  Thank you to all that enjoyed and helped out with the February activation. I hope that more will join us in October. Log books have been submitted to ARRL for LOTW.   This is part of the 2023 Volunteers on the Air (VOTA) Special Event.  Email me:


If you were at IDXC raise your hand!  Hopefully you attended the breakout sessions and the Saturday Night Banquet and heard the challenges from BY0J.  If you were there and saw the “radio in a box” what a great alternative to full blown ham-camping on an isolated rock and putting an DX entity on-the-air.  Have you worked VP6A?  They are doing this right now with Ducie Island.


>> CLUBS <<


CALAVERAS AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY -  ++ Steve Airola W6RXK, President.  Breakfast meetings are back on the first Saturday of the month at the Murphy Hotel.




LODI ARC ++ Mike Dugger K6AAN, President – 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 passed away suddenly a few weeks ago.  What a great friend to amateur radio.  He will be missed…. Fresno ARC meetings are on the air 2nd Friday of the month. 


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


MOUNTAIN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB ++ Terry Burley, W6HRY, President - Regular club meetings are the 4th Thursday each month at the Sierra Senior Center in Oakhurst




SIERRA ARC ++ Ric Soard AJ6UE, President. Check out the upcoming events and hands-on classes coming soon


SEQUOIA ARG ++ Dale Ripley KG6TBQ, President --


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ Mark Cloud W6SXA, President -


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 ++ 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 – 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:


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


Stu Home WB6VRJ, President of the Fresno Amateur Radio Club


Ron Ogren, WA6PEV, Past President of the Sierra Amateur Radio Club

Gregg William Causey, KF7ZI

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



   SJV Section ORS/FOR Traffic Report: [May 2023]




     Call       Org       Rcvd       Sent      Del       Total


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


    k6rau       0            0            11         0           11




      sum:       0           0             11         0           11




       SJV Section PSHR/FOR Reports:   [May 2023]


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


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


     k6rau   31      11     30       0        0       0       72




      sum:    31      11     30       0        0       0       72




                          [ de: ]












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 Lee

    Assistant Section Manager

    John W. Lee K6YK

  • Fred Silveira

    Section Traffic Manager

    Fred B. Silveira K6RAU

  • Daniel Sohn

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Daniel Sohn WL7COO

  • David Smith

    Technical Coordinator

    David R. Smith W6TE

  • Kristen Dugger

    Assistant Section Manager

    Kristen E. Dugger KD6SUN

  • Steven Hendricks

    Assistant Section Manager

    Steven Charles Hendricks KK6JTB

  • Charles McConnell

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    Charles P. McConnell W6DPD

  • Shane Lewis

    Section Youth Coordinator

    Shane M. Lewis K5SML


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