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San Joaquin Valley

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San Joaquin Valley
Dan Pruitt AE6SX
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News last updated:August 12, 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.

Thanks for visiting this page.

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:


09/15/2017 | Southwestern Division Convention (HAMCON 2017)

Location: Torrance, CA
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Los Angeles Area Council of Amateur Radio Clubs

9/16/2017 | WPARC's 11th Annual Hamfest

Location: Lincoln, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Western Placer Amateur Radio Club


9/23/2017 |Reno Fall Ham Swap

Location: Reno, NV

Type: ARRL Hamfest

Sponsor: Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society



10/07/2017 San Diego Hamfest 2017

Location: Lakeside, CA

Type: ARRL Hamfest

Sponsor: Lakeside Amateur Radio Club



10/20/2017 | Pacific Division Convention (PACIFICON 2017)

Location: San Ramon, CA
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club



 10/26-29/2017 Microwave Update

Location: Santa Clara CA

Type: ARRL Specialty Convention






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

Hi All!

I’m sure everyone is contending with the heat. Even though I got to the coast, every time I came home it was very hot. One week I saw temps from 105 to 109 degrees. My shack is in the garage so I did not enjoy any extended events on the radio.


The first trip to the coast, I returned to monitor the response from Mariposa, Merced and Madera. I had just worked with the aSEC WL7COO, to improve the same area. Most of the Ham response was within Cal-OES, CalFire VIP and Red Cross shelters and the Call Center. It was great to have the networking with Emergency Managers in place before the fire.


Everyone has some antenna project to do. Be smart, do not work alone. Be safe and mind the heat! It is a good time to DIY inside in an air-conditioned environment


Remember to support “The Amateur Radio Parity Act”. Now in the Senate



Dan Pruitt, AE6SX



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

07/13/2017 | Amateur Radio Parity Act is Introduced in US Senate

07/18/2017 | IARU Region 1 President Expresses Concern Regarding Spectrum Challenges in Europe

07/19/2017 | Revised FCC Form 605 Will Ask Applicants “the Felony Question”

07/21/2017 | Many Special Events Will Be on the Air to Mark the Total Solar Eclipse in August

07/21/2017 | ARISS Posts Descriptions of SSTV Images Transmitted from ISS

07/24/2017 | CQ Announces Rule Changes for 2017 CQ World Wide SSB and CW Events

07/25/2017 | ARRL President Issues Call for Members to Reach Out to their Senators to Support S. 1534

07/26/2017 | ARRL Contest Rule Changes, Clarifications Reflect “Best Practices” in Radiosport

07/26/2017 | Ham’s Project Amelia Earhart Flight Nears End

07/27/2017 | Islands on the Air (IOTA) Officially Launching New Website in September

07/28/2017 | Seattle Radio Amateurs to Take Part in “Hubs and Spokes” Earthquake Scenario Drill

07/31/2017 | Northern California DX Club Launching Initiative to Get Newcomers on HF Bands

08/02/2017 | Project Amelia Earhart Pilot Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, Back in the Continental US

  1. 08/03/2017 | Special Event Under Way to Mark 50 Years of Offshore Radio Broadcasting

  2. 08/05/2017 | Historic Project Amelia Earhart Flight Ends Successfully

  3. 08/07/2017 | RSVP for the SEQP

  4. 08/09/2017 | IARU Region 2 Area G Announces Emergency Communications Exercise

North American QSO Party, RTTY - July

Call: N2NS Class: Single Op LP Operating Total: 203 70 Total Score = 14,210

Call: K6MI Class: Single Op LP QTH: SJV Total: 35 28 Total Score = 980

IARU HF World Championship

Call: N2NS Class: SOAB(A)CW HP QTH: Zone 6 Operating Band CW Qs Ph Qs Zones HQ Mults

Total: 101 0 45 38 Total Score = 24,319




AUGUST 17+ WAE DX Contest, CW 0000Z,

Aug 12 to 2359Z,

Aug 13 + Maryland-DC QSO Party 1600Z,

Aug 12 to 2400Z,

Aug 13 + SARTG WW RTTY Contest 0000Z,Aug 19 to 1600Z,

Aug 20 + ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest 0600 local, Aug 19 to 2400 local, Aug 20 + North American QSO Party, SSB 1800Z, Aug 19 to 0600Z,

Aug 20 + Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0100Z-0300Z,

Aug 21 + Hawaii QSO Party 0700Z,Aug 26 to 2200Z,

Aug 27 + YO DX HF Contest 1200Z, Aug 26 to 1200Z,

Aug 27 + SCC RTTY Championship 1200Z, Aug 26 to 1159Z,

Aug 27 + Ohio QSO Party 1600Z, Aug 26 to 0400Z,

Aug 27 + SARL HF CW Contest 1400Z-1600Z, Aug 27    

September 2017 + 

All Asian DX Contest, Phone 0000Z, Sep 2 to 2400Z, Sep 3

+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint 0600Z-0800Z, Sep 2

+ AGCW Straight Key Party 1300Z-1600Z, Sep 2

+ MI QRP Labor Day CW Sprint 2300Z, Sep 4 to 0300Z, Sep 5





CLOVIS ARP ++ Class Dates Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 8:00am to 4:00pm Saturday, September 23, 2017 – 8:00am to 4:00pm Saturday, September 30, 2017 – 8:00am to 4:00pm

Exam will be on the last day of class from 2:00pm to 4:00pm Location Police Science Institute/ The Range Pistol Club 5133 N Gates Ave #102 Fresno, CA 93722.


FRESNO ARC++ .August meeting Joe, WA6FFJ, has scheduled the program with Jim Anderson to speak on the Code Talkers of WWI and WWII. I have been helping a Boy Scout work on his merit Badge in Ham Radio. OOPS, they call it amateur radio. Whatever you want to call it, it is fun to go over a lot of the basic premises and reacquaint ourselves with a lot of that stuff. August FARC Picnic at Ken, WA6OIB’s Holden Rancherita Date: Aug. 19. Exams for all Amateur license classes will be conducted on the following dates in Fresno California. All exams are given on Saturday and begin at 9:30 AM. August 19. Location: Salvation Army Fresno Citadel, 1854 Fulton Street, Fresno CA 93721. ARES EC report by Glen N6HEW - August 1st we will be changing our meeting location from The Salvation Army Citadel on Fulton St. to the Hinds Hospice Building at 2490 W. Shaw in Fresno.


LODI ARC ++ The program was a Field Day wrap up. August - Home Solar Power, by Roger Gearhart, September - Queen Mary Special Event operation, by Emilia KI6YYT. Talk of an expanded newsletter. .


LOS BANOS ARC ++ Wish George, W6YD well. Field Day and other issues limited their activities.


SIERRA ARC ++ As normal, SARC does not have a regular meeting in August. Instead, join us for the fabulous SARC Ice Cream Social! 14 August. SARC has a large quantity of radios, both modern and old boat anchors for sale. There are two lists, the first is from Elvy, N0LV, estate. Funds from the sale is going to Elvy's family. The second one is from various donations to SARC, with the sale going to SARC's account. Contact


SEQUOIA ARG ++ Skip, N6SR We had a great Field Day at the end of June! Check the website for pictures. We have the shack contents of our departed friend Don, KD6HCV, up for sale on the Club web site.


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ MEETING , AUGUST 10TH. HamCram Saturday August 12th 8:00 AM. Many Special Events Will Be on the Air to Mark the Total Solar Eclipse in August. On 21 August is SEQP QSO Party

TURLOC ARC ++ TheARC OVER July issue has great content thanks to K6IXA and KJ6ART. The Detwiler fire on Mt. Bullian is described. The AN/GRC-109 is shown in depth, with history. K6IXA adds some great anticedotes. Check it out, very informative.


The following Amateur became Silent Key since the last report:

. WA6WJN Stanley; WB6BW Barry;


They will be missed.


Traffic for July 2017:

ORS: WS6P 1270, K6RAU 14 Total 1284

PSHR: WS6P 195, K6RAU 73



San Joaquin Valley Officials