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San Joaquin Valley

San Joaquin Valley

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San Joaquin Valley
Dan Pruitt AE6SX
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News last updated: Thr 13 August 2015

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

Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) Victor Magana N1VM,

Section Traffic Manager (STM) Fred Silveira K6RAU,

Public Information Coordinator (PIC) Vacant

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, WAZ, 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 Pacific 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:

09/11/2015 | Southwestern Division Convention (Hamcon 2015)

Location: Torrance, CA
Sponsor: Los Angeles Area Council of Amateur Radio Clubs & Orange County Council of Amateur Radio Organizations

09/19/2015 | San Joaquin Valley Section Convention (Rally in the Valley)

Location: Fresno, CA
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: ARRL and SATERN
Public Contact: Dan Pruitt , AE6SX

09/19/2015 | Ninth Annual Sacramento Valley Hamfest

Location: Lincoln, CA
Sponsor: Western Placer Amateur Radio Club

10/16/2015 | Pacific Division Convention (PACIFICON 2015)

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

********** Monthly Reports **********

 >> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of July 2015: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC vacant, TC W6TE.

Everyone back from vacation?  Time to start school again and even old ops like me are learning new stuff.

We need a Public Information Coordinator (PIC).  Someone who would like to interact with hams, the public and myself!  Please contact me.  Soon would be nice.  Recommendations are welcome.

We are into August and looking at September so let me stress some items while we still have some time.  First is community service projects and demonstrations.  We need to be more visible to the public and to those who will need to find us during a communications event.  If you do not already have a PIO in your club or group, have someone perform those tasks and enlighten the next echelon to assist and assume the position in the future.  Done correctly, the Public will beat a path to your door.  Now you need to be able to receive them with open arms.  Remember, in serving the community, there are other ways to help besides communications.  Very satisfying.  Plus you get to play radio!

Next is fun.  The San Joaquin Valley Section's “Rally in the Valley” is now an ARRL Sanctioned Event.  September 19, we will have it again in Fresno.  Although centered geographically, it is my intention to move it around the section in the future.  There will still be Public Service Communications as an established component.  This will include exhibitions, best practices and the Cal OES mobile unit (MAGU) and demonstration of its purpose, thanks to Mutual Aid Region Five (MAR-V).  All are invited to show off their style of HAM Radio.  Club projects, best practices, and even Ham trivia in a Jeopardy-like game with prizes.  Oh yes, there has to be a swap meet, hi hi.

Finally, but very important; The Amateur Radio Parity Act is moving forward, but we all need to help out.  If you have not gotten your letter to your representatives and Senators, then go to:

There you will find the status of the 2 bills in congress, who to contact and how.  It will also give you the exact wording and what they are intended to accomplish.  If you know a Ham that is not a member of ARRL, at least get this link to them.

Many thanks.


Dan Pruitt, AE6SX

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

07/14/2015 | Remotely Controlled VY1AAA Put Northern Territories on the Air for Field Day, Canada Day   NT Section

07/17/2015 | ARRL Complains to FCC About The Home Depot s Marketing of RF Lighting Devices

07/20/2015 | Website Undergoing Major Upgrade

07/20/2015 | ARRL Board Approves Dues Hike, HF Band Plan, 2016 National Parks Centennial Event

Meeting over the weekend in Windsor, Connecticut, the ARRL Board of Directors has approved a $10 increase in the League’s annual dues rate, effective January 1, 2016.

07/21/2015 | ARISS Offering Certificate for Receiving Apollo-Soyuz Mission SSTV Images

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is offering a certificate to anyone who received slow-scan TV images during the Apollo-Soyuz mission 40th anniversary event, July 18-19.
Learn More

07/23/2015 | FCC Proposes Fining Georgia Ham $1000 for Failing to Identify

07/24/2015 | FCC Shows No Mercy, Sustains $22,000 Fine for Egregious On-Air Behavior by Michigan Licensee

07/25/2015 | AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL, and Virginia Tech Announce Potential Phase 3E Opportunity

Virginia Tech has approached the US Government to fly the Phase 3E space frame into high-Earth orbit (HEO) in order to support scientific payloads as well as serve as an Amateur Radio satellite.

07/28/2015 | Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Gains Momentum, Cosponsor List Tops 90

07/29/2015 | HAARP Facility Will Be Transferred to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks on August 11

HAARP — the High Frequency Active Auroral Program — will transfer from military into academic hands next month.

07/29/2015 | Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee to Disappear in September 3

08/04/2015 | Additional ARRL Books Now Available as E-Books

08/05/2015 | Chinese Amateur Radio Satellites Set to Launch in Early September

+ Maryland-DC QSO Party
1600Z, Aug 8 to 0400Z, Aug 9 and
1600Z-2400Z, Aug 9
+ 50 MHz Fall Sprint
2300Z, Aug 8 to 0300Z, Aug 9
0000Z-0800Z, Aug 15 and
1600Z-2400Z, Aug 15 and
0800Z-1600Z, Aug 16
+ ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest
0600 local, Aug 15 to 2400 local, Aug 16
+ Russian District Award Contest
0800Z, Aug 15 to 0800Z, Aug 16
+ Keyman's Club of Japan Contest
1200Z, Aug 15 to 1200Z, Aug 16
+ North American QSO Party, SSB
1800Z, Aug 15 to 0559Z, Aug 16
+ CVA DX Contest, CW
2100Z, Aug 15 to 2100Z, Aug 16
+ SARL HF Digital Contest
1300Z-1630Z, Aug 16
+ ARRL Rookie Roundup, RTTY
1800Z-2359Z, Aug 16
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint
0145Z-0215Z, Aug 21
+ Hawaii QSO Party
0400Z, Aug 22 to 0400Z, Aug 24
+ Ohio QSO Party
1600Z, Aug 22 to 0400Z, Aug 23
+ CVA DX Contest, SSB
2100Z, Aug 22 to 2100Z, Aug 23
+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, SSB
1900Z-2000Z, Aug 27
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint
0145Z-0215Z, Aug 28
+ ALARA Contest
0400Z-1359Z, Aug 29 and
0400Z-1359Z, Aug 30
+ YO DX HF Contest
1200Z, Aug 29 to 1200Z, Aug 30
+ W/VE Islands QSO Party
1200Z, Aug 29 to 0300Z, Aug 30
+ SCC RTTY Championship
1200Z, Aug 29 to 1159Z, Aug 30
+ Kansas QSO Party
1400Z, Aug 29 to 0200Z, Aug 30 and
1400Z-2000Z, Aug 30
+ North American SSB Sprint Contest
0000Z-0400Z, Aug 30
+ SARL HF CW Contest
1300Z-1630Z, Aug 30

September 2015
+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest
1700Z-1800Z, Sep 3 (CW) and
1800Z-1900Z, Sep 3 (SSB) and
1900Z-2000Z, Sep 3 (FM) and
2000Z-2100Z, Sep 3 (Dig)
+ QRP Fox Hunt
0100Z-0230Z, Sep 4
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder
0145Z-0215Z, Sep 4
+ NCCC Sprint
0230Z-0300Z, Sep 4
+ G3ZQS Memorial Straight Key Contest
2300Z, Sep 4 to 2300Z, Sep 6
+ ARRL EME Contest
0000Z, Sep 5 to 2359Z, Sep 6
+ Russian RTTY WW Contest
0000Z-2359Z, Sep 5
+ All Asian DX Contest, Phone
0000Z, Sep 5 to 2400Z, Sep 6
+ CWOps CW Open
0000Z-0359Z, Sep 5 and
1200Z-1559Z, Sep 5 and
2000Z-2359Z, Sep 5
+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint
0600Z-0629Z, Sep 5 and
0630Z-0659Z, Sep 5 and
0700Z-0729Z, Sep 5 and
0730Z-0800Z, Sep 5
+ RSGB SSB Field Day
1300Z, Sep 5 to 1300Z, Sep 6


CLOVIS ARP ++  CARP Summer Sizzler took to the hills!  New venue in a mountain picnic area takes a few degrees off the summer torment.  Fun Food and Radio, what more do you need, says Rob AE6GE, club Pres.  Next T-Hunt is September.  Check out past hunts and schedule at  .  The “Camp a long” takes them further into the mountains to play radio on August 14 to 16.  The CA QSO Party from San Luis Reservoir in October.

FRESNO ARC++   VP Ken WA6OIB is hosting the club picnic on 22 Aug.  Recently Jerry, K6PKO has added a complete Heath station to one of his many operating positions.  Excellent program by Raul Moreno Jr., about Off-Highway Vehicle Program, Sierra National Forest, High Sierra Ranger District.

KINGS Co. ARC ++   Pres. Ed KA6PNL, in a meeting at the weather station, alluded to some issues with the club repeater and various sponsors.  There is an ongoing problem in allowing access to the site. 

LODI ARC ++    Jason, KE5JTS discussed the 2 meter net and 10 meter nets.  Suggested nets for 6 Meter and 220 MHz bands.  Ron N6GKJ, presented a program on Emergency Communications.   Very informative and enlightening.

LOS BANOS ARC ++  George, W6YD presents the Frequency advertising Pizza night!  Lots of pictures of the July meeting.

SIERRA ARC ++  Mike, WA6ARA includes some fine pictures of the Club Bar-B-Que, Field Day and an antenna party.  Meeting starts at 7 PM from now on.  The INTERNET can be a great resource. One is this is a ham radio encyclopedia.  .

SEQUOIA ARG ++  Pete W6SV, gives good advise regarding Flash Floods.   Many accounts of the in climate weather.  On a site seeing tour, a  most interesting was the Ad for a Bakersfield Chiropractor on the back of a program. You'll get a kick out of his using a "wonderful new instrument operating on the
 principle of radio” says Al N6ALP.

STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++  The Flysheet is full of great ham stuff.  Field Day description, El mering with Manteca, and Lodi Clubs.  News about the US Navy's rouge PCSat NO-44 that is blasting Europe every hour.  Steve Alred K6SCA who was awarded “Top Score Rookie Effort” from
2014 CQP.  They are looking to 2015!  Planning for “Ham Radio in the Park currently working..

TULARE CO. ARC ++  Technician Class will start in Aug 2015.  Same day as the meeting.

TURLOCK ARC ++ General Meeting: August 11.

The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: 
Dennis “Frenchy”, KF6GJB, and Shirley, KB6BSF

They will be missed.

Traffic for July 2015:

ORS: W6SX 4 WS6P 844,  K6RAU 12  Total 860

PSHR:  W6SX 77 WS6P 135, K6RAU 79


>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of JUNE 2015: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, TC W6TE.

Amateur Radio Summer, that is how I see June. So much going on, so much to do and all of it FUN!

Just finished with Dayton, we start with “Museum Ships Weekend”, and our contribution from SJV is the USS Lucid. She is an ocean going minesweeper that is being restored in Stockton, CA. I personally operated 40 meters (some 20 and 80) and it was great fun. The guys from W6SF (Stockton Club) were extremely hospitable.

Next came the VHF contest. Our own TC Dave, W6TE blasted the valley and the LA basin from Fraser Peak. He was playing with new toys in the GHz range.

FIELD DAY! My favorite time of the year. This year I chose to remain in Fresno and looked for everyone on NVIS at the Salvation Army EOC. We were very successful in covering San Diego to Reading on 40 and 75 meters. I switched to 20 meters on the “dog watch” and had a great QSO with Guam. Now it is time to plan for next year!


Dan Pruitt, AE6SX


06/10/2015 | New York Ham Inaugurates “Collegiate Ham Radio Operators” Facebook Group

A young ARRL member from New York has begun a “Collegiate Ham Radio Operators“ Facebook group. 

  1. 06/10/2015 | The ARRL Extra Class License Manual Now Available on Kindle

The ARRL has just released a digital edition of The ARRL Extra Class License Manual in Kindle format. 

  1. 06/12/2015 | FCC Chairman, Lawmakers Announce Agreement to Scale Back Field Office Shutdowns

Leaders of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee have reached agreement with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to amend the Commission’s plans to close FCC field offices. 

06/15/2015 | Colorado to Host US Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships

Registration is open for the 15th USA and 8th IARU Region 2 Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) championships, August 27-30, in Elbert, Colorado

  1. 06/15/2015 | W1AW Portable Operations Booklet Now Available

The W1AW Portable Operations booklet is available from the ARRL Store.


06/19/2015 | ARRL 2015 Hurricane Season Webinar Set for July 20

The ARRL will host a 2015 Hurricane Season webinar Monday, July 20, getting under way at 8 PM EDT (July 21, 0000 UTC).

  1. 06/23/2015 | Geomagnetic Storming Reaches Severe Level

Geomagnetic storming reached the G4 — severe — level at 0513 UTC on June 23.

  1. 06/23/2015 | New World Distance Records Set on 2.3 and 3.4 GHz Ham Bands

Two California radio amateurs — one of them in Hawaii — have set new world distance records on the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz microwave amateur bands.

  1. 06/23/2015 | OJ0B on Market Reef Logs Hundreds of 2 Meter Moonbounce, Meteor Scatter Contacts

The recent Market Reef OJ0B expedition resulted in 462 contacts via 2 meter Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) and meteor scatter activity with stations on all continents.

  1. 06/24/2015 | ARRL Offering 20 Percent Off on Select Antenna Publications Save 20 percent on select ARRL antenna-themed publications when you order online through July 31, 2015.

  2. 06/25/2015 | Ohio ARES “NVIS Antenna Day” Concludes That the Truth is Up There

Ohio ARES NVIS Antenna Day on April 25 attracted participation from some 100 Buckeye State stations in an effort to determine which configurations of near-vertical incidence skywave (NVIS) antenna offer the best results.

  1. 06/26/2015 | The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in the US Senate

A companion Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 bill has been introduced in the US Senate.

  1. 06/29/2015 | ARRL Website Has New Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Page

Now that there is Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 legislation in both chambers of the US Congress, the League has a combined web page to accommodate activities on behalf of the two bills.

  1. 06/29/2015 | Senate Sponsor of “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015” said Bill Promotes Regulatory Transparency, Equality

US Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), who sponsored “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015” in the Senate, says the bill he introduced, with original cosponsor Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would allow for transparency and equality in the regulatory process.


  1. 07/02/2015 | FCC Invites Comments on Proposed Rules for New LF and MF Amateur Allocations

The FCC is inviting comments on its recent proposals to authorize Amateur Radio operation on two new bands — an LF allocation at 135.7 to 137.8 kHz (2200 meters), and an MF allocation at 472-479 kHz (630 meters).

  1. 07/07/2015 | Amateur Radio Becomes Primary on 1900-2000 kHz on August 6

As of August 6, Amateur Radio will be upgraded from secondary to primary in the 1900-2000 kHz segment of 160 meters in the US.

  1. 07/08/2015 | ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Seeks Papers

The ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) invites technical papers for presentation at this year’s conference.

  1. 07/08/2015 | MRHS “Night of Nights 2015” Set for July 12

The Marine Radio Historical Society (MRHS) will hold its annual “Night of Nights” event, in which historic maritime CW stations such as KPH and WLO return to the air for a few hours on July 13 UTC (July 12 in US time zones).

07/08/2015 | Get Ready for the Golden Packet Event!

APRS Developer Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, has invited radio amateurs to take part in the annual Golden Packet Event on Saturday, July 18.

  1. 07/05/2015 | W1AW/5 Will Represent ARRL Headquarters in the 2015 IARU HF World Championship

The summer’s most popular HF contest -- The 2015 International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) HF World Championship -- gets under way on July 11 at 1200 UTC and continues for 24 hours.



July 2015


July 2015   + RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 1900Z-2030Z, Jul 15 + NAQCC CW Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Jul 16 + QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Jul 17 + NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jul 17 + NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 17 + North American QSO Party, RTTY 1800Z, Jul 18 to 0559Z, Jul 19 + + DMC RTTY Contest 1200Z, Jul 18 to 1200Z, Jul 19 + CQ Worldwide VHF Contest 1800Z, Jul 18 to 2100Z, Jul 19 + NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jul 24 + NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 24 + RSGB IOTA Contest 1200Z, Jul 25 to 1200Z, Jul 26


August 2015


August 2015 + TARA Grid Dip Shindig 0000Z-2400Z, Aug 1 + 10-10 Int. Summer Contest, SSB 0001Z, Aug 1 to 2359Z, Aug 2 + European HF Championship 1200Z-2359Z, Aug 1 + ARRL August UHF Contest 1800Z, Aug 1 to 1800Z, Aug 2 + North American QSO Party, CW 1800Z, Aug 1 to 0559Z, Aug 2 + Maryland-DC QSO Party 1600Z, Aug 8 to 0400Z, Aug 9 and1600Z-2400Z, Aug 9 + 50 MHz Fall Sprint 2300Z, Aug 8 to 0300Z, Aug 9 + SARTG WW RTTY Contest 0000Z-0800Z, Aug 15 and1600Z-2400Z, Aug 15 and0800Z-1600Z, Aug 16 + ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest 0600 local, Aug 15 to 2400 local, Aug 16 + Russian District Award Contest 0800Z, Aug 15 to 0800Z, Aug 16 + Keyman's Club of Japan Contest 1200Z, Aug 15 to 1200Z, Aug 16 + North American QSO Party, SSB 1800Z, Aug 15 to 0559Z, Aug 16 + SARL HF Digital Contest 1300Z-1630Z, Aug 16 + Hawaii QSO Party 0400Z, Aug 22 to 0400Z, Aug 24 + ALARA Contest 0400Z-1359Z, Aug 29 and0400Z-1359Z, Aug 30 + W/VE Islands QSO Party 1200Z, Aug 29 to 0300Z, Aug 30 + YO DX HF Contest 1200Z, Aug 29 to 1200Z, Aug 30 + Kansas QSO Party 1400Z, Aug 29 to 0200Z, Aug 30 and1400Z-2000Z, Aug 30 + North American SSB Sprint Contest 0000Z-0400Z, Aug 30






CLOVIS ARP ++ CARP Fireworks Stand operated through July5 to fund expenses for the K6ARP repeater system. AE6GE, Rob (Pres of CARP) stated the new location was effective. During Field Day, presented by the Clovis Independent Four Wheeler’s by special use permit from the Sierra National Forest. Rob (AE6GE), & Greg (KJ6OUI) will be operating HF, VHF, and UHF portable radios at the Clovis Independent four wheel club, “Moonlight Madness” Bald Mt. base camp as K6M. A get on the air (GOTA) station was available for those participating at the poker run.


FRESNO ARC++ Field Day was a success! According to Mr. Pres., Stu WB6VRG, There was even coverage of the local event on Channel 47. Pat, W6YEP, pulled out good old AO-07. GOTA was manned by Pete,NA6C and Joe, W0PJD. It was a busy station...lots of fun with kids participating. Glen, N6HEW, Dan, AE6SX, and Captain Breazeale, KG6SYA, all helped feed the evacuees from the SKY Fire. Check out the pictures of Field Day and fire in SKIP. Also stories of Frazer Peak from W6TE, W6YEP on 24 GHz and KI6QEL, Duane, as a rover,.


LODI ARC ++ Meeting discussed the Field Day operations. Testing the radios before the event and food for next year was discussed. Notice of up coming programs were committed.



LOS BANOS ARC ++ Field Day effort was successful We made many contacts and, also made the front page of the Los Banos Enterprise. Corey Pride wrote a nice article about us. In addition, Mayor Mike, WB6FML visited us and everyone enjoyed the camaraderie. Great pictures de W6YD.


SIERRA ARC ++ In preparation of Field Day we are having a Flash Field day on June 13th. The idea is to pack everything you need, head up to the Field Day site and see what works and what doesn't. That way on the actual field day we should have everything worked out. The June meeting will feature Dennis, W6DQ, talking about Arduinos.


SEQUOIA ARG ++ Field Day at Camp Andrew Brown was a joyous one. Once again Mr. Murphy decided to accompany us. He must have ridden with Chuck KI6GOG as he locked the doors on Chuck’s truck. Al and Jayne, KK6JPZ, didn’t bring Murphy, they brought 3 mice. Bill’s, N6TF, computer didn’t like the wireless network on the new computer program so we ended up using the old software. We beat last year and that was our goal.

STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ Museum ships weekend just concluded as I write There was lots of great Ham Radio fellowshipping with AE6SX, Dan, San Joaquin Valley ARRL Section Manager in attendance on the USS Lucid. Operators came from several valley clubs to check out the ship and grab the microphone or key. I had to leave Saturday night for a business trip Sunday morning and we were well above 500 QSOs in the logs then. I’m looking forward to hearing the final tally at the club meeting. Now with Radio in the Park, we can get to some Elmering.

TURLOCK ARC ++ Grady K6IXA made a presentation on Winlink. Winlink, RMS, was developed to get all the same page in case of emergencies. There is a Volunteer Network, American Radio Safety Foundation. Rick Frost, K4REF on You Tube has the details on how to get started. Mike KJ6VFL, demonstrated how to send a text message/ email to a cell phone (Bambi’s) and other stations (one in Las Vegas). 7.702 (40 meters) Winmore.


The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report:

Cliff N6ZU, Shirley KB6BSF, KF6GNA Fenton, KC6NOQ Peter, KF6VNU Ralph and W6YGZ Rod. They will be missed.




SJV Section ORS/FOR 2015 Traffic Report: [June 2015]

(*best view: View/Text Size/Larger) (k6rau / sjv-stm)

Call Org Rcvd Sent Del Total

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

w6sx 0 7 11 0 18

ws6p 0 382 362 0 744

k6rau 0 9 13 0 22


Sum: 0 398 386 0 784


SJV Section PSHR/FOR Reports: [June 2015]

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

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

w6sx 3 18 20 0 0 0 41

ws6p 40 40 20 200 0 20 320

k6rau 39 22 30 0 0 0 91 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sum: 82 80 70 200 0 20





>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of May 2015: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.

What great Hobby!!

There are so many things going on, Satellites, Digital modes, ATV, tracking, remote controls, linking and on and on. Not the least of which is operating in an event that perks up your ego and inner child. Again there are many, IOTA, SOTA, DXpeditions, Indy races etc. This last weekend was Museum Ships Weekend and coming up is Field Day.

First let me give a personal account of Museum Ships Weekend. The Stockton Club (W6SF) has been working to restore both a WWII bomber and the USS Lucid. Just check out the web pages at USS Lucid (just Google USS Lucid) and N6MSO her radio call sign on There are pictures on the W6SF website. Well to say I had a great time would be an understatement. I was welcomed by all and made to feel right at home. Good Hams! Even more, Paul N6KZW was the ramrod and crowd pleaser. His hospitality was unbeatable. At this point I would have to rattle off a whole list of calls but let it suffice to say there were operators from the Lodi, Manteca, Tracy as well as the Stockton Clubs. I want to thank all of them and encourage each in the section to find your history or notoriety that speaks to you and join in.

This is a fun event but it helps to promote community. The restoration project enlists students from the San Joaquin Future Builders Academy that gives under privileged kids the opportunity to learn skills and trades that will continue to be viable in the future. What a great way to invest 2 weekends a month on a work project?

We need to remember Field Day, it is getting close. Get your PIO and Field Day coordinator all the support you can to get the word out. Post your locations on ARRL. Invite your friends, neighbors and coworkers to your site. Don't have a site, look up one on ARRL and go play Radio! Bring a relative, younger is always good. Show off your hobby.

Don't forget our HR-1309, write your letter! Check out ARRL Pres. Kay Craigie, N3KN, her remarks regarding the sponsorship. To write your letter go to : . To read Kay Craigie’s, N3KN, note:



Dan Pruitt, AE6SX


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


05/11/2015 | New ARRL General Class License Manual Available as Soft cover, Spiral Bound, or E-Book

05/12/2015 | Amateur Radio Nets Crucial Link in Maritime Rescues


05/13/2015 | US Navy-Marine Corps MARS Program to End


05/13/2015 | Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015: 55 Cosponsors — and Climbing


05/14/2015 | ARRL Recognizing Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award Winners with Certificate


05/19/2015 | Radio Amateur Sworn In as New NASA Deputy Administrator


05/21/2015 | Updated Amateur Radio Emergency Service Manual Now Online ARES Manual PDF


05/21/2015 | Dayton Hamvention 2015: Great Weekend, Friendly Crowd


05/22/2015 | ARRL to Change Administrator for Insurance Plans Effective May 26, 2015


05/22/2015 | FCC Eliminates Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Regulatory Fee


05/22/2015 | US Naval Academy PSK31 CubeSat Transponders Active


05/26/2015 | China Set to Launch Several Amateur Radio Satellites this Summer


05/26/2015 | Alberta ARES Requests Priority Access to 14.135, 7.135, and 3.675 MHz Due to Fires


05/27/2015 | Got Grids? ARRL June VHF Contest is June 13- 15


05/28/2015 | USNA APRS/PSK31 CubeSats Offer Something Different


05/28/2015 | Sarah Brightman Spaceflight Postponed


05/28/2015 | Hams Invited to Test APRS on Duchifat-1 CubeSat


06/01/2015 | It's Alive! LightSail Spacecraft Restored After Being Silenced by Software Issue


06/04/2015 | Another Australian Balloon with a Ham Radio Payload Circumnavigates Earth


06/07/2015 | US Naval Academy CubeSats Get OSCAR Numbers



JUNE 2015


RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 1900Z-2030Z, Jun 10 + HA3NS Sprint Memorial Contest 1900Z-1929Z, Jun 12 (40m) and 1930Z-1959Z, Jun 12 (80m) + DRCG WW RTTY Contest 0000Z-0759Z, Jun 13 and 1600Z-2359Z, Jun 13 and 0800Z-1559Z, Jun 14 + Asia-Pacific Sprint, SSB 1100Z-1300Z, Jun 13 + Portugal Day Contest 1200Z, Jun 13 to 1200Z, Jun 14 + GACW WWSA CW DX Contest 1500Z, Jun 13 to 1500Z, Jun 14 + ARRL June VHF Contest 1800Z, Jun 13 to 0259Z, Jun 15 + CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jun 17 and 1900Z-2000Z, Jun 17 and 0300Z-0400Z, Jun 18 + All Asian DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Jun 20 to 2400Z, Jun 21 + Ukrainian DX Classic RTTY Contest 1200Z, Jun 20 to 1159Z, Jun 21 + AGCW VHF/UHF Contest 1400Z-1700Z, Jun 20 (144) and 1700Z-1800Z, Jun 20 (432) + Stew Perry Topband Challenge 1500Z, Jun 20 to 1500Z, Jun 21 + West Virginia QSO Party 1600Z, Jun 20 to 0200Z, Jun 21 + WAB 50 MHz Phone 0900Z-1500Z, Jun 21 + Kid's Day Contest 1800Z-2359Z, Jun 21 + CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jun 24 and 1900Z-2000Z, Jun 24 and 0300Z-0400Z, Jun 25 + NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jun 26 + NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 26 + Ukrainian DX DIGI Contest 1200Z, Jun 27 to 1200Z, Jun 28 + His Maj. King of Spain Contest, SSB 1200Z, Jun 27 to 1200Z, Jun 28 + ARRL Field Day 1800Z, Jun 27 to 2100Z, Jun 28 + 10-10 Int. Spirit of 76 QSO Party 0001Z, Jun 29 to 2400Z, Jul 5


JULY 2015


+ RAC Canada Day Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Jul 1 + CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jul 1 and 1900Z-2000Z, Jul 1 and 0300Z-0400Z, Jul 2 + NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jul 3 + Venezuelan Ind. Day Contest 0000Z, Jul 4 to 2359Z, Jul 5 + DL-DX RTTY Contest 1100Z, Jul 4 to 1059Z, Jul 5 + Marconi Memorial HF Contest 1400Z, Jul 4 to 1400Z, Jul 5 + Original QRP Contest 1500Z, Jul 4 to 1500Z, Jul 5 + FISTS Summer Slow Speed Sprint 1700Z-2100Z, Jul 4 + PODXS 070 Club 40m Firecracker Sprint 2000 local, Jul 4 to 0200 local, Jul 5 + WAB 144 MHz Low Power Phone 1000Z-1400Z, Jul 5 + DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest 1100Z-1700Z, Jul 5 + QRP ARCI Summer Homebrew Sprint 2000Z-2359Z, Jul 5






CLOVIS ARP ++ The Club is teaming up with W6TV and new equipment to operate in the GHz during the contest this weekend. Headed up by Rob, AE6GE and W6YEP they are intending to set some high water marks in those frequencies. The Field Day will be off to the mountains with 4 wheel clubs in the area.

FRESNO ARC++ Dave Smith, W6TE remembers John Stephenson, KD6OZH (SK) and his work with AMSAT, NASA and TAPR. Big plans are in the works for Field Day, chaired by Ron, N6MTS. Great instructions on the VHF/UHF North-South operating hour on Field Day recommended by Chip, K7JA.

LODI ARC ++ Bob, K6DGQ, showed off a nice plaque he received for being one of the operators for the W1AW/6 special event stations. USS Lucid was visited by some of the Lodi Club.

LOS BANOS ARC ++ The Club remembers Gus Villalta, WB6QXE (SK) recommending the following link . Ken, KF6FDK (Merced ARES EC) presented a talk on preparedness sporting his “go box” of radio equipment. Nicely done Ken, we all need to be prepared for any event.

SIERRA ARC ++ Field Day at Kennedy Meadows plans are all in place. Harry K6HLS (Pres.) all set except for antenna choice. BARC and SARC in the Park was deemed another successful collaboration. June meeting will be on Arduinos.

SEQUOIA ARG ++ Al, N6ALP has resigned as news editor. A very good producer of the Club's newsletter, the pres Pete W6S, says. He is in hopes he will continue to submit articles. Turn by turn directions to Field Day are included. Good information concerning RFI from W1RFI.

STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ NZ6Q, John reported; Museum ships weekend just concluded as I am writing this newsletter. Not only did we have a great time operating, but also we enjoyed a fantastic meal – first ever served in the restored ship’s galley. Your ARRL Section Manager was in attendance. Operators came from several valley clubs to check out the ship and grab the microphone or key. Over 500 Qs were logged by Saturday night. Next up Kids day on the 21st and Field Day. We will have a full report in the July Flysheet.

TURLOCK ARC ++ Grady K6IXA, had a presentation on Winlink. Suggested for more info. Rick K4REF on You Tube has the details on how to get started. No TNC required with Winmor software.



The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: 

"Sid", WA6NWP and Gus, WB6QXE.

They will be missed.


Traffic for May 2015:

ORS: W6SX 13 WA6IAF 0, WS6P 1298, K6RAU 15 Total 1326

PSHR: W6SX 38 WA6IAF 0, WS6P245, K6RAU 82


>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of March and April 2015: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.

I am still attempting to catch up and getting closer! I have a new computer and most of my address books are reasonably untangled.

At the time of this writing, Dayton Hamvention should be complete. They had a lot to discuss. This included new band plans, FCC shrinkage, Public Service Communications and consolidation of component manufacturers and distributors. All are concerns to the Ham radio operator. However we have little affect on the resolution of these things, other than giving our honest opinions.

What we do best and most enjoy is operating! This part of the year offers the most contests, best conditions and a variety of special events. I look forward each year for these opportunities and rue those I am unable to join. Stay informed. There are many contest sites. Recurring special events are well published. Some are passed on by regular Net QSTs. Join in them. There are Museum Ship Weekend, IOTA and SOTA contests. Scouting Jamboree On The Air (JOTA). Don't forget Field Day! If your Club can not participate, join a nearby club. They will have a spot for you.

This is the Ham Radio Hobby, have fun. Go operate, chew the rag, test that equipment.

Remember to support HR-1301 and get your letter to ARRL and your Congressional Representative. Go to the link on the ARRL website: . We have 55 sponsors. We need many more. Follow the above link and follow the instructions.



Dan Pruitt, AE6SX



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

03/05/2015 | Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress

03/11/2015 | FCC Enforcement Bureau Field Resources Poised to Shrink

03/17/2015 | Amateur Radio Roundtable Offers Live, Weekly Ham Radio Discussions

03/16/2015 | ARRL President: H.R. 1301 is All About Fairness

03/16/2015 | Colorado Governor Signs Amateur Radio Antenna Bill Into Law

03/13/2015 | IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide Available Online

03/26/2015 | “Radio DARC” Program Debuts on Ham-Operated German Shortwave Outlet

04/01/2015 | Utah Group Puts Broadband-Hamnet to Work for Food Project

04/02/2015 | Standard General Affiliate Acquires 1743 RadioShack Stores

04/03/2015 | TEN-TEC and Alpha Purchased from RF Concepts

04/08/2015 | WWV’s 25 MHz Signal Still Going Strong After 1 Year Back on the Air

04/10/2015 | New iOS App Available for The ARRL Repeater Directory®

04/13/2015 | “Thinking Day” Activity Gets Girl Scouts Thinking About Ham Radio

04/13/2015 | Switching Power Supplies a More Common Noise Source than Power Lines, ARRL Lab Manager Says

04/14/2015 | Ohio ARES to Sponsor “NVIS Antenna Day”

04/15/2015 | Call for Papers: ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference

04/16/2015 | ARRL 600 Meter Experiment Coordinator Recommends Renewing Experimental License

04/16/2015 | FCC Proposes to Make Past Amateur Radio Address Information Private

04/17/2015 | Australian Ham’s “PicoSpace” Balloon Circumnavigates the Globe

04/20/2015 | Fox-1C and 1D Satellites to Include L-Band Uplink; Fox-1E to Have Linear Transponder

04/22/2015 | Participants May Apply Anytime for Centennial Points Challenge, W1AW WAS Awards

04/23/2015 | CQ DQs Two Dozen CQ World Wide DX Contest SSB Participants

04/24/2015 | House Committee Asks FCC for Documents Related to Proposed Enforcement Bureau Closures

04/26/2015 | AMSAT: Amateur Radio Payload Could Share Space on Geosynchronous Satellite

04/27/2015 | Jacob Nunez-Kearny, KF7DSY, is 2015 Goldfarb Scholarship Recipient

04/28/2015 | FCC Proposes to Permit Amateur Access to 2200 and 630 Meters

04/29/2015 | ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition Seeks “Social Entrepreneurs”

04/30/2015 | Central States VHF Society Annual Conference Set for July 23-26 in Denver

04/30/2015 | ARRL Facebook Repost of Interview with Ham in Nepal Draws Huge Response

05/01/2015 | Remotely Controlling VY1JA Station in Yukon Territory a Win-Win

05/05/2015 | Whistler Recalls Jump&Go Portable Jumpstart and Power Supply Units Due to Fire Hazard

05/05/2015 | ARISS “Ham Video” Ground Station Tests Under Way

05/07/2015 | US Naval Academy CubeSat Launch to Include Next APRS Satellite


MAY 2015


+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, May 15 + NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, May 15 + Aegean RTTY Contest 1200Z, May 16 to 1200Z, May 17 + His Maj. King of Spain Contest, CW 1200Z, May 16 to 1200Z, May 17 + WAB 7 MHz Phone 1000Z-1400Z, May 17 + UA2 QSO Party 1300Z-1659Z, May 17 + CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, May 20 and 1900Z-2000Z, May 20 and 0300Z-0400Z, May 21 + NAQCC CW Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, May 21 + RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 1900Z-2030Z, May 21 + NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, May 22 + NCCC Sprint Ladder 0230Z-0300Z, May 22 + UN DX Contest 0600Z-2100Z, May 23 + Portuguese Navy Day Contest, Digital 0800Z-2359Z, May 23 + EU PSK DX Contest 1200Z, May 23 to 1200Z, May 24 + Baltic Contest 2100Z, May 23 to 0200Z, May 24 + SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, May 27 + CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, May 27 and 1900Z-2000Z, May 27 and 0300Z-0400Z, May 28 + UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, May 27 + NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, May 29 + NCCC Sprint Ladder 0230Z-0300Z, May 29 + CQ WW WPX Contest, CW 0000Z, May 30 to 2359Z, May 31 + SARL Digital Contest 1300Z-1600Z, May 31


JUNE 2015


+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jun 3 and 1900Z-2000Z, Jun 3 and 0300Z-0400Z, Jun 4 + NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1700Z-1800Z, Jun 4 (CW) and 1800Z-1900Z, Jun 4 (SSB) and 1900Z-2000Z, Jun 4 (FM) and 2000Z-2100Z, Jun 4 (Dig) + NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jun 5 + NCCC Sprint Ladder 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 5 + 10-10 Int. Open Season PSK Contest 0000Z, Jun 6 to 2400Z, Jun 7 + DigiFest 0400Z-1200Z, Jun 6 and 2000Z, Jun 6 to 0400Z, Jun 7 and 1200Z-2000Z, Jun 7 + VK Shires Contest 0600Z, Jun 6 t

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