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San Joaquin Valley

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Section Name:
San Joaquin Valley
Contact:
Dan Pruitt AE6SX
Daytime Phone:
559-779-2974
Evening Phone:
559-779-2974
Email:
ae6sx@arrl.org

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News last updated:May 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, ae6sx@arrl.org and the Affiliated Club Coordinator, w6dpd@arrl.org.

 

  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 (w6dpd@arrl.org) and the Director (w6rgg@arrl.org) vice director (k6jat@arrl.org) and to ARRL HQ (clubs@arrl.org).

Need to take an Amateur exam? Are you having an exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org/arrlvec/examsearch.phtml 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 (www.wwrof.org) 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 http://www.heywhatsthat.com/

Also the Ladder Snaps in the presentation can be found at http://www.73cnc.com/product_p/ls100.htm You can e-mail Hank at w6sx@arrl.net for additional details.

 

The K6RAU (our Traffic Manager) Morse Code Instruction Course is available at www.pdarrl.org/K6RAU or www.pdarrl.org/k6rau.

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 http://www.cwops.org/cwt.html.

 

 Mark your Calendars:

 

  1. 05/12/2017 | Reno/Tahoe Hamfest

Location: Reno, NV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society
Website: http://renotahoehamfest.com


 

  1. 05/21/2017 North Hills RC Hamfest

Location: Carmichael, CA

Type: ARRL Hamfest

Sponsor: North Hills Radio Club

Website: http://k6is.org


 


 

06/02/2017 | Northwestern Division Convention (SEA-PAC)

Location: Seaside, OR
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Oregon Tualatin Valley ARC
Website: http://www.seapac.org


 

09/16/2017 | WPARC's 11th Annual Hamfest

Location: Lincoln, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Western Placer Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.wparc.us


 

09/23/2017 |Reno Fall Ham Swap

Location: Reno, NV

Type: ARRL Hamfest

Sponsor: Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society

Website: http://renohamswap.com

 

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

Location: San Ramon, CA
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.pacificon.org


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

Warmth! A welcome change. Field Day a little over a month away and other fun things in Amateur Radio. All the clubs and EmComm groups are enthusiastic about Public Service. A word, remember to operate at the top of your skills. Dress the part, act professionally and listen. Only talk when you have something to constructively contribute. If you are new to EmComm then take the online free FEMA courses. Learn from your leaders. What works in Fresno Co. may be unusable in Calavaras. So develop a working plan before the fires start or a big accident occurs on the interstate.


There is a lot of proponents of digital voice radios. They have many helpful features. However, just like the operator that only does VHF and the guy he wants to communicate with, is only on HF. So it is with a very good top of the line xcvr that wants to pass traffic to an old Heathkit. Have more than one option. Myself, I have a Heathkit dual bander and other mostly HF Heathkits that I enjoy. For dependability, I have a Kenwood on HF and Yaesu at 75 watts on VHF. In the car, I go from near DC to 440 MHz. I like these new xcvr designs, get the most compatible one. Just keep that dual bander around.

 

Remember to support “The Amateur Radio Parity Act”. Go to the link on the ARRL website http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act. We have to continue the support for this legislation.

 

73;


Dan Pruitt, AE6SX


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


04/11/2017 | 2017 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Issues Call for Papers

04/11/2017 | Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur Now Available

04/13/2017 | Article Links Amateur Radio Growth to Emergency Communications

04/17/2017 | FCC Proposes Levying Huge Fine on New York Police Radio Jammer

04/19/2017 | Motorola Solutions Expands Patent Infringement Complaints against Hytera

04/26/2017 | Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test is May 13

04/26/2017 | Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test is May 13

05/01/2017 | NOAA Seeks Comments on Discontinuing WWV-WWVH North Atlantic and North Pacific Marine Storm Warnings

05/02/2017 | ARRL Field Day Site Locator is Live for 2017, PSAs Available

05/03/2017 | Important Notice — New MF and LF Bands are Not Yet Available to Use!

05/03/2017 | More Arduino Projects for Ham Radio by Glen Popiel, KW5GP, Now Available

05/05/2017 | Spring Radio Club of America QSO Party is Saturday, May 6


Contests:

 

May 2017

+ CQ-M International DX Contest 1200Z, May 13 to 1159Z, May 14

+ VOLTA WW RTTY Contest 1200Z, May 13 to 1200Z, May 14

+ FISTS Spring Unlimited Sprint 1700Z-2100Z, May 13

+ His Maj. King of Spain Contest, CW 1200Z, May 20 to 1200Z, May 21

+ Baltic Contest 2100Z, May 20 to 0200Z, May 21

+ CQ WW WPX Contest, CW 0000Z, May 27 to 2400Z, May 28

June 2017

+ 10-10 Int. Open Season PSK Contest 0001Z, Jun 3 to 2359Z, Jun 4

+ SEANET Contest 1200Z, Jun 3 to 1200Z, Jun 4

+ VK Shires Contest 0600Z, Jun 10 to 0600Z, Jun 11

+ Asia-Pacific Sprint, SSB 1100Z-1300Z, Jun 10

+ Portugal Day Contest 1200Z, Jun 10 to 1159Z, Jun 11

+ GACW WWSA CW DX Contest 1500Z, Jun 10 to 1500Z, Jun 11

+ REF DDFM 6m Contest 1600Z, Jun 10 to 1600Z, Jun 11

+ ARRL June VHF Contest 1800Z, Jun 10 to 0300Z, Jun 12

 

CLUBS

 

CALIFORNIA CITY ARC ++ The club is supporting W6LIE as Kern Co. Parks on the air www.kcpota.com Check out their website. www.ke6rn.com


CLOVIS ARP ++ Clovis Club has had very interesting programs including digital voice communications and satellites. Rob AE6GE continues to take the lead in public service events (March of Dimes, Kirch Flat Bicycle century and more to come). Rick, W6KKO keeps the T-Hunts going. www.k6arp.org/


FRESNO ARC++ The Prez, Stu WB6VRJ is still looking for a Field Day Chairman and added Easter and Passover blessings, though belated. SKIP offered a great story of The HISTORY OF THE CAR RADIO that has a very familiar company name. The Fresno VE quarterly exams are 20 May. Charles W6DPD lists the DX outlook. Glen N6HEW gives great advice in his ARES/RACES newsletter. John K6MI reviews the DX convention in Visalia. www.w6to.com.


 

SIERRA ARC ++ Bob, AD6HF: The Blue Angels special event station logged 888 contacts. Next meeting is on "Homebrew" projects. SARC & BARC in the park – Lone Pine park was April 29,

it is always a great event to connect the orphan clubs of Bishop and Ridgecrest. Nice pictures. www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/


SEQUOIA ARG ++ WHEN SOUND CARDS ARE A SOUND IDEA is the title of the history of interfacing radios and computers. Check out the article and as always the history of the Kern River Valley from Al, N6ALP. Skip, N6SR says get out your portable stuff for Field Day. Next meeting will be supporting Kern Co. Parks on the Air. www.n6krv.org


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ The club has to decide on antenna set-ups for the Museum Ship and plan a work day to set them up on the USS Lucid. Museum Ship Weekend is June 2 to 4. John, NZ6Q reminisced on 86 years of Club History and Public Service. He also remembered a friend Joe N7SPD, now SK. John also suggested going to QRZ and view the W6SFD page referring to their association with the Stockton Fire Department.

Parachute Mobile is set for 13 May. QSO frequency will be 146.430 MHz simplex. We will also be dedicating one jump for D-star. Locally, D-Star will be via the W6CX C repeater on Mount Diablo, output 145.000, input 147.500, reflector REF014 C. Plans are to conduct an HF jump on 20 meters at 14.250MHz. www.w6sf.org


TURLOCK ARC ++ Wireless handset law is discussed with good news, thank you Grady K6IXA. Buck Rock is getting an upgrade. Paul Lambert of Cooks Communications is putting a pair of Kenwood TK-8180 Units which make a very solid 20 watt repeater. Great nostalgia about local hams, Hewlet/Packard and Dean W6HAB. Want MESH networks, see Ken, KF6IDK w6bxn.org/arc-over/


The following Amateur became a Silent Key since the last report:

.KA6CTF Gary, WA6HCT Louis, WB6IYX Marion, KD6PLF Donald and WA6PTE William.

 

They will be missed.

 

SJV Section ORS/FOR Traffic Report: [Apr 2017]

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

 

Call Total

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ws6p 2368

k6rau 17

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Sum: 2385

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SJV Section PSHR/FOR Reports: [Apr 2017]

Call (T)

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

ws6p 240

k6rau 70

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

Hello Central Valley,

One quarter of the year is gone and the weather is still with us. I have replaced the coax on my VHF/UHF antenna. Still need to put up a new HF antenna I constructed. I have plenty of projects to push toward completion. Seems I have a lot of home projects and “She who must be obeyed” has a list of requests. Where is the end?

I do know there are public service events that are on everyone’s agenda. As I read the newsletters, I see they are universal. It is good practice and good Public Relations. Keep up the good work. We need to perfect our craft and excel at keeping the events as safe as possible.

Mind the new laws and support the Parity Act. Be recognized by those in responsible positions in your respective counties. If you have a cabinet position, be forthcoming with your monthly reports.

 

Remember to support “The Amateur Radio Parity Act”. Go to the link on the ARRL website http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act. We have to continue the support for this registration.

 

Also put your 2 cents in to repeal or amend AB1785. https://www.change.org/p/correct-ambiguities-of-ab-1785-cvc-23123-5-cellular-hands-free-public-safety-law?utm_medium=email&utm_source=51137&utm_campaign=petition_update&sfmc_tk=mW3mGXktAjHb8xs4Ad9LM4SBpdi3qWsdskXvF1sYvHvl2f7T3hh3AuVcVh6mR19W

 

73;

 

Dan Pruitt, AE6SX

 

 

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

03/09/2017 | RadioShack Again Files for Bankruptcy

03/10/2017 | Teen Radio Amateur to Activate Iceland on his Inaugural DXpedition

03/10/2017 | International Crystal Manufacturing Going Out of Business

03/14/2017 | Boy Scouts Announce 2017 JOTA-JOTI Theme

03/14/2017 | ARISS Moves Closer to Launching New Radio System to Space Station

03/14/2017 | ARRL Weighs In on New California ‘Driving While Wireless’ Statute

03/15/2017 | New ARRL Repeater Directory® is Biggest Ever!

03/16/2017 | Maritime Radio Day Event Set for April

03/17/2017 | Girl Scouts and Guides "Thinking Day on the Air" Generates Enthusiasm for Ham

Radio

03/17/2017 | Nevada ARES Team Honored

03/21/2017 | Cuba Institutes New Amateur Radio Regulations

03/21/2017 | ARRL Seeking Synergy with Maker Movement

03/22/2017 | Virginia Engineering Students Tackle Satellite, Ground Station Projects

03/23/2017 | NVIS Research Paper Available

03/27/2017 | College Students in Belize Introduced to Amateur Radio

03/27/2017 | UK Museum Wants to Hear from Those Who Remember Sputnik Launch

03/28/2017 | AMSAT Reschedules Fox Series Launches

03/28/2017 | Talks on Possible 4U1UN Reactivation Continue

03/29/2017 | The Netherlands Modifies 5 MHz Amateur Radio Privileges to Conform to WRC-15

Global Allocation

03/31/2017 | New Bands! FCC Issues Amateur Radio Service Rules for 630 Meters and 2,200

Meters

03/31/2017 | Midway and Kure Islands are Now Deleted DXCC Entities

04/03/2017 | A New QST QuickStats Poll Has Been Posted

04/03/2017 | Club Log is Now a Logbook of The World Trusted Partner

04/04/2017 | 30th International Marconi Day Event Set for April 22

04/05/2017 | Free App Allows Blind Hams to Work PSK31

04/10/2017 | New Rookie Roundup Rules Go into Effect for SSB Event on April 16

04/11/2017 | Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur Now Available

 

 

CQWW WPX Contest, SSB

Call: N2NS Class: SO(A)SB20 HP

Summary: Band QSOs

Total 101

 

BARTG HF RTTY Contest

Call: N2NS/6 Class: SOSB/20 HP

Band QSOs Countries Call Areas

Total: 200

  1.  

Contests:

 

April 2017

 

+ WAB 3.5/7/14 MHz Data Modes 1200Z-1400Z, Apr 16 (RTTY) and

1400Z-1600Z, Apr 16 (PSK) and

1800Z-2000Z, Apr 16 (RTTY) and

2000Z-2200Z, Apr 16 (PSK)

+ ARRL Rookie Roundup, SSB 1800Z-2359Z, Apr 16

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Apr 21

+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Apr 21

+ QRP to the Field 0800-1800 local, Apr 22

+ UK/EI DX Contest, CW 1200Z, Apr 22 to 1200Z, Apr 23

+ SP DX RTTY Contest 1200Z, Apr 22 to 1200Z, Apr 23

+ Nebraska QSO Party 1300Z, Apr 22 to 0100Z, Apr 23 and

1300Z-2200Z, Apr 23

+ BARTG Sprint 75 1700Z-2059Z, Apr 23

+ 222 MHz Spring Sprint 1900 local - 2300 local, Apr 25

+ UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Apr 26

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data 1900Z-2030Z, Apr 27

+ 10-10 Int. Spring Contest, Digital 0001Z, Apr 29 to 2359Z, Apr 30

+ Florida QSO Party 1600Z, Apr 29 to 0159Z, Apr 30 and

1200Z-2159Z, Apr 30

 

May 2017

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 1900Z-2030Z, May 1

+ 432 MHz Spring Sprint 1900 local - 2300 local, May 3

+ MIE 33 Contest 2300Z, May 3 to 0300Z, May 4

+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1700Z-1800Z, May 4 (CW) and

1800Z-1900Z, May 4 (SSB) and

1900Z-2000Z, May 4 (FM) and

2000Z-2100Z, May 4 (Dig)

+ 10-10 Int. Spring Contest, CW 0001Z, May 6 to 2359Z, May 7

+ F9AA Cup, PSK 1200Z, May 6 to 1200Z, May 7

+ ARI International DX Contest 1200Z, May 6 to 1159Z, May 7

+ 7th Call Area QSO Party 1300Z, May 6 to 0700Z, May 7

+ Indiana QSO Party 1500Z, May 6 to 0300Z, May 7

+ FISTS Spring Slow Speed Sprint 1700Z-2100Z, May 6

+ Delaware QSO Party 1700Z, May 6 to 2359Z, May 7

+ New England QSO Party 2000Z, May 6 to 0500Z, May 7 and

1300Z-2400Z, May 7

 

 

CLUBS

 

CLOVIS ARP ++ Clovis Club organized in conjunction with Fresno ARES/RACES/SATERN to offer communications for the Blossom Trail and California Classic lead by Rob, AE6GE. Rick W6KKO supervised the by-monthly Fox Hunt. Field Day and the Climb to Kaiser will be done simultaneously, at Pineridge school. www.k6arp.org/

 

FRESNO ARC++ Ramrodded by Joe WA6FFJ, the club discussed many topics, The news letter’s hi-lite offered a 100KC. Project. A recap of the Fox-Hunt was explained and the support for the March of Dimes was detailed.. www.w6to.com.

 

SEQUOIA ARG ++ April 08, 2017. Was our Weldon Annual Pot Luck and

Swap Meet, says Al N6ALP. www.n6krv.org

 

STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ I encourage everyone this month to check into a net – maybe while relaxing on the patio or porch and using your HT or Go-Box. W6SF Monday ; SARA Tuesday; Tracy and Lodi both are on Wednesday nights; W6SF 10-Meter net on Thursday; Space Net on Friday’s on the SARA repeater, just to name a few. Don’t forget to check into the noon-time net on 40M. On Saturday there are several HF nets.

With all the things we do, it’s easy to push radio to the back of the list until suddenly you haven’t been heard on the air for quite a while. So take a few minutes this month and check into a few nets – you’ll be glad you did and the nets will be better for the added participation. W6SFM, The SFM ARC would like to announce that we will once again be running our CW beginners course in Sacramento. ACES training considered a success. www.w6sf.org

 

TURLOCK ARC ++ It’s broke! The March ARCOVER describes and shows the damage to the W6BXN repeater site. It depicts a disaster zone akin to a cruse missile impact. Repairs to the installation took 4 hams and 8 hours and is eloquently reported by Grady K6IXA.

Caronell Majors was memorialized by Grady on her passing.

Dick Decker, K6SUU will be coordinating communications for the Turlock Chaplaincy Run.

The 11 April program was provided by Grady, K6IXA. Several years ago, 1997 the existing HF ham station became almost exclusive dedicated to Winlink Pactor radio email. With three stations on 40, 30 and 20 meters, operation on 40 meters and above was out of the question. A HF station with decent antennas requires more space than is on a city lot. Chuck Mancebo W6GAM came to the rescue offering ten acres. We ended up with a Remote Station, software designed by W4MQ and was accessible via the internet anywhere in the world. In fact when Chuck and I were in Thailand we were able to check into the Modesto commuter net run by Mark WB6BJN.

 

 

 

The following Amateur became a Silent Key since the last report:

Ron K6OQ, Diane KD6UCX, Marcell K6YTK, Scot AG6IS and Greg W6CNJ.

.They will be missed.

 

Traffic for March 2017:

ORS: WS6P 2220, K6RAU 18 Total 2238

PSHR: WS6P 130, K6RAU 73

 

Mark your Calendars:

 

04/21/2017 | International DX Convention 2017

Location: Visalia, CA
Type: ARRL Convention pending Executive Committee approval
Sponsor: Northern California DX Club, Central AZ DXA, Utah DXA
Website: http://www.dxconvention.com/

  1. 04/29/2017 | Valley of the Moon ARC Annual Hamfest

Location: Sonoma, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Valley of the Moon ARC
Website: http://VOMARC.ORG

 

  1. 05/12/2017 | Reno/Tahoe Hamfest

Location: Reno, NV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society
Website: http://renotahoehamfest.com

 

06/02/2017 | Northwestern Division Convention (SEA-PAC)

Location: Seaside, OR
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Oregon Tualatin Valley ARC
Website: http://www.seapac.org

 

09/16/2017 | WPARC's 11th Annual Hamfest

Location: Lincoln, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Western Placer Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.wparc.us

 

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

Location: San Ramon, CA
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.pacificon.org

 

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

 

Welcome Spring;

 

I hope you moved your clocks forward! Just one of those necessities we go through. Thanks for UTC, that always works, hi hi.

 

Time to fix up the antenna that has given you trouble all winter and those that did not weather the storms at all. Fun but time consuming and physical! For the more senior like me, it also means rounding up a support group to assist at elevation.

 

Nice to have water again, some places too much. We’ve survived what flooding there was. Now the grasses will be the next threat. Lush growth means a lot of fuel for Fire Season. Let your DECs know of your training and resources like mobile comm trailers and local Incident Action Plans in place. These should be exchanged with counties next door to you. Again, confide and inform your DECs.

 

On a personal note, I have been to Bakersfield and I will be traveling to different areas in the section. Look for me on APRS for my location and text message beginning April 1, 2017 (no fooling).

 

Looks like I’ll be here for a couple more years. I am also encouraged as I’m receiving more news letters to post. The content is varied from special events to dongles and everything in between.

 

Pay attention to the legislation and put your 2 cents in. ARRL also has a survey for a new starting license. Your opinion matters!

 

AB1785 Petition to repeal or amend: www.change.org/p/california-state-house-qualify-or-repeal-ab-1785-re-immersive-v-passive-devices?recruiter=1701 8523&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

 

Remember to support “The Amateur Radio Parity Act”. Go to the link on the ARRL website http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act. We have to continue the support for this legislation.

 

73;

 

Dan Pruitt, AE6SX

 

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

  • 02/07/2017 | QCWA Invites ARRL Members, Family, and Friends to 70th Anniversary Charity Cruise

  • 02/07/2017 | Radio Australia Shortwave Station VL8A Signs Off in CW

  • 02/08/2017 | Slow-Scan TV Transmissions from International Space Station Planned

  • 02/10/2017 | Visalia International DX Convention Top Band Dinner Set

  • 02/14/2017 | Alaska’s HAARP Facility Once Again Open for Business

  • 02/16/2017 | Field Day 2017 Packet is Now Available

  • 02/16/2017 | FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Petition to Allocate New 5 MHz Band

  • 02/22/2017 | MARS Refocuses Its Mission, Encrypts Data Nets

  • 02/23/2017 | Youthful BY70-1 CubeSat Builders: We’ll be Back!

  • 02/23/2017 | HAARP Goes Classical During New Experimental Campaign

  • 02/24/2017 | Two Amateur Radio CubeSats Carrying Transponders Set for Future NASA Launches

  • 02/28/2017 | Nayif-1 Amateur Radio Satellite Transmits Message from Dubai’s Ruler

  • 03/01/2017 | RSGB Says Regulator Ofcom is Not Resolving Interference Complaints

  • 03/04/2017 | More Countries Authorize 5 MHz Bands; Comments Due on ARRL 5 MHz Petition by March 2

  • 03/08/2017 | Combined National, IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships Set for this Summer in Ohio

  • 03/09/2017 | Radio Shack Again Files for Bankruptcy

  •  
  1. North American QSO Party, RTTY – February Op: N2NS Class: Single Op LP Operating Time (hrs): 5Total: 258 96 Total Score = 24,76 Comments: Part time effort.

  2. ARRL DX Contest, CW Operator: N2NS Class: SO Operating Time (hrs): 14

  3. Total Score = 542,976 Comments: Missed most of both Fri and Sat evenings. Fine 40m LP openings to EU both mornings around W6 s/r.

  4. ARRL DX Contest, CW Operator: K6AAB SO Op time 12 hours

  5. Total 12,229 Comments: TS-850s and MFJ 2289 antenna, N1MM logger.

  6. CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest Operator: N2NS Class: SOAB Operating Time (hrs): 11

  7. Total: 555 Prefixes = 341 Total Score = 419,430

  8. Comments: Missed Friday night, obligation, Sat night, Sunday due to flu. 10m seemed MIA whenever I checked. 15/20/40m in OK shape, though less than spectacular.

  9.  

Contests:

 

March 2017

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 2000Z-2130Z, Mar 15

+ BARTG HF RTTY Contest 0200Z, Mar 18 to 0200Z, Mar 20

+ Russian DX Contest 1200Z, Mar 18 to 1200Z, Mar 19

+ Virginia QSO Party 1400Z, Mar 18 to 0200Z, Mar 19 and

1200Z-2400Z, Mar 19

+ Louisiana QSO Party 1400Z, Mar 18 to 0200Z, Mar 19

+ AGCW VHF/UHF Contest 1400Z-1700Z, Mar 18 (144) and

1700Z-1800Z, Mar 18 (432)

+ UBA Spring Contest, SSB 0700Z-1100Z, Mar 19

+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0200Z-0400Z, Mar 20

+ Bucharest Contest 1800Z-2059Z, Mar 20

+ CLARA Chatter Party 1700Z, Mar 21 to 1700Z, Mar 22 and

00Z, Mar 25 to 1700Z, Mar 26

+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 22

300Z-0400Z, Mar 23

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 2000Z-2130Z, Mar 23

+ FOC QSO Party 0000Z-2359Z, Mar 25

+ CQ WW WPX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Mar 25 to 2359Z, Mar 26

+ UBA Spring Contest, 6m 0600Z-1000Z, Mar 26

+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 29

+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 29

+ UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Mar 29

 

April 2017

+ 15-Meter SSTV Dash Contest 0000Z, Apr 1 to 2359Z, Apr 2

+ LZ Open 40m Sprint Contest 0400Z-0800Z, Apr 1

+ Missouri QSO Party 1400Z, Apr 1 to 0400Z, Apr 2 and

1400Z-2000Z, Apr 2

+ Mississippi QSO Party 1400Z, Apr 1 to 0200Z, Apr 2

+ SP DX Contest 1500Z, Apr 1 to 1500Z, Apr 2

+ EA RTTY Contest 1600Z, Apr 1 to 1600Z, Apr 2

+ North American SSB Sprint Contest 0000Z-0400Z, Apr 2

+ RSGB RoLo SSB 1900Z-2030Z, Apr 2

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 1900Z-2030Z, Apr 3

+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0100Z-0300Z, Apr 4

+ UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Apr 5

+ SARL 80m QSO Party 1700Z-2000Z, Apr 6

+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1700Z-1800Z, Apr 6 (CW) and

1800Z-1900Z, Apr 6 (SSB) and

1900Z-2000Z, Apr 6 (FM) and

2000Z-2100Z, Apr 6 (Dig)

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Apr 7

+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Apr 7

+ JIDX CW Contest 0700Z, Apr 8 to 1300Z, Apr 9

+ PODXS 070 Club PSK 31 Flavors Contest 1000Z, Apr 8 to 0400Z, Apr 9

+ OK/OM DX Contest, SSB 1200Z, Apr 8 to 1200Z, Apr 9

+ QRP ARCI Spring QSO Party 1200Z, Apr 9 to 2359Z, Apr 10

+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, Apr 8 to 2400Z, Apr 9

+ Texas State Parks on the Air 1400Z, Apr 8 to 0200Z, Apr 9 and

1400Z-2000Z, Apr 9

+ New Mexico QSO Party 1400Z, Apr 8 to 0200Z, Apr 9

+ Georgia QSO Party 1800Z, Apr 8 to 0359Z, Apr 9 and

1400Z-2359Z, Apr 9

+ Yuri Gagarin International DX Contest 2100Z, Apr 8 to 2100Z, Apr 9

+ International Vintage Contest HF 1300Z-1900Z, Apr 9

+ Hungarian Straight Key Contest 1500Z-1700Z, Apr 9

+ 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Apr 10

 

 

The following Amateur became Silent Key since the last report:

Glen AF6CY, Marcell, K6YTK and Shirley AA6K.

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They will be missed.

 

Traffic for February 2016:

ORS: WS6P 1860, K6RAU 15 Total 1875

PSHR: WS6P 140, K6RAU 72

 

 

 

Mark your Calendars:

03/18/2017 | Hamfest 2017

Location: Loomis, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://w6ek.org

 

  1. 03/31/2017 | Nevada State Convention (NVCON)

Location: Las Vegas, NV
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club
Website: http://www.nvcon.org

 

04/21/2017 | International DX Convention 2017

Location: Visalia, CA
Type: ARRL Convention pending Executive Committee approval
Sponsor: Northern California DX Club, Central AZ DXA, Utah DXA
Website: http://www.dxconvention.com/

  1. 04/29/2017 | Valley of the Moon ARC Annual Hamfest

Location: Sonoma, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Valley of the Moon ARC
Website: http://VOMARC.ORG

 

  1. 05/12/2017 | Reno/Tahoe Hamfest

Location: Reno, NV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society
Website: http://renotahoehamfest.com

 

06/02/2017 | Northwestern Division Convention (SEA-PAC)

Location: Seaside, OR
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Oregon Tualatin Valley ARC
Website: http://www.seapac.org

 

 

 

09/16/2017 | WPARC's 11th Annual Hamfest

Location: Lincoln, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Western Placer Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.wparc.us

 

 

 

10/27-28/2017 Microwave Update (fondly abbreviated as MUD) is the premier microwave amateur radio conference. This year it is being hosted by the 50 MHz and Up Group of Northern California (www.50mhzandup.org <http://www.50mhzandup.org> ).

MUD 2017 will be the last weekend of October (10/26 gathering day, 10/27-28 presentations/dinner/etc, 10/29 morning flea market and farewells) at the Santa Clara Biltmore (Santa Clara, CA, near US 101 & Montague Expy), the same place as MUD 2012.

It's not too think about writing up your winter microwave projects … we will be issuing a call for paper and presentations.

We haven't set up the www.microwaveupdate.org site for 2107 yet … coming soon.

 

10/27-29/2017 AMSAT-NA Space Symposium and annual member meeting will be October 27-29, 2017, in Reno NV. More information will be posted on the AMSAT-NA web page as it becomes available.

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San Joaquin Valley Officials