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San Joaquin Valley

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San Joaquin Valley
Dan Pruitt AE6SX
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News last updated:March 7, 2018

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




>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of February 2018: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, ASEC WL7COO, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KJ6OUI, TC W6TE.


Playing catch-up. I’m very much behind. Please send me contact information if you are holding an ARRL SJV cabinet position.

As we move into fire season, stay informed and pass on this info to Greg KJ6OUI, our Public Relations Coordinator. Also any Public Service participation relayed to Dan, WL7COO and Ed KF6FIR.

All Club Officers should be on file with Charles W6DPD.


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. It is a foot in the door!



Dan Pruitt, AE6SX



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

  1. 02/01/2018 | ARRL Suggests FCC May Need to Intervene to Ensure Effective Antenna Rights

02/02/2018 | NOAA Seeks Comments on Discontinuing WWV-WWVH North Atlantic and North Pacific Marine Storm Warnings

  1. 02/04/2018 | D-Star ONE Phoenix, First D-Star Communication Spacecraft, Launched

  2. 02/08/2018 | NBC News Left Field Report Says Hams “Could Save Our Lives” in a Disaster

  3. 02/09/2018 | Sisterhood of Amateur Radio Supports Girl Scouts in Obtaining Radio Wireless Patch

  4. 02/12/2018 | ARRL Releases Technician Element 2 Question Pool Errata #2

  5. 02/15/2018 | ARRL Receives Byrd Antarctic Expedition Morse Key, Historical Materials

  6. 02/20/2018 | Amateur Radio Emergency Service Transitioning to New Online Reporting System

  7. 02/22/2018 | JOTA 2018 Patches to be Available this Summer

  8. 02/28/2018 | ARRL Requests Expanded HF Privileges for Technician Licensees

ARRL 10-Meter Contest
N2NS Class: SO CW Unlimited HP Operating Time (hrs): 3.9
Summary: Band QSOs Mults CW: 52 17 Total Score = 3,536
Comments: On and off the air sporadically, but apparently caught one of the few nice Es openings Friday night. All USA
states wkd were close in, with the exception of one QSO with KH6 Fri night and four quick QSO's with FL stations late
Sat AM just before I had to leave for town. One XE state wkd, and only VE's were VE7 and one VE5. DX was CE, CX,
LU, PY. Slim pickin's, but could have been worse. 73, Bob N2NS
K6MI Class: SO Mixed Unlimited HP QTH: sjv Operating Time (hrs): 3Summary: QSOs/Mults CW: 34/8 SSB: 1/
0 Total: 35 x 8 Total Score = 1,794 Comments: A few short openings. No locals to work except N2NS.





FRESNO ARC++ 2018 FARC Officers and Board members:
Stuart Home, WB6VRJ President Ken Holden, WA6OIB VP Joe Cardoza, WA6FFJ Sec. Ron Hunt, N6MTS Treas. Renewal dues stressed.
Stu, WB6VRJ, says “Which bring me to this point: we all should be working on advancing our knowledge as well as our operating. Let’s all do what we can to improve our knowledge of electronics and new developments. And while we’re at it, let’s also try to bring in more hams.
73 everyone!”


LOS BANOS ARC ++ Sweethearts night, 27 Feb, is at M & M at 7 PM. Fox hunt 10 March at 4 PM. Home brew controller for Fox hunts. W6YD relayed his computer woas.


SIERRA ARC ++ 12 Feb SARC General Meeting – Winter Field Day Presentation 7:00pm. Amateur Radio License Exam Every Even Month, Second Saturday. KK6JTB and the group. I’d like to start off by saying happy new year. I would like to welcome our new board members for 2018 MARK W6BST, JEFF N6LIP.  KEITH N6WZZ BILL WA6QYR. Thank you for volunteering. 20 Mule Team 24 February 2018 .

SEQUOIA ARG ++The club membership is committed to supporting and promoting Ham Radio. 73 -Bill- N6TF, Pres. February...this month in History: February 3, American artist and illustrator Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was born in New York. February 20, 1962 - Astronaut John Glenn became the first American launched into orbit. Traveling aboard the "Friendship 7" spacecraft. February 23, 1942 - During World War II, the first attack on the U.S. mainland occurred as a Japanese submarine shelled an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California, causing minor damage.

STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ Bob K6DGQ and Ron KG7OR gave great reports on the Kid’s Day operation from the Galt Public Library. John NZ6Q reported on a meeting in December with ARRL Director Bob Vallio W6RGG. In the meeting there was discussions on how to improve Amateur Radio in general and specific opportunities that the ARRL could take as well as the Pacific Division. There was also discussion of a censure that occurred against Southwest Division Director Dick Norton N6AA See the “Fly Sheet”


TURLOC ARC ++ Spring auction, April 28

Silent Keys:

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

.Tim K4EOV


He will be missed.


Traffic for February 2018:

ORS: WS6P 1593, K6RAU 14 Total 1607

PSHR: WS6P 211, K6RAU 73

  1. 06/01/2018 | Northwestern Division Convention (SEA-PAC)Location: Seaside, OR

    Type: ARRL Convention
    Sponsor: Oregon Tualatin Valley ARC




    07/20/2018 | Nevada State Convention (NVCON 2018)
  2. Location: Reno, NV
    Type: ARRL Convention
    Sponsor: Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society


09/15/2018 | Western Placer ARC Hamfest

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


10/19/2018 | Pacific Division Convention (PACIFICON 2018)

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





San Joaquin Valley Officials