San Joaquin Valley
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News last updated: Fri 12 June 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) Craig Carter K6QI
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.
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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.
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, 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 (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/
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 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 http://www.cwops.org/cwt.html .
Mark your Calendars:
07/24/2015 | ARCA/Williams Annual Summer Hamfest
Location: Williams, AZ
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Amateur Radio Council of Arizona
07/25/2015 | Pacific Northwest Largest Indoor/Outdoor Ham Radio Tailgate/Swapmeet
Location: Chehalis, WA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Chehalis Valley Amateur Radio Society
08/07/2015 | Pacific Northwest DX Convention
Location: Everett, WA
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Western Washington DX Club
09/11/2015 | Southwestern Division Convention (Hamcon 2015)
Location: Torrance, CA
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Los Angeles Area Council of Amateur Radio Clubs & Orange County Council of Amateur Radio Organizations
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>> 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
A young ARRL member from New York has begun a “Collegiate Ham Radio Operators“ Facebook group.
The ARRL has just released a digital edition of The ARRL Extra Class License Manual in Kindle format.
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.
Registration is open for the 15th USA and 8th IARU Region 2 Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) championships, August 27-30, in Elbert, Colorado
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).
06/23/2015 | Geomagnetic Storming Reaches Severe Level
Geomagnetic storming reached the G4 — severe — level at 0513 UTC on June 23.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A companion Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 bill has been introduced in the US Senate.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) invites technical papers for presentation at this year’s conference.
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.
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.
AMATEUR RADIO CLUBS
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. www.k6arp.org/
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,. www.w6to.com
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. lodiamateurradioclub.org/
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. www.aa6lb.org
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. www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/
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. www.n6krv.org
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. www.w6sf.org
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. www.w6bxn.org.
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
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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)
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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 QRZ.com. 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 : www.arrl.org/hr-1301 . To read Kay Craigie’s, N3KN, note: www.arrl.org/news/letters-to-members-of-congress
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
05/22/2015 | ARRL to Change Administrator for Insurance Plans Effective May 26, 2015
05/22/2015 | US Naval Academy PSK31 CubeSat Transponders Active
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
06/07/2015 | US Naval Academy CubeSats Get OSCAR Numbers
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
+ 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
AMATEUR RADIO CLUBS
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. www.k6arp.org/
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. www.w6to.com
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. lodiamateurradioclub.org/
LOS BANOS ARC ++ The Club remembers Gus Villalta, WB6QXE (SK) recommending the following link www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNZ3vtUHktA . 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. www.aa6lb.org
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. www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/
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. www.n6krv.org
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. www.w6sf.org
TURLOCK ARC ++ Grady K6IXA, had a presentation on Winlink. Suggested Winlink.org for more info. Rick K4REF on You Tube has the details on how to get started. No TNC required with Winmor software. www.w6bxn.org.
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: www.arrl.org/hr-1301 . 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.
03/16/2015 | ARRL President: H.R. 1301 is All About Fairness
04/03/2015 | TEN-TEC and Alpha Purchased from RF Concepts
04/14/2015 | Ohio ARES to Sponsor “NVIS Antenna Day”
05/05/2015 | ARISS “Ham Video” Ground Station Tests Under Way
+ 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
+ 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 to 0600Z, Jun 7 + SEANET Contest 1200Z, Jun 6 to 1200Z, Jun 7 + UKSMG Summer Contest 1300Z, Jun 6 to 1300Z, Jun 7 + IARU Region 1 Field Day, CW 1500Z, Jun 6 to 1459Z, Jun 7 + RSGB National Field Day 1500Z, Jun 6 to 1500Z, Jun 7 + Alabama QSO Party 1600Z, Jun 6 to 0400Z, Jun 7 + NAQCC CW Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Jun 10 + CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jun 10 and 1900Z-2000Z, Jun 10 and 0300Z-0400Z, Jun 11 + RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 1900Z-2030Z, Jun 10 + NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jun 12 + NCCC Sprint Ladder 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 12
AMATEUR RADIO CLUBS
CLOVIS ARP ++ The Lodi ARC is sponsoring a website for the area's VHF UHF contest enthusiast. It's called the "Nor Cali" vhf uhf contest page and the url iswww.n6sjv.org. Continuing with their event schedule the California Classic Bicycle Event is 16 May and T-Hunt on 23 May. www.k6arp.org/
FRESNO ARC++ N6HEW, Glen's ARES/RACES report noted, “It is with great sorrow I bring the news of the passing of Edward Plummer Jr. (KB6LBS). Ed
authored the original RACES Plan and was first Assistant RACES Officer in Fresno Co. SKIP also offers great pictures of Hams at a local Swap meet and open house at Red Monkey, one of the local Ham outlets. The Pres. Stu, WB6VRJ, had this advice for the club, “Yes, that is part of the ARRL code-to be courteous and friendly. I
know that all of you club members are just that and more.”In April Joe, WA6FFJ, gave a talk on Western Public Service (WPS); history and procedures. Then Rob, AE6GE described an emergency call he handled. It was discussed by the group, especially the failing of the reporting person giving inadequate and misleading information. He then left the scene! The need to get as much information before instigating the call was key to conveying the traffic calmly and accurately. www.w6to.com
LODI ARC ++ Jim WB6BET, club Sec., reported program was “Show and Tell”. Everyone brought something. The items ranged from old QSL cards to a 6 – 20 Mtr Antenna brought by himself. For the SJV contest enthusiast, Lodi is sponsoring the "Nor Cali" VHF UHF contest page at www.n6sjv.org. lodiamateurradioclub.org/
LOS BANOS ARC ++ April sported a visit from Steve Adams, AD6HP and the Merced County Sheriff. Also pictures of the "After Party" to the Fox Hunt. May meeting talked about ARES. Parade setup discussion. www.aa6lb.org
SIERRA ARC ++ Cap, WX1WIZ, has stepped up to be our Field Day coordinator. Looks like it’ll tentatively be held at Kennedy Meadows. April 25 was the annual BARC and SARC in the Lone Pine Park. Mike, WA6ARA reported on the communications for the 20 Mule Team Endurance Horse ride. Dennis W6DQ talked about the recovery of a Collins 821A-1 250 KW transmitter from the Voice of America site in Delano (DL-8). Aprils meeting was highlighted by Dennis W6DQ, concerning EME using Cal Tech’s dish near Lone Pine. May’s program will be about T-Hunts. www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/
SEQUOIA ARG ++ March issue announces The FCC has issued a Notice of Unlicensed
Operation to Martin K. Elliott of
Inyokern, California for operating an
unlicensed radio transmitter. That is closer to the Sierra Club but not too far away. ARRL asks members to comment on draft hf band plan proposals. NO more printed amateur radio licenses being issued by fcc. www.n6krv.org
STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ HOW DO YOU USE REPEATERS? Is a great article in the March Flysheet. Then May offers “How to do that HF Thing” reminding us of the Amateur's Code. Just the best advice for all Hams. Finally the DX Code and Proper Phonetics round out good operating techniques. There is also the highlights of all the public events; Bicycle Rides, March of Dimes etc. www.w6sf.org
TURLOCK ARC ++ May Arcover announces Grady, K6IXA, will be presenting a program on Winlink. Very appropriate since his recognition as steadfast sysop. Also much discussion regarding Field Day. www.w6bxn.org.
The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Peter W6QEU, Harold N6KDJ, Elvin N6SJR, Jack KD6MRF, and David WA6WLJ.
They will be missed.
Traffic for March 2015:
ORS: W6SX 28 WA6IAF 382, WS6P 1039, K6RAU 13 Total 1462
PSHR: W6SX 52, WA6IAF 90, WS6P 365, K6RAU 82
Traffic for April 2015:
ORS: W6SX 6 WA6IAF 0, WS6P 1314, K6RAU 12 Total 1332
PSHR: W6SX 29, WA6IAF 0, WS6P 380, K6RAU 77
>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of February 2015: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.
San Joaquin Valley, never a dull moment! Thank you all for the good wishes during my vacation in Hospital. I was very grateful.
While I'm on my own adventures, I was visited by the Red Cross concerning an exercise that was being planned for March or April. The purpose was to familiarize Red Cross Shelter personnel to understand traffic handling. First in a round table then in a field exercise. I am glad that they are seeing the need for the training and that we agree on focusing on the use of “ICS form 213” as an upgrade of the old Red Cross Form 1!
I am seeing a lot of good things coming up (DXCC phone, QSO parties, Museum Ship Weekend and in May is a “USA Islands” operating event intended to activate any island in any body of water in the USA. It is not a contest but looks to be great fun.
I'm hearing from some older established Clubs in the Section. It is one of my pleasures to exhibit “Ham Radio” as we are today. Keep your special interests coming and I will add them to the Section Report.
The “Amateur Radio Parity Act” is again on the House Floor as bill HR-1301. I urge you all to tell your fellow Hams to write your representatives and thank them for their support or recommend they join in as co-sponsors of the bill. ARRL has set up all the resources at www.arrl.org/hr-1301 .
Dan Pruitt, AE6SX
NEWS: From ARRL newsletters. Read complete articles from February to now.
02/09/2015 | Hamvention Week AuxComm Course Registration Now Open
02/10/2015 | ARRL Field Day 2015 Field Day Packet Now Online
02/17/2015 | ARRL Foundation Announces Two New Scholarships
02/19/2015 | ARRL 2014 September VHF Contest Results Available
San Joaquin Valley Officials
Section ManagerDan Pruitt AE6SX
Assistant Section ManagerJohn W. Lee K6YK
Official Observer CoordinatorVictor M. Magana N1VM
Technical CoordinatorDavid R. Smith W6TE
Assistant Section ManagerBob Hervatine N2NS
Section Emergency CoordinatorEdward A. Hanna KF6FIR
Affiliated Club CoordinatorCharles P. McConnell W6DPD
Section Traffic ManagerFred B. Silveira K6RAU