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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: Thurs 9, October, 2014

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.

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: SPECIAL EVENT call sign K7NRA for the NRA’s 143rd birthday, will be November 17, 2014. Operating from 0800MST to 1700 MST; on frequencies of 7.250, 14.050, 14.250 and 21.335 MHz. Story and details are at   Skywarn Recognition Day is December 6, 2014; 000 to 2400 UTC. For detaiils go to RADIOFEST (Santa Clara Valley Section Convention) is March 7, 2015. Visit for information.   2015 International DX Convention is April 17-19 in Visalia. Check for information as the dates approach.    NEVADA STATE CONVENTION is May 1, 2015. See particulars at . Northwestern Division (SEAPAC), is scheduled for June 5, 2015. Details are at







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




>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of October 2014: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.


Pacificon 2014 was quite the event. W100AW/6 put on a real show! The ARRL 100 Anniversary was very well celebrated with fun, frolic and lots of commemorative merchandise. There are perks on multiple renewals and Life memberships. Technical advisers from HQ, Educational advice and Pres. Kay Craigie, N3KN, to personally answer questions regarding the future of ARRL. We were very lucky to have had the Pacific Division as a “Regional Convention” for the 100th Anniversary of ARRL.


Forums were plentiful and very interesting. I had many comments regarding the PIO instruction from the SCV Section PIC.  Suellene, K6CPA, is very knowledgable, accessable and has an ongoing curiculum for training PIOs. Other forums and talks ranged from the extremely technical to the easy and practical.


The were many venders with people ready to answer questions and offer assistance. The swap meet was great as usual offering antiques to the state of the art computer and radio components.


We were privileged to have the Kern County Central Valley amateur Radio Club interviewed on TV. Very nice publicity for Ham radio.


Remember to support HR4969 and get your letter to ARRL and your Congressional Representative. Go to the link on the ARRL website .




Dan Pruitt, AE6SX




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

  1. 10/14/2014 | ARRL Executive Committee Adopts Mobile Amateur Radio Operation Policy

  2. 10/15/2014 | AMSAT Offering Fox Satellite Collectable Coin as Donation Premium

  3. 10/15/2014 | Celebration of First Great Britain-New Zealand Contact Highlights Interesting History

  4. 10/15/2014 | Young Ham Recognized for Navigation Aid for Visually Impaired

  5. 10/17/2014 | CQ Will Not Accept Logs from Stations in Crimea Using Russian-Issued Call Signs

  6. 10/20/2014 | ARRL Headquarters IT Department Working to Resolve Threat to Logbook of The World Server

  7. 10/31/2014 | New DX Summit Website Seeking Beta Testers, Will Debut Formally by December 1

  8. 11/04/2014 | Kansas Radio Amateur is ARRL McGan Silver Antenna Award Winner

  9. 11/05/2014 | ARRL Introduces Kindle Edition of Ham Radio License Manual

  10. 11/05/2014 | South African 5 MHz Research Project Sees Unexpected Results

  11. 11/06/2014 | ARRL Asks FCC to Continue Issuing Hard Copy Licenses to Those Who Want Them


Call: W6YO Operator: N2NS Station: N2NS

California QSO Party

Class: SOFixed HP Total Qs: 526



Call: N2NS

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB

Class: SOSB(A)/10 HP Total Qs: 201




November 2014  

+ WAE DX Contest, RTTY 0000Z, Nov 8 to 2359Z, Nov 9

+ 10-10 Int. Fall Contest, Digital 0001Z, Nov 8 to 2359Z, Nov 9

+ JIDX Phone Contest 0700Z, Nov 8 to 1300Z, Nov 9

+ OK/OM DX Contest, CW 1200Z, Nov 8 to 1200Z, Nov 9

+ Kentucky QSO Party 1400Z, Nov 8 to 0200Z, Nov 9

+ CQ-WE Contest 1900Z-2300Z, Nov 8 (CW/Digital)

     and 0100Z-0500Z, Nov 9 (Phone)

     and 1900Z-2300Z, Nov 9 (Phone)

     and 0100Z-0500Z, Nov 10 (CW/Digital)

+ CWops Mini-CWT (20 wpm) 1300Z-1400Z, Nov 12 and 1900Z-  2000Z,      Nov 12 and 0300Z-0400Z, Nov 13

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Nov 14

+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Nov 14

+ SARL Field Day Contest 1000Z, Nov 15 to 1000Z, Nov 16

+ Russian WW MultiMode Contest 1200Z, Nov 15 to 1200Z, Nov 16

+ NA Collegiate ARC Championship, SSB 2100Z, Nov 15 to 0300Z, Nov 17

+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB 2100Z, Nov 15 to 0300Z, Nov 17

+ Homebrew and Oldtime Equipment Party 1300-1500Z, Nov 16 (40m) and 1500-1700Z, Nov 16 (80m)

+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0200Z-0400Z, Nov 17

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Nov 19 and 1900Z-2000Z, Nov 19 and 0300Z-0400Z, Nov 20

+ NAQCC CW Sprint 0130Z-0330Z, Nov 20

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

+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Nov 21

+ YO International PSK31 Contest 1600Z-2200Z, Nov 21

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Nov 26 and 1900Z-2000Z, Nov 26 and 0300Z-0400Z, Nov 27

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Nov 28

+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Nov 28

+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Nov 29 to 2400Z, Nov 30 December 2014

+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1800Z-1900Z, Dec 4 (CW) and 1900Z-2000Z, Dec 4 (SSB) and 2000Z-2100Z, Dec 4 (FM) and 2100Z-2200Z, Dec 4 (Dig)

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Dec 5  



CLOVIS ARP ++ Rob AE6GE and volunteers from 3 counties pulled 16+ hours covering the “Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride” while most regular volunteers were at Pacificon. A master feat due to the time and limited resources. Meanwhile Christmas Party and 2015 Calender were submitted including the T-Hunt schedule. Good Job.


FRESNO ARC++ Stu, WB6VRJ announced the annual “Swap Meet” at the next meeting. Jim W6NIF and Ken WA6OIB demonstrated JT-65 mode at the October meeting. W1AW/6 was operated at W6TV. Operators were Eric, NI6G, Pat, W6YEP, and Rob, AE6EG. Pictures of the station are part of “Skip”. Glen, N6HEW ARES Fresno Co. talks on the months happenings. Busy Month.


KERN CO. CV ARC++ Mark, WI6J sent this link showing the Bakersfield ham TV stars, hi.


LOS BANOS ARC ++ October pictures showing off the new Club T-shirts. A heartfelt graphic thanking our troops is included..


SEQUOIA ARG ++ Rescue radio: ham radio in the Yukon when all else fails …... This is a great reprint of the original article included by AL, N6ALP. How many Satellites are up there? There is a chart in this newsletter.


SIERRA ARC ++ "Tale of the Coax" by Mike, WA6ARA. Very well written artical on diagnosing transmission line. Many activities are described from JOTA and Horse ride events to Marathons and other public service. Small club, big presence.


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ October 1st W1AW/6 -Bob, N6TCE, Bob, N6GTO, Ed, N6XMA and Bill, AE6J were huge helps at the NZ6Q home station. Bob, K6DGQ got more than a few CW contacts on 10M. LT, KJ6YVF learned from the “Zen” QSO Master Dan, KB6UNC and quickly had a full

house of calling stations on 40M SSB. Dave N6LHL, Bob, N6TCE and Charlie WB6NVB were main ops and Bill, AE6J came by almost every night. Ed N6XMA led the GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKE-OUT DRILL . CA QSO PARTY 2014 REPORT FROM MARIPOSA & MERCED: This year’s crew included Bob N6TCE, whose call sign was used for Mariposa County QSOs; Ed N6XMA , Bob N6GTO, Dan KB6UNC, Paul N6KZW, Bill AE6J; and John NZ6Q all participated.


TURLOCK ARC ++ “The RACE and GOMX-2 CubeSats, both carrying Amateur Radio payloads, were among more than 2 dozen satellites lost after an unmanned Orbital Space Sciences (OSC) Antares 130 vehicle exploded...”, as reported by the ARRL letter dated 30 October. Auction has been postponed until Spring 2015.



The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Robert KI6KIJ, Imogene WB5JFS and JOHN KB6TRN.


They will be missed.


Traffic for October 2014:

ORS: W6SX 14 WA6IAF 221, WS6P 1011, K6RAU 34 Total 1280

PSHR: W6SX 39, WA6IAF 90, WS6P 215, K6RAU 103





>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of September 2014: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.


September was a very busy month. Now October is going to be just as involved with all the good things Amateur Radio.


The Centennial QSO Party continues and I enjoy the Red Badge contacts. It is great to see the enthusiasm and camaraderie.


Pacificon is just over a week away and will sport W100AW/6 and the final regional Centennial Convention. We are so lucky to see the 100 years come to fruition. All the interactions with Scouting, Do it Yourself (Maker Fairs) projects, scholarships and Public Service.


Scouting is a great way to introduce Ham Radio to the youth. Make sure you are on the air October 18-19, 2014. Better yet, work with a local troop and get them on the air! Great fun.


Our own “Rally in the Valley” was a very pleasant 1 day event. It was very educational, drawings and practical demonstrations. Even the Bakersfield Salvation Army communications vehicle was on display. Plans are already in the works for next year.


Remember to support HR4969 and get your letter to ARRL and your Congressional Representative. Go to the link on the ARRL website .


See you at Pacificon! Don't forget the SET exercise, Great Shake Out and JOTA!




Dan Pruitt, AE6SX



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


  1. 09/04/2014 | Fox-1 Satellites to Offer Slow-Speed Telemetry During Normal Transponder Operation

The Fox-1 family of CubeSats will be able to transmit continuous slow-speed telemetry while the FM transponder is in use.


  1. 09/08/2014 | Selected “Ham Radio” 2014 Presentations Now Available Online

Selected presentations from the 2014 “Ham Radio” exhibition in Germany have been posted online.


  1. 09/09/2014 | Keynote Convention Speech of FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, Available on YouTube

Keynote The ARRL Centennial Convention speech of FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, now is available on YouTube


  1. 09/09/2014 | Morse Learning Machine Challenge Catching on with Hams

Morse Learning Machine Challenge Catching on with Hams


  1. 09/11/2014 | No Easy Answers for RadioShack’s Slow, Downward Slide

RadioShack has been unable to turn around it's financial situation and could go under.


  1. 09/15/2014 | New $21.40 Vanity Call Sign Fee Now in Effect

The new $21.40 vanity call sign fee is now in effect.


  1. 09/15/2014 | Moon-Bound Ham Radio Payload Will Transmit Your Message from Space — But Hurry!

The deadline to upload short digital messages to the 4M spacecraft is September 17!


  1. 09/16/2014 | Qatari Es’hail 2 Satellite will Include AMSAT-DL Phase 4 Amateur Radio Transponders

The Qatari Es’hail 2 communication satellite will Include AMSAT-DL Phase 4 Amateur Radio digital and analog transponders.


  1. 09/22/2014 | ARDF Team USA Takes Home a Silver Medal from World Championships

ARDF Team USA takes home a silver medal from the 17th World Championships in Kazakhstan.


  1. 09/23/2014 | Amateur Radio is “Communications Superpower,” IARU Region 1 Delegates are Told

IARU Region 1 General Conference delegates are told that Amateur Radio is a “communications superpower.”


  1. 09/23/2014 | ARRL Deploying Ham Aid Kits to Hawaii to Assist in Possible Lava Flow Response

ARRL Headquarters is deploying Ham Aid kits to Hawaii to assist in a possible activation in the wake of a lava flow.


  1. 09/24/2014 | Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Launched to International Space Station

The SpinSat satellite carrying an Amateur Radio payload was launched to International Space Station on September 21 for later deployment.


  1. 09/24/2014 | List of “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” Co-Sponsors Swells Before Congressional Recess

The list of “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” co-sponsors has swelled to 47 ahead of the Congressional recess.


  1. 09/24/2014 | ARRL Presents Barry Goldwater, K7UGA, Achievement Award to Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI

The ARRL has presented the Barry Goldwater, K7UGA, Achievement Award to Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI.


  1. 10/01/2014 | RSGB Outlines “New” Islands on the Air (IOTA) Vision, Seeks Partnership

RSGB outlines its “New IOTA" vision and seeks a partner to take the program forward.


  1. 10/06/2014 | ARRL Hosts 31st USTTI Amateur Radio Administration Course

ARRL Headquarters was the host for the 31st USTTI Amateur Radio Administration Course.


  1. 10/07/2014 | Late October Exercise to Test MARS-ARES Interoperability

A late October exercise is aimed at testing MARS-ARES interoperability and cooperation.


N2NS: CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY Class: SOAB(A) HP QTH: ZONE 3 Operating Time (hrs): 17

651 Qs for a Score of 553,900


KI6QEL: Duane, holding his First Place Certificates from 2013, is pictured in Fresno ARC 'SKIP' at . Class: SOP , January and September VHF Contests in SJV.




October 2014

+ 10-10 Int. 10-10 Day Sprint 0001Z-2359Z, Oct 10

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder 0145Z-0215Z, Oct 10

+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Oct 10

+ ARRL EME Contest 0000Z, Oct 11 to 2359Z, Oct 12

+ Makrothen RTTY Contest 0000Z-0759Z, Oct 11 and 1600Z-2359Z, Oct 11 and 0800Z-1559Z, Oct 12

+ Oceania DX Contest, CW 0800Z, Oct 11 to 0800Z, Oct 12

+ Scandinavian Activity Contest, SSB 1200Z, Oct 11 to 1200Z, Oct 12

+ Pennsylvania QSO Party 1600Z, Oct 11 to 0500Z, Oct 12 and 1300Z-2200Z, Oct 12

+ Arizona QSO Party 1600Z, Oct 11 to 0600Z, Oct 12 and 1400Z-2359Z, Oct 12

+ PODXS 070 Club 160m Great Pumpkin Sprint 2000 local, Oct 11 to 0200 local, Oct 12

+ NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Oct 15

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Oct 15 and1900Z-2000Z, Oct 15 and 0300Z-0400Z, Oct 16

+ JARTS WW RTTY Contest 0000Z, Oct 18 to 2400Z, Oct 19

+ 10-10 Int. Fall Contest, CW 0001Z, Oct 18 to 2359Z, Oct 19

+ New York QSO Party 1400Z, Oct 18 to 0200Z, Oct 19

+ Iowa QSO Party 1400Z-2300Z, Oct 18

+ Worked All Germany Contest 1500Z, Oct 18 to 1459Z, Oct 19

+ Stew Perry Topband Challenge 1500Z, Oct 18 to 1500Z, Oct 19

+ South Dakota QSO Party 1800Z, Oct 18 to 1800Z, Oct 19

+ Illinois QSO Party 1700Z, Oct 19 to 0100Z, Oct 20

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

+ ARRL School Club Roundup 1300Z, Oct 20 to 2359Z, Oct 24

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Oct 22 and1900Z-2000Z, Oct 22 and 0300Z-0400Z, Oct 23

+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Oct 25 to 2400Z, Oct 26

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Oct 29 and1900Z-2000Z, Oct 29 and 0300Z-0400Z, Oct 30 November 2014

+ Ukrainian DX Contest 1200Z, Nov 1 to 1200Z, Nov 2

+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW 2100Z, Nov 1 to 0300Z, Nov 3

+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest 1100Z-1700Z, Nov 2    



CLUBS – Please get your news items and club information to me by the 5th of each month.


CLOVIS ARP ++ Rob AG6GE is gearing up for another bicycle event. The powerhouse double century on October 11. The fourth quarter training class begins 23 October for those that want to get their technician license. The Fox Hunt schedule can be found on their web site.


FRESNO ARC++ The next program for the Fresno Club will be on JT-65 by Jim, W6NIF. Everyone is planning on the Swapmeet in November and the Christmas Party.


SEQUOIA ARG ++ Al N6ALP, editor and Pres. Pete W6SV have another great newsletter. Note the Texas assault and the up coming geology program. Good job guys & gals.


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ Bill, AE6J, John, NZ6Q, and Ed, N6XMA are doing a Buddi-pole demonstration Oct. 9.


TURLOCK ARC ++ TARC’s Fall Auction is postponed. Tentatively the date is 15 November. Morse Learning Machine Challenge Catching on with Hams. Interesting article.





No Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: .

They will be missed.


Traffic for August 2014:

ORS: W6SX 10, WA6IAF 118, WS6P 1009, K6RAU 10 Total 1147

PSHR: W6SX 34, WA6IAF 90, WS6P 150, K6RAU 71






>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of August 2014: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.


Kids are back in school. Some of us too! Life is a learning experience. The trick is to learn our own interests and enjoy our own enlightenment. That is where Amateur Radio plays such a large part of our lives. Dive in and enjoy. There is a lot to do and learn.


Public Service – ARES training for emergencies is mostly using your skills to support your communities. Bicycle events, Marathons and various charitable institutions will test your skills and network your group with those that make the decisions locally.


Helping with the Red Cross, faith based groups and the myriad of local government agencies prepare you for incidents. Just like the stress and needs during the half dozen fires, search and rescue and recovery operations in our Section, over the last 30 days. We have to learn our small part is important and effectively discharging our responsibilities will allow the whole incident to be resolved.


Then we can enjoy Field Day, contests, restoring Minesweepers radios and Lockheed bombers and most of all rag chewing, hi hi.


Remember if you are having fun, you are doing it correctly. Then tell some one about it and demonstrate Ham Radio. Participate in your Clubs.


I will be at the 3rd annual “Rally in the Valley” in Fresno (flier on the section page). Operating on Red Badge Day, 21 September, for the ARRL Centennial QSO Party. I will be attending Pacificon. It will be the last regional Centennial Convention.


Remember to support HR4969 and get your letter to ARRL and your Congressional Representative. Go to the link on the ARRL website .




Dan Pruitt, AE6SX



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


08/05/2014 | Early Efforts on Behalf of “The Amateur Radio Parity Act” HR.4969 Bearing Fruit


08/08/2014 | Radio Amateur Named to FEMA National Advisory Council (NAC) Chris Smith, W4HMV of Nevada.


08/12/2014 | Shortwave Broadcasting “of Marginal and Continuously Declining Impact,” Committee Concludes


08/13/2014 | A Chinese ham radio payload is set to circle the Moon this fall.


08/13/2014 | Amateur Radio Operators Delighted With California City Council's Antenna Decision


08/14/2014 | Canadian Radio Amateurs Will Join Special Event This Fall on 630 Meters


08/19/2014 | Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat Deployed from ISS for Peru.


08/21/2014 | Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference 2014 Takes a Technological Tack


08/25/2014 | Balloons Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Still Circling Earth


08/26/2014 | 2014 ARRL Field Day Logs Received List Available for Review


08/28/2014 | UKube-1 Satellite Using FUNcube-2 For Downlink Workaround


09/03/2014 | Next “Red Badge Day” on September 21 is a Chance to Rack Up Serious Centennial QSO Party Points





September 2014


+ WAE DX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Sep 13 to 2359Z, Sep 14

+ SARL VHF/UHF Analogue/Digital Cntst 1000Z, Sep 13 to 1000Z, Sep 14

+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, Sep 13 to 2400Z, Sep 14

+ Arkansas QSO Party 1400Z, Sep 13 to 0200Z, Sep 14

+ ARRL September VHF Contest 1800Z, Sep 13 to 0300Z, Sep 15

+ North American Sprint, SSB 0000Z-0400Z, Sep 14

+ ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest 0600 local, Sep 20 to 2400 local, Sep 21

+ Scandinavian Activity Contest, CW 1200Z, Sep 20 to 1200Z, Sep 21

+ SRT HF Contest SSB 1300Z, Sep 20 to 1300Z, Sep 21

+ QRP Afield 1500Z, Sep 20 to 0300Z, Sep 21

+ Washington State Salmon Run 1600Z, Sep 20 to 2400Z, Sep 21

+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY 0000Z, Sep 27 to 2400Z, Sep 28

+ Texas QSO Party 1400Z, Sep 27 to 0200Z, Sep 28 and 1400Z-2000Z, Sep 28     October 2014

+ YLRL DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest 1400Z, Oct 3 to 0200Z, Oct 5

+ 15-Meter SSTV Dash Contest 0000Z, Oct 4 to 2359Z, Oct 5

+ Russian WW Digital Contest 1200Z, Oct 4 to 1159Z, Oct 5

+ New Jersey QSO Party 1600Z, Oct 4 to 0359Z, Oct 5 and 1400Z-2000Z, Oct 5

+ California QSO Party 1600Z, Oct 4 to 2159Z, Oct 5







CLOVIS ARP ++ Clovis Pioneers Swap meet is set for 27 September. Details at the website. AE6GE, Rob has T-Hunts and is ready for the VHF contest.


FRESNO ARC++ Pat W6YEP, will host W1AW/6 on bands 50 MHz and above. SKIP Newsletter has info on Solar/Battery powered “Air Conditioner” by Jim, W6NIF. Next program for W6TO meeting, Getting the best from your “Buddy Pole” by Ken W6oib and Duane KI6QEL. Good info from ARES newsletter about Earthquakes and a very busy August. Great pictures of the Club Summer Picnic and much more!


Lodi ARC ++ Jim WB6BET is putting together rules for a future FM simplex contest. The Club is fully vested in participating in the Cal QSO Party. Pres. JasonKE5JTS reported Net participation and discussed doing a float in the Christmas Parade.




LOS BANOS ARC ++ September 13 is swap night, :so bing your stuff. Last month was Pizza Night and from all the smiles in the pictures, a good time as had by all..


SIERRA ARC ++ Dave W6TLA (former KJ6VRV) is sporting a new call! Fine pictures of Field Day, Bar-B-Q and Ice cream Social. Plans for the T-Hunt mentioned.


SEQUOIA ARG ++ Well the VOA site in Delano is partially being saved in New York by the Antique Wireless Assoc. Collins 250KW and studio board were shipped back east and displayed. Read the article by N5ASH. Always good things from this club.


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ NZ6Q will host W1AW/6, October 1st through October 7th immediately before and following CQP 2014. USS Lucid restoration supported by the Stockton Club can be found here . Ed, N6XMA’s new vertical antenna was only on the air a few days and it developed a problem. Good description of diagnostics.




The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: “Red” W6AE, Larry W6KYO and Harold KF6CL, James KD6OZH, and Robert, WA6UPX. They will be missed.



Traffic for July 2014:

ORS: W6SX 12, WA6IAF 256, WS6P 930, K6RAU 17 Total 1215

PSHR: W6SX 37, WA6IAF 90, WS6P 1190, K6RAU 79




>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of July 2014: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.


One hundred five to one hundred ten degrees. This was the climate I braved last month. I made a 3-day trip South to Kern County and visited the W6LIE Club. They were gracious in welcoming myself as ARRL. It is nice to see folks enjoying Ham Radio and the fellowship of the hobby.


I also made connections with some ARES members, by radio. Next time we will have to do an eyeball QSO. I was grateful to hear the ARES group still maintaining their standards.


I mentioned the weather before and decided to stop in at the Hanford weather station WX6HNX and meet with the new SKYWARN trainer. We had a very good conversation with the staff and heard some of the long-range predictions. Nothing firm yet but some El Nino indications are being observed.


We also discussed continued training and goals.


Do not forget Pacificon in October. It will be the last of the regional Centennial Celebrations.


Happy Hamming, hi hi.




Dan Pruitt, AE6SX



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


07/11/2014 | HAARP Death Sentence Stayed, But Facility Being Dismantled Piece by Piece


07/16/2014 | Grassroots Campaign Underway to Promote Co-Sponsorship of “Amateur Radio Parity Act”


07/19/2014 | FEMA and ARRL Sign Agreement; FEMA Administrator Calls Ham Radio “Resilient”


07/21/2014 | India’s VO-52 Satellite Goes Dark, decommissioned due to battery failure.


07/23/2014 | ARRL VEC Conducts Remote Exam Session with Applicants in Antarctica


07/25/2014 | AMSAT Announces Fox-1C Launch Opportunity and Fund Drive


07/28/2014 | Maritime Mobile Service Network Aids in Separate Land-Based Emergencies


07/28/2014 | Army MARS Demonstrates ALE, Courts Young Volunteers at ARRL National Centennial Convention


07/29/2014 | Space Jam 8 Will Feature ARISS Contact


07/29/2014 | California Hams Activate to Support Shelter Communications For El Portal Wildfire.


07/31/2014 | Party Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Circles the Northern Hemisphere


08/06/2014 | ARRL RTTY Rookie Roundup Not Just for Newbies


08/06/2014 | Updated QST iOS App Now Available


08/07/2014 | “Most Unusual Expedition” Ever to Rely on Amateur Radio Ended 67 Years Ago The Kon-Tiki voyage carrying LI2B ended on August 7, 1947



August 2014


+ WAE DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Aug 9 to 2359Z, Aug 10

+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, Aug 9 to 2359Z, Aug 10

+ Maryland-DC QSO Party 1600Z, Aug 9 to 2400Z, Aug 10

+ SARTG WW RTTY Contest 0000Z, Aug 16 to 1600Z, Aug 17

+ ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest 0600 local, Aug 16 to 2400 local, Aug 17

+ North American QSO Party, SSB 1800Z, Aug 16 to 0600Z, Aug 17

+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0100Z-0300Z, Aug 18

+ Hawaii QSO Party 0700Z, Aug 23 to 2200Z, Aug 24

+ Ohio QSO Party 1600Z, Aug 23 to 0400Z, Aug 24

+ SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Aug 27

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z, Aug 27 to 0400Z, Aug 28

+ YO DX HF Contest 1200Z, Aug 30 to 1200Z, Aug 31

+ SCC RTTY Championship 1200Z, Aug 30 to 1159Z, Aug 31

+ SARL HF CW Contest 1400Z-1600Z, Aug 31


September 2014


+ MI QRP Labor Day CW Sprint 2300Z, Sep 1 to 0300Z, Sep 2

+ All Asian DX Contest, Phone 0000Z, Sep 6 to 2400Z, Sep 7

+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint 0600Z-0800Z, Sep 6

+ AGCW Straight Key Party 1300Z-1600Z, Sep 6

+ North American Sprint, CW 0000Z-0400Z, Sep 7

+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest 1100Z-1700Z, Sep 7





CLOVIS ARP ++ AE6GE, Rob, is recruiting for the “Tour de Fresno” bike event 13 September. The next T-Hunt is September 6. The last one, the shortest distance was Gray WA6BJY & Mike - 47 miles.


FRESNO ARC++ KI6QEL Duane, talks of his trip to the Coast with his Buddy-Pole. John, K6MI reminds us od all the events that have gone on so far this year. Joe W0PJD and VP Ken, WA6OIB discuss the import of donations for Club stability. Check out the Field Day pictures on the web site..


LOS BANOS ARC ++ George W6YD posts "Pizza Night" 9 August. Swap Night is 13 September.


SIERRA ARC ++ Pete W6SV & Dave KG6YSZ have purchased & refurbished the Shirley Peak Repeater Tx 145.410 – Rx 144.810 (-) 103.5. Good Field Day pictures also .


SEQUOIA ARG ++ WA6ARA, Mike, reports Ice Cream social August 11.


TURLOCK ARC ++ Very nice issue of the “ArcOver”. Describing many different events and Public Service incidents. Grady K6IXA discusses his new ATV and Ultra-Light Aircraft. Ice Cream Social pictures witness the fun there.




The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: John KD6OZH, and Judy KC6UTF. They will be missed.


Traffic for July 2014:

ORS: W6SX 5, WA6IAF 239, WS6P 1473, K6RAU 15 Total 1732

PSHR: W6SX 28, WA6IAF 90, WS6P 135, K6RAU 73



Mark your Calendars: Southeastern Division and Regional Centennial Convention is August 16, in Huntsville, AL. Details are at Turlock ARC Fall Auction is October 4, 2014. Details at Pacificon 2014/Regional ARRL Centennial Convention is 10 through 14 October 2014. Details at The 66th International DX Convention is April 17-19, 2015 at Visalia. Details at






San Joaquin Valley Officials