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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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Pacific
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News last updatedSeptember 22, 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, 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 SECTION Report for the month of September 2018: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, ASEC WL7COO, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KJ6OUI, TC W6TE.

Hope you Made it to at Pacificon, 19 October!

I enjoyed the convention. New Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT and Mike Corey, KI1U the ARRL Emergency Manager. Hearing about all the new forward thinking from HQ was very informative.

We are enjoying some great weather so, antenna repairs and construction should be in the works before the holidays and in climate weather comes to pass. Regardless, be mindful of conditions and safety when working on towers. There is some hope for better propagation as the season changes. Remember don’t just depend on the computer, turn the power on your radio and spin the dial. You will never hear anyone if you don’t listen.

Always show off your skills. Especially to young individuals. They will not realize the excitement of Ham Radio and it’s variety, if you don’t present it to them.

73;

Dan Pruitt, AE6SX

 

 

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

09/11/2018 | US ARDF Team Tops its Own World Championships Medal Count in Korea


09/11/2018 | Ducie Island VP6D DXpedition, Other Pacific Operations on Target

09/12/2018 | IARU Region 1 Monitoring System Reports Disappearance of Two 40-Meter Broadcast Intruders

09/14/2018 | Hurricane Watch Net Remains Active as Florence Makes Landfall in North Carolina

09/16/2018 | FCC Grants ARRL Temporary Waiver Request to Permit PACTOR 4 Use in Hurricane Relief

09/16/2018 | South Carolina Amateur Radio Volunteers Assist with Emergency Communication

09/20/2018 | New Beta Version WSJT-X 2.0 Boasts Major Changes

09/20/2018 | Puerto Rico Amateurs Beefing Up Hurricane Preparedness


09/24/2018 | VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition to Offer Near Real-Time Contact Posting


09/24/2018 | Philippine Amateur Radio Association Activates HERO for Typhoon Mangkhut


09/24/2018 | Sweden’s Telecommunications Regulatory Agency to Require Fee to Run More than 200 W


09/25/2018 | Scouting’s 2018 Jamboree on the Air Set for October 19 – 21

09/26/2018 | ARRL Releases Limited Edition 2019 Handbook Six-Volume Ultimate Boxed Set

09/27/2018 | Global Learn Day on the Air Aims to Shrink World One Contact at a Time

 

09/28/2018 | Emergency Preparedness Takes Center Stage for 2018 Simulated Emergency Test

 

10/01/2018 | Amateur Radio Volunteers in Indonesia Link Earthquake Zone with Outside World


10/02/2018 | Spray-On Antennas Could Be the Wave of the Future, University Researchers Believe

10/03/2018 | ARRL Updating its Website Security Software


10/03/2018 | AMSAT’s Fox-1Cliff CubeSat Ready for Launch


10/03/2018 | ARRL, FCC Discussing Issue of Uncertified Imported VHF/ UHF Transceivers

 

 

Contests:

 

Oct 2018

 

 

--*-- 10-10 Int. Fall Contest, CW 0001Z, Oct 20 to 2359Z, Oct 21   --*-- New York QSO Party 1400Z, Oct 20 to 0200Z, Oct 21   --*-- Worked All Germany Contest 1500Z, Oct 20 to 1459Z, Oct 21   --*-- Illinois QSO Party 1700Z, Oct 21 to 0100Z, Oct 22   --*-- Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0100Z-0300Z, Oct 22   --*--CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Oct 27 to 2400Z, Oct 28  

 

Nov 2018

 

---*---Ukrainian DX Contest 1200Z, Nov 3 to 1200Z, Nov 4   ---*---WAE DX Contest, RTTY 0000Z, Nov 10 to 2359Z, Nov 11   ---*---10-10 Int. Fall Contest, Digital 0001Z, Nov 10 to 2359Z, Nov 11   ---*---JIDX Phone Contest 0700Z, Nov 10 to 1300Z, Nov 11   ---*---CQ-WE Contest 1900Z, Nov 10 to 0500Z, Nov 12   ---*---YO International PSK31 Contest 1600Z-2200Z, Nov 16   ---*---SARL Field Day Contest 1000Z, Nov 17 to 1000Z, Nov 18   ---*---LZ DX Contest 1200Z, Nov 17 to 1200Z, Nov 18   ---*---All Austrian 160-Meter Contest 1600Z, Nov 17 to 0700Z, Nov 18   ---*---ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB 2100Z, Nov 17 to 0300Z, Nov 19   ---*---Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0200Z-0400Z, Nov 19   ---*---CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Nov 24 to 2400Z, Nov 25   ---*---SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Nov 28   ---*---ARRL 160-Meter Contest 2200Z, Nov 30 to 1600Z, Dec 2  

CLUBS

CLOVIS ARP ++ NORTH FORK – The 2018 North Fork Fall Festival and Grizzly Century Ride were a grand success. CARP Christmas Party Friday December 7th, 2018. Bob Heil, from Heil Sound and Ham Nation will speak at the November CARP Meeting via Skype. We will have Bob for a limited time so please hold your questions until the end of his presentation. Time/Date Friday November 2, 2018 CARP Meeting October 5, 2018 – SKYWARN. www.k6arp.org/


FRESNO ARC The Prez sez: Boy, I am sure glad that hot spell finally came to an end. I am sure a lot of you are also glad. Maybe now, Ken, WA6OIB, who had a great picnic, can finally get out of his pool. , 73 everyone! Stuart , WB6VRJ. The NIST budget request for fiscal 2019 eliminates funding for continued operation of WWV and its Hawaiian counterpart, WWVH.

THE DX CORNER By Charles W6DPD.
The King of Swaziland changed the name to Kingdom of Eswatini.
The following operations are scheduled:
Bouvet 3Y0I is scheduled again. Date is not known at this time.
Djibouti J28PJ for 3 to 5 years
Ascension Island ZD8D maybe an October 2011 start
Ascension Island ZD8AC now for 2 years
Senegal 6W1SU now for 2 to 3 years
Gabon TR8CA September 15 for 4 years
Rwanda 9X0TA August 5, 2017 for 3 years
Rwanda 9X9PJ now for 2 years
Timor Leste 4W6VA now through September 2018
Macquarie Island VK0AI soon through March 2019
Austral Islands FO/A August 13 to August 21. 2018
Market Reef OJ0C August 18 to August 25, 2018 Youth on the Air
Franz Joseph Land R1FJ? September 1 to July to August 2018
Kyrgyzstan EX0PL September 1 to September 10, 2018
Maldive Islands 8Q7EC September 14 to September 23, 2018
Christmas Island VK9XT September 29 to October 6, 2018
Rwanda 9X0T September 26 to October 10, 2018
Kingdom of Esawtini 3DA0AO September 16 to September 28, 2018
Mayotte Island TO6OK September 22 to October 4, 2018
Albania ZA5V September 30 to October 7, 2018
Niue E6Y October 6 to October 16, 2018
Norfolk Island VK9N October 10 to October 19, 2018
Chatham Island ZL7X October 16 to October 22, 2018
Burkina Faso XT2SZZ October 22 to October 30, 2018
Trinidade ZZ0T sometime in 2018
Christmas Island VK9XG October 17 to October 28, 2018
Ducie Island VP6D October 19 to November 3, 2018
Guyana 8R1A November 2018 for 2 weeks www.w6to.com.

 

LODI ARC ++ Emilia Seiferling, KI6YYT, Presiden called the meeting to order. Ed Stevens showed off his latest “go-box” built into a Harbor Freight look alike Pelican case. Emilia did the program for the night on the Lady’s of the Net operation aboard the USS Hornet, in Alameda.

10/19-21 Pacificon

10/20 New York QSO Party; 10/21 Illinois QSO Party; 10/27 ARRL EME; 10/27 CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB; 11/3 ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW; 11/17 ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB

11/24 ARRL EME lodiamateurradioclub.org/

 

LOS BANOS ARC ++ Last meeting was Pizza Night. Autum Leaves and cooler weather makes for better propagation and work on antennas or any other out door work much more comfortable. Along with October comes Pacificon, the Pacific Division Convention. Three days of Ham Radio. 73 George, W6YD www.aa6lb.org

 

SIERRA ARC ++ I’ll see everyone at the September meeting, 73 Steve KK6JTB

Steven Rainey, N6MVX, and Ed Tipler, WI6RE, put up the new 147.975 (-) PL 100.0 repeater antenna on El Paso Peak last Saturday, 25 August. It is a ComScope 4-dipole array with 2 dipoles South and 2- dipoles North for a gain of about 7.5 dBd N-S and only about 3 dBd E-W, but terrain limits that E-W coverage. It is a bit tricky to raise a 22-foot long, 30-pound antenna above your head, mounting onto the top of a 10-Ft pipe on the SE corner of the building. Steven had a piece of ½-inch water pipe stuck into the end of the antenna’s open bottom tube while Ed raised the antenna through the clamps. This was very helpful having Steven steady the antenna especially in the roughly 5-10 MPH breeze. Radiation center is about 40-Ft AGL. The former repeater antenna was a similar 4-dipole array with all 4-dipoles on the North side of the pole and in a mismatched frequency range, causing about 35% reflected power. It was donated in place for Ham Radio use by the Ridgecrest Police Department when they went to UHF radios. The new antenna was ordered to be optimum in the 2-Meter amateur band.

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. www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/


SEQUOIA ARG ++ 73 -- Ham lingo for "best regards." Used on both phone and CW toward the end of a contact.The first authentic use of 73 is in the publication The National Telegraph Review and Operators' Guide, first published in April 1857. At that time, 73 meant "My love to you!" Best regards" has remained ever since as the "put-it-down-in-black-and-white" meaning of 73 www.n6krv.org


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ The September 2018 meeting will be held at The Moose Lodge Picnic Grounds, 9035 N Davis Rd, off Thornton Rd in North Stockton on Thursday, September 13th starting at 6:00 PM. This was a Transmitter Hunt/Pot Luck/Bar-B-Que meeting. There will be a “meet-n-greet” before dinner is served at 6:30PM. The regular meeting will start at 7:00 PM. After a short business meeting agenda, Mike K6MDS will be training on Radio Direction Finding Techniques, how to equip your HT and antennas you can build or use in a transmitter hunt. After the training, we will go out into the park in search of “The Fox”. There will be no raffle at this meeting. President’s QST: Ham Radio! Because the Internet is B-O-R-I-N-G – Hello fellow SDARC members and guests. If you have seen Bob KM6ONS and Kyle KM6EQN interview on Good Day Sacramento Channel 31 then you know that phrase. Here are the links to the CH 31 You-Tube channel if you haven’t seen it.:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBCUoh6zU0M
September is also National Preparedness Month (https://www.ready.gov/september). This NPM will
focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ANNIE N6ACL; Winner of November 2017 Phone Sweepstakes 1 st Place San Joaquin Valley Pacific Division Winner, Multi-Op, Lower Power Phone.
GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKE-OUT, OCTOBER 18TH AT 10:18 AM
The ABC's of Morse Code Operating By Ed Tobias, KR3E. This small but solid guide is the perfect
read for those interested in learning or improving CW operating techniques! www.w6sf.org

 

The following Amateur became Silent Key since the last report:

James , KG6YSZ, Mike W7MH, Carl NI6Z and Tristan, ex KE6WFK They will be missed.

 

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SJV Section ORS/FOR Traffic Report: [Sept 2018]

Call Org Rcvd Sent Del Total

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

ws6p 0 389 487 0 876

k6rau 0 5 13 0 18

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

sum: 0 394 500 0 894

=============================

SJV Section PSHR/FOR Reports: [Sept 2018]

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

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

ws6p 37 40 20 170 0 20 287

k6rau 24 18 30 0 0 0 72

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

sum: 61 58 50 170 0 20 359

=============================

[ de: k6rau@arrl.net ]

 

Mark your Calendars:


10/27/2018 | CopaFest 2018

Location: Maricopa, AZ
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Maricopa Amateur Radio Association
Website: http://copahams.org


11/10/2018 | HARK Hamfest

Location: Congress, AZ
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Hassayampa Amateur Radio Klub
Website: http://harkaz.org


01/20/2019 | Quartzfest Convention

Location: Quartzsite, AZ
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Quartzfest Planning Committee
Website: http://www.quartzfest.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, 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/

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 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 .

 

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San Joaquin Valley Officials