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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: Fri 11 Apr, 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,



Mark your Calendars: Dayton Hamvention May 16-18, 2014 -- Regional ARRL Centennial Event, Dayton, Ohio . For details see . May 30-Jun 1 Nevada State Convention, Virginia City, Nevada. Go to for more information. SEA-PAC June 6 - 8, 2014, Seaside, Oregon. For more information go to 46th Mobile Amateur Radio Awards Club Convention. Dates, July 9-12 2014. Location: The Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center 9000 West Airport Drive Visalia, CA 93277 For more info check Pacificon 2014/Regional ARRL Centennial Convention is 10 through 14 October 2014. Details at


  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 every second and third Wednesday of each month at 1300Z, 1900Z, and 0300Z (Thursday). Info and rules at .


********** NEWS **********


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


Hello SJV,


Has anyone seen Spring? Weather was in the 50 – 60 range now it is 80 – 90, and going up!


It is just an observation but if you are involved with ARES® in support of the Fire Service, I see a need to be updating your contacts and action plans. I took a trip through Kern County, passing trough Fresno and Tulare Counties, and every reservoir is empty! Some do not have enough water to even reach their dams. So Fire is the first concern.


Come later in the year they are forecasting (or praying) for an El Nino event. This means a lot of water and the calamities that brings. These are evident in the articles about the mud slides in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado.


The fun stuff is always good. Field Day is coming very quickly. Public Service events are great ways to meet and greet and see another smile, hi hi. Where I am 10 Meters has been very active so the other money bands are working too.


Don't forget that Pacificon is an ARRL Regional Centennial Convention, so put it on your schedule.


Many thanks for the Hospitality of the Ridgecrest “Sierra” ARC. I welcome the chance to attend any Club meeting. Just contact me and we can arrange the details.



Dan Pruitt, AE6SX


W1AW Centennial Operations for April

April 2nd – April 9th Pennsylvania (W1AW/3) Oregon (W1AW/7)

April 9th – April 16th Massachusetts (W1AW/1) Virginia (W1AW/4) Puerto Rico (W1AW/KP4)

April 16th – April 23rd North Dakota (W1AW/0) Mississippi (W1AW/5)

April 23rd – April 30th New Jersey (W1AW/2) New Hampshire (W1AW/1)




N6DVR, W6NIF, and KI6QEL, KJ6HUP, and AG6BP are active on JT65.




CLOVIS ARP ++ The season for Public Service events are in full swing. Rob AE6GE has 3 events in April alone. Mag Loop Antennas was the latest program presented by Mike, KD6LDA.


FRESNO ARC++ Did you ever wonder what is in WD-40? Check out the “Skip” for April. The Fresno EC report, by Glen N6HEW, I think shows the direction of most EmComm. This includes social media (Facebook, twitter etc. Ron N6MTS enlightens us on the reports required of 501 ( c ) 3 corporations.


SIERRA ARC ++ The rescue of five adult hikers, who became lost in San Emigdio Canyon was facilitated by hams like Bill, AB6CF and Don KW6PMC. Relaying position and situation to the 911 Center.


SEQUOIA ARG ++ Pres. Pete, W6SV highlighted the March program from NOAA, Skywarn. Great turn out. James Brotherton of the National Weather Service will repeat his presentation in Bear Valley Springs. After seeing Lake Isabella, I think they were hoping for insight to the water situation. Thank you Mike, KA6IYS and the Western Kern Co. ARES group command staff. Keep the EmComm moving forward.


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ Dave, N6LHL and John, NZ6Q reported on the success of the Peddling Paths for Independence Bike Ride. Mike, K6MDS gave a presentation on transmitter hunting. A Joint Manteca – Stockton – Lodi transmitter hunt was suggested.


Tuolomne Co. ARES ++ Carl NI6Z submitted the Public Service Report form detailing the equivalent cost of communication and volunteer hours. Although there is no cost of volunteering Amateur Radio and there is no compensation, our portion would have cost the authorities $4528.00 and 90 man hours for a 7 hour event. Again there was no compensation for this. It is merely an equivalent of the voluntary effort offered by the Hams.


TURLOCK ARC ++ Darren, K6RDJ briefed the club on DMR Radio and D-Star. Link is included in their ARC-Over news letter. Grady K6IXA, talked on the W4MQ remote base software. He also said the W6HHD D-Star is back on the air.


These Silent Keys were recorded, since the last report: Ted, W5ILA, Tom, KA6Z and Solomon, KD6GHC. They will be missed.


Traffic for March 2014:

ORS: WS6P 1666, K6RAU 25 W6SX 19 Total 1710

PSHR: WS6P 145, W6SX 44, K6RAU 89



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





APRIL 2014


+ JIDX CW Contest 0700Z, Apr 12 to 1300Z, Apr 13

+ OK/OM DX Contest, SSB 1200Z, Apr 12 to 1200Z, Apr 13

+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, Apr 12 to 2400Z, Apr 13

+ New Mexico QSO Party 1400Z, Apr 12 to 0200Z, Apr 13

+ EU Spring Sprint, CW 1600Z-1959Z, Apr 12

+ Georgia QSO Party 1800Z, Apr 12 to 0359Z, Apr 13 and   1400Z-2359Z, Apr 13

+ Yuri Gagarin International DX Contest 2100Z, Apr 12 to 2100Z, Apr 13

+ International Vintage Contest HF 1200Z-1800Z, Apr 13

+ Hungarian Straight Key Contest 1500Z-1700Z, Apr 13

+ 222 MHz Spring Sprint 1900 local - 2300 local, Apr 15

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Apr 16 and   1900Z-2000Z, Apr 16 and   0300Z-0400Z, Apr 17

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 1900Z-2030Z, Apr 16

+ ARLHS Annual Spring Lites QSO Party 0001Z, Apr 17 to 2359Z, Apr 22

+ NCCC Sprint Ladder 0230Z-0300Z, Apr 18

+ Holyland DX Contest 2100Z, Apr 18 to 2100Z, Apr 19

+ TARA Skirmish Digital Prefix Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Apr 19

+ ES Open HF Championship 0500Z-0859Z, Apr 19

+ CQ Manchester Mineira DX Contest 1200Z, Apr 19 to 2359Z, Apr 20

+ EU Spring Sprint, SSB 1600Z-1959Z, Apr 19

+ Michigan QSO Party 1600Z, Apr 19 to 0400Z, Apr 20

+ Ontario QSO Party 1800Z, Apr 19 to 1800Z, Apr 20

+ YU DX Contest 2100Z, Apr 19 to 1700Z, Apr 20

+ Low Power Spring Sprint 1400Z-2000Z, Apr 21

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Apr 23 and   1900Z-2000Z, Apr 23 and   0300Z-0400Z, Apr 24

+ 432 MHz Spring Sprint 1900 local - 2300 local, Apr 23

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data 1900Z-2030Z, Apr 24

+ NCCC Sprint Ladder 0230Z-0300Z, Apr 25

+ 10-10 Int. Spring Contest, Digital 0001Z, Apr 26 to 2359Z, Apr 27

+ SP DX RTTY Contest 1200Z, Apr 26 to 1200Z, Apr 27

+ Helvetia Contest 1300Z, Apr 26 to 1259Z, Apr 27

+ QRP to the Field 1500Z, Apr 26 to 0300Z, Apr 27

+ Florida QSO Party 1600Z, Apr 26 to 2159Z, Apr 27

+ BARTG Sprint 75 1700Z-2100Z, Apr 27

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Apr 30 and   1900Z-2000Z, Apr 30 and   0300Z-0400Z, May 1     May 2014

+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1800Z-1900Z, May 1 (CW) and   1900Z-2000Z, May 1 (SSB) and   2000Z-2100Z, May 1 (FM) and   2100Z-2200Z, May 1 (Dig)

+ 10-10 Int. Spring Contest, CW 0001Z, May 3 to 2359Z, May 4

+ ARI International DX Contest 1200Z, May 3 to 1159Z, May 4

+ 7th Call Area QSO Party 1300Z, May 3 to 0700Z, May 4

+ Indiana QSO Party 1600Z, May 3 to 0400Z, May 4

+ New England QSO Party 2000Z, May 3 to 2400Z, May 4    





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


Is it Spring or Winter? Weather is so changeable; it is difficult to make plans. Still all the newsletters report Public Service Events, projects on antennas and for served agencies. Emergency Communications Training using the latest modes are being practiced.


Amateur Radio has always been exciting and the Centennial events continue to entice all operators. Every month we are reminded, in QST, of the leaps and progress of radio over the last 100 years.


Yet we continue to advance. Satellites are orbited like confetti, digital modes and applications and smaller devices every day.


If you are not participating, you are missing out on all the fun! Winlink, PSK, JT65, RTTY and ATV are in the capability of every Ham.


Attend your local Club meetings, get into a contest, and build something. Let's play radio! When we see you at the Centennial Regional Convention at Pacificon in October, there will be many stories to tell.



Dan Pruitt, AE6SX





NEWS: From ARRL newsletters. Read complete articles from February to now, on the website.

  • 02/05/2014 | Cuba’s 5 MHz Band Comes with Strings Attached. Hams using Cuba's new 5 MHz band may not contact hams outside of Cuba.


  • 02/07/2014 | The Arecibo Observatory Club (KP4AO) is setting up a new Amateur Radio station.


  • 02/10/2014 | ARRL's Education & Technology Program will offer three Teachers Institute sessions this year.


  • 02/14/2014 | Orlando HamCation was the first of six ARRL Regional Centennial conventions.


  • 02/18/2014 | ARRL's Atlantic Division has provided forum resources aiming at helping clubs.


  • 02/18/2014 | FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, will keynote the ARRL Centennial Banquet in July.


  • 02/24/2014 | “Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication” is World Amateur Radio Day 2014 Theme, April 18.


  • 02/27/2014 | March 1, Gary Grant, K7VY, will take over as Nevada Section Manager.


  • 02/28/2014 | More Amateur Radio CubeSats Released into Orbit from ISS, Launched from Japan.


  • 03/04/2014 | Ham Radio Will Play a Role in “HI-SEAS” Simulated Mars Mission. Science researchers will have ham radio along when they simulate life in a Martian habitat.

  • 03/06/2014 | Hams’ Experimental VLF Signals Heard in the UK, Europe.




MARCH 2014


+ Wisconsin QSO Party 1800Z, Mar 9 to 0100Z, Mar 10

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Mar 12 and 1900Z-2000Z, Mar 12 and

0300Z-0400Z, Mar 13

+ BARTG HF RTTY Contest 0200Z, Mar 15 to 0200Z, Mar 17

+ Russian DX Contest 1200Z, Mar 15 to 1200Z, Mar 16

+ Virginia QSO Party 1400Z, Mar 15 to 0200Z, and Mar 16 1200Z-2400Z, Mar 16

+ North American Sprint, SSB 0000Z-0400Z, Mar 16

+ Bucharest Contest 1800Z-2059Z, Mar 17

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Mar 19 and 1900Z-2000Z, Mar 19 and

0300Z-0400Z, Mar 20

+ Oklahoma QSO Party 1300Z, Mar 22 to 0100Z, Mar 23 and

1300Z-1900Z, Mar 23

+ Louisiana QSO Party 1500Z, Mar 22 to 0300Z, Mar 23

+ QCWA Spring QSO Party 1800Z, Mar 22 to 1800Z, Mar 23

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Mar 26 and 1900Z-2000Z, Mar 26 and

0300Z-0400Z, Mar 27

+ CQ WW WPX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Mar 29 to 2359Z, Mar 30


APRIL 2014


+ SARL 80m QSO Party 1700Z-2000Z, Apr 3

+ Mississippi QSO Party 1400Z, Apr 5 to 0200Z, Apr 6

+ New Mexico QSO Party 1400Z, Apr 12 to 0200Z, Apr 13

+ Georgia QSO Party 1800Z, Apr 12 to 2359Z, Apr 13

+ Hungarian Straight Key Contest 1500Z-1700Z, Apr 13





CLOVIS ARP ++ Their website sings of exploits from T-Hunts, Public Service events and praises of The ARRL Centennial information. Rob AE6GE, with one event completed has 2 more to look forward to in April.


FRESNO ARC++ Identity theft was the topic for February’s monthly club meeting. Excellent program for the Valentines Day backdrop. The XYL's were impressed. The topic was discussed by the well-versed XYL of Duane KI6QEL. Ron N6MTS discusses 160 mtr Vert in a small lot.


KERN CCV ARC++ Feb 'Communicator' adds 2 new items to the news letter. "Ham of the Month" is a biograhy of renouned Ham in the Club by John KG6ZBN. The first in the spot light is Steve KB6WR. "Mode of the Month" . The other item is "Mode of the Month" by Eric NI6TE. Of course the first is the simplest, CW. also on facebook.


LODI ARC ++ March Program is Digital Amateur Television, by Ron, N6GKJ. April Program is an Emergency Exercise, San Joaquin County ARES EC-Guy W6MSU.


LOS BANOS ARC ++ Fox hunt & Dinner is on the March program..


STANISLAUS ARA ++ Club Officers 2014 - Pres: Lucian, KF6NPG; VP: Don, KR6US; Sec: Bill, AE6J; Treas: Paul, W6UHF. Complete 2014 Calendar for SARA is here.


SIERRA ARC ++ “How do you know you are ready?”, said the Pres Dave, KJ6VRV. He is referring to disaster preparedness. It is necessary to shut down the 146.64 translator so the IWV emergency Net is moving to the 147.00 repeater, same time and day. 20 Mule Team Endurance Ride Report is a good read.


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ "The squeaky wheel gets the oil", says Pres. Paul, N6KZW. His article is an accurate understanding of the purpose of ARRL. John, NZ6Q, I believe authored the great article on the Linden Bike ride using APRS and voice. Well done


TURLOCK ARC ++ The Valentine Dinner was a success with 35 attendees for steak, Chicken and Lobster. Multiple highlights of Amateur Radio's time line. Very nice “Thank you” to some guests at the meeting. Well done TARC.



JT65 has become the mode of choice for some hams in the Section. KJ6HUP, N6DVR, W6NIF, W6MSU, KW6PWG, AG6BP, KI6QEL, K6XJ, and W6DPD are seen on the screen.

W6DPD and K6XJ have WAS using JT65.

Silent Keys since the last report: None.


Traffic for February 2014:

ORS: WS6P 1553, K6RAU 114 W6SX 14 Total 1571

PSHR: WS6P 155, W6SX 28, K6RAU 87




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


100 Years and counting!


I am supposed to promote ARRL, but I enjoy being part of this organization. Especially during significant times like 2014.


ARRL has gone out of the way to make this year enjoyable. The QSO Party running all year. Videos and compilations from past QST Magazines, remind us where Ham Radio started and where it should be going. There is even memorabilia; Certificates, mugs, casual wear and even a special Key (Paddles) and Handbooks with names or serial numbers (the hardcover handbook is sold out).


Don't forget why we support ARRL. Our spectrum is at risk continuously. We could loose frequencies at the stroke of a pen!


Stay active and keep your membership up to date. Consider becoming a life member. Donate to the Second Century fund. Help to spread the word regarding becoming a Ham. Mentor a new ham.


Above all, have fun!



Dan Pruitt, AE6SX


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

  • 01/09/2014 | Library of Congress Releases Free Braille and Audio Reading App


  • 01/09/2014 | National Contest Journal (NCJ) Debuts New Website!


  • 01/10/2014 | Celebrate the ARRL Centennial with Two Special QST Collections!

  • ARRL is offering two QST retrospective volumes.

  • 01/10/2014 | Antique Radio Classified to Resume Monthly Publication

  • 01/12/2014 | Rare Hiram Percy Maxim Film Featured in February Digital QST

  • 01/13/2014 | IARU Region 1 Monitoring System Notes New Russian OTH Radar on 20 Meters

  • 01/16/2014 | The Old Man: Rotten QRM

  • 01/17/2014 | New Guide Promotes FUNcube-1's Educational Value

  • A new guide is available for teachers and students using AO-73 for educational purposes.

  • 01/22/2014 | Canada to Get Five 60 Meter Channels that coincide with ours.

  • 01/27/2014 | ARRL Debuts Centennial “ARRL at 100” Video

  • 01/28/2014 | Cuba Provides its Hams a Slice of 60 Meters

  • 01/29/2014 | Portugal’s Radio Amateurs Granted Temporary Access to 1850-2000 kHz for Contests

  • 02/04/2014 | ARRL Field Day Information Packet Now Available

  • Field Day is June 29-30, 2014, and the information packet now is available.

  • 02/04/2014 | ARRL Centennial Convention Registration is Open!

  • 02/04/2014 | School Club Roundup is February 10-14!

  • 02/07/2014 | ISS CubeSat Deployment, “Ham Video” Commissioning Postponed

  • 02/07/2014 | Arecibo Observatory Club to Establish New Amateur Radio Station





February 2014


+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data 2000Z-2130Z, Feb 12

+ PODXS 070 Club Valentine Sprint 2000 local, Feb 14 to 0200 local, Feb 15

+ Russian PSK WW Contest 2100Z, Feb 14 to 2100Z, Feb 15

+ ARRL Inter. DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Feb 15 to 2400Z, Feb 16

+ SARL Youth Day Sprint 0800Z-1000Z, Feb 15

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 2000Z-2130Z, Feb 20

+ CQ 160-Meter Contest, SSB 2200Z, Feb 21 to 2200Z, Feb 23

+ North American QSO Party, RTTY 1800Z, Feb 22 to 0559Z, Feb 23

+ SARL Digital Contest 1300Z-1600Z, Feb 23

+ North Carolina QSO Party 1500Z, Feb 23 to 0059Z, Feb 24


March 2014


+ ARRL Inter. DX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Mar 1 to 2400Z, Mar 2

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

+ SARL Hamnet 40m Simulated Emerg Contest 1200Z-1400Z, Mar 2

+ EA PSK63 Contest 1600Z, Mar 8 to 1600Z, Mar 9

+ Idaho QSO Party 1900Z, Mar 8 to 1900Z, Mar 9

+ Wisconsin QSO Party 1800Z, Mar 9 to 0100Z, Mar 10




CLOVIS ARP ++ Lew KI6YWX gave a presentation on Power Pole connectors. Next T-Hunt is March 8. January's T-Hunt was a 'hidden in plain sight'. Read about it on the website.


FRESNO ARC++ Celebrating Valentine's Day, KI6QEL Duane's XYL, Karen, is presenting an ID theft awareness seminar. Skip will be including “How to-s” on club maintenance, by former Club Officers.


LOS BANOS ARC ++ Mike-AD6AA, Pres, discusses 2014 including fundraising.


SEQUOIA ARG ++ New location for the Club Meetings will be at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights. Al N6ALP, writes about Carbon Monoxide and the may examples of what you should be aware. Great pictures of their year end party.


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ John NZ6Q will discuss APRS at the next meeting. During the January meeting: Paul, N6KZW gave a very interesting presentation on putting together various “junk” boxes for different applications in amateur radio. The new by-laws were discussed by the membership and passed a motion to approve them. A flier was posted describing the necessity of raising money to purchase a new home for the CA Historical Radio Society. To donate visit the CHRS web site: Help keep KRE alive.


TURLOCK ARC ++ The “Prez” Ron KJ6KNL complements those from the Jan meeting. CQ Communications Inc has announced plans to realign its publications lineup and to launch a new online supplement to CQ Amateur Radio. Spencer, KJ6ART shows the repeater site, with snow. An article W6SKH” Memorial Repeater, contains valuable information concerning 220MHz repeaters by Grady K6IXA.




The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Opie K060P, Jim KE6SHK and Ken WA6HII. They will be missed.


Traffic for January 2014:

ORS: WS6P 314, K6RAU 11 W6SX 17 Total 342

PSHR: WS6P 140, W6SX 42, K6RAU 78



>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of December 2013: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.


Happy New Year! It is 2014.


Well we crossed another year off the calendar. I can say I'm very proud of SJV over this last year. I've seen the enhancing of repeater systems, repairing of last winter's damaged antenna systems and increased disaster training. There has also been the reformation of clubs and some new ones. Some Elmering but I would like to see more of the youth involved. In fact a Section Youth coordinator would allow direct input from the text generation. Inspire satellite and ISS contacts and also help promote Amateur Radio in the Scouts and Schools.  Please send me any recomendations.


ARRL has many opportunities to play radio in this Centennial Year. Certificates to be had, just for being a member. W100AW (Newington W1AW), the Centennial QSO Party is a year long event. W1AW/somewhere will spend a week in different locations. Visit WWW.ARRL.ORG/CENTENNIAL for details. There will be 2 West Coast Regional Centennial conventions, June 6-8 SEA-PAC—Seaside, Oregon and October 10-12 Pacificon—Santa Clara, California


What is on your agenda? What are your goals? I would be happy to offer any help available. I can do a program on ARRL or Amateur Radio. Let me know as soon as possible and I will get you on the Calendar.


Please check your Clubs status as an affiliated Club and update your information annually. A contact person is required


Dan Pruitt, AE6SX


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

  • 12/03/2013 A California teenager makes it possible for elementary schoolers to enjoy a ham radio contact with the ISS.

  • 12/04/2013 A US House subcommittee will be looking into updating the Communications Act of 1934.

  • 12/04/2013 The ARRL may use the call sign W1ØØAW during its Centennial in 2014.

  • 12/05/2013 Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, is the recipient of the Radio Club of America's Sarnoff Citation.

  • 12/09/2013 JOTA 2013 was another year of growth for the event.

  • 12/10/2013 A Long Island ham radio club is recognized on a plaque honoring Superstorm Sandy responders. The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club (GSBARC) earned a spot on a plaque honoring first responders and other volunteers who assisted in the wake of the devastating Superstorm Sandy and the nor’easter that followed in the fall of 2012

  • 12/11/2013 The Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft was able to hear ham radio greetings on its early October Earth flyby.

  • 12/12/2013 New Technician Class Question Pool Released

  • 12/18/2013 | Two Ham-Astronauts to Repair Faulty Pump During Multiple Spacewalks interfering with some ham radioactivity aboard the ISS.

  • 12/26/2013 | Voice of Russia to Continue Shortwave Broadcasting in 2014!

  • 12/26/2013 | South Sudan Radio Amateurs Off the Air Due to Unrest.

  • 12/27/2013 | Tokyo Hy-Power Files for Bankruptcy

  • 12/30/2013 | InnovAntennas Acquires Force 12

  • 01/02/2014 | Spanish Radio Amateurs Given Access to 60 Meter Frequencies Through


  • 01/02/2014 | FUNcube-1 (AO-73) Marks 6 Weeks in Space.

  • 01/03/2014 | ARRL-Sponsored Medium-Frequency Experiment Continues as Hams Hope for New Band. ARRL's WD2XSH 630 meter experiment continues.



January 2014


+ North American QSO Party, CW 1800Z, Jan 11 to 0559Z, Jan 12

+ NRAU-Baltic Contest, CW 0630Z-0830Z, Jan 12

+ NRAU-Baltic Contest, SSB 0900Z-1100Z, Jan 12

+ DARC 10-Meter Contest 0900Z-1059Z, Jan 12

+ Midwinter Contest 1000Z-1400Z, Jan 12


+ North American QSO Party, SSB 1800Z, Jan 18 to 0559Z, Jan 19

+ ARRL January VHF Contest 1900Z, Jan 18 to 0359Z, Jan 20


+ CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW 2200Z, Jan 24 to 2159Z, Jan 26

+ BARTG RTTY Sprint 1200Z, Jan 25 to 1200Z, Jan 26



February 2014


+ Vermont QSO Party 0000Z, Feb 1 to 2400Z, Feb 2

+ 10-10 Int. Winter Contest, SSB 0001Z, Feb 1 to 2359Z, Feb 2

+ Black Sea Cup International 1200Z, Feb 1 to 1159Z, Feb 2

+ Minnesota QSO Party 1400Z-2400Z, Feb 1

+ British Columbia QSO Party 1600Z, Feb 1 to 0400Z, Feb 2

+ Delaware QSO Party 1700Z, Feb 1 to 0100Z, Feb 3

+ Mexico RTTY International Contest 1800Z, Feb 1 to 1759Z, Feb 2

+ North American Sprint, CW 0000Z-0400Z, Feb 2





CLOVIS ARP ++ New directors were added to the Board of Directors: Laura KI6KRT, Mike KD6LDA and Lou KD6WAW. Officers will be selected in January. The 2014 T-Hunt schedule has been posted to the website.


FRESNO ARC++ January program by Laurie Ecklund Long is on “My Life in a Box” and how to survive emergencies and planning for eventualities. Thanks to Ken WA6OIB. Nice pictures from the W6TO Christmas Party.


LODI ARC ++ Since the club meets on the first Thursday of the Month, February's program willl be The Really Big Dixon Radio Stations by Jim Seiferling.


SIERRA ARC ++ The annual Installation dinner will be held on January 13. President – Dave, KJ6VRV: 1st Vice Pres – Paula, N6VGW; 2nd Vice pres – Tammy, KG6VYA; Secretary – Bill, WA6QYR; Treasurer – Julie, KI6YRA.


SEQUOIA ARG ++ 2013 went out with a roar. See the pix of the Christmas Party including the “Ugly Christmas Sweater” Contest, Chuck KI6GOG winner! A “Hello” to the SKYWARN Spotters in a letter from the Hanford weather station, reminds the spotters of the direct numbers, email and web page location.


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ 2014 Officers: PRES-Paul, N6KZW; VP Charlie, WB6NVB; TREAS Dave, N6LHL; and SEC Eric, W6INP. Cute idea on reading CW is in the DEC Flysheet.


TURLOCK ARC ++ TARC Officers for 2014 are: President, Ron KJ6FNL; VP Darren, K6RDJ; Treas. Mike, KG6VFL; Sec, Spencer, KJ6ART. Take the “Amateur Radio Quiz” posted in the newsletter. It is great fun. .


CENTRAL CALIFORNIA DX CLUB++ Officers for 2014 are Pres Bill, WA5VGI; 1st VP Bob, N2NS; 2nd VP Steve, N6HK; Sec/Treas Charles, W6DPD; Directors Perry, K6XJ; Steve, NA6G; and Richard, WD6FF. For information on meetings, check


K6XJ, W6DPD, K0DDR, and W6MSU are having fun with JT65 on HF.

W6DPD earned the WPX Award.

KJ6P has earned numerous CQ Field Awards.


The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Jack KD6MRF, Herbert N6BC and Ray WB6UCO. They will be missed.


Traffic for December 2013:

ORS: WS6P 393, K6RAU 10 W6SX 6 Total 409

PSHR: WS6P 130, W6SX 31, K6RAU 71



>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of November 2013: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.



It may not be winter yet, but sure feels like it. Seems like the whole country was put in the deep freeze. It won't be long before we start Santa Claus duty, hi hi.


Most of the Newsletters refer to Christmas Party Plans and Thanksgiving Day excesses. I do still notice references to “Goodwill” and “Charity”. For this I am grateful.


Allow me to reflect on what I am Thankful. Not the least is Amateur Radio. I have been around enough of the world to know we are very lucky to have our frequencies, power and lenient regulations. I suggest we preserve and treasure them highly. It would not take much to lose any part of it, at the drop of a hat.


Looking forward, don't get caught up in the mercantilism of the season. Remember the origin of salvation and the power of giving. Be kind and generous now and all year long.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!





Dan Pruitt AE6SX


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

  • 11/05/2013 | TQSL 2.0 Software Released for Logbook of The World

  • 11/07/2013 | All-Ham Contingent Carries Olympic Torch to ISS; Crews Prepare to Swap Places

  • 11/11/2013 | American Legion Takes to the Airwaves to Salute Veterans using W9L.

  • 11/11/2013 | K9W Operation Approved for DXCC Credit.

  • 11/11/2013 | Two Hams, Olympic Torch Return Home from ISS.

  • 11/12/2013 | Illinois Congressman Chats with K9W Team on Wake Island.

  • 11/13/2013 | ITU Deploys Satellite Communication Equipment to the Philippines, Ham Radio Response Continues

  • 11/13/2013 | TV Show Featuring Fictional Ham Sparks Crop of New Hams

  • 11/14/2013 | 2013 ARRL Field Day Results Posted!

  • 11/18/2013 | FUNcube-1 Team to Gather for November 21 Launch, “Dashboard” Software Released

  • 11/19/2013 | ARRL Helps Manufacturer to Resolve Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter RFI Problems

  • 11/30/2013 | SKYWARN Recognition Day is December 7

  • 12/02/2013 | Amateur Radio Direction Finding Enthusiasts Enjoy National, Regional Competition

  • 12/05/2013 | Amateur Radio Disaster Response in Philippines Winds Down

  • 12/05/2013 | Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, Receives Radio Club of America’s Sarnoff Citation

  • 12/09/2013 | International Reply Coupon Redemption Deadline Looms

  • 12/09/2013 | Voice of Russia — former “Radio Moscow” — to End Shortwave Broadcasts





December 2013


+ ARRL 10-Meter Contest 0000Z, Dec 14 to 2400Z, Dec 15

+ International Naval Contest 1600Z, Dec 14 to 1559Z, Dec 15

+ Lighthouse Christmas Lights QSO Party 0001Z, Dec 20 to 2359Z, Jan 1

+ OK DX RTTY Contest 0000Z-2400Z, Dec 21

+ ARRL Rookie Roundup, CW 1800Z-2359Z, Dec 22

+ World Wide Iron Ham Contest 1200Z, Dec 28 to 1159Z, Dec 29

+ Original QRP Contest 1500Z, Dec 28 to 1500Z, Dec 29


January 2014


+ SARTG New Year RTTY Contest 0800Z-1100Z, Jan 1

+ AGCW Happy New Year Contest 0900Z-1200Z, Jan 1

+ WW PMC Contest 1200Z, Jan 4 to 1200Z, Jan 5

+ ARRL RTTY Roundup 1800Z, Jan 4 to 2400Z, Jan 5




CLOVIS ARP ++ Club Officers for 2014: Pres Rob AE6GE, VP Steve N6JXL,

Treas Lou KD6WAW, Sec Laura KI6KRT. Nov program on Mag Loops was very good.


FRESNO ARC++ Joe W0PJD submits another HAM bio of Bob W6AIY. A picture history of the club during 2013. If you have been following Paul W6VPS antenna project, his final success is described with a couple words of whit.


KERN Co. Central Valley ARC ++ Matt W6MBW, 2014 Pres., announced his need to resign due to work load. Randy KC6ZRF will assume the position. A good description of the landfall of the Philippine typhoon is included.


LODI ARC ++ Currennt Officers are Roger W6PKB, Pres.; Ron N6GKJ, VP; Jim WB6BET, Secretary; Doug KJ6OFK, Treas.. Celebrating 50 years as a club this month.


LOS BANOS ARC ++ Christmas Party, December 14th, Four Seasons Community Room.


SIERRA ARC ++ The Eastern Kern County ARES/RACES organization received a Wells Fargo cargo trailer to enhance their response to disasters.


SEQUOIA ARG ++ A woman called from the 'Turkey Hot Line' and asked, “How long will it take to roast her turkey?” The operator asked, “how much does the Turkey weigh?” The women responded, “I don't know, it is still running around!” Captured from the Kern River Voice.


TURLOCK ARC ++ "Last Man Standing" crew member Daniel J. Ryan, showing a CSCE that he passed his Technician exam, poses with producer John Amodeo, NN6JA. A number of the crew were or are now Hams. A hiker was helped by the WIN linked repeater Sys.


No Silent Keys since the last report.


Traffic for November 2013:

ORS: WS6P 184, K6RAU 8, W6SX 11 Total 203

PSHR: WS6P 149, W6SX 37, K6RAU 78




>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of October 2013: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.


Here come the Holidays!


As the weather turns for our Section, it is time to start snuggling into our shacks for the fall and prepping for winter. Hopefully you have all your antenna work done and you have heat in the Shack, hi hi. Field operations are on hold for a while.


This means it is a good time for planning our next escapade. Could be an IOTA, QRP, different mode like digital or a full on DXpedition. It is also a good time to invite some one to help you plan, operate and enjoy Amateur Radio.


Please take the opportunity to advertise our hobby while you slurp some coffee or attend meetings at other venues. We need new and younger HAMs to perpetuate the hobby.


Check out the news items and contests and get on the Air!


73; Dan AE6SX


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

  • 10/01/2013 | K6OSC Steps Down as Queen Mary W6RO Wireless Room Manager

    K6OSC has handed over the reins to the W6RO Queen Mary wireless room.
  • 10/04/2013 | The ARRL Centennial QSO Party Starts January 1, 2014! and will last all of 2014!

  • 10/04/2013 | Pam’s Shack Bridges the Gap - Some begging, borrowing and re-purposing gets an ARES® station on the air.

  • 10/08/2013 | NASA Awards CubeSat-class Launch Contract and will support Ham CubeSat launch opportunities.

  • 10/08/2013 | TAPR Officers, Board Members Elected for the next three years.

  • 10/10/2013 | Army MARS discussing ways to work a Partnership with ARRL and ARES.

  • 10/13/2013 | E-mail Forwarding Service Changed Providers on October 15.

  • 10/14/2013 | AMSAT Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Amateur Radio Involvement in Human Spaceflight during the Annual Meeting November 1-3 in Houston.

  • 10/15/2013 | ARRL Headquarters Hosts 30th USTTI Amateur Radio Administration Course. Students from Ecuador and Barbados attended an Amateur Radio Administration Course at ARRL Headquarters.

  • 10/15/2013 | ARRL Designates Six Regional ARRL Centennial Events extending the reach of the League's 100th anniversary celebration. Pacificon will be one!

  • 10/16/2013 | Ham Radio (Friedrichshafen) 2013 Forum Presentations Available on the Web. Several Friedrichshafen 2013 lectures are available on the web in PowerPoint format.

  • 10/21/2013 | Preview for the 2013 ARRL On-Line Auction starts NOW! Check now to see what's up for auction!

  • 10/21/2013 | FCC Turns Away Petition to Expand Technician 10 Meter voice Privileges

  • 10/22/2013 | New Free QST App Available for Android Devices!

  • 10/24/2013 | A Shot in the Arm, is how one club gave their meetings a boost.

  • 10/25/2013 | New E-Pub to Take Up Where Monitoring Times Leaves Off. A new electronic publication, The Spectrum Monitor, will debut in January.

  • 10/28/2013 | HPM’s “Old Betsy” is Made New to Wow the Crowds. Maxim's "Old Betsy" spark transmitter is once again operational.

  • 10/29/2013 | Cal Poly ARC Marks 71 Percent Increase in Exam Session Attendance at its October 19 exam session.

  • 10/29/2013 | K9W Wake Atoll DXpedition Team Gets Entry Okay and is on again!

  • 10/29/2013 | IARU Region 2 Publishes New Band Plan

  • 10/30/2013 | Easter Island DXpedition Set for November 1-7.

  • 10/31/2013 | The 2012 and 2013 operations of T6MH, Afghanistan, have been approved for DXCC credit.

  • W6DPD has DXCC on Digital modes.




November 2013


+ WAE DX Contest, RTTY 0000Z, Nov 9 to 2359Z, Nov 10

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

+ JIDX Phone Contest 0700Z, Nov 9 to 1300Z, Nov 10

+ OK/OM DX Contest, CW 1200Z, Nov 9 to 1200Z, Nov 10

+ Kentucky QSO Party 1400Z, Nov 9 to 0200Z, Nov 10

+ CQ-WE Contest 1900Z-2300Z, Nov 9 (CW/Digital) and

       0100Z-0500Z, Nov 10 (Phone) and

       1900Z-2300Z, Nov 10 (Phone) and

       0100Z-0500Z, Nov 11 (CW/Digital)

+ YO International PSK31 Contest 1600Z-2200Z, Nov 15

+ ARRL EME Contest 0000Z, Nov 16 to 2359Z, Nov 17

+ SARL Field Day Contest 1000Z, Nov 16 to 1000Z, Nov 17

+ LZ DX Contest 1200Z, Nov 16 to 1200Z, Nov 17

+ All Austrian 160-Meter Contest 1600Z, Nov 16 to 0700Z, Nov 17

+ Feld Hell Sprint 1600Z-1800Z, Nov 16

+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB 2100Z, Nov 16 to 0300Z, Nov 18

+ RSGB 2nd 1.8 MHz Contest, CW 2100Z, Nov 16 to 0100Z, Nov 17

+ NA Collegiate ARC Championship, SSB 2100Z, Nov 16 to 0300Z, Nov 18

+ Homebrew and Oldtime Equipment Party 1300-1500Z, Nov 17 (40m) and

      1500-1700Z, Nov 17 (80m)

+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Nov 23 to 2400Z, Nov 24


December 2013


+ SARL Digital Contest 1300Z-1600Z, Dec 1

+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1800Z-1900Z, Dec 5 (CW) and

        1900Z-2000Z, Dec 5 (SSB) and

        2000Z-2100Z, Dec 5 (FM) and

        2100Z-2200Z, Dec 5 (Dig)

+ ARRL 160-Meter Contest 2200Z, Dec 6 to 1600Z, Dec 8

+ TARA RTTY Melee 0000Z-2400Z, Dec 7

+ Ten-Meter RTTY Contest 0000Z-2400Z, Dec 8




CLOVIS ARP ++ The November program, "Effective Communications and the Amateur Radio Operator" by Matt KG6YLJ gave a look at refining our skills as operators. Pres. Rob AE6GE reports the installation of the new 4 bay 2 Meter Antenna. Also RDF is alive and well in Clovis with the T-Hunts.


FRESNO ARC++ Bob, KB6DI, had the local hams out to dismantle his tower installations. He is off to the Carolinas to start anew. Great pictures and article in “Skip” depicting Hams helping Hams. Ken, WA6OIB, has an extensive list of N7TNQ's donated inventory. Paul, W6VPS, continues his progress on his beam revamping. Almost but not quite finished.


LOS BANOS ARC ++ George, W6YD, reminds us November is a month to be grateful and remember our armed Forces.


SIERRA ARC ++ Hal, N6HAL, gives insight to his beginnings in Ham Radio. Good operating practices are discussed in the whole of the newsletter.


SEQUOIA ARG ++ Kern River Voice is full of anecdotes and historical references. There is a short write up on the October Meetings “Service Dog” program. Well done.


STOCKTON Delta ++ The “Flysheet” mirrors the issues at most clubs. I'm looking forward to seeing how it works out. A fantastic and descriptive article on power line RFI is well worth reading.


TURLOCK ARC ++ AUCTION – 9 November. Check out the Website for details. Grady, K6IXA, and food are always the pluses. Located at the United Methodist Church, 1660 Arbor Way, Corner of Arbor Way & North Berkeley, Turlock, Ca. 'The Spectrum Monitor' to take up where 'Monitoring Times' leaves off with December's final issue.


No Silent Keys since the last report.


Traffic for October 2013:

ORS: WS6P 291, K6RAU 16, W6SX 4 Total 311

PSHR: WS6P 165, W6SX 28, K6RAU 81






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