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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 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.

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:


  1.  06/20/2015 | Santa Maria Radio Swapfest

Location: Orcutt, CA
Sponsor: Satellite Amateur Radio Club (W6AB)

  2. 09/11/2015 | Southwestern Division Convention (Hamcon 2015)

Location: Torrance, CA
Sponsor: Los Angeles Area Council of Amateur Radio Clubs & Orange County Council of Amateur Radio Organizations


  1. 09/19/2015 | Ninth Annual Sacramento Valley Hamfest

Location: Lincoln, CA
Sponsor: Western Placer Amateur Radio Club


  1. 09/26/2015 | Washington State Convention (Spokane Hamfest)

Location: Spokane Valley, WA
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: IEVHF Radio Amateurs, KBARA, NW Tri-State ARO, Spokane DX Assn., Palouse Hills ARC, Panoramaland ARC, & University HS ARC



  1. 10/16/2015 | Pacific Division Convention (PACIFICON 2015)

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




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




>> 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 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 : . To read Kay Craigie’s, N3KN, note:



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

05/13/2015 | Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015: 55 Cosponsors — and Climbing

05/14/2015 | ARRL Recognizing Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award Winners with Certificate

05/19/2015 | Radio Amateur Sworn In as New NASA Deputy Administrator

05/21/2015 | Updated Amateur Radio Emergency Service Manual Now Online ARES Manual PDF

05/21/2015 | Dayton Hamvention 2015: Great Weekend, Friendly Crowd

05/22/2015 | ARRL to Change Administrator for Insurance Plans Effective May 26, 2015

05/22/2015 | FCC Eliminates Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Regulatory Fee

05/22/2015 | US Naval Academy PSK31 CubeSat Transponders Active

05/26/2015 | China Set to Launch Several Amateur Radio Satellites this Summer

05/26/2015 | Alberta ARES Requests Priority Access to 14.135, 7.135, and 3.675 MHz Due to Fires

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

06/01/2015 | It's Alive! LightSail Spacecraft Restored After Being Silenced by Software Issue

06/04/2015 | Another Australian Balloon with a Ham Radio Payload Circumnavigates Earth

06/07/2015 | US Naval Academy CubeSats Get OSCAR Numbers



JUNE 2015


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


JULY 2015


+ 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






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.

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.

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.

LOS BANOS ARC ++ The Club remembers Gus Villalta, WB6QXE (SK) recommending the following link . 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.

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.

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.

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.

TURLOCK ARC ++ Grady K6IXA, had a presentation on Winlink. Suggested for more info. Rick K4REF on You Tube has the details on how to get started. No TNC required with Winmor software.



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: . 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.

03/05/2015 | Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress

03/11/2015 | FCC Enforcement Bureau Field Resources Poised to Shrink

03/17/2015 | Amateur Radio Roundtable Offers Live, Weekly Ham Radio Discussions

03/16/2015 | ARRL President: H.R. 1301 is All About Fairness

03/16/2015 | Colorado Governor Signs Amateur Radio Antenna Bill Into Law

03/13/2015 | IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide Available Online

03/26/2015 | “Radio DARC” Program Debuts on Ham-Operated German Shortwave Outlet

04/01/2015 | Utah Group Puts Broadband-Hamnet to Work for Food Project

04/02/2015 | Standard General Affiliate Acquires 1743 RadioShack Stores

04/03/2015 | TEN-TEC and Alpha Purchased from RF Concepts

04/08/2015 | WWV’s 25 MHz Signal Still Going Strong After 1 Year Back on the Air

04/10/2015 | New iOS App Available for The ARRL Repeater Directory®

04/13/2015 | “Thinking Day” Activity Gets Girl Scouts Thinking About Ham Radio

04/13/2015 | Switching Power Supplies a More Common Noise Source than Power Lines, ARRL Lab Manager Says

04/14/2015 | Ohio ARES to Sponsor “NVIS Antenna Day”

04/15/2015 | Call for Papers: ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference

04/16/2015 | ARRL 600 Meter Experiment Coordinator Recommends Renewing Experimental License

04/16/2015 | FCC Proposes to Make Past Amateur Radio Address Information Private

04/17/2015 | Australian Ham’s “PicoSpace” Balloon Circumnavigates the Globe

04/20/2015 | Fox-1C and 1D Satellites to Include L-Band Uplink; Fox-1E to Have Linear Transponder

04/22/2015 | Participants May Apply Anytime for Centennial Points Challenge, W1AW WAS Awards

04/23/2015 | CQ DQs Two Dozen CQ World Wide DX Contest SSB Participants

04/24/2015 | House Committee Asks FCC for Documents Related to Proposed Enforcement Bureau Closures

04/26/2015 | AMSAT: Amateur Radio Payload Could Share Space on Geosynchronous Satellite

04/27/2015 | Jacob Nunez-Kearny, KF7DSY, is 2015 Goldfarb Scholarship Recipient

04/28/2015 | FCC Proposes to Permit Amateur Access to 2200 and 630 Meters

04/29/2015 | ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition Seeks “Social Entrepreneurs”

04/30/2015 | Central States VHF Society Annual Conference Set for July 23-26 in Denver

04/30/2015 | ARRL Facebook Repost of Interview with Ham in Nepal Draws Huge Response

05/01/2015 | Remotely Controlling VY1JA Station in Yukon Territory a Win-Win

05/05/2015 | Whistler Recalls Jump&Go Portable Jumpstart and Power Supply Units Due to Fire Hazard

05/05/2015 | ARISS “Ham Video” Ground Station Tests Under Way

05/07/2015 | US Naval Academy CubeSat Launch to Include Next APRS Satellite


MAY 2015


+ 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


JUNE 2015


+ 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    





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 Continuing with their event schedule the California Classic Bicycle Event is 16 May and T-Hunt on 23 May.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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 .




Dan Pruitt, AE6SX


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

02/09/2015 | Hamvention Week AuxComm Course Registration Now Open

02/09/2015 | FCC Seeks Comment on Radar Sharing Schemes that Could Displace Amateur Radio at 76-81 GHz

02/10/2015 | “Gray Radio Gang” Reactivates Vintage Battleship Iowa HF Transmitter

02/10/2015 | ARRL Field Day 2015 Field Day Packet Now Online

02/11/2015 | Word From Navassa: Turn Off Those Speech Processors! K1N Tops 100,000 Contacts

02/11/2015 | Another Round of International Space Station SSTV Activity Set for Late February

02/14/2015 | US to Propose Additional Sharing of 10 GHz Band at WRC-15

02/17/2015 | FCC “Paperless” Amateur Radio License Policy Now in Effect

02/17/2015 | ARRL Foundation Announces Two New Scholarships

02/18/2015 | Hams Encouraged to Hit the Water for New US Islands Awards “One-Day Getaway”


02/19/2015 | ARRL 2014 September VHF Contest Results Available


02/24/2015 | Astronaut-Ham John Grunsfeld, KC5ZTF, Named to Astronaut Hall of Fame


02/24/2015 | No One in the Shack as Station Logs 4200+ Contacts in ARRL DX CW Contest


02/24/2015 | NASA Announces University CubeSat Space Mission Candidates


02/24/2015 | ARRL Partners with Liberty Mutual to Offer Home, Auto Insurance Discounts


02/25/2015 | Nominations Sought for 2015 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award


02/25/2015 | German Radio Amateurs Breathe New Life into “Orphaned” Shortwave Channel


02/25/2015 | ARRL Seeks Member Input on Draft HF Band Plan Proposals


02/27/2015 | International DX Convention (Visalia) Advance Registration Available Until April 8


03/02/2015 | ARRL Centennial Convention Guest Speaker Presentations DVD Now Available


03/03/2015 | ARRL 2015 Field Day Gear, Supplies Now Available!


03/04/2015 | ITU Smart Sustainable Development Model Report Touts Amateur Radio’s Advantages


03/05/2015 | Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress



San Joaquin Valley 2014 VHF Contest

K6MI 3,726 SO3B

N9VM (N1VM, op) 182 SOFM

K6HS (+WA6ZTY & WB6W) 14,749 UM

W6TV (W6YEP & AE6GE, ops) 7,744 UM

W6WI, Tony worked (and has confirmed) the recent K1N Navassa operation, qualifying Tony for the top of the DXCC Honor Roll. Congratulations, Tony! de N2NS,Bob.



March 2015

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Mar 13

+ RSGB Commonwealth Contest 1000Z, Mar 14 to 1000Z, Mar 15

+ All Africa International DX Contest 1200Z, Mar 14 to 1200Z, Mar 15

+ F9AA Cup, SSB 1200Z, Mar 14 to 1200Z, Mar 15

+ Louisiana QSO Party 1400Z, Mar 14 to 0200Z, Mar 15

+ EA PSK63 Contest 1600Z, Mar 14 to 1600Z, Mar 15

+ TESLA Memorial HF CW Contest 1800Z, Mar 14 to 0759Z, Mar 15

+ QCWA QSO Party 1800Z, Mar 14 to 1800Z, Mar 15

+ Idaho QSO Party 1900Z, Mar 14 to 1900Z, Mar 15

+ North American Sprint, RTTY 0000Z-0400Z, Mar 15

+ Wisconsin QSO Party 1800Z, Mar 15 to 0100Z, Mar 16

+ BARTG HF RTTY Contest 0200Z, Mar 21 to 0200Z, Mar 23

+ Russian DX Contest 1200Z, Mar 21 to 1200Z, Mar 22

+ Oklahoma QSO Party 1300Z, Mar 21 to 0100Z, Mar 22 and

1300Z-1900Z, Mar 22

+ Virginia QSO Party 1400Z, Mar 21 to 0200Z, Mar 22 and

1200Z-2400Z, Mar 22

+ CQ WW WPX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Mar 28 to 2359Z, Mar 29



April 2015

+ SARL 80m QSO Party 1700Z-2000Z, Apr 2

+ LZ Open 40m Sprint Contest 0400Z-0800Z, Apr 4

+ Missouri QSO Party 1400Z, Apr 4 to 0400Z, Apr 5 and

1400Z-2000Z, Apr 5

+ Mississippi QSO Party 1400Z, Apr 4 to 0200Z, Apr 5

+ SP DX Contest 1500Z, Apr 4 to 1500Z, Apr 5

+ Montana QSO Party 1800Z, Apr 4 to 0559Z, Apr 5




CLOVIS ARP ++ Presentation on VoIP in Ham Radio and IRLP was given at the March meeting. Fox hunt will be coordinated by Ron N6MTS. Fresno Area Mentors and Elmers (FAME) is inaugurating the Gordon west curriculum for the April Technician Class. Rob, AE6GE was included in W6TV's September VHF contest second in class for San Joaquin Valley..


FRESNO ARC++ March Meeting will be on JT-65 presented by Jim, W6NIF, complete with demonstration. A6GCL Jerry, KI6YWX Lew andAG6JI Steve are participating in the Fresno Mini Maker Fair on April 11 (DIY), at the Fresno Arts Museum in Radio Park. Glen N6HEW and Gary KI6OYW will demonstrate the Hobby of Amateur Radio.


LODI ARC ++ Bob, K6DGQ brought in two portable mast mounts that he built. They were inspired by an article in the March 2013 issue of QST magazine by N1GY. Mike N6ZW is doing a program on traps at the March meeting.


LOS BANOS ARC ++ Mike, AD6AA, Pres. Announces the annual T-Hunt on 14 March. Rules are in the newsletter.


SIERRA ARC ++ Mike WA6ARA does the editorial this month discussing the proposed HF band plan. He includes the link to make comments to ARRL before the April deadline. The Collins 821A-1

SW Transmitters at VOA, by Dennis W6DQ. The program will discuss the rescue of the transmitter for preservation at the Antique wireless Museum in New York.


SEQUOIA ARG ++ “RASPBERRY PI 2 LAUNCHES WITH 6X FASTER PROCESSOR”. A very informative article by Heather, KB3TZD. It can be read online at


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ The “Flysheet” is packed with information on public service and planned events. The article on “What is a Repeater” is an extensive dissertation on almost every aspect of repeater operation and etiquette. Well done.


TULARE Co. ARC ++ 2015 Officers: President Scott KJ6AZR; VP Eric N6VYT; Sec Kevin KC6IED; Treas Richard KF6QJL. Check out their home page – .


The following Amateur became Silent Key since the last report:

Robby, W6GME .


He will be missed.


Traffic for February 2015:

ORS: W6SX 10 WA6IAF 334, WS6P 1219, K6RAU 21 Total 1584

PSHR: W6SX 35, WA6IAF 90, WS6P 310, K6RAU 88



  >> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of January 2015: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the fact that I just went through some rough times that resulted in a stay in Hospital.  For this please forgive me for doing a little catch up.  For the most part I will discuss January events and such however I may digress into 2014.

We are reminded of 2014's Fire season and although we are getting some moisture, I fear it is only enough to grow good tinder.  If we are so lucky as to get more rain, the result could be flooding and treats to our antiquated levee system.  This would be an assault on the urban community.  Please prepare yourselves by networking with your local ARES/RACES and/or the agency of your choice.  All are important.  All will be better equipped by training with the local response agencies.  Stay up to date.  Practice with the Charity events.  Take the free online basic FEMA Independent Study Courses 100, 200, 700, & 802.  I also Highly recommend the ARRL EC-001 course.  If for no other reason than to learn how to speak Acronym.
January was a fun Month for operating.  DX peditions to the Southern hemispheres, Winter Field Day, Straight Key night and contests.  February will continue with more of the same.  Please let me know of your exploits.  Use a radiogram and NTS and drop me a note about what you do in Ham Radio!

Remember to support HR4969 and get your letter to ARRL and your Congressional Representative. Go to the link on the ARRL website .  We have to start now for the big push next year.


Dan Pruitt, AE6SX

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


 01/20/2015 | Australian “Pico Balloon” Piques Ham Radio Interest    

 01/21/2015 | ARRL Board Okays Changes to DXCC Program, VHF and Above Contesting Rules    

 01/28/2015 | RSGB Welcomes Proposed Crackdown on Interference-Producing Power Line Data Devices    

01/28/2015 | FCC  Paperless  Amateur Radio License Policy Goes into Effect on February 17

01/30/2015 | Participation in ARRL Centennial On-the-Air Events Exceeds All Expectations

02/03/2015 | RadioShack s Long, Slow Downward Slide Nears the End

02/03/2015 | ARISS Selects 15 Possible ISS Amateur Radio Contact Hosts for 2015 Events

02/08/2015 | Alexanderson Alternator Station SAQ to Transmit on World Radio Day, Febuary 13

02/09/2015 | Hamvention Week AuxComm Course Registration Now Open

02/10/2015 |  Gray Radio Gang  Reactivates Vintage Battleship Iowa HF Transmitter

02/11/2015 | Another Round of International Space Station SSTV Activity Set for Late February

02/11/2015 | World Radio Day, February 13, Will See Inauguration of Special 4U0ITU Call Sign

N2NS operated CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW, QSOs = 54.  Total Score = 4,000

W6DPD operated NAQP SSB to help the NCCC in the club challenge. Score 540

N2NS operated North American QSO Party, CW - January Single Op Score = 525

W6DPD operated 2015 RTTY RU single op, SCORE 4,840

N2NS operated Single Op Total: QSOs = 116 Total Score = 465

N6FUB is operating JT 65. Welcome to the mode.

Starting January 5, 2015 the following RTTY/data frequency expanded allocations go into effect in Japan.

160m 1907.5 - 1912.5 kHz

80m 3520 - 3575 kHz

40m 7030 - 7100 kHz

30m 10130 - 10150 kHz

20m 14070 - 14150 kHz

17m 18090 - 18120 kHz

15m 21070 - 21150 kHz

12m 24910 - 24940 kHz

10m 28070 - 28200 kHz

Notice the wider bands on 80 and 40.


February 2015

+ ARRL School Club Roundup    1300Z, Feb 9 to 2359Z, Feb 13
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint    0145Z-0215Z, Feb 13
+ CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest    0000Z, Feb 14 to 2359Z, Feb 15
+ SARL Field Day Contest    1000Z, Feb 14 to 1000Z, Feb 15
+ Asia-Pacific Spring Sprint, CW    1100Z-1300Z, Feb 14
+ OMISS QSO Party    1500Z, Feb 14 to 1500Z, Feb 15
+ New Hampshire QSO Party    1600Z, Feb 14 to 0400Z, Feb 15 and
  1200Z-2200Z, Feb 15
+ FISTS Winter Unlimited Sprint    1700Z-2100Z, Feb 14
+ ARRL Inter. DX Contest, CW    0000Z, Feb 21 to 2400Z, Feb 22
+ REF Contest, SSB    0600Z, Feb 21 to 1800Z, Feb 22
+ SARL Youth Day Sprint    0800Z-1000Z, Feb 21
+ Russian PSK WW Contest    2100Z, Feb 21 to 2100Z, Feb 22
+ SARL Digital Contest    1300Z-1600Z, Feb 22
+ CQC Winter QSO Sprint    0100Z-0259Z, Feb 23
+ SKCC Sprint    0000Z-0200Z, Feb 25
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint    0145Z-0215Z, Feb 27
+ North American QSO Party, RTTY    1800Z, Feb 28 to 0559Z, Mar 1
March 2015
+ SARL Hamnet 40m Simulated Emerg Contest    1200Z-1400Z, Mar 1
+ North Carolina QSO Party    1500Z, Mar 1 to 0059Z, Mar 2
+ ARS Spartan Sprint    0200Z-0400Z, Mar 3
+ AGCW YL-CW Party    1900Z-2100Z, Mar 3
+ QRP Fox Hunt    0200Z-0330Z, Mar 4
+ AWA John Rollins Memorial DX Contest    2300Z, Mar 4 to 2300Z, Mar 5 and
  2300Z, Mar 7 to 2300Z, Mar 8
+ QRP Fox Hunt    0200Z-0330Z, Mar 6
+ ARRL Inter. DX Contest, SSB    0000Z, Mar 7 to 2400Z, Mar 8
+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint    0600Z-0800Z, Mar 7
+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest    1100Z-1700Z, Mar 8


CLOVIS ARP ++   Rob, AE6GE and his XYL Laura, KI6KRT, hosted a camping trip to Little Basin in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  While there, portable operations on most HF bands during the NA QSO Party netted some great contacts on a myriad of Antenna types.  Fox hunts still on the Calender as are the Public service events.

FRESNO ARC++    VP Ken, WA6OIB, presents a history of the now defunct Silver Dollar Hofbrau as a weekly luncheon gathering since 1980.  It will be difficult to reconcile the memories nurtured at that venue.  Ken does his best to explain the fellowship and fraternity that brought all of the Hams in the area, together.  The next program will feature Mike Stall, K6MYC of M Squared fame.  Antennas will be the topic, 13 February.

LOS BANOS ARC ++  George, W6YD announces the Valentines Day Dinner and provides a calender of events for 2015.

SIERRA ARC ++    Want to read about very early radio? Here is a link to an article from the June 1899 McClures Magazine about Marconi's Wireless Telegraph. Thanks from Jerry, KK6PA for the info and URL    You need to check out the "Ask Elmer" article on downtown RFI.

SEQUOIA ARG ++  January issue is very large and informative.   I encourage you to check out the safety tips and articles.  Thank you Al, N6ALP..

STOCKTON DELTA  ARC ++  Pres. W6COB, Chuck and the Club are celebrating their 84th year! Group photo of Ham Cram graduates.  A very comprehensive 2015 Calender of events is posted.  It includes “Ham Radio in the Park” many times, Museum Ship Weekend (USS Lucid) and Field Day.  Great read.

TURLOCK ARC ++   Great nostalgia – pictures from the 1958 4th of July Parade.  I might have been there!  I was living in Modesto at the time.  Calender for 2015 events is posted.

The following Amateur became Silent Key since the last report: Joe , KB6KZD
 He will be missed.

Traffic for January 2015:

ORS: W6SX  10 WA6IAF 206, WS6P 1057,  K6RAU 13  Total 1286

PSHR:  W6SX 35, WA6IAF 90, WS6P 235, K6RAU 83



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


November usually means fall season and Thanksgiving. Color of red and gold, cool weather, leaves and fire in the fireplace are all motifs of this season. We, as amateur radio operators, also think of projects that start the holiday season. Charity events, parades and functions that will lead to the Christmas season in December.


We also tend to socialize with potluck dinners and simple meetings of our clubs, reminiscing the clubs accomplishments. We also finish our contesting and start planning for projects that we wish to accomplish after the weather breaks. It is the time to create committees and install officers for the next year over good food and coffee.


We also pull up the plans to cover us through the winter season. This includes road and traffic nets, repeater checks, ARES training and practice, checking your equipment and go bags and generally planning for the worst and hoping for the best.


A couple of new items: One shows the importance of initiating the youth to amateur radio. The IARU has instigated an all December event that is called YOTA (youth on the air). Much like jamboree on the air except you attempt to make contact with stations sporting a YOTA call sign suffix anywhere in the world. This should be fun as well as giving you an opportunity to allow anyone under the age of 22 to operate and contact those stations with third party reciprocating agreements. Give it a try especially if you have connections with organizations that have younger individuals.


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