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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: April 15, 2016

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) Vacant

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.





>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of March 2016: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC vacant, TC W6TE.


Changes, for the good!


There is a lot going on in Amateur Radio. New technologies, new satellites, new protocols and new takes on old technologies.


New technologies; have to do with DMR, MESH Networks. These are coupled with new Satellites (A new D-Star specific one). The Phase IV AMSAT project to put up a Geo-synchronous Satellite with new Protocols to interface with FEMA and Ham Radio Emergency Communications. Old technologies with new takes are Packet and Medium frequency communications. All this has changes in the Ham auxiliary and Band Plans.


Still have the fun stuff: Contests QSO Parties, JOTA. IOTA, SOTA and the year long National Parks on the Air.


So get informed, participate in your favorite activities.


Remember to support “The Amateur Radio Parity Act”. Go to the link on the ARRL website . We have to continue the support for this legislation.




Dan Pruitt, AE6SX


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

03/11/2016 | ARRL 2016 August UHF Contest Cancelled

The ARRL August UHF Contest for 2016 has been cancelled.

  1. 03/14/2016 | Over the Horizon Radars Becoming Routine Visitors on Amateur HF Bands

  2. 03/15/2016 | RFinder Now Includes Coverage Maps

A new addition to a popular repeater directory app.

  1. 03/16/2016 | Fox-1C and Fox-1D Satellites Ready for Payload Integration

  2. 03/17/2016 | Russian “Inventors of Telecommunications” Stations on the Air

Special event stations in Russia will be on the air until June 16 as part of the international scientific-educational radio marathon called “Inventors of Telecommunications.

  1. 03/19/2016 | UC Berkeley Trains, Tests Hundreds of New Hams

  2. 03/20/2016 | AMSAT Announces Dayton Hamvention Forum Presentations

  3. 03/21/2016 | ARRL Introduces 3 New E-Books for Radio Amateurs

  4. 03/22/2016 | SBE Urges FCC to Improve Medium-Wave Noise Environment

  5. 03/23/2016 | ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Issues 2016 Call for Papers

  6. 03/23/2016 | ARRL HF Band Planning Committee Seeks Suggestions on IARU Region 2 HF Band Plan

The ARRL Board of Directors’ HF Band Planning Committee is inviting input from the US Amateur Radio community regarding possible changes to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Band Plan.

  1. 03/24/2016 | ARRL to Review, Evaluate, and Explore Possible Improvements for OO Program

  2. 03/28/2016 | ARRL Tells FCC to Restore Balance of Modes on 80 and 75 Meters

  3. 03/28/2016 | Kingman Reef (KH5) Deleted from DXCC List

  4. 03/30/2016 | ARRL Okays P5/3Z9DX North Korea Operation for DXCC

  5. 03/30/2016 | “Discover the HF Experience” Aims to Dazzle Technicians, Newcomers

  6. 03/30/2016 | Washington National Guard Communications Exercise Involves Use of 60 Meters

  7. 04/01/2016 | ARRL School Club Roundup Results Posted

  8. 04/01/2016 | ARRL Establishes “Youth Nets” Web Page

  9. 04/04/2016 | FEMA Official Tells ARRL Delaware Section Conference that Her Agency Values Amateur Radio

  10. 04/06/2016 | “Cows Over the World DXpedition” Set to Get Under Way

  11. 04/06/2016 | Voice of America Antenna Farm in North Carolina Leveled

  12. 04/07/2016 | World Amateur Radio Day 2016 Will Celebrate Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society

World Amateur Radio Day (WARD), observed every April 18,

  1. 04/12/2016 | First-Ever D-STAR Satellite to Launch in April

  2. 04/13/2016 | World ARDF Championships Participation Expected to Break Record

  3. 04/13/2016 | ARRL Rookie Roundup Returns with SSB Event on Sunday, April 17!


  1. W6WI, Tony Gullickson, of Clovis worked (and has confirmed) the recent K1N Navassa operation, qualifying Tony for the top of the DXCC Honor Roll. Congratulations, Tony!'

The National Parks on the Air celebrating the 100 Anniversary of the National Parks is generating a lot of activity in the Section. The following Amateurs in the section are listed on the list: K6YK, W6DPD, W6OEZ, WJ6Y, W6KKO, WA6OEF, N6OMM, W6SX, W6XK, NN6NN, K6MTS, and N2NS.


April 2016


+ Holyland DX Contest 2100Z, Apr 15 to 2100Z, Apr 16

+ TARA Skirmish Digital Prefix Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Apr 16

+ ES Open HF Championship 0500Z-0559Z, Apr 16 and

0600Z-0659Z, Apr 16 and

0700Z-0759Z, Apr 16 and

0800Z-0859Z, Apr 16

+ Worked All Provinces of China DX Contest 0600Z, Apr 16 to 0559Z, Apr 17

+ CQ Manchester Mineira DX Contest 1200Z, Apr 16 to 2359Z, Apr 17

+ Nebraska QSO Party 1400Z, Apr 16 to 0200Z, Apr 17 and

1400Z-2300Z, Apr 17

+ Michigan QSO Party 1600Z, Apr 16 to 0400Z, Apr 17

+ EA-QRP CW Contest 1700Z-2000Z, Apr 16 (10-20m) and

2000Z-2300Z, Apr 16 (40-80m) and

0700Z-0900Z, Apr 17 (40m) and

0900Z-1200Z, Apr 17 (20-10m)

+ Ontario QSO Party 1800Z, Apr 16 to 0500Z, Apr 17 and

1200Z-1800Z, Apr 17

+ North Dakota QSO Party 1800Z, Apr 16 to 1800Z, Apr 17

+ YU DX Contest 2100Z, Apr 16 to 0500Z, Apr 17 and

0900Z-1700Z, Apr 17

+ WAB 3.5/7/14 MHz Data Modes 1200Z-1400Z, Apr 17 (RTTY) and

1400Z-1600Z, Apr 17 (PSK) and

1800Z-2000Z, Apr 17 (RTTY) and

2000Z-2200Z, Apr 17 (PSK)

+ ARRL Rookie Roundup, SSB 1800Z-2359Z, Apr 17

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

+ 222 MHz Spring Sprint 1900 local - 2300 local, Apr 19

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data 1900Z-2030Z, Apr 21

+ 10-10 Int. Spring Contest, Digital 0001Z, Apr 23 to 2359Z, Apr 24

+ SP DX RTTY Contest 1200Z, Apr 23 to 1200Z, Apr 24

+ BARTG Sprint 75 1700Z-2100Z, Apr 24

+ SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Apr 27

+ 432 MHz Spring Sprint 1900 local - 2300 local, Apr 27

+ UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Apr 27

+ SBMS 2.3 GHz and Up Contest and Club Challenge 0600 local, Apr 30 to 2359 local, May 1

+ Russian WW MultiMode Contest 1200Z, Apr 30 to 1159Z, May 1

+ Florida QSO Party 1600Z, Apr 30 to 0159Z, May 1 and

1200Z-2159Z, May 1


May 2016


+ AGCW QRP/QRP Party 1300Z-1900Z, May 1

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 1900Z-2030Z, May 2

+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0100Z-0300Z, May 3

+ MIE 33 Contest 2300Z, May 4 to 0300Z, May 5

+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1700Z-1800Z, May 5 (CW) and

1800Z-1900Z, May 5 (SSB) and

1900Z-2000Z, May 5 (FM) and

2000Z-2100Z, May 5 (Dig)

+ 10-10 Int. Spring Contest, CW 0001Z, May 7 to 2359Z, May 8

+ Microwave Spring Sprint 0800-1400 local, May 7

+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, May 7 to 2400Z, May 8

+ ARI International DX Contest 1200Z, May 7 to 1159Z, May 8

+ F9AA Cup, PSK 1200Z, May 7 to 1200Z, May 8

+ 7th Call Area QSO Party 1300Z, May 7 to 0700Z, May 8

+ Indiana QSO Party 1500Z, May 7 to 0300Z, May 8

+ FISTS Spring Slow Speed Sprint 1700Z-2100Z, May 7

+ Delaware QSO Party 1700Z, May 7 to 2359Z, May 8

+ New England QSO Party 2000Z, May 7 to 0500Z, May 8 and

1300Z-2400Z, May 8




The following Amateur became Silent Key since the last report: KD6ZUJ, Larry; W6SHF, Robert; and K6MYM, Myrna. They will be missed.


Traffic for March 2016:

ORS: W6SX 2, WS6P 1064, K6RAU 15 Total 1081

PSHR: W6SX 25, WS6P 255, K6RAU 79


Mark your Calendars:


Location: Visalia, CA
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Southern California DX Club


Location: Las Vegas, NV
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club


Location: Sonoma, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Valley of the Moon ARC


Location: Seaside, OR
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Oregon Tualatin Valley ARC


Location: Lincoln, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Western Placer Amateur Radio Club


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





San Joaquin Valley Officials