San Joaquin Valley
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News last updated: Fri 8 Novemberr, 2013
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.
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Mark your Calendars:
Quartzfest 2014 January 19th thru 26th 2014. For more information see www.quartzfest.org/. Communications Academy, March 22-23, 2014. Go to www.commacademy.org/ for details. Seattle, Washington The 2014 International DX Convention will be April 4-6, 2014, at the Visalia Convention Center. Check www.dxconvention.org for information. SEA-PAC June 6 - 8, 2014, Seaside, Oregon. For more information go to www.seapac.org/Pacificon 2014/Regional ARRL Centennial Convention is 10 through 14 October 2014. Details at www.pacificon.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.
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.
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 nightly on 3918khz, at 6 PM Pacific Time.
Western Public Service System (WPS) 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.
The Young Ham Net every Saturday 2:00 PM local time 145.230 –0.6 PL 100 or Echolink KR6DD-R 271122 or N6WN-R 477737
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.
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>> 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
+ 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
+ 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. www.k6arp.org/
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. www.w6to.com
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. www.W6LIE.org
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. lodiamateurradioclub.org/
LOS BANOS ARC ++ Christmas Party, December 14th, Four Seasons Community Room. www.aa6lb.org
SIERRA ARC ++ The Eastern Kern County ARES/RACES organization received a Wells Fargo cargo trailer to enhance their response to disasters. www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/
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. www.n6krv.org
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. www.w6bxn.org.
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 ManagerK6OSC 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 | ARRL.net 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.
+ 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
+ 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. www.k6arp.org/
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. www.w6to.com
LOS BANOS ARC ++ George, W6YD, reminds us November is a month to be grateful and remember our armed Forces. www.aa6lb.org
SIERRA ARC ++ Hal, N6HAL, gives insight to his beginnings in Ham Radio. Good operating practices are discussed in the whole of the newsletter. www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/
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. www.n6krv.org
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. www.w6sf.org
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. www.w6bxn.org.
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
>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of September 2013: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.
I have been recalling all that has been happening over the last 2 months. Not just in San Joaquin Valley Section but else where in the country. We normally are in the back seat watching calamities in other parts of the USA or even the world. This time we had our share and we handled it!
While the rest of the country battled blackouts, floods and the annual Hurricane season, our section was faced with Fire. Mariposa County had a small one, Kern County had a larger one, then the Rim Fire in Tuolumne and Mariposa.
Los Padres and the Mount Diablo “Morgan” fires were tough ones also. Around the country more events but in every one the Amateur Radio Emcomm Groups did their job and were recognized. Over and over ARES was commended for their actions.
No matter how minimal your contribution, if you were helping to serve, I thank you. For caring enough to train and put in the time and effort, I thank you. I do not want to single anyone out but Tuolumne ARES and RACES was heralded and the New Mariposa ARES did a fine job supporting the Red Cross.
It is my hope that we learn from this and pass on the “Best Practices” used. We need to train new persons with the same heart.
New technologies are coming of age and are being used. We saw a glimpse of them at the “Rally in the Valley”. Many thanks to those who brought their skills to the table. See you next year.
Hey Pacifiicon is almost here! Pacific Division Convention at Santa Clara.
73; Dan AE6SX
NEWS: From ARRL newsletters. Read complete articles from August to now.
10/04/2013 | The ARRL Centennial QSO Party Starts January 1, 2014 will last all of 2014
10/01/2013 | K6OSC Steps Down as Queen Mary W6RO Wireless Room Manager
10/01/2013 | FCC Closed! Licensing Functions on Hold.
09/30/2013 | FCC Makes Contingency Plans for Government Shutdown.
09/24/2013 | White House Recognizes California Radio Amateur as “Champion of Change” Matt Brisbois, KI6RBS, of Newport Beach
09/23/2013 | PSK31 Linear Transponder Wanted for Satellite Launch Opportunity WB4APR seeks someone to build it.
09/18/2013 | The FCC denies a petition asking it to permit encryption of certain ham radio communications during emergencies and exercises.
09/18/2013 | ARRL Centennial Convention Website Now Live!
09/18/2013 | Colorado ARES Teams Transition to Flood Damage Assessment
09/17/2013 | Republic of Kosovo presently does not qualify as a DXCC entity, but hams there are gearing up, with help from a well-known DXer.
09/17/2013 | Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air 2013 is October 19-20.
09/14/2013 | Hurricane Watch Net to Activate for Hurricane Ingrid
09/13/2013 | Amateur Radio Provides Critical Communication in the wake of flash flooding in Colorado.
09/13/2013 | Have a Great Time with JT9 This weak-signal mode can give little pistol stations big gun results
09/12/2013 | SATERN, Red Cross Volunteers Activate for Morgan Incident Fire
09/12/2013 | The ARRL Audio News webcast returns on September 20.
09/12/2013 | SATERN and Red Cross volunteers activated in the aftermath of the Morgan Fire in California, which took down some ham repeaters.
09/09/2013 | Wildfire has taken down four California repeaters.
09/09/2013 | Some pirate stations have been active.
09/06/2013 | The JY9FC operation that began in August 2013 has been approved for DXCC credit.
09/05/2013 | ARES-RACES Volunteers Conclude Rim Fire Activation in California.
+ Microwave Fall Sprint 0700 local - 1300 local, Oct 12
+ Oceania DX Contest, CW 0800Z, Oct 12 to 0800Z, Oct 13
+ QRP ARCI Fall QSO Party 1200Z, Oct 12 to 2400Z, Oct 13
+ Scandinavian Activity Contest, SSB 1200Z, Oct 12 to 1200Z, Oct 13
+ Arizona QSO Party 1600Z, Oct 12 to 0600Z, Oct 13 and 1400Z-2359Z, Oct 13
+ Pennsylvania QSO Party 1600Z, Oct 12 to 0500Z, Oct 13 and 1300Z-2200Z, Oct 13
+ PODXS 070 Club 160m Great Pumpkin Sprint 2000 local, Oct 12 to 0200 local, Oct 13
+ North American Sprint, RTTY 0000Z-0400Z, Oct 13
+ 10-10 Int. Fall Contest, CW 0001Z, Oct 19 to 2359Z, Oct 20
+ New York QSO Party 1400Z, Oct 19 to 0200Z, Oct 20
+ Illinois QSO Party 1700Z, Oct 20 to 0100Z, Oct 21
+ ARRL School Club Roundup 1300Z, Oct 21 to 2359Z, Oct 25
+ ARRL EME Contest 0000Z, Oct 26 to 2359Z, Oct 27
+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Oct 26 to 2400Z, Oct 27
+ Ukrainian DX Contest 1200Z, Nov 2 to 1200Z, Nov 3
+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW 2100Z, Nov 2 to 0300Z, Nov 4
+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest 1100Z-1700Z, Nov 3
CLOVIS ARP ++ The Club officers have been reviewing and amending their bylaws. Rob AE6GE says everything will be ready for the clubs approval during the business meeting in January. T-Hunts are continuing and the Christmas Pot Luck is all planned out. www.k6arp.org/
FRESNO ARC++ “Skip” newsletter edited by John, K6MI talks of the VHF Contest. Charles, W6DPD has to be complimented on his excellent DX articles each month. Pres. Stu WB6VRJ tells of his trip to Scotland and the Highland Games held in Fresno. Full CA CQP rules are reprinted. Jim, W6NIF talks about raising his Hy-Gain AV-620. www.w6to.com
SEQUOIA ARG ++ Three-year-old Dies After Swallowing a “Button” Battery, is a very informative reprint. Mike KA6IYS & Gary K6RYD are caught by the camera during an Antenna Raising. Editor Al N6ALP laments on Black Licorice. www.n6krv.org
STOCKTON Delta ++ Guy W6MSU reports that he will be teaching a class on emergency communications at this year’s Pacificon on Saturday, October 12. He reports that the Friday, October 11th antenna class is well worth making the effort to attend. Paul, N6KZW needs help removing the beam from the USS Lucid. Good advise for the CW beginner by Shirl, AA6K. www.w6sf.org
TURLOCK ARC ++ Grady says, “It is that time again”, Auction will be held November 9th! Wireless Emergency Alerts from your cell phone. Check the details in the “Arcover”. Very good description of “Sending the Written Word Across the Airwaves” By Ken Stillwell, KF6IDK. www.w6bxn.org.
No Silent Keys since the last report.
W6DPD has WAC on digital modes, and qualified for DXCC on the digital modes,
Traffic for Sept 2013:
ORS: WS6P 251, K6RAU 19, W6SX 25 Total 272
PSHR: WS6P 1, W6SX 52, K6RAU 70
>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of August 2013: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.
3rd Largest Fire in California!
If you are involved with Emergency Communications, then you were paying attention to the Fire Outlook this month. There were a number of smaller fires in San Joaquin Valley but the Rim Fire tested our resources. We worked with familiar organizations but in Central San Joaquin, there were new people in the leadership positions. We handled ourselves professionally and expertly. We served the agencies as they requested and that we mostly trained to accomplish. Nothing ever goes exactly as planned. We put untested skill sets into practice (PSK). This allowed us to be more effective.
I would have to say these are not unusual conditions. I did not receive any bad reports! This makes me very proud of ARES and all Amateur Radio volunteers. I am honored to be affiliated with such mindful and considerate citizens.
September is DHS's Disaster Preparedness Month. Take this opportunity to exhibit your capabilities to the public and Public Safety Organizations. Look for different events in your local area. Fresno will be holding the second annual Emcomm “Rally in the Valley” on 28 September
Keep your Batteries charged!
Remember to get your registrations in for Pacificon and all the other happenings over Sept and October.
73; Dan AE6SX
NEWS: From ARRL news letters. Read complete articles from August to now.
AO-7 “Zombie” Satellite Again Enjoying Its Time in the Sun. AO-7 is back again!
ARRL Introduces Centennial Membership Certificate. Members can print their own ARRL Centennial membership certificates.
Popular “MM” Applications Released for Open-Source Development. Popular "MM" applications now are open-source.
Ham Radio Transponder Payloads to Launch in 2014. Two CubeSats carrying ham radio payloads are set to launch next year.
Adobe Air 3.8 Currently Not Compatible With Downloaded Digital QST using Windows Digital QST readers may need to use Version 3.7 until the issue is resolved
Higher FCC Vanity Call Sign Fee is $16.10 since August 23.
"Ham Video” Transmitter is Now Aboard the ISS. Digital TV from the ISS moves one step closer.
Hams Continue to Support Rim Fire Response. ARES/RACES volunteers remain on the job as containment progresses.
Pacific Island DXpeditions to Fire Up this Fall on Wake and Easter islands.
North Carolina to Host 2013 USA ARDF Championships. The annual USA Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships will take place in October.
ARES-RACES Volunteers Conclude Rim Fire Activation having wrapped up response for the Rim Fire in California.
W6JWK, John, has DXCC on CW and Mixed.
+ Russian RTTY WW Contest 0000Z-2400Z, Sept 7
+ All Asian DX Contest, Phone 0000Z, Sept 7 to 2400Z, Sept 8
+ RSGB SSB Field Day 1300Z, Sept 7 to 1300Z, Sept 8
+ IARU Region 1 Field Day, SSB 1300Z, Sept 7 to 1259Z, Sept 8
+ Ohio State Parks on the Air 1600Z-2400Z, Sept 7
+ QCWA Fall QSO Party 1800Z, Sept 7 to 1800Z, Sept 8
+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest 1100Z-1700Z, Sept 8
+ Swiss HTC QRP Sprint 1300Z-1900Z, Sept 8
+ ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest 0600 local, Sept 21 to 2400 local, Sept 22
+ South Carolina QSO Party 1400Z, Sept 21 to 0300Z, Sept 22
+ Washington State Salmon Run 1600Z, Sept 21 to 0700Z, Sept 22 and 1600Z-2400Z, Sept 22
+ BARTG Sprint 75 1700Z-2100Z, Sept 22
+ Texas QSO Party 1400Z, Sept 28 to 0200Z, Sept 29 and 1400Z-2000Z, Sept 29
+ German Telegraphy Contest 0700Z-0959Z, Oct 3
+ TARA PSK Rumble Contest 0000Z-2400Z, Oct 5
+ Oceania DX Contest, Phone 0800Z, Oct 5 to 0800Z, Oct 6
+ California QSO Party 1600Z, Oct 5 to 2159Z, Oct 6
CLOVIS ARP ++ Rob AE6GE will continuing the club T-Hunts. 21 September is the date of the Club Swapmeet. www.k6arp.org/
FRESNO ARC++ Ken WA6OIB & Gwen WA6VZM hosted the summer Picnic as is evidenced in the Sept SKIP. Bingo winners were listed but it was obvious fun. If you are looking for some gear N7TNQ's list of donations are in SKIP Duane, KI6QEL shows his example of a portable battery box. Good description. Glen N6HEW reports on the efforts of the Fresno ARES/RACCES/SATERN supporting the Red Cross response to the Rim Fire. www.w6to.com
SIERRA ARC ++ Ridgecrest will be celebrating it's 50th Birthday on
November 1 – 3. The plan is to set up some special event operations each day, says Hal N6HAL. Hal also has insight from the Kern County Emergency Manager. Read more in his report. www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/
SEQUOIA ARG ++ Al, N6ALP has included an article on Lithium Batteries concerning some problems in handling. Well worth reading. Pete W6SV in his “Prez Sez” makes very good reasoning regarding ARRL membership. Check out the Antenna Party article too. It is great fun. www.n6krv.org
STOCKTON Delta ++ Charlie WB6NVB suggested a club effort to contact the Dxpedition on Wake Island starting about 1 October saying, “Everyone can have a chance”. Grand plans for the California CQP. Starting Oct 5 Charlie WB6NVB's vineyard, will be W6SF. www.w6sf.org
TURLOCK ARC ++ Articles about the Rim Fire with links to time lapse pictures. More information on the Mt. Diablo vandalism. www.w6bxn.org
The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Dave, KD6POX. He will be missed.
Traffic for JULY 2013:
ORS: WS6P 298, K6RAU 26, W6SX 23 Total 347
PSHR: WS6P 127, W6SX 52, K6RAU 70
>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of July 2013: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.
Home from the hill...
Field Day is in the books and the reports are in. Most of the News Letters address the plus and minus ends of the expedition. All in all everyone was well fed, had fun and had good learning experiences. I have noted a few.
We have some housekeeping to do in the section. Some of the Clubs have not updated their affiliations with ARRL. Please attend to this as soon as you can. I am looking to contact those that HQ has noted as being out of date. It is a simple fix.
We have vacancies in ARES positions, most notably the Southern District Emergency Coordinator (DEC). Formerly filled by Hal KC5LUB, he was forced to step down for personal reasons. He was an effective coordinator for many years, not only in SJV, but in other sections/divisions as well. Anyone interested in this or any of the current vacancies, please contact Ed KF6FIR, Section ARES EC via email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
73; Dan AE6SX
NEWS: From ARRL news letters.
07/15/2013 | ISS Crew Member Chats with Scouts in Canada via Ham Radio
07/16/2013 | Ham Radio Provides Reliable Link for Solo-Circumnavigating Grandmother
07/19/2013 | Yasme Foundation Funds Transceivers for New Ethiopian Hams
07/21/2013 | Temotu DXpedition Dates Set
DK9FN will be operating once again from Temotu
07/23/2013 | The Great Mothball Fleet Raid A group of hams volunteer to rescue vintage radio gear from mothballed Navy ships.
07/24/2013 | Boy Scout Jamboree Hosts Space Station Ham Radio Contact. The ARISS program continues to facilitate ham radio contacts between the ISS and youth.
07/26/2013 | Hams Aid Crew of Foundering Vessel: Hams monitor distress call from sailboat.
07/29/2013 | DXCC Desk approves new DX operations for credit.
07/30/2013 | Adobe Air 3.8 Currently Not Compatible With Downloaded Digital QST using Windows. Digital QST readers may need to use Version 3.7 until the issue is resolved.
07/31/2013 | ARRL Now Taking Orders for Personalized Hardcover 2014 Handbook , Centennial Edition.
07/31/2013 | Police are investigating a case of suspected vandalism that dropped a 200 foot radio tower owned by the Mt. Diablo Radio Club.
08/02/2013 | Hands-On Technology Training, Robots, Ham Radio — What More Could Teachers Want? ARRL's Education & Technology Program Teachers Institutes continue to be popular.
08/03/2013 | Air Personality Art Bell, W6OBB, Returning to Nighttime Radio
+ Maryland-DC QSO Party 1600Z, Aug 10 to 0400Z, Aug 11 and
1600Z-2400Z, Aug 11
+ 50 MHz Fall Sprint 2000Z-2400Z, Aug 10
+ NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Aug 14
+ SARTG WW RTTY Contest 0000Z, Aug 17 to 1600Z, Aug 18
+ ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest 0600 local, Aug 17 to 2400 local, Aug 18
+ North American QSO Party, SSB 1800Z, Aug 17 to 0559Z, Aug 18
+ SARL HF Digital Contest 1300Z-1630Z, Aug 18
+ ARRL Rookie Roundup, RTTY 1800Z-2359Z, Aug 18
+ Hawaii QSO Party 0400Z, Aug 24 to 0400Z, Aug 26
+ Kansas QSO Party 1400Z, Aug 24 to 0200Z, Aug 25 and
1400Z-2000Z, Aug 25
+ Ohio QSO Party 1600Z, Aug 24 to 0400Z, Aug 25
+ Colorado QSO Party 1200Z, Aug 31 to 0400Z, Sept 1
+ Tennessee QSO Party 1800Z, Sept 1 to 0300Z, Sept 2
+ All Asian DX Contest, Phone 0000Z, Sept 7 to 2400Z, Sept 8
+ QCWA Fall QSO Party 1800Z, Sept 7 to 1800Z, Sept 8
CLOVIS ARP ++ Summer Sizzler Club party was3 August. September will be their first meeting since July. They will be ramping up for their swap meet on 21 September. www.k6arp.org/
LOS BANOS ARC ++ The news letter has pictures of the July meeting. August 10 will be the Pizza Bash. www.aa6lb.org
SEQUOIA ARG ++ Mike KA6IYS – Field Day Chairman writes a great description of their Field Day. Well worth reading. www.n6krv.org
STOCKTON Delta ++ The 11 July meeting and Field Day is described in the Flysheet. A very good article on Public Service supporting the Kingdom Speedway charity event and amateur Radio support with pictures. A description of antenna directionality and polarity is explained by John KD6FVA. www.w6sf.org
TURLOCK ARC ++ Bob, WB3CDB report on Field Day was a great blow by blow description. It seems to be a template for any Field Day. The August meeting will be a potluck at the home of the celebrated Marcie K6YTK. The club must be doing something correct as the Police Department has invited them to do a demonstration of Ham Radio, in a park. www.w6bxn.org
Traffic for JULY 2013:
ORS: WS6P 490, K6RAU 12, W6SX 12 Total 514
PSHR: WS6P 125, W6SX 29, K6RAU 70
>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of June 2013: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.
June was a very busy month for Ham Radio. First the Museum Ship Weekend, then VHF Contest, various other contests all this while you got ready for Field Day! A lot of work, but fun and naturally it is quite gratifying when all the efforts come together.
It was my pleasure to visit a number of Field Day sites in the Southern San Joaquin. I would say that “Public Access” was a prerequisite at most sites. I saw some new and younger faces, GOTA operations and some very cozy layouts. One Club was surrounded by Girl Scouts! They had never seen Ham Radio in operation, so a demonstration was gladly provided. The universal component for every place I visited was just having fun.
I posted a few photos from my travels on the Section Page. Well done San Joaquin.
73; Dan AE6SX
06/04/2013 ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, has accepted the position of ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager. Mike DeChristopher, NT1A takes over as the Contest Branch Manager.
06/10/2013 The ARRL DXCC desk has announced that it has approved DXCC credit for the May 2013 VU7KV operation from Lakshadweep Islands.
06/10/2013 Several videos of Contest University 2013 sessions from the 2013 Dayton Hamvention now are available on You Tube.
06/11/2013 Kids Day was Saturday, June 15. Sponsored by the Boring (OR) Amateur Radio Club, Kids Day is the perfect way to introduce a young person to the magic of Amateur Radio.
06/19/2013 A new version of Trusted QSL (TQSL) software for Logbook of The World (LoTW) is available to users. TQSL v. 1.14.1 may be downloaded from the LoTW page.
06/21/2013 E-mail service to and from ARRL Headquarters has been restored. However, it may take some time for staff to respond to the thousands of messages that have accumulated during the outage. If you have received a message indicating that your original e-mail message was undeliverable, please re-send. We apologize for the inconvenience.
06/21/2013 The ARRL Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the scholarship recipients for 2013 with 7 of those being California Residents. One recipient was Joy Mellora, KI6AJC, of West Point CA in Calaveras County. Congratulations!!
06/24/2013 ARRL Life Member and Public Relations Committee Member Don Carlson, KQ6FM, of Sparks, Nevada, died June 21, of complications related to pancreatic cancer.
06/25/2013 FAA regulations let you travel with dry cells in either your carry-on or checked baggage, but prohibit loose lithium batteries in checked baggage. But what about rechargeables in carry-on luggage? Look up the details!
06/28/2013 It has been reported by several members that someone posing as “Arrl.net Online Services” is attempting to convince members to provide personal information. These e-mails ask the user for his or her username and password. Please be advised that these e-mails are not from the ARRL.
06/28/2013 The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program hopes that an Amateur Radio digital TV system will be up and running aboard the International Space Station by later this year.
06/30/2013 The Wake Atoll 2013 Commemorative DXpedition team reports that preparations for its planned K9W operation this fall are “progressing nicely.”
IARU HF World Championship 200Z, Jul 13 to 1200Z, Jul 14
CQ Worldwide VHF Contest. 1800Z July 20 to 2100Z July 21
North American QSO Party RTTY 1800Z July 20 to 0600Z July 21
RSGB IOTA Centenary Contest 1200Z July 27 to 1200Z July 28
North American QSO Party, CW 1800Z, Aug 3 to 0559Z, Aug 4
ARRL August UHF Contest 1800Z, Aug 3 to 1800Z, Aug 4
North American QSO Party PH 1800Z Aug 17 to 0559Z Aug 18
ARRL 10 GHZ and UP 6 AM Aug 17 to 12 AM Aug 18
FRESNO ARC ++ Next meeting's program is on Bob Stroup, K6UGM, who will display the most comprehensive collection of keys in this part of the world. FD was great fun and many pictures are on the website and “Skip”. Ron, N6MTS, has an extensive report on Field Day. www.w6to.com/
LOS BANOS ARC ++ Almost 5 pages of Field Day pictures are in “Frequency”. Great shots the young Hams there also. www.aa6lb.org
SEQUOIA ARG ++ .Al Price (N6ALP) is the proud owner of a whale of an antenna and tower. Pete W6SV, talks about the photos of events that are posted on the website. www.n6krv.org
SIERRA ARC ++ The club operated as N6N 4A ORG, on Field Day. Preliminary results are 1230 points. www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/
STOCKTON Delta ++ June 1 and 2, about 15 hams boarded the USS Lucid to participate in the Museum Ship’s Weekend. A very informative article regarding “EMERGENCY TRAFFIC”, handled BY KD6CPA www.w6sf.org
TURLOCK ARC ++ Pres Darren, K6RDJ, writes a nice article about June and up and coming events. Field Day pictures are in the newsletter. Grady K6IXA, offers a link to someone using his RMSmail system, as they go 'round the world www.norvikinfo.com/?. www.w6bxn.org
The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Jim KD6TDD, Mark N6ICM, and Mark KK6BIL. They will be missed.
Traffic for JUNE 2013:
ORS: WS6P 377, K6RAU 18, W6SX 0 Total 395
PSHR: WS6P 150, W6SX 22, K6RAU 71
>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of May 2013: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.
OK, May is gone. It is not too hot yet so, off the Grid we go!
First is the VHF Contest. All modes, frequencies and classes. All manners of operation on the “line-o-sight” spectrum. Enjoy the Contest as a Roamer or Mountain Topper, a single operator or with a Club or group. Take pictures and present your experiences at a club meeting or function.
Then it will be time for the annual pilgrimage to your Field Day site. Everyone has a personal memory or plan that they like to replay over a good meal. The site may be an old favorite or a new one. The chance to work with good comrades in the hobby will renew the special feeling of kinship.
Don't forget the Public. This is the best opportunity that we have to actually brag about our hobby/art. Describe and exhibit what we do to Scouts, School kids, local Government Officials and Public Safety responders. Take the time to invite a friend, relative or co-worker to the event. Get them on a GOTA Station and create some excitement for yourself and them.
Above all, Have Fun!
73; Dan AE6SX
+ Meet MAREA -- the Mars Lander Amateur Radio Robotics Exploration Activity http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2013-05-16#toc02
+ 1984 Operation to Cocos Island Now Approved for DXCC Credit http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2013-05-16#toc09
+ Amateurs in Oklahoma Respond to Storm Aftermath http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2013-05-23#toc01
+ Dayton Hamvention®: Foggy Skies, Friendly Faces, Fantastic Event http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2013-05-23#toc02
+Section Manager Election Results Announced The following incumbent ... Managers did not face opposition ... terms of office beginning July 1: J... Joe Giraudo, N7JEH, Nevada; ... Dan Pruitt, AE6SX, SJV... http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2013-05-23#toc06
+ Logbook of The World Reaches 500 Million QSOs Release of TQSL 1.14 for LoTW Delayed after corrections, it will be completely tested before being released. http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2013-05-23#toc07
+ Forecasters Calling for "Active or Extremely Active" Atlantic Hurricane Season http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=current#toc01
+ ARRL Comments on Proposed Expansion of 5 GHz Unlicensed Broadband http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=current#toc03
+ FCC Seeks Small Vanity Call Sign Fee Increase to $15.20 http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=current#toc04
+ June VHF Contest Coming June 8-10 http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=current#toc05
+ Spanish Amateurs Gain New Privileges on 160 Meters 1810-1830 kHz http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=current#toc07
+ N2NS Class: SO(A)SB20 HP Operating Time (hrs): 5
Band QSOs 20m: 200 Total: 200
Prefixes = 178 Total Score = 72,446
+ Asia-Pacific Sprint, SSB 1100Z-1300Z, Jun 8
+ Portugal Day Contest 1200Z, Jun 8 to 1159Z, Jun 9
+ REF DDFM 6m Contest 1600Z, Jun 8 to 1600Z, Jun 9
+ ARRL June VHF Contest 1800Z, Jun 8 to 0259Z, Jun 10
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 1900Z-2030Z, Jun 12
+ All Asian DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Jun 15 to 2400Z, Jun 16
+ Ukrainian DX Classic RTTY Contest 1200Z, Jun 15 to 1159Z, Jun 16
+ West Virginia QSO Party 1600Z, Jun 15 to 0200Z, Jun 16
+ Kid's Day Contest 1800Z-2359Z, Jun 15
+ SARL Youth Day Sprint 0700Z-1100Z, Jun 16
+ WAB 50 MHz Phone 0900Z-1500Z, Jun 16
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 1900Z-2030Z, Jun 20
+ His Maj. King of Spain Contest, SSB 1200Z, Jun 22 to 1200Z, Jun 23
+ Ukrainian DX DIGI Contest 1200Z, Jun 22 to 1200Z, Jun 23
+ Marconi Memorial HF Contest 1400Z, Jun 22 to 1400Z, Jun 23
+ ARRL Field Day 1800Z, Jun 22 to 2100Z, Jun 23 + CQWW WPX Contest, CW Operator:
+ RAC Canada Day Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Jul 1
+ 10-10 Int. Spirit of 76 QSO Party 0001Z, Jul 1 to 2400Z, Jul 7
+ Venezuelan Ind. Day Contest 0000Z, Jul 6 to 2359Z, Jul 7
+ DL-DX RTTY Contest 1100Z, Jul 6 to 1059Z, Jul 7
+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest 1100Z-1700Z, Jul 7
CLOVIS ARP ++ Transmitter Hunt on July 6, will be discussed at the June 7 meeting by Rob, AE6GE. www.k6arp.org/
CCDX Club ++ Congradulations Steve, NA6G, for receiving Dx'er of the year 2012. Donations for Wake Island and The Amsterdam Island Dxpeditions were approved. www.ccdxc.org/
FRESNO ARC ++ Fresno ARES EC Glen, N6HEW report included details of the California Classic Bike Ride that was held the 18th of May. More than 16 Hams provided communications for the 100 mile event. Ron N6MTS, Field day Chairman has a new location that is close to downtown Clovis. Rob AE6GE has pictures from the May T-Hunt. Take a look at Dave, W6TE's Big Red Truck, all decked out for Roaming in the VHF contest. www.w6to.com/
LOS BANOS ARC ++ A Broad-, Multi-Band Inverted-L Antenna, on A Small Lot! Michael Germino, AD6AA, describes it with pictures. Pictures of the May Submariner program, by the submariner, are displayed. www.aa6lb.org
SEQUOIA ARG ++ Pete, W6SV announced Field Day will be up at Camp Andrew Brown this year; high (I believe about 8,000 ft) on the Kern Plateau. Also he passed a thank you to Hal N6HAL, for his program on WinLink..www.n6krv.org
SIERRA ARC ++ Hal, N6HAL says, “Last Newsletter till September”. Field for the Club will be up at Horseshoe Meadows. The T-Hunt went well with an interesting twist. . www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/
STOCKTON Delta ++ Charlie, WB6NVB, gave an over view of public service events, the club supported and a description of the May meeting. Here are some of those operators: Eric, W6INP, Shirl, AA6K, Charlie, WB6NVB, Dean, KJ6EML, Kevin K6KBQ, David N5FDL; John, NZ6Q and Paul, N6KZW took pictures while shadowing the participants. Some advice was given concerning cross-band repeating, including some don'ts! www.w6sf.org
TURLOCK ARC ++ During our May 14th General Meeting, Grady, K6IXA, made a presentation on some antenna work. He outlined current plans and things he’d like to do in the future. At the conclusion of the meeting, Marge, KB6DXM, presented a donation in memory of Ivan, W6SKH (sk), for that purpose. All plans for Field Day at Lake McSwain, are completed. Just Pot-Luck is needed to go with the meat. Note 11 June Swap location has moved to Veterans’ Park Atwater. www.w6bxn.org
The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report:
Eddie KE6BK; Jerry, WD6ASN; and Michael, KG6DA. They will be missed.
Traffic for MAY 2013:
ORS: WS6P 274, K6RAU 12, W6SX 5 Total 291
PSHR: WS6P 148, W6SX 29, K6RAU 63
>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of April 2013: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.
Time for planning the fun, food and frequencies for Field Day. April is gone, May is in full swing and the temperature is still quite comfortable.
It seems we always plan our Antenna work and Field Day about the same time. Maybe to knock the dust off the stored equipment from last year. I think it is our nature to improve over and above last year. A good antenna always goes a long way. Get out and work while the temperature is right.
If you do not have your contacts in place for your bonus points for Field Day, time is a wasting. The Political and Government officials are always scheduling 90 days ahead. Put your story together for the press and media. Make sure to line up the youth for your GOTA Station too.
Enjoy the planning, add food, good equipment and a good place to operate, add some contacts, and you will have a great time.
73; Dan AE6SX
Mark your Calendars: May 17-19 -- Dayton Hamvention, Trotwood, Ohio. For more information see hamvention.org . SEA-PACK 31 May through 2 June, 2013 in Seaside, OR. Check the details at www.seapac.org/ . ARRL Field Day is June 22-23, 2013. You can down load the FD Packet from ARRL. PACIFICON 2013 is scheduled for October 11-13, 2013 at the Santa Clara Marriott. See www.pacificon.org for information. The 2014 International DX Convention will be in April 2014 in Visalia. The exact dates and location have not been announced. Check www.dxconvention.org for the latest news.
04/10/2013 | Applications for Teachers Institute, ETP Grants Due in May
04/20/2013 | Chinese Amateurs Assist in Earthquake Aftermath
04/19/2013 | Surfin’: Wire in the Spring, outdoor maintenance -- with wire antennas in mind.
04/16/2013 | Radio Amateurs Provide Communication Support in Boston Marathon Bombings
04/22/2013 | Seattle Will Host the 32nd (TAPR) Digital Communications Conference
04/23/2013 | Changes to FCC Radiotelegraph Operator Certificates Coming May 20
05/01/2013 | Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test Scheduled for May 11
W6TV placed #1 in September VHF Contest
W6SX placed #1 in 160 Meter contest
WC6H placed #1 in November Sweepstakes -Phone
+ Armed Forces Crossband Test 1400Z, May 11 to 0300Z, May 12
+ HPC World Wide DX Contest 1200Z, May 11 to 1159Z, May 12
+ CQ-M International DX Contest 1200Z, May 11 to 1159Z, May 12
+ VOLTA WW RTTY Contest 1200Z, May 11 to 1200Z, May 12
+ Nevada Mustang Roundup 1700Z, May 11 to 1700Z, May 12
+ CQ WW WPX Contest, CW 0000Z, May 25 to 2359Z, May 26
+ 10-10 Int. Open Season PSK Contest 0000Z, Jun 1 to 2400Z, Jun 2
+ Maritimes QSO Party 1200Z-2400Z, Jun 1
+ SEANET Contest 1200Z, Jun 1 to 1200Z, Jun 2
+ Alabama QSO Party 1600Z, Jun 1 to 0400Z, Jun 2
CLOVIS ARP ++ The Clovis group will be doing communications for the California Classic Century Bike Ride, 18 May. The May meeting will be a “how to” on Fox Hunting by Rob AE6GE. www.k6arp.org/
FRESNO ARC ++ “Skip” includes pictures and reports from the DX Convention in Visailia. Paul W6VPS continues his journal on refurbishing his Mosely Beam and adding 12 & 17 Meter elements. Also pictures and comments from the M Squared Open House. www.w6to.com/
LOS BANOS ARC ++ Dr. Joe will be presenting at the 11 May meeting. His topic will be operating aboard a Submarine during WWII. Time is 7 PM at the Police Annex building.
SEQUOIA ARG ++ Nice article in the “Voice” of the awarding of the Amateur Radio Rating Badge to a young Boy Scout. Pete W6SV, praises the guests from Bakersfield at a recent function. I am thrilled about hearing of events like these. The other colorful articles are worth the reading.www.n6krv.org
SIERRA ARC ++ Hal N6HAL describes many good Emcomm practices and public service events. The Club is very good at working with other clubs and groups in the area. A very well rounded examples of cooperation with the local CERT members. www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/
STANISLAUS ARC ++ SARA Quarterly spells out the public service events. Registration for FEMA training courses offered by the ARES group. Joe WB6AGR offers 2 links regard<
San Joaquin Valley Officials
Section ManagerDan Pruitt AE6SX
Public Info CoordinatorCraig A. Carter K6QI
Technical CoordinatorDavid R. Smith W6TE
Assistant Section ManagerBob Hervatine N2NS
Section Traffic ManagerFred B. Silveira K6RAU
Affiliated Club CoordinatorCharles P. McConnell W6DPD
Assistant Section ManagerJohn W. Lee K6YK
Section Emergency CoordinatorEdward A. Hanna KF6FIR
Official Observer CoordinatorVictor M. Magana N1VM
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