San Joaquin Valley
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News last updated: Thr 19 November 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) 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, email@example.com and the Affiliated Club Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.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.
The Webinar by Hank Garretson, W6SX, has been posted to the WWROF webpage (www.wwrof.org) under the Webinars link.
Hanks presentation will be of particular interest to "Little Pistols" and those who are space limited. It's worth checking out!
Hank added a link to the elevation plot which can be viewed at http://www.heywhatsthat.com/
The K6RAU (our Traffic Manager) Morse Code Instruction Course is available at www.pdarrl.org/K6RAU or www.pdarrl.org/k6rau.
No need to know a "dit" from a "dah", simply with paper and pencil, and following the instructions.
San Joaquin Valley Nets:
The Noontime net meets on 7.268.5 MHz. This net handles a lot of messages.
Daytime Region 6 Traffic Net meets daily at 3:30 pacific time on or near 7.275 MHZ. This one is probable not in operation at this time.
The California Traffic Net meets daily on 3.906 MHZ and 6:00 PM local time.
The Golden Bear Amateur Radio Net meets nightly at 7:00 PM local time on 3.975 MHZ.
Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.533 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.
San Joaquin Net meets Monday-Saturday on 3918khz, at 6 PM Pacific Time.
Western Public Service System (WPSS) meets nightly on 3952khz, roll - at 7:30 PM local Pacific Time.
The Mission Trail Net meets nightly on 3.856 MHZ at 8:00 PM local time.
Northern California Net 2 (NCN2) The slow speed training session of NCN, meets nightly on 3.533 MHZ at 9 PM Pacific Time. Handling traffic on CW is a good way to improve your CW skills.
CWops Tests are held weekly – Every Wednesday at 1300Z, 1900Z, and 0300Z (Thursday). Info and rules at http://www.cwops.org/cwt.html .
Mark your Calendars:
01/17/2016 | Quartzfest 2016
Location: Quartzsite, AZ
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: QuartzFest Planning Committee
02/19/2016 | Southwestern Division Convention (Yuma Hamfest)
Location: Yuma, AZ
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Yuma Amateur Radio Hamfest Organization
03/12/2016 | Hamfest 2016
Location: Loomis, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club
03/12/2016 | Palm Springs Hamfest
Location: Palm Springs, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Desert R.A.T.S. ARC
04/29/2016 | Nevada State Convention (NVCON)
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club
06/03/2016 | Northwestern Division Convention (SEA-PAC)
Location: Seaside, OR
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Oregon Tualatin Valley ARC
06/18/2016 | Santa Maria Radio Swapfest
Location: Orcutt, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Satellite ARC
********** Monthly Reports **********
>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of October 2015: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC vacant, TC W6TE.
Thanksgiving! Being grateful. We radio operators have a spectrum we can use, a hobby to enjoy and the ability to make friends no matter how far distant they are. This is enough to be thankful, but there is more.
We all should appreciate those that came before us (Marconi, Fessenden, Bell Labs and even Maxim), way too many to address here. Still we need to recognize all those that have contributed to our hobby and industry.
How and why was this possible? It was permitted by a people that saw that freedom of will and choice was encouraged. All protected by individuals that committed themselves to protecting those freedoms and guaranteed the future of our way of life. It is in November, on the 11 day, at the 11 hour that we honor those that served in our military. In peace and war, times of national or international strife, they stand between us and harm.
For this I encourage you to add a few more seconds to your Thanksgiving list of things to be grateful. For me, it will be the first line of my prayer when I ask his blessing.
Make sure you have your letter in to ARRL. The link is: www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act.
Skywarn Recognition Day is December 5, 2015. Contact your local weather station for details.
Dan Pruitt, AE6SX
NEWS: From ARRL newsletters. Read complete articles from October to now.10/07/2015 | New ARRL Handbook, Antenna Book Editions Now Shipping
10/08/2015 | Now, “Clarity on Parity” — the Video!
10/08/2015 | AMSAT Fox-1A CubeSat Launches from California
10/13/2015 | ARRL Asks FCC to Clarify that Hams May Modify Non-Amateur Gear for Amateur Use 10/15/2015 | “ARRL National Parks on the Air” Event to Mark National Park Service Centennial 10/19/2015 | ARES/RACES Teams Expected to Join MARS in Coronal Mass Ejection Disaster Exercise
10/20/2015 | Parity Act House Cosponsors Now in Triple Digits!
10/23/2015 | Fox-1A (AO-85) Transponder Again Open for Use
10/27/2015 | ARRL Field Day 2015 Results Now Available:
10/28/2015 | ARRL Medium-Wave Experimenters Sponsoring Special Event in November 13 thru 14 November, see details
10/30/2015 | It’s ARRL November Sweepstakes Season!
November 2015 + RSGB 80m Club Sprint, SSB 2000Z-2100Z, Nov 11 + NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Nov 13 + WAE DX Contest, RTTY 0000Z, Nov 14 to 2359Z, Nov 15 + 10-10 Int. Fall Contest, Digital 0001Z, Nov 14 to 2359Z, Nov 15 + JIDX Phone Contest 0700Z, Nov 14 to 1300Z, Nov 15 + OK/OM DX Contest, CW 1200Z, Nov 14 to 1200Z, Nov 15 + Kentucky QSO Party 1400Z, Nov 14 to 0200Z, Nov 15 + Homebrew and Oldtime Equipment Party 1300-1500Z, Nov 15 (40m) and 1500-1700Z, Nov 15 (80m) + Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0200Z-0400Z, Nov 16 + NAQCC CW Sprint 0130Z-0330Z, Nov 19 + NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Nov 20 + YO International PSK31 Contest 1600Z-2200Z, Nov 20 + SARL Field Day Contest 1000Z, Nov 21 to 1000Z, Nov 22 + LZ DX Contest 1200Z, Nov 21 to 1200Z, Nov 22 + All Austrian 160-Meter Contest 1600Z, Nov 21 to 0700Z, Nov 22 + Feld Hell Sprint 1700Z-1859Z, Nov 21 + NA Collegiate ARC Championship, SSB 2100Z, Nov 21 to 0300Z, Nov 23 + RSGB 2nd 1.8 MHz Contest, CW 2100Z, Nov 21 to 0100Z, Nov 22 + ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB 2100Z, Nov 21 to 0300Z, Nov 23 + UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Nov 25 + RSGB 80m Club Sprint, CW 2000Z-2100Z, Nov 26 + NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Nov 27 + ARRL EME Contest 0000Z, Nov 28 to 2359Z, Nov 29 + CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Nov 28 to 2400Z, Nov 29 December 2015 + NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1800Z-1900Z, Dec 3 (CW) and 1900Z-2000Z, Dec 3 (SSB) and 2000Z-2100Z, Dec 3 (FM) and 2100Z-2200Z, Dec 3 (Dig) + NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Dec 4 + ARRL 160-Meter Contest 2200Z, Dec 4 to 1600Z, Dec 6 + TARA RTTY Melee 0000Z-2400Z, Dec 5
AMATEUR RADIO CLUBS
CLOVIS ARP ++ Rob announces the CARP Christmas Party - Friday December 4th, 2015 - 7:00pm at the Clovis Senior Center classroom. Windows 10 vs. Baofeng, and Chirp - The Windows 10 installation/upgrade includes a newer version of the Prolific USB-Serial driver. This is the interface driver software that translates many USB to Radio adapters via a Com-Port (for lack of a more complex explanation). There is one problem. The newer drivers prevent any updates to the radio using Chirp software and forces your radio into an undesired transmit state. by: Conrad Nerdahl – WA6KUE. www.k6arp.org/
FRESNO ARC++ Ron, N6MTS said “The FARC Field Day effort resulted in the second highest score for the SJV, not only in our 3a category, but in all categories.” Swap meet at the November meeting! December FARC Banquet Dec. 11. The Central Valley T-hunters November 21, 2015. www.w6to.com
LODI ARC ++ Jason, KE5JTS opened up the floor for nominations for the offices of president and vice president. Jason nominated Maria, KK6COR, for president and Emilia, KI6YYT, for vice president (both are general class hams). It was seconded by Ron Simpson. Emilia moved that the nominations from the floor be closed and a vote was taken. The nominated individuals were elected by a verbal vote. Jim and Doug will retain their current positions as secretary and treasurer respectfully.
LOS BANOS ARC ++ Please note that were it not for Phil, KC6JDL, we would not have meeting pictures to include in your newsletter. So, please, join me in thanking Phil for his service to the Club. I continue to be challenged by my work schedule and am only able to sporadically take part in Club activities. We're hoping that will all end soon, so please bear with me for the time being. Schedule: Nov 14th - Club Meeting; Dec 4th - Christmas Parade; Dec 10th - Christmas Party. It seems only right that Veterans Day and Thanksgiving should fall only days apart, in the same month. We should first thank God and then honor our veterans, who served their Country to preserve our freedom. www.aa6lb.org
SIERRA ARC ++ T HE A IRWAVES C ALENDAR Every Monday IWV Emergency Net 730pm
WA6YBN Repeater-147.00MHz +, 107.2 tone
09 Nov SARC Board Meeting, 6:30pm - USO building
09 Nov SARC General Meeting 7:00pm - USO building - Program : "Grounded for Safety"
14 Nov Ridgecrest Desert Classic. Mike WA6ARA had the presentation on Satellites- the future of ham radio. Satellite sub-bands were covered and the various orbits used. Modes of the satellites include linear, FM, APRS, and video. Simple antenna and 10 watts of power will do it. Computer software is handy to have to plot where a satellite is located. Mike also reviewed the use of commonly used forms in EmComm: ARRL - Radiogram, both general and as a Disaster Welfare message, General Message (ICS-213), and the Activity Log (ICS 214). The group then conducted a practice emergency net using the Club's emergency net script as a guideline. Both presentations inspired numerous practical comments. To wrap up the meeting, a live microphone was handed to Mike (KK6TAZ) to be Net Control for the SARC emergency net. He did quite well, despite it being his first time as Net Control. One of the goals of the Ridgecrest ARES group is to see that all members are capable as the Net Control operator. Pacificon - A session with the NORCAL QRP group with a MUPPET build. Chuck (K7QO) has developed the Manhattan-Ugly-Professional-Placement-Experimental-Technique (MUPPET) for construction of electronic circuits. It’s actually quite pretty. No holes, no numbers, just etched with household chemicals. This is a multi-frequency signal generator with interchangeable crystals. Mike (WA6ARA) whiz-built his signal generator with the help of his multi-element transistor tester. The perfect Christmas present - is a half scale model of the J-36Vibroplex. These limited production collectible CW keys are handcrafted, numbered, with every part made in the USA. Field Day Results! or It all matters how you look at it! The Field Day results are in! We were near the bottom of the 4A list, out of 155 total. We have been lower! But, we are at the top, number uno, for our section, San Joaquin Valley (SJV)! Yah! (there were only two entries for 4A in SJV). During a recent public service event base camp kept hearing a QSO. Repeated attempts to notify the two holding the QSO that a public service event was being held went unacknowledged. Strange, some with the event were hearing the QSO, other were not. Finally the repeater identified, and it wasn't ours! As it turns out another 147.00 repeater is on the air west of Lake Isabella. What can we do about it? Tone Decode. If implemented the squelch only opens if it receives the specified sub audible tone and our repeater re-transmits the 107.2 Hz tone. So the fix is to implement your radio's tone encode and decode for the 147.000 repeater. You. www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/
SEQUOIA ARG ++ W6SV says “Weather will be a large concern this year. Emphasis on BE PREPARED.” Saturday December 12, 2015. Our annual Christmas Dinner will be held at the Elk’s Lodge. Camping at 7,500’ in October? Well 7 of your club members did just that. On Oct. 6th we went to Glass Creek Campground just north of Mammoth Lakes. . www.n6krv.org
STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ October 15th , 2015 – Great Shake-out Earthquake Drill www.shakeout.org . The Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club has participated in this drill for several years with check-in numbers rivaling larger cities like Sacramento and Fresno. The plan was a directed net on the W6SF 147.165 repeater and take check-ins from around the city and county. Participating stations checked-in with their call sign, location and radio capabilities.. www.w6sf.org
TURLOCK ARC ++ Dick, K6SUU, was called forward to make an announcement regarding a program with Pacificon. Mission 22 will be this October 17th. For information go to parachutemobile.org. Also, the radio to hit the ISS has been fixed. There was an issue with the GPS, but hopefully it won’t be a problem. Let Dick know if you are interested in using the radio. Grady Williams, K6IXA, gave the evening presentation on the W6BXN Repeater System. His presentation was excellent, including a Power Point with a diagram of all the repeaters, how they work together, and pictures of the different sites. (Turtle Dome, Sentinel Dome and Buck Rock. It was very interesting and informative. Grady stated that the new engine has been put in, tested and is working fine. An alarm panel with three lights has been ordered. There was a question about if there were power failure, how long would the system run? There would be approx. 72 days power to run it. On behalf of the TARC we would like to thank Grady, W6BXN, and Spencer Boyd for the extensive commitment they have shown, taking care of the W6BXN Repeater System. www.w6bxn.org.
The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Mario W6FMC, John KK6DIG, Suzanne KD6ANX, Jerry WB6ZTI, Gary K6RYD and Sandi KJ6KEF.
They will be missed.
SJV Section ORS/FOR 2015 Traffic Report: [Oct 2015]
SJV Section PSHR/FOR Reports: [Oct 2015]
>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of September 2015: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC vacant, TC W6TE.
What joy, I got to play radio for 2 days solid!
The California QSO Party was like a mini Field Day for us. I set up with the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers in Merced at the San Luis Reservoir. The camp was great and we had a 72-foot crank up tower with a tri-band beam. Also we had 3 other multi-band wire antennas. Very fine hardware. We were doing very comfortably well until about sundown on Saturday. The wind picked up and the temperature dropped below us desert folk's comfort level. We rooted out long sleeves and long pants, shedding our sandals in the process. This was easy, however chasing the pop-ups and watching the tower imitate a fishing pole in the 30 – 40 mph wind was disconcerting, hi hi. All turned out well and we have another story to tell, hi hi.
OK, back to business. PACIFICON, in San Ramon, is the next big event. I'm looking forward to seeing you all at the old location. Swap meet is on Sunday, I think that is great. There is too much happening on Saturday at the convention. There are some very interesting forums and presentations. I think this will be a good one. Get registered and your rooms reserved.
We are now officially into Fall. Elections in most clubs, so please update your club information and send your officers list to the ACC (Charles, W6DPD) and myself.
Finally, remember the Amateur Radio Parity Act. It is going good but we need to keep up the pressure. Make sure you have your letter in to ARRL. The link is: www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act .
Dan Pruitt, AE6SX
NEWS: From ARRL newsletters. Read complete articles from September to now.
09/10/2015 | Opponents’ Representations of Parity Act’s Purpose “Just Not True,” ARRL President Says Kay Craigie, N3KN
09/16/2015 | ARRL VEC Manager Elected as NCVEC Vice Chair
09/18/2015 | California Radio Amateur is Wildfire Victim
09/23/2015 | Fox Telemetry Decoder Software Now Available
09/24/2015 | CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee Conducting Survey
09/29/2015 | LAPAN-A2 FM and APRS Satellite Launched
10/02/2015 | TX3X Chesterfield Island DXpedition Up and Running
+ Makrothen RTTY Contest 0000Z-0759Z, Oct 10 and 1600Z-2359Z, Oct 10 and 0800Z-1559Z, Oct 11 + Microwave Fall Sprint 0700 local - 1400 local, Oct 10 + Oceania DX Contest, CW 0800Z, Oct 10 to 0800Z, Oct 11 + Scandinavian Activity Contest, SSB 1200Z, Oct 10 to 1200Z, Oct 11 + Polska WW BPSK63 Contest 1400Z, Oct 10 to 1400Z, Oct 11 + Arizona QSO Party 1600Z, Oct 10 to 0600Z, Oct 11 and 1400Z-2359Z, Oct 11 + Pennsylvania QSO Party 1600Z, Oct 10 to 0500Z, Oct 11 and 1300Z-2200Z, Oct 11 + NAQCC CW Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Oct 14 + RSGB 80m Club Sprint, CW 1900Z-2000Z, Oct 14 + JARTS WW RTTY Contest 0000Z, Oct 17 to 2400Z, Oct 18 + Iowa QSO Party 1400Z-2300Z, Oct 17 + New York QSO Party 1400Z, Oct 17 to 0200Z, Oct 18 + Worked All Germany Contest 1500Z, Oct 17 to 1459Z, Oct 18 + South Dakota QSO Party 1800Z, Oct 17 to 1800Z, Oct 18 + Illinois QSO Party 1700Z, Oct 18 to 0100Z, Oct 19 + ARRL School Club Roundup 1300Z, Oct 19 to 2359Z, Oct 23 + CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Oct 24 to 2400Z, Oct 25 + RSGB 80m Club Sprint, SSB 1900Z-2000Z, Oct 29 + ARRL EME Contest 0000Z, Oct 31 to 2359Z, Nov 1 + Russian WW MultiMode Contest 1200Z, Oct 31 to 1159Z, Nov 1 November + High Speed Club CW Contest 0900Z-1100Z, Nov 1 and 1500Z-1700Z, Nov 1 + NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1800Z-1900Z, Nov 5 (CW) and 1900Z-2000Z, Nov 5 (SSB) and 2000Z-2100Z, Nov 5 (FM) and 2100Z-2200Z, Nov 5 (Dig)
AMATEUR RADIO CLUBS
CENTRAL VALLEY RADIO CLUB ++ Bill, K6WGJ is sponsoring another open house on 24 October. He has had to move his company again due to the “High Speed Rail” claiming his old QTH. As usual there will be VE exams, swap meet, food and lots of hams. www.centralvalleyradioclub.org
CLOVIS ARP ++ Rick, W6KKO has assumed the reins of the T-Hunt project. He was well received at the “Rally in the Valley” putting on a Fox Hunt. AE6GE, Rob, organized an expedition to Merced, for the CA CQP. Next month (Oct) he has the responsibility of implementing a comm plan for a 200 mile Bicycle event. The Pioneers also hosted the annual National Weather Service Skywarn training. www.k6arp.org/
FRESNO ARC++ After the recent September VHF contest, as Dave, W6TE was nearing his QTH, the rotator sheared on his rover set up, sending 8 bands of antennas crashing to the ground and dragging behind the truck. With all aluminum, Dave vows to be ready for the Jan VHF contest. Good pix in “SKIP” of the September VHF contest participants. Pat, W6YEP operated W6TV from Bear Mt. Fantastic line-o-sight for Micro Wave. www.w6to.com
LODI ARC ++ November's program will be by Dave N6SWX, on the coherer detector. Christmas Party is scheduled for 5 December. New officers, President is Maria, KK6COR. Vice Pres is Emilia, KI6YYT. lodiamateurradioclub.org/
LOS BANOS ARC ++ Tracy and Mike, AD6AA announce the arrival of their new grandchild, Grayson. “The Frequency” reported the Rally in the Valley event and the vacancy of a PIC. www.aa6lb.org
SIERRA ARC ++ Dave, KG6YSZ and Mike, W6SV reported on their attendance at the “Rally in the Valley”. Saturday December 12, is our Christmas Dinner. BATS OF CENTRAL CALIFORNIA is the discussion in the Kern River Voice. Gary, K6YRD, has experienced a major decline in his health and he is back in a skilled nursing facility for pain control. www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/
SEQUOIA ARG ++ Bob KC6YYT reported on trying to get an ARES group started. He is planning a learning session on the first Monday of Oct, Nov and Dec at 7 pm in the USO building. Steve, W6MVX is planning a CPR class in October. JOTA 17 October. WX1WIZ was presented a “Tube” trophy for Field Day work. www.n6krv.org
STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ Chuck, W6COB says, If you’re not on HF, or you’re a Technician and think you can’t get on an HF Contest like CQP because your license is primarily VHF & UHF, well you’re just plain wrong! You can come to the club station at Charlie’s place for CQP. A control operator has to be present is all. The presentation was by Shirl, AA6K who went over the California QSO Party, the 50th running commemorative coin and why contesting is good for the ham involved in DXing and/or Public Safety. Millions of people worldwide will practice how to “Drop, Cover and Hold” at 10:15AM on October 15th during “The Great Shake Out”. The Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club has participated in this drill for several years with check-in numbers rivaling larger cities like Sacramento and Fresno. www.w6sf.org
The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report:
Ellie, K6MZE; John, KB6FEK; Tom, W6PHL; Carol, WB6AAD; Don, K6EDO; Carol, WB6AAD; Don, K6EDO; and Mark, K6YCV.
They will be missed.
SJV Section ORS/FOR 2015 Traffic Report: [Sept 2015]
SJV Section PSHR/FOR Reports: [Sept 2015]
>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of August 2015: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC vacant, TC W6TE.
Labor Day! Wow!
First thing, “RALLY in the VALLEY”, the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section Hamfest takes place
19 September. Swap meet set up at 0730, selling at 0800. We will have plenty of prizes, demonstrations, exhibitions and forums. Don't forget to get a team together for the “Knowledge Bowl” trivia challenge. It is not too late to have a presentation. Get in touch with me or Gary, KI6OYW (email@example.com) and we will set you up.
Second, the ARRL SET is next month. Please inform our Section Emergency Coordinator if you need assistance, networking or just to report it. This includes the “Great Shake out”.
Finally, remember the Amateur Radio Parity Act. It is going good but we are running out of year! Make sure you have your letter in to ARRL. The link is on the ARRL website.
California QSO party in October as well as Pacificon in San Ramon. JOTA also! Remember to be an Amateur Radio Sign, tell your friends, neighbors and relives how much fun you are having!!
Dan Pruitt, AE6SX
NEWS: From ARRL newsletters. Read complete articles from August to now.
08/06/2015 | Central States VHF Society Honors Wayne Overbeck, N6NB; Lauren Libby, W0LD 08/06/2015 | Joint Cuba-US DX Operation Planned; Will Include CQ World Wide SSB Contest 08/06/2015 | Amateur Radio Parity Act Would Not Void “Private Contracts,” ARRL General Counsel Says
08/10/2015 | SPROUT Satellite Sponsors Seek Telemetry Reports
08/13/2015 | Rockwell Collins to End Mechanical Filter Production
08/17/2015 | World Digital ATV QSO Party Marks 5th Year
08/25/2015 | Launch Date Set for AMSAT Fox-1A
08/26/2015 | Send Your Name (and Call Sign) to Mars!
08/26/2015 | Outcome for 5 MHz at WRC-15 Remains in Limbo
08/31/2015 | World DATV QSO Party Gets Plenty of Visibility
+ Tennessee QSO Party 1800Z, Sep 6 to 0300Z, Sep 7
+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0100Z-0300Z, Sep 8
+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, SSB 1900Z-2000Z, Sep 9
+ Kulikovo Polye Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Sep 12
+ FOC QSO Party 0000Z-2359Z, Sep 12
+ WAE DX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Sep 12 to 2359Z, Sep 13
+ SARL Field Day Contest 1000Z, Sep 12 to 1000Z, Sep 13
+ Arkansas QSO Party 1400Z, Sep 12 to 0200Z, Sep 13
+ Ohio State Parks on the Air 1600Z-2400Z, Sep 12
+ ARRL September VHF Contest 1800Z, Sep 12 to 0300Z, Sep 14
+ North American Sprint, CW 0000Z-0400Z, Sep 13
+ AGB NEMIGA Contest 2100Z-2400Z, Sep 18
+ ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest 0600 local, Sep 19 to 2400 local, Sep 20
+ SARL VHF/UHF Analogue/Digital Contest 1000Z, Sep 19 to 1000Z, Sep 20
+ Scandinavian Activity Contest, CW 1200Z, Sep 19 to 1200Z, Sep 20
+ SRT HF Contest SSB 1300Z, Sep 19 to 1300Z, Sep 20
+ South Carolina QSO Party 1400Z, Sep 19 to 0300Z, Sep 20
+ Washington State Salmon Run 1600Z, Sep 19 to 0700Z, Sep 20 and 1600Z-2400Z, Sep 20
+ New Jersey QSO Party 1600Z, Sep 19 to 0359Z, Sep 20 and 1400Z-2000Z, Sep 20
+ North American Sprint, RTTY 0000Z-0400Z, Sep 20
+ Pirate QSO Party 0030Z-0330Z, Sep 23
+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, CW 1900Z-2000Z, Sep 24
+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY 0000Z, Sep 26 to 2400Z, Sep 27
+ Maine QSO Party 1200Z, Sep 26 to 1200Z, Sep 27
+ Texas QSO Party 1400Z, Sep 26 to 0200Z, Sep 27 and 1400Z-2000Z, Sep 27
+ UBA ON Contest, 6m 0700Z-1000Z, Sep 27
+ Classic Exchange, Phone 1300Z, Sep 27 to 0800Z, Sep 28 and 1300Z, Sep 29 to 0800Z, Sep 30
+ 222 MHz Fall Sprint 1900 local - 2300 local, Sep 29
+ UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Sep 30
+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1700Z-1800Z, Oct 1 (CW) and 1800Z-1900Z, Oct 1 (SSB) and 1900Z-2000Z, Oct 1 (FM) and 2000Z-2100Z, Oct 1 (Dig)
+ SARL 80m QSO Party 1700Z-2000Z, Oct 1
+ TARA PSK Rumble Contest 0000Z-2400Z, Oct 3
+ 15-Meter SSTV Dash Contest 0000Z, Oct 3 to 2359Z, Oct 4
+ Oceania DX Contest, Phone 0800Z, Oct 3 to 0800Z, Oct 4
+ TRC DX Contest 1200Z, Oct 3 to 1200Z, Oct 4
+ Russian WW Digital Contest 1200Z, Oct 3 to 1159Z, Oct 4
+ California QSO Party 1600Z, Oct 3 to 2200Z, Oct 4
+ FISTS Fall Slow Speed Sprint 1700Z-2100Z, Oct 3
+ WAB HF Phone 1900Z, Oct 3 to 1900Z, Oct 4
+ UBA ON Contest, SSB 0600Z-1000Z, Oct 4
+ RSGB 21/28 MHz Contest 0700Z-1900Z, Oct 4
+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0100Z-0300Z, Oct 6
+ 432 MHz Fall Sprint 1900 local - 2300 local, Oct 7
+ UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Oct 7
AMATEUR RADIO CLUBS
CENTRAL VALLEY RADIO CLUB ++ Moving to get out of the path of the high speed train, says Bill, K6WGJ. We will have our annual Swap meet, testing and Bar-B-Que at the open house at Red Monkey Communications Saturday October 24, 201, 3439 S. Chestnut Ave, Fresno, CA. www.centralvalleyradioclub.org
CLOVIS ARP ++ The Pioneers reports The Fresno Citizen Corps, starting training on OCTOBER 13-NOVEMBER 5, 2015. The CARP Camp-A-Long had to be canceled due to the “Rough Fire” near Hume lake. The annual swap meet will be 28 September. The “Tour de Fresno” Bicycle Event is scheduled 12 September. One of many events CARP provides communications for public safety. www.k6arp.org/
FRESNO ARC++ Look at the FARC club picnic pictures on the W6TO Facebook page. Fresno County Emcomm Report from Glen, N6HEW, discusses the “Rough Fire”. “Rally in the Valley” is well discussed in SKIP newsletter. K6MI talks about roving in the Giga Frequencies. Ken, WA6OIB, (V pres.) reports on the Field Day Score. www.w6to.com
LOS BANOS ARC ++ Club Picnic 12 September. www.aa6lb.org
SIERRA ARC ++ Ramping up after the summer hiatus. Jim, WA6TFZ, made this photo of the Ring Nebula using a 12 inch LX200 Meade telescope
and a CCD camera. . www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/
SEQUOIA ARG ++ A Walking Tour of Tomo-Kahni
is a great article by Al Price, N6ALP . www.n6krv.org
STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ THE ELMER SESSION – FOR NEW HAMS - The local radio club is where the newcomer begins the journey of discovery and the seasoned veteran keeps informed of the latest technology. Regardless of where we are on our ham radio journey our local radio club is where we find our friends. NZ6Q, John (Flysheet editor) authored a piece on traveling on Field Day with friend Ismael KJ6LVY, to various sites. www.w6sf.org
TURLOCK ARC ++ Dick, K6SUU, Spencer, KJ6ART and Grady, K6IXA gave a well prepared presentation on Echolink. TRI County Ham radio group will be having our annual Pot Luck and Swap Meet at UTICA PARK, 12 September. Are you interested in Portable Operating? Check out ARPOC (Amateur Radio Portable Operators Club) on the web www.arpoc.org. Casey, Kj6SSB and his lovely wife Martha are featured in reference to the ISS and son Derik wanting to go to the ISS. From Dick, K6SUU. www.w6bxn.org.
The following Amateur became Silent Key since the last report:
He will be missed.
Traffic for August 2015:
ORS: W6SX 4, WS6P 328, K6RAU 15 Total 347
PSHR: W6SX 27, WS6P 210, K6RAU 83
>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of July 2015: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC vacant, TC W6TE.
Everyone back from vacation? Time to start school again and even old ops like me are learning new stuff.
We need a Public Information Coordinator (PIC). Someone who would like to interact with hams, the public and myself! Please contact me. Soon would be nice. Recommendations are welcome.
We are into August and looking at September so let me stress some items while we still have some time. First is community service projects and demonstrations. We need to be more visible to the public and to those who will need to find us during a communications event. If you do not already have a PIO in your club or group, have someone perform those tasks and enlighten the next echelon to assist and assume the position in the future. Done correctly, the Public will beat a path to your door. Now you need to be able to receive them with open arms. Remember, in serving the community, there are other ways to help besides communications. Very satisfying. Plus you get to play radio!
Next is fun. The San Joaquin Valley Section's “Rally in the Valley” is now an ARRL Sanctioned Event. September 19, we will have it again in Fresno. Although centered geographically, it is my intention to move it around the section in the future. There will still be Public Service Communications as an established component. This will include exhibitions, best practices and the Cal OES mobile unit (MAGU) and demonstration of its purpose, thanks to Mutual Aid Region Five (MAR-V). All are invited to show off their style of HAM Radio. Club projects, best practices, and even Ham trivia in a Jeopardy-like game with prizes. Oh yes, there has to be a swap meet, hi hi.
Finally, but very important; The Amateur Radio Parity Act is moving forward, but we all need to help out. If you have not gotten your letter to your representatives and Senators, then go to:
There you will find the status of the 2 bills in congress, who to contact and how. It will also give you the exact wording and what they are intended to accomplish. If you know a Ham that is not a member of ARRL, at least get this link to them.
Dan Pruitt, AE6SX
NEWS: From ARRL newsletters. Read complete articles from July to now.
07/14/2015 | Remotely Controlled VY1AAA Put Northern Territories on the Air for Field Day, Canada Day NT Section
07/17/2015 | ARRL Complains to FCC About The Home Depot s Marketing of RF Lighting Devices
07/20/2015 | QRZ.com Website Undergoing Major Upgrade
07/20/2015 | ARRL Board Approves Dues Hike, HF Band Plan, 2016 National Parks Centennial Event
Meeting over the weekend in Windsor, Connecticut, the ARRL Board of Directors has approved a $10 increase in the League’s annual dues rate, effective January 1, 2016.
07/21/2015 | ARISS Offering Certificate for Receiving Apollo-Soyuz Mission SSTV Images
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is offering a certificate to anyone who received slow-scan TV images during the Apollo-Soyuz mission 40th anniversary event, July 18-19.
07/23/2015 | FCC Proposes Fining Georgia Ham $1000 for Failing to Identify
07/24/2015 | FCC Shows No Mercy, Sustains $22,000 Fine for Egregious On-Air Behavior by Michigan Licensee
07/25/2015 | AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL, and Virginia Tech Announce Potential Phase 3E Opportunity
Virginia Tech has approached the US Government to fly the Phase 3E space frame into high-Earth orbit (HEO) in order to support scientific payloads as well as serve as an Amateur Radio satellite.
07/28/2015 | Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Gains Momentum, Cosponsor List Tops 90
07/29/2015 | HAARP Facility Will Be Transferred to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks on August 11
HAARP — the High Frequency Active Auroral Program — will transfer from military into academic hands next month.
07/29/2015 | Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee to Disappear in September 3
08/04/2015 | Additional ARRL Books Now Available as E-Books
08/05/2015 | Chinese Amateur Radio Satellites Set to Launch in Early September
+ Maryland-DC QSO Party
1600Z, Aug 8 to 0400Z, Aug 9 and
1600Z-2400Z, Aug 9
+ 50 MHz Fall Sprint
2300Z, Aug 8 to 0300Z, Aug 9
+ SARTG WW RTTY Contest
0000Z-0800Z, Aug 15 and
1600Z-2400Z, Aug 15 and
0800Z-1600Z, Aug 16
+ ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest
0600 local, Aug 15 to 2400 local, Aug 16
+ Russian District Award Contest
0800Z, Aug 15 to 0800Z, Aug 16
+ Keyman's Club of Japan Contest
1200Z, Aug 15 to 1200Z, Aug 16
+ North American QSO Party, SSB
1800Z, Aug 15 to 0559Z, Aug 16
+ CVA DX Contest, CW
2100Z, Aug 15 to 2100Z, Aug 16
+ SARL HF Digital Contest
1300Z-1630Z, Aug 16
+ ARRL Rookie Roundup, RTTY
1800Z-2359Z, Aug 16
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint
0145Z-0215Z, Aug 21
+ Hawaii QSO Party
0400Z, Aug 22 to 0400Z, Aug 24
+ Ohio QSO Party
1600Z, Aug 22 to 0400Z, Aug 23
+ CVA DX Contest, SSB
2100Z, Aug 22 to 2100Z, Aug 23
+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, SSB
1900Z-2000Z, Aug 27
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint
0145Z-0215Z, Aug 28
+ ALARA Contest
0400Z-1359Z, Aug 29 and
0400Z-1359Z, Aug 30
+ YO DX HF Contest
1200Z, Aug 29 to 1200Z, Aug 30
+ W/VE Islands QSO Party
1200Z, Aug 29 to 0300Z, Aug 30
+ SCC RTTY Championship
1200Z, Aug 29 to 1159Z, Aug 30
+ Kansas QSO Party
1400Z, Aug 29 to 0200Z, Aug 30 and
1400Z-2000Z, Aug 30
+ North American SSB Sprint Contest
0000Z-0400Z, Aug 30
+ SARL HF CW Contest
1300Z-1630Z, Aug 30
+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest
1700Z-1800Z, Sep 3 (CW) and
1800Z-1900Z, Sep 3 (SSB) and
1900Z-2000Z, Sep 3 (FM) and
2000Z-2100Z, Sep 3 (Dig)
+ QRP Fox Hunt
0100Z-0230Z, Sep 4
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder
0145Z-0215Z, Sep 4
+ NCCC Sprint
0230Z-0300Z, Sep 4
+ G3ZQS Memorial Straight Key Contest
2300Z, Sep 4 to 2300Z, Sep 6
+ ARRL EME Contest
0000Z, Sep 5 to 2359Z, Sep 6
+ Russian RTTY WW Contest
0000Z-2359Z, Sep 5
+ All Asian DX Contest, Phone
0000Z, Sep 5 to 2400Z, Sep 6
+ CWOps CW Open
0000Z-0359Z, Sep 5 and
1200Z-1559Z, Sep 5 and
2000Z-2359Z, Sep 5
+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint
0600Z-0629Z, Sep 5 and
0630Z-0659Z, Sep 5 and
0700Z-0729Z, Sep 5 and
0730Z-0800Z, Sep 5
+ RSGB SSB Field Day
1300Z, Sep 5 to 1300Z, Sep 6
AMATEUR RADIO CLUBS
CLOVIS ARP ++ CARP Summer Sizzler took to the hills! New venue in a mountain picnic area takes a few degrees off the summer torment. Fun Food and Radio, what more do you need, says Rob AE6GE, club Pres. Next T-Hunt is September. Check out past hunts and schedule at www.k6arp.org/activites/transmitter-hunt/ . The “Camp a long” takes them further into the mountains to play radio on August 14 to 16. The CA QSO Party from San Luis Reservoir in October. www.k6arp.org/
FRESNO ARC++ VP Ken WA6OIB is hosting the club picnic on 22 Aug. Recently Jerry, K6PKO has added a complete Heath station to one of his many operating positions. Excellent progr
San Joaquin Valley Officials
Section ManagerDan Pruitt AE6SX
Assistant Section ManagerJohn W. Lee K6YK
Official Observer CoordinatorVictor M. Magana N1VM
Technical CoordinatorDavid R. Smith W6TE
Assistant Section ManagerBob Hervatine N2NS
Section Emergency CoordinatorEdward A. Hanna KF6FIR
Affiliated Club CoordinatorCharles P. McConnell W6DPD
Section Traffic ManagerFred B. Silveira K6RAU