San Joaquin Valley
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News last updated: Mon 10 Februry, 2014
Welcome to the San Joaquin Valley Section.
Section Manager (SM) Dan Pruitt AE6SX
Assistant Section Managers (ASM) John Lee K6YK and Bob Hervatine N2NS
Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) Charles McConnell W6DPD
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Edward Hanna KF6FIR
Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) Victor Magana N1VM,
Section Traffic Manager (STM) Fred Silveira K6RAU,
Public Information Coordinator (PIC) Craig Carter K6QI
Technical Coordinator (TC) Dave Smith W6TE.
The San Joaquin Valley Section includes 12 counties in the central valley of California, Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Calaveras, San Joaquin, and Mono.
Thanks for visiting this page.
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Mark your Calendars:
Red Monkey Communications Open house & swap meet & VE testing March 15th at 5719 W. Barstow Ave, Fresno. See details at www.redmonkeycb.com/ . 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 January 2014: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.
100 Years and counting!
I am supposed to promote ARRL, but I enjoy being part of this organization. Especially during significant times like 2014.
ARRL has gone out of the way to make this year enjoyable. The QSO Party running all year. Videos and compilations from past QST Magazines, remind us where Ham Radio started and where it should be going. There is even memorabilia; Certificates, mugs, casual wear and even a special Key (Paddles) and Handbooks with names or serial numbers (the hardcover handbook is sold out).
Don't forget why we support ARRL. Our spectrum is at risk continuously. We could loose frequencies at the stroke of a pen!
Stay active and keep your membership up to date. Consider becoming a life member. Donate to the Second Century fund. Help to spread the word regarding becoming a Ham. Mentor a new ham.
Above all, have fun!
Dan Pruitt, AE6SX
NEWS: From ARRL newsletters. Read complete articles from January to now.
01/09/2014 | Library of Congress Releases Free Braille and Audio Reading App
01/09/2014 | National Contest Journal (NCJ) Debuts New Website!
01/10/2014 | Celebrate the ARRL Centennial with Two Special QST Collections!
ARRL is offering two QST retrospective volumes.
01/10/2014 | Antique Radio Classified to Resume Monthly Publication
01/12/2014 | Rare Hiram Percy Maxim Film Featured in February Digital QST
01/13/2014 | IARU Region 1 Monitoring System Notes New Russian OTH Radar on 20 Meters
01/16/2014 | The Old Man: Rotten QRM
01/17/2014 | New Guide Promotes FUNcube-1's Educational Value
A new guide is available for teachers and students using AO-73 for educational purposes.
01/22/2014 | Canada to Get Five 60 Meter Channels that coincide with ours.
01/27/2014 | ARRL Debuts Centennial “ARRL at 100” Video
01/28/2014 | Cuba Provides its Hams a Slice of 60 Meters
01/29/2014 | Portugal’s Radio Amateurs Granted Temporary Access to 1850-2000 kHz for Contests
02/04/2014 | ARRL Field Day Information Packet Now Available
Field Day is June 29-30, 2014, and the information packet now is available.
02/04/2014 | ARRL Centennial Convention Registration is Open!
02/04/2014 | School Club Roundup is February 10-14!
02/07/2014 | ISS CubeSat Deployment, “Ham Video” Commissioning Postponed
02/07/2014 | Arecibo Observatory Club to Establish New Amateur Radio Station
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data 2000Z-2130Z, Feb 12
+ PODXS 070 Club Valentine Sprint 2000 local, Feb 14 to 0200 local, Feb 15
+ Russian PSK WW Contest 2100Z, Feb 14 to 2100Z, Feb 15
+ ARRL Inter. DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Feb 15 to 2400Z, Feb 16
+ SARL Youth Day Sprint 0800Z-1000Z, Feb 15
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 2000Z-2130Z, Feb 20
+ CQ 160-Meter Contest, SSB 2200Z, Feb 21 to 2200Z, Feb 23
+ North American QSO Party, RTTY 1800Z, Feb 22 to 0559Z, Feb 23
+ SARL Digital Contest 1300Z-1600Z, Feb 23
+ North Carolina QSO Party 1500Z, Feb 23 to 0059Z, Feb 24
+ ARRL Inter. DX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Mar 1 to 2400Z, Mar 2
+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest 1100Z-1700Z, Mar 2
+ SARL Hamnet 40m Simulated Emerg Contest 1200Z-1400Z, Mar 2
+ EA PSK63 Contest 1600Z, Mar 8 to 1600Z, Mar 9
+ Idaho QSO Party 1900Z, Mar 8 to 1900Z, Mar 9
+ Wisconsin QSO Party 1800Z, Mar 9 to 0100Z, Mar 10
CLOVIS ARP ++ Lew KI6YWX gave a presentation on Power Pole connectors. Next T-Hunt is March 8. January's T-Hunt was a 'hidden in plain sight'. Read about it on the website. www.k6arp.org/
FRESNO ARC++ Celebrating Valentine's Day, KI6QEL Duane's XYL, Karen, is presenting an ID theft awareness seminar. Skip will be including “How to-s” on club maintenance, by former Club Officers. www.w6to.com
LOS BANOS ARC ++ Mike-AD6AA, Pres, discusses 2014 including fundraising. www.aa6lb.org
SEQUOIA ARG ++ New location for the Club Meetings will be at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights. Al N6ALP, writes about Carbon Monoxide and the may examples of what you should be aware. Great pictures of their year end party. www.n6krv.org
STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ John NZ6Q will discuss APRS at the next meeting. During the January meeting: Paul, N6KZW gave a very interesting presentation on putting together various “junk” boxes for different applications in amateur radio. The new by-laws were discussed by the membership and passed a motion to approve them. A flier was posted describing the necessity of raising money to purchase a new home for the CA Historical Radio Society. To donate visit the CHRS web site: www.CaliforniaHistoricalRadio.com Help keep KRE alive. www.w6sf.org
TURLOCK ARC ++ The “Prez” Ron KJ6KNL complements those from the Jan meeting. CQ Communications Inc has announced plans to realign its publications lineup and to launch a new online supplement to CQ Amateur Radio. Spencer, KJ6ART shows the repeater site, with snow. An article W6SKH” Memorial Repeater, contains valuable information concerning 220MHz repeaters by Grady K6IXA. www.w6bxn.org.
The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Opie K060P, Jim KE6SHK and Ken WA6HII. They will be missed.
Traffic for January 2014:
ORS: WS6P 314, K6RAU 11 W6SX 17 Total 342
PSHR: WS6P 140, W6SX 42, K6RAU 78
>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of December 2013: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.
Happy New Year! It is 2014.
Well we crossed another year off the calendar. I can say I'm very proud of SJV over this last year. I've seen the enhancing of repeater systems, repairing of last winter's damaged antenna systems and increased disaster training. There has also been the reformation of clubs and some new ones. Some Elmering but I would like to see more of the youth involved. In fact a Section Youth coordinator would allow direct input from the text generation. Inspire satellite and ISS contacts and also help promote Amateur Radio in the Scouts and Schools. Please send me any recomendations.
ARRL has many opportunities to play radio in this Centennial Year. Certificates to be had, just for being a member. W100AW (Newington W1AW), the Centennial QSO Party is a year long event. W1AW/somewhere will spend a week in different locations. Visit WWW.ARRL.ORG/CENTENNIAL for details. There will be 2 West Coast Regional Centennial conventions, June 6-8 SEA-PAC—Seaside, Oregon and October 10-12 Pacificon—Santa Clara, California
What is on your agenda? What are your goals? I would be happy to offer any help available. I can do a program on ARRL or Amateur Radio. Let me know as soon as possible and I will get you on the Calendar.
Please check your Clubs status as an affiliated Club and update your information annually. A contact person is required
Dan Pruitt, AE6SX
NEWS: From ARRL newsletters. Read complete articles from November to now.
12/03/2013 A California teenager makes it possible for elementary schoolers to enjoy a ham radio contact with the ISS.
12/04/2013 A US House subcommittee will be looking into updating the Communications Act of 1934.
12/04/2013 The ARRL may use the call sign W1ØØAW during its Centennial in 2014.
12/05/2013 Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, is the recipient of the Radio Club of America's Sarnoff Citation.
12/09/2013 JOTA 2013 was another year of growth for the event.
12/10/2013 A Long Island ham radio club is recognized on a plaque honoring Superstorm Sandy responders. The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club (GSBARC) earned a spot on a plaque honoring first responders and other volunteers who assisted in the wake of the devastating Superstorm Sandy and the nor’easter that followed in the fall of 2012
12/11/2013 The Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft was able to hear ham radio greetings on its early October Earth flyby.
12/12/2013 New Technician Class Question Pool Released
12/18/2013 | Two Ham-Astronauts to Repair Faulty Pump During Multiple Spacewalks interfering with some ham radioactivity aboard the ISS.
12/26/2013 | Voice of Russia to Continue Shortwave Broadcasting in 2014!
12/26/2013 | South Sudan Radio Amateurs Off the Air Due to Unrest.
12/27/2013 | Tokyo Hy-Power Files for Bankruptcy
12/30/2013 | InnovAntennas Acquires Force 12
01/02/2014 | Spanish Radio Amateurs Given Access to 60 Meter Frequencies Through
01/02/2014 | FUNcube-1 (AO-73) Marks 6 Weeks in Space.
01/03/2014 | ARRL-Sponsored Medium-Frequency Experiment Continues as Hams Hope for New Band. ARRL's WD2XSH 630 meter experiment continues.
+ North American QSO Party, CW 1800Z, Jan 11 to 0559Z, Jan 12
+ NRAU-Baltic Contest, CW 0630Z-0830Z, Jan 12
+ NRAU-Baltic Contest, SSB 0900Z-1100Z, Jan 12
+ DARC 10-Meter Contest 0900Z-1059Z, Jan 12
+ Midwinter Contest 1000Z-1400Z, Jan 12
+ North American QSO Party, SSB 1800Z, Jan 18 to 0559Z, Jan 19
+ ARRL January VHF Contest 1900Z, Jan 18 to 0359Z, Jan 20
+ CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW 2200Z, Jan 24 to 2159Z, Jan 26
+ BARTG RTTY Sprint 1200Z, Jan 25 to 1200Z, Jan 26
+ Vermont QSO Party 0000Z, Feb 1 to 2400Z, Feb 2
+ 10-10 Int. Winter Contest, SSB 0001Z, Feb 1 to 2359Z, Feb 2
+ Black Sea Cup International 1200Z, Feb 1 to 1159Z, Feb 2
+ Minnesota QSO Party 1400Z-2400Z, Feb 1
+ British Columbia QSO Party 1600Z, Feb 1 to 0400Z, Feb 2
+ Delaware QSO Party 1700Z, Feb 1 to 0100Z, Feb 3
+ Mexico RTTY International Contest 1800Z, Feb 1 to 1759Z, Feb 2
+ North American Sprint, CW 0000Z-0400Z, Feb 2
CLOVIS ARP ++ New directors were added to the Board of Directors: Laura KI6KRT, Mike KD6LDA and Lou KD6WAW. Officers will be selected in January. The 2014 T-Hunt schedule has been posted to the website. www.k6arp.org/
FRESNO ARC++ January program by Laurie Ecklund Long is on “My Life in a Box” and how to survive emergencies and planning for eventualities. Thanks to Ken WA6OIB. Nice pictures from the W6TO Christmas Party. www.w6to.com
LODI ARC ++ Since the club meets on the first Thursday of the Month, February's program willl be The Really Big Dixon Radio Stations by Jim Seiferling. lodiamateurradioclub.org/
SIERRA ARC ++ The annual Installation dinner will be held on January 13. President – Dave, KJ6VRV: 1st Vice Pres – Paula, N6VGW; 2nd Vice pres – Tammy, KG6VYA; Secretary – Bill, WA6QYR; Treasurer – Julie, KI6YRA. www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/
SEQUOIA ARG ++ 2013 went out with a roar. See the pix of the Christmas Party including the “Ugly Christmas Sweater” Contest, Chuck KI6GOG winner! A “Hello” to the SKYWARN Spotters in a letter from the Hanford weather station, reminds the spotters of the direct numbers, email and web page location. www.n6krv.org
STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ 2014 Officers: PRES-Paul, N6KZW; VP Charlie, WB6NVB; TREAS Dave, N6LHL; and SEC Eric, W6INP. Cute idea on reading CW is in the DEC Flysheet. www.w6sf.org
TURLOCK ARC ++ TARC Officers for 2014 are: President, Ron KJ6FNL; VP Darren, K6RDJ; Treas. Mike, KG6VFL; Sec, Spencer, KJ6ART. Take the “Amateur Radio Quiz” posted in the newsletter. It is great fun. . www.w6bxn.org.
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA DX CLUB++ Officers for 2014 are Pres Bill, WA5VGI; 1st VP Bob, N2NS; 2nd VP Steve, N6HK; Sec/Treas Charles, W6DPD; Directors Perry, K6XJ; Steve, NA6G; and Richard, WD6FF. For information on meetings, check www.ccdxc.org.
K6XJ, W6DPD, K0DDR, and W6MSU are having fun with JT65 on HF.
W6DPD earned the WPX Award.
KJ6P has earned numerous CQ Field Awards.
The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Jack KD6MRF, Herbert N6BC and Ray WB6UCO. They will be missed.
Traffic for December 2013:
ORS: WS6P 393, K6RAU 10 W6SX 6 Total 409
PSHR: WS6P 130, W6SX 31, K6RAU 71
>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of November 2013: SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.
It may not be winter yet, but sure feels like it. Seems like the whole country was put in the deep freeze. It won't be long before we start Santa Claus duty, hi hi.
Most of the Newsletters refer to Christmas Party Plans and Thanksgiving Day excesses. I do still notice references to “Goodwill” and “Charity”. For this I am grateful.
Allow me to reflect on what I am Thankful. Not the least is Amateur Radio. I have been around enough of the world to know we are very lucky to have our frequencies, power and lenient regulations. I suggest we preserve and treasure them highly. It would not take much to lose any part of it, at the drop of a hat.
Looking forward, don't get caught up in the mercantilism of the season. Remember the origin of salvation and the power of giving. Be kind and generous now and all year long.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!
Dan Pruitt AE6SX
NEWS: From ARRL newsletters. Read complete articles from November to now.
11/05/2013 | TQSL 2.0 Software Released for Logbook of The World
11/07/2013 | All-Ham Contingent Carries Olympic Torch to ISS; Crews Prepare to Swap Places
11/11/2013 | American Legion Takes to the Airwaves to Salute Veterans using W9L.
11/11/2013 | K9W Operation Approved for DXCC Credit.
11/11/2013 | Two Hams, Olympic Torch Return Home from ISS.
11/12/2013 | Illinois Congressman Chats with K9W Team on Wake Island.
11/13/2013 | ITU Deploys Satellite Communication Equipment to the Philippines, Ham Radio Response Continues
11/13/2013 | TV Show Featuring Fictional Ham Sparks Crop of New Hams
11/14/2013 | 2013 ARRL Field Day Results Posted!
11/18/2013 | FUNcube-1 Team to Gather for November 21 Launch, “Dashboard” Software Released
11/19/2013 | ARRL Helps Manufacturer to Resolve Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter RFI Problems
11/30/2013 | SKYWARN Recognition Day is December 7
12/02/2013 | Amateur Radio Direction Finding Enthusiasts Enjoy National, Regional Competition
12/05/2013 | Amateur Radio Disaster Response in Philippines Winds Down
12/05/2013 | Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, Receives Radio Club of America’s Sarnoff Citation
12/09/2013 | International Reply Coupon Redemption Deadline Looms
12/09/2013 | Voice of Russia — former “Radio Moscow” — to End Shortwave Broadcasts
+ 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 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
Assistant Section ManagerJohn W. Lee K6YK
Affiliated Club CoordinatorCharles P. McConnell W6DPD
Section Emergency CoordinatorEdward A. Hanna KF6FIR
Official Observer CoordinatorVictor M. Magana N1VM
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