Below is a picture of a visor and two samples of what we can put onto the brim. There are other colors and types of visors. If you go to gateway press (on-line) you can look at other colors. Walt at gateway seemed to feel that this particular visor would be large enough to add the graphic, but there are other visors.

Click on items below to see them.

Visor Calaveras Amateur Radio PROOF

Visor Estimate

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of June 2014



June is in the books. We are now looking forward to the Centennial

celebrations in July. There were many events for radio participation.

The first weekend in June had the museum ship weekend and S. J. V. has

an ocean going mines sweeper that is being restored in Stockton by the

Stockton Delta ARC.


Then the VHF contest was well attended. Rovers and portable operations

where both on the air. The contest included an opening in the 6 m band.


Last, and my favorite, was Field Day. It was a little warm for my

taste, however all the sites I visited and a great time. All were

highlighted with great food in quantity and GOTA stations punctuated

with warm smiles and time comfortable surroundings. Some had air

conditioning, some did not but all were having fun.


I will be posting pictures from a different field day sites on the

section Page.


It looks like the 100 years of ARRL will be well celebrated in

Hartford. I hope you have a chance to attend. However Pacificon will

be carrying the flag as a regional Centennial convention. So if you

miss CT, please join us in Santa Clara for the October convention.





Dan Pruitt, AE6SX


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

++ 06/10/2014 | FCC Okays Changes to Amateur Radio Exam Credit, Test

Administration, Emission Type Rules The FCC has adopted several changes

to the Amateur Service Part 97 rules.

++ 06/12/2014 | World Cup Special Event Stations, Prefixes On the Air

until July 30

Special event stations and prefixes are on the air from Brazil to mark

the World Cup competition now underway.

++ 06/16/2014 | Amateur Radio Role on Space Station Featured at ISS

Research and Development Conference The third annual ISS Research and

Development Conference this week will include a presentation on Amateur

Radio on the International Space Station program.

++ 06/17/2014 | Matt Wilhelm, W1MSW, Named as ARRL Contest Branch

Manager Matt Wilhelm, W1MSW, has been named to head the Contest Branch at ARRL HQ.

++ 06/18/2014 | Centennial Convention Friday/Saturday Forums Feature

Notable Speakers, Intriguing Topics The ARRL National Centennial

Convention forums on Friday and Saturday will highlight notable

speakers and an array of intriguing topics.

++ 06/18/2014 | New ARRL Technician Instructor E-Manual Now Available

for Download A new ARRL Technician Instructor Manual now is available

for free download by ARRL registered instructors.

++ 06/20/2014 | Toward a Perfect Field Day Experience and planning

will keep your Field Day operation running smooth.


++ 06/23/2014 | States, Counties, Communities Recognize the Value of

Amateur Radio States, counties, and communities across the US have formally recognized the value of Amateur Radio.

++ 06/24/2014 | Full Schedule of Youth Activities Featured at ARRL

National Centennial Convention The ARRL National Centennial Convention

in July will include a full schedule of youth-oriented activities.

++ 06/26/2014 | House Bill Would Require FCC to Extend PRB-1 Coverage

to Restrictive Covenants   A US House bill would require the FCC to

extend PRB-1 coverage to restrictive covenants.

++ 07/01/2014 | ARRL-Sponsored 600 Meter Experiment Approaches 170,000

Hours of Operation   The ARRL-sponsored WD2XSH 600 meter experiment

approaches 170,000 hours of operation.

++ 07/01/2014 | NASA Astronaut’s ISS Field Day Operation Puts Smiles

on Several Faces NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman, KF5LKT, got on the air

from NA1SS on the ISS for Field Day.

++ N2NS Bob operated in the VHF contest multi-Op, high-power, on 6 m.

Total score 2,280

++ K6AAB Steve operated all of Asia CW and low power. Raw score


++ KI6QEL Duane, took his Buddi-pole to the beach. His intentions

were to work NVIS back into SJV. Instead on Saturday afternoon he made

contacts on 15m to Greece, Hungary (new country for him), Venezuela,

Japan, Ohio, Florida, Utah (W1AW/7), and Wisconsin (W1AW/9). He says,

“Good enough, hi”

++ K6XJ, W6XK, and W6DPD are making JT65 contacts on 6 M.





+ FISTS Summer Sprint 0000Z-0400Z, Jul 12

+ IARU HF World Championship 1200Z, Jul 12 to 1200Z, Jul 13

+ CQC Great Colorado Gold Rush 2000Z-2159Z, Jul 13

+ WAB 144 MHz Low Power Phone 1000Z-1400Z, Jul 14

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jul 16 and 1900Z-2000Z, Jul 16 and

the0300Z-0400Z, Jul 17

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 1900Z-2030Z, Jul 16

+ VK/Trans-Tasman Contest, Multi-Mode 0800Z-1400Z, Jul 19

+ DMC RTTY Contest 1200Z, Jul 19 to 1200Z, Jul 20

+ CQ Worldwide VHF Contest 1800Z, Jul 19 to 2100Z, Jul 20

+ North American QSO Party, RTTY 1800Z, Jul 19 to 0559Z, Jul 20

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jul 23 and 1900Z-2000Z, Jul 23 and

0300Z-0400Z, Jul 24

+ RSGB IOTA Contest 1200Z, Jul 26 to 1200Z, Jul 27

+ County Hunters CW Contest 1400Z-2400Z, Jul 26 and 1400Z-2400Z, Jul


+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jul 30 and 1900Z-2000Z, Jul 30 and

0300Z-0400Z, Jul 31


August 2014


+ 10-10 Int. Summer Contest, SSB 0001Z, Aug 2 to 2359Z, Aug 3

+ European HF Championship 1200Z-2359Z, Aug 2

+ North American QSO Party, CW 1800Z, Aug 2 to 0559Z, Aug 3

+ ARRL August UHF Contest 1800Z, Aug 2 to 1800Z, Aug 3

+ SARL HF Phone Contest 1300Z-1630Z, Aug 3






FRESNO ARC++   WA6FFJ Joe announced the next program will be “the

secrets of the sun and understanding the numbers and propagation”.

W6DPD, Charles has latest DX information. Reprint of an article on the

first IC going to auction at 1 to 2 Million dollars. Pictures of the

W6TO Field Day.


Lodi ARC ++   Jason , KE5JTS, Pres, Bob , K6DGQ, VP, Jim , WB6BET, Sec

and Doug, KA6MEL, Treas. Reported the 2 meter net Average 23

check-in’s. Field Day set up was Friday. Antennas were triband yagi

on a boom truck and a 5 band N6BT remote switched dipole. Good contacts

on 40 Meters but they say a dedicated 40/80 Antenna is needed. Eric,

KD6MOO, showed a few of us how to install the crimp coax connectors to

create a missing jumper. Operating 6A (phone, CW & RTTY) we covered

the bands. Bob, KE6EAN, even made 1 contact on 6 meters.


SEQUOIA ARG ++ Pete, W6SV, reports a heart felt acknowledgment of the

club members challenges! Also the reprint of a story regarding the

possible causes of lightning. Still all plans for Field Day remained



STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ What can I paraphrase, not much. Stockton-Delta

participated in every event they could in June. They even took a shift

at W1AW/7. Museum Ship weekend, VHF contest, a bike ride and Field

Day. Go to the website and download their “Flysheet”. Very worth

your while.


TURLOCK ARC ++ Starting with an Ice Cream Social, then the Canyon

Classic bike ride and finishing with Field day. One of the best

organized clubs, download their “Arc-over” for all the details.


The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Cliff

N6ZU, Roy W6WZM, Mildred WY6Y and James N6WT. They will be missed.


Traffic for May 2014:

ORS: W6SX 3, WA6IAF 393, WS6P 1592, K6RAU 16 Total 2004

PSHR: W6SX 26, WA6IAF 90, WS6P 140, K6RAU 70


Mark your Calendars:     46th MARAC national convention (Mobile Amateur

Radio) July 9, 2014 in Visalia, CA. See for particulars.

ARRL Centennial Convention, The National Convention is July 17 – 19,

2014. For details for the 100-year celebration, go to Eighth Annual Sacramento Valley Hamfest

September 6, 2014 in Lincoln, CA. For details check out Western Placer

Amateur Radio Club,   Pacificon 2014/Regional ARRL

Centennial Convention is 10 through 14 October 2014. Details at The 2015 International DX Convention is April 17

to 19, 2015, in Visalia CA. Check for information.



ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section

Section Manager: Dan Pruitt, AE6SX



SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of May 2014


May is done, now we start June, my favorite month.

We have contests and Field Day!  A lot of special events are conducted in June.  Museum Ship Weekend is a good one, and more.  It is just a great month to operate.  Go camping, Mountain topping, sailing, fishing and just touring.  Then you stop, fire up the radio and find out where and what everyone else is doing.

Don’t forget to show off your hobby, kids day is coming up.  Show your relatives and friends all the varied ways to use Ham Radio.  No it isn’t CB (frown!).  Show them the difference.

Take your Ice Cubes and play radio, hi hi.
Dan Pruitt, AE6SX

NEWS: From ARRL newsletters.  Read complete articles from May to now.
++  05/08/2014 | FUNcube-2 Launch Set for June 19
++  05/14/2014 | Alpha and TEN-TEC to Merge Under RF Concepts Banner
++  05/14/2014 | ARRL Announces Free Exam Review Website
++   05/14/2014 | US House Committee Expresses Support for MARS Program
++   05/15/2014 | ARISS International Partners Regroup at First In-Person Meeting  since 2011
++   05/19/2014 | ARRL Offers New Amateur Radio Public Service Announcements
++   05/19/2014 | Now Supports “Secondary” Call Signs and LoTW
++   05/20/2014 | Oklahoma Grant Will Fund Amateur Radio-Based SKYWARN Location-Tracking System
++   05/21/2014 | KickSat Re-Enters Atmosphere Without Deploying “Sprite” Satellites
++   05/23/2014 | WNPR Highlights the History of Amateur Radio and the ARRL
++   05/28/2014 | Cuba Now Issuing Licenses for Limited, Domestic 60 Meter Operation
++   05/28/2014 | Additional Places Opened for ARRL Centennial Convention Training Track Courses
++   05/30/2014 | Hundreds of Clubs Register their FD 2014 Sites on the ARRL Field Day Locator!
++   06/02/2014 | Kids Day is Saturday, June 21!
++   06/02/2014 | International Radio for Disaster Relief On-the-Air Trial Set for June 5-6
++   06/02/2014 | The ARRL June VHF Contest is June 14-16!
++   06/02/2014 | FCC Releases Warning Notices to Several Radio Amateurs
++   06/04/2014 | Hams Invited to Submit Papers for Digital Communications Conference
++   06/04/2014 | Huntsville to Host GAREC 2014
++   06/04/2014 | Radio Amateurs Are Key Players in Effort to Maneuver 36-Year-Old NASA Spacecraft
++   06/05/2014 | Amateur Radio Satellite Payloads Set to Launch into Orbit this Month
++   06/06/2014 | Radio Amateur’s Sub-9 kHz VLF Signal Detected Across the Atlantic

June 2014
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test        1300Z-1400Z, Jun 11 and 1900Z-2000Z, Jun 11 and                                0300Z-0400Z, Jun 12
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint        0200Z-0230Z, Jun 13
+ DRCG WW RTTY Contest        0000Z-0759Z, Jun 14 and 1600Z-2359Z, Jun 14 and                                  0800Z-1559Z, Jun 15
+ Portugal Day Contest        1200Z, Jun 14 to 1200Z, Jun 15
+ GACW WWSA CW DX Contest        1500Z, Jun 14 to 1500Z, Jun 15
+ West Virginia QSO Party        1600Z, Jun 14 to 0200Z, Jun 15
+ REF DDFM 6m Contest        1600Z, Jun 14 to 1600Z, Jun 15
+ ARRL June VHF Contest        1800Z, Jun 14 to 0259Z, Jun 16
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test        1300Z-1400Z, Jun 18 and 1900Z-2000Z, Jun 18 and                                0300Z-0400Z, Jun 19
+ SMIRK Contest        0000Z, Jun 21 to 2400Z, Jun 22
+ Ukrainian DX Classic RTTY Contest        1200Z, Jun 21 to 1159Z, Jun 22
+ AGCW VHF/UHF Contest        1400Z-1700Z, Jun 21 (144) and 1700Z-1800Z, Jun 21 (432)
+ Kid’s Day Contest        1800Z-2359Z, Jun 21
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test        1300Z-1400Z, Jun 25 and 1900Z-2000Z, Jun 25 and                                0300Z-0400Z, Jun 26
+ Ukrainian DX DIGI Contest        1200Z, Jun 28 to 1200Z, Jun 29
+ His Maj. King of Spain Contest, SSB        1200Z, Jun 28 to 1200Z, Jun 29
+ ARRL Field Day        1800Z, Jun 28 to 2100Z, Jun 29
+ 10-10 Int. Spirit of 76 QSO Party        0001Z, Jun 30 to 2400Z, Jul 6

July 2014
+ RAC Canada Day Contest        0000Z-2359Z, Jul 1
+ Venezuelan Ind. Day Ctst        0000Z, Jul 5 to 2359Z, Jul 6
+ DL-DX RTTY Contest        1100Z, Jul 5 to 1059Z, Jul 6
+ Marconi Mem HF Contest        1400Z, Jul 5 to 1400Z, Jul 6


CLOVIS ARP ++  CARP Transmitter Hunt Thursday June 5.  Rob, AE6GE and Duane, KI6QEL have these T-Hunts down to a science.  A lot of fun.
FRESNO ARC++   Stu, WB6VRJ (Pres.) talks up Field Day as same place but new and improved with Ron, N6MTS as FD Chairman.  W6DPD, Charles notes the increased rates for Bureau cards and an up to date postal rate chart for international postage at
Charles also gives advice on DX Bulletins.  Bob, N2NS and Steve, K6AAB put up some good number with poor conditions during CQWW WPX CW.  ARES EC Glen, N6HEW sums up the EmComm accomplishments for May.
LOS BANOS ARC ++  I want to thank Michael, AD6AA and the AA6LB club for their hospitality.  There was a good discussion on ARRL and Amateur Radio in general.  Looking forward to Field Day 2014 at Big Page Park
SIERRA ARC ++  A suggestion of the 146.64 repeater new location was in the Salvation Army Building by the SARC repeater committee.  The 147.00 repeater remains running, Echolink is now available,tnx Bob, KK6ECM.  Summer will slow things down but Field Day is coming and so are the “Socials so stay tuned.

SEQUOIA ARG ++  New Arizona law bans all 2-way communication and is the work of the leaders of Coconino County.  Located in the north central part of Arizona and is a part of the Flagstaff metropolitan statistical area. It not only includes the city of Flagstaff but the Grand Canyon and adjacent areas as well.  As written, the new ban outlaws mobile radio communications most drivers who depend on the technology unless they are using a hands-free device. It also stops amateur radio operators and others who use push to talk microphone from being able to easily assist in a volunteer capacity with local events.  For more on this use these links: and

STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++  John NZ6Q, Robert N6GTO, Craig KJ6PKU and Bill AE6J were invited to the host station of W1AW/7 at the W7RN Contest Superstation just outside of Reno, Nevada.  WOW was the description given by Bill AE6J.  Mike KJ6KDL’s “Comm Station” in a box,  made operating Net Control easier and a lot more fun at the Delta Century Bike run.  That is one of many events successfully supported in May.
TURLOCK ARC ++ Ken, KF6IDK, and Lucian , KF6NPG are leading the crew for The Canyon Classic Bike Ride coming 14 June and I know a few of the Merced ARES members have enjoyed working at this event.  Field Day Location: The Schmidts’ (KI6PBL & KI6YQL).

The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report:
Charles, WB6HWH, Larry, W6KYO (ex WA6LUT), and Roy W6WZM.  They will be missed.

Traffic for May 2014:
ORS: W6SX 12, WA6IAF 215, WS6P 1692,  K6RAU 11  Total 1930
PSHR:  W6SX 37, WA6IAF 90, WS6P 145, K6RAU 67

Mark your Calendars:     Santa Maria Radio Swapfest June 14, 2014.  Check out the website at .  Field Day is June 28 – 29.  For information and to post your locations access day   46th MARAC national convention (Mobile Amateur Radio) July 9, 2014 in Visailia, CA.  See for particulars.
ARRL Centennial Convention, The National Convention is July 17 – 19, 2014.  For details for the 100 year celebration, go to  Pacificon 2014/Regional ARRL Centennial Convention is 10 through 14 October 2014.  Details at  The International DX Convention will be April 17-19, 2015 in Visalia.  Check for information as the convention time approaches..

Need to take an Amateur exam? Are you having an exam? Check the ARRL web page, for exam information. You can also search for Amateur Radio Classes in your area and register your exam. Instructors can also register classes there. Card Checking in the Section: You can get cards checked for awards within the section. W6XK, K6ZZ, and W6DPD can check your cards for DXCC in accordance with the rules for field checking. DXCC card checkers may now check cards dated from Nov 15, 1945, including Deleted DXCC Entities. K6ZZ can now check 160 Meter Cards. DXCC card checkers may, at their discretion, check cards for WAS, WAC, and VUCC. W6DPD and K6ZZ can check cards for the CQ Awards, WAZ, DX, Field, and Prefixes. The card checkers may also check applications for the IARU Region 2 Award. ARRL Special Service Clubs may appoint a HF awards manager for WAS and a VHF Awards Manager for VUCC.

The Webinar by Hank Garretson, W6SX, has been posted to the WWROF webpage  ( under the Webinars link.  Hanks presentation will be of particular interest to “Little Pistols” and those who are space limited. It’s worth checking out!

Hank added a link to the elevation plot which can be viewed at  Also the Ladder Snaps in the presentation can be found at You can e-mail Hank at for additional details.

The K6RAU (our Traffic Manager) Morse Code Instruction Course is available at or No need to know a “dit” from a “dah”, simply with paper and pencil, and following the instructions.

San Joaquin Valley Nets:
The Noontime net meets on 7.268.5 MHz. This net handles a lot of messages.  Daytime Region 6 Traffic Net meets daily at 3:30 pacific time on or near 7.275 MHZ. This one is probable not in operation at this time.
The California Traffic Net meets daily on 3.906 MHZ and 6:00 PM local time.
The Golden Bear Amateur Radio Net meets nightly at 7:00 PM local time on 3.975 MHZ.
Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.533 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.
San Joaquin Net meets Monday-Saturday on 3918khz, at 6 PM Pacific Time.
Western Public Service System (WPSS) meets nightly on 3952khz, roll – at 7:30 PM local Pacific Time.
The Mission Trail Net meets nightly on 3.856 MHZ at 8:00 PM local time.
Northern California Net 2 (NCN2) The slow speed training session of NCN, meets nightly on 3.533 MHZ at 9 PM Pacific Time. Handling traffic on CW is a good way to improve your CW skills.

CWops Tests are held weekly – Every Wednesday at 1300Z, 1900Z, and 0300Z (Thursday). Info and rules at .

ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section
Section Manager: Dan Pruitt, AE6SX