SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of Dec 2015

SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC vacant, TC W6TE.


Hello All;

One more year gone and posted to the History books!  I’m already late

with my inept computer competition holding me back.  I do want to say

that there is a bright new year ahead.  We have a long “To Do

List”.  AMSAT is trying to establish a Geosynchronous Satellite with

in the year.  Dave, W6TE will be working through the West Coast to

explain the system that needs to be created from the ground stations to

the “Bird” itself.  Be on the look-out for Dave speaking near you,

or contact him directly or you may invite him to your Club”!


We have contests, of course and The National Parks on the Air.  There

are many other opportunities to operate.  Stay informed and educate

your relatives and neighbors.  Then bring them to the club meetings and

work with them so they realize their potential in the hobby.


We need to keep apprised of the Amateur Radio Parity Act.  Tell

everyone you know and give them the link to get their letters in.  The

link is:


Now the bad stuff.  The weather is here, rain and we should be grateful

but we need to be mindful of all the water coming at once.  Are you

ready to help if needed?  Take the on line EC-001 Emergency

Communications course.  Add the FEMA IC 100, 200, 700, and 802 on line

study courses that are offered for free.  Then work in your county ARES

contingent to practice doing Public Service Events.  Regularly test your

skills by contacting your neighbors in adjacent Counties.  Work with

your PIOs or equivalent in collecting and dispensing information

properly.  Be an effective communicator.



Dan Pruitt, AE6SX


NEWS: From ARRL newsletters.  Read complete articles from December to



12/14/2015 | Gabi San Martin Hernandez, EB1BT, Dies in Afghanistan


12/16/2015 | Astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI, to Host First ARISS Video


12/16/2015 | Philippine Radio Amateurs Respond to Typhoon Threat

12/17/2015 | Preliminary CQ World Wide Survey Results Suggest

Contesters Trending Older 12/19/2015 | FCC Proposes to Penalize

California Licensee $25,000 for Causing Intentional Interference

12/21/2015 | School in Remote Alaskan Village Reaching Out via Ham


12/24/2015 | First Geosynchronous Orbit Amateur Radio Payload Could Aid

Disaster Communication

12/28/2015 | New Wild and Scenic Rivers, Scenic and Historic Trails

Added to NPOTA Sites List

12/29/2015 | CQ World Wide Participants Favor Limiting Operating Time

to Less Than 48 Hours

12/30/2015 | Medium-Wave Transmitters in Germany and France Shutting

Down at Year’s End

01/02/2016 | Palmyra, South Sandwich/South Georgia Will Help Kick Off

2016 DXpedition Calendar

01/05/2016 | ARRL Board of Directors to Elect New President, Officers

at January Meeting

01/06/2016 | Dishtronix Purchases TEN-TEC Assets

01/06/2016 | “Official” P5/3Z9DX North Korea Activation Now Set for

this summer

01/06/2016 | National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) Event Gets Off to a

Strong Start!

01/06/2016 | Redesigned FCC Website Makes it Easy for Hams to File

Interference Complaints

01/07/2016 | Ramsey Kits Calls it Quits

01/07/2016 | CWops Announce Award for Advancing the Art of CW

01/08/2016 | SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Christmas Eve Transmission

Generates a Host of Reports

03/05/2015 | Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress

03/11/2015 | FCC Enforcement Bureau Field Resources Poised to Shrink

03/17/2015 | Amateur Radio Roundtable Offers Live, Weekly Ham Radio


03/16/2015 | ARRL President: H.R. 1301 is All About Fairness

03/16/2015 | Colorado Governor Signs Amateur Radio Antenna Bill Into


03/13/2015 | IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide Available Online

03/26/2015 | “Radio DARC” Program Debuts on Ham-Operated German

Shortwave Outlet

04/01/2015 | Utah Group Puts Broadband-Hamnet to Work for Food Project


04/02/2015 | Standard General Affiliate Acquires 1743 RadioShack Stores


04/03/2015 | TEN-TEC and Alpha Purchased from RF Concepts

04/08/2015 | WWV’s 25 MHz Signal Still Going Strong After 1 Year Back

on the Air

04/10/2015 | New iOS App Available for The ARRL Repeater Directory®

04/13/2015 | “Thinking Day” Activity Gets Girl Scouts Thinking

About Ham Radio

04/13/2015 | Switching Power Supplies a More Common Noise Source than

Power Lines, ARRL Lab Manager Says

04/14/2015 | Ohio ARES to Sponsor “NVIS Antenna Day”

04/15/2015 | Call for Papers: ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications


04/16/2015 | ARRL 600 Meter Experiment Coordinator Recommends Renewing

Experimental License

04/16/2015 | FCC Proposes to Make Past Amateur Radio Address

Information Private

04/17/2015 | Australian Ham’s “PicoSpace” Balloon Circumnavigates

the Globe

04/20/2015 | Fox-1C and 1D Satellites to Include L-Band Uplink; Fox-1E

to Have Linear Transponder

04/22/2015 | Participants May Apply Anytime for Centennial Points

Challenge, W1AW WAS Awards

04/23/2015 | CQ DQs Two Dozen CQ World Wide DX Contest SSB Participants


04/24/2015 | House Committee Asks FCC for Documents Related to Proposed

Enforcement Bureau Closures

04/26/2015 | AMSAT: Amateur Radio Payload Could Share Space on

Geosynchronous Satellite

04/27/2015 | Jacob Nunez-Kearny, KF7DSY, is 2015 Goldfarb Scholarship


04/28/2015 | FCC Proposes to Permit Amateur Access to 2200 and 630


04/29/2015 | ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition Seeks

“Social Entrepreneurs”

04/30/2015 | Central States VHF Society Annual Conference Set for July

23-26 in Denver

04/30/2015 | ARRL Facebook Repost of Interview with Ham in Nepal Draws

Huge Response

05/01/2015 | Remotely Controlling VY1JA Station in Yukon Territory a


05/05/2015 | Whistler Recalls Jump&Go Portable Jumpstart and Power

Supply Units Due to Fire Hazard

05/05/2015 | ARISS “Ham Video” Ground Station Tests Under Way

05/07/2015 | US Naval Academy CubeSat Launch to Include Next APRS





January 2016

+ NAQCC CW Sprint        0130Z-0330Z, Jan 21

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint        0145Z-0215Z, Jan 22

+ YL-ISSB QSO Party, CW/SSB        0000Z, Jan 23 to 2359Z, Jan 24

+ Montana QSO Party        0000Z-2400Z, Jan 23

+ SKCC Sprint        0000Z-0200Z, Jan 27

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

+ CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW        2200Z, Jan 29 to 2200Z, Jan 31

+ UBA DX Contest, SSB        1300Z, Jan 30 to 1300Z, Jan 31

+ Winter Field Day        1700Z, Jan 30 to 1700Z, Jan 31

+ ARRL January VHF Contest        1900Z, Jan 30 to 0359Z, Feb 1



February 2016

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB        2000Z-2130Z, Feb 1

+ Phone Fray        0230Z-0300Z, Feb 3

+ UKEICC 80m Contest        2000Z-2100Z, Feb 3

+ YLRL YL-OM Contest        1400Z, Feb 5 to 0200Z, Feb 7

+ Vermont QSO Party        0000Z, Feb 6 to 2400Z, Feb 7

+ Triathlon DX Contest        0000Z-0759Z, Feb 6 (CW) and

0800Z-1559Z, Feb 6 (SSB) and

1600Z-2359Z, Feb 6 (RTTY)

+ 10-10 Int. Winter Contest, SSB        0001Z, Feb 6 to 2359Z, Feb 7

+ Black Sea Cup International        1200Z, Feb 6 to 1159Z, Feb 7

+ Minnesota QSO Party        1400Z-2400Z, Feb 6

+ British Columbia QSO Party        1600Z, Feb 6 to 0400Z, Feb 7

+ AGCW Straight Key Party        1600Z-1900Z, Feb 6

+ FISTS Winter Slow Speed Sprint        1700Z-2100Z, Feb 6

+ Mexico RTTY International Contest        1800Z, Feb 6 to 1759Z, Feb 7






CENTRAL VALLEY RADIO CLUB ++  Bill, K6WGJ, opened up his warehouse to

Greg KI6OUI and other Instructors to educate nearly 40 new Hams over 4

weeks of Saturday study.  Following on the Tech Class a hands on forum

for “What to do next” as half a dozen Elmer’s answered questions

and gave practical advice.  Thank you Bill and Greg and the whole crew!


CLOVIS ARP ++   T-Hunt on Jan. 9, Sat. A.M.  Fox(s) will be Ron K6MTS

and Ken WA6OIB.  Public Service events: February 20 – The Rotary

Chocolate Run, March 5 – Blossom Trail 10K.


FRESNO ARC++ Dave, W6TE, was our January speaker at the FARC meeting.

He is informing all Hams concerning the exciting AMSAT Phase IV mission

on a very fast track with a launch at the end of 2016 or early 2017.

New officers for 2016: Stuart WB6VRJ, Pres.; Ken WA6OIB, VP; Joe

WA6FFJ, Sec; Ron N6MTS, Treas.  A transverter box built by Dave, W6TE,

our January speaker was shown.  It will be in use for the January VHF

contest on Jan. 30-31.  Frequencies covered are 900mc., 1.2g, 2.3g,

3.5g, 5.7g, and 10g. 24g and the lower vhf bands are all covered in

separate radios.  EmComm Group: For Newbie’s – “IntroNet”.  Lew

N3LER, will be starting a new net Tuesdays at 19:30 hrs, Local.

Frequency 147.150 + MHZ PL 141.3.   This is designed for the new Ham.

December 18, ARES & SATERN members assisted The Salvation Army with

their annual food and toy distribution.  Over a 1,000 families received

assistance so that the children would have toys and food on the table

Christmas morning.


LODI ARC ++   Jim WB6BET, trustee, announced that our original club

call, WB6HUM, was re-issued by the FCC.  They now have control over

their original call that we could use for a special event or one of the

lesser contests.  The use of the call will have to be cleared through

Jim.  Our club will again do both Field Day and the California QSO

Party.   Our program tonight was presented by Jim, WB6BET, on the ARRL

National Parks on the Air year long event.  This is the 100 year

anniversary of the national park system. The second half of his

presentation was on ham equipment for doing a portable operation in one

of the National park units.  For further details see;


LOS BANOS ARC ++  IMPORTANT BUSINESS of Election of Officers for 2016

will be the main subject of the January Meeting.


SIERRA ARC ++  The annual SARC Installation dinner was held on January

  1. Mike, WA6ARA reported that the R/C Desert Classic went well.

Dave, W6TLA reported the December 12 exam session went well with three

new techs and 2 generals.  Steve, N6MVX will be having the CPR class on

a Saturday morning in January or February.    Dennis, W6DQ ran a radio

spectrum clinic checking out everyone’s HT. He had a borrowed Field

Fox N9918A spectrum analyzer to check the power, spurious signals, and

harmonics coming from the HT.  The 2016 officers are: Pres: Dennis,

W6DQ; First VP Steve, KK6JTB; Second VP Mike, KK6TAZ; Secretary Bill,

WA6QYR; and Treasurer Julie, KI6YRA.   Check out the Airwaves for the

HT analyzer results.


SEQUOIA ARG ++  2016 Leadership: Pres: Pete W6SV; VP Donna WA6FUN;

Sec.: Christine KK6AZQ; Treasurer/ Web Master & Past Pres. Mike KA6IYS.

There is too much fun stuff in the “Kern River Voice”.  Please

check out the frivolity.


STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++  The Club went in November to The California

Historical Radio Society Museum (CHRS), the West Coast’s largest

educational center for radio, and it publishes the Journal for the

Restoration and Preservation of Early Radio.  Recently relocated in

Alameda, they hosted many Amateur Radio Clubs.  Check out the website:    New officers 2016:

President:  KI6FTT, Dan; VP: W6MSU, Guy; Treas: N6LHL, David; Sec:

W6INP, Eric.


The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report:


WA6OZZ John, WA6JGR Eleanor, WD6CAZ Tony, KJ6RIL, Gordon, and K6SNL,



They will be missed.


Traffic for December 2015:

ORS: W6SX  6 WS6P  1562 K6RAU  14  TOTAL:  1582

PSHR:  W6SX  30 WS6P  205 K6RAU  81



Mark your Calendars:


02/19/2016 | Southwestern Division Convention (Yuma Hamfest)

Location: Yuma, AZ

Type: ARRL Convention

Sponsor: Yuma Amateur Radio Hamfest Organization



03/12/2016 | Santa Clara Valley Section Convention (RADIO FEST)

Location: Del Rey Oaks, CA

Type: ARRL Convention

Sponsor: Naval Postgraduate School Amateur Radio Club



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



04/15/2016 | 67th International DX Convention

Location: Visalia, CA

Type: ARRL Convention

Sponsor: Southern California DX Club




Location: Sonoma, CA

Type: ARRL Hamfest

Sponsor: Valley of the Moon 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




ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section

Section Manager: Dan Pruitt, AE6SX


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