SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of March 2017


Hello Central Valley,
One quarter of the year is gone and the weather is still with us.  I
have replaced the coax on my VHF/UHF antenna.  Still need to put up a
new HF antenna I constructed.  I have plenty of projects to push toward
completion.  Seems I have a lot of home projects and “She who must be
obeyed” has a list of requests.  Where is the end?
I do know there are public service events that are on everyone’s
agenda.  As I read the newsletters, I see they are universal.  It is
good practice and good Public Relations.  Keep up the good work.  We
need to perfect our craft and excel at keeping the events as safe as
Mind the new laws and support the Parity Act.  Be recognized by those
in responsible positions in your respective counties.  If you have a
cabinet position, be forthcoming with your monthly reports.

Remember to support “The Amateur Radio Parity Act”. Go to the link
on the ARRL website  We
have to continue the support for this registration.

Also put your 2 cents in to repeal or amend AB1785.


Dan Pruitt, AE6SX

NEWS: From ARRL newsletters.  Read complete articles from March to
 03/09/2017 | RadioShack Again Files for Bankruptcy
 03/10/2017 | Teen Radio Amateur to Activate Iceland on his Inaugural
 03/10/2017 | International Crystal Manufacturing Going Out of
 03/14/2017 | Boy Scouts Announce 2017 JOTA-JOTI Theme
 03/14/2017 | ARISS Moves Closer to Launching New Radio System to Space
 03/14/2017 | ARRL Weighs In on New California ‘Driving While
Wireless’ Statute
 03/15/2017 | New ARRL Repeater Directory® is Biggest Ever!
 03/16/2017 | Maritime Radio Day Event Set for April
 03/17/2017 | Girl Scouts and Guides “Thinking Day on the Air”
Generates Enthusiasm for Ham
 03/17/2017 | Nevada ARES Team Honored
 03/21/2017 | Cuba Institutes New Amateur Radio Regulations
 03/21/2017 | ARRL Seeking Synergy with Maker Movement
 03/22/2017 | Virginia Engineering Students Tackle Satellite, Ground
Station Projects
 03/23/2017 | NVIS Research Paper Available
 03/27/2017 | College Students in Belize Introduced to Amateur Radio
  03/27/2017 | UK Museum Wants to Hear from Those Who Remember Sputnik
 03/28/2017 | AMSAT Reschedules Fox Series Launches
 03/28/2017 | Talks on Possible 4U1UN Reactivation Continue
 03/29/2017 | The Netherlands Modifies 5 MHz Amateur Radio Privileges
to Conform to WRC-15
 Global Allocation
 03/31/2017 | New Bands! FCC Issues Amateur Radio Service Rules for 630
Meters and 2,200
 03/31/2017 | Midway and Kure Islands are Now Deleted DXCC Entities
 04/03/2017 | A New QST QuickStats Poll Has Been Posted
 04/03/2017 | Club Log is Now a Logbook of The World Trusted Partner
 04/04/2017 | 30th International Marconi Day Event Set for April 22
 04/05/2017 | Free App Allows Blind Hams to Work PSK31
 04/10/2017 | New Rookie Roundup Rules Go into Effect for SSB Event on
April 16
 04/11/2017 | Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur Now

Call: N2NS Class: SO(A)SB20 HP
Summary: Band QSOs
Total 101

Call: N2NS/6 Class: SOSB/20 HP
Band QSOs Countries Call Areas
Total: 200


April 2017

+ WAB 3.5/7/14 MHz Data Modes    1200Z-1400Z, Apr 16 (RTTY) and
  1400Z-1600Z, Apr 16 (PSK) and
  1800Z-2000Z, Apr 16 (RTTY) and
  2000Z-2200Z, Apr 16 (PSK)
+ ARRL Rookie Roundup, SSB    1800Z-2359Z, Apr 16
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint    0145Z-0215Z, Apr 21
+ NCCC Sprint    0230Z-0300Z, Apr 21
+ QRP to the Field    0800-1800 local, Apr 22
+ UK/EI DX Contest, CW    1200Z, Apr 22 to 1200Z, Apr 23
+ SP DX RTTY Contest    1200Z, Apr 22 to 1200Z, Apr 23
+ Nebraska QSO Party    1300Z, Apr 22 to 0100Z, Apr 23 and
  1300Z-2200Z, Apr 23
+ BARTG Sprint 75    1700Z-2059Z, Apr 23
+ 222 MHz Spring Sprint    1900 local – 2300 local, Apr 25
+ UKEICC 80m Contest    2000Z-2100Z, Apr 26
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data    1900Z-2030Z, Apr 27
+ 10-10 Int. Spring Contest, Digital    0001Z, Apr 29 to 2359Z, Apr 30
+ Florida QSO Party    1600Z, Apr 29 to 0159Z, Apr 30 and
  1200Z-2159Z, Apr 30
May 2017
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB    1900Z-2030Z, May 1
+ 432 MHz Spring Sprint    1900 local – 2300 local, May 3
+ MIE 33 Contest    2300Z, May 3 to 0300Z, May 4
+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest    1700Z-1800Z, May 4 (CW) and
  1800Z-1900Z, May 4 (SSB) and
  1900Z-2000Z, May 4 (FM) and
  2000Z-2100Z, May 4 (Dig)
+ 10-10 Int. Spring Contest, CW    0001Z, May 6 to 2359Z, May 7
+ F9AA Cup, PSK    1200Z, May 6 to 1200Z, May 7
+ ARI International DX Contest    1200Z, May 6 to 1159Z, May 7
+ 7th Call Area QSO Party    1300Z, May 6 to 0700Z, May 7
+ Indiana QSO Party    1500Z, May 6 to 0300Z, May 7
+ FISTS Spring Slow Speed Sprint    1700Z-2100Z, May 6
+ Delaware QSO Party    1700Z, May 6 to 2359Z, May 7
+ New England QSO Party    2000Z, May 6 to 0500Z, May 7 and
  1300Z-2400Z, May 7


CLOVIS ARP ++  Clovis Club organized in conjunction with Fresno
ARES/RACES/SATERN to offer communications for the Blossom Trail and
California Classic lead by Rob, AE6GE.  Rick W6KKO supervised the
by-monthly Fox Hunt.  Field Day and the Climb to Kaiser will be done
simultaneously, at Pineridge school.

FRESNO ARC++    Ramrodded by Joe WA6FFJ, the club discussed many
topics,  The news letter’s hi-lite offered a 100KC. Project.  A recap
of the Fox-Hunt was explained and the support for the March of Dimes was

SEQUOIA ARG ++  April 08, 2017. Was our Weldon Annual Pot Luck and
Swap Meet, says Al N6ALP.

STOCKTON DELTA  ARC ++ I encourage everyone this month to check into a
net  – maybe while relaxing on the patio or porch and using your HT
or Go-Box.  W6SF Monday ; SARA Tuesday; Tracy and Lodi both are on
Wednesday nights; W6SF 10-Meter net on Thursday; Space Net on
Friday’s on the SARA repeater, just to name a few. Don’t forget to
check into the noon-time net on 40M. On Saturday there are several HF
With all the things we do, it’s easy to push radio to the back of the
list until suddenly you haven’t been heard on the air for quite a
while. So take a few minutes this month and check into a few nets –
you’ll be glad you did and the nets will be better for the added
participation. W6SFM, The SFM ARC would like to announce that we will
once again be running our CW beginners course in Sacramento. ACES
training considered a success.

TURLOCK ARC ++  It’s broke!  The March ARCOVER describes and shows
the damage to the W6BXN repeater site.  It depicts a disaster zone akin
to a cruse missile impact.  Repairs to the installation took 4 hams and
8 hours and is eloquently reported by Grady K6IXA.  
Caronell Majors was memorialized by Grady on her passing.
Dick Decker, K6SUU will be coordinating communications for the Turlock
Chaplaincy Run.
The 11 April program was provided by Grady, K6IXA.  Several years ago,
1997 the existing HF ham station became almost exclusive dedicated to
Winlink Pactor radio email. With three stations  on 40, 30 and 20
meters, operation on 40 meters and above was out of the question. A HF
station with decent antennas requires more space than is on a city lot.
Chuck Mancebo W6GAM came to the rescue offering  ten acres. We ended up
with a Remote Station, software designed by W4MQ and was accessible via
the internet anywhere in the world. In fact when Chuck and I were in
Thailand  we were able to check into the Modesto commuter net run by
Mark WB6BJN.

The following Amateur became a Silent Key since the last report:
Ron K6OQ, Diane KD6UCX,  Marcell K6YTK, Scot AG6IS and Greg W6CNJ.
.They will be missed.

Traffic for March 2017:
ORS:  WS6P 2220,  K6RAU 18  Total 2238
PSHR:   WS6P 130, K6RAU 73

Mark your Calendars:   
04/21/2017 | International DX Convention 2017
Location: Visalia, CA
Type: ARRL Convention pending Executive Committee approval
Sponsor: Northern California DX Club, Central AZ DXA, Utah DXA
      04/29/2017 | Valley of the Moon ARC Annual Hamfest
Location: Sonoma, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Valley of the Moon ARC
Website: http://VOMARC.ORG

05/12/2017 | Reno/Tahoe Hamfest
Location: Reno, NV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society

 06/02/2017 | Northwestern Division Convention (SEA-PAC)
Location: Seaside, OR
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Oregon Tualatin Valley ARC

       09/16/2017 | WPARC’s 11th Annual Hamfest
Location: Lincoln, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Western Placer Amateur Radio Club

      10/20/2017 | Pacific Division Convention (PACIFICON 2017)
Location: San Ramon, CA
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club

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
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
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
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
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

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