SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of April 2017


Warmth!  A welcome change.  Field Day a little over a month away and
other fun things in Amateur Radio.  All the clubs and EmComm groups are
enthusiastic about Public Service.  A word, remember to operate at the
top of your skills.  Dress the part, act professionally and listen.
Only talk when you have something to constructively contribute.  If you
are new to EmComm then take the online free FEMA courses.  Learn from
your leaders.  What works in Fresno Co. may be unusable in Calavaras.
So develop a working plan before the fires start or a big accident
occurs on the interstate.

There is a lot of proponents of digital voice radios.  They have many
helpful features.  However, just like the operator that only does VHF
and the guy he wants to communicate with, is only on HF.  So it is with
a very good top of the line xcvr that wants to pass traffic to an old
Heathkit.  Have more than one option.  Myself, I have a Heathkit dual
bander and other mostly HF Heathkits that I enjoy.  For dependability, I
have a Kenwood on HF and Yaesu at 75 watts on VHF.  In the car, I go
from near DC to 440 MHz.  I like these new xcvr designs, get the most
compatible one.  Just keep that dual bander around.

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


Dan Pruitt, AE6SX

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

04/11/2017 | 2017 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Issues
Call for Papers
04/11/2017 | Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur Now Available
04/13/2017 | Article Links Amateur Radio Growth to Emergency
04/17/2017 | FCC Proposes Levying Huge Fine on New York Police Radio
04/19/2017 | Motorola Solutions Expands Patent Infringement Complaints
against Hytera
04/26/2017 | Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio
Communications Test is May 13
04/26/2017 | Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio
Communications Test is May 13
05/01/2017 | NOAA Seeks Comments on Discontinuing WWV-WWVH North
Atlantic and North Pacific Marine Storm Warnings
05/02/2017 | ARRL Field Day Site Locator is Live for 2017, PSAs
05/03/2017 | Important Notice — New MF and LF Bands are Not Yet
Available to Use!
05/03/2017 | More Arduino Projects for Ham Radio by Glen Popiel, KW5GP,
Now Available
05/05/2017 | Spring Radio Club of America QSO Party is Saturday, May 6


May 2017
+ CQ-M International DX Contest    1200Z, May 13 to 1159Z, May 14
+ VOLTA WW RTTY Contest    1200Z, May 13 to 1200Z, May 14
+ FISTS Spring Unlimited Sprint    1700Z-2100Z, May 13
+ His Maj. King of Spain Contest, CW    1200Z, May 20 to 1200Z, May 21
+ Baltic Contest    2100Z, May 20 to 0200Z, May 21
+ CQ WW WPX Contest, CW    0000Z, May 27 to 2400Z, May 28
June 2017
+ 10-10 Int. Open Season PSK Contest    0001Z, Jun 3 to 2359Z, Jun 4
+ SEANET Contest    1200Z, Jun 3 to 1200Z, Jun 4
+ VK Shires Contest    0600Z, Jun 10 to 0600Z, Jun 11
+ Asia-Pacific Sprint, SSB    1100Z-1300Z, Jun 10
+ Portugal Day Contest    1200Z, Jun 10 to 1159Z, Jun 11
+ GACW WWSA CW DX Contest    1500Z, Jun 10 to 1500Z, Jun 11
+ REF DDFM 6m Contest    1600Z, Jun 10 to 1600Z, Jun 11
+ ARRL June VHF Contest    1800Z, Jun 10 to 0300Z, Jun 12


CALIFORNIA CITY ARC ++  The club is supporting W6LIE as Kern Co. Parks
on the air Check out their website.

CLOVIS ARP ++  Clovis Club has had very interesting programs including
digital voice communications and satellites.  Rob AE6GE continues to
take the lead in public service events (March of Dimes, Kirch Flat
Bicycle century and more to come).  Rick, W6KKO keeps the T-Hunts going.

FRESNO ARC++    The Prez, Stu WB6VRJ is still looking for a Field Day
Chairman and added Easter and Passover blessings, though belated.  SKIP
offered a great story of  The HISTORY OF THE CAR RADIO that has a very
familiar company name.  The Fresno VE quarterly exams are 20 May.
Charles W6DPD lists the DX outlook.  Glen N6HEW gives great advice in
his ARES/RACES newsletter.  John K6MI reviews the DX convention in

SIERRA ARC ++   Bob, AD6HF: The Blue Angels special event station logged
888 contacts.  Next meeting is on “Homebrew” projects.  SARC & BARC in
the park – Lone Pine park was  April 29,
it is always a great event to connect the orphan clubs of Bishop and
Ridgecrest.  Nice pictures.

history of interfacing radios and computers.  Check out the article and
as always the history of the Kern River Valley from Al, N6ALP.  Skip,
N6SR says get out your portable stuff for Field Day.  Next meeting will
be supporting Kern Co. Parks on the Air.

STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++  The club has to decide on antenna set-ups for the
Museum Ship and plan a work day to set them up on the USS Lucid. Museum
Ship Weekend is June 2 to 4.  John, NZ6Q reminisced on 86 years of Club
History and Public Service.  He also remembered a friend Joe N7SPD, now
SK.  John also suggested going to QRZ and view the W6SFD page referring
to their association with the Stockton Fire Department.  
Parachute Mobile is set for 13 May. QSO frequency will be 146.430 MHz
simplex. We will also be dedicating one jump for D-star.   Locally,
D-Star will be via the W6CX C repeater on Mount Diablo, output 145.000,
input 147.500, reflector REF014 C. Plans are to conduct an HF jump on 20
meters at 14.250MHz.

TURLOCK   ARC ++   Wireless handset law is discussed with good news,
thank you Grady K6IXA.  Buck Rock is getting an upgrade.  Paul Lambert
of Cooks Communications  is putting a pair of Kenwood TK-8180 Units
which make a very solid 20 watt repeater.  Great nostalgia about local
hams,  Hewlet/Packard and Dean W6HAB.  Want MESH networks, see Ken,

The following Amateur became a Silent Key since the last report:
.KA6CTF Gary, WA6HCT Louis, WB6IYX Marion, KD6PLF Donald and WA6PTE

They will be missed.
SJV Section ORS/FOR Traffic Report:  [Apr 2017]
(*best view: View/Text Size/Larger)  (k6rau / sjv-stm)

Call               Total
——              ——-
ws6p              2368
k6rau                 17
Sum:              2385
    SJV Section PSHR/FOR Reports:          [Apr 2017]
 Call      (T)
——–     ——
ws6p         240
k6rau        70       
Mark your Calendars:   
05/12/2017 | Reno/Tahoe Hamfest
Location: Reno, NV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society

05/21/2017 | North Hills RC Hamfest
Location: Carmichael, CA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: North Hills Radio Club

 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

       09/23/2017 |Reno Fall Ham Swap
Location: Reno, NV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society
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, WAS, 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 Time.
Western Public Service System (WPSS) meets nightly on 3952khz, roll –
at 7:30 PM local 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

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