SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of March 2013


Hello All;

Public Service events are in full swing. Charity events and spring
celebrations in the form of bike rides, Marathons, picnics, parades and
carnivals are worthy of community support. They also offer good
opportunities for training in safety and security, also fun radio. I
recommend you plan ahead and choose the commitments you will enjoy
volunteering and gain the most benefit.

Some calendar items for April in SJV. I think it note worthy that the
annual Turlock Auction is on 13 April. Check out their website for
details . Remember the International DX convention is
in Visalia starting 19 April. See all the happenings at: .

Last but not least, Field Day in June. You should have your plans so
you can post your site at and get your publicity going for the

Weather is nice so go play radio!
73; Dan AE6SX

* Montana Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Mobile Amateur Radio
Operations from Distracted Driving Regulations and giving Amateurs a
100-foot tower by right.

* Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, led a group of radio amateurs earlier this
month to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky to test how APRS can be
used as a means to extend radio communications underground via

* 03/11/2013 | W1AW Announces 2013 Spring Operating Schedule

* Radio Before Radio – Article about the 1910 pamphlet “The Wireless

* Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig
Fugate, KK4INZ, met with ARRL leadership at FEMA Headquarters in
Washington, DC last month.

* 2013 World Amateur Radio Day — April 18 — Celebrates 100 Years of
Disaster Communications

21 Rookie Roundup – Phone

CLOVIS ARP ++ The Clovis club is taking the lead on 3 events in Fresno
County. Rob, AE6GE, will be doing a program of “Fox Hunting from the
fox’s point of view”.

FRESNO ARC ++ Read about; “New Antenna material! Make antennas that
will float in the air and be invisible!” Paul, W6VPS, journaled his
antenna restoration. Pictures from the M Squared open house show food,
hams and swappers. If you like state of the art tech – check out the
insect transmit drone!

SEQUOIA ARG ++ This issue reports on a 15 year old from Sierra Leone
earning a trip to MIT. Some history: Hungry Gulch described. Pete
W6SV reminds us even the Tech Class can participate in the “Rookie
Round-up” by using 6 and 10 Meters in the contest.

SIERRA ARC ++ John, KJ6MQN will be talking on his work on the SDR
dongle radio featured in QST during the April Meeting. Elmer Says –
discusses measuring SWR accuracy. This month shows great pic of
Pan-Starr Comet. Hal, N6HAL, gives a tour of the Ridgecrest ARES/RACES
at PD and Mobile Command Center.

STOCKTON Delta ++ Charlie WB6NVB is working with Fred Coe WB6ASU to put
on a demonstration of amateur television, when the ATV repeater is up
and operating. Charlie also put on a presentation on batteries, power
supplies, inverters and how they can be used.

TURLOCK ARC ++ Field Day Countdown, by Bob, WB3CDB, is a great
checklist for prepping for Field Day. Feed System Discussion By Larry,
K6IY, compares voltage and current fed antennas. Don’t forget the
Auction 13 April.

The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Ed,
K6AHQ and Bill, KB6HRB. They will be missed.

Traffic for February 2013:
ORS: WS6P 315, K6RAU 15, W6SX 4 Total 334
PSHR: WS6P 175, W6SX 27, K6RAU 73

Mark your Calendars: The Turlock ARC Spring Auction is April 13, 2013,
at 9:00 AM, at the First United Methodist Church in Turlock. For
information check The 64th Annual International DX
Convention sponsored by the Northern California DX Club will be held at
the Visalia Conference Center in downtown Visalia, California from April
19-21, 2013. See for the latest information. EMCOMM
West for 2013 has been postponed. ARRL Field Day is June 22-23, 2013.
You can down load the FD Packet from ARRL. PACIFICON 2013 is scheduled
for October 11-13, 2013 at the Santa Clara Marriott. See for information.
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 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.
Elmering: Guy W6MSU’s Elmer talk group is at

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 nightly 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
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

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

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