SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of June 2013


Hello Radio!

June was a very busy month for Ham Radio.  First the Museum Ship
Weekend, then VHF Contest, various other contests all this while you
got ready for Field Day!  A lot of work, but fun and naturally it is
quite gratifying when all the efforts come together.

It was my pleasure to visit a number of Field Day sites in the Southern
San Joaquin.  I would say that “Public Access” was a prerequisite at
most sites.  I saw some new and younger faces, GOTA operations and some
very cozy layouts.  One Club was surrounded by Girl Scouts!  They had
never seen Ham Radio in operation, so a demonstration was gladly
provided.  The universal component for every place I visited was just
having fun.

I posted a few photos from my travels on the Section Page.  Well done
San Joaquin.

73; Dan AE6SX

06/04/2013 ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, has accepted
the position of ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager.  Mike
Christopher, NT1A takes over as the Contest Branch Manager.
06/10/2013 The ARRL DXCC desk has announced that it has approved DXCC
credit for the May 2013 VU7KV operation from Lakshadweep Islands.
06/10/2013 Several videos of Contest University 2013 sessions from the
2013 Dayton Hamvention now are available on You Tube.
06/11/2013 Kids Day was Saturday, June 15. Sponsored by the Boring (OR)
Amateur Radio Club, Kids Day is the perfect way to introduce a young
person to the magic of Amateur Radio.
06/19/2013 A new version of Trusted QSL (TQSL) software for Logbook of
The World (LoTW) is available to users. TQSL v. 1.14.1 may be
downloaded from the LoTW page. 
06/21/2013 E-mail service to and from ARRL Headquarters has been
restored. However, it may take some time for staff to respond to the
thousands of messages that have accumulated during the outage.  If you
have received a message indicating that your original e-mail message
was undeliverable, please re-send. We apologize for the inconvenience.
06/21/2013 The ARRL Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to
announce the scholarship recipients for 2013 with 7 of those being
California Residents.  One recipient was Joy Mellora, KI6AJC, of West
Point CA in Calaveras County.   Congratulations!!
06/24/2013 ARRL Life Member and Public Relations Committee Member Don
Carlson, KQ6FM, of Sparks, Nevada, died June 21, of complications
related to pancreatic cancer.
06/25/2013 FAA regulations let you travel with dry cells in either your
carry-on or checked baggage, but prohibit loose lithium batteries in
checked baggage. But what about rechargeables in carry-on luggage? 
Look up the details!
06/28/2013 It has been reported by several members that someone posing
as “ Online Services” is attempting to convince members to
provide personal information. These e-mails ask the user for his or her
username and password. Please be advised that these e-mails are not from
the ARRL.
06/28/2013 The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
program hopes that an Amateur Radio digital TV system will be up and
running aboard the International Space Station by later this year.
06/30/2013 The Wake Atoll 2013 Commemorative DXpedition team reports
that preparations for its planned K9W operation this fall are
“progressing nicely.”

July 2013

IARU HF World Championship                      1200Z, Jul 13 to 1200Z,
Jul 14
CQ Worldwide VHF Contest.                              1800Z  July 20 to 2100Z
July 21
North American QSO Party RTTY                      1800Z July 20 to 0600Z July
RSGB IOTA Centenary Contest                      1200Z July 27 to 1200Z July

August 2013

North American QSO Party, CW                      1800Z, Aug 3 to 0559Z, Aug
ARRL August UHF Contest                                 1800Z, Aug 3 to 1800Z,
Aug 4
North American QSO Party PH                              1800Z Aug 17 to 0559Z
Aug 18
ARRL 10 GHZ and UP                                      0600Z Aug 17 to  000Z
Aug 18

FRESNO ARC ++  Next meeting's program is on Bob Stroup, K6UGM, who will
display the most comprehensive collection of keys in this part of the
world.  FD was great fun and many pictures are on the website and
“Skip”.  Ron, N6MTS, has an extensive report on Field Day.

LOS BANOS ARC ++  Almost 5 pages of Field Day pictures are in
“Frequency”.  Great shots the young Hams there also.

SEQUOIA ARG ++  .Al Price (N6ALP) is the proud owner of a whale of an
antenna and tower.  Pete W6SV, talks about the photos of events that
are posted on the website.

SIERRA ARC ++   The club operated as N6N 4A ORG, on Field Day. 
Preliminary results are 1230 points. 

STOCKTON Delta ++  June 1 and 2, about 15 hams boarded the USS Lucid to
participate in the Museum Ship’s Weekend.  A very informative article
regarding “EMERGENCY TRAFFIC”, handled BY KD6CPA

TURLOCK ARC ++ Pres Darren, K6RDJ, writes a nice article about June and
up and coming events.  Field Day pictures are in the newsletter.  Grady
K6IXA, offers a link to someone using his RMSmail system, as they go
'round the world

The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Jim
KD6TDD, Mark N6ICM, and Mark KK6BIL.  They will be missed.

Traffic for JUNE 2013:
ORS: WS6P 377, K6RAU 18, W6SX 0 Total 395
PSHR: WS6P 150, W6SX 22, K6RAU 71

Mark your Calendars:    PACIFIC NORTHWEST DX Convention is scheduled
for 2 August 2013, in Spokane Valley, WA.  See for
details.  PACIFICON 2013 is scheduled for October 11-13, 2013 at the
Santa Clara Marriott. See for information.  The 2014
International DX Convention will be April 4-6, 2014, at the Visalia
Convention Center.  Check 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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