SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of December 2013


Happy New Year!  It is 2014.

Well we crossed another year off the calendar.  I can say I'm very
proud of SJV over this last year.  I've seen the enhancing of repeater
systems, repairing of last winter's damaged antenna systems and
increased disaster training.  There has also been the reformation of
clubs and some new ones.  Some Elmering but I would like to see more of
the youth involved.  In fact a Section Youth coordinator would allow
direct input from the text generation.  Inspire satellite and ISS
contacts and also help promote Amateur Radio in the Scouts and Schools.
 Please send me any recommendations.

ARRL has many opportunities to play radio in this Centennial Year. 
Certificates to be had, just for being a member.  W100AW (Newington
W1AW), the Centennial QSO Party is a yearlong event.  W1AW/somewhere
will spend a week in different locations.  Visit
WWW.ARRL.ORG/CENTENNIAL for details.  There will be 2 West Coast
Regional Centennial conventions, June 6-8 SEA-PAC—Seaside, Oregon and
October 10-12 Pacificon—Santa Clara, California

What is on your agenda?  What are your goals?  I would be happy to
offer any help available.  I can do a program on ARRL or Amateur Radio.
 Let me know as soon as possible and I will get you on the Calendar.

Please check your Clubs status as an affiliated Club and update your
information annually.  A contact person is required
Dan Pruitt, AE6SX

NEWS: From ARRL newsletters.  Read complete articles from November to
 12/03/2013 A California teenager makes it possible for elementary
schoolers to enjoy a ham radio contact with the ISS. 
12/04/2013 A US House subcommittee will be looking into updating the
Communications Act of 1934.
12/04/2013  The ARRL may use the call sign W1ØØAW during its
Centennial in 2014. 
12/05/2013  Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, is the recipient of the Radio
Club of America's Sarnoff Citation. 
12/09/2013  JOTA 2013 was another year of growth for the event. 
12/10/2013  A Long Island ham radio club is recognized on a plaque
honoring Superstorm Sandy responders. The Great South Bay Amateur Radio
Club (GSBARC) earned a spot on a plaque honoring first responders and
other volunteers who assisted in the wake of the devastating Superstorm
Sandy and the nor’easter that followed in the fall of 2012 
12/11/2013  The Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft was able to hear ham
radio greetings on its early October Earth flyby. 
 12/12/2013  New Technician Class Question Pool Released 
 12/18/2013 | Two Ham-Astronauts to Repair Faulty Pump During Multiple
Spacewalks interfering with some ham radioactivity aboard the ISS. 
 12/26/2013 | Voice of Russia to Continue Shortwave Broadcasting in
 12/26/2013 | South Sudan Radio Amateurs Off the Air Due to Unrest.
12/27/2013 | Tokyo Hy-Power Files for Bankruptcy
 12/30/2013 | InnovAntennas Acquires Force 12        
 01/02/2014 | Spanish Radio Amateurs Given Access to 60 Meter
Frequencies Through
 01/02/2014 | FUNcube-1 (AO-73) Marks 6 Weeks in Space.
 01/03/2014 | ARRL-Sponsored Medium-Frequency Experiment Continues as
Hams Hope for New Band.  ARRL's WD2XSH 630 meter experiment continues.

January 2014

+ North American QSO Party, CW        1800Z, Jan 11 to 0559Z, Jan 12
+ NRAU-Baltic Contest, CW        0630Z-0830Z, Jan 12
+ NRAU-Baltic Contest, SSB        0900Z-1100Z, Jan 12
+ DARC 10-Meter Contest        0900Z-1059Z, Jan 12
+ Midwinter Contest        1000Z-1400Z, Jan 12

+ North American QSO Party, SSB        1800Z, Jan 18 to 0559Z, Jan 19
+ ARRL January VHF Contest        1900Z, Jan 18 to 0359Z, Jan 20

+ CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW        2200Z, Jan 24 to 2159Z, Jan 26
+ BARTG RTTY Sprint        1200Z, Jan 25 to 1200Z, Jan 26

February 2014

+ Vermont QSO Party        0000Z, Feb 1 to 2400Z, Feb 2
+ 10-10 Int. Winter Contest, SSB        0001Z, Feb 1 to 2359Z, Feb 2
+ Black Sea Cup International        1200Z, Feb 1 to 1159Z, Feb 2
+ Minnesota QSO Party        1400Z-2400Z, Feb 1
+ British Columbia QSO Party        1600Z, Feb 1 to 0400Z, Feb 2
+ Delaware QSO Party        1700Z, Feb 1 to 0100Z, Feb 3
+ Mexico RTTY International Contest        1800Z, Feb 1 to 1759Z, Feb 2
+ North American Sprint, CW        0000Z-0400Z, Feb 2


CLOVIS ARP ++  New directors were added to the Board of Directors:
Laura KI6KRT, Mike KD6LDA and Lou KD6WAW.  Officers will be selected in
January.  The 2014 T-Hunt schedule has been posted to the website.

FRESNO ARC++   January program by Laurie Ecklund Long is on “My Life
in a Box” and how to survive emergencies and planning for
eventualities.  Thanks to Ken WA6OIB.  Nice pictures from the W6TO
Christmas Party.

LODI ARC ++   Since the club meets on the first Thursday of the Month,
February's program willl be The Really Big Dixon Radio Stations by Jim

SIERRA ARC ++  The annual Installation dinner will be held on January
13.  President – Dave, KJ6VRV: 1st Vice Pres – Paula, N6VGW; 2nd
Vice pres – Tammy, KG6VYA; Secretary – Bill, WA6QYR; Treasurer –
Julie, KI6YRA. 

SEQUOIA ARG ++  2013 went out with a roar.  See the pix of the
Christmas Party including the “Ugly Christmas Sweater” Contest,
Chuck KI6GOG winner!  A “Hello” to the SKYWARN Spotters in a letter
from the Hanford weather station, reminds the spotters of the direct
numbers, email and web page location.

STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++ 2014 Officers: PRES-Paul, N6KZW; VP Charlie,
WB6NVB; TREAS Dave, N6LHL; and SEC Eric, W6INP.  Cute idea on reading
CW is in the DEC Flysheet.

TURLOCK ARC ++ TARC Officers for 2014 are: President, Ron KJ6FNL; VP
Darren, K6RDJ; Treas. Mike, KG6VFL; Sec, Spencer, KJ6ART.  Take the
“Amateur Radio Quiz” posted in the newsletter.  It is great fun.  .

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA DX CLUB++ Officers for 2014 are Pres Bill, WA5VGI;
1st VP Bob, N2NS; 2nd VP Steve, N6HK; Sec/Treas Charles, W6DPD;
Directors Perry, K6XJ; Steve, NA6G; and Richard, WD6FF.  For
information on meetings, check

K6XJ, W6DPD, K0DDR, and W6MSU are having fun with JT65 on HF.
W6DPD earned the WPX Award.
KJ6P has earned numerous CQ Field Awards.

The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Jack
KD6MRF, Herbert N6BC and Ray WB6UCO.  They will be missed.

Traffic for December 2013:
ORS: WS6P 393, K6RAU 10 W6SX 6  Total 409
PSHR: WS6P 130, W6SX 31, K6RAU 71

Mark your Calendars:
Quartzfest 2014 January 19th thru 26th 2014.  For more information see  10th Annual Yuma Ham Fest Feb 14 & 15.  Go to for additional information.  M Squared Antennas
Open Hose is set for 15 March.  Contact Jason via eMail
 The Communications Academy, March 22-23, 2014. Go to for details. Seattle, Washington.  The 2014
International DX Convention will be April 4-6, 2014, at the Visalia
Convention Center.  Check for information. 
SEA-PAC June 6 - 8, 2014, Seaside, Oregon.  For more information go to  Pacificon 2014/Regional ARRL Centennial Convention is
10 through 14 October 2014.  Details at

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.

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. 
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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