SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of September 2014


September was a very busy month.  Now October is going to be just as
involved with all the good things Amateur Radio.

The Centennial QSO Party continues and I enjoy the Red Badge contacts. 
It is great to see the enthusiasm and camaraderie.

Pacificon is less than a week away and will sport W100AW/6 and the
final regional Centennial Convention.  We are so lucky to see the 100
years come to fruition.  All the interactions with Scouting, Do it
Yourself (Maker Fairs) projects, scholarships and Public Service.

Scouting is a great way to introduce Ham Radio to the youth.  Make sure
you are on the air October 18-19, 2014.  Better yet, work with a local
troop and get them on the air!  Great fun.

Our own “Rally in the Valley” was a very pleasant 1-day event.  It
was very educational, drawings and practical demonstrations.  Even the
Bakersfield Salvation Army communications vehicle was on display. 
Plans are already in the works for next year.

Remember to support HR4969 and get your letter to ARRL and your
Congressional Representative. Go to the link on the ARRL website .

See you at Pacificon!  Don't forget the SET exercise, Great Shake Out
and JOTA!


Dan Pruitt, AE6SX

NEWS: From ARRL newsletters.  Read complete articles from September to
09/04/2014 | Fox-1 Satellites to Offer Slow-Speed Telemetry During
Normal Transponder Operation 
The Fox-1 family of CubeSats will be able to transmit continuous
slow-speed telemetry while the FM transponder is in use. 

09/08/2014 | Selected “Ham Radio” 2014 Presentations Now Available
Selected presentations from the 2014 “Ham Radio” exhibition in
Germany have been posted online. 

09/09/2014 | Keynote Convention Speech of FEMA Administrator Craig
Fugate, KK4INZ, Available on YouTube 
Keynote The ARRL Centennial Convention speech of FEMA Administrator
Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, now is available on YouTube

09/09/2014 | Morse Learning Machine Challenge Catching on with Hams 
Morse Learning Machine Challenge Catching on with Hams 

09/11/2014 | No Easy Answers for RadioShack’s Slow, Downward Slide 
Radio Shack has been unable to turn around it's financial situation and
could go under. 

09/15/2014 | New $21.40 Vanity Call Sign Fee Now in Effect 
The new $21.40 vanity call sign fee is now in effect. 

09/15/2014 | Moon-Bound Ham Radio Payload Will Transmit Your Message
from Space — But Hurry! 
The deadline to upload short digital messages to the 4M spacecraft is
September 17! 

09/16/2014 | Qatari Es’hail 2 Satellite will Include AMSAT-DL Phase 4
Amateur Radio Transponders 
The Qatari Es’hail 2 communication satellite will include AMSAT-DL
Phase 4 Amateur Radio digital and analog transponders.

09/22/2014 | ARDF Team USA Takes Home a Silver Medal from World
ARDF Team USA takes home a silver medal from the 17th World
Championships in Kazakhstan. 

09/23/2014 | Amateur Radio is “Communications Superpower,” IARU
Region 1 Delegates are Told 
IARU Region 1 General Conference delegates are told that Amateur Radio
is a “communications superpower.” 
09/23/2014 | ARRL Deploying Ham Aid Kits to Hawaii to Assist in
Possible Lava Flow Response 
ARRL Headquarters is deploying Ham Aid kits to Hawaii to assist in a
possible activation in the wake of a lava flow. 

09/24/2014 | Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Launched to
International Space Station 
The SpinSat satellite carrying an Amateur Radio payload was launched to
International Space Station on September 21 for later deployment. 

09/24/2014 | List of “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” Co-Sponsors
Swells Before Congressional Recess 
The list of “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” co-sponsors has
swelled to 47 ahead of the Congressional recess. 

09/24/2014 | ARRL Presents Barry Goldwater, K7UGA, Achievement Award to
Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI 
The ARRL has presented the Barry Goldwater, K7UGA, Achievement Award to
Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI. 

10/01/2014 | RSGB Outlines “New” Islands on the Air (IOTA) Vision,
Seeks Partnership 
RSGB outlines its “New IOTA" vision and seeks a partner to take the
program forward. 

10/06/2014 | ARRL Hosts 31st USTTI Amateur Radio Administration Course

ARRL Headquarters was the host for the 31st USTTI Amateur Radio
Administration Course. 

10/07/2014 | Late October Exercise to Test MARS-ARES Interoperability 
A late October exercise is aimed at testing MARS-ARES interoperability
and cooperation. 

N2NS: CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY Class: SOAB (A) HP QTH: ZONE 3
Operating Time (hrs): 17 
651 Qs for a Score of 553,900 

KI6QEL: Duane, holding his First Place Certificates from 2013, is
pictured in Fresno ARC 'SKIP' at Class: SO portable, January
and September VHF Contests in SJV.

October 2014
+ 10-10 Int. 10-10 Day Sprint                            0001Z-2359Z, Oct 10
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder                0145Z-0215Z, Oct 10
+ NCCC Sprint                                        0230Z-0300Z, Oct 10
+ ARRL EME Contest                            0000Z, Oct 11 to 2359Z, Oct 12
+ Makrothen RTTY Contest                            0000Z-0759Z, Oct 11 and 
1600Z-2359Z, Oct 11 and
0800Z-1559Z, Oct 12
+ Oceania DX Contest, CW                            0800Z, Oct 11 to 0800Z,
Oct 12
+ Scandinavian Activity Contest, SSB      1200Z, Oct 11 to 1200Z, Oct
+ Pennsylvania QSO Party                           1600Z, Oct 11 to 0500Z, Oct
12 and 1300Z-2200Z, Oct 12
+ Arizona QSO Party                                       1600Z, Oct 11 to
0600Z, Oct 12 and 1400Z-2359Z, Oct 12
+ PODXS 070 Club 160m Great Pumpkin Sprint        2000 local, Oct 11 to 0200
local, Oct 12
+ NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint               0030Z-0230Z, Oct 15
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test                           1300Z-1400Z, Oct 15
and1900Z-2000Z, Oct 15 and
0300Z-0400Z, Oct 16
+ JARTS WW RTTY Contest               0000Z, Oct 18 to 2400Z, Oct 19
+ 10-10 Int. Fall Contest, CW                   0001Z, Oct 18 to 2359Z,
Oct 19
+ New York QSO Party                          1400Z, Oct 18 to 0200Z, Oct 19
+ Iowa QSO Party                                      1400Z-2300Z, Oct 18
+ Worked All Germany Contest              1500Z, Oct 18 to 1459Z, Oct 19
+ Stew Perry Topband Challenge              1500Z, Oct 18 to 1500Z, Oct 19
+ South Dakota QSO Party                          1800Z, Oct 18 to 1800Z, Oct
+ Illinois QSO Party                                      1700Z, Oct 19 to
0100Z, Oct 20
+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest              0100Z-0300Z, Oct 20
+ ARRL School Club Roundup              1300Z, Oct 20 to 2359Z, Oct 24
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test                          1300Z-1400Z, Oct 22
and1900Z-2000Z, Oct 22 and
0300Z-0400Z, Oct 23
+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB              0000Z, Oct 25 to 2400Z, Oct 26
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test                          1300Z-1400Z, Oct 29
and1900Z-2000Z, Oct 29 and
0300Z-0400Z, Oct 30
November 2014
+ Ukrainian DX Contest                          1200Z, Nov 1 to 1200Z, Nov 2
+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW              2100Z, Nov 1 to 0300Z, Nov 3
+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest              1100Z-1700Z, Nov 2

CLUBS – Please get your news items and club information to me by the
5th of each month.

CLOVIS ARP ++   Rob AG6GE is gearing up for another bicycle event.  The
Powerhouse Double Century on October 11.  The fourth quarter training
class begins 23 October for those that want to get their technician
license.  The Fox Hunt schedule can be found on their web site.

FRESNO ARC++   The next program for the Fresno Club will be on JT-65 by
Jim, W6NIF.  Everyone is planning on the Swapmeet in November and the
Christmas Party.

SEQUOIA ARG ++  Al N6ALP, editor and Pres. Pete W6SV have another great
newsletter.  Note the Texas assault and the up coming geology program. 
Good job guys & gals.

STOCKTON DELTA ARC ++  Check out the informative article regarding
Wartime Radio:  The secret listeners: The secret listeners, in their
'Flysheet'.  Bob, K6DGQ exhibited a very nice “Go Kit” for portable
2 Meter operation at events.  Bill, AE6J, John, NZ6Q, and Ed, N6XMA are
doing a Buddi-pole demonstration Oct. 9.

TURLOCK ARC ++ TARC’s Fall Auction is postponed.  Tentatively the
date is 15 November.  Morse Learning Machine Challenge Catching on with
Hams.  Interesting article.

No Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report.

Traffic for September 2014:
ORS: W6SX 10, WA6IAF 118, WS6P 1009, K6RAU 10 Total 1147
PSHR:  W6SX 34, WA6IAF 90, WS6P 150, K6RAU 71

Mark your Calendars:     Pacificon 2014/Regional ARRL Centennial
Convention is 10 through 12 October 2014.  Details at  20th Annual Pacific Northwest VHF-UHF-M/W
Conference Oct 11 - 12, 2014 in Seaside, Oregon   Boy
Scouts JOTA is October 18 & 19.  For more details visit  School Club Roundup – October 20-24,
2014  2015 International DX
Convention is April 17-19 in Visalia.  Check for
information as the dates approach.


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

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