SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE. 3rd Largest Fire in California! If you are involved with Emergency Communications, then you were paying attention to the Fire … Continue reading
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS: ARES / RACES Conclude Rim Fire Activation (Courtesy of ARRL Letter of 05 September 2013) Amateur Radio volunteers supporting the Red Cross and local government in the wake of the gigantic Rim Fire, in and near California’s … Continue reading
MOTOTRBO (a.k.a. TRBO) is a Motorola Solutions branded DMR Radio. MOTOTRBO has a few more features than a standard DMR radio including IP Site Connect, which we use to network our repeaters in the USA, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Romania. When one person transmits, all of the repeaters are keyed up on our network without the user having to fumble through finding node numbers or access codes. All of our repeaters are networked 24/7. Our network is 100% DMR digital with no analog connections.
Try the “Other Mode” on 2 Meters by Bob Witte, KØNR
In the past few years, a new breed of amateur radio transceiver has hit the marketplace — radios that cover from HF through VHF/UHF frequencies. These radios include the ICOM IC-706, the ICOM IC-746, the Yaesu FT-100 and the Yaesu FT-847. This is not an exhaustive list since there are new radios being introduced every year with additional capability.
These radios include “all-mode capability” which means that they can operate FM, CW and SSB on the VHF bands. Clearly, FM is the most commonly used mode on VHF and UHF but having SSB opens up a whole new range of operating fun. READ MORE
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ON August 19 2013 at 1700 HRS, WB6GGY Phil ( RACES radio officer) and NI6Z Carl (ARES Emergency Coordinator..) were alerted to the possible need for Amateur Radio assistance for what was now called the Rim Fire, ( after the area where it was first spotted.). We were requested to assist the RED CROSS in setting up an evacuation center at Tioga High School in Groveland CA. for people coming out of the fire area from the community of Buck Meadows in Mariposa County. Grayson KE6KYI and myself (NI6Z) arrived at the Shelter and were met by several evacuees from the Buck Meadows area and the Principal of the School. RED CROSS volunteers from the Sonora Chapter arrived about an hour later while KE6KYI and I were setting up communications with the RED CROSS office in Sonora (where we have a VHF Amateur station). The Shelter ops were secured on the morning of August 20, 2013 and relocated to the Tuolumne County Fairgrounds in Sonora CA. Myself and KD6FFX Melissa, had been placed on a standby advisory evacuation notice. At that time we started making preparations to leave our home in Pine Mountain Lake. (Groveland CA.). Gathering up important documents, Photos, and other irreplaceable Items. On Thursday evening, (August 22 2013) the Smoke was more than we could handle so we packed up our two cats and left for Sonora. taking shelter at the home of WA6AWC Paul and his wife Dean ( KG6GBZ), remaining there until Sunday (August 25 2013). ON August 20 a request was made by Tuolumne County OES for Amateur Radio Assistance, our Help was needed to staff the RED CROSS Shelter at the Tuolumne County Fairgrounds and Staff the Community information phone system at the Tuolumne County EOC. WB6GGY Phil, the county RACES Radio officer and NI6Z Carl ARES EC, started up our "in place" phone tree / call out, and soon had a number of volunteers for both locations as well as some on standby status in case there was a need for Amateur radio in other communities, Here in Tuolumne County, The Amateur radio community wear several different Hats, ARES, RACES, VIP, and CERT. If needed we can respond and change affiliations as conditions change. At present, Tuolumne County ARES and RACES are still activated. my personal thanks goes out to those who volunteered their time at all locations. The following Amateurs spent a total of 220 hours staffing the Shelter WA6AWC Paul, W6MVM Mike, KK6EXN Dave, KB6COZ Jeff, NI6Z Carl, KE6KYI Grayson, AE6LA Ken, and KK6BNY Dave. The following Amateurs spent a total of 560 hours staffing the PIO Community information Telephones at the EOC. KE6RGP Barbara, WA7MOB Paulann, WB6WFF Fred, KJ6WHR Larry, KF6OUT Carole, KF6OUU Frank, KJ6OC Carol, AE6RN Sterling, K6MAB Miriam, KE6FEY Preston (PT) , KK6TE Bob, K6VMV Ed and his XYL Tina. I just received notice that the Amateur radio Shelter Ops were being secured at 1300 Today August 29, 2013. 73 de NI6Z Carl Tuolumne County ARES EC./ Asst RACES Radio Officer.
We had three candidates and 4 tests, 2 successful. One new Tech and an upgrade to General. Congratulations to Eileen Thomas and Mike Axiak, KK6FDV. VEs: Susan La Duke, K6CDK, Sam Hernandez, WS6P and Ken Sanders, AE6LA
SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE. Home from the hill... Field Day is in the books and the reports are in. Most of the News Letters address the plus and minus ends of the expedition. All in all everyone was well fed, had fun and had good learning experiences. I have noted a few. We have some housekeeping to do in the section. Some of the Clubs have not updated their affiliations with ARRL. Please attend to this as soon as you can. I am looking to contact those that HQ has noted as being out of date. It is a simple fix. We have a vacancy in ARES positions, most notably the Southern District Emergency Coordinator (DEC). Formerly filled by Hal KC5LUB, he was forced to step down for personal reasons. He was an effective coordinator for many years, not only in SJV, but in other sections/divisions as well. Anyone interested in this or any of the current vacancies, please contact Ed KF6FIR, Section ARES EC via email: email@example.com . 73; Dan AE6SX NEWS: From ARRL news letters. 07/15/2013 | ISS Crew Member Chats with Scouts in Canada via Ham Radio 07/16/2013 | Ham Radio Provides Reliable Link for Solo-Circumnavigating Grandmother 07/19/2013 | Yasme Foundation Funds Transceivers for New Ethiopian Hams 07/21/2013 | Temotu DXpedition Dates Set. DK9FN will be operating once again from Temotu 07/23/2013 | The Great Mothball Fleet Raid A group of hams volunteer to rescue vintage radio gear from mothballed Navy ships. 07/24/2013 | Boy Scout Jamboree Hosts Space Station Ham Radio Contact. The ARISS program continues to facilitate ham radio contacts between the ISS and youth. 07/26/2013 | Hams Aid Crew of Foundering Vessel: Hams monitor distress call from sailboat. 07/29/2013 | DXCC Desk approves new DX operations for credit. 07/30/2013 | Adobe Air 3.8 Currently Not Compatible With Downloaded Digital QST using Windows. Digital QST readers may need to use Version 3.7 until the issue is resolved. 07/31/2013 | ARRL Now Taking Orders for Personalized Hardcover 2014 Handbook , Centennial Edition. 07/31/2013 | Police are investigating a case of suspected vandalism that dropped a 200 foot radio tower owned by the Mt. Diablo Radio Club. 08/02/2013 | Hands-On Technology Training, Robots, Ham Radio — What More Could Teachers Want? ARRL's Education & Technology Program Teachers Institutes continue to be popular. 08/03/2013 | Air Personality Art Bell, W6OBB, Returning to Nighttime Radio Contests: August 2013 + Maryland-DC QSO Party 1600Z, Aug 10 to 0400Z, Aug 11 and 1600Z-2400Z, Aug 11 + 50 MHz Fall Sprint 2000Z-2400Z, Aug 10 + NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Aug 14 + SARTG WW RTTY Contest 0000Z, Aug 17 to 1600Z, Aug 18 + ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest 0600 local, Aug 17 to 2400 local, Aug 18 + North American QSO Party, SSB 1800Z, Aug 17 to 0559Z, Aug 18 + SARL HF Digital Contest 1300Z-1630Z, Aug 18 + ARRL Rookie Roundup, RTTY 1800Z-2359Z, Aug 18 + Hawaii QSO Party 0400Z, Aug 24 to 0400Z, Aug 26 + Kansas QSO Party 1400Z, Aug 24 to 0200Z, Aug 25 and 1400Z-2000Z, Aug 25 + Ohio QSO Party 1600Z, Aug 24 to 0400Z, Aug 25 + Colorado QSO Party 1200Z, Aug 31 to 0400Z, Sept 1 September + Tennessee QSO Party 1800Z, Sept 1 to 0300Z, Sept 2 + All Asian DX Contest, Phone 0000Z, Sept 7 to 2400Z, Sept 8 + QCWA Fall QSO Party 1800Z, Sept 7 to 1800Z, Sept 8 CLUBS CLOVIS ARP ++ Summer Sizzler Club party was3 August. September will be their first meeting since July. They will be ramping up for their swap meet on 21 September. www.k6arp.org/ LOS BANOS ARC ++ The news letter has pictures of the July meeting. August 10 will be the Pizza Bash. www.aa6lb.org SEQUOIA ARG ++ Mike KA6IYS – Field Day Chairman writes a great description of their Field Day. Well worth reading. www.n6krv.org STOCKTON Delta ++ The 11 July meeting and Field Day is described in the Flysheet. A very good article on Public Service supporting the Kingdom Speedway charity event and amateur Radio support with pictures. A description of antenna directionality and polarity is explained by John KD6FVA. www.w6sf.org TURLOCK ARC ++ Bob, WB3CDB report on Field Day was a great blow by blow description. It seems to be a template for any Field Day. The August meeting will be a potluck at the home of the celebrated Marcie K6YTK. The club must be doing something correct as the Police Department has invited them to do a demonstration of Ham Radio, in a park. www.w6bxn.org Traffic for JULY 2013: ORS: WS6P 490, K6RAU 12, W6SX 12 Total 514 PSHR: WS6P 125, W6SX 29, K6RAU 70 Mark your Calendars: PACIFICON 2013 is scheduled for October 11-13, 2013 at the Santa Clara Marriott. See www.pacificon.org for information. SKYWARN Recognition Day is December 7, 2013. The 2014 International DX Convention will be April 4-6, 2014, at the Visalia Convention Center. Check www.dxconvention.org for information. Need to take an Amateur exam? Are you having an exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org/arrlvec/examsearch.phtml 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 www.pdarrl.org/K6RAU or www.pdarrl.org/k6rau. 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 messages. 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 time. 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 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org --------------------------------------------------------------------
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!!