SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of March 2013

SM Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM, STM
K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.

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 www.w6bxn.org . Remember the International DX convention is
in Visalia starting 19 April. See all the happenings at:
www.dxconvention.com/ .

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

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

NEWS:
* 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
digi-peaters

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

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

* 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

Contests:
April
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”. www.k6arp.org/

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! www.w6to.com/

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. www.n6krv.org

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. www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/

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. www.w6sf.org

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. www.w6bxn.org

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 www.w6bxn.org. 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 www.dxconvention.com 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
www.pacificon.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.
Elmering: Guy W6MSU’s Elmer talk group is at W6SF@yahoogroups.com

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

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ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section
Section Manager: Dan Pruitt, AE6SX
ae6sx@arrl.org
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KD6WYV, SK

CARS members,

A friends’ remembrance….by Greg Gran W6UQK

KD6WYV Dr Karoly (Charles) Szabo became a silent key (SK) March 27,
2013 at 94 years old. Charles was a long time member of CARS, Inc.

“I met him over 22 years ago & remember our first conversation vey well.
He was from Hungary and was a Communication Officer in the Hungarian
Service. He spoke several language’s & mentioned how they had a
communication site set up to listen in on information being sent to
Hitler during WW11. So, already knowing morse code, I encourage him to
join our radio club & I would elmer him.

After obtaining his General license he went on to get his Extra. To get
him on the air, we put up a J-pole , a 75-meter Dipole, & later with the
help from his neighbor we put up a large Rhombic. He was active on the
2-meter Monday nite Net, and 15 & 20-meters with schedules in South
America, Canada, and a daily weather report on 75-meters to the Calif
Weather Service.

Because of his importance of staying in contact with his native
Hungarian’s, he would come to my house, get on the computer and make
contacts with Hams in Hungary.

I was very proud to be his friend, and will always remember the wisdom
he gave to me.

Greg Gran W6UQK, Angels Camp

Union Democrat Article

For those of you that did not see the article on “Radio Buffs Combine
Service with Fun” in the Union Democrat on March 1st (Community Section),
I am providing a copy of the text from this article written by Lenore
Rutherford in this email as an attachment.

The article includes interviews with CARS and TCARES…

Enjoy…!

73

John
KI6ART
CARS, Inc.
PIO

Radio Buffs Combine Service With Fun (w/pic by maggie of tuolumne county guy, and a submitted pic of the calaveras county tower)

By LENORE RUTHERFORD
The Union Democrat

Like many community organizations, amateur radio clubs have dual purposes — social and serious.
They link people around the world with an interest in radio communications for fun and to share information. At the same time, they are an integral part of a worldwide emergency team, providing back-up communications for county, state and federal agencies during severe emergencies.

“Our slogan is ‘When everything else fails, amateur radio is there,’” said John Davenport, public information officer for the Calaveras Amateur Radio Society, based in Angels Camp.

That group, which was founded as a small organization with a few dedicated enthusiasts about 50 years ago, has grown to a membership of about 100 people who maintain a national repeater called N5FRG on Fowler’s Peak in Calaveras County. A repeater relays radio signals.

The Calaveras club meets for breakfast at 9 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Murphys Hotel, and visitors are welcome. The club’s website is www.calaverasARS.org

Club members participate in several events throughout the year and are always available in emergencies to help relay information.

The Tuolumne County Amateur Radio Emergency Service also welcomes visitors. The club meets for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Pine Tree Restaurant on Hess Avenue off Mono Way. Its website is www.lodelink.com/tcares.

T.C.A.R.E.S. maintains five repeaters, because of the county’s rugged terrain, to enable emergency workers to communicate with each other in the backcountry, as well as to relay messages around the world.

“We have a lot of fun,” Phillip Fish, of Twain Harte, said, “but amateur radio operators have always had a serious purpose and still do.”

He said the practice of training ham radio operators began during World War I and grew during World War II, when there was a shortage of radio operators. The Federal Communications Commission made it possible for civilians to hone their skills and be licensed so there would always be a ready supply of operators available for national defense purposes.

“We still go out on field operations,” Fish said, “where we take radio equipment out into the countryside, operate without any power from PG&E and talk to people all around the world using homemade antennae constructed over a weekend.”

Fish said being an amateur radio operator is a lot of fun. “It’s not a hobby where you find many grouches,” he said. “We are definitely people who like people.” He said he particularly likes being able to chat with people from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. “But our primary function is to be there for emergencies, whether they are local or not.”

He said they have helped relay communication during many disasters, including Hurricane Katrina and the disasters in Haiti. And it helps locally when the radio operators can communicate with each other during snowstorms. “Last week, my wife was caught in Groveland during that big snowstorm, and we were able to help her avoid the worst areas and bypass the
areas that were jammed up with traffic,” he said.

Davenport said it’s a privilege to be a licensed amateur radio operator, and that privilege can be taken away for improper conduct on the air. He said one man recently had to pay a $16,000 fine for using the wrong frequency.

“There is a definite protocol, based mainly on courtesy,” he said. “If somebody starts using cuss words, a bunch of other amateurs will jump on them and tell them to knock it off. Eventually, someone will report it to the FCC.”

He said there are three levels of licensing, and each one requires passing a test. There are members of all ages, some as young as 10 years old. “They just have to be able to pass the test and understand all of the requirements,” he said. “There is even a Boy Scouts of America amateur radio badge.”

Every licensed amateur radio operator is eligible to apply for membership in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, which provides communications to public agencies when disaster strikes. Training may be required to fully participate in ARES.

Founded in 1952, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service is another service provided by volunteer amateur radio operators during times of extraordinary need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides planning guidance and technical assistance, and the Federal Communications Commission regulates it.

Contact one of the local clubs for specific information.

Contact Lenore Rutherford at lrutherford@uniondemocrat.com or 588-4585.

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of February 2013:

SM
Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM,
STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.

Time springs forward in March!

In fact the day after the “15th annual M Squared Open House”.  That
event is 16 March, one of the 2 large events in San Joaquin Section. 
The other is the DX Convention in Visalia!

This year is the first time M Squared has been an ARRL Sanctioned
event.  I'm looking forward to seeing Bob W6RGG, our Pacific Division
Director at M Squared.  At present Ron W6KJ, Section Manager of
Sacramento Section and Jim AF6AQ, East Bay Section Manager, have plans
to attend.  The Open House is always well attended.  As is usual,
Burgers, Dogs and Chili will be copiously consumed.  Vendors, new Ham
goodies, Amateur Exams, T-Hunts and prize drawings just for fun.

I enjoy networking with hams from all over.  We get to chew the fat and
compare ideas.

See you there!

73; Dan AE6SX

NEWS: 
John K6MI placed first in Pacific Division A Class January 2012 VHF
Contest.
Patrick K6BRW placed first Pacific Division RL Class January 2012 VHF
Contest.
Rob AE6GE took First Place in January 2012 VHF Portable for Pacific
Division Q Class
Patrick K6BRW placed first and Duane KI6QEL placed second in June VHF
Contest RL Class.
02/05/2013 | ITU Offering Free Download of 2012 International Radio
Regulations 
02/06/2013 | New International Reply Coupon Introduced 
02/07/2013 | IARU Region 2 Seeks Input on HF Band Plan
 02/11/2013 | Three New “How To” Videos on the ARRL Website        
http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-adopts-sweeping-changes-to-experimental-radio-service
 02/11/2013 | FCC Adopts Sweeping Changes to Experimental Radio
Service
02/14/2013 | Oklahoma Ham Helps Develop New Winter Weather App for NOAA

In a Report & Order (R&O) -- FCC 13-15 -- released February 4, the FCC
adopted numerous changes to its Experimental Radio Service (Part 5),
revising and streamlining its rules.  
 02/21/2013 | American Red Cross to Phase Out Emergency Communication
Response Vehicles 
ARRL DXCC credit: 5X8C in Uganda (commencing in 2012) and the T6TJ
(commencing in 2012) and T6BP (commencing in 2011) operations in
Afghanistan. 
 02/21/2013 | Amateur-created “Varicode” Adopted as ITU
Recommendation 
 02/27/2013 | ARRL Website Debuts New Features         
 03/04/2013 | Montana Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Mobile
Amateur Radio Operations from Distracted Driving Regulations and right
to a 100 ft tower. 
03/07/2013 | More Than 20,000 arrl.net, arrl.org E-mail Addresses
Blocked by Microsoft 

Contests: 

March
+ Idaho QSO Party        1900Z, Mar 9 to 1900Z, Mar 10
+ North American Sprint, RTTY        0000Z-0400Z, Mar 10
+ Wisconsin QSO Party        1800Z, Mar 10 to 0100Z, Mar 11
+ BARTG HF RTTY Contest        0200Z, Mar 16 to 0200Z, Mar 18
+ Russian DX Contest        1200Z, Mar 16 to 1200Z, Mar 17
+ North American Sprint, SSB        0000Z-0400Z, Mar 17
+ CQ WW WPX Contest, SSB        0000Z, Mar 30 to 2400Z, Mar 31 

April
+ SARL 80m QSO Party        1700Z-2000Z, Apr 4
+ LZ Open 40m Sprint Contest        0400Z-0800Z, Apr 6
21  Apr Rookie Roundup – Phone

Mark your Calendars:   The annual M Squared Open House is scheduled 16
March.  For more details contact sales@m2inc.com.  Radiofest Monterey
Bay is March 23rd, 2013.  For more information, go to
www.radiofest.org.  The Turlock ARC Spring Auction is April 13, 2013.
For information check www.w6bxn.org 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 www.dxconvention.com for the latest information.
EMCOMM West for 2013 has been postponed. Field Day is June 22-23, 2013.
PACIFICON 2013 is scheduled for October 11-13, 2013 at the Santa Clara
Marriott. See www.pacificon.org for information.

CLOVIS ARP  ++  First big event for public service was the annual
“Blossom Trail 10K Run”.  Communications from supporting groups
included ARES, RACES, SATERN, Fresno CERT (Cedric KI6FHD) and at least
4 Ham Clubs. www.k6arp.org/

FRESNO ARC ++  Members Steve NA6G, Richard KE6SHL, Bob N2NS, and John
K6MI were all heard operating on RTTY contesting in February. Bob N2NS
and Steve K6AAB also were in the CW contests.  Of course M Squared
Antenna Open House was mentioned for 16 March! www.w6to.com/

SEQUOIA ARG ++ This month is all about humor.  Pig stories, road signs
and a reprint of a 1923 QST article.  On a serious note, an discussion
on how to avoid being computer hacked while traveling.  www.n6krv.org

SIERRA ARC ++ Hal N6HAL reports on the results of CW training and the
continued rag chew net on 75 meter AM. This is a  Monday net at 2000
hrs.  The March meeting is on preparedness.  He also states that the
plan is to meet on 4 May as the second annual “BARC and SARC in the
Park”.  Last years combined Bishop and Sierra clubs had a great time.
www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/ 

STOCKTON Delta ++ Flysheet includes an article about managing the
wireless microphones at the Super bowl, Thank you Shirl AA6K.
February's presentation on SDR radio by Guy, W6MSU, was well received. 
Nice description of Public Service events during February. 
Congratulations to the 11 new Ham techs! www.w6sf.org

TURLOCK ARC ++ April 13 is the date for the auction.  Maps, fees and
details are in the “ARCOVER” newsletter, on the website.  The TV
show “Last Man Standing”, is previewed showing the ham shack that
well be used in the episode.  Hints to the upcoming episode regarding
ham radio, from the producer.  The Field Day plans are well set with
the assignment of frequencies. www.w6bxn.org

The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Stan
AC6TO, Karen AF6DR and Ed K6AHQ.  They will be missed.

Traffic for February 2013:
ORS: WS6P 273, K6RAU 11, W6SX 5 Total 289 
PSHR: WS6P 160, W6SX 29, K6RAU 67 

CTN (Calif Traffic Net)-FEB 2013: See Sacramento Valley Section] 

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.
San Joaquin Net meets nightly on 3918khz, at 6 PM Pacific 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. 
Western Public Service System (WPS) 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

The K6RAU (our Section Traffic Manager) Morse Code Instruction Course
is available at www.kj6art.com or www.pdarrl.org/k6rau.
No need to know a "dit" from a "dah", simply with paper and pencil, and
following the instructions.

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 to the present.  K6ZZ can
check cards for 160 meters. 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.

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.

As space allows I will enjoy relaying any events or occurrences, which
illustrate Amateur Radio as a hobby and public asset. It need not be a
newsletter, if you think it important, it probably should be here.

You should also send your newsletter to the Affiliated Club Coordinator
(w6dpd@arrl.org) and the Director (w6rgg@arrl.org) vice director
(k6jat@arrl.org) and to ARRL HQ (clubs@arrl.org).

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ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section
Section Manager: Dan Pruitt, AE6SX
ae6sx@arrl.org
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SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of January 2013

>> SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of January 2013: SM
Dan Pruitt, AE6SX- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC KF6FIR, OOC N1VM,
STM K6RAU, PIC K6QI, TC W6TE.

Here we go!

The year 2013 is off and running. Time to plan our events, contests
and programs. This is where your Club becomes the way to organize.
The structure is there. Defining your goals well in advance allows all
your members to align with each other and enjoy the best possible
experience. Those clubs that plan for the up coming year find they are
better able to span the trying times that are always with us.

The Field Day packets are available for June. There is one rule change
for 2013. Contest calendars are everywhere. There are over 400
contests each year. Planning your events will give you the option to
request Amateur Radio information from ARRL, as well as advice.

Some of the best contests are just around the corner. Plan now and
leave the contest to enjoy!

73; Dan AE6SX

NEWS:
* The ARRL filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the FCC, asking it to
amend Sections 2 and 97 of its rules and create a domestic Amateur
Radio allocation at 472-479 kHz, conforming to the allocation status
and limitations set forth in the international Radio Regulations and as
approved at the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference.
* The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, seeking to give
primary status of the entire amateur portion of the 160 meter band to
the Amateur Radio Service. It also proposed a new LF amateur band at
135.7-137.8 kHz.
* A video and a web page to introduce the ARRL’s Evolution of Amateur
Radio exhibit.
www.arrl.org/arrl-vintage-amateur-radio-equipment-exhibit.
* A New Book on Handheld Transceivers and the 2012 Periodicals DVD are
now available.
* 2012 Marks All-Time High for Amateur Radio Licenses
* January 27, it will cost more to mail first class letters, postcards
and packages within the US. The cost to mail a first class letter is 46
cents, while the cost to mail a postcard is 33 cents, an increase of 1
cent for each; this is the third increase for postcard postage in less
than two years. IRCs are no longer being sold by the USPS.
* BSA to Offer Amateur Radio Operator Rating Strip to be worn on
uniforms signifying Licensed Amateur Radio Operators.

Contests:

February 9-10 CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest
February 11-15 School Club Roundup
February 16-17 ARRL International DX Contest – CW
February 22-24 CQ WW 160 M SSB Contest
March 2-3 ARRL International DX Contest – Phone
March 30-31 CQ WW WPX Phone

Mark your Calendars: ARRL Arizona State Convention, Yuma, Arizona
February 15-16, 2013. For details go to http://www.yumahamfest.org/
The annual M Squared Open House is scheduled 16 March. For more
details contact sales@m2inc.com. Radiofest Monterey Bay – March 23rd,
2013. For more information go to www.radiofest.org. 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 www.dxconvention.com for the
latest information. EMCOMM West for 2013 has been cancelled. PACIFICON
2013 is scheduled for October 11-13, 2013 at the Santa Clara Marriott.
See www.pacificon.org for information.

CLOVIS ARP ++ Mike, W6YDE, gave a demonstration on his method of
soldering coax connectors. Rob AE6GE brought good expectations to the
meeting after operating the VHF contest. www.k6arp.org/

FRESNO ARC ++ Rob AE6GE and Pat W6YEP collaborate on the VHF contest.
New CW android app is mentioned. Vintage link to an MGM youtube on Ham
Radio: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYQ1f5o_XCY. www.w6to.com/

SEQUOIA ARG ++ Officers for 2013: Pres – Pete W6SV, VP – Donna WA6FUN,
Sec. – Marty KC6RIZ and Treas. – Jane KA6CZS. Great article on SPAM and
ARES/RACES. www.n6krv.org

SIERRA ARC ++ Hal, N6HAL lays out the projects in the near future.
Good discussion of ARES/RACES collaboration and linked communications
in East Kern County. www.qsl.net/wa6ybn/

STOCKTON Delta ++ Club officers 2013: Pres. – WB6NVB, Charlie, VP –
N6KZW, Paul, Treas. – KD6CPA, Peter and Sec. – W6INP, Eric.
Young hams are pictured operating and good Elmering described. Very
active calendar announced. www.w6sf.org

TURLOCK ARC ++ Field Day is again at Lake McSwain! Planning now
advancing at full speed, frequency details will be examined at their
next meeting. Good article on the New York City permit tower battle.
www.w6bxn.org

Central California DX Club ++ 2013 officers are pres KB6DI, 1st vp
WA5VGI, s/t W6DPD, dirs K6XJ, NA6G, and N2NS. For information check
www.ccdxc.org. The club meets quarterly at Apple Annie’s in Tulare
and supports some DXpeditions and ARRL DX Contest plaques. The club
has a breakfast meeting on Saturday morning of the DX Convention at
Apple Annie’s in Tulare.

The following Amateurs became Silent Keys since the last report: Cass
WA6IMN, Ron KE6KJB, Betty KF6PVO, and Rube ex-K6RCW. They will be
missed.

Traffic for January 2013:
ORS: W6DPD 0, WS6P 355, K6RAU 15, W6SX 19 Total 389
PSHR: WS6P 165, W6SX 44, K6RAU 73 Total 282

CTN (Calif Traffic Net)
–JAN 2013: See Sacramento Valley Section]

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.
San Joaquin Net meets nightly on 3918khz, at 6 PM Pacific 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.
Western Public Service System (WPS) 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

The K6RAU (our Section Traffic Manager) Morse Code Instruction Course
is available at www.kj6art.com or www.pdarrl.org/k6rau.
No need to know a “dit” from a “dah”, simply with paper and pencil, and
following the instructions.

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 to the present. K6ZZ can
check cards for 160 meters. 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.

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.

As space allows I will enjoy relaying any events or occurrences, which
illustrate Amateur Radio as a hobby and public asset. It need not be a
newsletter, if you think it important, it probably should be here.

You should also send your newsletter to the Affiliated Club Coordinator
(w6dpd@arrl.org) and the Director (w6rgg@arrl.org) vice director
(k6jat@arrl.org) and to ARRL HQ (clubs@arrl.org).

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ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section
Section Manager: Dan Pruitt, AE6SX
ae6sx@arrl.org
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HOW CURRENT IS YOUR NIMS TRAINING?

By David Coursey, N5FDL

All ARES/RACES/ACS operators should take ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-700, ICS-800, and the new ICS-802 course that describes the communication functions in the National Response Framework. Many of us should probably retake the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses that were updated last summer. The ICS-802 course is new as of last August, so it is new to almost everyone.
If the course allows you to download the final exam questions, please do so. I will be much easier to follow the course and pass the exam, as the questions are sometimes unclear.
http://n5fdl.com/
Emergency Management Institute

PT, KG6FEY, Emergency Coordinator