Rim Fire Update

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

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Getting Started on 2-Meter SSB

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

Rim Fire Info

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

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.

V.E. Session 8-17-13 in Murphys

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
WS6P, AE6LA, Eileen Thomas, K6CDK

WS6P, AE6LA, Eileen Thomas(Now KK6GIX!), K6CDK

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of July 2013


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:
 ed@kf6fir.net .

73; Dan AE6SX

NEWS: From ARRL news letters.
 07/15/2013 | ISS Crew Member Chats with Scouts in Canada via Ham
 07/16/2013 | Ham Radio Provides Reliable Link for
Solo-Circumnavigating Grandmother 
 07/19/2013 | Yasme Foundation Funds Transceivers for New Ethiopian
 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

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


+ 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


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.

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
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

Scholarship Winner

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!!