San Joaquin Valley Section
Pacific Division - ARRL
Counties of Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa,
Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne

Section Pages
San Joaquin Valley Section Officers
Section Manager
Charles McConnell - W6DPD
Assistant Section Manager
John Lee - K6YK
Assistant Section Manager
Bob Hervatine - N2NS
Public Information Coordinator
Barbara Gardiner - KE6IGJ
Affiliated Club Coordinator
Charles McConnell - W6DPD
Section Emergency Coordinator
Marie Thompson - N6ZFN
Section Traffic Manager
Fred Silveira - K6RAU
Official Observer Coordinator
Victor Magana - N1VM
Technical Coordinator
Dave Smith - W6TE
Section News

April 2008 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

If you desire your club information and events to be listed in Section News, please send the information to I get very little information. If your club has a newsletter, please send it to me, email to or via U.S Mail.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS. The 65th Fresno Hamfest is May 31, 2008, at the Salvation Army in Fresno.  Field Day is June 228-29, 2008. Begin planning now. Check for information. Pacificon 2008 is October 17-19, 2008 at the Marriott Hotel in San Ramon CA.  The 60th International DX Convention is April 17-19, 2009 at Visalia.

When your affiliated club elects officers for the next year, be sure to update your club’s information on the affiliated club area of the ARRL web page so you club will get any information sent from the ARRL Club department. If you fail to update your clubs information for 2 years, your club will be placed in the inactive file. Your club will be notified if the 2-year period is about to take place.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, for exam information. You can also search for Amateur Radio Classes in your area.

The Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.533 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time. The slow speed training session of the net 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 Daytime Region 6 Traffic Net meets daily at 3:30 pacific time on or near 7.275 MHZ. The California Traffic Net meets daily on 3.906 MHZ and 6:30 PM local time. The noon time net meets on 7.268.5 MHz. This net handles a lot of messages. The Golden Bear Amateur Radio Net meets nightly at 7:00 PM local time on 3.975 MHZ. The Mission Trail Net meets nightly on 3.856 MHZ at 8:00 PM local time.

WD6GBX, Robert, WB6OHK, Dick, and K6BGK, Bill are Silent Keys. They will be missed.

The 65th Fresno Hamfest is May 31, 2008, at the Salvation Army, Fresno Citadel, 1854 Fulton Street in Fresno. The time is 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. There will be tech talks, ARRL Forum, Displays from clubs and served agencies. Contact Tom, KG6KYU to get up to the minute information are reserve swap spaces.

TCARES members provided communications support for the 29th Old Mill Run.

Sequoia Amateur Radio Group provided Communications support for a bicycle run from Bakersfield to Lake Isabella.

Clovis and Fresno Amateurs provided communications support for the March of Dimes Walk for Babies.

KC6LPL celebrates 75 years as an Amateur Radio Operator during 2008. The years are not continuous but this is an accomplishment.

WO6T has 5BDXCC.

W6SKH, I van, celebrates 68 continuous years as an Amateur Radio operator in 2008.

The Turlock ARC celebrated its 80th anniversary during 2008.

K6XJ, Perry, was in the winning golf group at the 2008 International DX Convention. W6YDE and W6YEP won prizes.

Top SJV Scores in the 2007 ARRL CW Sweepstakes were 1st WC6H, 2nd AA6G (W6RGG op) and 3rd K6SV.

Top SJV Scores in the 2007ARRL Phone Sweepstakes were 1st WC6H, 2nd K6SV and 3rd N6NZ.

W6BBS applied for DXCC.

W6YDE is working on QRP CW DXCC and WAS.

Traffic for April: K6RAU 42, W6DPD 1, and W6SX 25. Total 67. PSHR: K6RAU 110 and W6SX 51.

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