San Joaquin Valley Section News Archives

December 2006 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

Your San Joaquin Valley Section staff sends hope for the best in 2007.

Thanks to all the volunteers who participate in the ARRL Field Organization.  They put in lots of hours for the benefit of Amateur Radio.  Keep up the good work in 2007.

Thanks to Rex, KE6ZOC for maintaining the SJV Section page.

This is a reminder to all Field Organization Appointees that you must keep your ARRL membership active to keep your appointment.  You also need to make a monthly report of your activities.

If you desire your club information and events to be listed in Section News, please send the information to w6dpd@arrl.org.

Mark your calendars: The International DX Convention is April 27-29, 2007 at Visalia.  EMCOMM West is May 4-6, 2007 at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in Reno NV.  Field Day 2007 is the fourth full weekend of June.  The 65th Fresno Hamfest is August 4, 2007 at the Holiday Inn at the Airport in Fresno.  Pacificon 2007 is October 19-21, 2007 at the Marriott Hotel in San Ramon CA.

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.  If you fail to update your clubs information for 2 years, your club will be placed in the inactive file.

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.

It is my sad duty to report that KE6ZQ, WA6FGM, WB6HQU, and K6RES are Silent Keys. They will be missed.

Fresno County and Kings County ARES groups operated W6H for the SKYWARN Recognition Day from NOAA Hanford.

Turlock ARC members provided communications support for the Turlock Christmas parade.

The Radio Club of America awarded its 2006 Barry Goldwater Award to Frank Clement, W6KPC, of Bakersfield for his lifetime achievements.  Congratulations Frank.

The Fresno ARC named KF6CL as its 2006 Amateur of the Year.  W6TLM earned the Boner Award and WB6GBS earned the Alligator Award.

The Golden Empire DX Club (KI6GWR) is a new club in Bakersfield.

Gordon West, WB6NOA, will visit the Sequoia Amateur Group in February 2007.

Bakersfield ARA 2007 officers are pres KB6JFL, vp KG6ZBK, sec K6JAG, and treas KA6VXC.  The club named N6RSK its 2006 Ham of the Year.

Central California DX Club 2007 officers are pres WA5VGI, 1st vp N6AWD, 2nd vp WS6X, sec/treas W6DPD, Directors W6YDE, AA6LY and W6RFL.  For information contact w6mel@arrl.net.  The club will celebrate 25 years of ARRL affiliation in 2007.

Stockton-Delta ARC 2007 officers are pres WB6NVB, vp KD6FVA, sec/editor N6LHL, and treas KB6QIT. The club celebrated its 75th Anniversary in December. Congratulations!!  The club is planning for its 80th anniversary in 2011.  Check www.w6sf.org for information.

QCWA Fresno Chapter 213 2007 officers are pres W6YEP, vp W6VPS, sec/treas W6DPD and Directors K6XJ and WA6NIF.  The chapter meets the 4th Tuesday at Carrow’s, 4280 N. Blackstone at noon in Fresno.  All QCWA members are welcome to attend.  Check www.qcwa.org/chapter213.htm for information.

Traffic for December K6RAU 28, N6SUZ 23 and W6SX 2. Total 53.  PSHR: K6RAU 73, N6SUZ 36.


November 2006 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

Your San Joaquin Valley Section staff sends you holiday greetings and hope for the best in 2007.

KI6PR is the Emergency Coordinator for Merced County. Thanks Mike for taking this position.

Mark your calendars: The International DX Convention is April 27-29, 2007 at Visalia. Check HYPERLINK "http://www.dxconvention.org/" http://www.dxconvention.org/ for information. EMCOMM West is May 4-6, 2007 at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in Reno NV. Check HYPERLINK "http://www.emcommwest.org" www.emcommwest.org for information. Field Day 2007 is the fourth full weekend of June. The 65th Fresno Hamfest is August 4, 2007 at the Holiday Inn at the Airport in Fresno. Check HYPERLINK "http://www.w6to.com" www.w6to.com for information. Pacificon 2007 is October 19-21, 2007 at the Marriott Hotel in San Ramon CA. Check HYPERLINK "http://www.pacificon.org" www.pacificon.org for information.

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. If you fail to update your clubs information for 2 years, your club will be placed in the inactive file.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, HYPERLINK "http://www.arrl.org" www.arrl.org 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.

It is my sad duty to report that WU6V, AA6D, K6KEW, KE6UOO, and K6LFR, are Silent Keys. They will be missed.

The Amateur Radio Association of Central California (KI6GIL) is a new club in Fresno.

The Mountain ARC and San Joaquin Valley ARS provided communications support for the second annual Powerhouse Double Century Bicycle event.

The Sierra ARC operated K2BSA/6 for the 2006 Scout Jamboree on the Air and provided communications support for the Kiwanis Walkathon.

Mountain ARC 2007 officers are pres W6LSU, vp W6RFR, sec W6NDR, and treas W6HYY. The club meets the fourth Thursday 7:00PM at the Senior Center in Oakhurst. Check HYPERLINK "http://www.w6bw.org" www.w6bw.org for information.

Fresno ARC 2007 officers are pres NA6G, vp AE6SX, sec, WA6NIF, and treas W6TLM. The club meets the 2nd Friday at 7:00 PM at Cedar Lanes in Fresno. Check HYPERLINK "http://www.w6to.com" www.w6to.com for information.

Kern County Central Valley ARC 2007 officers are pres KF6JOQ, 1st vp KC6ZRF, 2nd vp KC6WTA, sec W6WTG, and treas KG6UFB. The club meets the 4th Tuesday in Bakersfield. Check HYPERLINK "http://www.w6lie.org" www.w6lie.org for information.

San Joaquin Valley ARS 2007 officers are pres W6TTF, vp and treas, K6YRZ, and sec KF6GKC. The club meets the first Friday in Fresno. Check HYPERLINK "http://www.sjvars.com" www.sjvars.com for information.

Congrats to K6RYD, and N6NPG on completing the ARECC Level One course.

SJV results for the ARRL UHF Contest were first KK6KE and second N6KOG.

Traffic for November K6RAU 224, N6SUZ 12 and W6SX 5. Total 41. PSHR: K6RAU 78, N6SUZ 38.


October 2006 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

An Emergency Coordinator is needed in Merced County. Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.

W6PM is the new EC for E. Kern County. Thanks to KK6PA for his years of service as EC.

Mark your calendars: The International DX Convention is April 27-29, 2007 at Visalia. EMCOMM West is May 4-6, 2007 at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in Reno NV. Field Day 2007 is the fourth full weekend of June. The 65th Fresno Hamfest is August 4, 2007 at the Holiday Inn at the Airport in Fresno. Pacificon 2007 is October 19-21, 2007 at the Marriott Hotel in San Ramon CA.

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. If you fail to update your clubs information for 2 years, your club will be placed in the inactive file.

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.

It is my sad duty to report that N6EL, and W6MTJ, are Silent Keys. They will be missed.

The Oakdale Amateur Radio Society now has the call sign K6OAR.

The Sequoia Amateur Radio Group in Lake Isabella is now an ARRL Affiliated Club. Gordon West, WB6NOA, will be their guest speaker in February 2007.

PACIFICON was well attended by Amateurs from the SJV Section. W6MSU of the Coast Guard Auxiliary (Stockton Flotilla) presented a session on ICS 100.

Officers of the Calaveras ARS are pres AE6LA, vp KO6HV, sec WB6QVU, and treas AC6CY. The club meets quarterly in Arnold.

WS6X was number one I in the search and pounce category I the 2005 Stew Perry 160 meter contest. Congrats Jim. He will join the KP4US team for the 2006 CQWW CW Contest.

W6DPD was listed in the 2006-2007 edition of Who’s Who in America.

Congrats to N6WIG, KM6JM, KG6STR, KB6NIZ, and KE6KAC on completing the ARECC Level One course.

2006 Field Day Results in the SJV were first, Madera County ARC, second Fresno ARC, and third San Andreas Faultline Survivors.

2006 June VHF QSO Party results in the SJV were first N6MU, second W6XD and third W6TV.

Traffic for October: K6RAU 26, W6DPD 4, N6SUZ 34 and W6SX 14; Total 78. PSHR: K6RAU 67, N6SUZ 64.


September 2006 -  SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

An Emergency Coordinator is needed in Merced County. Contact N6ZFN (n6zfn@bak.rr.com) or W6DPD (w6dpd@arrl.org) if you can help.

Mark your calendars: The 2006 California QSO Party is October 7-8. Check www.cqp.org for information. Pacificon 06 will be October 13-15, 2006 at the San Ramon Marriott. Check www.pacificon.org for information. The Scout Jamboree on the Air is October 21, 2006. The International DX Convention is April 27-29, 2007 at Visalia. Check http://www.dxconvention.org/ for information. EMCOMM West is May 4-6, 2007 at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in Reno NV. Check www.emcommwest.org for information. Field Day 2007 is the fourth full weekend of June. The 65th Fresno Hamfest is August 4, 2007 at the Holiday Inn at the Airport in Fresno. Check www.w6to.com for information.

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. If you fail to update your clubs information for 2 years, your club will be placed in the inactive file.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org 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 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time. The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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 California QSO Party, CQP, is October 7-8, 2006. This is a good opportunity to put your county on the air and be sought out by stations across the United States and around the world that are participating in the party. The Northern California Contest Club has a great award program for participating stations. Check out www.cqp.org for information.

Pacificon 2006 will be October 13-15, 2006, at the San Ramon Marriott. This is the ARRL Pacific Division Convention. ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, will be present and speak at the Saturday Banquet. ARRL Chief Operating Officer , Harold Kramer, WJ1B, will speak at the Saturday breakfast. They will meet the members at the ARRL booth. Check www.pacificon.org for information and registration forms.

It is my sad duty to report that WA6YXJ, WA6WQG, and K6SSNare Silent Keys. They will be missed.
The SJVARS Harvest HamConvention was a successful event in Fresno.

W6WTG attended the Harvest HamConvention and did a presentation on SSTV and the W6C operation. He also attended the ARRL Southwestern Division Convention in San Diego.

Southern Sierra ARS members provided communications for the 2006 High Sierra Fall Century Bike Ride

N6LHL participated in communications support for the Emigrant Trail Bike Trek.

Fresno County ARES participated in Amateur Radio Awareness Day in Fresno. It was a successful event.

The Oakdale Amateur Radio Society is a new organization in the SJV Section. The club call is KI6FOW.

WK6I was part of a multi-multi team that operated the 2006 CQ WW RTTY DX Contest from HC8N.

The Scout Jamboree on the Air is October 21-22. If you want to participate, contact the Scout Service Center in your area to volunteer. This is a good event to showcase Amateur Radio to the Scouts. There are radio badges for both Girl and Boy Scouts.

Traffic for September: K6RAU 21, N6SUZ 26, and W6SX 3; Total 50. PSHR: K6RAU 64 and N6SUZ 75.


August 2006 -  SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

An Emergency Coordinator is needed in Merced County.  Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.

Mark your calendars..  September is National Preparedness Month.  The San Joaquin Valley ARS presents the Harvest HamConVention Sept 15-16 in Fresno.  Amateur Radio Awareness Day is Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006.  The annual Turlock ARC Auction will be September 30, 2006.  Check www.w6bxn.org for information.  The 2006 California QSO Party is October 7-8.  Check www.cqp.org for information.  Pacificon 06 will be October 13-15, 2006 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information. The Scout Jamboree on the Air is October 21, 2006.  The International DX Convention is April 27-29, 2007 at Visalia.  Check http://www.dxconvention.org/ for information.  EMCOMM West is May 4-6, 2007 at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in Reno NV. Check www.emcommwest.org for information. Field Day 2007 is the fourth full weekend of June.  The 65th Fresno Hamfest is tentatively scheduled for August 4, 2007 at the Holiday Inn at the Airport in Fresno.

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.  If you fail to update your clubs information for 2 years, your club will be placed in the inactive file.

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 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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 California QSO Party, CQP, is October 7-8, 2006.  This is a good opportunity to put your county on the air and be sought out by stations across the United States and around the world that are participating in the party.  The Northern California Contest Club has a great award program for participating stations.  Check out www.cqp.org for information.

Pacificon 2006 will be October 13-15, 2006, at the San Ramon Marriott.  This is the ARRL Pacific Division Convention.  ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, will be present and speak at the Saturday Banquet.  ARRL Chief Operating Officer , Harold Kramer, WJ1B, will speak at the Saturday breakfast.  They will meet the members at the ARRL booth.  Check www.pacificon.org for information and registration forms.

It is my sad duty to report that KD6AHF, KE6ESY, W6KOC, and W6FRG are Silent Keys. They will be missed.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the third year is sponsoring National Preparedness Month which is a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools.  This year’s goals are to increase public awareness about the importance of family emergency preparedness and to urge individuals to make themselves and their loved ones better prepared. National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. This year’s goals are to increase public awareness about the importance of family emergency preparedness and to urge individuals to make themselves and their loved ones better prepared.  More than 200 organizations including ARRL are members of the coalition promoting National Preparedness Month.

Amateur Radio Awareness Day is sponsored by ARRL and is September 16.  This is a good opportunity for your club to set up an Amateur Station in a shopping center parking lot to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the public.  This is in the middle of National Preparedness Month.

The Scout Jamboree on the Air is October 21-22.  If you want to participate, contact the Scout Service Center in your area to volunteer.  This is a good event to showcase Amateur Radio to the Scouts.  There are radio badges for both Girl and Boy Scouts.

The 64th Fresno Hamfest was well attended.  It was a successful event.  W6TLM won the main prize.  WS6X won 3 handheld radios plus several other prizes.  Pacific Division Director Bob Vallio, W6RGG, presented the February 2006 cover plaque to Dave Rosenthal, N6TST, for his article in the February 2006 QST,” Polar Bear Portable”.  The cover plaque is awarded to the best article in each QST, as voted by the ARRL members on the Cover Plaque Poll Webpage.

Traffic for July8 K6RAU 16, and N6SUZ 45; Total 63.  PSHR: K6RAU 59 N6SUZ 96.

July 2006 -  SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

An Emergency Coordinator is needed in Merced County.  Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD  if you can help.

Mark your calendars..  September is National Preparedness Month.  The San Joaquin Valley ARS presents the Harvest HamConVention Sept 15-16 in Fresno.  Check www.sjvars.com for information.  Amateur Radio Awareness Day is Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006.  The annual Turlock ARC Auction will be September 30, 2006.  Check www.w6bxn.org for information.  The 2006 California QSO Party is October 7-8.  Check www.cqp.org for information.  Pacificon 06 will be October 13-15, 2006 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information. The Scout Jamboree on the Air is October 21, 2006.  The International DX Convention is April 27-29, 2007 at Visalia.  Check http://www.dxconvention.org/ for information.  EMCOMM West is May 4-6, 2007 at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in Reno NV. Check www.emcommwest.org for information. Field Day 2007 is the fourth full weekend of June.

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.  If you fail to update your clubs information for 2 years, your club will be placed in the inactive file.

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 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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 California QSO Party, CQP, is October 7-8, 2006.  This is a good opportunity to put your county on the air and be sought out by stations across the United States and around the world that are participating in the party.  The Northern California Contest Club has a great award program for participating stations.  Check out www.cqp.org for information.

It is my sad duty to report that KE6DK, KF6VCD, WA6KCQ, and WA6CVL are Silent Keys. They will be missed.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the third year is sponsoring National Preparedness Month which is a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools.  This year’s goals are to increase public awareness about the importance of family emergency preparedness and to urge individuals to make themselves and their loved ones better prepared. National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. This year’s goals are to increase public awareness about the importance of family emergency preparedness and to urge individuals to make themselves and their loved ones better prepared.  More than 200 organizations including ARRL are members of the coalition promoting National Preparedness Month.

Amateur Radio Awareness Day is sponsored by ARRL and is September 16.  This is a good opportunity for your club to set up an Amateur Station in a shopping center parking lot to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the public.  This is in the middle of National Preparedness Month.

The Sequoia Amateur Radio Group is a new club in Lake Isabella. Officers are pres W6PAJ, vp KC6OCA, secy KC6RIZ and treas KA6IYS.  Welcome to the SJV.

SJV stations active in the ARRL International Phone DX Contest placed as follows.  First was WC6H operated by NU6S, N6EE was second and N6NZ was third.  OH8X operated by OH8NC won the World 14 MHZ plaque sponsored by the Central California DX Club.

Congrats to W6YDE on qualifying for DXCC, to W6YWH and WA6SZE on achieving the Top of the DXCC Honor Roll. 

W6FRH qualified for numerous Worked All States Awards through QSO matches on Log Book of the World.

Traffic for July: W6DPD 2, K6RAU 16, and N6SUZ 103; Total 121.  PSHR: K6RAU 59 N6SUZ 100.

June 2006 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

An Emergency Coordinator is needed in Merced County.  Contact N6ZFN  or W6DPD if you can help.

Mark your calendars. The 64th Fresno Hamfest will be August 5, 2006 at the Satellite Student Union on the CSUF Campus in Fresno.  Check www.w6to.com for information.  San Joaquin Valley ARS presents the Harvest HamConVention Sept 15-16 in Fresno.  Check www.sjvars.com for information.  Amateur Radio Awareness Day is Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006.  The 2006 California QSO Party is October 7-8.  Check www.cqp.org for information.  Pacificon 06 will be October 13-15, 2006 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information. The International DX Convention is April 27-29, 2007 at Visalia.  Check http://www.dxconvention.org/ for information.  EMCOMM West is May 4-6, 2007 at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in Reno NV. Check www.emcommwest.org for information. Field Day 2007 is the fourth full weekend of June.

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.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org 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 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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 California QSO Party, CQP, is October 7-8, 2006.  This is a good opportunity to put your county on the air and be sought out by stations across the United States and around the world that are participating in the party.  The Northern California Contest Club has a great award program for participating stations.  Check out www.cqp.org for information.

It is my sad duty to report that W6OWT, WB6SNB, and KB6QIB are Silent Keys. They will be missed.

ARES/RACES members in Ridgecrest did a superior job during a low power outage on May 12.  The served agencies were very grateful for the job the hams did in providing communications support.

Amateur operators have been providing communications support to the fire fighters attacking the grass fires in California.

SJV stations active in the ARRL International CW DX Contest placed as follows.  First was W6FRH, N6HK was second and KI6VC was third.  W6FRH placed eighth in the Pacific Division.

Congrats to W6RFL on making the DXCC Honor Roll.

Madera ARC officers for 2006-2007 are pres KF6ZXO, vp KG6SUN, sec KG6DAK and treas KG6KYT. Check www.w6wgz.org for information.

Don’t forget to submit Field Day contact lists and supporting bonus information to ARRL by July 25. 

Traffic for June: W6DPD 3, K6RAU 24, and N6SUZ 205; Total 232 PSHR K6RAU 65 N6SUZ 100.


May 2006 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

An Emergency Coordinator is needed in Merced County.  Contact N6ZFN (n6zfn@bak.rr.com) or W6DPD (w6dpd@arrl.org) if you can help.

Mark your calendars.  The ARRL VHF QSO Party is June 10-12, 2006.  Check the May issue of QST for information.  Field Day is June 24-25, 2006. The California Historical Radio Society Merced Swap Meet is June 24, 2006 at 9 AM.  Check www.californiahistoricalradio.com/events,html for information and directions.  The 64th Fresno Hamfest will be August 5, 2006 at the Satellite Student Union on the CSUF Campus in Fresno.  Check www.w6to.com for information.  San Joaquin Valley ARS presents the Harvest HamConVention Sept 15-16 in Fresno.  Check www.sjvars.com for information.  Amateur Radio Awareness Day is Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006.  The 2006 California QSO Party is October 7-8.  Check www.cqp.org for information.  Pacificon 06 will be October 13-15, 2006 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information. The International DX Convention is April 27-29, 2007 at Visalia.  Check http://www.dxconvention.org/ for information.  EMCOMM West is May 4-6, 2007 at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in Reno NV. Check www.emcommwest.org for information.

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.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org 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 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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.

It is my sad duty to report that W6UTN, N6CIY, and KB6TIM are Silent Keys. They will be missed.

K6SNE and N6IDF became Silent Keys while on a transmitter hunt in the Kern County mountains on the road to Lake Isabella.  This is a reminder to drive safely, even when on transmitter hunts.

Congratulations to KF6UDF on winning a Dayton ARA scholarship and an ARRL Foundation General Fund Scholarship.  Way to go Stuart.

EMCOMM West 2006 was a good conference.  If you did not attend, you missed out on a lot of information.  Hams from the SJV in attendance were WB6BRU, K6SUU, K6IXA, KA6PNL, WA8SME, and W6DPD.  The 2007 EMCOMM West is now in the planning stages. 

Congrats to AI6A and KM6JM on completing the ARECC Level 1 Course.

W6JPU is the new call sign of the Fresno Amateur Radio Technical Society.

On June 9-11,KF6JOQ, Larry, KG6ZBL, Mark and W6WTG, Terry will be going to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Ventura for a DX Expedition. The island is IOTA NA-144.  We will be operating 14.260, 50.130 and also 144.210 SSB during the ARRL VHF contest using the special call sign W6C.  QSL Manager is N2OWL.  For more information contact Terry, W6WTG at w6wtg@arrl.net or www.islandchaser.com.

The Los Banos ARC provided communications support for the May Day Parade.

TCARES members provided communications support for the 27th Old Mill Run in Columbia CA.

The Stockton-Delta ARC and Lodi ARC provided communications support for the Stockton Bike Club’s annual Delta Century Bike Ride.  W6INP, K6UII, WB6NVB, N1ILZ, N6HW, AA6K, and N6LHL from the Stockton-Delta Club, N6WTI, KD6TDD, and N6VVK from the Lodi Club, participated.  ND6S from the Amador County ARC operated as a bike mobile.

Amateurs in many communities provided communications support for the March of Dimes Walk America this spring.

KA6BIM was first, W6TE was second and N6IIU was third in the SJV section in the December 2005 ARRL 10 Meter Contest.

KA6BIM was first, WS6X was second, and K6YK was third in the SJV section in the 2005 ARRL 160 Meter Contest.

WK6I was first, NN6NN was second and K6MI was third in the SJV section in the 2006 ARRL RTTY Roundup.  WK6I was second and NN6NN was third in the Pacific Division scoring.

Traffic for May: K6RAU 14, and N6SUZ 162; Total 176 PSHR K6RAU 57 N6SUZ 100.


April 2006 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

An Emergency Coordinator is needed in Merced County.  Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.

Mark your calendars.  The ARRL VHF QSO Party is June 10-12, 2006.  Check the May issue of QST for information.  Field Day is June 24-25, 2006. The California Historical Radio Society Merced Swap Meet is June 24, 2006 at 9 AM.  Check www.californiahistoricalradio.com/events,html for information and directions.  The 64th Fresno Hamfest will be August 5, 2006 at the Satellite Student Union on the CSUF Campus in Fresno.  Check www.w6to.com for information.  San Joaquin Valley ARS presents the Harvest HamConVention Sept 15-16 in Fresno.  Check www.sjvars.com for information.  The 2006 California QSO Party is October 7-8.  Check www.cqp.org for information.  Pacificon 06 will be October 13-15, 2006 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information. The International DX Convention is April 27-29, 2007 at Visalia.  Check http://www.dxconvention.org/ for information.

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.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org 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 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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.

It is my sad duty to report that W9KUP, W6REM, W6YLS, and K6NWP are Silent Keys. They will be missed.

On June 9-11,KF6JOQ, Larry, KG6ZBL, Mark and W6WTG, Terry will be going to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Ventura for a DX Expedition. The island is IOTA NA-144.  We will be operating 14.260, 50.130 and also 144.210 SSB during the ARRL VHF contest using the special call sign W6C.  QSL Manager is N2OWL.  For more information contact Terry, W6WTG at w6wtg@arrl.net or www.islandchaser.com.

Turlock ARC members and Merced Amateurs provided communications support when creeks overflowed their banks during spring rains and early snow melt.

TCARES members provided back-up communications for the PAN-FLU exercise in Sonora.

The Stockton-Delta ARC will celebrate is 75th anniversary in 2006. The club was formed in 1931.

Sierra ARC demonstrated Amateur Radio at the Kern Area Boy Scout Camporall using K2BSA/6.

SJV stations placed high in the ARRL 2005 Phone Sweepstakes.  WC6H was first, N6EE was second, and WK6I was third.

W6UA and K6XJ were on the winning foursome at the golf tournament at the International DX Convention.  W6FRH, W6YEP, W6YDE, and W6TE won prizes at the convention.

Ralph Saroyan, W6JPU, became a Silent Key on April 5, 2006, about one month after his 88th birthday.  He was first licensed in 1933 at the age of 15.  He was a 64-year member of ARRL and a Life Member since 1970.  He built an adapter to receive SSB on the HRO 60 receiver.  An article on the construction of the adapter was published in QST and CQ magazines.  He built the first repeater in the Fresno area, on 2 meter AM.  He built a solid-state receiver.  He was a Life member of ARRL, a member of the A1-OP club and a member of QCWA Fresno Chapter 213.  He served and Section Communications Manager for the San Joaquin Valley Section from 1955 to 1976.  Ralph was my mentor, and chose me to succeed him as SCM in 1976.  Rest in peace friend.

Traffic for April: W6DPD 6, K6RAU 14, and N6SUZ 162; Total 182 PSHR K6RAU 262, N6SUZ 100.

March 2006 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section. 

An Emergency Coordinator is needed in Merced County.  Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.

Mark your calendars. The International DX Convention is April 21-23, 2006 at Visalia.  Check http://www.dxconvention.org/ for information.  EMCOMM West is May 6-7, 2006 at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno. Check www.emcommwest.org for information.  Field Day is June 24-25, 2006. The 64th Fresno Hamfest will be August 5, 2006 at the Satellite Student Union on the CSUF Campus.  Check www.w6to.com for information.  San Joaquin Valley ARS presents the Harvest HamConVention Sept 15-16 in Fresno.  Check www.sjvars.com for information.  Pacificon 06 will be October 13-15, 2006 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information. 

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. 

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org 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 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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. 

It is my sad duty to report that W6JPU, WA6NSY, WA6BPP, KA6SDH, and KA6GCA are Silent Keys. They will be missed. 

On June 9-11,KF6JOQ, Larry, KG6ZBL, Mark and W6WTG, Terry will be going to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Ventura for a DX Expedition. The island is IOTA NA-144.  We will be operating 14.260 and also 144.210 SSB during the ARRL VHF contest.

QSL Manager is N2OWL.  For more information contact Terry, W6WTG at w6wtg@arrl.net or www.islandchaser.com

The Turlock ARC and Stanislaus ARA provided communications for the McLane Pacific 100 Mile bike race.

The Turlock ARC and K6IXA conducted an Airmail/Winlink seminar with over 50 in attendance.

The Madera Amateur Radio Club will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2006.

The Central California DX Club will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2006.

W6RFL made the DXCC Honor Roll.

W6FRH qualified for WAS by using contacts in Log Book of the World.

Top SJV Scores in the 2005 ARRL CW DX Sweepstakes were 1st WC6H, 2nd N6EE and 3rd K2VCO.  Way to go guys.

Traffic for March: K6RAU 20 and N6SUZ 129; Total 149. PSHR K6RAU 20, N6SUZ 100.

February 2006 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

An Emergency Coordinator is needed in Merced County.  Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.

Mark your calendars.  M2 Antenna Systems, Inc. Annual open house April 1.  See Below.  The International DX Convention is April 21-23, 2006 at Visalia.  EMCOMM West is May 6-7, 2006 at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno. Field Day is June 24-25, 2006. The 64th Fresno Hamfest will be August 5, 2006 at the Satellite Student Union on the CSUF Campus.  San Joaquin Valley ARS presents the Harvest HamConVention Sept 15-16 in Fresno.  Pacificon 06 will be October 13-15, 2006 at the San Ramon Marriott.

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.

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 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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.

It is my sad duty to report that KB6CLZ, W6MND, and N6ZZU are Silent Keys. They will be missed.

Congratulations to Dave Rosenthal, N6TST, on winning the February QST cover plaque award for his article, Polar Bear Portable”.  He will be a speaker at the 64th Fresno Hamfest on August 5.

Congratulations to AI6A, AD6NY, and KF6QKL on completing the ARECC Level One Course.

The Los Banos ARC has its annual “Foxhunt” on March 11, 2006, at 4 PM starting at the Police Annex, 525 “I” Street in Los Banos.

W6YDE has confirmed 100 DXCC entities.

The Sierra ARC provided communications for the Fire Mountain Fifty Horse Ride and the 20 Mule Team 100 Mile Endurance Horse Ride events.

2005 IARU HF World Championship SJV results are 1st K6AAB, 2nd N6EE and 3rd KA6BIM.  In the Pacific Division K6AAB placed third, N6EE was fifth and KA6BIM was sixth.

2005 September VHF QSO Party SJV results KD6VNQ was first, KF6CNV was second and K3UG was third.

Lodi ARC 2006 officers are pres WB6FVG, vp WB6HTV, secy/treas N6HCH.  The club meets the 3rd Thursday at the Lodi Public Library.

Stanislaus ARA 2006 officers are pres W6UHF, vp KF6NPG, secy KD6YWO, and treas KC6TVE. The club meets the 3rd Tuesday in Modesto.

The annual M2 Antenna Systems, Inc. open house is April 1, 2006 in Fresno.  Check www.m2inc.com/openhouse2a.html for information and directions.

On June 9-11,KF6JOQ, Larry, KG6ZBL, Mark and W6WTG, Terry will be going to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Ventura for a DX Expedition. The island is IOTA NA-144.  We will be operating 14.260 and also 144.210 SSB during the ARRL VHF contest.

QSL Manager is N2OWL.  For more information contact Terry, W6WTG atw6wtg@arrl.net or www.islandchaser.com.

Traffic for February: K6RAU 12 and N6SUZ 99; Total 111. PSHR K6RAU 55, N6SUZ 100.

January 2006 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

An Emergency Coordinator is needed in Merced County.  Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.  K6KAP is the new EC for Mariposa County and KA6PNL is the new EC for Kings County.  Welcome aboard.

Mark your calendars. The International DX Convention is April 21-23, 2006 at Visalia.  EMCOMM West is May 6-7, 2006 at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno.  Field Day is June 24-25, 2006. The 64th Fresno Hamfest will be August 5, 2006 at the Satellite Student Union on the CSUF Campus.   Pacificon '06 will be October 13-15, 2006 at the San Ramon Marriott.

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.

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 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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.

It is my sad duty to report that K6CME is a Silent Key. He will be missed.

WA6EXV received s Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Bernardino Microwave Society.  Congratulations Chuck.

Congratulations to W6DOM, KF6HNF, KE6SHL, KO6QZ, and K6PPJ on completing the ARECC Level One Course.

K6YK has earned the CQ Field Award.

Manteca ARC 2006 officers are pres KD6PCT, vp KE6OGL, sec WA6FQM and Treas KC6UUS.  Their new club call sign is K6MAN.  The club meets the first Thursday in Manteca.  The club is the second oldest ARRL affiliated Club in the SJV Section.

Calaveras ARS 2006 officers are pres AE6LA, vp KO6HV, sec WB6QVU, and treas AC6Y.  The clubs new call sign is N6FRG.

Bakersfield ARS named WB6GQH its Ham of the Year for 2005.  The 2006 officers are pres N6BAR, sp KB6JFL, sec KD6JSB, and treas KA6VXC.

Sierra ARC 2006 officers pres WA6QYR, 1st vp KC6UUM, 2nd vp KG6STR, sec WA6KZV, and treas KC6UUS.

TCARES 2006 officers are pres KG6FEY, vp WB6WFF, sec KE6RGP, and treas WA7MOB.

Clovis ARC 2006 officers are pres N6JXL, vp KG6YLE, sec KB6LQV, treas KD6WAW. The club meets the first Friday at the Clovis Senior Center in Clovis CA.

Kern County Central Valley ARC 2006 officers are pres KF6JOQ, 1st vp KC6ZRF, 2nd vp KG6OPR, sec KG6YSZ, and treas KG6MPH.  The club meets the 4th Tuesday in Bakersfield.

Southern Sierra ARS 2006 officers are pres KD6RPJ, 1st vp N6RNC, 2md vp W6TSP, sec WA6LDQ, and treas KD6KMN.  The club meets the 2nd Thurs in Tehachapi.

Tulare County ARC 2006 officers are pres WA6BEF, vp K6QOG, sec KF6KMY, and treas N6YMM. The club meets the 4th Thursday in Visalia.

Traffic for January: W6DPD 4, K6RAU 18, and N6SUZ 121; Total 143. PSHR K6RAU 63, N6SUZ 100.

December 2005 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.  The Section Staff wishes every one a Happy New Year.

Thanks to the members of the ARRL Field Organization for their service to Amateur Radio in 2005.  Keep up the good work!!

Thanks to Rex, KE6ZOC, for maintaining the SJV page on www.pdarrl.org.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Kings, Mariposa and Merced Counties.  Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.

Mark your calendars. The International DX Convention is April 21-23, 2006 at Visalia.  Check http://www.dxconvention.org/ for information.  EMCOMM West is May 6-7, 2006 in Reno. Check www.emcommwsst.org for information.  Field Day is June 24-25, 2006. The 64th Fresno Hamfest will be August 5, 2006 at the Satellite Student Union on the CSUF Campus.  Check w6to.com for information.  Pacificon 06 will be October 13-15, 2006 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information.

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.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org 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 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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.

It is my sad duty to report that KE6KDM is a Silent Key. He will be missed.

Congratulations to KK6RRT, AE6SX and N6SUZ on completing ARECC Level 3.

Turlock ARC members provided communications assistance for the Turlock Christmas Parade.

The Fresno ARC named Don, AJ6X, its Amateur of the year for 2005. Congratulations Don. Thanks for you many years of work on behalf of the club.

W6DPD is listed in the 2006-2007 edition of Who’s Who in American Education.

WG6L earned a PhD in electrical engineering.

Clovis ARP named AE6GE as the outstanding ham for 2005 and KB6LQV received the bonehead award.

The Central California DX Club celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2006.

The Madera County ARC celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2006.

2005 IARU HF World Championship had K6AAB as the highest scoring station from the SJV section.  N6EE was second and KA6BIM was third.

QCWA Fresno Chapter 213 officers for 2006 are pres W6YDE, vp W6YEP, S/T W6DPD, and directors K6SHN and K6XJ.  Check www.qcwa.org/chatper213.htm for information.

Stockton-Delta ARC 2006 officers are pres WB6NVB, vp W6INP, sec KD6NIG, and treas KB6QIT. The club meets the 2nd Thursday in Stockton.

SJVARS 2006 officers are pres KF6ZSW, vp and treas KG6TTF, and sec KF6GKC. Check www.sjvars.com for information.

Traffic for December: K6RAU 18 and N6SUZ 78; Total 100. PSHR K6RAU 70, N6SUZ 100.


November 2005 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.  The Section Staff wishes every one a Happy Holiday Season.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Kings, Mariposa and Merced Counties.  Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.

Mark your calendars. The International DX Convention is April 21-23, 2006 at Visalia.  Check http://www.dxconvention.org/ for information.  EMCOMM West is May 6-7, 2006 in Reno. Check www.emcommwsst.org for information.  Field Day is June 24-25, 2006. The 64th Fresno Hamfest will be August 5, 2006 at the Satellite Student Union on the CSUF Campus.  Check w6to.com for information.  Pacificon 06 will be October 13-15, 2006 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information.

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.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org 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 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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 Stanislaus Amateur Radio Association is a Special Service Club. Congratulations.

It is my sad duty to report that KB6BXY is a Silent Key. He will be missed.

Congratulations to KK6RRT on completing ARECC Level 2.

The Bakersfield ARA celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The Mountain ARC and the SJV ARS provided communications for the Double Century Bicycle Endurance Run.

Madera County ARES supported the Mountain Heritage Day Parade in Oakhurst. 

Fresno ARC and Clovis ARP members participated in Skywarn Recognition Day at the Hanford Weather Bureau Office.

KG6CWB was named 2005 Volunteer of the Year for the Stanislaus Wilderness Volunteers.

KG6NUO is the Los Banos ARC 2005 Volunteer of the Year.

More on Field Day, The High Desert DX Assn, W6EFB, was 4th in the nation in 3A battery.

W6FRH and WS6X qualified for the DXCC Challenge.

Fresno ARC officers for 2006 are pres AE6GE, vp WA6OIB, sec KG6YLE, and treas W6ALE.  The club meets the 2nd Friday in Fresno.  Check www.w6to.com for information.

Mountain ARC officers for 2006 are pres WA6ONA, vp N6EPJ, sec W6LSU and treas KG6MXZ.  The club meets the 4th Thursday in Oakhurst.  Check www.w6bw.org for information.

Bakersfield ARA officers for 2006 are pres N6BAR, vp KB6JFL, sec KD6JSB and treas KA6VXC.  The club meets in Bakersfield.  Check www.w6bar.org for information.

Central California DX Club officers for 2006 are pres WA5VGI, 1st vp N6AWD, 2nd vp WA6YEE, sec/treas W6DPD, and Directors K6XJ, W6RFL and AA6LY.  For information on the club, email w6mel at arrl.net.  When sending email, replace at with @.

Traffic for November: K6RAU 24 and N6SUZ 43; Total 67. PSHR K6RAU 76, N6SUZ 105.

October 2005 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section. The Section Staff wishes every one a Happy Thanksgiving.

ARRL is again sponsoring a toy drive to brighten the holidays for children left homeless or displaced as a result of the hurricanes. Country Singer and ARRL member Patty Loveless, KD4WUJ, has agreed to serve at the honorary chairperson for the 2005 toy drive. Clubs and individual Amateurs can send new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls aged 1 to 14 to ARRL Toy Drive/Salvation Army, 1775 Moriah Bl  Suite 12, Memphis TN 38177-7125. Mailings and shipments need to arrive before Thanksgiving, November 24, 2005 so toys can be distributed during the holidays. Monetary donations may be sent to ARRL Toy Drive, ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington CT 06111-1494. In 2004 the Amateur Community came through and made the holidays special for boys and girls in Florida.

The 7th annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) special event will take place Saturday, December 3, 2005. SKYWARN Recognition Day is an event co-sponsored by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. SKYWARN Recognition Day is the National Weather Service's way of saying "thank you" to Amateur Radio operators for their commitment to helping keep their communities safe. During the 24-hour special event, amateur radio operators visit their local National Weather Service (NWS) office and work as a team to contact other hams across the world. To learn more, check out the web site.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Kings, Mariposa and Merced Counties. Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help. WA8SME is the EC for Mono County. Thanks to N6RDY for serving as EC for Mariposa County.

Mark your calendars. The International DX Convention is April 21-23, 2006 at Visalia. EMCOMM West is May 6-7, 2006 in Reno. Field Day is June 24-25, 2006. Pacificon 06 will be October 13-15, 2006 at the San Ramon Marriott.

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.

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 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time. The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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.

It is my sad duty to report that K6EOR, KA6EDL, AC6DK, KG6UZN, KB6AR and KK6IS are Silent Keys. They will be missed.

Congratulations to KF6QKL and K6SWE on completing the ARECC Level 1 course and to N6SUZ on completing the ARECC Level 2 Course.

In the SJV Section 9 June VHF QSO Party logs were submitted. K6MI was first, KR7O was second, and KF6KDA was third.

In the SJV Section 26 Field Day logs were submitted. The San Andreas Fault Line Survivors has the highest score and competed in 5A. The Fresno ARC was second overall and competed in 2A. The Madera ARC was third overall and competed in 3A. The Los Banos ARC competed in 1A and had the highest score in that category.

The Turlock ARC 2005-2006 officers are pres KE6RGB, vp KI6PR, sec KD6UCX, and treas K6CP. The club meets the second Tuesday at 7:30 PM at the War Memorial Building in Turlock.

Manteca ARC 2006 officers are pres KD6PCT, vp KE6OGL, sec and editor WA6FQM, and treas WA6KTK and KE6UTO share the job. The club meets the first Thursday in Manteca.

The Los Banos ARC has a new transceiver for the club to use in FD and other events.

Congratulations to AE6QP who qualified for WAS and to W6UPI who made the DXCC Honor Roll.

Traffic for October: K6RAU 18and N6SUZ 107; Total 125. PSHR K6RAU 78, N6SUZ 100.


September 2005 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

If you would like to help with the relief effort but are unable to physically to the disaster area, Mary Hobart, K1MMH says you can mail a contribution to ARRL designated for Ham Aid, a program that will support our hams deployed during the Katrina response and recovery. K1MMH is the development director at ARRL HQ.

ARRL is again sponsoring a toy drive to brighten the holidays for children left homeless or displaced as a result of the hurricanes. Country Singer and ARRL member Patty Loveless, KD4WUJ, has agreed to serve at the honorary chairperson for the 2005 toy drive. Clubs and individual Amateurs can send new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls aged 1 to 14 to ARRL Toy Drive, 1775 Moriah Blvd-Suite 12, Memphis TN 38177-7125. Mailings and shipments need to arrive before Thanksgiving, November 24, 2005 so toys can be distributed during the holidays. Monetary donations may be sent to ARRL Toy Drive, ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington CT 06111-1494. In 2004 the Amateur Community came through and made the holidays special for boys and girls in Florida.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Kings, and Merced Counties.  Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.

Mark your calendars. Pacificon 05 will be October 14-16, 2005 at the San Ramon Marriott. Check www.pacificon.org for information. The Annual Turlock ARC Auction is October 22, 2005. Check www.w6bxn.org for information. The International DX Convention is April 21-23, 2006 at Visalia. Check http://www.dxconvention.org/ for information. Field Day is June 24-25, 2006.

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.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org 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 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time. The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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.

It is my sad duty to report that AC6II and W6OV are Silent Keys. They will be missed.

The first San Joaquin Valley ARS Harvest HamConvention is now history. Those in attendance had a great time. KG6SUL came in first in the transmitter hunt.

The Sierra Amateur Radio Club donated $500 to the ARRL Defense of Frequencies Fund. The check was presented to your Section Manager when he visited the club.

The Tulare County ARC demonstrated Amateur Radio at the Tulare County Fair.

The Fresno ARC participated in Amateur Radio Awareness Day and the Emergency Power Operating Event.

New officers of the Central California Sideband Association are pres AA6S, S/T W6WZM.

Congratulations to KK6RRT on completing the ARECC Level 1 course and to AE6GY on completing the ARECC Level 2 Course.

The grant funding for the ARECC classes has run out.

TCARES has 3 NIMS qualified, 18 CERT members and 3 ECRV qualified members.

The Sierra ARC used APRS plus voice to help keep track of walkers in the Kiwanis Walkathon.

Traffic for September: K6RAU 24 and N6SUZ 58; Total 82. PSHR K6RAU 86, N6SUZ 100.


August 2005 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

If you would like to help with the relief effort but are unable to physically to the disaster area, Mary Hobart, K1MMH says you can mail a contribution to ARRL designated for Ham Aid, a program that will support our hams deployed during the Katrina response and recovery.  K1MMH is the development director at ARRL HQ.

Let the seller beware! The ARRL again cautions anyone selling Amateur Radio and related equipment via Radios On-Line or QST Ham Ads (or via on-line auction sites or other advertising media) to beware of so-called "advance fee fraud" (or 4-1-9) payment schemes < http://www.secretservice.gov/alert419.shtml > aimed at ripping you off. We continue to receive reports from ARRL members who have received responses to their ads from individuals offering to overpay for goods via bank check with instructions to deduct the cost of their item(s) from the overpayment (typically quite substantial) and return the "change" to the buyer or another individual. The "bank check" is bogus, however, and the seller ends up holding the bag. This is a well-known scam. There's additional information on the Scam Victims United Web site. Remember: Transact carefully, and protect yourself from fraud! (From the ARRL Letter)

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Kings, and Merced Counties.  Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.

N6GOD is the new EC for W. Kern County.  KO6HV is the EC for Calaveras County.  AE6SX is the new EC for Fresno County.   Thanks to N6ZFN for many years of service as the EC for W. Kern County.  She remains as the SEC.  Thanks to AE6QP for service as the Fresno County EC.

The California QSO Party is October 1-2, 2005.  Try to be on the air and activate your county.  Check www.cqp.org for information.  This is the best of the state QSO parties.  This is your chance to be searched out on the air for contacts.

Mark your calendars. SJVARS presents the Harvest HamConVention is Sept 16-18, 2005 in Fresno.  Check www.sjvars.com for information.  Pacificon 05 will be October 14-16, 2005 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information.  The Annual Turlock ARC Auction is October 22, 2005. Check www.w6bxn.org for information.

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.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org 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 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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. 

It is my sad duty to report that W6YKQ and W6JTA are Silent Keys. They will be missed.

Congratulations to N5FDL on completing the ARECC Level 3 Course and to KA6PNL and K6PPJ and N6SUZ on completing the ARECC Level 1 Course.

The 63rd Fresno Hamfest was a success.  Everyone had a great time.  Bob Heil K9EID, was the featured speaker.  KG6KYT won a handheld radio.  WA6LUT won a Heil Microphone.  WA6LTO won the FT 897D.  The bottom line was in the black.

QCWA Fresno Chapter 213 presented a Meritorious Service Award to S/T W6DPD.

Traffic for August: K6RAU 18, and N6SUZ 76; Total 94. PSHR K6RAU 76, N6SUZ 105.


July 2005 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Kings, Merced and Calaveras Counties.  Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.

The California QSO Party is October 1-2, 2005.  Try to be on the air and activate your county.  Check ww.cqp.org for information.  This is the best of the state QSO parties.  This is your chance to be searched out on the air for contacts.

Mark your calendars. The Fresno Hamfest is August 13, 2005. Check www.w6to.com for information.  SJVARS presents the Harvest HamConVention is Sept 16-18, 2005 in Fresno.  Check www.sjvars.com for information.  Pacificon 05 will be October 14-16, 2005 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information.  The Annual Turlock ARC Auction is October 22, 2005. Check www.w6bxn.org for information.

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.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page for exam information.

The Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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.

It is my sad duty to report that W6JBH and KC6TVD are Silent Keys.  They will be missed.

Congratulations to AJ6X on 60 years of ARRL membership.

Congratulations to XE1L on winning the Don Wallace, W6AM, Memorial Award sponsored by the Central California DX Club.  The plaque commemorates the highest score on 14 MHZ worldwide by a single operator in the ARRL International SSB DX Contest. 

Congratulations to KO6QZ, on completing the ARECC Level 1 course and to W6MSU on completing the ARECC Level III course.  There is still some grant money for fee reimbursement available but you must register for the courses very soon.

SJV Section stations W6TE, W6GMT, and KF6KDA placed first, second, and third in the in the 2005 ARRL VHF Sweepstakes Contest.

SJV section stations KA6BIM, WK6I, and AA6K placed first, second and third respectively in the 2005 ARRL International SSB Contest.

Congratulations to SJV stations WK6I, K6CSL, W6TE, and W6BAR on making good scores in the 2004 CQ Worldwide SSB Contest.

NN6NN was the top scoring U.S. Multi Single team in the 2005 CQ WPX RTTY Contest.

W7MH made the DXCC Honor Roll.  Congratulations on this achievement.

WA6YEE has confirmed 300 DXCC entities.

N2AVR has been working DX on 6 meters.

Congrats to Bill Burns, WA6QYR, on being featured in an article on clubs in the August 2005 CQ Magazine.  Bill was representing the San Bernardino Microwave Society.

KG6KYU won a MFJ Antenna Analyzer at the Fresno ARC picnic.

W7POR won a prize at the WPSS Picnic. 

Traffic for July: K6RAU 16, and N6SUZ 78; Total 94. PSHR K6RAU 72, N6SUZ 100.


June 2005 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Kings, Merced and Calaveras Counties.  Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD  if you can help.

Field Day was successful in the SJV Section.  Many groups made greater numbers of contacts than last year even though the solar conditions were not as good.  Satellites and ISS provided many QSOs.

The California QSO Party is October 1-2, 2005.  Try to be on the air and activate your county.  Check www.cqp.org for information.  This is the best of the state QSO parties. 

Mark your calendars. The Fresno Hamfest is August 13, 2005. Check www.w6to.com for information.  SJVARS presents the Harvest HamConVention is Sept 16-18, 2005 in Fresno.  Check www.sjvars.com for information.  Pacificon 05 will be October 14-16, 2005 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information.

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.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org for exam information.

The Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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.

Madera County ARC officers for 2005-2006 are pres KF6ZXO, vp KG6KYU, sec KG6DAK, and treas KG6KYT.

It is my sad duty to report that AC6FD, KA6ACE, KB6QLI, N6QQV, K6GN, W6RUJ, and KE6OUG became a Silent Keys.  They will be missed.

KW6N, K6XJ, KF6KDA, K6FGE, W7MH, AD6W, have been working sporadic e skip on 6 meters.

Congratulations to W6DOM, on completing the ARECC Level 1 course and to K6LLD on completing the ARECC Level III course.  There is still some grant money for fee reimbursement available but you must register for the courses very soon.

In the 2005 ARRL International DX CW Contest KA6BIM, K2VCO, and AK7G placed first, second, and third in the SJV Section.

Congratulations to W6XK on qualifying for the DXCC Honor Roll to N6SUZ on qualifying for WAS on CW, and to W7XK on qualifying for WAZ.

Traffic for June: K6RAU 15, N6SUZ 84 and W6DPD 2; Total 101. PSHR K6RAU 61, N6SUZ 100.


May 2005 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Kings, Merced and Calaveras Counties.  Contact N6ZFN  or W6DPD if you can help.

Thanks to N3TNQ for serving as the EC for Merced County.  Good Luck on your move east.

Field Day is June 25-26, 2005, the fourth full weekend of June.  Plans for the event should be nearing completion at this time.  There are some rules changes for 2005 so download your FD packet from www.arrl.org/contests/forms.  Be sure to collect all the bonus points you can for you organization.

Mark your calendars. The California Historical Radio Society Swap Meet/Auction is June 18, 2005 at Cliffs Radio Warehouse on the corner of 13th and X in Merced.  Check www.calforiniahistoricalradio.com for information. Check their events page.  The Fresno Hamfest is August 13, 2005. Check www.w6to.com for information.  SJVARS presents the Harvest HamConVention is Sept 16-18, 2005 in Fresno.  Check www.sjvars.com for information.  Pacificon 05 will be October 14-16, 2005 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information.

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.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org for exam information.

The Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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 San Joaquin County ARES is sponsoring a month long program to help hams learn the Morse Code.  Contact n5fdl@arrl.net for information.

It is my sad duty to report that N6FUO, WF6N, KF6MZE and N0BGU became a Silent Keys.  They will be missed.

Congrats to Wendy Wigh, AE6RL, on winning a scholarship from the ARRL Foundation. Way to go Wendy!!

Stockton-Delta ARC members provided communications for the March of Dimes Walk America.

TCARES members provided communications for the Old Mill Run in Columbia.  Some members marched in the Mother Lode Roundup Parade.

San Joaquin Net 2005-2006 officers are Net Manager AD6X, Secretary KG6BBZ, and Asst. Secretary WG6Q.  The net meets at 6 PM Pacific Time Mon-Sat on 3.918 MHZ. 

Congratulations to AE6QP, W6DOU, N5FDL, KN6XW, KC6WCT, and N6WIG, on completing the ARECC Level 1 course and to AE6SX on completing the ARECC Level II course.

Congratulations to W6FAH on achieving US-CA All counties.  This is quite an achievement.  There are over 3000 counties in the United States and the award requires QSL cards.

In the 2005 ARRL RTTY Roundup SJV Section stations NN6NN, WK6I, and AK6DV placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively.

In the 2004 ARRL 160 Meter Contest SJV stations KA6BIM, K6YK, and K6VOA placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively.

In the 2004 ARRL 10 Meter Contest SJV stations KA6BIM, W6TE, and N6IIU placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively.

W6DPD took first place in the SJV for the 2004 ARRL Phone Sweepstakes for single op low power with WC6H taking single op high power, W6XK multi-op, KB6QIT single op QRP, and N6NZ unlimited

Traffic for May: K6RAU 20, N6SUZ 97 and W6DPD 1; Total 118. PSHR K6RAU 75, N6SUZ 100.


April 2005 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.  Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Kings, Mono and Calaveras Counties. Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.

Field Day is June 25-26, 2005, the fourth full weekend of June. Now is the time to begin planning for the event. There are some rules changes for 2005 so download your FD packet from the ARRL.

Mark your calendars. EMCOMM West will be May 13-15, 2005 in Reno.  The California Historical Radio Society Swap Meet/Auction is June 18, 2005 at Cliffs Radio Warehouse on the corner of 13th and X in Merced. Check www.calforiniahistoricalradio.com for information. Check their events page. The Fresno Hamfest is August 13, 2005. Check www.w6to.com for information. SJVARS presents the Harvest HamConVention is Sept 16-18, 2005 in Fresno. Check www.sjvars.com for information. Pacificon 05 will be October 14-16, 2005 at the San Ramon Marriott. Check www.pacificon.org for information.

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.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org for exam information.

The Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time. The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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.

Grant-sponsored Reimbursement Ending Very Soon.
In June, the last seat to be offered under the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)-sponsored grant will open. After that, only a small number of reimbursable seats in each course will be offered under the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) grant through October. At this time, no further grant-sponsored reimbursement for EmComm course students is on the horizon. If you have any additional questions, please send them to cce@arrl.org

It is my sad duty to report that N6FRM, W6KBP, KD6ZUQ, W7FMD, and K6GQB became a Silent Keys. They will be missed.

Clovis ARP, Fresno ARC, and Tulare County ARC members provided communications for the March of Dimes Walk America.

Members of the Stockton Delta and Lodi ARCs provided communications for the Stockton Bike Club’s Century Bike Ride thru the Delta.

San Joaquin Net 2005-2006 officers are Net Manager AD6X, Secretary KG6BBZ, and Asst. Secretary WG6Q. The net meets at 6 PM Pacific Time Mon-Sat on 3.918 MHZ.

The San Joaquin Valley ARS is now an affiliated club of the ARRL.

Congratulations to W6WBT, and W6DBM, on completing the ARECC Level 1 course.

Congratulations to WC6H, W6XK, and N6NZ on placing first, second and third in the November 2004 ARRL Phone sweepstakes for the SJV Section.

W6RUJ, K6XJ, W6UA, and K6KH won the golf tournament at the 2005 International DX Convention. A number of section members won prizes at the convention.

The Central California DX Club named K6XJ the 2004 DX’er of the Year.

K6YK worked satellites, PSK 31 and RTTY while portable in Alabama.

HB9MX and KB6AAL attended the International DX Convention and visited in the Fresno Area after the convention.

Traffic for April: K6RAU 16, N6SUZ 174; Total 190. PSHR K6RAU 62, N6SUZ 115.


March 2005 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Kings, Mono and Calaveras Counties.  Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.

Field Day is June 25-26, 2005, the fourth full weekend of June.  Now is the time to begin planning for the event.  There are some rules changes for 2005 so download your FD packet from www.arrl.org/contests/forms.

Mark your calendars.  The International DX Convention (Visalia) is April 15-17, 2005.  Check www.ncdxc.org/Ncdxc/Convention for information.  EMCOMM West will be May 13-15, 2005 in Reno. Check www.emcomwest.org for information.  Pacificon 05 will be October 14-16, 2005 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information.  The Fresno Hamfest is August 13, 2005. Check www.w6to.com for information. The California Historical Radio Society Swap Meet/Auction is June 18, 2005 at Cliffs Radio Warehouse on the corner of 13th and X in Merced.  Check www.calforiniahistoricalradio.com for information. Check their events page.

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.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org for exam information.

The Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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.

Grant-sponsored Reimbursement Ending
In June, the last seat to be offered under the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)-sponsored grant will open. After that, only a small number of reimbursable seats in each course will be offered under the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) grant through October.  At this time, no further grant-sponsored reimbursement for EmComm course students is on the horizon.  If you have any additional questions, please send them to cce@arrl.org

It is my sad duty to report that WD6BBW, WB6QQB, L6MGX, and KC6UQP became a Silent Keys.  They will be missed.

Congratulations to KD6BWE, W6INP, KG6SWD, KO6QZ, W6DBM, and AE6GY, on completing the ARECC Level 1 course and to AE6GY and K6RCW on completing ARECC Level 2.

Correction to Feb. Section News: Congratulations to W6NZD on 50 years of ARRL membership.

The annual M2 Antenna Systems Inc. open house was a great success.  There were many Amateurs in attendance.  Thanks to Myrna and Mike for their hospitality.

Sierra ARC members KK6PA, MM6JM, KE6CE, KB6NIZ, WA7RIW, KC6URR, NL7SX, N8RXJ, WA6QYR, and KC6UTF provided communications for the 20 Mule Team 100 Mile 24 Hour Horse Ride.

Congratulations to WC6H, N6EE, and K2VCO on placing first, second and third in the November 2004 ARRL CW sweepstakes for the SJV Section.

Tulare County 2005 Officers are pres W6SLT, vp WA6BEF, sec KF6KMY, and treas K6QOG.  The club meets the 4th Thursday in Visalia. The web page is www.tcarc.net.

Traffic for March: K6RAU 12, N6SUZ 31; Total 43 PSHR W6MSU 37, K6RAU 58, N6SUZ 101


February 2005 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Kings, Mono and Calaveras Counties.  Contact N6ZFN (n6zfn@ares-races.net) or W6DPD (w6dpd@arrl.org) if you can help.

Grant-sponsored Reimbursement Ending
In June, the last seat to be offered under the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)-sponsored grant will open. After that, only a small number of reimbursable seats in each course will be offered under the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) grant through October.  At this time, no further grant-sponsored reimbursement for EmComm course students is on the horizon. The monthly registration calendar is found online here. Registration can be done on-line during the applicable registration window here. As stated at http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html, registration via regular mail is also an option. Please include the course you wish to enroll in, your age group, gender, veteran status, preferred email address, and telephone number.  This has been a very successful program, thanks chiefly to the support and participation of the ARRL Field Organization. We sincerely appreciate your efforts and hope that with your continued support, these grants will conclude on a successful note. If you have any additional questions, please send them to cce@arrl.org.

Mark your calendars.  The International DX Convention (Visalia) is April 15-17, 2005.  Check www.ncdxc.org/Ncdxc/Convention for information.  EMCOMM West will be May 13-15, 2005 in Reno. Check www.emcomwest.org for information.  Pacificon 05 will be October 14-16, 2005 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information.

The annual M2 Antenna Systems, Inc. open house is April 2, 2005 in Fresno.  Check www.m2inc.com/openhouse2a.html for information and directions

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.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org for exam information.

The Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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 Manteca Amateur Radio Club, San Joaquin County ARES, and the Bay Area Educational Amateur Radio Society will hold a one-day “ham cram” technician license class and testing session on Saturday, April 9, 2005 in Manteca. The class runs from 8am until 4pm. Cost of the class is $30. Pre-registration and payment is required. Space is limited.  For information visit: www.sanjoaquinares.org.

It is my sad duty to report that KK6LR, W7FMD, WB6SHI, KQ6KT, W6KGF, and KB6DJT became a Silent Keys.  They will be missed.

Congratulations to W6INP and KD6PCT on completing the ARECC Level 1 course.

Congratulations to W6NZD on 50 years of ARRL membership.

Congratulations to KB6BXY on being named Ham of the Year for the Bakersfield ARA.

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will sponsor a transmitter hunt on March 19, 2005, beginning at 1 PM.  This will be a beginners T-Hunt intended to introduce new hams to the fun on hunting transmitters.  The hidden transmitter will be on 147.54 MHZ.  The hunters will meet at the Clovis Senior Center, 804 Fourth Street in Clovis.  There will be get together after the hunt.  Contact Ray, KB6LQV, at (559) 270-0520 for information.

San Joaquin Valley ARS 2005 officers are pres KF6ZSW, vp and treas KG6TTF and sec KF6GKC.  The club meets the first Friday in Fresno for members and invited guests only.  Check www.sjvars.com for information.

QCWA Fresno Chapter 213 2005 officers are pres W6YDE, vp W6YEP, sec/treas W6DPD and directors K6XJ and W6RUJ.  The chapter meets the 4th Tuesday at Noon at Carrows Restaurant, 4280 N. Blackstone in Fresno.  The club operates the WQ6CWA repeater on 146.25/85 with a pl of 141.3 HZ.  All QCWA members are invited to attend the meetings. Check www.qcwa.org/chapter213.htm for information.

Sierra ARC members helped with the Fire Mountain Fifty Horse Ride.  Those helping were KG6STR, WA6QYR, WB6EPD, WA7RIW, KI6LO, W6PTH, and KC6UUR.

Traffic for February:  K6RAU 10, N6SUZ 29 for a total of 39. PSHR K6RAU 68 and N6SUZ 88.


January 2005 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD - ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Kings, Mono and Calaveras Counties. Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.

Mark your calendars. The International DX Convention (Visalia) is April 15-17, 2005. Check www.ncdxc.org/Ncdxc/Convention for information. EMCOMM West will be May 13-15, 2005 in Reno. Check www.emcomwest.org for information. Pacificon 05 will be October 14-16, 2005 at the San Ramon Marriott. Check www.pacificon.org for information.

When your affiliated club elects officers for the next year, be sure to update your club¹s information on the affiliated club area of the ARRL web page.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org for exam information.

The Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time. The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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.

It is my sad duty to report that W6SQP became a Silent Key. He will be missed.

Thanks to Carleton, AA6GZ, for his many years of service at the EC for Kings County.

Congratulations to W6MSU on completing the ARECC Level 3 course.

The Kern County Central Valley ARC is conducting a one day class for Technician and General in Bakersfield. The class will be Feb. 19, 2005 at the Salvation Army, 4417 Wilson Road in Bakersfield. The exam will be given following the class. Contact Marie, N6ZFN, for information.

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will sponsor a transmitter hunt on March 19, 2005, beginning at 1 PM. This will be a beginners T-Hunt intended to introduce new hams to the fun on hunting transmitters. The hidden transmitter will be on 147.54 MHZ. The hunters will meet at the Clovis Senior Center, 804 Fourth Street in Clovis. There will be get together after the hunt. Contact Ray, KB6LQV, at (559) 270-0520 for information.

Southern Sierra ARC 2005 officers are pres KD6RPJ, 1st vp KA6PTJ, 2nd vp W6AMH, sec KA9QCX, and treas KD6KMN, The club meets the 2nd Thursday at the Veterans Hall in Tehachapi.

Lodi ARC officers for 2005 are pres WB6FVG, vp WB6ATU, and s/t N6HCH. The club is meeting at the library in Lodi.

Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers 2005 officers are pres NI6M, vp N6JXL, sec, KB6LQV, and treas KD6WAW. The club meets the first Friday at the Clovis Senior Center in Clovis.

Fresno ARC 2005 officers are pres AE6GE, vp K6MI, sec W6TE, and treas W6ALE.  The club meets the 2nd Friday at Cedar Lanes in Fresno. Check www.w6to.com for information.



Central California DX Club 2005 officers are pres W6RUJ, 1st vp WA5VGI, 2nd vp WA6YEE, s/t W6DPD, directors N6AWD, W6RFL, and AA6LY. Contact w6mel@arrl.net for information on meetings and the club.

Traffic for January: K6RAU 15, N6SUZ 5 for a total of 20. PSHR K6RAU 70 and N6SUZ 53.


December 2004 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section. Happy Holidays to all!!  I hope all had a Happy New Year and received all the ham radio goodies you wanted.

It takes many volunteers to make the ARRL Field Organization work.  Thanks to all the volunteers who make it work, the ORS, OBS, OO, EC, asst EC, OES, PIO, and TS. Thanks to those who serve in coordinator positions, OOC, TC, SEC, STM, ACC, PIC, and asst SM.  Keep up the good work in 2005.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Mono and Calaveras Counties.  Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.

Mark your calendars.  The International DX Convention (Visalia) is April 15-17, 2005. EMCOMM West will be 13-15, 2005 in Reno. Pacificon 05 will be October 14-16, 2005 at the San Ramon Marriott.

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.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, for exam information.

The Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time. The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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.

It is my sad duty to report that W6SQR, K6OGX, K6SWT, and WB6OAO became Silent Keys in December. They will be missed.

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers participated in the 2004 Skywarn Recognition Day at the Hanford Office of the National Weather Service.

The Turlock ARC provided communications for the Turlock Christmas Parade.

The Bakersfield ARA had a float in the Bakersfield Christmas Parade.  Officers for 2005 are pres N6BAR, vp KB6JFL, sec KG6HHE, and treas N6SMU.

The Kern County Central Valley ARC manned the road and weather net on their repeaters to assist travelers during the Christmas and New Years weekends.

TCARES officers for 2005 are pres KG6FEY, vp WB6WFF, sec KE6RGP, and treas WA7MOB.

W6S (W6 Santa) was on the air courtesy of WO6T from Bakersfield during December.

KF6GKC received the 2004 Ham of the Year award from the Fresno ARC. W6VPS received the Boner Award.

N6VYT received the Bonehead award from the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers.

N6AJ received QSL card from the 100th DXCC entity he worked on 6 meters.  He can now apply for DXCC on 6 meters.  Way to go, Jerry!!  This is quite an accomplishment.

Traffic for December was K6RAU 20 and N6SUZ 20 for a total of 40. PSHR K6RAU 75 and N6SUZ 72.


November 2004 - SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of November 2004: SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and W6FRH, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section. Happy Holidays to all!!

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Mono and Calaveras Counties. Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.

W6FRH is as Assistant SM. N6RDY is the new EC for Mariposa County.

Mark your calendars. The International DX Convention (Visalia) is April 15-17, 2005. EMCOMM West will be 13-15, 2005 in Reno. Pacificon 05 will be October 14-16, 2005 at the San Ramon Marriott.

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.

Need to take an Amateur exam? Check the ARRL web page, for exam information.

The Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time. The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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.

It is my sad duty to report that W6JOD, N6NMM and W7FMD have become a Silent Keys. They will be missed.

Congratulations to the following on completing the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Courses: Level One: AE6GY: Level Two: W6DWF: Level Three: KO6UW

The Sierra ARC, WA6YBN, was fourth in the nation in 2004 FD 3A battery. Way to go!!

The Kern County Central Valley ARC manned the road and weather net on their repeaters during the Thanksgiving weekend.

The Mountain ARC provided communications for the Mountain Heritage Days Parade. The officers for 2005 are pres WA6ONA, vp WA6LTO, sec W6LSU, and treas W6NDR. The club meets the 4th Thursday in Oakhurst. The web page is located at www.w6bw.org.

The officers for the Stockton-Delta ARC for 2005 are pres WB6NVB, VP W6INP, sec KG6EFD, and treas N6LHL The club meets the second Thursday in Stockton.

The Clovis Amateur Pioneers participated in the White Dove project to send toys to Florida.

The San Joaquin Valley ARS is a new club in Fresno.

WS6X operated from KP4US during the CQ WW CW Contest.

W6XK has 2 elements on 80 meters.

Traffic for November was K6RAU 10 and N6SUZ 14 for a total of 24. PSHR K6RAU 63 and N6SUZ 51.


October 2004 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section. Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

The sixth annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) special event will take place Saturday, December 4, 2004. SKYWARN Recognition Day, co-sponsored by the American Radio Relay League and the National Weather Service, pays tribute to Amateur Radio operators for the vital public service they perform. During the 24-hour event, Amateur Radio operators visit their local National Weather Service (NWS) office and work as a team to contact other hams across the world. See the Public Service Column in the December 2004 QST for information, also http://hamradio.noaa.gov.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Mariposa, Mono and Calaveras Counties. Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.

Thanks to KR6DY for his work as EC in Mariposa County. N5FDL is the new EC for San Joaquin County.

The Western States Weak Signal Society (WSWSS) Ham Radio VHF/UHF Conference was a success.

Pacificon 04 was well attended by Amateurs from the SJV. The convention was a good one despite a power outage on Saturday and rain on Sunday.

Need to take an Amateur Exam? Exams are given on various times of each month throughout the San Joaquin Valley Section. Check the ARRL web page, for the schedule by clicking on the Exams button in the upper left corner. You should be able to fine an exam near you. You can also check your local radio club newsletter or web page for an exam schedule. Remember the General Class Exam changed on July 1, 2004.

When your affiliated club elects officers for the next year, be sure to update your club¹s information on the affiliated club area of the ARRL web page.

The Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time. The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 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.

It is my sad duty to report that WB6BGL and AE6W have become a Silent Keys. They will be missed.

Congratulations to the following on completing the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Courses:

Level One: KK6C and K6RCW:

Level Two: N6JYW, AA6K, K6RRS, KB6QIT, and W6MSU:

Level Three: K6RRS and WB6MFV.

Sierra ARC members had a special event station to demonstrate Amateur Radio for the JOTA.

Kern County Central Valley ARC members helped with communications during the Kern Wheelman Spooktacular, a bike race with distances between 20 and 100 miles up steep mountains.

The Bakersfield ARA operated a special event station on Halloween.

TCARES members participated in the Groveland 49¹er parade.

N6QIY is web master for the LeGrand Lions Club. The club received an award from the Lions Club International for the best website of 2004. Congratulations Ron on a great job.

WA6QYR and KC6UTF attended the Microwave Update in Dallas TX.

The June 2004 VHF/UHF QSO party had 6 entries from the SJV. KF6YUV was first in the SJV and the Pacific Division in the multi-op category. K6YK was first in the SJV in the single op high power category. KF6KDA was first in the SJV in the single op low power category.

Field Day 2004 had 26 entries from the SJV. W6SW was first in 4A and highest in the section. W6GR was first and W6TO was second in 2A. WA6IRC was first and WA6BAI was second in 3A. WA6YBN was first in 3AB. WA6YGA was first and K6YV was second in 5A. W6ERE was first in 9A. W6LIE was first in 11A.

Traffic for October was K6RAU 10. PSHR K6RAU 72


September 2004 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE. Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in San Joaquin, Mono and Calaveras Counties.  Contact N6ZFN (n6zfn@ares-races.net) or W6DPD (w6dpd@arrl.org) if you can help.

Thanks to AD6HP for his service as the EC for Merced County.  N3TNQ is the new EC for Merced County. Thanks to AC4US for his service at the EC for San Joaquin County.

The Western States Weak Signal Society (WSWSS) presents a Ham Radio VHF/UHF Conference on Saturday October 9, 2004.  The conference will be at M2 Antenna Systems at 4402 N. Selland in Fresno.  The conference cost is $30.  For registration information contact ki6ff@juno.com and the web page at www.wswss.org

The annual Turlock ARC Auction is Saturday October 16, 2004 in Turlock.  Check www.w6bxn.org for information.

Pacificon 04 is October 15-17, 2004 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information. This should be another fine show under the direction of the Mt. Diablo ARC.  You can order tickets from the webpage.

Need to take an Amateur Exam?  Exams are given on various times of each month throughout the San Joaquin Valley Section. Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org for the schedule by clicking on the Exams button in the upper left corner.  You should be able to fine an exam near you.  You can also check your local radio club newsletter or web page for an exam schedule.  Remember the General Class Exam changed on July 1, 2004.  Make sure the study material for General has an effective date of July 1, 2004.

Card Checking in the Section.  You can get cards checked for awards within the section. W6XK and W6DPD can check your cards for DXCC in accordance with the rules for field checking.  W6DPD can check cards for the CQ Awards, WAZ, DX, and Prefixes, and ARRL WAS and VUCC.  Special Service Clubs may appoint a HF awards manager for WAS and a VHF Awards Manager for VUCC.

If you Work All States between April 3 and the end of 2004, you can apply for a WAS/90 certificate from ARRL.  No QSL cards are needed, only log information. The cost is $10.  This is to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of ARRL.

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.

The Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time. The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 MHZ at 9 PM Pacific Time.  Handling traffic on CW is a good way to improve your CW skills.

It is my sad duty to report that N6REZ, K6IIA, WB6VIN, and W6PSQ have become a Silent Keys.  They will be missed.

N6ZFN was sent to Florida to support Red Cross efforts there.

Congratulations to W6DWF and KG6ALC on completing the ARECC Level One course.

Sierra ARC members assisted the Kiwanis Walkathon and the Picnic in the Park bike ride on the same date.

Manteca ARC members participated in the Tracy Airport open house.

N6LHL helped provide communications for the Tevis Cup race.  This is an annual horse race from Lake Tahoe to Auburn CA.

W6FRH has DXCC on 40 meters.  W6RUJ has WAZ on CW.

K6XJ placed first in the SJV in the 2003 ARRL 10 Meter contest.

Traffic for September was 8.  PSHR K6RAU 75, and N6SUZ 35.


August 2004 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

The new Section Emergency Coordinator is Marie Thompson, N6ZFN.  She has distinguished herself as the EC for W. Kern County for many years.  Thanks to Kent, K6IN for his years of service as SEC, and good luck in your move to Nevada.

Need to take an Amateur Exam?  Exams are given on various times of each month throughout the San Joaquin Valley Section. Check the ARRL web page, www.arrl.org for the schedule by clicking on the Exams button in the upper left corner.  You should be able to fine an exam near you.  You can also check your local radio club newsletter or web page for an exam schedule.  Remember the General Class Exam changed on July 1, 2004.  Make sure the study material for General has an effective date of July 1, 2004.

Card Checking in the Section.  You can get cards checked for awards within the section.  W6XK and W6DPD can check your cards for DXCC in accordance with the rules for field checking.  W6DPD can check cards for the CQ Awards, WAZ, DX, and Prefixes, and ARRL WAS and VUCC.  Special Service Clubs may appoint a HF awards manager for WAS and a VHF Awards Manager for VUCC.

The Western States Weak Signal Society (WSWSS) presents a Ham Radio VHF/UHF Conference on Saturday October 9, 2004.  The conference will be at M2 Antenna Systems at 4402 N. Selland in Fresno.  The conference cost is $30.  For registration information contact ki6ff@juno.com and the web page at www.wswss.org.

The annual Turlock ARC Auction is Saturday October 16, 2004 in Turlock.  Check www.w6bxn.org for information.

Pacificon 04 is October 15-17, 2004 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information.  This should be another fine show under the direction of the Mt. Diablo ARC.  You can order tickets from the webpage.

If you Work All States between April 1 and the end of 2004, you can apply for a WAS/90 certificate from ARRL.  No QSL cards are needed, only log information.  The cost is $10.  This is to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of ARRL.

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.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Mono and Calaveras Counties.  Contact N6ZFN or W6DPD if you can help.

Please write your congressional representative and urge support and co-sponsorship of HR 713, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act and HR 1478, which would apply PRB-1 to CC&Rs.  Also contact your Senators and urge support and co-sponsorship of S 537, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act.

BPL.  All Amateurs are urged to contact President Bush to urge him to change his position on BPL. Also, please contact your senators and representative to urge them to oppose the implementation of BPL.  Check the ARRL web page (arrl.org) for more information, sample letters and email addresses.

The Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 MHZ at 9 PM Pacific Time.  Handling traffic on CW is a good way to improve your CW skills.

It is my sad duty to report that KF6HNG has become a Silent Key.  She will be missed.

N6SUZ is an ORS.

Six TCARES members participated in Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) training. The Red Cross has 9 Ford Excursions outfitted as ERVs.  The nearest one is located in Sacramento.

W6WTG presented a forum on internet remote bases as the ARRL SW Division Convention in Phoenix.

Congratulations to AA6K, K6LLD, AD6NY, AJ6LS and W6VPS on completing the ARECC Level One course, and to WA6MFV on completing ARECC Level Two course.

Sierra ARC members supported a Boy Scout Cam at Big Meadow near Kernville.  They provided communications and taught the Radio Merit Badge.  Five Scouts were able to earn the merit badge.

WR6M placed first and W6TE placed second in the section in the 2004 ARRL SSB DX contest.  N6HK was 5th as a single op 15 meter entry and N6EE was 6th as a single op 10 meter entry.  There were 9 entries from the section in the SSB contest.  K6OQ placed first and W6TE placed second in the section in the 2004 ARRL CW International DX Contest.  There were 10 entries from the Section in the CW contest

Traffic for August was 0.  PSHR K6RAU 70.


July 2004 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

Need to take an Amateur Exam?  Exams are given on various times of each month throughout the San Joaquin Valley Section. Check the ARRL web page, for the schedule by clicking on the Exams button in the upper left corner.  You should be able to fine an exam near you.  You can also check your local radio club newsletter or web page for an exam schedule.  Remember the General Class Exam changed on July 1, 2004.  Make sure the study material for General has an effective date of July 1, 2004.

Pacificon 04 is October 15-17, 2004 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information. This should be another fine show under the direction of the Mt. Diablo ARC.  You can order tickets from the webpage.

If you Work All States during 2004, you can apply for a WAS/90 certificate from ARRL.  No QSL cards are needed, only log information.  The cost is $10.  This is to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of ARRL.

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.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Mono and Calaveras Counties.  Contact K6IN or W6DPD if you can help.

Please write your congressional representative and urge support and co-sponsorship of HR 713, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act and HR 1478, which would apply PRB-1 to CC&Rs.  Also contact your Senators and urge support and co-sponsorship of S 537, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act.

BPL.  All Amateurs are urged to contact President Bush to urge him to change his position on BPL. Also, please contact your senators and representative to urge them to oppose the implementation of BPL.  Check the ARRL web page for more information, sample letters and email addresses.

The Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.630 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.705 MHZ at 9 PM Pacific Time.  Handling traffic on CW is a good way to improve your CW skills.

The links to the clubs of the SJV can be found on www.pdarrl.org . Click on the SJV and then go to Clubs of the SJV.  Thanks go to Rex Emerson, KE6ZOC, for maintaining the SJV page on pdarrl.

Congratulations to KG6AIR and N6JYW on completing the ARECC Level One course.

It is my sad duty to report that K6VXR and WB6KMM have become Silent Keys.  They will be missed.

The Tuolumne County ARES and the Tulare County ARC members participated in a “Red Flag” patrol on July 4.

W6FRH operating as P40RH had the top score from Aruba (P4) in the 2003 CQ 160 meter contest.  Way to go Bob.

On July 10, 14 members of the Tuolumne County ARES participated in a CERT review and training at the Sonora City Firehouse.  The 14 members had previously completed CERT Training.

In the January 2004 ARRL VHF Sweepstakes, N6NB was the number 1 Rover in the nation, and W6TE was the highest multi-op in the SJV. KF6CNV was the highest scoring single op.  Congratulations.

SJV Section winners in the 2004 ARRL RTTY Roundup were WK6I for high power and K6XJ for low power. Congratulations.

W6FRH and K6XJ had good scored in the 2003 CQWW SSB Contest.

Traffic for June was 0.  PSHR K6RAU 54.


June 2004 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

Pacificon 04 is October 15-17 at the San Ramon Marriott.  Check www.pacificon.org for information.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Mono and Calaveras Counties. Contact K6IN or W6DPD if you can help.

Please write your congressional representative and urge support and co-sponsorship of HR 713, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act and HR 1478, which would apply PRB-1 to CC&Rs.  Also contact your Senators and urge support and co-sponsorship of S 537, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act.

BPL.  All Amateurs are urged to contact President Bush to urge him to change his position on BPL. Also, please contact your senators and representative to urge them to oppose the implementation of BPL.  Check the ARRL web page (arrl.org) for more information, sample letters and email addresses.

FIELD DAY for 2004 is now over.  Most groups report higher numbers of contacts than last year.  Be sure to send your information the Field Day, ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington CT 06111-1494 by the middle of July.  
The Manteca ARC will have a transmitter hunt on July 10.  Contact Sheldon, KF6WNL, for information.

It is my sad duty to report the following Silent Key in the Section: W6GYN. He will be missed.

Congrats to those completing the ARECC Courses: Level Two, KO6UW; and Level Three, WS6O.

K7HG made the DXCC Honor Roll.  Congratulations

WS6X placed FIRST in the SJV in the 2003 ARRL 160 Meter contest in the Low power category.

The Los Banos ARC put their club call sign, AA6LB, on the air for the first time during FD 2004.

Officers of the Madera ARC for 2004-2005 are pres KF6ZXO, VP N6JYW, sec KG6DAK and Treas KG6KYT.  The club meets the 1st Tuesday in Madera.  

Officers of the Turlock ARC for 2004-2005 are pres KE6RGB, VP KI6PR, sec KD6UCK and Treas K6CP.  The club meets the 2nd Tuesday in Turlock.

The QCWA Fresno Chapter 213 has W6GV as a commemorative call sign.

KF6KDA is working DX on 6 meters.

Traffic for June. W6DPD 2 for a total of 2. PSHR K6RAU 62.


May 2004 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Mono and Calaveras Counties. Contact K6IN or W6DPD  if you can help.

Please write your congressional representative and urge support and co-sponsorship of HR 713, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act and HR 1478, which would apply PRB-1 to CC&Rs. Also contact your Senators and urge support and co-sponsorship of S 537, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act.

BPL. All Amateurs are urged to contact President Bush to urge him to change his position on BPL. Also, please contact your senators and representative to urge them to oppose the implementation of BPL. Check the ARRL web page (arrl.org) for more information, sample letters and email addresses.

FIELD DAY is the 4th full weekend of June, not necessarily the last weekend. It is the 26th and 27th this year. Be sure you check the rules to be sure you gat all the bonus points you can get. Don't forget the message to the SM and the ARRL Field Day message. The bonus points can increase your score.

Pacificon 04 is October 15-17 at the San Ramon Marriott. Check www.pacificon.org for information.

The Lodi and Stockton-Delta ARCs helped with communications with the Stockton Bicycle Club's annual bike ride.

Many SJV Amateurs provided communications for the March of Dimes Walk Across America in May.

The Manteca ARC will have a transmitter hunt on July 10. Contact Sheldon, KF6WNL, for information.

It is my sad duty to report the following Silent Keys in the Section: N6BMM, W6POW, WT6X, WD6FRS, and KA6HME. They will be missed.

Congrats to those completing the ARECC Courses: Level One WB6MFV, and N6YMM; Level Two KB6QIT; and Level Three N6EKE.

Six hams from Tulare participated in the Baker to Las Vegas Challenge Cup Relay.

KG6FEX, KG6PDD, NI6Z, and KD6FFS of TCARES attended EMCOMM West 2004 in Reno NV. Your Section Manager also attended this conference. It was a good one.

Traffic for April was zero. PSHR K6RAU 55.


April 2004 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE. Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Mono and Calaveras Counties.  Contact K6IN (k6in@mercednet.com) or W6DPD (w6dpd@arrl.org) if you can help. AE6QR is the new EC for Fresno County.

Please write your congressional representative and urge support and co-sponsorship of HR 713, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act and HR 1478, which would apply PRB-1 to CC&Rs.  Also contact your Senators and urge support and co-sponsorship of S 537, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act.

BPL.  All Amateurs are urged to contact: President Bush  to urge him to change his position on BPL. Also, please contact your senators and representative to urge them to oppose the implementation of BPL.  Check the ARRL web page (arrl.org) for more information, sample letters and email addresses.

Clubs should consider contacting schools in their area to see about getting Amateur Radio classes in the schools.  The ARRL Amateur Radio curriculum (Big Project) has been aligned to the California Standards so it fits into the California Curriculum.  For assistance, contact Mark Spencer, WA8SME
 

The SCDXC did a great job with this year’s International DX Convention.  Prize winners were W6YDE, W6YEP, and W6TE.  K6XJ and W6MWY were on the winning team in the golf tournament.

The M Squared open house/WSWSS meeting was well attended.  This is a popular event.

The Fresno Hamfest/SJV Section Convention was a success.  Dan Miller, K3UFG, from ARRL HQ gave an ARECC Seminar.  K6XJ won the FT 920.

The Bakersfield ARA has a R5 vertical on its trailer.

The Fresno ARC has a new trailer.

WA6QYR received a Life Time Achievement Award from the San Bernardino Microwave Society. Congrats Bill.

W6PTH, WA7RIW, and WA6QYR from the Sierra ARC provided an Amateur Radio experience for Kern County Boy Scouts at the Camporall.

CART School in Fresno held a 1 day Technician Class and got 19 new Technicians.

Kurt, HB9MX, attended the Fresno Monday Breakfast and joined the Fresno QCWA Chapter.

WK6S is a Silent Key.

W6RU reports the end of an era.  The 125 foot tall “Big Bertha” rotating tower installed in 1987 is now cut up in 4 sections.  The tower and some antennas are heading to the east coast.

QCWA Fresno Chapter 213 now has the call sign, WQ6CWA.

Congrats to the following who completed ARECC Level 1: KO6UW, W6EZ, KF6FBX, and K6FGE.

Traffic for April was zero.  PSHR K6RAU 54.


March 2004 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE. Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section. Emergency Coordinators are needed in Mono and Calaveras Counties.

Contact K6IN (k6in@mercednet.com) or W6DPD (w6dpd@arrl.org) if you can help.

Please write your congressional representative and urge support and co-sponsorship of HR 713, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act and HR 1478, which would apply PRB-1 to CC&Rs. Also contact your Senators and urge support and co-sponsorship of S 537, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act.

The 2004 Fresno Hamfest will also be the San Joaquin Valley Section Convention and will be held at the Ramada Inn University as Shaw and 41 in Fresno. The dates are April 30 to May 2. For more information on the SJV Section Convention, visit the Fresno ARC web site at http://www.qsl.net/w6to/ota.html You can download the registration form from the web page. On Friday, there will be a golf get together. Friday Afternoon April 30 Dan Miller, K3UFG, will present an ARECC Seminar from 1 to 5 PM. ARRL to sponsor ARES/RACES/ARECC seminar in Fresno -- The ARRL will offer a free Amateur Radio Emergency Communications seminar on Friday, April 30, in conjunction with the San Joaquin Valley Section Convention in CA. The seminar will not include the Level I course itself. This program is designed to explain in greater detail the duties of all Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course participants and how their volunteer efforts are essential to the ARES Field Organization. This seminar will explain the importance of every team player with emphasis on using lessons learned to effectively move Amateur Radio emergency communications to the next level,²
said ARRL Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG. All ARES/RACES volunteers, ARECC course participants, and Field Organization leadership are invited. Course participants at every ARECC level -- Mentors, Certification Instructors, Certification Examiners and current students -- will be encouraged to come and share with everyone their experiences with the ARECC Program. Field Organization Leadership -- SMs, SECs, DECs and ECs -- are also invited to join in the brainstorming with ideas for motivating volunteers and coordinating activities. We will focus on coordination between ARECC volunteers and students, and their integration into the Field Organization, helping us to provide the community impact stressed by CNCS for year 2. Attendees will receive handouts and be eligible for a prize drawing at the end of the seminar. There will be a technical program on Saturday, with presenters, K6QI, Mike Staal, K6MYC, Wayne Overbeck, N6NB, Rob Hill, Dan Miller, K3UFG, Bob Vallio, W6RGG, and W6TE, KA6Y. The Hamfest Luncheon will have a speaker from Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Sunday breakfast will feature Rob Hill from Antenna Magic. QSL cards for DXCC, WAS, VUCC, and WAZ may be checked on Saturday. Have all forms completed and bring the award fees, check or credit card and an addressed envelope to send the paperwork. Amateur Exams will be given on Sunday May 2 at 1:00 P.M. Check at the ARRL Booth for information on the exams. The International DX Convention will be April 23-25, 2004 at the Holiday Inn at Visalia. Check scdxc.org/visalia2004 for information. EMCOMM West 2004 will be May 22-23, 2004 in Reno NV. Check www.emcomwest.org for schedules and information.

If your club would like news of their activities and events listed here, please send the information to your SM, w6dpd@arrl.org.

The following Radio Amateurs became Silent Keys in March: W6GV, N6ECH, WB6DJK. They will be missed.

The Tuolumne County AREC has an YL net Sundays at 08:00 PM on 147.945-, PL 100. KD6FFX is the net control.

The Turlock ARC held a 1 day Technician Class on March 6. K6SUU was in charge.

Members of the Lodi ARC helped with communications at the Lodi Grape Festival.

W6TE qualified for 6m VUCC and for WAZ. N1FW qualified for WAS.

Congrats to W6ASO, W6EZ, and WA7MSD on completing the ARECC Level 1 course and to W6MSU on completing ARECC Level 2.

The Manteca ARC had 16 take CPR and First Aid Training.

Traffic for March: W6MSU 3 PSHR K6RAU 54.


February 2004 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section. Emergency Coordinators are needed in Mono and Calaveras Counties.  Contact K6IN or W6DPD if you can help.

Please write your congressional representative and urge support and co-sponsorship of HR 713, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act and HR 1478, which would apply PRB-1 to CC&Rs. Also contact your Senators and urge support and co-sponsorship of S 537, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act.

The 2004 Fresno Hamfest will also be the San Joaquin Valley Section Convention. The dates are April 30 to May 2. ARRL to sponsor ARES/RACES/ARECC seminar in Fresno -- The ARRL will offer a free Amateur Radio Emergency Communications seminar on Friday, April 30, in conjunction with the San Joaquin Valley Section Convention in CA. The seminar will not include the Level I course itself. This program is designed to explain in greater detail the duties of all Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course participants and how their volunteer efforts are essential to the ARES Field Organization. This seminar will explain the importance of every team player with emphasis on using lessons learned to effectively move Amateur Radio emergency communications to the next level," said ARRL Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG. All ARES/RACES volunteers, ARECC course participants, and Field Organization leadership are invited. Course participants at every ARECC level -- Mentors, Certification  Instructors, Certification Examiners and current students -- will be encouraged to come and share with everyone their experiences with the ARECC Program. Field Organization Leadership -- SMs, SECs, DECs and ECs -- are also invited to join in the brainstorming with ideas for motivating volunteers and coordinating activities. We will focus on coordination between ARECC volunteers and students, and their integration into the Field Organization, helping us to provide the community impact stressed by CNCS for year 2. Attendees will receive handouts and be eligible for a prize drawing at the end of the seminar. The seminar will be held at the Ramada Inn University, (Shaw/Fwy 41), Fresno, CA from 1:00 to 5:00 PM on Friday, April 30 and is open to all interested hams. Seating may be limited. Contact Dan Miller, K3UFG, (860-594-0340; FAX 860-594-0259) at ARRL HQ if you plan to attend. For more information on the SJV Section Convention, visit the sponsoring organization web site at http://www.qsl.net/w6to/ota.html. You can download the registration form from the web page. There will be a technical program on Saturday, and the Hamfest luncheon is at 11:45 AM. The Hamfest/Convention will be held at the Ramada Inn University as Shaw and 41 in Fresno. QSL cards for DXCC, WAS, VUCC, and WAZ may be checked on Saturday. Have all forms completed and bring the award fees, check or credit card. Amateur Exams will be given on Sunday May 2 at 1:00 P.M. Check at the ARRL Booth for information on the exams.

The International DX Convention will be April 23-25, 2004 at the Holiday Inn at Visalia. Check scdxc.org/visalia2004 for information. EMCOMM West 2004 will be May 22-23, 2004 in Reno NV. Check www.emcomwest.org for schedules and information. If you have a technical problem and need help, please contact the SJV Technical Coordinator, Dave Smith, W6TE, for assistance. He can help or refer you to a Technical Specialist in your area. Contact Dave at w6te@pacbell.net.

If your club would like news of their activities and events listed here, please send the information to your SM, w6dpd@arrl.org.

Clubs can order their field day information from ARRL. Check arrl.org and go to operating events/contests/rules to download the 2004 Field Day package. There are no changes in the rules for 2004.

K6IXA returned to the U.S. after a 2+ year adventure on the high seas.

Congrats to K6VZT on completing ARECC Level One course and to KC5LUB on completing
ARECC Level Three course.

The following Radio Amateurs became Silent Keys in February: N6GPA, KD6HPS (former call was WB6TDW), and KD6TY (former call was WB6KHR).

Tulare County ARC officers for 2004 are pres W6SLT, VP N6YMM, sec KF6PCV, and treas WB6MUD. The club meets the fourth Thursday in Visalia.

Stanislaus ARA 2004 officers are pres W6UHF, vp KF6NPG, sec KD6YUO, and treas KC6TVE. The club meets the third Tuesday in Modesto.

The Fresno Chapter 213 of the QCWA has now formed in Fresno. The meetings are the fourth Tuesday as Noon at Carrow's Restaurant on Blackstone Ave in Fresno. All QCWA members are welcome to attend the meetings. Officers are pres W6PSQ, vp W6YDE, s/t W6DPD, and directors W6RUJ and K6XJ.

The Sierra ARC provided communications for the 20 mule team horse ride in the desert around Ridgecrest.

W6VPS has a FT 8800.

Traffic for February was Zero. PSHR K6RAU 62.


January 2004 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section. The 2004 Fresno Hamfest will also be the San Joaquin Valley Section Convention. The dates are April 30 to May 2. Dan Miller, K3UFG, is scheduled to conduct an ARECC workshop in the afternoon on Friday April 30. The Hamfest/Convention will be held at the Ramada Inn University as Shaw and 41 in Fresno. Check www.qsl.net/w6to/ota.html for information.

If you have a technical problem and need help, please contact the SJV Technical Coordinator, Dave Smith, W6TE, for assistance. He can help or refer you to a Technical Specialist in your area. Contact Dave at w6te@pacbell.net.

Affiliated Clubs must remember to update their records with ARRL each year. A good time is when the officers are elected. Check the ARRL Letter, Vol. 23, No. 06, Feb. 6, 2004 for information. Go to www.arrl.org in the new/bulletin section. If your club would like news of their activities and events listed here, please send the information to your SM, w6dpd@arrl.org.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Mono and Calaveras Counties. Contact K6IN (k6in@mercednet.com) or W6DPD (w6dpd@arrl.org) if you can help.

Please write your congressional representative and urge support and co-sponsorship of HR 713, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act and HR 1478, which would apply PRB-1 to CC&Rs. Also contact your Senators and urge support and co-sponsorship of S 537, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act.

The International DX Convention will be April 23-25, 2004 at the Holiday Inn at Visalia. Check scdxc.org/visalia2004 for information.

The Turlock ARC provided communications assistance for the "Fun Run" and the Christmas Parade.

Correction to last months news: N5VWN won the SJV Section in the 2003 International DX contest operating 10 m QRP with a FT817 and a Buddypole antenna.

K6IXA headed home from Israel in January.

W6UBK became a Silent Key in January.

WA7MSD and KG6MXV completed the ARECC Level one course.

Sierra ARC 2004 officers are pres WA6QYR, first vp N6VGW, second vp W6DWF, sec WB6EPD, and treas KC6UUS. The club meets in Ridgecrest.

TCARES 2004 officers are pres KG6FEY, vp WB6WFF, sec KE6RGP, treas WA7MOB. The club meets in Sonora.

KCCVARC 2004 officers are pres N6ZFN, first vp KC6ZRF, second vp KG6OPR, sec KD6UQZ, and treas KG6PTF. The club meets in Bakersfield.

CARP 2004 officers are pres AE6GE, vp NI6M, sec, AE6GF, and treas KD6WAW. The club meets in Clovis.

W6FRH finally got his second tower raised.

K6IN and W6FRH have FT1000Ds. WA6YEE has a FT1000MKV Field and has over 1000 points in the DXCC Challenge. The Fresno Chapter of QCWA was formed in January.

Traffic for January was zero. PSHR K6RAU 33.


December 2003 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE. Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.  I hope that every one had a great holiday season and a Happy New Year.  If your club would like news of their activities and events listed here, please send the  information to your SM, w6dpd@arrl.org.  Emergency Coordinators are needed in Mono and Calaveras Counties.  Contact K6IN, k6sec@mercednet.com, or W6DPD (w6dpd@arrl.org) if you can help.  Please write your congressional representative and urge support  and co-sponsorship of HR 713, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act and HR 1478, which would apply PRB-1 to CC&Rs.  Also contact your Senators and urge support and co-sponsorship of  S 537, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act. The International DX Convention will be April 23-25, 2004 at the Holiday Inn at Visalia.  Check scdxc.org/visalia2004 for information.  The 2004 Fresno Hamfest will be April 30 to May 2, 2004, at the Ramada Inn University in Fresno. This will also be the San Joaquin Valley Section Convention.  As plans are completed, announcements will be placed on websites.  The ARRL invites nominations of exceptional young Amateur Radio operators for the ARRL Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award. Nominations are due to ARRL section managers by March 31, 2004. Details are available on the ARRL Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award Web page <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/awards/hpm.html>, which includes a link to the nomination form. Those nominating HPM Award candidates should include their contact information and forward the form to their ARRL Section Manager (w6dpd@arrl.org).  Section managers also may nominate young hams for this award.  For additional information, contact Jean Wolfgang, WB3IOS (jwolfgang@arrl.org). Thanks to the volunteers who hold leadership and field organization appointments for the job done in 2003.  Keep up the good work.  Officers of the Central California DX Club for 2004 are Pres W6FRH; first VP KN6YD; second VP WA6YEE; Sec/Treas W6DPD; Past Pres W6PSQ.  W5NH qualified for WAS.  The following became Silent Keys in December: KF6LGQ and ex K6GTI.  The Fresno ARC ham of the year for 2003 was WS6X. WB6VRJ won the Boner Award and N6DBH got the Alligator Award.  AC6WS won the ICOM handheld radio.  AD6W built an 80-160 meter vertical and is having fun with it.  WO6T operated W6S for "Santa".  APRS is alive and well in the Indian Wells Valley.  Fresno ARC conducted "Operation Santa" so patients at ChildrenÕs Hospital of Central California could talk to Santa by Amateur Radio.  K6IXA arrived in Israel after 51 days at sea.  W5VWN/6 was first in the SJV section in the 2002 ARRL 10 meter contest using QRP.  The Kern County Central Valley ARC operated the Road and Weather Net on both Christmas and New Years travel times. 

Traffic for November: W6MSU 7.  PSHR K6RAU 47.  Traffic for December: Zero.
PSHR K6RAU 40


November 2003 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section. If your club would like news of their activities and events listed here, please send the information to your SM, w6dpd@arrl.org.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Mono and Calaveras Counties. Contact K6IN, k6sec@mercednet.com, or W6DPD (w6dpd@arrl.org) if you can help.

Please write your congressional representative and urge support and co-sponsorship of HR 713, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act and HR 1478, which would apply PRB-1 to CC&Rs. Also contact your Senators and urge support and co-sponsorship of S 537, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act.

The International DX Convention will be April 23-25, 2004 at the Holiday Inn at Visalia. Check scdxc.org/visalia2004 for information.

The 2004 Fresno Hamfest will be May 1, 2004, at the Ramada Inn in Fresno. This will also be the San Joaquin Valley Section Convention. As plans are completed, announcements will be placed on websites.

The ARRL invites nominations of exceptional young Amateur Radio operators for the ARRL Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award. Nominations are due to ARRL section managers by March 31, 2004. The HPM Award goes each year to an enthusiastic and active amateur licensee aged 21 or younger whose contributions to Amateur Radio and to the community are of the most exemplary nature. An ideal nominee may be involved in recruiting new hams through demonstrations as well as by example to his or her peers; on the air and/or public service activities; employing technical ingenuity to further Amateur Radio; public relations activities; and organizations on a local, state or national level. The HPM Award winner receives an engraved plaque and a check for $1500. Details are available on the ARRL Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award Web page , which includes a link to the nomination form. Those nominating HPM Award candidates should include their contact information and forward the form to their ARRL Section Manager (w6dpd@arrl.org). Section managers also may nominate young hams for this award. For additional information, contact Jean Wolfgang, WB3IOS (jwolfgang@arrl.org).

The fifth annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) will take place this year on Saturday, December 6, 2003. This is the day that Amateur Radio operators visit National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other operators around the world. The purpose of the event is to recognize Amateur Radio operators for the vital public service they perform during times of severe weather, and to strengthen the bond between radio amateurs and their local National Weather Service office. The event is co-sponsored by the American Radio Relay League and the National Weather Service. Traditionally, hams have assisted the National Weather Service during times of severe weather by providing real-time reports of severe events and storm evolution. SKYWARN Recognition Day this year will be held from 0000 UTC to 2400 UTC on December 6, 2003. Scott Mentzer, the creator and promoter of the event, strives to involve more NWS offices and Amateur Radio operators each year. In 2002, participants logged nearly 23,000 QSOs during the 24-hour event. Last year nearly 70 countries were contacted. To learn more about this year's event, check out the NOAA Web site: http://hamradio.noaa.gov/. This site includes a link to a list of participating National Weather Service offices and their call signs.

The following have completed ARECC courses: Level One WA6BEF and KG6OIX; Level Two KC5LUB and W6RFR; and Level Three W6PAJ. W6RFL qualified for 5BWAS.

K6SSN achieved sixth place in the Pacific Division in the 2003 June VHF QSO Party.

AA6ID is working DX. TCARES officers for 2004 are Pres. KG6FEY; VP WB6WFF; Sec. KE6RGP; and Treas WA7MOB. The club meets the third Saturday in Sonora.

Stockton-Delta ARC 2004 officers are Pres. KB6NVB; VP. KG6EYC; Sec, KE6EFD; and Treas. N6LHL. The club meets the second Thursday in Stockton.

The Kern County Central Valley ARC operates a road and weather net during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years travel days as a service to travelers on the 145.15- PL 100 HZ. The net reports road conditions on the roads over the mountains and valleys of Kern County. The 2004 officers are Pres. N6ZFN; first VP KC6ZRF; second VP KG6OPR; Sec. KD6UQZ; and Treas. KG6PTF; and Past Pres. WA6ALB. The club meets the fourth Tuesday in Bakersfield.

Fresno ARC officers for 2004 are Pres. KF6ZSW; VP K6QI; Sec. AE6GE; and Treas. KF6FIG. The club meets the second Friday in Fresno.

Links to SJV club web pages are located on the sjv portion of the pdarrl.org web site.

Traffic for the month of November was zero.

I hope that you find the new gear you want under the tree this holiday season. I wish you all the best in 2004.


October 2003 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE. Greeting from the San Joaquin Valley Section.  If your club would like news of their activities and events listed here, please send the information to your SM, w6dpd@arrl.org.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Mono and Calaveras Counties. Contact K6IN, k6sec@mercednet.com, or W6DPD (w6dpd@arrl.org) if you can help.

Please write your congressional representative and urge support and co-sponsorship of HR 713, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act and HR 1478, which would apply PRB-1 to CC&Rs. Also contact your Senators and urge support and co-sponsorship of S 537, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act.

The International DX Convention will be April 23-25, 2004 at the Holiday Inn at Visalia. Check scdxc.org/visalia2004 for information.

The 2004 Fresno Hamfest will be May 1, 2004, at the Ramada Inn in Fresno. This will also be the San Joaquin Valley Section Convention. As plans are completed, announcements will be placed on websites.

EMCOMM 2003 South has a good attendance this year. The conference is growing in attendance and quality.  The conference for 2004 is in the planning stages. It may be in the spring of 2004.

Pacificon 2003 was well attended by Hams of the SJV Section. The facility at San Ramon was an improvement over previous years. The banquet speaker, Cliff Stoll, K7TA, was superb. The convention is planning to return to the same venue for 2004.

Thanks to KE6IGJ for service as DEC for the south for many years, and welcome at the new Public Information Coordinator for the section. If your club does not have a Public Information Officer to get information into the media, it should. Amateur Radio needs to get all the public exposure it can generate. We need to get our story out to the public.

Congrats to the San Andreas Fault Survivors on achieving first place in the SJV for Field Day 2003, and to the Madera County ARC on second place.

AA6LB is the new call sign for the Los Banos ARC.

Congrats to the following who completed the ARECC Level One course: AE6LA, KB6QIT, KI6LO, and K6RRS.

K6YK is on AO 40. KG6MTR has a TS 2000.

Traffic for the month of October was zero. PSHR, K6RAU 54.

I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.


September 2003 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC Vacant, TC W6TE.

Greeting from the San Joaquin Valley Section.  If your club would like news of their activities and events listed here, please send the information to your SM, w6dpd@arrl.org.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Mono and Calaveras Counties.  Contact K6IN (k6sec@mercednet.com) or W6DPD (w6dpd@arrl.org) if you can help.

Congrats to K6SUU for promoting the Turlock ARC’s 75th Anniversary celebration on Sept. 20, 2003.

EMCOMM South is Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CART, 2555 Clovis Ave. in Clovis.

The annual Turlock Auction will be October 11at the Turlock Youth Center.  Doors open at 8 AM, and the auction starts at 10 AM.  Talk-in will be on W6BXN/R, 147.03+, pl 100 HZ. Check www.w6bxn.org  for information.

Pacificon 2003 will be October 17-19, 2003, at the Marriott in San Ramon CA.  Check www.pacificon.org for program information and registration forms.

W6DPD attended the Section Manager Workshop at ARRL HQ.  If you have not participated in the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Courses offered through the certification and continuing education part of the ARRL web page, please consider taking the courses.  ARRL has received grant money to cover the cost of the courses. Upon successful completion of the course, your fee money will be refunded.  If you have completed Level 1, then you should take Level 2, then Level 3. KG6MNX, W6FRH, and W6TE completed ARECC Level One.  W6PAJ, N6EKE, and KA6TZX completed ARECC Level Two.

It is my sad duty to report the following Silent Keys for September: K6LKJ, N6BMN, KB6NCE, WB6YIS, and WB6WUF.

There are card checkers for awards in the section. W6XK and W6DPD can check cards for DXCC.  W6DPD can check cards for WAS, VUCC, WAZ, and CQ DX awards.

Special Service clubs may appoint HF and VHF awards managers as a service to their members.

AD6W qualified for VUCC on 6 meters.

The Stanislaus ARA held a club rocket launch on Sept. 6.

The Manteca ARC participated in an open house at the Tracy Airport on Sept. 27 where Amateur Radio was demonstrated.

Traffic for September was zero.  PSHR K6RAU 52.


August 2003 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC Vacant, TC W6TE. Greeting from the San Joaquin Valley Section.

If your club would like news of their activities and events listed here, please send the information to your SM, w6dpd@arrl.org.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Mono and Calaveras Counties.  Contact K6IN (k6sec@mercednet.com) or W6DPD (w6dpd@arrl.org) if you can help.

The Turlock ARC’s 75th Anniversary celebration is Sept. 20, 2003 with a special event station, W6BXN, from 8 AM to 8PM at the Turlock War Memorial on Canal Drive in Turlock. Talk-in will be on W6BXN/R, 147.03+, pl 100 HZ. Check www.w6bxn.org for information.

The California QSO Party is October 4-5, 2003.  Get on the air and you can be the center of a pileup.  Stations will be looking for you.  Check www.cqp.org for information.

EmComm South is being planned for Oct. 11 at CART, 2555 Clovis Ave. in Clovis.

The annual Turlock Auction will be October 11at the Turlock Youth Center. Doors open at 8 AM, and the auction starts at 10 AM.  Talk-in will be on W6BXN/R, 147.03+, pl 100 HZ.  Check www.w6bxn.org  for information.

Pacificon 2003 will be October 17-19, 2003, at the Marriott in San Ramon CA. Check www.pacificon.org for program information and registration forms.

If you have not participated in the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Courses offered through the certification and continuing education part of the ARRL web page, please consider taking the courses.  ARRL has received grant money to cover the cost of the courses. Upon successful completion of the course, your fee money will be refunded.  If you have completed Level 1, then you should take Level 2, then Level 3.

It is my sad duty to report the following Silent Keys for KF6RO, W6BUA, W6IYY, and WA6HHR.

KG6PQY, AA6R, KJ6OH, and KD6UQZ completed the ARECC Level 1 class. W6HYY completed Level 2.

NN6E attended the Tripod Rocketry Assn’s National Launch.  AD6X qualified for VUCC on 6 meters.

Traffic for August was zero.  PSHR K6RAU 49.


July 2003 - SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC Vacant, TC W6TE.

The Turlock ARC’s 75th Anniversary celebration is Sept. 20, 2003 in Turlock. Check www.w6bxn.org for information.

The California QSO Party is October 4-5, 2003. Get on the air and you can be the center of a pileup. Stations will be looking for you. Check www.cqp.org for information.

EmComm South is being planned for Oct. 11 in Fresno.

Pacificon 2003 will be October 17-19, 2003, at the Marriott in San Ramon CA. Check www.pacificon.org for program information and registration forms.

In order to remain on the active list, all affiliated clubs need to update club information on the ARRL club web page. This should be done following the annual election of officers. Every club should have a public information officer whose job is to get information into the media. Amateur Radio does good things. The public needs to know. Contact w6dpd@arrl.org if you can help.

If you have not participated in the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Courses offered through the certification and continuing education part of the ARRL web page, please consider taking the courses. ARRL has received grant money to cover the cost of the courses. Upon successful completion of the course, your fee money will be refunded. If you have completed Level 1, then you should take Level 2, then Level 3.

It is my sad duty to report the following Silent Keys for July KG6F, KD6UQI, W6RLG, and W6PJF.

New officers for the Mid Sierra Chapter of QCWA are pres WA6ZIS, vp AA6LY, sec K6IX, and treas W6NDR. The chapter meets 3 times a year in Oakhurst.

Operators W6XK and N6EE operated VP5NN to second place in the 2003 ARRL RTTY Roundup. K6SUU chased NA1SS for W6BXN during Field Day. W6PM, W6PAJ, and W6SLT completed the ARECC Level 1 class. NA6G completed Level 2. W6FRH qualified for WAZ.

KF6QJN passed the Extra Class exam.

K6YK traveled by train to the east coast, operating on UO 14 making 391 QSOs. He gave out Delaware which was the last state for WAS for many of the deserving.

Traffic for July was zero. PSHR K6RAU 53.


June 2003 SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC W7WN, TC W6TE.

Planning for EMCOMM South to be held on October 11, 2003, in Fresno is under way. More information will be released as it is known.

PACIFICON 2003 will be October 17 to 19, 2003, at the Marriott Hotel in San Ramon CA. Check the web page, www.pacificon.org for information.

A reminder to all affiliated clubs, remember to go the ARRL web page to update the information on the club. A good time to do this is following the election of officers.

Field Day for 2003 is now over. Now is a good time to review your Field Day set up to see if improvements can be made to improve the scores for 2004.

All Amateurs should consider taking the ARECC courses offered by the ARRL. There is no cost to ARRL members because of grants the ARRL has received. The training will help prepare us for our role as emergency communicators if the time comes that we are needed. The courses are good for all Amateurs, both experienced and new licensees.

The Turlock ARC is holding its 75th Anniversary celebration on Sept. 20, 2003 in Turlock. Check the club web page, www.w6bxn.org for information.

Emergency Coordinators are needed in Calaveras and Mono counties. Contact K6IN or W6DPD if you can help out in this important area.

W6WWT received a Public Service Commendation for service above and beyond the normal duty. W6MRP and N6TNW are Silent Keys. Apologies to N6TNX for the erroneous listed last month.

New Officers of the Madera County ARC are pres AD6VN, vp KG6KYU, sec KG6DAK, and treas KG6KYT.

Congrats to WA8SME on the new job at ARRL HQ. Thanks for your service as EC for Mono County.

WA6YEE earned 5BDXCC and DXCC Challenge.

N6EKE, KA6TZX, AA6R, K6BWO, and W6HYY completed the ARECC Level One course. N6ZFN completed the ARECC Level 3 course.

Congrats to NN6NN on winning the plaque for USA multi op single transmitter category in the 2003 CQ/RJ RTTY Contest. The ops were N6EE, W6XK, N6LK, W5NH, and NR6H.

Traffic for June: KB6QIB 22, W6DPD 2, for a total of 24.


May 2003  SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC W7WN, TC W6TE.

Field Day is June 28-29, 2003. Planning should be almost completed for this event. Check out the bonus points. Originate a message to the SM for 100 bonus points.

EMCOMM South is being planned for October 11, 2003, in Fresno. More information will be coming out as the date approaches.

Pacificon 2003 will be October 17 –19, 2003 at the San Ramon Marriott in San Ramon CA. This is a new location for this convention. Check www.pacificon.org for information.

It is my sad duty to report the following became Silent Keys N6TNW, WB6UKB, and W6NRO. They will be missed. Sorry Dick for the typo.

Traffic Handlers: The Northern California Net (NCN) has 2 sessions each day, at 07:00 PM Pacific Time on 3.630 MHZ and at 9:00 PM Pacific Time on 3.710 MHZ. This is the section traffic net for northern California and Nevada. The status of the VHF session is unknown at this time.

Affiliated Clubs should remember to update the club records on the arrl.org web page each year. The best time to do this is after the annual officer elections, but changes can be made anytime of the year. If you go 2 years without completing the update, the club is put on inactive status until the annual report is made. This makes sure your club will receive information from ARRL, both U.S Mail and email if you list email addresses.

TCARES provided communications for the Mother Lode Parade in Sonora.

The International DX Convention was a success with a large attendance. K6YK went on a grid square expedition to NM, AL, MS, FL, TX, and AZ, making 700 QSOs, all on satellite. He gave out 18 grids and many counties.

The sporadic E season for 6 meters is now upon us for the 2003 summer. N6ZW operated from PJ8. W6HYY and K6BWO completed the ARECC Level 1 course. W6DPD completed the Level 3 course. All ARRL members should consider taking these courses. When you successfully complete the course, your fee is refunded from the grant money the ARRL has received. Emergency preparedness and training is one of the bases for the Amateur Radio Service and of the ARRL.

W6DPD attended EMCOMM West in Reno.

Officers of the Turlock ARC are Pres W6LRG, VP K6SUU, Sec KD6UCK, and Treas K6CP.

The Central Cal DX Club runs the Summer DX Super Sprint, a 3 month operating event. The goal is to work as many DXCC entities as you can during this period. You count each entity only once. Entry categories are phone, mixed, cw/digital and novice/tech+. There is a high power category and a low power (200 watts max) category for phone, mixed, and cw/digital. No QSL cards are required, only a copy of the log information with total entities contacted noted sent to W6FRH at CBA by Sept. 15.

Traffic 0. PSHR K6RAU 54.


April 2003 SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC W7WN, TC W6TE. The following became silent keys in April K6HAU, KE6OD, KD6DN, and WA6IDO. They will be missed. EMCOMM West is Saturday May 31 in Reno NV. Check www.cvrc.net/emcommwest for information. Pacificon 2003 will be October 17 –19, 2003 at the San Ramon Marriott in San Ramon CA. This is a new location for this convention. Check www.pacificon.org for information. The ARRL has 3 levels of emergency communications training available for Amateurs. Registration for the level 1 course is the first Monday of the month at 12:01 AM EDT, for the level 2 course is on the second Monday at the same time, and for the level 3 course is the third Monday. Each course takes approximately 20 hours to complete. They are done on line. The fee is $45 for each course for ARRL members and $75 for non-members. All Amateurs involved in emergency communications programs should complete these coursed, even the traffic handlers too. When ARRL members successfully complete the course, the fee is reimbursed from grant money the ARRL has received. Field Day is June 28-29, 2003. Planning should be well underway for this event. Check out the bonus points. Originate a message to the SM for 100 bonus points. KQ6VH is the new EC for Fresno County and has completed the ARECC level 1 course. W6DPD completed the ARECC Level 2 course. N6ZFN completed the ARECC level 1 and level 2 courses. W6MWY and W6NDR qualified for WAZ. W6WI and W6DPD made the CQ DX Honor Roll. AD6W, WA6YEE, and K6DT have qualified for the DXCC Challenge. K6SSN qualified for DXCC. W6RPM won an ICOM IC V 8000 radio at HRO in Oakland. The 2003 Fresno Hamfest was well attended. W6GBD won the ICOM IC 706 MKIIG. The Tuolumne ARS net meets Saturdays at 8:15 AM pacific time on 3.925 MHZ. For information on the club, contact W6FBU. Traffic for April: K6RAU 47. PSHR for March: K6RAU 47.


March 2003 SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC W7WN, TC W6TE. The following became silent keys in March, KB6GFB, KH6HQ, N6LSW, and W6KOE. They will be missed. Thanks to the Amateurs for participating in the SKYWARN program. The weather spotters help keep the local weather bureau office apprised changes in the weather conditions. Thanks to KE6ZOC for maintaining the SJV web page at www.pdarrl.org . Check out this site for news of the Division and of the Sections. The Fresno Hamfest is April 26, 2003, at Riverland Resort located at Highway 99 and the Kings River, 25 miles south of Fresno. Admission is $1 with sellers at $5. There is a swap meet with food prizes, tech demonstrations and card checking for WAS, WAC, DXCC, VUCC, and WAZ. Vice Director Andy Oppel, N6AJO, will have an ARRL Forum. KA6Y will have a tech talk. Contact w6to@arrl.net for information. See www.qsl.net.w6to for information too. The 2003 International DX Convention will be May 2-4, 2003 at the Holiday Inn at Visalia. Contact w6yd@aol.com for information and go to www.ncdxc.org and click on the dx convention link for information and a registration form. EMCOMM West is Saturday May 31 in Reno NV. Check www.cvrc.net/emcommwest for information. Pacificon 2003 will be October 17 –19, 2003 at the San Ramon Marriott in San Ramon CA. This is a new location for this convention. Check www.pacificon.org for information. KF6FIR is the new EC for Stanislaus County. Officers for 2003 for the Mountain Amateur Radio Club are Pres K6IX, VP KK6XO, Sec K6BWO, and Treas WA6ONA. The club meets the 4th Thursday at the Sierra Senior Citizens Center at 7 PM in Oakhurst. The web page is located at www.w6bw.org The Madera County ARC is celebrating its 46th anniversary this year. W6DPD completed the ARECC Level 1 course. Only 19 members in the SJV have completed the Level 1 course. Tuolumne County recently passed an ordinance for wireless communications towers. Amateur towers up to 60 feet are excluded from the provisions of the ordinance. Thanks to LGLs NI6Z and WB6GGY for keeping watch on this process. Thanks to Lloyd Brubaker. WA6KZV for 40 years of service as the EC for Eastern Kern County. KK6PA is the new EC for Eastern Kern County. K6YK operated on UO 14 on the train and portable from the vacation site in New Mexico. K6SSN qualified for WAS. Congrats to N6AJ on 40+ years as an ARRL member. Traffic for March: KB6QIB 29. PSHR for March: K6RAU 49.


February 2003 SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC W7WN, TC W6TE.
Affiliated Clubs are reminded to update your information on the ARRL Web, club area. Remember, affiliated clubs get a $5 commission for recruiting new ARRL members.
It is my sad duty to report the following Amateurs became Silent Keys: WA6ASO, KE6DEJ, N6GGY, W6HD, N6LYH, and Pacific Division Director Jim Maxwell, W6CF. They will be missed.
Officers for the Sierra Amateur Radio Club of the High Mojave for 2003 are pres WA6QYR; 1st vp W6PTH; 2nd vp W6DWF; WB6EPD sec; and KC6UUS treasurer. WA6ARA is the editor. The club meets the 2nd Wednesday in Ridgecrest.
Officers for 2003 for the Manteca ARC are KF6WFL pres; KD6PCT vp; KE6VOS sec; and KE6UTO treas and editor. The club meets the first Thursday in Manteca.
The Fresno Hamfest is Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Riverland Resort located at Highway 99 and the Kings River, 25 miles south of Fresno. Admission is $1 with sellers at $5. This is a swap meet with food, prizes, tech demonstrations and card checking for WAS, WAC, DXCC, VUCC, and WAZ. Contact w6to@arrl.net for information. See http://www.qsl.net/w6to for information too.
The 2003 International DX Convention will be May 2-4, at the Holiday Inn at Visalia. Contact w6yd@aol.com for information. See http://www.ncdxc.org and click on the DX convention line for information and a registration form.
The M-Squared swap meet/open house is scheduled for Saturday March 29, 2003 at 9:00 AM at the M-Squared factory in Fresno.
K6FDR is the new EC for Fresno County.
WS6X has a FT 1000MP MK V. W6FRH operated from Aruba as P40RH. QSL via W6FRH. K7XQ is operating 1.2 GHz moonbounce and has contacted 6 European countries so far. He is working toward VUCC on 1.2 GHZ. W6XK and N6EE operated on UO 14 from VP5 and worked 24 stations including K6YK. W6FAH has a kw HF mobile and went countying with K6YK making lots of contacts.
W6DPD put a 50 MHz endorsement on the WAC award.
Check the Pacific Division webpage at For links to club web pages check http://www.pdarrl.org/sjvsec/index.html. for information.
Traffic for January: WA2MSU 46; KB6QIB 23. PSHR WA2MSU 110.


January 2003 SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC W7WN, TC W6TE. I hope everyone got what they wanted as gifts this holiday season and had a happy new year. The Fresno Hamfest will be April 26, 2003, at Riverland Resort, Highway 99 at the Kings River. Tickets will be available for an IC706MKIIG. Admission is $1 and sellers are $5. Food and prizes will be there. Contact w6to@arrl.net for information. The International DX Convention will be May 2-4 at the Holiday Inn at Visalia. It is my sad duty to report the following became Silent Keys W6GIW, W6WUL, WA6HMB, KD6QA, WB6EHH, WB6QWT, KF6FIL, and KD6OJK. They will be missed. Bakersfield ARA officers for 2003 are pres KB6JFL, vp KD5MT, sec KG6HHE, and treas KG6JME. The club meets the 2nd Tuesday in Bakersfield. TCARES 2003 officers are pres KG6FEY, vp WB6WFF, sec KE6RGP, and treas WA7MOB. For links to club web pages check http://www.pdarrl.org/sjvsec/index.html. WS6X operated in the CQWW cw contest from KP4. W6XK, KA6REN, and N6EE operated the ARRL RTTY Roundup from VP5. The Fresno ARC named K6HAU its ham of the year for 2002. Congratulations Jim. W6DCP won the grand prize at the AMSAT-NA Convention. Congratulations to K6YK on making the DXCC Honor Roll, and to W6FAH on making the Top of the DXCC Honor Roll. Traffic WA6MSU 64 and KB6QIB 20. PSHR WA6MSU 103, K6RAU 40..


December 2002 SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC W7WN, TC W6TE. With this issue of QST, a long standing tradition comes to an end. The last appearance of the Section News column in QST. However, Section News is still alive. It will appear on the ARRL web page under the San Joaquin Valley. It will be placed on the Pacific Division page at pdarrl.org/sjv. You can sign up for Division and Section Bulletins on the ARRL members only web page you may receive Section News in your inbox. If you don't have the internet or email, you can request a copy be mailed to you. Just send a letter to Steve Ewald, WV1X, at ARRL HQ an request that Section News be mailed to you. Please continue to contact your Congress person to urge support and co-sponsorship of HR 4720. The passage of this legislation if the only way that hams will get relief from restrictive CC&Rs on their property. Congrats to K6MYC on receiving the Chambers Award for technical excellence in weak signal VHF activity. The award was presented at the Central States VHF Society Conference. N6DVR, NI6Z, and WB6GGY are LGLs. N6MXF is a Silent Key. AA6ID has an IC 738. A big thank you to the Amateurs of the SJV who voluntarily serve in the ARRL Field Organization. Your dedication makes this program a success. I wish all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year.


October 2002 SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY: SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC W7WN. This report is being written in August Beginning with the January 2003, QST, the Section News Column will no longer be published there. You will be able to read the Section News on the SJV page of the ARRL web page or at the SJV page of the Pacific Division page, pdarrl.org. You may sign up for division and section bulletins on the ARRL members only web page. You may also request the Section News be mailed to you from ARRL HQ. Details on this will be coming from ARRL HQ. Thanks to K6LFR for serving as EC for Madera County. Good job, Ken. W6RFR is the new EC for Madera County. New LGLs are N6QIY, N6EKE, and N6RDY. Congrats to W6PSQ and W6JPU on 60 years of ARRL membership. Ed Dervishian, W9VSU, became a Silent Key. He had been a member of the Turlock ARC since 1929. Officers of T.C.A.R.E.S are Pres K6YV, VP KG6FEY, Sec KE6RGP and Treas WA7MOB and KA6VFO. The business meeting is the 1st Tuesday at 6 pm at Your Own Place restaurant in Sonora. The breakfast social is the 3rd Saturday at 9 AM at the Pine Tree restaurant in Sonora. The club web page is located at http://www.lodelink.com/tcares. Officers of the Central Cal DX Club are Pres W6PSQ, 1st VP KN6YD, 2nd VP W6FRH, S/T W6DPD. Email the club at w6mel@arrl.net. The club meets at Apple Annies in Tulare CA at 11 AM. Contact the club for meeting dates. Pacificon is October 18-20 at the Sheraton Inn of Concord CA. Check the web page , pacificon.org for information.


September 2002. SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY: SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD-ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC W7WN, TC W6TE. The Local Government Liaison (LGL) appointment is available to ARRL members who are interested in monitoring city and county government for ordinances that may contain items that are not in the best interest of Amateur Radio. Every city and county should have someone watching them. If you are interested in a LGL appointment, contact your SM, the information in on page 12 of QST. Thanks to WA6QYR for serving as the TC for many years. He now serves as a TS. The new TC is W6TE. W6RFR is an EC in Madera County. HR 4729 needs your support. Please contact your representative to urge support and co-sponsorship. KF6POS is a Silent Key. He will be missed. New officers of the CCAC are Pres WA6ZBL, VP N6BWW, Sec N6JYW, and Treas WD6EQS. Officers of the Bakersfield Amateur Radio Association are Pres N6ZFN, VP KB6JFL, Sec KG6GMT, and Treas KD6EAG. The club meets the 2nd Wednesday at 7 PM in Bakersfield. Pacificon 2002 is October 18-20, 2002 at the Sheraton Inn in Concord. Check the website http://www.pacificon.org for information. The Pacificon Division maintains a website at http://www.pdarrl.org. Each Section has a page there. Check out the SJV page. The SJV has a page on the members only portion of the ARRL web page. Your SM visited some Field Day sites in the section this year. Hopefully there will be more next year.


August, 2002 - SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY: SM  Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC W7WN, TC W6TE.  As clubs elect officers for the next term, be sure to update the club report on the ARRL web site.  Another Field Day has come and gone.  I hope it was fun for everyone.  The State OES Region 5 ACS held a successful EMCOMM conference.  The Fresno ARC and the Kern County Central Valley ARC sponsor scholarships at local colleges.  Congratulations to Stanley, W6OWT, for 65 years as an ARRL member.  WA2MSU is taking the ARRL CCE Digital Communications course.  Officers for the Madera County ARC for 2002-2003 are Pres AD6VN, VP KF6ZXO, Sec/Treas N6JYW.  The club meets the first Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Madera.  The web page is at qsl.net/w6wgz.  Kings ARC officers are Pres WF6N, VP KC6QIX, Sec K6YOS, and Treas N6SDD.  The club meets the third Thursday in Hanford.  The web site is at qsl.net/ka6q.  HR 4720 would require private land use regulations to reasonably accommodate Amateur Radio communication with the PRB-1 limited Federal preemption.  Please write your congress person to urge support for HR 4720.  As always, please send a copy to ARRL.  Pacificon is Oct. 18-20, 2002 in Concord CA.


July 2002 - SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY: SM  Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASM K6YK, ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC W7WN. The 2002 Fresno Hamfest was well attended.  W6YEP was the chairperson and WA6OIB cooked.  Sierra ARC 2002 club officers are Pres WA6ARA, 1st VP W6PTH, 2nd VP W6TOD, Sec WB6EPD, Treas KC6UUS.  The club meets the 2nd Wednesday in Ridgecrest.  Thanks to KC6UFL for many years of service as a PIO.  The Stockton-Delta ARC 2002 Officers are Pres WA6SIV, VP N6YID, Treas KG6EFD, and Sec/Editor N6LHL.  The club meets the 2nd Thurs in Stockton  The club repeater, W6SF/R has been upgraded so signals are better.  Interested in improving your CW skills?  Try the NCN traffic nets which meet on 3630 KHz nightly at 1900 hours or NCN-2 (slow speed) on 3705 KHz at 2100 hours daily.  NCN-VHF (phone) meets on 145.21 MHz (WA6SEK) daily at 1930 hours.  Congrats to K6ESL on making the DXCC Honor Roll.  WA2MSU is enjoying the Digital Communications Course.  It is not too late to let W6CF know your feelings on Section News and Contest Scores in QST.  Pacificon is October 18-20 in Concord.  Plan to attend.  The 2002 International DX Convention at Visalia was a good one.


June 2002 - SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY: SM  Charles McConnell,    W6DPD- ACC W6DPD, SEC K6IN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU. It is my sad duty  to report that W6ZYR is a Silent Key.  He will be missed.  In July the ARRL BOD will make a decision on whether SECTION NEWS and/or contest scores will remain in QST.  Please let Director Maxwell know your opinion.  You can email him at w6cf@arrl.org or check page 10 of QST for his mailing address.  Field Day is June 22-23.  There have been rules changes for 2002, so be sure to get the new rules.  Be sure to originate a Field Day Message to the SM.  The address is on page 12 of QST.  Kern County Central Valley ARC 2002 officers are Pres. WA6ALB, 1st VP KF6JOQ, 2nd VP KD6IMM, Sec KD6UQZ, Treas AC6OS.  The club web page is located at www.qsl.net/w6lie.  The club meets the 4th Tuesday in Bakersfield.  Mountain Amateur Radio Club officers for 2002 are Pres. K6IX, VP N6XOH, Sec K6BWO, Treas WA6ONA.  The club meets the 4th Thursday in Oakhurst.  The web page is located at www.w6bw.org. The Fresno ARC web page is located at www.qsl.net/w6to.  Welcome to the following new hams in the section:  KG6KIK, KG6KIJ, KG6KKV, KG6KKW, KG6KML, KG6KMM, KG6KMM and AE6CR.


April 2000 - S.M., Donald Costello, W7WN - With the advent of the new HF/Vhf/Uhf combination radios now showing up on the bands in abundance there is good reason to broaden the scope of our operating. In one radio now working the birds, local repeaters, weak signal two meter or four thiry, and HF is simple and will broaden our amateur radio experiences. I suggest that you check out ssb operation of 2 meters and the 430Mhz band for activity in the S.J.V. Section as well as working the birds in space as you will hear some of your fellow S.J.V. hams there. During the month of February W1LP was heard, shipboard, in CM76 as he cruised toward San Francisco on a large commercial ship. He worked some of our S.J.V. hams on VHF and UHF. N6KMR can be heard working the birds from many grid squares and giving out counties from his truck as he traverses the highways of California delivering wine from many of Californias vineyards.

In the news is that Kent LeBarts, K6IN who, is S.J.V. Sections Emergency Coordinator has accepted the position of Assistant Radio Officer, State O.E.S., Inland Region 5. Congratualtions Kent on a choice well made by the State of California. Kent LeBarts and I would like to thank all who particpated in the Y2K vigil that took place on Jan 1 of this year. Although thankfully, nothing significant happened what was significant is that our relationship with the State of California, the Counties and local hospitals and the Red Cross was substantially improved for future cooperation.


December 1998 - S.M. Donald Costello, W7WN - A.S.M. Mike Siegel, KI6PR - A.S.M.- John Lee, K6YK - A.S.M. Pat Fennacy, W6YEP - S.E.C. Kent LeBarts, K6IN - O.O.C. Victor Magana, AA6AH  The Kern County Central Valley A.R.C. gatheres volunteers each year at Thanksgiving time set up a road and weather net as a service to amateurs traveling through the area. The Road & WX net is a great idea for all clubs to set up. This year Neal, N6YGG and Dennis, KA6TZP are organizing the Road & WX net. Great idea! At the beginning of each new solar cycle a Hams' fancy turns to DX. This solar cycle is no exception. If you would like to join a great DX club I would recommend our own Central California DX Club. Information about joining this fine fraternity of DXers can be had by calling Charles McConnell, W6DPD (Club President) at (209) 431-2038. The DX net meets every Wednesday night on 147.09Mhz. at 800 PM local.  The Club address is 1658 West Mesa Ave. Fresno, CA 93711. It is Fall as I write this column and memories of last years flood should remind us that volunteer service with an ARES or RACES group in your local community is a great idea. Check with your local radio club for info on how to join an ARES or RACES organization. Do you have a family plan for action should a disaster occur in your local area? Sit down with your family some evening soon and draw up a plan of what to do if a disaster should occur. Good planning and putting away enough fresh bottled water, non perishable food, blankets, first aid kit, flash lights and batteries to last for at least 72 hours will be the gift of security for your family in the event of an emergency. ARES and RACES units should contact Kent LeBarts, K6IN (Section Emergency Coordinator) at 209-723-2020 or by email at k6in@elite.net to coordinate information about manpower and equipment available so that he may formulate a Section wide database in case mutual aid between counties is needed and please, this is very important. There are some amateur radio operators whose accomplishments and dedicated service to their local radio clubs deserve special mention and to that end I would like to thank Pat Fennacy, W6YEP and John Pritchett, WA6JWK for being the valuable resources that they have been to the Section and the Fresno ARC. Both Pat and John have been past Presidents of FARC, did a great job, and continue to support the club. Time also to make note that Henry (Hank) Lane, KC1TF, site engineer for the channel 51 transmitter site on Mt.Bullion, made the site host to the Mountain Amateur Radio Club this past June for Field Day. I had a chance to visit the site.The Mountain ARC members had a great time and a wonderful location to work Field Day thanks to Hank. The definition of the word ELMER in amateur radio circles is one who makes time and takes time to recruit, instruct and, by example, bring to the amateur radio service new and well trained Hams. The question is, are you now or ever been an Elmer, for if not, the time is now. Radio clubs of the S.J.V. Section, please send news of special things your club has done so that they may be shared with the rest of the Section.


November, 1998 - Donald Costello, W7WN - S.M. - Mike Siegel, KI6PR - A.S.M. - John Lee, K6YK - A.S.M. - Patrick Fennacy, W6YEP -A.S.M. Kent LeBarts, K6IN - S.E.C. - Victor Magana, N1VM - O.O.C. I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Pat Fennacy, W6YEP to the post of Assistant Section Manager specializing in membership recruitment. Pat has long been a pillar of the amateur radio community in the San Joaquin Valley Section. Welcome aboard Pat. Kent LeBarts, K6IN has been volunteering his time to teach a sixteen week course of study to those in the Merced/Turlock/Modesto area who would like to become amateur radio operators. Kents' efforts have been very rewarding to his students, many of whom have passed their licensing exams. Gud work Kent. Congratulations to the NN6NN contest team of Chet Jensen, W6XK and Mike Heenan, W7MH for their very nice score in the Cal QSO Party. Chet and Mike racked up a score of 216,630 points with 1,859 Qs and all 58 multipliers. Gud work fellows. As I write this column the fee for vanity calls is $13 and many are pursuing their call of choice. Gud luck to all in obtaining that special call. Remember, you can file electronically via the internet. In September I attended a Section Manager training seminar in Denver. Rick Palm, K1CE - Field Services Manager for the ARRL in Newington, CT presided for the one and one half day seminar attended by yours truly and ten other Section Managers from Idaho, North Texas, Ohio, Mississippi, San Diego, CA, Oregon, Alaska, West Texas, Santa Clara, CA and San Joaquin Valley Section, CA.The purpose of the seminar was to teach and train Section Managers in the ARRL field programs and provide detailed information on the operations at H.Q. in Newington, CT. Rick Palm, K1CE was a super teacher and we all felt that the experience will help us better serve our Sections. Radio clubs of S.J.V. Section: If you have a news story that you would like to see published here in QST Section News please send it to me via email or snail mail. My information is in on the Getting to know your Section Manager page in the first few pages of QST. I am pleased to represent and be a member of the best Section in the League, San Joaquin Valley Section.


June 1998 - SM, Donald Costello, W7WN - ASM, Mike Siegel, KI6PR - ASM Technical, K6YK - SEC, Larry DeWitt, WB6GJT - OOC, Victor Magana, AA6AH - I have a success story to relate regarding how to increase membership in your local radio club. Rich Campbell, W6GBD is the President of the Madera County Amateur Radio Club and passed on the following to me by phone one evening recently. Dick Kullberg, KN6YB, Vice President of MCAR, decided to print out a partial list of amateurs living in the area with the idea of visiting each one to invite them to become members of the radio club. He had a 23 name list. Over a period of days he visited all and out of 23 he visited he found that 3 had moved, one had passed away, 1 was not interested and 18 became members. There is a lot of 6 meter activity in the northern part of the Section . Some of the 6 meter ssb people are K6YK, N5UON, K6SIX, K6IMN, W7WN. They are all preparing for 6 meters to open. Good luck all. Once again the ARES group from Merced were called up to man the Red Cross shelters in March and thanks go out to Stanislaus County ARES for sending members down for mutual aid. Stanislaus County ARES responded to a call for help from Merced County EC, Kent LeBarts, K6IN. Three operators from Stanilslaus County OES Amateur Communications (ARES) responded to assist Merced County ARES with Red Cross communications.Merced County was being submerged by flash flooding from a storm that raged into the county, (late March) and then stuck around causing small rivers and streams to top their banks. Charlie Collum, KF6GYO -Lou Thomas, KF6NPG - and  Ed Hanna, KF6FIR responded to the call as EC Chuck Brashear, KC6YCH was kept apprised by SEC Larry DeWitt, WB6GJT. Ernie Rader, W5NH was ready to respond if needed but was cancelled when communications requirements were fulfilled. Mutual aid is a very important part of any disaster planners job. Amateur radio operators in ARES and RACES groups should make sure an agreement is made between Counties, and/or Cities in their respective areas to assure response when disaster strikes. Thanks to Chuck Brashear for the information he supplied. Some of the above is direct quotation of a message sent to me by Chuck. Once again Kent LeBarts, K6IN, new EC for Merced County, was instrumental in making it all work during an emergency in Merced County. Thanks go out to the many volunteers from Merced County for turning out on a moments notice to help their communities.


May 1998 - S.M. Donald Costello, W7WN - A.S.M. Mike Siegel, KI6PR - A.S.M. Technical John Lee, K6YK - S.E.C. Larry DeWitt, WB6GJT - O.O.C. Victor Magana, AA6AH- Congratulations to the Fresno ARC on the very nice hamfest at Kingsburg on the 2nd of May. There were a few sprinkles but all went well. I was pleased to see Brad Wyatt, K6WR Pacific Division Director and Jim Maxwell, W6CF Vice Director, Pacific Division,  attend the hamfest. As usual the Fresno ARC put on a great hamfest. In April I visited the SARA club in Modesto as a guest speaker, thanks SARA members for inviting me. Also in April I visited the Turlock ARC and the Manteca radio club.These folks are a great bunch of HAMs.  It is always a pleasure to be able to meet with and speak to the members of our S.J.V. radio clubs. John Lee, K6YK has visited the Lodi and Stockton radio clubs. Thank you John for your help. The Calaveras A.R.C. will sponsor a Flea Market at the Utica Park in Angels Camp on July 18 at 7:00am to 2:00pm. Talk in frequency is 145.170, PL 100.0. For more information call Steve at (209) 878-3829 or Susan at (209) 795-0618. I urge all to attend this event. With the beginning of summer it is the season for sporadic E propagation on 6 and 2 meter ssb and cw so, now is the time to be prepared to work the magic band. Elmering has always been the pay back to the amateur service for the wonderful privileges we have. Long time operators please take a new ham under your wing and teach and train the new and  future operators in the ways of good operating technique in the tradition of what has made the amateur radio service great. SJV radio clubs may request Elmer certificates from me to be issued to Elmers by their students in recognition of the students' appreciation. Email me with the club name and number of certificates desired and mailing address or snail mail me at the address shown in the front of QST in the "get to know your Section Manager " page. That's all for now. Have a great summer.


March 1998 - SM, Donald W. Costello, W7WN - ASM, Mike Siegel, KI6PR - ASM Technical, John Lee, K6YK - SEC,  Larry DeWitt, WB6GJT - OOC, Victor Magana, AA6AH  February was a very wet time in Stanislaus and Merced Counties. Volunteers from the ARES units in Stanislaus and Merced Counties came to the aid of our communities through service to the American Red Cross offering emergency communications from Red Cross HQs to shelters. The following is a list of volunteers who deserve to be recognized for their efforts. Thank you all for your volunteerism. Chuck Brashear, KC6YCH- EC Stanislaus County - Kent LeBarts, K6IN - EC Merced County, Nan Hartman, KF6BOZ - Ed Hanna, Jr., KF6FIR - Jim Call, KE6HVB - Marion Riley, KC6YDA - Ernie Rader, W5NH - Bob Kimball, KC6TVE - Lloyd Reedy, KD6JWE and our Section EC - Larry DeWitt, WB6GJT. Kent LeBarts, K6IN is the new EC for Merced County and is looking for volunteers for the Merced County ARES unit. If you would be interested in helping in times of emergency contact your local EC. If you would like to know who the EC is in your county and how to contact him drop me some e-mail at w7wn@arrl.org. In the works is an agreement with the Nevada SM, Robert Davis, K7IY to help with mutual aid for ARES communications for the Mammoth area of the Section on the eastern slope of the Sierras. In the event of a volcanic eruption or other disaster ARES units will respond from the southern part of the SJV Section and from Nevada as well. This agreement is being made to best serve the interests of the public in the event of such a disaster and is in the best tradition of amateur radio. I would like to extend my thanks to Bob Davis, K7IY for his cooperation in this endeavor.


February 1998 - SM, Donald W. Costello, W7WN - ASM, Mike Siegel, KI6PR - ASM Technical, John Lee, K6YK - SEC, Larry DeWitt, WB6GJT - OOC, Victor Magana, AA6AH - As I write this column in February the rains are still falling and there has been much flooding in the San Joaquin Valley   Section. I would like to thank Mr. Larry DeWitt, WB6GJT and Mr. Charles Brashear, KC6YCH for their work with emergency communications in Stanislaus County. This is the second year that Stanislaus County has had to    deal with flooding. Merced County has little recent history of flood problems but, volunteer hams responded to a call   that I received one evening from the Merced-Mariposa Chapter of the Red   Cross. Within thirty five minutes volunteer hams appeared at shelters in Merced and Gustine and manned the Red Cross office in Merced. My thanks for a job well done go to Mr. Kent LaBart, K6IN, Harry Mills, AB6KF and the many volunteers from both Stanislaus and Merced Counties. In the next Section News I will have all of the names of individual ham volunteers listed. I have received word from John Lee, K6YK that there were lots of SJV hams active in the VHF SS. He reports that one station in another Section commented that "all the VHF activity is in the San Joaquin Valley Section and Sacramento Valleys." The station transmitting was in the Bay Area, reports John Lee. Some of the hams involved were WA6YDI, N6IFW, KD6RRV, N7STU,   KK6TE, N6AJ, KD6FJS, KK6LR, KD6KYY, NT6K, KD4ZJH, N6PYI, K6ALE, N5UON, K6MYC, WJ6T, WB6DTA, KB6JFL, WB4AYE, K6SNA, KF6CNV,W6DY AND K6SIX  Good work!  Remember, if your club has news of activities that you would like to share with the Section you can send it to me at my email address: w7wn@arrl.org or send it snail mail to my home address located in the front of QST in the " get to know your Section Manager " section.


January 1998 - SM, Donald Costello, W7WN - ASM, Mike Siegel, KI6PR - ASM Technical, John Lee, K6YK - SEC, Larwrence DeWitt, WB6GJT - OOC, Victor Magana, AA6AH - I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Lawrence (Larry) DeWitt, WB6GJT to the post of Section Emergency Coordinator.
Welcome aboard Larry. I am also pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Vaughn C. Wilson, K6IMN as Technical Specialist. Mr. Wilson, recently retired from Pacific Bell, is a wealth of technical expertise. Welcome aboard Vaughn. To all appointed officials in the Section, Thank You for your continued service to the Amateur radio community. The local amateur radio club is the foundation of amateur radio. Support your local radio club, attend meetings and, by all means, contribute your time and expertise. If you are new to the area contact me and I will put you in touch with the club in your area. If you would like to be a spotter, mobile or at home, for the National Weather Service using amateur radio please contact me by email or snail mail (listed in the front of QST in the Get to know your Section Manager page, San Joaquin Valley Section.)I will need your name, call sign, address, phone. I will forward this information to the National Weather Service local office. The National Weather Service will be visiting local radio clubs in the San Joaquin Valley throughout 1998 to enlist the assistance of amateur radio operators in the Skywarn program. The Skywarn program is a great way to be of service, through amateur radio, to our local communities in times of extreme weather. Remember, when all else fails, amateur radio and its' operators are there. To all new radio club elected officers, congratulations and thanks for actively participating in the corner stone of amateur radio, the local radio club. It is 1998 and many of the radio clubs will be having club sponsored events. If your club would like to publicize an event or events please send complete information to me two months prior to the event and I would be pleased to announce it here in the Section News. Donald W. Costello, W7WN Section Manager, A.R.R.L., San Joaquin Valley Section


December 1997 - SM Donald Costello, W7WN - ASM Mike Siegel, KI6PR - ASM Technical John Lee, K6YK - SEC Ernie Rader, W5NH - OOC Victor Magana, AA6AH - I would like to invite all in the San Joaquin Valley Section to check out our Section web page on the internet. The address for this page is: http://www.pdarrl.org/sjvsec Rex Emerson, KE6ZOC is the webmaster of the page. Thanks Rex for your time and talents in creating this page. In November I issued a call to volunteers for available Section appointments. I am pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Heenan, W7MH of Modesto to the post of Technical Specialist welcome aboard Michael. I suggest that all amateurs in the Section check out the RF Exposure Rules information at http://www.arrl.org. It is in your interest and the interests of amateur radio that we all comply with regulations which, take effect on Jan 1, 1998. One of the gratifying parts of serving as your S.M. is receiving the club news letters full of activities and community service. Keep up the good work. There are still appointment positions available in the Section. If you are interested is serving the amateur community in the San Joaquin Valley Section drop me an email or a letter. There is a lot of experience and talent out there that could benefit the amateur radio community.


November 1997: SM: Donald W. Costello, W7WN - ASM: Mike Siegel, KI6PR- ASM Technical John Lee K6YK. SEC: Ernie Rader, W5NH. Hello everyone. In the September '97 QST there is, on page 88, a description of the ARRL Field Organization at section level and an invitation to volunteer for an official appointment. I would like to personally invite those in the section willing to serve the interests of Amateur Radio and their communities to contact me about volunteering for an official appointment in the San Joaquin Valley Section Field Organization. Some of the appointments are: Official Emergency Station, Official Relay Station, Technical Specialists, Public Information Officer, Official Observer, Official Bulletin Station, Local Government Liaison, and Emergency Coordinator. I can be contacted by e-mail at: w7wn@arrl.org. As the 21st century approches there will be many changes in Amateur Radio and as your section manager, I can better represent your interests to the league by knowing your opinions and concerns on Amateur Radio issues. I have directed our SEC Ernie Rader, W5NH, to recognize our emergency efforts and capabilities in the section. He is in need of volunteers for Emergency Coordinators and support staff in some of the counties. If you have an interest in emergency communications, please contact Ernie at: ernie@thevision.net.


December, 1996: SM, Mike Siegel, KI6PR--As I'm sure many of you have heard by now, on September 18th, I suffered a major heart attack. I would like to take this time to thank all of you, both as individuals, as well as clubs, for your cards, letters, and kind thoughts during my recuperation. I am now doing much better, with your encouragement. I have had the opportunity during my downtime to appoint Don Costello, AB6TA, as Assistant SM. Don will continue to serve as ASM, as well as PIC. You can reach Don at 209-383-5739, or e-mail him at ab6ta@elite.net. We have several new ORSs in the Section; it seems interest in working NTS traffic is picking up. Give a listen to NCN-V on WA6SEW/R on 145.210 at 7:30 PM, or NCN-1 (20 wpm CW) on 3630 kHz at 6:30 PM, or NCN-2 on 3705 kHz at 9 PM. It's great practice, and a chance to be in the middle of it all. Most of our clubs are installing new officers this month. Now is a good time to say "thanks" to the outgoing officers for the job they did. It is also a time to remember that serving as a club officer is just that--SERVING. This is NOT an ego trip--rather, it is your opportunity to give something back to ham radio and the public, through your club. Good luck with it! I hope everyone has a great holiday season, and that you all find that new rig under the tree! AR.


November, 1996: Well, it looks like I survived October; I hope everyone else did. I had a ball working CQP, and enjoyed meeting everyone at both the Bakersfield and Pacificon hamfests. It's about that time of year when many of the clubs in SJV start thinking about annual elections. Please take this opportunity to give something back to your club, as well as to have some influence on the club's future-run for an office! New Clubs! We have a couple of new clubs in SJV. The Los Banes ARC meets on the 4th Saturday of each month at 7:30 PM, at the Recreation Center at the park on Washington St in Los Banes. Give them a call on 147.060 (pl 107.2), or call Harry, AB6KF at 827-8897. LBARC is very active; they have already had a Special Event booth, and they're forming an ARES unit. The other club is the Mono ARC who meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM, in Mammoth Lakes. Mono ARC is already in the process of becoming an Affiliated Club, and is quite active in local public services. Call Sam, W6OXX, at 934-2130, for more details. A special congratulations to Chet, W6XK. Chet was recently honored for over 12 years of work as a VE and VE Team Liaison with ARRL, in the Modesto-Merced area. Thanks again, for a great job, Chet! Club news: Central CA DX Club has announced details for the 1997 DX Convention, Apri14-6. This one's going to be in a different location. so check it out. Contact WB6UDS or AB6ZV for more specifics. Kern County-Central Valley ARC reminds us that it is time to review earthquake plans, both for your club, as well as your home. Clovis ARP has their own Web site now: www.ceou.com/carp. Check it out! And once again, don't forget-SWEEPSTAKES! Look for my squeaky QRP signal during the CW portion: I hope to see you there. Happy Thanksgiving!


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