San Joaquin Valley Section Report – April 2007

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of April 2007:

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

With the change in Part 97 of the FCC Rules eliminating the code exam as a requirement for upgrading, many Amateurs have upgraded to General and Extra Class. Congratulations to those getting upgraded licenses.  Enjoy your new privileges.  Technician Class Amateurs now enjoy limited HF privileges on 80, 40 and 15 CW and 10 meter SSB and CW.  As the year progresses, more Amateurs will upgrade to General and Extra.

Just a reminder, the sidebands of your signal must be within the band edges.  As a rule of thumb, on SSB you should operate no closer that 3 KHZ to the band edge to ensure that your sidebands remain within the band.  On CW you can get closer to the band edge as the CW signal are not as wide as SSB signals, but your signals must remain with in the band.  Technicians may NOT operate FM on 10 meters.  They may only operate SSB on 28.300 to 28.500 MHZ.  FM on 10 meters can only be used between 29.5 and 29.7 MHZ.

New General Class Amateurs should get a frequency chart so they will know where their bands end.  You can get a new frequency chart from the March 2007 QST or down load it from the ARRL web page.  Some new generals are operating outside the General Class bands.  General Class Amateurs need to know where the General Class bands end and stay within them.  You don’t want to receive an OO notice or an FCC Citation for out of band operation.

Courtesy dictates that you should listen, and then ask if a frequency is in use before calling CQ.  You need to call CQ when soliciting a contact on HF.  Just giving your call sign on HF is not enough to usually get a contact.

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Mark your calendars. Los Banos ARC has a special event station active on May 12.  Tuolumne Swap Meet June 2, 2007, 8 AM to 3 PM at the Sonora East Shopping Center in Sonora.  Contact Jerry WA6AVR, for information.  Field Day 2007 is the fourth full weekend of June.  The 65th Fresno Hamfest is August 4, 2007 at the Airport Holiday Inn in Fresno has been CANCELED.  The California QSO Party is October 6-7, 2007.  Check for information.  Pacificon 2007 is October 19-21, 2007 at the Marriott Hotel in San Ramon CA.  Check for information. The International DX Convention is April 25-28, 2008 at Visalia.  Check 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, for exam information.  You can also search for Amateur Radio Classes in your area.

The Northern California Net (NCN), the Section Traffic Net, meets nightly on 3.533 MHZ at 7 PM Pacific Time.  The slow speed training session of the net meets nightly on 3.533 MHZ at 9 PM Pacific Time.  Handling traffic on CW is a good way to improve your CW skills.  The Daytime Region 6 Traffic Net meets daily at 3:30 pacific time on or near 7.275 MHZ.  The California Traffic Net meets daily on 3.906 MHZ and 6:30 PM local time. The noon time net meets on 7.268.5 MHz.  This net handles a lot of messages.

It is my sad duty to report that AD6Z William, K6LSK Ken, KJ6PZ Hugh WB6JDG, Erwin, and N6TST David are Silent Keys. They will be missed.  N6TST was a cover plaque winner for his articles published in QST.  He was the main speaker at the 2006 Fresno Hamfest.

KB6CLV completed the ARECC Level One Course.  Congratulations!!

The Kings ARC has returned to active status.  New officers are pres KA6PNL, vp NW6K, sec WA7YHX, and treas N6SDD.  The club meets the third Thursday in Hanford.  Check for information.

The Stockton-Delta ARC held a 440 MHZ homebrew antenna Shootout.  K6YK had an 8 element beam built on a hockey stick.

SJV Clubs are providing communications support for the March of Dimes Walk America fundraiser.

SJV scores in the 2006 Phone Sweepstakes were: 1st WC6H, 2nd N6NZ and 3rd N6EE in the high power category.  N6YMM had the high score in the SJV in the low power category.  Congratulations!!

SJV scores in the 2006 ARRL 160 meter contest were 1st KA6BIM, 2nd K6OA, and 3rd N6IV.  Congratulations!!

Congratulations to WB6NVB and KG6ZWZ on being elected to Life Membership in the ARRL.

K6XJ and W6UA were on the winning golf team at the golf tournament at the 2007 International DX Convention. Congratulations!!  Several SJV hams won prizes at the DX Convention.

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Traffic for April: K6RAU 15 and W6SX 35. Total 50.  PSHR: K6RAU 61 and W6SX 35.