San Joaquin Valley Section Report – August 2007

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of August 2007:
SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

If you desire your club information and events to be listed in Section News, please send the information to w6dpd@arrl.org.  I get very little information.  If your club has a newsletter, please send it to me, email to w6dpd@arrl.org or via U.S Mail.

Mark your calendars. The California QSO Party is October 6-7, 2007.  Check www.cqp.org for information.  The California Historical Radio Society Central Valley Chapter Swap Meet is October 6, 2007 at the corner of 13th and X Streets in Merced. Check www.californiahistoricalradio.com for information.  The Turlock ARC Auction is October 6, 2007, at the Turlock Youth Center, East Ave and Minerva in Turlock.  Doors open at 8:00 AM and the auction starts at 9:00 AM.  Check www.w6bxn.org for information.  Pacificon 2007 is October 19-21, 2007 at the Marriott Hotel in San Ramon CA.  Check www.pacificon.org for information. The International DX Convention is April 25-28, 2008 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 so you club will get any information sent from the ARRL Club department.  If you fail to update your clubs information for 2 years, your club will be placed in the inactive file.

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 3.533 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.

PACIFICON, the ARRL Pacific Division is October 19-21, 2007 at the Marriott Hotel in San Ramon CA.  This is a good time for new Amateurs and new upgrades to view the new radios and other accessories, attend many of the numerous sessions on the various aspects of Amateur Radio where you can learn something new.  The tentative schedule of sessions is posted on the Pacificon web page.  Amateur Exams will be given and there is a 1-day Technician class so anyone can earn an Amateur License.  You can download the PACIFICON brochure at http://pacificon.org/Printable_Brochure.html.  This is a .pdf file.  Advanced registration is $10 and it is $15 at the door.  The Antenna Seminar is all day on Friday.  There is a breakfast on Saturday Morning and a banquet on Saturday night.  ARRL members can be initiated into the Royal Order of the Wouff Hong at midnight Saturday night.  The Swap meet is Sunday morning.  This is a great event for all Amateurs, experienced and new.  Full details for Pacificon can be found at http://www.pacificon.org.  This site has all the prices for the various activities that take place at the convention.  Keep watching this site as new information is posted from time to time as the details are worked out.

It is my sad duty to report that ex K6IKT now K7IKT John, ex W6AKS Arthur, K6BCL Dwain, W6ALT Walt, KE6CZ Gary, W6REZ Ludwig, and WA6RDX Cecil are Silent Keys. They will be missed.

The John H Pittman Memorial Radio Society has the W6HHD D Star System active on Mt. Bullion.  The system is on 144.62 MHZ, 444.1125 MHZ and 1284.100 MHZ voice and 1249.225 MHZ for data. Contact Grady, K6IXA for information.

The California QSO Party is October 6-7, 2007.  This state contest is perhaps the best of the state QSO Parties.  This gives California stations the opportunity to be the “DX” stations and sought after by stations in other states and countries.  Check www.cqp.org for information on the California QSO Party.  It begins at 1600 UTC on October 6 and ends at 2200 UTC October 7.  The exchange is serial number (the number of the contact) and county.  You will received a serial number and state from out of state contacts and county for California contacts.  Call CQ and the world will respond to you (well mostly the USA and Canada).  All entrants with 100 or more QSOs receive a free certificate of achievement and are eligible to purchase a T-shirt ($12),

Kings ARC 2007 Officers are pres KA6PNL, vp NW6K, sec WA7YHX, and treas N6SDD.  The club meets the third Thursday in Hanford. Check www.qsl.net/ka6q fro information.

Porterville Repeater Association 2007 officers are pres W6BJ, vp N6JQL, sec KC6ZOG and treas K6LSB.  The club meets the first Saturday at 9:00 AM local time at Country Waffles in Lindsay CA.  Check www.ke6wdx org for information.

The Amateur Radio Association of Central California has provided communications support for 3 bicycle races since January 1.  Officers for 2007 are pres W7POR, vp WA6PTG, sec KI6JCY, and treas KI6FLR.  The club is affiliated with ARRL.  Check www.aracc.org for information

Congratulations to AA6K, Shirl, who had the top score for the single operator low power category for the 6th call area in the 2006 CQ WW DX SSB Contest.

Traffic for August: K6RAU 22, W6DPD 1, and W6SX 8. Total 31.  PSHR: K6RAU 79 and W6SX 38.