San Joaquin Valley Section Report – July 2007


Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

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

Mark your calendars. The ARRL Southwest Division Convention, HAMCON, is September 7-9, 2007 at the Marriott Hotel in Torrance CA. Check for information.  The California QSO Party is October 6-7, 2007.  Check 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 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 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, 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  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  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 W6TD Terry is a Silent Key. He will be missed.

Norm, N6JV, won the Pacific Division Single Operator Low Power in the 2007 ARRL CW International DX Contest. The Central California DX Club sponsors this plaque and another plaque in the ARRL SSB International DX Contest.

The Turlock ARC provided communications support for the July 4th parade in Turlock. The Club 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 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.

Traffic for July: K6RAU 32, W6DPD 1, and W6SX 11. Total 44.  PSHR: K6RAU 71 and W6SX 40.