San Joaquin Valley Section Report – May 2007

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of May 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.

Mark your calendars. Field Day is June 23-24, 2007. The 65th Fresno Hamfest is August 4, 2007 has been CANCELLED. 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. 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. 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.

Field Day is June 23-24, 2007. If you have not done so, you should download the Field Day Package from the ARRL web page. Be sure you plan to get all the bonus points that you can to enhance your club score. Don’t forget your Field Day message to the Section Manager. This must be in proper ARRL radiogram form in order for you to get the points. In previous years, many of the messages were not correct and should not have earned any bonus points.

It is my sad duty to report that WD6GVS Kenneth and W6HAV RF are Silent Keys. They will be missed.

Louis Tristao, KG6VY, (SK) the inventor of the crank up tower was inducted in to the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame at the 2007 Dayton Hamvention(c).

Congratulations to K6RYD on completing the ARECC Level One course and to WA6KZV on completing ARECC Level Two.

New Generals are welcome to join the Sunday night net on 3.820 MHZ at 8 PM.

KA6PNK, KA6PNL, AE6SX and AE6QP put on a demonstration of Amateur Radio for sixth and eighth grade students of the Huron Secondary School in Huron CA.

The Stockton-Delta ARC provided communications support for the Stockton Bike Club’s Delta Century bike ride and for the March of Dimes Walk America campaign.

The Sierra ARC provided communications support for the Git-R-Done 100 mile endurance horse ride.

SJVARS is sponsoring a General Cram class in June and an Extra Cram Class in July. It’s open to everyone, so if there is anyone who would be interested in taking it, they are welcome. Classes will be held at the Sentinel Building, 3rd and Clovis Avenue, in Clovis. For the General Cram, hours will be 6-9 pm on Friday, June 15th, and 8 am – 2 pm on Saturday, June 16th, with a test session available on Sunday June 17 at the Fig Garden Public Library at Bullard and Marks in Fresno. The Extra Cram will be over three weekends in July, starting on July 7th, with the exam available on July 21st. Pre-registration is required so that we have enough materials for everyone. Anyone interested can go to our website at http://www.sjvars.com for more details or call 559-288-7597.

Traffic for April: K6RAU 17 and W6SX 16. Total 33. PSHR: K6RAU 48 and W6SX 52.