San Joaquin Valley Section Report – September 2007

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of September 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:  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 KE6WFJ, Howard and KC6APJ, Jerry are Silent Keys. They will be missed.

The Turlock ARC 2007 officers are pres KG6UCW, vp KI6PR, sec KB6SBH, and treas K6CP.  The club meets at 7:30 PM on the 2nd Tuesday at the War Memorial Building in Turlock.  Check for information.

KI6CDW is training a dog to be certified for search and rescue word for the State of California.

Congratulations to those completing the Amateur Radio Communications Courses:
Level One KI6QIY and KC6WCT.
Level Two: W6NBK.

The Sierra ARC provided communications support for the 20th Anniversary Community Walkathon in Ridgecrest.

The Southern Sierra ARS provided communications support for the High Sierra Fall Century Bike Ride.  Former Tour de France winner Greg LeMond was a rider in the race.

The Mountain ARC members provided communications for the Oakhurst Heritage Days Parade.

Top SJV scores in the 2007 ARRL International DX Phone Contest were 1st N2NS, 2nd AA6K, and 3rd N6YMM.  Congratulations to all.  N2NS was 6th in the Pacific Division.

Congratulations to WS6X on receiving a DXCC Award for 160 meters.

Congratulations to John, K6YK, for taking first place for Californians in the September Spartan Sprint – a real test of operating skills on CW, and QRP to boot! Nationwide, John earned 14th place.

The Spartan Sprints take place the first Monday night of the month from 6 to 8 PM local time on 80-40-20 meters, CW only, 5 watts or less.  The “center” frequencies are about 3560, 7040, 14060 with activity a few KHz above and below those frequencies.  The sprints are sponsored by the Adventure Radio Society, web site The basic plan is to work as many stations as you can during the 2 hour period.  The exchange is simple:  RST, State, Power.  Such as: “559 CA 5W”.  So there isn’t too much to send or copy. There are fast, slow and intermediate speed stations to work.

Traffic for September: K6RAU 22, W6DPD 0, and W6SX 16. Total 38.  PSHR: K6RAU 78 and W6SX 44.