SJV Section Report – March 2007


Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

Your club has received a petition to get the governor to declare June 17 to 23, 2007, Amateur Radio week in California. This is a statewide effort. Please keep collecting signatures and return the petitions to the address in the email by April 25, 2007.

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 The International DX Convention is April 27-29, 2007 at Visalia. Check for information. EMCOMM West is May 4-6, 2007 at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in Reno NV. Check for information. Los Banos ARC special event station is 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 Holiday Inn at the Airport in Fresno. Check for information. 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.

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 KA6RCP Ernie and AD6RP Jack are Silent Keys. They will be missed.

Stanislaus County ARES was activated to help search for a missing person. An ARES member found the missing person who was in fine health.

Manteca ARC and San Joaquin County ARES will hold a one-day “Ham Cram”. Study session, followed by FCC testing, on Saturday, April 14, 2007 from 8:30am until 5 pm in Manteca. Fee for the training session is $16 plus $14 for testing ($30 total). All license classes offered. No walk-ins. Limited retesting available.
Location: TBA, Manteca, CA (95336) Space limited, pre-registration required.
Contact: David Coursey, Emergency Coordinator, SJ ARES, (209) 835-6893, N5FDL@ARRL.NET W5YI-VEC

Congrats to NG6NG and W6NBK on completing the ARECC Level One course.

W6MSU, Guy, participated in the 2006 ARRL Frequency Measuring Test with an entry of 1 HZ or less. Congrats Guy.

TCARES provided communications support for the Jamestown Run.

Stanislaus ARA 2007 officers are pres W6UHF, vp KF6NPG, sec KD6YWO, and treas KC6TVE. Check www.saraclub,net for information.

Calaveras ARS 2007 officers are pres AE6LA, vp KO6HV, sec WB6QVU and treas AC6CY. Check for information.

SJV Scores in the 2006 CW Sweepstakes were: High Power WC6H first, and W6SX second; Low Power K2VCO first, K6CSL second, and WA6IQZ; Unlimited N6EE first, N6NZ second and WK6I third. Congratulations!!

W6WTG earned DXCC.

N2NS earned DXCC on 80m and 5BDXCC.

W6XK qualified for WAZ on RTTY.

AB6CF qualified for WAS on 10 M.

Traffic for March: K6RAU 14, Total 14. PSHR: K6RAU 44.