November 2011

November 2011


Section Manager (SM) - Phil Steffora, K6TT
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) Michael Pechner, NE6RD
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) Brandon Bianchi, NI6C
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) - Larry Carr, KE6AGJ
State Government Liaison (SGL) - David Wolfe, AA6XV
Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) - Andrew Korsak, KR6DD
Technical Coordinator (TC) - Kit Blanke, WA6PWW
Section QSL Card Checker (CC) - Russ Bentson, K6KLY
Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) - Tony Dowler, KM6DA

SCV Section Website:


=Pacificon Recap=

Pacificon 2011 was by all accounts a huge success! Our section hosted
two excellent presentations and both sessions had full rooms. We want
to thank everyone who helped to make this event possible. A huge thanks
to Larry Carr - KE6AGJ, SEC & DEC Santa Clara County & Michael Fox -
N6MEF, ADEC for their wonderful overview of the MAC (Mutual Aide
Communicator) program. For more information on this and other training
available for the section please visit
and We also wish to thank
our Section Manager, Phil Steffora - K6TT, for his open townhall
meeting. We are all looking forward to next year and the ARRL National
Convention right here at our very own SCV section.

=New Appointments=

Dr. David R. Richards - AF6MN has been appointed to DEC for Coastside -
San Mateo county. David has been an extremely active member of the Half
Moon Bay ARES group and the EC for Half Moon Bay. His appointment to
the position of DEC will bring new energy, ideas and action to our
Coastside neighbors. We would also like to sincerely thank Larry Nelson
- KC6NYG for his many years of service in the position. 

Kathleen Hill - KB6INO has been appointed to EC for Hollister, CA and
Harry Hill - WA6BWT will be AEC for Hollister. Also we would like to
recognize Linda Bennett - W6LJB, who was appointed to the position of
EC of La Honda, CA in August and Dave Guernsey - KJ6CBS who was
appointed to EC of Salinas, CA in September. 

=Local Ham breaks high altitude balloon record=

A father-and-son team from San Jose announced Monday they broke a world
record when their high altitude balloon soared 136,545 feet above the
Earth. Ron Meadows - K6RPT, and his son, Lee Meadows, both swimming
pool service repairmen, launched the balloon about 7:30 a.m. Sunday
near Highway 85 and Almaden Expressway. The nearly four-pound latex
weather balloon reached its peak altitude at 11:11 a.m, said Ron
Meadows, who founded the California Near Space Project. The package,
with a GPS, landed in a Manteca woman's backyard -- near her swimming
pool. Their balloon beat the previous record of a Cornell University
balloon that reached 135,030 feet in March, according to the Amateur
Radio High Altitude Ballooning website ( This is the
eighth attempt the Meadows have tried to break the record. "It's
unbelievable," Ron Meadows said. "Beating Cornell University when they
used a balloon that is probably more than $12,000, and ours cost
one-one hundredth of that. Our calculations and measurements were right
on the money.'' To learn more, check out [Story from San Jose Mercury News
by Lisa Fernandez]

=SKYWARN Recognition Day=

Chris - K6DX, at National Weather Service in Sacramento reminds us:
It's time to start thinking about the 2011 SKYWARN Recognition Day
(SRD) Event which will be on December 2 and 3 from 4 pm to 4 pm local
time. For those who are not familiar with the event, SKYWARN
Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service
and the American Radio Relay League. SKYWARN Recognition Day serves to
celebrate the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio
operators during threatening weather.  This is a great opportunity for
you to test you or your club's ability to conduct emergency
communications (like Field Day). 

The 24 hour event involves National Weather Service (NWS) offices
exchanging weather information with as many hams as possible on 80, 40,
20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band using SSB,
FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31. Contacts via repeaters, echo-link, and
IRLP are also permitted.  Over 100 NWS stations across the country are
expected to take part in the event this year.  Additional information
about SRD can be found online at


The Sunnyvale VEC ARC will be holding two licensing sessions during the
month of November. Nov. 12, Sunnyvale Exam session at 10:30 AM at City
of Sunnyvale "De Anza Park". Then on Nov. 19, Redwood City Exam session
at 10:30 AM at Redwood City Library, 1044 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City,
CA. For more information on what to bring to these sessions along with
directions visit

The Silicon Valley VE Group will be holding a license testing session
on Nov. 19th at 8AM in Saratoga, CA. at the Saratoga Fire Station 14380
Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070. Walk-ins Allowed. For more information
contact: Morris Jones (408) 507-4698

The Northern California DX Club will be holding their Holiday Luncheon
December 10th from 11am to 3pm at Michael Restaurant At Shoreline.
Tickets and more information are available at the website: 

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Section Manager: Phil Steffora, K6TT