December 2012

December 2012


Section Manager (SM) Brandon Bianchi, NI6C
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) Phil Steffora, K6TT
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) Michael Pechner, NE6RD
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Larry Carr, KE6AGJ
Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator (ASEC) Phil Steffora, K6TT
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

[Want to Volunteer? Many Section Positions are Open!]

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=Holiday Wishes=

I would like to take a chance to thank everyone for a great 2012. From
the Hamfests, Field Day, and Pacificon I have had a great time serving
and meeting everyone here in the section. I am looking forward to 2013
and all the great things we will get to do.

From all of us here in the Santa Clara Valley field organization we 
would like to wish you and your families a Happy Holiday season.

=ARES Update=

Our field organization has been working on several projects to improve
our ability to assist our local agencies in a time of need. As a part
of this project we would like to know what responders we have where. 
Knowing who our responders are will allow us to build a list by geographic
are and also identify locations that we may not have a presence in. 
The information collected will be shared only with section management

I would like to request ARES/RACES responders send us an email with their
Callsign, City/Agency, contact number, and certification level.

This information can be sent to

Your assistance in gathering this list is appreciated. Knowing who our
resources are and where they are able to assist is key to our success.

=ARES and RACES Info=

Emergency communications are key to the successful handling of any 
disaster or emergency. As Amateur Operators, we can volunteer our
time and skills to assist. There are numerous online resources you can
utilize to learn more and study to become an ARES or RACES volunteer.
This past month has served as an important reminder for us on just how
important these volunteer organizations are.

What is ARES?

What is RACES?

What are the differences between ARES and RACES?

FEMA Training

If you are interested, please contact one of the District Emergency
for your county. They can point you in the appropriate direction to help
get you started. 

Monterey County             ::  Richard Hillbun, AF6TP
Santa Cruz County           ::  Charles Pennell (CAP), KE6AFE
San Benito County           ::  Tim Takeuchi, W6TST
Santa Clara County          ::  Scott Morse, KC6SKM
San Mateo County Coastside  ::  Dr. David R. Richards, AF6MN
San Mateo County Bayside    ::  Peter Liljequist, AA6PL

=ARRL Puerto Rico Convention=

My friend and fellow section manager Rene NP3O would like to extend an open
to the Puerto Rico State Convention. The event will be held on January 26,
2013. This
is a great reason to visit sunny Puerto Rico this upcoming January! More
details can 
be found at the link below.


=Northern California DX Club=

The 64th International DX Convention, April 19-21, 2013 will be
held in Visalia, CA. Mark your calendars and plan to attend this event!

=VE Sessions=

The Sunnyvale VEC ARC will be holding one licensing session during the
month of December: Dec. 8 in Sunnyvale, Exam session at 10:30 AM at City
of Sunnyvale "De Anza Park". The next session is Dec. 15 in Redwood City, 
Exam session at 10:30 AM at the Redwood City Library. For more information
on what to bring to these sessions along with directions 

The Silicon Valley Volunteer Examiner group holds license examination
sessions the first and third Saturday of every month. Exams are held at 
the Saratoga Firehouse beginning at 8am, 14380 Saratoga Avenue, in downtown 
Saratoga. The firehouse is at the intersection of Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road 
and Saratoga Avenue. Enter through the front door. For more information

=Local Club Meetings=

PAARA's meeting location has moved from the Menlo Park Rec Center
to the Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto. The next meeting will
be November 2nd. You can visit for more details.

FARS meetings are held at Covington School, 205 Covington Road, Los Altos.
The next membership meeting will be held on Friday November 16th. You
can visit for more details.

LPARC club meetings are normally held the first Monday of each month at 
CAL FIRE's Burrell Forest Fire Station (25050 Highland Way). Meetings 
start at 7:00 PM and usually last about an hour. You ca visit for more details.

SCCARA club meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 7:30PM.
The meeting location is the Kaiser in Santa Clara located at:
700 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara. You can visit for more details.

SBARA meets the 2nd Friday of every month except sometimes June and December.
The upcoming meeting will be held Friday November 9th at 7:30 PM. SBARA meets
at Hurricane Electric, 760 Mission Court, Fremont. You can visit for more details.

WVARA will hold their next club meeting on Wednesday November 14th. They meet 
at 7:00 PM at the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, at 
2730 N. First Street in San Jose. You can visit for
more details.

NPSARC will hold their General Meeting November 8th 1900 at Glasgow Hall 122.
You can visit for more details.

=Monthly Newsletter=

Do you have something for our section newsletter?

Contact the SCV Staff with your Club News and other items of interest
to SCV amateurs.


Would you like to receive the SCV section news every month by email? If
you are an ARRL member, simply login to the ARRL website and "edit  your
profile".  Select "edit your email subscriptions" and check off the box
"News and Information from your Division Director and Section

You will find contact information for all of the SCV section staff on
our web page at We need to hear about your
club news and other items of interest to the amateur radio community in
SCV. News items, club events and other information you would like listed
on the SCV wiki can be sent to Brandon Bianchi <>

ARRL Santa Clara Valley Section
Section Manager: Brandon J Bianchi, NI6C