September 2012

September 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!]

SCV Section Website:
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=Pacificon 2012 Update :: FAST APPROACHING!=

The Pacific Division convention has the honor of also serving 
as the ARRL National Convention.  Plans are well underway to 
prepare for the biggest and best Pacificon ever! This year's 
event will be one to certainly not miss.

If you are interested in volunteering at Pacificon this year,
there are many slots left to fill. 

Please contact Sam Sampayan at
or visit for more information.

For event details and a schedule please visit

Also don't miss the Parachute Mobile event on Saturday. See the 
below link for all of the ways you can participate!

=ARRL Delta Division ARES Activation=

In preparation for last week's Hurricane Isaac landfall the ARRL
Delta Division ARES EMCOMM Net was activated.

ARRL Delta Division Director David Norris, K5UZ, explained that 
the four Sections in the Delta Division -- Louisiana, Mississippi, 
Arkansas and Tennessee -- are prepared for the storm. 
“All the nets are ready to go,” he said. “Local and State
Operations Centers in each of the affected states have been activated 
and many of them have Amateur Radio operators that can help 
support their operations.

The Delta Division ARES® EMCOMM Net activated at 12 noon (CDT) on Tuesday.
The Mississippi Emergency Net also activated at 12 noon (CDT) on Tuesday. 

Read more from the ARRL Release:

=How can you help? :: 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.

What is ARES?

What is RACES?

What are the differences between ARES and RACES?

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

=FCC Releases Congressionally Mandated Study on Amateur Radio=

On August 20 -- in response to a Spring 2012 Congressional directive -- 
the Federal Communications Commission released its findings on the Uses 
and Capabilities of Amateur Radio Service Communications in Emergencies 
and Disaster Relief: Report to Congress Pursuant to Section 6414 of 
the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

This report contains the FCC’s “ review of the importance of
Amateur Radio Service communications relating to disasters, severe 
weather and other threats to lives and property in the United States; 
and recommendations for enhancements in the voluntary deployment of 
Amateur Radio operators in disaster and emergency communications and 
disaster relief efforts; and recommendations for improved integration 
of Amateur Radio operators in the planning and furtherance of initiatives 
of the federal government.” It also required “that the study
impediments to enhanced Amateur Radio Service communications and provide 
recommendations regarding the removal of such impediments.”

Please note the FCC response to the ARRL cited that today's CC&R, 
land use, HOA, and other Antenna Restrictions "...prohibit the erection 
of even modest Amateur Radio antennas."

The FCC disagreed with that assessment stating “…our review of the
does not indicate that amateur operators are unable to find homes that 
are not subject to such restrictions. Therefore, at this time, we do not 
see a compelling reason for the Commission to revisit its previous 
determinations that preemption should not be expanded to CC&Rs.”

You can read the full report if you have not already on the ARRL Website:


=VE Sessions=

The Sunnyvale VEC ARC will be holding two licensing sessions during the
month of September: Sept. 8 in Sunnyvale, Exam session at 10:30 AM at City
of Sunnyvale "De Anza Park" and Sept. 15 in 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:

=CW Academy= 

The CW Academy is a group who go out of their way to Elmer those 
with interest in learning CW. There is no cost and membership is not 
required to participate. Enrollment is open to anyone with the 
desire to learn or improve their proficiency in Morse Code.

CWops is International in scope, membership and management.
Its focus is the use of CW, whether for contesting, DXing or ragchewing.
Moreover, it supports every form of sending -- if it's CW,
CWops supports it!

=D-STAR QSO Party 2012=

The goal of the D-STAR QSO PARTY is to communicate through 
as many D-STAR repeaters as possible throughout the world.

The Event is September 21, 22 and 23, 2012.
Friday 00:00 ~ Sunday 24:00 (UTC)

DV mode
28MHz / 50MHz / 145MHz / 430MHz / 1200MHz
(Simplex operation on 28MHz and 50MHz)

There are 7 Icom ID-51A prize radios up for grabs.
If you have D-STAR you should certainly take part
in this event.

=PAARA Meeting Update=

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 September 7th. You can visit for more details.

=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!

=Monthly Newsletter=

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