April 2014


Section Manager (SM) Brandon Bianchi, NI6C
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) James Armstrong, NV6W
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) Michael Pechner, NE6RD
Assistant Section Manager, Youth (ASM) Derek Kozel, AG6PO
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Larry Carr, KE6AGJ
State Government Liaison (SGL) David Wolfe, AA6XV
Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) Andrew Korsak, KR6DD
Public Information Coordinator (PIC) Suellene Petersen, K6CPA
Technical Coordinator (TC) Kit Blanke, WA6PWW
Section QSL Card Checker (CC) Russ Bentson, K6KLY

SCV Section Website: http://santaclaravalley.org
SCV Section Google Group: http://bit.ly/scv-group
We can also be followed on twitter: @arrlscv


=Section Managers Update=

I have a few announcements this month. The first is that I have been
elected to a second term. I am very excited about this and I am looking
forward to all the great things to come. I would like to thank everyone
in our section for their support. If anyone has any ideas to share or
interest in being a part of our great field organization, please
contact me. ni6c @ arrl.org

My second announcement is that of the resignation of a Monterey County
ADEC. Rob Winningham, KJ6UWB has decided to resign from his position.
Rob has been an instrumental part of the recent efforts in Monterey
County to rebuild an interest in an ARES field activity. Rob has been
assisting in Monterey since October of 2013. I would personally like to
thank Rob for all of his time and dedication.

(This month's newsletter is a little large but it's worth it!)

=What Does Our Section Do?=

Aside from regular events such as Field Day, what exactly does the
section do?

The answer? A lot! The Field Organization is broken up into roughly
five groups. These groups are but not limited to:

Official Observers
Emergency Coordinators
Club & Government Liaisons
Public Information Office
Section Orchestration

Our official observers for example actively participate in our self
policing activities. Santa Clara Valley actively monitors and sends
notices to amateurs for both warnings/observations and good operator
practices. Also we have an active group that works collaboratively
internal to our section as well as with neighboring sections in
direction finding activities. From drills to policing these guys make a
serious time and financial investment to assist. 

Our section is also very lucky to have such a diverse and knowledge
rich group of Emergency Coordinators. Our five counties are staffed by
six volunteer DEC's a dedicated SEC and a large group of EC's. They
regularly participate in various activities to train and build
confidence so that if the "big one" happens they are ready. These
training activities however are usually done in conjunction with local
law enforcement agencies, cities, or county management.  They also make
investments in being prepared to assist the public in a time of crisis.

We have a number of individuals (but could always use more) in
positions of government liaisons and club coordination and
communications. These individuals help with everything from following
legislative developments to assisting a club in getting sanctioned. 

Our section also has new leadership in our Public Information Office.
Regularly will our PIO's provide local news agencies with press
announcements and are prepared to represent amateur radio when
requested. Also, our PIC is involved with developing training for
individuals interested in becoming PIO's. These training materials are
being developed so that they may be adopted at a national level.

Section Orchestration, if you will is a somewhat vague group
designation. However, this group consists of our assistant section
managers, traffic managers, technical specialists, relay stations, and
net managers. Many of these activities have vacant positions and I
would encourage individuals that are interested in volunteering to
contact me. If anyone has NTS experience I would love to talk to you
about being our traffic manager.  The individuals in these roles can be
called on at any time by amateurs for assistance with all things ham
radio. If you ever need assistance these volunteers are a great
resource, even if it's just to point you in the right direction. 

I would like to thank the roughly 85 active volunteers that staff these
positions. Your time, knowledge, and dedication to amateur radio is
greatly appreciated! For a full list of field organization positions
please visit: http://www.arrl.org/field-organization
However, this is just scratching the surface. Our team of volunteers
can tackle almost any challenge and is here for both amateur's and ARRL

=Public Information Office Update from the PIC=

ARRL just posted their Field Day 2014 PR Packet, and that is our signal
to commence planning our 2014 Field Day Activities. For our Section's
PIOs that means it is time to start planning how that they will provide
media coverage for their group's Field Day activities. If we have any
new and inexperienced PIOs that feel that they need any help from their
Public Information Coordinator, I am available and willing to do be of
assistance. I can be contacted at k6cpa@arrl.com or suellene@k6cpa.org.

Many of our PIOs may be wondering what happened to our PIO Class. The
good news is that the ARRL PR Committee supports our course and
approved the content and only recommended that we include a section on
Social Media. I am currently waiting for ARRL to review and approve the
"Social Media" section which is last bit of information that needs to be
added to both the updated PR 101 CD course and my PowerPoint version.
Since the CD will roll out in May, 2014, at Dayton, I expect that I
will receive the "Social Media" information very soon and thus be able
to complete compiling the course materials for our area. More good news
about this PowerPoint course is that it seems to be a test case for a
new opportunity that will soon be offered to ARRL Members. The latest
PR Newsletter said the following:

PowerPoint Procurement

The PR Committee was tasked by the ARRL Board of Directors to research
soliciting PowerPoint presentations from ARRL members that ARRL would
host.  While there are a number of issues that need to be ironed out
(such as design and content criteria, quality control, etc), the basic
premise is that members can submit a PowerPoint presentation on a topic
and, if accepted, it will be hosted on the ARRL web site. This will be a
great opportunity for you or your club to give back to the community by
teaching a skill or bringing awareness on a particular facet of Amateur
Radio. Get your thinking caps on!

=ARRL Centennial QSO Party=

The ARRL Centennial QSO Party is a year-long operating event that
celebrates hams making contacts. In the end you will have accumulated
points, worked new stations and made new friends all over the world.

The Centennial QSO Party is made-up of two main activities: 
(1) W1AW operating portable in each state and most territories; and (2)
The Centennial Points Challenge which is the accumulation of points from
qualifying contacts made throughout 2014.  To have a score listed online
in the Points Challenge competition, logs must be submitted through the
Logbook of the World (LoTW) system.

W1AW will be on the air from every state and most territories, and it
will be easy to work WAS working only W1AW portable operations. This is
the first ARRL-sponsored operating event where every member is worth at
least one point, so work as many points as you can during 2014! Earn
awards based upon points, working all states or working W1AW portable
in every state and territory. This is an on-the-air event like no

Remember working ARRL past and present Elected officials, as well as HQ
employees and many others are worth bonus points. Us Section Managers
for example are worth 175 bonus points!



=ARRL National Convention=

This year's national convention is also the ARRL Centennial
celebration. Starting July 17th and running until July 19th, this
convention in Hartford, CT is the event of the century. Anyone
interested in attending or additional information should visit:

Also this year, Santa Clara Valley has been selected to host one of the
Regional ARRL Centennial Events occurring this year at Pacificon on
October 10th in Santa Clara. Planning for this event is under way and
more information can be found at: http://bit.ly/1m1CVtz

=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
Coordinators for your county. They can point you in the appropriate
direction to help get you started. 

Monterey County             ::  Lou Arbanas, NJ6H
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

Monterey County ARES

Santa Clara County ARES

Santa Cruz County ARES

San Benito County ARES

San Mateo County ARES

=Monthly Newsletter=

Do you have something for our section newsletter? Did I miss

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


Individuals who may be interested in volunteering for a position in our
section please contact me at ni6c@arrl.org.


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our web page at www.santaclaravalley.org. 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
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ARRL Santa Clara Valley Section
Section Manager: Brandon J Bianchi, NI6C