January 2014

January 2014


Section Manager (SM) Brandon Bianchi, NI6C
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) James Armstrong, NV6W
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) Michael Pechner, NE6RD
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


=Happy New Year!=

Another year has come and its an exciting time for me. We have
recently seen a large amount of growth and activity coming from
Monterey County. I'm excited to see a renewed ARES interest in
Monterey County. Last year was also a huge year of growth for our
sections other counties. Congratulations to the DEC's and their
leadership teams, as well as to the rest of the ARRL field org.

I am looking forward to another year working with all of the
talented and passionate amateurs in our section. Happy New Year 
to everyone and their families.  

=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 other.

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!


=New Section Appointments to Report=

Gary Watson, K6PDL - EC for Loma Prieta in both Santa Cruz & Santa Clara Co.
Bill Goebner, KF6NHT - EC for Kings Mountain in San Mateo County
Larry Robison, KJ6IXA - EC for Salinas in Montery County
Jeff Oleyar, KK6DML - EC for South Monterey County
Alan Jump, N5ILN - OES for Monterey County
=New Affiliated Clubs=

UCSC Amateur Radio Club of Santa Cruz, CA
Monterey County Amateur Emergency Communications of Monterey, CA


=Santa Cruz Technician Class=

Our Technician License exam is scheduled to commence 3/3/14 and end 6/9/14 
at Mountain Community Resources in Felton, CA  (http://on.fb.me/1ewF5Mq).  
The class will meet on Monday evenings between 7:00-9:00 PM.  The licensing 
exam will occur on 6/14/14, at 1:00 PM, location to be decided.

We will be using "The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual" second edition for the 
Exam Questions for use July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2014.

=Local Meetings & Events=

I wanted to extend the invitation to have a league presence at your local
club meetings and events. Please contact me for assistance in scheduling 
to have me or one of our other field org. members attend. Advance notice
is appreciated.

I am currently working on getting a special guest speaker for the February
club meeting of the Monterey County Amateur Emergency Communications club.
More to come...

=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             ::  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?

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.


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
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"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 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
on the SCV website can be sent to Brandon Bianchi, NI6C <ni6c@arrl.org>

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