May & June 2014

May & June 2014

= ARRL SANTA CLARA VALLEY SECTION =
Section Manager (SM) Brandon Bianchi, NI6C
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) James Armstrong, NV6W
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) Michael Pechner, NE6RD
Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) 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
= MAY & JUNE 2014 ARRL SCV SECTION NEWS =
=Section Managers Update=
As it's nearing July it's almost time to renew field organization appointments
for the next two year term. If you are currently appointed a position please
send a note to Brandon NI6C (SM) at ni6c @ arrl.org. If you are interested
in volunteering for a position please also send me an email. I have several
positions that I'd like to find people for.
=2014 ARRL Field Day - June 28-29=
Everyone has probably started their planning by now for this years Field Day
activities, but if not remember this year's Field Day is June 28-29. If you
are interested in attending field day, but don't know where to find a local
group you can visit this site:
http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator
For more information and details you can visit the ARRL Field Day page:
http://www.arrl.org/field-day
=Public Information Office Update from the PIC=
There is a great article in the June QST from Suellene, K6CPA. It's about the
2013 UCSCARC Field Day activities. I encourage everyone to give it a read. It's
not every day our section gets published in QST!
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/arrl/qst_201406/index.php#/28
=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!
http://www.arrl.org/centennial-qso-party#Table
-or-
http://bit.ly/1m07Qln
=The Origins of Silicon Valley: Roots in Ham Radio=
One of our own hams, Paul Wesling KM6LH, will be giving his talk "The Origins
of Silicon Valley: Roots in Ham Radio" at the ARRL's Centennial Convention this 
summer in Hartford, CT. The date for this one-hour talk is either July 18 or
19. If you're planning to attend the Convention, be sure to look up Paul's 
talk in the program. He covered SV's roots in an early version that he gave 
at RadioFest in Monterey 4 years ago; the talk has been expanded since then,
covering the time period from before ARRL's founding through 1955. He has 
recently given it in San Diego, Istanbul, and San Francisco, as well as to
his Saratoga Amateur Radio Association (SARA).
If you are looking for more information please contact me at ni6c @ arrl.org
and I will provide assistance.
= UPCOMING SECTION EVENTS =
=PACIFICON 2014 - October 10 - 12=
A REGIONAL ARRL CENTENNIAL EVENT - Celebrating 100 Years of ARRL
This year's PACIFICON will take place October 10-12th at the Santa Clara
Marriott Hotel. The Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club is this year's host and
they are well underway in getting the preperations made.
As usual they are probably looking for some volunteers to assist with the
event. You can visit bit.ly/1wHmTsg if you want to sign up to volunteer.
The Santa Clara Valley section has been chosen to host one of the regional
ARRL Centennial Events! This year's PACIFICON is certainly not an event to
miss.
=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: http://bit.ly/1m1CD5S
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?
http://arrl.org/ares
What is RACES?
http://usraces.org/
What are the differences between ARES and RACES?
http://arrl.org/ares-races-faq
FEMA Training
http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp
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
http://mc-ares.org
Santa Clara County ARES
http://scc-ares-races.org/
Santa Cruz County ARES
http://ares.santa-cruz.ca.us/
San Benito County ARES
http://sbcares.org/
San Mateo County ARES
http://k6mpn.org/
=Monthly Newsletter=
Do you have something for our section newsletter? Did I miss something?
Contact the SCV Staff with your Club News and other items of interest
to SCV amateurs.
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Individuals who may be interested in volunteering for a position
in our section please contact me at ni6c@arrl.org.
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"News and Information from your Division Director and Section
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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>
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ARRL Santa Clara Valley Section
Section Manager: Brandon J Bianchi, NI6C
ni6c@arrl.org
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