= 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:
For more information and details you can visit the ARRL Field Day page:
=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!
=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/
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