November & December 2014

November & December 2014


Section Manager (SM) Brandon Bianchi, NI6C
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) James Armstrong, NV6W
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) Larry Carr, KE6AGJ
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) Michael Pechner, NE6RD
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Scott Morse, KC6SKM
State Government Liaison (SGL) David Wolfe, AA6XV
Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) Andrew Korsak, KR6DD
Public Information Coordinator (PIC) Suellene Petersen, K6CPA
Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) Phil Steffora, K6TT
Technical Coordinator (TC) Kit Blanke, WA6PWW
Section QSL Card Checker (CC) Russ Bentson, K6KLY

SCV Section Website:
SCV Section Google Group:
twitter: @arrlscv


=Section Managers Update=

Following this year’s Pacificon we have been very busy. During our EC
Scott Morse, KC6SKM volunteered to chair our council of DEC’s, aka
Emergency Coordinator. I am excited to have Scott volunteer for this position.
He has a meeting of all SCV DEC’s in the works. I will ensure we
this with our section DEC’s as well as our ASM’s. We have already
had one successful
meeting and have plans for the next in the works. 

With the end of 2014 just around the corner I will be contacting numerous 
individuals about their volunteer positions and their future interest. As a 
part of this effort I wanted to announce that Cap Pennell, KE6AFE will be 
transitioning out of the roleas Santa Cruz DEC. I would like to thank Cap on 
behalf of the SCV Section for his dedication and assistance over the past 
10 years. Cap's knowledge and experience have been instrumental to other 
ARES groups, individuals, as well as myself. A simple, Thank You isn't enough!

Over the upcoming weeks I will be working with Cap as well as other members of

the Santa Cruz EC org to get Robert Ritchey, KJ6FFP up to speed. 

This past year has been a busy one, and it's been a significant one for the
Thanks to everyone that attended one of the centennital events, contests,
or field day! 

I myself have completed my second move of the past three months! Note that 
my email and  phone numbers remain the same, but I have an updated mailing
That address should be on file with both the league and the FCC accurately. 

2015 holds many new adventures. I look forward to getting to come out of the 
chaos that has been the end of 2014 soon! If you would like me to come by your

club meeting please send me an email so we can coordinate the specifics. 

Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

=ARRL Website=

There has been some interruptions to service of the ARRL website over the 
past two to three months. I have little details as to why but my suggestion 
to all individuals with accounts is to UPDATE YOUR PASSWORD. For your own
you should rotate all of your passwords regurlarly, but as a precaution I would

suggest updating your account as well.

=PIO Updates=

[RCA Technical Symposium Speaker]

Recently several local radio clubs, SCCARC, SLVARC and UCSCARC, hosted 13 year
Rohan Agrawal's presentation "Smart Phones and Amateur Radio."   On 11/22/14,
presented this same talk at the RCA Technical Symposium in New York.  He was
the only 
student speaker present.  Also speaking were an impressive collection of CEO's,
PhD's and other noted scientists.  A vote was taken to choose the first and
best speakers and Rohan won 2nd place for his presentation.  


In San Lorenzo Valley, teacher Tom McKay, KK6FKA, has introduced Amateur Radio
San Lorenzo Valley High School by starting an Amateur Radio Club for students. 
with Tom, several other local engineers have volunteered their time to teach
licensing classes and radio communication practice sessions to the student
members of 
the club.  In, 2014, several students earned their FCC licenses after finishing
licensing class taught by Ben Lomond resident, Ray Wentz, W6LPW.  
Attorney Rich Seifert, KE1B, has volunteered time to provide hands-on training
these young people.  This pattern is also being followed by other local
such as Jay M. Dunlap,KB7DRB,Executive Director of MCP Middle and High School
Santa Cruz.


The new student members, most of whom are recently licensed, are being trained

how to operate their radios by conducting a weekly member's and ragchew net.  
The net meets each week, depending on exam schedules, at 8:00 PM on the AC6P 
repeater 145.310 with a negative offset of 94.8.  Guests are welcome.

[PIO Class]

Part 1 of the ARRL pilot program class, PIO-101 Version 2, was taught at 
Pacificon 2014 and Part 2 of the class was taught in Alameda on the weekend of

November 15 - 16, 2014. Eight people passed the course and are currently
for ARRL to respond with Certificates of Completion for the course.  The
that will benefit from having people qualified to apply to become ARRL PIOs
Santa Clara Valley (2);  East Bay (4); San Francisco (1) and San Joaquin (1). 

The instructors for this course were: 
Suellene Petersen, K6CPA, Public Information Coordinator, PAC DIV, SCVS;  
David Haycock, KI6AWR, ASM EBS; Brian Black, AG6SJ, EBS; Su Sneddon,  N6SLC,

[Rich Seifert - DXPedition]

Rich Seifert, KE1B, President of SLVARC, just returned home from a Dxpedition
Anguilla (VP2EAQ/VP2EAR). I have reached out to him to see if he would be 
interested in sharing the experiece with the section. Read the whole story 

=2015 Maker Faire=

Planning for the 2015 Maker Faire is already underway. It's already sounding
like there will be a strong Amateur Radio presence this year! If anyone is
interested in offering assistance you can contact our ASM Michael Pechner,
at mikey @

=SCV Newest PIC=

Congratulaions to Timothy Takeuchi, W6TST on his successful completion of the
PIO course. Tim has also been appointed to the position of PIO for San Benito

Thanks to Tim and also Suellene for all her work in offering this course to the



=PACIFICON 2014 - October 10 - 12=

Thanks again to everyone that attended this years Regional PACIFICON!
See you all next year.

=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.

Our SCV section is looking for a qualified individual to volunteer
for the position of Section Emergency Coordinator. If you or someone
you know may be interested please feel free to reach out to myself.
For more details on the role of SEC you can visit the below link:

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           ::  Robert Ritchey, KJ6FFP
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 something?

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 We are always 
looking for interested individuals!


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
profile".  Select "edit your email subscriptions" and check off the box
"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 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 <>

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