March 2015


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=

I can’t believe that it’s already March! This year has been very
good for our 
section, and it’s only the beginning. We have had several EC’s
join us from 
several counties:

EC	James	Holley	KI6MQB	Half Moon Bay
EC	Charles	Mauck	KK6MZW	Seaside
EC	Sam	Sjogren	WB6RJH	Felton
EC      Carl    Evans   KJ6OHI  Monterey

This weekend is already Radiofest in Monterey as well. I encourage people to
out and enjoy the event. Radiofest will take place at the Moose Lodge in Del
Rey Oaks.
The NPSARC has sponsored this year’s event and it’s always a fun
event. There will be
ham radio demos, vendor booths, indoor and outdoor swap meet, several speakers,

as well as an exam session. The event starts at 8:00 am and more information
can be
found at their website:

As a side note, volunteers are still welcomed for the event. If you are able to
more information can be found on their website.

=SCV Social Media=

As amateur radio operators we have many ways to communicate. These days social
has become a very useful tool for sharing information and bringing groups of
together. Our section has (as most know) a website, twitter, and Facebook
I would like to reach out to our talent pool and see if we have people that
be interested in helping contribute. If you are familiar with twitter,
or wordpress you can help. Another idea I’d like to explore is that of
sharing. Specifically the ability to share documents and collaborate
The idea of using a cloud storage service has been something I’ve wanted
to try.
If you think this could be useful to you or your club/affiliation please let
know your ideas. 

I think clubs could take advantage of these outlets and use them to spread the
for upcoming events and meetings. 

=Section Wide Calendar=

I have recently changed our strategy for calendaring events in our section. 
Previously our calendar was based in wordpress and managing permissions to
make updates was less than ideal. I am trying to remedy this by moving to
Google Calendars. This option will not only make managing permissions easier
but it will open up the usefulness of the calendar to mobile devices. You
can easily add the calendar to your smartphone or computer. 

To view the new calendar please visit:
It’s worth noting that it’s fairly empty at this time. The way we
can resolve
this is by inviting anyone that’s interesting to add their event(s).
me and I will ensure you have permissions. You will need a Google account to
do so. Everything from hamfests, exams, swap meets, nets, and social
can be shared here. I think this could become a very valuable tool for
to share their events and activities with a broad audience. 

=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 @


=PACIFICON 2015 - October 16 - 18=

This year’s Pacificon will take place Friday-Sunday October 16-18th.
The event is also moving from Santa Clara to San Ramon and is looking
for volunteers as well as presenters. If you are interested in either 
please visit or email for more info.

=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. 

SCV SEC			    ::  Scott Morse, KC6SKM
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!


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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 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