June 2013

June 2013


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
Technical Coordinator (TC) Kit Blanke, WA6PWW
Section QSL Card Checker (CC) Russ Bentson, K6KLY
Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) Tony Dowler, KM6DA

SCV Section Website: http://santaclaravalley.org
SCV Section Google Group: http://bit.ly/scv-group

=Looing Back=

Time flies! It’s hard for me to believe it, but in just two short weeks it will
mark my 1 year SM anniversary. I have to say we have one amazing section.
Perhaps we are just lucky that we are in the heart of Silicon Valley, but our
section has the right people for any challenge. I am excited for Field Day and
getting to visit as many of the sites as possible. Also, looking ahead I am
excited about the year to come.

=Field Organization Thoughts=

Hello to all — I’m happy to see a thriving interest in this great hobby of
ours! Kudos to the local radio clubs that are consistent presence at the
De Anza Electronics Flea Markets, where I’ve already met a few of you.
I’ll be making the rounds at Field Day sites in the South Bay soon, and will
share images of the stations. Continued visibility is important!
73 de NV6W / ASM

=Santa Cruz VE Group=

The Santa Cruz VE Group taught a class along side of a class taught by
Rev. Rick Rice, W6REV, and together we graduated 15 people. The Santa Cruz VE
Group (ARRL VEC) administered an exam on June 1, 2013, at UCSC and 14 out
of 15 passed the exam. Our youngest new ham is Ariel Iris Usher, age 9.
It was a pleasure for us to see this new group of people born into Amateur
Radio. Of the new Hams, most of them were CERT experts and UCSC engineering
students. What this means for us is that, as I see it, more of our local
disaster workers are aware of the importance being associated with Amateur
Radio emergency operators and adding our skills to theirs. Also, it is a
wonderful thing to see parents introduce their children to Ham Radio.
It was a real pleasure to teach such a rich group of people and also see
them pass their exams.

=ARRL Field Day – 2013=

The ARRL annual Field Day event will be June 22-23rd this year – NEXT WEEK!

I have always enjoyed attending and operating at Field Day. If you haven’t
had a chance recently to go to your club, or local area’s Field Day why
not make it this year? If you need to find a Field Day site visit the ARRL
at http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator. For everyone that’s a veteran, I
look forward to getting to see all of you and you’re sites this year! Good
Luck, have fun, and be safe everyone. Here’s to a great 2013 Field Day!

For more information you can visit: http://www.arrl.org/field-day

The Sunnyvale VEC ARC will be holding two licensing sessions during the
month of July: Jul 13 in Sunnyvale, Exam session at 10:30 AM at De Anza Park,
Jul 13 in Redwood City, Exam session at 10:30 AM at the Redwood City Library.
For more information on what to bring to these sessions along with directions
visit: http://www.amateur-radio.org.

The Silicon Valley Volunteer Examiner group holds license examination
sessions the first and third Saturday of every month. Exams are held at
the Saratoga Firehouse beginning at 8am, 14380 Saratoga Avenue, in downtown
Saratoga. The firehouse is at the intersection of Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road
and Saratoga Avenue. Enter through the front door. For more information
visit: http://www.svve.org/

On Saturday July 13th, the San Benito ARES VE group is running an Amateur Radio
License Class at 0800-1700 & Testing for all levels (1300-1630) at Morgan Hill
Community & Cultural Center – El Toro Room – 17000 Monterey Rd, Morgan Hill,
CA. Cost is $14 for testing only or $24 for class & testing (cash please).
Bring an official ID and your Social Security number or FRN. Please email
testing@sbcares.org with questions or reserve a space in the class or test. For
more information visit: http://www.sbcares.org

PAARA’s meeting location has moved from the Menlo Park Rec Center
to the Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto. You can visit
http://paara.org for more details.

FARS meetings are held at Covington School, 205 Covington Road, Los Altos.
The next membership meeting will be held on Friday July 26th. You
can visit http://www.fars.k6ya.org/ for more details.

LPARC club meetings are normally held the first Thursday of each month at
CAL FIRE’s Burrell Forest Fire Station (25050 Highland Way). Meetings
start at 7:00 PM and usually last about an hour. You ca visit
http://www.lparc.org/ for more details.

SCCARA club meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 7:30PM.
The meeting location is the Kaiser in Santa Clara located at:
700 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara. You can visit
http://www.qsl.net/sccara/ for more details.

SBARA meets the 2nd Friday of every month except sometimes June and December.
The upcoming meeting will be held Friday June 12th at 7:30 PM. SBARA meets
at Hurricane Electric, 760 Mission Court, Fremont. You can visit
http://www.sbara.org/ for more details.

San Benito Co. ARES/ACS/RACES meetings are held the second Wednesday of each
month (5/8) 1900 hrs at San Benito County ARES/ACS/RACES HQ – 3224 Southside
Rd, Hollister, CA 95023. For more information visit: http://www.sbcares.org

WVARA will hold their next club meeting on Wednesday July 10th. They meet
at 7:00 PM at the Silicon Valley Chapter of American Red Cross, at
2730 N. First Street in San Jose. You can visit http://www.wvara.org for
more details.

NPSARC will hold their General Meeting the second Thursday of the month.
The meeting begins at 1900 at Glasgow Hall 122.
You can visit http://www.k6ly.org/ for more details.

San Mateo Radio Club Meeting meets the third Friday of the month. They
meet at the Beresford Recreation Center – 2720 Alameda De Las Pulgas.
You can visit http://www.w6uq.org for more details.

=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 Coordinators
for your county. They can point you in the appropriate direction to help
get you started.

Monterey County :: Richard Hillbun, AF6TP
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

=Monthly Newsletter=

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to SCV amateurs.


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in our section please contact me at ni6c@arrl.org.


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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>