ARRL Southwestern Division

ARRL SWD 2018 Convention

Los Angeles
San Diego
Santa Barbara
Division Info
Volunteer Opportunities
QSL Bureaus
QSL Card Check
Repeater Coordinators
Area Councils
Special Service Clubs
 Toll Free Numbers
Antenna Happenings
Protect Our Frequencies
Electronic Services
SW Division History



Director's March 2017 update on California's hands-free cellular telephone
law (CVC 23123.5) and its impact on Amateur Radio

CHP CVC 23123.5 Enforcement Directive - March 28, 2017

Dick Norton


Dick Norton, N6AA
21290 West Hillside Drive
Topanga, CA 90290

Vice Director

Ned Stearns, AA7A
7038 E Aster Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85254-5327

Section Managers

Arizona Section

State of Arizona

Richard A Paquette, W7RAP
1600 W Sunkist Rd
Tucson, AZ 85755


Main Webpage:
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Los Angeles Section


Los Angeles County

Diana J, Feinberg, AI6DF
PO Box 4678
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274-9618


Main Webpage:
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Orange Section

Inyo, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

Carl H Gardenias, WU6D, Section Manager
20902 Gardenias St.
Perris, CA 92570
(951) 443-4958


Main Webpage:
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San Diego Section

Imperial &  San Diego Counties

Dave Kaltenborn, N8KBC, Section Manager
630 Alber Street
Chula Vista, CA 91911
(619) 616-8758


Main Webpage:
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Santa Barbara Section

San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, & Ventura Counties

Jim Fortney, K6IYK, Section Manager
PO Box 3419
Camarillo, CA 93011-3419
(805) 491-3916


Main Webpage:
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Donations to Clubs 

From time to time, we become aware of an individual or an estate wishing to donate radio equipment to a qualified charity.  While many radio clubs have not-for-profit status with the IRS, relatively few are qualified under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) to receive donations that are tax-deductible for the donor.  If your radio club is so qualified and would like to be contacted when donation opportunities arise, please provide Vice-Director Marty Woll N6VI ( with point-of-contact information and, if not listed below, the date of your determination letter from the IRS. 

After a search of the IRS database, we found the following clubs to be eligible to receive tax-deductible donations (ARRL-affiliated clubs are in bold).  

Amateur Radio Antenna Defense Foundation       Chatsworth, CA

Amateur Radio Council of Arizona       Phoenix, AZ

Amateur Radio Digital Communications       San Diego, CA

Amateur Radio Educational Foundation       Perris, CA

Amateur Radio Newsline       Saugus, CA

Antelope Valley Amateur Radio Club       Lancaster, AZ

ARESLAX, Inc. (supports LA Section ARES)       Chatsworth, CA

Arizona Repeater Association, Inc.       Phoenix, AZ

Associated Radio Amateurs of Long Beach       Long Beach, CA

California Institute of Technology Amateur Radio Club       Pasadena,CA

Coachella Valley Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services       Indio, CA

Coastal Amateur Radio Emergency Services       Fountain Valley, CA

Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club      Westlake Village, CA

Coronado Emergency Radio Operators Inc.       Coronado, CA

Escondido Amateur Radio Society       Escondido, CA

Golden Triangle Amateur Radio Club      Wildomar CA

Green Valley Amateur Radio Club      Green Valley, AZ

Heaps Peak Radio Association      Ontario, CA

Hermosa Beach Amateur Radio Association      Hermosa Beach, CA

Hualapai Amateur Radio Club Inc.       Kingman, AZ

Korean Amateur Radio Association       Los Angeles, CA

London Bridge Amateur Radio Association Inc.       Lake Havasu City, AZ

Mile High Radio Club       Idyllwild, CA

Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club       Yucca Valley, CA

Mountain Top Amateur Radio Association       Lake Arrowhead, CA

Paso Robles Amateur Radio Club       Atascadero, CA

Radio Society of Tucson       Tucson, AZ

Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society       Ramona, CA

Riverside County Amateur Radio Association       Riverside, CA

San Diego Amateur Radio Services Group       La Mesa, CA

San Diego Six Shooters Amateur Radio Club       La Jolla, CA

Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club Inc.       Santa Barbara, CA

Satellite Amateur Radio Club Inc.       Vandenberg AFB, CA

SATERN, Riverside & San Bernardino Counties Section       Riverside, CA

Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club       Scottsdale, AZ

SMRA - Emergency Repeater Network       Camarillo, CA

Superstition Amateur Radio Club       Mesa, AZ

Ventura County Amateur Radio Club       Oxnard, CA

West Valley Amateur Radio Club       Sun City, AZ

World Genesis Foundation, Inc.       Quartsite, AZ

Yuma Amateur Radio Club       Yuma, AZ

Yuma Amateur Radio Hamfest Organization       Yuma, AZ

In addition to separately incorporated clubs, radio clubs that are connected with a church or nonprofit school may also qualify. If you represent such a club, you can request your club be added to the above list if your sponsoring exempt organization is prepared to issue donation acknowledgement letters as required by the Internal Revenue Code.

Some donations involve the removal of antennas and/or towers. If your club is considering accepting this kind of donation, be sure you can remove the equipment safely. A scoping visit prior to acceptance is advisable in this situation, as would having liability insurance coverage in case the removal results in any property damage or injury.

Legislative Action Program

The ARRL maintains a Legislative Action Program for ARRL members to promote and protect Amateur Radio through coordinated, legitimate political action at the Federal government level.

  • Mel Hughes K6SY - Legislative Action Coordinator
  • Dick Zalewski W7ZR - Legislative Action Coordinator

Calendar of Events

A Calendar of Events is available on the website. Both current events and recurring events are listed. 

Electronic Services

The ARRL Web pages are by far the most popular Amateur Radio Web site since its inception in 1995. The ARRL Web site ( is the beginning of many sources of ham services. All kinds of information is available: membership recruitment/benefits, leadership, representation, catalog/publications, upcoming events, youth support, PR, government relations, call sign lookup, technical help, clubs, testing, contest/award programs, Field Organization. educational activities. regulations. QSL bureaus. personal/ club insurance, licensing help (here and abroad), band plans, ARRL Foundation, etc. On the home page you will find a weekly survey. Many services can be found via the index or search engine including links to other related sites such as the FCC. For example, forms necessary for many of the various programs can be found this way on the League's Web site.

The ARRL Web site has a section just for League members called the ARRL WEB EXTRA ( ). You will need your membership number that you can find on your QST mailing label.

The ARRL Web Extra has news and feature articles that you won't find anywhere else. Also, there is a product review archive where you can obtain QST product reviews from as far back as 1980 as well as a search engine of QST/QEX indexes. There is a special member data page where you can review and update your QST mailing address. This is the place to go to have W1AW bulletins and The ARRL Letter sent to you directly by e-mail. Finally, you can obtain a forwarding e-mail address (<callsign>@ These services are free for League members. Also, members can now vote for their favorite monthly QST article (Cover Plaque Award).

Ham Audio Services

We are a key resource!The weekly ARRL Audio News service is available via telephone at (860)594-0384 as well as the ARRL Web site. It is normally updated every Friday by 6 PM (Eastern lime).

Another audio source of ham news is Newsline ( ), originally produced locally by producer/editor Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF (SK). The primary feed dial-up number is (661)296-2407.

Help Protect our Frequencies

Thanks to the efforts of our League's Washington team, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 has been introduced as a bipartisan bill in the U.S. House of Representatives (HR 1301) and the U.S. Senate (S 1685) For a copy of the bill and a sample letter for asking your Representative/ Senators to become a cosponsor, see the ARRL Web site ( The site will show the current list of cosponsors as well as direct you to a link for finding information on all your U.S. congressmen. If you do not have Web access, give your local library a call to find out your congressmen.

Antenna Happenings

Many of the cities in our Division have been busy changing or adding to their antenna regulations to address cellular base towers and small satellite dishes. The impact to existing Amateur Radio antenna regulations varies from none to substantial. Although your ARRL headquarters staff or Division representatives have general information and expertise, it's always best to check with City Hall regarding current antenna regulations in your city. Contact the City Clerk's office, or check your city's Web site. An increasing number of cities (and counties) are posting their zoning codes on the Web in a searchable format.

QSL Bureaus

Sixth District QSL Bureau

P.O. Box 970
Fairfax, CA., 94978-0970

Comments or questions on this bureau's operation may be directed to

See the W6 Bureau home page

Seventh District QSL Bureau

Willamette Valley DX Club Inc.
POB 555
Portland, OR 97207-0555 

DX Century Club Card Checking

There is a new enhanced DXCC Card Checker program that will save you the necessity of mafling QSL cards to ARRL HQ but now only one local checker will be needed. Under the new program, DXCC Card Checkers will be able to check cards for all DXCC awards (except 160 meters), and all QSLs from any current DXCC Entity (for contacts less than ten years old). This will apply to both new awards and endorsements.

ARRL checkers are appointed by the DXCC desk at HQ from nominations by Section Managers and ARRL-affiliated DX specialty clubs with at least 25 members. Currently, only one checker is appointed for each of the above. The current DXCC Card Checkers in or involved with the SW Division are:

For more information on the DXCC program, including forms and rules, see the ARRL Web site ( 

Repeater Coordinators

Local areas have long-established coordination bodies that volunteer their time and effort. In Arizona,

In Southern California, there are three groups:

Amateur Radio Councils

Local clubs form councils in order to better coordinate and promote activities important to the ham community. There are councils in the following Sections within the Division.

ARRL Southwestern Division Special Service Clubs (SSC)

These clubs have gone through a screening process above and beyond other ARRL-affiliated clubs. They are expected to provide local public relations, emergency communications, training, technical advancement and other activities that further the goals of the Amateur Radio Service. Many SSCs have Award Managers who can check cards for some of the ARRL operating awards. The following are our Special Service Clubs :

Arizona Section

Green Valley - Green Valley ARC
Prescott - Yavapai ARC
Sierra Vista - Cochise ARA
Tucson - Catalina Radio Club
Tucson - Radio Society of Tucson

Los Angeles Section

Downey - Downey ARC
Long Beach - ARA Of Long Beach Inc.
Northridge - San Fernando Valley ARC
Torrance - South Bay ARC

Orange Section

Mission Viejo - South Orange ARA
Ontario - Inland Empire ARC
San Bernardino - Citrus Belt ARC

San Diego Section

El Cajon - ARC of El Cajon

Santa Barbara Section

Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara ARC
Thousand Oaks - Conejo Valley ARC, Inc.

Helpful Toll-Free Numbers

  • To renew ARRL membership and order ARRL publications or find a dealer near you, call ARRL HQ at (888)277-5289.

  • To find a ham club, classes or testing, in your local area call (800)32NEWHAM.

  • After you upgrade, consider becoming an ARRL Volunteer Examiner. For information on VE certification, call (800)9ARRLVEC.

  • To get information on the ARRL Insurance Plans (personal equipment or club liability), contact Risk Strategies at

  • For information directly from the FCC regarding licensing, call the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Consumer Assistance staff at (888)CALLFCC.