Meeting: CARP May 2014

Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers
Membership Meeting

At the May 2014 CARP Meeting we will have a project night. At the meeting will will be building some 3-element Tape Measure Beam antennas. We will have the supplies to build about 20, so get there early and bring your soldering iron.

Time/Date:
Friday May 2nd, 2014, at 7:00 pm

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Get Your Tech License – Amateur Radio Tech License Class April 2014

The Fresno Area Mentors and Elmers group will be conducting a FREE PowerPoint based training course to prepare you for the entry level Amateur Radio Technician license exam.

Classes will be held April 24 – May 8, 2013 as follows:

  • April 24 – 6:30-9:00PM – FCC Rules / Operating Procedures
  • April 29 – 6:30-9:00PM – Radio Wave Propagation / Amateur Radio Practices
  • May 1 – 6:30-9:00PM – Electrical Principles / Electrical Components
  • May 6 – 6:30-9:00PM – Station Equipment / Modes & Activities
  • May 8 – 6:30-9:00PM – Antennas & Feedlines / Electrical & RF Safety
  • May 9 – 9:30AM – Exam Session (Fresno VE Team)

All Classes and Testing will be held at the Salvation Army Citadel, 1854 Fulton Ave, Fresno, CA (West side of Fulton – one block South of Divisadero)

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N6EY to join HRD staff

QRZ Forums
March 28, 2014

N6EY to join HRD staff; Updates Public Beta; SAM Callsign CD is ready for purchase

HRD Software, LLC announced today that Jason Boyer, N6EY, will be joining the Ham Radio Deluxe team to do sales, support and QA on the HRD project.

Many hams know Jason from his tenure the past 3 ½ years at M2 Antennas in Fresno, California. Prior to M2, he worked in the telecommunications field after a career in the United States Navy as an avionics technician. Jason’s past and amateur radio activities include serving in Navy-Marine Corps MARS as both a civilian volunteer and on active duty, VHF/UHF weak signal, and CW and digital modes on HF. His wife and two of his daughters also carry on the amateur radio tradition.

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Radio Amateur Facing Substantial Fine for CB Violation

ARRL.org
March 24, 2014

Radio Amateur Facing Substantial Fine for CB Violation

An Oklahoma Amateur Extra class licensee is facing a $12,000 fine for operating his Citizens Band radio to “interfere with the communications of other CB stations,” the FCC said in a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) released March 21. In May 2013 an FCC agent used mobile direction-finding techniques to positively identify the source of a continuous carier of CB channel 19 (27.1850 MHz) to the residence of Orloff Haines, KF5IXX, in Enid, Oklahoma. Haines was not at home, but his wife showed the agent her husband’s CB station, which was transmitting on channel 19.

“Mrs Haines stated that Mr Haines was ‘keyed on,’ or continuously transmitting on channel 19, because other CB operators in the area were harassing her,” the FCC reported in the NAL. The agent telephoned Orloff Haines during the station inspection, and, the FCC said, he admitted that he was transmitting a continuous carrier on channel 19. Mrs Haines “voluntarily turned off” the CB transmitter at the end of the inspection. The FCC said the carrier was interfering with CB communication within an approximately 2 mile radius.

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March of Dimes Comm Volunteers Needed

March of Dimes March for Babies – Communications Support
 
When
Saturday April 12, 2014. Time: TBA
 
Where
Woodward Park

Mission: 
To provide health and safety communications between rest stops and event coordinator.
 
Manpower needed:
15+ communications volunteers.
 
Contact:
Contact Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking: March of Dimes Signup
 
Rob Mavis AE6GE – 559-272-6791 or ae6ge@k6arp.org

March 8, 2014 Transmitter Hunt Recap

K6ARP.org
by: Rob Mavis AE6GE
March 8, 2014

March 8, 2014 Transmitter Hunt Recap

The Fox at Foothill Elementary School near Prather

The Fox at Foothill Elementary School near Prather

CARP and the Central Valley T-Hunters held a Transmitter Hunt on Saturday March 9. This hunt the start point was at Letterman Park in Clovis. Five teams started the hunt at approximately 10:00am.

John K6MI was scheduled to be the fox for the hunt but had a conflict at the last minute, so Rob AE6GE volunteered to be the fox. After a hasty scouring of the map of the area, Rob hid at Foothill Elementary School, just south of Prather. Using a 5-watt transmitter and a 2-meter M2 Eggbeater antenna the fox was hidden down off the backside of one of the baseball diamonds where an active game helped to camouflage the foxes truck. Only one transmitter was used in an attempt to increase the difficulty by not allowing the low power transmitters to give away the location when the hunters got near the fox.

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Clovis Big Hat Comm Volunteers Needed

Clovis Big Hat Day Century Ride – Communications Support
 
When
Saturday April 5, 2014. Time: TBA
 
Where
Starts in Clovis CA. – Route TBD

Mission: 
To provide health and safety communications between rest stops and event coordinator.
 
Manpower needed:
~12-15+ communications volunteers.
 
Contact:
Contact Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking:Clovis Big Hat Ride 2014 Comm Volunteer Signup
 
Rob Mavis AE6GE – 559-272-6791 or ae6ge@k6arp.org

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL

ARRL Letter
February 20, 2014
by: Al Brogdon, W1AB

Radio History: A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL

Following the resumption of Amateur Radio activities after World War I ensued a thundering herd of advances in the state of the Amateur Radio art. Here are some highlights from that period.

April 1922 — The first contact was made between California and Hawaii. September 1922 — 1CCZ worked every US call district in one night, the first time that had ever been accomplished. November 1922 — Another record-breaking relay was accomplished, from 1AW to 9AWM to Hawaiian 6ZAC and back to 1AW in 4 minutes 18 seconds.

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