2017 EMCOMM Events

February 18, 2017 – Rotary Chocolate Run – Woodward Park – SignUp

March 5, 2017 – Sanger Blossom Trail 10K – Sanger, CA – SignUp

April 1, 2017 – California Classic Bicycle Ride – SignUp

April 29, 2017 – March of Dimes – SignUp

May 6, 2017 – Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride – SignUp

June 24, 2017 – Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride – SignUp

September 16, 2017 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride – SignUp

October 14, 2017 – Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride – SignUp

Amateur Radio Technician Class in Fresno, March 2017

Some home work will be required (Homework) as to help prepare students for the test and also shorten the hours in class. Those that attend ALL CLASSES in the past have a high percentage of passing their first time.

Class Dates

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 – 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017 – 8:00am to 4:00pm*

*Exam will be on the last day of class from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Police Science Institute/Range Pistol Club
5133 N Gates Ave #102
Fresno, CA 93722

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What’s the buzz? Pot-growing lights vex ham radio operators


Retired Coast Guard officer Roger Johnson sometimes notices a harsh buzz when he turns on his amateur radio, and he blames high-powered lighting used to grow pot.

Amateur radio operators say the legalization of marijuana is creating a chronic nuisance thanks to interference caused by electrical ballasts that regulate indoor lamps used to grow pot. The American Radio Relay League wants the Federal Communications Commission to take a stand against devices that give off much more interference than federal law allows in homes.

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Rotary Chocolate Run Feb 18, 2017 – Comms Volunteers Needed


Saturday February 18, 2017. Time: Approx. 7:00am to 11:00am


Woodward Park, Fresno, California


To provide health and safety communications between water stations, observation posts, and event coordinator.

Manpower needed:

6+ communications volunteers.


Contact Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking: Rotary Run Comm Volunteer Signup form.

Rob Mavis AE6GE – 559-272-6791 or ae6ge@k6arp.org

ARES Volunteers Support Evacuation, Shelters, in Wake of Oroville Dam Crisis

Sacramento Valley ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, reports that Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers are now actively involved in supporting communication for the evacuation and sheltering of nearly 200,000 people living below the damaged Oroville Dam in rural California. The dam, on the Feather River east of Oroville, is the tallest in the US. Following a period of heavy rain, a section of the earthfill-embankment dam’s spillway eroded, and authorities issued an evacuation order for residents living below the dam, in case it should fail. Crews have been attempting to fill the eroded area with rock transported by helicopter.

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Alaska’s HAARP Facility Once Again Open for Business

The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Gakona, Alaska, will soon undertake its first scientific research campaigns since the facility was taken over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute 18 months ago. Among the investigators is UAF Researcher Chris Fallen, KL3WX, who will be working under a National Science Foundation grant, “RAPID: Spatiotemporal Evolution of Radio-Induced Aurora.” Fallen says the HAARP transmissions will take place within the facility’s transmitter tuning range of 2.7 to 10 MHz and should be audible outside of Alaska and may even produce visible effects within the state.

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What Makes People Attracted Towards Ham Radio Sessions

Until now we all know some interesting facts and figures about Ham Radio, as this is a known hobby used to identify Amateur Radio, which brings all the electronic tools, communications altogether. It is quite obvious nowadays that the internet is full of DX radio information and accessing such info is one click away and millions of users are being attracted towards this tech. Not just this, the reason behind this attraction is beyond this.

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January VHF Rover Review

Participating in a radio contest actively was something I had yet to do before the VHF / UHF contest in January. With some inspiration from Rick (W6KKO) who was at the time actively preparing his home station to participate as single operator came the discussion of driving to the different grid squares and making contact. It was at that time I was told about rover stations. I decided that with all the stations in the area putting forth the effort and improving their stations, I would add two more radios to my truck and at least help them get more points. I never intended on keeping my score, as I was working solo and some of the contacts may come while I was moving. You never know, an operator from the Central Valley may be recognized as the winner, I thought.

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K6ARP Takes Division in 2016 ARRL January VHF Contest

ARRL January VHF Contest 2016 Award for K6ARP
ARRL January VHF Contest 2016 Award for K6ARP

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers (CARP) received an award from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for First Place in the San Joaquin Valley Section and the Pacific Division, and 9th Place W/VE in the Multioperator category of the ARRL January VHF Contest in 2016.

Operators Rob Mavis AE6GE, Rick Tybursky W6KKO amassed a score of 10,800 points from the Bear Mountain Buzzards Contest Station.

“Mysterious Foghorn” is Chinese Over-the-Horizon Burst Radar

A waveform of the Chinese OTH radar “foghorn.” [Courtesy of Wolf Hadel, DK2OM]
The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter reports a mysterious “foghorn” — a Chinese over-the-horizon (OTH) burst radar — is operating in Amateur Radio bands.

“We observed the mysterious foghorn on 7, 10, and 14 MHz,” the newsletter recounted. “This is a Chinese OTH radar, which is often jumping, and sounding like a foghorn.” The signal is frequency modulation on pulse (FMOP) with 66.66 sweeps-per-second bursts.

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Amateur Radio in Fresno County and the Central Valley of California