Six Meters: I Repeat Six Meters

Now is the time to enjoy the six meter band. You do not have to wait for a meteor shower, or that special time when the “magic band” comes to life. Six meters is alive and well and waiting for you to crackle some RF energy into the air.

There is a new six meter repeater on Bear Mountain, which is about 20 miles east of Clovis. Allen Hancock (WA6IPZ) has deployed his six meter repeater around 3500 feet ASL. The coverage offered by this elevation allows for handheld 6m radios to get in on the fun, like the Wouxun KG-UV5D or an older Cherokee AH50 6m HT. A Yaesu 817ND can also get in on the 6m FM action. As always, an improved antenna connected to low power radios help.

Wouxun KG-UV5D
Wouxun KG-UV5D – 2m/6m HT w/Thales antenna.

Allen is no stranger to six meters. He previously deployed a six meter repeater at his home in Hanford and is the most active mobile 6m operator I have encountered. Now with the new elevation, many portable, mobile and home operators in the central valley area can use the band more often. Do not worry too much about a perfect 6m antenna setup. As I noted, a 6m handheld is able to get in. I also reach the repeater using 5W with an off-center fed antenna. A few more watts and your signal will of course improve. Experiment and have fun. Share with others on the repeater what you are using.

A PL tone of 82.5 Hz is required but the repeater does not send the tone out, so avoid tone squelch on the RX and adjust the squelch knob a bit. Six meter FM is not narrow DMR, it is nice and wide, perfect for extended conversations. Setup the split and join in.

WA6IPZ (-500 kHz offset)
RX: 52.840 MHz
TX: 52.340 MHz
PL: 82.5 Hz
50W Output

* An additional six meter repeater is located on Black Mountain approximately 20 miles NE of Clovis around 3500′ ASL.

WR6VHF (-500 kHz offset)
RX: 51.820 MHz
TX: 51.320 MHz
PL: 162.2 Hz
50W Output

2018 EMCOMM Events

February 17, 2018 – Rotary Chocolate Run – Woodward Park

March 3, 2018 – Sanger Blossom Trail 10K – Sanger, CA  – Signup

April 7, 2018 – California Classic Bicycle Ride  – Signup
& March of Dimes Walk – Signup

April 21, 2018 – Hinds Hospice Angel Babies Walk – Signup

May 5, 2018 – Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride – Signup

June 30, 2018 – Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride – Signup

September 8, 2018 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride – Signup

October 13, 2018 – Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride – Signup

CARP Club Contest Contenders

The results are in! ARRL September 2017 VHF/UHF contest results show CARP club members earning significant scores in three different categories. With almost 500 submitted logs for this particular contest, the CARP club members scored quite well against the competition from around the country, Canada too.

W6KKO Single Op Portable

Ron Hunt (N6MTS) scored 76,320 points in the Classic Rover category. He used the callsign N6MTS/R during the exchange to identify his category. Ron worked multiple grid squares and a variety of frequencies from six meters to 24 GHz earning a position of third overall.

Rob Mavis (AE6GE) scored 48,246 points in the Unlimited Multioperator category from DM06. Rob worked in unison with Pat Fennacy (W6YEP) both using the callsign W6TV. Together they also worked a variety of frequencies from six meters to 24 GHz earning a position of fourth overall.

Rick Tyburski (W6KKO) scored 5,310 points in the Single Operator Portable category, which is limited to 10 watts or less. Rick worked the contest from the DM06 grid square using five bands from six meters to 33 cm earning third overall. With only 10 watts, the secret is having an 8000 foot antenna height. Try getting a city permit for that!

W6TV and W6KKO were also the Pacific Division winners in their respective categories.

Some additional local valley residents also worked this contest and submitted results for scoring. John Morrice (K6MI/R) scored 93,786 points in the Unlimited Rover Category, with Dave Smith (W6TE/R) right behind him at 74,664 points in the same category. Both were significant scores nationally for this contest.

Contesting takes some effort, but the experience provides an education. Are you interested in VHF/UHF contesting? Any of these contesters would be happy to share their experiences. Get a head start or figure it out yourself from the ground up. All competition is welcome.

The Worst Ground Ever Seen

Gotta Go To Ground

The Worst I’ve Ever Seen! – a tribute to the line our late friend Richard Haskey would deliver
upon seeing something like this at a site– is not designed to embarrass anyone. 

Rather, this is a chance for us to learn from others’ experiences. And, OK, laugh a bit or spit up some coffee.

Most every experienced engineer knows studio and transmitter installations work much better with a good grounding system,
In fact, some transmitter manufacturers and consulting engineers often make it a point to tell users that ensuring a solid ground will prevent many problems, especially with static and lightning

On the other hand, there are grounds for arresting (pun intended) the individual who performed this installation.

No, we are not going to tell you who nor where. We can only hope that he is still breathing but not working at your site.

But, it does take your breath away, does it not?



Rotary Chocolate Run Feb 17, 2018 – Comms Volunteers Needed

We are in search of amateur radio communications volunteers for the event. Here is the  Current Volunteer List, if your name is not on the list and you wish to participate, please signup using the link below.


Saturday February 17, 2018. 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:

8+ 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


Secretive “Numbers Stations” Persist on HF

For many years, unidentified radio broadcasts have been transmitting coded messages, using numbers, such as “6-7-9-2-6. 5-6-9-9-0.” Even today, tuning across the HF spectrum typically will yield a “numbers station,” a mechanical-sounding voice (male or female) methodically announcing groups of single-digit numbers for minutes on end. According to Radio World, you may have tuned into a spy agency’s numbers station transmitting coded instructions to their minions worldwide. Shades of “The Americans” TV spy drama, where characters routinely receive coded messages via radio.

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PicSat Requests Ham Radio Assistance to Capture/Upload Telemetry

Artist's impression of PicSat in space
Artist’s impression of PicSat in space

The CubeSat PicSat carrying an amateur radio FM transponder was launched on the same PSLV-C40 flight from India that delivered AO-92 to orbit.

PicSat is a nano-satellite aimed at observing the transit of the young exoplanet Beta Pictoris b in front of its bright and equally young star Beta Pictoris, and at demonstrating an innovative technological concept to use optical fibres for astronomical observations from Space.

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Can a Home Owners Association Ban Antennas? We Answer Your Questions

by Luke Bouma

Watching tv and using remote control2017 was a great year for over the air TV and with the new 3.0 OTA standard on the horizon, your antenna is about to get better. Yet we often hear that a home owner’s association or other similar group will not let someone install an antenna on their condo or house. Yet the rules are clear, you have every legal right to install an antenna even on a condo if you own it.The rule (47 C.F.R. Section 1.4000) has been in effect since October 1996, and it prohibits restrictions that impair the installation, maintenance or use of antennas used to receive video programming.  The rule applies to video antennas including direct-to-home satellite dishes that are less than one meter (39.37″) in diameter (or of any size in Alaska), TV antennas, and wireless cable antennas.  The rule prohibits most restrictions that: (1) unreasonably delay or prevent installation, maintenance or use; (2) unreasonably increase the cost of installation, maintenance or use; or (3) preclude reception of an acceptable quality signal.Effective January 22, 1999, the Commission amended the rule so that it also applies to rental property where the renter has an exclusive use area, such as a balcony or patio.

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