CARP Summer Break 2017

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers is currently on summer break. There will be no CARP meetings in the months of July or August. Even though we do not have any meetings in the summer months the club has many other activities. Keep checking here on the CARP website and/or check into our Thursday night nets for announcements for our other activities.

Amateur Radio Parity Act is Introduced in US Senate

The Amateur Radio Parity Act was introduced in the US Senate on July 12, marking another step forward for this landmark legislation. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are the Senate sponsors. The measure will, for the first time, guarantee all radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities governed by a homeowner’s association (HOA) or subject to any private land use regulations, the right to erect and maintain effective outdoor antennas at their homes. The Senate bill, S. 1534, is identical to H.R. 555, which passed the US House of Representatives in January.

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Kenwood’s 70th anniversary commemoration model”TS-590SG 70″ with “TRIO” logo

Kenwood TS-590SG 70th Anniversary Editiion
Kenwood TS-590SG 70th Anniversary Editiion

JVC Kenwood Co., Ltd. will release 70 special limited HF / 50 MHz transceiver “TS-590SG 70” with a “TRIO” logo as a model commemorating the 70th anniversary of Kenwood establishment from mid September. The price is 240,000 yen (tax excluded). Reservations will be accepted from July 24th to September 6th at a ham shop that handles the company’s radio.

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In commemoration of the 20th anniversary, the ARISS team is planning to transmit a set of 12 SSTV images that capture the accomplishments of ARISS over that time. While still to be scheduled, they anticipate the SSTV operation to occur around the weekend of July 15. This is now scheduled for Thursday, July 20.
(I record the received audio and then later decode it using a program like MMSSTV)

ARISS Article
FM SSTV downlink (Worldwide) 145.800 MHz
ISS Live Tracking

SSTV received image
SSTV received image

Group Selected to Pursue DXpedition to Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge

The Pacific Islands Refuges and Monuments Office of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has selected the Dateline DX Association (DDXA) — the DXpedition group that activated Howland Island in 2009 and Wake Island in 1998 — to pursue a DXpedition to Baker Island. Dates have not yet been determined. Baker and Howland Islands (KH1) are part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM), created by former President George W. Bush in 2009. Baker and Howland is the fourth most-wanted DXCC entity on Club Log’s DXCC Most Wanted List.

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Band Plan Proposed for Eventual 472-479 kHz Use

ARRL 630-Meter Experiment Coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR, has proposed an informal band plan for the pending 472-479 kHz band. Raab said that once US radio amateurs are granted access to 630 meters, he would move stations operating under the blanket WD2XSH FCC Experimental (Part 5) license to 461-472 kHz.

“This will clear the amateur frequencies, while allowing the experimenters to run unattended propagation beacons without using the limited bandwidth that will be available to amateurs,” Raab explained in his spring 630-Meter Experiment Project Status quarterly report. “The new 630-meter band will have a very limited amount of spectrum (7 kHz).”

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T-hunt Saturday July 15

Next Fox Hunt: July 15, 2017
Start time: 10:00 AM
Fox: Erik (NI6G) & John (K6MI)
Start location: Letterman Park in Clovis (Map)
– Arrive early as the hunt starts at 10:00 AM.
– Please use and monitor the K6ARP repeater during the hunt for voice communication as hints may be given.
– CARP membership is not a requirement to join in on the fun, but a radio tuned to the hunt frequency of 146.565 MHz will be helpful.
CARP T-Hunt Page
General T-Hunt Information 50kB PDF

CARP Fireworks Stand Fundraiser 2017

CARP Fireworks Stand Fundraiser Volunteers Needed

The CARP Fireworks Stand will be open from June 28 through July 4.

This is CARP’s major fundraiser which allows us to maintain and upgrade the repeater system, pay for meeting location rental, insurance, provide the summer and Christmas parties and pay for the building of the CARP Mobile Communications Center. The more volunteers we get to help with the stand helps make things run easier.

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