Multiple Public Service Events on April 11, 2015

The Clovis Big Hat Days Century Bicycle event will be held on the second weekend of April this year. That lands on April 11, 2015 which is the same day as the March of Dimes event at Woodward Park. That means that we are in need of more volunteers for the events held that day.

For those who have previously signed up for the Clovis Big Hat ride, please review your schedule to see if you are available on the new date and signup again using the links below.

Please sign up for your choice for events below. Note the March of dimes event will be complete by 11am or so, if you are so inclined you may sign up for both events.

Clovis Big Hat Century Ride Signup Form

March of Dimes Signup Form

Technician License Class Offered in Fresno

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

Classes will be held for four weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings April 14 through May 7th from 6:30-9:30PM. All Classes and Testing will be held at the Salvation Army Citadel, 1854 Fulton Ave, Fresno, CA.

Class Meeting Dates:

  • Week 1 – April 14, 16
  • Week 2 – April 21, 23
  • Week 3 – April 28. 30
  • Week 4 – May 5, 7

Instruction is based upon the contents Gordon West / W5YI – Technician Class Study Manual. The manual is available from many sources, but if you call and order the “classroom package” directly from the W5YI group (800 669-9594) let them know you are taking the class from the Fresno FAME group and you will get some additional materials included for free.

To sign up or for more information, contact Rob AE6GE at ae6ge@k6arp.org.

Comments Due by April 6 on 76-81 GHz Radar Sharing Proposals

ARRL.org
March 6, 2015

Comments are due by April 6 on an FCC proceeding that could lead to expanded spectrum for various radar applications in the 76-81 GHz band, which Amateur Radio shares with other services. The band 77.5-78 GHz is allocated to the Amateur and Amateur Satellite services on a primary basis, and to the Radio Astronomy and Space Research services on a secondary basis. The FCC released a detailed Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Reconsideration Order(NPRM&RO) in ET Docket 15-26 on February 5. The Commission said the proposals include allocation changes as well as provisions “to ensure that new and incumbent operations can share the available frequencies in the band.”

The ARRL will file comments in the FCC proceeding. Reply comments (ie, comments on comments filed by the April 5 deadline) are due by April 20.
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CARP 147.675 Repeater PL Temporarily Changed

As some of you may have noticed the CARP 2-Meter 147.675 MHz Mile High machine has been off the air for the last few days. The machine is experiencing some interference and we are working to resolve the issue.

In the mean time, the PL on the 147.675 machine has been changed to 123.0 hz. This is only a temporary change and will be switched back as soon as the issue is resolved. So if you can not get into the machine try switching to the new PL.

Clovis Big Hat Comm Volunteers Needed

Clovis Big Hat Day Century Ride – Communications Support
 
When
Saturday April 4, 2015. Time: TBA
 
Where
Starts in Clovis CA. – Route TBD

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: Clovis Big Hat Ride 2015 Comm Volunteer Signup
 
Rob Mavis AE6GE – 559-272-6791 or ae6ge@k6arp.org

2015 EMCOMM / Public Service Event List

Updated: March 12, 2015 – Below is the list of Public Service/EMCOMM events for Fresno/Clovis and the Central Valley for 2015. Participation of local amateur radio operators in these events not only provides a valuable service assisting with the health and welfare of the public and event participants but also gives us a chance to practice and hone our communications skills. Skills that will be needed in the event we are called to assist in an EMCOMM capacity.

2015 Public Service Events:

  • February 21 – Rotary Run
  • March 7 – Sanger Blossom Trail 10K – Signup
  • April 11 – Clovis Big Hat Day Bicycle Century – Signup
  • April 11 – March of Dimes Fresno – Signup
  • April 25 – Shinzen Run/Walk
  • May 2 – Kirch Flat Bicycle Century
  • May 16 – California Classic Bicycle Century
  • September 12 – Tour de Fresno Charity Bicycle Century
  • October 10 – Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century
  • November 8 – Two Cities Marathon

If you are interested in participating and assisting with radio communications for any of the events, please either click on the corresponding Signup link above or contact Rob AE6GE, ae6ge@k6arp.org.

FCC Seeks Comment on Radar Sharing Schemes that Could Displace Amateur Radio at 76-81 GHz

ARRL.org
February 9, 2015

The FCC is seeking comment on issues involving expanded use of various radar applications in the 76-81 GHz band, which Amateur Radio shares with other services. The band 77.5-78 GHz is allocated to the Amateur and Amateur Satellite services on a primary basis, and to the Radio Astronomy and Space Research services on a secondary basis.

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Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers