T-Hunt Re-cap July 16

Start Point: Hwy 180 & McCall
End Point: Tollhouse & Lodge Road (Sierra Elementary School Lot)
Shortest Route: 27 miles (approx.)
Number of Teams: 4
Fox: Marty (K6KTP) & Dave (NQ6S)
Number of TX: 1

The central valley hunters were back at it again on July 16. An early start at 10:00 AM kept the heat at bay for a while. Four teams made the effort this round, and around and around they went at the start point. Mike (KG6MSV) was able to break away at the starting location and kept the lead. He was the first to arrive with a 45 minute travel time. Next to find the fox was Rick (W6KKO) after a 95 minute duration. The next to arrive was John (K6MI) at three hours and 25 minutes, with Ron (N6MTS) just five minutes behind John.

A short discussion of “what if” and “almost” was followed up with some well needed food and beverages. Norm (WB6LLW) met with the group as we were in his neck of the woods. Of course the ever present voice of direction (YEP) called out bearings to provide a hint to the teams.

The fox for the next hunt, Mike (KG6MSV), has asked that the hunters advise on the difficulty level for the upcoming hunt on Saturday, September 17. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being very difficult, send an email to rick@w6kko.com with your level number. The results will be passed along to the fox.

 

DX Engineering’s Tim Duffy, K3LR: New Fairgrounds Venue “Perfect for Hamvention”

DX Engineering Chief Operating Officer Tim Duffy, K3LR, says he’s enthusiastic about the new Dayton Hamvention® venue at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio — both as a vendor and as an individual radio amateur. DX Engineering recently produced a short video tour of the new Hamvention location, which includes an interview with Hamvention spokesperson Mike Kalter, W8CI.

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Comm Volunteers Needed – Bass Lake to Powerhouse Double 2016

Amateur Radio Communications volunteers are needed for the Bass Lake Double Century bicycle ride.

When
Saturday October 8, 2016. Time: 0500-2400

Where
Locations around the Central Valley

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: Bass Lake to Powerhouse Signup Form

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

Clovis Amateur Radio Swapmeet – September 24, 2016

Sponsored by the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers

Mark your calendars! The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers Fall Amateur Radio and Electronics Swap Meet will be held in Clovis, CA on Saturday September 24th. Ham radio and electronics enthusiasts from the Fresno, Clovis and the Central Valley area are invited to attend.

Admission is FREE for sellers and buyers.

Time/Date:
Saturday September 24, 2016 – 8:00am to 11:00am
Sellers setup at 7:30am

Location:
New Hope Community Church
4620 E Nees Ave
Clovis, CA

Contact:
info@k6arp.org
559-492-7675

Comm Volunteers Needed – Tour de Fresno 2016

Amateur radio communicators are needed to assist with radio communications for the upcoming Tour de Fresno bicycle ride event.

Date & Time:

Saturday September 17, 2015. Time: TBA

Location:

Locations around the Central Valley

Mission:

To provide health and safety communications between rest stops and event coordinator.

Manpower needed:

20+ communications volunteers.

Contact:

Contact Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking: Tour de Fresno 2015 Signup Form

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

Sept Meeting – NWS Severe Weather Spotter/SKYWARN Training Program 2016

The National Weather Service from Hanford, California will be presenting the annual Severe Weather Spotter / SKYWARN training at the September CARP Meeting.

This is a great program for not only spotter training but also a great education on weather.

Time/Date:

Friday Sepember 2nd, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Location:

Clovis Senior Center
850 Fourth Street
Clovis, CA

Ham Hiker Looking for QSO’s

Mark K6MTS will be backpacking in the east side of the Sierra (between Yosemite and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park) between August 11 and 17, 2016

He will be operating QRP from a KX2 and an LNR end fed dipole from a 30′ crappie pole for mast. Power will be provided by internal Lithium/Ion and external LiPo batteries. Logging will be done the old fashioned way on paper. Capability for 10 through 80 meters.

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HAARP Facility to Reopen in 2017 under New Ownership

The HAARP facility is located near Gakona, Alaska. Part of the massive antenna field is on the right.

Alaska’s High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility will reopen in 2017. The sprawling facility now is under the ownership of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and the UAF Geophysical Institute is preparing HAARP for a new sponsored research campaign that’s set to begin early next year, UAF Researcher Chris Fallen, KL3WX, told ARRL.

“For the first campaign we will only be bringing half of the array online, as we will only have half the tubes installed,” he explained. “It’s a long process and we have limited resources.” He noted that the transmitter shelters have been unheated since the previous campaign in the summer of 2014. “The five generators — approximately 3 MW each — have recently been tested individually and are verified operational.””This involves, for example, reinstalling the vacuum tubes in each of the 10 kW amplifiers — eventually 360 in total — that were removed by the US Air Force [the facility’s former owner] for warm storage in the main facility,” Fallen said. He later clarified that’s just one-half of the 720 tubes required to equip all of HAARP’s transmitters.

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Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers – Fresno County California