CARP Summer Sizzler Party – August 13, 2016 – Update

The CARP Summer Sizzler Party will be held on Saturday August 13, 2016 at Meadow Lakes.

The club will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. Please bring a side dish, salad, or desert and you favorite beverage to enjoy with lunch.

Activities

  • BBQ – The lunch will be pot-luck style. CARP will be providing BBQ hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixin’s. Please bring a side-dish, salad or desert and your favorite beverage.
  • Horseshoes – Horseshoe pits are available, let’s have a horseshoe tournament!
  • Swimming – Bring your swimsuit and beach towel and enjoy a dip in the cool pond.
  • Fishing – Bring your fishing gear (and fishing license if 16 or over) and enjoy the catch and release pond.
  • HF Station – We will have an HF station setup so members will be able to operate the HF bands while attending the CARP Summer Sizzler event.
  • Transmitter Hunt Demo – We will have an exhibition and demo of transmitter hunting. Be sure to bring your t-hunt gear to display.
  • Repeater Site Tour – We will have a group tour of the CARP Mile High repeater site which is a couple miles down the road.

RSVP

Please RSVP as soon as possible so we know what you are bringing and so we know how much burgers and dogs to bring!

Future FAA Rules Could Affect Some Amateur Radio Antenna Support Structures

FAA LogoYet-to-be-developed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules stemming from the recent passage in Congress of H.R. 636, the FAA Reauthorization Act, could pose additional marking requirements for a small number of Amateur Radio towers. The bill instructs the FAA to enact rules similar to state-level statutes now in place that are aimed at improving aircraft safety in the vicinity of meteorological evaluation towers (METs) set up in rural areas. In the wake of fatal crop dusting aircraft collisions with METs, often erected on short notice, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended in 2013 that states enact laws — sometimes called “crop duster” statutes — requiring marking and registration of METs. While some state crop duster laws exempt ham radio towers, the federal legislation does not. ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said, however, that the list of exemptions in the federal legislation restricts application of the new rules to a very small subset of Amateur Radio towers.

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CARP Summer Sizzler Party – August 13, 2016

The CARP Summer Sizzler Party will be held on Saturday August 13, 2016 at Meadow Lakes.

The club will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. Please bring a side dish, salad, or desert and you favorite beverage to enjoy with lunch.

We will have an HF station setup, horseshoes, tour of the Mile High repeater site and lots of fun.

Please RSVP as soon as possible so we know how much burgers and dogs to bring!

New European Table of Frequency Allocations

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A new edition of the European Table of Frequency Allocations in the range 8.3 kHz to 3000 GHz has been released.

The table is maintained by the CEPT Working Group Frequency Management (WG FM). Much of this work is carried out by the CEPT European Communications Office (ECO) on behalf of WG FM and a fully searchable electronic version of the European Common Allocation (ECA) table can be found on the ECO Frequency Information System site at
http://www.efis.dk/.

Among the changes the EUxx footnotes have been renamed to ECAxx and the new Amateur Radio secondary allocation at 5351.5 kHz – 5366.5 kHz has been included.

Download the ECA Table PDF
http://www.erodocdb.dk/Docs/doc98/official/pdf/ERCREP025.PDF

Fresno CERT Offers Accelerated Training Series August 6-13, 2016

The Fresno Citizen Corps, in partnership with the City of Fresno and the Fresno Police and Fire Departments, is pleased to announce that Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will be offered in an accelerated series on Saturday, August 6 and 13, and Monday-Thursday evenings in between. The free 20-hour course is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security—Office of Individual and Community Preparedness, CaliforniaVolunteers and developed by FEMA in cooperation with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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Amateur Radio Parity Act Receives Favorable House Energy and Commerce Committee Report:

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An amended version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, received a unanimous favorable report on July 13 from members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill now will go to the full House for consideration. Before reporting the bill out of committee, the panel first voted to accept the amended language “in the nature of a substitute.” Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, said the substitute bill represented “a good balance” following months of meetings, hard work, and compromise, and he recommended the measure to his colleagues.

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Transmitter Hunt – Saturday July 16

Dust off your radios and scrub your antennas! The next transmitter hunt is Saturday July 16 at 10:00 AM. The start location is at the intersection of highway 180 & McCall at the Park & Ride on the north east corner. Marty K6KTP is the fox for this hunt and it is a timed hunt, so the first to find the transmitter wins. Marty also advised that there will probably be a secondary transmitter near the main one, so wear some comfortable shoes.

Please arrive early to ensure your gear is in order as we want to start at 10:00 AM. Please use the K6ARP two meter repeater for voice communications. Transmitting on the hunt frequency is a faux pas, unless you are the fox.
The weather outlook is clear and sunny on Saturday with a high around 38C. Doesn’t the temperature look cooler when using celsius? After the hunt is over we typically regroup for food and beverages at a nearby  restaurant.

Amateur Electronic Supply Closing after 59 Years in Business

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Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) will close its doors at the end of July after 59 years in business. No reason has been given for the decision to close the business. AES has been a premier player among Amateur Radio equipment retailers for decades, as well as a major presence at Dayton Hamvention® and other events. Various media outlets were informed of the closing in a brief e-mail message on July 6, but word of the closing has not yet appeared on the retailer’s website or Facebook page.

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FCC Investigating Amateur Radio, Commercial Application Processing Glitch

FCC logo white-on-dk blue_41The FCC information technology staff is continuing to look into why the Universal Licensing System (ULS) Electronic Batch Filing (EBF) system has stopped processing at least some — and perhaps all — Amateur Radio exam session files and applications. The stoppage, which began on June 28, initially affected the handling of all Amateur Radio Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC)  and commercial license applications, said ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, who alerted the FCC IT Department. Somma said that by June 30, it appeared that the FCC had corrected the broader problem, and processing of most Amateur Radio VEC and commercial applications and exam session files had resumed.

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