Windows 10 Prolific USB-Serial Driver Issue
September 16,  2015
by: Conrad Nerdahl – WA6KUE

Windows 10, Baofeng, and Chirp

The Windows 10 installation/upgrade includes a newer version of the Prolific USB-Serial driver.  This is the interface driver software that translates many USB to Radio adapters via a Com-Port (for lack of a more complex explanation).

There is one problem.  The newer drivers create a false positive on the serial interface and throw the radio into a transmit mode upon connection to the PC.  This prevents any updates to the radio using Chirp software and forces your radio into an uncontrolled (undesired) transmit state.

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Clovis Amateur Radio Swapmeet – September 26, 2015

Clovis Amateur Radio and Electronics Swapmeet – September 26, 2015

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 26th. 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.

Saturday September 26, 2015 – 8:00am to 11:00am
Sellers setup at 7:30am

New Hope Community Church
4620 E Nees Ave
Clovis, CA


Comm Volunteers Needed – Bass Lake to Powerhouse Double 2015

Bass Lake to Powerhouse 2015 – Communications Support

We still need a few more comms volunteers for the event. If you can help, please signup below!

Saturday October 10, 2015. Time: 0500-2400

Locations around the Central Valley

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

Manpower needed:
15+ communications volunteers.

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

ARRL September VHF 2015

The ARRL September  VHF Contest is the weekend of September 12 and 13. Look/listen  for W6TV up on Bear Mountain, 26 miles east of Fresno in grid DM06ir. We will have 6 meters through 24 GHz. If you want to try to make a contact the phone at the site is 559-332-2801.

Club Competition

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will be participating in the Club Gavel Competition for the contest. All club members are encouraged to operate the contest from their home, portable or mobile station as they would normally during the contest. When submitting your logs, add “Club: Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers” to the log file and let us know that you participated in the contest. Your scores will count towards your normal individual or group awards and also be added to the club’s score to compete with other clubs in the area.

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FCC Regulatory Fee for Vanity Call Signs to Disappear September 3

The FCC regulatory fee associated with Amateur Radio Vanity call signs is no longer required.

Beginning Thursday, September 3, 2015, applicants will be able to file all vanity applications (new and renewal) without having to pay a regulatory fee.  FCC decided earlier this year to eliminate the regulatory fee component for Amateur Radio vanity call signs because their costs exceed the amount collected in fees.

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CARP 2016 BOD Nominations Open

CARP Board of Director Nominations are Open. Three member positions are up for election this year. If you would like to run for the Board of Directors, please email

Current members terms expiring:

  • Lou KD6WAW
  • Mike KD6LDA
  • Laura KI6KRT

As per CARP By-Laws, the vote for election of members of the Board of Directors will take place at the Annual Business Meeting. The Annual Business Meeting will be held Friday, November 6th, 2015 at the Clovis Senior Center at 7:00pm. The election will be by ballot/vote of the members present at the meeting.

CARP to Compete in the 2015 Cal QSO Party

CARPLogo_transCARP to Compete in the California QSO Party

California QSO Party Club Competition

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers (CARP) will be participating in the California QSO Party (CQP) Club Competition. Members of CARP are encouraged to operate during CQP and submit your logs with the club. Members can operate from any station with their own call, and are eligible for awards in the single or multi operator categories. To compete with the club in the Club Competition simply submit your logs with the Club: Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers.
In addition to the CARP members individual efforts, a team will be conducting a California County Expedition (CCE) to San Luis Reservoir in Merced County during the California QSO Party (CQP).

If you plan on operating in the CQP, but not the expedition, consider joining us for the Club Competition portion. Simply work the contest as you would normally do but submit your log for the contest adding a line for Club: Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers to it. This way you will be eligible for your individual single and multi op awards, plus you score will count towards the clubs combined total score for competition with the other clubs. Go to to register your station for the event.

CERT Emergency Response Training in October – Registration Open


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 a Tuesday and Thursday evening series from October 13-November 5, 2015. The free 21-hour course is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security—Office of Individual and Community Preparedness, California Volunteers and developed by FEMA in cooperation with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The entry-level course is designed to provide community members with <u>basic</u> emergency response skills, particularly those that would be essential in the initial hours after a major natural or man-made disaster; and that are also valuable in the event of a fire or other more frequently occurring emergency. The course covers disaster preparedness, fire safety and small fire suppression (extinguishers), triage, disaster first aid, light search and rescue (urban), team organization/Incident Command, disaster psychology, terrorism awareness and a final exercise.

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