Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes Senate Committee, Gains Cosponsors
November 18, 2015

The Amateur Radio Parity Act S. 1685 has been endorsed by the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In the voice vote on November 18, two Senators — Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) — asked to be recorded as voting “no.” The Committee held an executive session to consider the various legislative measures and nominations.

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Rotary Chocolate Run February 20, 2016 – Comms Volunteers Needed


Saturday February 20, 2016. Time: Approx. 7:00am to 11:00am


Woodward Park, Fresno, California


To provide health and safety communications between water stations, observation posts, and event coordinator.

Manpower needed:

6+ communications volunteers.


Contact Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking: Rotary Run Comm Volunteer Signup form.

Rob Mavis AE6GE – 559-272-6791 or

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2015 is December 4


SKYWARN Recognition Day 2015 gets underway at 0000 UTC on Saturday, December 5 (Friday, December 4 in US time zones).  Co-sponsored by ARRL and the National Weather Service (NWS), the 24-hour event recognizes the vital public service contribution that Amateur Radio operators make while working with NWS offices during severe weather events. It also is aimed at strengthening the bond between Amateur Radio operators and local NWS offices.

Check here for more details about the Hanford Weather Station’s participation in this years event.


ARRL President Urges “Blast of Support” for Senate Version of Amateur Radio Parity Act

ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has issued an urgent call for League Members to contact Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation members representing their states to urge their support of S. 1685, the US Senate version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015. President Craigie said the bill could be scheduled for mark-up in the committee as early as next week, and that opponents to S. 1685 have been rallying their supporters. She said the ARRL and its legislative consultants on Capitol Hill “are hard at work” to ensure that the mark-up goes favorably. President Craigie called for “a blast of support for the bill” from ARRL members living in states that committee members represent.

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AO-85 Testing November 8 and 9

AMSAT has announced that it will be conducting some tests on the new Fox-1A (AO-85) satellite while it is over North America during orbits 444, 448, and 449, and is requesting that users not uplink to the satellite during these periods:

  • Sunday, November 8, 1715 through 1735 UTC
  • Monday, November 9, 0005 through 0025 UTC
  • Monday, November 9, 0145 through 0210 UTC

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CARP Annual Business Meeting 2015

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Annual Business Meeting


The CARP Annual Business Meeting will be Friday November 6, 2015.

The November CARP meeting will be the Annual Business Meeting for the club. We will hold the 2016/17 elections and address any business that comes before the meeting.

In addition Mark Ward N6IB will be giving a presentation on DMR (Digital Mobile Radio).

Friday November 6th, 2015, at 7:00 pm

Clovis Senior Center – Classroom
850 Fourth Street
Clovis, CA


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


Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers – Fresno County California