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Transmitter Hunt: Saturday July 26, 2014


CARP Transmitter Hunt Saturday July 26, 2014

Come on out to the T-Hunt, we always have a lot of fun.  Remember the more you hunt, the better you will get!

Start Location Change: Start will be at Letterman Park on Villa, between Bullard and Barstow in Clovis.
This hunt will be starting at the Four Corners Park & Ride at Highway 41 and 145 at 10am. Arrive early to sign in.

Hunt Frequency will be 146.565 MHz.

Other Hunt Details:


After finalizing the Fox location today, we have decided to change the starting location to our original site at Letterman Park in Clovis.  We have also decided that the “hunt winner” will be determined by the shortest odometer mileage to the Fox(from the starting point obviously).

However there will be a Flea transmitter that must also be found to “qualify” for the mileage winner.  If the flea is not also found, the Hound’s mileage will be disqualified.

AND as usual with my hunts, you should not be tormented with any weak-signal conditions, as I feel that life is too-short for QRP.  However, on this hunt you will be surprised by some new and unusual conditions.  I challenge everybody to come out and see just what that will be.

Till next Saturday, your Fox Team,

Ron Hunt & Ken Holden

For more information email info@k6arp.org or call 559-492-7675.

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CARP Summer Break

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers is currently on summer break. Even though we do not have any meetings in the summer months of July or August, the club has many other activities. Keep checking here on the CARP website or check into our Thursday night nets for announcements for our other activities.

CARP Fireworks Stand Fundraiser 2014

CARP Fireworks Stand Fundraiser

CARP Fireworks StandIt’s that time of the year. The CARP Fireworks stand will be open from June 28 through July 4, 2014. The stand is located on the northeast corner of Fowler & Ashlan in Clovis.

The schedule is:

  • Sat June 28 – 12pm – 9pm
  • Sun June 29 - 12pm – 9pm
  • Mon June 30 - 5pm – 9pm
  • Tue July 1 - 5pm – 9pm
  • Wed July 2 - 5pm – 9pm
  • Thu July 3 – 1pm – 10pm
  • Fri July 4 – 8am – Midnight


CARP Fireworks Stand Fundraiser 2014 – Volunteers Needed

CARP Fireworks Stand Fundraiser Volunteers Needed

The CARP Fireworks Stand is coming soon. The stand will be open from June 28 through July 4, 2014.

This is CARPs major fundraiser which allows us to maintain and upgrade the repeater system, pay for meeting location rental, insurance and provide the summer and Christmas parties. The more volunteers we get to help with the stand helps make things run easier.

The tentative schedule is:

  • Sat June 28 – 12pm – 9pm
  • Sun June 29 - 12pm – 9pm
  • Mon June 30 - 5pm – 9pm
  • Tue July 1 - 5pm – 9pm
  • Wed July 2 - 5pm – 9pm
  • Thu July 3 - 12pm – 10pm
  • Fri July 4 – 8am – Midnight

To access the signup form click here: 2014 CARP Fireworks Stand Signup or for more infor email to: info@k6arp.org.

ARRL June VHF Contest – June 14-15, 2014

The ARRL June VHF Contest is the weekend of June 14 and 15, 2014. The object of the contest is to contact as many amateurs as possible on 6 meters and above. There will be several mountain top and rover stations participating in the contest this year. Please help them out by giving them contacts during the contest period.

The contest runs from 11 am Saturday through 8 pm Sunday.

The frequencies to use are:

50 MHz 50.125 – Calling
50.125 – 50.250
50.100 – 50.125 DX
144 MHz 144.200  – Calling
144.200 – 144.275
(DO NOT USE 146.520)
222 MHz 222.100 223.500
432 MHz 432.100 446.000
902 MHz 902.100 906.500
1296 MHz 1296.100 1294.500


Centennial Operations Shift States on May 28

May 26, 2014

Centennial Operations Shift States on May 28

The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, May 28 (the evening of May 27 in US time zones), from New York and Colorado to Missouri (W1AW/0) and Wyoming (W1AW/7). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to work all states solely by contacting W1AW portable operations. Some schedule changes have been made, and the W1AW WAS list has been updated to reflect these.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ARRL, the ARRL Centennial QSO Party kicked off January 1 for a year-long operating event in which participants can accumulate points and win awards. The event is open to all, although only ARRL members and appointees, elected officials, HQ staff and W1AW are worth ARRL Centennial QSO Party points.

Working W1AW/x from each state is worth 5 points per mode/contact, even when working the same state during its second week of activity.

To earn the “Worked all States with W1AW Award,” work W1AW operating portable from all 50 states. (Working W1AW or W100AW in Connecticut does not count for Connecticut, however. For award credit, participants must work W1AW/1 in Connecticut.) A W1AW WAS certificate and plaque will be available.

The ARRL has posted an ARRL Centennial QSO Party leader board that participants can use to determine how many points they have accumulated in the Centennial QSO Party and in the W1AW WAS operations. Log in using your Logbook of The World (LoTW) user name and password, and your position will appear at the top of the leader boards. Results are updated daily, based on contacts entered into LoTW.

NPR: Celebrating 100 Years Of Ham Radio

May 26, 2014

Celebrating 100 Years Of Ham Radio

This month marks the centennial of the American Radio Relay League, the largest association of ham radio lobbyists in the United States, which is headquartered in Newington, Conn. That means it will be a special year for the hundreds who converge annually on W1AW, a small station there, known as “the mecca of ham radio,” to broadcast radio signals across the globe.

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May 10, 2014 Transmitter Hunt Recap

by Rick Tyburski W6KKO
May 10, 2014

May 10, 2014 Transmitter Hunt Recap

CARP and the Central Valley T-Hunters held a Transmitter Hunt on Saturday May 10th. The start point was at Four Corners Park & Ride (Hwy 41 & 145). Six teams started the hunt around 10:00am.

IMG_5850Using one watt and an Elk log periodic antenna, the fox was at Owens Mountain Parkway, also known as the intersection of Temperance and Alluvial avenues. This location provided the fox with easy access to food, beverages, and bathroom facilities while the hunt was underway. A secondary low power transmitter was also setup on the same frequency making it unfriendly to find when the main fox was transmitting.

IMG_5878With one watt of power and the antenna in a horizontal position, the main fox transmitter played to the skilled hunter with proper equipment. This is where a yagi antenna turned horizontal can make all the difference. The hunt was milage based, so constant stopping helps to prevent overshooting the fox.


1-IMG_3970Three teams came in within an hour, with the other three eventually coming in much later. Five of the teams were able to find the secondary transmitter, with one giving up after being within a foot of its position.

Congratulations to the team of Ken WA6OIB (Driver) and Ron N6MTS of having driven only 17 miles, as well as arriving first. Well done to the other teams who stuck with it and finished the hunt.

1. Ken Holden WA6OIB & Ron Hunt N6MTS – 17 miles driven
2. Rob Mavis AE6GE – 19 miles driven
3. Michael Cederquist KD6LDA – 22 miles driven
4. Matt Goodwin KJ6YLJ & Greg Goodwin KG6YZN – 32 miles driven
5. John Morrice K6MI – 33 miles driven
6. Mike Herlihy KG6MSV – 46 miles driven

[More photos of the event can be viewed on the K6ARP.org Gallery.]

Ham radio: Old technology gets new respect

by Jonathan Serrie
May 19, 2014

Ham radio: Old technology gets new respect

ATLANTA – Seeking reliable backup communication in a crisis, emergency managers are finding new solutions in an old technology: ham radio.

“It’s just another avenue, another opportunity for us to be able to communicate,” said Herb Schraufnagel, public safety captain with Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Emory HealthCare is among a growing number of hospital systems to adopt ham radio. Hospital administrators and government officials took a lesson from Hurricane Katrina, which left some Gulf Coast medical centers isolated from the outside world, as landlines and cell towers failed.

When power, phone and Internet services go down, a battery-powered amateur radio and portable antenna can provide that crucial link to the outside world.

“Ham radio will never die,” said Barry Thomas, Sr., a ham radio enthusiast and employee at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

“The quickest means of communication is Morse Code. It’ll get out when none of this will,” Thomas said, referring to a room filled with computers and smartphones.’

“It is interesting that some of the technology that has been around for 80, 90, 100 years is still relevant,” said John Davis, a ham radio enthusiast.

In addition to major hurricanes, Davis says the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 rekindled interest in ham radio as a public safety tool.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) has set up a permanent ham radio station in its command center.

“We look at ham radio operators just like GEMA staff, just like DOT staff and Georgia State Patrol staff,” said GEMA Director Charlie English. “They are a critical partner with us.”

The number of ham radio licenses is at an all-time high in the U.S. (723,182, as of April, according to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) data compiled by Joe Speroni of the Amateur Radio Education Web Site, ah0a.org.

“I really hope that it stays relevant and that we can be a resource to emergency management agencies,” enthusiast Davis said. “Because I think that is where ham radio shines.”

Fox News producer David Lewkowict contributed to this article.

Jonathan Serrie joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in April 1999 and currently serves as a correspondent based in the Atlanta bureau.