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CARP Elections 2017 – Nominees

Elections will be held for the 2018-2019 term of the Clovis Amateur Radio (CARP) Board of Directors at  CARP Annual Business Meeting. The Meeting will be held at 7:00 PM at the Clovis Senior Center Classroom on November 3, 2017.

There are three Board of Directors positions for the 2018-2019 term  up for election.  Nominees for these position are:

  • James Majors K6JDM
  • Lou Dansby KD6WAW
  • Laura Mavis KI6KRT
  • Tom Reinhart N6MQG
  • Craig Roberts W6CMR

The vote will be held at the Annual Business Meeting. Attendance is required to vote so please plan on attending.




AB-1222 Signed by Governor Brown

Governor Brown approved AB-1222, Vehicles: electronic wireless communications devices, on September 26, 2017.



Section 23123.5 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:


(a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or an electronic wireless communications device unless the wireless telephone or electronic wireless communications device is specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation, and it is used in that manner while driving.

(b) This section shall not apply to manufacturer-installed systems that are embedded in the vehicle.
(c) A handheld wireless telephone or electronic wireless communications device may be operated in a manner requiring the use of the driver’s hand while the driver is operating the vehicle only if both of the following conditions are satisfied:
(1) The handheld wireless telephone or electronic wireless communications device is mounted on a vehicle’s windshield in the same manner a portable Global Positioning System (GPS) is mounted pursuant to paragraph (12) of subdivision (b) of Section 26708 or is mounted on or affixed to a vehicle’s dashboard or center console in a manner that does not hinder the driver’s view of the road.
(2) The driver’s hand is used to activate or deactivate a feature or function of the handheld wireless telephone or wireless communications device with the motion of a single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger.
(d) A violation of this section is an infraction punishable by a base fine of twenty dollars ($20) for a first offense and fifty dollars ($50) for each subsequent offense.
(e) This section does not apply to an emergency services professional using an electronic wireless communications device while operating an authorized emergency vehicle, as defined in Section 165, in the course and scope of his or her duties.
(f) For the purposes of this section, “electronic wireless communications device” includes, but is not limited to, a broadband personal communication device, a handheld device or laptop computer with mobile data access, or a pager.

Advisory: Requests for Information from the Public and the Press

Many individuals have loved ones in Puerto Rico and they are understandably hopeful that Amateur Radio operators can relay messages to them. As a result, some are contacting amateurs with requests to pass message traffic to the island.

At the same time, individual amateurs and clubs have reported that local press representatives have contacted them to request information about Amateur Radio involvement in Puerto Rico. This is likely to increase as word spreads in the national media about our activities.

For inquiries from the public, ARRL advises that these individuals should be informed that amateurs traveling to the island to support the American Red Cross effort will be tasked with handling outbound traffic only. With that in mind, members of the public should access the American Red Cross Safe and Well System online at Status information from friends and relatives in Puerto Rico will be entered into the system as it arrives from amateurs stationed there.

For press inquiries, please ask reporters to contact ARRL directly at  A system has been established at ARRL Headquarters to respond to press inquiries in a timely and accurate manner.

CARP Board of Directors Nominations 2017 Open

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers (CARP) is calling for nominations for open CARP Board of Directors positions. You may nominate yourself or someone else. Please be sure to fully read the qualifications in the CARP Bylaws. Nominations will only be accepted during the month of September.

Board members elected in this process will serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2018 and culminating December 31, 2019.

This year there are three (3) Directors whose terms are up:

  1. Lou Dansby KD6WAW
  2. Mike Cederquist KD6LDA
  3. Laura Mavis KI6KRT

To nominate someone or yourself, please use the following form: CARP Board of Directors Nominations Form

Comm Volunteers Needed – Bass Lake Double Century Oct 14, 2017

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

Saturday October 14, 2017. 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

VE Session – Fresno – September 30, 2017

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers (FAME) is offering a free Amateur Radio Technician Class during the month of September.  A VE Session is offered the last day of the class.


Saturday, September 30, 2017 from  2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Police Science Institute/ The Range Pistol Club
5133 N Gates Ave #102
Fresno, CA 93722

Sponsored by:

What to Bring:

  1. A legal photo ID (driver’s license, passport)
  2. Students/minors may bring any of the above items and/or a school ID,  minor’s work permit, report card, or a legal guardian may present a photo ID.
  3. Social Security Number (SSN) or your FCC issued Federal Registration Number (FRN).
  4. If applicable, bring either a photocopy of your current Amateur Radio license or a reference copy printed out from the FCC website, the license information printed from ARRL website
  5. If applicable, the original(s) and photocopy(s) of any Certificates of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold from previous exam sessions.
  6. Bring $15.00 cash to cover the exam session fee(s).

Contact for More Info:

Rob  AE6GE –