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NI6M-2 APRS Digipeater on the air

On Saturday May 3, 2008 David Dansby NI6M and Rob Mavis AE6GE installed an APRS Digipeater at the CARP Mile High repeater site. The Digipeater is operating on the APRS primary Frequency of 144.390 under the callsign NI6M-2. The digipeater consists of an Alinco DR-1200T data radio, and a MFJ 1270C TNC modified to use the latest UIdigi Firmware (1.9B3).

The sites commanding view will allow us to fill the gap in APRS digipeater coverage of the Central valley. This also gives us a future path to install a weather station at the site which can then be accessed from the APRS network as well as the internet.

California Amateur Radio License Plates

The following is an email received from the ARRL’s News and information from your Division Director and Section Manager mailing list.

There is a big issue going around California about the way DMV is now issuing call sign license plates. They are putting a space between the number and the suffix, for example, W6 ABC, rather than centering the call sign, for example, W6ABC. If you go back into the history of ham plates in California, you will find that they were issued with a space in them for a 5 character call sign and no space for a 6 character call sign. The space for a 5 character call sign went a way in the 70s or so when the blue and gold plates were issued. Now the space is back, why, who knows?

Anyway, here is a response from our division leadership. Do what you want about contacting your legislators about this. But, they ask that we wait before bombarding them with letters. We will be notified when it is time to start writing. Continue reading California Amateur Radio License Plates

Motorola Completes Tender Offer for Yaesu’s Parent Company


January 16, 2008

On Wednesday, January 16, Motorola, Inc announced that its subsidiary, MI, Inc, has successfully completed its tender offer to acquire a controlling interest in Vertex Standard, parent company of Yaesu. The tender offer period expired on January 15 with approximately 5.4 million shares tendered and accepted. On November 5, 2007, Motorola launched the tender offer, in cooperation with Tokogiken (a privately held Japanese company controlled by Vertex Standard’s president and CEO Jun Hasegawa) with the intention of forming a joint venture to develop and sell Vertex Standard products and develop select Motorola products. All regulatory clearances required for the completion of the transaction have been obtained.

Starting on January 22, Motorola will have a total ownership stake of approximately 78 percent of Vertex Standard on a fully diluted basis (excluding certain stock acquisition rights that are scheduled to be cancelled), following the settlement of the tender offer for approximately 12 billion Yen (almost $112 million US dollars) in cash. Through a subsequent restructuring process, Motorola will own 80 percent of Vertex Standard, while Tokogiken will retain a 20 percent stake.
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Oregon Govenor Allocates $250,000 for Digital Communications

From The ARRL Letter, Vol 27, No 01

January 11, 2008

The State of Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) received $250,000 from Governor Ted Kulongoski’s Strategic Reserve Fund to further develop and enhance a statewide Amateur Radio digital communications network, announced ARRL Oregon Section Manager Bonnie Altus, AB7ZQ.

“This network, the Oregon ARES Digital Network (OADN), already uses a combination of different radio equipment and spectrum segments, computers and the Internet to provide a robust backup communications system in times of disaster. With its enhancements, all Oregon counties will be able to communicate with the state OEM,” she said. “In December, this system proved its usefulness in the storms and floods by utilizing Winlink stations in Lincoln and Clatsop Counties to communicate with OEM. Early in that activation, the OEM’s Amateur Radio Unit found they were not able to keep up with maintaining a complete log of communications when using voice communications, but Winlink activities maintained an automatic log for them.”
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2008 CARP Board of Directors

The new 2008 Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers Board of Directors:

Rob Mavis AE6GE
Vice President:
Darin Land K6OSX
Laura Peeler KI6KRT
Louann Dansby KD6WAW

Board Members:
Jim Nelson W6ALE
Kevin Perry AE6ER
David Dansby NI6M

International DX Convention

The 2008 International DX Convention
This is an ARRL sanctioned convention that is sponsored this year by the Southern California DX Club.

April 25, 26 & 27, 2008

Visalia Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center
9000 W. Airport Drive
Visalia, California 93277

Don Bostrom, N6IC

Radiofest 2008

Radiofest 2008
Sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School ARC

Saturday, February 23
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 24
9:00am to 1:00 pm

Monterey Moose Family Center
555 Canyon Del Rey (Hwy 218)
Monterey, CA 93940

Talk in frequency 146.970 MHz – PL 94.8

Sal DeFranco, N6SPD
PO Box 721
Seaside, CA 93955-0721
Phone: 831-394-6678
Fax: 831-394-3461


NASA Targets Feb. 7 for Launch

Jan. 11 -NASA Friday announced Feb. 7 as the target launch date for shuttle Atlantis’ STS-122 mission to the International Space Station and mid-March for the launch of Endeavour on STS-123. Liftoff of Atlantis from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., will be at 2:47 p.m. EST.

A decision by the Russian Federal Space Agency to move up its Progress launch from Feb. 7 to Feb. 5 enables both STS-122 and STS-123 to launch before the next Russian Soyuz mission in early April. This allows astronauts assigned to the space station’s Expedition 16 crew to complete the tasks they have trained for, including support of the launch and docking of Jules Verne, the first European Space Agency Automated Transfer Vehicle. Targeting Feb. 7 also allows time to complete modifications to the engine cutoff sensor system that postponed two shuttle launch attempts in December.
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March of Dimes: Walk for Babies

March of Dimes Walk for Babies 2008
The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will be providing communication support for the event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all volunteers. If you wish to participate with radio communications, please contact Rob Mavis.

Saturday April 19, 2008 – 7:45am

Woodward park – Group activities area

Required Equipment:
2 Meter HT

Suggested Equipment:
Jacket (It has rained in the past at this event)

Rob Mavis AE6GE