CARP August 2011 eNewsletter

Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneer’s
August 2011 eNewsletter

Hello fellow Pioneers and readers,

Enjoy this edition of the CARP eNewsletter.  Please send any comments or questions to  Don’t forget you can find CARP news on the website and also find us at our Facebook page.

In this edition:

  • CARP Summer Sizzler BBQ/Swim/Fireworks Party – August 6, 2011
  • CARP Summer Vacation
  • CARP Net Check-in Bonus Drawing for HT
  • CARP 2011 Regular Transmitter Hunt Schedule
  • CARP Camp-a-Long August 13-14, 2011
  • Clovis Amateur Radio and Electronics Swapmeet for 2011
  • CARP Fireworks Stand a Success

CARP Summer Sizzler – Saturday August 6, 2011

The CARP BBQ and Swim party is back! In place of the August meeting CARP will have a BBQ/Swim party on Saturday August 6 starting at 1:00pm at Steve N6JXL’s Ranch at 10705 Butler in Sanger. Activities for the day include:

BBQ – The Club will be providing Hamburgers and Hot dogs as well as Iced Tea and soda and lets not forget the cake. Please bring a salad or a side dish and if you have a favorite soft drink you might want to bring that too.

CARP T-hunt – The quarterly CARP T-Hunt falls on the date of the BBQ/Swim party so the hunt will start at 2:00pm at the Ranch. This will be a great opportunity for those who haven’t experienced T-hunting to ride with one of our teams! The Transmitter hunt is scheduled to be complete by 4:00pm, right when they fire up the BBQ! Mike KG6MSV will be the fox for this hunt.

Swim – Steve has a great pool! Bring your swimsuits and a towel and enjoy a cool dip. You might want to remember to bring some sun screen too, just in case.

Fireworks Show – Just when you think you have had enough fun, when it gets dark we will have a fireworks show. The club will furnish fireworks, but if you would like to bring some to donate or shoot off at the event, feel free!

There is no charge to attend and you don’t even have to be a member, but please RSVP and let us know you are coming. You can contact us by email or by phone 559-492-7675.

CARP Summer Vacation

Due to fund raising, other club activities and holidays, CARP will be taking a short vacation from regular club meetings. Be sure to watch the CARP website for other CARP activities happening during these months!

The next regular club meeting will be Friday, October 7th, 2011 at 7:00PM.

CARP Net Check-in Bonus Drawing for a  Dual-Band HT

For every validated check-in to the CARP Net between July 7 and November 24, 2011, CARP Members will earn a drawing ticket for the HT to be given away at the CARP Christmas Party.

You can not purchase tickets for this special drawing, they can only be earned by CARP Members for checking into the weekly CARP Net. The night of the CARP Christmas Party members will receive one ticket for each validated Net check-in made by that member during the specified period for the special drawing. The prize for this drawing will be a WOUXUN KG-UVD1P VHF / UHF Dual Band Hand Held radio!

In order for your check in to count:

  • Check-ins must occur during the CARP Nets from July 7 through November 24 (That’s 24 chances to earn tickets)
  • You must be a CARP member in good standing at the time of the check-in. (Membership has it’s privileges)
  • You must check-in during the CARP Net. No early check-in’s before the start of the net at 7pm and no late check-ins after the net has closed.
  • Check-in must be made via the repeater system, with some exceptions noted below.
  • Check-ins made via relay station are acceptable if member is out of range of the repeater.
  • Check-ins via IRLP and Echolink are acceptable.
  • Net Control and club officers are eligible for the drawing

A log of check-ins will be posted on the web so you can verify that your check-in was tallied. You can view the list on the CARP website on the CARP Net Check-in Drawing Tally document.

CARP 2011 Regular T-Hunt Schedule

This is the tentative schedule for Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers (CARP) Transmitter Hunts in 2011. As more are scheduled, they will be listed on the website.

The current 2011 T-Hunt Schedule:

  • Saturday, August 6th, 2011
  • Saturday, November 5th, 2011

The August Transmitter hunt will start at 2pm at Steve N6JXL’s Ranch in Sanger.

The 2011 CARP Camp-a-long has been scheduled for the weekend of August 13 and 14.

Come on up and join us for a camping excursion.

The area has many activities to offer:

  • Streams and Creeks for Fishing
  • Very scenic drives
  • 4WD trails
  • Hiking Trails

Bowler group campgrounds are located approximately 90 miles north-east of the Fresno/Clovis area. The drive from Fresno takes approximately 3 hours. The route takes you through North Fork and along a Scenic Byway with some breathtaking views of the upper San Joaquin River and Mammoth Pool.   Here is a Google map of the drive.

Granite Creek is just five miles up the road. Depending on how many plan on attending and availability of the Bowler group camp will determine which site we go to. The campgrounds have vault toilets, tables and fire rings. There is no fee at these campsites.

For more information or if you plan on attending contact us at or call us at 559-492-7675.

Clovis Amateur Radio and Electronics Swapmeet

Mark your calendars! The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers is sponsoring an Amateur Radio and Electronics Swap Meet in Clovis, CA on Saturday September 24, 2011 from 8:00am to 11:00am at the New Hope Community Church in Clovis, CA. Ham radio and electronics enthusiasts from the Fresno, Clovis and the Central Valley area are invited to attend.

Admission is free, sellers fee will be $10.00 per space. CARP Members sell for FREE. For more information email or call 559-492-7675.

CARP Fireworks Stand a Success

The Fireworks stand is the club’s main fundraiser for the year. The money made goes to meeting and repeater site rental, liability insurance, repeater maintenance,  CARP outings/contests, and the summer and Christmas Parties.  After all the bills and taxes are paid the club will net approximately $1,500 from this years sales. A huge Thank You to all those members who volunteered their time at this year’s CARP Fireworks Stand.

CARP Award Nominees Sought

At the CARP annual Christmas Party two prestigious awards are given. The CARP Overload Award goes to the person who times out the Repeater the most and the CARP Bonehead Award, which is given to the person who does the most “bone-headed” thing that year.

We are always looking for you to nominate other members for these awards. If you witness an act that is deserving of one of these awards, please email the details to for consideration!

Repeater Site Looking for Tenants

The communications site that the CARP repeater is located is looking for additional tenants. If you know of a company looking for tower space that has as great view of the central valley, please let us know so we can get them in contact with the site owner. Email to

CARP Website

The CARP website can be viewed at The CARP website has some great amateur radio related articles and an event calendar outlining CARP and other amateur radio events. If you have any articles or events you would like to see on the site, please email us at

Member Badges/Cards

As a paid member of CARP you will receive a CARP Member Badge that is designed to attach to a lanyard. The badge not only shows that you are a member of CARP, but also has the repeater access commands printed on the reverse. If you have any questions about your badge, please email

2011 Board of Directors

President Rob Mavis AE6GE
Vice-President Steve Stoehr N6JXL
Treasurer Lou Ann Dansby KD6WAW
Secretary Patrick May K6BRW
Laura Mavis KI6KRT
David Dansby NI6M
Ray Harkins KB6LQV

CARP Repeater System

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers repeater system consists of multiple sites. The high-level site is located east of Clovis near Mile High and the low-level site is located near downtown Clovis. The repeater system is open for the amateur community to use.

  • 147.675 – 141.3 K6ARP/R – Mile High
  • 224.380 – 141.3 N6JXL/R – Mile High
  • 444.725 + 141.3 K6ARP/R – Mile High
  • 440.350 + 141.3 NI6M/R – Downtown Clovis
  • IRLP Node: 8280
  • Echolink Node: 126433
  • Phone Patch

Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers – P.O. Box 514 – Clovis, CA 93613 – 559-492-7675 –