CARP eNewsletter – August 2010

Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneer’s

August 2010 e-Newsletter

Hello fellow Pioneers and readers,

Enjoy this edition of the CARP e-Newsletter.  Please send any comments or questions to info@k6arp.org.  Don’t forget you can find CARP news on the K6ARP.org website and also find us at our Facebook. page.

In this edition:

  • CARP BBQ/Meeting August 6
  • CARP Camp-a-Long August 13-15
  • Clovis Amateur Radio and Electronics Swap Meet, September 18
  • June 3 T-Hunt Recap
  • CARP Fireworks Fundraiser a Success
  • CARP Members Loaded for Bear!

CARP BBQ August 6, 2010

Come join us for our Friday August 6th, 2010 membership meeting. The August meeting will be the summer Pot-Luck BBQ. The club will be providing hamburgers and hot dogs. Attendance is free, all we ask is you bring a side-dish or dessert. There will be coffee and iced tea, if you prefer please bring your favorite soft drink.

The meeting will be in the classroom at the Clovis Senior Center, 850 Fourth Street,Clovis, CA.

Please RSVP so we can have enough burgers and dogs for everyone! For RSVP or more information email to info@k6arp.org

CARP Camp-A-Long August 13-15, 2010

Come join is for this year’s CARP Camp-A-Long the weekend of August 14 and 15.

We will be at the Bowler group campground which is 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.

There is no cost to camp at Bowler. The camp grounds have a pit toilet and no water. The sites are on a first come basis so get there early. There will be a group heading up on Friday so use the CARP repeater or 146.55 simplex for talk in.

For more information see the CARP website or email info@k6arp.org.

No Membership Meeting in July

Because of the CARP fireworks stand fund raiser, there was no CARP Meeting in the month of July.

Clovis Amateur Radio and Electronics Swap Meet – September 18

Mark your calendars! The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers is sponsoring an Amateur Radio and Electronics Swapmeet at the New Hope Community Church in Clovis, CA on Saturday September 18, 2010 from 8-11am. Doors open for sellers at 7:30am. 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 stall.

June 3 CARP Transmitter Hunt Recap

Tuesday night’s T-hunt started at 7:57 on 146.565. The objective was to be the first team to find both transmitters.  2 teams partook in the T hunt and did very well. Team 1 Rob AE6GE/ David NI6M, Team 2 John K6MI.  T1 was a 5 watt transmitter with a piccon controller, T2 was a 50 milliwatt voice controller.  The transmitters were located on a bluff tucked into a clearing on the edge of an orchard off of Clinton Ave just east of Riverbend Ave.  T1 was on a mast attached to a vehicle. T2 was in a ziploc bag stuffed inside a tire 1 row inside the orchard.

Congratulations to the winners Rob AE6GE/ David NI6M found T1 at 8:47 and T2 at 8:57

Good job, John K6MI found T1 at 9:27 and T2 at 9:40.

Hints/ tips for the next hunt if it looks like a tire but sounds like a transmitter take a look inside.  Should the next hunt be at night bring a flashlight!

Thank you to all of the participants,

Mike KG6MSV

[Thanks Mike for a great hunt! The next hunt will be announced soon. Watch the K6ARP.org website and listen to the Thursday night nets for upcoming announcements.]

CARP Fireworks Fundraiser a Success

I would like to thank everyone who helped out with the clubs fireworks stand this year. This fund raiser is the clubs major source of funding for our meetings, parties and repeater rent and maintenance.

This years effort was better than most. We are still crunching the numbers and will have the official announcement at an upcoming meeting.

Please mark your calendars for the week leading up to the Fourth of July next year so you can help us out!

CARP Members Loaded for Bear for the 2010 ARRL June VHF QSO Party

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers participated in the 2010 ARRL June VHF QSO Party. Patrick May KI6QOH, Rob Mavis AE6GE and John Mitchell N7SLX and son were in attendance.

The contest site was located on Black Mountain in grid CM95 in the Santa Barbara Section. The site is located on a communications site hilltop in the rural Los Padres National Forest which was a nice leisure 3 1/2 hour drive from Fresno. While there was no available power and no facilities, there was a nicely paved road all the way to the top of the hill.

Saturday morning during setup the team was paid a visit by a bear.  Not to be detoured the team continued on with setup, after the bear left of course,  and was ready by the start of the contest.

The site turned out to be an ok VHF contest site due to the distance from any population center. However, it was excellent for 6 meters.  During the contest the 6 meter station racked up 125 QSOs in 80 grids! Locations contacted were Alaska, Canada, across the the US and the East Coast.

Thanks to those who made the event possible by the way of equipment loans:  Dave Smith W6TE, Pat Fennacy W6YEP, Steve Stoehr N6JXL, Ray Harkings KB6LQV, Dave Dansby NI6M

[You can view the full article, with photos, at the K6ARP.org website. You can alos see more photos from the contest at the K6ARP Gallery.]

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 info@k6arp.org.

CARP Website

The CARP website can be viewed at www.k6arp.org. 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 info@k6arp.org.

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.

2010 Board of Directors

President Rob Mavis AE6GE ae6ge@k6arp.org
Vice-President Steve Stoehr N6JXL ni6m@k6arp.org
Treasurer LouAnn Dansby KD6WAW kd6waw@k6arp.org
Secretary Patrick May KI6QOH ki6krt@k6arp.org
Laura Mavis KI6KRT ki6qoh@k6arp.org
David Dansby NI6M n6jxl@k6arp.org
Ray Harkins KB6LQV kb6lqv@k6arp.org

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

email: info@k6arp.org – Web: http://www.k6arp.org – Phone: 559-492-7675