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Rally in the Valley 2014

San Joaquin Valley Section
Rally in the Valley 2014

Date:
September 19-20, 2014

Location:
Salvation Army Citadel
1854 Fulton Street
Fresno, CA 93721

Talkin on N6HEW repeater – 147.150 + 141.3

  • Friday September 19, 2014
    • 5:00pm     American Red Cross Shelter Fundamentals
      Intro to Salvation Army Disaster Services
  • Saturday September 20 (updated 9/17/2014)
    • 7:30am     Swapmeet
    • 8:00am     Registration, Welcome, Meet & Greet
    • 8:30am     Digital & NBEMS
    • 9:30am     NVIS (in AUX room)
    • 10:30am   Mesh Networks
    • 11:30am   SWR Lunch
    • 1:00 pm    Coast Guard Communications
    • 2:00 pm    Winlink 2000
    • 3:00 pm    Raffles & Door Prizes

Clovis Amateur Radio Swapmeet – September 27

Clovis Amateur Radio and Electronics Swapmeet – September 27, 2014

Sponsored by the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers

Mark your calendars! The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers Fall Amateur Radio and Electronics Swap Meet will be held in Clovis, CA on Saturday September 27th. Ham radio and electronics enthusiasts from the Fresno, Clovis and the Central Valley area are invited to attend.

Admission is FREE for sellers and buyers.

Time/Date:
Saturday September 27, 2014 – 8:00am to 11:00am
Sellers setup at 7:30am

Location:
New Hope Community Church
4620 E Nees Ave
Clovis, CA

Contact:
info@k6arp.org
559-492-7675

Valley Field Day Site Locations for 2014

Field Day Weekend June 28 & 29, 2014

June approaching and the area clubs/groups are gearing up for Field Day 2014. Field Day is an not only an emergency preparedness exercise, but also an opportunity to break out that radio gear and operate. The event starts Saturday June 28 at 1800 UTC (11:00am PDT) and ends Sunday June 29 at 2059 UTC (1:59pm PDT).

More details and event rules can be found at the ARRL Field Day webpage.

Local Groups and Clubs that will be participating in Field Day include:

Fresno Amateur Radio Club – W6TO
Location: Dry Creek Park, Clovis & Alluvial Ave
Contact: Ron Hunt

ARES/RACES
Location: Salvation Army Citadel

SJVARS
Location: Kings River Ranch, QTH of Skip Tyson, K6YRZ in Centerville, located on Hwy 180 just east of Centerville.

Porterville Amateur Radio Association – KE6WDX
Location: Veterans Park, Porterville, CA
Contact: Eddie Orosco

To have your event listed here, please email Rob Mavis AE6GE at ae6ge@k6arp.org.

 

 

 

Emcomm events list

Upcoming Public Service Events – Fall 2014

As summer approaches we take a break from the many public service events we do throughout the year. Participation of local amateur radio operators in these events not only provides a valuable service assisting with the health and welfare of the public and event participants but also gives us a chance to hone our communications skills. Skills that we will need in the event we are called to assist in an EMCOMM capacity.

Fall Public Service Events:

  • September 13 – Tour de Fresno Charity Bicycle Ride – Signup
  • October 11 – Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century Ride – Signup
  • November 2 – Two Cities Marathon

If you are interested in participating and assisting with radio communications for any of the events, please either click on the corresponding Signup link above or contact Rob AE6GE, ae6ge@k6arp.org.

 

Get Your Tech License – Amateur Radio Tech License Class April 2014

The Fresno Area Mentors and Elmers group will be conducting a FREE PowerPoint based training course to prepare you for the entry level Amateur Radio Technician license exam.

Classes will be held April 24 – May 8, 2013 as follows:

  • April 24 – 6:30-9:00PM – FCC Rules / Operating Procedures
  • April 29 – 6:30-9:00PM – Radio Wave Propagation / Amateur Radio Practices
  • May 1 – 6:30-9:00PM – Electrical Principles / Electrical Components
  • May 6 – 6:30-9:00PM – Station Equipment / Modes & Activities
  • May 8 – 6:30-9:00PM – Antennas & Feedlines / Electrical & RF Safety
  • May 9 – 9:30AM – Exam Session (Fresno VE Team)

All Classes and Testing will be held at the Salvation Army Citadel, 1854 Fulton Ave, Fresno, CA (West side of Fulton – one block South of Divisadero)

Instruction is based upon the contents of either -ARRL – General Class License Manual – #8119 – $29.95 or Gordon West / W5YI – General Class Study Manual – #GWGM-11 – $24.95. Copies can be ordered atwww.arrl.org or www.w5yi.org

Contact: To reserve your space in the class contact Rob Mavis – ae6ge@k6arp.org.
If you have questions contact Lew Roberts – ki6ywx@arrl.net

N6EY to join HRD staff

QRZ Forums
March 28, 2014

N6EY to join HRD staff; Updates Public Beta; SAM Callsign CD is ready for purchase

HRD Software, LLC announced today that Jason Boyer, N6EY, will be joining the Ham Radio Deluxe team to do sales, support and QA on the HRD project.

Many hams know Jason from his tenure the past 3 ½ years at M2 Antennas in Fresno, California. Prior to M2, he worked in the telecommunications field after a career in the United States Navy as an avionics technician. Jason’s past and amateur radio activities include serving in Navy-Marine Corps MARS as both a civilian volunteer and on active duty, VHF/UHF weak signal, and CW and digital modes on HF. His wife and two of his daughters also carry on the amateur radio tradition.

Rick Ruhl, W4PC, said, “HRD is going to increase phone support hours to 10 AM to 7PM, ET, M-F. Current HRD Tech Support Manager, KB3NPH, will handle the East Coast and European calls while Jason will handle the West Coast and Asian/Pacific calls. The long term plan is to have 24/7 support M-F with a couple more ham radio support people on the other side of the world.”

HRD continues to grow and add more hams to the staff.

The SAM Callbook CD for summer 2014 is now available for ordering on the website. The CD will ship on the 4th of April to current subscribers and anyone who purchases one of the options from the website. Pricing will stay the same as when VIS was supplying the CD.

The company also released Ham Radio Deluxe Version 6.2 (Public Beta 3.3 for paid users). The sharp-eyed HRD users are always great in helping find the ‘gotchas’ in a new version. The final release date is not set, since a major goal will be the addition of JT9/65 and HF host mode support for the PK-232/SC+ and other Timewave TNCs.

Purchase and download Ham Radio Deluxe 6.X at http://www.ham-radio-deluxe.com.

HRD Downloads: http://www.ham-radio-deluxe.com

HRD Forum: http://forums.hrdsoftwarellc.com

HRD YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/hrdsoftware

PG&E’s Gas and Electric Safety Class in Fresno

PG&E’s Gas and Electric Safety for Emergency Responders

Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) highest responsibility is the safety of our operations. As part of this responsibility, PG&E is taking steps to enhance public safety and strengthen its partnerships with the first responders who help keep our communities safe. One of the steps we are taking is offering free training classes to first responders, and we encourage you or a member of your agency to attend.

Designed for fire fighters, law enforcement, EMS and dispatchers, this workshop will provide the opportunity for your personnel to receive important safety information to protect themselves and the public in the event of a utility-related emergency. Workshop(s) in your area will take place at the following times and locations:

Date/Time:

  • January 8, 2014 – 0800-1000
  • January 15, 2014 – 1000-1200
  • January 22, 2014 – 1300-1500
  • January 28, 2014 – 1500-1700

Location:
Fresno Police Department Regional Training Center
6375 W. Central Ave., Fresno 93706

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Identifying important components of natural gas and electric utility infrastructure and recognizing emergency conditions
  • Using best practices to handle utility-specific emergencies and tactical considerations when on the scene of an emergency
  • Identifying the dangers of step and touch potential, and avoiding contact with energized sources
  • Responding to natural gas hazards and avoid dangers presented by migrating natural gas and secondary ignition sources
  • How to utilize the First Responder website, which provides first responders secure access to free downloadable maps and
  • information about natural gas transmission lines, natural gas storage facilities, and shut-off valves
  • Gain knowledge about PG&E’s updated natural gas emergency response plans and response checklists

RSVP:
Carla R. Glazebrook
(559) 621-2328
CitizenCorps@Fresno.gov

Fresno Citizen’s Police Academy Begins January 15

CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY BEGINS JANUARY 15 – REGISTRATION IS OPEN

Invitation from Chief Dyer: On behalf of the Fresno Police Department, I would like to invite those of you who live or work in the City of Fresno to participate in the Citizen’s Police Academy. This valuable program is offered with the goal of enhancing, through education, the relationship between the Fresno Police Department and the citizens we protect and serve. The course is not only educational, it is fun and exciting. In addition to sessions in the classroom, you will tour our most interesting facilities and enjoy hands-on experiences with the law enforcement tools used by our officers. Classroom topics include: Patrol Procedures, Officer Involved Shootings, Homicide, Traffic Enforcement, Gangs, and others. You will tour our Dispatch Center, Crime Scene Bureau (CSI), and test your skills on the Use of Force and Driving Simulators that we train our officers on. You will go to our K-9 and Mounted Patrol facility for demonstrations, to our Skywatch hanger to see how our Air Support Unit works, and you’ll take a tour of the Fresno County Jail. One of the favorite classes is at the Peace Officer’s Range, where you will have the opportunity to shoot four different types of Fresno Police Department service weapons currently in use in the field. I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to come and get to know how the Department operates and meet the men and women who protect your city. I also hope that upon completion of the course, you may want to consider continuing your involvement with the Fresno Police Department by participating in one or more of the many opportunities for which you will be uniquely qualified. Jerry Dyer, Chief of Police

Classes begin January 15th and meet every Wednesday night for 12 weeks from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Participants will also be introduced to opportunities in the Citizens on Patrol (COP) program. The classes are held at the Fresno Police Department’s main training room in the Annex Building located at 2326 Fresno Street, between “M” and “N”, or other FPD facilities. Details are attached. For additional information or an application form, contact Lindsay.Hughes@Fresno.gov or call 621-6228.

See the official invitation here.

M2 Open House Cancelled for 2014

January 10, 2014

Just received this from M2:

Regarding M2’s Annual Open House and Bar-B-Q

For the past 15 years, M2 has hosted an Annual Open House and Bar-B-Q. We greatly appreciate all of the support shown each year as the event grows in popularity and enjoy seeing our friends, who we’ve come to regard as extended family.

Regrettably, schedule and production commitments prevent us from putting on an open house this year.

We realize that many look forward to this event each year. We’ll truly miss putting on the event, and most of all, getting to see our friends in the amateur radio community. We at M2 thank you for your understanding.

2014 Transmitter Hunt Dates

CARP and the Central Valley T-Hunters have scheduled the following dates for T-hunts for 2014.

These are the dates for the regular bi-monthly hunts:

  • January 4
  • March 8
  • May 10
  • July 26
  • September 6
  • November 22

All T-hunts start at 10:00AM with starting points to be announced.

Mark your calendars!

Beginners and other special hunts will be announced as needed when scheduled.

For additional information please contact Duane: KI6QEL@SBCGLOBAL.NET