Please enjoy this months edition of the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers (CARP) eNewsletter. Inside you will find the some of the latest news and announcments from the club. For more amateur radio news from CARP and from around the Central Valley please visit our website at www.K6ARP.org.
On Saturday January 14, 2012, Duane KI6QEL was the fox for the CARP Transmitter Hunt. The hunt began at the Park and Ride at the intersection of Highway 41 and 145 in Madera. Six teams participated in the Hunt that started promptly at 10:13 am.
Everyone had a great time and we all met at Pizza Factory in Millerton after the hunt for lunch and to swap stories. A few of the hunters even went Geocaching afterwards. Photos have been posted in the CARP Photo Gallery.
While the hunt was measured by time, mileage was recorded at the start and end of the hunt for further scoring. Here are the results from the hunt:
Come on out to the T-Hunt, we always have a lot of fun. Remember the more you hunt, the better you will get!
Hunt Frequency will be 146.565 MHz. We will be starting at the park and ride at Highway 41 and 145. Duane KI6QEL will be the fox for the hunt and will be hidden somewhere within a radius of 10 miles of the start point. The hunt will start at 10:00am so arrive early to sign in.
Don’t worry if you you don’t have all that fancy t-hunt gear because, we have implemented a classification system to help level the playing field.:
Hunt on the Move (Vehicle mounted beams doppler systems)
Stop and Take Bearing (hand held beams, etc.)
Basic System (HT only, body fade, etc)
Come on out and compete for your equipment classification.
Comm Volunteers needed for March of Dimes April 14, 2012
Attention all Amateur Radio Operators in Fresno, Clovis and the Outlying areas
The March of Dimes March for Babies event will be held Saturday April 14, 2012 in Fresno. The March of Dimes local office has contacted us requesting our assistance with event communications. As with years past, we will be manning communications posts at each of the rest stops as well as each golf/club cart.
Volunteers will receive an event t-shirt, breakfast and lunch for their efforts.
Please mark your calendars and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to participate in the event.
An Easy-to-Build Tape Measure Yagi for Direction Finding
At the May 6, 2011 Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers monthly membership meeting, Rob AE6GE demonstrated how easy it was to construct a 2-meter 3-element yagi antenna from a tape measure. Using the WB2HOL plans construction of the antenna is fairly simple and easy.
The CARP Transmitter Hunt Schedule for the First Quarter of 2012
Mark your calendars! The hunt schedule for the first quarter is published. This year we are planing a heavier schedule that varies to attempt to accommodate hunters schedules. There will be a hunt every month, alternating between the second Saturday morning and the second Thursday evening after the CARP net.
Saturday November 26 a work crew went up to the CARP repeater site and performed some tower maintenance.
The 220 antenna was moved up to 130′ on the tower and now should play very well across the valley. If you have the capabilities, please perform some testing for us. While around town and the valley, please use the 224.380 – 141.3 repeater and report to us the location, received signal strength, and what power level you used to access the repeater.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is finding one wireless communication method to be on the rise – to historic levels of popularity.
But there are no apps available for this.
Americans are hamming it up more than ever before…using ham radios, that is. The FCC says licenses for the amateur radios are at an all-time high: more than 700,000 licenses are currently active, and the number is growing at a rate of more than 20,000 a year. Luke Rohn at Amateur Electronics Supply in Las Vegas likes them because they’re cheap and can reach incredible distances, including into space.
Radio Days Are Back: Ham Radio Licenses at an All-Time High
Fresno, Calif. – iPhone, beware?
The newest trend in American communication isn’t another smartphone from Apple or Google but one of the elder statesmen of communication: Ham radio licenses are at an all time high, with over 700,000 licenses in the United States, according to the Federal Communications Commission.