Category Archives: Contest

CARP Field Day 2017 RSVP

Field Day is the most popular amateur radio on-the-air event of the year. This is where amateur radio operators gather with their clubs to operate from remote locations. This is an opportunity to demonstrate to the public our response capabilities.

CARP will be holding Field Day at Pine Ridge School located at the top of the 168 four-lanes east of Fresno. All local amateurs and the public is invite to attend the event.

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CARP Field Day 2017 RSVP

Field Day is the most popular amateur radio on-the-air event of the year. This is where amateur radio operators gather with their clubs to operate from remote locations. This is an opportunity to demonstrate to the public our response capabilities.

CARP will be holding Field Day at Pine Ridge School located at the top of the 168 four-lanes east of Fresno. All local amateurs and the public is invite to attend the event.

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January VHF Rover Review

Participating in a radio contest actively was something I had yet to do before the VHF / UHF contest in January. With some inspiration from Rick (W6KKO) who was at the time actively preparing his home station to participate as single operator came the discussion of driving to the different grid squares and making contact. It was at that time I was told about rover stations. I decided that with all the stations in the area putting forth the effort and improving their stations, I would add two more radios to my truck and at least help them get more points. I never intended on keeping my score, as I was working solo and some of the contacts may come while I was moving. You never know, an operator from the Central Valley may be recognized as the winner, I thought.

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K6ARP Takes Division in 2016 ARRL January VHF Contest

ARRL January VHF Contest 2016 Award for K6ARP
ARRL January VHF Contest 2016 Award for K6ARP

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers (CARP) received an award from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for First Place in the San Joaquin Valley Section and the Pacific Division, and 9th Place W/VE in the Multioperator category of the ARRL January VHF Contest in 2016.

Operators Rob Mavis AE6GE, Rick Tybursky W6KKO amassed a score of 10,800 points from the Bear Mountain Buzzards Contest Station.

Calling All Amateur Radio Operators

Your fellow amateur radio operators need your help. Three times a year the ARRL sponsors a VHF/UHF contest. These contest events are held in January, June, and September. All licensed operators may participate and they are not required to submit a log of their contacts, nor are they required to be a member of the ARRL. While some enjoy the competition and submit a log of their confirmed QSO’s, others enjoy making contacts to see how well their station setup is working. In order to participate, each operator must provide their callsign and grid square. A typical calling station may say, “CQ Contest W6KKO DM07” on standard FM simplex frequencies, and their call sign and grid square phonetically when calling on standard SSB frequencies.

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K6ARP Takes Division in 2015 ARRL June VHF Contest

ARRL June VHF Contest 2015 Award for K6ARP
ARRL June VHF Contest 2015 Award for K6ARP

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers (CARP) received an award from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for First Place in the San Joaquin Valley Section and the Pacific Division in the Multioperator category of the ARRL June VHF Contest in 2015.

Operators Rob Mavis AE6GE, Pat Fennacy W6YEP, Travis Philips W6TRP and Dave Schumacher NQ6S amassed a score of 36,156 from the Bear Mountain Buzzards Contest Station.

Complete Sweepstakes Records Now Available, Operating Guide Updated

Complete sets of ARRL November Sweepstakes (SS) records for both modes are now available, thanks to the efforts of Trey Garlough, N5KO, and SS Manager Larry Hammel, K5OT. Records are available by category, by ARRL Division, and by ARRL Section. A complete list of winners by category — extending back to the first Sweepstakes in 1930 — also is provided. For statistics fans, the number of logs submitted each year and a cross-reference of call signs are also available.

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ARRL Announces Club Competition Eligibility Changes

Earlier this year, following a challenge that resulted in the realignment of several club scores in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest, it became clear that the Club Competition rules were not being enforced as consistently as they should have been. In order to make sure club results are accurate and fair to all, the ARRL Contest Branch is renewing its effort to help clubs comply with the rules (See Section 8 of the “General Rules for All Contests.”) The Contest Branch has announced changes in three areas: Online uploading of club rosters, the use of six-character grid locators, and the deadline for submitting eligibility.

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CARP Field Day 2016

CARP Field Day 2016 Site
CARP Field Day 2016 Site

Field Day 2016 was a fun one for the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers. Pine Ridge school was the location and the 4000’ elevation provided for cool weather. K6ARP operated as 2A using several dipoles to choose from, as well as a K636XA paired with a AB-577 mast system to launch the 160 pound antenna into the air. Jason Boyer (N6EY) provided the gear and effort to establish a VHF/UHF station for terrestrial and satellite contacts. A GOTA station was also setup allowing those unfamiliar with contesting a chance to enjoy the bands at a friendly pace.

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CARP Club Competition in June VHF 2016

The ARRL June VHF Contest is the weekend of June 13 and 14, 2015. Look for K6ARP up on Bear Mountain, 26 miles east of Fresno in grid DM06ir. We will have 6 meters through 24 GHz. If you want to try to make a contact the phone at the site is 559-332-2801.

Club Competition

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will be participating in the Club Gavel Competition for the contest. All club members are encouraged to operate the contest from their home, portable or mobile station as they would normally during the contest. When submitting your logs, add “Club: Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers” to the log file and let us know that you participated in the contest. Your scores will count towards your normal individual or group awards and also be added to the club’s score to compete with other clubs in the area.

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