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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FieldDay 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.
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.
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.
Please save August 6-7 for the 2016 August UHF Contest. It will be held as scheduled this year, but under new sponsorship.
After ARRL announced that it would not sponsor the UHF Contest in 2016, a group of radio amateurs from coast to coast came together to make sure that the contest does occur in 2016.
The sponsoring group includes the leaders of several large VHF-oriented clubs, two volunteers who write contest results articles for QST, the editor of the “World Above 50 MHz” column in QST, two people with extensive computer log-checking expertise, and others who are concerned about the future of contesting on the amateur bands above 222 MHz.
January 30 & 31, 2016 myself and Rick Tyburski W6KKO worked the ARRL January VHF Contest using the CARP K6ARP callsign. The January contest is usually the slowest of the ARRL VHF contests due to weather and propagation. However we chose to brave the weather and operate Multi-Op utilizing 6-Meters through 1.2 GHz from the Bear Mountain Contest Site.
Former ARRL staffer Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, is the League’s new ARRL Contest Branch manager. Jahnke returned to ARRL Headquarters on January 4 after a decade away, which he spent working in the customer service, manufacturing sales and support, and information technology fields in the Midwest and on the East Coast. He succeeds Matt Wilhelm, W1MSW, who resigned last year.