Well-known AMSAT figure and Virginia Tech researcher Bob McGwier, N4HY, says the Amateur Radio payload planned to go into geosynchronous orbit in 2017 will be like “a new ham band” for the Americas, available every hour of every day. McGwier, a research professor in Virginia Tech’s Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Director of Research for the Hume Center for National Security and Technology, said the satellite’s geosynchronous orbit also makes it viable for emergency and disaster communication. AMSAT-NAannounced in April that Amateur Radio would be a “hosted payload” on the geosynchronous satellite that Millennium Space Systems (MSS) of California is under contract to design, launch, and operate for the US government.
The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers with the assistance of amateur radio operators from around the valley provided communications support for the California Classic Century bicycle ride on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
The California Classic Century ride had not only the century ride but also shorter metric and mini-metric rides. All rides started at Chukchansi Park and rode up the 10 miles of Freeway 168 from McKinley Avenue. The century ride continued on to Winton Park near Pine Flat, to Squaw Valley, Sanger and back to Chukchansi Park.
The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers along with amateur radio operators from organizations from around the valley provided support communications for the 30th annual Shinzen Run & Walk on Saturday, April 25th, 2015.
Along with the radio communicators, dozen’s of die-hard runners and walkers participated in the event despite the morning downpour of rain at the Shinzen Japanese Gardens at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Updated: July 19, 2015 – Below is the list of Public Service/EMCOMM events for Fresno/Clovis and the Central Valley for 2015. 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 practice and hone our communications skills. Skills that will be needed in the event we are called to assist in an EMCOMM capacity.
2015 Public Service Events:
February 21 – Rotary Run – Completed
March 7 – Sanger Blossom Trail 10K – Completed
April 11 – Clovis Big Hat Day Bicycle Century – Completed
April 11 – March of Dimes Fresno – Completed
April 25 – Shinzen Run/Walk – Completed
May 2 – Kirch Flat Bicycle Century – Completed
May 16 – California Classic Bicycle Century – Completed
September 12 – Tour de Fresno Charity Bicycle Century – Signup
20+ Comm Volunteers Needed
October 10 – Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century – Signup
12+ Comm Volunteers Needed
November 8 – 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, email@example.com.
Amateur Radio in Fresno County and the Central Valley of California