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Alinco’s New DJ-G29 HT is available!

December 24, 2011

Alinco DJ-G29 222/902MHz Dual-band HT is available!

The new Alinco DJ-G29 HS is now selling at AES, Ham Radio Outlet and Universal Radio. The $329.99 to $349.99 price tag is a little steep for a dual-band hand held.

DJ-G29 Features Include:

  • 222MHz 5/2/0.8/0.3W, 902MHz 2.5/0.8/0.3W max output with a standard Li-ion pack.
  • Selectable full duplex system allows operation of main band and sub (Receive-only) band simultaneously
  • Independent dials for main and sub band
  • Rugged polycarbonate body resists dirt and dust
  • High-grade water-resistant materials compatible to IPX7
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Charlie Walton, inventor of RFID, passes away at 89
by Dean Takahashi
November 27, 2011

Charlie Walton, the inventor of an ubiquitous wireless technology known as RFID, has passed away at 89.

Walton, who lived in Los Gatos, died on Nov. 6, according to his wife Ann Walton. I once wrote an article about Walton while at the San Jose Mercury News and his efforts to proselytize RFID, known in long form as radio frequency identification.

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Industry icon Donald Rohn passes away at 72

Industry icon Donald Rohn passes away at 72

November 23, 2011 – Donald D. Rohn, an industry leader in communications tower manufacturing, passed away on Nov. 21 at age 72 at Riverview Manor Care in East Peoria, Ill. where he was being treated for an injury he suffered from a fall a number of months ago.

In the late1950s Don began working at his father Dwight’s tower manufacturing plant prior to graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Illinois.

Founded in 1948, Rohn’s primary product line was small residential television towers.
But as TVs evolved in the 1950s from utilitarian wonders to pieces of fine furniture art, coupled with speakers that were as large as the screen, the tower structures didn’t change.

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Fox News Radio
Chris Hoenig

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
By Michelle Macaluso
November 22, 2011

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.

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Valley Hams Help Off The Front Charity Ride
by: Rob Mavis AE6GE
October 9th, 2011

Valley Hams Provide Communications for 2nd Annual Off The Front Charity Bicycle Ride

The second annual Off the Front charity bicycle ride was held on Saturday October 8th, 2011. For the second year amateur radio clubs and organizations from around the valley, under the organization of the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers, came together to provide radio communications for the event. Continue reading Valley Hams Help Off The Front Charity Ride

September 27, 2011 CARP Transmitter Hunt Recap
by Rob Mavis AE6GE
September 27, 2011

September 27, 2011 CARP Transmitter Hunt Recap

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers sponsored an evening Transmitter Hunt on Tuesday, September 27th. Four teams started the hunt at 7:15pm.

Teams that Participated:

  1. Mike KG6MSV (A)- 15 minutes to main Transmitter, 7 minutes to Transmitter 2 = 22 Total Minutes. 7 Miles
  2. Ron N6MTS & Robert KG6QHL (B)- 27 minutes to main Transmitter, 23 minutes to Transmitter 2 = 50 Total Minutes. 7.5 Miles
  3. Tom N6MQG (C)- 89 minutes to main Transmitter. 30 Miles
  4. Steve N6JXL & Ray KB6LQV (C) – DNF

We are trying a new scoring system with this hunt. With the variation of  equipment being use, we will be using 3 classes to help level the playing field:

  • Class A – Team can hunt on the move and not have to stop to take readings. This includes mobile mounted beams and dopplers.
  • Class B – Team has to stop and pull out equipment to take bearings. This includes hand held beams with attenuators.
  • Class C – Basic hunting equipment. This includes HTs, mobile radios with omni antennas, use body fade, no attenuator, etc. (This class includes hand held beams, but using no attenuator)

Using the new scoring system tonight’s winners are Mike KG6MSV for Class A, Ron N6MTS for Class B and Tom N6MQG for Class C.

Our next hunt will be Saturday November 5th at 10:00am, starting from Hwy 41 and 145. Hope to see all of you there.

– Rob AE6GE

CARP Summer Vacation

Due to fund raising, other club activities and holidays, CARP will be taking a short vacation from regular club meetings. There will be no CARP meetings in the months of July, August or September. Be sure to watch the CARP website for other CARP activities happening during these months!

The next regular club meeting will be Friday, October 7th, 2011 at 7:00PM.