Ready and Reliable – When All Else Fails

by Larry Gierer
Ledger-Enquirer, Columbus GA
When other means fail, ham radios get the message through

There might be a day when everything fails.

Telephone lines become spark-spewing snakes dancing on the pavement. Cell phone towers are reduced to tall, useless eyesores. Transformers boom like drums in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Everything becomes quiet, dark.

But not all would be lost in the storm.

“There will still be the ham radio operators,” Chance Corbett says.

Thank goodness for that.

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Kenwood Unveils New TM-V71 FM Dual Bander

by Chris Lui, JCN
JCN – Japan Corportate News Network

Kenwood’s TM-V71 FM Dual Bander Enables Communications with Amateur Radio Operators Around the World

Tokyo (JCN) – Kenwood Corporation announced April 23 it will roll out a new FM mobile transceiver, the 144/430 (440) MHz FM Dual bander TM-V71 Series, from the end of May.

The TM-V71 Series features enhanced basic functions, such as 1,000 memory channels, vertical reversal of the front panel, compatibility with 50W transmission output, and support for EchoLink, popular with VoIP amateur radio systems enthusiasts worldwide.

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Amateur Radio Operator Makes Public Appeal

by Corliss Smithen
Sun – St. Kitts/Nevis

An amateur radio operator, Terry Adams, is appealing to officials at the Electricity Department to rectify a power line noise that is interfering with his signal.

“I want to make it publicly known that, for the last four years, I’ve been having a problem with power line noise. When there are high winds, because of slack and loose connections on the overhead lines, it causes my radio to totally shut down, to where there is no audio. Within the last year, I have made complaints to the Electricity Department, the permanent secretary in that ministry, my parliamentary representative and even the prime minister…I was promised that the matter would be addressed and, to date, I’m still having the problem…,” Adams told the SUN.

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B-52’s 55th Anniversary Warrants Radio Event

by John Andrew Prime
Shreveport Times

To help celebrate the B-52 bombers’ 55th year as the sky king, the Shreveport Amateur Radio Association and the 8th Air Force Museum at Barksdale Air Force Base plan to hold a special event this weekend.

A “Special Event Station” will operate from the museum grounds on the base Saturday and Sunday, a release from the association says.

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Ham Radio Operators Convention to Convene

By Lewis Griswold
The Fresno Bee

Amateur radio enthusiasts who go the distance start their annual convention today at the Visalia Holiday Inn.

The International DX Convention, now in its 58th year, draws “hams” from Northern and Southern California, but also from as far away as South Africa, New Zealand, Japan or Italy, to learn new tips.

DX is radio lingo for “distance.”

DXers fire up their transmitters to talk to people halfway around the globe.

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Washington Hams are Local Eyes on the Sky

by Mike Johnston, Senior Writer
The Daily Record
– Ellensburg WA

Weather service still needs volunteers on the ground

ELLENSBURG —     There are 57 volunteers in Kittitas County who keep their eyes on the sky, ready to call out at a moments notice if severe weather threatens life and property.

Bill Carter of Barnes Road, west of Ellensburg, is one of them — a Skywarn weather spotter.

“There are things happening out there the weather service really doesn’t know about, that don’t show up on their satellite images and radar,” Carter, 58, said this week. “That’s where the weather spotters come in. We can give them real-time observations that can complete the big picture of what’s happening.”
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Governor is 1 of Maine’s 4,000 hams

by The Associated Press
Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA – Just in case disaster strikes, the governor’s at the ready with his radio.

To other amateur radio operators, or hams, he’s KBI-NXP. To everyone else, he’s Maine Gov. John Baldacci.

Baldacci said he was inspired to go for his federal amateur radio operator’s license when he observed the important role hams could play in January 1998 when Maine was wracked by disaster.

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Elementary Students Get Lesson from Outer Space

by Lauren Roth
The Virginian-Pilot
– Virgina Beach, VA

At 2:43 p.m., the speakers began to crackle.

“I wanted to say hi to everyone at Kingston Elementary,” said the voice, projected across amateur radio from 200 miles above Florida. “It’s great to be here with you today.”

Floating aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Sunita “Suni” Williams was ready to take questions from 13 students lined up in the school’s multi purpose room. The principal and teachers selected the students, in grades three through five.

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New World Record in Generation of HF Submillimeter Waves

Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have achieved a new world record in high-frequency submillimeter waves. The record-setting 324-gigahertz frequency was accomplished using a voltage-controlled oscillator in a 90-nanometer complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuit, a technology used in chips such as microprocessors.

The signal generator, which produces frequencies nearly 70 percent faster than other CMOS oscillators, paves the way for a new generation of submillimeter devices that could someday be used in high-resolution sensors on spacecraft, and here on Earth in a new class of highly integrated and lightweight imagers that could literally cut through fog and see through clothing fabrics. And because frequency ultimately means bandwidth, “the higher frequency increases the available bandwidth,” said M.C. Frank Chang, UCLA professor of electrical engineering, who leads the research team. That greater bandwidth translates into faster communication speeds.

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VE Exam in Clovis on April 24


Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers (CARP)

Tuesday April 24 at 7:00 pm.

Clovis Senior Center
850 Fourth Street
Clovis, CA

Theory exams are multiple choice.


  • Two ID’s, one with photo
  • Taxpayer ID Number / Social Security Number
  • Fee $14.00 per test session, bring exact change please

If Upgrading Bring:

  • ULS registration Number or FCC Registration Number
  • Original and copy of Amateur License and CSCE’s

Ray Harkins, KB6LQV
(559) 270-0520


Walk-ins are allowed.

Amateur Radio in Fresno County and the Central Valley of California