Comm Volunteers Needed – Bass Lake Double Century Oct 14, 2017

Amateur Radio Communications volunteers are needed for the Bass Lake Double Century bicycle ride.

When
Saturday October 14, 2017. Time: 0500-2400

Where
Locations around the Central Valley

Mission:
To provide health and safety communications between rest stops and event coordinator.

Manpower needed:
15+ communications volunteers.

Contact:
Contact Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking: Bass Lake to Powerhouse Signup Form

Rob Mavis AE6GE – 559-272-6791 or ae6ge@k6arp.org

CARP Board of Directors Nominations 2017 Open

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers (CARP) is calling for nominations for open CARP Board of Directors positions. You may nominate yourself or someone else. Please be sure to fully read the qualifications in the CARP Bylaws. Nominations will only be accepted during the month of September.

Board members elected in this process will serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2018 and culminating December 31, 2019.

This year there are three (3) Directors whose terms are up:

  1. Lou Dansby KD6WAW
  2. Mike Cederquist KD6LDA
  3. Laura Mavis KI6KRT

To nominate someone or yourself, please use the following form: CARP Board of Directors Nominations Form

Caribbean Emergency Weather Net Activates; FEMA Announces Interoperability Nets

Jeff Austin, 9Y4J, Emergency Coordinator Advisory Group, IARU Region 2, Area E, reports that the Caribbean Emergency Weather Net (CEWN), activated at 1030 UTC on 3.815 MHz. The net will use 3.815 and/or 7.188 MHz as propagation dictates. The CEWN will provide 24-hour coverage during the passage of Hurricane Maria and in the storm’s immediate wake, in case there is a need to pass health-and-welfare traffic.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will activate 60-meter interoperability nets on September 19 for Hurricane Maria. These and will remain active until the storm has passed and the need for these nets no longer exists.

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FCC Opens 630- and 2200-Meter Bands; Stations Must Notify UTC Before Operating

The FCC has announced that the Office of Management and Budget has approved, for 3 years, the information-collection requirement of the Commission’s March 29 Report and Order (R&O) that spelled out Amateur Radio service rules for the two new bands — 630 meters and 2200 meters. Notice of the action appears in today’s edition of the Federal Register. Before using either band, stations must notify the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), formerly the Utilities Telecom Council, that they plan to do so, and if UTC does not respond within 30 days, they may commence operation.

Last March 27, the FCC adopted the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) implementation Report and Order (ET Docket 15-99), amending its Amateur Radio rules to — in the FCC’s words — “provide for frequency-sharing requirements in the 135.7-137.8 kHz (2200-meter) and 472-479 kHz (630-meter) bands.”

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Not All “Intruders” on Ham Bands are Illegal — But a Lot of Them Are

The monthly newsletter of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring Service (IARUMS) typically makes for some interesting reading. While the reports that come from more than two dozen contributors in Europe and Africa can be a bit visually dense, the content conveys the impression that that there are myriad intruders on the Amateur Radio bands. However, not all of them are illegal, as IARUMS points out, but a lot of the signals heard are not supposed to be where they were monitored. The individual reports can be a bit humorous too.

“Get the grub, and I’ll talk to you later this evening,” was a snippet of a conversation between two fishermen — identified as Mick and Jack — that an Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) monitor overheard on 3.570 MHz and reported to the IARUMS. The IRTS said the chatter was accompanied on both sides by “loud motor noise,” and, if that were not sufficient detail, it pointed out that both men had Galway accents. Intruding signals from fishing crews throughout IARU Region 1 are commonplace.

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Moderate Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued a moderate (G2) geomagnetic storm watch for September 13. A coronal hole high-speed stream, originating from a recurrent, positive polarity coronal hole on the Sun’s surface, prompted the prediction. Minor (G1) geomagnetic storming is possible on September 14.

It’s been a turbulent time on the HF bands over the past several days. On Sunday, September 10, a strong (R3) radio blackout occurred at 1606 UTC. The source, Region 2673, has rotated just around the visible disk. Severe (G4) geomagnetic storm levels were observed at 2350 UTC on September 7, and again at 0151 UTC and 1304 UTC on September 8, due to the effects of a coronal mass ejection (CME).

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CARP Board of Directors Nominations 2017 Open

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers (CARP) is calling for nominations for open CARP Board of Directors positions. You may nominate yourself or someone else. Please be sure to fully read the qualifications in the CARP Bylaws. Nominations will only be accepted during the month of September.

Board members elected in this process will serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2018 and culminating December 31, 2019.

This year there are three (3) Directors whose terms are up:

  1. Lou Dansby KD6WAW
  2. Mike Cederquist KD6LDA
  3. Laura Mavis KI6KRT

To nominate someone or yourself, please use the following form: CARP Board of Directors Nominations Form

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