CARP December 17 T-Hunt Recap
by: Rob Mavis AE6GE

Transmitter Hunt Recap

John K6MI and Erik NI6G conferring over the scores
John K6MI and Erik NI6G conferring over the scores

The evening of Wednesday December 17, 2014 the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers Central Valley T-Hunters gathered at Letterman Park in Clovis, California for a night-time transmitter hunt. There were 5 teams competing in the hunt.

John Morrice K6MI and Erik Scott NI6G, the winners of the November 22, 2014 event, devised a great hunt. They employed some deception and misdirection to hinder and throw the hunters off the fox’s trail.

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2015 Element 3 General Class Question Pool

December 15, 2015

2015 Element 3 General Class Question Pool


The Question Pool Committee of the NCVEC hereby releases into public domain the 2015-2019 General Class, Element 3, Question pool from the Question Pool.

This pool becomes effective for all Element 3 examinations to be  administered on July 1, 2015 and remains valid until June 30,  2019.

The question pool files are available in PDF , Microsoft Word .DOC format, and .TXT format.

Section G7A requires the use of one illustration, a schematic drawing identified as G7-1. This drawing file is published separately and is available in raw JPEG

  • 2015 General Question Pool.doc
  • 2015 General Question Pool.pdf
  • 2015 General Pool.txt
  • 2015 G7-1 Diagram

DX Engineering Acquires Bencher Skyhawk and Skylark Antennas Plus Butternut Antennas
December 6, 2014

DX Engineering Acquires Bencher Skyhawk and Skylark Antennas Plus Butternut Antennas

DX Engineering LogoTallmadge, OH (PRWEB) – For years, Amateur Radio operators have relied on Bencher Antennas and Butternut Antennas for both HF contesting and DXing. Now, the Skyhawk and Skylark antennas, as well as every Butternut antenna model, will be manufactured and sold exclusively by DX Engineering. DX Engineering also carries all the service, repair, and replacement parts required to keep these antennas in good operating condition.

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Japanese Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads are Launched into Deep Space
December 3, 2014

Japanese Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads are Launched into Deep Space

Japan has successfully launched its Hayabusa 2 asteroid sample-return mission into deep space, and with it, two satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads. A Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) rocket lifted off on schedule early on December 3 (UTC), carrying the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft on the first leg of its journey to Asteroid 1999 JU3. Along for the ride into deep space are two Amateur Radio satellites, Shin’en 2 (Abyss 2) and ARTSAT2: DESPATCH. The launch had been postponed twice owing to unfavorable weather conditions. Shin’en 2 will identify as JG6YIG, while ARTSAT2:DESPATCH will use the call sign JQ1ZNN.

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SKYWARN Recognition Day 2014 is December 6
December 2, 2014

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2014 is December 6

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2014 gets underway at 0000 UTC on Saturday, December 6 (Friday, December 5 in US time zones). This will mark the 16th annual event. Co-sponsored by ARRL and the National Weather Service (NWS), the 24-hour event recognizes the vital public service contribution that Amateur Radio operators make while working with NWS offices during severe weather events. It also is aimed at strengthening the bond between Amateur Radio operators and local NWS offices.

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CARP Camping Trip January 2015 – Moved

Notice  the location of the Camp-a-Long has been changed

CARP Camp-a-Long January 16-18, 2015

As the Oceano Campground is closed for renovation, we have located an excellent campground to use.  The Little Basin Campground is located near Big Basin about 20 miles north of Santa Cruz. From Fresno it’s a 178 mile 3 hour drive.

Little Basin Campground has both tent sites and cabins. Many of the tent sites can accommodate an RV or trailer. There is only one RV site with electrical hookup. There are community restrooms and hot showers.

Campsite Cost/Details:

  • All sites are a maximum of 2 vehicles and 8 people.
  • Tent Sites are $35.00 a night.
  • Cabins are $85.00 a night and sleep from 4 to 12.
  • Sorry, no pets allowed

January 16-18, 2015
(some parties may leave for location on Thursday or Friday)

Little Basin Campground

If you are planning on attending the trip please use the online signup form ASAP so we can coordinate the trip and campsites.

Note: While a CARP Camp-a-Long is a club sponsored event, attendees are responsible for their own food, supplies and transportation.

CARP November 22 T-Hunt Recap
by: Rob Mavis AE6GE
November 28, 2014

CARP November 22, 2014 Transmitter Hunt Recap

When RF meets terrain, you can get some interesting results. The transmitter hunt on November 22, 2014 was no exception. With five teams starting the hunt

As the winners of the last hunt were not available to hide, I volunteered for the duty. In my research planning for this hunt I had identified several potential locations for the fox to hide. After scouting a few locations I decided on one that I had found during a geocaching outing a couple years ago. Which it turns out made an awesome location for the hidden transmitter.

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