New Amateur Extra Question Pool Puts Greater Emphasis on Digital, SDRs, Propagation

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02/17/2016

The new Amateur Extra class license examination question pool, effective from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2020, now is available at the National Conference of Volunteer Coordinators (NCVEC) website. The latest revision contains a few minor corrections that had been released in a February 5 errata of the initial January 8 release. NCVEC Question Pool Committee Chair Rol Anders, K3RA, said the new pool represents a fairly significant change relative to the current question pool, which expires on June 30.

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New at DX Engineering: Low Band Systems Multiplexers and Band Pass Filters

New Technician Class in March @ Clovis PD

We are a product (victim) of our own success from our recent technician class.

Due to demand FAME is offering a Technician Class this March 2016.

To signup please follow this link Signup Form.

30 Minute video introduction to what Amateur Radio Can Do

Some home work will be required (Homework and class schedule) as to help prepare students for the test and also shorten the hours in class. Those that attend ALL CLASSES in the past have a high percentage of passing their first time.

FAME’s recent November/December 2015 class had a 100% (31 out of 31) pass.

Those that attend ALL CLASSES and complete ALL the homework will be entered into a drawing for a FREE hand held radio.

Classes will be held @ Clovis Police Department Conference Room (1233 5th St, Clovis, CA 93612)

  • Saturday, March 12th from 8 AM to 4 PM
  • Saturday, March 19th from 8 AM to 4 PM
  • Saturday, March 26th from 8 AM to 4 PM*

*Amateur Radio Exams will be held on the last day of class from 2 PM to 4 PM

Current Sponsors By: (More sponsors maybe added) (Fingers Crossed)

Theory exams are multiple choice. Priority mail is used to send paperwork to ARRL, who sends data to FCC via electronic mail, thus assuring the fastest possible service on new licenses, which typically are posted to the FCC database by the end of the week following the exam.

Bring:

  • Two ID’s, one with photo
  • Taxpayer ID Number (Social Security Number),  or FCC Registration Number (preferred)
  • Fee $15.00 per test session.  Bring Exact change please
  • Original and copy of Amateur License if upgrading
Walk in’s only for exam, no pre-registration for exam.

Instruction is based upon the contents Gordon West / W5YI – 2014-2018 Technician Class Book. The manual is available from many sources, but if you call and order the “classroom package” directly from the W5YI group (800 669-9594) let them know you are taking the class from the Fresno FAME group and you will get some additional materials included for free.

On line study questions (This is good to review while studying for the test. These are the EXACT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS for the exam. Check technician class exam)

For more information, contact Greg KJ6OUI at kj6oui@arrl.net or Rob AE6GE at ae6ge@k6arp.org

To signup please follow this link Signup Form.

Why Modern Makers Are Bringing Back Ham Radio

Yahoo Tech
by: Wayne Rash
February 15, 2016

More than a hundred years ago, a few intrepid amateurs began experimenting with a new means of communications known then as “wireless.” These protohackers — soon to be known as hams — foretymologically obscure reasons — began building their own electronics gear, hoping to use it to communicate with others. By the early 1920s, amateur radio operators were talking with and even transmitting images to complete strangers on the other side of the world.

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House subcommittee approves Kinzinger bills to boost amateur radio usage, prevent FCC broadband rate regulation

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology approved three bills on Thursday, including two measures introduced by U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).

The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, would instruct the FCC to adopt rules that protect the rights of amateur radio operators. Kinzinger’s No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act, H.R. 2666, meanwhile, would prevent FCC regulation of rates for broadband Internet.

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Amateur Radio Parity Act Gets Favorable Subcommittee Report

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02/12/2016

On a voice vote, the US House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has sent the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee with a favorable report for further consideration. The measure was among three bills the Subcommittee consideredduring a February 11 “markup” session. The Subcommittee is chaired by Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR).

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January 9th, 2016, T-Hunt Recap

Central Valley T-Hunters

January 9th, 2016, T-Hunt Recap

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

The Fox for this hunt was Ken – WA6OIB  &  Ron – N6MTS.  The starting point was from Clovis at Letterman Park.  The 4 teams were Mike – KD6LDA (solo);   John – K6MI (solo);  Rick – W6KKO  &  Dennis – KI6NVG;  and  Rob – AE6GE  &  Dave – NQ6S.  And finally the Fox transmitters were located at the Goldenrod Elementary School in Kerman,   on the NW corners of S. Goldenrod Ave. and Kearney Blvd.

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As usual, the Fox is always tasked with making the hunt a bit different and more challenging.  So for this hunt we decided to use dual transmitters, on the same frequency, and modulated by the same source.  Because the signal is almost all tones and CW the transmitters were set to USB modulation, with the intent of beating one carrier against the other to create a warbling signal.  Well that was our theory anyway.  Both radios were producing about 50 watts into separate cross-polarized yagi antennas.

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ARRL Signs New Memorandum of Understanding with the American Red Cross

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February 4, 2016

The ARRL and the American Red Cross have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The document, signed in January, succeeds one agreed to in 2010; it will remain in place for the next 5 years. The MoU spells out how League Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers will interface with the Red Cross in the event that ARES teams are asked by the Red Cross to assist in a disaster or emergency response.

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ARRL Board Adopts New Strategic Plan

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The ARRL Board of Directors has adopted an updated Strategic Plan that defines the League’s vision and guides its direction over the next 5 years. ARRL COO Harold Kramer, WJ1B, a member of the Strategic Planning Working Group, said the revised plan represents more than 8 months of work on the part of the group’s seven members. Now-Honorary ARRL Vice President Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF, chaired the panel, which met some 2 dozen times, mostly via webinar. Kramer said input to the Strategic Plan was considerable and comprehensive.

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ARRL Announces Partnership with RFinder — The Worldwide Repeater Directory

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02/03/2016

ARRL has established an agreement with RFinder, the creator of a web and app-based directory of Amateur Radio repeaters worldwide, to be its preferred online resource of repeater frequencies.

RFinder is a steadily growing worldwide repeater directory with over 50,000 repeater listings in over 170 countries. An annual $9.99 subscription to RFinder provides access to repeater data through its collection of apps for Android and Apple devices, and from nearly any web browser. With one subscription, users have access to repeater data worldwide from computing devices on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, Apple iOS, and popular GPS systems. A growing list of third-party memory programming applications support radio programming. RFinder provides integrated support for EchoLink on Android and iPhone, allowing users a one-click connection to repeaters worldwide from the directory.

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Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers – Fresno County California