CARP Field Day 2016

CARP Field Day 2016 Site
CARP Field Day 2016 Site

Field Day 2016 was a fun one for the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers. Pine Ridge school was the location and the 4000’ elevation provided for cool weather. K6ARP operated as 2A using several dipoles to choose from, as well as a K636XA paired with a AB-577 mast system to launch the 160 pound antenna into the air. Jason Boyer (N6EY) provided the gear and effort to establish a VHF/UHF station for terrestrial and satellite contacts. A GOTA station was also setup allowing those unfamiliar with contesting a chance to enjoy the bands at a friendly pace.

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Pocket FM Brings Radio to War-Torn Areas

The transmission antenna is easy to set up. Photos courtesy IXDS
The transmission antenna is easy to set up. Photos courtesy IXDS

By James Careless

Reaching populations in war-torn areas is a major challenge for radio broadcasters, especially if their main transmitters don’t cover these isolated areas completely.

This is why independent Iraqi broadcaster Alghad Radio is experimenting with book-sized “Pocket FM” transmitters capable of relaying FM signals in a 3.7 mile (6 km) radius.

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Comm Volunteers Needed – Tour de Fresno 2016

Amateur radio communicators are needed to assist with radio communications for the upcoming Tour de Fresno bicycle ride event.

Date & Time:

Saturday September 17, 2015. Time: TBA

Location:

Locations around the Central Valley

Mission:

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

Manpower needed:

20+ communications volunteers.

Contact:

Contact Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking: Tour de Fresno 2015 Signup Form

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

HAARP Facility to Reopen in 2017 under New Ownership

HAARP Antenna Field
HAARP Antenna Field

Let the conspiracy theories resume! Alaska’s High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility will reopen in 2017. The sprawling facility now is under the ownership of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and the UAF Geophysical Institute is preparing HAARP for a new sponsored research campaign that’s set to begin early next year, UAF Researcher Chris Fallen, KL3WX, told ARRL.

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Diamond Springs ham radio operator talks himself into $25,000 fine

By Ed Fletcher

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday affirmed an earlier decision to fine a Diamond Springs amateur radio operator $25,000 for “intentionally causing interference to other amateur radio operators and transmitting prohibited communications.”

William “Bill” Crowell, a non-practicing attorney, has continued his deliberate interruptions after his behavior was flagged by the commission. Crowell has argued that his actions are protected by the First Amendment.

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New at DX Engineering: bhi Noise Cancellation Products

DX Engineering now carries bhi Noise Cancellation Products. bhi Noise Cancellation Products harness cutting-edge digital signal processing (DSP) technology to enhance the audio quality of incoming radio signals, making it much easier to discern distant and weak contacts. bhi makes three types of Noise Cancellation Products:

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Good-Bye, Hara Arena! Hamvention to Relocate in 2017

[Updated 2016-07-29@1807 UTC] Hamvention® has announced that Hara Arena, the home of Hamvention since 1964, is closing, but Hamvention will continue. Hamvention 2016, the event’s 65th running, was also the last held in the six-building Hara complex. Hamvention 2017 will be held at a new, yet-to-be-disclosed location in the Dayton area. Continue reading Good-Bye, Hara Arena! Hamvention to Relocate in 2017

Georgia Radio Amateur Fined $1000 for Failure to Properly Identify

FCC logo white-on-dk blue_41The FCC has fined a Georgia radio amateur $1000 for failing to properly identify. A Forfeiture Order issued to David J. Tolassi, W4BHV, of Ringgold, was released on July 29. The FCC had proposed the fine 1 year ago in a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), noting that Tolassi had been warned the previous summer about not following Part 97 ID rules. The FCC said at the time that Tolassi’s “deliberate disregard” of the earlier warning warranted the proposed penalty that it now has reaffirmed and assessed.

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CARP Summer Sizzler Party – August 13, 2016 – Update

The CARP Summer Sizzler Party will be held on Saturday August 13, 2016 at Meadow Lakes from 10am to 4pm.

The club will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. Please bring a side dish, salad, or desert and you favorite beverage to enjoy with lunch.

Activities

  • BBQ – The lunch will be pot-luck style. CARP will be providing BBQ hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixin’s. Please bring a side-dish, salad or desert and your favorite beverage.
  • Horseshoes – Horseshoe pits are available, let’s have a horseshoe tournament!
  • Swimming – Bring your swimsuit and beach towel and enjoy a dip in the cool pond.
  • Fishing – Bring your fishing gear (and fishing license if 16 or over) and enjoy the catch and release pond.
  • HF Station – We will have an HF station setup so members will be able to operate the HF bands while attending the CARP Summer Sizzler event.
  • Transmitter Hunt Demo – We will have an exhibition and demo of transmitter hunting. Be sure to bring your t-hunt gear to display.
  • Repeater Site Tour – We will have a group tour of the CARP Mile High repeater site which is a couple miles down the road.

RSVP

Please RSVP as soon as possible so we know what you are bringing and so we know how much burgers and dogs to bring!

Future FAA Rules Could Affect Some Amateur Radio Antenna Support Structures

FAA LogoYet-to-be-developed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules stemming from the recent passage in Congress of H.R. 636, the FAA Reauthorization Act, could pose additional marking requirements for a small number of Amateur Radio towers. The bill instructs the FAA to enact rules similar to state-level statutes now in place that are aimed at improving aircraft safety in the vicinity of meteorological evaluation towers (METs) set up in rural areas. In the wake of fatal crop dusting aircraft collisions with METs, often erected on short notice, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended in 2013 that states enact laws — sometimes called “crop duster” statutes — requiring marking and registration of METs. While some state crop duster laws exempt ham radio towers, the federal legislation does not. ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said, however, that the list of exemptions in the federal legislation restricts application of the new rules to a very small subset of Amateur Radio towers.

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