2017 EMCOMM Events

February 18, 2017 – Rotary Chocolate Run – Woodward Park 

March 5, 2017 – Sanger Blossom Trail 10K – Sanger, CA 

April 1, 2017 – California Classic Bicycle Ride 

April 29, 2017 – March of Dimes – SignUp

May 6, 2017 – Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride – SignUp

June 24, 2017 – Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride – SignUp

September 16, 2017 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride – SignUp

October 14, 2017 – Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride – SignUp

New Bands! FCC Issues Amateur Radio Service Rules for 630 Meters and 2,200 Meters 03/31/2017

It’s been a long time coming, but the Amateur Service will get two new bands in the near future. The FCC on March 28 adopted rules that will allow secondary Amateur Radio access to 472-479 kHz (630 meters) and to 135.7-137.8 kHz (2,200 meters), with minor conditions. The FCC Report and Order (R&O) spells out the details. It allocates 472-479 kHz to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis and amends Part 97 to provide for Amateur Service use of that band as well as of the previously allocated 135.7-137.8 kHz band. The R&O also amends Part 80 rules to authorize radio buoy operations in the 1900-2000 kHz band under a ship station license. Just when the new Part 97 rules will go into effect is difficult to determine just yet; more on that below.

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The Netherlands Modifies 5 MHz Amateur Radio Privileges to Conform with WRC-15 Global Allocation

Telecommunication regulators in The Netherlands have scaled back considerably the liberal 60-meter privileges announced for radio amateurs in that country just days after the conclusion of World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15). Since December 2015, amateurs in The Netherlands have had access to a 100-kHz wide amateur band at 5 MHz, with a maximum power of 100 W.

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Sunnyvale Ham Radio Outlet closes after 26 years

by: Victoria Kezra

Photo Jacqueline Ramseyer/Bay Area News Group/March 22, 2017The Ham Radio Outlet closed its Sunnyvale location on March 22.  Regulars, from left, Bob Eggers (KD6US), Mike Gitschel (K6QFO), Gail Harris (AA6GH) and Noel Petersen (WA6UAP) came to say goodbye with longtime employees Store Manager Jon Kelley (K6WV), third from right, Paul LeDoux (KI6DRN) and Reg Dellaquila (K6SSJ).
Photo Jacqueline Ramseyer/Bay Area News Group/March 22, 2017The Ham Radio Outlet closed its Sunnyvale location on March 22. Regulars, from left, Bob Eggers (KD6US), Mike Gitschel (K6QFO), Gail Harris (AA6GH) and Noel Petersen (WA6UAP) came to say goodbye with longtime employees Store Manager Jon Kelley (K6WV), third from right, Paul LeDoux (KI6DRN) and Reg Dellaquila (K6SSJ).

The Sunnyvale Ham Radio Outlet signed off for the final time Wednesday after 26 years as a hub for Silicon Valley’s amateur radio community.

Due in part to rising rent in the city, the outlet at 510 Lawrence Expressway chose to close its doors and merge operations with its Oakland location, according to shop employees.

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Two-Way Radio Users Worried California’s Cellphone Ban Is Too Broad

by: Macy Jenkins

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Back in January, it became illegal to hold your cell phone while driving. But now some drivers say the law unfairly targets radio users as well and they want that to change.

“I’m driving down the road and talking on this radio,” said Norm Lucas, holding his high frequency radio microphone. “Doing that simple act while driving is a $20 ticket.”

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California Classic 2017 Comm Volunteers Needed

When

Saturday April 1, 2017. Time: Various throughout the day (assignment times vary)

Where

Fresno, CA and outlying areas.

Mission:

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

Manpower needed:

~18+ communications volunteers.

Contact:

Contact Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking: California Classic 2017 Comm Volunteer Signup

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

Hamming it up: Whether used for hobby or emergency, ham radio is booming form of communication

By Pippi Mayfield

DULUTH — They are considered the last line of communication. When everything else fails, they can bridge the communication gap and connect people.

Doug Nelson and Dave Miller are just two of the 750,000 registered amateur radio — better known as ham radio — users.

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Amateur Radio in Fresno County and the Central Valley of California