Pending Repeater on the air on 147.675 MHz

There is a new repeater on the air on the CARP 2-meter repeater pair of 147.675/147.075 Mhz. The repeater is out of Redwood City area and is currently in pending status with NARCC. We have been asked if we have had any problems/interference from the new repeater.

If you have noticed any new interference, please report it to immediately. Also if you have the opportunity to monitor the 147.675 Mhz repeater that would be greatly appreciated.

ARRL Website Has New Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Page
June 29, 2015

Now that there is Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 legislation in both chambers of the US Congress, the League has a combined web page to accommodate activities on behalf of the two bills. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 is H.R. 1301 in the US House of Representatives and S. 1685 in the US Senate. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 page provides a clearing house for all information on these identical pieces of legislation.

US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced H.R. 1301 on March 4 with bipartisan support. US Sen Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced S. 1685 on June 26, with Sen Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) as an original cosponsor.

The bill would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” or CC&Rs. PRB-1 now only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances, and the FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.

H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure. S 1685 has been referred to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, which is chaired by the Sen Wicker, the Senate bill’s sponsor.

ARRL members are urged to contact their members of Congress in both the House and the Senate, asking them to sign on to the bill as cosponsors. Route letters to your member of Congress to ARRL, ATTN Amateur Radio Parity Act Grassroots Campaign, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. Correspondence will be sorted at ARRL Headquarter and hand delivered to the appropriate US representatives and senators.

The House version of The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 has attracted support from 83 cosponsors, as of June 29.

October 2015 CARP Meeting – SKYWARN/Severe Weather Spotter Training Program

The National Weather Service from Hanford, California will be presenting the annual Severe Weather Spotter / SKYWARN training at the October CARP Meeting.

This is a great program for not only spotter training but also a great education on weather.

Friday October 2nd, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Clovis Senior Center
850 Fourth Street
Clovis, CA

Letters to Members of Congress Offer Biggest Boost to Amateur Radio Parity Act

ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has told Section Mangers that while promotion and positive publicity about the Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 1301) are always helpful, the most useful action radio amateurs can take is to contact their members of Congress, urging them to sign on as a bill cosponsor. As of June 9, 72 members of the US House in both parties were listed as cosponsors to the proposed legislation, which would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land-use restrictions. Craigie told the SMs that the grassroots campaign supporting HR 1301 needs more letters.

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CARP Fireworks Stand 2015

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers Fireworks stand will be on the northeast corner of Fowler and Ashlan in Clovis, CA. The stand will be open Sunday June 28 through July 4.

Help support us by purchasing your fireworks from our stand. The funds raised by stand help to pay for club expenses, provide for club parties and activities, helps maintain and upgrade the CARP repeater system.

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CARP Club Competition in June VHF 2015

The ARRL June VHF Contest is the weekend of June 13 and 14, 2015. Look for K6ARP up on Bear Mountain, 26 miles east of Fresno in grid DM06ir. We will have 6 meters through 24 GHz. If you want to try to make a contact the phone at the site is 559-332-2801.

Club Competition

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will be participating in the Club Gavel Competition for the contest. All club members are encouraged to operate the contest from their home, portable or mobile station as they would normally during the contest. When submitting your logs, add “Club: Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers” to the log file and let us know that you participated in the contest. Your scores will count towards your normal individual or group awards and also be added to the club’s score to compete with other clubs in the area.

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Special Event Station Sponsored by CARP at Moonlight Madness

Presented by the Clovis Independent Four Wheeler’s by special use permit from the Sierra National Forest. Rob Mavis (AE6GE), Lee Berger (KJ6YSV), & Greg Waters (KJ6OUI) will be operating HF, VHF, and UHF portable radios at the Clovis Independent four wheel club, “Moonlight Madness” Bald Mt. base camp. A get on the air (GOTA) station will be available for all those participating at the poker run.  A Boafeng UV-82 HT radio has been donated in CARP’s name and will be a raffle prize. A special event FCC license has been approved for this event from June 21 to June 29. The call sign is K6M (Kilo 6 Mike).

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CARP Fireworks Stand Fundraiser 2015 – Volunteers Needed

CARP Fireworks Stand Fundraiser Volunteers Needed

The CARP Fireworks Stand is coming soon. The stand will be open from June 28 through July 4, 2015.

This is CARPs major fundraiser which allows us to maintain and upgrade the repeater system, pay for meeting location rental, insurance and provide the summer and Christmas parties. The more volunteers we get to help with the stand helps make things run easier.

The tentative schedule is:

  • Sun June 28 – 12pm – 9pm (Setup at 10am)
  • Mon June 29 – 5pm – 9pm
  • Tue June 30 – 5pm – 9pm
  • Wed July 1 – 3pm – 9pm
  • Thu July 2 – 3pm – 9pm
  • Fri July 3 – 8am – 11pm
  • Sat July 4 – 8am – Midnight

To access the signup form click here: 2015 CARP Fireworks Stand Signup or for more infor email to:

FCC Eliminates Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Regulatory Fee
May 22, 2015

The FCC is eliminating the regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur Radio vanity call sign. The change will not go into effect, however, until required congressional notice has been given. This will take at least 90 days. As the Commission explained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Report and Order, and Order (MD Docket 14-92 and others), released May 21, it’s a matter of simple economics.

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USNA APRS/PSK31 CubeSats Offer Something Different
May 28, 2015

The APRS/PSK31-equipped US Naval Academy satellites appear to be operating, with one exception, according to Bob Bruninga, WB4APR. The CubeSats were launched on May 20 from Cape Canaveral. The launch included a pair of 1.5U CubeSats — the PSAT APRS/PSK31 satellite and BRICsat, a propulsion/PSK31 satellite — as well as a 3U CubeSat, USS Langley (Unix Space Server Langley). The launch also included The Planetary Society’s LightSail-1.

PSAT, a student satellite project named in honor of USNA alum Bradford Parkinson, of GPS fame, contains an APRS transponder for relaying remote telemetry, sensor, and user data from remote users and Amateur Radio environmental experiments or other data sources back to Amateur Radio experimenters via a global network of Internet-linked ground stations.

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