History of the Power Cord

Nowadays, getting power to your devices really is just as simple as plugging something into a wall outlet, but it certainly took some time and effort to get to that point. Dating back to the 1800s, the invention and further development of power distribution has led us to the world of electrical convenience great inventors like Thomas Edison dreamed of. In the accompanying infographic, we’ll take a look at the electrifying history of the power cord, from the invention of vulcanized rubber to more modern means of insulation and conduction. Grab a seat, plug in, and read on to learn more! Continue reading History of the Power Cord

Revised FCC Form 605 Will Ask Applicants “the Felony Question”

A revised FCC Form 605 — Quick-Form Application for Authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Services — going into effect in September will ask all applicants to indicate if they have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony. The Communications Act obliges the Commission to ask “the felony question,” as it did on the old Form 610 and still does on other applications. This action will correct its omission on Form 605, which has existed for years. Applicants’ responses and explanations will be used to determine eligibility to be a Commission licensee. The FCC told ARRL that it’s still deciding whether to issue a public notice on the change.

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CARP Summer Break 2017

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers is currently on summer break. There will be no CARP meetings in the months of July or August. Even though we do not have any meetings in the summer months the club has many other activities. Keep checking here on the CARP website and/or check into our Thursday night nets for announcements for our other activities.

Amateur Radio Parity Act is Introduced in US Senate

The Amateur Radio Parity Act was introduced in the US Senate on July 12, marking another step forward for this landmark legislation. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are the Senate sponsors. The measure will, for the first time, guarantee all radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities governed by a homeowner’s association (HOA) or subject to any private land use regulations, the right to erect and maintain effective outdoor antennas at their homes. The Senate bill, S. 1534, is identical to H.R. 555, which passed the US House of Representatives in January.

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Kenwood’s 70th anniversary commemoration model”TS-590SG 70″ with “TRIO” logo

Kenwood TS-590SG 70th Anniversary Editiion
Kenwood TS-590SG 70th Anniversary Editiion

JVC Kenwood Co., Ltd. will release 70 special limited HF / 50 MHz transceiver “TS-590SG 70” with a “TRIO” logo as a model commemorating the 70th anniversary of Kenwood establishment from mid September. The price is 240,000 yen (tax excluded). Reservations will be accepted from July 24th to September 6th at a ham shop that handles the company’s radio.

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Tour de Lakes 2017 Comm Volunteers Needed


Tour de Lakes


Between Shaver Lake, Dinkey Creek, Wishon and Courtright Lakes


Saturday July 29, 2017 – 0800-1500


Assignments vary between 0800 and 1500 hrs.


To provide health and safety radio communications between event locations.


Need 6-12 amateur radio communications volunteers.

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



Contact Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking: SignUp

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

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 

May 6, 2017 – Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride / Hinds Hospice Angel Babies Walk 

June 24, 2017 – Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride

July 29, 2017 – Tour de Lakes – SignUp

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

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


In commemoration of the 20th anniversary, the ARISS team is planning to transmit a set of 12 SSTV images that capture the accomplishments of ARISS over that time. While still to be scheduled, they anticipate the SSTV operation to occur around the weekend of July 15. This is now scheduled for Thursday, July 20 until Monday July 24 1800 UTC.
(I record the received audio and then later decode it using a program like MMSSTV)

ARISS Article
FM SSTV downlink (Worldwide) 145.800 MHz
ISS Live Tracking

SSTV received image
Previously received SSTV image

An SSTV image sent from the ISS on Sunday 7/23/2017 around 10:00 PM Pacific. This was a visible pass of the ISS so it was easily tracked with the naked eye, making it easy to aim the antenna.

SSTV capture on 7/23/2017

Group Selected to Pursue DXpedition to Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge

The Pacific Islands Refuges and Monuments Office of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has selected the Dateline DX Association (DDXA) — the DXpedition group that activated Howland Island in 2009 and Wake Island in 1998 — to pursue a DXpedition to Baker Island. Dates have not yet been determined. Baker and Howland Islands (KH1) are part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM), created by former President George W. Bush in 2009. Baker and Howland is the fourth most-wanted DXCC entity on Club Log’s DXCC Most Wanted List.

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Band Plan Proposed for Eventual 472-479 kHz Use

ARRL 630-Meter Experiment Coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR, has proposed an informal band plan for the pending 472-479 kHz band. Raab said that once US radio amateurs are granted access to 630 meters, he would move stations operating under the blanket WD2XSH FCC Experimental (Part 5) license to 461-472 kHz.

“This will clear the amateur frequencies, while allowing the experimenters to run unattended propagation beacons without using the limited bandwidth that will be available to amateurs,” Raab explained in his spring 630-Meter Experiment Project Status quarterly report. “The new 630-meter band will have a very limited amount of spectrum (7 kHz).”

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