Fireworks Block Party July 2nd

DFS Fireworks Block Party Sponsored by CARP and Crunch Fitness

Tuesday, July 2nd from 7pm to 10pm CARP along with . Crunch Fitness will be presenting the DFS Fireworks Block Party at the new Crunch Fitness (284 W. Shaw, Clovis)

  • FREE pizza
  • FREE Fireworks Show
  • Register for give-aways for up to $500 in free fireworks.

Fireworks show will begin at 8:30pm.

Bring your own chair.

LightSail 2 Launches, Will Transmit CW Beacon

QST de W1AW  
Space Bulletin 004  ARLS004
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  June 27, 2019
To all radio amateurs

ARLS004 LightSail 2 Launches, Will Transmit CW Beacon

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 CubeSat, launched on June 25,
will transmit Morse code from space. LightSail is a citizen-funded
project to send a small spacecraft, propelled solely by sunlight,
into Earth’s orbit. The innovative satellite is due to be deployed
on July 2 from Prox-1, a Georgia Tech student-built spacecraft the
size of a small washing machine. Once deployed, LightSail 2 will
automatically transmit a beacon packet every few seconds, which can
be decoded into 238 lines of text telemetry describing the
spacecraft’s health and status, including everything from battery
status to solar sail deployment motor state. Every 45 seconds, the
spacecraft will transmit “LS2” on the spacecraft’s frequency of
437.025 MHz, within the Amateur Radio 70-centimeter band.

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CARP Fireworks Stand 2019

CARP DFS Fireworks Stand @ Crunch Fitness – 284 W Shaw, Clovis, CA

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will be selling DFS fireworks June 28 though July 5th, 2019. The stand is located at the new Crunch Fitness (the old Wilson’s Motorsports) at 284 W Shaw Ave in Clovis.

Please consider supporting CARP by purchasing your fireworks at the CARP DFS Stand.

If you would like to volunteer to help us out, please check out our signup page:


  • Friday, June 28 – 12pm – 10pm – Opening Day!
  • Saturday, June 29 – 10am – 10pm
  • Sunday June 30 – 10am – 10pm
  • Monday July 1 – 10am – 10pm
  • Tuesday, July 2 – 10am – 10pm
  • Wednesday, July 3 – 10am – 10pm
  • Thursday, July 4 – 10am – Midnight
  • Friday, July 5 – 10am – 10pm – Deep Discount Day!


Radio Amateur to Lose License as Part of Enforcement Case Settlement

A New Jersey radio amateur, David S. Larsen Sr., WS2L, of Highland Park, will surrender his Amateur Extra-class license and pay a $7,500 civil penalty as part of a Consent Decree with the FCC to settle an enforcement action. An FCC Enforcement Bureau Order released June 18 said Larsen violated the Communications Act of 1934 and Part 90 rules by operating on frequencies licensed to the Borough of Highland Park for public safety communication.

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Vandals in Coos County

Guy wires cut, causing radio tower used by Oregon firefighters to topple

“The tower at this location is used for emergency communication for Loggers, Fire Personnel and Ham Radio Operators,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “This is an integral piece of infrastructure in the woods in this particular region, especially with the onset of fire season. Loss of this capability is dangerous to responders, and could greatly impact logging and firefighting operations.” (CCSO)

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How To Increase Antenna Signal Strength Through Design

19 July 2017 | Reading Time: 3 minutes

Antennas are a core component of modern passive infrastructure. Understanding how to specify, design and install them is crucial to maintaining successful network performance the design of an antenna can have a substantial impact on signal strength.

Because of this, below we’ve outlined key antenna design considerations to increase signal strength.

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Ham Radio Satellites to Deploy from ISS

QST de W1AW  
Space Bulletin 003  ARLS003
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  June 14, 2019
To all radio amateurs

ARLS003 Ham Radio Satellites to Deploy from ISS

Three BIRDS-3 satellites with Amateur Radio payloads are scheduled
to be deployed from the International Space Station on Monday, June
17. The BIRDS-3 constellation includes CubeSats from three
countries: They are Nepal’s first satellite, NepaliSat-1; Uguisu
from Japan, and Sri Lanka’s first satellite, Raavana-1.

The primary mission of the BIRDS constellation is to provide
ciphered short messages via its 435.375 MHz beacon, giving the
opportunity for the Amateur Radio community to decipher the messages
using a publicly available key on the BIRDS-3 website at, .

Operators able to successfully decipher the message will be
recognized on the BIRDS-3 website and receive a BIRDS-3 QSL card.

Live streaming of the deployment starts at 0835 UTC at, . An April 11 Cygnus
resupply mission to the ISS delivered the three BIRDS-3 CubeSats and
three other CubeSats.

25% Cost Increase in the Fireworks? Let Your Voice be Heard!

Your Immediate Help Is Needed To Request An Exemption From A 25% Tariff On The Fireworks CARP and other non-profits sell.

The escalating trade clash between the United States and China has many U.S. companies on edge on how it will impact the cost of their goods that are sourced in China.  The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has published a list of approximately $300 billion of goods imported from China—including fireworks — on which the USTR is proposing to impose additional tariffs of up to 25%.  These tariffs could potentially be imposed on consumer fireworks as well as public display fireworks damaging the fundraising potential of thousands of nonprofits and forcing many communities to discontinue 4th of July fireworks shows because of the escalating cost.

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Amateur Radio in Fresno County and the Central Valley of California