ARRL Issues a call to action in defense of Part 97 Allocations in the 3 and 5 GHz Bands

FCC WT Docket 19-348, issued on December 16 th , says:

“This NPRM proposes to remove the existing non-federal secondary radiolocation and amateur allocations in the 3.3-3.55 GHz band and to relocate incumbent non-federal operations out of the band and seeks comment on appropriate transition mechanisms.”

If adopted, this NPRM will severely curtail growth of one of the newest and most effective means for Amateurs to support emergency communications, that is ham, radio networking. 

Existing installations will be severely curtailed or, with no reasonable alternatives, be forced to cease operations.  Thousands of hams have built or are in the process of constructing high-speed data networks using, in part the 3 GHz ham microwave allocations.

You are urged to file your comment in opposition to this NPRM. A simple comment opposing the NPRM can be filed at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=19-
348&sort=date_disseminated,DESC

Detailed instructions on how to submit an effective comment can be found at https://www.arednmesh.org/content/templates-submit-comments-3-ghz-fcc-docket-19-348

Because the 3 GHz amateur allocation is not shared with any other service, it’s become a very effective method of implementing high performance “backbone” links on the ham radio network. I urge all hams, whether on the ham mesh network or not, to submit a comment opposing this NPRM.

There are instructions at the URL mentioned above detailing how an agency can file a comment in opposition to this NPRM. If as part of your ham radio support for emergency services you work closely with such an agency, please encourage them to file a comment.

To make matters worse, the FCC has opened WT Docket 19-138, which states:

“The FCC adopted a NPRM that takes a fresh and comprehensive look at the rules for the 5.9 GHz band and proposes, among other things, to make the band’s lower 45 MHz available for unlicensed operations and to permit C-V2X) in the upper 20 MHz”

If you look at the ham radio allocation in the 5 GHz band, you can see that the FCC’s intention to convert that chunk of bandwidth to unlicensed operation directly impacts the prime spot for ham radio networking, for both user access and backbone links.

Please consider submitting comments in opposition to these NPRMs. If they both are implemented

The last day to submit comments is February 15th.

CARP Meeting – Jan 3, 2020

Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN)

If you missed Orv Beach W6BI’s presentation on AREDN at Pacificon 2019, here is you chance to see him in person at the January CARP meeting where he will be giving a presentation on AREDN.

AREDN has been used for many appliactions in southern California and we would like to see it expand into the Central Valley. So come on out and see what it is all about.

For some more information here is the AREDN Beginners Guide.

Date/Time:

Friday January 3, 2020 at 7:00pm

Location:

Clovis Senior Activities Center Classroom
850 4th St
Clovis, CA 93612

CARP Christmas Party Friday December 6th, 2019

BE SURE TO SIGN UP/RSVP FOR THE EVENT NOW!

To thank members for their support throughout the year, CARP will host a Pot-Luck style Christmas Party. The main dishes of Ham, Turkey and Tri-tip will be provided by the club and side-dishes will be brought by attendees.

There will be a prize drawing for members.

Date/Time:

Friday December 6th 2019 at 7:00 pm

Location:

Clovis Senior Center – Classroom
850 Fourth Street
Clovis, CA

RSVP

RSVP via the CARP Christmas Party RSVP/Signup Page.

Contact:

info@k6arp.org

CARP Annual Business Meeting 2019

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers November meeting will be the Club’s Annual Business Meeting. At the meeting we will hold the 2020/21 elections and address any business that comes before the meeting.

Elections

Nominations were taken in the month of September per CARP Bylaws. There are three (3) seats open on the Board of Directors for term 2020-2021.

The nominees that will be voted for are:

  • James Majors K6JDM
  • Tom Reinhart N6MQG
  • Norm Shomber WB6LLW
  • Steve Orman N6PLE

Date/Time:

Friday, November 3rd, 2017 at 7:00pm

Location:

Clovis Senior Center
850 4th St
Clovis, CA 93612

Contact:

info@k6arp.org

Comm Volunteers Needed: Raymond Ride November 16, 2019

Amateur Radio operators are needed to assist in providing radio communications for the Event. 

Date/Time

Saturday November 16, 2019, 0600-1700

Location

Various locations around the Central Valley.

Mission

To provide health and safety communications between designated locations and event coordinator.

Manpower Needed

15+ Communications Volunteers

How to Signup

Sign up online by clicking: Sign up

More Info

Rob Mavis AE6GE – ae6ge@k6arp.org

Amateur Radio Technician Class October 2019

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers is pleased to offer the community a series of educational classes to help citizens obtain an Amateur Radio License from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 

This first level license class will cover all the topics and subjects found in the Technician level exam and expose participants to the theory and application of radio communications. If you have an interest in emergency communications, friendly conversation, public service, technological challenges, this class will introduce you to the hobby, sport, and field that is amateur radio communications and prepare you to sit for the FCC exam. 

This class is not mandatory but is a great way to learn for the exam and hear real world experience. In just a few short weeks for just two nights a week, you’ll be taught by other amateur radio operators who are passionate about amateur radio and willing to share their knowledge with you.

To get the most from the classes, some homework is encouraged (Pre-Study Guide Homework). Those that attend ALL CLASSES have a much higher chance of passing the exam their first time. The test is only 35 questions and you must achieve 74% or better to pass. You can do it with our help!

The material the classes will cover originate from the book Gordon West Technician Class 2018-2022 FCC Element 2 Radio License Preparation, 9th Edition. While not necessary, it is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED that you purchase a copy BEFORE the class. Copies can be purchased online at Amazon.com or directly from W5YI.org.

We look forward to seeing you in class and taking your first step in official amateur radio communications!

Class Dates

  • Tuesday, October 29, 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, October 30, 6pm-9pm
  • Tuesday, November 5, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, November 7, 6pm-9pm
  • Tuesday, November 12, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, Nobember 14, 6pm-9pm
  • Tuesday, November 19, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, November 21, 6pm-9pm (Exam Night)

Location

Police Science Institute/ The Range Pistol Club
5133 N Gates Ave #102
Fresno, CA 93722

Sponsored by:

Signup for Classes

CARP Technician Class Signup Form

Contact for More Info:

VE Examiners Needed – Fresno – November 21, 2019

Corrected day of week: Thurdsday.

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers (CARP) is offering  an amateur radio VE Exam Session. Amateur Radio Volunteer (VE) Examiners are needed. If available please email Rob AE6GE ae6ge@k6arp.org.

Date/Time:

Thursday, November 21, 2019 from  6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location

Police Science Institute/ The Range Pistol Club
5133 N Gates Ave #102
Fresno, CA 93722

Contact for More Info:

Rob  AE6GE – ae6ge@k6arp.org

Amateur Radio in Fresno County and the Central Valley of California