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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CARP Meeting – June 7, 2019

June is our last meeting for the summer break. There will be no meetings in July or August. So as a kick-off to summer 2019 we will have a little party. Steve NA6G will be MCing the CARP Trivia night. Come on out and have some fun, and possibly win some prizes.

We will also be serving root beer floats!

Fireworks Stand Fundraiser Training will also take place.


Friday June 7, 2019 @ 7:00pm


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

CARP Fireworks Stand Fundraiser Signup

The CARP Fireworks stand is the group’s largest fundraiser of the year. This year, we have again partnered with Discount Fireworks Superstore. The stand will be open from June 28 through July 5th.

We need as many volunteers from our club membership as possible! Spouses and children (18 and over) are also welcome. We will provide snacks and drinks for the duration of your shift.

Please use the following link to access the Signup Form to note the date(s) and time(s) you or a family member are available to Volunteer:

Thank you for supporting the community through Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers.

See the CARP Fireworks Stand Page for more details on the fundraiser.

Climb to Kaiser 2019 Comm Volunteers Needed

Climb to Kaiser – Communications Support

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers along with amateur radio operators of the Central Valley help provide communications support for the Fresno Cycling Club’s Climb to Kaiser bicycle ride.

If you can help, please signup using the link at the bottom of the post.


Saturday June 22, 2019. Time:  varies between 0400~2400hrs


Fresno, CA


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

Manpower needed:

15-20+ amateur radio communications volunteers.


Contact James Majors or Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking: Climb to Kaiser Amateur Radio Comm Volunteer Signup

James Majors K6JDM –
Rob Mavis AE6GE –

Amateur Radio in Fresno County and the Central Valley of California