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August 4th, 2018 T-Hunt Recap

An early Saturday morning start found the transmitter hunters in cooler temperatures, as they raced to find the fox (N6MQG). This particular hunt was a timed based hunt. The first to find both transmitters would be the winner.

There were five teams for this event:
– AE6GE & N6MTS
– K6KTP
– KG6MSV & KK6MIC
– W6KKO
– NI6G & K6MI

The main transmitter was less than two miles away and offered a strong signal. The fox had deployed an omnidirectional antenna along with a hearty battery to handle the output.

Upon locating the main transmitter, the hunters were to read a card that identified the second frequency to triangulate. Unfortunately, all hunters did not observe the card, as it was not secured at the location and fell to the ground. For those that did find it and tuned to the alternate frequency, they found the fox talking to them, who was a short distance away. Other hunters were advised of the frequency over-the-air and eventually all hunters located the fox. A while later the hunters and fox gathered to enjoy some breakfast at Huckleberry’s and recount their efforts during the hunt.

The next T-Hunt is Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 PM. The starting point is Letterman Park. Mike (KG6MSV) will be the fox.

The order of those finding the fox were:
1. Mike (KG6MSV) & Jacob (KK6MIC) w/his son Hunter
2. Eric (NI6G)
3. John (K6MI)
4. Ron (N6MTS) & Rob (AE6GE)
5. Marty (K6KTP)
6. Rick (W6KKO)*

Parachute Mobile Mission 32 – August 25, 2018

Two missions completed, two more to go. Come join us! Make a contact with a skydiver.

Time:

We hope to have the first jump around 10 A.M. Go to parachutemobile.org on mission day for updates or monitor the W6CX Repeater at 147.060+ 100

Frequencies:

FM QSOs on 146.430 simplex
HF QSOs on 14.250

EchoLink:

NE6RD-L

APRS:

Track each skydive by their callsigns. Mark, AF6IM; Rob, KC6TYD.

Live streaming video:

Ustream.tv/channel/mfwright.com

QSL Card:

If you make a contact with a skydiver please email Rob at kc6tyd@gmail.com and state the jump number, name of the skydiver, and approximate time.

As always, we do not have control of the airplane or weather so this event is subject to delay or cancellation.

Johnson Space Center Amateur Radio Club Fires Up 1950s Vintage Gear for NASA on the Air Special Event

W5RRR, the Johnson Space Center Amateur Radio Club (JSCARC), is on the air as part of the NASA on the Air (NOTA) year-long special event — one of 12 NASA ham club stations participating in the event, which celebrates significant NASA milestones as the agency observes its 60th anniversary.

This week, JSCARC members will focus operations on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters, as well as on satellites. A commemorative 1958 vintage vacuum tube vintage station will be activated. It pairs a Johnson Ranger transmitter and Courier amplifier with a Hammarlund HQ-145C receiver, courtesy of Kenneth Goodwin, K5RG, a JSARC member.

“This station will be used to make CW, SSB, and AM QSOs,” Keith Brandt, WD9GET, said. “In addition, our other shack radios will use SSB, FT8, FM, CW, and SSTV to make contacts on all bands.”

A special 60th anniversary QSL card — designed by AB5SS — will be available with an SASE for contacts made only to JSC Amateur Radio Club, 2101 NASA Rd. 1 M/C AW7, Houston, TX 77058. A certificate is available for top stations that work modes and bands across the NOTA NASA centers.

Source: ARRL.org

FCC Proposes $18,000 Fine in Louisiana Amateur Radio Interference Case

The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) proposing to fine Jerry W. Materne, KC5CSG, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, $18,000 “for apparently causing intentional interference and for apparently failing to provide station identification on amateur radio frequencies,” the FCC said.

“Mr. Materne was previously warned regarding this behavior in writing by the Enforcement Bureau and, given his history as a repeat offender, these apparent violations warrant a significant penalty,” the FCC said in the NAL, released on July 25.

In 2017, the FCC received numerous complaints alleging that Materne was causing interference to the W5BII repeater, preventing other amateur licensees from using it. In March 2017, the repeater trustee banned Materne from using the repeater.

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HAM-DESIGNED GEAR USED IN THAILAND CAVE RESCUE

by: Al Williams


Unless you live in a cave, you’ve probably heard a little about the thirteen people — mostly children — trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand. What you may have missed, though, is the hacker/ham radio connection. The British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) was asked for their expert help. [Rick Stanton], [John Volanthen] and [Rob Harper] answered the call. They were equipped with HeyPhones. The HeyPhone is a 17-year-old design from [John Hey, G3TDZ]. Sadly, [G3TDZ] is now a silent key (ham radio parlance for deceased) so he didn’t get to see his design play a role in this high-profile rescue, although it has apparently been a part of many others in the past.

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ARRL Urges Regulatory Regime to Keep Non-Amateur Satellites off Amateur Spectrum

ARRL wants the FCC to facilitate bona fide Amateur Satellite experimentation by educational institutions under Part 97 Amateur Service rules, while precluding the exploitation of amateur spectrum by commercial, small-satellite users authorized under Part 5 Experimental rules. In comments filed on July 9 in an FCC proceeding to streamline licensing procedures for small satellites, ARRL suggested that the FCC adopt a “a bright line test” to define and distinguish satellites that should be permitted to operate under Amateur-Satellite rules, as opposed to non-amateur satellites that could be authorized under Part 5 Experimental rules.

“Specifically, it is possible to clarify which types of satellite operations are properly considered amateur experiments conducted pursuant to a Part 97 Amateur Radio license, and [those] which should be considered experimental, non-amateur facilities, properly authorized by a Part 5 authorization.”

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FCC Administrative Law Judge Terminates Long-Standing Amateur License Renewal Case

In a July 9 Order, FCC Administrative Law Judge Richard L. Sippel has ended the decade-old license renewal proceeding involving William Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYJ), of Diamond Springs, California, upon a motion by Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary C. Harold. Termination of the proceeding and the dismissal of Crowell’s license renewal application followed his refusal to appear for a hearing in Washington, DC, to consider his license renewal and other issues in an enforcement proceeding that dates back 15 years or more.

“Crowell’s decision not to appear at the hearing has the same practical effect as if he had initially failed, pursuant to Section 1.221(c) of the Rules, to file a written notice of appearance or otherwise signal his intent to participate in the hearing on his pending renewal application, i.e., he has waived his right to prosecute that application,” Harold said in the Enforcement Bureau’s June 12 motion to dismiss Crowell’s license renewal application.

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Amateur Operator Penalized for Interference on Shared Frequencies

by: Susan Ashworth

FCC said operator caused interference and failed to provide station identification

An amateur radio operator has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission over intentional interference with other transmissions — and as a result has agreed to pay the U.S. government $7,000.

The FCC and the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania found that Brian Crow, an amateur operator, violated the Communications Act and the commission’s rules by causing interference and failing to provide station identification when transmitting.

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CARP Field Day Tower Setup

Well, there were several folks that were saddened by the cancelling of the Fresno Amateur Radio Club Field Day this year in Clovis.  But with the temperatures predicted to be well up in the 100s, nobody was excited about all the work necessary to setup the event and then have few people show up, just to sweat.  Perhaps FARC will rethink the plan for next year, hoping the heat may not be a factor.

But with all the concern about a field day site, the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers planned on having their Field Day Event at the Pine Ridge School, at an elevation of 4500 feet (yes, right where FARC used to have theirs several years ago).  That was probably a good decision because the temperatures at that location proved to be about 12 degrees cooler than the valley floor in Clovis.  But the last minute cancelling the FARC event, also meant that the reserved portable tower trailer now became available for use by the CARP club.  So at the last minute the trailer was towed up the hill to the Pine Ridge School and setup for the  CARP Field Day event.

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New Club Repeater

Motorola Quantar analog FM and P25 digital repeater

Location: Clovis Water Tower
Frequency: 443.225 + offset
Modes: Analog FM & P25
CTCSS: 141.3
NAC: $514

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers are  pleased to announce a new club repeater. It is located in downtown Clovis at the water tower facility. The repeater is a Motorola Quantar that was kindly donated by the City of Clovis. In addition to the donation, the facility includes coaxial line and an antenna that is approximately 120 feet above ground level. (Members attending the June club meeting were given an early hint)

Mark Rau, Communications Manager for the City of Clovis, played a key role in providing this new resource for licensed amateur radio operators. In addition, club technical committee member Dr. Michael Moya and club President Rob Mavis assisted with donations of equipment. Their efforts also included time to calibrate, tune and install the new repeater gear.

The donated repeater has a bit of history. It was previously used by the Clovis Police Department as channel #1. It will be enjoyed in the future during community events where licensed amateur radio operators provide communications during walks, runs and rides here in the central valley.

Although it was previously used in analog FM, the Motorola Quantar repeater provides mixed mode of analog FM and digital in the form of P25; both of these modes are enabled on the repeater. It is recommended that a tone squelch be engaged in order to avoid hearing the P25 carrier when that mode is used. The tone squelch is 141.3, the same as the TX tone.

Please note that additional hardware was needed. The funds for that are generated by the C.A.R.P. fireworks stand. Membership dues are appreciated and cover rental fees for the meeting location, but the primary funds to maintain and improve club radio repeaters and equipment comes from the once a year fund raiser. Your assistance working in the booth is needed. Consider spending some time with your fellow members every year at the stand. This year it will be located in the parking lot of the Der Wienerschnitzel on Shaw Ave. in Clovis. The club is providing refreshments and it is a perfect time to also enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow members. Spouses and family can help sell too! (Age 18 and over)