I would like to thank you and the club for bestowing the honor of being the first recipient of the CARP Lifetime Achievement Award. I was very surprised and humbled when I received it. I always looked forward to the public service events and having the ability to practice our craft.
I think the club is blessed with a great bunch of people that are your board members. They work tirelessly trying to keep the club funded, trained and active. They put hours upon hours preparing for the rides, walks and runs that we serve as emergency communicators.
I have now moved to Albuquerque New Mexico and have yet to join the local Ham Radio Club; I am hoping that that club will be as active and committed to public service as CARP is. That will be a tough act to follow.
I will continue to follow the club’s activities through the website and emails. You all have a special place in my heart and I will always cherish my memories of the group and all the friends that I have left behind in the valley.
After careful consideration regarding the health and safety of our members, supported groups and the public, the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person meetings and public service event participation for the remainder of the year. We will evaluate the following season based on current state and local guidelines for social distancing and gatherings.
Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, including government restrictions on public gatherings, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to gather and provide support for other organizations at this time but we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today.
We will continue to hold our weekly on-air net meetings. We are also exploring options to provide our members with virtual online monthly meetings so the club may perform it’s business.
We will also continue to monitor the situation and in the event that environmental conditions change, we will revisit our stance on this issue at that time.
After many years of dedicated service to amateur radio and the local community, it is time to say farewell and good luck to Glen Caine N6HEW as he hangs up his EMCOMM hat and moves his family to New Mexico.
Glen has been married to his high school sweetheart Vicki KA6MDM for 51 years and they have two grown adopted daughters Heather and Holly. In 2011 he retired from the County of Fresno after 27 years as an electrician where he worked for 10 years at Valley Medical Center and 17 years at the Fresno County Jail.
He first moved to Fresno in 1971. He obtained his Novice amateur radio license in 1981 with the callsign KA6GDS; upgraded to General in 1991 and then Advanced Class operator in 1984 with the callsign N6HEW.
Glen’s first amateur radio Emergency Communications (EMCOMM) deployment was in the early 1980’s due to the Fresno FMC Factory Fire. Local officials were worried about toxic chemical release. Glen worked communications at a Red Cross shelter as well as the Fresno County OES in the Health Department building on the Fulton Mall.
With the state and local government stay-at-home orders due to the current COVID-19 pandemic all CARP meetings and activities are suspended until further notice. Please check back here and into the Thursday CARP Net for the latest CARP news and activities.
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.