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ARRL JANUARY VHF CONTEST 2019

The ARRL September VHF Contest starts January September 19th at 11:00 am and ends January 20th at 8:00 pm PST.

Club Competition

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will be participating in the Club Gavel Competition for the contest. All club members are encouraged to operate the contest from their home, portable or mobile station as they would normally during the contest. When submitting your logs, add “Club: Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers” to the log file and let us know that you participated in the contest. Your scores will count towards your normal individual or group awards and also be added to the club’s score to compete with other clubs in the area.

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The New Improved Nevada QSO Party in October!

The New Improved Nevada QSO Party in October!

The Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society is proud to present the Nevada QSO Party which will be an annual event on the second full weekend in October. This year it will start at 2000 hours Nevada time (PDST) on Friday, October 12 (0300z 10/13/2018) and run until 1400 on Sunday, October 14 (2100z 10/14/2017)

The objective of this contest is to activate and work all 17 of the counties in Nevada. Nevada stations will work anyone, anywhere, and out of state stations will work Nevada Stations. All stations may be worked on the three different modes for up to three times on each HF band and only once on the VHF+ frequencies. Rovers in Nevada can be worked again when they change counties.

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California QSO Party – October 6-7, 2018

CQP & improving your operating skills

From an operating point of view, what do Public Service, chasing DX or working contests have in common?

They all require accurate copy of information under stress – whether the stress of the moment, the adrenaline rush of rare DX or contest pile up, you have to accurately copy and relay information.

Entering a contest either casually to give some points or as a serious  effort, Contesting provides a great learning experience for information copy “under fire”.

The first weekend of October (October 6-7 this year) sees the 53rd running of the California QSO Party – a great opportunity for stations in California because everyone else HAS TO WORK US!

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ARRL Contest Certificates

The ARRL contest branch is now providing certificates online. While not all certificates earned are yet available, various ARRL contests from 2016-2018 are ready for download in either a jpeg or PDF format.

ARRL Award Certificate

If you are interested in contesting, the ARRL sponsored contests are a good way to start. Review the contest calendar to see what upcoming event you may want to have some fun participating in. Details and rules for each contest can be found by selecting a particular contest link from the calendar. A handheld, mobile, or home station can get in on the fun.

Did you know that at least three participants must submit a log with their respective club name in order for the club to be eligible for awards? All C.A.R.P. members callsigns are submitted to the contest branch in advance. To qualify, a member must enter “Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers” in the club name of the log file they submit, should they wish to share their individual points along with fellow club members. Individual efforts are still recognized. Submitting the log is easy too. Nothing to mail by post; a formatted text file log is uploaded via a web page. N1MM, a popular logging program, easily creates the log as you contest and allows you to export it when done.

Why contest? To test your gear. The VHF/UHF contest held three times a year is a good way to find out how far and how well your equipment receives and transmits. Whether from home or your a favorite camping spot, it is easy to get in on the fun. The two things you will need to know are your callsign and the first four characters of your current grid square, such as DM06 for the Fresno/Clovis area.

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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CQ World Wide DX Contest CW Logs to be Rescored Using Original Scoring Method

A change in scoring methodology for handling duplicate contacts in the CW weekend of the 2017 CQ World Wide DX Contest led to an inconsistency with the standards by which logs submitted for the SSB weekend of the same contest were scored. After considerable discussion and debate among members of the CQ WW Contest Committee and consultation with CQ management, it was decided to restore the original scoring methodology and to rescore all CW logs for the 2017 CQ WW DX. This is not expected to result in any changes to the order of finish. Updated scores will be published online on the CQ website and on the CQ World Wide DX Contest website. CQ will alert the contest community notified once the rescoring has been completed. — CQ World Wide Management

Source: ARRL.org

CARP Club Contest Contenders

The results are in! ARRL September 2017 VHF/UHF contest results show CARP club members earning significant scores in three different categories. With almost 500 submitted logs for this particular contest, the CARP club members scored quite well against the competition from around the country, Canada too.

W6KKO
W6KKO Single Op Portable

Ron Hunt (N6MTS) scored 76,320 points in the Classic Rover category. He used the callsign N6MTS/R during the exchange to identify his category. Ron worked multiple grid squares and a variety of frequencies from six meters to 24 GHz earning a position of third overall.

Rob Mavis (AE6GE) scored 48,246 points in the Unlimited Multioperator category from DM06. Rob worked in unison with Pat Fennacy (W6YEP) both using the callsign W6TV. Together they also worked a variety of frequencies from six meters to 24 GHz earning a position of fourth overall.

Rick Tyburski (W6KKO) scored 5,310 points in the Single Operator Portable category, which is limited to 10 watts or less. Rick worked the contest from the DM06 grid square using five bands from six meters to 33 cm earning third overall. With only 10 watts, the secret is having an 8000 foot antenna height. Try getting a city permit for that!

W6TV and W6KKO were also the Pacific Division winners in their respective categories.

Some additional local valley residents also worked this contest and submitted results for scoring. John Morrice (K6MI/R) scored 93,786 points in the Unlimited Rover Category, with Dave Smith (W6TE/R) right behind him at 74,664 points in the same category. Both were significant scores nationally for this contest.

Contesting takes some effort, but the experience provides an education. Are you interested in VHF/UHF contesting? Any of these contesters would be happy to share their experiences. Get a head start or figure it out yourself from the ground up. All competition is welcome.

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ARRL September VHF 2017

The ARRL September VHF Contest starts September 9th at 11:00 am and ends September 10th at 8:00 pm PDT.

Club Competition

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will be participating in the Club Gavel Competition for the contest. All club members are encouraged to operate the contest from their home, portable or mobile station as they would normally during the contest. When submitting your logs, add “Club: Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers” to the log file and let us know that you participated in the contest. Your scores will count towards your normal individual or group awards and also be added to the club’s score to compete with other clubs in the area.

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