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CARP December Membership Meeting

The December CARP meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on December 4, 2020 at 7:00pm.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 CARP Christmas Party has been cancelled. In lieu of the in-person party CARP will be holding the December meeting virtually for our members and guests.

Icom IC-2730A
Drawing Prize
Icom IC-2730A

In the spirit of the season and tradition of the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers we will have a drawing for the club membership. During the meeting we will be giving away an Icom IC-2730A Dual-band mobile tranciever. Only current members in good standing will be eligible for the drawing and you must be present in the zoom meeting to win.

How to join a Zoom meeting via the internet – Greater Northwest Area of The  United Methodist Church

Join Zoom Meeting December 2, 2020 at 7:00pm:
https://fresnostate.zoom.us/j/88287005641

CARP 2020 BoD Election Results

The following two members accepted nomination and were quailified for the CARP 2020 Board of Directors Election:

  • Rob Mavis AE6GE
  • Steve Bassett NA6G

As there are only two seats up for election and there are only two nominees, the CARP bylaws dictate that these nominees are elected without further action.

Congratulations to Rob & Steve elected to the CARP Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 term!

April CARP Meeting Cancelled

With the health concerns about the COVID-19 virus, the Clovis Senior Center has temporarily closed. The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will in turn follow suit and cancel our April Meeting.

We will continue to follow the progress of the issue and determine how to proceed with each follwing CARP activity on a case-by-case basis.

Fireworks Block Party July 2nd

DFS Fireworks Block Party Sponsored by CARP and Crunch Fitness

Tuesday, July 2nd from 7pm to 10pm CARP along with . Crunch Fitness will be presenting the DFS Fireworks Block Party at the new Crunch Fitness (284 W. Shaw, Clovis)

  • FREE pizza
  • FREE Fireworks Show
  • Register for give-aways for up to $500 in free fireworks.

Fireworks show will begin at 8:30pm.

Bring your own chair.

Vandals in Coos County

Guy wires cut, causing radio tower used by Oregon firefighters to topple

“The tower at this location is used for emergency communication for Loggers, Fire Personnel and Ham Radio Operators,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “This is an integral piece of infrastructure in the woods in this particular region, especially with the onset of fire season. Loss of this capability is dangerous to responders, and could greatly impact logging and firefighting operations.” (CCSO)

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Sept VHF 2018 Results are in!

The full final results have been published for the 2018 ARRL September VHF Contest.

I operated AE6GE Single Op High Power (SOHP) from the W6TV Contest Station located on Bear Mountain east of Fresno (DM06). Operating 6-meters through 1.2 GHz I accumulated a score of 17,697. Not my best score but OK for the amount of activity on the bands. The score was enough to take the Pacific Division in the SOHP category.

In addition 3rd place in 902 MHz and 4th place in 1.2 GHz QSOs overall.

It is sad to note, this was the last contest we would see Ron Hunt N6MTS (SK) operating his rover station. He did place fifth in the Top Ten Classic Rover category for completing 270 QSOs and covering 6 grid squares winning the Pacific Division in the Classic Rover (R) category with 21,586 points.

Morse Code’s Vanquished Competitor: The Dial Telegraph

In 1842, French watchmaker Louis-François Breguet invented a simpler to use but less efficient alternative

By Allison Marsh

Photo of Louis-François Breguet’s dial telegraph.
Photo: Technical University of Madrid

Over the years, I’ve played with interactive telegraph exhibits in science centers and museums. I can tap out the common ••• – – – ••• of the emergency distress signal, and I know the letters H (••••) and E (•), but beyond that, Morse code’s patterns of dots and dashes run together in my brain. Stories of telegraph operators who could decipher hundreds of characters a minute still amaze me.

Recently, though, I learned about the needle telegraph. On both the sending and receiving end, the needle or needles would simply point to the desired letter. Finally, a user-friendly telegraph system, provided the user knew how to read.

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Korean Postage Stamp Recognizes Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships

Korea Post has issued a postage stamp in recognition of the 19th Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) World Championships, being held September 2 – 8 in Sokcho City, Gangwon Province, Korea. The Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL) will host the event. Representatives of at least 30 countries, including the US, are expected to participate. Events will include formal ARDF competitions on 2 meters and 80 meters, plus sprints and foxoring. Each country may have up to three persons per age/gender category on its team, in accordance with International Amateur Radio Union (IARUARDF rules. Nine men and three women have been preparing to represent the US in Korea.

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