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.

ARRL Issues a call to action in defense of Part 97 Allocations in the 3 and 5 GHz Bands

FCC WT Docket 19-348, issued on December 16 th , says:

“This NPRM proposes to remove the existing non-federal secondary radiolocation and amateur allocations in the 3.3-3.55 GHz band and to relocate incumbent non-federal operations out of the band and seeks comment on appropriate transition mechanisms.”

If adopted, this NPRM will severely curtail growth of one of the newest and most effective means for Amateurs to support emergency communications, that is ham, radio networking. 

Existing installations will be severely curtailed or, with no reasonable alternatives, be forced to cease operations.  Thousands of hams have built or are in the process of constructing high-speed data networks using, in part the 3 GHz ham microwave allocations.

You are urged to file your comment in opposition to this NPRM. A simple comment opposing the NPRM can be filed at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=19-
348&sort=date_disseminated,DESC

Detailed instructions on how to submit an effective comment can be found at https://www.arednmesh.org/content/templates-submit-comments-3-ghz-fcc-docket-19-348

Because the 3 GHz amateur allocation is not shared with any other service, it’s become a very effective method of implementing high performance “backbone” links on the ham radio network. I urge all hams, whether on the ham mesh network or not, to submit a comment opposing this NPRM.

There are instructions at the URL mentioned above detailing how an agency can file a comment in opposition to this NPRM. If as part of your ham radio support for emergency services you work closely with such an agency, please encourage them to file a comment.

To make matters worse, the FCC has opened WT Docket 19-138, which states:

“The FCC adopted a NPRM that takes a fresh and comprehensive look at the rules for the 5.9 GHz band and proposes, among other things, to make the band’s lower 45 MHz available for unlicensed operations and to permit C-V2X) in the upper 20 MHz”

If you look at the ham radio allocation in the 5 GHz band, you can see that the FCC’s intention to convert that chunk of bandwidth to unlicensed operation directly impacts the prime spot for ham radio networking, for both user access and backbone links.

Please consider submitting comments in opposition to these NPRMs. If they both are implemented

The last day to submit comments is February 15th.

CARP Meeting – Jan 3, 2020

Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN)

If you missed Orv Beach W6BI’s presentation on AREDN at Pacificon 2019, here is you chance to see him in person at the January CARP meeting where he will be giving a presentation on AREDN.

AREDN has been used for many appliactions in southern California and we would like to see it expand into the Central Valley. So come on out and see what it is all about.

For some more information here is the AREDN Beginners Guide.

Date/Time:

Friday January 3, 2020 at 7:00pm

Location:

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

CARP Christmas Party Friday December 6th, 2019

BE SURE TO SIGN UP/RSVP FOR THE EVENT NOW!

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.

There will be a prize drawing for members.

Date/Time:

Friday December 6th 2019 at 7:00 pm

Location:

Clovis Senior Center – Classroom
850 Fourth Street
Clovis, CA

RSVP

RSVP via the CARP Christmas Party RSVP/Signup Page.

Contact:

info@k6arp.org

Amateur Radio in Fresno County and the Central Valley of California