How massive solar eruptions ‘probably’ detonated dozens of US sea mines

by Brett Carter
How massive solar eruptions 'probably' detonated dozens of US sea mines
Credit: NASA

An extraordinary account of the impact space weather had on military operations in Vietnam in 1972 was found buried in the US Navy archives, according to a newly published article in Space Weather.

On August 4, 1972, the crew of a US Task Force 77 aircraft flying near a naval minefield in the waters off Hon La observed 20 to 25 explosions over about 30 seconds. They also witnessed an additional 25 to 30 mud spots in the waters nearby.

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VE Session – Fresno – Date Change -November 10

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers is offering an amateur radio volunteer exam session in Fresno.


Saturday, November 10, 2018 from  2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Police Science Institute/ The Range Pistol Club
5133 N Gates Ave #102
Fresno, CA 93722

What to bring

  1. A legal photo ID (driver’s license, passport)
  2. Social Security Number (SSN) or your FCC issued Federal Registration Number (FRN).
  3. If applicable, bring either a photocopy of your current Amateur Radio license or a reference copy printed out from the FCC website
  4. If applicable, the original(s) AND photocopy(s) of any Certificates of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold from previous exam sessions.
  5. Bring $15.00 cash to cover the exam session fee(s).

Sponsored By

Contact for More Info

Rob  AE6GE – 559-272-6791 –

September T-Hunt Re-Cap

Due to a week signal the starting point was changed to Mckinley and 168. Once vehicles started to caravan to the new start point Rick (W6KKO) had to peal off due to a phone call. John (K6MI), unbeknownst to Rick, followed him from the starting point. However, when Rick pulled into his house in NE Clovis and closed his garage, John realized he wasn’t where he was supposed to be. With three teams at McKinley and 168, and John at Fowler and Shields, the fox Mike (KG6MSV) decided to start. The hide location was the Winery Ave. pedestrian bridge over Hwy 180. First to find was Marty (K6KTP), second was Ron (N6MTS), followed by John (K6MI). With three hunters at the finish, TOM (N6MQG), used all of his officer safety training and decided to cut his losses and refused to follow the signal into the ghetto. Fun hunt. 

Mike H. (KG6MSV)

The next transmitter hunt will take place Saturday, Nov. 10 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM during the F.A.R.C. swapmeet. The location is Lion Automotive on the S.E. corner of Gettysburg and Clovis Ave. 2944 Phillip Ave., Clovis, CA 93612. The swap opens for buyers at 8:00 AM. This is a casual on foot T-Hunt during the F.A.R.C swapmeet. It will allow you to test your equipment and close-in hunting skills. 

The transmitters will be on 146.565 MHz and or 144.565 MHz. There will be two low power transmitters in the general area and each will have a distinct tone. Use this hunt for practicing your close in skill. Leave the transmitters where you find them so that others can participate.

I also want to announce that Mike Herlihy (KG6MSV) will be the new T-Hunt coordinator. As the fox, Mike has put on some legendary hunts in the past. 

New antenna concept developed for cars

November 6, 2018, Vienna University of Technology
New antenna concept developed for cars
A car in the test area in Ilmenau. Credit: Vienna University of Technology

Telecommunications is becoming ever more important for vehicles. At TU Wien, a new antenna concept has now been developed for cars.

Driving without communication technology has now become almost unthinkable. It seems quite normal to us that navigation systems regularly update their maps and shows us the way using satellite data, or that we can make phone calls while driving. In the future, data exchange will play an even greater role in road transport, not least to improve road safety.

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Well-Known Contester, “Antenna Farmer” Paul Bittner, W0AIH, SK

The Reverend Paul Bittner, W0AIH, of Fall Creek, Wisconsin, died doing what he loved on October 31, when a tower-climbing mishap claimed his life at his well-known antenna farm. The ARRL Life Member and Maxim Society member was 84. A member of the CQ Contesting Hall of Fame and retired Lutheran pastor, Bittner was a well-known and respected figure within the Amateur Radio community and a prolific contester and DXer. His call sign was nearly always present in most major operating events, and even in a few lesser-known contests, and news of his tragic death and condolences and accolades quickly spread among those who knew him best.

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Annual Business Meeting November 2nd

The CARP annual business meeting is Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. Bob Heil will be the guest speaker via Skype. We will also take care of club business during the meeting. Your attendance is requested.

* Please note that this meeting will be take place at the Clovis FD HQ training room and not at the Clovis Senior Center as usual. The meeting room is inside of the Police Department at 1233 5th St, Clovis, CA 93612

During the business meeting, there will be an election to fill the available Board of Director positions. There are four positions to fill and five candidates. Please attend and vote at this annual business meeting. 

  • Steve Bassett NA6G – Incumbent (Vice President)
  • Ron Hunt N6MTS 
  • Rob Mavis AE6GE – Incumbent (President)
  • Stephen Orman 
  • Steve Stoehr N6JXL – Incumbent

The candidates were requested to provide an introduction about themselves. Below are the responses I received. Please take a moment to review each one. 

Thank you,
Rick Tyburski – Secretary
Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers

Steve Bassett (NA6G)

My name is Steve Bassett, NA6G and I have been nominated for a position on the CARP Board of Directors.  A bit about me.  I started in ham radio in 1995 as KE6YKG as a Tech while living in Fremont.  Over the next few years, I got my General, then Advanced (KQ6VH) and finally my Extra license and was able to get my call changed to NA6G.  I was involved in the past with ARES and helped to restart the local ARES group after I moved back to Fresno.  I have also been a member of several other ham radio clubs and served on the board of a couple of those.  I enjoy the hobby greatly.  My main interests with ham radio include DX and contesting, as time permits.  I have served on the CARP board for the last 6 years and also as Vice President for the club.  I would appreciate your vote.

Steve NA6G

Ron Hunt (N6MTS)

I,  N6MTS, am delighted to have been nominated to the CARP Board of Directors.  I feel that I am very qualified for this position, based simply on my many years of previous experience with ham radio in general, and my broad technical backgrounds in both electronics and mechanics.  I was first licensed in 1964 and have been an active ham ever since. 

I am a Fresno State graduate with a degree in Industrial Technology, and I have worked my entire life in the electronics and broadcasting field.  I retired from the Fresno State Lyles College of Engineering in June 2016, after serving as 33 years as the technical for the Electrical Engineering Department.  My duties there covered all aspects of both design and maintenance of everything in the department’s laboratories.  I also enjoyed working with many students, offering guidance on their various research projects.    

Relative to ham radio, I enjoy operating on most all bands from DC to light.  I enjoy some home-brew projects and more recently contesting (especially VHF and above).  DXing is not a big interest for me, but technical rag-chewing is.  My goals are to get deeper into digital and find time to finish my dual 4-1000 amplifier project.   I currently serve on the Board of Directors of FARC since 2008, and feel that I understand what club direction is all about.  I have been the FARC club treasurer since 2009. 

I have been an active member of CARP since about 2010 and participate in many club events.  I hope to bring some of my diversity and talents to CARP and would appreciate your vote as a member of the CARP Board of Directors.        

Ron Hunt,  N6MTS

Rob Mavis (AE6GE)

My name is Rob Mavis AE6GE. I have been a licensed amateur since 1999 and obtained my Amateur Extra license in 2002. I have also been a member of the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers (CARP) for 19 years.

During my time with CARP I have been on the Board of Directors and held officer positions, including President for nearly the past 10 years. During that time I have worked to:

  • Expand the club in not only membership but also club activities and training:
  • Make CARP the go-to group to provide public service amateur radio communications for walk, run and bicycle events in the area
  • Maintain and develop the CARP Repeater System
  • Develop the CARP education program that provided classes for the public to gain their amateur radio licenses
  • Build relationships the other amateur radio clubs and public service agencies

CARP has come a long way in its 20+ years and if re-elected I will work with the membership to continue to move CARP in a direction that not only moves the club forward but also provides it’s membership a worthwhile benefit.

Stephen Orman (N6PLE)

Name ears Stephen Orman and search p l e I have been a carp member ever since the Inception of carp years ago it is my belief that carp is dedicated to the upbringing of Youth into the amateur radio Community as well as carps Endeavor to be a part of the community doing community service work satcher’s Communications for bike runs Etc, wherever the need be!

It is my goal to continue the gold trials and tribulations of carp, the Clovis amateur radio pioneers and help keep the club going at a good pace for years to come, our firework stand is the best Money Maker the club has had in a long time and I hope to see that continue! Thank you for this opportunity to be a nominee to the carp board of directors and I hope that you will vote for me during this election. Thank you to all!

Steve Stoehr (N6JXL)

I have been involved in club since it’s inception.  I served for may years as the club’s first president.  During that time we all worked hard to reach out to hams and grow our club.  We worked together with other clubs in the area sharing resources for the betterment of all.  The heart of any club is the repeater system.  I provided almost the entire repeater system the club used and later donated most of the equipment back to the club.  The club was meant to be a welcoming friendly place for all whether young or old, new operator or a seasoned one and their families.  I believe that still exists today.  I am proud of where our club has come from and where we will be going in the future.  We have been fortunate to have many good people step up and continue what was started many years ago. As you can see my love and passion is with this Club and would appreciate your vote!

Steve Stoehr N6JXL   

Bob Heil Guest Speaker at November 2nd CARP Meeting

Bob Heil, from Heil Sound and Ham Nation will speak at the November CARP Meeting via Skype.

We will have Bob for a limited time so please hold your questions until the end of his presentation.


Friday November 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm


  • 7:00 pm Bob Heil Presentation
  • 8:00 pm CARP Annual Business Meeting and election to follow presentation.


Clovis Fire Department HQ Training Room
1233 5th St
Clovis, CA 93612

FCC puts gigabit Wi-Fi on the roadmap by opening up new wireless spectrum

by Devin Coldewey

Wi-Fi wireless internet router on dark background

More and more, the internet is delivered wirelessly, but as bandwidth demand grows in each home  — multiple TVs, smart devices, tablets and phones — current Wi-Fi standards are starting to fall short. Fortunately the FCC  and wireless industry are prepared for this, and the former has just officially proposed opening up a wide swathe of spectrum to bring our Wi-Fi systems up to gigabit level.

Many of the devices we use now operate on what’s called “unlicensed” bands of spectrum, so called because they’re not set aside specifically and tightly regulated, like military or official broadcast bands. Instead the industry was allowed to make what they could out of a set of frequencies as long as they did so within reason, and it’s been a roaring success, promoting both competition and cooperation.

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VEs Needed – Fresno – November 10

Due to conflict at venue, the test session has been moved to November 10, 2018

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers is offering an amateur radio volunteer exam session in Fresno. We are asking for Volunteer Examiners (VE) for the session. If you are available and would like to assist, please contact Rob at the email below.


Saturday, November 10, 2018 from  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Police Science Institute/ The Range Pistol Club
5133 N Gates Ave #102
Fresno, CA 93722

Contact for More Info

Rob  AE6GE – 559-272-6791 –

Amateur Radio in Fresno County and the Central Valley of California