Report Causes Concern and Confusion in California’s Amateur Radio Ranks

10/15/2019 – By all credible and reliable accounts, the State of California has not turned its back on Amateur Radio as an emergency communication resource nor have established repeater owners been asked to remove their equipment from state-owned sites unless they pay sizeable fees. The California controversy, inflamed by a viral YouTube video, stemmed from a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) communication telling a repeater owner or group that Amateur Radio equipment would have to be removed from a state-owned site or “vault” if the owner(s) determined the cost was too great to proceed with a formal application to keep it there.

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CARP BoD Nominee – WB6LLW Norm Shomber

Candidate Statement for Norman Shomber WB6LLW

I made my first amateur radio contact as a Novice licensee (KNØIJT) in January 1957. Later that year I upgraded to General class and then in 1972 I upgraded to Advance class license which I still hold.  My current interests are satellite communications, rag chewing on 75 and 40 meters, and outside of ham radio I dabble in electronic industrial controls.

Thanks to the outstanding leadership and guidance exhibited by our club’s officers and directors we enjoy a leadership role as a premier ham radio club in central California. This is evidenced by our public service providing support and safety communications for various community events, by providing classes to encourage and teach potential hams, by fostering outreach programs to further the growth of amateur radio, and by participating in ham radio activities such as Field Day.

Over the years I have held various offices in similar 501(c)(3) organizations and am familiar with their administration. I have an avid interest in the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers and its future, and with your vote and my 60 years’ experience as a licensed ham I look forward to contributing to the continued success and growth of our club.

CARP 2020-21 BoD Nominees

The nominations for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors has closed as of 9/30/2019. The membership will have the opportunity to vote for three of the following nominees at the November 1st CARP Annual Business Meeting:

  1. K6JDM James Majors (incumbent)
  2. N6MQG Tom Reinhart (incumbent)
  3. N6PLE Steve Orman
  4. WB6LLW Norm Shomber

CARP Meeting – October 4, 2019

Beginning this month the format of the CARP Meetings will be changing. We will continue to have our club news/business presentation but after we come back from break we will not only have a presentation on the meeting topic but also have a breakout session in the room next door. The breakout sessions will cover varous topics more of an educational or elmering nature.

Main Topic

Craig Roberts will be speaking on Public Service Field Operations. As you know CARP is heavily involved with providing radio communcations support for public service. This will be the first of several public service related topics we will have in the future.

CARP Elmer Breakout

The CARP Elmer break-out session will be lead by Tom N6MQG and he will be covering use and programming of HTs. He (and others) will be on hand to go over the operation and use of your HT as well as help with programming. Be sure to bring your HT and your questions.

Date/Time:

Friday October 4, 2019 at 7:00pm

Location:

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

Comm Volunteers Needed: Bass Lake Double October 12, 2019

Amateur Radio operators are needed to assist in providing radio communications for the Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride. 

Date/Time

Saturday October 12, 2019, 0500-2400

Location

Various locations around the Central Valley.

Mission

To provide health and safety communications between designated locations and event coordinator.

Manpower Needed

15+ Communications Volunteers

How to Signup

Sign up online by clicking: Bass Lake to Powerhouse Signup Form

More Info

Rob Mavis AE6GE – ae6ge@k6arp.org

Tour de Fresno Ride 2019 Comm Volunteers Needed

Tour de Fresno Ride – Communications Support

CARP in conjunction with Fresno County EMCOMM and amateur radio operators around the valley provide amateur radio communications as a public service for this event.

If you can help, please signup using the link at the bottom of the post.

When

Saturday September 21, 2019. Time:  varies between 0700~1700hrs

Where

Fresno, and surrounding communities.

Mission:

To provide health and safety communications between rest stops and event coordinator.

Manpower needed:

17-20+ amateur radio communications volunteers.

Contact:

Sign up online by clicking the Tour de Fresno Signup link or contact Rob Mavis AE6GE ae6ge@k6arp.org for more details .

CARP Bylaws Revised

As with any corporation the bylaws should be reviewed and revised periodically so that they are inline with the mission and activities of the organization. Over the last 10 months a committee has painstakingly reviewed and reivsed the CARP Bylaws. The newly revised Bylaws were ratified by the Board of Directors and signed putting them into effect on August 27, 2019.

I would like to thank those who participated in the Bylaw Review Committee:

  • AE6GE Rob Mavis
  • NA6G Steve Bassett
  • N6JXL Steve Stoehr
  • N6MQG Tom Reinhart
  • K6AVS Troy Wise
  • N6MTS Ron Hunt (SK)

Below is a link to a PDF of the current bylaws. They can also be found on the K6ARP.org website.

CARP Bylaws Revised 2019-08-27

North Fork Grizzly Century 2019 Comm Volunteers Needed

North Fork Grizzly Century – Communications Support

CARP in conjunction with Fresno County EMCOMM and amateur radio operators around the valley provide amateur radio communications as a public service for this event.

If you can help, please signup using the link at the bottom of the post.

When

Saturday September 14, 2019. Time:  varies between 0530~1700hrs

Where

North Fork, Bass Lake and areas northeast.

Mission:

To provide health and safety communications between rest stops and event coordinator.

Manpower needed:

17-20+ amateur radio communications volunteers.

Contact:

Sign up online by clicking North Fork Grizzly Century Communications Volunteer Signup Form or contact Rob Mavis AE6GE
ae6ge@k6arp.org for more details .

Amateur Radio in Fresno County and the Central Valley of California