CARP Annual Business Meeting 2019

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers November meeting will be the Club’s Annual Business Meeting. At the meeting we will hold the 2020/21 elections and address any business that comes before the meeting.


Nominations were taken in the month of September per CARP Bylaws. There are three (3) seats open on the Board of Directors for term 2020-2021.

The nominees that will be voted for are:

  • James Majors K6JDM
  • Tom Reinhart N6MQG
  • Norm Shomber WB6LLW
  • Steve Orman N6PLE


Friday, November 3rd, 2017 at 7:00pm


Clovis Senior Center
850 4th St
Clovis, CA 93612


Comm Volunteers Needed: Raymond Ride November 16, 2019

Amateur Radio operators are needed to assist in providing radio communications for the Event. 


Saturday November 16, 2019, 0600-1700


Various locations around the Central Valley.


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: Sign up

More Info

Rob Mavis AE6GE –

Amateur Radio Technician Class October 2019

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers is pleased to offer the community a series of educational classes to help citizens obtain an Amateur Radio License from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 

This first level license class will cover all the topics and subjects found in the Technician level exam and expose participants to the theory and application of radio communications. If you have an interest in emergency communications, friendly conversation, public service, technological challenges, this class will introduce you to the hobby, sport, and field that is amateur radio communications and prepare you to sit for the FCC exam. 

This class is not mandatory but is a great way to learn for the exam and hear real world experience. In just a few short weeks for just two nights a week, you’ll be taught by other amateur radio operators who are passionate about amateur radio and willing to share their knowledge with you.

To get the most from the classes, some homework is encouraged (Pre-Study Guide Homework). Those that attend ALL CLASSES have a much higher chance of passing the exam their first time. The test is only 35 questions and you must achieve 74% or better to pass. You can do it with our help!

The material the classes will cover originate from the book Gordon West Technician Class 2018-2022 FCC Element 2 Radio License Preparation, 9th Edition. While not necessary, it is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED that you purchase a copy BEFORE the class. Copies can be purchased online at or directly from

We look forward to seeing you in class and taking your first step in official amateur radio communications!

Class Dates

  • Tuesday, October 29, 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, October 30, 6pm-9pm
  • Tuesday, November 5, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, November 7, 6pm-9pm
  • Tuesday, November 12, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, Nobember 14, 6pm-9pm
  • Tuesday, November 19, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, November 21, 6pm-9pm (Exam Night)


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

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CARP Technician Class Signup Form

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VE Examiners Needed – Fresno – November 21, 2019

Corrected day of week: Thurdsday.

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers (CARP) is offering  an amateur radio VE Exam Session. Amateur Radio Volunteer (VE) Examiners are needed. If available please email Rob AE6GE


Thursday, November 21, 2019 from  6:00 pm to 9:00 pm


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

Contact for More Info:

Rob  AE6GE –

2019 EMCOMM Events

CARP in conjunction with Fresno County EMCOMM and amateur radio operators around the valley provide amateur radio communications as a public service for the following public events around the valley. If you are interested in participating in the events please follow the signup links to let us know.

March 2 – Sanger Blossom Trail 10K – Sanger, CA
April 6 – California Classic Century Bicycle Ride
April 13 – Hinds Hospice Angel Babies Walk
May 4 – FCC Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride
June 22 – FCC Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride
September 14 – North Fork Grizzly Century
September 21 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride
October 12 – FCC Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride

November 16 – FCC Raymond Gravel Grinder Ride – Sign up

CARP BoD Nominee – K6JDM James Majors

Candidate Statement for James Majors K6JDM

I welcome the opportunity to continue working as a member of your Board of Directors.  It is an honor to work with a dedicated group of enthusiasts who share in a mission to advance the understanding and application of amateur radio in the Central Valley.

In 2017, I was selected to represent our organization as a Board Member.  I am a member of a Board with two other community non-profits and bring over 15 years of service and expertise to the table.  This exposure to community and membership needs helps to serve each of you productively.

I’ve helped to expand our public services with the Angel Babies and Climb to Kaiser events.  Working closely with our President, I’ve alleviated some of the issues related to staffing and planning for events – allowing him time to focus on other aspects of club management.  During my tenure, we have seen positive growth in our fireworks profits and community partnerships that have increased our donations and membership base.

Our current board is comprised of intelligent and motivated people, committed to engagement and knowledge of our purpose.  My goal is to continue serving each of you in this capacity and greatly appreciate your vote.

CARP BoD Nominee – N6MQG Tom Reinhart

 Candidate statement for Tom Reinhart (N6MQG)  

This is Tom N6MQG.  I currently serve as you secretary on the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers  (CARP) Board of directors. My term is up this year and I’m asking for your vote to continue to serve on the CARP Board of directors.    

I have been a ham radio operator for many years.  I served on the CARP Board in its early years.  And I have enjoyed serving for the past several years.  I have worked many events utilizing my ham radio skills.  I was just recently appointed the instructional coordinator for the valley for ham radio. 

I enjoy the hobby of ham radio.  And that is how I present myself as serving on the CARP Board.  I believe board business is very important, however, this is just our hobby.  I have enjoyed working with other fellow ham radio operators on the CARP board, and would appreciate your vote to continue with this honor to serve. 

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.

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

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.

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