EC Report for February 2016
This month’s schedule was rather relaxing, it was a clone of last month: 4 Monday Night EmComm Nets, 1 EmComm l meeting, 1 EmComm and Coffee, and a public service event plus a Radio Workshop.
We are still holding Radio Workshops to assist our members and nonmembers alike solve problems and get assistance with anything Amateur Radio related. The last workshop was held Feb.6th, and about 7 people showed up. We worked on getting our laptops brought up to speed with the latest updates for FlDigi and some of the logging Programs. Our next workshop will be Tuesday 15, 2016 at 18:30 Hr.
Public Service Calendar 2015
Most of you know we help CARP doing Public Service events. We use them for training; they help keep us sharp handling traffic and working under a net condition. I am including the calendar of events as it is now.
2016 Public Service Events:
- March 5 – Blossom Trail 10K
- April 2 – Cal. Classic Ride
- April 9 – March of Dimes
- April 30 – Shinzen Run/Walk
- May 7 – Kirch Flat Ride
- September ? – (date TBD)
If interested in volunteering at any of the above events, contact Rob Mavis
Newbee Net or IntroNet
Lew Roberts (KI6YWX) has launched a new net held on Tuesdays at 19:30, the frequency is 147.15 MHZ with a PL of 141.3. As most of you have heard Lew is leaving us to relocate to Arizona in the next few weeks. He is looking for someone to take over the net so it will continue. If no one comes forward, the net will be disbanded. It would be a shame after all the hard work Lew has put into it. Let’s remember that this net is for the new Hams and they are the ones that need the help. If we could have someone act as a Intro Net Manager scheduling others to be net controls for short period of time and not tie up one individual’s calendar.
Please contact me if you would be interested in taking on the job of Intro Net Manager. My email address and cell number are posted at the end of this publication.
“Easy Digi Kit” interface project with Lew Roberts (KI6YWX) is now under way. We have started to assemble this project. Lew is trying to get us through the build before he relocates to Arizona. He has building sessions on Wednesdays and Saturday for the next two weeks. If you have purchased a kit and want assistant before we lose him, you should contact Lew.
On February 18th three of us (N6HEW, N3LER & AE6SX) took a road trip to Merced. We attended the Merced County ARES Meeting. The topic of discussion was Mesh Networks and their importance to EmComm.
What a Mesh Network does is supply internet connection through the amateur radio frequencies. It is somewhat like a private internet. It can be set up to supply just the users on board or connect to the world wide net. The new hardware makes it easy to set up and use (from what they said at the meeting). I will bring you more information in the future.
We are now posting events and meetings on the calendar as well as posting articles on the home page. Check us out at fcemcomm.org.
Net Control Staff Needed
We are looking for volunteers to take a turn as net control on Monday nights. This is not a difficult task. We will provide the preamble and net roster. This is a great way to enhance your skills running a net for emergency situations. If you are interested, please contact Gary (KI6OYW) at 559-269-1340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget the Monday Night EmComm Net and the Tuesday Intro Net at 1930 hr. on the 147.15 MHz Pl 141.3. We have some good information and camaraderie. On the third Friday of the month there is the EmComm Coffee at YFC on Cedar south of Ashlan in Granite Park at 07:00hr. And last but not least the EmComm Meetings are held on the Fourth Thursday of month. The next meeting will be held March 24th at 1900 hr. at the Salvation Army Citadel at 1854 Fulton St., Fresno.
Best of 73’s
GLEN CAINE (N6HEW)
Fresno County RACES Officer
Fresno County ARES EC