EC Report for March 2017
The schedule for the month of March was: 4 Monday Night EmComm Nets and 1 EmComm and Coffee, 1 EmComm Monthly Meeting, 1 radio workshop and 1 public service event.
At last month’s workshop Richard Pack (KE6SHL) presented for our newly licensed members the use of the Digital Modes in Emergency Communications. He discussed the use of the message handling software we use for emergency and public service applications.
James Majors (K6JDM) explained in higher detail the emergency warning system Hinds Hospice uses and how we have been included. We also went over several other topics that were helpful to some of our newer members.
If you have a topic for discussion for the Workshop, please contact me so we can present it in the near future.
We will have our next workshop on Thursday April 13th at 19:00 hr. Please assemble at the entrance about 18:50 so we can be escorted up to the room we will be using. This is a secure building and we must be escorted. The facility is located at 2490 West Shaw Ave. in Fresno.
Public Service Calendar
Upcoming EMCOMM Events
· April 1, 2017 – California Classic Bicycle Ride
· April 29, 2017 – March of Dimes
· May 5, 2017 – Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride
· June 24, 2017 – Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride
· September 16, 2017 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride
· October 14, 2017 – Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride
If you are interested in the working any of the events please either go to the CARP website or contact me.
California Mobile Law
AMATEUR RADIO, LEGAL
TWO-WAY RADIO USERS WORRIED CALIFORNIA’S CELLPHONE BAN IS TOO BROAD
MARCH 20, 2017 ROB MAVIS – AE6GE
by: Macy Jenkins
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Back in January, it became illegal to hold your cell phone while driving. But now some drivers say the law unfairly targets radio users as well and they want that to change.
“I’m driving down the road and talking on this radio,” said Norm Lucas, holding his high frequency radio microphone. “Doing that simple act while driving is a $20 ticket.”
For Lucas, ham radio is more than a hobby. It’s been his lifestyle since he was 12.
“It’s enjoyable,” Lucas said. “Somebody could come back to you from 40 miles away or 4,000 miles away.”
But Lucas says his favorite pastime is now in danger. He’s referring to a law written by Assemblyman Bill Quirk in an effort to cut down on distracted driving. It’s the same law that makes it illegal to use your cellphone behind the wheel.
AB 1785 defines an “electronic wireless communications device” as “…a broadband personal communication device, a specialized mobile radio device, a handheld device or laptop computer with mobile data access, a pager, or a two-way messaging device.”
Lucas told CBS13 several police agencies as well as CHP have told him that the law includes the two-way radios he uses every day. So he and a friend created a petition on Change.org calling the definition of a wireless device “ambiguous” and urging Quirk to clarify the law’s intent.
“Two-way radio operations would be exempt,” he said, regarding suggested new language to the law.
CBS13 reached out to Quirk to find out whether or not the law intended to ban radios while driving. Quirk’s Chief of Staff Tomasa Duenas said, “CHP does not believe that the language in the vehicle code applies to the use of handheld-amateur radio devices. CHP plans to issue a statewide directive that details their official interpretation of the law.”
Lucas believes that’s a step in the right direction, but said CHP’s interpretation of the law is no substitute for a clarification directly from the legislature.
“It shows a lot of promise right now,” he said. “Things are fluid and we’re just going to have to wait and see.”
Quirk has introduced AB 1222 to clarify the law’s language and he plans to submit a letter to the Assembly Journal further explaining the bill’s intent.
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 at 19:30 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. Our next meeting will be April 27, 2017 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