EC Report for November 2017
The schedule for the month of October: 4 Monday Night EmComm Nets , 1 EmComm and Coffee, and 1 Public Service Event. No monthly meeting do to the holiday.
Rally in the Valley
Rally in the Valley 17 has come and gone. Those that attended were treated to a day of talking ham radio. The event, held at the Salvation Army in Tulare on November 4th began with a parking lot swap meet.
During the morning, there were presentations on Software Defined Radio, Digital experimentation, and AREDN mesh networking. ERIC N6VYT prepared a wonderful lunch which was followed by SKYWARN training and a Faith Based Group discussion.
Static displays included the CAL OES MAR V MIGU and Salvation Army – Barkersfield comm vehicle. A BIG THANK YOU TO everyone who helped, especially Gary KI6OYW, Steve (?) and Dan AE6SX.
Hal Clover, AD9HC
San Joaquin Valley Section
Meeting with Fresno County OES
November 15th I met with the County OES and discussed several topics. We discussed the feasibility of training meetings at the OES to formularize Amateur Radio station at the office. We would have small groups at a time come in and get instruction on the operation of the station. These events would take place either in the evening or on a weekend allowing our working members to attend.
We discussed the ECV (Emergency Communications Vehicle). There is a lot of work that needs to be done to get the equipment up to standard. We need to install a HF. Radio and antenna as well as a VHF/UHF Radio. The County also would like to have the availability of the digital modes in the vehicle. I have sent the County a list of radios, antennas and other equipment that needs to be purchased. Once the purchases are made we will need to get a work party together to install and test the station.
The County also asked if we could put together an Emergency Exercise to take place in March 2018. We, County Staff and RACES Personnel will be meeting in the near future to do some planning. As more information is available I will pass it on.
Last but not least I brought up the RACES ID badges not being issued. Gabriel De La Cerda, he is our contact person, promised that he would get the backlog caught up as soon as possible. I will keep in touch and remind them how important this is.
Public Service Calendar
2018 EMCOMM EVENTS
February 17, 2018 – Rotary Chocolate Run – Woodward Park
March 3, 2018 – Sanger Blossom Trail 10K – Sanger, CA
April 7, 2018 – California Classic Bicycle Ride
& March of Dimes Walk
April 21, 2018 – Hinds Hospice Angel Babies Walk
May 5, 2018 – Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride
June 30, 2018 – Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride
September 8, 2018 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride
October 13, 2018 – Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride
If you would like to volunteer to work one or more of these events please go to k6arp.org and signup. You can also email Rob Mavis at (AE6GE@ae6ge.com).
Remember that we use these public service events as training venues. We recommend that you participate in at least three events a year. Soon this will be mandatory for you to keep your ability to be deployed during a disaster. Remember that we want to have qualifications and operational levels for our operators. This will help when we are asked to perform mutual aid for other County ARES/RACES Groups. When they ask for help they want our people qualified.
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 email@example.com
No November Meeting do to Thanksgiving
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 December 28 , 2017 at 1900 hr. at the Hinds Hospice Building, 2490 W. Shaw Fresno.
Best of 73’s
GLEN CAINE (N6HEW)
Fresno County ARES EC/ RACES Officer