EC Report for August 2019

Hello,

The schedule for the month of August, 2019, was 1 Monthly F.C. EmComm Meeting, 4 Monday Night Nets, 2 Message Handling Practices, 2 Digital Practices, 1 EmComm & Coffee, and 1 Public Service Event.

Rock Hopper 2019

Friday, August 2nd I received an email from Greg Waters KJ6OUI asking for our ARES Group to monitor the 147.18 repeater located on Deadwood for message handling during the Rock Hopper Event sponsored by the Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers. The event took place starting Saturday, August 3rd. He recognized this was short notice, but we both thought it would be a good exercise that would benefit both organizations.

I sent an email to all members of FC ARES asking for assistance and received a response from four. They were the following: Gary Greenberg (KI6OYW), Craig Roberts (W6CMR), Brian Ogram (K6OGR), and Richard Pack (KE6SHL), enough people to provide monitoring. This was an informal exercise and no scheduled shifts were needed. Someone was always listening throughout the weekend.

There was only one piece of emergency traffic, a vehicle accident that happened Saturday morning. Greg Waters was on his way up the hill on Highway 168 and someone ran off the road in front of him at the top of the four lanes. Greg asked for assistance contacting the Highway Patrol. I answered his request and passed it to Brian (K6OGR) since I was mobile and he was at home with the phone and could handle the traffic much easier than I could. All was taken care of and Greg continued on his way to basecamp.

I would like to thank all that took part in this monitoring session.

Good Luck To A Great Friend

Greg Waters (KJ6OUI)

I would like to wish Greg Waters (KJ6OUI) the best of luck in the next chapter of his life. Greg has taken a position with the County of Humboldt starting the first of September. He will be managing their communications as well as those for OES for Humboldt County.

Greg has been very active with the Elmering and testing programs in our area. He has taught and tested several hundred new hams in the last ten years or so. He has developed a program to get the four wheel drive enthusiasts into the hobby as well as publishing articles in QST instructing groups in other areas how to get off roaders interested and licensed.

You might remember Greg ran the communications for the Moonlight Madness and Rock Hopper runs for the off roaders for years. He has really done everything he possibly could to further the hobby.

Greg was also the ARRL PIO (Public Information Officer) for the SJV Section of California. He was also PIO for Fresno County ARES. Greg has had a lot of hats to wear but managed to balance them all. I asked him if he was going to be as active up north, and he replied he didn’t think he would have the time with the requirements of his new position.

Thanks for being part of our lives Greg! Best to you in your new endeavor.

Shake Out Earthquake Drill

The world’s largest earthquake drill will be taking place October 17, 2019. This is a great opportunity to check if you are prepared for an earthquake or not. I you would like to check out the plethora of information available on their website go to: https://www.shakeout.org/ This sight will lead you to links that can help you put together a disaster plan and organize disaster supplies. If you are interested in participating in the exercise, you can also register. You will then receive bulletins and any other information they provide.

ARES Traffic/Digital Practice Fresno ARES/RACES is conducting an on-the-air Traffic Handling practice twice a month alternating with FLDIGI after our regular Monday night EmComm Nets. Brian has been

sending a message using the ARRL Message Form. After the practice the copied message was emailed to Brian to check accuracy and log your time on ARES Connect. On the digital side we have a short net using Fldigi with Psk-31. This lets us iron out any problems we are having and allowing us practice using macro setting. We will soon be applying Flmsg into the mix; this will allow us to send message forms preparing us to better serve our served agencies. If you are interested in taking part with the digital modes and would like assistance getting started you may go to our website and read the slide presentation provided by Brian (K6OGR) in the training section. If you need more help, you may contact Brian (K6OGR) at k6ogr@outlook.com, Richard (KE6SHL) at Richard_pac@prodigy.net or myself at N6HEW2@gmail.com. The practice will continue after the nets so join us and have some fun.

EmComm Website

We are now posting events and meetings on the calendar as well as posting articles on the home page. There is a lot of new information and links added to the site as well thanks to our Webmaster Brian (K6OGR). Check us out at fcemcomm.org

FC EmComm Website Report

Web site and ARES Connect report for July 2019 Website: - 128 visits - 360 page views - 85 direct visits - 33 redirects from successful search returns - 3 redirect from social media Top 5 most visited pages: Home ARES Training Additional Documents Meetings and Nets Other links -------------------------------- ARES Connect: New members: 0 Net participation: - Weekly net -- 13 Average participants -- 14 Peak participants - Winlink Check in -- 5 Average participants

-- 6 Peak participants - Message copy practice -- 7 Average participants -- 7 Peak participants - PSK31 practice -- 6 Average participants -- 7 Peak participants Totals - 149 participants - 113.5 hours Members who have not logged in for over 30 days: N6MQG AG6JI KI6QEL KK6VZO KB0DBI KM6EVN W6TUI KI6KQW AE6GE AG6BP KM6SRR KK6ESJ KJ6OUG -------------------------------- -73 //K6OGR - Brian District Emergency Coordinator for South San Joaquin Valley https://fcemcomm.org

Upcoming Emcomm Service Events As you know we assist CARP with their Public Service Events and use them as a training venue. Please consider helping with these events, they are not only a great training venue but a lot of fun. After you sign up, please go to ARES Connect and check the events on the calendar so you will get your time logged onto ARES Connect when you participate.

2019 EMCOMM EVENTS

September 21, 2019 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride

September 14, 2019 – North Fork Grizzly Century

October 12, 2019 – FCC Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride – Sign up

November 16, 2019 – FCC Raymond Gravel Grinder Ride - If you are interested and want to sign up for one or more events please go to the CARP Website (k6arp.org) and go to their sign up link.

EmComm Meeting

Agenda for

August 22, 2019

Pledge of Allegiance

Self-introductions

Old business

1. SATERN Update – Dan, AE6X

2. Monday Night EmComm Net– Gary, KI6OYW

3. ARES Connect

4. Message Handling Practice

5. Importance of Manually Programing Radios

6. Old business: none on docket

New business

Training Agenda: Training topic will be an earthquake response table top discussion.– Brian (K6OGR) Adjourn

EmComm meeting place: Hinds Hospice Building at 2490 W. Shaw Ave. Fresno. The time is 19:00 hr. please arrive a little early for we have to be escorted in for this is a secured building.

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 g_greenberg@att.net

Our Calendar

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 at 07:00 hr there is the EmComm & Coffee located at BJ’S Kountry Kitchen. (address is 4109 W. Ashlan Ave. just west of Cedar on the north side of the road). Last but not least the EmComm Meetings are held on the Fourth Thursday of month. Our next meeting will be August 22, 2019 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

559-999-7590

EC Report for July 2019

EC Report for July 2019

Hello,

The schedule for the month of June, 2019, was 1 Monthly F.C. EmComm Meeting, 4 Monday Night Nets, 2 Message Handling Practices, 2 Digital Practices, 1 EmComm & Coffee, and 1 Public Service Events.

Fresno County ARES and Ridgecrest Quake

I would like to thank Chris – KJ6OUG for coming up on the RACES repeater after the 7.1 Earthquake July 6th. He activated a impromptu net for our people to check in with their status and availability. Although we were not activated were available for mutual aid.

The only ARES Group that was activated was Western Kern County and that was by the Kern County OES. I have not seen an after-action report for them yet so I have no information of their activities except of having difficulty communicating with Ridgecrest. Ridgecrest is on the other side of a mountain range with no repeater connection. The after-action report should be interesting when it is completed.

NVIS HF communications has been discussed as an alternative means of communications when repeater systems are not available. NVIS is the topic of our training segment of the July 25th Fresno County EmComm Meeting. Hope to see you there.

Midnight Madness

July 18 to 20 our ARES Group has monitored the 147.180 Mhz repeater for the Midnight Madness Poker Run put on by the Clovis Independent 4 wheel drive club. This is one of the larger events for four wheel enthusiast in the state. We monitored the repeater to supply communications to the valley for the participants as well as health and welfare traffic.

I would like to than the following members of ARES for their time and efforts:

Pearl (K7UNA), Sariah (KN6UCB), Gary (KI6OYW), Dan (WL7COO), Craig (W6CMR), Bob (KM6BNY), James (K6JDM), James (NZ1ON), Kayli (K0WAI), Gary (KM6CVB) and Chris (KJ7OUG).

ARES Traffic/Digital Practice

Fresno ARES/RACES is conducting an on-the-air Traffic Handling practice twice a month alternating with FLDIGI after our regular Monday night EmComm Nets. Brian has been sending a message using the ARRL Message Form. After the practice the copied message was emailed to Brian to check accuracy and log your time on ARES Connect.

On the digital side we have a short net using Fldigi with Psk-31. This lets us iron out any problems we are having and allowing us practice using macro setting. We will soon be applying Flmsg into the mix; this will allow us to send message forms preparing us to better serve our served agencies.

If you are interested in taking part with the digital modes and would like assistance getting started you may go to our website and read the slide presentation provided by Brian (K6OGR) in the training section. If you need more help, you may contact Brian (K6OGR) at k6ogr@outlook.com, Richard (KE6SHL) at Richard_pac@prodigy.net or myself at N6HEW2@gmail.com.

The practice will continue after the nets so join us and have some fun.

EmComm Website

We are now posting events and meetings on the calendar as well as posting articles on the home page. There is a lot of new information and links added to the site as well thanks to our Webmaster Brian (K6OGR). Check us out at fcemcomm.org

FC EmComm Website Report

Web site and ARES Connect report for May 2019

Website:

- 147 visits

- 440 page views

- 88 direct visits

- 40 redirects from successful search returns

- 6 redirect from social media

Top 5 most visited pages:

Home

ARES Training

Winlink Templates

Winlink Software

Additional Documents

--------------------------------

ARES Connect:

New members: 0

Net participation:

- Weekly net

-- 15 Average participants

-- 18 Peak participants

- Winlink Check in

-- 6 Average participants

-- 6 Peak participants

- Message copy practice

-- 6 Average participants

-- 6 Peak participants

- PSK31 practice

-- 5 Average participants

-- 5 Peak participants

Totals

- 128 participants

- 138.75 hours

- Training participation

FCC Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride - 9 participants/56.75 hours

Upcoming Emcomm Service Events

As you know we assist CARP with their Public Service Events and use them as a training venue. Please consider helping with these events, they are not only a great training venue but a lot of fun. After you sign up, please go to ARES Connect and check the events on the calendar so you will get your time logged onto ARES Connect when you participate.

2019 EMCOMM EVENTS

September 21, 2019 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride

September 14, 2019 – North Fork Grizzly Century

October 12, 2019 – FCC Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride – Sign up

November 16, 2019 – FCC Raymond Gravel Grinder Ride ¬- If you are interested and want to sign up for one or more events please go to the CARP Website (k6arp.org) and go to their sign up link.

EmComm Meeting

Agenda for

July 25, 2019

Pledge of Allegiance

Self-introductions

Old business

1. SATERN Update – Dan, AE6X

2. Monday Night EmComm Net– Gary, KI6OYW

3. ARES Connect

4. Message Handling Practice

5. Importance of Manually Programing Radios

6. Old business: none on docket

New business

1. Earthquake

2. Midnight Madness

Training Agenda:

NVIS ANTENNAS AND THE ADVANTAGES OF NVIS DURING AN EMERGENCY– Brian (K6OGR)

Adjurn

EmComm meeting place: Hinds Hospice Building at 2490 W. Shaw Ave. Fresno. The time is 19:00 hr. please arrive a little early for we have to be escorted in for this is a secured building.

Moonlighjt Madness

Some Local ARES Nets Avalible

Sunday

San Joaquin Valley ARES Discussion net @ 1930

147.03 DUP+ 0.6 5kHz FM Merced - W6BXN TONE 100.0Hz

Monday

Mariposa/Madera ARES weekly net @1900

146.745 DUP- 0.6 5kHz FM Mariposa - W6PPM TONE 146.2Hz

Tulare ARES weekly net @ 1900

146.88 DUP- 0.6 5kHz FM Tulare - WA6BAI TONE 103.5Hz

Western Kern ARES weekly net @1900

145.15 DUP- 0.6 5kHz FM Kern - W6LIE TONE 100.0Hz

Merced ARES weekly net @ 2000

147.03 DUP+ 0.6 5kHz FM Merced - W6BXN TONE 100.0Hz

Wednesday

San Joaquin Skywarn net @1900

146.88 DUP- 0.6 5kHz FM Tulare - WA6BAI TONE 103.5Hz

Stanislaus ARES weekly net @ 1930

145.39 DUP- 0.6 5kHz FM Stanislaus - WD6 TONE 136.5Hz

This List was compiled by K6OGR

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 g_greenberg@att.net

Our Calendar

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 located at Denny’s, 39 W. Herndon Ave (North East corner of Blackstone and Herndon) 07:00hr. And last but not least the EmComm Meetings are held on the Fourth Thursday of month. Our next meeting will be June 27, 2019 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

559-999-7590

N6HEW2@gmail.com

EC Report for June 2019

Hello,

The schedule for the month of June, 2019, was 1 Monthly F.C. EmComm Meeting, 4 Monday Night Nets, 2 Message Handling Practices, 2 Digital Practices, 1 EmComm & Coffee, and 1 Public Service Events.

ARES Traffic/Digital Practice

Fresno ARES/RACES is conducting an on-the-air Traffic Handling practice twice a month alternating with FLDIGI after our regular Monday night EmComm Nets. Brian has been sending a message using the ARRL Message Form. After the practice the copied message was emailed to Brian to check accuracy and log your time on ARES Connect.

On the digital side we have a short net using Fldigi with Psk-31. This lets us iron out any problems we are having and allowing us practice using macro setting. We will soon be applying Flmsg into the mix; this will allow us to send message forms preparing us to better serve our served agencies.

If you are interested in taking part with the digital modes and would like assistance getting started you may go to our website and read the slide presentation provided by Brian (K6OGR) in the training section. If you need more help, you may contact Brian (K6OGR) at k6ogr@outlook.com, Richard (KE6SHL) at Richard_pac@prodigy.net or myself at N6HEW2@gmail.com.

The practice will continue after the nets so join us and have some fun.

What is Flmsg?

FLMSG is a simple forms management editor for the amateur radio supported standard message formats. Form data can be transferred between computers either using standard internet email or via radio frequency broadcasts typically made by an amateur radio operator on your behalf. flmsg forms can be very complex and include embedded images and other controls that make data entry less prone to error. The template information is not transferred between computers, only the volatile information contained in the form entry controls. The form template must reside on each flmsg computer that will be used to create, edit, or review the data.

For more information you can use the following link and read more on their website.http://www.w1hkj.com/flmsg-help/

EmComm Website

We are now posting events and meetings on the calendar as well as posting articles on the home page. There is a lot of new information and links added to the site as well thanks to our Webmaster Brian (K6OGR). Check us out at fcemcomm.org

FC EmComm Website Report

Here are the website, Facebook, and ARES Connect reports for April.

Website:

- 147 visits

- 440 page views

- 88 direct visits

- 40 redirects from successful search returns

- 6 redirect from social media

Top 5 most visited pages:

Home

ARES Training

Winlink Templates

Winlink Software

Additional Documents

--------------------------------

ARES Connect:

New members: 0

Net participation:

- Weekly net

-- 15 Average participants

-- 18 Peak participants

- Winlink Check in

-- 6 Average participants

-- 6 Peak participants

- Message copy practice

-- 6 Average participants

-- 6 Peak participants

- PSK31 practice

-- 5 Average participants

-- 5 Peak participants

Totals

- 128 participants

- 138.75 hours

- Training participation

FCC Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride - 9 participants/56.75 hours

Upcoming Emcomm Service Events

As you know we assist CARP with their Public Service Events and use them as a training venue. Please consider helping with these events, they are not only a great training venue but a lot of fun. After you sign up, please go to ARES Connect and check the events on the calendar so you will get your time logged onto ARES Connect when you participate.

2019 EMCOMM EVENTS

September 21, 2019 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride

September 14, 2019 – North Fork Grizzly Century

October 12, 2019 – FCC Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride – Sign up

November 16, 2019 – FCC Raymond Gravel Grinder Ride ¬- If you are interested and want to sign up for one or more events please go to the CARP Website (k6arp.org) and go to their sign up link.

EmComm Meeting

Agenda for

June 27, 2019

Pledge of Allegiance

Self-introductions

Old business

1. SATERN Update – Dan, AE6X

2. Monday Night EmComm Net– Gary, KI6OYW

3. ARES Connect

4. Message Handling Practice

5. Old business: none on docket

New business

Training Agenda:

Hands on HT– Brian (K6OGR)

Bring your HT and its cheat sheet instructions

New business

Adjurn

EmComm meeting place: Hinds Hospice Building at 2490 W. Shaw Ave. Fresno. The time is 19:00 hr. please arrive a little early for we have to be escorted in for this is a secured building.

Moonlighjt Madness

Moonlight Madness is a 4 wheel drive event held in the Sierras. This is one of the largest events of its kind in the state. It will be held July 19 to 21. We have been asked to have people monitor the Madera Deadwood repeater 147.18 PL 146.2. We will monitor for 30 minutes every third hour, starting at 12:00 hr on July 19, the last shift of the day will start at 24:00 hr. We are going to make phone calls for those that have either broke something or forgot something so that they can have what they need brought up by friends or family.

I will be setting up a schedule around the second week of July. This will be an easy gig, just sit in your shack and make a phone call if needed.

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 g_greenberg@att.net

Our Calendar

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 located at Denny’s, 39 W. Herndon Ave (North East corner of Blackstone and Herndon) 07:00hr. And last but not least the EmComm Meetings are held on the Fourth Thursday of month. Our next meeting will be June 27, 2019 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

559-999-7590

N6HEW2@gmail.com

EC Report for May 2019

Hello,

The schedule for the month of May, 2019, was 1 Monthly F.C. EmComm Meeting, 4 Monday Night Nets, 2 Message Handling Practices, 1 EmComm & Coffee, and 1 Public Service Events.

ARES Traffic Practice Fresno ARES/RACES is conducting an on-the-air Traffic Handling practice twice a month after our regular Monday night EmComm Nets. Brian has been sending a message using the ARRL Message Form. After the practice the copied message was emailed to Brian to check accuracy and log your time on ARES Connect. The practice will continue after the nets so join us and have some fun.

Getting to know the Fresno County ARES Officers

N6HEW BIO

For those of you that haven’t known me very long I would like to share a little about myself. I have been married for 50 years to my high school sweetheart Vicki and we have two beautiful grown daughters that we adopted from Korea as babies. Yes I am a blessed man. I retired from the County of Fresno after 27 years as an electrician in 2011.

I got into Amateur Radio in 1980 as a Novus and upgraded to General in 1981 and then Advanced Class in about 1984.

I was a member of Fresno Amateur Radio Club when the earthquake hit in Coalinga in 1983. I was with first Hams from the club that arrived at the scene and helped set up communications from the California Highway Patrol’s parking lot using the clubs Comm Van. I remember climbing their tower at night and feeling the aftershocks as I worked. I think that that experience gave me my passion for Emergency Communications. Shortly after the Coalinga event I joined the State RACES Region 5.

I think it was in 1985 I was at a State RACES Meeting at the State Building in Fresno and we had a guest speaker, John Thomas from the County of Fresno. It seems that the County wanted to have their own RACES group and he was looking for volunteers to help establish it. Well I was a little gullible and volunteered to help. I became the first (and only) Fresno County RACES Officer (33 years).

About 2009 I approached Dan Pruitt (AE6SX) with an offer to combine Fresno County ARES and Fresno County RACES. This worked out for both groups. For about two years Dan was the ARES EC and Assistant RACES Officer and I the RACES Officer and AEC for ARES. This continued for a couple of years and that’s when Dan became the Section Manager for SJV Section. He decided to let me be the ARES EC as well as the RACES Officer.

Besides Emergency Communications my interest in Ham Radio are doing communications for public service events, digital modes both in hf and vhf/uhf as well as chasing DX on the hf bands. I also enjoy going up into the mountains camping and setting up a HF station and operate portable.

Glen Caine (N6HEW)

EmComm Website

We are now posting events and meetings on the calendar as well as posting articles on the home page. There is a lot of new information and links added to the site as well thanks to our Webmaster Brian (K6OGR). Check us out at fcemcomm.org

FC EmComm Website Report Here are the website, Facebook, and ARES Connect reports for April.

Website:

- 125 visits

- 298 page views

- 85 direct visits

- 32 redirects from successful search returns

- 1 redirect from social media

Top 5 most visited pages: Home

Meetings and Nets

ARES Training

Up Coming Events Additional Documents

--------------------------------

Facebook page:

5 Page views

2 Page previews

23 People reached

20 Post engagements

--------------------------------

ARES Connect:

New members: 0

Net participation:

- Winlink Check in

-- 4 Average participants

-- 5 Peak participants

- Weekly net

-- 14 Average participants

-- 15 Peak participants

- Message copy practice

-- 6 Average participants

-- 6 Peak participants

Totals

- 133 participants

- 245.25 hours

- Training participation

Date

Event

Attendees

4/6/2019 5:00am

California > San Joaquin Valley > Fresno - 019CA > Community Event >California Classic Bicycle Ride

14

91.50

4/13/2019 6:00am

California > San Joaquin Valley > Fresno - 019CA > Community Event >Hinds Hospice Angel Babies Walk

6

42.00

4/25/2019 7:00pm

California > San Joaquin Valley > Fresno - 019CA > Training > Fresno EmComm Monthly Training Meeting

11

-73

//K6OGR - Brian https://fcemcomm.org

FC EmComm FB Page We have a Fresno County EmComm presence on Facebook. There you can find posts related to local events and emergencies. To access it, search for @fcemcomm.org on Facebook, or you can click on the Facebook icon at the bottom of the web site at https://fcemcomm.org. It is just a page so there is no membership to join. To keep up to date you just need to like and follow.

Upcoming Emcomm Service Events As you know we assist CARP with their Public Service Events and use them as a training venue. We have one coming up in May, this is the Kirch Flat Ride. Please consider helping with these events, they are not only a great training venue but a lot of fun. After you sign up, please go to ARES Connect and check the events on the calendar so you will get your time logged onto ARES Connect when you participate.

2019 EMCOMM EVENTS

June 22, 2019 – FCC Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride – Sign up

September 21, 2019 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride

September 14, 2019 – North Fork Grizzly Century

October 12, 2019 – FCC Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride – Sign up

November 16, 2019 – FCC Raymond Gravel Grinder Ride - If you are interested and want to sign up for one or more events please go to the CARP Website (k6arp.org) and go to their sign up link.

Go-BAG or Go-box ?

Our newer hams are probably wondering what the difference is between a Go-BAG and a Go-box. A Go-Bag is a bad or pack that contains the essentials needed for a deployment or disaster evacuation that can sustain you for 72 hours or more. The Go-Box is a container that

houses you portable radio equipment, such as transceiver, power supply, speaker or other devices that make it easy to set up.

ARES THREE DAY "GO BAG"

THE OBJECT OF THE THREE DAY "GO BAG" IS TO HAVE WHAT YOU MAY POSSIBLY NEED

DURING A CALLOUT. CHANCES ARE VERY HIGH THAT NOTHING WILL BE AVAILABLE TO US

AT THE LOCATION OF DISASTER.

SNACKS, HIGH ENERGY HIGH FIBER

THROAT LOZENGES, LIP BALM, EYE DROPS, AND etc. FOR COMFORT

FIRST AID KIT -- AN EXTENSIVE FIRST AID KIT IS DESIRABLE, ASPIRIN, OINTMENTS,

SALVES, SUN BLOCK, FIRST AID TAPE, SPLINT, BANDAGES, PRESCRIPTION

DRUGS, AND over the counter drugs (antacids, anti-diarrheal etc.)

Make sure to include FILTER MASKS and HAND SANITIZERS

LOG BOOK, PAPER, AND A FEW PENS AND PENCILS

3 DAY CHANGE OF CLOTHES

3 DAY SUPPLY OF FOOD AND WATER, MIN. OF 1.5 GAL./DAY, MRE’S IF YOU CAN

STOMACH THEM, LIQUID REFRESHMENTS

FLASHLIGHT WITH EXTRA BATTERIES, light sticks

CANDLES (enclosed preferred), WATER PROOF MATCHES

ALARM CLOCK (cellphone charger)

ELECTRICAL AND DUCT TAPE

SAFETY GLASSES, EAR PLUGS, HARD HATS, RUBBER BOOTS, GLOVES

MESSAGE FORMS, FSD 244(AT LEAST ICS MESSAGE FORMS)

HEADPHONES

RF CONNECTORS, PATCH CORDS, EXTRA COAX, SWR BRIDGE, ARRL STANDARDIZED

(Anderson Power Pole) CONNECTORS, EXTRA ANTENNAS WITH MOUNTS

TOOLBOX, SOLDER AND IRON, A SMALL ASSORTMENT OF HAND TOOLS, SHOVEL, AX

OPTIONAL

GENERATOR, SOLAR POWER, large BATTERIES

SHELTER (TENT AND SLEEPING BAG SUITABLE FOR SEASON), Cot/Hammock

TOILET ARTICLES

This is a recommended list and is by no means the gospel. For example, Anderson power

pole connections will be of little use if your (or other) equipment uses something else.

Go-Box

A Go-Box can be setup to in many configurations that will match your needs. No two hams set them up in the same way. Let me describe my box. I have a 23 amp power supply with a Powergate (acts like a automatic transfer switch) and the circuitry to feed the box with a 12 volt battery as well as 120 volt shore power. The box has a power pole receptacle for feeding other 12 volt devices. I also have made the antenna connections easy to get to. There is no end to the ways that you can engineer a box.

A Little Hummer:

EmComm Meeting

Agenda for

April 25, 2019

Pledge of Allegiance

Self-introductions

Old business

1. SATERN Update – Dan, AE6X

2. Monday Night EmComm Net– Gary, KI6OYW

3. ARES Connect

4. Message Handling Practice

5. Old business: none on docket

New business Training Agenda: Back to the Basics and what we do and why we do it – Brian (K6OGR) New business Adjurn

EmComm meeting place: Hinds Hospice Building at 2490 W. Shaw Ave. Fresno. The time is 19:00 hr. please arrive a little early for we have to be escorted in for this is a secured building.

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 g_greenberg@att.net

Our Calendar

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 located at Denny’s, 39 W. Herndon Ave (North East corner of Blackstone and Herndon) 07:00hr. And last but not least the EmComm Meetings are held on the Fourth Thursday of month. Our next meeting will be May23, 2019 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

559-999-7590

N6HEW2@gmail.com

EC Report for April 2019

Hello,

The schedule for the month of April, 2019, was 1 Monthly F.C. EmComm Meeting, 4 Monday Night Nets, 2 Message Handling Practices, 1 EmComm & Coffee, and 2 Public Service Events.

Silent Key

Last month we lost our good friend and colleague, Hal Clover (AD9HC). Hal was the DEC for the Southern portion of the SJV Section. His celebration of life will be held Saturday April 27, 2019 at:

Grace Bible Fellowship

23059 Avenue 198

Strathmore, CA

The time will be 11:00 am.

ARES Traffic Practice

Fresno ARES/RACES is conducting an on-the-air Traffic Handling practice twice a month after our regular Monday night EmComm Nets. Brian has been sending a message using the ARRL Message Form. After the practice the copied message was emailed to Brian to check accuracy and log your time on ARES Connect.

The practice will continue after the nets so join us and have some fun.

Getting to know the Fresno County ARES Officers

Good evening everyone,

I had a thought and wanted to take a few minutes of your time (or less if you delete this) to introduce myself. I realize that I just started showing up to meetings in October of 2017 and checking into the net and seem to be rapidly taking over. I assure you, that's not the case. I'm a stay-at-home father to a set of two and four year old boys that keep me plenty busy. Many of the regulars to the training meetings know me, but that's about it. I would like to try and change that with this e-mail to all of the members, new and existing.

I'll start with a bit of my background. I'm a 20 year retired USAF veteran who was in Bosnia, Iraq (v2.0), and U.A.E. (keeping Iran in check). I did IT for 18 years, everything from running cabling, working T1 help desk, managing servers, network security, infrastructure (CCNA at 23), IT project management, training, standards and evaluation, and even three-star general direct support. The last few years were more managing of multiple offices, I ran T1 to T3 support, I ran the base post office, and then I worked with emergency managers developing plans for the base and running exercises. Several exercises were large-scale evacuations of personnel in Asia. I enlisted in Alaska, traveled the world through 10 duty stations, and then ended up retiring in Alaska.

I became a ham because of the emergency communications aspect. I currently hold a general but will test for extra this year. There are times it may seem as if I have no idea what I'm doing. And that's because I truly have no idea what I'm doing. I am currently only an active member of ARES, my boys and wife's schedule prevent me from being a regular member in any of the clubs. As time passes that will change, and with luck I'll bring more hams from the family into the fray.

As far as equipment goes I work primarily with Icom radios. I only purchased the IC-7300 brand new, all of my other radios are used. I have two IC-208H, one ID-5100A (the hum machine), one IC-706 MkIIG, and (now) one ID-51a plus. All of my other HTs are Baofengs and I have a large assortment. I'm fairly fast at programming all of the radios with either the Icom software or chirp. I'm not an Icom expert but I do have experience with the radios.

I'm the webmaster and training officer for the Fresno County ARES group. As the training officer I try to come up with clever (as clever as I can) ways to keep training engaging and interesting. I'm throwing a lot at the group and participation is welcome, but not required. For instance the winlink check-in, it's hit and miss. The message copy practice is generally well received. We will start doing PSK31 nets in May. I also do capability exercises once a quarter. Last quarter, in February, was a repeater failure exercise where we held the net on simplex. Next month I will have a Fresno-wide power outage simulation. This will not affect the repeater so we will continue the net as normal. This is on your honor, I'm not going to everyone's house to make sure they're on battery power.

I look forward to as many people possible participating in ARES events and training. Stretch your skills a bit, try new things. Everything that I present is another tool that can be used for emergency communications. I'm learning right along with a lot of you. The training I do is as much for me as it is for everyone that participates. If I'm doing something wrong please tell me. I'm not the be all end all when it comes to this. As you can see from my background I'm a jack of all trades, but certainly haven't mastered any of them.

There is a ton of information on our web site, please check it out. Everything from daily FEMA reports, training that we've done, Santa Clara training slides, relevant news and information, event calendar, and a San Joaquin Valley wide net schedule. If you have questions regarding Fresno County ARES, the web site, ARES training, or Icom radios please don't hesitate to ask.

I hope this is helpful and might get more people actively involved. Maybe open a dialogue as to what ARES means to you. Please don't be intimidated, if I can pull this off I promise you anyone can.

-73

//K6OGR - Brian

https://fcemcomm.org

EmComm Website

We are now posting events and meetings on the calendar as well as posting articles on the home page. There is a lot of new information and links added to the site as well thanks to our Webmaster Brian (K6OGR). Check us out at fcemcomm.org

FC EmComm Website Report

Here are the website, Facebook, and ARES Connect reports for March.

Website:

- 104 visits

- 273 page views

- 70 direct visits

- 25 redirects from successful search returns

- 3 redirects from social media

Top 5 most visited pages:

Home

Meetings and Nets

Additional Documents

ARES Training

Contact us

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Facebook page:

6 Page views

0 Page previews

27 People reached

26 Post engagements

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ARES Connect:

New members: 1

Net participation:

- Winlink Check in

-- 5 Average participants

-- 7 Peak participants

- Weekly net

-- 16 Average participants

-- 15 Peak participants

- Message copy practice

-- 10 Average participants

-- 11 Peak participants

Totals

- 132 participants

- 113.75 hours

73

//K6OGR - Brian

FC EmComm FB Page

We have a Fresno County EmComm presence on Facebook. There you can find posts related to local events and emergencies. To access it, search for @fcemcomm.org on Facebook, or you can click on the Facebook icon at the bottom of the web site at https://fcemcomm.org. It is just a page so there is no membership to join. To keep up to date you just need to like and follow.

Upcoming Emcomm Service Events

As you know we assist CARP with their Public Service Events and use them as a training venue. We have one coming up in May, this is the Kirch Flat Ride. Please consider helping with these events, they are not only a great training venue but a lot of fun. After you sign up, please go to ARES Connect and check the events on the calendar so you will get your time logged onto ARES Connect when you participate.

2019 EMCOMM EVENTS

May 4, 2019 – FCC Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride – Sign up

June 22, 2019 – FCC Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride – Sign up

September xx, 2019 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride

October 5, 2019 – North Fork Grizzly Century (not confirmed)

October 12, 2019 – FCC Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride – Sign up

November 16, 2019 – FCC Raymond Gravel Grinder Ride ¬- If you are interested and want to sign up for one or more events please go to the CARP Website (k6arp.org) and go to their sign up link.

NVIS, What is it?

I was looking around on the web and found the following information on NVIS and it looked interesting so I am passing it on.

Near vertical incidence skywave

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Near vertical incidence skywave, or NVIS, is a skywave radio-wave propagation path that provides usable signals in the range between groundwave and conventional skywave distances—usually 50–650 km (30–400 miles). It is used for military and paramilitary communications, broadcasting,[1] especially in the tropics, and by radio amateurs for nearby contacts circumventing line-of-sight barriers. The radio waves travel near-vertically upwards into the ionosphere, where they are refracted back down and can be received within a circular region up to 650 km (400 miles) from the transmitter.[2] If the frequency is too high (that is, above the critical frequency of the ionospheric F layer), refraction fails to occur and if it is too low, absorption in the ionospheric D layer may reduce the signal strength.

There is no fundamental difference between NVIS and conventional skywave propagation; the practical distinction arises solely from different desirable radiation patterns of the antennas (near vertical for NVIS, near horizontal for conventional long-range skywave propagation).

Frequencies and Propagation

NVIS radiation pattern

While the groundwave (blue) cannot propagate, the refracted skywaves (red) achieve HF coverage within the common first hop (~500km).

The most reliable frequencies for NVIS communications are between 1.8 MHz and 8 MHz. Above 8 MHz, the probability of success begins to decrease, dropping to near zero at 30 MHz. Usable frequencies are dictated by local ionospheric conditions, which have a strong systematic dependence on geographical location. Common bands used in amateur radio at mid-latitudes are 3.5 MHz at night and 7 MHz during daylight, with experimental use of 5 MHz (60 meters) frequencies. During winter nights at the bottom of the sunspot cycle, the 1.8 MHz band may be required. [3] Broadcasting uses the tropical broadcast bands between 2.3 and 5.06 MHz, and the international broadcast bands between 3.9 and 6.2 MHz. Military NVIS communications mostly take place on 2–4 MHz at night and on 5–7 MHz during daylight.

Optimum NVIS frequencies tend to be higher towards the tropics and lower towards the arctic regions. They are also higher during high sunspot activity years. The usable frequencies change from day to night, because sunlight causes the lowest layer of the ionosphere, called the D layer, to increase, causing attenuation of low frequencies during the day [4] while the maximum usable frequency (MUF) which is the critical frequency of the F layer rises with greater sunlight. Real time maps of the critical frequency are available. [5] Use of a frequency about 15% below the critical frequency should provide reliable NVIS service. This is sometimes referred to as the optimum working frequency or FOT.

NVIS is most useful in mountainous areas where line-of-sight propagation is ineffective, or when the communication distance is beyond the 50 mile (80 km) range of groundwave(or the terrain is so rugged and barren that groundwave is not effective), and less than the 300–1500 mile (500–2500 km) range of lower-angle sky-wave propagation. Another interesting aspect of NVIS communication is that direction finding of the sender is more difficult than for ground-wave communication (i.e. VHF or UHF). For broadcasters, NVIS allows coverage of an entire medium-sized country at much lower cost than with VHF (FM), and daytime coverage, similar to mediumwave (AM broadcast) nighttime coverage at lower cost and often with less interference.

Antennas

An NVIS antenna configuration is a horizontally polarized (parallel with the surface of the earth) radiating element that is from 1/20th wavelength (λ) to 1/4 wavelength above the ground. Optimum height is about 1/4 wavelength, and high angle radiation declines only slightly for heights up to about 3/8 wavelength. [6] That proximity to the ground forces the majority of the radiation to go straight up. Overall efficiency of the antenna can be increased by placing a ground wire slightly longer than the antenna parallel to and directly underneath the antenna. One source says that a single ground wire can provide antenna gain in the 3–6 dB range.[7] Another source indicates 2 dB for a single wire and nearly 4 dB for multiple ground wires.[8] Ground wires are more necessary when using lower dipoles over poor soils as without them considerable energy goes into heating the ground.

Depending on the specific requirements, various antennas (i.e. Sloper, T2FD, Dipole) can be used for NVIS communication, with horizontal dipoles or inverted V dipoles at about 0.2 wavelengths above ground giving the best results on transmit and at about 0.16 wavelengths on receive, according to military sources and an extensive study by Dutch researchers. [9] [10] Very low antennas are much inferior on transmit, less so on receive, where both noise and signal are attenuated.

Significant increases in communication will obviously be realized when both the transmitting station and the receiving station use NVIS configuration for their antennas. In particular for low profile operations NVIS antennas are a good option.[11]

For broadcasting, typical antennas consist of a dipole about 1/4 wavelength above ground, or arrays of such dipoles.[12] Up to 16 dipoles can be used, allowing strong signals with relatively low power by concentrating the signal in a smaller area. Limiting the coverage may be dictated by licensing, language or political considerations. Arrays of dipoles can be used to "slew" the pattern, so that the transmitter need not be in the center of the coverage footprint. Broadcast NVIS antennas usually use an extensive ground screen to increase gain and stabilize the pattern and feed impedance with changing ground moisture.

AS-2259 antenna

AS-2259 NVIS Antenna

A military NVIS antenna is the AS-2259 Antenna,[13] which consists of two V-shaped dipoles: The four dipole wires also serve as guy rope for the antenna mast. An alternative configuration consists of a transmitting loop antenna which is configured for maximum signal transmission upwards.[14]

References

1. ^ Broadcasting in Band 7 (HF) in the Tropical Zone, International Radio Consultative Committee, International Telecommunications Union, Geneva, 1969

2. ^ The Emergency Communications Antenna, By Stephen C. Finch, AIØW http://www.w8ne.com/Files/NVIS%20nvis_AI0W.pdf

3. ^ http://hamwaves.com/nvis/en/index.html

4. ^ "An analytical study of HF communications between provincial PREOC-s and the North Shore Emergency Management office at VE7NSR" (PDF).

5. ^ "World Ionospheric Map". Commonwealth of Australia Bureau of Meteorology.

6. ^ Brown, Jim. "Planning Antennas" (PDF). k9yc.com/publish.htm. Jim Brown, K9YC. Retrieved 30 April 2017.

7. ^ Hawker (2005), pp. 89

8. ^ http://www.w8ji.com/nvis_n_v_i_s_antenna.htm NVIS Antennas

9. ^ G. E. Barker, J. Taylor, and G. H. Hagn, “Summary of measurements and modeling of the radiation patterns of simple field antennas in open (level) terrain, mountains and forests,” U.S. Army Electronic Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, USA, Spec. Tech. Rep. 45, December 1971.

10. ^ https://www.agentschaptelecom.nl/sites/default/files/2015_-_witvliet_-_nvis_elev_angles_and_ant_height_-_ieee_apm.pdf

11. ^ Space Challenged NVIS Antenna http://harriscountyares.org/training/KNW/KNW-119.pdf

12. ^ Broadcasting in Band 7, page 39

13. ^ AS-2259 Antenna Manual http://www.radiomanual.info/schemi/Surplus_Accessories/AS-2259_antenna_serv_user_TM11-5985-379-14P_1986.pdf

14. ^ Hawker (1999), pp. 33

• Antony Wedgwood, G0TJD; Goldstein, J. A. (April 2001). "Near Vertical Incidence Skywave". The Vintage and Military Amateur Radio Society Newsletter. 16: 7–11. Bibcode:1995nrl..reptS....W.

• Hawker, Pat (1999). Technical Topics Scrapbook 1990-1994. Potters bar,UK: Radio Society of Great Britain. pp. 33–34, 64–65. ISBN 978-1-872309-51-4.

• Hawker, Pat (2005). Technical Topics Scrapbook 2000-2004. Potters bar,UK: Radio Society of Great Britain. pp. 61, 89–90, 109–110, 126, 143, 154. ISBN 978-1-905086-05-4.

• Walden, M. (March 2008). "Extraordinary Wave NVIS Propagation at 5 MHz". RadCom. 84 (3): 57–62.

We Need Your Input!

We have started our Steering Committee up again. We are looking for ideas for projects, training events, etc. that would promote interest and participation of our members. If you have any ideas, please email me. We will do our best to make this a more interesting, efficient, and enjoyable organization.

EmComm Meeting

Agenda for

April 25, 2019

Pledge of Allegiance

Self-introductions

Old business

1. SATERN Update – Dan, AE6X

2. Monday Night EmComm Net– Gary, KI6OYW

3. ARES Connect

4. Message Handling Practice

5. Old business: none on docket

New business

Training Agenda:

Using Fldigi and ARES – Brian (K6OGR)

New business

Adjurn

EmComm meeting place: Hinds Hospice Building at 2490 W. Shaw Ave. Fresno. The time is 19:00 hr. please arrive a little early for we have to be escorted in for this is a secured building.

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 g_greenberg@att.net

Our Calendar

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 located at Denny’s, 39 W. Herndon Ave (North East corner of Blackstone and Herndon) 07:00hr. And last but not least the EmComm Meetings are held on the Fourth Thursday of month. Our next meeting will be April 25, 2019 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

559-999-7590

N6HEW2@gmail.com

EC Report for March 2019

Hello,

The schedule for the month of March, 2019, was 1 Monthly F.C. EmComm Meeting, 4 Monday Night Nets, 2 Message Handling Practices, 1 EmComm & Coffee, and 1 Public Service Event.

ARES Traffic Practice

Fresno ARES/RACES is conducting an on-the-air Traffic Handling practice twice a month after our regular Monday night EmComm Nets. Brian has been sending a message using the ARRL Message Form. After the practice the copied message was emailed to Brian to check accuracy and log your time on ARES Connect.

The practice will continue after the nets so join us and have some fun.

EmComm Website

We are now posting events and meetings on the calendar as well as posting articles on the home page. There is a lot of new information and links added to the site as well thanks to our Webmaster Brian (K6OGR). Check us out at fcemcomm.org

FC EmComm Website Report

Here are the website, Facebook, and ARES Connect reports for March.

--------------------------------

Website:

116 visits288page views

- 87 direct visits

- 19 redirects from successful search returns

- 5 redirects from social media

Additional Documents

Top 5 most visited pages:

Home

ARES Training

Additional Documents

Start Here

Meetings and Nets

--------------------------------

Facebook page:

0 Page views

0 Page previews

31 People reached

13 Post engagements

--------------------------------

ARES Connect:

New members: 1

Net participation:

- Winlink Check in

-- 6 Average participants

-- 7 Peak participants

- Weekly net

-- 17 Average participants

-- 18 Peak participants

- Message copy practice

-- 9 Average participants

-- 10 Peak participants

Totals

- 112 participants

- 43.5 hours

- Training participation

2/10/2019 2:00pm Fresno new Ham workshop 6

2/28/2019 7:00pm Fresno EmComm Monthly Training Meeting 11

//K6OGR - Brian

FC EmComm FB Page

We have a Fresno County EmComm presence on Facebook. There you can find posts related to local events and emergencies. To access it, search for @fcemcomm.org on Facebook, or you can click on the Facebook icon at the bottom of the web site at https://fcemcomm.org. It is just a page so there is no membership to join. To keep up to date you just need to like and follow.

Upcoming Emcomm Service Events

As you know we assist CARP with their Public Service Events and use them as a training venue. We have two coming up in April (April 6 – California Classic Bicycle Ride and Hinds Hospice Angel Babies Walk on the 13th). Please consider helping with these events, they are not only a great training venue but a lot of fun. After you sign up, please go to ARES Connect and check the events on the calendar so you will get your time logged onto ARES Connect when you participate. We hope you take these opportunities to tune your traffic handling skills as well as having a great time.

CARP just announced the new calendar for the 2019 events we will be assisting them with. It will be uploaded onto our website.

2019 EMCOMM EVENTS

April 6, 2019 – California Classic Bicycle Ride – Sign up

April 13, 2019 – Hinds Hospice Angel Babies Walk

May 4, 2019 – FCC Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride – Sign up

June 22, 2019 – FCC Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride – Sign up

September xx, 2019 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride

October 5, 2019 – North Fork Grizzly Century (not confirmed)

October 12, 2019 – FCC Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride – Sign up

November xx, 2019 – FCC Raymond Gravel Grinder Ride ¬- If you are interested and want to sign up for one or more events please go to the CARP Website (k6arp.org) and go to their sign up link.

New Digital Mode

I received the following information via email from Grady Williams (K6IXA) that he sent to the members of the W6BXN Repeater Group and the Atwater Amateur Radio Club. He describes the mode way better than I ever would be able to so I will pass it on.

Sound Card Modems

In the past few years there has been an increased interest especially in the ARES, RACES Emcomm community in the implementation of various means of data transmission utilizing the new technology in and around sound card Modems.. All of the smarts is in computer software instead of a hardware modem to process the data... Various hardware modems vary from $150 on the low end packet modem up to $1800 for the SCS P4 Dragon DR-7800... The DR-7800 is still the BEST most reliable in weak signal device out there but as you can see it comes with a price...However variants of virtual (lives in computer software) modems are beginning to rival the DR-7800 when cost is considered...

For the most part sound card modem technology began with the development of PSK-31 and took off from there like wild fire even to encompass and replace our beloved thousand pound accumulation of Teletype Equipment not to mention FLDIGI and all of its variants....

Currently Amateurs, Government, Em-comm, NGO organizations are ALL embracing the Winlink System for the conveyance of information in a radio email system compatible with the existing internet concept... With all of this new sound card based communications technology a reliable interface between the users computer and radio becomes essential...

Any of these computer based digital communication programs can interface the computer and radio utilizing the existing computer internal sound card using the mic and earphone jack... However isolation in the form or a transformer is desirable. In addition levels set for communication needs become subject to changing from a preset level when computer is used by Skype and other voice utilized programs... Consequently a stand-alone external sound card device with manual control knobs becomes very desirable in that it can be manipulated irrespective of the computers internal sound card needs...

The External Sound Card device recommended by most program developers is the TigerTronics Signalink USB... External transmit and receive level pots set your desired levels... Also there is a vox keying circuit in that some programs do NOT provide keying circuit via a serial port. This device will work with ALL sound card programs, providing correct levels, equipment isolation avoiding ground loop distortion and appropriate vox keying where needed... There are less expensive devices but not sure they are of the same quality, have vox keying and have the flexibility of connectivity for all of the amateur radio equipment out there...

The Winlink System as previously now offers a plethora of digital modes to connect to the system with... On HF, you have Winmore, Ardop and Iridium all available with the sound card interface.. With utilization of virtual (software) modems such as direwolf you can operate packet in it's various formats on VHF and UHF... The latest BIG addition the the technology is VARA FM developed by EA5HVK Jose in Spain... Allows packet operation without a hardware modem at about 10 times the thru-put of conventional packet. NOTE: Basic Vara HF and FM comes with a slower thru-put... Jose gets $65 to license an installation keyed to your call-sign and suffixes, -10, -11 etc... With this upgrade the data thru-put really smokes and NO expensive modem...

Time to cut to the chase... I am prepared as soon as time and finances permit to equip my existing pactor and packet nodes with the capability of utilizing these new digital modes on the same equipment and frequencies... With VARA FM you can utilize existing K6IXA vhf gateways with packet or vara fm... My existing Pactor 1,2 &3 Gateways on 20, 30 & 40 meters will also offer the connect option of VARA, ARDOP & WINMORE... The Winlink Express program that supports all of these modes, has a pull-down menu with all of the station gateways supporting the various modes... Click on that station, the frequency is changed in the radio, antenna tuned and you are ready to hit the start button. Winlink Express also contains all of the templates currently in use in the Em-Comm community... Using a commonly used template allows you to place data in the various fields. When the message is transmitted only the data is transmitted and then re inserted in the form at the other end for distribution or printing,,,

ARES and Relevant Threats - Atmospheric River Storm"

In 1861 and '62, an unprecedented storm struck California, flooding a vast portion of the state in up to ten feet of water. This storm was the result of an "atmospheric river", and it is not a freak event, but rather six similar storms have been identified in the geologic record for California. This is California's other "Big One", besides an earthquake. The relevance to ARES, here in the Central Valley, is that some kind of significant flooding event is actually more likely for us, then the immediate effects of an earthquake. We've talked many times about mutual aid and assistance to other ARES groups, responding to an earthquake on the coast. However, significant flooding is a real and potential risk to all of us in the Central Valley.

The link accompanying this short article is to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) ARkStorm Scenario summary. I highly recommend we all at least read the summary, and begin considering how we can integrate that into our awareness and response planning."

https://www.usgs.gov/natural-hazards/science-application-risk-reduction/science/arkstorm-scenario?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

Regards,

Chris

KJ6OUG

We Need Your Input!

We have started our Steering Committee up again. We are looking for ideas for projects, training events, etc. that would promote interest and participation of our members. If you have any ideas, please email me. We will do our best to make this a more interesting, efficient, and enjoyable organization.

EmComm Meeting

Agenda for March 28, 2019

Pledge of Allegiance

Self-introductions

Old business

1. SATERN Update – Dan, AE6X

2. Monday Night EmComm Net– Gary, KI6OYW

3. ARES Connect

4. Message Handling Practice

5. Old business: none on docket

New business

Training Agenda:

Next steps in Winlink – Brian (K6OGR)

New business

Adjurn

EmComm meeting place: Hinds Hospice Building at 2490 W. Shaw Ave. Fresno. The time is 19:00 hr. please arrive a little early for we have to be escorted in for this is a secured building.

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 g_greenberg@att.net

Our Calendar

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 located at Denny’s, 39 W. Herndon Ave (North East corner of Blackstone and Herndon) 07:00hr. And last but not least the EmComm Meetings are held on the Fourth Thursday of month. Our next meeting will be March 28, 2019 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

559-999-7590

N6HEW2@gmail.com

EC Report for February 2019

Hello,
The schedule for the month of February, 2019 was 1 Monthly F.C. EmComm Meeting, 4 Monday Night Nets, 1 New Ham Workshop, and 1 EmComm & Coffee.

New Ham Workshop
Sunday February 10th several of us helped with a New Ham Workshop. Greg (KJ6OUI) organized a workshop through the 4 wheel drive clubs to help them understand what communications were available to them, both licensed and unlicensed. This workshop showed them the difference between the different radio services, what their strong points and their weakness are.
Brian (K6OGR) put together a power point for the event that covered most all to the information needed to make a decision on which radio and service one might need. He covered most all of the handheld and mobile radios that are available as well some of the available accessories. Chris (KJ6OUG) gave commentary and helped answer questions asked by the attendees.
Greg received some great raffle prizes from sponsors of the event. I would say all of those who attended received some sort of prize. Greg mentioned we should try to have this workshop at least annually, maybe twice a year.

ARES Traffic Practice
Fresno ARES/RACES is conducting an on-the-air Traffic Handling practice after our regular Monday night EmComm Nets. Brian has been sending a message using the ARRL Message Form. After the practice the copied message was emailed to Brian to check accuracy and log your time on ARES Connect.
The practice will continue after the nets so join us and have some fun.

ARES Training During Net Feb.18

During our Monday night net there will be ARES Training. The exercise will be to test our simplex capabilities. There will be a simulated repeater failure requiring all operators to go to simplex. Use your time before the net to test your equipment and get it set up to quickly switch.

Brian (K6OGR)

EmComm Website
We are now posting events and meetings on the calendar as well as posting articles on the home page. There is a lot of new information and links added to the site as well thanks to our Webmaster Brian (K6OGR). Check us out at fcemcomm.org


FC EmComm Website Report

Website:
153 visits
365 page views
- 119 direct visits
- 24 redirects from successful search returns
- 8 redirects from social media

Top 5 most visited pages:
Home
Winlink Templates
Winlink Software
Meetings and Nets
Additional Documents
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Facebook page:
1 Page views
0 Page previews
6 People reached
0 Post engagements
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ARES Connect:
(since 1 Jan 19)
New members: 7
Net participation:
- 142 participants
- 52.75 hours
Meeting participation:
- 13 participants
- 13 hours

Training participation:
- 20 participants
- 60 hours

//K6OGR - Brian

FC EmComm FB Page
We have a Fresno County EmComm presence on Facebook. There you can find posts related to local events and emergencies. To access it, search for @fcemcomm.org in Facebook, or you can click on the Facebook icon at the bottom of the web site at https://fcemcomm.org. It is just a page so there is no membership to join. To keep up to date you just need to like and follow it.

Upcoming Emcomm Service Events
As you know we assist CARP with their Public Service Events and use them as a training venue. You will get your time logged onto ARES Connect when you participate. We hope you take these opportunities to tune your traffic handling skills as well as having a great time.
CARP just announced the new calendar for the 2019 events that we will be assisting them with. It will be uploaded onto our website.

2019 EMCOMM EVENTS
March 2, 2019 – Sanger Blossom Trail 10K – Sanger, CA – Sign up
April 6, 2019 – California Classic Bicycle Ride – Sign up
April xx, 2019 – Hinds Hospice Angel Babies Walk
May 4, 2019 – FCC Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride – Sign up
June 22, 2019 – FCC Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride – Sign up
September xx, 2019 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride
October 5, 2019 – North Fork Grizzly Century (not confirmed)
October 12, 2019 – FCC Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride – Sign up
November xx, 2019 – FCC Raymond Gravel Grinder Ride ¬- If you are interested and want to sign up for one or more events please go to the CARP Website (k6arp.org) and go to their sign up link.

ARES Connect SJV & Up Coming Training
This is a gentle reminder that ARES Connect is live as of 1 January 2019. This system will be used to track all volunteer hours for ARES training and events and the only way the ARRL knows about member involvement. Registration is easy and takes about five minutes. Please visit https://arrl.volunteerhub.com/lp/sjv/ to get set up. There are training video links on the https://fcemcomm.org web site on the side menu under "ARES Connect" and then "Training". If you get truly stuck send me an e-mail and I will try and get you pointed in the right direction.

Things that will be counted for hours include, but are not limited to, weekly FC EmComm nets, monthly ARES training, EmComm and coffee, and community service events. We will use the aforementioned events as MAC level certification for ARES. Therefore, if we do not have a record of your hours we cannot verify MAC level.

Additionally, if you've read this far, we will be conducting an on the air exercise 18 February 2019. It will be a simulated repeater outage requiring all members to use 147.150 simplex. Please have your equipment ready so you can transmit and receive. If you want to test give me a holler on the repeater and I can switch to simplex (night time is best). I will use the standard radiogram format, but body only (for now). An example can be found here: http://www.arrl.org/files/media/Group/Fillable%20Radiogram%20Form.pdf.
Please let me know if you have questions regarding ARES Connect, the exercise in February, or the message receiving practice. //K6OGR – Brian

EmComm Meeting
Agenda for Febuary 28, 2019

Pledge of Allegiance

Self-introductions

Old business

1. SATERN Update – Dan, AE6X
2. Monday Night EmComm Net– Gary, KI6OYW
3. ARES Connect
4. Message Handling Practice
5. New Ham Workshop
6. Old business: none on docket

New business

Training Agenda:

Getting onto Winlink – Brian (K6OGR)

New business
1. Steering Committee reinstated
2. MOU with new served agency
Adjourn

EmComm meeting place: Hinds Hospice Building at 2490 W. Shaw Ave. Fresno. The time is 19:00 hr. please arrive a little early for we have to be escorted in for this is a secured building.

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 g_greenberg@att.net

Our Calendar
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 February 28, 2019 at 1900 hr. at the Hinds Hospice Building, 2490 W. Shaw Fresno.

2019 Southern District SMART goals

  • Increase training activities within the weekly nets

    • Conduct 1 training activity each month to take place during the unit's weekly ARES net for 6 months in 2019

  • Increase visibility of amateur radio to the public

    • Plan, organize resources and participate as an ARES group in 1 community or amateur radio event open to the public 4 times in 2019

  • Pass a monthly message from one end of the district to the other via FM radio simplex voice

    • Within 2 months originate a formal (NTS format) message to the ASEC to include the number of check-ins outside the unit's operational area for the previous week

    • Note: this number may be zero if no out-of-unit check-ins were recorded

  • Pass a quarterly message from one end of the district to the other via an alternative mode

    • Within 4 months, originate a formal message (NTS format) to the SEC to include the unit's participation in local Field Day activies

  • Increase the number of members trained in winlink

    • Within 9 months have 10% of the ARESconnect registered members Winlink operational by checking-in with Kern County ARES' Monday night net as visitors

  • Promote talking with neighboring units during Nets

    • Within 1 month, record at least 5 weekly check-ins from members of visiting ARES units and report this number monthly to the DEC in a formal (NTS format) message

  • Increase the number of registered ARES members

    • Within 5 months, increase the number of register ARESconnect members in your unit by 6% above those registered on 1/20/2019

EC Report for January 2019

Hello,

The schedule for the month of January, 2019 was 1 Monthly F.C. EmComm Meeting, 3 Monday Night Nets, and 1 EmComm & Coffee.

ARES Traffic Practice

Fresno ARES/RACES will be conducting an on-the-air Traffic Handling practice after our regular Monday night EmComm Nets starting in January. We will be doing both digital and analog modes, alternating each week. This will be a message traffic-type exercise. Directions specific to this exercise will be given at the beginning. All licensed amateurs are welcome, everyone is encouraged to participate.

EmComm Website

We are now posting events and meetings on the calendar as well as posting articles on the home page. There is a lot of new information and links added to the site as well thanks to our Webmaster Brian (K6OGR). Check us out at fcemcomm.org

FC EmComm Website Report

Website:
116 visits
266 page views
- 24 redirects from successful search returns
- 4 redirects from social media

Top 5 most visited pages:

Home
Upcoming Events
ARES Training
Start Here
Additional Documents

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Facebook page:

9 Page views
3 Page previews
18 People reached
14 Post engagements

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//K6OGR - Brian

FC EmComm FB Page We have a Fresno County EmComm presence on Facebook. There you can find posts related to local events and emergencies. To access it, search for @fcemcomm.org in Facebook, or you can click on the Facebook icon at the bottom of the web site at https://fcemcomm.org. It is just a page so there is no membership to join. To keep up to date you just need to like and follow it.

Upcoming Emcomm Service Events

As you know we assist CARP with their Public Service Events and use them as a training venue. You will get your time logged onto ARES Connect when you participate. We hope you take these opportunities to tune your traffic handling skills as well as having a great time.

CARP just announced the new calendar for the 2019 events that we will be assisting them with. It will be uploaded onto our website.

2019 EMCOMM EVENTS February 16, 2019 – Rotary Chocolate Run – Woodward Park – Sign up March 2, 2019 – Sanger Blossom Trail 10K – Sanger, CA – Sign up April 6, 2019 – California Classic Bicycle Ride – Sign up

April xx, 2019 – Hinds Hospice Angel Babies Walk May 4, 2019 – FCC Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride – Sign up June 22, 2019 – FCC Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride – Sign up

September xx, 2019 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride

October 5, 2019 – North Fork Grizzly Century (not confirmed) October 12, 2019 – FCC Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride – Sign up

November xx, 2019 – FCC Raymond Gravel Grinder Ride - If you are interested and want to sign up for one or more events please go to the CARP Website (k6arp.org) and go to their sign up link.

ARES Connect SJV & Up Coming Training This is a gentle reminder that ARES Connect is live as of 1 January 2019. This system will be used to track all volunteer hours for ARES training and events and the only way the ARRL knows about member involvement. Registration is easy and takes about five minutes. Please visit https://arrl.volunteerhub.com/lp/sjv/ to get set up. There are training video links on the https://fcemcomm.org web site on the side menu under "ARES Connect" and then "Training". If you get truly stuck send me an e-mail and I will try and get you pointed in the right direction.

Things that will be counted for hours include, but are not limited to, weekly FC EmComm nets, monthly ARES training, EmComm and coffee, and community service events. We will use the aforementioned events as MAC level certification for ARES. Therefore, if we do not have a record of your hours we cannot verify MAC level.

Additionally, if you've read this far, we will be conducting an on the air exercise 18 February 2019. It will be a simulated repeater outage requiring all members to use 147.150 simplex. This gives you approximately six weeks to get your equipment set up and do a few tests to make sure you can transmit and receive. If you want to test give me a holler on the repeater and I can switch to simplex (night time is best). Next week and every other following, after the Monday night net we will conduct message receiving practice. I will use the standard radiogram format, but body only (for now). An example can be found here: http://www.arrl.org/files/media/Group/Fillable%20Radiogram%20Form.pdf.

Please let me know if you have questions regarding ARES Connect, the exercise in February, or the message receiving practice. //K6OGR - Brian

EmComm Meeting

Agenda for January 24, 2019

Pledge of Allegiance
Self-introductions

Old business
1. SATERN Update – Dan, AE6X
2. Monday Night EmComm Net– Gary, KI6OYW
3. Old business: none on docket

New business
Training Agenda:

NIMS Training – Brian (K6OGR)

New business
1. Steering Committee reinstated
2. Events and training for the New Year
3. ARES Connect

Adjourn

EmComm meeting place: Hinds Hospice Building at 2490 W. Shaw Ave. Fresno. The time is 19:00 hr. please arrive a little early for we have to be escorted in for this is a secured building.

ARES Training During Net Feb.18

***NOTE*** There will be an exercise this net. The exercise will be to test our simplex capabilities. There will be a simulated repeater failure requiring all operators to go to simplex. Use the time up to this net to test your equipment and get it set up to quickly switch. ***NOTE*** Brian (K6OGR)

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 g_greenberg@att.net

Our Calendar

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 January24 , 2019 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

EC Report for December 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hello,

The schedule for the month of December 2018 was 1 Monthly EmComm Meeting, 3 Monday Night Nets, and 1 EmComm & Coffee.

ARES Traffic Practice

Fresno ARES/RACES will be conducting an on-the-air Traffic Handling practice after our regular Monday night EmComm Nets starting in January. We will be doing both digital and analog modes, alternating each week. This will be a message traffic-type exercise. Directions specific to this exercise will be given at the beginning. All licensed amateurs are welcome, everyone is encouraged to participate.

FC EmComm Website Report

Brian Ogram (K6OGR) our Web Master has sent in a report of the activity on the site for the last 30 days (15 Nov to 15 Dec):

Website:
151 visits
293 page views
- 17 redirects from successful search returns
- 4 redirects from social media
- 1 redirect from qsl.net
- 1 redirect from gmail?

Top 5 most visited pages:
Home
Training Links
News and Information
FEMA Daily (glad people are looking at that)
ARES Training

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Facebook page:

3 Page previews
146 People reached
52 Post engagements

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//K6OGR - Brian

FC EmComm FB Page
We have a Fresno County EmComm presence on Facebook. There you can find posts related to local events and emergencies. To access it, search for @fcemcomm.org in Facebook, or you can click on the Facebook icon at the bottom of the web site at https://fcemcomm.org. It is just a page so there is no membership to join. To keep up to date you just need to like and follow it.

Upcoming Emcomm Service Events

We are waiting for CARP to announce the new calendar of the 2019 events that we will be assisting them with. As soon as it is published, I will pass it on and uploaded it onto the website.

EmComm Website

We are now posting events and meetings on the calendar as well as posting articles on the home page. There is a lot of new information and links added to the site as well thanks to our Webmaster Brian (K6OGR). Check us out at fcemcomm.org

ARES Connect San Joaquin Valley!

Please view and sign up for available opportunities below. When you volunteer with ARRL, you help: educate the public about the Amateur Radio Service, welcome newcomers, encourage self-training and skill advancement and bolster a nationwide emergency communications network.

The new ARES Connect volunteer management system provides many valuable features that will truly enhance the experience of emergency communication volunteers. Those features include: a robust event management feature that allows you to create events, register users, log hours; a more automated reporting system based on user input, so that, instead of filing reports, you will be able to generate reports based on the events users register and log hours for; enhanced roster management capabilities; and embedded communications tools that will allow you to send email and text messages to volunteers.

Information for registering as an ARES Member will be coming in the near future. This is an exciting new tool for all of us. Please consider registering; it will be the only way to report our training and public service hours to the national. You can go to the Fresno County ARES website and find the link or https://arrl.volunteerhub.com/lp/sjv/ create an account and sign up. When you do, please remember to use your call sigh as USER NAME.

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 g_greenberg@att.net

Our Calendar

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 January24 , 2019 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
559-999-7590
N6HEW2@gmail.com