EC Report for October 2018

Hello,

The schedule for the month of October 2018: 4 Monday Night Nets, 1 EmComm Meeting, and 1 EmComm & Coffee and 2 Public Service events.

North Fork Grizzly Ride

I would like to thank all that took part with the communications for the North Fork Grizzly Ride held Oct. 06. This ride stated at a school in North Fork and covered 100 miles. There were no major problems for the riders and all communications went well.

Please remember that these events are important training events for us. They give us the practice that we need working in a net scenario and about the closest we can get to emergency traffic handling without declared disaster.

Bass Lake Double Ride

The Bass Lake Double is a long event for our communicators, the ride started around 04:30 and the net closed a little after midnight. Some of our people had long shifts and others, like net, control had relief operators. Some net controls worked 8 to 10 hour shifts.

There were no major problems or injuries on the ride. Although one rider slid on some gravel and went for a swim in Bass Lake. His only injury was his pride. He finished the ride in good time.

One new thing was the use of electronic checking of riders. They had two or three sensors set up to monitor the rider’s locations. The staff at two rest stops took the number manually to have some way to check the reliability of the new system.

EmComm and Training Meetings

We will have a guest speaker at out next EmComm Meeting. Grady Williams (K6IXA) will be talking about Winlink on VHF/UHF. He will also be talking about Diawolf software; this uses your computer to take the place of a TNC for packet.

I would like to remind you all that the EmComm Meetings are important to all members. Not only are the meeting used to disperse information pertinent to our organization but they are a venue for training.

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.

106 visits
211 page views
- 14 redirects from successful search returns
- 3 redirects from social media
- 2 redirect from qsl.net
- 1 redirect from w6to.com

Top 5 most visited pages:
Home
Training
Links
Up Coming Events
ARES Training

Showed up in 237 google searches for emergency response acronyms, emcomm, and aresec (top 3).

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.

EmComm Meeting

Agenda for October 25, 2018

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: Winlink on VHF/UHF – Grady Williams (K6IXA) guest speaker from Atwater. New business 1. Two Cities Marathon 2. No meeting in November 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 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 for in the near future it will be the only way to report our training and public service hours to the national. You can go to our website and find the link and sign up. When you do please remember to use your call sigh as USER NAME. Announcement, Upcoming Emcomm Service Event Two Cities Marathon will be November 04, 2018. Yes this is on a Sunday. Dan Pruitt is doing the communications for this event. WE are helping the medical staff observing the course for medical problems with the runners. If you are interested in helping, please contact Dan Pruitt (AE6SX) at ae6sx@arrl.org or call 559-776-2974. 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.

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.

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 December 13 , 2018 at 1900 hr. at the Hinds Hospice Building, 2490 W. Shaw Fresno.

There is no meeting in November!!!!!!

Best of 73’s

GLEN CAINE (N6HEW)

Fresno County ARES EC/ RACES Officer

559-999-7590

N6HEW2@gmail.com

EC Report for September 2018

 

 

Hello,

The schedule for the month of September 2018: 4 Monday Night Nets, 1 EmComm Meeting, and 1 EmComm & Coffee and 1 Public Service event.

 Tour de Fresno

            I would like to thank all that took part with the communications for the Tour de Fresno Bike Ride held Sept. 15. From what I have gathered from listening to parts of the event Saturday all seem to go rather smoothly. I didn’t get to participate this time for I was out of state for a week.

            Please remember that these events are important training events for us. They give us the practice that we need working in a net scenario and about the closest we can get to emergency traffic handling without declared disaster. We have two events in October and we are still looking for help. Please refer to the Public Service Calendar and consider participating

 EmComm and Training Meetings

 I would like to remind you all that the EmComm Meetings are important to all members. Not only are the meeting used to disperse information pertinent to our organization but they are a venue for training.

Chris Johnson (KJ6OUG) is teaching the curriculum for our MAC Training at the meetings. This training will give us the ability to rank our members as to their knowledge of our craft as well as you experience. With the ARRL revamping of the ARES program this will be imperative to our complying with their new requirements. Chris will post the classes on the website in the near future, but it is a lot easier to attend a meeting and take the class.

 ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team Activates for Florence

The ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team activated on September 12, as what the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is calling "dangerous Hurricane Florence" continued to close in on the southeastern US coast, where it's "expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to portions of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states."

 "Watch out, America. Hurricane Florence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the Space Station, 400 kilometers directly above the eye," Astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, tweeted. "Get prepared on the East Coast. This is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you!"

ARRL shipped seven Ham Aid kits to South Carolina by way of Georgia on September 11 to assist with emergency preparedness needs in advance of Hurricane Florence. These kits are the same ones that ARRL volunteers took to Puerto Rico a year ago to assist with disaster communications following Hurricane Maria. ARRL is staging HF and VHF/UHF equipment in the Maryland/Virginia area for deployment locally or farther down the coast.

"South Carolina ARES is fully activated," ARRL South Carolina Section Emergency Coordinator Billy Irwin, K9OH, told ARRL, adding that he's been coordinating regularly with the state Emergency Management Division. "We have operators serving 12-hour shifts at the SC Emergency Management Division and will move to 24-hour coverage on Thursday. Two operators have been deployed to Berkeley County to assist with shelter operations at the request of the Emergency Coordinator there." Irwin said information about frequencies in use is in the Tactical Guide on the South Carolina ARES website.

(from ARRL ARES E-Letter September 19.2018)

 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.

 Website (last 30 days):
101 visits

249 page views

- 12 redirects from successful search returns

- 6 redirects from social media

- 5 redirect from qsl.net

 Top 5 most visited pages:
Home

Training Links
Additional Documents

Meetings and Nets

News and Information

 Showed up in 220 google searches for emcomm, ares races, and races ham radio (top 3).

 

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.

 EmComm Meeting

Agenda for September 27, 2018

 Pledge of Allegiance

 Self-introductions

 Old business

 SATERN Update – Dan, AE6X

Monday Night EmComm Net– Gary, KI6OYW

Old business: none on docket

 New business

 Training Agenda:

                        Weather-related computer-based radio applications, Weather Fax – Brian Ogsram (K6OGR)

 

New business

 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.

 

Public Service Calendar

ANNOUNCEMENTUPCOMING EMCOMM (CARP)

2018 Public Service EVENTS 

 

October 06, 2018 – Grizzly Century 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.

 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.             

 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 Sept. 27 , 2018 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 August 2018

Hello,

The schedule for the month of August 2018: 4 Monday Night Nets, 1 EmComm Meeting and 1 EmComm & Coffee.

EmComm and Training Meetings

I would like to remind you all that the EmComm Meetings are important to all members. Not only are the meeting used to disperse information pertinent to our organization but they are a venue for training.

Chris Johnson (KJ6OUG) is teaching the curriculum for our MAC Training at the meetings. This training will give us the ability to rank our members as to their knowledge of our craft as well as you experience. With the ARRL revamping of the ARES program this will be imperative to our complying with their new requirements. Chris will post the classes on the website in the near future, but it is a lot easier to attend a meeting and take the class.

ARRL Making Changes to ARES

The ARRL is in the process of making changes to the ARES Program. They are updating the training requirements in effort to modernize and standardize the national ARES program. The ARRL is having the Section Managers, Section ECs and Section AECs try and digest the document and give their opinion. This leaves out the rank and file. In other words we as a local ARES Group have no say in this.

I have read both the article in September’s QST and the ARRL Static Plan itself. The one item that I don’t agree with is all of the ICS training that they want us to take. It seems that we are held to the same standards as FEMA managers are required to have. I don’t think that local ECs will be entrusted with setting up an ICP on their own. Well that is just my humble opinion and that and $4.50 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

            If you are interested in reading the Static Plan in its entirety the link is as follows:

http://radio.aberle.net/ARES-Strategic-Plan,memorandum,20180718.pdf

 

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.

72 visits
198 page views
- 8 redirects from successful search returns
- 2 redirects from social media
- 1 redirect from qsl.net

Top 5 most visited pages:
Home
Training Links
Recent EC Reports
Documents
Membership

Showed up in 74 google searches for EmComm, races ham radio, emergency acronyms (top 3).

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.  

Agenda for the May 24,  2018 Meeting

            EmComm Meeting

Agenda for August 23, 2018

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:

1.      ARES MAC-2  =  “Message Passing”

 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.

 Public Service Calendar

ANNOUNCEMENTUPCOMING EMCOMM (CARP)

2018 Public Service EVENTS 

 September 15, 2018 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride

October 06, 2018 – Grizzly Century 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.

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.             

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 August 23 , 2018 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

ARES EC Report for July 2018

 

Hello,

The schedule for the month of July 2018: 4 Monday Night Nets, 1 EmComm Meeting, 1 EmComm & Coffee, and 1 Public Service Event.

 Climb to Kaiser

The Climb to Kaiser Rides was held July 7. This is one of the most grueling cycling events in the state. It starts on the Valley floor and rises to over 9,000 ft. above sea-level to Kaiser Pass, east of Huntington Lake. Amateur Radio operators maned 9 rest stops and the Start-Finish. Our members alone put in over 89 man-hours on this event. The public service projects sometimes have long hours but are one of our best training tools.

 Our next event will be the Tour de Fresno. It will be held September 15, 2018. There is a need for more operators, if you can spare some time please contact Rob Mavis (AE6GE) at AE6GE@k6arp.org.

 Public Service Calendar

ANNOUNCEMENT, UPCOMING EMCOMM (CARP)

2018 PUBLIC SERVICE EVENTS

September 15, 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 may also email Rob Mavis at (AE6GE@ae6ge.com).

Remember 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 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.

Agenda for the July 26, 2018 Meeting

EmComm Meeting

Agenda for July26, 2018

 

Pledge of Allegiance

Self-introductions

Old business

1. SATERN Update – Dan, AE6X
2. Monday Night EmComm Net– Gary, KI6OYW
3. Climb to Kaiser Ride After Action
4. Old business none on docket

New business

Training Agenda:

1. ARES MAC- Net Control II

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.

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 new Webmaster Brian (K6OGR). Brian has taken over the position form James Majors (K6JDM). James stepped down because of time restraints. I would like to thank James for his contribution to our EmComm Group and his presents will be missed.

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 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 July26 , 2018 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

 

ARES EC Report for June 2018

 

EC Report for June 2018

Hello,

The schedule for the month of June: 4 Monday Night EmComm Nets, 1 On the Air Exercise and 1 EmComm & Coffee.

Climb to Kaiser

The Climb to Kaiser Rides date has been changed from June 30 to July 7 due to the availability of permits from the CHP. All assignments have remained the same as well as the locations of the rest stops. If you are interested in volunteering for the event, Rob is still in need of operators. Please contact him on the CARP Website.

There is a New Net in Town

Dan (WL7COO) our SJV Section AEC has created a new net, it was launched Sunday June 10. This net will be held every Sunday evening at 19:00 hrs on the W6BNX repeater system. The local frequencies are 147.03 mhz positive offset and pl tone of 118.3 or 444.700mhz. positive offset and pl tone of 118.3. The purpose of this net is to provide a medium where the ECs of the SJV Section and their served agencies can connect and share information pertaining to training and emergency communications. The Net will be called the “Watch Net”

Local Field Day Information

Field Day is the weekend of June 23rd through the 24th. Find a local club or organization holding Field Day festivities and join in. Contact either CARP or FARC at their websites for their locations.

CARP = k6arp.org FARC = w6to.com

No Meeting for June

Due to scheduling problems at Hinds Hospice where our meetings are held, the meeting for June is cancelled. In its place we will have a on the air exercise. The exercise will begin at 19:00 hrs Thursday June 28, 2018. Details for the exercise will come in the near future.

Public Service Calendar ANNOUNCEMENT, UPCOMING EMCOMM (CARP)

2018 PUBLIC SERVICE EVENTS

July 7, 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.

EmComm Website

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 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. This month’s meeting has been cancelled. We will have an on air exercise in its place.

ARES EC Report for May 2018

EC Report for May 2018

 

Hello,

The schedule for the month of May: 4 Monday Night EmComm Nets, 1 EmComm Meeting, 1 EmComm & Coffee, and 1 public service event.

Kirch Flat Ride

Several of our ARES Members took part in the communications for the Kirch Flat Ride held on Saturday the 5th of May. They had five different rides:  Century, Hilly Metric, Flat Metric, Flat 36, and the Family Ride.

There were six Rest or Water Stops manned by radio operators as well as three SAGs driven by Hams with communications. Last but not least we had two shifts of net control operators.

The event flowed smoothly with very few incidents. Most of the stops had good coverage from the CARP 2mt. repeater; the only stop that seems to have some difficulty was the Wildcat area. It was somewhat spotty but was copy able for the most part.

Having Hams in the SAG vehicles makes it easier to keep tabs on the riders on the courses. It would be great if we could get more help from our members who haven’t participated to come forward so we can have a radio operator in all of the SAG vehicles.

These events are used as training for our members. If you haven’t participated in the activities please consider it. As we transform our training requirements you will be required to work at least two to three a year to keep your operator’s status.

The next event will be the Climb to Kaiser which will be held on June 30. Please come out and give us a hand. I guarantee you will have a good time and enjoy the training.

Thought for this Month:

 

What is ARRL Field Day?

 

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

 

Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!

 

It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.

 

The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.

 

We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walka-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.

 

But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so complex — ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

 

 What is the ARRL?

 

The American Radio Relay League is the national association for Amateur Radio in the USA, representing over 170,000 FCC-licensed Amateurs. The ARRL is the primary source of information about what is going on in ham radio. It provides books, news, support and information for individuals and clubs, special events, continuing education classes and other benefits for its members.

 

What is Amateur Radio?

 

Often called “ham radio,” the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. In that time, it’s grown into a worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications technology. It’s people range in age from youngsters to grandparents. Even rocket scientists and a rock star or two are in the ham ranks. Most, however, are just normal folks like you and me who enjoy learning and being able to transmit voice, data and pictures through the air to unusual places, both near and far, without depending on commercial systems.

 

The Amateur Radio frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where you as an individual can develop and experiment with wireless communications. Hams not only can make and modify their equipment, but can create whole new ways to do things.

 

 For More Information visit: www.arrl.org Updated: 2/2018

                                                                                                            (Flyer from ARRL Website)           

 

Local Field Day Information

 

Field Day is the weekend of June 23rd through the 24th. Find a local club or organization holding Field Day festivities and join in. Contact either CARP or FARC at their websites for their locations.

 

CARP = k6arp.org

FARC = w6to.com

 

 

Safety Tip for the Day

 

 

 

 

 

Agenda for the May 24,  2018 Meeting

 

EmComm Meeting

Agenda for May 24, 2018

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Old business

 

  1. SATERN Update – Dan, AE6X
  2. Monday Night EmComm Net– Gary, KI6OYW
  3. Kirch Flat Ride After Action
  4. Old business none on docket

 

New business

 

Training Agenda:

  1. ARES MAC Net Control III Part B
  2. Discussion of “maker projects”, specifically “home brew” antenna, e.g. the “Moxon” antenna.

 

Climb to Kaiser Ride

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Service Calendar

 

ANNOUNCEMENTUPCOMING EMCOMM (CARP)

2018 Public Service EVENTS

 

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.

 

EmComm Website

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 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 May24 , 2018 at 1900 hr. at the Hinds Hospice Building, 2490 W. Shaw Fresno.