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

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Facebook page:

5 Page views

2 Page previews

23 People reached

20 Post engagements

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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

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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

EC Report for November 2018

Hello,

The schedule for the month of November 2018: 4 Monday Night Nets, 1 Message handling Exercise, and 1 EmComm & Coffee. There was no EmComm Meeting for this month due to Thanksgiving.

ARES Looses a Friend and Ally

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of a great friend and ally. November 13, 2018 Ron Hunt became a silent key; he died at about 02:00 Tuesday morning from a sudden illness. Ron was a board member for both FARC and CARP, and was an active member of both clubs for years. He also was known for his work as a SAG driver for many of the Cycling Events we help with. Owing his own repeater, he operated the W6FSC repeater system and assisted with the upkeep of many more.

ARES Traffic Exercise

Fresno ARES/RACES will be conducting an on-the-air exercise Friday, 23 November at 1930L. 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. The exercise will be conducted on the N6HEW repeater, 147.150 with a positive offset and a tone of 141.3.

//K6OGR – Brian

(The results of the exercise will be posted in next month’s publication.)

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:

178 visits
455 page views
- 27 redirects from successful search returns
- 3 redirects from social media
- 2 redirect from qsl.net
- 1 redirect from w6to.com
- 1 redirect from arrl.org
- 1 redirect from arrl-nevada.org

Top 5 most visited pages:
Home
Training Links
ARES Training
Start Here
Contact Us

Showed up in 287 google searches for emcomm, ares/races and ares races (top 3).

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Facebook page:

3 Page previews
19 People reached
72 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.

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.

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.

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.

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