ARES EC Report for May 2018

EC Report for May 2018



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: Updated: 2/2018

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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.






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



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 and signup. You can also email Rob Mavis at (


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


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


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.