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