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.