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