The schedule for the month of August, 2019, was 1 Monthly F.C. EmComm Meeting, 4 Monday Night Nets, 2 Message Handling Practices, 2 Digital Practices, 1 EmComm & Coffee, and 1 Public Service Event.
Rock Hopper 2019
Friday, August 2nd I received an email from Greg Waters KJ6OUI asking for our ARES Group to monitor the 147.18 repeater located on Deadwood for message handling during the Rock Hopper Event sponsored by the Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers. The event took place starting Saturday, August 3rd. He recognized this was short notice, but we both thought it would be a good exercise that would benefit both organizations.
I sent an email to all members of FC ARES asking for assistance and received a response from four. They were the following: Gary Greenberg (KI6OYW), Craig Roberts (W6CMR), Brian Ogram (K6OGR), and Richard Pack (KE6SHL), enough people to provide monitoring. This was an informal exercise and no scheduled shifts were needed. Someone was always listening throughout the weekend.
There was only one piece of emergency traffic, a vehicle accident that happened Saturday morning. Greg Waters was on his way up the hill on Highway 168 and someone ran off the road in front of him at the top of the four lanes. Greg asked for assistance contacting the Highway Patrol. I answered his request and passed it to Brian (K6OGR) since I was mobile and he was at home with the phone and could handle the traffic much easier than I could. All was taken care of and Greg continued on his way to basecamp.
I would like to thank all that took part in this monitoring session.
Good Luck To A Great Friend
Greg Waters (KJ6OUI)
I would like to wish Greg Waters (KJ6OUI) the best of luck in the next chapter of his life. Greg has taken a position with the County of Humboldt starting the first of September. He will be managing their communications as well as those for OES for Humboldt County.
Greg has been very active with the Elmering and testing programs in our area. He has taught and tested several hundred new hams in the last ten years or so. He has developed a program to get the four wheel drive enthusiasts into the hobby as well as publishing articles in QST instructing groups in other areas how to get off roaders interested and licensed.
You might remember Greg ran the communications for the Moonlight Madness and Rock Hopper runs for the off roaders for years. He has really done everything he possibly could to further the hobby.
Greg was also the ARRL PIO (Public Information Officer) for the SJV Section of California. He was also PIO for Fresno County ARES. Greg has had a lot of hats to wear but managed to balance them all. I asked him if he was going to be as active up north, and he replied he didn’t think he would have the time with the requirements of his new position.
Thanks for being part of our lives Greg! Best to you in your new endeavor.
Shake Out Earthquake Drill
The world’s largest earthquake drill will be taking place October 17, 2019. This is a great opportunity to check if you are prepared for an earthquake or not. I you would like to check out the plethora of information available on their website go to: https://www.shakeout.org/ This sight will lead you to links that can help you put together a disaster plan and organize disaster supplies. If you are interested in participating in the exercise, you can also register. You will then receive bulletins and any other information they provide.
ARES Traffic/Digital Practice Fresno ARES/RACES is conducting an on-the-air Traffic Handling practice twice a month alternating with FLDIGI 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. On the digital side we have a short net using Fldigi with Psk-31. This lets us iron out any problems we are having and allowing us practice using macro setting. We will soon be applying Flmsg into the mix; this will allow us to send message forms preparing us to better serve our served agencies. If you are interested in taking part with the digital modes and would like assistance getting started you may go to our website and read the slide presentation provided by Brian (K6OGR) in the training section. If you need more help, you may contact Brian (K6OGR) at email@example.com, Richard (KE6SHL) at Richard_pac@prodigy.net or myself at N6HEW2@gmail.com. The practice will continue after the nets so join us and have some fun.
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
Web site and ARES Connect report for July 2019 Website: - 128 visits - 360 page views - 85 direct visits - 33 redirects from successful search returns - 3 redirect from social media Top 5 most visited pages: Home ARES Training Additional Documents Meetings and Nets Other links -------------------------------- ARES Connect: New members: 0 Net participation: - Weekly net -- 13 Average participants -- 14 Peak participants - Winlink Check in -- 5 Average participants
-- 6 Peak participants - Message copy practice -- 7 Average participants -- 7 Peak participants - PSK31 practice -- 6 Average participants -- 7 Peak participants Totals - 149 participants - 113.5 hours Members who have not logged in for over 30 days: N6MQG AG6JI KI6QEL KK6VZO KB0DBI KM6EVN W6TUI KI6KQW AE6GE AG6BP KM6SRR KK6ESJ KJ6OUG -------------------------------- -73 //K6OGR - Brian District Emergency Coordinator for South San Joaquin Valley https://fcemcomm.org
Upcoming Emcomm Service Events As you know we assist CARP with their Public Service Events and use them as a training venue. 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
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.
August 22, 2019
Pledge of Allegiance
1. SATERN Update – Dan, AE6X
2. Monday Night EmComm Net– Gary, KI6OYW
3. ARES Connect
4. Message Handling Practice
5. Importance of Manually Programing Radios
6. Old business: none on docket
Training Agenda: Training topic will be an earthquake response table top discussion.– Brian (K6OGR) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 at 07:00 hr there is the EmComm & Coffee located at BJ’S Kountry Kitchen. (address is 4109 W. Ashlan Ave. just west of Cedar on the north side of the road). Last but not least the EmComm Meetings are held on the Fourth Thursday of month. Our next meeting will be August 22, 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