ARRL East Bay Section

Fldigi/Flmsg Workshop

Posted by John Primus on July 18th, 2017

If you’ve ever persevered in transmitting messages in five-word groups with pauses for phonetic spelling, you’ll be blown away by the ease of message transmission with fldigi.  Coupled with flmsg, it even provides formats for ICS messages, and it lets you send spreadsheets.  So it behooves all of us to learn how to use fldigi. There will be a “learn how to use fldigi” workshop on Thursday, August 3, at the Salvation Army, 3950 Clayton Road (at West St.), Concord. If you’re new to this, we’ll help you get started.  If you’re familiar with fldigi, come and be an elmer.

Bring a laptop and an HT …. that’s all you need for the basics.  Prior to the workshop download  fldigi/flmsg from: https://sourceforge.net/projects/fldigi/files/.

Please register for this class by sending an email request to edstrainingMDARC@gmail.com and complete and return the auto response enrollment form.

There are some very good setup videos: I particularly like the ones by K4REF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNBJnDHCw_M&list=PL0-gH_7Nm60Z6p2neDg9pZxIbGPPkDNmh.

If you have any questions regarding this class, please contact me,

Klaus Berkner K6KHB at khberkner@comcast.net.

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Auxiliary and Emergency Preparedness Classes

Posted by John Primus on June 9th, 2017

2017 Auxiliary and Emergency Preparedness Classe flyer

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Technician Class License Course

Posted by John Primus on May 9th, 2017

Ham Radio Licensing Course Now Forming!

Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club and SATERN will be holding a 7 week course where you can learn everything you need to earn your Technician Class (entry level) FCC Amateur Radio License.

Getting On The Air 2 week course follows

 The Technician Class license is your entry to the world-wide excitement of Amateur Radio and Emergency Communications… and now you do NOT need to learn Morse code!

 Course Begins

Thursday August 17, 2017 at 7-9 pm First Class session starts at 6:30

The Salvation Army

3950 Clayton Road, (Cross is West St.)

Concord 94521

Online Registration is required. We use the ARRL Textbook and if you don’t have a book you can order your book in the online registration process. Each student must have full access to a copy of the text. There is a $6.00 admin fee.

Follow up training and License testing will also be available.

For Information & Registration

email: HamRadioClass@gmail.com

 Questions:  contact Larry Bradley, KK6QPE at: kk6qpe@gmail.com   

Complete class calendar at

http://www.mdarc.org/activities/education/Classes

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FCC Personal Radio Service Revisions Will Affect GMRS, FRS, CB

Posted by ks6m on April 29th, 2017

On April 27, 2017, the FCC released a Report and Order announcing rule changes affecting the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), Family Radio Service (FRS), Citizens Band Radio Service (CB), and other Part 95 Personal Radio Services. Though these changes do not affect Amateur Radio, they will be of interest to many of us hams who also use these services and who “elmer” others who do, especially through their communities’ Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) programs (known in some local communities as “NERT” and “CORE“). Most of these changes will become effective 30 days after their publication in The Federal Register. The ARRL issued a press release on April 28 discussing this FCC document.


John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section

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Public Information Officer (PIO)

Posted by John Primus on March 29th, 2017

The ARRL PIOs put the face on Amateur Radio when they represent all of us hams to the general public. How does an ARRL PIO do that? Register for the PIO Class that will be taught at Pacificon 2017 and learn. This class will teach you about the role of Public Relations (PR) in Amateur Radio, how to identify the target of PR efforts, and how to properly influence the public’s perception of Amateur Radio. It will also distinguish between the responsibilities of the ‘club PIO’ and the ARRL PIO and discusses the line of authority for each type of PIO.

Although the entire class that leads to graduation is 13 modules long, the portion taught at Pacificon 2017 will introduce you to the first four modules that describe the Public Information Officer, the Public Information Coordinator and how they build relationships with the media.

All courses taken at Pacificon 2017 will provide credit towards graduation of the entire 13 module course. The remaining nine modules will be taught at a later time at a location yet to be determined. Completion of the entire 13 modules consists of passing the final exam. A listing of all students who passed the course will be sent to the Section Managers in the Pacific Division. Should you want to receive an ARRL PIO appointment, you may communicate directly with your Section Manager who will determine if there is a need and if your qualifications support an appointment.

Open the Pacificon 2017 website and register for the event.  Follow the menu listing on left side of the page and find Education and Forums. Scroll to the PIO Class listing and choose the option to register for the class. Please do so now.

Once you have registered for the PIO Class, Suellene Petersen, K6CPA, Pubic Information Coordinator for the Santa Clara Valley Section will contact you.

Should you want to discuss any aspect of becoming an ARRL PIO with Suellene, please contact her at:  k6cpa@arrl.net.

Suellene Petersen, K6CPA

ARRL Pacific Division, Santa Clara Valley Section

Public Information Coordinator

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