ARRL East Bay Section

Operators needed: Communications support for Firetrails 50, Saturday, October 10, 2015

Posted by af6aq on July 21st, 2015

The Dick Collins Firetrails 50 & Golden Hills Trail Marathon will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015. (For a change, it is NOT up against Pacificon this year but it is up against another community event for which Alameda County Sheriff’s Communications Team must provide support.) This is a 50 mile footrace through the East Bay hills, and a “mere” marathon. Times are from before dawn to after dark, with the most help needed between 0900 and 1600. ARES-enrolled or not, DSW or not, club-affiliated or not, old timer or newly-licensed, 50 watts in your truck or 5 watts on your belt, we have a place for just about everybody. Join us, and/or help pass this information along to interested operators. Thanks!

Details are below.

 Operators Needed For 2015 Firetrails 50
Saturday, October 10

 DATE OF EVENT: Saturday, October 10, 2015

 Operational Hours: various shifts, 0530-2100    

 Time of Briefing: by email

 TYPE OF EVENT: Dick Collins Firetrails 50 & Golden Hills Trail Marathon, a 50 mile footrace and concurrent “mere” marathon over East Bay Trails.

 LOCATION OF EVENT: East Bay hills, mostly over EBMUD lands, from Lake Chabot Marina, Lake Chabot Park to Lone Oak Picnic Area, Tilden Park, in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

 NUMBER, TYPE and DUTIES OF RACES PERSONNEL REQUESTED: 20 radio operators (any class of amateur radio license) to provide communications support at fixed posts (some may be called upon to assume Net Control) or mobile. Most fixed posts can be driven to, while one requires walking less than one mile over moderate terrain. Potential mobile assignments maybe in operators’ personal vehicles, or race officials’ personal vehicles, on foot, or on bicycle.

EQUIPMENT REQUESTED; (i.e.; radios, antennas, etc.)  Some fixed posts can be worked with just a handheld amateur radio transceiver (preferably 2m/70cm dual band) while others may require use of 25 watts or more and antenna with gain of 3-5dpi or greater.

 CONTACT NAME and E-MAIL:

Neil Fullagar, K6NCX
Logistics Officer, Alameda County Sheriff’s Communications Team
ft50communications@sbcglobal.net (ft50communications null@null sbcglobal NULL.net)

 COMMENTS/SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: For each operator, it would be helpful to have:

  • name,
  • callsign,
  • cell phone number,
  • email,
  • hours of availability and maximum number of hours assignable,
  • equipment operator will respond with, ability/willingness to assume Net Control,
  • ability/willingness to hike in to fixed post (moderate terrain, under one mile,)
  • ability/willingness to operate bicycle mobile (6 to 20 miles over varied terrain, with or without pavement,)
  • ability/willingness to operate runner/hiker mobile (3 to 10 miles over varied terrain, ,
    and with or without pavement,)
  • ability/willingness to operate own vehicle mobile among posts  (up to 100 miles,)
  • ability/willingness to operate mobile with own equipment as passenger in someone else’s vehicle, and
  • ability/willingness to mentor and support less experienced operators.

Communications info:             https://sites.google.com/site/ft50communications/ (https://sites NULL.google NULL.com/site/ft50communications/)
Event info:                              http://firetrails50.com/ (http://firetrails50 NULL.com/)

Neil Fullagar, K6NCX
for 2015 Dick Collins Firetrails 50 & Golden Hills Trail Marathon communications team
October 10, 2015
Alameda County Sheriff’s Communications Team
http://sites.google.com/site/ft50communications (http://sites NULL.google NULL.com/site/ft50communications)

ftcommunications@sbcglobal.net

 

 

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Ham Radio Course Forming Now!

Posted by af6aq on June 30th, 2015

We’ll be taking a short break in July and then kicking off more training with our General Class Course followed by Getting On The Air.  Please let your members, friends, readers and associates it is time to sign up.  Go to HamRadioClass@gmail.com (HamRadioClass null@null gmail NULL.com).  If you have signed up already once is enough.  Be sure and include your call sign.  This is an upgrade course. 

 

Ham Radio Course Forming Now!

 

The Salvation Army together with the

Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club

will be holding an 8 week course where you can upgrade your Amateur Radio License to General Class

 

The General Class license is your gateway to all the world-wide Amateur bands of excitement and Emergency Communications on Ham Radio…and you do NOT need to learn Morse code!

 

This course is to upgrade your current Technician License

 

Course begins on…

Thursday August 6th to

September 24th at 7-9 pm

The Salvation Army

3950 Clayton Road, (at West St.)

Concord 94521

 

Registration is required.

Class is FREE but there is a $7 materials fee and Textbook if needed about $27.  Each student must have full access to a copy of the text.

 

License testing will also be available.

Follow up training -

Getting On The Air HF is October 8th and October 22nd.

 

To sign up email: HamRadioClass@gmail.com (HamRadioClass null@null gmail NULL.com)

 

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Maxwell Memorial Station W6CF

Posted by af6aq on June 16th, 2015

CHRS (California Historical Radio Society) is going back on the air on Amateur Radio Field Day, with the Maxwell Memorial Station W6CF  (ol’ “Chicken Feathers”). Starting at 11 AM, Saturday, June 27, at Radio Central in Alameda (2152 Central Ave. off Park St.).  CHRS hams will operate on standard ham bands and also on VHF two meters FM.  Clubs and others all over America will join this party on the air, the ARRL’s national emergency preparedness exercise.  ARRL has been sponsoring this Field Day weekend since the early 1930s.

Everyone is invited to participate. Licensed hams can operate the transmitters. This is a good opportunity to review some of the historic amateur radio gear now in the new mobile storage as well. This is a good way to learn about amateur radio and its history. CHRS is working towards a large station for W6CF, with operating vintage equipment and interpretive displays. Much of the collection of amateur radio materials in the library is now being reshelved and will be accessible.

73 de K6VK.

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Amateur Radio General License Class

Posted by af6aq on April 16th, 2015

EBARC and West Contra Costa County Adult Education are conducting a class for upgrading to General Class at Alvarado School in Richmond. I think we didn’t advertise it enough because we only have three students. We would like about five more. Please encourage your Technician Class friends to sign up. It’s not too late. The class is Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings until May 26. Details in the attachment:

Amateur Radio General License Class

The East Bay Amateur Radio Club (EBARC) and West Contra Costa Adult Education (WCCAE) will offer a class to prepare applicants for the Amateur Radio General Class License, starting April 14, 2015 and ending May 23.  The class will meet on Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and Saturdays from 9:30AM to 11:30AM  at the Alvarado Adult School, 5625 Sutter St., Richmond, CA 94804.  Textbook is The ARRL General Class License Manual, 7th Edition. Books will be available for purchase.

Register at the West Contra Costa County School District Adult Education Office, 6028 Ralston Avenue, Richmond (510) 215-4666 or online at: http://asapws123.wccusd.net/onlinereg/courses.aspx?group=2 (http://asapws123 NULL.wccusd NULL.net/onlinereg/courses NULL.aspx?group=2)

Class fee is $15 paid to WCCAE. FCC examinations and license applications will be administered at the final class session by the EBARC Volunteer Examiners. Exam fee will be $15.


Contact Ken Fowler at 510-222-0830 or email: ko6no@comcast.net

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Field Day Activity Boost Publicity

Posted by af6aq on April 14th, 2015

We’re a little over two months away from Field Day. Here in California, we have a huge ham population, many of whom are active only on VHF/UHF and, most likely, only know of the coverage capabilities of FM.

A number of us are working to leverage our huge ham population to our advantage by doing some coordinated operating on Saturday evening of Field Day. Most every Field Day group utilizes a “free” VHF station, but on 144 and 432 MHz they are beaming all over the compass. By coordinating our efforts by way of having northern stations beam southward, and vice-versa, we think we can improve our QSO numbers and, in the process, demonstrate to a lot of hams the long-distance capabilities of our VHF/UHF bands.

The concept is outlined below, and if you find this of interest perhaps you could include mention of this effort in upcoming bulletins:

During Field Day, let’s take advantage of our local ham population throughout the state of California by participating in a “North-South Activity Hour” beginning at 8 PM PDST (0300 UTC) Saturday night. FD VHF stations in Southern California will beam north, and stations in Northern/Central California will beam south, with activity centering between 144.220 and 144.260 MHz on SSB (or CW). At 8:30 PM (0330 UTC), activity switches to 432 MHz, with activity centering between 432.110 and 432.150 MHz SSB/CW. Come back to 2 meters once done on 432.

FD stations with other bands like 222 MHz can “move”  each other from the above activity centers.

The idea of this coordinated activity is to get North/South stations beaming toward each other, in a concentrated effort, at a time when tropospheric propagation generally is best. Long term, Field Day is a great way to expose a large number of amateurs to new bands and modes, and this kind of an activity boost is a great way to demonstrate the long-distance capabilities of our VHF and UHF bands.

We hope that everyone will spread the word to  be sure their “free” VHF/UHF station on Field Day gets on 144/432 MHz SSB/CW between 8 PM and 9 PM Saturday night. There are lots of hams here in California–let’s work each other!

Thanks and 73,

Chip Margelli, K7JA

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