ARRL East Bay Section

Emergency Communication Course Exam Offered

Posted by ks6m on August 13th, 2016

Amateur Radio operators and others who are studying the ARRL’s Introduction to Emergency Communication Course (EC-001) can take the course’s examination in mid-October, earning the ARRL completion certificate.

ARRL Field Examiners have scheduled an EC-001 exam session to begin at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 16, 2016. It will be held at Pacificon, the ARRL Pacific Division Convention, at the San Ramon Marriott Hotel. Exam candidates must be registered as Pacificon attendees in order to access the exam site.

The exam fee is $15. The exam consists of 35 multiple-choice questions, and a passing score is 80% or better.

EC-001 is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. One need not be a licensed Amateur Radio operator to sit for the exam or earn the completion certificate. Candidates for this exam will have studied the course materials on line, in a local Field Class, or by studying the course transcript, The ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communication Course, 4th Edition. Be sure to obtain the updates for this text under the heading “Introduction to Emergency Communication Course Transcript” in the ARRL Store’s Product Notes.

Candidates must complete and obtain certificates for two free online FEMA EMI Independent Study courses before beginning their EC-001 course studies. Those courses are IS-100, “Introduction to Incident Command System”, and IS-700, “National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction”. At the EC-001 exam, each candidate must provide the dates shown on his or her completion certificates for IS-100 and IS-700.

EC-001 and its prerequisites, IS-100 and IS-700, are among the course training requirements to qualify for the Full Member designation in the ARRL East Bay Section ARES® program.

More information about the EC-001 course and exam is available.

See the EB Section Leadership page for contact information.


John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section

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Public Service Events

Posted by ks6m on March 12th, 2016

Outdoor public event season is getting under way here in the Bay Area. Such events include ultra, marathon, and fun runs, bicycle and equestrian rides, community walks, parades, fairs, and rodeos — large, preplanned, non-emergency public activities. Amateur Radio provides voluntary noncommercial communication services to the community at events like these. Sponsors of some 2016 events in the ARRL East Bay Section have requested such support. We list these events on our Web site’s Calendar of Public Service Events. Use the calendar throughout the season to learn of opportunities for service and to sign up.

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General Class License Training

Posted by ks6m on March 12th, 2016

The Salvation Army and the Mt Diablo Amateur Radio Club

Ham Radio General Class License Training
Starts: Thursday 03/31/2016 at 06:30 pm
(The General license is the second level Ham license)
The Salvation Army Corps, 3950 Clayton Rd., Concord CA 94521, Fireside Room
Registration required – Email: HamRadioClass@gmail.com

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Become a Ham in One Day

Posted by ks6m on March 12th, 2016

Here is your opportunity to become, or upgrade, licensed Amateur Radio
operator in one day. Success rate is over 90%. Study Session followed
by Exam.
When: Saturday, May 14th
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Benicia Senior Center
187 East L Street, Benicia
What: Technician Class (beginner’s level)
General Class Upgrade (for those already licensed as a Tech)
Fee: $30.00 cash at the door (Includes exam fee)
Register: www.BeniciaARC.com
Questions: HamRadioClass@BeniciaARC.com or Art at (707) 746-5858
Conducted by: Benicia Amateur Radio Club (BARC), Member W5YI VEC
Class size is limited. Advance Registration is required. No prep or
prior study required.
Prospective Hams should plan on attending a free Get-On-The-Air Class
after passing their test, to become familiar with Amateur Radio
operations.
Reserve Your Space – Become a Ham in One Day! www.BeniciaARC.com

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NPOTA Update

Posted by af6aq on February 22nd, 2016

Before registering a NPOTA activation, be sure to check the sensitivity of the unit you want to activate. Some units are listed as “extremely sensitive” on the list of NPOTA units and require advance coordination with National Park Service administrators well before your activation.

This is especially the case for units that are very small or in an urban area. [Northern California Parks and Monuments are extremely sensitive: contact ARRL Government Liaison Bart Lee, K6VK for guidance. Coordinate and schedule with the responsible park Rangers for the site, act as ham radio ambassadors to the park Service and the public, take noting but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. And make those contacts! De K6VK: e-mail:KV6LEE@gmail.com.]

Nobody wants an activation to be denied. Proper coordination with NPS staff at units listed as “extremely sensitive” will increase your chance of success.

There are 36 activations on tap between February 17-24, including the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (HP39) in Texas and San Juan National Historic Site (NS63) in Puerto Rico. Details about these and other upcoming activations can be found on the NPOTA Activations calendar.

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