ARRL East Bay Section

Operators Needed: 2015 Berkeley Half Marathon

Posted by ks6m on September 19th, 2015

DATE OF EVENT: Sunday, November 22, 2015

OPERATIONAL HOURS: 0700 to ~1300


TYPE OF EVENT: Berkeley Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile footrace.


NUMBER, TYPE and DUTIES OF RACES PERSONNEL REQUESTED: 14 radio operators (any class of amateur radio license) to provide communications support at 7 fixed posts 6 SAG wagons, Net Control, Communication Liaison.

EQUIPMENT REQUESTED; (i.e.; radios, antennas, etc.) All posts can be worked with just a handheld amateur radio transceiver (preferably 2m/70cm dual band) Sag wagons should have a mobile rig with an external antenna. (Magnetic surface may not be available.)

CONTACT NAME and E-MAIL: Glen Epperson, K6GSE

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

  • name
  • callsign
  • cell phone number
  • email
  • Preferred assignment (Stationary Post, SAG, Net Control)
  • Equipment operator will respond with willingness to mentor and support less experienced operators
  • APRS

Event info: (http://berkeleyhalf

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Emergency Communication Course Exam Offered

Posted by ks6m on August 25th, 2015

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 18, 2015. It will be held at Pacificon, the ARRL Pacific Division Convention (http://www NULL.pacificon, at the San Ramon Marriott Hotel. Exam candidates must be registered as Pacificon attendees in order to access the exam site.

This exam-only session is listed on the ARRL Web site (http://www NULL.arrl 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 (http://www NULL.arrl

Candidates must complete and obtain certificates for two free online FEMA EMI Independent Study courses (http://training NULL.fema 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 (http://www NULL.arrleastbaysection NULL.html).

See the Contact page for contact information.

John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section

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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 EBRPD 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.


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

 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
Event info:                     (http://firetrails50

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



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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 null@null gmail  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 null@null gmail


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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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