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Archive for February, 2008

Emergency Preparedness Program

Posted by af6aq on 23rd February 2008

A meeting has been scheduled for those interested in participating in, or becoming more active in, a local Emergency Preparedness program. The meeting will be held on Saturday March 15, 2008 at the San Ramon Fire District headquarters, 1500 Bollinger Canyon Road (corner of Bollinger canyon Road and Crow Canyon Road) at 0930 hours local.

Come meet some of your local hams, become proactive and participate in the re-establishment of the South Contra Costa County communications program

Contact Ed Ritchie at for more details.

The District’s service area encompasses approximately 155 square miles, covering the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, the Town of Danville, Diablo, the City of San Ramon, the southern boundary of Morgan Territory and the Tassajara Valley, all located in Contra Costa County.

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Volunteers Needed for Napa Valley Marathon

Posted by af6aq on 23rd February 2008

Five ham radio operators are neeeded to help with the Napa Valley Marathon that runs from Calistoga to Napa. It is Sunday March 2, 2008 from 0700 till about 1300 hours local. We need to cover five rest stops. There are about 2,000 runners. Please contact David Whalin at

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Get Saddled Up For Emcommwest: “The Biggest Little Ham Convention in the World”

Posted by af6aq on 8th February 2008

ARRL Nevada Section Operating Specialty Convention
May 2-3-4, 2008

Featuring Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH, Banquet Speaker and Session Presenter on “Regulatory Concerns of Emergency Communications” and Dennis Dura K2DCD, Keynote Speaker, ARRL Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager

Circus Circus Hotel and Casino
500 N. Sierra Street
Reno,Nevada 89503

Talk-in: 146.610(-) PL 123.0; 147.030(+) PL 123.0

Friday Night BBQ . Saturday Ham Swap Meet
Commercial Vendor Booths . Saturday Night Banquet
Free Licensing Exams . Great Speakers and Sessions
Fantastic Door Prizes

Event Information:
EMCOMMWEST is a Registered Servicemark of EMCOMMWEST, Inc.

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California Ham Plate Issue Resolved

Posted by af6aq on 6th February 2008

The State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles, has the following information on their website:
Amateur Radio (HAM) License Plates
These plates are issued, upon request, to holders of Federal Communication Commission (FCC) amateur radio station licenses. The alpha-numeric series reflects the call letters assigned by the FCC (Vehicle Code section 5005 and Revenue and Taxation Code sections 10751, 10752).
If you have Amateur Radio (HAM) License Plates that have spaces between the numbers or letters and you would like plates without the spaces follow this link to the application. Complete the application and a Statement of Facts indicating that you wish to retain the old plates until the new plates arrive, at which time you will properly destroy the old plates. Mail both documents to the address on the bottom of the application form. No fees are required.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your Amateur Radio (HAM) license plates, please call Customer Communications at (916) 657-6560. 


When you go to the DMV website, you will be able to click on the links to receive a PDF of the indicated application form, and the Statement of Facts form, which you can print and mail to DMV for obtaining replacements for your current plates that contain spaces.  Future applications for Amateur Radio call sign plates will result in the receipt of plates with no spaces.


ARRL Pacific Division
Director: Robert Vallio, W6RGG

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Posted by af6aq on 6th February 2008

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security‘s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today released the on-line IS-800.B National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction training course. The NRF, which focuses on response and short-term recovery, articulates the doctrine, principles and architecture by which our nation prepares for and responds to all-hazard disasters across all levels of government and all sectors of communities.

Course Information: The course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the NRF.

Course Objectives: At the end of this course, students will be able to describe:
* The purpose of the National Response Framework.
* The response doctrine established by the National Response Framework.
* The roles and responsibilities of entities as specified in the National Response Framework.
* The actions that support national response.
* The response organizations used for multi-agency coordination.
* How planning relates to national preparedness.

Audience: This course is intended for government executives, private-sector and nongovernmental organization (NGO) leaders, and emergency management practitioners. This includes senior elected and appointed leaders, such as Federal department or agency heads, State Governors, mayors, tribal leaders, and city or county officials – those who have a responsibility to provide for effective response. Senior leaders, emergency management practitioners, disaster workers, and first responders who have previously completed IS-800 or IS-800A are not required to complete IS-800B as part of NIMS compliance activities. However, FEMA strongly urges emergency management professionals across the nation to complete this new independent study course on the NRF. Additional information on the NRF can be obtained from the NRF Resource Center at

Course Completion: This course is available at When individuals complete the course, they should take the online test, fill out the student information and submit the test for scoring. FEMA‘s Emergency Management Institute’s Independent Study office will notify individuals via email of their successful completion of the course and a link will be included to access and print a course certificate.

Questions: Individuals may contact the Independent Study office via email or contact the call center at 301-447-1200 or toll free at 1-800-238-3358, extension 1200. Independent Study Program office hours are 7:30a.m.-7:30p.m. (EDT).

Pre-requisite: None

Course Length: The overall length of the course will vary for each individual. IS800.B takes approximately 3 hours to complete.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): FEMA‘s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) awards 0.3CEUs for successful completion of this course.

Additional NRF training will be released soon highlighting the Emergency Support Function (ESFs), Support and Incident Annexes.

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