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Archive for October, 2009

Benicia ARC Participates in California Drill

Posted by af6aq on 15th October 2009

The Benicia Amateur Radio Club conducted a 10 hour drill on Oct 15th as part of the “Great California Shakeout.” Launched at 1015 hrs, stations from Solano, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties checked in hourly simulating their availability. As directed by the Auxiliary Communication Service (ACS) of Solano County OES, Amateur Radio Operators are not to self-deploy but rather, to check in on their ACS repeaters and await assignments. This drill was intended to provide a typical resource list of such available stations.

The initial activation of the Benicia EOC Amateur Radio room began just after 1000 hrs with two Division Fire Chiefs observing. Following the first of eleven hourly nets, the Fire Chiefs expressed how impressed they were with the wide ranging turnout. Newspaper coverage announced the planned event for some very positive coverage.

Averaging 18 to 20 Amateurs each hour resulted in a total of over 200 checkins operating from batteries, vehicles and generators proving that loss of commercial power would not present a problem as 100% of the participants were using alternative power sources. The drill concluded at 2008 hrs.

Thanks to members of Satern, MDARC, Benicia CERT (BERT) and Benicia ARC for their participation.

Congratulations to all on a successful drill.

Art Mayoff, AB6HB, ACS Team Leader

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Parachute Mobile Event At K6LRG/DE KI6BEN?

Posted by af6aq on 12th October 2009

THANK YOU TO THE K6LRG CONTEST TEAM!
Without your generosity, Mission Control wouldn’t be the success that it was yesterday.  Attached are four photos that I took of Jon (K6OJ) running Mission Control from the K6LRG Contest Station grounds on Patterson Pass ridge, just east of Livermore, CA.  We can’t thank you guys enough for hosting this important and very exciting event for Amateur Radio.  We hope that we can see you again at our next jump event in two weeks!
A Word On Mission Control
Jon and I had a delightful time at the K6LRG Contesting Site yesterday, and the event was a HUGE SUCCESS!!!  Jon organized the gear necessary to setup our Mission Control field station from the K6LRG ground.  Jon leverages a brand new Diamond X-30, held in place by my Ford Escape  😉  Jon’s gear worked flawlessly, and we managed to be on station for both jumps.
A Great Job By Our Two Parachute Jumpers
Both Jumper 1 (Michael) and Jumper 2 (Mark – AF6IM) had two (2) successful jumps (one at around 3:30PM and one at around 5:30PM), where they carried 2-meter Amateur Radio tranceivers as well as APRS gear.
During their drops, both jumpers held QSOs with Amateur Radio operators around the San Francisco Bay Area.  We had participation from:
Our Event Operators Made It All Happen
– Mikey (KI6QNZ) developed the APRS radio and associated telemetry hardware and software, worn by our two jumpers.  As I understand it, Mikey’s system sent realtime data to our ground station as well as the APRS digitpeaters in the area, to allow us to keep track of vital signs for our jumpers, as well as their flight paths.
– Andy (KR6DD) received all transmissions from his QTH in Redwood City, he cross-linked the audio feed into EchoLink for other Amateurs to listen-in.  Andy kept in constant contact with Mission Control on 146.460MHz FM simplex, , and he also had direct QSOs with the jumpers.
– Rebar (N6CCH) received jumper and Mission Control status info from his QTH in Redwood City, he relayed that info onto the N6NFI repeater for interested Amateurs that had no FM simplex access.  Rebar kept in constant contact with Mission Control on 146.460MHz FM simplex, , and he also had direct QSOs with the jumpers.
– Jim (KI6YYR received jumper and Mission Control status info from his QTH in Fremont, he relayed that info onto the W6CX repeater for interested Amateurs that had no FM simplex access.    Jim kept in constant contact with Mission Control on 146.460MHz FM simplex, , and he also had direct QSOs with the jumpers.
– Ray (K6RAR) was our Drop Zone control operator, on station at Byron Airport.  Ray was our vital link to jumper status, flight status, weather info and radio testing.  Ray kept in constant contact with Mission Control on 146.460MHz FM simplex, and he also had direct QSOs with the jumpers.
– Also in attendance were dozens of Amateur Radio operators checking in from all over the San Francisco Bay Area via 2-meter FM simplex.
This was a hugely successful event, that will go a long way toward helping us in preparing for the big high-altitude jump event taking place in October 2009.
Have a wonderful day, God Bless and 73s   😉
JV
KI6BEN

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Contra Costa County Simulated Emergency Test 2009

Posted by af6aq on 12th October 2009

On Saturday September 26, 2009 approximately 25 Amateur Radio Operators representing ARES®, RACES, American Red Cross, and the Contra Costa County Emergency Services Support Unit participated in the annual Contra Costa County Simulated Emergency Test.

 

SET 2009 was based on a 7.5 Earthquake along the northern Calaveras Fault. All telecommunications and utilities were destroyed. CERT teams established their incident command posts and reported field level intelligence up to their regional PSAP’s or EOC’s via amateur radio. From the PSAP’s and regional EOC’s traffic was than passed via amateur radio to the County Office of Emergency Services.

 

The motto of this years SET was “Break It and Make It Better”. Over the 4 hour exercise we identified several areas for improvement that will be addressed in upcoming monthly training.

 

Government agencies that participated in SET 2009 included: San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, Town of Danville, City of San Ramon, and the Contra Costa County Office of Emergency Services. With the success of this years SET, Amateur Radio has once again proved to be a vital communications link in support of  local and regional disaster response plans.

 

Submitted by:

Herbert Cole; AI6AT
Section Emergency Coordinator
East Bay
ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio™
Home: 925-831-2910
Mobile: 415-533-5030

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ARRL INVITES NOMINATIONS FOR 2009 INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Posted by af6aq on 12th October 2009

Nominations are open for the 2009 ARRL International Humanitarian Award
<http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/awards/humanitarian.html>. The award is
conferred upon an amateur or amateurs who demonstrate devotion to human
welfare, peace and international understanding through Amateur Radio. The
League established the annual prize to recognize Amateur Radio operators
who have used ham radio to provide extraordinary service to others in
times of crisis or disaster.
 
A committee appointed by the League's President recommends the award
recipient(s) to the ARRL Board, which makes the final decision. The
committee is now accepting nominations from Amateur Radio, governmental or
other organizations that have benefited from extraordinary service
rendered by an Amateur Radio operator or group.
 
Amateur Radio is one of the few telecommunication services that allow
people throughout the world from all walks of life to meet and talk with
each other, thereby spreading goodwill across political boundaries. The
ARRL International Humanitarian Award recognizes Amateur Radio's unique
role in international communication and the assistance amateurs regularly
provide to people in need.
 
Nominations should include a summary of the nominee's actions that qualify
the individual (or individuals) for this award, plus verifying statements
from at least two people having first-hand knowledge of the events
warranting the nomination. These statements may be from an official of a
group (for example, the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, a local or
state emergency management official) that benefited from the nominee's
particular Amateur Radio contribution. Nominations should include the
names and addresses of all references.
 
All nominations and supporting materials for the 2009 ARRL International
Humanitarian Award must be submitted in writing in English to ARRL
International Humanitarian Award,
 225 Main St , Newington ,
 CT 06111
 USA .
Nomination submissions are due by December 31, 2009. In the event that no
nominations are received, the committee itself may determine a recipient
or decide to make no award.
 
The winner of the ARRL International Humanitarian Award receives an
engraved plaque and a profile in QST and other ARRL venues.

 

Winners of the 2008 ARRL Humanitarian Award were the amateurs of the Sichuan

Radio Sports Association, the Chinese Radio Sports Association (CRSA) and

the many Amateur Radio operators in China who assisted with communications

support during aftermath of the May 2008 earthquake in that country.

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NYQP Announcement

Posted by af6aq on 12th October 2009

You’ve waited 25 years and now the time has arrived…

 

New York State QSO Party

Saturday, October 17 – 1800 UTC (2:00 PM Eastern) – 12 hours   

(Third weekend in October)

 

Check out the NYQP web at www.NYQP.org for complete Rules, FAQ’s, Software, Forum, County maps and Log submissions.

Review the Rules section for any “tweaks”.  All logs,  in Cabrillo format, due by November 2, 2009 at 0600 UTC.

 

Over thirty plaques to be awarded. www.NYQP.org/sponsorship.php

 

Mobile operators are encouraged to post their travel routes to the NYQP Forum.

 

NY fixed stations send: <call sign>, signal report, County (3 letter abbreviation)

NY mobile stations send: <call sign>/M, signal report, County (3 letter abbreviation)

Outside NY send: <call sign>, signal report, State or Province

DX send: <call sign>, signal report, DX

 

Sponsored by the Rochester DX Association www.RDXA.com

 

!!!  CQ NYQP  !!!

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