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Nov. 7 Fremont Transmitter Hunt

Posted by af6aq on 14th November 2009

I was pleasantly surprised at the turnout for this hunt–seven teams. The transmitter was turned on at 4:50 PM.

Don KD6IRE found the T first and with the best mileage at 10.9 miles. That’s almost a straight line to the T.  Well done!

10.9 miles, KD6IRE, (Don) arrived 5:55 PM
11.1 miles, AB6BR, (Tony) arrived 5:56, tied for first (10% rule)
11.6 miles, KJ6AMG, (Gary) arrived 6:37, tied for first (10% rule)
14.2 miles, N6YIF, (Pete) arrived 6:25
16.2 miles, KN6FW, (Rich) arrived 6:00

Two teams didn’t finish the hunt:
W6EI & KJ6CPX
KI6YTA

The transmitter was located in North Fremont at the Quarry Lakes Park on the trailhead at the south end of the parking lot near Paseo Padre PKWY and Isherwood Way.  The transmitter was putting out 8.5 watts into a 5/8 wave mag mount (on a piece of sheet metal) at ground level along the east side of a north-south running chain link fence.

73, Gary WB6YRU (The fox)

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Benicia ARC Participates in California Drill

Posted by af6aq on 14th November 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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