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Archive for February, 2010

New ARRL Web Site Coming Soon

Posted by af6aq on 12th February 2010

After more than two years of planning, designing and writing, we here at the ARRL are eagerly anticipating the launch of the new ARRL Web site. We’ve been able to make the online experience easier for our members — from the online store, to registering for a class, to finding a club — plus we’ve created a new, enhanced member profile with many more options available. We’ve made improvements with you in mind, making sure that we’ve created the easiest, most enjoyable online experience possible. The new Web site will be available at the end of February.
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Alameda ARCA/ARES EmComm Class

Posted by af6aq on 8th February 2010

In preparation for two Alameda Emergency Preparedness Exercises (April 24, 2010, Fall 2010), I’d like to announce an upcoming ARES Emergency Communications class.

This class will be a review of lessons learned from our January exercise and a discussion of operations and procedures to be used by Alameda

While it is not a beginners EmComm class, all interested radio operators are welcome to attend. You don’t have to be an ARES or ARCA member.

The date for the first ARES EmComm class is Saturday February 27th at 8:00 AM. While I have reserved the classroom for three hours, the class itself will last two hours including Q&A.

Attendees should have basic emergency communications knowledge; I plan to conduct the class in a review/Q&A/Discussion format.

The basis of the review portion is to cover lessons learned from the January drill followed by proposals for correcting problems encountered.

During the review session I will specifically review the following:

1. Initial Resource net procedures

2. Procedures upon arriving at the assigned site (EOC, OPS center, Shelter, etc.) and ICS structure (light review)

3. Conducting and participating in Tactical Nets

4. Message handling and tracking

The Q/A portion will be specific to the review, but also an opportunity for attendees to ask questions about other EmComm topics.

The discussion portion would be specific to the April 24th exercise and to discuss ideas on other types of exercises.

For those who cannot attend the Saturday morning class, I plan to conduct an identical session on the evening of Monday, March 15th at
7:30 PM.

If necessary; we may have planning session for the April 24th exercise on Saturday April 10th.

Please let me know if you are planning to attend, and if you prefer a Monday evening class or a Saturday morning class


Sandy Lavine, KO6JF
ARES Emergency Coordinator, City of Alameda

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Silent Key – Mel Beals, NC6Y

Posted by af6aq on 8th February 2010

Mel “NC6Y” Beals June 12, 1936 ~ Jan. 28, 2010 Resident of Pittsburg Melvin Leon Beals was born on June 12, 1936 in Sondheimer, Louisiana. He moved to Pittsburg, California with his mother and father, Beatrice and George Parker, in 1941. He passed away on January 28, 2010. Melvin graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1955. He served the United States Marine Corps from 1958-68 and earned many medals and commendations including a Purple Heart. Melvin was preceded in death by his father, Walter “Willis” Beals; mother, Beatrice (Watkins) Parker; father, George Parker, Sr. and brother, George Parker, Jr. Melvin is survived by Marietta Beals; sons, Mark and Shawn; daughter, Yvonne; and granddaughters, Vanessa and Sydney. He is also survived by his sisters, Ethel (Wally) Cox, Willa (Carl) Parsons, Joanne (Henderson) Parker and Addie (Sam) Coston; and brother, Alonzo (Carolyn) Parker all of Pittsburg, California and many cousins, nieces, nephews and countless friends. Visitation: Thursday, February 4th, 3-8pm. Funeral Service: Friday, February 5, 2010, 11am. All at Dan Scales Funeral Services, 107 W. 8th St., Pittsburg, CA (925) 439-5922

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