ARRL East Bay Section

Archive for November, 2010

Ham Radio Course Forming Now!

Posted by af6aq on 20th November 2010

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…Wednesday January 5, 2011 at 7-9 pm

The Salvation Army, 3950 Clayton Road, (at West St.)

Concord 94521

Registration is recommended.

Class is FREE and Textbook if needed about $23.

To sign up email:

For voice mail or fax: 925-465-9554

For additional media or press information contact:

Chuck Graham or 925 689-7640

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ARRL East Bay Section ARES® Standards

Posted by af6aq on 16th November 2010

Over the past year I have visited many of you and presented a vision for the future of ARES® within our Section. Working in cooperation with, and at the behest of our Section Manager Jim Latham, the East Bay Section leadership has been focused on establishing a section-wide ARES focus that better leverages the talents, resources, training, and needs of our four-county area of responsibility.

As a result of the work that has occurred over the past year, I am excited to announce that the ARRL East Bay Section Leadership is adopting uniform training standards and credentialing requirements in cooperation with the ARRL San Francisco Section ARES Program. The purpose of this action is  to enhance our public service mission by pursuing common training and credentials that may be utilized across section boundaries, and to establish the foundation for a robust and viable ARES Mutual Assistance Team (ARESMAT) capability should the need ever arise.

As provided by the ARRL, the only requirements for ARES membership continue to be a valid Amateur Radio license and a sincere desire to serve. However, there will now be two levels of East Bay Section ARES membership: Full and Associate.

Those East Bay Section ARES members who have met specific training requirements will be designated Full ARES Members. Full ARES members will be issued photo ID cards free of charge by the Section Manager upon completion of all required training. The training requirements are;

IS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS)
IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
EC-001 Introduction to Emergency Communications – Level 1/Basic

(“IS” courses are offered on line at no charge in the FEMA Emergency Management Institute’s Independent Study Program. “EC” courses are offered by the ARRL to ARRL members and non-members for a small fee.)

Full ARES Members will also be expected to complete any training that is required by ARES served agencies.

East Bay Section ARES members who have not yet met the specified training requirements will be designated Associate Members. Associate members will be issued the standard ARRL ARES ID (form FSD-224) by their ECs.

ARES members must have Full ARES Member status to qualify for ARES leadership appointments and must complete the following requirements within one year of their appointments. Current leadership appointees must attain Full ARES Member status and complete the following requirements by December 31, 2011.

Emergency Coordinator (EC) and Official Emergency Station (OES) appointees:

Full ARES Member requirements plus:
IS-800 National Response Framework, An Introduction
IS-802 Emergency Support Function (ESF) #2 Communications
and either of these two courses:
a. EC-002 Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course Level II (see Note below)
b. EC-016 Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs

Assistant District Emergency Coordinators (ADEC) appointees and above:

Full ARES Member and EC/OES requirements plus either of these two courses:
a. EC-003 Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course Level III (see Note below)
b. EC-016 Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs

Note: Courses EC-002 and EC-003 have been replaced by EC-016 and are no longer offered, but those members who completed them may use them to meet requirements.
I look forward to working with each and every one of you as we work to build our ARES program into a model for others across the country to emulate.


Herbert Cole; AI6AT

Section Emergency Coordinator

East Bay (Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, & Alameda Counties)

ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio™

Home: 925-831-2910

Mobile: 415-533-5030

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Dr. Malcolm Raff, WA2UNP – SK

Posted by af6aq on 10th November 2010

Dr. Malcolm Raff, a noted astrophysicist in Berkeley, Calif., died at home Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, after a brave battle with cancer.

Dr. Raff was best known for his extensive work with image and DNA processing. He was also well-known as a founding member of Riff-Raff, a jazz ensemble, and as a flight instructor for both helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. A contributing member to SETI, he also worked closely with the Berkeley area bird rescue program, Mickaboo. He was also very active in Amateur Radio, serving as ARRL Emergency Coordinator for Albany and Berkeley and held several positions in the NALCO Amateur radio organization.

Dr. Raff is survived by his loving wife, Connie; devoted sister, Judi Lehrhaupt; and nephews, Jay and Adam.

The Lehrhaupt family will be sitting Shiva Sunday, Nov. 7, and the evening of Monday, Nov. 8, at 1 Mount View Court, Newtown.

In lieu of flowers, donations to cancer research or the Jazzschool (, Berkeley, Calif., are encouraged.

In honor and remembrance please join the family for Mal’s Party,  Sunday, November 21st, 2 pm, West Berkeley Senior Center, 1900 6th Street, Berkeley, CA

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