ARRL East Bay Section

Archive for December, 2011

Ham Radio Classes from Salvation Army SATERN

Posted by ks6m on 27th December 2011

SATERN Ham Radio Classes:

The entry-level Ham license is Technician. The 2nd license level is General. The highest level is Amateur Extra. Code is no longer required for an Amateur Radio License. The next General Class will start January 12, 2012.

The next entry level Tech class will start March 22, 2012.

The classes are held Thursday Evenings, 7-9pm in the Fireside Room, Salvation Army, 3950 Clayton Rd. Concord, 94521 – Cross street is West St.

We do not offer a one day Ham Cram class.

*For registration forms email:
HamRadioClass -at- gmail -dot- com

This is a free class with your only cost for class participation being the purchase of the text at a price of approximately $26 plus $5.00 materials fee = $31.

73’s to all

“We’re here to put a small dent in the universe.” – Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Richard E Lueck
k6relk6rel -at- gmail -dot- com

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Rumor Control – NO Planned Shut Down of 440 in Northern California

Posted by af6aq on 15th December 2011

A rumor has recently been circulating about a shut down of 440 in Northern California. This is NOT true. I received the following from Dan Henderson at ARRL:

Bill, Bob, Bob, Jim et al:

Not sure of how this rumor got started but we need to be very clear and firm. There is no current proposal to our knowledge (or to the FCC’s -yes I checked) to institute a quiet zone around Beale AFB, there is no proposal to stop 70-cm operations in Northern California. I suspect someone has elaborated on statements made at Bob Vallio’s Division Cabinet meeting from early December.

This kind of rumor hurts our position. It works people up about something that is frankly not on the table. Yes, the mitigation work to harmful interference to the Beale PAVE PAWS radar needs to continue and is going to continue. It is not a “ok we looked at everyone once and you can go back to old operations.” Yes, there is a lot of work still to be done by the Amateur community. Yes, the FCC is going to consider license modifications or other actions against specific individuals that continue to cause interference and refuse to seriously attempt to resolve the problem despite several requests. Those that insist on playing games refusing to meet their obligation to eliminate their harmful interference will eventually have to answer to the FCC’s inquiry.

But at this time to the ARRL’s knowledge, there is no proposal on the table to establish a quiet zone around Beale on the 70-cm band. Could this change? Absolutely, especially if the amateur community fails to meet its obligation as a secondary user on the band.

I respectfully ask that you as ARRL leadership in the affected area circulate these comments. And I ask that the person who posted this rumor to the NARCC reflector please immediately retract his post to that reflector. We need your help in stopping this rumor before it runs rampant, Thanks for your serious and immediate attention to this.


Dan Henderson, N1ND
Regulatory Information Manager
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™


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East Bay Section ARES® Almost Activated

Posted by ks6m on 11th December 2011

Early on Saturday, November 19, John Rabold KS6M, Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) for the East Bay Section, was very close to receiving a phone call requesting an ARES® activation in Berkeley under the Section’s new local ARES Statement of Cooperation with the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter.

Red Cross responders to a large apartment fire at Telegraph and Haste in Berkeley were considering requesting Amateur Radio operators to shadow its own volunteers who would enter the building to do a disaster assessment. However, Berkeley’s Fire Department determined that the building was unsafe for anyone to enter (the building has since been demolished), so the disaster assessment was called off.

Had the facts been otherwise, the request would probably have been for four to six hams equipped with HTs, plus an additional net control station preferably with a portable or mobile VHF/UHF rig. The SEC would have handed this request off to the Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Berkeley. The SEC, the District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) for Alameda County, and the Section Manager (SM) would have remained in the loop to assist if additional resources had been needed.

The hams with HTs who responded would have been paired with Red Cross volunteers. The net control station (two or three persons) would have set up in a safe and quiet location across the street. The communications mission would have been to preserve the safety of all volunteer teams in the building. Data collected would have been recorded by the Red Cross volunteers.

This near-activation has raised several issues to think about: What would the Incident Radio Communications Plan (ICS 205) have been? How would that plan have been delivered to the hams who responded? Would more than just a single simplex frequency have been needed? Would a repeater have been the primary or backup channel? Would those hams have had the needed frequencies and PL tones already programmed? What would have happened if ARES had been unable to summon the requested number of hams?

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Can you hear those Red Cross vehicles?

Posted by ks6m on 4th December 2011

Amateurs in and near the East Bay Section are invited to participate in a brief radio activity on Saturday morning, December 10, 2011 in support of the American Red Cross Bay Area, a served agency of ARRL East Bay Section ARES®.

Early on December 10, Red Cross emergency response vehicles (ERVs) will be driven from their bases in six counties to a central location for semiannual cleaning and restocking. As they drive, their crews are asked to make frequent two-way radio contact, on a Red Cross frequency, with the Red Cross Disaster Operations Center (DOC) in Oakland. However, the transmissions are simplex, and terrain often prevents contact. The Red Cross invites assistance from the Amateur Radio community in tracking its ERVs that morning.

Between 7:30 and 9:00 am PST on December 10, licensed amateurs are asked to listen for transmissions from these vehicles on a Red Cross frequency, 47.420 MHz (FM mode). They will be calling or replying to “Oakland DOC” and will identify themselves with 4-digit numbers as their tactical IDs. Any amateur who hears such a transmission, whether or not it is acknowledged by Oakland DOC, is invited to call “Oakland DOC” via Amateur Radio to report the vehicle’s ID, its location if that was heard, the time of the transmission, and his or her own Amateur Radio call sign.

Hams at Oakland DOC will be listening for reports on two repeater systems: the Mt. Vaca Radio Club repeater on Mt. Vaca in Solano County at 147.000 MHz, minus offset (you may need to override your rig’s default setting), PL 136.5, and the linked Bay-Net system. Bay-Net has a UHF repeater in the East Bay at 443.975 MHz PL 100.0, has several repeaters in the South Bay including 443.225 MHz PL 100.0, and is available via EchoLink and IRLP; see the Bay-Net Web site. The American Red Cross Bay Area thanks the Mt. Vaca Radio Club and Bay-Net for their cooperation.

On these repeater systems, Oakland DOC will be announcing its availability to accept reports but will not be operating a directed net. Other amateurs may occasionally use these repeater systems for other purposes that morning, so please stand by until the frequency clears or ask the users if they will stand by for a moment so you can make your report.

Though not all dual-band HT or mobile ham radio rigs receive frequencies as low as 47 MHz, many do. We hope that hams with that capability, including those participating in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest that morning, will enjoy this challenge.

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