ARRL East Bay Section

Archive for August, 2012

ARRL East Bay Section to Offer EC-001 Course

Posted by af6aq on 23rd August 2012

The ARRL East Bay Section  ARES is pleased to announce an opportunity to build skills needed to deal with emergencies.

Beginning 18th September there will be a course to assist volunteers involved in emergency communications.

The course is entitled:

An Introduction to Emergency Communication EC-001 and is intended as a study course associated with the ARRL EC-001 examination.  EC-001 and its prerequisites, ICS-100 and IS-700, are among the course training requirements to qualify for Full Member status in the ARRL East Bay Section ARES® program.

Among the topics that you will learn is the role of the Incident Command System (ICS) in communications and techniques and protocols used in the passing of messages.  Additional topics include how to prepare for emergencies and how to set up and operate a radio communications network. You will also understand the different types of network, message precedence and how to prioritize messages.

The course is designed in support of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), but is suitable and open to anyone with an interest in supporting communications in the time of an emergency. This is a non-technical course and students do not need to have an amateur radio license. The class is free of charge.

The course will be held at the Alameda Fire Department Training facility at 431 Stardust Place, Alameda CA 94501.

The course material is split into three components each lasting about 2 ½ hours. Classes will be held on consecutive Tuesday evenings.

September 18th 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

September 25th 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

October 2nd         7:00 pm – 9:30 pm


An examination session is scheduled to be held on Sunday 14th October (10:00 am) at Pacificon 2012.

There is a fee of $15 associated with this exam and prior certification with FEMA  ICS100 and IS700 is required.

Please contact David Haycock by email or phone 510.846.0011 for additional details.  Registration is recommended as space is limited.

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Technician Class License Course

Posted by ks6m on 16th August 2012

The Salvation Army together with the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club will be holding a 7-week course where you can learn everything you need to earn your Technician Class (entry level) FCC Amateur Radio License.

The Technician Class license is your entry to the world-wide excitement of Amateur Radio and Emergency Communications … and now you do not need to learn Morse code!

The 7-week course begins on Thursday, January 24, 2013. Each evening’s session begins at 7 pm and continues until 9 pm.

Location: The Salvation Army, 3950 Clayton Road (at West St.), Concord 94521

The class is free but there is a $5 materials fee. Each student must have full access to a copy of the text. If you need to purchase a copy of the text, it costs about $26.

Follow-up training and license testing will also be available.

Registration is required. To sign up:

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Emergency Communication Course Exam at PACIFICON

Posted by ks6m on 15th August 2012

Amateur Radio operators and others who are studying the ARRL’s Introduction to Emergency Communication Course (EC-001) will have an opportunity to take the course’s examination and earn the ARRL completion certificate at PACIFICON 2012 in October.

ARRL Field Examiners have scheduled an EC-001 final exam session to begin at 10:00 am on Sunday, October 14, 2012. It will be held at PACIFICON 2012, the ARRL Pacific Division and ARRL National Convention, at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel, 2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara CA 95054. This session is listed on the ARRL Web site. The exam fee is $15. The exam consists of 35 multiple-choice questions, and a passing score is 80% or better.

EC-001 is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. One need not be a licensed Amateur Radio operator to sit for the exam or earn the completion certificate. Candidates for this exam will have studied the course materials on line, in a local Field Class session, or by studying the course transcript, The ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communication Course, 4th Edition.

Candidates must complete and obtain certificates for two free online FEMA EMI Independent Study courses before beginning their EC-001 course studies. Those courses are IS-100, “Introduction to Incident Command System”, and IS-700, “National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction”. At the EC-001 exam, each candidate must provide the dates shown on his or her completion certificates for IS-100 and IS-700.

EC-001 and its prerequisites, IS-100 and IS-700, are among the course training requirements to qualify for Full Member status in the ARRL East Bay Section ARES® program.

More information about the EC-001 course and exam is available.

Walk-ins will be welcomed at this exam session, but if you plan to attend we would appreciate an advance email message to one of us so we can plan for you. See the Contact page for contact information.

David A. Haycock KI6AWR
Assistant Section Manager, Education and Training, ARRL East Bay Section
John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section

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Ham radio story on (broadcast) radio

Posted by ks6m on 3rd August 2012

The East Bay Section’s Technical Coordinator Kristen McIntyre K6WX and her son Christopher KG6SVI were among those interviewed August 2 on KALW-FM about the magic of Amateur Radio. The story touches on ham radio topics such as CW, youth, DX, the unpredictability of propagation, and emergency communications.

This interview neatly sidesteps a common problem with media stories about ham radio: in most cases the journalist is clueless about our hobby. Apply the Walter Cronkite solution: in this case, the reporter is himself a ham, Mike Meenan ND6MM.

Read and listen to this story.

John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section

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