Posted by ks6m on 21st June 2013
ARRL Field Day 2013 happens this weekend! ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
If your group is hosting a Field Day site, you probably know what to do and are doing it already. If you are not connected to a group that is hosting a Field Day site, you can enjoy a visit to a nearby site. Locate Field Day sites with the ARRL Field Day Site Locator (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/field-day-locator).
You can also operate on your own during Field Day, even if you are limited to the VHF and UHF bands. To learn how, see the ARRL Field Day (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/field-day) Web pages.
Field Day goes live on Saturday morning at 11:00 am PDT. It continues for 24 hours, though some Field Day sites will not be in operation for that full period.
Have a great Field Day, and 73 …
John Rabold KS6M, Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section
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Posted by af6aq on 19th January 2013
“Getting On The Air”
The Salvation Army together with the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club
will hold a 2 part seminar where you can develop your
Amateur Radio License Getting On The Air skills
This is your next step after becoming licensed. This is your chance to learn the how to and techniques of Emergency Communications on Ham Radio and the excitement of Getting On The Air.
This seminar is to upgrade your current Technician skills!
Part 1 Thursday March 28, 2013
Part 2 Thursday April 4, 2013
At 7-9 pm
The Salvation Army
3950 Clayton Road, (at West St.)
Registration is required.
Class is FREE but there is a $5 materials fee – No Textbook is needed.
Follow up training continues throughout the year.
Stay tuned at www.SATERNConcord.org
To sign up email: HamRadioClass@gmail.com (http://us NULL.mc1848 NULL.mail NULL.yahoo NULL.com/mc/compose?to=HamRadioClass null@null gmail NULL.com)
For voice mail or fax: 925 465-9554
Chuck Graham, KI6DCD
EDS/SATERN Training Coordinator
Salvation Army Concord Corps
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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 (http://www NULL.kalw NULL.org/) 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 (http://www NULL.kalw NULL.org/post/chatroulette-there-was-ham-radio).
John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section
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Posted by ks6m on 5th June 2012
Amateurs in and near the ARRL East Bay Section are invited to participate in a brief radio activity on Saturday morning, June 9, 2012 in support of the American Red Cross Bay Area, a served agency of ARRL East Bay Section ARES®.
Early on June 9, 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 PDT on June 9, 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 Amateur Radio repeater systems: the Vaca Valley Radio Club repeater on Mt. Vaca in Solano County at 145.470 MHz, minus offset, PL 127.3, 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 (http://www NULL.bay-net NULL.org/). The American Red Cross Bay Area thanks the Vaca Valley 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 June VHF QSO Party beginning later that morning, will enjoy this challenge.
John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section
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Posted by ks6m on 31st March 2012
These two webinars, from the Atlantic Division, are being made available to members in the Pacific Division. Please note that the times listed are EDT. The two subjects are highly recommended.
American Red Cross and Amateur Radio
The American Red Cross is an important ARES® served agency. The Red Cross serves the public in many disaster situations including on site relief, disaster assessment, evacuation and sheltering those persons displaced in an emergency. This webinar describes the Red Cross activities and the role amateur radio can play in providing vital communications support. The intention is to provide Red Cross and amateur radio operators with a basic understanding of mutual expectations and needs in the sheltering environment and stresses efficient and accurate communications using various amateur modes including NBEMS (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/nbems).
The date and time are: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm EDT. To register, go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/803987488 (https://www1 NULL.gotomeeting NULL.com/register/803987488)
Winlink 2000 Webinar
This session will focus on Winlink 2000 (http://www NULL.winlink NULL.org/) used for EmComm purposes. Presenters for this session will be Steve Waterman K4CJX, Lor Kutchins W3QA, Dave Skolnick KO4MI and Phil Sherrod W4PHS.
The date and time are: Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 9:00 pm to 10:40 pm EDT. To register, go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/656044145 (https://www1 NULL.gotomeeting NULL.com/register/656044145)
ARRL Pacific Division
Director: Robert B Vallio, W6RGG
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