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North Bay Wildfire Disaster

Posted by ks6m on 10th October 2017

Our hearts go out to the victims of the wildfire disaster in the North Bay. Shelters have been set up, and there have been news reports of cellular phone outages. Many of us Amateur Radio licensees find ourselves wanting to help. However, do not self-deploy to the disaster area. Members of the public, including hams, should respond to the area only as recognized members of agencies who are active in the response or at the explicit request of those agencies.

As we know from the news about Puerto Rico, the ARRL has a longstanding MOU with the American Red Cross and often serves that agency. The ARRL Field Organization staff in the East Bay Section, including East Bay Section ARES, has been in touch with Red Cross staff to remind them of the MOU and of Amateurs’ willingness to serve. The East Bay Section is also coordinating with the San Francisco Section, which includes most of the disaster area. At this point, the Red Cross has not made a request for support from these sections. However, disaster response continues, and response is followed by recovery. We hams can assist in both stages, but only upon request.

Please see the ARRL East Bay Section ARES Web pages at www.arrleastbaysection.org/ares

To contact the Section Manager or Section Emergency Coordinator, see our EB Section Leadership page at www.arrleastbaysection.org/contact

James R Latham AF6AQ
Section Manager, ARRL East Bay Section
John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section

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FCC Personal Radio Service Revisions Will Affect GMRS, FRS, CB

Posted by ks6m on 29th April 2017

On April 27, 2017, the FCC released a Report and Order announcing rule changes affecting the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), Family Radio Service (FRS), Citizens Band Radio Service (CB), and other Part 95 Personal Radio Services. Though these changes do not affect Amateur Radio, they will be of interest to many of us hams who also use these services and who “elmer” others who do, especially through their communities’ Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) programs (known in some local communities as “NERT” and “CORE“). Most of these changes will become effective 30 days after their publication in The Federal Register. The ARRL issued a press release on April 28 discussing this FCC document.


John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section

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Emergency Communication Course Exam Offered

Posted by ks6m on 13th August 2016

Amateur Radio operators and others who are studying the ARRL’s Introduction to Emergency Communication Course (EC-001) can take the course’s examination in mid-October, earning the ARRL completion certificate.

ARRL Field Examiners have scheduled an EC-001 exam session to begin at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 16, 2016. It will be held at Pacificon, the ARRL Pacific Division Convention, at the San Ramon Marriott Hotel. Exam candidates must be registered as Pacificon attendees in order to access the exam site. Registration for the exam session itself is not required.

This exam-only 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, or by studying the course transcript, The ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communication Course, 4th Edition. Be sure to obtain the updates for this text under the heading “Introduction to Emergency Communication Course Transcript” in the ARRL Store’s Product Notes.

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 the Full Member designation in the ARRL East Bay Section ARES® program.

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

See the EB Section Leadership page for contact information.


John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section

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Public Service Events

Posted by ks6m on 12th March 2016

Outdoor public event season is getting under way here in the Bay Area. Such events include ultra, marathon, and fun runs, bicycle and equestrian rides, community walks, parades, fairs, and rodeos — large, preplanned, non-emergency public activities. Amateur Radio provides voluntary noncommercial communication services to the community at events like these. Sponsors of some 2016 events in the ARRL East Bay Section have requested such support. We list these events on our Web site’s Calendar of Public Service Events. Use the calendar throughout the season to learn of opportunities for service and to sign up.

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Operators Needed: 2015 Berkeley Half Marathon

Posted by ks6m on 19th September 2015

DATE OF EVENT: Sunday, November 22, 2015

OPERATIONAL HOURS: 0700 to ~1300

TIME OF BRIEFING: by email

TYPE OF EVENT: Berkeley Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile footrace.

LOCATION OF EVENT: Berkeley, CA

NUMBER, TYPE and DUTIES OF RACES PERSONNEL REQUESTED: 14 radio operators (any class of amateur radio license) to provide communications support at 7 fixed posts 6 SAG wagons, Net Control, Communication Liaison.

EQUIPMENT REQUESTED; (i.e.; radios, antennas, etc.) All posts can be worked with just a handheld amateur radio transceiver (preferably 2m/70cm dual band) Sag wagons should have a mobile rig with an external antenna. (Magnetic surface may not be available.)

CONTACT NAME and E-MAIL: Glen Epperson, K6GSE

COMMENTS/SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: For each operator, it would be helpful to have:

  • name
  • callsign
  • cell phone number
  • email
  • Preferred assignment (Stationary Post, SAG, Net Control)
  • Equipment operator will respond with willingness to mentor and support less experienced operators
  • APRS

Event info: http://berkeleyhalf.com

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