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ARRL PIO Certification Class

Posted by ks6m on 18th October 2014

I am pleased to announce that East Bay Section Assistant Section Manager David Haycock KI6AWR and the Santa Clara Valley Section’s Public Information Coordinator (PIC) Suellene Petersen K6CPA have arranged to present Part 2 of the ARRL Public Information Officer (PIO) Certification Class. This will be a full 2 day event that will include the final examination. Anyone interested in becoming an ARRL Certified PIO should attend.

Part 1 of this course was presented at Pacificon. If you missed Part 1, you should attend this event anyway. The instructors will work out a solution to get you the information that you missed.

  • WHAT: ARRL PIO Certification Class
  • WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 15th and Sunday, Nov. 16th from 8AM to 5PM
  • WHERE: 431 Stardust Place, Alameda CA 94501 (on the old Naval Air Station)

There is plenty of free parking available. If you are coming from a long distance, you may want to make your own lodging arrangements in Alameda.

For more information, contact Suellene Petersen K6CPA at

ARRL East Bay Section
Section Manager James R Latham AF6AQ

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Emergency Communication Course Exam Offered

Posted by ks6m on 23rd September 2013

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 9:30 am on Sunday, October 13, 2013. It will be held in Salon C at Pacificon, the ARRL Pacific Division Convention (http://www NULL.pacificon NULL.org/), at the Marriott Santa Clara Hotel. Exam candidates must be registered as Pacificon attendees in order to access the exam site.

This exam-only session is listed on the ARRL Web site (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/ceps/ec-001-145). 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 (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/product-notes).

Candidates must complete and obtain certificates for two free online FEMA EMI Independent Study courses (http://training NULL.fema NULL.gov/IS/NIMS NULL.aspx) 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 (http://www NULL.arrleastbaysection NULL.net/ares/coursetraining NULL.html).

See the Contact page for contact information.


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

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Emergency Communication Course Exam Offered

Posted by ks6m on 6th July 2013

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 later this month.

ARRL Field Examiners in the ARRL East Bay Section have scheduled an EC-001 final exam session to begin at noon on Sunday, July 28, 2013. It will be held in the Media Room of Oakland Fire Station 1, 1605 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland 94612. This session is listed on the ARRL Web site (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/ceps/ec-001-129). 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. Those who would like to study this material in a local Field Class should consider the course beginning on July 13 in the city of Alameda (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/ceps/ec-001-122).

Candidates should 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 (http://www NULL.arrleastbaysection NULL.net/ares/coursetraining NULL.html).

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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EC-001 Course Announcement

Posted by af6aq on 21st June 2013

The ARRL East Bay Section is pleased to announce the schedule for the next EC-001 classroom course.

EC-001 is an introductory course designed for Amateur Radio volunteers who want to serve as part of an ARES® response team. The course is based on the ARRL publication “The ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communication Course, 4th Edition”.

This is a three part class with each part held on a different Saturday. The sessions are held from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on consecutive Saturday mornings. The course is free of charge.

Pre-registration is required and students should plan to attend all three sessions.

Where?
431 Stardust Place
Alameda CA 94501
When?
Part 1 July 13th
Part 2 July 20th
Part 3 July 27th
All sessions are from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Contact?
If you have questions or want to register for this free class please contact:
David Haycock, KI6AWR
510-846-0011 or email: ki6awr@arrl.net

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Can you hear those Red Cross vehicles?

Posted by ks6m on 4th June 2013

Amateurs in and near the ARRL East Bay Section are invited to participate in a brief radio activity on Saturday morning, June 8, 2013 in support of the American Red Cross Bay Area, a served agency of ARRL East Bay Section ARES®.

Early on June 8, 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 8, 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 their net control station in Oakland 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 Red Cross net control, is invited to call “Red Cross Oakland” via Amateur Radio to report the vehicle’s ID, its location if that was heard, the time of its transmission, and his or her own Amateur Radio call sign.

Hams at the Red Cross in Oakland 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. The American Red Cross Bay Area thanks the Vaca Valley Radio Club and Bay-Net for their cooperation.

On these repeater systems, Red Cross Oakland 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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