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Emergency Communication Course Exam Offered

Posted by ks6m on 25th August 2015

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 18, 2015. It will be held at Pacificon, the ARRL Pacific Division Convention (http://www NULL.pacificon NULL.org/), at the San Ramon Marriott 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-001-251). 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/nims/) 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

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Operators needed: Communications support for Firetrails 50, Saturday, October 10, 2015

Posted by af6aq on 21st July 2015

The Dick Collins Firetrails 50 & Golden Hills Trail Marathon will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015. (For a change, it is NOT up against Pacificon this year but it is up against another community event for which Alameda County Sheriff’s Communications Team must provide support.) This is a 50 mile footrace through the East Bay hills, and a “mere” marathon. Times are from before dawn to after dark, with the most help needed between 0900 and 1600. ARES-enrolled or not, DSW or not, club-affiliated or not, old timer or newly-licensed, 50 watts in your truck or 5 watts on your belt, we have a place for just about everybody. Join us, and/or help pass this information along to interested operators. Thanks!

Details are below.

 Operators Needed For 2015 Firetrails 50
Saturday, October 10

 DATE OF EVENT: Saturday, October 10, 2015

 Operational Hours: various shifts, 0530-2100    

 Time of Briefing: by email

 TYPE OF EVENT: Dick Collins Firetrails 50 & Golden Hills Trail Marathon, a 50 mile footrace and concurrent “mere” marathon over East Bay Trails.

 LOCATION OF EVENT: East Bay hills, mostly over EBMUD lands, from Lake Chabot Marina, Lake Chabot Park to Lone Oak Picnic Area, Tilden Park, in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

 NUMBER, TYPE and DUTIES OF RACES PERSONNEL REQUESTED: 20 radio operators (any class of amateur radio license) to provide communications support at fixed posts (some may be called upon to assume Net Control) or mobile. Most fixed posts can be driven to, while one requires walking less than one mile over moderate terrain. Potential mobile assignments maybe in operators’ personal vehicles, or race officials’ personal vehicles, on foot, or on bicycle.

EQUIPMENT REQUESTED; (i.e.; radios, antennas, etc.)  Some fixed posts can be worked with just a handheld amateur radio transceiver (preferably 2m/70cm dual band) while others may require use of 25 watts or more and antenna with gain of 3-5dpi or greater.

 CONTACT NAME and E-MAIL:

Neil Fullagar, K6NCX
Logistics Officer, Alameda County Sheriff’s Communications Team
ft50communications@sbcglobal.net (ft50communications null@null sbcglobal NULL.net)

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

  • name,
  • callsign,
  • cell phone number,
  • email,
  • hours of availability and maximum number of hours assignable,
  • equipment operator will respond with, ability/willingness to assume Net Control,
  • ability/willingness to hike in to fixed post (moderate terrain, under one mile,)
  • ability/willingness to operate bicycle mobile (6 to 20 miles over varied terrain, with or without pavement,)
  • ability/willingness to operate runner/hiker mobile (3 to 10 miles over varied terrain, ,
    and with or without pavement,)
  • ability/willingness to operate own vehicle mobile among posts  (up to 100 miles,)
  • ability/willingness to operate mobile with own equipment as passenger in someone else’s vehicle, and
  • ability/willingness to mentor and support less experienced operators.

Communications info:             https://sites.google.com/site/ft50communications/ (https://sites NULL.google NULL.com/site/ft50communications/)
Event info:                              http://firetrails50.com/ (http://firetrails50 NULL.com/)

Neil Fullagar, K6NCX
for 2015 Dick Collins Firetrails 50 & Golden Hills Trail Marathon communications team
October 10, 2015
Alameda County Sheriff’s Communications Team
http://sites.google.com/site/ft50communications (http://sites NULL.google NULL.com/site/ft50communications)

ftcommunications@sbcglobal.net

 

 

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Free Community Responder ICS Training and AlCo VOAD Meeeting Announcement

Posted by af6aq on 10th March 2015

SAVE THE DATE
ALCoVOAD’s  NEXT MEMBER MEETING IS APRIL 30, 2015
9:30 – 11:30 AM
EMERGENCY VOLUNTEER CENTERS AND YOUR ORGANIZATION’S RESPONSE TO A DISASTER

Location:  4985 Broder Boulevard, Dublin California 94568

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Reminder: Public Information Officer Certification (PIO) Class Part 2

Posted by af6aq on 31st October 2014

WHO:      This course material is useful for any ham who speaks about amateur radio to any non-ham.  However, the curriculum specifically provides tools for any type of PIO within our hobby.  Thus, ARES and Club PIOs can benefit from learning and reviewing how the ARRL PIO represents amateur radio to the public.  For the individual who wants to become a PIO, certification is available on completion of the final exam.  You may present the certification to your Section Manager if you want to apply for an appointment to become an ARRL PIO.

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)

 

POINT OF CONTACT:   For more information contact Suellene Petersen:  suellene@suellenesdelight.com (suellene null@null suellenesdelight NULL.com)

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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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