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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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Getting on the Air (GOTA) Course

Posted by John Primus on 8th September 2017

Mount Diablo Amateur Radiuo Club (MDARC) invites you to attend our MDARC/SATERN Volunteer Instructional Team FREE Getting-On-The-Air (GOTA) Course.

  • Learn about Radio Selection, Operating Procedures, Antennas, and Radio Operating Protocols
  • Learn how to Talk on the Radio.
  • Get your Radio questions answered.
  • Three consecutive Thursday classsessions are planned to help you get up and running.  Attend one, two or all three.

All the fun stuff – and No Test.

Who?      Anyone. Those who just passed, or are already licensed.

When?   Thursday, October 12, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Radio Operations Explained)

Thursday, October 19, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Radio Operations Practiced)

Thursday, October 26, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (More Radio Operations Practiced)

Where?  The Salvation Army Church, 3950 Clayton Rd, Concord, CA  (at the corner  of Clayton Road and West Street)

Cost?       None. It’s free.

Advance Registration Required

Signup at: RadioSkillsClass@gmail.com

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Public Information Officer (PIO)

Posted by John Primus on 29th March 2017

The ARRL PIOs put the face on Amateur Radio when they represent all of us hams to the general public. How does an ARRL PIO do that? Register for the PIO Class that will be taught at Pacificon 2017 and learn. This class will teach you about the role of Public Relations (PR) in Amateur Radio, how to identify the target of PR efforts, and how to properly influence the public’s perception of Amateur Radio. It will also distinguish between the responsibilities of the ‘club PIO’ and the ARRL PIO and discusses the line of authority for each type of PIO.

Although the entire class that leads to graduation is 13 modules long, the portion taught at Pacificon 2017 will introduce you to the first four modules that describe the Public Information Officer, the Public Information Coordinator and how they build relationships with the media.

All courses taken at Pacificon 2017 will provide credit towards graduation of the entire 13 module course. The remaining nine modules will be taught at a later time at a location yet to be determined. Completion of the entire 13 modules consists of passing the final exam. A listing of all students who passed the course will be sent to the Section Managers in the Pacific Division. Should you want to receive an ARRL PIO appointment, you may communicate directly with your Section Manager who will determine if there is a need and if your qualifications support an appointment.

Open the Pacificon 2017 website and register for the event.  Follow the menu listing on left side of the page and find Education and Forums. Scroll to the PIO Class listing and choose the option to register for the class. Please do so now.

Once you have registered for the PIO Class, Suellene Petersen, K6CPA, Pubic Information Coordinator for the Santa Clara Valley Section will contact you.

Should you want to discuss any aspect of becoming an ARRL PIO with Suellene, please contact her at:  k6cpa@arrl.net.

Suellene Petersen, K6CPA

ARRL Pacific Division, Santa Clara Valley Section

Public Information Coordinator

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ARRL East Bay Section Presence at Pacificon 2016

Posted by af6aq on 30th August 2016

As in the past, there will be some East Bay Section offerings at Pacificon 2016. These will be on Sunday morning so you will have a reason, in addition to the raffle drawing in the afternoon, to attend the Sunday session of Pacificon.

I will be hosting an open EB Section meeting where you will have a chance to meet and ask questions of the Section level leadership. In addition, there will be a drawing for some ARRL books as door prizes.

Section Emergency Coordinator, John Rabold KS6M has also arranged for an EC-001 test session and a Disaster Communications Workshop.

Successful completion of EC-001 Introduction to Emergency Communications is one requirement for achieving the Full Member designation in ARRL East Bay Section ARES (“EB-ARES”). You must prepare yourself to take this examination in advance, on your own, and you must successfully complete its two prerequisite courses. Details about the course and this exam session are on our East Bay Section Web site.

Please share your ideas and suggestions for the Disaster Communications Workshop, sponsored by the  ARRL East Bay Section ARES (“EB-ARES”) with John Rabold. The workshop structure will de-emphasize the speaker-listener format and instead encourage observing, participating in, and discussing a skill or procedure, inspiring attendees and help them expand their abilities as ham communicators. Several years ago we held a workshop on the subject of the NBEMS/fldigi software suite and the MT-63 digital mode. We were not prepared for the huge number of hams who showed up, so attendees didn’t get the hands-on exposure we’d hoped for. For this year, John os collecting ideas — beginning right now — for a similar workshop. What can we present as a team, how can we involve attendees, and how can we cope effectively with just a few or a flood of curious hams? If you have a disaster-communications-related idea — whether you’d like to design the workshop, specialize in equipment setup at the session, be on the presenting team, or just “lateral” some thoughts for others to execute — please let Johne know. Possibilities include a return to fldigi and other apps in the NBEMS suite, specific digital modes, other digital techniques like Winlink 2000, voice skills and techniques, or even disaster communications tasks that support but do not include the use of the radio.

Check the Pacificon 2016 web page for times and locations of these special events.

I look forward to seeing you at Pacificon! 73 !


Jim Latham, AF6AQ – ARRL Life Member
Section Manager – East Bay (Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, and Solano Counties)
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™

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NPOTA Update

Posted by af6aq on 22nd February 2016

Before registering a NPOTA activation, be sure to check the sensitivity of the unit you want to activate. Some units are listed as “extremely sensitive” on the list of NPOTA units and require advance coordination with National Park Service administrators well before your activation.

This is especially the case for units that are very small or in an urban area. [Northern California Parks and Monuments are extremely sensitive: contact ARRL Government Liaison Bart Lee, K6VK for guidance. Coordinate and schedule with the responsible park Rangers for the site, act as ham radio ambassadors to the park Service and the public, take noting but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. And make those contacts! De K6VK: e-mail:KV6LEE@gmail.com.]

Nobody wants an activation to be denied. Proper coordination with NPS staff at units listed as “extremely sensitive” will increase your chance of success.

There are 36 activations on tap between February 17-24, including the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (HP39) in Texas and San Juan National Historic Site (NS63) in Puerto Rico. Details about these and other upcoming activations can be found on the NPOTA Activations calendar.

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