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Introducing GMail Tap

Posted by ks6m on 1st April 2012

Today Google introduced GMail Tap (http://mail NULL.html), which incorporates a binary language that uses only two characters — dots and dashes — making it easy to learn. This video captures the developers’ excitement:

John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, East Bay Section
April 1, 2012

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Posted by af6aq on 8th June 2011

The NARCC Spectrum Management Committee (SMC) is looking for a few good men! We are presently examining the VHF and UHF bands trying to accommodate new technologies that don’t really fit anywhere right now.

If you have a desire to help shape the future band plans for the VHF and UHF bands please join us at the Spectrum Management Committee, or SMC for short. We can be found on the Yahoo Groups page, search for and you can get in on the action and help come up with a new VHF and UHF spectrum management band plan.

We want as many operator areas represented in the spectrum management planning process as possible, that means repeater owners/users; packet users; simplex users; satellite and weak-signal users, SSB and AM users, everyone who uses the VHF or UHF bands are encouraged to get involved in how your spectrum will be changed. And it will be changed!

Be part of the process instead of simply having to live with the results. We are moving ahead, and we want you to join us in this very important work. Please sign up for the narcc-spectrum yahoo group, and read some of the posts and the files.

Your voice should be heard, and we welcome all interested parties who have a desire to help us make sure everyone is represented.

Please contact the Chairman of the Spectrum Management Committee, Shorty K6JSI at if you would like to participate in the issues we are facing, and help with a solution.

Your opinion is important to our moving forward with the goal of helping to make a better amateur radio hobby, serving all of our needs. Please get involved and become part of the solution. Your voice counts, and we want to hear it.

Shorty K6JSI
Committee ChairmanEmail me at

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EMCOMMWEST Invitation to Speakers

Posted by af6aq on 19th December 2009

EMCOMMWEST 2010 will be held April 30 – May 2, 2010 at the Grand Sierra resort in Reno, Nevada.  This annual event is a forum for Amateurs to discuss the latest emergency communication techniques, learn what our served agancies are up to, hear about success stories, and pitfalls from speakers who come from around the US.

If you would like to speak at this event, please send an e-mail to (http://us NULL.mc810 NULL.mail null@null emcommwest  You will be sent a speakers application and memorandum of understanding which outlines what is to be supplied by the event organizer and what is expected of speakers.  The application
allows for a short description of your proposed talk, an opportunity for you to categorize it if you wish and the ability to let the organizers know how much time you might like as well as your desired speaking time.  Your application will be reviewed by the EMCOMMWEST Speaker’s Committee.  Successful candidates will be notified during the early portion of the first quarter of the new year.

The event’s website is located at (http://www NULL.emcommwest  There isn’t much information there yet, but it will grow as information becomes available.  Again, please send requests to (http://us NULL.mc810 NULL.mail null@null emcommwest

EMCOMMWEST is recognized by the ARRL as an Operating Speciality Convention.
EMCOMMWEST® is a Registered Service Mark of EMCOM

Thanks and 73

Joe – N7JEH

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Parachute Mobile Event At K6LRG/DE KI6BEN

Posted by af6aq on 21st September 2009

Hello Everyone,
Without your generosity, Mission Control wouldn’t be the success that it was yesterday.  Attached are four photos that I took of Jon (K6OJ) running Mission Control from the K6LRG Contest Station grounds on Patterson Pass ridge, just east of Livermore, CA.  We can’t thank you guys enough for hosting this important and very exciting event for Amateur Radio.  We hope that we can see you again at our next jump event in two weeks!
A Word On Mission Control
Jon and I had a delightful time at the K6LRG Contesting Site yesterday, and the event was a HUGE SUCCESS!!!  Jon organized the gear necessary to setup our Mission Control field station from the K6LRG ground.  Jon leverages a brand new Diamond X-30, held in place by my Ford Escape  ;-)   Jon’s gear worked flawlessly, and we managed to be on station for both jumps.
A Great Job By Our Two Parachute Jumpers
Both Jumper 1 (Michael) and Jumper 2 (Mark – AF6IM) had two (2) successful jumps (one at around 3:30PM and one at around 5:30PM), where they carried 2-meter Amateur Radio tranceivers as well as APRS gear.
During their drops, both jumpers held QSOs with Amateur Radio operators around the San Francisco Bay Area.  We had participation from:
Our Event Operators Made It All Happen
- Mikey (KI6QNZ) developed the APRS radio and associated telemetry hardware and software, worn by our two jumpers.  As I understand it, Mikey’s system sent realtime data to our ground station as well as the APRS digitpeaters in the area, to allow us to keep track of vital signs for our jumpers, as well as their flight paths.
- Andy (KR6DD) received all transmissions from his QTH in Redwood City, he cross-linked the audio feed into EchoLink for other Amateurs to listen-in.  Andy kept in constant contact with Mission Control on 146.460MHz FM simplex, , and he also had direct QSOs with the jumpers.
- Rebar (N6CCH) received jumper and Mission Control status info from his QTH in Redwood City, he relayed that info onto the N6NFI repeater for interested Amateurs that had no FM simplex access.  Rebar kept in constant contact with Mission Control on 146.460MHz FM simplex, , and he also had direct QSOs with the jumpers.
- Jim (KI6YYR received jumper and Mission Control status info from his QTH in Fremont, he relayed that info onto the W6CX repeater for interested Amateurs that had no FM simplex access.    Jim kept in constant contact with Mission Control on 146.460MHz FM simplex, , and he also had direct QSOs with the jumpers.
- Ray (K6RAR) was our Drop Zone control operator, on station at Byron Airport.  Ray was our vital link to jumper status, flight status, weather info and radio testing.  Ray kept in constant contact with Mission Control on 146.460MHz FM simplex, and he also had direct QSOs with the jumpers.
- Also in attendance were dozens of Amateur Radio operators checking in from all over the San Francisco Bay Area via 2-meter FM simplex.
This was a hugely successful event, that will go a long way toward helping us in preparing for the big high-altitude jump event taking place in October 2009.
Have a wonderful day, God Bless and 73s   ;-)

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HR-2160 Discussion with Dave Sumner, K1ZZ

Posted by af6aq on 19th June 2009

Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, has graciously allowed me to invite the members of the Pacific Division to join in on the webinar program shown below. Please note that the time listed is EDT. The starting time is 5 PM PDT and 2 PM HST. This is a great opportunity, and I urge all of you that can make the time for this event, to do so.

Bob — W6RGG

Atlantic Division Update on HR 2160

Join us for a Webinar on June 25

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at: (https://www1 NULL.gotomeeting

The purpose of this webinar is to update Atlantic Division members on HR 2160 and why it is important to solicit support for this important proposed legislation.

The House of Representatives is presently considering new legislation to promote and encourage the valuable public service, disaster relief, and emergency communications provided on a volunteer basis by licensees of the Federal Communications Commission in the Amateur Radio Service, by undertaking a study of the uses of amateur radio for emergency and disaster relief communications, by identifying unnecessary or unreasonable impediments to the deployment of Amateur Radio emergency and disaster relief communications, and by making recommendations for relief of such unreasonable restrictions so as to expand the uses of amateur radio communications in Homeland Security planning and response.

Specifically, the “Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 – Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to: (1) study the uses and capabilities of amateur radio communications in emergencies and disaster relief; (2) use the expertise of the American Radio Relay League in the study; and (3) report to Congress.” (full text of the legislation is available at (http://www NULL.govtrack NULL.xpd?bill=h111-2160)).

The bill is presently in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for consideration.

According to Dan Henderson, N1ND, the ARRL Regulatory Information Manager, “HR 2160 stands as the first step in trying to address the long standing problem of extending the protections afforded Amateur Radio operators under PRB-1 to deed restrictions and covenants. To be clear, passing HR 2160 is not going to achieve that goal right away. But it will help lay the ground work by assessing the impact such restrictions have on our ability to train for and respond to disasters and other emergencies.”

To help you learn more about the bill and the support that you can provide, the Atlantic Division is presenting a webinar on Thursday, June 25, from 8:00 PM until 9:30 PM EDT. Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, the Chief Executive Officer of the ARRL, will provide further background on the bill and on the ways in which you can provide support.

Title: Atlantic Division Update on HR 2160

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2009

Time: 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer

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