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.
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:
cell phone number
Preferred assignment (Stationary Post, SAG, Net Control)
Equipment operator will respond with willingness to mentor and support less experienced operators
AlCo VOAD is postponing its Thursday October 23 Member Meeting out of respect for the McCammon family and those participating in the memorial service honoring former Alameda County Fire Chief Bill McCammon
The discussion previously scheduled will be presented at the next Member Meeting to be held Thursday January 22, 2015, details to follow.
If you have not already made plans to get on the air for ARRL Field Day 2014 (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/field-day), tick-tock, tick-tock. It’s just days away, but it’s not too late to participate. Field Day 2014 is Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29. Field Day is the year’s most popular operating event, and more than 35,000 radio amateurs will be setting up stations — sometimes multiple stations — in the field, at campsites, in public parks, and even on their decks or in their backyards to get in on the fun. Think of it as the first weekend of Amateur Radio’s summer. Last year, more than 2500 stations submitted entries.
Field Day is primarily a group activity, though, and if you’re not yet on the roster to operate from your club’s Field Day site, volunteer now! If you don’t belong to a club or don’t know if there’s a Field Day operation setting up in your area, check the Field Day Locator (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/field-day-locator) to find one. Clubs welcome new operators, especially if they are willing to take the graveyard (overnight) shift or other less-desirable time slots or if they bring some special talent or expertise to the picnic table — top-notch CW proficiency, satellite expertise, or antenna skills.
If you’d rather just stay at home, you can operate your own station as is, and work stations in the field, or you can set up to operate from an emergency power source, such as a generator, batteries, or solar panels, and work everyone else. Field Day got its start in the 1930s as an emergency communication exercise, and that tradition continues today. Some stations will be on the air from emergency operations centers.
The object is simple: To work as many stations as possible on any and all Amateur Radio bands — excluding 60, 30, 17, and 12 meters — and to learn to operate in less-than-optimal conditions. The camaraderie is special, and there’s a place for operators at all skill levels — from newbies and even prospective licensees to grizzled veterans.
Find your place at Field Day 2014, and enjoy Amateur Radio to the max!
Source: The ARRL Letter for June 19, 2014 (http://www NULL.arrl NULL.org/arrlletter?issue=2014-06-19)
Licensed amateurs in the ARRL East Bay Section can now register in ARES® on line.
ARES is the Amateur Radio Emergency Service®, a nationwide program of the ARRL, the American Radio Relay League. ARES consists of licensed Amateur Radio operators who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for volunteer communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.
Every licensed radio amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization or program, is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable but not a requirement.
Online registration in ARRL East Bay Section ARES is available at http://www.arrleastbaysection.org/ares. As Section Emergency Coordinator, I encourage all Amateur Radio licensees in the Section who wish to serve in time of disaster to register on line, whether or not they have previously completed a paper ARES registration form. Registrants will initially hold Associate Member status; procedures for upgrading to Full Member status will be announced soon.
In an emergency or disaster, ARRL East Bay Section ARES will provide communications-related support in the public service to agencies with which it has written agreements and which request its assistance. ARES services are provided at no charge to served agencies. ARES has many served agencies at the national level, and those relationships extend to this section. Existing national served agencies include the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and the National Weather Service. ARRL East Bay Section ARES is open to supporting other agencies that operate within its geographical area in the public service, including both government and non-government entities, under written agreements that are approved by the ARRL and signed by the agency and the Section Manager of the ARRL East Bay Section.
If you have questions or comments, please contact me or the Section Manager as shown on the Contact page.
John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section