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Online registration in ARRL East Bay Section ARES®

Posted by ks6m on 26th April 2012

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 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

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Webinars in April 2012

Posted by ks6m on 31st March 2012

These two webinars, from the Atlantic Division, are being made available to members in the Pacific Division. Please note that the times listed are EDT. The two subjects are highly recommended.

American Red Cross and Amateur Radio

The American Red Cross is an important ARES® served agency. The Red Cross serves the public in many disaster situations including on site relief, disaster assessment, evacuation and sheltering those persons displaced in an emergency. This webinar describes the Red Cross activities and the role amateur radio can play in providing vital communications support. The intention is to provide Red Cross and amateur radio operators with a basic understanding of mutual expectations and needs in the sheltering environment and stresses efficient and accurate communications using various amateur modes including NBEMS (http://www NULL.arrl

The date and time are: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm EDT. To register, go to (https://www1 NULL.gotomeeting

Winlink 2000 Webinar

This session will focus on Winlink 2000 (http://www NULL.winlink used for EmComm purposes. Presenters for this session will be Steve Waterman K4CJX, Lor Kutchins W3QA, Dave Skolnick KO4MI and Phil Sherrod W4PHS.

The date and time are: Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 9:00 pm to 10:40 pm EDT. To register, go to (https://www1 NULL.gotomeeting

ARRL Pacific Division
Director: Robert B Vallio, W6RGG

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2012 Field Day Packet Now Available

Posted by ks6m on 3rd February 2012

It’s that time of year again — time to start gearing up for ARRL Field Day, June 23-24, 2012! ARRL’s flagship operating event — always held the fourth full weekend in June — brings together new and experienced hams for 24 hours of operating fun. Field Day packets are now available for download (http://www NULL.arrl from the ARRL Web site.

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SATERN Volunteers requested for Joplin, Missouri

Posted by af6aq on 3rd June 2011

June 3, 2011

In accord with our Memorandum of Understanding with The Salvation Army, we are looking for volunteers to aid them in their work in Joplin, Missouri at this time.  There is a specific process to be followed in doing this, so please read this information carefully.

The Salvation Army continues to provide food, drink and other items of basic care to survivors and rescue workers in the impacted areas of Joplin, MO.  While cell phone coverage is no longer much of a problem in Joplin, amateur radio continues to be important in certain operations such as those of the Salvation Army where the ability for several persons to hear what is going on at the same time is an asset.

As a SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network) operator, if deployed, you will be asked to go out on Salvation Army vehicles into the areas impacted by the Joplin tornado to supply logistical support.  The Salvation Army vehicles supply basic human needs (particularly food and drink) and you will play a big part in the operation.  You will relay information as to inventory, requests for food and drink, maintenance problems that develop, etc.   It may surprise you, but at certain periods of the day the radio traffic has been almost constant.  The Salvation Army Disaster Response Operations are now running from 7 a.m. to as late as 9 p.m.


Wait to be contacted for possible deployment and assignment.

The qualifications for being assigned are:

ü  Technician or higher Amateur Radio license.

ü  Good health – you will encounter 100 degree heat, exertion and long hours.  You need to be in good shape!

ü  Ability to take on a 3 to 5 day deployment in the field.

ü  Have an HT and a mobile (VHF/UHF) radio – also having APRS is a big plus.

ü  Experience with disaster responses.  ARES leadership experience a plus.

ü  NIMS/ICS training with a minimum of IS-100, IS-200 completed.


The process to volunteer is:


1.  Send an email to (http://us NULL.mc810 NULL.mail null@null arrl (Include name, call, contact information (phone & email), location and specific information on how you meet each of the criteria above)

2.  Your information will be checked against the current needs

3.  If cleared, your contact information will be sent to our liaison with SATERN field leadership.

4.  If assigned, you will be contacted by SATERN directly and given further instructions.

The Salvation Army will try to supply you with some type of lodging, if available.  If deployed, you should consider bringing a sleeping bag or make other sleeping arrangements should you need to be housed at the Salvation Army.

SATERN operations in Joplin are being held on the 147.00 (positive offset) repeater.  If you are deployed, you will need at minimum a 2-meter handheld radio with a spare battery pack (or cigarette lighter adapter) and a magnetic mount antenna.  Due to some communications problems experienced on 2-meters within the impacted area, a 2-meter mobile radio with magnetic mount antenna would be desirable.  Additional information will be furnished to you.

No reimbursement for travel or any other expenses has been authorized at this time. Therefore, I would recommend that you record your mileage and save your receipts.  You may be able to deduct your mileage from your taxes (consult your tax preparer). The Salvation Army will of course provide you food and drink while on duty.



Thank you!


Steve Ewald, WV1X

Supervisor, Field Organization Team


ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™

860-594-0265 (http://us NULL.mc810 NULL.mail null@null arrl

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Flag this message Sunday, May 2 Public-Service Event

Posted by af6aq on 16th March 2010

Amateur operators are needed to staff communications positions for the Grizzly Peak Century bicycle ride on Sunday, May 2, 2010. Shifts are available throughout the day. Aid station communicators, SAG vehicle communications, and SAG drivers are needed. Please contact Randy KA6BQF, Texx KG6ATH, or Stanton KD6SWU, to volunteer.

Randy Jenkins, KA6BQF (http://us NULL.mc810 NULL.mail null@null arrl
510 526.4089

Secretary & Public Events
East Bay Amateur Radio Club (http://www NULL.eastbayarc

VE Liason & Public Service Co-Coordinator
Marin Amateur Radio Society (http://www NULL.w6sg

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