ARRL East Bay Section

Auxiliary Training

Auxiliary Amateur Radio Activities

Radio Amateurs have a wealth of activities to choose from. What brought you to ham radio in the first place might be your activity of choice but chances are as you spend more time in the hobby you will find new and exciting ways to enhance your skill and increase your enjoyment. Whether it is simply rag chewing (just talking), DXing, operating QRP (low power), or contesting there is something for you.  This section is devoted to courses and/or class sessions that providd training in various amateur radio activities.

 

fldigi/Flmsg Workshop

If you’ve ever persevered in transmitting messages in five-word groups with pauses for phonetic spelling, you’ll be blown away by the ease of message transmission with fldigi.  Coupled with flmsg, it even provides formats for ICS messages, and it lets you send spreadsheets.  So it behooves all of us to learn how to use fldigi. There will be a “learn how to use fldigi” workshop on Thursday, August 3, at the Salvation Army, 3950 Clayton Road (at West St.), Concord. If you’re new to this, we’ll help you get started.  If you’re familiar with fldigi, come and be an elmer.

Bring a laptop and an HT …. that’s all you need for the basics.  Prior to the workshop download  fldigi/flmsg from: https://sourceforge.net/projects/fldigi/files/.

Please register for this class by sending an email request to edstrainingMDARC@gmail.com and complete and return the auto response enrollment form.

There are some very good setup videos: I particularly like the ones by K4REF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNBJnDHCw_M&list=PL0-gH_7Nm60Z6p2neDg9pZxIbGPPkDNmh.

If you have any questions regarding this class, please contact me,

Klaus Berkner K6KHB at khberkner@comcast.net.

 

Public Information Officer (PIO)

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 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,