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  1. Introduction to CERT Emergency Communications Network

    1. What is the "CERT EmComm Network?"   (263 visits to this link)

      Welcome to "CERT EmComm Network Portal."

      This site was developed by the Riverside Emergency Communication Group (ECG) to encourage interaction between radio operators and volunteers affiliated with disaster preparation organizations like the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) or California Disaster Corps. Portal discussions focus on subject matter related to communications options, radio operations, disaster preparedness, training and event coordination.

      Check out our website at http://cert-emcomm.net

      To see the core auxiliary communicators with the Riverside Emergency Communication Group (ECG), go to  http://www.rivecg.net

  2. CERT & EmComm Discussions

    1. Let's Talk About Emergency Communications (EmComm)

      Here's the place to discuss Emergency Communications

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    2. Is there a "Net" on the radio?

      A "Net" is simply an “on-the-air” gathering of radio operators on a particular radio frequency, convening on a regular schedule, and are organized for a particular purpose like relaying messages, discussing a common topics of interest, in severe weather (for example, during a Skywarn activation), emergencies, or simply as a regular gathering of friends for conversation. Share any Nets that would interest our readers.

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  3. Radio Gear & Tech Talk

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    2. "Off Grid" Communications

      Anything outside of base station operations should be posted here; portable operations, backpack configure, Go Boxes and vehicle mounted radios are just a slim example of operations.

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    3. "On the Air" Protocols, Procedures, & Etiquette

      Let's talk about communication protocols and radio lingo.

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    4. Computer Nexus with Communications

      If you are going to use a computer to perform communications tasks, this may be the place to have a great discussion.

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    5. General Radio & Tech Discussions

      If your topic of interest was not covered above, then here is the place to discuss general radio and tech topics..

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  4. Teams & Oganizations

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    2. City of Riverside - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

      The City of Riverside Fire Department- Office of Emergency Management Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Program trains people to be self-sufficient following a major disaster when first responders are likely to be over tasked and not readily available to respond to every emergency.

      Website: http://riversideca.gov/fire/specialprograms/cert/default.asp

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    3. Riverside County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)

      The Riverside County, California Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is under the direction of the Riverside Emergency Management Department, Community Readiness Division. Maureen Heimstra, K6BSC is the Chief RACES Officer.

      Members of the Riverside County RACES group, also have collateral duties with the California Disaster Corps.

      Website: http://riversidecounty.wix.com/rivcoraces

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    4. Riverside County - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

      The Riverside County CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

      Website:  http://www.rivcocert.org/

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    5. Jurupa Citizen Corps

      Jurupa Citizen Corps volunteers have been serving the greater Jurupa Valley and city of Eastvale for more than 10 years. We strongly support FEMA’s mission for Citizen Corps nationwide which is: To harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.

      Website: http://jurupacitizencorps.com/

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    6. Emergency Communication Group (ECG)

      This forum is devoted to organizations labeled "Emergency Communications Group" or ECGThe ECG was developed in 2014, as an auxiliary communications asset for the City of Riverside Fire Department - CERT program. Our focus is to develop and foster interoperability between auxiliary radio operators and disaster preparation/relief volunteers. In an effort to fulfill this vision, we would like to promote discussions relevant to radio operations, disaster preparedness, disaster relief coordination, training and event coordination. 

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    7. Riverside County Amateur Radio Association (RCARA)

      Our club has been serving the Riverside area since 1955, and we have over 80 members. We hold our monthly meetings on the second Thursdays at 7:00 PM in the La Sierra University Church Conference Center directly behind the church located at the corner of Pierce and Sierra Vista. Our meetings and club membership are open to everyone interested in Amateur Radio.

      Website: http://www.W6TJ.org

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    8. Country Village Radio Club (CVRC)

      This forum is used by the members of the Country Village Senior Apartments in Jurupa Valley.

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    9. Citizen Radio Emergency Service Teams (CREST)

      Citizen Radio Emergency Service Teams are volunteer radio operators who use two-way radios to provide public service communications for travelers and their local community organizations. CREST Communications provides help during emergency operations and public service events, such as parades, triathlons, etc.

      Home Page: http://www.crestcom.org

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    10. Southwest California SkyWarn

      Southwest California SKYWARN is an all volunteer organization that supports the National Weather Service Forecast Office in San Diego, California. It's service region covers the following Areas: San Diego, Orange, Western Riverside and Southwest San Bernardino Counties.

      Website: http://swskywarn.org/

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  5. Market Place

    1. Trading Post

      If you looking to trade equipment or radio related service, here's your place to advertise.

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    2. For Sale

      If you are selling radio communications related items, post it here.

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    3. Wanted

      If you are looking for an item particular to radio communications, post your request here.

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    4. Advertisements

      Do you have a product to share with the group? Do you have a skill, service, or business? Please post your advertisements here.

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  6. Open Forum - Discussions Outside of CERT or EmComm

    1. Red Eye Net "Back Country" Adventures

      KPRA (Keller Peak Repeater Association) hosts the "Red Eye Net" on the wide coverage Keller Peak 2 Meter Repeater (146.985 MHz, -600 KHz offset, PL 146.2 Hz). The Net is controller by Annie Wright "N6BOP" at 10:PM every night, all licensed Amateur Radio Operators are welcome. Echolink users can use KE6TZG-L to talk & listen to the repeater.

      People on this net will periodically adventure onto the back country trails surrounding the Inland Empire. Conversations regarding such upcoming and past adventures can be seen here.

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    2. ECG "Off-The-Grid" Adventures

      It appears there is a good mixture of adventurers, disaster preppers, & communications geeks who visit this portal.  At the request of some users, this category was created to share information about "Off-The-Grid" adventures. 

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    3. General Discussions

      Here's a place to have open discussion about anything. Remember to abide the "Implied Conduct" rules for the board. To refresh your memory, I encourage you to click on the link at the bottom of this site.

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    • I.  INTRODUCTION The Riverside Emergency Communication Group is affiliated with the City of Riverside's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program and other emergency service partners within Southern California. We hold this weekly net to promote emergency communications and facilitate interoperability in the event of a local or wide spread disaster. On this Net we share tips, suggestions and common practices related to communications, preparedness, gear reviews and survival skills that are relevant to the EMCOMM Operator. Net information: Wednesday at 2000 hours or 8:00 P.M. KD6DDM, 146.610 MHz (-0.6) 103.5 EchoLink Node off line tonight for service Owner Operator David Summers KD6DDM We also provide an outline of each net at:  http://topic.rivecg.net  Please come out, check-in and make it a point to actively participate in the discussion! II.  CHECK-INS  (First Name & Call Sign) All CERT affiliated amateur radio operators All guests (non-CERT visitors) Late or missed check-ins (anyone who might have missed the above check-ins) III.  ANNOUNCEMENTS Thank you David Summers, KD6DDM for the use of the repeater:  https://www.qrz.com/db/KD6DDM A note from the sponsor...Garden Grove Community Emergency Response Team weblink:  http://cert.gardengrovefire.org/ Visit the KD6DDM Repeater System Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/118761278179990/Orange County CMAP or CERT Mutual Aid Program shared by KD6DDM:  https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1443387716156-4f74270b1e5eb46a314aa95341225db1/OC_CERT_Mutual_Aid-Program_Wins_Award_2015_September_CERT_EBrief_Final_508.pdf Garden Grove CERT nets:  Garden Grove CERT has an amateur radio net on Monday nights at 6:45 pm on the KD6DDM Sierra Peak repeater 146.610 MHz (-) 103.5Hz tone. The net is for member check in, announcements and news.  Visitors are welcome and may share information regarding CERT activities and training opportunities. City of RIV CERT: Basic Course(s):  http://riversideca.gov/fire/specialprograms/cert/forms/CertRegisterTrainingBasic.aspx New NOV 2018 basic course class posted for 02-04 NOV 2018 FRI, 02 NOV from 1800-2100 SAT and SUN, 03-04 NOV from 0800-1700. MUST LIVE/ WORK IN RIVERSIDE & BE 18 YEARS OLD MUST ATTEND ALL SESSIONS FOR FEMA CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION Advance Course(s):  http://riversideca.gov/fire/specialprograms/cert/forms/CertRegisterTrainingAdvanced.aspx WED 20 JUN:  1800-2000; "Radio Communications in Disasters" (no net or abbreviated net due to many Riverside ECG operators either teaching or attending this class). KB6HZP has volunteered to be Net Control Station/NCS on 20 JUN, there will be a net! Straight from Gina Perez, City of Riverside CERT coordinator: TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES   Wed. JUNE 20,   6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CERT Advanced Training – RADIO COMMUNICATION IN DISASTERS Riverside Fire Department-EOC Training Center Instructors: RIVERSIDE CERT EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION GROUP & CERT Program Manager Gina Perez Sat. July 21,   9:00 am – 11:30 am CERT Advanced Training – WATER SAFETY AWARENESS Riverside Fire Department-EOC Instructors: CERT INSTRUCTOR FIREFIGHTER WAYNE HESS & EOC STAFF WED. Aug. 15,   6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CERT Advanced Training – UTILITY SAFETY AWARENESS Riverside Fire Department-EOC Training Center 3085 St. Lawrence St., Riverside Instructors: City of Riverside Public Utilities Safety Team & EOC Staff To register online for CERT Advanced Trainings go to https://www.riversideca.gov/readyriverside/CERT/forms/CertRegisterTrainingAdvanced.aspx VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Sat.  JULY 28, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT – NATIONAL NIGHT OUT KICK- OFF EVENT 3333 ARLINGTON AVE, RIVERSIDE- TARGET PARKING LOT Help with Staffing an Emergency Preparedness/ CERT Booth Be advised there will be lots of volunteers- bring your own chair Reply to me directly at : gperez@riversideca.gov Lastly, be sure to like our CERT photos posted on our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/CityOfRiversideCert Thanks for all you do! Gina Perez Riverside County CERT: N6KZM, Ray Available CERT Programs in the county: http://www.rivcocert.org/certprograms.htm Pending Available Basic CERT Course: 2018 calendar is populating for the 2018 schedule. 18-20 MAY, Menifee City Hall 01-03 JUN, Mead Valley Library 12-14 OCT, Moreno Valley EOC 12-14 OCT, Eastvale Community Services District 01-03 FEB, City of Palm Springs Registration Page (find a CERT basic course near you or one that fits your schedule): http://www.rivcocert.org/registration.htm Riverside County Amateur Radio Association (RCARA):  KK6CTX Marlene, xmadamxx@aol.com , for information or the club website at http://www.w6tj.org/ Facebook Group link:  https://www.facebook.com/RCARA.W6TJ/ Weekly net at 1900 on the W6TJ Repeater, 146.880 (-) 146.2 RCARA Club Meeting: The 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM in the La Sierra University Seventh Day Adventist Church Fellowship Hall, 4937 Sierra Vista Avenue, Riverside, CA. Hungry Hams Lunch Bunch; Back Street Café, 3735 Nelson ST at Brockton to reserve a spot contact Marlene at xmadamxx@aol.com RCARA Field Day 2018: 22 JUN, FRI @ 1100 setup, Martha McLean-Anza Narrows Park located at 5759 Jurupa Avenue, Riverside, CA. 23 JUN, SAT @ 1100; contesting begins (picnic) 24 JUN, SUN @ 1100; contesting closes (raffle) Mission of Field Day as described by Amateur Radio Relay League better known as ARRL or "A dub-L R-El..."  http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2018/2018 FD Flier.pdf "ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!" RCARA's field day is open to the public and everyone is invited to learn about ham radio.  There will be a raffle on SUN for a proven workhorse HT, the Yaesu FT 60 and a newer to the market mobile made by Baofeng.  Ticket donations are $2.00 each or 15 tickets for $20.00 and can be purchased by any RCARA club member before or at the Field Day site. There will be a potluck held on SAT night at the park.  Please sign up for the event and consider helping by volunteering your time as needed by contacting the Field Day Chair. ARES:  http://aresnwrc.org/  KK6BXJ, Bob/KK6CTT Net every THU night @ 1900; nets on the KI6REC, MV Box Springs Repeater at 449.300 (-) 103.5. ARES will support the Riverside Red Cross Regional exercise from ~ 0800-1300 on 02 JUN 18.  There will be a Red Cross EOC and Desert to the Sea activation with several ARES Operator positions available for volunteers.  Let me know if you are an ARES member who would like to volunteer.  This will include Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Inyo Counties and the West Riverside ARES group will attempt to conduct concurrent training during the event. Resource Net (where you go as an ARES member when something warrants monitoring):  449.300 (-) 103.5 RC EOC operating on Richie Peak ARES AUX:  Home station repeater Hemet Virtual Shelter:  RNC Repeater Elsinore Virtual Shelter:  RNC Repeater Temecula Virtual Shelter:  RNC Repeater Field Day 2018:  Moreno Valley event; for more information please visit their website at:  http://www.mvaranet.org/ Red Cross:  Ray N6KZM Riverside Chapter meetings are fourth Monday of the month at 6:00 PM or 1800 hours. Meetings are held at the chapter office at 6235 River Crest Drive, Riverside. 02 JUN 2018, tri-county RC exercise (Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties). The American Red Cross relies on volunteers to help us with our mission of providing care and comfort to those in need. If you are interested in being a volunteer, CLICK HERE or visit http://www.redcross.org/local/california/desert-to-the-sea/volunteer Red Cross Amateur Radio Weekly Monday Net: 2-Meter CLARA Network; 145.220 MHz frequency, -0.60 MHz shift with a 103.5 MHz tone Jurupa Citizen Corps:  KM6DPS Greg Meetings held 4th TUE of every month @ 1900; City of Jurupa Valley City Hall, 8930 Limonite AVE, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509 More general information:  JCC Webpage Link:  http://jurupacitizencorps.com/ JCC Facebook Link:  https://www.facebook.com/Jurupacitizencorps/ Help needed:  http://forum.cert-emcomm.net/index.php?/calendar/event/91-healthy-living-need-assist-with-teardown-and-setup/ Country Village:  N6LMA Carrie Meeting:  1st and 3rd TUE of the month @ 1800 hours in the radio room adjacent to the laundry room. Radio Net:  2nd and 4th TUE of the month @ 1900 hours on the KB6OZX repeater at 445.060 (-) 162.2 tone.  If you have the time, please come out and help this group as a distant station outside of the Country Village Park. Rialto CERT:  KK6TUH See the calendar On the horizon and mass casualty event in Ontario Mesh Network:  Working on field strength testing from several locations throughout the area identifying signal strength and potential for connection. For more information concerning MESH in general visit:  https://www.aredn.org/ YouTube presentation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkl5Nbnz24Y Kodiak 100 Ultra Marathon:  http://www.kodiak100ultramarathon.com/volunteer Citizen Radio Emergency Service Team (CREST):  N6KZM, Ray CREST are volunteer radio operators who use two-way radios to provide public service communications for travelers and their local community organizations. The group provides help during emergency operations and public service events, such as parades, triathlons, etc. They primarily use GMRS frequencies, but they also utilize amateur radio frequencies. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at the Corona Senior Center, 10th & Belle Streets.  Map View The meetings will run from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. GMRS Repeater - 462.675 MHz +offset Tone Input 141.3 & Tone Output 141.3 Weekly Net, Monday nights, @ 2000 hours on GMRS repeater (Santiago Peak) Website:  http://www.crestcom.org/ SkyWarn:  N6KZM, Ray  Weather Report: Southwest California SKYWARN is an all-volunteer organization that supports the National Weather Service Forecast Office in San Diego, California. Its service region covers the following Areas: San Diego, Orange, Western Riverside and Southwest San Bernardino Counties.San Bernardino & Northwest Riverside County: Weekly net. Wednesday nights @ 1900 hours on Heaps Peak 2m repeater (WA6ISG) Primary Repeater:  145.120 MHz (-) 131.8  Central & Southwest Riverside County:  Pine Cove repeater (WEST): 447.480(-)156.7  Santa Rosa repeater (EAST) 145.340(-)107.2Roll call net Tuesdays at 7:00PM. Both of the above repeaters will be linked at 7:00PM Tuesdays.  Orange County:  448.040(-)136.5 Primary Tactical Repeater  More Orange County Skywarn frequencies here soon! Roll call net Tuesdays at 7:30PM on 448.040(-)136.5. Outdoor Adventure USA:  1930-2130 on the Keller Peak Repeater; 146.385 (+) 146.2. 07 JUN 2018:  TBA  oausa.net H.R. 555 - Amateur Radio Parity Act:  https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/555 National Defense Authorization Act may help garner even more traction for H.R. 555 as it is now written into the body of this act:  http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-parity-act-language-inserted-in-national-defense-authorization-act New graphics for our Riverside ECG partners and neighbors:  http://forum.cert-emcomm.net/index.php?/topic/787-new-ecg-emblems/ IV.  2018 GOALS BY QUARTER for the Riverside ECG: 1st Quarter: EOC Net:  21 FEB 2018 @ 1900-2000. One training & social event: Social event:  North Etiwanda Preserve Loop Trail (3.4 miles, 600' elevation change between high and low point) 14 JAN 2018.  Meet at the trailhead at 0800. https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7013329/primary-trail-loop https://www.google.com/maps/place/Etiwanda+Falls+Parking+Lot/@34.1668592,-117.5258961,1874m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m18!1m12!4m11!1m6!1m2!1s0x80c34839745c12d5:0x882d9f7d93c3fc10!2sEarly+Settlers+Ruin!2m2!1d-117.5307177!2d34.1741161!1m3!2m2!1d-117.5234556!2d34.1652626!3m4!1s0x80c3484a54869765:0xf7f29f6ac9bf7fe2!8m2!3d34.1656982!4d-117.5233309 Another successful walk for the group.  This time at Two Trees Trail off of Box Springs Mountain. The Box Springs walk on the communication ridge 18 MAR 18:   The Etiwanda Preserve "The Falls" walk on 25 MAR 2018:   One guest speaker:  Chris Acosta on preparedness gear. Equipment used: 33AH SLA battery box Radio go-box with 2m, 1.25m and 70cm coverage 12' painter's pole supporting an aluminum dual band j-pole Riverside ECG Board/Member Annual Input:  TBA Suggested social events: QuartzFest 21-27 JAN 2018:  http://quartzfest.org/ Yuma Hamfest 16-17 FEB 2018:  http://www.yumahamfest.org/ NO Palm Springs Hamfest for 2018:  http://palmspringshamfest.com/ Thanks to the Riverside County Amateur Radio Association for their support Claremont Ham Swap Meet, 20 JAN 2018:  https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/ele/d/claremont-ham-radio-swap-meet/6461376100.html 2nd Quarter: EOC Net:  09 MAY 2018 @ 1900-2000 One training & social event:  Gear in the Park reschedule from MAY to SEP/OCT 2018 (standby for more informaiton). Day 23-24 JUN 2018:  More to follow Guest speaker:  TBA Planning for Gear In The Park 2018:  26 MAY 2018 (invites have been stated at both the RCARA/RACES meeting 08 FEB and the ARES meeting on 12 FEB).  The theme revolves around the standard "What's in your go-bag and why?"   Along with the other groups being given the opportunity to have a booth and try their hand at recruiting and providing insight to the community concerning their craft.GIT-P:  TBA "Radio Communications in Disaster" instructors to be provided by RIV ECG for City of RIV CERT:  TBA 22 APR 2018 Etiwanda Falls walk:  http://forum.cert-emcomm.net/index.php?/gallery/album/100-180422-riv-ecg-walk-etiwanda-preserve-falls/&page=1 3rd Quarter: EOC Net:  15 AUG 2018 @ 1900-2000 Gear in the Park, "GIT-P" rescheduled for SEP or OCT time frame. NNO:  https://natw.org/about One training & social event:  TBA Guest speaker:  TBA National Preparedness Month (SEP 2018) 4th Quarter: EOC Net:  14 NOV 2018 @ 1900-2000 One training & social event:  TBA Guest Speaker:  TBA The Great ShakeOut 2018 2nd Annual Riverside Emergency Communications Group Exercise.  Joint communication group exercise with the goal of fielding FLDIGI and provide an FLDIGI background to the exercise during this year's exercise. V.  FEATURE PRODUCT(S) Purposed:  For a future net, we need someone to discuss the products available that will support the mesh network project here in Riverside.  This may be what is necessary and has been missing that will help individuals choose the best product for their desired entry into the project.  Always looking for the best "bang for the buck" and that has been a common theme with the Riverside ECG. Purposed:  For a future net, we need someone to discuss the products available for entry into the WinLink and FLDIGI modes.  FLDIGI being the most inexpensive way to enter into the digital world of communication.  However, WinLink is rapidly becoming the projected future of digital communication with respect to EMCOMM operations.  It does not appear to be a coincidence that ARRL has purposed to the FCC HF band privileges in the Technician Class.  This would allow Techs who are EMCOMM operators a chance to volunteer and provide a wider emergency communication profile within the WinLink mode of operation.  Like it or not, and there are many who do not like the proposal, but the positive side to this increases the opportunity for WinLink to be the standard as digital communications progress in the EMCOMM world across all license levels.  We welcome thoughts and comments on this. Coolers (personal experience): Consumer based: Coleman Igloo Prosumer based: Yeti Pelican Grizzly Others? CAL OES:  My Hazards  http://myhazards.caloes.ca.gov/ 211 Report:  211report2017.pdf VI.  DISCUSSION TOPIC Defensible Space and the coming fire season:  http://www.oesnews.com/cal-oes-inside-look-protect-your-home-from-wildfire-2/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wordpress%2FKDMyK+(Cal+OES+Newsroom) How to make your home fire safe:  HomeownersChecklist.pdf VII. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT A great place to donate your time and effort! For all things K2BSA related, visit:  https://www.k2bsa.net/news/ Their Facebook presence:  https://www.facebook.com/K2BSA.Scouting/ A little infographic:  Radio-Scouting-Infographic-V4.pdf Lightning Protection Protocol (example): POSTED BY JIM WILSON  · MAY 30, 2018  Lightning Safety Policy Example A Scout Camp or your own ham shack could experience lightning and the subsequent challenges of finding, repairing, and/or replacing equipment damage. Daniel McGlothin, KB3MUN, has pulled together a lightning safety policy for his council. It's a great example for you to consider for your own operations. Mason-Dixon Council Ham Radio Lightning Safety Policy This policy is to be used at any scouting event that includes ham radio operations. Participants should be moved away from the radio/antenna to a position of safety whenever lightning or thunder threatens. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last lightning flash or thunder before returning to radio/antenna. It is suggested, but not required, that a portable lightning detector or a smartphone/computer lightning detector app be used. If such a lightning hazard indicator is used, lightning detected within an estimated 10 miles of the station location should be considered the same as observed lightning flash or thunder. Station equipment, including computers, shall be disconnected from utility/building power (AC outlets) when not in use or when lightning threatens. Antenna systems shall be disconnected from the radio and grounded when not in use or when lightning threatens. Supplemental information: The following tools are mentioned only as examples of lightning detectors, they are neither mandated for use, nor are they the only detectors available. One example of portable lightning detector is AcuRite 02020 ( https://www.acurite.com/lightning-detector-02020.html) One example of a smartphone/computer lightning detector app is Weatherbug's Spark ( https://www.weatherbug.com/alerts/spark ). For further information on lightning protection consult the PolyPhaser white paper titled Ham Radio Station Protection.
    • I.  INTRODUCTION The Riverside Emergency Communication Group is affiliated with the City of Riverside's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program and other emergency service partners within Southern California. We hold this weekly net to promote emergency communications and facilitate interoperability in the event of a local or wide spread disaster. On this Net we share tips, suggestions and common practices related to communications, preparedness, gear reviews and survival skills that are relevant to the EMCOMM Operator. Net information: Wednesday at 2000 hours or 8:00 P.M. KD6DDM, 146.610 MHz (-0.6) 103.5 EchoLink Node off line tonight for service Owner Operator David Summers KD6DDM We also provide an outline of each net at:  http://topic.rivecg.net  Please come out, check-in and make it a point to actively participate in the discussion! II.  CHECK-INS  (First Name & Call Sign) All CERT affiliated amateur radio operators All guests (non-CERT visitors) Late or missed check-ins (anyone who might have missed the above check-ins) III.  ANNOUNCEMENTS Thank you David Summers, KD6DDM for the use of the repeater:  https://www.qrz.com/db/KD6DDM A note from the sponsor...Garden Grove Community Emergency Response Team weblink:  http://cert.gardengrovefire.org/ Visit the KD6DDM Repeater System Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/118761278179990/Orange County CMAP or CERT Mutual Aid Program shared by KD6DDM:  https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1443387716156-4f74270b1e5eb46a314aa95341225db1/OC_CERT_Mutual_Aid-Program_Wins_Award_2015_September_CERT_EBrief_Final_508.pdf Garden Grove CERT nets:  Garden Grove CERT has an amateur radio net on Monday nights at 6:45 pm on the KD6DDM Sierra Peak repeater 146.610 MHz (-) 103.5Hz tone. The net is for member check in, announcements and news.  Visitors are welcome and may share information regarding CERT activities and training opportunities. City of RIV CERT: Basic Course(s):  http://riversideca.gov/fire/specialprograms/cert/forms/CertRegisterTrainingBasic.aspx New NOV 2018 basic course class posted for 02-04 NOV 2018 FRI, 02 NOV from 1800-2100 SAT and SUN, 03-04 NOV from 0800-1700. MUST LIVE/ WORK IN RIVERSIDE & BE 18 YEARS OLD MUST ATTEND ALL SESSIONS FOR FEMA CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION Advance Course(s):  http://riversideca.gov/fire/specialprograms/cert/forms/CertRegisterTrainingAdvanced.aspx WED 20 JUN:  1800-2000; "Radio Communications in Disasters" (no net or abbreviated net due to many Riverside ECG operators either teaching or attending this class). KB6HZP has volunteered to be Net Control Station/NCS on 20 JUN, there will be a net! Riverside County CERT: N6KZM, Ray Available CERT Programs in the county: http://www.rivcocert.org/certprograms.htm Pending Available Basic CERT Course: 2018 calendar is populating for the 2018 schedule. 18-20 MAY, Menifee City Hall 01-03 JUN, Mead Valley Library 12-14 OCT, Moreno Valley EOC 12-14 OCT, Eastvale Community Services District 01-03 FEB, City of Palm Springs Registration Page (find a CERT basic course near you or one that fits your schedule): http://www.rivcocert.org/registration.htm Riverside County Amateur Radio Association (RCARA):  KK6CTX Marlene, xmadamxx@aol.com , for information or the club website at http://www.w6tj.org/ Facebook Group link:  https://www.facebook.com/RCARA.W6TJ/ Weekly net at 1900 on the W6TJ Repeater, 146.880 (-) 146.2 RCARA Club Meeting: The 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM in the La Sierra University Seventh Day Adventist Church Fellowship Hall, 4937 Sierra Vista Avenue, Riverside, CA. Hungry Hams Lunch Bunch; Back Street Café, 3735 Nelson ST at Brockton to reserve a spot contact Marlene at xmadamxx@aol.com RCARA Field Day 2018: 22 JUN, FRI @ 1100 setup, Martha McLean-Anza Narrows Park located at 5759 Jurupa Avenue, Riverside, CA. 23 JUN, SAT @ 1100; contesting begins (picnic) 24 JUN, SUN @ 1100; contesting closes (raffle) Mission of Field Day as described by Amateur Radio Relay League better known as ARRL or "A dub-L R-El..."  http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2018/2018 FD Flier.pdf "ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!" RCARA's field day is open to the public and everyone is invited to learn about ham radio.  There will be a raffle on SUN for a proven workhorse HT, the Yaesu FT 60 and a newer to the market mobile made by Baofeng.  Ticket donations are $2.00 each or 15 tickets for $20.00 and can be purchased by any RCARA club member before or at the Field Day site. There will be a potluck held on SAT night at the park.  Please sign up for the event and consider helping by volunteering your time as needed by contacting the Field Day Chair. ARES:  http://aresnwrc.org/  KK6BXJ, Bob/KK6CTT Net every THU night @ 1900; nets on the KI6REC, MV Box Springs Repeater at 449.300 (-) 103.5. ARES will support the Riverside Red Cross Regional exercise from ~ 0800-1300 on 02 JUN 18.  There will be a Red Cross EOC and Desert to the Sea activation with several ARES Operator positions available for volunteers.  Let me know if you are an ARES member who would like to volunteer.  This will include Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Inyo Counties and the West Riverside ARES group will attempt to conduct concurrent training during the event. Resource Net (where you go as an ARES member when something warrants monitoring):  449.300 (-) 103.5 RC EOC operating on Richie Peak ARES AUX:  Home station repeater Hemet Virtual Shelter:  RNC Repeater Elsinore Virtual Shelter:  RNC Repeater Temecula Virtual Shelter:  RNC Repeater Field Day 2018:  Moreno Valley event; for more information please visit their website at:  http://www.mvaranet.org/ Red Cross:  Ray N6KZM Riverside Chapter meetings are fourth Monday of the month at 6:00 PM or 1800 hours. Meetings are held at the chapter office at 6235 River Crest Drive, Riverside. 02 JUN 2018, tri-county RC exercise (Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties). The American Red Cross relies on volunteers to help us with our mission of providing care and comfort to those in need. If you are interested in being a volunteer, CLICK HERE or visit http://www.redcross.org/local/california/desert-to-the-sea/volunteer Red Cross Amateur Radio Weekly Monday Net: 2-Meter CLARA Network; 145.220 MHz frequency, -0.60 MHz shift with a 103.5 MHz tone Jurupa Citizen Corps:  KM6DPS Greg Meetings held 4th TUE of every month @ 1900; City of Jurupa Valley City Hall, 8930 Limonite AVE, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509 More general information:  JCC Webpage Link:  http://jurupacitizencorps.com/ JCC Facebook Link:  https://www.facebook.com/Jurupacitizencorps/ Help needed:  http://forum.cert-emcomm.net/index.php?/calendar/event/91-healthy-living-need-assist-with-teardown-and-setup/ Country Village:  N6LMA Carrie Meeting:  1st and 3rd TUE of the month @ 1800 hours in the radio room adjacent to the laundry room. Radio Net:  2nd and 4th TUE of the month @ 1900 hours on the KB6OZX repeater at 445.060 (-) 162.2 tone.  If you have the time, please come out and help this group as a distant station outside of the Country Village Park. Rialto CERT:  KK6TUH See the calendar On the horizon and mass casualty event in Ontario Mesh Network:  Working on field strength testing from several locations throughout the area identifying signal strength and potential for connection. For more information concerning MESH in general visit:  https://www.aredn.org/ YouTube presentation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkl5Nbnz24Y Kodiak 100 Ultra Marathon:  http://www.kodiak100ultramarathon.com/volunteer Citizen Radio Emergency Service Team (CREST):  N6KZM, Ray CREST are volunteer radio operators who use two-way radios to provide public service communications for travelers and their local community organizations. The group provides help during emergency operations and public service events, such as parades, triathlons, etc. They primarily use GMRS frequencies, but they also utilize amateur radio frequencies. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at the Corona Senior Center, 10th & Belle Streets.  Map View The meetings will run from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. GMRS Repeater - 462.675 MHz +offset Tone Input 141.3 & Tone Output 141.3 Weekly Net, Monday nights, @ 2000 hours on GMRS repeater (Santiago Peak) Website:  http://www.crestcom.org/ SkyWarn:  N6KZM, Ray  Weather Report: Southwest California SKYWARN is an all-volunteer organization that supports the National Weather Service Forecast Office in San Diego, California. Its service region covers the following Areas: San Diego, Orange, Western Riverside and Southwest San Bernardino Counties.San Bernardino & Northwest Riverside County: Weekly net. Wednesday nights @ 1900 hours on Heaps Peak 2m repeater (WA6ISG) Primary Repeater:  145.120 MHz (-) 131.8  Central & Southwest Riverside County:  Pine Cove repeater (WEST): 447.480(-)156.7  Santa Rosa repeater (EAST) 145.340(-)107.2Roll call net Tuesdays at 7:00PM. Both of the above repeaters will be linked at 7:00PM Tuesdays.  Orange County:  448.040(-)136.5 Primary Tactical Repeater  More Orange County Skywarn frequencies here soon! Roll call net Tuesdays at 7:30PM on 448.040(-)136.5. Outdoor Adventure USA:  1930-2130 on the Keller Peak Repeater; 146.385 (+) 146.2. 07 JUN 2018:  Wine in the Outdoors  http://forums.oausa.net/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=4165 H.R. 555 - Amateur Radio Parity Act:  https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/555 National Defense Authorization Act may help garner even more traction for H.R. 555 as it is now written into the body of this act:  http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-parity-act-language-inserted-in-national-defense-authorization-act New graphics for our Riverside ECG partners and neighbors:  http://forum.cert-emcomm.net/index.php?/topic/787-new-ecg-emblems/ IV.  2018 GOALS BY QUARTER for the Riverside ECG: 1st Quarter: EOC Net:  21 FEB 2018 @ 1900-2000. One training & social event: Social event:  North Etiwanda Preserve Loop Trail (3.4 miles, 600' elevation change between high and low point) 14 JAN 2018.  Meet at the trailhead at 0800. https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7013329/primary-trail-loop https://www.google.com/maps/place/Etiwanda+Falls+Parking+Lot/@34.1668592,-117.5258961,1874m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m18!1m12!4m11!1m6!1m2!1s0x80c34839745c12d5:0x882d9f7d93c3fc10!2sEarly+Settlers+Ruin!2m2!1d-117.5307177!2d34.1741161!1m3!2m2!1d-117.5234556!2d34.1652626!3m4!1s0x80c3484a54869765:0xf7f29f6ac9bf7fe2!8m2!3d34.1656982!4d-117.5233309 Another successful walk for the group.  This time at Two Trees Trail off of Box Springs Mountain. The Box Springs walk on the communication ridge 18 MAR 18:   The Etiwanda Preserve "The Falls" walk on 25 MAR 2018:   One guest speaker:  Chris Acosta on preparedness gear. Equipment used: 33AH SLA battery box Radio go-box with 2m, 1.25m and 70cm coverage 12' painter's pole supporting an aluminum dual band j-pole Riverside ECG Board/Member Annual Input:  TBA Suggested social events: QuartzFest 21-27 JAN 2018:  http://quartzfest.org/ Yuma Hamfest 16-17 FEB 2018:  http://www.yumahamfest.org/ NO Palm Springs Hamfest for 2018:  http://palmspringshamfest.com/ Thanks to the Riverside County Amateur Radio Association for their support Claremont Ham Swap Meet, 20 JAN 2018:  https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/ele/d/claremont-ham-radio-swap-meet/6461376100.html 2nd Quarter: EOC Net:  09 MAY 2018 @ 1900-2000 One training & social event:  Gear in the Park reschedule from MAY to SEP/OCT 2018 (standby for more informaiton). Day 23-24 JUN 2018:  More to follow Guest speaker:  TBA Planning for Gear In The Park 2018:  26 MAY 2018 (invites have been stated at both the RCARA/RACES meeting 08 FEB and the ARES meeting on 12 FEB).  The theme revolves around the standard "What's in your go-bag and why?"   Along with the other groups being given the opportunity to have a booth and try their hand at recruiting and providing insight to the community concerning their craft.GIT-P:  TBA "Radio Communications in Disaster" instructors to be provided by RIV ECG for City of RIV CERT:  TBA 22 APR 2018 Etiwanda Falls walk:  http://forum.cert-emcomm.net/index.php?/gallery/album/100-180422-riv-ecg-walk-etiwanda-preserve-falls/&page=1 3rd Quarter: EOC Net:  15 AUG 2018 @ 1900-2000 Gear in the Park, "GIT-P" rescheduled for SEP or OCT time frame. NNO:  https://natw.org/about One training & social event:  TBA Guest speaker:  TBA National Preparedness Month (SEP 2018) 4th Quarter: EOC Net:  14 NOV 2018 @ 1900-2000 One training & social event:  TBA Guest Speaker:  TBA The Great ShakeOut 2018 2nd Annual Riverside Emergency Communications Group Exercise.  Joint communication group exercise with the goal of fielding FLDIGI and provide an FLDIGI background to the exercise during this year's exercise. V.  FEATURE PRODUCT(S) Purposed:  For a future net, we need someone to discuss the products available that will support the mesh network project here in Riverside.  This may be what is necessary and has been missing that will help individuals choose the best product for their desired entry into the project.  Always looking for the best "bang for the buck" and that has been a common theme with the Riverside ECG. Purposed:  For a future net, we need someone to discuss the products available for entry into the WinLink and FLDIGI modes.  FLDIGI being the most inexpensive way to enter into the digital world of communication.  However, WinLink is rapidly becoming the projected future of digital communication with respect to EMCOMM operations.  It does not appear to be a coincidence that ARRL has purposed to the FCC HF band privileges in the Technician Class.  This would allow Techs who are EMCOMM operators a chance to volunteer and provide a wider emergency communication profile within the WinLink mode of operation.  Like it or not, and there are many who do not like the proposal, but the positive side to this increases the opportunity for WinLink to be the standard as digital communications progress in the EMCOMM world across all license levels.  We welcome thoughts and comments on this.   Communication options in the FRS/GMRS family of radios by Midland: Please give your thoughts and experience with this line of radios if you have any experience. https://midlandusa.com/micromobile/ A good followup along the same lines as above with the next level up application. Cost will be a concern although a really nicely put together system:  https://www.portableuniversalpower.com/scout-g1/ Coming up, Dad's and Grads, summer fun series of equipment (send your suggestions): Two pieces of gear that have worked very well for this household over 1.5 camping seasons and still proving to be great pieces of gear: Stanley nested cook set:  $15.00  BRS Titanium isobutane stove:  $18.00 Propane/Butane fuel:   Bic lighter NiteIze S-Carbiner Fuel Composition and their differences (https://thesummitregister.com/ins-outs-canister-fuels/): Propane (C3H8)
      Sea level boiling point: -44°F/-42°C. Of the three types of common LPG fuels you’ll find in the camping section, propane provides the highest vapor pressure and therefore the best cold-weather performance. And while that’s a good thing, pure propane requires a much heavier canister to safely withstand that high pressure. This is why lightweight canisters often use a mix of propane and either butane or isobutane. Isobutane (C4H10)
      Sea level boiling point: 11°F/-12°C. This is the next best thing to propane. Isobutane shares the same molecular formula as normal butane (see below), but the shape of its molecule makes isobutane far superior in terms of vapor pressure. Again, high vapor pressure translates to better performance. Isobutane is also a more expensive fuel to source and process than butane, so you’ll usually find it in the higher-quality canisters. Normal Butane or “N-butane” (C4H10)
      Sea level boiling point: 30°F/-1°C. Butane lands at the bottom of the heap. It is the cheapest and poorest-performing fuel on the list. It delivers the lowest pressure and therefore the worst stove performance in many conditions. If you’ve ever wondered how your favorite big-box store can sell fuel canisters at such a bargain price, it’s often because those brands use 100% n-butane. But here some marketing honesty is important: If you only camp in warm weather and for short periods, you can likely get by with the performance n-butane offers. STOVES 101: HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR FUEL CANISTERS  https://thesummitregister.com/stoves-101-how-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-fuel-canisters/ VI.  DISCUSSION TOPIC West Riverside County ARES 02 JUN 2018 Red Cross Regional Exercise Support ARES and what is on the horizon VII. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT 74th Anniversary of D-Day.  
    • Thanks Ray.  We put this information out during the net, that the graphics were available to our RIV ECG partners along with a web link to this page.
    • I.  INTRODUCTION The Riverside Emergency Communication Group is affiliated with the City of Riverside's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program and other emergency service partners within Southern California. We hold this weekly net to promote emergency communications and facilitate interoperability in the event of a local or wide spread disaster. On this Net we share tips, suggestions and common practices related to communications, preparedness, gear reviews and survival skills that are relevant to the EMCOMM Operator. Net information: Wednesday at 2000 hours or 8:00 P.M. KD6DDM, 146.610 MHz (-0.6) 103.5 EchoLink Node off line tonight for service Owner Operator David Summers KD6DDM We also provide an outline of each net at:  http://topic.rivecg.net  Please come out, check-in and make it a point to actively participate in the discussion! II.  CHECK-INS  (First Name & Call Sign) All CERT affiliated amateur radio operators All guests (non-CERT visitors) Late or missed check-ins (anyone who might have missed the above check-ins) III.  ANNOUNCEMENTS Thank you David Summers, KD6DDM for the use of the repeater:  https://www.qrz.com/db/KD6DDM A note from the sponsor...Garden Grove Community Emergency Response Team weblink:  http://cert.gardengrovefire.org/ Visit the KD6DDM Repeater System Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/118761278179990/Orange County CMAP or CERT Mutual Aid Program shared by KD6DDM:  https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1443387716156-4f74270b1e5eb46a314aa95341225db1/OC_CERT_Mutual_Aid-Program_Wins_Award_2015_September_CERT_EBrief_Final_508.pdf Garden Grove CERT nets:  Garden Grove CERT has an amateur radio net on Monday nights at 6:45 pm on the KD6DDM Sierra Peak repeater 146.610 MHz (-) 103.5Hz tone. The net is for member check in, announcements and news.  Visitors are welcome and may share information regarding CERT activities and training opportunities. City of RIV CERT: Basic Course(s):  http://riversideca.gov/fire/specialprograms/cert/forms/CertRegisterTrainingBasic.aspx New NOV 2018 basic course class posted for 02-04 NOV 2018 FRI, 02 NOV from 1800-2100 SAT and SUN, 03-04 NOV from 0800-1700. MUST LIVE/ WORK IN RIVERSIDE & BE 18 YEARS OLD MUST ATTEND ALL SESSIONS FOR FEMA CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION Advance Course(s):  http://riversideca.gov/fire/specialprograms/cert/forms/CertRegisterTrainingAdvanced.aspx WED 20 JUN:  1800-2000; "Radio Communications in Disasters" (no net or abbreviated net due to many Riverside ECG operators either teaching or attending this class). KB6HZP has volunteered to be Net Control Station/NCS on 20 JUN, there will be a net! Riverside County CERT: N6KZM, Ray Available CERT Programs in the county: http://www.rivcocert.org/certprograms.htm Pending Available Basic CERT Course: 2018 calendar is populating for the 2018 schedule. 18-20 MAY, Menifee City Hall 01-03 JUN, Mead Valley Library 12-14 OCT, Moreno Valley EOC 12-14 OCT, Eastvale Community Services District 01-03 FEB, City of Palm Springs Registration Page (find a CERT basic course near you or one that fits your schedule): http://www.rivcocert.org/registration.htm Riverside County Amateur Radio Association (RCARA):  KK6CTX Marlene, xmadamxx@aol.com , for information or the club website at http://www.w6tj.org/ Facebook Group link:  https://www.facebook.com/RCARA.W6TJ/ Weekly net at 1900 on the W6TJ Repeater, 146.880 (-) 146.2 RCARA Club Meeting: The 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM in the La Sierra University Seventh Day Adventist Church Fellowship Hall, 4937 Sierra Vista Avenue, Riverside, CA. Hungry Hams Lunch Bunch; Back Street Café, 3735 Nelson ST at Brockton to reserve a spot contact Marlene at xmadamxx@aol.com RCARA Field Day 2018: 22 JUN, FRI @ 1100 setup, Martha McLean-Anza Narrows Park located at 5759 Jurupa Avenue, Riverside, CA. 23 JUN, SAT @ 1100; contesting begins (picnic) 24 JUN, SUN @ 1100; contesting closes (raffle) Mission of Field Day as described by Amateur Radio Relay League better known as ARRL or "A dub-L R-El..."  http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2018/2018 FD Flier.pdf "ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!" RCARA's field day is open to the public and everyone is invited to learn about ham radio.  There will be a raffle on SUN for a proven workhorse HT, the Yaesu FT 60 and a newer to the market mobile made by Baofeng.  Ticket donations are $2.00 each or 15 tickets for $20.00 and can be purchased by any RCARA club member before or at the Field Day site. There will be a potluck held on SAT night at the park.  Please sign up for the event and consider helping by volunteering your time as needed by contacting the Field Day Chair. ARES:  http://aresnwrc.org/  KK6BXJ, Bob/KK6CTT Net every THU night @ 1900; nets on the KI6REC, MV Box Springs Repeater at 449.300 (-) 103.5. ARES will support the Riverside Red Cross Regional exercise from ~ 0800-1300 on 02 JUN 18.  There will be a Red Cross EOC and Desert to the Sea activation with several ARES Operator positions available for volunteers.  Let me know if you are an ARES member who would like to volunteer.  This will include Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Inyo Counties and the West Riverside ARES group will attempt to conduct concurrent training during the event. Resource Net (where you go as an ARES member when something warrants monitoring):  449.300 (-) 103.5 RC EOC operating on Richie Peak ARES AUX:  Home station repeater Hemet Virtual Shelter:  RNC Repeater Elsinore Virtual Shelter:  RNC Repeater Temecula Virtual Shelter:  RNC Repeater Field Day 2018:  Moreno Valley event; for more information please visit their website at:  http://www.mvaranet.org/ Red Cross:  Ray N6KZM Riverside Chapter meetings are fourth Monday of the month at 6:00 PM or 1800 hours. Meetings are held at the chapter office at 6235 River Crest Drive, Riverside. 02 JUN 2018, tri-county RC exercise (Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties). The American Red Cross relies on volunteers to help us with our mission of providing care and comfort to those in need. If you are interested in being a volunteer, CLICK HERE or visit http://www.redcross.org/local/california/desert-to-the-sea/volunteer Red Cross Amateur Radio Weekly Monday Net: 2-Meter CLARA Network; 145.220 MHz frequency, -0.60 MHz shift with a 103.5 MHz tone Jurupa Citizen Corps:  KM6DPS Greg Meetings held 4th TUE of every month @ 1900; City of Jurupa Valley City Hall, 8930 Limonite AVE, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509 More general information:  JCC Webpage Link:  http://jurupacitizencorps.com/ JCC Facebook Link:  https://www.facebook.com/Jurupacitizencorps/ Help needed:  http://forum.cert-emcomm.net/index.php?/calendar/event/91-healthy-living-need-assist-with-teardown-and-setup/ Country Village:  N6LMA Carrie Meeting:  1st and 3rd TUE of the month @ 1800 hours in the radio room adjacent to the laundry room. Radio Net:  2nd and 4th TUE of the month @ 1900 hours on the KB6OZX repeater at 445.060 (-) 162.2 tone.  If you have the time, please come out and help this group as a distant station outside of the Country Village Park. Rialto CERT:  KK6TUH See the calendar On the horizon and mass casualty event in Ontario Mesh Network:  Working on field strength testing from several locations throughout the area identifying signal strength and potential for connection. For more information concerning MESH in general visit:  https://www.aredn.org/ YouTube presentation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkl5Nbnz24Y Kodiak 100 Ultra Marathon:  http://www.kodiak100ultramarathon.com/volunteer Citizen Radio Emergency Service Team (CREST):  N6KZM, Ray CREST are volunteer radio operators who use two-way radios to provide public service communications for travelers and their local community organizations. The group provides help during emergency operations and public service events, such as parades, triathlons, etc. They primarily use GMRS frequencies, but they also utilize amateur radio frequencies. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at the Corona Senior Center, 10th & Belle Streets.  Map View The meetings will run from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. GMRS Repeater - 462.675 MHz +offset Tone Input 141.3 & Tone Output 141.3 Weekly Net, Monday nights, @ 2000 hours on GMRS repeater (Santiago Peak) Website:  http://www.crestcom.org/ SkyWarn:  N6KZM, Ray  Weather Report: Southwest California SKYWARN is an all-volunteer organization that supports the National Weather Service Forecast Office in San Diego, California. Its service region covers the following Areas: San Diego, Orange, Western Riverside and Southwest San Bernardino Counties.San Bernardino & Northwest Riverside County: Weekly net. Wednesday nights @ 1900 hours on Heaps Peak 2m repeater (WA6ISG) Primary Repeater:  145.120 MHz (-) 131.8  Central & Southwest Riverside County:  Pine Cove repeater (WEST): 447.480(-)156.7  Santa Rosa repeater (EAST) 145.340(-)107.2Roll call net Tuesdays at 7:00PM. Both of the above repeaters will be linked at 7:00PM Tuesdays.  Orange County:  448.040(-)136.5 Primary Tactical Repeater  More Orange County Skywarn frequencies here soon! Roll call net Tuesdays at 7:30PM on 448.040(-)136.5. Outdoor Adventure USA:  1930-2130 on the Keller Peak Repeater; 146.385 (+) 146.2. 31 MAY 2018:  Shooting  http://forums.oausa.net/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=4164 H.R. 555 - Amateur Radio Parity Act:  https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/555 National Defense Authorization Act may help garner even more traction for H.R. 555 as it is now written into the body of this act:  http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-parity-act-language-inserted-in-national-defense-authorization-act New graphics for our Riverside ECG partners and neighbors:  http://forum.cert-emcomm.net/index.php?/topic/787-new-ecg-emblems/ IV.  2018 GOALS BY QUARTER for the Riverside ECG: 1st Quarter: EOC Net:  21 FEB 2018 @ 1900-2000. One training & social event: Social event:  North Etiwanda Preserve Loop Trail (3.4 miles, 600' elevation change between high and low point) 14 JAN 2018.  Meet at the trailhead at 0800. https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7013329/primary-trail-loop https://www.google.com/maps/place/Etiwanda+Falls+Parking+Lot/@34.1668592,-117.5258961,1874m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m18!1m12!4m11!1m6!1m2!1s0x80c34839745c12d5:0x882d9f7d93c3fc10!2sEarly+Settlers+Ruin!2m2!1d-117.5307177!2d34.1741161!1m3!2m2!1d-117.5234556!2d34.1652626!3m4!1s0x80c3484a54869765:0xf7f29f6ac9bf7fe2!8m2!3d34.1656982!4d-117.5233309 Another successful walk for the group.  This time at Two Trees Trail off of Box Springs Mountain. The Box Springs walk on the communication ridge 18 MAR 18:   The Etiwanda Preserve "The Falls" walk on 25 MAR 2018:   One guest speaker:  Chris Acosta on preparedness gear. Equipment used: 33AH SLA battery box Radio go-box with 2m, 1.25m and 70cm coverage 12' painter's pole supporting an aluminum dual band j-pole Riverside ECG Board/Member Annual Input:  TBA Suggested social events: QuartzFest 21-27 JAN 2018:  http://quartzfest.org/ Yuma Hamfest 16-17 FEB 2018:  http://www.yumahamfest.org/ NO Palm Springs Hamfest for 2018:  http://palmspringshamfest.com/ Thanks to the Riverside County Amateur Radio Association for their support Claremont Ham Swap Meet, 20 JAN 2018:  https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/ele/d/claremont-ham-radio-swap-meet/6461376100.html 2nd Quarter: EOC Net:  09 MAY 2018 @ 1900-2000 One training & social event:  Gear in the Park reschedule from MAY to SEP/OCT 2018 (standby for more informaiton). Day 23-24 JUN 2018:  More to follow Guest speaker:  TBA Planning for Gear In The Park 2018:  26 MAY 2018 (invites have been stated at both the RCARA/RACES meeting 08 FEB and the ARES meeting on 12 FEB).  The theme revolves around the standard "What's in your go-bag and why?"   Along with the other groups being given the opportunity to have a booth and try their hand at recruiting and providing insight to the community concerning their craft.GIT-P:  TBA "Radio Communications in Disaster" instructors to be provided by RIV ECG for City of RIV CERT:  TBA 22 APR 2018 Etiwanda Falls walk:  http://forum.cert-emcomm.net/index.php?/gallery/album/100-180422-riv-ecg-walk-etiwanda-preserve-falls/&page=1 3rd Quarter: EOC Net:  15 AUG 2018 @ 1900-2000 Gear in the Park, "GIT-P" rescheduled for SEP or OCT time frame. NNO:  https://natw.org/about One training & social event:  TBA Guest speaker:  TBA National Preparedness Month (SEP 2018) 4th Quarter: EOC Net:  14 NOV 2018 @ 1900-2000 One training & social event:  TBA Guest Speaker:  TBA The Great ShakeOut 2018 2nd Annual Riverside Emergency Communications Group Exercise.  Joint communication group exercise with the goal of fielding FLDIGI and provide an FLDIGI background to the exercise during this year's exercise. V.  FEATURE PRODUCT(S) Purposed:  For a future net, we need someone to discuss the products available that will support the mesh network project here in Riverside.  This may be what is necessary and has been missing that will help individuals choose the best product for their desired entry into the project.  Always looking for the best "bang for the buck" and that has been a common theme with the Riverside ECG. Purposed:  For a future net, we need someone to discuss the products available for entry into the WinLink and FLDIGI modes.  FLDIGI being the most inexpensive way to enter into the digital world of communication.  However, WinLink is rapidly becoming the projected future of digital communication with respect to EMCOMM operations.  It does not appear to be a coincidence that ARRL has purposed to the FCC HF band privileges in the Technician Class.  This would allow Techs who are EMCOMM operators a chance to volunteer and provide a wider emergency communication profile within the WinLink mode of operation.  Like it or not, and there are many who do not like the proposal, but the positive side to this increases the opportunity for WinLink to be the standard as digital communications progress in the EMCOMM world across all license levels.  We welcome thoughts and comments on this. Lights for emergency communications.  Some equipment that has proven to be an asset to the load-out gear: Goal Zero Torch 250: Harleywood gives a review:   Hybrid Lantern: A piece of gear I have had for as long as I have had the Goal Zero above and also recommend:   Hybrid Flashlight: Another great product from Hybrid, their solar flashlight (be aware, they have two models):   VI.  DISCUSSION TOPIC Getting out and working: Your station Your equipment Your ancillary gear Yourself Results of running the Red-Eye on Keller Peak Repeater Association, KE6TZG from the Barton Flats Campground off of Highway 38 in the San Bernardino National Forest. AAR (After Action Review): The Mission: To conduct Red-Eye Net Control from a remote campsite with equipment that I commonly use either in my ham shack or during other outings. Three sustain: Check-in roster Light options I currently own (see above in product description) Contingency Three improve: Dress for the occasion, understand how difficult field operations can be when you do not take preemptive precautions to make life easier. Shelter and facilities knowledge, understanding and planning... Battery power...power concerns in general. Success?  Fail?  Final thoughts concerning the event. Questions, comments, concerns? VII. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Eagles Guitarist Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, Promotes Amateur Radio in Media Announcements: http://qrznow.com/eagles-guitarist-joe-walsh-wb6acu-promotes-amateur-radio-in-media-announcements/ http://www.arrl.org/public-service-announcements General Field Day information from ARRL: http://www.arrl.org/field-day
    • With the expansion of membership with the Emergency Communications Group, I have created a few new ECG emblems. If you would like an ECG emblem for your group, please send me a private message Click Here: I will be working on emblem magnets over the next few days.
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