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  • Birthday 07/17/1959

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    Beaumont CA

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    N6KZM, WQIR250
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  1. I will be absent tonight due to a County of Riverside R.A.C.E.S. meeting next door to my residence. -----Original Message----- From: Ken <kir2@dslextreme.com> To: Undisclosed Recipients <kir2@dslextreme.com> Sent: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 5:31 pm Subject: RACES RCRC Meeting Announcement Greetings, The Riverside County RACES RCRC meeting is next Wednesday, January 17th, at 1900 hours. We will meet at the Noble Creek Community Center, Beaumont. The meeting announcement is attached. Notice: The Executive Council wishes to remind everyone to please wear the uniform to the meeting as required by Section XII of the RACES Members' Procedural Manual, Uniform Regulations. Also please ensure you wear the uniform in accordance with Section XII, Subsections b-h. Thank you for your cooperation. I look forward to seeing you there. Ken Rotker W4OFE Administration Section Chief Riverside County RACES
  2. Please congratulate Rick Schirmer KK6CTT as the "New" ARES Emergency Coordinator for the Riverside Region: Let's help him to grow the ARES presence in Riverside.
  3. ARES E-Letter Article: Thomas Fire Response Also Demonstrates Amateur Radio’s Social Media Value 01/05/2018 Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (SBARC) members kept a close watch on the Thomas Fire after it broke out in early December. Using a variety of the club’s analog and digital Amateur Radio assets, radio operators were able to observe fire-fighting efforts first hand and pass along immediate information, often before it was reported by official sources or by local news media. SBARC operates five communication sites in Santa Barbara County, including sites on Diablo Peak on the mostly uninhabited Santa Cruz Island, and on Santa Ynez Peak. “These two sites host [Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast] ADS-B receivers that are connected via a combination of amateur microwave IP links and mesh networking and were used to track and monitor airborne firefighting activities,” Levi Maaia, K6LCM, co-chair of SBARC’s Telecommunications Services Committee, told ARRL. Starting in mid-December, a round-the-clock emergency net convened on 2-meters, as commercial power for much of Santa Barbara County was cut and the fire descended on residential communities in Santa Barbara County, prompting multiple evacuation orders. With repeaters on generator power and many operators running on battery power, net traffic consisted of official information, including evacuation orders, live reports on the rapidly approaching fire line from operators who remained inside the mandatory evacuation area, related traffic about firefighting efforts, and wind and weather conditions. SBARC volunteers set up an ad hoc remote receiving station to stream live fire ground and air communications audio over the Internet and mesh network. As fire crews came off duty, one firefighter and Amateur Radio operator joined the net to offer a firsthand account of operations from an insider’s perspective. SBARC members also assisted visiting fire crew members with mobile radio antenna repairs in the field. Maaia said social media proved to be a valuable communication asset, as most official organizations such as incident command and emergency management agencies were disseminating official information via Twitter immediately upon release. “Amateur stations without power, cell phone or Internet access could be kept informed of important information including evacuation orders, via the Amateur Radio net,” Maaia explained. “SBARC also served as an aggregator for Thomas Fire-related information by featuring tweets on the club website.” The still-burning Thomas Fire, the largest in modern California history, caused devastating losses in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. “Although the Santa Barbara ARES group never activated, Amateur Radio proved to be a valuable mode of communication, especially when coupled with social media, amateur mesh networking, IRC chat (over mesh and Internet) and live audio streaming,” Maaia said. In Ventura County, the Thomas Fire damaged or destroyed some Amateur Radio resources normally available to provide emergency communication. It was an Amateur Radio TV camera that caught the first images of the Thomas Fire on December 4. A fund-raising effort now is under way to help a repeater system operator to replace gear and to bolster the rest of the system for future such emergencies. Fund-raising sparkplug Ben Kuo, AI6YR, said the fire demonstrated the difficulty of keeping equipment running in remote locations during fire emergencies. “We also discovered other sites faced serious limitations after utility power was cut and solar panels were obscured by vast clouds of smoke,” Kuo recounted in his solicitation. “This GoFundMe [campaign] will go toward enhancing the existing ham radio repeater network, to make it more reliable in emergencies.” High-quality video cameras for those repeater sites is another possibility. During the Thomas Fire, Kuo helped bridge the divide between Amateur Radio and social media, and even firefighters would check his feed to see what was going on in other areas of the fire, he said. “It’s a very powerful combination,” Kuo told VC Star. An ARRL member, Kuo, of Newbury Park, founded the socaltech news site. He’s been licensed for 3 years and serves as an ARRL Technical Specialist for the ARRL Santa Barbara Section.
  4. Rat tail aka dipole

    When I gave the Antenna 101 presentation at Country Village Radio Club, I talked about the Rat Tail: Antenna Samples.pdf
  5. Nothing special is really needed. Earbuds can work, but it will depend on the radio you plan to use. My IC7000 will allow the use of the standard earbud jack/plug; so I plan to use my Sony Headsets that use with my home stereo tuner.
  6. Based on some conversations regarding the degradation of RF at Sawtooth Canyon Campgrounds (due to the surrounding rocks); I am entertaining a relocation to another site. The alternate site can be viewed on Google Earth via the attached file or go to the less detailed view at: https://goo.gl/maps/2UNkQ3F18Ho Unfortunately, this site will not have the niceties of Sawtooth Canyon (toilet pit and fabricated shelter pads). Thoughts? WFD Alternate Site .kmz
  7. Statement as of 4:45 AM PST on January 09, 2018 * The National Weather Service in San Diego has issued a * urban and small stream flood advisory for... San Bernardino County in Southern California... Riverside County in Southern California... Orange County in southwestern California... * until 945 am PST * at 444 am PST, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain capable of producing flooding and significant ponding of water on the roadways. This will likely cause urban and small stream flooding in the advisory area, and will have significant impacts on the morning commute. * Some locations that will likely experience flooding include... Anaheim, Santa Ana, Riverside, Irvine, San Bernardino, Fontana, Moreno Valley, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Ontario, Corona and Orange. Precautionary/preparedness actions... Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Slow down and be prepared for delays during the morning commute. Lat...Lon 3395 11797 3395 11779 3402 11773 3442 11765 3435 11672 3413 11649 3410 11660 3403 11662 3403 11647 3395 11642 3393 11633 3343 11634 3343 11724 3350 11737 3351 11751 3339 11760 3337 11755 3334 11759 3344 11764 3375 11812 Albright 236 am PST Tue Jan 9 2018 ...Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through this evening... The Flash Flood Watch continues for * location...areas near and below recent burn areas including the canyon, canyon 2, Wildomar, Little Mountain, Mart, Bryant 2, and Manzanita burn areas. * Timing...through this evening. The potential for the highest rain rates is greatest with the cold frontal passage this morning...and again during the afternoon into this evening with additional showers and isolated thunderstorms. * Rainfall rates...peak short-term rainfall rates 0.50 to 1.00 inches per hour during the most intense showers early this morning and again this afternoon into this evening. * Storm rainfall totals...widespread 1 to 3 inches across the watch areas, with isolated amounts approaching 4 inches possible. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued. 17 236 am PST Tue Jan 9 2018 ...Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through this evening... The Flash Flood Watch continues for * location...areas near and below recent burn areas including the canyon, canyon 2, Wildomar, Little Mountain, Mart, Bryant 2, and Manzanita burn areas. * Timing...through this evening. The potential for the highest rain rates is greatest with the cold frontal passage this morning...and again during the afternoon into this evening with additional showers and isolated thunderstorms. * Rainfall rates...peak short-term rainfall rates 0.50 to 1.00 inches per hour during the most intense showers early this morning and again this afternoon into this evening. * Storm rainfall totals...widespread 1 to 3 inches across the watch areas, with isolated amounts approaching 4 inches possible. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued. 17
  8. I like staying close, but think each station should wear headphones because the noise level will be high.
  9. FirstStormBriefUpdateJanuary8.pdf
  10. LOGISTICS Ray N6KZM: (01/06/2018) Radio - Icom IC7000 https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamhf/0700.html Laptop Chameleon vertical antenna chameleonantenna.com/PORTABLE_ANTENNAS/CHA_MPAS/CHA_MPAS.html 100 AH battery 50 Watt solar panel Radio #2 - Jeep Go Box (Dual band, Quad Band, CB) EZ Up Camping Cube https://www.ezup.com/camping-cube-angle-leg-5-4.html Two folding tables 10 gallons of water Camp Chef two burner stove https://www.campchef.com/camp-stoves/camp-chef-tailgater-combo.html Cooking pans & dining fixtures for four people. Two Dutch Ovens Dutch Oven Cooking Table https://www.campchef.com/accessories/portable-tables/camp-table-with-legs-38.html Extensive First Aid Kit (minus clotting powder).
  11. This specific message thread is dedicated to the preparation to the Winter Field Day or Winter Freeze Day (WFD). this is in response to a SkyPE message from Omar W6OXA: The purpose of this thread is coordinate and share the operational plan for this event. Each attendee will be responsible for their own shelter, food, and beverages. Your personal supplies and equipment should mimic an actual emergency communications deployment in the field. that would include tables and chairs. Things to remember: We will be in adverse weather conditions like extreme cold (by California standards), high winds, possible rain, or possible hot temperatures. Plan on bringing a variety of clothes to fit the conditions for our site. Bring plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration; even in cold weather. Make sure you bring a first aid kit to handle any "Boo Boo's" you may incur at the site. Please restrict replies or comments to items pertinent to the logistical needs of this event. We will be running at least three stations. Post a list of gear and supplies that you are planning to bring. I will compile your data on subsequent reply to this message entitled "Logistics"
  12. I just discovered that Lost Jeeps of Southern California will be going on an easy and fun through the Salton Sea area. I am planning to go. Here's what LJSC posted on their "Closed" Facebook page:
  13. Are you talking about the Camping Cube?
  14. Since I already have a nice E-Z Up, I just bought the Camping Cube.
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