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  1. 180114, North Etiwanda Preserve Walk

    Great place to get a walk in at 3.45 miles, it was more scenic that anticipated, a little over crowded on the weekend, but well worth the time to visit.
  2. 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) City of Riverside - CERT Members (we use this to get volunteer credit in our city program & we can help you if you want to set something like this up with your program) 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/ 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 02-04 FEB 2018: FULL 02 FEB 1800-2100, 03 FEB 0800-1700 and 04 FEB 0800-1700. 13-15 APR 2018: 13 FEB, FRI, 1800-2100, 14-15 APR, SAT & SUN, 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, 24 JAN: 1800-2000 (rescheduled/new date below); "Sandbagging, Filling and Placing Techniques" WED, 21 FEB: 1800-2000; "Sandbagging, Filling and Placing Techniques" SAT, 17 MAR: 0900-1200; "Wilderness Search Basics" (off site @ Marha McClean Azna Narrows Park, 5729 Jurupa AVE, Riverside) Volunteer opportunities FULL: The Lunar Festival, 27 JAN and the Riverside Airshow, 24 MAR. If you have been with CERT for 5 or more years it is time to renew your Disaster Service Worker (DSW) Form. This form is kept on file with the City of Riverside CERT program and it is needed when volunteering with the Riverside CERT program. Directly from Gina Perez: For Riverside CERT Members; The Jan 24 CERT Adv. Training sandbagging class has been rescheduled to Feb. 21, 6 pm-8 pm. The March 24 CERT Adv. Training – Wilderness Search class was moved to March 17, 9:00 am to 12: 00 noon. It is off site at Martha Mclean Anza Narrows Park, 5759 Jurupa Ave Riverside These courses were changed due to CERT Instructors schedule and that March 24 is the Riverside Airshow All CERT Volunteer spots for Lunar Festival Jan. 27 and Riverside Airshow March 24 are full- Thanks Riverside CERT Have a few spots left for the April 13-15, CERT Basic Course, must be 18 years old and live or work in the City of Riverside PLEASE THANK ALL HAM RADIO OPERATORS THAT ASSISTED IN THE DEC. RADIO EXERCISE ON BEHALF OF THE RIVERSIDE FIRE DEPT. OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. WE GREATLY APPRECIATE IT 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. Registration Page: 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/ Cruising into the New Year...auto pilot engaged...additional information from Marlene at xmadamxx@aol.com RCARA Monitor (newsletter): http://www.w6tj.org/Monitor.pdf Hungry Hams Lunch Bunch; Back Street Café, 3735 Nelson ST at Brockton to reserve a spot contact Marlene at xmadamxx@aol.com ARES/Red Cross: http://aresnwrc.org/ KK6BXJ, Bob/KK6CTT Net every THU @ 1900; Reche Peak Repeater on 448.260 (-) PL 127.3. ARES Boot Camp (excellent opportunity to get training). Time and Date TBD. 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/ Country Village: KM6LOO Carrie Meet the 1st and 3rd TUE of the month @ 1800 hours in the radio room adjacent to the laundry room. Mesh Network: No change One link to Pleasants Peak via 5.8 GHz. Two 2.4 GHz bullets being readied for deployment. Antenna on loan to KK6CTT for his bullet...what's next? Citizen Radio Emergency Service Team (CREST): N6KZM, Ray 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 Weekly net. Wednesday nights @ 1900 hours on Heaps Peak 2m repeater (WA6ISG) Primary repeater: 145.120 MHz (-) 131.8 (covering NW RIV CO) Winter Field Day 2018: N6KZM, Ray Outdoor Adventure USA: 1930-2130 on the Keller Peak Repeater; 146.385 (+) 146.2. 04 JAN 2018, Driving in the Snow: http://forums.oausa.net/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=4117&p=32872#p32872 Active Shooter: America Under Fire: Share from KJ6OEO on a new Showtime program: http://www.sho.com/active-shooter H.R. 555 - Amateur Radio Parity Act: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/555 IV. 2018 GOALS BY QUARTER for the Riverside ECG: 1st Quarter: EOC Net: 21 FEB 2018 @ 1900-2000. One training & social event: TBA 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 One guest speaker: Nina Acosta (moving to 2018 schedule) to discuss what you should know about insurance. What is covered what is not and what to look for. This will be a what's what discussion with insight into the world of insurance (home owner's specifically). Another very real piece of your recovery/resiliency plan. 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/ Winter Field Day 2018: Planning for Gear In The Park 2018: TBA Riverside Air Show: 24 MAR 2018: http://www.riversideairshow.com/ 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: TBA Field Day 23-24 JUN 2018: More to follow Guest speaker: TBA GIT-P: TBA "Radio Communications in Disaster" instructors to be provided by RIV ECG for City of RIV CERT: TBA 3rd Quarter: EOC Net: 15 AUG 2018 @ 1900-2000 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 V. FEATURE PRODUCT(S) The "Tiger Tail" or "Rat Tail" extension can be that inexpensive improvement you are looking for. The theory: The radiating element found on top of your HT, or "rubber duck" provides the place were your signal (energy) departs your radio when you transmit. It is the "positive" side of your "ground plane" antenna field. When you hold your HT, which I noticed this weekend, during transmission, your body provides the reflective side or grounding side of the antenna field. When you have your radio in a pouch, like I had mine in my go-pack this weekend, I noticed the radio would not make the simplex contact I just finished working. I tried several times thinking my pack was blocking my signal and I tried several attempts to place my radio in a better position, exposing it in the direction of the distant station and I just couldn't get the same signal report I was getting previously while holding the radio in my hand. When I took my radio out of the pouch and "hand-held" it again, I was back at S9 into the distant station that was 18.9 miles away. Sure, the other guy was using a Yagi and he was on a base station, but by looking at the the elevation profile there is no reason why the trip to Riverside would have been sketchy other than the Jurupa Hills sitting right in between us but not tall enough to block my transmission. Examples here: https://www.google.com/search?q=ht+tiger+tail&rlz=1C1EJFB_enUS764US764&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi3wrH6zODYAhURI6wKHa6ND1wQ_AUICygC&biw=1680&bih=957 Here is a skeptical but reasonable explanation of the "Tiger Tail" counterpoise for an HT which I do not believe is an "urban legend" as this author states but a viable way to squeeze just a little bit more out of your HT radio: VI. DISCUSSION TOPIC (We'll try and spend max time on the discussion topic on 10 JAN 18) What topics would you like to discuss this year? Identifying topic areas: Technical discussion Gear review Training opportunities Survival skills Off road and convoy techniques Prepping Water purification Message handling Buying new or used Buy equipment vs. make your own equipment Field Craft: The art of making good use of all your equipment and your environment Emergency Communications 101 (two sessions): Equipment demystification: Identifying the critical elements of your system. Hardware: Radios and their potential configuration: HT Mobile Base station Traits of each of these radios to consider: Multi-band? Dual band-dual monitor Crossband repeat function APRS beaconing Power settings (good dispersion of power settings) Programming considerations (easy, hard, manual, software cost...) Power use some rigs are more efficient than others In production, factory serviceable or not Size and clarity of display Ancillary: Adapters: Radios to coax, specifically the HT to the feed line and more efficient antennas Great example sent in by KK6TUH: https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-008684 Coax Know the frequency and understand the line loss. Understand the quality and how the qualities provide + and - effects during deployment Masts: Military CAMO poles DJ style tripods Roof tripods Harbor Freight flagpole Hitch mount base Under tire base Spike base with pivot point for tilt-up mast Fence top-rail Rohn/MFJ masts Push-up/support from the bottom or pull up from the top Antennas: Exposed Elements Radome Field Expedient Ground Plane J-Pole Yagi Wire Log Periodic Location and environmental considerations Site indoor/outdoor operator addressable Site indoor/outdoor less addressable factors Environmental Power: 120v systems Wall socket Surge protectors (UPS), rectifiers and fail over systems Generators Battery banks 12v systems (technology driven) Solar Wind Water Other Storage on demand or sell back How green is green? Operating in adverse conditions with demands for direct or indirect support. Environment: Time, space and distance Personnel and equipment Making the most of what you have available Considerations when occupying a site: Long or short stay? FM (LOS) or HF (long distance) communications? Routes in/out of the area (convenience vs. security measures)? Clear of obstacles 360° Powerlines Transformers Brush, branches, HOA… Potential for rocks coming down, flooding, tree branches? Wind or fire hazards? Wildlife? Noise? Before you get too far into your occupation: Call in and announce arrival at tentative site Monitor effectiveness from HT or mobile system to net control (constantly “checking the wind,” will this work?) Answer the question: Operational? Not Operational? Be prepared to give time hack when you will be operational. After years of doing this, it is better to plan for more time than necessary than to set unrealistic goals that only disappoint. “Understate and over deliver!” Decide if the site will be of further use or move to or request an alternate site SAFETY throughout entire process Upgrade your position constantly and have a plan for: Continuous operations Need for shelter or moving to shelter (environmental/operational) Sustainment: Food and water Rest plan: Relief or shift work Equipment use (personal vs. institutional gear). Do you leave you equipment in play or do you pack up your stuff after the other relief team sets their gear up and a hand-off is conducted with the new team? Provide pass-downs. Learn to effectively disseminate information in the following but not limited to these areas: Always plan and prepare for the worst; “Two is one, one is none…" If everyone knows the plan and information, you will always have a way of getting the information out. Just in from N6KZM, Ray, currently deployed with the Red Cross:: Make sure you regularly inventory your Go-Bags on a regular basis. I discovered the forms I had in my posse box were outdated; luckily the persons with me covered me. Also, I thought I was working for a short time, but discovered I will be onsite for 12-hours. I was not mentally prepared for what I was being thrown into; I should have mentally prepared myself better. Although the Red Cross will take care of their volunteers, they took a few hours to arrive at the shelter and provide us with supplies. I was starving and needed something to drink. Next time I plan to better my own supplies to cover the first day of a “call-out.” Again, my Go-Bag had some refreshments, but the stuff deteriorated due to heat. I need to find a new place to store my Go-Bag to avoid the destruction of perishable goods I have stored inside. Finally, next time I will bring my radios to the shelter. There is always the chance that alternate communications may be needed. If I think of anything else, I will bring it up during the Net next week. VII. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Welcoming the group to our first Winter Field Day that is blossoming into a combined effort between the group and the Riverside County Amateur Radio Association (RCARA). To visit the thread: The logistics Thread: Point of contact N6KZM and hopefully he is available during the net to speak with about the particulars. If you are out listening to 20-40m band we will be using the "W6TJ" RCARA callsign, (thank you RCARA) and you can show your intent for planning purposes by sighing in here: https://www.facebook.com/events/326196561118895/
  3. Townson Gun Shot and Knife Wound Kit

    My original opportunity came through an NRA sponsored group training event during a Members' Council meeting in Riverside, CA. Larry Townson is driven by his understanding what many are now realizing and that is anyone can make a positive difference if they have the knowledge and the tools to treat the injured and it is easier than it looks to put this training in your toolbox of knowledge!
  4. BRS Stove and Cooking Gear

    A opening, comparison of BRS stove to others on hand and a pre-field use evaluation. So far so good for a sub $20, lightweight, canister fueled hiking stove.
  5. That's good they provide that option. I thought it would be a waste if they made you buy another EZUP if you already had one.
  6. 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) City of Riverside - CERT Members (we use this to get volunteer credit in our city program & we can help you if you want to set something like this up with your program) 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/ 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 02-04 FEB 2018: FULL 02 FEB 1800-2100, 03 FEB 0800-1700 and 04 FEB 0800-1700. 13-15 APR 2018: 13 FEB, FRI, 1800-2100, 14-15 APR, SAT & SUN, 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, 24 JAN: 1800-2000 (rescheduled/new date below); "Sandbagging, Filling and Placing Techniques" WED, 21 FEB: 1800-2000; "Sandbagging, Filling and Placing Techniques" SAT, 17 MAR: 0900-1200; "Wilderness Search Basics" (off site @ Marha McClean Azna Narrows Park, 5729 Jurupa AVE, Riverside) Volunteer opportunities FULL: The Lunar Festival, 27 JAN and the Riverside Airshow, 24 MAR. If you have been with CERT for 5 or more years it is time to renew your Disaster Service Worker (DSW) Form. This form is kept on file with the City of Riverside CERT program and it is needed when volunteering with the Riverside CERT program. Directly from Gina Perez: For Riverside CERT Members; The Jan 24 CERT Adv. Training sandbagging class has been rescheduled to Feb. 21, 6 pm-8 pm. The March 24 CERT Adv. Training – Wilderness Search class was moved to March 17, 9:00 am to 12: 00 noon. It is off site at Martha Mclean Anza Narrows Park, 5759 Jurupa Ave Riverside These courses were changed due to CERT Instructors schedule and that March 24 is the Riverside Airshow All CERT Volunteer spots for Lunar Festival Jan. 27 and Riverside Airshow March 24 are full- Thanks Riverside CERT Have a few spots left for the April 13-15, CERT Basic Course, must be 18 years old and live or work in the City of Riverside PLEASE THANK ALL HAM RADIO OPERATORS THAT ASSISTED IN THE DEC. RADIO EXERCISE ON BEHALF OF THE RIVERSIDE FIRE DEPT. OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. WE GREATLY APPRECIATE IT 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. Registration Page: 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/ Cruising into the New Year...auto pilot engaged...additional information from Marlene at xmadamxx@aol.com RCARA Monitor (newsletter): http://www.w6tj.org/Monitor.pdf Hungry Hams Lunch Bunch; Back Street Café, 3735 Nelson ST at Brockton to reserve a spot contact Marlene at xmadamxx@aol.com ARES/Red Cross: http://aresnwrc.org/ KK6BXJ, Bob/KK6CTT Net every THU @ 1900; Reche Peak Repeater on 448.260 (-) PL 127.3. ARES Boot Camp (excellent opportunity to get training). Time and Date TBD. 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/ Country Village: KM6LOO Carrie Meet the 1st and 3rd TUE of the month @ 1800 hours in the radio room adjacent to the laundry room. Mesh Network: No change One link to Pleasants Peak via 5.8 GHz. Two 2.4 GHz bullets being readied for deployment. Antenna on loan to KK6CTT for his bullet...what's next? Citizen Radio Emergency Service Team (CREST): N6KZM, Ray 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 Weekly net. Wednesday nights @ 1900 hours on Heaps Peak 2m repeater (WA6ISG) Primary repeater: 145.120 MHz (-) 131.8 (covering NW RIV CO) Winter Field Day 2018: N6KZM, Ray Outdoor Adventure USA: 1930-2130 on the Keller Peak Repeater; 146.385 (+) 146.2. 04 JAN 2018, Driving in the Snow: http://forums.oausa.net/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=4117&p=32872#p32872 Active Shooter: America Under Fire: Share from KJ6OEO on a new Showtime program: http://www.sho.com/active-shooter H.R. 555 - Amateur Radio Parity Act: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/555 IV. 2018 GOALS BY QUARTER for the Riverside ECG: 1st Quarter: EOC Net: 21 FEB 2018 @ 1900-2000. One training & social event: TBA Social event: Etiwanda Primary 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 One guest speaker: Nina Acosta (moving to 2018 schedule) to discuss what you should know about insurance. What is covered what is not and what to look for. This will be a what's what discussion with insight into the world of insurance (home owner's specifically). Another very real piece of your recovery/resiliency plan. 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/ Winter Field Day 2018: Planning for Gear In The Park 2018: TBA Riverside Air Show: 24 MAR 2018: http://www.riversideairshow.com/ 2nd Quarter: EOC Net: 09 MAY 2018 @ 1900-2000 One training & social event: TBA Field Day 23-24 JUN 2018: More to follow Guest speaker: TBA GIT-P: TBA "Radio Communications in Disaster" instructors to be provided by RIV ECG for City of RIV CERT: TBA 3rd Quarter: EOC Net: 15 AUG 2018 @ 1900-2000 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 V. FEATURE PRODUCT(S) A thread from FB I have worked on while listening to the KPRA TECH Net in the morning over several weeks ; items to consider for your communications go-kit. https://m.facebook.com/groups/38922837236?view=permalink&id=10154836832952237&ref=content_filter Another part of my go-kit recommendations; something we do not discuss much but much like duct tape better known to me as 100 mph tape and 550 cord also known as PARA cord we need items to fix the things we break. In this case a couple of epoxy resins will take the spotlight. One is an inexpensive solution, the Harbor Freight epoxy resin (clear) and the other a more famous resin called J-B Weld. Harbor Freight: https://www.harborfreight.com/super-strong-quick-drying-epoxy-92665.html Used for projects that require a little waterproofing as a substitute for silicone. Dislikes: Goes on clear but eventually turns yellow. Unlike silicone it dries hard and not pliable. It shores up those nooks you want to protect things from getting into and it is plenty sticky and bonds well. J-B Weld: https://www.jbweld.com/collections/epoxy-adhesives I did a recent repair on a failed yet relatively new battery for one of my Baofeng UV-5R radios. Here are photos and I am hoping this fix was successful. I'll let you know. The radio fell in the car and the clip broke off again. It would do in a pinch but it definitely is not EMCOMM ready! I'll be working toward another solution but the technique of preparing and working the two pieces together are still the same. The BRS in quick review: Along with the BRS stove I ordered a tourniquet and liked the price and gear received in the package: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DJJUTXG/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 A Lia tourniquet, a trauma dressing and an emergency blanket for less than $20. Good value and recommend. The windlass is not aluminum as stated in the description but will suffice and is made of the common polymer material found on most TQs along with acceptable construction overall. Adding the Lia TQ Kit to the Townson Firearm Shooting Trauma Kit: VI. DISCUSSION TOPIC (We'll try and spend max time on the discussion topic on 10 JAN 18) What topics would you like to discuss this year? Identifying topic areas: Technical discussion Gear review Training opportunities Survival skills Off road and convoy techniques Prepping Water purification Message handling Buying new or used Buy equipment vs. make your own equipment Field Craft: The art of making good use of all your equipment and your environment Emergency Communications 101 (two sessions): Equipment demystification: Identifying the critical elements of your system. Hardware: Radios and their potential configuration: HT Mobile Base station Traits of each of these radios to consider: Multi-band? Dual band-dual monitor Crossband repeat function APRS beaconing Power settings (good dispersion of power settings) Programming considerations (easy, hard, manual, software cost...) Power use some rigs are more efficient than others In production, factory serviceable or not Size and clarity of display Ancillary: Adapters: Radios to coax, specifically the HT to the feed line and more efficient antennas Great example sent in by KK6TUH: Coax Know the frequency and understand the line loss. Understand the quality and how the qualities provide + and - effects during deployment Masts: Military CAMO poles DJ style tripods Roof tripods Harbor Freight flagpole Hitch mount base Under tire base Spike base with pivot point for tilt-up mast Fence top-rail Rohn/MFJ masts Push-up/support from the bottom or pull up from the top Antennas: Exposed Elements Radome Field Expedient Ground Plane J-Pole Yagi Wire Log Periodic Location and environmental considerations Site indoor/outdoor operator addressable Site indoor/outdoor less addressable factors Environmental Power: 120v systems Wall socket Surge protectors (UPS), rectifiers and fail over systems Generators Battery banks 12v systems (technology driven) Solar Wind Water Other Storage on demand or sell back How green is green? Operating in adverse conditions with demands for direct or indirect support. Environment: Time, space and distance Personnel and equipment Making the most of what you have available Considerations when occupying a site: Long or short stay? FM (LOS) or HF (long distance) communications? Routes in/out of the area (convenience vs. security measures)? Clear of obstacles 360° Powerlines Transformers Brush, branches, HOA… Potential for rocks coming down, flooding, tree branches? Wind or fire hazards? Wildlife? Noise? Before you get too far into your occupation: Call in and announce arrival at tentative site Monitor effectiveness from HT or mobile system to net control (constantly “checking the wind,” will this work?) Answer the question: Operational? Not Operational? Be prepared to give time hack when you will be operational. After years of doing this, it is better to plan for more time than necessary than to set unrealistic goals that only disappoint. “Understate and over deliver!” Decide if the site will be of further use or move to or request an alternate site SAFETY throughout entire process Upgrade your position constantly and have a plan for: Continuous operations Need for shelter or moving to shelter (environmental/operational) Sustainment: Food and water Rest plan: Relief or shift work Equipment use (personal vs. institutional gear). Do you leave you equipment in play or do you pack up your stuff after the other relief team sets their gear up and a hand-off is conducted with the new team? Provide pass-downs. Learn to effectively disseminate information in the following but not limited to these areas: Always plan and prepare for the worst; “Two is one, one is none…" If everyone knows the plan and information, you will always have a way of getting the information out. Just in from N6KZM, Ray, currently deployed with the Red Cross:: Make sure you regularly inventory your Go-Bags on a regular basis. I discovered the forms I had in my posse box were outdated; luckily the persons with me covered me. Also, I thought I was working for a short time, but discovered I will be onsite for 12-hours. I was not mentally prepared for what I was being thrown into; I should have mentally prepared myself better. Although the Red Cross will take care of their volunteers, they took a few hours to arrive at the shelter and provide us with supplies. I was starving and needed something to drink. Next time I plan to better my own supplies to cover the first day of a “call-out.” Again, my Go-Bag had some refreshments, but the stuff deteriorated due to heat. I need to find a new place to store my Go-Bag to avoid the destruction of perishable goods I have stored inside. Finally, next time I will bring my radios to the shelter. There is always the chance that alternate communications may be needed. If I think of anything else, I will bring it up during the Net next week. VII. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Sandbagging stations in Riverside: Weather notifications usually posted on the RIV ECG forums as was this PSA: Five Things You Need to Know About Emergency First Aid: https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2016/4/9/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-emergency-first-aid/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=insider&utm_campaign=0118 For information concerning the new firearm and ammunition laws that are coming try AM 590 for local firearm related topics every SAT from 1300-1400, "The Firing Line Radio Show" at: http://am590theanswer.com/content/all/firing-line Calguns.net for blogged information: http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/index.php And the big boys: National Rifle Association: NRA Members' Council of California: http://nramemberscouncils.com/ Womens Outreach: http://nramemberscouncils.com/women/ NRA Institute for Legislative Action: https://www.nraila.org/sign-up California Rifle and Pistol Association: Home: http://crpa.org/ Webinars: http://crpa.org/webinars/ Working through the potential "AW" assualt weapon with an easy to follow guide: http://crpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/AW-quick-reference-guide-8-10-17.pdf DEC 2017 Legal Affairs Report: http://crpa.org/legal-affairs-report/ Sound advice? Watch the big boys in the game. Do not get caught up in background noise often found reported by unvetted sources who think they have it all worked out. Would you gamble your freedom away by listening to Privy Legal Counsel? No. There is a reason why many of the big names have waited to weigh-in because a lot of the maneuvering is calculated and precise. All the noise based on supposition is just that...white noise. Do not fall short...Research.
  7. J-B Weld Baofeng Battery Tab Fix

    Hoping this glue fix works because there is nothing worse than having a piece of gear fail after only a short time. Note: I forced the battery into position and it was too much for the tab to bear.
  8. A note from the City of Riverside CERT Program Manager: As the New Year begins, roughly half of Americans will make New Year’s resolutions and commit to improving their lifestyles or reaching a long-term goal. This year why not make a resolution that is easy to keep and can help save lives and protect property. By working together to accomplish any one or all of the following CERT service goals, we can really make a difference! 2018 CERT SERVICE GOALS I will attend as many CERT Advanced Training and Volunteer Opportunities as I can. I will talk with others about our personal responsibility to be prepared and disaster ready. I will help at least three people who may need additional assistance in preparing for emergencies, such as the elderly or individuals with disabilities or functional needs. I will coordinate an evacuation drill for my neighborhood or workplace. I will take lifesaving skills classes such as CPR or First Aid. I will organize a CERT team in my neighborhood or workplace by encouraging others to take CERT Training. You will be surprised how much you can do when you commit, focus, and follow through. Please see the attached flyer with upcoming CERT Advanced Training & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES for Jan- March 2018, TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES Wed. JAN. 24, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CERT Advanced Training – SANDBAGGING Riverside Fire Department-EOC/Training Center Instructor(s): FIRE CAPT. JOHN PEURIFOY & EOC STAFF Sat. Feb. 10, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm CPR & AED Training Active CERT Members Only (Must have volunteered for 4 HRS. - CERT Activity within the last 6 months) -CLASS FULL Riverside Fire Department-EOC American Heart Association has increased prices $25 fee (cash or check – no credit cards) for American Heart Association CPR/AED eCard (Electronic) ($2.50 for ebook/ book) Instructor: Fire Captain John Peurifoy & CERT Program Manager Gina Perez Sat. MAR. 17, (date changed) 9:00 am – 12:00 noon CERT Advanced Training – WILDERNESS SEARCH BASICS LOCATION: *OFF SITE* Martha Mclean-Anza Narrows Park, 5759 Jurupa Ave, Riverside, CA 92504 Instructor(s): USAR TEAM MEMBERS – Firefighter Wayne Hess & ESC K-9 Pete Sellas & CERT Prog. Mngr. Gina Perez To register online for CERT Advanced Trainings go to https://www.riversideca.gov/readyriverside/CERT/forms/CertRegisterTrainingAdvanced.aspx Sign up early as courses with less than 15 registered will have to be cancelled. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES SAT. JANUARY 27, 2018, APCA LUNAR FEST – DOWNTOWN RIVERSIDE – MISSION INN AVENUE(OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM)- WE WILL BE THERE TILL 8:30 PM (or earlier) SHIFTS AVAILABLE. VOLUNTEERS SELECTED WILL BE NOTIFIED Shift 1 8:30 am -12:30 pm - SHIFT FULL Shift 2 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm – 2 spots left Shift 3 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm – 2 spots left HELP STAFF CERT/ EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS BOOTH MUST BE 18 YEARS OLD REMINDER: DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL AS I WILL NOT RECEIVE IT - Reply to me directly at : gperez@riversideca.gov Thanks for all you do, Gina Perez Community Preparedness Coordinator/ CERT Program Manager Riverside Fire Department – Office of Emergency Management www.riversideca.gov/readyriverside/ www.riversideca.gov/fire/specialprograms/cert/ www.facebook.com/CityOfRiversideCert
  9. Roger that Darin. We'll listen for you but understand the potential complications.
  10. 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) City of Riverside - CERT Members (we use this to get volunteer credit in our city program & we can help you if you want to set something like this up with your program) 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/ 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 02-04 FEB 2018: FULL 02 FEB 1800-2100, 03 FEB 0800-1700 and 04 FEB 0800-1700. 13-15 APR 2018: 13 FEB, FRI, 1800-2100, 14-15 APR, SAT & SUN, 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, 24 JAN: 1800-2000; "Sandbagging, Filling and Placing Techniques" WED, 21 FEB: 1800-2000; TBA (topic to be announced) SAT, 17 MAR: 0900-1200; "Wilderness Search Basics" (off site) If you have been with CERT for 5 or more years it is time to renew your Disaster Service Worker (DSW) Form. This form is kept on file with the City of Riverside CERT program and it is needed when volunteering with the Riverside CERT program. 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. Registration Page: 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/ Cruising into the New Year...auto pilot engaged...additional information from Marlene at xmadamxx@aol.com RCARA Monitor (newsletter): http://www.w6tj.org/Monitor.pdf Hungry Hams Lunch Bunch; Back Street Café, 3735 Nelson ST at Brockton to reserve a spot contact Marlene at xmadamxx@aol.com ARES/Red Cross: http://aresnwrc.org/ KK6BXJ, Bob/KK6CTT Net every THU @ 1900; Reche Peak Repeater on 448.260 (-) PL 127.3. ARES Boot Camp (excellent opportunity to get training). Time and Date TBD. 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/ Country Village: KM6LOO Carrie Meet the 1st and 3rd TUE of the month @ 1800 hours in the radio room adjacent to the laundry room. Mesh Network: No change One link to Pleasants Peak via 5.8 GHz. Two 2.4 GHz bullets being readied for deployment. Antenna on loan to KK6CTT for his bullet...what's next? Citizen Radio Emergency Service Team (CREST): N6KZM, Ray 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 Weekly net. Wednesday nights @ 1900 hours on Heaps Peak 2m repeater (WA6ISG) Primary repeater: 145.120 MHz (-) 131.8 (covering NW RIV CO) Winter Field Day 2018: N6KZM, Ray Outdoor Adventure USA: 1930-2130 on the Keller Peak Repeater; 146.385 (+) 146.2. 04 JAN 2018, Driving in the Snow: http://forums.oausa.net/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=4117&p=32872#p32872 Active Shooter: America Under Fire: Share from KJ6OEO on a new Showtime program: http://www.sho.com/active-shooter H.R. 555 - Amateur Radio Parity Act: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/555 IV. 2018 GOALS BY QUARTER for the Riverside ECG: 1st Quarter: EOC Net: 21 FEB 2018 @ 1900-2000. One training & social event: TBA One guest speaker: Nina Acosta (moving to 2018 schedule) to discuss what you should know about insurance. What is covered what is not and what to look for. This will be a what's what discussion with insight into the world of insurance (home owner's specifically). Another very real piece of your recovery/resiliency plan. 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/ Winter Field Day 2018: Planning for Gear In The Park 2018: TBA Riverside Air Show: 24 MAR 2018: http://www.riversideairshow.com/ 2nd Quarter: EOC Net: 09 MAY 2018 @ 1900-2000 One training & social event: TBA Field Day 23-24 JUN 2018: More to follow Guest speaker: TBA GIT-P: TBA "Radio Communications in Disaster" instructors to be provided by RIV ECG for City of RIV CERT: TBA 3rd Quarter: EOC Net: 15 AUG 2018 @ 1900-2000 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 V. FEATURE PRODUCT(S) A thread from FB I have worked on while listening to the KPRA TECH Net in the morning over several weeks ; items to consider for your communications go-kit. https://m.facebook.com/groups/38922837236?view=permalink&id=10154836832952237&ref=content_filter Products I am familiar with and have tested over the years: Stanley Stainless Steel tall cooking cup, $15 at Walmart and Target. Stainless steel cup with wing handles comparable to the GSI camping cup, $5. Nesting is an important part of cutting down the footprint of your gear. Although there are a lot of light and "cool" implements to carry in your kit; they usually cost way more than stainless so the value may not be in line with your budget. Stainless is a great way to gear up and this kit and cup fit that niche. The SE FS373 Flint Fire Starter and Striker was a find at the final day at Honeyville Farms this past SAT, 30 DEC 2017. They were marked $2.79 and I could not pass it up at 50% off for $1.40 plus $.12 tax. So, for less than $1.60 I got the fire starter spark kit. I would still carry a disposable lighter as my first source of flame but this is a good tool to have along. It will be ready for use in almost all circumstances but it will have its limitations. https://www.amazon.com/SE-FS373-Magnesium-Starter-Striker/dp/B001DO0G8S Next up for me, a future review of the BRS stove but first I have to purchase one and use it. I am a big fan of the butane canister stoves and have been carrying one in some shape or form since about 1989 when I bought my first Stansport model. I still have it and have used it during both military and civilian applications. I have not used the famous Trangia line of alcohol stoves: http://trangia.se/en/ Advantages/Disadvantages of butane/LPG/Alcohol and White Gas comparison: VI. DISCUSSION TOPIC What topics would you like to discuss this year? Identifying topic areas: Technical discussion Gear review Training opportunities Survival skills Off road and convoy techniques Prepping Water purification Message handling Buying new or used Buy equipment vs. make your own equipment Field Craft: The art of making good use of all your equipment and your environment Emergency Communications 101 (two sessions): Equipment demystification: Identifying the critical elements of your system. Hardware: Radios and their potential configuration: HT Mobile Base station Ancillary: Adapters Coax Masts Location and environmental considerations Site indoor/outdoor operator addressable Site indoor/outdoor less addressable factors Environmental Power: 120v systems Wall socket Surge protectors (UPS), rectifiers and fail over systems Generators Battery banks 12v systems (technology driven) Solar Wind Water Other Storage on demand or sell back How green is green? Operating in adverse conditions with demands for direct or indirect support. Environment: Time, space and distance Personnel and equipment Making the most of what you have available Considerations when occupying a site: Long or short stay? FM (LOS) or HF (long distance) communications? Routes in/out of the area (convenience vs. security measures)? Clear of obstacles 360° Powerlines Transformers Brush, branches, HOA… Potential for rocks coming down, flooding, tree branches? Wind or fire hazards? Wildlife? Noise? Before you get too far into your occupation: Call in and announce arrival at tentative site Monitor effectiveness from HT or mobile system to net control (constantly “checking the wind,” will this work?) Answer the question: Operational? Not Operational? Be prepared to give time hack when you will be operational. After years of doing this, it is better to plan for more time than necessary than to set unrealistic goals that only disappoint. “Understate and over deliver!” Decide if the site will be of further use or move to or request an alternate site SAFETY throughout entire process Upgrade your position constantly and have a plan for: Continuous operations Need for shelter or moving to shelter (environmental/operational) Sustainment: Food and water Rest plan: Relief or shift work Equipment use (personal vs. institutional gear). Do you leave you equipment in play or do you pack up your stuff after the other relief team sets their gear up and a hand-off is conducted with the new team? Provide pass-downs. Learn to effectively disseminate information in the following but not limited to these areas: Always plan and prepare for the worst; “Two is one, one is none…" If everyone knows the plan and information, you will always have a way of getting the information out. VII. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Five Things You Need to Know About Emergency First Aid: https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2016/4/9/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-emergency-first-aid/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=insider&utm_campaign=0118 Riverside Float Impresses in 2018 Rose Parade: https://www.pe.com/2018/01/01/riverside-float-impresses-in-2018-rose-parade/ Looking for information concerning the new firearm and ammunition laws that are coming try AM 590 for local firearm related topics every SAT from 1300-1400, "The Firing Line Radio Show" at: http://am590theanswer.com/content/all/firing-line Calguns.net for blogged information: http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/index.php And the big boys: National Rifle Association: NRA Members' Council of California: http://nramemberscouncils.com/ Womens Outreach: http://nramemberscouncils.com/women/ NRA Institute for Legislative Action: https://www.nraila.org/sign-up California Rifle and Pistol Association: Home: http://crpa.org/ Webinars: http://crpa.org/webinars/ Working through the potential "AW" assualt weapon with an easy to follow guide: http://crpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/AW-quick-reference-guide-8-10-17.pdf DEC 2017 Legal Affairs Report: http://crpa.org/legal-affairs-report/ Sound advice? Watch the big boys in the game. Do not get caught up in background noise often found reported by unvetted sources who think they have it all worked out. Would you gamble your freedom away by listening to Privy Legal Counsel? No. There is a reason why many of the big names have waited to weigh-in because a lot of the maneuvering is calculated and precise. All the noise based on supposition is just that...white noise. Do not fall short...Research.
  11. You know, if it is just the call-sign, which I thought was the deal but now turns into a "bigger deal," why don't we just use the RCARA call? I don't think they will have an issue. I can field the question. Additionally, I ran into today and spoke with Chris (RCARA), KQ6UP, who is tired of the usual RCARA FD and is looking for something like this. He is an avid DXer during FD and would probably join us for this with no problem. I don't see us having any problem flexing the W6TJ call. Do you want me to look into this? If we are going to go to all the trouble of merging, I'd just as soon do the work for our own group and keep our autonomy. Thanks,
  12. We'll get you both for a courtesy check-in.
  13. The article you need to read to get the most out of this net: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/anyone-can-first-responder-james-cameron-cpp/ 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) City of Riverside - CERT Members (we use this to get credit in our city program) Opening to 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/ 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 02-04 FEB 2018: FULL 02 FEB 1800-2100, 03 FEB 0800-1700 and 04 FEB 0800-1700. 13-15 APR 2018: 13 FEB, FRI, 1800-2100, 14-15 APR, SAT & SUN, 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, 24 JAN: 1800-2000; "Sandbagging, Filling and Placing Techniques" WED, 21 FEB: 1800-2000; TBA (topic to be announced) SAT, 24 MAR: 0900-1200; "Wilderness Search Basics" (off site) If you have been with CERT for 5 or more years it is time to renew your Disaster Service Worker (DSW) Form. This form is kept on file with the City of Riverside CERT program and it is needed when volunteering with the Riverside CERT program. 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. Registration Page: 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/ Cruising into the New Year...auto pilot engaged...additional information from Marlene at xmadamxx@aol.com RCARA Monitor (newsletter): http://www.w6tj.org/Monitor.pdf Hungry Hams Lunch Bunch; Back Street Café, 3735 Nelson ST at Brockton to reserve a spot contact Marlene at xmadamxx@aol.com ARES/Red Cross: http://aresnwrc.org/ KK6BXJ, Bob/KK6CTT Net every THU @ 1900; Reche Peak Repeater on 448.260 (-) PL 127.3. ARES Boot Camp (excellent opportunity to get training). Time and Date TBD. 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/ Country Village: KM6LOO Carrie Meet the 1st TUE of the month @ 1800 hours in the radio room adjacent to the laundry room. Mesh Network: No change One link to Pleasants Peak via 5.8 GHz. Two 2.4 GHz bullets being readied for deployment. Antenna on loan to KK6CTT for his bullet...what's next? Citizen Radio Emergency Service Team (CREST): N6KZM, Ray 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 Weekly net. Wednesday nights @ 1900 hours on Heaps Peak 2m repeater (WA6ISG) Primary repeater: 145.120 MHz (-) 131.8 (covering NW RIV CO) Winter Field Day 2018: N6KZM, Ray Outdoor Adventure USA: 1930-2130 on the Keller Peak Repeater; 146.385 (+) 146.2. 28 DEC: No Net New Year Eve Active Shooter: America Under Fire: Share from KJ6OEO on a new Showtime program: http://www.sho.com/active-shooter IV. 2017 GOALS BY QUARTER for the Riverside ECG 1st Quarter: EOC Net: 15 FEB @ 1900 One training & social event (TBD) One guest speaker: 04 JAN, California NRA Member's Council Representative, Paul Payne (new CA gun laws and other firearm owner related discussion) Net schedule for 2017 changed to WED nights from 2016's TUE nights City of RIV CERT 2017 trailer project placed on hold RIV ECG formal club/incorporation status on going. Officers selected to move forward with FCC club status (@ 14 JAN meeting) Suggested social events: QuartzFest 22-28 JAN Palm Springs Hamfest 04 FEB Yuma Hamfest Planning for Gear In The Park City of RIV EOC stood up on 17 FEB from 1800-2130 for "storm watch." Conducted mutual check-in with RIV CO RACES Riverside Air Show: 01 APR all day event: There are new protocols in place for this event so expect tighter security measures. 2nd Quarter: EOC Net: 17 MAY @ 1900 (W2PIR to help check coax and antenna with analyzer also help to conduct net and training exercise) One training & social event: GITP with BBQ for 2nd QTR. Field Day: Last full weekend of JUN 2017. Guest speaker? 170524, AI6PD, Mike, Electromagnetic Pulse and Geomagnetic Disturbance. GIT-P: Martha McLean Anza Narrows Park, 20 MAY 2017 from 10:00 to 14:00. "Radio Communications in Disaster" instructors to be provided by RIV ECG for City of RIV CERT, 14 JUN, 1800-2000 @ the City of Riverside EOC (NOTE: AF6AS will be Net Control) 3rd Quarter: 12 JUL: W2PIR will host net. Thanks Paul! EOC Net: 16 AUG @ 1900 NNO: Riverside no-go due to weather 01 AUG 2017 Jurupa Valley/Eastvale great event 08 AUG 2017 One training & social event: Our own N6KZM will be the guest speaker at RCARA meeting scheduled for 12 OCT at 1900 with a presentation on Active Shooter Events. You are cordially invited to attend the meeting this coming THU. Guest speaker? 23 AUG: Inland Empire NRA Members' Council Women's Outreach Chair, Dezarae Payne spoke on "Refuse to be a Victim" topic. Riverside Alert signup now (reverse 9-1-1): https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085614598#/login SEP: National Preparedness Month. This quarter has been wrought with disasters: Hurricanes along the SE; TX, FL and the many Islands in the Caribbean. Devastating earthquakes in Mexico. Explainable active shooter event at a concert in Las Vegas and most recent, the wild fires that mark the beginning of fire season here in California. Make a plan, share your progress, get others to participate and volunteer. 4th Quarter: In search of a repeater that will facilitate good communication link between the groups who have supported the Riverside ECG over the years and help to provide a larger footprint as well. EOC Net: 15 NOV 13 DEC @ 1800-2000. We would like to make this a communication exercise between mobile teams who transmit from the 14 different Riverside Fire Stations back to the EOC. One training & social event: 3x "Walk in the Park" and more to follow weather permitting going for #4. CERT Walk/Meet and Greet: 30 DEC 17 at 0800, Ryan Bonaminio Park, 5000 Tequesquite AVE. Gather at the SW corner of the parking lot for a walk up MT Rubidoux. No special equipment needed. Guest Speaker?: Nina Acosta (moving to 2018 schedule) to discuss what you should know about insurance. What is covered what is not and what to look for. This will be a what's what discussion with insight into the world of insurance (home owner's specifically). Another very real piece of your recovery/resiliency plan. 10 OCT @ 1019 The Great ShakeOut 24 NOV: Lighting of the Mission Inn/Festival of Lights (CERT communications personnel will not be needed. There is a change from volunteers to paid security personnel for 2017) ARES "Boot Camp" (Date and times TBA) Help get H.R. 555 - Amateur Radio Parity Act passed: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/555 V. FEATURE PRODUCT(S) Anyone out there with suggestions or links to other good stuff, please share. The BioLite Camp Stove: Connectors, bring plenty of connectors to the party: My White Elephant contribution but it started with a kit that I carry in my battery box. The connectors were on a slow boat from China so I had to replenish my stock as I give these things out from time to time to help fellow hams. VI. DISCUSSION TOPIC End of the year Participatory Net...What motivates you to train and be prepared... https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000005473328/las-vegas-shooting-timeline-12-bursts.html?smid=pl-share Please read this article by one of my military colleagues that I came across just recently (only posted for a few days). "Anyone Can be a First Responder" Posted By James Cameron on 24 DEC 2017: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/anyone-can-first-responder-james-cameron-cpp/ Or download PDF here: Anyone can be a First Responder.pdf A little love for Security Concepts Group visit them at: https://www.facebook.com/SCGLV/?timeline_context_item_type=intro_card_work&timeline_context_item_source=699976139&__xt__=31.[699976139%2C"intro_card"%2C{}]&pnref=lhc Suggested Trauma aid supplier, Chinook Medical: https://www.chinookmed.com/category/corporate-life-kits/medical-kits/corporate/school/public-access/life-kits-lifesaving-interventions-for-emergencies/1.html The OLAES Dressing ($6.95): https://www.chinookmed.com/05175/olaes-modular-bandage-4.html James Cameron's read on hemostatic dressings, "I have spoke to multiple trauma doctors and they say that there is limited to zero evidence that hemostatic dressings are better." VII. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Looking for information concerning the new firearm and ammunition laws that are coming try AM 590 for local firearm related topics every SAT from 1300-1400, "The Firing Line Radio Show" at: http://am590theanswer.com/content/all/firing-line Calguns.net for blogged information: http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/index.php And the big boys: National Rifle Association: NRA Members' Council of California: http://nramemberscouncils.com/ Womens Outreach: http://nramemberscouncils.com/women/ NRA Institute for Legislative Action: https://www.nraila.org/sign-up California Rifle and Pistol Association: Home: http://crpa.org/ Webinars: http://crpa.org/webinars/ Working through the potential "AW" assualt weapon with an easy to follow guide: http://crpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/AW-quick-reference-guide-8-10-17.pdf DEC 2017 Legal Affairs Report: http://crpa.org/legal-affairs-report/ Sound advice? Watch the big boys in the game. Do not get caught up in background noise often found reported by unvetted sources who think they have it all worked out. Would you gamble your freedom away by listening to Privy Legal Counsel? No. There is a reason why many of the big names have waited to weigh-in because a lot of the maneuvering is calculated and precise. All the noise based on supposition is just that...white noise. Do not fall short...Research.
  14. Review RFD COMMEX here: 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) City of Riverside - CERT Members (we use this to get credit in our city program) Opening to 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/ 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 02-04 FEB 2018: FULL 02 FEB 1800-2100, 03 FEB 0800-1700 and 04 FEB 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, 24 JAN: 1800-2000; "Sandbagging, Filling and Placing Techniques" WED, 21 FEB: 1800-2000; TBA (topic to be announced) SAT, 24 MAR: 0900-1200; "Wilderness Search Basics" (off site) If you have been with CERT for 5 or more years it is time to renew your Disaster Service Worker (DSW) Form. This form is kept on file with the City of Riverside CERT program and it is needed when volunteering with the Riverside CERT program. Riverside County CERT: N6KZM, Ray Available CERT Programs in the county: http://www.rivcocert.org/certprograms.htm Pending Available Basic CERT Course: Waiting on posting updates (2x County Employee classes offered first one, in MAY, is filled; 2nd one in OCT) Registration Page: 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/ Cruising into the New Year...auto pilot engaged...additional information from Marlene at xmadamxx@aol.com RCARA Monitor (newsletter): http://www.w6tj.org/Monitor.pdf Hungry Hams Lunch Bunch; Back Street Café, 3735 Nelson ST at Brockton to reserve a spot contact Marlene at xmadamxx@aol.com ARES/Red Cross: http://aresnwrc.org/ KK6BXJ, Bob/KK6CTT Net every THU @ 1900; Reche Peak Repeater on 448.260 (-) PL 127.3. ARES Boot Camp (excellent opportunity to get training). Time and Date TBD. 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/ Country Village: KM6LOO Carrie Meet the 1st TUE of the month @ 1800 hours in the radio room adjacent to the laundry room. Mesh Network: One link to Pleasants Peak via 5.8 GHz. Two 2.4 GHz bullets being readied for deployment. Antenna on loan to KK6CTT for his bullet...what's next? Citizen Radio Emergency Service Team (CREST): N6KZM, Ray 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 Weekly net. Wednesday nights @ 1900 hours on Heaps Peak 2m repeater (WA6ISG) Primary repeater: 145.120 MHz (-) 131.8 (covering NW RIV CO) Outdoor Adventure USA: 1930-2130 on the Keller Peak Repeater; 146.385 (+) 146.2. 21 DEC: No Net Christmas 28 DEC: No Net New Year Eve Active Shooter: America Under Fire: Share from KJ6OEO on a new Showtime program: http://www.sho.com/active-shooter IV. 2017 GOALS BY QUARTER for the Riverside ECG 1st Quarter: EOC Net: 15 FEB @ 1900 One training & social event (TBD) One guest speaker: 04 JAN, California NRA Member's Council Representative, Paul Payne (new CA gun laws and other firearm owner related discussion) Net schedule for 2017 changed to WED nights from 2016's TUE nights City of RIV CERT 2017 trailer project placed on hold RIV ECG formal club/incorporation status on going. Officers selected to move forward with FCC club status (@ 14 JAN meeting) Suggested social events: QuartzFest 22-28 JAN Palm Springs Hamfest 04 FEB Yuma Hamfest Planning for Gear In The Park City of RIV EOC stood up on 17 FEB from 1800-2130 for "storm watch." Conducted mutual check-in with RIV CO RACES Riverside Air Show: 01 APR all day event: There are new protocols in place for this event so expect tighter security measures. 2nd Quarter: EOC Net: 17 MAY @ 1900 (W2PIR to help check coax and antenna with analyzer also help to conduct net and training exercise) One training & social event: GITP with BBQ for 2nd QTR. Field Day: Last full weekend of JUN 2017. Guest speaker? 170524, AI6PD, Mike, Electromagnetic Pulse and Geomagnetic Disturbance. GIT-P: Martha McLean Anza Narrows Park, 20 MAY 2017 from 10:00 to 14:00. "Radio Communications in Disaster" instructors to be provided by RIV ECG for City of RIV CERT, 14 JUN, 1800-2000 @ the City of Riverside EOC (NOTE: AF6AS will be Net Control) 3rd Quarter: 12 JUL: W2PIR will host net. Thanks Paul! EOC Net: 16 AUG @ 1900 NNO: Riverside no-go due to weather 01 AUG 2017 Jurupa Valley/Eastvale great event 08 AUG 2017 One training & social event: Our own N6KZM will be the guest speaker at RCARA meeting scheduled for 12 OCT at 1900 with a presentation on Active Shooter Events. You are cordially invited to attend the meeting this coming THU. Guest speaker? 23 AUG: Inland Empire NRA Members' Council Women's Outreach Chair, Dezarae Payne spoke on "Refuse to be a Victim" topic. Riverside Alert signup now (reverse 9-1-1): https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085614598#/login SEP: National Preparedness Month. This quarter has been wrought with disasters: Hurricanes along the SE; TX, FL and the many Islands in the Caribbean. Devastating earthquakes in Mexico. Explainable active shooter event at a concert in Las Vegas and most recent, the wild fires that mark the beginning of fire season here in California. Make a plan, share your progress, get others to participate and volunteer. 4th Quarter: In search of a repeater that will facilitate good communication link between the groups who have supported the Riverside ECG over the years and help to provide a larger footprint as well. EOC Net: 15 NOV 13 DEC @ 1800-2000. We would like to make this a communication exercise between mobile teams who transmit from the 14 different Riverside Fire Stations back to the EOC. One training & social event: 3x "Walk in the Park" and more to follow weather permitting going for #4. CERT Walk/Meet and Greet: 23 DEC 17 at 0800, Ryan Bonaminio Park, 5000 Tequesquite AVE. Gather at the SW corner of the parking lot for a walk up MT Rubidoux. No special equipment needed. Guest Speaker?: Nina Acosta (tentatively scheduled) to discuss what you should know about insurance. What is covered what is not and what to look for. This will be a what's what discussion with insight into the world of insurance (home owner's specifically). Another very real piece of your recovery/resiliency plan. 10 OCT @ 1019 The Great ShakeOut 24 NOV: Lighting of the Mission Inn/Festival of Lights (CERT communications personnel will not be needed. There is a change from volunteers to paid security personnel for 2017) ARES "Boot Camp" (Date and times TBA) Help get H.R. 555 - Amateur Radio Parity Act passed: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/555 V. FEATURE PRODUCT(S) Anyone out there with suggestions or links to other good stuff, please share. VI. DISCUSSION TOPIC RFD Station COMMEX a general overview of how things went and whether it met expectations: Review here: RST reporting narrowed down to one suggestion, the Circuit Merit Signal Reporting (simple but potentially time saving and precise enough for FM work) Also note was the fortunate advantage of having the EOC, Relay 01 and 02 in the locations they happened to fall: VII. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT WS San Diego - Fire Watch for the week of December 19, 2017: FEMA APP: https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app FEMA APP Video: A good informational, ifiberphone news source:
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