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Mexico Earthquake & Winlink

Because of the outages to communications and basic infrastructure, Mexico's FRME, Federación Mexicana de Radioexperimentadores, A.C., activated their Red HF net along with Winlink capabilities. Mexico has 5 Winlink full service gateways, one in Mexico City itself. XE1VP gateway in Mexico City lost internet but continued to function via HF auto forwarding, normally to gateway N5TW in Texas. An example of Winlink use was at the collapse site at the Enrique Rebsamen School in Mexico City.    9/22/2017

Location of some of the collapsed buildings in just Mexico City

This map was posted by the "San Diego County-Baja California Winlink for Emcomm" google group.
http://tinyurl.com/ybwg79r9

Communications unit, amateur based, being used Mexico EQ
Communication unit from the Guanajauto radio club (XE1CRG), well equipped is on site. Call sign XE1PRA.
Internet is spotty if at all and they are on site sending and receiving email via Winlink on HF with Pactor.
http://tinyurl.com/yak5osxo    9/19/2017

Full Service BBS and Winlink gateway now active in Yolo County

Ken Wilson, K6WLS, has installed a full service BBS station and a Winlink gateway in Yolo County.
The BBS and winlink gateway are on 144.370.
Connect to the BBS - K6WLS-1 via berr37, or the Winlink gateway via K6WLS-10 via berr37.    9/18/2017

Andy Boone KJ6IYM appointed as Yuba-Sutter EC

The Sacramento Valley Section is pleased to announce that Andy Boone KJ6IYM has been appointed as Yuba-Sutter Emergency Coordinator. Andy will be taking over for Steve Sweetman K6TAZ who has served a EC for the last four years. Thank you Steve and welcome Andy!
   9/1/2017

Northern California DX Club is offering free online classes for the General Class Amateur Radio License

The Northern California DX Club is offering free online classes for the General Class Amateur Radio License and HF operating starting in mid-September.

After a couple of introductory classes the tracks include Track I General License Exam Preparation, Track II HF Operating and Station Building and Track III Advanced Topics. Because the material is presented in tracks you can take only the classes that interest you. Our plan is to expose you to everything HF at your own skill level. There will even be a little material on how to chase DX thrown in for good measure.

Classes are free and we will do our best to make them fun. Some classes will be taught using Webex so you don't even have to leave your home to take them. Others will be taught at your Elmer's shack where you can try out what you are learning on the air. We look forward to helping you to enjoy HF ham
Go to http://www.ncdxc.org/pages/elmer.html for details    8/23/2017

Monitor Eclipse Communications

Oregon ARES has eclipse information at: http://www.oregonaresraces.org/?page_id=1792

Red Cross and ARRL has ICS-205 plans for many of the states in the path of totality.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k9o1bauugyv9lkt/AAD9kkWFsYhae5mstr4WHHVta?dl=0

Video recording of the Red Cross Coordination Call 2017 Solar Eclipse video. August 15, 2017

https://youtu.be/eY9Gw6ohifM    8/17/2017

New version of Flmsg has been posted

New version of Flmsg has been posted
http://w1hkj.com/alpha/flmsg/
the Red Cross Templates are designed to wrk with Flmsg. The new version of Flmsg adds new features to facilitate saving files to be sent by radio operators..    7/19/2017

Alturas Functional Shelter Exercise

ARES DEC Jim Linden, N7JIL, and EC Dan Stossmeister, KJ6ZUW were invited to the Strong Family Functional Shelter Exercise on June 27th in Alturas, CA. The scenario was no electricity or Internet for 24 hours. Clinic had a generator running and we set up Packet Winlink in a closet with an outside antenna. From there we sent and received e-mails for the shelter. All the agencies participated there were quite impressed with that capability that hams can bring to a disaster.
read more...    7/1/2017

Video of Field Day in Yolo County

Jay Ballinger, N6SAC, created a short film documenting Field Day in Yolo County. 4 radio clubs YARS, BARK, ARES, UCDARC
https://jayballinger.com/swapspace/arrl-field-day-2017/    6/30/2017

The Red Cross Message Utility

American Red Cross liaison to amateur radio has prepared a zip file containing the "The Red Cross Message Utility".

The Red Cross Message Utility (“flmsg”) is primarily intended to create messages for transmission by radio when cell phone and Internet is unavailable. The zip file contains the latest version of Flmsg, nine custom Red Cross forms, and directions for use.    6/8/2017

American Red Cross Gold Country Region Amateur has a Winlink address KA6ARC@winlink.org

The American Red Cross Gold Country Region Amateur Radio Call Sign is KA6ARC and they now has a WinLink address of ka6arc@winlink.org

Jim Piper N6MED, Red Cross Liaison to Amateur radio has taken on this task of monitoring this winlink address.

In past exercises and disasters, that involve multiple counties, it is important to be able to communicate with the Red Cross Disaster Operations Center (DOC). A running Winlink station at the DOC will facilitate this passing of information. Jim has the winlink station running now so we can start to get familiar with sending information to the DOC. This is an exciting development.

It would be great if you, or any of your ARES members could send a winlink message to the DOC.
If you are using Winlink Express, send a short message to the Red Cross winlink station. Please include your Name, Call sign, Location, County.

KA6ARC@winlink.org
Also CC Jim at:
jim.piper@redcross.org5/24/2017

Microsoft Patch for the WannaCry Computer virus

You can get the XP patches from MicroSoft's Web site:
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/    5/16/2017

New Sierra County Emergency Coordinator named

Scott A Schlefstein N5TEN, has been named the new Emergency Coordinator for Sierra County ARES

Please welcome Scott to ARES
Scott A Schlefstein N5TEN,
530-993-4900
scottlasd261@gmail.com    5/16/2017

AB1222 Call-to-Action - 3 May 2017. Amendment Bill to Distracted Driving Law

AB1222 goes to the Assembly floor for vote SOON, in-adequately amended. It *MUST* be fixed before it passes, or in the Senate. We will be emailing the Assembly with our concerns, but that is not enough. We all need to CALL our representatives and BE HEARD! DO. NOT. WAIT. A more complete update and instructions are at: http://www.no1pc.org/handsfree/index.htm Thank you for your support...
   5/4/2017

Full Service BBS and Winlink gateway now active in Modoc County

Jim Hertel, N6KMR, has installed a full service BBS station and a Winlink gateway in Modoc County.
Connect ot the BBS - N6KMR-1, or the Winlink gateway via N6MKR-10. Currently the stations are on 145.050, but these may change in the future when approved by NCPA to 145.09 or 144.97.
Jim notes: "our coverage is Modoc county Alturas Area and as soon as the snow melts Surprise Valley too"
Contact Jim at: N6KMR@N6KMR.#NCA.CA.USA.NOAM or K6KMR@winlink.org    5/4/2017

CAL FIRE Launches New Ready for Wildfire App

SACRAMENTO - Being Ready for Wildfire has never been easier with CAL FIRE’s new Ready for Wildfire app. This new tool puts a whole library of step-by-step checklists in the palm of the user’s hand.

Users can also sign-up for customized alerts that will send a text or push notification to their device when a CAL FIRE is responding or assisting to a wildfire in their area. Additionally, users can set up alerts for single counties, multiple counties

http://tinyurl.com/ldy93qm
   4/20/2017

Emergency Communications Driving Increase in Amateur Radio Operators

Emergency Communications Driving Increase in Amateur Radio Operators
More Americans than ever have been licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as amateur radio operators, and those in the know say that emergency communications is driving their passion to be “hams.”
From Emergency Management Magazine    4/13/2017

Volunteer Examiner Session Checklist

Yolo County ARES VE team developed a "Volunteer Examiner Session checklist"
used in each of our FCC license test sessions to make sure all the forms are completed correctly.

We put a copy with each candidate's paper work and the VEs check the forms as the testing progresses. At the end, a quick review is all that is needed.    12/8/2015

Ultra-portable Packet Station

Joe, AG6QO wrote: Kenwood produces a beautiful little HT known as the TH-D72, which is a dual band 5 W transceiver, with built-in GPS and TNC. This makes it not only a nice mobile APRS unit, but a travelling packet station with the addition of a MS Windows based Venue 8 Pro tablet

He has installed puTTY, Outpost, RMS Express, and even Paclink and Thunderbird on this little 16 GB table which turns it into the ultra-portable packet station he needed for remote access to the AG6QO-1 BBS and radio mail.
Check out the AG6QO web site http://ag6qo.com/RpiBPQnode.html#tablet    7/5/2015

ARES Deployment and Assignment Form

The ARES Deployment and Assignment Form, helps ARES members gather and organize information they might need for deployment or activation.    6/17/2015

Updated Amateur Radio Emergency Service Manual Now Online

The latest edition (March 2015) of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) Manual now is online. This edition includes various Incident Command System (ICS) forms for ARES use, clarifies the role of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), contains an improved chapter on ARES training, and includes all current ARRL memoranda of understanding/agreement.    6/4/2015

Yolo, Sacramento, and Placer County Everbridge Alert System Sign up

It is most important that each of your ARES members properly signup up for the Everbridge Alert system. Find out how you can get registered with Everbridge.

Sacramento, Placer and Yolo Counties Sign up page/    8/26/2014

Latest Version of the National Interoperability Field Guide

The Department of Homeland security has released a new version of the National Interoperability Field Guide.

The NIFOG can be downloaded at:
http://publicsafetytools.info/nifog_info/nifog_info.php

An index of tools and documents is available:
http://publicsafetytools.info/start_index_v2.php

The Public Safety Library site that has links to an Adroid and Apple mobile OS apps that lets you download and manage documents.
http://publicsafetytools.info/pslib    8/1/2014

Using FLmsg with Outpost Packet Manager to send Form Data

During the Regional ARES exercise in March, the value of using packet for sending information digitally was appreciated. Although several digital programs such as FLdigi and Winlink can send form data digitally, it is cumbersome with a packet program such as Outpost Packet Manager.

The Outpost Packet Manager has been embraced by many ARES groups in the US for digital packet messaging. In a project to make it easy to send and work with form data from FLmsg, a form manager design to work with FLdigi, we have created step by step instructions to enable the use of FLmsg forms to send form data with Outpost to a PBBS or a full service BBS, and when form data is received in a message in Outpost, to recreate the original form.

Documentation for using FLmsg and Outpost usage and well as a web based tool to create a custom Outpost Script that will work with your packet setup.    3/27/2014
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