Welcome to the Sacramento Valley Regional ARES

Photos from the Department of Water Resources Twitchell Island Exercise

Sacramento County and members of Yolo County ARES participated in a flood exercise on Twitchell Island. Teams of radio operators were assigned to each of the exercise sites.

The exercise went very well for all. During the hotwash, the event coordinators were impressed with Amateur Radio Operators' performance. It was noted that ARES were the first to notice and call in a second levee boil in one location.
Photos from ICP: http://sacvalleyares.org/contents/Gallery/TwitchellIsland

Photos of the field operations from the Twitchell Island Levee exercise courtesy of Sharman Wood, Yolo County Office of Emergency Services.    10/22/2014

The Great California Shakeout Earthquake Exercise October 16, 2014

Several ARES groups in the Sacramento Valley section joined millions of Californians in the Great California Shakeout earthquake drill on October 16, 2014 that started at 10:16 AM.

Both Nevada County ARES, Sacramento County, and Yolo County ARES have posted their exercise plans with times for nets.

Yolo County ARES also posted their log sheets and recordings of the exercise.

Remember in an earthquake, DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON.    10/15/2014

Applegate Fire - Placer County

If shelter communications are needed, monitor:
W6EK 145.430 - 162.2 (Placer ARES)
N6ICW 147.195 + 123 (Sacramento ARES)

Boadcastify Live Audio Feed: http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/9882/web


King Fire - Pollock Pines, Info and link to Audio feed

Current fire information

Audio Feed from Broadcastify

Status: Dedicated El Dorado County feed for the AEU/ENF -- KING -- fire. Also includes EDSO / OES evacuation operations for locals.

http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ctid/191    9/15/2014

September is National Preparedness Month

FEMA has put out a "digital toolkit" that is full of family preparedness information including a 4-week plan that will assist you in putting together a complete preparedness plan.

View the FEMA digital toolkit.    8/28/2014

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:

An index of tools and documents is available:

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

How to Monitor Major CalFire Incidents

The following link has a lot of good information on how to understand what is happening on a major Cal Fire incident. 


 Be sure to follow the links contained on the page: 
Incident Command System <http://scancal.org/calfire/ics/index.html>
Communications on Major Fire<http://scancal.org/calfire/ics/communications.html>
Parts of a Major Fire <http://scancal.org/airattack/parts.html> , 
Strike Teams <http://scancal.org/calfire/striketeam.html>

FCC Proposed Rule Change RM-11708

There is concern by many amateur radio operators regarding the proposed
rule change RM-11708. The proposal by the ARRL will allow the CW/Data areas of the HF bands to be used for 2.8 MHz wide full power unlimited baud rate data transmissions. Some of these transmissions will come from automated stations.

Read the Filing by ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio in RM-11708 on 11/15/2013

RM-11708 FAQ - ARRL
Why did the ARRL think the petition to eliminate regulation by symbol rate was needed? and more.

A letter from Eric Guenzler, KG6BZT with information about this proposed rule change and how it could affect the CW/Data portion of the HF bands.

File a comment with the FCC.    7/4/2014

CAL OES EF6 Mass Care, Drought, and Fire Summit

Slides and After Action Reports from the CAL OES Mass Care Drought and Fire Summit May 1, 2014    5/3/2014

Amateur Radio Lessons Learned from the Oso disaster

An email from George Boswell, K7YHB, who worked the Oso Landslide as ARES a team member. He has written some "lessons learned" That we can all take to heart.    4/30/2014

Sacramento Valley Section Event Calendar

A Calendar of Events has been added to the web site to allow viewing of amateur ARES and club radio events in in Sacramento Valley Section.

Are you looking for amateur radio events where you could volunteer?
Events were the coordinators are looking for extra radio operators to help out will be listed with a "+" in the event title.
If your radio group would like to add an event to the calendar go to:
Suggest an event to add.    4/6/2014

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

New Butte County Emergency Coordinator

Congratulations to Scott Petersen, KE6VUS, who has been appointed as Butte Emergency Coordinator.
Scott has added photos of the Emcomm van he put together.

Photos from the January 25, 2014 Sacramento Valley ARES Leadership Meeting

The January 25, 2014 Sacramento Valley ARES Leadership held a meeting on January 25 in Auburn. ARES ECs and leaders from Nevada, Sacramento, Yuba-Sutter, Placer, and Yolo- Colusa counties attended.
Items discussed included the sacvalleyares.org web site, call out procedures, portable power ideas, The upcoming PLACER MCI event, a backpack frame for radio equipment, and ideas for working together on regional exercises.    1/27/2014

Find a problem with the web site? Have a Suggestion? Want to know what's new?

A page has been added to the web site with information for reporting bugs, problems or making suggestions.
The page also displays a change log with bugs fixed and new additions to web site. You can get to this page from the "Home" button on the menu bar.

Photos from the California International Marathon

The California International Marathon in Sacramento on December 8, 2013 dreq more than 9,000 runners. The runners and the 24 amateur radio operators supporting this event braved low 30 degree temperatures. Net Control for the amateur radio operators was located in a fire department trailer. Frank, N6SNO, John, KI6ZWW, Chuck, W6AQM, Computer operations, and Andrea, KI6VGK operated as net control operators. Kaiser Medical personnel, AMR dispatch, and a race official were also located in the trailer. Vince, KI6NHP, submitted photos of a field station.    12/26/2013

Oregon SET: 'HACK Attack 2013'

Recordings of the 9:00AM and the 11:AM ARES nets on the N6ICW 147.195 for check in to the Oregon Set. Net control was John, KI6ZWW, Sacramento ARES EC. We also have a recording of an ICS-213 message, and Michael, KI6UJX, posted a PDF with the message in an ICS-213 form.
View the Oregon SET Files    11/2/2013

Great California Shakeout October 17, 2013

The Great California Shakeout occured October 17, 2013. This was a great opportunity for ARES groups to exercise their emergency plans. As plans are receive from ARES groups participating, they will be posted in the Documents section under training. If you have plans or any documents to share, please send them to kg6sjt@gmail.com.    10/22/2013

Welcome to the Sacramento Valley ARES web site

This web site for Sacramento Valley ARES groups, is a place for ARES groups to share information. It is under development. As we collect material and information, more features will be come active and features added.    10/22/2013
Visit the Sacramento Valley ARES News Archive to view past stories


Email comments or suggestions for this site to kg6sjt@gmail.com.