Sacramento Section EC Report for Year 2018

Report for:

The number after the county reflects the number of hours they have submitted during the year.

Section Manager: 0 Section EC: 1034      
District 1 EC: 132 District 2 EC: 0 District 3 EC: 429 District 4 EC: 8 District 5: 90
LASSEN: 231 BUTTE: 1209 SACRAMENTO: 2323 NEVADA: 186 ALPINE: 2012
SISKIYOU*: 0 GLENN: 374 YOLO-COLUSA: 751 SIERRA*: 19 AMADOR: 1515
MODOC: 244 SHASTA/TEHAMA: 487 YUBA-SUTTER: 666 PLUMAS: 1394 PLACER: 1089
TRINITY: 319       EL DORADO: 74
        TAHOE BASIN*: 0

* EC position is OPEN

Section Information for FSD-96

ARRL Section: Sacramento Valley Section
Year: 2018
Total number of ARES members 383
Change since last year
(+, -, same)
16     +
Number of DECs/ECs reports this year 145
Number of ARES nets active: 611  
Number of nets with NTS liaison: 83 
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KA7AJQ, KJ6WYW, KK6EVX, N7JIL, N6SNO, K6WLS, KB6FMZ, W6RWL, KE6GLA, KF6OBI, K6ME, KJ6ZUW, N5BMU, KJ6HNP, N6CKV, KI6YUK, KI6NHP, KG6SJT, KI6WAN, N5TEN, KJ6OCL, KK6LDS, KJ6IYM,  
   
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this year
523.5 
NUmber of drill Person hours 8868 
Number of public service events this month
51 
total PS Person hours 3911 
Number of emergency operations this year 10 
Totl Emergency Person Hours 675 
Total number of ARES operations this year 1137.5 
Total Person hours 14254 
   
   
   

Comments submitted during the year :

1/2018: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2018 January Alpine/Douglas Comment In addition to our nets and meeting, members spent much time on packet operations and discovery, antennas, 911 radio repair and personal equipment repair. Also, members are working on the SIERA emergency radio trailer, available to DCART. Jeff, K7BCV is going to be offering a radio class through Western Nevada College. And I registered both Alpine and Douglas Counties for our organization numbers for ARRL ARES. At our February meeting we plan to cover GPS on a cell phone and how to use it to locate your position. There has been discussion about needing cell towers. The cell phone works both off satellites and cell towers so some variables to discuss. Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ ARES Emergency Coordinator Alpine and Douglas Counties

2/2018: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2018 February Alpine/Douglas Comment At our February DCART meeting we discussed GPS in relation to our own 911 Dispatch Center and our smart cell phones and tablets. Dispatch prefers that rural or field locations information be given in decimal degrees as time is lost to convert from lat & long. Our Douglas County 911 Dispatch Center is looking forward to the installation this spring of the Next Generation 911 system that will include texting. The motto will be, "Call if you can. Text if you can't." This installation will address previous technical challenges and include an updated antenna system for our ham radio desk equipment. Also, our Douglas County Comm Tech, K5BLS, installed a Fusion radio at our 911 station that added more frequencies (digital and analog) that are coordinated through the area Fusion repeater systems. Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ ARES Emergency Coordinator Alpine and Douglas Counties

3/2018: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2018 March Alpine/Douglas Comment Our Douglas County Amateur Radio Team (DCART) studied Radiograms during our monthly meeting. KA7FOO, Doug, presented a very informative session. DCART members continue to enjoy special projects. Some of those follow. KE7NCJ, Tom, is coordinating schedules and planning for the Pony Express ReRide support communications in June for the SIERA group. K7BCV, Jeff, is finishing his technician class with WNC and may do a General this summer. His website is http://www.k7bcv-radio.tech. KD7NHC, John, reports great fun with drone training for SAR in Lyon County. Several members, N7XYL, Debbie, K6VOC, Bob, K6LR, Jim, KJ6IX, Dale, KJ7UK, Dick, and KI6EWK, David, continue support for our packet radio operations, including for our own 911 station. They also work with the SIERA communications trailer. KI7CTT, Sue, and N7BBE, Ben coordinate information flow and training notes with SIERA (Sierra Intermountain Emergency Radio Association). N7TNX, Dave, and KA7UIS, LeRoy participate with the weekly Northwestern Nevada Hospitals nets at either our Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center station or the Carson Tahoe Specialty Medical Center station and work their packet stations. N7TNX,Dave, works with the station at DEM. (Nevada Division of Emergency Management). KV7S, Dale, keeps our 911 station working and works with county communications. Our other members support us quietly in the background. Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ ARES Emergency Coordinator Alpine and Douglas Counties

4/2018: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2018 April Alpine/Douglas Comment DCART (Douglas County Amateur Radio Team) met in April to discuss plans for an exercise to be held May 21st. We plan to begin with a Reverse 911 call out at 6 pm and meet on the 147.270 repeater at 6:30 pm. We will staff our 911 and CM11 (Dispatch mobile) radios. Other members will participate from home. We have several very active ham clubs in the area and many of our members participate in their nets and training. All in all the training and inter-relatedness prepares us all for area events and incidents. Everyone prepares now for fire season. Our SIERA organization funds and staffs their emergency communications trailer and SIERA and DCART members contribute to it's support. Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ ARES Emergency Coordinator Alpine and Douglas Counties

5/2018: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2018 May Alpine/Douglas Comment DCART (Douglas County Amateur Radio Team) members participated in an exercise May 21 that began with a Reverse 911 member call out asking us to meet on our 147.27 repeater at 1830 hours. Some members staffed our Dispatch stations and others staffed our mobile Dispatch unit parked next to Dispatch. Other operators participated from home. Our goal was to exercise our call out procedures and our stations' radios as well as exercise our frequencies plan by calling members to several of our planning frequencies. We accomplished this. Challenges ∑ Our 911 Reverse Call Out for DCART procedure had been programmed to call for an ID prior to receiving the message and we do not have such IDs. So members could not receive the information by phone. Will have to check out that process. ∑ Severe thunderstorms happened so Dispatchers were busy with flash flood and rescue calls including addressing the flash flood and debris that hit the Topaz Lodge. Our Plan calls for HF operators at home to use our State ARES frequencies for contacts and information. Those operators would then contact our 911 Dispatch station. Many of our operators disconnected their antennas especially HF because of the lightning activity. We were not able to use HF. ∑ And as for packet - well a week previous, our Rawe Peak link for our recently rearranged configuration took a lightning hit and was down. Also our own BBS packet station computer at Dispatch had a fatal software glitch. We had public service events in May with more coming in June. Several of our members are supporting SIERA with a special events station for the Viet Nam Memorial Moving Wall May 31st - June 4th. Several DCART/SIERA members participated in Safety Day with the group emergency trailer. (Lot of stories about practice set ups) The Pony Express Reride, Nevada part, is June 21 through June 23. Field Day coincides and it is tough to get base station operators. June 30 is the Alta Alpina Challenge (bicycle ride) mostly in Alpine County. We provide operators in Dispatch to relay emergency calls that do not make it into the system. Many Alta Alpina officers and riders are hams. Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ ARES Emergency Coordinator Alpine and Douglas Counties

6/2018: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2018 June Alpine/Douglas Comment Our DCART (Douglas County Amateur Radio Team) members participated with several area events this month: The Viet Nam Moving Wall Memorial, the Pony Express Reride, Field Day, and the Alta Alpina Challenge ride in Alpine County. Also planning is taking place for the annual Tour of the California Alps/Death Ride in Alpine County. The Churchill Amateur Radio Society hosted a Field Day at Lake Tahoe. Jeff Brown, K5BLS, our Douglas County Comm Tech, and President of C.A.R.S, and our 911 Director, Ron Sagen, have planned for our DCART Center to receive all brand new Yaesu Fusion radio equipment including an FT-991A in the coming year. The CARS repeater was an important resource during the early part of the Pony Express ReRide. The Pony Express ReRide from West to East, June 21 to 23, across Nevada, was supported by pony followers, relays and base stations. The hotline was updated as well and texts were sent to participating parties. The SIERA (Sierra Intermountain Emergency Radio Association) has provided communications for the Ride from 1989 to 2018 (29 years). Many DCART members are also SIERA so we have a great interaction. One of our members and SIERA member, Tom, KE7NCJ, coordinated and planned this event's Amateur Radio communications part for this ReRide. John, KD7NHC, put in 58 hours and 1147 miles following the pony to Ibapah, Utah. For Field Day, SIERA members put up stations at the Douglas County Airport. Many members rushed back from their Pony assignments to participate. The SIERA emergency communications trailer was a key feature. A lot goes into the trailer's maintenance and engineering. June 30th, DCART supported the Alta Alpina Challenge Ride cycling event- mostly taking place in Alpine County. DCART members staffed our 911 station all day to facilitate any incidents into the 911 system that might happen in communications dark spots. July 14 brings the "Death Ride" (Tour of the California Alps) cycling event in Alpine County. And the Nevada State Amateur Radio Convention (NVCON) comes to the Boomtown Casino Hotel in Reno, July 20-22 2018. nvcon.org Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ ARES Emergency Coordinator Alpine and Douglas Countyies

7/2018: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2018 July Alpine/Douglas Comment Some DCART (Douglas County Amateur Radio Team) members participated with Alpine County's Tour of the California Alps (Death Ride) bicycle event with support ham radio communications July 14th. Tahoe Amateur Radio Association coordinated those communications. K7VOC and N7XYL staffed the Alpine Sheriff's Dispatch office about 18 hours that day. The NVCon ham radio convention at Reno's Boomtown Casino Hotel was well attended and a great success. Many good presentations and vendors. It was great to meet area hams in person. Jeff, K5BLS, of CARS, and Douglas County Communications, gave a nice presentation on Fusion Radio. By the way, Jeff will be able to assist DCART with technical and legal issues for our McClellan repeaters as well as advise us on the Fusion radio part of our station there at 911 Dispatch. It looks like we will be able to have HF there in the future. Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ ARES Emergency Coordinator Alpine and Douglas Counties

3/2018: AMADOR, KJ6WYW, Daniel L. Edwards: I really apologize for submitting this report so late.

4/2018: AMADOR, KJ6WYW, Daniel L. Edwards: Big month for Amador County.

6/2018: AMADOR, KJ6WYW, Daniel L. Edwards: Good Field Day in Walmart parking lot

1/2018: District 1, N7JIL, Jim Linden: We listened at section net time and heard no one up here.

2/2018: District 1, N6SNO, Frank Reshke: Took the ICS-300 class

3/2018: District 1, N6SNO, Frank Reshke: Meeting for Eppies Great Race.

2/2018: District 3, K6WLS, Ken Wilson: repairs to damaged tower equipment, FCC license session, and rebuilding antennas - plus admin dities

7/2018: District 5, W6RWL, Ralph Lucas: Great Job to all the volunteerís to the Western States Endurance Run and the Tevis Cup Endurance Ride this year, Thank you from Joe N6SAT, Randy KD6MWI and Ralph W6RWL. Joe is the new WSER Radio Leader and Randy is the new Tevis Cup Radio Leader. Both had great results at this years evednts thanks to your help. Thank you again, Ralph W6RWL.

1/2018: EL DORADO, KE6GLA, Jay Harmor: El Doradoc County ARES trailer deployed for Coloma Discovery of Gold Special Event Station. Completed maintenance on ARES trailer.

2/2018: EL DORADO, KE6GLA, Jay Harmor: Extra net for low snow event.

4/2018: EL DORADO, KE6GLA, Jay Harmor: meeting with go-box show and WinLink overview.

6/2018: EL DORADO, KE6GLA, Jay Harmor: Pony Express Ride support

7/2018: EL DORADO, KE6GLA, Jay Harmor: Prep for CA Fires.

4/2018: GLENN, KF6OBI, Michael A. Ellithorp: 2018 Run Your Tail Off event trail safety and communications support.

6/2018: GLENN, KF6OBI, Michael A. Ellithorp: Field Day 2018, not much fun because of heat and wind, but lots of education for club members. Club station KJ6HCG operated 2ASV and made 14 solid contacts. See our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KJ6HCG/

7/2018: GLENN, KF6OBI, Michael A. Ellithorp: Glenn County ARES was stood up this month after a long hiatus. Michael, KJ6KIZ assumed the duties of EC for Glenn County ARES Michael, KF6OBI assumed the duties of AEC for Glenn County ARES Glenn County EC Michael, KJ6KIZ responded at request of Red Cross and SV Section EC to Weaverville, CA in support of shelter operations.

4/2018: LASSEN, K6ME, Terry L Cobb Sr: Nine Lassen ARES members and two trainees provided Emcomm communications for the 51st annual Lassen Diamondback Hare Motorcycle Scramble event on April 08. Even with the blustery cold wet weather there were 94 riders in the main event which consisted of two 43 mile laps through very steep rocky and wet terrain with up to 2,400' in elevation change over cross country terrain. Thankfully this year there were no major injuries or rescues. Two or more ARES members were staged at the three Stop-Checks and the Start-Finish base camp. As there are no repeaters with coverage we had 4 complete 50 watt VHF stations using simplex and high gain antennas in order to cover the complete course. Our ARES members were at their assigned points for 7 hours not counting the 3 hour round trip to this years event in Dry Valley Nevada. >https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/14f3ef_92d65b73d04245a89afd452545dc3ee1.pdf<

7/2018: LASSEN, K6ME, Terry L Cobb Sr: 2 ARES members on standby at the Lassen EOC July 26/27 during the initial evacuations at the Whaleback Fire.

1/2018: NEVADA, KJ6HNP, Jason Eaton: Hello Greg, there was a meeting today on 1/31, not sure if that is counted here or not. It say there were 6 drills/training etc. 4 nets is correct, we have one a week.

1/2018: PLACER, N6CKV, Carl First: Carl N6CKV and Stuart AK6XR attend a ICS 300 clasee

4/2018: PLACER, N6CKV, Carl First: The group had a face to face meeting with Ben Green of CalOES as the guest speaker. Several members participated in the Folsom MS walk.

5/2018: PLACER, N6CKV, Carl First: Orion AI6JB has been appointed AEC for training, Carl N6CKV has started a groups.io site for Placer County ARES, and several members provided communications for the CERA Enduro in Georgetown

6/2018: PLACER, N6CKV, Carl First: There was good participation in Field Day and the Western States 100 Mile run

7/2018: PLACER, N6CKV, Carl First: Placer County ARES had a face to face meeting AI6JB taught a class on map reading.

2/2018: PLUMAS, KI6YUK, DL (Larry) Trotter: Another quiet month on the Plumas. Gearing up for the latest round of snow @ month's end.

4/2018: PLUMAS, KI6YUK, DL Trotter: Busy month in preparation for the 2018 EmComm season. Seneca Hospital in Chester went CommDark for about .5 hour on 4/27. KI6YUL called a CQ and 2 locals answered and went Standby until the LL, Cell and internet came back on line.

5/2018: PLUMAS, KI6YUK, DL "Larry" Trotter: May was a busy month for us, with our first Event of the season, the IVCR bike ride. The Club has been working about 10 years putting together EmComm Stations in our 3 Hospitals on the Plumas and 1 in Sierra County; all are now operational and online. The Tri-County Health Care Coalition, comprised of Lassen, Plumas and Sierra Counties, has requested PARC/ARES/RACES to be a part of the EmComm system, with our first County Drill on 26 June 2018, to test operational readiness and inter-county operability, using our Mt. Hough machine and Simplex relays.

6/2018: PLUMAS, KI6YUK, DL "Larry" Trotter: The month started out with the SBTS Lost & Found Bike Event, 45, 60 and 100 mile rides, all done on Simplex (we were all pretty surprised). Since May, we have been gearing-up for a 3-County (Plumas, Lassen and Sierra) EmComm Drill with Health Care facilities, a first for the Northern Sierras and Southern Cascade counties: over 8,000 square miles and about 58,000 people now have back-up communications, in the event of a CommDark scenario. Turned out to be a success! More work ahead to develop and fine-tune, but it's a good start. Our VEs gave a Tech Class and with an assist from SNARS, gave a Technician Test to 13 folks on the 30th, 11 of whom passed plus one General to Amateur Extra Class. The youngest Tech was 10 years old! (Start 'em early) Many Thanks to our Instructors and VEs for a great Session. A long and full month on the Plumas!

7/2018: PLUMAS, KI6YUK, DL "Larry" Trotter: June proved to be a fairly quiet month on the Plumas. We had an Antenna Party on 7/14 and helped John erect his 50' Rohn tower and antennas with rotator. Up and operational before noon on a Saturday. Many of our folks are vacationing or otherwise out-of-town, so few could respond to the Carr Fire incident from up here. We are still on stand-by for the Carr. One of our Hams is also an ARC Volunteer and is waiting to be called upon to drive the ERV. 73

1/2018: Section EC, KG6SJT, Gregory Kruckewitt: HIghlights: Work on Winlink forms for the Winlink Grou: ARRL Radiogram, State of Oregon Winlink forms. Presentation on packet, Flmsg and Winlink templates for Yolo ARES meeting. Work on SHARES forms for Winlink and FEMA. Presentation on ARES booklet at Placer ARES meeting. First two days of ICS-300 Class in January.. Completed in February.

2/2018: Section EC, KG6SJT, Gregory Kruckewitt: Work coding Winlink forms for : Oregon, Alaska, Western States Endurance Run, Hospital HICS-213 for Florida for the Winlink Group. Also Attended the ICS-300 Class, administrative- helping various county ECs with info

3/2018: Section EC, KG6SJT, Gregory Kruckewitt: All Groups should be prepping and gearing up for the multiple Pubic Service events in April and May.

4/2018: Section EC, KG6SJT, Gregory Kruckewitt: Highlights: Work on Sierra Century. Continued work with the Winlink Forms group developing forms for winlink

5/2018: Section EC, KG6SJT, Gregory Kruckewitt: Busy public service month: VE test session, Cache Creek Ridge Ride, AMGEN bike Ride, and the Davis Double Century. Continued work on Winlink forms for the Salvation Army, FEMA Resource Request form, SHARES form, Red Cross Safe and Well form.

6/2018: Section EC, KG6SJT, Gregory Kruckewitt: Work on Winlink forms, meetings with ARES groups, Western State Endurance Ride NC,

7/2018: Section EC, KG6SJT, Gregory Kruckewitt: July became a very busy month with the Carr fire. Shasta and Trinity counties were short handed for operators to support the Red Cross shelters that opened. the requested mutual assistance. A call was sent out to all ARES ECs and DEC for help in the Redding area. Thanks to the ARES members in Shasta county, Trinity County, El Dorado County, Sacramento County,Uba-Sutter, and Glenn Country we have been able to deploy ARES operators to assist at the shelter. All of the operators have made all ARES members proud. A big Thank you to all the volunteers who stepped up when called out.

3/2018: SHASTA/TEHAMA, KI6WAN, Tom Henthorn : Monday Night net includes packet, winlink, HF, and 2 meter check inís.

7/2018: SHASTA/TEHAMA, KI6WAN, Tom Henthorn: Carr Fire, Supporting ARC shelters, hours do not include help from outside are ARES group. STARES is very grateful for the all the help and support from Sacvalley ARES staff and members

1/2018: SIERRA, N5TEN, Scott A. Schlefstein: Local emergency preparedness ham operators, including John Mitchell (W1RK) and myself (N5TEN) inspected, repaired, and had meetings at the Loyalton Hospital emergency amateur radio station. Photos were provided to greg Kruckewitt (KG6SJT).

2/2018: SIERRA, N5TEN, Scott A. Schlefstein: Emergency ham radio station at Loyalton Hospital work day was published in Sierra Booster Newspaper last week, featuring the station and hams that put in the time.

6/2018: SIERRA, N5TEN, Scott A. Schlefstein: June 26th: A Tri-County Emergency Radio Comms drill was activated, with Plumas ARS, Sierra County Offices, Sierra County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Loyalton Skilled Nursing Facility, Eastern Plumas Hospital, Lassen ARC and the Sierra County EC (N5TEN) on simplex from Sierra Brooks HF Station/Repeater site. N5TEN was able to communicate with Plumas ARC in Quincy California via 146.550, testing signal with 10 watts to 160 watts off a 20 element yagi at 100% pure communications quality both ways. Sierra Brooks was also in communication with the Loyalton Hospital ham station, operated by John Mitchell W1RK of Calpine (Sierra County). The drill was a success and insurance for when EMS and law enforcement lose all communications, dispatch, and telephones in the area during a severe storm, fire, or other emergency event. I want to thank Plumas ARC and Larry Trotter KI6YUK for coordinating the event.

4/2018: TRINITY, KJ6OCL, KARL FISHER: We had great participation (12 members and guests) in an ARES Version ICS-213 formal message handling training session. We also started some practice exercises during last week's net and will continue these in May.

6/2018: TRINITY, KJ6OCL, KARL FISHER: This month we provided communications for two horse events and one bicycle event.

4/2018: YUBA-SUTTER, kj6iym, Andy Boone: yuba sutter ares members volunteered for 50 hours and just over 500 miles for the bike around the buttes event.

 


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