Sacramento Section EC Report for Year 2019

Report for:

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

Section Manager: 0 Section EC: 830      
District 1 EC: 0 District 2 EC: 110 District 3 EC: 79 District 4 EC: 5 District 5: 84
LASSEN: 177 BUTTE: 215 SACRAMENTO: 1348 NEVADA: 250 ALPINE: 2638
SISKIYOU*: 0 GLENN: 510 YOLO-COLUSA: 746 SIERRA*: 6 AMADOR: 924
MODOC: 489 SHASTA/TEHAMA: 281 YUBA-SUTTER: 1351 PLUMAS: 1054 PLACER: 1055
TRINITY: 395       EL DORADO: 37
        TAHOE BASIN*: 0

* EC position is OPEN

Section Information for FSD-96

ARRL Section: Sacramento Valley Section
Year: 2019
Total number of ARES members 382
Change since last year
(+, -, same)
27     +
Number of DECs/ECs reports this year 136
Number of ARES nets active: 524  
Number of nets with NTS liaison: 85 
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KA7AJQ, KJ6WYW, W6FS, KK6EVX, KF6OBI, KK6ZGB, KB6FMZ, W6RWL, KE6GLA, KJ6KIZ, KI6KIZ, K6ME, K6JBH, N5BMU, N5BU, KJ6HNP, N6CKV, KI6YUK, KI6NHP, KG6SJT, KI6WAN, N5TEN, KJ6OCL, KK6LDS, KJ6HHY, KJ6IYM,  
   
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this year
535 
NUmber of drill Person hours 8406 
Number of public service events this month
49 
total PS Person hours 2571 
Number of emergency operations this year
Totl Emergency Person Hours 23 
Total number of ARES operations this year 939 
Total Person hours 11983 
   
   
   

Comments submitted during the year :

1/2019: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2019 January Alpine/Douglas ARES Comment Douglas County Amateur Radio Team (DCART) members reported time for the following activities: nets, meeting, taking and giving classes, studying digital modes (FLdigi and Winlink), packet operations, working on and programming radio equipment, working with nets and radio equipment at the hospitals and Nevada Division of Emergency Management, planning for the June Pony Express Reride through Nevada (KE7NCJ), and the Tonopah NV ARES Leadership meeting (KD7NHC and N7TNX) . The ARES Connect process is in place though we are working through a lot of questions. Members should establish your accounts, sign up for events and keep me posted on how things are going. DCART welcomes new member Tom Seeley, W4FLL. We will update our membership listings within a couple of weeks. DCART does not have a web site just now. We are looking into setting up one through the County. Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ ARES Emergency Coordinator Alpine and Douglas Counties Alpine County

2/2019: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2019 February Alpine/Douglas ARES Comment DCART (Douglas County Amateur Radio Team) members again had great project time reports for February. Hours came from support of Nevada Division of Emergency Management communications and their conference for Emergency Preparedness, participation in hospital and other nets, local training classes, including the formal class at Western Nevada College, maintaining our ham station at 911 and our home stations. Winlink, packet, and FLdigi modes continue to be topics for our members' training efforts. Our Douglas County 911 Emergency Services Director has planned our ham station relocation, still in the 911 building. We will have our own office with provision for all our radio equipment. Our DEC held a meeting in Carson for northwest Nevada ECs so we could review our ARES Connect operations and plan for a field exercise. Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ ARES Emergency Coordinator Alpine and Douglas Counties

2/2019: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2019 February Alpine/Douglas ARES Comment DCART (Douglas County Amateur Radio Team) members again had great project time reports for February. Hours came from support of Nevada Division of Emergency Management communications and their conference for Emergency Preparedness, participation in hospital and other nets, local training classes, including the formal class at Western Nevada College, maintaining our ham station at 911 and our home stations. Winlink, packet, and FLdigi modes continue to be topics for our members' training efforts. Our Douglas County 911 Emergency Services Director has planned our ham station relocation, still in the 911 building. We will have our own office with provision for all our radio equipment. Our DEC held a meeting in Carson for northwest Nevada ECs so we could review our ARES Connect operations and plan for a field exercise. Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ ARES Emergency Coordinator Alpine and Douglas Counties

3/2019: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2019 March Alpine/Douglas ARES Comment DCART (Douglas County Amateur Radio Team) members had their monthly meeting at our 911 station to see how the new arrangement will be. Our new modular office should be ready in about 6 weeks. Members' hours were for the same events/subjects as last month. Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ ARES Emergency Coordinator Alpine and Douglas Counties

4/2019: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2019 April Alpine/Douglas ARES Comment DCART (Douglas County Amateur Radio Team) members had their monthly meeting at Fire Station 12 to share home station and mobile capabilities as well as acquaint ourselves with our membership. Jim, k6lr and Jeff, k5bls, pulled cable and readied attachments for our 911 new office and ham radio station. Doug, ka7foo, came down from Reno, to offer an FLdigi class at Nevada Division of Emergency Management/National Guard facility. Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ ARES Emergency Coordinator Alpine and Douglas Counties

5/2019: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2019 April Alpine/Douglas ARES Comment DCART (Douglas County Amateur Radio Team) members' time reports reflect: planning for the Pony Express Reride through Nevada later in June, time with the Division of Emergency Management, Safety Day with the SIERA emergency trailer, VE testing, mentoring, radio equipment installation for our 911 ham station, time spent at our hospitals' ham stations, the personal time spent on packet, Winlink, Winmoor, nets, monthly meeting, and repeater maintenance. The Las Vegas Shooting report notes that hospitals' communications were overloaded. Some turned to push to talk programs like Zello using their personal cell phones and their WIFI systems. So at our meeting we looked into and discussed Zello. We will establish our group and see how it might work for us. Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ ARES Emergency Coordinator Alpine and Douglas Counties

6/2019: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2019 June Alpine/Douglas ARES Comment DCART (Douglas County Amateur Radio Team) members' time reports reflect: Providing ham radio communications for the Pony Express Reride through Nevada from Ibapah, Utah to Stateline, NV mid June, time with the Division of Emergency Management, Field Day with the SIERA emergency trailer, supporting the Alta Alpina Challenge event (mostly Alpine County, CA) from our 911 radio station, time spent at our hospitals' ham stations, the personal time spent on packet, Winlink, Winmoor, and nets. KE7NCJ, Tom oversees the Pony Express Reride ham communications and put in a work week of hours, One member, W4FLL, traveled to Las Vegas for the COMT & COML classes. Another member, W7WJS passes much traffic from several nets such as the Golden Bear. The SIERA group is so closely aligned with DCART with several crossover members that the time they spend on things like Field Day and other events gives us a tremendous amount of volunteer time. Our ham radio station at our county 911 Dispatch is up and running. We have to formally program our radios and work with our packet operations yet. Our Nevada conference - NVCON - is July 19th through the 20th at Boomtown Casino Hotel. nvcon.org Check out the info and schedule. Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ ARES Emergency Coordinator Alpine and Douglas Counties

7/2019: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: The big event this month was the "Death Ride" also known as Tour of the California Alps (bicyclists) in Alpine County July 13th. Several DCART members assisted Tahoe Amateur Radio Association (TARA) with communications planning and staging at rest sites. Two members, K7VOC, and N7XYL staffed the Alpine County Sheriff's Office ham radio along with the Dispatcher Chris for about 14 hours. Always a great opportunity to coordinate with Sheriff, Rick Stephens, and staff. Since Dale, our repeater system trustee moved to Oregon, several repeater business and maintenance issues surfaced. CARS (Churchill Amateur Radio Society) absorbed us into their organization. By doing this, Jeff, K5BLS, CARS President, is able to take care of repeater sites maintenance and cost. A new antenna is ready to be installed on the 147.270 pending good weather and climbing technician availability. Station licenses are being formally processed. Information is coming from the CARS newsletters. The W7SR license has been updated and is now held by Curt Anderson, N7AER, trustee. The W7DEM club license is in process at the FCC and should be changed over soon with David Law, N7TNX, retaining the designated trustee position. Our DCART ham station there at 911 has new antennas, new feed line, new grounding, new radios (including HF), new 50A 12v power source, a new large capacity battery backup supply for the AC transition to the 911 generator, and a new WiresX computer and a new logo. The radios are Fusion capable. See NVCARS.org for our new DCART station photo. So much thanks to Ron Sagen, our 911 Director, Douglas County 911 Emergency Services, and Douglas County Communications Tech, Jeff Brown, K5BLS, for our state of the art station. Jeff has conferred with Dick Flanagan, originator of our original repeater system and the Carson Valley Radio Club. CVRC and CARS have merged. CVRC is the social side and CARS is the business and assets side. CARS members are also CVRC members Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ ARES Emergency Coordinator Alpine and Douglas Counties

1/2019: AMADOR, KJ6WYW, Daniel L. Edwards: I'm really late on this one. I will try to do better this month

4/2019: AMADOR, KJ6WYW, Daniel L. Edwards: Sorry for being late again.

5/2019: AMADOR, KJ6WYW, Daniel L. Edwards: Please Welcome Don Kirkpatrick W6FS as the new Amador County Emergency Coordinator

6/2019: AMADOR, KJ6WYW, Daniel L. Edwards: Thanks Greg for all your great support

6/2019: District 2, KF6OBI, Michael A. Ellithorp: First month in this position. Getting to know the counties in District two. Have been to all counties ARES meetings to introduce myself. District two has a great bunch of ARES volunteers.

7/2019: District 2, KF6OBI, Michael A. Ellithorp: Will be having major surgery 15 August 2019 that will put me out of commission for about 6 weeks. Recovery after surgery is unknown and time too be fully available maybe as long as 9 months.

2/2019: District 3, KK6ZGB, Michael Joseph: Correct One

1/2019: EL DORADO, KE6GLA, Jay Harmor: ARES Trail for Coloma Discovery of Gold Special Event Station.

2/2019: GLENN, KF6OBI, Michael A. Ellithorp: During the Glenn County Active Shooter Exercise and Redundant Communications Drill on 16 February 2019, Glenn ARES was asked to demonstrate local VHF simplex and repeater voice communications from different locations within Glenn county. For the second part of this demonstration we were asked to use the Winlink System from different locations in Glenn County to pass message traffic, by VHF radio, to email accounts and cell phones, belonging to Glenn County OES staff. This demonstration was a success; allowing Glenn ARES to show and prove that we can be used as back-up communications should other means of communications fail in Glenn County.

4/2019: LASSEN, K6ME, Terry L Cobb Sr: My last report as the Lassen County ARES EC: 73

1/2019: MODOC, n5bmu, chad linden: we decided at our meeting to go from monthly meetings to bimonthly meetings and doing radio nets on the off months

7/2019: MODOC, N5bmu, Chadelinden: We took our comm trailer to local camp groundand used our solar panals to power it and provide voice and email comunication to and from camp about a 50mile strech

1/2019: PLACER, N6CKV, Carl First: A lot of the ARES members participated in Winter Field Day

3/2019: PLACER, N6CKV, Carl First: Placer County ARES had a face to face meeting on the 30th. 10 members showed their "Go Kits"

4/2019: PLACER, N6CKV, Carl First: Brad KM6RIW has been appointed AEC for Placer County

6/2019: PLACER, N6CKV, Carl First: It was a busy month for Placer Country ARES. First there was the Sutter Roseville Medical Center exercise with 10 members participating, then there was Field Day, and then the month ended with the Western States 100 mile run. In addition Carl N6CKV completed the ARRL EC-001 class

1/2019: PLUMAS, KI6YUK, DL "Larry" Trotter: MOU's signed with 2 of 3 Hospitals on the Plumas re PARC equipment on Hospital sites for EmComm (Seneca and Eastern Plumas). Having issues with PDH signing the MOU, reason unknown. Issues on Mt. Hough machine are being resolved by encoding Rx side of individual radios.

3/2019: PLUMAS, KI6YUK, DL Trotter: Gearing up for our EmComm season. Lots of snow on several of our event routes and at least one propagation survey needs to be made due to a large route change for the SBTS Lost and Found Bike Race in June***Saturday 3/30/19, one of our members, Keith AI6OO came upon a motorcycle accident in the Feather River Canyon at around 1400 hours; he got on our repeater and called in a Mayday; Liz KF6JUY was monitoring and contacted CHP through 911, relaying all the information; CHP Dispatched the necessary EMS to mitigate, while AI600 managed traffic control until CHP arrived and took over the IC, relieving AI600 of the responsibility; no fatality or apparent injury. Note: KI6YUK has some PR to do as the CHP Dispatcher had no idea what Ham Radio was. Fortunately, the explanation provided by KF6JUY did not impede the EMS services response time.

4/2019: PLUMAS, KI6YUK, DL Trotter: Gearing up for the 2019 EmComm season with our first event, the IV Century on 25 May & the SBTS Lost & Found Ride on 1 June...we still have a good deal of snow on that route! June 6th is the Tri-County HCC Drill with Bob Nelson KA6NSN in charge of setting up the packet radio system across three counties in the Sierras; as of this writing, the platform has not been determined, nor has any training been set up. Nora KJ6CUG and Larry KI6YUK have dipped their toes into the Winlink stream and have come to the realization that it's actually a river.....! Practice, practice, practice!

5/2019: PLUMAS, KI6YUK, DL Trotter: May has been an interesting month. ARES/PARC was booted out of one of our hospitals through no fault of our own. Access was curtailed to our equipment and we were told to come fetch it. Then, the hospital admin folks asked if they could purchase all of our gear there; the Club agreed, so now everything will stay as is. However, neither ARES nor the Club will operate the equipment there, only people invited (and vetted?) by their ham coordinator. The Indian Valley Century Ride on the 25th saw only 18 riders and likely will no longer be held. A cool, breezy and rainyish day, but no rider injuries or incidents. Now gearing up for the SBTS Lost & Found Ride on June 1st....a new route, and the weather has not been cooperating: the route has been revised in general and specifically in one area, as snow makes the former route impassible. A new Net Control location, new Station locations and unknown radio coverage.....should be an interesting day. Rain is forecast to add to the muddy mix.

6/2019: PLUMAS, KI6YUK, DL Trotter: June 1st we worked the SBTS Lost & Found Bicycle Ride out of Portola, CA The Event went well, with not too many injuries beyond road rash. Some operators refused to relocate for better comm, despite requests to move, insisting it was good enough(?) The 2019 course had changed and snow still remained at higher elevations. Over 1200 riders covered a 106 mile, a 67 mile and a 36 mile course. Operators worked with 1 SAG and 2 Sweep wagons, with our Operators riding shotgun. A very long but successful day!

7/2019: PLUMAS, KI6YUK, DL Trotter: The Mt. Hough repeater sustained damage over the 2018-19 Winter and a replacement tower is needed along with repairs to the vault. This work may require the site to be shut down while repairs are executed. The VHF, UHF and 6 meter machines will be taken offline to protect from dust and moisture damage. Simplex relays may be necessary in the event of an emergency. The process of getting the site repaired is underway presently.

1/2019: Section EC, KG6SJT, Gregory Kruckewitt: Continued training, work on winlink templates, and public service events

5/2019: Section EC, KG6SJT, Gregory Kruckewitt: MUltiple events this month: Cache Creek Ridge Ride - 50 mile horse endurance event, and the Davis Double Century Bike Ride

6/2019: Section EC, KG6SJT, Gregory Kruckewitt: multiple events including Field Day, Western State Endurance Run, and winlink form development.

2/2019: SHASTA/TEHAMA, KI6WAN, Tom Henthorn: Meeting cancelled due to snow and down trees.

2/2019: SIERRA, N5TEN, Scott A. Schlefstein: Not a lot of activity this past month to report.

6/2019: SIERRA, N5TEN, Scott A. Schlefstein: We did not have any field day participation this month, as our local ham activity has dropped off significantly, due to our small population of licensed ops.

7/2019: SIERRA, N5TEN, Scott A. Schlefstein: We have lost one of our most active members, as he has moved to Portola (Plumas County) and only has access to an HT. I have not heard from this member in several months, so I reduced membership until we can speak with him about being active on the N5TEN repeater occasionally to check in. The repeater was recently tested via HT's in the field and can be accessed from the Main Street bridge in Portola.

6/2019: TRINITY, KJ6OCL, KARL FISHER: Provided Comm for the Ruth Horse Endurance Ride. Started work on 21 2M emergency station installations throughout Trinity County. Most will be at schools, VFDs and a couple of churches. All are ARC shelters at times. Also provided for Comm for the Ruth Horse Endurance Ride.

7/2019: TRINITY, KJ6OCL, KARL FISHER: Had a successful horse endurance event. Spent a lot of time working on our county emergency stations project.

1/2019: YOLO-COLUSA, KK6LDS, Doug Hollowell: Effective February 2019, the Yolo-Colusa ARES Emergency Coordinator will be Dale J. Dennis, KJ6HHY.

4/2019: YOLO-COLUSA, KJ6HHY, Dale Jay Dennis: Sorry this report is so late, Greg...I've been having trouble submitting my report from the Yolo ARES website, and May has been a crazy month so far......

6/2019: YOLO-COLUSA, KJ6HHY, Dale Jay Dennis: Several members participated in demonstrations and operations for Field Day, conducted conjointly with Sac Valley, YARS, and UCDARC.

2/2019: YUBA-SUTTER, kj6iym, Andy Boone: tested radio in Ride-out hospital.

4/2019: YUBA-SUTTER, kj6iym, Andy Boone: 9 ARES members helped with communications for Bike Around the Buttes.

5/2019: YUBA-SUTTER, kj6iym, Andy Boone: Ares members helped with communications for the 3F century bike Ride in Colusa. And also the Cache Creek ridge ride near Williams.

6/2019: YUBA-SUTTER, kj6iym, Andy Boone: 260 hours for field day

 


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