Sacramento Section EC Report for Year 2017

Report for:

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

Section Manager: 0 Section EC: 685      
District 1 EC: 100 District 2 EC: 0 District 3 EC: 184 District 4 EC: 12 District 5: 176
TRINITY: 323       EL DORADO: 31
        TAHOE BASIN*: 0

* EC position is OPEN

Section Information for FSD-96

ARRL Section: Sacramento Valley Section
Year: 2017
Total number of ARES members 365
Change since last year
(+, -, same)
20     +
Number of DECs/ECs reports this year 103
Number of ARES nets active: 363  
Number of nets with NTS liaison: 56 
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this year
NUmber of drill Person hours 5407 
Number of public service events this month
total PS Person hours 2421 
Number of emergency operations this year
Totl Emergency Person Hours 1442 
Total number of ARES operations this year 688 
Total Person hours 9952 

Comments submitted during the year :

1/2017: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2017 DCART January comment Floods and Blizzards standby time occupied DCART team members while Washoe, Lyon and Storey counties ARES teams actively responded. Our counties, including Douglas and Alpine counties declared Emergencies. Douglas had flooding issues as well, however, we did not lose power or internet and the emergency services people stayed in business. We did spend some intense standby time as we kept in touch with our 911 Dispatch Center Director. Mutual aid planning was in place and affirmed as Lyon County almost needed a person. They found a workaround so we did not send anyone. Three of our members, KJ6IX, KJ7UK, and N7TNX, spent active time at Nevada Division of Emergency Management communications.

2/2017: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2017 DCART February comment Douglas County Amateur Radio Team (DCART) members stood by monitoring our repeater a lot of hours to keep current on our Douglas County, Carson City, and Alpine County flood, weather and road conditions. While not formally activated ourselves, county officials had their hands full with high water/flooding in the rivers and streams as well as mud/landslides and roads erosion. Many roads and highways were closed. High winds downed a lot of trees and lines, not to mention my own HF antenna. KA7UIS got it back up then had his shoulder surgery. (He figured they were going to fix it anyway-so...) Our neighbors had their power line replaced in the middle of the night. Things seem calmer now and we are having some decent weather though it is chilly.

3/2017: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2017 DCART March comment Douglas County Amateur Radio Team (DCART) members reported a lot of volunteer hours. Time was spent on ICS training, meetings, nets, getting antennas up or back up (Nevada Zephyrs), preparing personal radio equipment and ICS paperwork, working with Nevada Division of Emergency Management, working with Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, packet radio operations, general training operations and working on Communications Mobile Units. Some of the training is happening at our Nevada Convention in Las Vegas. The rest of the NV Con training and news will be counted for April.

4/2017: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: 2017 DCART April comment Douglas County Amateur Radio Team (DCART) members held their weekly nets and monthly meeting. The ham packet station at our 911 Dispatch Center will have a new computer. At the moment that packet station is out of service. County officials will be monitoring the snow melt situation to assess the potential for flooding.

5/2017: ALPINE, KA7AJQ, Sheila Clement: DCART monthly comment In addition to our DCART nets and meeting, individual members are volunteering for various area bike, other events and planning for the Pony Express Reride and Deathride. The mountain passes still have a lot of snow so we are waiting to see how conditions affect planning.P

1/2017: AMADOR, KJ6WYW, Daniel L. Edwards: Thanks Greg.

4/2017: AMADOR, KJ6WYW, Daniel L. Edwards: Big month with two bike rides

5/2017: AMADOR, KJ6WYW, Daniel L. Edwards: My Dee[est apologies for the lateness of this report

1/2017: BUTTE, kk6evx, Dale Anderson:

2/2017: BUTTE, kk6evx, Dale Anderson: The average hrs was about 9 to 10 for every one involved.

3/2017: District 1, N7JIL, Jim Linden: We are making a lot progress in setting up Winlink network in Modoc. We now have a Pactor 3 modem which improves HF speed. The served agencies are really excited about the ability of ARES sending critical e-mails when we lose Internet up here.

5/2017: District 1, N7JIL, Jim Linden: We have been asked to support the Modoc Historic Hotel Bike Event on July 22nd again the year. We will be using packet and APRS along with Net Control for 4 Aid Stations and 2 SAG Wagons.

5/2017: District 3, N6SNO, Frank Reshke: Hours for nets I check in to.

2/2017: District 5, W6RWL, Ralph Lucas: Great Job to all that were part of the Oroville Dam issue.

4/2017: District 5, W6RWL, Ralph Lucas: WSER, June 24-25, 2017 and TEVIS, August 5-6, 2017 is coming quickly. We still need several radio operator to cover these event. Let me know if you can help. Ralph, W6RWL WSER/TEVIS Western States Endurance Run and Tevis Cup (Western States Trail Ride). Both are 100 mile events from Lake Tahoe to Auburn, CA. (Endurance Capital of the World). WSER is also known as “The Other Field Day” since 9 out of 10 years it falls on the same weekend as Field Day. We do have more fun!!!! WSER: June 24-25, 2017 / TEVIS: August 5-6, 2017 We’re always looking for Radio Op’s to help. If interested? Please checkout our Web Site at: If you’re still interested, fill out the Volunteer Signup Form and submit it. Any web site issues please call, email or use the radio freq. below. Thank you, Also we need help with: The Canyon 50K run – April 29, 2017 WSER Training Run – May 27-29, 2017 TEVIS Education Ride – July 7-9, 2017 Ralph Lucas, W6RWL P.O. Box 1083 Foresthill, CA 95631-1083 408-640-0963 (c); 530-367-3026 (h); W6YDD - 146.625, -, PL (1)151.4 / (2)123.0 / (3)100.0

4/2017: GLENN, KF6OBI, Michael A. Ellithorp: Public service Event: 6th Annual Run Your Tail Off 5K and 10K trail Run

1/2017: LASSEN, K6ME, Terry L Cobb Sr.: Lassen County declared a flooding emergency and the local ARES group was put on standby. The County EOC was activated and 7 ARES members were given operations instructions and a schedule for the County Dispatch Center by two Calif. State employees who rotated shifts at the EOC. The EOC was active for 3 days but the ARES group was not activated to cover the EOC as flooding was not as serious as anticipated.

4/2017: LASSEN, K6ME, Terry L Cobb Sr.: Five Lassen ARES members and several other local hams provided communications for the 50th Diamondback Back Hare 100 mile Scramble at the Fort Sage ATV area April 09. There were 109 riders in the main event and only one serious injury occurred during the main event.

2/2017: MODOC, KJ6ZUW, DANIEL H STOSSMEISTER: We're upgrading our linked repeater system to facilitate Packet & WINLINK communications. We've also reached out to Lassen Co. to extend our range for emergency communications. Currently our linked system includes: > Happy Camp Mountain, 6500 ft near Canby Ca. ( 147.075 rptr) > Payne Peak, 8000 ft. near Cedarville Ca. ( currently have 147.045 rptr > and our APRS 144.39 system which is ID'd as Happy Camp on the APRS web > page, just moved it to test location and didn't update) > Barnes Grade, 6000 ft. near of Alturas Ca. ( 145.49 rptr.) > All back boned via Payne on our 444.250 rptr /backbone

3/2017: MODOC, KJ6ZUW, DANIEL H STOSSMEISTER: We've made significant progress in re-establishing a packet network in county and are making contacts to make connections to neighboring counties also.

4/2017: MODOC, N7JIL, Jim Linden: Dan is out recovering from surgery

1/2017: PLACER, N6CKV, Carl First: The Placer County ARES group had a good face to face meeting with Jim Piper N6MED of the Red Cross. Jim spoke on the role of the Red Cross, how hams can help the Red Cross, and the Red Cross forms in FlMsg.

2/2017: PLACER, N6CKV, Carl First: Placer County ARES stood by to help with the flood and the Oroville event this month

3/2017: PLACER, N6CKV, Carl First: Placer County ARES had a face to face meeting March 25th where the members showed their "Go Kits"

4/2017: PLACER, N6CKV, Carl First: We are getting ready for the May 13 exercise for Placer County ARES.

5/2017: PLACER, N6CKV, Carl First: Busy month with multiple public service events. Also ARES is now included in the Placer County Health Care Coalition.

1/2017: PLUMAS, KI6YYUK, DL "Larry" Trotter: Tough weather month on the Plumas; deep snows, heavy rains, flooding and wind. Power outages were common and we had an operator in Portola on the air for quite a while on his own, monitoring and carrying traffic during a power outage there and at the hospital. Many of us monitored the repeater and 146.52 covering the Canyon to Chilcoot, La Porte to Chester, with road closures, slides and flooding. Nic work, All Y'All!!

2/2017: PLUMAS, KI6YYUK, DL "Larry" Trotter: On 21-22 February, the Plumas experienced a communication failure/blackout with internet, cellphone and radio communication for local LEOs and businesses down. Plumas ARES remained on stand-by and prepared to deploy. Our Mt. Hough repeater did not fail or falter throughout the event. Though OES did not call us out, we were ready to respond and cover the area. We maintained contact with local hospitals during the event, with permanent Stations on campus. We secured the 24 hour ops at around 1200 hours 22 Feb.

3/2017: PLUMAS, KI6YYUK, DL "Larry" Trotter: Both Plumas and Sierra Counties were adversely affected by the power outages and communication "blackout" in February 2017. As a result, the Loyalton area (Sierra County) lost all comm, including 911. John W1RK lives in the small community of Calpine is Sierra Co. and realized the need for an EmComm Station at the former Loyalton Hospital (now a Nursing Home under EPHC). Together with KI6YUK, we did a propagation survey in Loyalton, worked with EPHC, the Nursing Facility and LeTina Vanetti, Sierra Co, Emergency Prep Co-ord. and purchased all necessary equipment to establish a Station on the Loyalton EPHC Campus. Work is proceeding and should be completed in April 2017.

4/2017: PLUMAS, KI6YYUK, DL "Larry" Trotter: We installed and tested a new EmComm Station at the Loyalton Skilled Nursing Facility over in neighboring Sierra County this month. To get a few more qualified Operators, we'll be giving a HamCram and Technician Test in June. Nice to see some sunshine in the Sierras!

1/2017: Section EC, KG6SJT, Gregory Kruckewitt: Developed five American Red Cross forms to be used when operating with ARC using Flmsg: ARC-213_V1.1, ARC_Emergency_Welfare_Inquiry_Form_v_1.0, ARC_Requisition_6409_V.2.2, ARC_Safe_and_Well_v1.1, ARC_Unaccompanied_Minor_Form_v_1.0 Developed a presentation for a Radio club on using packet radio. Trained several people on the use of Winlink and packet, and Flmsg.

2/2017: Section EC, KG6SJT, Gregory Kruckewitt: Rather busy month: * Created and coded the "ARC Staff Injury Illness Record” forms the "Client Incident Report" forms for Red Cross that want ARES to be familiar with and use. * Gave a presentation to Sacramento County ARES on using Flmsg and the newly developed Red Cross forms for use at Shelters. * Presentation to Elk Grove ARC - an Overview of Packet Radio * Involved with collecting information from ARES groups involved with the Oroville Dam incident and monitoring nets that were running for the incident.

3/2017: Section EC, KG6SJT, Gregory Kruckewitt: Busy month - Several presentations this month: LDS Emergency Preparedness conference in Sacramento Overview of ARES and Packet Radio email. Presentation to Amador County ARES on Packet radio. Also attend ARES meeting in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo , and Amador counties.

4/2017: Section EC, KG6SJT, Gregory Kruckewitt: Multiple public service events this mont. Also a VE session. working on several Flmsg forms for a Emergency Comms group in Canada.

5/2017: Section EC, KG6SJT, Gregory Kruckewitt: May was a busy month, 3 public service events, one ARES exercise in Placer county, and 2 VE test sessions. June should be quieter.

6/2017: Section EC, N6SNO, Frank Reshke: Daily and weekly nets.

5/2017: SIERRA, N5TEN, Scott A. Schlefstein: Training is search & rescue style, with an HT on a very rugged mountain single trail system in rural Sierra Co., on a motorcycle. There is no cell service for miles. The band/freq. is local closed repeater use/testing. One hour public service, discussing amateur radio with Sierra County staff (EMS Coordinator) and Public Health at their offices. There were a number of hours spent on 40/60/80 meters via mobile radio this month.

1/2017: YOLO-COLUSA, KJ6VHE, Douglas Hollowell: Held a simplex net on Jan. 23 and created a document outlining which members could contact each other. The simplex test provided some surprising results.

2/2017: YUBA-SUTTER, k6taz, Steve Sweetman: Opened and ran emergency net during oroville dam evacuations and when evacuations were lifted and evacuees were returning home. 5 ARES members assisted and were standing by monitoring.


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