Sacramento Valley Regional ARES News Archive

Learning more about California radio amateurs advocate to amend AB1785 Distracted Driving Law

Several links on the Sacramento Valley Section news
- ARRL Weighs In on New California ‘Driving While Wireless’ Statute
- California Radio Amateurs Move to Amend Distracted Driving Law AB-1785
- Read Assembly Bill No. 1785
- ARRL's statement on AB1785    3/21/2017

Ham Radio Now - 311: California Drivin' or California Nightmare

Is it legal ot illegal to operate a two-way radio while driving in CA
https://www.hamradionow.tv/episodes/2017/3/20/hrn-311-california-drivin-or-california-nightmare

They have created a Change.org petition started.
https://www.change.org/p/correct-ambiguities-of-ab-1785-cvc-23123-5-cellular-hands-free-public-safety-law
If you sign up, updates will be emailed to you.
   3/20/2017

If Winlink Express fails while loading try this Quick Fix

If Winlink Express fails while loading try this Quick Fix posted:
Add "Use AWS=true" to the RMS Express.ini file. If the USE AWS=false is there change to "true"

Here’s the beginning of my RMS Express.ini file with the added line.
-----
[Properties]
Callsign=KG6SJT
ITS Directory=C:\itshfbc\
Call signs=KG6SJT
GetMessageList=False
ShowRMSRelayWarning=True
Use AWS=true
Message Read Time=3

   3/12/2017

Craig Fugate, past FEMA Administrator, on Ham Radio Now.

Interesting discussion with Craig Fugate, past FEMA Administrator, on Ham Radio Now.
Mr. Fugate discusses Emergency communications and ham Radio.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXoWj1ThI1s&list=PL24Rak2jsMJRnG5zKTeJ7H4vL44lTf_BA&index=1
   2/25/2017

Red Cross Shelter Fundamentals class

An Shelter Fundamentals class is now being made available on Sunday 2/19/2017 at 2:30 pm.

It will be at the Red Cross Chapter headquarters, 1565 Exposition Blvd. You should register through Tami Martin, tami.martin@redcross.org
   2/16/2017

ARES Volunteers Support Evacuation, Shelters, in Wake of Oroville Dam Crisis

The Sacramento Valley ARES section has been very active the last few days supporting communications for the Oroville Dam event.

ARRL has posted an article based on the situation reports that have been sent daily.
http://www.arrl.org/news/ares-volunteers-support-evacuation-shelters-in-wake-of-oroville-dam-crisis    2/14/2017

Ham Radio Now video 296; EmComm Extra 6: Red Cross in Depth

Interview with Jim Piper, N6MED, American Red Cross, Gold County Region- Liaison to Amateur Radio

Watch the video interview.

Read Jim's article: ARC Disaster Message Traffic and flmsg    1/21/2017

Using Flmsg to support Digital Communications with Red Cross

David Freese, W1HKJ, has released a new version of FLMsg that supports a minimized interface to allow non-radio operators to create messages and hand-off the data files to a radio operator for transmission.

He has also released Custom Templates designed for use by Red Cross.
   1/20/2017

Do you use Winlink Express? Connection Scripts can help

Winlink Express Connection Scripts to Gateways make connections easy.
KG6SJT Sample scripts: http://sacvalleyares.org/ListDocs.asp?mpage=digital    1/14/2017

Links to Storm Information

Sacramento Valley Section ARES has posted a page with Links for Storm information http://sacvalleyares.org/contents/Storm-Fire_Links.asp    1/14/2017

State Operations Communications Center has been activated for the

The State Operations Communications Center has been activated for the "2017 Statewide Storms" event.
They are currently monitoring 7230 LSB on HF, the W6AK repeater (146.910) and 440.750 on the CARLA system as well as W6SIG for Winlink communications.

These modes will be available as back up for loss of normal communications.

Jim Price KO6GM, ACS
Digital Operations Manager    1/10/2017

Sacramento County EOC staffed by ARES January 12, 2017

Sacramento County EOC is once again staffed by Amateur Radio operators.

Flooding
Power Outages
Creek levels
Road Conditions

Frequency's
N6ICW 147.195 + offset PL123.0
N6NA 145.250 -- offset PL162.2
Simplex VHF146.565 If we lose power to the repeaters

You can also send reports via packet radio:
Send messages to KE6FF via mailbox KE6FF-1 via node kberr 145.050
or Send a winlink message ke6ff@winlink.org

Vince Cracchiolo KI6NHP
Sacramento County ARES E.C.    1/10/2017

YOLO COUNTY EMERGENCY ROAD CLOSURES

Current list of Emergency Road Closures in Yolo County.
Click Red Lines on Road to see details.    1/9/2017

Voluntary Evacuation Center Opened In Elk Grove

Just posted:
SacramentoOES ‏@SacramentoOES 3 hours ago (5:30pm)
SacOES deleted their tweet about closing the evacuation center at Elk Grove. In an abundance of caution, @RedCross will be open tonight #castorm

https://twitter.com/SacramentoOES
https://www.facebook.com/SacramentoOES/
Voluntary Evacuation Center Opened In Elk Grove -
For residents of low-lying areas of WILTON and along the COSUMNES RIVER.    1/7/2017

Red Cross Shelters Opening Sunday Jan 8, 2017

Red Cross Liaison for Gold County Region said that two Red Cross shelters opening Sunday in Marysville & near Wilton. Stand by to help.    1/7/2017

Sacramento County ARES will staff the EOC Sunday Jan 8, 2017

Sacramento County OES has asked ARES again to help on reporting weather related issues in Sacramento County Sunday 1/8/2017.

Flooding
Power Outages
Creek levels
Road Conditions

I will be at the OES radio room taking calls from all Hams, on the N6ICW Repeater with the backup Repeater being the N6NA. I will make a call out Sunday after 9am asking for reports on what you are seeing in your area.
If you are mobile or at home please report what is happening in your area.
ARES members please use your Reserve number with you name and call. This may go into Monday and Tuesday, so be prepared and make sure you HT is charged and ready and if you have it, back up power to your Base Station.

Frequency's
N6ICW 147.195 + offset PL123.0
N6NA 145.250 -- offset PL162.2
Simplex VHF146.565 If we lose power to the repeaters

Vince Cracchiolo KI6NHP
Sacramento County ARES E.C.    1/7/2017

Getting Ready for the Storm

The rains are suppose to start Friday night and continue through the weekend.

The following ARES groups have been contacted as of Friday night to be ready and stand-by due to concerns of expected the "atmospheric river".

- Sacramento County ARES
- Yuba/Sutter ARES
- Alpine County ARES/DCART

All ARES members to be ready to help if asked. Have your go-kit ready and your batteries charged up. You should also make sure you have a full tank of gas.    1/6/2017

Winlink Express version 1.4.3.0 released

The latest version of Winlink Express has new features including a redesigned Form/template structure and the forms will be updated automatically. Ypu still have a custom template directory to add your custom forms.

Download auto updating form/ templates at
http://www.winlink.org/content/express_html_templates_changes_latest_public_express_release_version
   12/15/2016

35 Amateur Radio Operators Support the 34th California International Marathon

December 4, 2016.
The 34th California International Marathon (CIM), hosted by the Sacramento Running Association, drew over 9000 runners for this 26.2-mile race from Folsom to downtown Sacramento and an additional 3,500 runners for the Relay Challenge. The CIM is a recognized qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.

Thirty five amateur radio operators from multiple counties in Northern California worked together to support communications for this event.
Read more...    12/6/2016

Placer County ARES Participates in Sutter Roseville MCI Drill

On November 30th Sutter Roseville Medical Center held an Active Shooter Mass Causality Incident Drill. Placer County ARES along with help from Yolo and Sacramento ARES participated in the drill. The drill involved 3 shooters and a bomb vest, there were 22 drill victims. The hams passed traffic between Sutter Roseville and Sutter Auburn. Both voice and digital modes were used successfully. In the lesions learned the hams found that hand held radios cannot transmit out of the concrete buildings within the Sutter Roseville campus, not only did this affect ham communications but it also affected the SWAT teams communications.
Thanks to KG6LSB, N6DPH, KG6SJT, W6TOC, N6CKV, WU6X, NI2U, and Michael for participating.
Carl N6CKV
Placer County EC
Video of the exercise
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0onloLW68xaTTBQRHNTd0x5TTA/view    12/1/2016

The current ARRL ARES E-Letter has articles about two groups in the Sacramento Valley Section

The current ARRL ARES E-Letter has articles about two groups in the Sacramento Valley Section.
An article on the Butte Wildfire 2015 response by Amador County ARES and an article "Learn to Use Your Repeater's Autopatch” about Amador Amateur Radio Club President Paul Keenton’s experience during the Butte fire clean up.

You can read the current issue at:
http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=2016-11-16    11/16/2016

Sacramento Valley Section ARES FSD-96 report.

Sacramento Valley Section ARES. Members worked 1,419 hours in October 2016. #ARES #ARRL http://sacvalleyares.org/Monthlyreport/SectionEC.asp    11/10/2016

Signup for the California International Marathon Dec. 4 2016

We are starting to sign up volunteers for the California International Marathon - CIM. We will need nearly 40 radio operators.

This year all volunteers are required to sign up via a web site. They have a category for ARES/Radio operators. Please send an email to kg6sjt@gmail.com when you have signed up.
   10/31/2016

How to Program BAOFENG RADIOS

Do you or another ham you know have Boafeng radio? If so, they might want to check out a step by step programming guide by Dennis KI6HHA.    10/25/2016

Vince Cracchiolo KI6NHP appointed Sacramento ARES Emergency Coordinator

The Sacramento Valley Section ARES is pleased to annouce that Vince Cracchiolo KI6NHP, vsicilian@comcast.net, has been appointed as Emergency Coordinator for Sacramento County ARES.

We want to thank Bill Shaffer who has done a wonderful job leading Sacramento County ARES and setting high training standards. We truly appreciate all of his hard work.    10/12/2016

Signup for the California International Marathon Dec. 4 2016

We are starting to sign up volunteers for the California International Marathon - CIM. We will need nearly 40 radio operators.

This year all volunteers are required to sign up via a web site. They have a category for ARES/Radio operators. Please send an email to kg6sjt@gmail.com when you have signed up.

Go to:
https://cimmedicalteam.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=16603

There is a place for members to select their volunteer group – including ARES, as well as enter shirt size, contact information, and check an event waiver. If you worked this event last year please be sure to enter your assigned location last year.

For more information, contact Frank Reshke N6SNO 916-529-2396 or Greg Kruckewitt KG6SJT 530-219-0611 or email: kg6sjt@gmail.com    10/8/2016

Volunteers needed for the Eppies Kids Duathalon

Jeff Lamb KE6FF is looking for volunteers for the Eppies Kids Duathalon.
The event is at Discovery Park, Sacramento (I-5 at Garden Highway). I think we would need to be there by 7am. The runners start around 8am. Below is the link.
  http://www.eppieskidsduathlon.org/

The Eppies Kids Duathalon is held at Discovery Park on the morning of October 16, 2016 this year. The race begins at 8am, and ARES members participating would need to be there by 7am. I believe the event would be over likely before or around noon. I am looking to find out if we can get enough of our ARES folks to be able to participate again this year. ARES members are deployed along the routes the kids are traveling which helps keep the kids safer during this event.

If you are able to help out with this event, it would be very much appreciated!! Please contact Jeff as soon as possible as this is being put together at the last minute. Thank you!!

Jeff KE6FF
KE6ff@hotmail.com
(916) 995-9090
   10/7/2016

ARRL Gauging Impact of Revised California Distracted Driving Law

ARRL Gauging Impact of Revised California Distracted Driving Law

California has upped its game in cracking down on distracted driving, and radio amateurs there are concerned that a recent revision to the state’s Motor Vehicle Code could affect Amateur Radio mobile operation. The old law, which included an Amateur Radio exemption, already prohibited motorists from using electronic wireless communication devices to write, send, or read a text-based communication while in motion, unless the device was configured for voice-operated and hands-free operation. The revised law does not exempt Amateur Radio.
Read the law here:
Assembly Bill 1785    10/4/2016

Carl First N6CKV Appointed Placer County Emergency Coordinator

The Sacramento Valley Section ARES is pleased to announce that Carl First N6CKV, has been appointed the Emergency Coordinator position for Placer County ARES.

Thank you John Hestenes NT6ET, for all of you excellent work setting goals and training benchmarks for Placer ARES.    9/18/2016

September National Preparedness Month


September National Preparedness Month: theme, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,”    9/6/2016

Public Information Officer Training at Pacificon Convention

Does your club or group have a Public Information Officer?

Do you wish to promote and publicize your club or group activities and to be better prepared to respond to inquiries about amateur radio from the media and your local authorities? Are you interested in updating skills to more effectively deliver your message to our 21st century interconnected audience? Those describe some key roles of the Public Information Officer (PIO)--a valuable player for your club or group's community relations and growth.

ARRL Public Information Coordinator Suellene Petersen, K6CPA, strongly encourages current and aspiring PIOs to pre-register now for the PIO course that she will offer on Saturday, October 15, at the ARRL Pacificon Convention. The course material can be downloaded here and is useful for your club PIO, photographers, newsletter editors, and webmasters.    9/4/2016

Jennifer Hughes, NS3O, has become a silent key

ARRL Sacramento Valley Section shared Carol Milazzo's post — in Sacramento, California.

I'm saddened to report that ARRL SV section member Jennifer Hughes NS3O, formerly KJ6YLS, passed away suddenly in her sleep in a Phoenix, AZ hotel room on August 31.
Jennifer was on vacation doing her favorite thing--riding her motorcycle--about to embark on the 3FlagsClassic again, riding all the way from Mexico to Canada. She had just arrived in Phoenix to visit a friend following a long motorcycle trip. Her friend found Jennifer in the hotel room bed. She had otherwise been in good health.

Jennifer was an active member of the River City ARCS, the Samuel F. Morse ARC, ARES, SHARP and other amateur radio groups and served as a Volunteer Instructor and Examiner.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on September 18 in the Sacramento area with further details to follow at https://www.facebook.com/events/960797267382008    9/3/2016

Winlink tool to create an ICS-309 Communications Log

Winlink has released a tool to create a ics-309 Communications Log of Winklink Express messages

ftp://autoupdate.winlink.org/User%20Programs/RMSMessageLog_setup_1-9-0.zip

It creates either a PDF or CSV file of your Express emails messages sent or received.
   7/27/2016

ARRL ARES webcast training webinar on “Understanding Local MOUs”

The “Understanding Local MOUs” webinar provided good information you COULD use/be aware of when developing MOUs with served agencies. The video is posted here:
https://youtu.be/G2rLwEmTtlQ    6/15/2016

Operators are need TEVIS CUP Events on June 24-25, 2016 and July 23-24, 2016

Operators are need TEVIS CUP Events on July 23-24, 2016. If you're interested go to http://comm.wstrail.org/commvolform.htm web site and sign up for this event. Call Ralph 408-640-0963 or w6rwl@arrl.net with any questions.
   5/26/2016

Eppie's Great Race July 16, 2016 needs Radio Operators

Eppie's Great Race is on July 16, 2016. Sacramento County ARES is looking for radio operators to help support the event. You will need either a Mobile or HT radio and to be available to help on July 16th.
Sign up page...    5/25/2016

Learn to use your club's repeater’s Autopatch - it could save a life

On Monday May 23, 2016 Amador Amateur Radio Club President Paul Keeton KI6LZC, was on deployment with the Red Cross in Calaveras Co. for the Butte Fire Recovery. He was headed to the house where they are staying in West Point, when he came across the woman lying on the roadway(Bald Mountain Rd.). There was no cell signal there, so he used the auto patch available on the Amador repeater to call 911. This was an excellent example of the autopatch use. Paul would have had to drive to the nearest town (West Point) to use a phone there. As Paul noted - "Very handy up here in the mountains." The woman recovered and was tended to by people she knew.    5/25/2016

Placer County ARES with assistance from Sacramento ARES participate in MCI exercise

May 18, 2016. Over 20 members from Placer County ARES with assistance from Sacramento County ARES participated in the Placer County MCI Emergency Response Drill. ARES provided voice communications between the various locations as well passing packet traffic between Sutter Roseville and Sutter Auburn hospitals.
Placer County posted videos from the exercise http://placer.ca.gov/news/2016/may/mass-casualty-exercise    5/19/2016

Amador ARES is looking for Radio Operators for Bike Ride April 16

Amador ARES is looking for operators for the Sierra Century Bike ride on April 16th.

If you are interested or have any questions about
these two events please contact Dan Edwards (KJ6WYW) either by email daneprod@gmail.com
or phone is 209-295-4744.    3/21/2016

ARES Accident Report form by Larry Trotter KI6YUK, Plumas EC

ARES Accident Report form by Larry Trotter, KI6YUK Plumas EC. Good to keep copies in vehicle. This version is a Microsoft Word file that you can modify.



   3/17/2016

The Amateur Radio Operators Preparing for the Worst In natural or man-made disasters

From The Atlantic: The Amateur Radio Operators Preparing for the Worst
In natural or man-made disasters, ham-radio enthusiasts put their hobby to work.
http://tinyurl.com/j4pnhlx    3/15/2016

Sacramento Valley Section ARES Tri-fold brochure.

Sacramento Valley Section ARES Tri-fold brochure. Easy to customize with your contact info.
http://tinyurl.com/guvp7ze    3/13/2016

Learn how ARES Report forms are filled out and how ARRL uses the data.

Great information for all ARES ECs, DECs, and ARES members.
YouTube Recording of the ARRL March 1 2016 ARRLWebinar: https://t.co/JWb4eIy7GB    3/10/2016

This Might Shock You: Downed Power Line

Good information with all the recent high winds. Learn about "Step Potential"
From Puget Sound Energy
https://youtu.be/fLVzvMTgGDY    3/9/2016

Looking for a Public Service Event in Beautiful Amador County?

Amador ARES is looking for 2 operators for the Party Pardee Bike ride on April 2nd and 6 operators for the Sierra Century Bike ride on April 16th.

If you are interested or have any questions about
these two events please contact Dan Edwards (KJ6WYW) either by email daneprod@gmail.com
or phone is 209-295-4744.    2/25/2016

New Winlink Packet gateway

John Pekarek KF6DQU has installed a new Winlink packet gateway on Mount Banner at 4000 feet, Nevada county CM99MG.
KF6DQU-10 145.050. It also supports the packet node BANNER.
This is good news for ARES in Nevada County and many winlink packet users in the Sacramento Valley.    2/19/2016

Incredible 45-day storm turned California into a 300-mile-long sea and it could happen again

A massive 19th-century storm on the Pacific coast of the US opened up a 300-mile-long sea that stretched through much of the central part of California.

And it looks like the state is due for another mega flood.

In the article there is a link to ArkStorm

The ARkStorm winter storm scenario affects both northern and southern California

http://geography.wr.usgs.gov/science/mhdp/arkstorm.html    2/18/2016

Mary Anne Balthrope, KE6EST, Silent Key

Mary Anne Balthrope, KE6EST, became a Silent Key Friday noon, February 12, 2016. Mary Anne had been a member of River City ARCS for many years and was the 2012 recipient of the Lyle Aufranc Memorial Award.    2/13/2016

John Staples KI6ZWW Recognized for Past Service

At the January 9 Sacramento County ARES Training class at the Metro Fire District Station 106, prior Sac County EC John Staples, KI6ZWW, received a gift certificate and a plaque "in appreciation for all of his time and hard work spent to improve Sacramento County ARES and RACES during 2012-2015."
Thank you John!
   1/10/2016

SV ARES Reported 20,129 Volunteer Hours for 2015!

For the year 2015, Sacramento Valley Section ARES reported 20,129 volunteer hours!
Excellent job and well done. Thank you for all of your hard work and support of ARES!    1/6/2016

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

Plumas County ARES Pandemic Flu Exercise After Action Report

Plumas County EC Larry Trotter, KI6YUK, has shared the After Action Report for the Plumas County Pandemic Flu Exercise.
   11/22/2015

National Weather Service - Enhanced Data Display

National Weather Service - Enhanced Data Display
http://preview.weather.gov/edd
This is a nice tool to monitor the weather. Get quick access to deterministic and probabilistic forecasts. Multiple selective layers on map let you focus on the information you are looking for.    11/10/2015

Amateur radio operators are needed for the California International Marathon

Amateur radio operators are needed for the December 6, California International Marathon. http://runcim.org. The race begins in Folsom and ends at the State Capitol in Sacramento. If you can help out contact:
Frank n6sno@arrl.net    11/10/2015

Are you Interested in Amateur Radio Mail?

Are you Interested in Amateur Radio Mail? Check AG6QO's presentation.
http://ag6qo.com/RadioMail.pdf    10/26/2015

Prototype for a new Sacramento Valley Section News site




Sacramento Valley Section Manager Carol KP4MD has designed a prototype for a new Sacramento Valley Section News site. http://arrlsv.n6na.org/
Email comments and suggestions to Carol KP4MD(at)arrl.org    10/26/2015

Oct 22 solar flare produced a CME- expect a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field Oct.25

Space Weather News for Oct. 23, 2015
THE SOLAR FLARE THAT WOULDN'T END: Typical solar flares are finished in a matter of minutes. On Oct. 22nd, a solar flare in the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2434 lasted for more than 3 hours. The slow explosion produced a CME, which is expected to deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field on Oct. 25th. Visit http://spaceweather.com for more information.    10/23/2015

DROP COVER and HOLD

Several Sacramento Valley Section ARES groups are participating the Great Shakeout exercises Oct 15 201.

- Sacramento ARES at 1015 and 1200 on N6NA repeater 145.250 negative pl 162.2.
- Amador ARES at 1015 on 146.550 simplex
- Yolo ARES at 1015 on the KE6YUV repeater 146.970 negative PL 123.0

Interesting listening!
1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake Net Control Recordings
http://www.adjunct.diodon349.com/Radio/1989_loma_prieta_earthquake_net_control_recordings_posted.htm    10/13/2015

ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Web Resources

Keep up to date with ARRL Sacramento Valley news and links to many of the Radio Clubs in theARRL Sacramento Valley Section.
This link to resources is always available from the menu item SV ARES.    10/4/2015

ARRL Special Event Station N6T at Rocklin Maker Faire October 3, 2015

Special Event Station N6T will be active from the ‪ARRL‬ booth #49 at the Rocklin ‪Maker Faire at Sierra College, Rocklin CA Saturday October 3, from 10 am-3 pm PDT (1700-2200 UTC). Visitors are welcome.
Talk-In on the N6NA Repeater 145.250 MHz - offset, PL 162.2
HF operating frequencies from 10 through 40 meters will be posted during the event on our Section Twitter Feed and Facebook Page.
   10/2/2015

Dr Carol Milazzo, KP4MD appointed new Sacramento Valley Section Manager

Dr Carol Milazzo, KP4MD has been appointed as the new Sacramento Valley Section Manager as of October 1, 2015. Carol is taking over for Ron Murdock, W6KJ, who decided not to run for another term of office after serving since July of 2007.
Best of luck and thank you Ron for all of your hard work.    9/30/2015

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill October 15, 2015 @10:15AM

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill October 15, 2015 @10:15AM
Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:15 a.m. on October 15* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, which began in California in 2008.
Participating is a great way for your ARES group, family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel.
http://shakeout.org/california/    9/30/2015

Sacramento Valley Section Facebook Page

Sacramento Valley Section elect Carol Milazzo KP4MD has created a Facebook page for the Sacramento Valley Section. Carol will take over for Ron Murdock W6KJ as Sacramento Valley Section manager on October 1, 2015.

https://www.facebook.com/ARRLSacramentoValley    9/21/2015

Low-Loss PWRgate

The Low-Loss PWRgate low cost alternative to the Power Werx PWRgate PG40S. The Low-Loss PWRgate by FlintHills Radio Inc, is Backup Power Switching and Charging System the Simple, Safe, and Reliable, easy to add backup battery power to your home station or go-kit. 25 Amp total, 3 power outlet ports, ARES standard Anderson Pole Connectors.

A PWRgate is a simple standby backup power system, it will allow communications equipment to remain operative on battery power during AC power blackouts. Power supplies and batteries can be swapped out while the equipment remains on with no glitches.

NOTE: Several ARES members in Sacramento and Amador counties have had very good success with Low-Loss PWRgate.    9/20/2015

The ARRL Sacramento Valley Section now has a Twitter news feed

Carol Milazzo KP4MD has started a twitter feed for the Sacramento Valley Section. Carol will take over for Ron Murdock W6KJ as Sacramento Valley Section manager.
Welcome Carol!

Among other treats in the twitter feed Carol has posted photos from Sept. 18-20, 2015 Section Manager Workshop ARRL Headquarters in Newington CT
Check the twitter feed often to keep up with news in the Sacramento Valley Section.    9/20/2015

ARES/RACES Volunteers Activate for California Wildfires

ARRL has posted an article onARES/RACES response to the wildfires in Northern California. It has information about the Amador County ARES with support from Yolo and Sacramento ARES.    9/14/2015

Amador ARES Red Cross Shelter support has ceased

Amador ARES has been release from supporting Red Cross shelter communications as of 6:00am Monday, September 14.
In Amador County several of the evacuated areas are being repopulated.
thank you Amador ARES as well as members from Yolo County ARES and Sacramento County ARES.    9/14/2015

Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras Counties

Cal Fire Twitter web site
https://twitter.com/CAL_FIRE

Twitter site for CAL FIRE PIO Daniel Berlant
https://twitter.com/CALFIRE_PIO

Cal Fire Web site for Butte Fire
http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=1221

Butte Fire information from Yubanet.com
http://yubanet.com/2015Local/ButteAEU.php

Wildfire Today web site has good information about the Butte Fire as well.
http://wildfiretoday.com

KVGC Radio is streaming information about the Butte Fire via the internet.
http://www.kvgcradio.com

The Amador ShelterRed Cross shelter is located at the Jackson Rancheria Hotel.
Amador ARES is using the K6ARC repeater
K6ARC  146.835 negative offset  PL 100    9/12/2015

Real-Time Fire Map of Active Wildfires in the US

This map was developed for Oregon Live. the map is updated every 30 minutes.    8/24/2015

Lowell Fire in Nevada and Placer County

Lowell Fire in Nevada and Placer County

A major fire has started in the Alta area. CDF command is calling this the Lowell Fire. High potential for hard road closures and mass evacuations. Placer County ARES has not been activated but we should be ready to go at a moments notice. If you live in the upper area be prepared with a go bag for immediate evac. Please monitor W6EK 145.430 for info. Contact will be K6UDA.

Live Audio is available at

http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/9882/web

Yubanet has new info
http://yubanet.com/2015Local/Lowell.php
   7/25/2015

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

Tour of the California Alps needs Operators - can you help?

The Tour of the California Alps also known as the Death Ride is still being planned for July 11th. The Alpine County organizers will look at all the conditions and make a final go decision on July 6th. Tahoe Amateur Radio Association (TARA) is the lead group to organize ham radio communications support for this event. As you know, there is basically no cell phone coverage in most of the county. We plan to staff the Alpine County Sheriff's with ham radio coverage to support the Dispatcher to help get emergency resources to incidents as quickly as possible. The hours are 6 AM to 8 PM.

IF YOU CAN HELP US THAT DAY, PLEASE CONTACT SHEILA!
Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ
ARES Emergency Coordinator
Douglas, NV and Alpine, CA
775-267-3216    7/3/2015

ARRL Field Day is June 27-28, 2015

Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event – and ALL about FUN!

Find a Field Day event near you:
http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator    6/25/2015

"2015 Sacramento Stand Down" Helping Veterans Stand Up (Sept. 18th. - 20th.)

Date: 9/18/2015
Start time: 0800 on 18th. and 19th. - 1700 on 18th and 19th.
County: Sacramento
Location: Mather Field, Rancho Cordova, Ca.

I need five (5) operators per day, two days Fri. 18th. Sat. 19th. You will need a 2M ht. Be able to talk to and respect homeless individuals. And have fun using a PA system to pass information.

Radio operator helps is requested.

Contact: Dan Wise dwke6iuz@yahoo.com    6/25/2015

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

Wildfire Awareness Week

This week is Wildfire Awareness Week. And this year is looking to possibly be the worst on record for wildfires. Especially since there was a recent news article on KCRA TV 3 saying there are approximately twelve million trees that are either already dead or dying. Here is the article and slideshow:

Survey: Drought kills 12 million California trees <http://www.kcra.com/news/survey-drought-kills-12-million-california-trees/32805442> . Firefighters worry dead timber will explode in fire.
Photos: Death by drought for Sierra Nevada trees. <http://www.kcra.com/news/death-by-drought/32805884>

For reference, you can visit Cal Fire's Ready for Wildfire website <http://www.readyforwildfire.org/> . It has helpful tips and other suggestions on how to prepare for this year's fire season. The USFS has a good checklist <http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5315416.pdf> , too, that includes parking your vehicle in the garage while you're loading it. That way, you're not overtaken by smoke. FEMA has a section on their Ready.gov website <http://www.ready.gov/wildfires> about wildfires, too. Cal Fire posts information on current fires on their Current Fire Information webpage . And the Forest Service uses InciWeb Incident Information System . To include with all of these checklists and wildfire information, I would also ensure your bags are ready and radios programmed and charged. Speaking of radios.

For those of you who are interested, Cal Fire has updated radio frequencies <http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?aid=1008> that are interstitial (2.5 kHz channel spacing) to keep within the FCC narrowband requirement. There is information for OES radio frequencies <http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?aid=1009> as well. For radio frequency information on the entire state of California, please follow this link <http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?stid=6> . The US Forest Service also has radio frequencies <http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?aid=4301> that are interstitial. To be able to successfully monitor these new interstitial frequencies, you need a radio that is capable of the 2.5kHz channel spacing.    5/6/2015

Red Cross and ARES Exercise April 16, 2015

The Gold County Region of The American Red Cross conducted a multi-county shelter exercise on April 16th. ARES was to support communications. The planning documents that were used by ARES for this exercise are now posted and available for viewing. Comments and "Lessons Learned" have also been posted.    4/12/2015

IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide Available Online

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Emergency Telecommunications Guide is now available for download from the IARU website. The guide was developed to provide the IARU member-societies with materials suitable for training radio amateurs to participate in emergencies. It also was designed to provide guidance to individual Amateur Radio operators with little or no experience in handling emergency communications but desire to enhance their ability to participate in such events or to simply have a better understanding of the process. ARRL has a link to this information.    3/13/2015

Placer County ARES Training

Saturday, February 28th starting at 0900 hrs, Placer County ARES sponsored a Training exercise designed to test our readiness and our on the air cababilities. We had a great turn-out starting with the initial call-out via EVERBRIDGE and ending with 13 involved units. The initial event was patterned to follow-up with SAC ARES on their training which involved a simulated earthquake centered in the Central Valley. Our exercise was a follow-up with the emergency caused by several after-shocks in our area which cut off conventional communications and Power through out the County. The training lasted approx 2 hours and ended at approx 1100 hrs. Many thanks to all who participated for their time and effort.

Fred Carey
Placer County ARES EC
KF7QVB    2/28/2015

2014 Sacramento Valley ARES Section Volunteer Time Report

Congratulations to the Sacramento Valley ARES groups!
In 2014, ECs reported 12,600 of volunteer hours.
Thank you to the ECs who submitted their monthly reports and to all of the dedicated ARES members for their work.
   2/9/2015

Fred D. Carey, KF7QVB, appointed as Placer County ARES Emergency Coordinator

Congratulations to Fred D. Carey, KF7QVB, who has been appointed as Placer County Emergency Coordinator.
kf7qvb@hotmail.com    2/9/2015

WB6KDZ, Stan McEtchin to receive the Congressional Gold Medal

At 12 Noon PST, 3 February, C-SPAN will carry the award ceremony for the
surviving members of the Special Services Force, more commonly known as
the "Black Devils", when they receive the Congressional Gold Medal.
WB6KDZ, Stan McEtchin, a member of the Chico GEARS club will be among
the recipients. The award will take place in Washington D.C. at the
Expedition Hall.

Read House Speaker John Boehner's Remarks about the Devil’s Brigade.

There is a very nice interview on KNVN TV.

There are numerous YouTube videos regarding this most courageous group
of American and Canadian warriors. One is a 48 minute presentation well
worth your time. Just choose "The Black Devils--FULL SHOW--FIRST SPECIAL
SERVICE FORCES
".    2/2/2015

Report on the Placer County ARES HF Test from Sutter Roseville Medical Center

On Saturday, 10 Jan 2015, at 10:00 am (1800 UTC) Placer County ARES conducted an HF communications test net on the 40 meter band (frequency 7214 kHz LSB) from Sutter Roseville Medical Center (SRMC) in Roseville, CA. The total time of the test was a little over one hour. The equipment used included an Alinco DX-SR8 transceiver and an MFJ-1788 “Magnetic Loop” antenna that was being tested. 22 radio operators checked in and exchanged signal reports from northern and southern California and Nevada. Read more information.    1/13/2015

Placer ARES 40m HF Test Saturday January 10 at 10am

DATE AND TIME OF TEST: Saturday, January 10, 2015, On Air starting at 1000 hours.

RADIO TEST FREQUENCY: Starting and staying at 7214 KHz (unless busy).

2m TESTING RESOURCE FREQUENCY: N6ICW (repeater) 147.195 + PL 123.0

READ more information on thei test

If you can hear the test net, but are not able to check in, please send an email to kg6sjt@gmail.com with your name, location, call sign, and signal report.    1/8/2015

Sacramento ARES Conducted a Basic Radio training for CERT

On January 3, 2015 at Cosumnes Fire Training Facility, John KI6ZWW and Vince KI6NHP put on a basic Radio training class for area CERT groups. There were 55 people in attendance and were represented by CERT groups from Elk Grove, Folsom, West Sacramento, Metro Fire, and Sacramento City CERT.    1/6/2015

Sacramento Area Mesh Networking Group

We have started a directory of information and links to the Mesh Networking project that Joe AG6QO has started. There is also a link to a Yahoo group for SacArea MeshNets that will allow you to get in on the discussion and fun.    12/21/2014

Daily Packet Net to test paths to Nevada

The Nevada NW Packet group runs a daily packet check-in net.
Each day they poll messages each morning to test their ability to get information in and out of the area. The tests let them know their paths are open and the systems are working.

You can join in on this daily packet net by sending a packet message to a full service BBS to KJ7UK@KJ6IX.#WNV.NV.USA.NOAM to get on the list. You will receive a packet message each day that you can just respond to, and if you have traffic add it to the message.

Here are some Full Service Packet BBS in Northern California:

BBS connect call Location User Frequency

* N6RME-1 Diamond Springs, covering the greater Sacramento area 145.09
* N0ARY-1 Mt. Umunhum (south of San Jose), covering the San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Gilroy area 145.09 433.371
* W6RAY-3 (SJVBBS) Park Ridge (east of Fresno), covering the South Central Valley 145.09 441.50
* WA6EWV-1 South Lake Tahoe 145.05
* AG6QO-1 Winters covering most of the western Sacramento valley 144.370 via node berr37

If you are using packet radio, this is a great way to test your equipment.
   12/14/2014

Forecasted Weather Conditions UPDATED: Wednesday, 10 Dec 5:02pm

HAZARDOUS WEATHER CONDITIONS

EMERGENCY SERVICES INFORMATION

POWER OUTAGE INFORMATION

ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION

CURRENT WEATHER INFORMATION

  • National Weather Service Forecast for Woodland, CA.

    LOCAL NEWS INFORMATION

    KCRA TV Ch 3     KXTV TV Ch 10     KOVR TV Ch 13     KTXL TV Ch 40
    The Sacramento Bee     The Daily Democrat     The Davis Enterprise

    Amateur Radio Frequencies to monitor
    Sacramento ARES
    • W6AEX repeater 147.270 + PL 77.0
    • Also N6ICW repeater 147.195 + PL 123

    Yolo County ARES *
    • KE6YUV repeater 146.970 - PL 123
    • Backup: N6QDY repeater - 147.255, + PL 123.0
    El Dorado County ARES / Skywarn and weather reports
    • 147.825 - pl 82.5
    • Simplex: 146.550 if the repeater goes down.

    NorCal Skywarn Net
    K6IS repeater 145.190 - PL 162.2 
    Yuba-Sutter ARES & SV Section Net
    • WD6AXM repeater  146.085 +  PL 127.

    -
       12/9/2014

    2014 SKYWARN Recognition Day Event Friday December 5 - Saturday December 6

    From Eric Kurth - NOAA:

    Weather spotters,

    If you are an amateur radio operator, please see the special event message below from our amateur radio program leader, Chris Hintz.


    The 2014 SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) Event will be on Friday December 5 from 4 pm PST to 4 pm PST Saturday December 6. For those who are not familiar with the event, SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. SKYWARN Recognition Day serves to celebrate the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators during threatening weather. This is a great opportunity for you to test you or your club's ability to conduct emergency communications (think "Field Day"). The 24 hour event involves National Weather Service (NWS) offices exchanging weather information with as many hams as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band using SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31. Contacts via repeaters, Echo-link, and IRLP are also permitted. Over 100 NWS stations across the country are expected to take part in the event this year. Additional information about SRD, operating procedures, and participating offices can be found online at http://hamradio.noaa.gov

    At this point, we are looking to compile a list of people interested in participating. Please let myself or Eric Kurth KC0VZU (Eric.Kurth@noaa.gov) know the following:

    1. If you will be participating in this year's event, and if so, what time(s) will you be available?
    2. Do you plan on setting up/using your own equipment or just available to operate or assist with other's setup?
    3. What bands and modes are you interested in using?
    4. Do you have equipment that you could provide for the event? (See note 1 below).
    5. If you would like to use Echolink or IRLP and what nodes? (See note 2 below).

    Note 1: To improve HF operations, we are looking for small amplifiers (120V) and/or small efficient directional antennas (.e.g. yagi) that could be easily setup. If you have these available or other ideas, please let us know.

    Note 2: As in past years, the Echolink *WX_TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP reflector 9219 system will be scheduling time for NWS offices in 1-2 hour time slots to act as net control to make contacts with weather spotters on the system. We are tentatively scheduled for the last hour of the event (3-4 pm Saturday). If you are interested in being our net control for this, please let us know.

    For those who have participated in recent events, you are aware that we have operated our office HF and VHF radios from inside our conference room. We plan to do this again this year, however, we won't be operating it the full 24 hours. Proposed operation times for the conference room (subject to change) are currently from 4 pm to 10 pm Friday (Dec 5) and 7 am to 4 pm Saturday (Dec 6). We may again have space reserved in the caged parking area adjacent to our building if there are those who would like to setup their own stations and operate.

    Feel free to forward this information to others you think may be interested. Thank you for taking the time to read this and reply back. We look forward to hearing from you in the near future and making this another great event.

    Doug, N6NFF provided the following frequencies IN THE Sacramento area:
    repeaters that have been used to frequent are:
    147.195, 145.190, 145.250, 147.000, 147.060 and 146.52 (simplex). For hf,
    persons should check the General Class portions of 80 through 10M including
    the WARC bands.
       12/2/2014

    Radio Operators needed for the California International Marathon

    The 40th annual California International Marathon is Dec 7th and runs from Folsom to the Capital. Operators are need from 6:30 am until about 1:30 pm. Available openings are from Orangevale to Downtown. Contact Frank, N6SNO at 916-529-2396, or frankn6sno@gmail.com.

    The California International Marathon (CIM) web site: http://runcim.org/    11/13/2014

    Sacramento Valley ARES Primary Frequencies for each county

    An updated list of the primary frequencies used by ARES groups in each county in the Sacramento Valley Section.    11/13/2014

    Dan Edwards, KJ6WYW, appointed as Amador County ARES Emergency Coordinator

    Congratulations to Dan Edwards, KJ6WYW, who has been appointed as Amador County Emergency Coordinator.
    dedwards@volcano.net    11/7/2014

    Larry Trotter, KI6YUK, appointed as Plumas County ARES Emergency Coordinator

    Congratulations to Larry Trotter, KI6YUK, who has been appointed as Plumas County ARES Emergency Coordinator.
    dltrotter@sbcglobal.net    11/7/2014

    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 and Eric Guenzler, KG6BZT, Sacramento County ARES.    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

       10/9/2014

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

    Current fire information
    http://yubanet.com/nevada/King.php

    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

    Tahoe Rim Public Service Event

    Saturday September 5th to the 9th is the first Tahoe 200 race around the entire Tahoe Rim Trail.
    If you want to help with emergency communications for this event please contact, Bob Miller at wa6mty@gbis.com or 775 843-5952.

    More details on the Event Calendar http://sacvalleyares.org/contents/calendar.asp    8/15/2014

    Web site Issues

    The ISP that is hosting sacvalleyares.org has moved the site to a new modern server. This has caused some issues with some of the database connections.
    I will be working to get these problems fixed in the next few days.
    Greg, KG6SJT kg6sjt@gmail.com    8/14/2014

    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

    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. 

    http://scancal.org/calfire/major.html

     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>
       7/29/2014

    ARES ECs- Enter your FSD Report on-line

    ARES ECs have the ability to enter the monthly FSD-212 report on-line.
    CLick to enter your FSD-212 Report    7/28/2014

    Sand Fire in Amador and Eldorado Counties

    The San Fire is located east of Highway 49, at the Amador/El Dorado county line, 5 miles north of Plymouth. Fire has spotted and is burning on both sides of the Middle Fork Cosumnes River.

    Current information:
    http://yubanet.com/CAFires/SandCA.php

    This link is update often .

    You can listen in to the radio traffic:
    Command channel is 151.265 MHz.

    Monitor on the web:
    http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/16015/web    7/27/2014

    Homeless Veterans Stand Down

    Dan Wise has been asked to secure HAM operators for the "Homeless Veterans Stand Down", here in Sacramento, at Mather Field. It is a two day event, (Friday) 9-12-14, 0600 to 1700 and (Saturday) 9-13-14, 0700 to 1700; note: Sunday is dismissal of Vets. and tear down of the camp.

    Our task is to provide communication between five lacations at the camp. Therefore, I am looking for five (5) HAMs that can work this event. Preferablly the same five for both days, but I will take what ever I can get. Males and or females, all over the age of 18, with a current HAM license. The communication will be done on 2M simplex (a working ht is required, as well as pencil and paper). Lunch will be provider as well as all the water you can consume.
    This is, as with all our events, a volunteer gig. We are here to help Vets and only Vets. Last year there were about 325 Vets going through the Sacramento Stand Down - some from WW II, Korea, Viet Nam, and lots from the Middle East conflict. Help is needed, as HAMs we can help.
    Thank You
    Dan Wise
    KE6IUZ #36
    e-mail: dwke6iuz@yahoo.com
    c-phone: 916-743-5347    7/23/2014

    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

    ARES ECs- Enter your FSD Report on-line

    ARES ECs have the ability to enter the monthly FSD-212 report on-line.
    CLick to enter your FSD-212 Report    7/3/2014

    Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run Could use Operators June 28-29

    The WSER needs a few extra communications points filled. If you can help for even a part of a day it will make a big difference.
    Here is copy from Ralph Lucas who is Communications Coordinator.

    Contact Ralph directly to set up and coordinate where you will be helping.

    Request from WSER for help:
    I do have several locations and NCS that could use added help:
    - Fords Bar. It will take an ATV or walking to get access.
    - Cal2
    - No Hands Bridge
    - Green Gate

    Thank you,
    Ralph Lucas, W6RWL
    Communications Coordinator
    408-640-0963
    wstrail.org    6/24/2014

    ARRL Field Day 2014 - June 28-29.

    Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event – and ALL about FUN!

    Come and join us!
    Find a field Day near you!
       6/6/2014

    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

    ARES Multi-County Regional Exercise

    On March 15th, Placer County ARES will initiate an ARES Multi-county Exercise. The exercise will involve Placer County ARES requesting Mutual Assistance.

    A call-out of Placer ARES will be made as well as notification of Sacramento Valley ARES District Emergency coordinator (DEC). Each DEC will contact their county Emergency Coordinators who in turn will exercise their call-out plans and determine how many ARES members could possible respond to the call for mutual assistance. This information will be relayed to Placer County ARES on the W6EK repeater 145.430 negative PL: 162.2. A HF net will also be established on 7220 khz LSB.

    Packet Operations during the regional ARES Exercise March 15th
    During the Regional ARES exercise, packet messages/updates may be sent to station WU6X.

    For more information contact:
    Charles Minton, KG6FFK, 530-830-2485, kg6ffk@arrl.net
    John Staples, KI6ZWW, 916-612-8354 (c), ki6zww@hotmail.com    3/12/2014

    Sending Packet Messages for Placer Exercise Saturday March 15th

    Using packet radio to send messages During the Placer county ARES exercise on Saturday, March 15th.

    Dennis, WU6X, has decided that packet messages regarding the exercise will be send on 145.050.

    You can address your messages to "WU6X" on the mailbox "ARES"

    On 145.050, Connect to "ARES" via the node "KBERR". If you can't connect to KBERR directly, you can connect to another node on 145.050 and then connect to KBERR then connect to ARES.

    A map of local nodes is available here:
    http://www.yoloares.org/maps/packetNOdes.asp

    Sample connection using a terminal program on 145.050:

    > c kberr
    > cmd:*** CONNECTED to KBERR
    > ###CONNECTED TO WILD NODE KBERR(K6JAC-6) CHANNEL A
    > KBERR is the KaNode in the BERRY TNC
    > ENTER COMMAND: B,C,J,N, or Help ?
    > c ares
    > ###LINK MADE
    > [KPC3P-9.1-HM$]
    > 295112 BYTES AVAILABLE IN 12 BLOCK(S)
    > THERE ARE 7 MESSAGES NUMBERED 1-20
    > Welcome to the Yolo County ARES BBS
    > ENTER COMMAND: B,J,K,L,R,S, or Help >
    > s wu6x
    > 295072 BYTES AVAILABLE IN 12 BLOCK(S)
    > SUBJECT: exercise message
    >
    > ENTER MESSAGE 21--END WITH CTRL-Z OR /EX ON A SINGLE LINE
    > this is a sample message
    > Greg, kg6sjt
    > /ex
    > MESSAGE SAVED
    > ENTER COMMAND: B,J,K,L,R,S, or Help >
    > b
    > ###DISCONNECTED BY ARES AT NODE KBERR
    > *** DISCONNECTED
    > cmd:
       3/12/2014

    Photo of the Emcomm Van used by Butte County ARES

    Butte County ARES EC, Scott Petersen, KE6VUS, has added photos of the Emcomm van he put together.    2/7/2014

    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.
       2/1/2014

    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

    Sacramento Valley Regional ARES EC meeting January 25

    A meeting of Sacramento Valley ECs is scheduled for January 25, 2014.
    Canyon View Community Center, Foothill Room.
    471 Maidu Dr.
    Auburn, CA
    For more information contact John, KI6ZWW, ki6zww@hotmail.com    1/21/2014

    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.
       1/12/2014

    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

    Sacramento County ARES Meeting January 11, 2014

    Sacramento County ARES will have a meeting on Saturday January 11 at 9am, at the Sheriffs Sub-Station. The Sheriffs Sub-Station is located at the corner of 65th ST and Florin Rd., behind the Burlington Coat Factory.
    Agenda items include:
       - where we've been and where we're going in 2014
       - demo of our web site
       - a question period
    We will wrap up at noon.    12/23/2013

    Sacramento Valley Regional ARES EC meeting January 25

    A meeting of Sacramento Valley ECs is scheduled for January 25, 2014. Details will be posted soon. For more information contact John, KI6ZWW, ki6zww@hotmail.com    12/7/2013

    Communications to and from the Philippines

    Posted by Ron Murdock ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Manager

    A message from Mike Corey, KI1U, at ARRL HQ, regarding disaster support communications to and from the Philippines in the wake of the terrible storm damage they've suffered. "At this point we haven’t been receiving a lot of requests out of the Philippines, but we are on standby for any traffic that may be directed to the US. ARRL HQ has been in regular email contact with PARA (their national association) and getting updates. The key thing right now is to get health and welfare messages routed into the Red Cross Safe and Well website or Google People Finder as quick as possible. Here are the links to both sites: Safe and Well - https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

    Google People Finder - http://google.org/personfinder/2013-yolanda

    Also keep in mind this storm goes by two names, Haiyan and Yolanda. Please share this with your SEC’s and traffic folks.    11/12/2013

    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

    California International Marathon- Radio Operators Needed

    The California International marathon will be held on December 8th. We will need 30 amateur radio operators.

    If you would like to volunteer, please contact Frank, N6SNO, n6sno@att.ne, 916-529-2396
    Or John, KI6ZWW, ki6zww@hotmail.com, 916-612-8354.

    The race assignments start at from 6:30 for the starting locations and other assignments generally end by 1:00pm. If you have never worked a foot race before, you can be paired with an experienced operator to help you get familiar with this type of race.

    If you have several hours of time to help out, it would be appreciated.
       10/28/2013

    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

 

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