Announcements:

  • NEXT VECOM MEETING: Friday, May 11, 10:00-noon, at Fire Station 16 on Lawrence Street.
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Field Program Your Baofeng

Here are some aids to help when manually programming your Baofeng radio:

The Baofeng Programming document is intended to be in a Resource Book.

The Programming Instructions and Frequency List are intended to be
laminated and attached to the lanyard on the portable. They might need
to be shrunk in the printing process depending on the practical
eyesight of the end user.

Baofeng programming v1
Frequency List
Program Instructions
Instructions Freq List (Excel xlsx)


73, Dick Illman

Oregon ACES Class Rescheduled for Feb 24-25

Presently there are 13 of you on my list for this class. Ultimately you will need to register on the oregonaces.org web site when our class is on their calendar. There are 25 seats available that may also be offered to the new Feb 3,4 students as well as Clallam and Kitsap. I will let you know when you can sign in.

Here is a course description.

The course fee is $25 per student at the door and includes the student workbook and certificate.  The FEMA IS-100, IS-200 and IS-700 courses are available online and are required prior to certification. You may take the class before completing the FEMA courses and will receive your ACES certificate when you complete the FEMA courses. Students are required to bring a radio and manual for programming practice and a headset is recommended. The class focuses on your performance and mastry of the skills required for auxiliary communications support. You will be operating and checking into a net, sending and receiving formal message traffic in multiple formats and programming your radio to new frequencies. To complete the course there is a multiple choice exam and practical demonstration of learned skills.

Here is a link to the ICS classes.

73 Dick Illman
Jefferson County ARES EC

FEMA Region 10 Exercise

From ARRL news: 01/09/2018Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) will conduct a Communications Exercise (COMMEX) on January 17 and on the third Wednesday of subsequent months during 2018, 1500-2100 UTC. These exercises will use the 60-meter channels and will test and exercise interoperable communication (federal/state/local/tribal/Amateur Radio) for use during a major disaster in which the conventional telecommunication infrastructure has been significantly damaged or destroyed.

FEMA Region 10 will use the call sign WGY910. Other stations that may take part include, but are not limited to, other FEMA stations, DHS, USCG, SHARES, DoD, and National Weather Service. Stations (both federal and amateur) associated with agencies and organizations that provide response support in accordance with the National Response Framework are encouraged to participate.

The COMMEX will use all five 60-meter dial frequencies: 5,330.5 kHz; 5,346.5 kHz; 5,357.0 kHz; 5,371.5 kHz, and 5,403.5 kHz as part of the exercise.