Meeting Presentation 3/9/2018

Click on this link to download slides from the meeting: Jefferson County ARES VECOM March 2018

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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

Puget Sound HAM Repeaters

Click to download
Puget Sound Repeater map

Thanks to member Mark Bauserman for his diligent and thoughtful compilation of amateur radio repeaters in the Puget Sound area.

The Puget Sound HAM Repeater Maps book is available as a printable PDF file (11 pages, see link below) and consists of several maps and lists to help the ham trying to establish VHF or UHF communications in the region.  Especially valuable are the excellent repeater maps including Jefferson and Clallam Counties, Kitsap County, and northern Puget Sound.  A couple of linked repeater systems are also mapped out, covering the greater Puget Sound area and southwest Washington coast.

Mark gives credit to his sources including Repeaterbook.com, Puget Sound Energy Amateur Radio Group, BeachNet Repeater System, and the Mike and Key Amateur Radio Club.

We’d highly recommend that all members download a copy and print it out so it is available when the chips (and the Internet) are down.

Download your copy of the Puget Sound HAM Repeater Map book by clicking here. (v. 12-2-17, 11 pages)

ACES Training Opportunity

VECOM team,
Lynn has not been mandating ACES training, this is short notice, and the Redmond event is on the same weekend as our Search and Rescue event, but you might consider attending this training. It is not as important for supporting just within Jefferson County but there are other areas of Washington and the US that do mandate this training.

If you did attend the training there might be an opportunity to provide the rest of us training content we could use.

73.

Dick Illman
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VECOM March Meeting Notes

VECOM Meeting Highlights:

  • Words from DEM Lynn Sterbenz
  • ARES/VECOM Profile and Capabilities
  • Repeater update
  • Cape George FireHall
  • 60m HF Interoperability nets
  • Communications Academy update
  • Health and Welfare update
  • What to do when all else has failed

Click HERE to download the PDF file from Dick Illman’s March VECOM presentation:

Jefferson County ARES VECOM MARCH 2017

Notes from February 2017 ARES Meeting

Download Dick Illman, KH6EZ’s slide presentation as shown at the February 2017 Vecom meeting.

Agenda Highlights:

  • Word from out DEM, Lynn Sterbenz
  • Chart: Jefferson County Organizational Structure
  • ARES Registration forms, add your cellular provider
  • Repeater Update
  • Cape George Fire Hall
  • 60m HF Interoperability nets on 5330.5 kHz
  • Communication Academy
  • Health and Welfare Traffic update
  • Search and Rescue, Simplex Repeaters

Click this link to download PDF file: jefferson-county-ares-vecom-february-2017-4

60 Meters Interoperability

In the world of Emergency Communications (Emcomm) there is an increasing emphasis on getting ARES and RACES stations to be able to directly communicate with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and military MARS stations on 60 meters (5 MHz). It’s worth checking this band out because it has some propagation characteristics that may become more useful as the sunspot cycle declines.

Unlike other bands, this band has some interesting rules and operating practices that require some study before jumping in.
Continue reading “60 Meters Interoperability”

Cyber Security Presentation Jan. 28

do-not-track-the-latest-from-mozilla-bfKyWC-clipartThe Port Ludlow ARC, Digital Life Group and the Sheriff’s Foundation is sponsoring Cyber Security Part II January 28, 2017 and start promptly at 1 PM. The venue will be the Bay Club Auditorium in Port Ludlow. There is no fee to attend.

Our speaker Kevin Eckstrom, a Federal expert on Cyber Threats, Security and Mitigation will again be discussing security risks to individuals via the Internet and other exploit avenues. His suggested topics include;

  • Email Threats
  • Smart Phones (Blu Phones)
  • Internet of Things
  • Windows / Apple and Linux OS
  • How safe are we and what we can do to stay safe

We anticipate that there will be a large interest in this program and therefore pre-registration is required! Registration is availabe at www.n7pl.org.