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

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Five Dot Three Net Time Change

Since the band conditions have changed so much on 80m, 60m, and 40m in the evenings, i.e. start to go very long as it gets later in the day, the Five Dot Three Nets on Saturdays will start at 5pm Pacific Time. I hope you can be there tomorrow night, Sat. Jan. 14 at 5pm Pacific Time!

de Christine, AF7OK

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60 Meter Digital Net Instructions for 1/9/17

For those who want to participate in the 60 meter digital net tomorrow (or even just listen,) here are the latest instructions from Christine Masters, AF7OK. If you have the equipment and just need help getting set up and on the air, please email me, KL7HI@arrl.net.


From AF7OK:

We will have the digital net Monday, 1/9/2017, from 1215 to 1245 Pacific Time on 5346.5 kHz, Ch.#2, with a center frequency on FLDIGI of 1500 Hz, so the digital messages will be on 5348.0 kHz.  The voice net will be at 1pm on 5330.5 kHz USB, Ch. #1.  See the updated announcement attachment below for more info.

If stations don’t want to participate in the digital nets, that is fine – you are still welcome to check in to the voice net, as always! Continue reading “60 Meter Digital Net Instructions for 1/9/17”

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”

Vecom/ARES/RACES Meeting notes

Today Dick, AH6EZ covered several topics including:

To download the Power Point slides (pdf) for this meeting, click HERE: jefferson-county-ares-vecom-november-2016.