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

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FEMA HF Interoperability Exercise

On the third Wednesday of each month, FEMA Region X conducts a COMMEX consisting of radio check in’s from authorized state, tribal, federal and amateur stations to test HF interoperability in case of an emergency or disaster response.  Cities, counties, tribes, authorized Federal agencies and amateur operators that support jurisdictional emergency management organizations are welcome to participate.  The coordination and authorization of this net between Federal stations and amateur licensees has been coordinated and authorized by the NTIA and the FCC. (Download full FEMA press release by clicking: RX COMMEX Plan_MAR2017_PublicRelease.)

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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.
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Monthly FEMA 60Mtr. Exercises

FEMA Region 10 to Conduct Monthly Interoperability Communications Exercises during 2017

FEMA Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) will conduct interoperability communications exercises (COMMEX) during 2017 on the third Wednesday of each month, 1500-2100 UTC. The initial exercise will take place on January 18.

Read more at ARRL.org

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.

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.