San Benito County ARES/ACS/RACES
ARES: Amateur Radio Emergency Service
ACS: Auxilary Communication Service
RACES: Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service
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SK: WR6U - Lois Brice
It is with sadness we are announcing a Silent Key... WR6U - Lois Brice (March 19, 1924 - April 19, 2014).... Our deepest condolences to Don Brice - W6ONO.
Tech Talk - Tape Measure Yagi Antenna - Wed 4/23 & 4/30
This month's tech talk will be on BOTH Wednesday April 23rd & April 30th, 2014 @ 1900 at the San Benito County ARES/ACS/RACES Headquarters/Ham Shack/DOC in Hollister (3224 Southside Rd, Hollister). On the 23rd we're going to make a yagi antenna primarily made with PVC pipes and tape measure segments. Please e-mail email@example.com by Monday night if you want us to get you the parts for it at a cost of about $10. On the 30th, we're going to complete any steps not completed on the 23rd and work on direction finding techniques with these antennas.
See the San Benito County ARES/ACS/RACES Headquarters/Ham Shack/DOC Flyer (PDF) for directions.
Ham 101 & Fundamentals - Sat May 10th
Ham 101: Introduction to Emergency Communications will be on Saturday May 10th at 0900 hours at the Gilroy Police Department followed by Fundamentals of Emergency Communication at 1330 hours after a lunch break.
This is the class for ham radio operators, especially those who recently got their license, to learn radio basics, operations, emergency operations, etc.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat and help us with planning this event.
Minutes from our February Meeting
Our Repeater is Back!
Our primary repeater is back on line as of Thursday January 16th. Thus far, it appears our coverage has improved in most directions. We've got a few places to still check.
147.315 MHz -600 KHz PL 94.8 Hz
Manuals for Equipment
Check out this updated page now includes the Powerwerx DB-750X Mobile Commerial Radio and the LDG AT-100 Pro II Antenna Tuner at the HQ/DOC
FAQs for Ham Radio Operators espeically newly licensed hams
Check out this new page
Check out this new page for details on what Brad (KJ6ATF) and Tim (W6TST) have been doing with their NVIS work. Now updated to include a new design.
First, third and fifth Thursdays are local only. Second and Fourth Thursdays will be nets that are IRLP/Echolink connected.
To connect us via IRLP or EchoLink on the second and fourth Thursdays via the Western Reflector useIRLP: 9257 / Echolink *DCF-ARC* (Emcomm Nets) 336037. Please connect via the western reflector and not directly to our repeater on those Thursdays.
Thanks from SAR for Response from October 2012
What to put in a "Go Bag"
Your "Go Bag" may be customized depending on your paritipation level, skill and experience level and your own personal endurance
What are Q Codes and when to use them and when not to?
The Q Code came into being internationally in 1912 to overcome the language problems involved in communications by radio among ships and shore stations of all countries. The original list of 50 adopted by international agreement in London contain many which are still familiar to amateur operators-QRN, QRM, QSO, the traffic operator's QRK, QSY and QRV - are now nearing the century mark of continuous usage. QSL still has the official 1912 definition despite the changed informal usages it is subjected to in amateur parlance.
The QN signals for amateur net operation were introduced in the late 1930s by E. L. Battey W1UE (W4IA-SK) to lighten the burdens of net control operators.
Q codes are quite handy when talking to an international station or sending a message via morse code
Q codes should not be used in emergency communication especially if operating public safety radios. Incident Command System (ICS) standards require that "Plain Text" be used in emergency communication to avoid misunderstandings or memorization errors.
Yaesu WIRES Function - How to turn it off.
Those with Yaesu radios have a tendency to accidentally turn on a function called WIRES. It is a feature that isn't used locally, but can cause annoyances.
KB6OT wrote up directions that Jack Kirk found to turn off this feature that is handy. Included in this note in this PDF File
Please bring one photo ID, Social Security card or FRN, cash for fees, and previous
License Grant if testing for upgrade. This session is sponsored by the San Benito County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, & W5YI-VEC
Congratulations to the new ham radio operators and those who got their upgrades
Click here for an FAQs for Ham Radio Operators espeically newly licensed hams
Note: The paper work was submitted promptly, but apparently due to the Veterans Day weekend, processing is delayed and the paperwork hasn't been processed yet... Please be assured we are checking multiple times a day and will update this page as soon as we know.
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