Next Practice Sat. June 9th

May 16th, 2018 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Next Radio Practice:

Our Next meeting will be:  Saturday, June 9th, 2018, at Spreckels Lake, 36th Ave & Fulton, from 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs.    Bring a clipboard, paper, pencil/pen, your radio’s operating manual and your radio with battery fully charged.  Everyone will use their radio, ask questions and help each other.  Dress for the unpredictable San Francisco weather – bring two layers, hat and sunscreen.

Here is a RECAP of the Saturday, May 12, 2018, radio practice:

At our last radio practice there 13 of us at the Lake.  The sky was blue, a little windy and again the Sun was shining.

Everyone checked into the the Alpha Net, participated in a discussion about sending & receiving messages and received their team assignments.  There were enough of us to have 3 Teams each with a Net Control Operator and 3 Radio Operators.  The Radio Operators sent two messages to their Net Control Operator and their NCO in turn sent two messages to each team member.  The subject of the pre-written messages was “Month of May History”.

Oh, one more important thing to mention –  the 25th of May is the annual and internationally celebrated “Carry a Towel Day”;  a day to celebrate the life and work of Douglas Adams.

For details go to: www.towel.org

Also check out: www.wikihow.com/Celebrate-Towel-Day

And for “Towel Day on the International Space Station” watch: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpQfWLkKbhw

73 & 42,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Practice & RECAP April 14th Practice

April 29th, 2018 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Next Radio Practice:

Saturday, May 12th, 2018, at Spreckels Lake, 36th Ave & Fulton, from 1000hrs. to 1200hrs.      Bring clipboard, paper, pencil/pen, and your radio’s operating manual.  Everyone will use their radio, ask questions and help each other.  Dress for the unpredictable San Francisco weather – two layers, hat and sunscreen.

Here is a RECAP of the Saturday, April 14, 2018, radio practice:

Saturday April 14, 2018, at our radio practice there were again 17 of us at the Lake.   The sky was blue and the Sun was shining.

Peter KF7MFN and Joe KM6HIW took check-ins on the Alpha Net.

David KK6JKC led a discussion about sending and receiving messages.

Peter AA6SF gave out the team assignments. We had enough for four teams, each with a Team Net Control Operator and three Radio Operators.  The teams were Bravo, Delta, Foxtrot and Golf

The ROs in each team helped each other with programming their radios and conducting radio checks.

Each Team NCO opened up their channels by reading a script calling for their team members to check in.

The Radio Operators checked in with their Team NCOs and announced they had traffic to send.

The ROs proceeded to send messages to their NCO and the NCOs sent messages in return to their Team ROs.

The pre-written messages were about “April is Earth Month” & April 22nd is Earth Day around the world.

The two hours went by quickly.

I hope to see you at the next Radio Practice, which will be May 12th.  Mark this date in your calendar now so you don’t forget.

I look forward to seeing more of you for this practice.

73,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

 

RECAP & Next Radio Practice April 14th

March 23rd, 2018 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Next Radio Practice:

Saturday, April 14th, 2018, at Spreckels Lake, 36th Ave & Fulton from 1000hrs. to 1200hrs.      Bring clipboard, paper, pencil/pen, and radio’s operating manual.  Everyone will use their radio, ask questions and help each other.  Dress for unpredictable weather.

Recap –  March practice:

Saturday March 10, 2018, at our radio practice there were 17 of us at the Lake.   The morning started out a little cold, with an overcast sky.  I was fearful the weather report would keep radio operators away.  The temperature warmed up some and there was no wind to chill us.

David KK6JKC was the first RO to arrive followed by Ann K6SHO from Corte Madera.  And then more and more arrived for a total of 17 ROs.

Looking at the check-in log I see that of the 17, 12 were first timers to 2MCM, and 7 got their licenses this year !

Everyone was eager to use their radios, get help with a variety of operating concerns and really use their radios.

Oh, and Nathan KM6ADE arrived a few minutes after 1000 hrs., in the nick of time, so-to-speak, to help run the Alpha Net (check-in by radio) and Elmer Ann who had not run a net before.  And, thank you David KK6JKC for leading a discussion on message sending.

The topic for the messages was Birth Dates and Places of Birth of well known people born in the month of March.  The Phonetic Alphabet was used (practiced) for many of the messages.

Everyone was assigned to a team, (Bravo, Delta or Foxtrot – each with a different radio frequency) as a team Radio Operator or a team Net Control Operator.  Team members helped each other with changing frequencies on their radios and sending/receiving messages.

Everyone sent 2 or 3 messages to their NCO and copied 2 messages from their NCO.

The two hours went by quickly.

I hope to see you at the next Radio Practice, which will be April 14th.  Mark this date in your calendar now so you don’t forget.  (Don’t believe the Friday night weather report.)

P.S.:  SF NERTs – Put on your calendar April 21st, for the NERT Citywide Drill.  Go to the NERT website to register for it.  I will be there for the Citywide Drill.  With my radio!

73,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Radio Practice Saturday, March 10, 2018

February 23rd, 2018 by Peter No comments »

Greetings 2MCM Friends,

Our next Radio Practice will be Saturday, March 10, 2018.

We will meet again at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000 hrs. to 1200 hrs. It’s a good idea to arrive 10 to 20 minutes early.

Bring your radio with the battery fully charged, a clipboard, paper/pencil, and your radio’s operator’s manual. Dress for the predictably unpredictable weather.  And bring your questions.  There is always someone to help and to answer questions.

Last month there were 13 of us at the Lake under clear skies- a warm and sunny morning.  Lots of room for more of you, incase you were worried about it being crowded.

After everyone checked in to the Alpha Net we broke up into 3 teams – Bravo, Delta and Foxtrot – to send and receive messages. The emphasis of the messages was on the phonetic alphabet.  The Team structure insures you will be with someone who will help.

Please join us on March 10th – if you haven’t used your radio in a while, if you want more practice using your radio, or if you want to help other radio operators improve their radio skills.

I look forward to you joining me at the Lake.

P.S.:  KQED is having a one-hour special, Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like, to celebrate the late children’s television icon and his show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Mark your calendars now for  March 6, at 8PM on KQED 9.

73,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Radio Practice February 10, 2018

January 30th, 2018 by Peter No comments »

Greetings 2MCM Friends,

Our next Radio Practice will be Saturday, February 10, 2018.

We will meet again at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000 hrs. to 1200 hrs.

Bring your radio with the battery fully charged, a clipboard, paper/pencil, and your radio’s operator’s manual. Dress for the predictably unpredictable weather.  And bring your questions.  There is always someone to help and to answer questions.

I have two spare radios in case you haven’t gotten one yet or you can share a radio with someone.

Last month there were 19 of us at the Lake under clear skies- a warm and sunny morning.  After everyone checked in to the Alpha Net we broke up into 4 teams – Bravo, Delta, Echo and Golf, to send and receive messages. We also had a discussion about common radio procedures, ”pro words”, and good message sending practices.

Please join us on the 10th,  if you haven’t used your radio in a while,  if you want more practice using your radio, or  if you want to help other radio operators improve their radio skills.

I look forward to you joining me at the Lake.

73,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Siren Net Dates Changed

January 17th, 2018 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Friends,

The Siren Net is run by the Auxiliary Communications Service and volunteer Net Control Operators.

ACS has made a change to the days the Siren Net will be run.

The Siren Net, beginning February, will only be run on the “odd” Tuesdays of the month.  Or said another way: only the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays of the month.

The City will continue to sound the sirens every Tuesday at noon.

Besides the Siren Net there is another way to report sirens heard or not heard.

Go to the ACS website: SFACS dot net / then go to the OPWS (Outdoor Public Warning System) page and find a “big button” at the bottom of the page.

Click on the “button” and complete your report.

You might want to first read the information on the OPWS page to learn more about the sirens and the Siren Net, and especially look at the map and list of siren locations.

Best Regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF
http://2metercriticalmass.com/

Next Practice Sat. January 13, 2018

December 21st, 2017 by Peter No comments »

Greetings 2MCM Friends,

Our next Radio Practice will be Saturday, January 13, 2018 – our first radio practice of the New Year!

We will meet again at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate park, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs.

Bring your radio with the battery fully charged, a clipboard, paper/pencil, and your radio’s operators manual. Dress for the predictably unpredictable weather.  And bring your questions.  There is always someone to help and to answer questions.

Last month there were 14 of us at the lake under clear skies- a warm and sunny morning.  We broke up into 3 teams, Bravo, Charlie & Delta, to send and receive messages.  All of the messages were Fortune Cookie Messages.  We had fun and used our radios.

Check out the NERT website for:

Something New: The Third Saturday of each month is a NERT Training Day.  Each NERT Training Day will offer opportunities to review and improve our NERT Skills.  I will try to attend some of these Saturday Training Days.  Bring your radios, and green NERT gear.  Registration is asked for.

The next NERT Citywide Drill is scheduled for April 21st.  Radio operators always play an important role at the drills and it provides opportunities to use our radios.  I hope to see you at the Citywide Drill. The 2018 HCT Classes will appear on the NERT calendar soon. I will be attending some of these classes in 2018 to brush up on NERT radio protocols and to support the NERT HCT program.

My best wishes to all of you for Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.

Many thanks to all of you who supported the 2MCM Radio Practices in 2017.

I look forward to seeing all of you again at the Lake.

73,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Radio Practice Saturday, December 9, 2017

November 20th, 2017 by Peter No comments »

Out next Radio Practice will be Saturday, December 9, 2017 – our last practice of the year – 2017! Time sure flies!

We will meet again at Spreckels Lake, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000hrs to 1200hrs. Try to arrive a few minutes early so you won’t miss any of the briefing.

Bring your radio with the battery fully charged, a clipboard, paper/pencil, and your radio’s operators manual. Dress for the predictably unpredictable weather.  And bring your questions.  There is always someone to help and to answer questions.

Last month there were 15 of us at the lake under clear skies- a warm and sunny morning, which was not forecast/predicted.

After checking in to the Alpha Net by radio we broke up into small teams with a Team Leader/Net Control Operator. The teams sent some short messages to their NCO, and then each team held a short “debriefing”. We were finished by 1200 hours.

My many thanks to all of you who joined me.

Our practices always include changing channels/frequencies, talking/listening, sending/receiving messages, and helping each other.

So far San Francisco has dodged a major event (catastrophe), the type of event we are preparing and training for. Besides having a radio for communications there are other aspects to “being prepared”.

Here is a link to a preparedness FEMA sponsored website. A program to “Being Prepared” one-step at a time. Take a look at it: http://do1thing.com/audiences/individuals

I look forward to seeing you at Spreckels Lake.

73 (best regards),

Peter McElmury AA6SF

2MeterCriticalMass.com

Next Radio Practice Sat., Nov 11, 2017

November 1st, 2017 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Out next Radio Practice will be Saturday, November 11, 2017, Veterans Day.

We will meet again at Spreckels Lake, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs.

Last month there were 12 of us at the Lake. It was a beautiful straw hat and sunscreen day. A couple of first timers, the rest veterans of 2MCM talked and sent messages, and helped each other.

Gosh! I wish more of you would join us for talking on our radios, asking questions and helping with the answers.

Always lots of smiles at 1200 hrs when we head home.

The NERT October Citywide Drill was postponed to November 18. If you already signed up to participate you do not need to do anything.

Just arrive at Everett Middle School, 450 Church St. & 17th St. by 0830 hrs ,bringing your green NERT gear, appropriate safety clothing/shoes, and a response “go-bag”, with flashlight, NERT Badge, NERT Volunteer Information Card, radio, and be ready to practice – practice – practice. A critical mass is also important for the NERT Drills!

If you haven’t signed up go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nert-graduates-citywide-drill-tickets-38022959696 

Also bring a bottle of water and a “snack”/energy bar.  Lunch will be provided.

I look forward to seeing you at Spreckels Lake and the NERT Citywide Drill.

73 (best regards),

Peter McElmury AA6SF

 

The Great California Shake Out – 2017

September 27th, 2017 by Peter No comments »

Register now: The Great California Shake Out – 2017

http://www.shakeout.org/california/register/

Drop – Cover – Hold On

The Great California Shake Out

What is it?  Join millions of people who will Drop, Cover and Hold On.

Learn all about it at: http://www.shakeout.org/california/

When is it?  October 19, 2017 at 10:29 AM

Register!  Register now as an individual

As a Ham what can I do on Oct. 19th at 10:19 AM?:   First Drop, Cover and Hold On. Then tune your radio to the WA6GG repeater 442.050 MHz ( + ) 127.3Hz .  Listen for an ACS Net that may be activated and follow the Net Control Operators instructions for reporting.

Shake Out Volunteer Radio Groups in San Francisco County:  Currently there are only two Volunteer Radio Groups registered in San Francisco:

* The 2 Meter Critical Mass Amateur Radio Practice Team.  That’s US!!!

* SF Auxiliary Communications Service.  www.SFACS.net

Are you ready for the Big One?  Do you know what to do? Have you updated your plans, supplies?  Find answers at The Great California Shake Out website.

It is better to be prepared months too early than seconds too late.

What have you got to loose?