Practice at Presidio Main Post Lawn Aug 12, 2017

August 10th, 2017 by Peter No comments »

2 MCM Radio Practice Friends,

This is a reminder with additional information.

The August 12, 2017 Radio Practice will be held at The Presidio of San Francisco Main Parade Ground.

Outside Lands Music Festival that weekend prevents us from meeting at Spreckels Lake.

We are going to use our radios and use several different channels / frequencies – which more practice using our radios.

We will help each other. Escape the chaos of Outside Lands and come to the Presidio!

Specifically, for this practice, we will use our radios simulating the SF Radio Club’s 2 Meter QSO Party radio event. Don’t let this scare you off.  Our radio practice will be a low stress opportunity to make contacts on multiple frequencies with multiple stations (hams). We are going to help each other and the more of you that join me at the Presidio the more we will learn and the better the practice.

On a personal note: During my senior year at SF State University, Class of 1972, I made and presented a photo essay of the ecological importance of the US Army’s stewardship of the Presidio of San Francisco, in comparison to what the City of San Francisco was doing with its property. I concluded, in 1972, the US Army had been doing a better job.   The Presidio means a lot to me. It is still a beautiful place that my wife and I drive through every week.

Please join me Saturday for another radio practice.

Park at the South end of the Main Post Lawn, the corner of Sheridan Ave. and Anza AVe.  Look for my red pickup truck.

Bring a bunch of quarters or a DR/CR card to buy a parking ticket to put on the dashboard.

Also bring a folding chair, clipboard and tablet of paper; and your fully charged radio.

Come early.

All experience levels will benefit from this radio practice. Elmers and Wilmas are especially important to help mentor the rest of us.

Here is a link to a map that will help you find your way to the practice location:

https://www.google.com/maps/@37.80092,-122.457748,557m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

I will be driving in using the Arguello Blvd. entrance.

Start: 1000hrs    Finish:  1200hrs

Give yourself extra time to get there.

I look forward to seeing you at the Presidio,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

2MeterCriticalMass.Co

Practice At Presidio Main Post Lawn

July 24th, 2017 by Peter No comments »

2 MCM Radio Practice Friends,

The August 12, 2017 Radio Practice will be held at The Presidio of San Francisco Main Parade Ground.

Outside Lands Music Festival that weekend prevents us from meeting at Spreckels Lake.

Park at the South end of the Main Post Lawn, the corner of Sheridan Ave. and Anza AVe.  Look for my red pickup truck.

Bring a bunch of quarters or a DR/CR card to buy a parking ticket to put on the dashboard.

Also bring a folding chair, clipboard and tablet of paper; and your fully charged radio.

Come early.  Add time to your travel schedule.

All experience levels will benefit from this radio practice. Elmers and Wilmas are especially important to help mentor the rest of us.

I will be driving in using the Arguello Blvd. entrance.  Via Lombard and Presidio are also good ways to get there.

Start: 1000 hrs    Finish:  1200 hrs

Give yourself extra time to get there.

I look forward to seeing you at the Presidio,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

2MeterCriticalMass.Co

 

June 8, 2017 – Next Radio Practice

June 17th, 2017 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Please join me Saturday, July 8, 2017, from 1000 hours to 1200 hours, for our next radio practice.  Mark your calendar now.

This practice will be the start of our Eighth (8th) year at Spreckels Lake.

Who would have thought?

Our first radio practice was July 10, 2010, when 22 of you joined me at the Lake.

To all of you who have joined me at the Lake I am grateful to you for helping me keep this little radio practice going.

The radio practice is only 2 hours, once a month.

Some of you are regulars joining me month after month.

Some of you make it to the Lake when you can.

And some of you I would like to see more often.

I want all of you to be better radio operators, and most importantly help others become better radio operators.

Please join me at beautiful Spreckels Lake for the start of our Eighth (8TH) year!

Fun Fact About 2MCM:  I counted all the check-in logs since July 10, 2010 (3 are missing ?#@$!) and the number of check ins at the Lake totaled 845 ! ! !   That is a lot of check ins ! 

73 (Best regards),

Peter McElmury AA6SF

http://2metercriticalmass.com/

Recap June 10, 2017 Radio Practice

June 11th, 2017 by Peter No comments »

Yesterday’s radio practice was a lot of fun.

Besides the warm Sun and bright blue sky, a friendly and eager team of fifteen (15) radio operators joined me at Spreckels Lake to talk on our radios, send and receive messages, change frequencies and help each other. There were 5 first-timers who I hope will join us again and again.

Please join me Saturday, July 8, 2017, 1000 hours to 1200 hours, for our next radio practice. This practice will be the start of our Eighth (8th) year at Spreckels Lake. Who would have thought?  Our first radio practice was July 10, 2010.

Towards the end of Saturday’s practice Golf Net Control sent some special messages. The subject line for each was “WW II HISTORICAL MESSAGE”. On the Internet I found actual short June 5, 1944 BBC broadcast messages for the French Resistance and French citizens to alert them the Invasion was to begin.  At the same time other coded messages were being sent by voice and Morse Code to French Resistance radio operators, who were using “home build” short wave radios and antennas.

Amateur Radio Operators were in service way back then. A lot is owed to them.

73 and Thanks to all of you. I hope to see you at the Lake.

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Practice June 10,2017

May 19th, 2017 by Peter No comments »

Our next 2MCM Radio Practice will be Saturday June 10, 2017, from 1000 hours to 1200 hours, at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park, 36th Ave. and Fulton St.

Look for the long row of green park benches.

Try to arrive before 1000 hours, as we like to get started talking on our radios. Bring a clipboard, paper, pens/pencils, and your radios operators’ manual

For our last practice on May 13th, there were 16 of us, the sky was blue, the Sun was bright and we talked on our radios. Experienced radio operators helped the new ones. Here are some photos from the day – thank you Will, KD8DR

Recap April 8 Radio Practice

April 19th, 2017 by Peter No comments »

The rain stopped Saturday around 0950 hours, the sun came out, the sky became a beautiful blue, the Canada Geese were landing on the glistening lake.
And we reached Critical Mass for our radio practice.
Enough for Team Bravo to have three Radio Operators and a Net Control Operator.
The Team Bravo radio operators took turns each sending three pre-written messages to Net Control and Team Bravo Net Control sent a message to each of the radio operators.
Thank you Diana, David, Will and Richard for your good work!

Our next 2MCM Radio Practice will be Saturday May 13, 2017.
I hope to see you there at the lake.
73,

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

Next Radio Practice April 8, 2017

March 18th, 2017 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Friends,

On Saturday March 11th we had another pretty darn good radio practice.

Eighteen radio operators by my count came to the Lake with their radios, ready to talk and enjoy the Sunshine!

I threw them a curve by changing the 2MCM Comm Plan. They helped each other program in the new 2MCM frequencies and then we all talked and talked!

“Helping each other” is what we do at 2MCM Radio Practices.

Our next 2MCM Radio Practice will be April 8th. So mark your calendars now!

Speaking of marking our calendars – the SF NERT City Wide Drill is scheduled for April 22nd.   For all of us ham radio NERTs this is a super opportunity to practice using our radios – for the very reason we got our licenses and radios.

RSVP now at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nert-graduates-citywide-drill-tickets-32310364169

If you are not a NERT you can help out by being a victim, which is a lot of fun and really helps the NERTs with their training. RSVP to be a victim at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/victims-needed-volunteer-for-the-nert-citywide-drill-tickets-32452874421

FYI: An RSVP also means lunch is provided!

If you haven’t been able to use your radio for some time, please come to the April 8th 2MCM Radio Practice. We can help you dust off the cobwebs.  Charge up the battery the night before.

If you are hesitating to sign up for the NERT City Wide Drill April 22nd, come to the April 8th 2MCM Radio Practice.  Most of us are NERTs and we can practice and build confidence for the drill.

Lastly, thank you all for your support. I know you come to the radio practices when you can. I am told there is really no other place in San Francisco to do what we do at 2MCM. Only one Saturday a month for only two hours, yet we accomplish a lot.

I hope to see you at the Lake,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

2MeterCritcalMass.Com

Next Radio Practice Saturday – March 11, 2017

February 26th, 2017 by Peter No comments »

Our next Radio Practice will be Saturday – March 11, 2017, from 1000 hours to 1200 hours, at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park, 36th Avenue & Fulton Street. Look for the long row of green park benches.

Last month, February 11th, we had a very nice group of 18 radio operators who were all eager to use their radios. Although I forgot to bring the pre-written messages for our practice the group pitched in and wrote their own messages, sending and receiving them using three different assigned channels. Everyone looked like they had a good time, the Sun was bright and the coats we brought were not needed.

For the March 11 practice we again will start out by checking into a net, help anyone who has questions about their radio, and importantly use our radios to send and receive!

Try to arrive before or by 1000 hours. If you are new to 2MCM the side road along the North shore of the lake usually has plenty of parking.

I look forward to seeing you at the Lake. And many, many thanks to all of you who have been supporting the 2MCM Radio Practice. The July 2017 practice will mark 7 Years of 2MCM at Spreckels Lake!

73, Peter McElmury AA6SF

P.S.: It is not too early to start thinking about volunteering to be a radio operator for the San Francisco Marathon, Sunday – July 23, 2017. The SF Radio Club will soon have info posted on its web site for volunteering. Our 2MCM practice June 10th or July 8th will include practice working as a radio operator at a marathon.  Go to: http://www.sfarc.org/

Next Radio Practice February 11, 2017

February 3rd, 2017 by Peter 1 comment »

Greetings 2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Our next practice will be Saturday February 11, 2017, from 1000 hours to 1200 hours, at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park.  36th Avenue & Fulton.

For our January 14th radio practice we had a congenial group of 14 radio operators, with two who were brand new hams. Everyone got to talk on his or her radio, get questions answered or help someone.

I hope to see you there,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

 

Next Radio Practice Sat. January 14, 2017

January 8th, 2017 by Peter No comments »

Greetings and Happy New Year 2MCM Friends,

Our next practice will be Saturday January 14, 2017, from 1000 hours to 1200 hours, at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park.

Weather permitting!  Forecast: Partly Cloudy and Chance of Rain.

I need your ideas for the 2017 radio practices.

What would you like to do when we meet at the lake?

What did we do in 2016 that you liked?

Was there anything you did not like?

If you haven’t been to a radio practice in a while – what would bring you out to the lake in 2017?

I wish for each of you to have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2017. At times it may be tough. But if we stick together, help a senior citizen across the street, continue to have Hope and work hard for what we want and believe – then 2017 will be a Good One.

Best regards,
Peter McElmury AA6SF
http://2metercriticalmass.com/