Practice at Presidio Main Post Lawn August 10, 2019

July 29th, 2019 by Peter No comments »

2 MCM Radio Practice Friends,

The August 10, 2019 Radio Practice will be held at The Presidio of San Francisco Main Post Lawn.

The Outside Lands Music Festival prevents us from meeting at Spreckels Lake on Saturday the 10th.

Park at the South East end of the Main Post Lawn; Anza Ave. and Sheridan Ave., near The Ordonez Gun and the big tree in the parking area. 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.  I think they enforce paid parking on Saturdays.

Also bring a folding chair, clipboard, tablet of paper and your fully charged radio with the Operators Manual.

It is sometimes (often) windy in the morning, so choose your wardrobe accordingly.

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,

73,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

2MeterCriticalMass.Com

ARRL Field Day & next 2MCM Radio Practice

June 19th, 2019 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Saturday June 22 the San Francisco Radio Club will be hosting the ARRL Field Day 2019 at Fort Mason!  This year it will be a single day event. 

Setup begins at 8:15am Saturday and the club will be on the air by 11:00am that morning.  Continuous radio operations will conclude around 6-7pm that night.

Come early and help set up their radio operation –  antennas, power equipment, tent, etc.

Go to the club’s website to learn more and see a map of Fort Mason and the Field Day location:

https://www.sfarc.org/2019-field-day.html

I will be there and I hope to see many of you there.

Our next 2MCM Radio Practice will be Saturday, July 13, 2019, again at Spreckels Lake, Golden Gate Park, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000 hours to 1200 hours. 

This radio practice will mark the beginning of our 10th year at the Lake!  Imagine that!

If it is your first time or you haven’t been to the Lake in a while – arrive 15 or 20 minutes early to get oriented.

There are always experienced radio operators to help and we greatly appreciate them for joining us at the Lake.

For check-ins we now use the SFRC W6PW repeater, 145.150 (-) DCS 664. 

Check-ins from stations not at the Lake are welcome beginning at approx. 1000 hours. Listen to the Net Control Operator for instructions. The Net on this frequency will close about 1030 hours.

Bring your radio with a fully charged battery, it’s operating manual, a clipboard, paper, pencil / pen.  Dress for the predictably unpredictable San Francisco weather – bring two layers, hat and sunscreen.

I hope to see at the Lake,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Radio Practice Saturday, June 8, 2019

May 18th, 2019 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

There were 15 of us at Spreckels Lake for the radio practice May 11, 2019.  The Sun was out and the sky was blue. There were both new and experienced radio operators.

Jon KM6GVN and Diana KI6BQP worked the Check-in Net, which was run on the SFRC W6PW repeater.

We talked about programming our radios and sending messages.  Then everyone was assigned to a team with a team leader.  The team members checked in and then practiced sending and receiving messages, which were Fortune Cookie fortunes.

Our next radio practice will be Saturday, June 8, 2019, again at Spreckels Lake, Golden Gate Park, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000 hours to 1200 hours. 

If it is your first time or you haven’t been to the Lake in a while – arrive 15 or 20 minutes early to get oriented.

There are always experienced radio operators to help and we greatly appreciate them for joining us at the Lake.

For check-ins we now use the San Francisco Radio Club W6PW repeater, 145.150 (-) DCS 664. 

Check-ins from stations not at the Lake are welcome beginning at approx. 1000 hours. Listen to the Net Control Operator for instructions. The Net on this frequency will close about 1030 hours.

Bring your radio with a fully charged battery, it’s operating manual, a clipboard, paper, pencil / pen.  Dress for the predictably unpredictable San Francisco weather – bring two layers, hat and sunscreen.

I hope to see at the Lake,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Radio Practice May 11, 2019

April 15th, 2019 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

There were seven of us at Spreckels Lake for the radio practice April 13, 2019.  The Sun was out and the sky was blue.  I quickly took off one of my warm layers of clothing and put on a hat with a brim.

New to the 2MCM Radio Practice this year is our using the SFRC W6PW repeater for check-ins, beginning at approx. 1000 hours.  All stations are welcome and encouraged to check in, whether they are at The Lake or not.

Richard KJ6PTX as Net Control, took check-ins from four stations who were not at The Lake.

The seven of us at The Lake used this time to talk about Repeaters, Nets, Net Control Operators and how best to participate in a radio net.

Richard KJ6PTX re-opened the net on W6PW and took check-ins from us at The Lake.

Then, we each took a turn working as a Net Control Operator, using a simplex frequency, and took “check-ins” from the other six. 

Our next radio practice will be Saturday, May 11, 2019, again at Spreckels Lake, Golden Gate Park, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000 hours to 1200 hours. 

If it is your first time or you haven’t been to the Lake in a while – arrive 15 or 20 minutes early to get oriented. There are always experienced radio operators to help and we greatly appreciate them for joining us at the Lake.

For check-ins we now use the SFRC W6PW repeater, 145.150 (-) DCS 664. 

Check-ins from stations not at the Lake are welcome beginning at approx. 1000 hours. Or, check-in as you are driving to the Lake and again when you arrive at the Lake.  Listen to the Net Control Operator for instructions. The Net on this frequency will close about 1030 hours..

Bring your radio with a fully charged battery, it’s operating manual, a clipboard, paper, pencil / pen.  Dress for the predictably unpredictable San Francisco weather – bring two layers, hat and sunscreen.

I hope to see you at the Lake,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Radio Practice Saturday, April 13, 2019

March 17th, 2019 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Our next radio practice will be Saturday, April 13, 2019, again at Spreckels Lake, Golden Gate Park, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000 hours to 1200 hours. 

If it is your first time or you haven’t been to the Lake in a while – arrive 15 or 20 minutes early to get oriented. There are always experienced radio operators to help and we greatly appreciated them for joining us at the Lake.

For check-ins we now use the SFRC W6PW repeater, 145.150 (-) DCS 664. 

Check-ins from stations not at the Lake are welcome beginning at 1000 hrs; or, check-in as you are driving to the Lake and again when you arrive at the Lake.  Listen to the Net Control Operator for instructions. The Net on this frequency will close about 1030 hours.

Bring your radio with a fully charged battery, it’s operating manual, a clipboard, paper, pencil / pen.  Dress for the predictably unpredictable San Francisco weather – bring two layers, hat and sunscreen.

The March radio practice was rained out. Hopefully for the April practice we will have Sunny Spring skies.

FYI: SF NERTs Spring Citywide Drill is scheduled for April 20, 2019.  Sign up on line.

I hope to see at the Lake,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Radio Practice Sat. March 9

February 25th, 2019 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Yikes! Time Flies – and another radio practice!

Our next radio practice will be March 9, 2019, again at Spreckels Lake, Golden Gate Park, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000 hours to 1200 hours.

Our February 9th radio practice started out with Sunny skies. 

17 radio operators checked into the 2MCM Net, using the SFRC Sutro Tower Repeater. 

11 of us didn’t believe the weather reports and checked in from Sunny Spreckels Lake.

6 checked in from their cozy homes, including one from Corte Madera.

There were newly licensed ROs who connected quickly with experienced ROs. 

Then, at 1100 hours the sky went dark, I noticed a couple ROs leaving, and then it started to rain.

The Check-In Net Control operators Lorrie KJ6SFP & Peter KF7MFN were still taking check-ins.  The last one was from Dave, call sign not legible on the wet log.

Join me Saturday, February 9th at the Lake.

Experienced radio operators will be there to answer questions and help you with your radio and radio protocols.

Bring your radio with a fully charged battery, it’s operating manual, a clipboard, paper, pencil/pen.  Dress for the predictably unpredictable San Francisco weather – bring two layers, a hat and sunscreen.  Umbrella? 

I hope to see you at the Lake,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

http://2metercriticalmass.com/

P.S.  Check out the SF NERT website for the 3rd Saturday Training Day classes.

 March 17 NERT Training Day – Third Saturday
  Featured Trainings:
* Coordinators Corner – for Neighborhood Coordinators and those interested
* NERT Forms Fun – hands on included
* NERT Communications Team (NCT) continued training
RSVP’s appreciated

Next Radio Practice

January 21st, 2019 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Our next radio practice will be February 9, 2019, again at Spreckels Lake, Golden Gate Park, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000 hours to 1200 hours.

Our first radio practice of 2019, January 12th, was excellent!  We had no rain, there were sunny blue skies, with no wind, and the green benches were dry.

12 radio operators joined me – a good mix of new and experienced radio operators.

We first talked about sending messages, programming frequencies, and then formed teams to send and receive messages.  We were done by 1200 hours.

Join me next month, February 9th..  You will talk on your radio, receive (copy) messages and send messages (traffic).  Experienced radio operators will be there to answer questions and help you with your radio and radio protocols.

Bring your radio with a fully charged battery, it’s operating manual, a clipboard, paper, pencil/pen.  Dress for the predictably unpredictable San Francisco weather – bring two layers, hat and sunscreen.

I hope to see you at the Lake,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

http://2metercriticalmass.com/

Next Radio Practice January 12th

January 6th, 2019 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Our next radio practice, and first practice of 2019, will be Saturday, January 12th, at Spreckels Lake, Golden Gate Park, from 1000 hours to 1200 hours. 

Weather permitting (no rain) “Plan A”, at the Lake we will talk on our radios, help each other, send and receive messages and be on our way by 1200 hours.

As we all should know by now, the weather on Friday night is not always the weather we will see on Saturday morning.

If it is raining Saturday morning “Plan B”, using the W6PW repeater, check into a 2MCM Net on 145.150/-/DCS664.  Let’s see what we can talk about from our own QTHs (locations).  I will be at the Lake, operating from my truck.

Now how do I segue into being prepared for an emergency/disaster?

If you are a NERT, is your NERT card red?  Then you really need to get re-certified. 

If it is green, look at the expiration date.  We need to re-certify every 2 years!

If you are not an SF NERT you should be.  NERT needs licensed radio operators!  The SF NERT Ham Communications Team has monthly radio classes for us.

And we all need to know about being prepared and how to help our neighbors!  

2019 – A YEAR FULL OF POSSIBILITIES. …LET’S GO EXPLORING.   (Borrowed without permission from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, December 31, 1995, final comic strip.)

Sort of inspiring, don’t you think?

73 – Best Regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

http://2metercriticalmass.com/

Next SF 2MCM Radio Practice Sat Dec. 8, 2018

December 1st, 2018 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends.

Oh my how time flies. Our next practice and​ the last one of the 2018 calendar year will be: Saturday, December 8, 2018, weather permitting at Spreckels Lake, 36th Ave & Fulton, from 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs.

If we are rained out, we will run the radio practice using the SFRC W6PW Repeater.

A designated Net Control Operator will open a 2MCM Net, give instructions and take check-ins. Copy the call signs and names of everyone as they check in. After checking in, listen for information and radio practice details. The net will start at approx. 1000 hours (10:00 AM) and last until 1200 hours, or as long as we can keep it going.

From your home or car, while you are looking out at the rain coming down, tune into the SFRC Club Repeater 145.150 DCS 664. You may need to use high power.

You can test your connection ahead of time by tuning in Monday night, December 3rd, to the SFRC Club Net at 2000 hours (8:00 PM). The club repeater is located atop the Sutro Tower. The SFRC is a Roll Call Net. If you haven’t checked in before wait for the NCO to ask for check ins from “guests”.

If it is not raining, please come to the Lake.

I truly appreciate the support and help I have been given at all these little radio practices that are only 2 hours once a month.

As always, I suggest you bring a clipboard, paper, pencil/pen, your radio’s operating manual and your radio with battery fully charged. Everyone will use their radio and be encouraged to ask questions and help each other. Dress for the unpredictable San Francisco weather – bring two layers, hat and sunscreen. No experience with ham radio is needed.

73 (Regards),

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

Next Radio Practice Saturday 11/10/2018

October 31st, 2018 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Our Next radio practice will be:  Saturday, November 10, 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 and be encouraged to ask questions and help each other.  Dress for the unpredictable San Francisco weather – bring two layers, hat and sunscreen.  No experience with ham radio is needed.

Last month there were 14 radio operators at the Lake, the Sun came out, and we had another beautiful day to use our radios and help each other.

We sent messages that were quotes from legendary baseball player and coach Casey Stengel. Like: “ I never said most the things I said.” “We made too many wrong mistakes.”

For those of you who are SF NERTs, check out the NERT website.  Take advantage of the free training held 3rd Saturday’s at DOT.  Do you need to Re-Certify? Plan ahead.

Do you have a friend who wants to get an FCC license?  I understand Saturday January 12th, is scheduled for the BAEARS HAM CRAM study & testing session to be held at St Mary’s Cathedral. Email them to be notified of date / time for the next Ham Cram. Pre-registration is requested.   http://www.baears.com/index.php?option=com_contact&view=contact&id=1&Itemid=57  Their website is not yet updated for this session.   Pay attention to the Session Preparation Info page.

I look forward to seeing you at the Lake.

73,

Peter McElmury AA6SF