Archive for September, 2012

The Great California Shakeout

September 28th, 2012

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

Learn all about it at:

When is it?  October 18, 2012 at 10:18 a.m.  (The sirens may or may not sound.)

Register!  Register now as an individual

As a Ham what can I do?  At 10:18 a.m., and after you have Dropped, Covered and Held On, tune into WA6GG repeater 442.050 MHz ( + ) 127.3Hz .  Listen for a Net that may be activated.

Shake Out Volunteer Radio Groups in San Francisco County:  Currently there is only one Volunteer Radio Group registered in San Francisco – The 2 Meter Critical Mass Amateur Radio Practice Team.

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

Recap: 2 Meter Radio Practice 9/22/2012

September 25th, 2012

(Jeff KC9DPP talking about  listening to airliner SFO take-off conversations using our HTs)


Weather: Warm and Sunny

Turn Out:  There were 10 of us at the Lake

Net Control:  Diana KI6BQP

Discussion:  Using out HTs to listen to airliner cockpit conversations during takeoff from SFO, Ham Q&A and Ham Protocols

Next Practice:  October 27, 2012 Calendar

Check out other photos from the practice


Next Practice: Saturday 9/22/2012

September 4th, 2012

What: An opportunity to practice ham radio communications

When: Saturday, September 22, 2012, 1000 to 1200 hrs.

Where: Spreckels Lake, Golden Gate Park

Check-in will be by radio, at the Lake, on 146.550 PL 100 simplex

Who:  Licensed Amateur Radio Operators, any experience level, bring your radio and manual, paper and pencil

Why:  There are not many opportunities to practice with your radio; so come to the Lake to practice, learn from an Elmer or be an Elmer

How:  Use your radio, practice with other Hams; learn more about your radio and Amateur Radio Communications

What’s more fun than being with other Amateur Radio enthusiasts of varying experience levels talking on the radio?
So, come on out.  Be an Elmer.  Ask an Elmer for help.  That’s what Amateur Radio is all about.

Contact Peter McElmury at KI6NYQ@ARRL.NET for more details (type “2 Meter Practice” in subject line)


Definition of Critical Mass:

·       Point of change: a point or situation at which change occurs

·       Necessary size or amount: the size or amount of something that is required before an activity or event can take place