Archive for November, 2012

Next Practice: Saturday 11/17/2012

November 14th, 2012

The next 2 Meter Critical Mass Amateur Radio Practice will be held Saturday, November 17, 2012.

We will again meet at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park from 1000 hrs to1200 hrs.

Let me know if you have a ham radio related topic you would like to share with the group.

Or a ham radio experience to share.

Last month we learned where “white noise” comes from.

Here is something you might be interested in:

  The San Francisco Police Department’s ALERT Program.

ALERT stands for Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team.

Take a look at the attachment for a description of the ALERT Program.

I plan to attend the informational meeting to be held at the San Francisco Police Academy, located at 350 Amber Drive, Room 100, on Thursday, November 15th, at 7pm.

For more information go to:

Did you participate in The Great California Shake Out?  I registered the 2 Meter Critical Mass Amateur Radio Practice Team as a San Francisco volunteer radio group.  We were the only volunteer radio group in San Francisco to register and one of only six in the entire Bay Area.


Update 11/15/12:

I have received several replies regarding the practice and rain.

The practice is not cancelled.  

I will be there rain or shine, but I understand if you choose to stay home and not risk getting wet or sick from the cold or rain.  

In the past when it rained we conducted the practice from our cars, adding a different dimension to the practice, sometimes moving back and forth from park benches to cars.

We start each practice by having everyone check in with a net control operator.  Then we have a roll-call so everyone knows who is in attendance – bring paper and pencil to write down call signs and first names.  We may change to a different frequency and then give everyone a chance to talk.  If you are a new ham or dusting off your radio right now, we will run through basic radio protocols.  If you need help there should be someone there to help you.  Don’t hesitate to ask.  

If you are experienced (an Elmer) this will be a chance to help another ham.  The more questions the better.  

And we usually have someone who will present information on a radio topic and someone with a demonstration or show-and-tell.  Every practice is a little different.

Suggestions are welcome and very important to me.

See you there?