Archive for August, 2014

Next Practice Saturday 9/20/2014

August 25th, 2014

2 Meter Radio Practice Friends,

Are we ready? Are we ready for the Big One?

For our neighbors in American Canyon, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, St. Helena and Santa Rosa – they just had the ‘Big One”.

Being “ready” consists of many different and connected parts.

One particular part of being “ready” relates to our ability to communicate on our ham radios after an unplanned event like the “Big One”..

For our next 2 Meter Critical Mass Amateur Radio Practice, Saturday September 20, 2014, lets gather at Spreckels Lake with our radio “go-bags”.  If you have a radio communication’s go-bag please bring it to share with the group. If  it is not yet complete, you do not have  to bring it – that’s OK. My go-bag is sometimes spread out in different rooms of my apartment, with parts of it in the back of my pick-up truck.

Another part of being “ready” Is having power for our radios.  If you have a portable emergency solar power kit, please bring that too. And if possible, please bring a parts list and list of the vendors where you bought the solar power stuff.

We will still do some talking on our radios and talking about them.  Bring your questions. Someone will have answers.

Besides your go-bags and solar power gear – bring paper and pencil, your radio with a charged up battery and the radio’s operating manual.

I hope to see you there.

Time and Location: Saturday September 20, 2014, 1000hrs to 1200hrs, West end of Spreckels Lake, Golden Gate Park, 36th Ave and Folsom St.

Best regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF


Next Practice August 16, 2014

August 3rd, 2014

Greetings 2 Meter Critical Mass Radio Practice Friends,

Our next radio practice will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014, from 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs, again at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park.

At our last radio practice on July 19th, there were thirteen of us who practiced operating our radios as marathon aid station radio communications volunteers. First we talked about the duties and responsibilities of radio operators and then we split up into three groups, each with a net control and simplex frequency of their own.   The Comm logs show the radio operators used a lot of creativity reporting the activity at their aid stations. Nice work everyone.

Join me August 16th at the lake for another edition of the 2 Meter Critical Mass Amateur Radio Practice. I learn something new every time we meet.

Bring your radio, operator’s manual, charge up the battery, bring paper and pencil. We start at 1000 hrs by checking in on 146.550MHz, PL tone 100Hz.

And most importantly bring your questions about operating your radio. Someone will be there to answer your questions.

Best regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF