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Next Practice November 14, 2015

October 21st, 2015

Greetings 2 Meter Critical Mass Radio Practice Friends,

Our next Radio Practice will be on November 14th.  We will  join the SF ACS (Auxiliary Communications Service) for their quarterly drill and training event.  The 2 Meter Radio Operators will meet at Spreckels Lake and operate from there.  Put this date on your calendar – November 14 – so you don’t miss out on another opportunity to use your radio.  October’s practice was awesome!

At 0930 we will gather near the green pop-up tent for our briefing and assignments.  We will work in teams of two; an experienced RO with one who wants experience.

Please RSVP to me, AA6SF@ARRL.net, to help me plan for the radio practice.  Tell a friend, bring a friend.

Best regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

 

Recap: Best Practice on October 10th

October 12th, 2015

Greetings 2 Meter Radio Practice Friends,

Saturday there were 14 of us at Spreckels Lake gathering at the green pop-up tent used for the Command and Control Post. The weather was sunny and warm and all of us got to talk on our radios. David KG6CEL our Net Control operator for the Command and Control Post, assigned us into groups of two to run six Communications Posts (Comm Posts).

At 1000 hrs Peter AA6SF gave a briefing on what we were going to do. We were given a Communications Band Plan, instructions for the channels to use, ICS forms (213 message, 309 comm log, 214 unit log) and sent out to make contact with each Comm Post, send & receive messages, change channels; and we even used the WA6GG repeater to contact the SF ACS RO’s who were positioned way over at the Marina participating in Fleet Week.  The Comm Posts sent messages to Net Control, Net Control made contact with the Comm Posts to check on them, and give them new instructions and new channels to use.  I should mention that the six Comm Posts kept Net Control very busy.

Those of us who needed experience using their radios were helped by their more experienced teammate.

When it was about 1130 hrs Net Control called everyone back to the Command and Control Post location for a debriefing.  It was mutually agreed we should do this again.  Everyone got to talk and receive, learn a little more about their radio, be helped and help another RO.  

This all took place in only two hours (1000 hrs to 1200 hrs).

Our next Radio Practice will be on November 14th.  We will  join the SF ACS (Auxiliary Communications Service) for their quarterly drill and training event.  The 2 Meter Radio operators will meet at Spreckels Lake and operate from there.  Put this date on your calendar – November 14 – so you don’t miss out on another opportunity to use your radio.

Thanks to everyone who joined me at Spreckels Lake Saturday.

Best Regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

 

 

Update: Sat. October 10, 2015 Practice

October 6th, 2015

2 MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Our next practice is this Saturday, October 10th.

While an RSVP is not required, I would like to have an idea of how many are planning on joining me at Spreckels Lake.

So far only five have RSVP’d. The exercise I have planned will work better with more radio operators, so I hope some of you who have decided to join me will now RSVP to help me with my planning.

Part of the plan is to pair up radio operators who will move away from the meeting area to set up a “Communications Post”.  Then send and receive short messages to the “Command Post”, to the other Comm Posts and to an ACS radio team who will be set up at the Marina Green for the Fleet Week festivities.

Arriving at 0945 is suggested. Check in upon arrival will be on 146.550 MHz, PL 100 Hz, simplex (our usual check-in frequency).  We will end the exercise at 1200 hrs.

I think this will be a good opportunity for both experienced radio operators and those of us who need experience.

I hope to hear from you and I hope to see you at the Lake Saturday.  RSVP at:  AA6SF@ARRL.Net

Best regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

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