Archive for November, 2017

Next Radio Practice Saturday, December 9, 2017

November 20th, 2017

Out next Radio Practice will be Saturday, December 9, 2017 – our last practice of the year – 2017! Time sure flies!

We will meet again at Spreckels Lake, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000hrs to 1200hrs. Try to arrive a few minutes early so you won’t miss any of the briefing.

Bring your radio with the battery fully charged, a clipboard, paper/pencil, and your radio’s operators manual. Dress for the predictably unpredictable weather.  And bring your questions.  There is always someone to help and to answer questions.

Last month there were 15 of us at the lake under clear skies- a warm and sunny morning, which was not forecast/predicted.

After checking in to the Alpha Net by radio we broke up into small teams with a Team Leader/Net Control Operator. The teams sent some short messages to their NCO, and then each team held a short “debriefing”. We were finished by 1200 hours.

My many thanks to all of you who joined me.

Our practices always include changing channels/frequencies, talking/listening, sending/receiving messages, and helping each other.

So far San Francisco has dodged a major event (catastrophe), the type of event we are preparing and training for. Besides having a radio for communications there are other aspects to “being prepared”.

Here is a link to a preparedness FEMA sponsored website. A program to “Being Prepared” one-step at a time. Take a look at it:

I look forward to seeing you at Spreckels Lake.

73 (best regards),

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Radio Practice Sat., Nov 11, 2017

November 1st, 2017

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Out next Radio Practice will be Saturday, November 11, 2017, Veterans Day.

We will meet again at Spreckels Lake, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs.

Last month there were 12 of us at the Lake. It was a beautiful straw hat and sunscreen day. A couple of first timers, the rest veterans of 2MCM talked and sent messages, and helped each other.

Gosh! I wish more of you would join us for talking on our radios, asking questions and helping with the answers.

Always lots of smiles at 1200 hrs when we head home.

The NERT October Citywide Drill was postponed to November 18. If you already signed up to participate you do not need to do anything.

Just arrive at Everett Middle School, 450 Church St. & 17th St. by 0830 hrs ,bringing your green NERT gear, appropriate safety clothing/shoes, and a response “go-bag”, with flashlight, NERT Badge, NERT Volunteer Information Card, radio, and be ready to practice – practice – practice. A critical mass is also important for the NERT Drills!

If you haven’t signed up go to: 

Also bring a bottle of water and a “snack”/energy bar.  Lunch will be provided.

I look forward to seeing you at Spreckels Lake and the NERT Citywide Drill.

73 (best regards),

Peter McElmury AA6SF