Archive for January, 2018

Next Radio Practice February 10, 2018

January 30th, 2018

Greetings 2MCM Friends,

Our next Radio Practice will be Saturday, February 10, 2018.

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

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

I have two spare radios in case you haven’t gotten one yet or you can share a radio with someone.

Last month there were 19 of us at the Lake under clear skies- a warm and sunny morning.  After everyone checked in to the Alpha Net we broke up into 4 teams – Bravo, Delta, Echo and Golf, to send and receive messages. We also had a discussion about common radio procedures, ”pro words”, and good message sending practices.

Please join us on the 10th,  if you haven’t used your radio in a while,  if you want more practice using your radio, or  if you want to help other radio operators improve their radio skills.

I look forward to you joining me at the Lake.


Peter McElmury AA6SF

Siren Net Dates Changed

January 17th, 2018

2MCM Friends,

The Siren Net is run by the Auxiliary Communications Service and volunteer Net Control Operators.

ACS has made a change to the days the Siren Net will be run.

The Siren Net, beginning February, will only be run on the “odd” Tuesdays of the month.  Or said another way: only the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays of the month.

The City will continue to sound the sirens every Tuesday at noon.

Besides the Siren Net there is another way to report sirens heard or not heard.

Go to the ACS website: SFACS dot net / then go to the OPWS (Outdoor Public Warning System) page and find a “big button” at the bottom of the page.

Click on the “button” and complete your report.

You might want to first read the information on the OPWS page to learn more about the sirens and the Siren Net, and especially look at the map and list of siren locations.

Best Regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF