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The Great California Shake Out – 2017

September 27th, 2017

Register now: The Great California Shake Out – 2017

http://www.shakeout.org/california/register/

Drop – Cover – Hold On

The Great California Shake Out

What is it?  Join millions of people who will Drop, Cover and Hold On.

Learn all about it at: http://www.shakeout.org/california/

When is it?  October 19, 2017 at 10:29 AM

Register!  Register now as an individual

As a Ham what can I do on Oct. 19th at 10:19 AM?:   First Drop, Cover and Hold On. Then tune your radio to the WA6GG repeater 442.050 MHz ( + ) 127.3Hz .  Listen for an ACS Net that may be activated and follow the Net Control Operators instructions for reporting.

Shake Out Volunteer Radio Groups in San Francisco County:  Currently there are only two Volunteer Radio Groups registered in San Francisco:

* The 2 Meter Critical Mass Amateur Radio Practice Team.  That’s US!!!

* SF Auxiliary Communications Service.  www.SFACS.net

Are you ready for the Big One?  Do you know what to do? Have you updated your plans, supplies?  Find answers at The Great California Shake Out website.

It is better to be prepared months too early than seconds too late.

What have you got to loose?

SFRC 2M QSO Party

August 22nd, 2017

2 Meter Critical Mass Radio Practice Friends,

This Saturday, August 26, 2017 the San Francisco Radio Club is hosting their 3rd Annual 2 Meter QSO Party.

QSO = a radio exchange that usually consists of an initial call, a response by another amateur radio operator at an amateur radio station, and possibly a report of some kind. A contact is often referred to by the Q code QSO.

Party = a social gathering of invited guests, typically involving eating, drinking, and entertainment. Or an amateur radio operator having fun talking to another ratio operator and exchanging information.

If you are interested, please read the long message below:

The San Francisco Radio Club has two pdf files; one with a logging sheet to use for the QSO Party, and the other with the rules for the event. The rules are really pretty simple.
Use this Link to SFRC 2M FM QSO PARTY (you may have to copy paste):
http://www.sfarc.org/2017-2m-fm-qso-party.html

What is a QSO Party?
An opportunity to use your radio by talking to other hams in the City.
We will become better radio operators by using our radios and this is chance to do just that – use our radios. And have some fun.

Why participate?
We are serious about becoming better radio operators, and helping others, too.
We need to be ready . . . . . when needed.
There are not many opportunities in San Francisco to use our radios or to help others.

Who should participate?
That’s easy. All of us with Amateur Radio Licenses should participate.
We all need to use, and practice using out radios.
And we need to help others do the same.
Critical Mass takes a minimum of two radio operators.
Join in on the fun.

Where do I participate?
From anywhere is the City, or outside the City where your radio can make contact with other ROs in the City.
Drive to the top of a hill, a park or the grocery store parking lot.
If you move around you need to know the zip code you are in for your report.
See the zip code list below.
Try from inside your apartment or house.
Going out on foot with you radio and clipboard with the log sheet might be fun.
Go to a place high in elevation if you can.

When is the QSO Party?
The time period for the QSO Party is 10AM to 2PM local time, Saturday, August 26, 2017.
If you are busy take your radio with you using one or all of the four channels when you can.
Someone mentioned checking in on the quarter hours.
Take your clip board, a list of the suggested frequencies (channels), pen/pencils & the Log Sheet.

How do I participate?:
Go to the SFRC website (SFARC.ORG) and look at and print the log sheet and rules.
Submitting the log sheet is recommended but not required.
But do keep a log sheet of your contacts.
Note that the time period for the QSO Party is 10AM to 2PM local time. (use your smart phone alarm featue?)
Be ready to use one or all four of the suggested radio frequencies ( most of us who are SF NERTs already have them programmed into our radios).
Tune into them and listen for someone to talk to.
Or if the channel is quiet, say your call sign a couple times, say you want to make a contact for the 2 Meter QSO Party. Talk for a minute or two and then listen for someone to reply. Still no one? Start over and do this two or three times.
After you make a contact, exchange your call sign, zip code and give your signal report (use 5 9 for simplicity) and write all this down in the log. Help each other with the exchange. Take your time.
Ask for repeats if needed, and keep up the conversation for a few minutes to keep the channel busy for others to hear you. “How about those Giants?”
If you hear two ROs talking, wait for them to finish their exchange of info and during a pause, say Break & your Call Sign.
One of them will recognize you, then tell them you want to exchange the QSO Party info, with both of them. Don’t be bashful.
You will get the hang of it after a couple contacts.

I apologize for the long message. If you read it all through then you are probably serious about participating.
I hope to talk to you on Saturday the 26th.

73 and good luck,
Peter McElmury AA6SF
http://2metercriticalmass.com/

 

Neighborhood Zipcodes
» 94102 – Hayes Valley
» 94103 – SoMa
» 94104 – Financial District
» 94105 – Embarcadero South
» 94107 – Portrero Hill
» 94108 – Chinatown
» 94109 – San Francisco
» 94109 – Nob Hill
» 94109 – Russian Hill
» 94110 – Mission District
» 94111 – Embarcadero North
» 94112 – Ingleside
» 94114 – Castro
» 94115 – Pacific Heights
» 94115 – Western Addition
» 94116 – Outer Sunset
» 94117 – Height District
» 94117 – Cole Valley
» 94118 – Richmond District
» 94121 – Outer Richmond
» 94122 – Sunset District
» 94123 – Cow Hollow
» 94123 – Marina District
» 94124 – Bay view
» 94127 – St Francis Wood
» 94129 – Presidio
» 94131 – Twin Peaks
» 94132 – Lake Merced
» 94133 – North beach
» 94133 – Fisherman’s Wharf
» 94595 – Walnut Creek
» 94601 – Oakland

Next Radio Practice February 11, 2017

February 3rd, 2017

Greetings 2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Our next practice will be Saturday February 11, 2017, from 1000 hours to 1200 hours, at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park.  36th Avenue & Fulton.

For our January 14th radio practice we had a congenial group of 14 radio operators, with two who were brand new hams. Everyone got to talk on his or her radio, get questions answered or help someone.

I hope to see you there,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

 

Next Radio Practice Saturday, December 10, 2016

November 20th, 2016

Greetings 2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Our next radio practice will be Saturday December 10, 2016 at Spreckels Lake.

For this radio practice we will participate with the NERTs who are putting on a Staging Area Drill at Washington High School, just up the hill.

Our role will be to act as a NERT Field Team sending reports to the Staging Area. Some of our messages may be relayed by them to the Battalion 7 radio operators, and we will likely get replies to our messages.

At Spreckels Lake we will use a NERT Tactical frequency, to be given out Lakeside, and the NERT Staging Area radio team will use a NERT Battalion frequency for sending messages to the Battalion Chief.

What fun! And what a good way to practice sending radio messages!

At the Lake we need to be ready to start sending messages by 0930, or earlier!

I will write messages using the ILCAN format so all of you can start sending as soon as the Staging Area Communications group is set up.

So as to not inundate the NERT radio operators with our messages, we will practice sending messages amongst ourselves, using a different frequency, to fill in the time.

Everyone will get a chance to send and receive messages. There will be experienced radio operators to answer questions. Bring your fully charged radio, a clipboard, paper, pencils, and your radio’s operating manual.

If you are a NERT – I urge and recommend you sign up for the Drill at Washington HS. They will need radio operators for their drill, and getting experience working with the Incident Command System is very important. Those of us at Spreckels Lake will appreciate your being at the Staging Area to take our messages.

Here is the link to RSVP for the NERT Staging Area Drill to copy/paste:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nert-graduates-staging-area-command-post-drill-registration-29089187543

Best regards. I hope to see you at the Lake!

Peter McElmury AA6SF

2MeterCriticalMass.com

The Great California Shake Out

October 10th, 2016

Register now: The Great California Shake Out

http://www.shakeout.org/california/register/

Drop – Cover – Hold On

The Great California Shake Out

What is it?  Join millions of people who will Drop, Cover and Hold On.

Learn all about it at: http://www.shakeout.org/california/

When is it?  October 20, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Register!  Register now as an individual

As a Ham what can I do on Oct. 20th at 10:20 AM?:   First Drop, Cover and Hold On. Then tune your radio to the WA6GG repeater 442.050 MHz ( + ) 127.3Hz .  Listen for an ACS Net that will be activated and follow the Net Control Operators instructions for reporting.

Shake Out Volunteer Radio Groups in San Francisco County:  Currently there are only two Volunteer Radio Groups registered in San Francisco:

* The 2 Meter Critical Mass Amateur Radio Practice Team.  That’s US!!!

* SF Auxiliary Communications Service.  www.SFACS.net

Are you ready for the Big One?  Do you know what to do? Have you updated your plans, supplies?  Find answers at The Great California Shake Out website.

It is better to be prepared months too early than seconds too late.

Great California Shake Out

August 4th, 2016

Subject:          The Great California Shake Out

When:            October 20, 2016 at 10:20 a.m.

What:             Join millions of people worldwide to practice Drop, Cover and Hold On

Where:           Wherever you are on this date and at this time

Why:               A great way for your family to be prepared to survive and recover from big earthquakes-wherever you live, work or travel

2 Meter Critical Mass Friends,

The Great California Shake Out of 2016 is almost here. I have again registered the 2 Meter Critical Mass Amateur Radio Practice as a Volunteer Radio Group whose members will plan, practice and participate in The Great Shake Out Earthquake Drills.

While 2MCM is not holding a group Drop, Cover and Hold On practice, we can practice on our own and participate on October 20th with our co-workers, our family, or on our own.

Do this for me:

* Go to: http://shakeout.org/california/howtoparticipate/

* Register to participate as an individual or for your entire family by picking a category. I registered 2MCM under Volunteer Radio Groups. And I registered my wife Pat & I under Individuals/Families.

* Search through the website for useful information on being prepared.

* Take a look at this printable 12-page booklet for the Bay Area: http://www.earthquakecountry.org/downloads/StayingSafeWhereTheEarthShakes_BayAreaEdition.pdf

* On Thursday October 20th at 10:20 am Drop, Cover and Hold On.

It is not official yet, but SF ACS may hold a net on WA6GG 442.050 (+) T 127.3 at 10:21 a.m. on October 20th for all radio operators who have “participated”.

I hope to see you at the 2MCM Radio Practice August 13th.  We will all get to talk on our radios, get help or help someone.

 

73,

Peter McElmury AA6SF