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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:

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

Peter McElmury AA6SF

The Great California Shake Out

October 10th, 2016

Register now: The Great California Shake Out

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:

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.

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:

* 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:

* 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.



Peter McElmury AA6SF