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Next Radio Practice Saturday – March 11, 2017

February 26th, 2017

Our next Radio Practice will be Saturday – March 11, 2017, from 1000 hours to 1200 hours, at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park, 36th Avenue & Fulton Street. Look for the long row of green park benches.

Last month, February 11th, we had a very nice group of 18 radio operators who were all eager to use their radios. Although I forgot to bring the pre-written messages for our practice the group pitched in and wrote their own messages, sending and receiving them using three different assigned channels. Everyone looked like they had a good time, the Sun was bright and the coats we brought were not needed.

For the March 11 practice we again will start out by checking into a net, help anyone who has questions about their radio, and importantly use our radios to send and receive!

Try to arrive before or by 1000 hours. If you are new to 2MCM the side road along the North shore of the lake usually has plenty of parking.

I look forward to seeing you at the Lake. And many, many thanks to all of you who have been supporting the 2MCM Radio Practice. The July 2017 practice will mark 7 Years of 2MCM at Spreckels Lake!

73, Peter McElmury AA6SF

P.S.: It is not too early to start thinking about volunteering to be a radio operator for the San Francisco Marathon, Sunday – July 23, 2017. The SF Radio Club will soon have info posted on its web site for volunteering. Our 2MCM practice June 10th or July 8th will include practice working as a radio operator at a marathon.  Go to: http://www.sfarc.org/

Next Radio Practice Sat. January 14, 2017

January 8th, 2017

Greetings and Happy New Year 2MCM Friends,

Our next practice will be Saturday January 14, 2017, from 1000 hours to 1200 hours, at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park.

Weather permitting!  Forecast: Partly Cloudy and Chance of Rain.

I need your ideas for the 2017 radio practices.

What would you like to do when we meet at the lake?

What did we do in 2016 that you liked?

Was there anything you did not like?

If you haven’t been to a radio practice in a while – what would bring you out to the lake in 2017?

I wish for each of you to have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2017. At times it may be tough. But if we stick together, help a senior citizen across the street, continue to have Hope and work hard for what we want and believe – then 2017 will be a Good One.

Best regards,
Peter McElmury AA6SF
http://2metercriticalmass.com/

Next 2MCM Radio Practice

November 5th, 2016

Greetings 2MCM Friends,

Our next radio practice is Saturday November 12,  from 1000 hours to 1200 hours at Spreckels Lake.

I apologize for the late notice. The month has flown by for me.

Hopefully you already have this date marked on your calendar, as we have been meeting on the 2nd Saturday of the month for the past 3 or 4 years.

This Saturday we will continue our practice with nets, net control and sending/receiving messages.  New and experienced radio operators will work together.  We will talk on our radios.

If you have questions about your radio or nearly any aspect of ham radio communications someone will be there to help you.

Please bring your fully charged radio, paper, pencils and dress for the predictable weather, whatever that might be.

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

Peter McElmury AA6SF

2MeterCritcalMass.Com

Next 2MCM Radio Practices

September 25th, 2016

Greetings 2MCM Friends,

Please mark your calendars with these two dates:

Saturday October 8  1000 hrs. to 1200 hrs. at Spreckels Lake

Saturday November 12  1000 hrs. to 1200 hrs. at Spreckels Lake

October 8th: During our radio practice we have been asked to each send a short message from Spreckels Lake to the SF ACS radio operator set up at the Marina Greens during Fleet Week.  For this we will use the repeater on Twin Peaks.

And we will continue our practice with nets, net control and sending/receiving messages.  New and experienced radio operators will work together.

November 12th: As part of our radio practice we have been asked to participate with SF ACS for their quarterly radio drill.  We will set up multiple “staging areas”, send messages to ACS radio operators and receive replies to those messages. New and experienced radio operators will work together.

Please join me for both of these radio practices.

Best Regards. I hope to see you at the Lake.

Peter McElmury AA6SF

2MeterCriticalMass.com

Next Radio Practice October 8, 2016

September 19th, 2016

2 Meter Critical Mass Amateur Radio Practice

What:     An opportunity to practice Ham radio communications

When:    Saturday, October 8, 2016, 1000 hrs. to 1200 hrs                           

Where:  Spreckels Lake, Golden Gate Park

Who:   Licensed Amateur Radio Operators, any experience level; bring your radio and manual, paper and pencil. Bring a friend!

Why:   There are not many opportunities to practice with your radio; so come to the Lake to practice, learn from an Elmer or be an Elmer.

How:   Use your radio, practice with other Hams; learn more about your radio and Amateur Radio Communications.

What’s more fun than being with other Amateur Radio enthusiasts of varying experience levels talking on the radio?

So, come on out.  Be an Elmer.  Ask an Elmer for help.  That’s what Amateur Radio is all about.

Contact Peter McElmury at AA6SF@ARRL.NET for more detail& (type “2 Meter Practice” in subject line)

Definition of Critical Mass:

  • Point of change: a point or situation at which change occurs
  • Necessary size or amount: the size or amount of something that is required before an activity or event can take place

Next Radio Practice September 10, 2016

August 29th, 2016

2 Meter Critical Mass Amateur Radio Practice

What: An opportunity to practice Ham radio communications

When:  Saturday, September 10, 2016, 1000 hrs. to 1200 hrs.                          

Where:  Spreckels Lake, Golden Gate Park

Who:  Licensed Amateur Radio Operators, any experience level, bring your radio and manual, paper and pencil.  And bring a friend!

Why:  There are not many opportunities to practice with your radio; so come to the Lake to practice, learn from an Elmer or be an Elmer.

How:  Use your radio, practice with other Hams; learn more about your radio and Amateur Radio Communications.

What’s more fun than being with other Amateur Radio enthusiasts of varying experience levels talking on the radio?

So, come on out.  Be an Elmer.  Ask an Elmer for help.  That’s what  Amateur Radio is all about.

Contact Peter McElmury at AA6SF@ARRL.NET for more details (type “2 Meter Practice” in subject line)

Go to website at 2MeterCriticalMass.com for more information.

Definition of Critical Mass:

  • Point of change: a point or situation at which change occurs
  • Necessary size or amount: the size or amount of something that is required before an activity or event can take place

Next Radio Practices

May 25th, 2016

Greetings 2MCM Friends,

Please mark your calendars with two dates:

Saturday June 11, 2016 – Radio Practice at Spreckels Lake

Saturday July 9, 2016 – Radio Practice at Spreckels Lake

Why?

June 11, 2016 marks six years of 2 Meter Critical Mass radio practices.

July 9, 2016 will be the start of the seventh year of 2 Meter Critical Mass radio practices.

Who would have imagined six years going on seven?

Please join me at both of these historic radio practices. All of you have helped make this happen.

Over these six years we have done a lot of talking on our radios, learned from others and helped others learn how to use their radios.

I still have a lot to learn and I still want to do a lot more talking on my radio.

The truth is Critical Mass for talking on a radio really only requires two radio operators. But it is sure more fun when there are a lot of you at the practice.

After the July 9 radio practice we will have a pot-luck lunch to celebrate!

Bring something something to share. I will bring paper plates, plastic forks, spoons, knives and napkins. I have two tables; you might want to bring a chair for yourself.

Even if you cannot make it at 1000 hours, come at 1200 hours for lunch and the fellowship.

As always, Best Regards and I hope to see you at the Lake,

Peter McElmury (AA6SF@ARRL.NET)

Next Radio Practice Sat. April 9, 2016

March 27th, 2016

2 MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Our next radio practice will be Saturday April 9, 2016, at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000 hours to 1200 hours.

At this practice we will continue to provide amateur radio operators an opportunity to practice using their radios.

For this practice the main topic and radio practice will be: working as a volunteer radio operator at a special event such as a marathon, walk-a-thon or parade. We will discuss and practice how the Net Control Operator works, what Aid Station ROs do, what to bring, and different situations that might occur during a marathon or similar event.

We will talk on our radios.

If you have never participated as a volunteer radio operator at a special event, this will be a good opportunity to practice operating your radio.

For those of you who have experience we need you to join in and help the others at this radio practice.

Coincidentally the San Francisco Radio Club is providing radio communications on Saturday May 21st for the Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk. The SF Radio Club needs radio volunteers for this special event. Contact Robert Klahn at AD6I@kint.org to volunteer. You can ask to be paired with an experienced radio operator. The walk location is Crissy Field and this will be a great opportunity to use your radio and help your community. For info on the walk go to: http://events.braintumor.org/bay-area-brain-tumor-walk/

Mark July 31st on your calendars for The San Francisco Marathon. The SF Radio Club will also be proving radio communication for this special event.

I look forward to seeing you at the Lake .

Best regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Seven of us at the lake Sat. March 12th

March 13th, 2016

IMG_2375There were seven of us at Spreckels Lake Saturday March 12th. Yes it was a little cold, and it sprinkled on us a couple times, so we moved under the cover of a big tree.  While we didn’t talk much on our radios, we did talk a lot about radio communications.  It takes more than one short get together to learn about the many aspects of Amateur Radio Communications.  I urge you all to find opportunities to use your radios.  Use Radio Nets, NERT meetings, SFRC meetings, and radio meet-ups of your own making.  Invite me to join you and even help you organize a radio practice in your neighborhood.  I will join you when I can.  I still have a lot to learn about amateur radio.

I want to thank Chris, Sylvia, Barb, Isaac, David, and James who is new to 2MCM, for joining me at the lake.   We are no longer suffering from cabin fever.  I was careful to not fall in the lake while taking the photo.

For some radio opportunities, check out:

Marin Amateur Radio Society website (w6sg.net) for list of Public Service events.

San Francisco Radio Club (sfarc.org) for two public service events – March 21 Brain Tumor Walk-A-Thon at Crissy Field, and July 31 SF Marathon.

Our next 2MCM Radio Practice will be April 9th .

Take care, do a good turn every day, and use your radio.

Best Regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

2MeterCriticalMass.Com

Sat. February 12, 2016 – Next Radio Practice

February 29th, 2016

2 MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Our next radio practice will be Saturday March 12th, 2016, at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000 hours to 1200 hours.
At this practice we will continue to provide amateur radio operators an opportunity to practice using their radios; sending, receiving, changing frequencies.  There will be someone to answer your questions.
Last month for our February 13th practice there were fourteen of us. The weather was clear and sunny. Everyone got an opportunity to use their radios to send messages and listen to how others send messages.
For the March 12th practice we will again talk about message handling and maybe even talk about squelch and tone; and get answers to questions.
** Regarding questions, I am  asking everyone to bring one question about a ham term or piece of equipment.
Mark your calendars, charge up your radio’s battery, bring paper and pencil and join me at Spreckels Lake.
All radio operators are welcome to this practice and exercise.  Invite a friend to join you.

Best regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF