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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

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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

Sat. February 13, 2016 – Next Radio Practice

January 24th, 2016

2 MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Our next radio practice will be Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs.

Check-in will be by radio, at the lake, using 146.550 PL 100 simplex.   This frequency may not be monitored after check-ins.

At this practice we will continue to help amateur radio operators practice using their radios, practice sending and receiving messages, answer questions and introduce radio topics.

At our January 9th practice the Sun broke through the clouds about 0900 and we had a very pleasant morning at the lake talking on our radios.

Mark your calendars, charge up your radio’s battery and join others and me at Spreckels Lake.

All radio operators are welcome to this practice and exercise.  Invite a friend to join you.

Don’t miss this radio practice opportunity.

This is an independent radio practice and exercise.  All are invited to join me.

Best regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Practice December 12, 2015

November 30th, 2015

Greetings 2 Meter Critical Mass Radio Practice Friends,

Our next practice will be on December 12th, again at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs.

As a follow up to the last two practices we will talk about and practice: sending & receiving messages and working as net control operator. You will get a chance to send a message, receive a message and be a Net Control Operator. Experienced Radio Operators, and Radio Operators who need experience will benefit from this practice.

An Elmer or Wilma will be there to help you with your radio.

It may be cold – so, dress warmly, charge up you radio’s battery, bring a clipboard, pencil and paper. And bring a lightweight-folding chair if you have one.

We will meet at the green benches at the West end of Spreckels Lake.

I hope to see you there.

Best regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Practice November 14, 2015

October 21st, 2015

Greetings 2 Meter Critical Mass Radio Practice Friends,

Our next Radio Practice will be on November 14th.  We will  join the SF ACS (Auxiliary Communications Service) for their quarterly drill and training event.  The 2 Meter Radio Operators will meet at Spreckels Lake and operate from there.  Put this date on your calendar – November 14 – so you don’t miss out on another opportunity to use your radio.  October’s practice was awesome!

At 0930 we will gather near the green pop-up tent for our briefing and assignments.  We will work in teams of two; an experienced RO with one who wants experience.

Please RSVP to me, AA6SF@ARRL.net, to help me plan for the radio practice.  Tell a friend, bring a friend.

Best regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

 

Update: Sat. October 10, 2015 Practice

October 6th, 2015

2 MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Our next practice is this Saturday, October 10th.

While an RSVP is not required, I would like to have an idea of how many are planning on joining me at Spreckels Lake.

So far only five have RSVP’d. The exercise I have planned will work better with more radio operators, so I hope some of you who have decided to join me will now RSVP to help me with my planning.

Part of the plan is to pair up radio operators who will move away from the meeting area to set up a “Communications Post”.  Then send and receive short messages to the “Command Post”, to the other Comm Posts and to an ACS radio team who will be set up at the Marina Green for the Fleet Week festivities.

Arriving at 0945 is suggested. Check in upon arrival will be on 146.550 MHz, PL 100 Hz, simplex (our usual check-in frequency).  We will end the exercise at 1200 hrs.

I think this will be a good opportunity for both experienced radio operators and those of us who need experience.

I hope to hear from you and I hope to see you at the Lake Saturday.  RSVP at:  AA6SF@ARRL.Net

Best regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Radio Practice: Saturday October 10, 2015

September 22nd, 2015

2 MCM Radio Practice Friends,

The NERT City-Wide Drill is Saturday October 17th.

Our next 2MCM practice is Saturday October 10th.

To help amateur radio operators prepare for the drill, and to help all of us improve our radio communications skills, at our next radio practice on Saturday, October 10th, we will conduct a radio communications exercise, establishing communications posts, teams to send and receive messages from one post to the other and opportunities to use our radios.

All of this will be done near and around Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park, starting at 1000 hrs and concluding at 1200 hrs.

For more info & to RSVP, please contact me at AA6SF@ARRL.net.

Don’t miss this radio practice. Both experienced radio operators and new radio operators will benefit from this radio practice.

All radio operators are welcome to this practice and exercise.  Invite a friend to join you.

Don’t miss this radio opportunity.

This is an independent radio practice and exercise, as are all of our 2MCM practices.

Best regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Radio Practice August 8th at The Presidio

August 3rd, 2015

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

I know there are a lot of other things to do in San Francisco this weekend and I hope everyone takes advantage of some of them.

For those of you who choose to meet Saturday at The Presidio Main Post Lawn, for the 2MCM Radio Practice, I want to remind you to take advantage of the offer Joe WA3TSP has made for us to download, for free, his QSO Party Logging software and a brief users “manual”.

Joe will be at the practice Saturday to tell us more about it.  Go to: http://www.sfsunset.com/logger

To recap:

Saturday August 8th, 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs, at The Presidio, we will learn what a QSO party is, and get a chance to practice QSO’ing.  QSO — A conversation between two radio amateurs.

Then on August 29th, the SFRC sponsored 2 Meter QSO Party will provide an excellent opportunity for us to use what we have learned, talk to a lot of other amateur radio operators; all on the 2 Meter Band, using our little handheld radios!

Give yourselves a little extra time to travel to The Presidio.

I have never taken MUNI there, but here is what I found on The Presidio’s website: Several SF MUNI routes provide service to or near the Presidio (1, 28, 28L, 29, 41, 43, and 45).

Parking at the Presidio: http://www.presidio.gov/transportation/Pages/parking.aspx

Parking permits can be purchased from a Pay-and-Display pay station or meter.  The cost for hourly parking permits is $1.20/hour and capped at $7/day. All pay stations accept credit and debit cards, and many accept coins. Paid parking regulations are enforced by the United States Park Police. Please pay careful attention to signage.

I hope to see you there,

Peter McElmuryAA6SF