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Recap April 8 Radio Practice

April 19th, 2017

The rain stopped Saturday around 0950 hours, the sun came out, the sky became a beautiful blue, the Canada Geese were landing on the glistening lake.
And we reached Critical Mass for our radio practice.
Enough for Team Bravo to have three Radio Operators and a Net Control Operator.
The Team Bravo radio operators took turns each sending three pre-written messages to Net Control and Team Bravo Net Control sent a message to each of the radio operators.
Thank you Diana, David, Will and Richard for your good work!

Our next 2MCM Radio Practice will be Saturday May 13, 2017.
I hope to see you there at the lake.

Peter McElmury AA6SF

July 9, 2016 Ham Radio Practice & Celebration

July 20th, 2016

July 9, 2016 Radio Practice & Celebration

Spreckels Lake Golden Gate Park San Francisco

James KG6CFC (Left) and David KK6JKC (Right ) at 2MCM Critical Mass Radio Practice July 9, 2016

Greeting 2MCM Friends,

For the June 11th radio practice there were 10 of us, it was sunny and I forgot to bring sunscreen. We talked first about sending and receiving messages; then everyone got an opportunity to send a message and to receive a message. Everyone needed to change frequencies a couple times.

Many thanks to all of you who joined me at the Lake that day.

For the July 9th radio practice there were at least 22 of us there. Several 2MCM Members came later near noon or just after noon to say hi and enjoy the company of fellow ham radio operators and the potluck lunch.

For the practice five members were assigned the role of Net Control, while the others were assigned the role of Radio Operators and given frequencies to contact the Nets, send a message and receive a message. The scene was of Radio Operators spread around Spreckels Lake, sitting or standing, a clip board in one hand and a radio in the other. The practice included changing frequencies four times, checking into three different nets, helping each other, and enjoying the sunshine. I brought sunscreen, but alas, forgot to put any on.

I give my heartfelt thanks to all of you for joining me at the Lake, for bringing food to the potluck, for being my friends, for helping each other, and for your commitment to becoming better ham radio operators.

July 9th marked the 72nd time we have met, all but one time at Spreckels Lake. A couple times we were in the rain, some in the bright sun, and mostly under cloudy skies that usually cleared by noon when we went home.

I almost always forget to take photos and a few of you sent me photos that I will post to the website. Twice my son Danny has shown me how to post photos, so I don’t have a good excuse.He helped me with the one above. If you took photos that you have not already sent me, please send them to me.

We only meet once a month for only two hours. The rest of the month is up to us to find opportunities to use our radios and help each other.

73 Best Regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF


Saturday’s 2MCM Radio Practice

December 13th, 2015

Barb, Sylvia, Barbara, Glenn, Noel, Wassim, Richard & Jim,

Thanks for joining me at Spreckels Lake Saturday. The weather was beautiful, sunny and warm.
All of you seemed to indicate the practice was worthwhile. I got a little confused handing out and changing the assignments and frequencies; but the eight of you took it in stride and kept up the pace sending and receiving messages. Thanks again!

So now I ask the eight of you and all of the 2MCM Members:
What would you like to do next time?
What one or two things would you like to be covered at the next or future radio practices?
Over the past five years, besides talking on our radios, we introduced quite a few “esoteric” radio subjects. The last few practices this year have been mostly about the practical use of our radios – sending and receiving and “fidgeting” with our own radio to make it work.
I would like to keep doing this: using our radios. And your helping each other with their radios.
But you may have a particular radio subject of interest and I would like to know what that is.
Antennas for the home or car? Mobile and base-station radios? You tell me.
There is still a lot I don’t know and there are some of you who I would like to see at the Lake a little more often.
Join me at Spreckels Lake and help me and others learn more about Amateur Radio.

The next 2MCM Radio Practice will be January 9th, 2016.
2016 is a big year for me. In July I turn 70 years young. Yikes!

Best and warmest regards to all of you,

Peter McElmury AA6SF ( )

Recap: November 14th Practice

November 16th, 2015

2 Meter Critical Mass San francisco Spreckels Lake

These Four Wilmas joined me at Spreckels Lake for our Communications Exercise.  On November 14th at Spreckels Lake there were twenty of us sending messages that were relayed by Packet Radio to the Auxiliary Communications radio team as part of their own quarterly drill.  This 2MCM radio practice was even better than the one we held in October.


Recap: 2 Meter Radio Practice 6/21/2014

June 22nd, 2014

Weather: Started out cloudy and cold for the first day of Summer, but then the Sun came out.

Turnout: There were 18 of us.

Net Control: Joe KK6JJK and Jeff KC9DPP

What we did: We talked on our radios, changed frequencies, experienced what tone and PL code does, helped others with their radios and exchanged radio related information.

Thanks to everyone for joining me.

Peter McElmury KI6NYQ

Recap: 2 Meter Radio Practice 9/21/2013

September 22nd, 2013
Weather: Rain from 0930 to 1100. The lake was bright green from the algae bloom in progress.
Turnout: There were 11 of us, operating from inside our cars parked along the lake, including Josh N6TZF who drove from Pacifica and Tony KK6FEO & Sean KK6FBI who drove from Mill Valley.
Net Control: Peter KI6NYQ
What we did: We talked about – places to eat breakfast, antennas, and more. The rain didn’t stop us from having a good time.
Thanks to everyone for joining me.

Recap: 2 Meter Radio Practice 8/17/2013

August 19th, 2013
Weather: Sunny
Turnout: There were thirteen of us.
Net Control: Oops! I forgot who was our Net Control. But she/he did a fine job.
What we did: We talked about – places to go for vacation; the protocol basics of radio communications led by Bob KR6RX; antennas; questions were asked and answered.
Thanks to everyone for joining me.

Recap: 2 Meter Radio Practice 7/70/2013

July 25th, 2013


Weather:  Sunny and cool

Turnout:  There were 8 of us at the lake.  See photos below of the crew “in the lake”.

Net Control:  Peter KI6NYQ

Special guest presenter: John N0ZEN with The Zen-Mobile.

More photos of John’s Zen-mobile with seven (or was it eight or nine?) radios will be on the website, as soon as my son & webmaster gets back from his honeymoon.

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Keep those radio batteries charged, and remember:

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


Best regards,

Peter KI6NYQ


Recap: 2 Meter Radio Practice 3/26/2013

March 27th, 2013

Weather:  Cold, partly cloudy

Turn Out: There were 17 of us at the lake

Net Control: Jeff KC9DPP

Scribe: Rick KJ6VOS

Special Guest Presenters: Michael K6MLF & Doug KF6AKU – Marin Amateur Radio Service

Presentation and Hands-on Radio Practice:  The role of the volunteer radio operator at a marathon.



Rosie Kj6OGF

Rosie Kj6OGF


L to R: Jeff KC9DPP Net Control & Rick KJ6VOS Scribe

Recap: 2 Meter Radio Practice 11/17/2012

December 3rd, 2012

Weather: No rain from 1000hrs to 1200hrs, no wind, cool and overcast skies.

Turn Out:  There were 9 of us at the Lake.

Net Control:  Wassim WN6WJN

Scribe:  Matt KJ6AKFNext Practice:  To be announced

Wassim WN6WJN & Matt KJ6AKF taking check-ins

Round table discussion about ham radio