Next Radio Practice Saturday 11/10/2018

October 31st, 2018 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Our Next radio practice will be:  Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Spreckels Lake, 36th Ave & Fulton, from 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs.    Bring a clipboard, paper, pencil/pen, your radio’s operating manual and your radio with battery fully charged.  Everyone will use their radio and be encouraged to ask questions and help each other.  Dress for the unpredictable San Francisco weather – bring two layers, hat and sunscreen.  No experience with ham radio is needed.

Last month there were 14 radio operators at the Lake, the Sun came out, and we had another beautiful day to use our radios and help each other.

We sent messages that were quotes from legendary baseball player and coach Casey Stengel. Like: “ I never said most the things I said.” “We made too many wrong mistakes.”

For those of you who are SF NERTs, check out the NERT website.  Take advantage of the free training held 3rd Saturday’s at DOT.  Do you need to Re-Certify? Plan ahead.

Do you have a friend who wants to get an FCC license?  I understand Saturday January 12th, is scheduled for the BAEARS HAM CRAM study & testing session to be held at St Mary’s Cathedral. Email them to be notified of date / time for the next Ham Cram. Pre-registration is requested.   http://www.baears.com/index.php?option=com_contact&view=contact&id=1&Itemid=57  Their website is not yet updated for this session.   Pay attention to the Session Preparation Info page.

I look forward to seeing you at the Lake.

73,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Radio Practice Saturday October 13, 2018

September 27th, 2018 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Next Radio Practice:

Our Next meeting will be:  Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Spreckels Lake, 36th Ave & Fulton, from 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs.    Bring a clipboard, paper, pencil/pen, your radio’s operating manual and your radio with battery fully charged.  Everyone will use their radio,.  Everyone is encouraged to ask questions and help each other.  Dress for the unpredictable San Francisco weather – bring two layers, hat and sunscreen.No ham radio experience is needed.

Here is a RECAP of the Saturday, September 8, 2018, radio practice:

I was under the weather and a number of faithful 2MCM radio operators, on short notice, ran the practice.  David KK6JKC sent me a detailed report of the day’s radio practice.

This an abbreviated version of David’s report to me:

16 radio operators were at the Lake, it was a beautiful day, the enthusiastic group was eager to talk about the hobby, 3 had gotten their license in the past month, 2 pairs had been practicing with their own nets, 2 others said they were radio club founders before coming to San Francisco, a question was asked of everyone what brought them to ham radio with 11 saying it was NERT.  David wrote, “12:00 came quickly”, and  “Everyone of us learned something today.”

I am so pleased with all of you and to the Elmers & Wilmas that ran the radio practice.

We meet only once a month, for only 2 hours, starting at 10:00 so we can sleep in a little on a Saturday.  It is still difficult to find places in San Francisco to learn about ham radio or to practice using our radios.

Here is another place and time to use your radio:

The SF NERT Graduates Citywide Drill – St. Ignatius College Preparatory School, 2007 37th Ave

DESCRIPTION:

Saturday October 20, 2018, 8:30 am -2:30 pm (sign-in 8:30-9:00a)

This is a drill of your Neighborhood Team’s Emergency Response.  Bring NERT issued safety gear and wear appropriate safety
clothing/shoes, a response “go bag” with flashlight, water bottle, snack etc. This drill is scheduled to run through lunch, which will be provided.

RSVPs required for drill and lunch by October 15 for planning purposes:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nert-graduates-citywide-drill-tickets-49967867236

Do your non-NERT friends want to play the victim? They should Register Here: https://bit.ly/2NUUFry

73,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Radio Practice: September 8, 2018

August 24th, 2018 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Our Next meeting will be:  Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Spreckels Lake, 36th Ave & Fulton, from 1000 hrs. to 1200 hrs.

Bring a clipboard, paper, pencil/pen, your radio’s operating manual, your radio with battery fully charged, and a folding chair if you have one.  Everyone will use their radio, ask questions and help each other.  Dress for the unpredictable San Francisco weather – bringing an extra layer, hat and sunscreen.

Here is a RECAP of last month’s radio practice – Saturday, August 11, 2018:      For our last radio practice there were 23 of us at The Presidio of San Francisco Main Post Lawn.  The sky was blue, the Sun shined down on us, and it was a little windy.      Everyone checked into the Alpha Net, with Joe WA3TSP as Net Control and Joan WA3TSS assisting.      Robert AD6I talked to us about the SFRC 2 Meter QSO party to be run on Saturday August 25, 2018, from 10AM to 2PM. Then we all practiced and simulated a QSO Party!

We made new friends, got help when we needed it and helped others.

For details on the SFRC 2M QSO Party go to:

https://www.sfarc.org/2018-2m-fm-qso-party.html

For the 2M QSO Party tune into one, or more, or all of these 2M frequencies on Saturday August 25th, and make some contacts:

(You may need to step outside, and/or go to high ground, using High Power.)

146.415 (BATT1  CTCSS Tone 100)
146.460 (BATT3 CTCSS Tone 100)
146.505 (BATT9 CTCSS Tone 100)
146.550 (BATT4 CTCSS Tone 100)

I look forward to seeing you at the Lake.

73,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

2MeterCriticalMass.com

Practice at Presidio Main Post Lawn Sat. Aug 11, 2018

July 20th, 2018 by Peter No comments »

2 MCM Radio Practice Friends,

**  Change of Location for August Practice **

The August 11, 2018 Radio Practice will be held at The Presidio of San Francisco Main Post Lawn.

The Outside Lands Music Festival that weekend prevents us from meeting at Spreckels Lake.

Park at the South end of the Main Post Lawn; Anza Ave. and Sheridan Ave., near the big tree in the parking area. Look for my red pickup truck.

Bring a bunch of quarters or a DR/CR card to buy a parking ticket to put on the dashboard. I think they enforce paid parking on Saturdays.

Also bring a folding chair, clipboard, tablet of paper and your fully charged radio.

It is sometimes windy at The Presidio in the morning.

Come early.

All experience levels will benefit from this radio practice.  Elmers and Wilmas are especially important to help mentor the rest of us.

Here is a link to a map that will help you find your way to the practice location:

https://www.google.com/maps/@37.80092,-122.457748,557m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

I will be driving in using the Arguello Blvd. entrance.

Start: 1000hrs    Finish:  1200hrs

Give yourself extra time to get there.

I look forward to seeing you at the Presidio,

73,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

2MeterCriticalMass.Com

Next Radio Practice Saturday, July 14, 2018

June 25th, 2018 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Please join me Saturday, July 14, 2018, from 1000 hours to 1200 hours, at Spreckels Lake, 36th Ave. & Fulton St. for our next radio practice.   Mark your calendars now.

This practice will be the start of our Ninth (9th) year at Spreckels Lake.  Who would have thought?

Our first radio practice was July 10, 2010, when 22 of you joined me at the Lake.

To all of you who have joined me at the Lake I am grateful to you for helping me keep this little radio practice going.

The radio practice is only 2 hours, once a month.

Some of you are regulars joining me month after month.

Some of you make it to the Lake when you can.

And there are some of you I would like to see more often.

I want all of you to be better radio operators, and most importantly to help others become better radio operators.

Bring a clipboard, paper, pencil/pen, your radio’s operating manual and your radio with battery fully charged.  Everyone will use their radio, ask questions and help each other.  Dress for the unpredictable San Francisco weather – bring two layers, hat and sunscreen.

Fun Fact About 2MCM:  I totaled up all the Alpha Net check-ins since July 10, 2010, (3 months of logs are missing ?#@$! ), through June 9th, 2018, and the total number of check-ins at the Lake is 1,032 ! ! !   That is a lot of check ins! 

Please join me at beautiful Spreckels Lake for the start of our Ninth (9th) Year!

73 (Best regards),

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Practice Sat. June 9th

May 16th, 2018 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Next Radio Practice:

Our Next meeting will be:  Saturday, June 9th, 2018, at Spreckels Lake, 36th Ave & Fulton, from 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs.    Bring a clipboard, paper, pencil/pen, your radio’s operating manual and your radio with battery fully charged.  Everyone will use their radio, ask questions and help each other.  Dress for the unpredictable San Francisco weather – bring two layers, hat and sunscreen.

Here is a RECAP of the Saturday, May 12, 2018, radio practice:

At our last radio practice there 13 of us at the Lake.  The sky was blue, a little windy and again the Sun was shining.

Everyone checked into the the Alpha Net, participated in a discussion about sending & receiving messages and received their team assignments.  There were enough of us to have 3 Teams each with a Net Control Operator and 3 Radio Operators.  The Radio Operators sent two messages to their Net Control Operator and their NCO in turn sent two messages to each team member.  The subject of the pre-written messages was “Month of May History”.

Oh, one more important thing to mention –  the 25th of May is the annual and internationally celebrated “Carry a Towel Day”;  a day to celebrate the life and work of Douglas Adams.

For details go to: www.towel.org

Also check out: www.wikihow.com/Celebrate-Towel-Day

And for “Towel Day on the International Space Station” watch: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpQfWLkKbhw

73 & 42,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Practice & RECAP April 14th Practice

April 29th, 2018 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Next Radio Practice:

Saturday, May 12th, 2018, at Spreckels Lake, 36th Ave & Fulton, from 1000hrs. to 1200hrs.      Bring clipboard, paper, pencil/pen, and your radio’s operating manual.  Everyone will use their radio, ask questions and help each other.  Dress for the unpredictable San Francisco weather – two layers, hat and sunscreen.

Here is a RECAP of the Saturday, April 14, 2018, radio practice:

Saturday April 14, 2018, at our radio practice there were again 17 of us at the Lake.   The sky was blue and the Sun was shining.

Peter KF7MFN and Joe KM6HIW took check-ins on the Alpha Net.

David KK6JKC led a discussion about sending and receiving messages.

Peter AA6SF gave out the team assignments. We had enough for four teams, each with a Team Net Control Operator and three Radio Operators.  The teams were Bravo, Delta, Foxtrot and Golf

The ROs in each team helped each other with programming their radios and conducting radio checks.

Each Team NCO opened up their channels by reading a script calling for their team members to check in.

The Radio Operators checked in with their Team NCOs and announced they had traffic to send.

The ROs proceeded to send messages to their NCO and the NCOs sent messages in return to their Team ROs.

The pre-written messages were about “April is Earth Month” & April 22nd is Earth Day around the world.

The two hours went by quickly.

I hope to see you at the next Radio Practice, which will be May 12th.  Mark this date in your calendar now so you don’t forget.

I look forward to seeing more of you for this practice.

73,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

 

RECAP & Next Radio Practice April 14th

March 23rd, 2018 by Peter No comments »

2MCM Radio Practice Friends,

Next Radio Practice:

Saturday, April 14th, 2018, at Spreckels Lake, 36th Ave & Fulton from 1000hrs. to 1200hrs.      Bring clipboard, paper, pencil/pen, and radio’s operating manual.  Everyone will use their radio, ask questions and help each other.  Dress for unpredictable weather.

Recap –  March practice:

Saturday March 10, 2018, at our radio practice there were 17 of us at the Lake.   The morning started out a little cold, with an overcast sky.  I was fearful the weather report would keep radio operators away.  The temperature warmed up some and there was no wind to chill us.

David KK6JKC was the first RO to arrive followed by Ann K6SHO from Corte Madera.  And then more and more arrived for a total of 17 ROs.

Looking at the check-in log I see that of the 17, 12 were first timers to 2MCM, and 7 got their licenses this year !

Everyone was eager to use their radios, get help with a variety of operating concerns and really use their radios.

Oh, and Nathan KM6ADE arrived a few minutes after 1000 hrs., in the nick of time, so-to-speak, to help run the Alpha Net (check-in by radio) and Elmer Ann who had not run a net before.  And, thank you David KK6JKC for leading a discussion on message sending.

The topic for the messages was Birth Dates and Places of Birth of well known people born in the month of March.  The Phonetic Alphabet was used (practiced) for many of the messages.

Everyone was assigned to a team, (Bravo, Delta or Foxtrot – each with a different radio frequency) as a team Radio Operator or a team Net Control Operator.  Team members helped each other with changing frequencies on their radios and sending/receiving messages.

Everyone sent 2 or 3 messages to their NCO and copied 2 messages from their NCO.

The two hours went by quickly.

I hope to see you at the next Radio Practice, which will be April 14th.  Mark this date in your calendar now so you don’t forget.  (Don’t believe the Friday night weather report.)

P.S.:  SF NERTs – Put on your calendar April 21st, for the NERT Citywide Drill.  Go to the NERT website to register for it.  I will be there for the Citywide Drill.  With my radio!

73,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Radio Practice Saturday, March 10, 2018

February 23rd, 2018 by Peter No comments »

Greetings 2MCM Friends,

Our next Radio Practice will be Saturday, March 10, 2018.

We will meet again at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000 hrs. to 1200 hrs. It’s a good idea to arrive 10 to 20 minutes early.

Bring your radio with the battery fully charged, a clipboard, paper/pencil, and your radio’s operator’s manual. Dress for the predictably unpredictable weather.  And bring your questions.  There is always someone to help and to answer questions.

Last month there were 13 of us at the Lake under clear skies- a warm and sunny morning.  Lots of room for more of you, incase you were worried about it being crowded.

After everyone checked in to the Alpha Net we broke up into 3 teams – Bravo, Delta and Foxtrot – to send and receive messages. The emphasis of the messages was on the phonetic alphabet.  The Team structure insures you will be with someone who will help.

Please join us on March 10th – if you haven’t used your radio in a while, if you want more practice using your radio, or if you want to help other radio operators improve their radio skills.

I look forward to you joining me at the Lake.

P.S.:  KQED is having a one-hour special, Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like, to celebrate the late children’s television icon and his show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Mark your calendars now for  March 6, at 8PM on KQED 9.

73,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

Next Radio Practice February 10, 2018

January 30th, 2018 by Peter No comments »

Greetings 2MCM Friends,

Our next Radio Practice will be Saturday, February 10, 2018.

We will meet again at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park, 36th Ave. and Fulton St., from 1000 hrs. to 1200 hrs.

Bring your radio with the battery fully charged, a clipboard, paper/pencil, and your radio’s operator’s manual. Dress for the predictably unpredictable weather.  And bring your questions.  There is always someone to help and to answer questions.

I have two spare radios in case you haven’t gotten one yet or you can share a radio with someone.

Last month there were 19 of us at the Lake under clear skies- a warm and sunny morning.  After everyone checked in to the Alpha Net we broke up into 4 teams – Bravo, Delta, Echo and Golf, to send and receive messages. We also had a discussion about common radio procedures, ”pro words”, and good message sending practices.

Please join us on the 10th,  if you haven’t used your radio in a while,  if you want more practice using your radio, or  if you want to help other radio operators improve their radio skills.

I look forward to you joining me at the Lake.

73,

Peter McElmury AA6SF