May 6 – Comm Volunteers Needed

Communications Support

May 6, 2017, we will be supporting the Kirch Flat Century Bicycle Ride and the Hinds Hospice Angel Babies Walk. Between the two events, we will need 24+ Amateur Radio communications volunteers.

If you can help, please signup using the link at the bottom of the post.

When

Saturday May 6, 2017. Time:  varies between 0600-1700hrs

Where

Fresno, CA

Mission:

To provide health and safety communications between rest stops and event coordinator.

Manpower needed:

24+ communications volunteers.

Contact:

Contact Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking: May 6 – Signup

Rob Mavis AE6GE – 559-272-6791 or ae6ge@k6arp.org

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AWARENESS AND “EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDEBOOK” TRAINING

Invitation to Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers members:

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AWARENESS AND “EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDEBOOK” TRAINING 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017 AT 6:00 PM

Fresno CERT instructor, George Mavrikis, Supervising Deputy State Fire Marshal with Cal Fire, will be presenting a free hazardous materials awareness class from 6:00-8:00 pm on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The class will identify the many types of hazardous materials that might be found on our roadways and rail systems; in our own homes and workplaces, and the commercial facilities we visit. The class will draw extensively from therecently updated “Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) for First Responders which covers how to identify potential hazards, public safety considerations, evacuation parameters, responses to spills or leaks, recommended first aid, etc.

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California AB-1222 ammended to exclude Specialized Mobile Radio Devices from Current Law

With the passing of California AB-1785 there has been a lot of confusion and concern that use of amateur radio devices in a mobile setting was now outlawed.

Existing law makes it a crime to drive a motor vehicle while holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or electronic wireless communications device, as specified. Existing law defines an electronic wireless communications device as including, but not limited to, a broadband personal communication device, a specialized mobile radio device, a handheld device or laptop computer with mobile data access, a pager, or a two-way messaging device.

Recently California Assembly Bill 1222, introduced by Assembly Member Quirk, was amended in Assembly on April 17, 2017 that looks to allow for use of mobile commercial radio systems.

This bill would remove a specialized mobile radio device and a two-way messaging device from the list of devices specifically included as an electronic wireless communications device.

Specialize Mobile Radio device

The Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) service is defined by 47 CFR, Part 90. and utilizes the 800/900 MHz spectrum.

Two-way Messaging device

Two-way messaging device is a vague term and open to much interpretation by the public and authorities. One could argue that texting is using a two-way messaging device.

Again just was when the original Bill was passed, it looks like non-technical, legislators and staff that have no real knowledge of the basic technical aspects of radio are writing these laws.

Text of the Bill can be viewed here:  http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1222

2017 EMCOMM Events

February 18, 2017 – Rotary Chocolate Run – Woodward Park 

March 5, 2017 – Sanger Blossom Trail 10K – Sanger, CA 

April 1, 2017 – California Classic Bicycle Ride 

April 29, 2017 – March of Dimes – SignUp

May 6, 2017 – Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride / Hinds Hospice Angel Babies Walk – SignUp

June 24, 2017 – Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride – SignUp

September 16, 2017 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride – SignUp

October 14, 2017 – Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride – SignUp

Emergency Communications Driving Increase in Amateur Radio Operators

by James Careless

Hams standing by and ready to help during disasters or other events.

More Americans than ever have been licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as amateur radio operators, and those in the know say that emergency communications is driving their passion to be “hams.”

“There has been a tremendous amount of interest in emergency preparedness since 9/11 and Katrina, and this is true for the amateur radio community as well,” said Mike Corey, the emergency preparedness manager for the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). “Emergency communications is a gateway into amateur radio, and many join our ranks through an interest in being better prepared themselves and as a way to serve their community.” Continue reading Emergency Communications Driving Increase in Amateur Radio Operators

T-Hunt Recap March 2017

Start Point: Letterman Park (Clovis, CA)
End Point: Pump House Park (Leonard & Ashlan – Clovis, CA)
Shortest Route: 6.1 miles / 16 minutes (approx.)
Number of Teams: 2
Fox: Rick (W6KKO)
Number of TX: 4

The central valley enjoyed another T-Hunt event on Saturday March 11. There were two teams this time consisting of John (K6MI) and Eric (N6IG) on one team, Marty (K6KTP), his grandson, and Dennis (KI6NVG) created the competition. The teams met at Letterman Park and  the water tank overhead created some directional ambiguity with the incoming signal from the fox.

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March of Dimes Comm Volunteers Needed

March of Dimes March for Babies – Communications Support

When

Saturday April 29, 2017. Time: TBA

Where

Woodward Park

Mission:

To provide health and safety communications between rest stops and event coordinator.

Manpower needed:

15+ communications volunteers.

Contact:

Contact Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking: March of Dimes Signup

Rob Mavis AE6GE – 559-272-6791 or ae6ge@k6arp.org

Amateur Radio in Fresno County and the Central Valley of California