ARRL Amateur Radio Field Day – June 23 & 24, 2018
Come join us at Jackson County Park beginning at noon on June 23, 2018 for Amateur Radio Field Day. Learn what Amateur Radio is, what we do, what agencies we work with, and all the enjoyment that comes from this great hobby!
Jackson County Park
June 23 & 24, 2018
The agenda for our March ARES Meeting has changed due to new information from our state ARES Coordinator. Instead of the meeting being on Digital Modes we will now be discussing and planning for a state-wide exercise that will be held Saturday, April 15th, between 8:00-10:00am. We’ll discuss our group’s plans and how we can participate next Thursday night at the meeting. Digital Modes will be moved to the April meeting (April 27th).
Here’s the general info about the event:
April 15th 8:00 AM to 10:00AM
Spring 2017: Rapid Response Saturday Drill
ARES ECs, DECs, Leadership,
A quick thumbnail of the spring exercise discussed at the most recent BirminghamFest.
Essentially the drill is a “Check In” event giving operators a chance to test their mobile and portable capabilities by operating remotely, or if they choose to simply check in with those remote operators to confirm coverage, signal strength, etc. Each county EC is advised to set up a mobile Incident Command System (ICS) location and assign a Net Control Station (NCS). The EC will dispatch other operators wishing to deploy may select locations that may have potential as a shelter location, remote ICS location, or other outdoor spot that can afford them the chance to test their equipment, skills and operating modes.
Many operators have “Go-kits” that include a complete portable station with emergency power supplies (batteries or generators, or both) radios, antennas, feed lines, etc. to operate away from home. Operators are encouraged to use this drill to determine what they would put in their “Go-kits” for the next real world emergency. There is no right answer to what should be included, every Go-Kit is a personal reflection of the operator(s) who put it together.
I suggested that ECs make the final determination for their locations. We recommended an operating window of 8:00 to 10:00 AM.
VHF calling frequency 146.520 will be the primary frequency, and we encourage operators with HF equipment to also use the 3.965 and 7.243 frequencies to attempt contact with other stations outside their operating county.
I encourage you to work together, make it fun, and use this as a learning experience. All feedback is welcomed and most of it will be read.
Attached are the official SET reports that have been sent to the state and the ARRL for our 2016 SET Exercise. We had seven individuals participate in a fun event that also helps us train when disaster does strike and we rely on skills in handling traffic and communicating with local public service agencies. We hope to involve more agencies and local amateurs in 2017.
If you are interested in becoming active with ARES in Jackson County please see our ARES information here.
DeKalb County Amateur Radio Club will be hosting their HAMCRAM and Testing Session March 11, 2017. This is a day of instruction followed by testing sessions. Their HAMCRAM is an excellent opportunity for anyone wanting to get in to Amateur Radio since there will be hands-on training through the entire Technician Question Pool. Testing for license upgrades to General and Extra are also given at the exam session.
When: 8:00am March 11, 2017
Where: Grace Presbyterian Church, 5760 North Gault Avenue, Fort Payne AL (Map / Directions)
Cost: No charge for class / $10 Test Fee
Please contact Carlton Floyd (W4CTK) at 256-630-4639 for information and to register.
The NWS has released the schedule for their 2017 Storm Spotter classes. These classes are free and are an excellent source of information even for those not active with ARES/RACES. The Jackson County class will be held March 7th from 6:00-8:00PM at the Rosalie Community Center.
For full info please see the NWS Storm Spotter Training website: http://www.weather.gov/hun/skywarn