Thanks again to Cliff, N4CCB for recording and editing the meeting videos. (RJ’s tour video has been updated.)
This month Kevin, KO4HPE has a presentation on planning and building an effective go-bag, Hilton, W4GHD gives a Technical Presentation on digital modes FT8 and FT4 and RJ, KC4LRR takes us on a tour of his radio shack and laboratory!
What’s in a bag: Preparedness
By Kevin Fitch (KO4HPE)
Thanks again to Cliff, N4CCB for recording and editing the meeting video.
Update: Jeff’s presentation PDF has been added (find the link below)
ARRL ARES Presentation
This month a presentation by Oliver Dully, K6OLI on the use of Winlink in the USGS Did You Feel It? earthquake reporting program. Oliver is the District Emergency Coordinator for the ARES LAX Northeast District. Our EC, Ed WB4RHQ is planning to schedule a WCARES DYFI exercise.
From Mike Walters, W8ZY CT ARES SEC via W4WTN and AuxComm of TN.
There will be a Red Cross drill using Winlink on November 14th.
The purpose of this drill is to encourage more operators to learn about Winlink messaging and how to use the template for preformatted messages. The weekly practice has gone very well and more operators are participating.
The linked PDF below gives an overview of the drill and specific instructions on how to create and post the messages.
The Task Book is a working document that enable those ARES communicators electing to participate in the ARRL training plan, to track and document their training plan elements as they are completed toward the various levels of increasing proficiency.
As an ARES organization, WCARES will be using the Task Book for members who wish to advance their knowledge of emergency communications.
Jeff’s presentation has been added to the WCARES Youtube Channel – thanks Cliff, N4CCB:
Ed gave an overview of the ARRL Divisions and Sections, the Delta Division and spoke about Division and Section nets, how the Sections coordinate during emergency events.
Ed announced a new division initiative to promote amateur radio through local libraries. Outreach to Williamson County libraries will include donations of ARRL book packages such as handbooks, license manuals and related materials and offers to host meetings about amateur radio and WCARES.
Ed also talked about a recent presentation he gave at a meeting of the Cumberland Plateau Amateur Radio Club, CPARC. Dudley Pitts, KM4IYQ, past member of WCARES is now the CPARC club president. Ed spoke about WCARES and the Williamson Co. EMA, how the ARRL sees ARES evolving and some of the initiatives Ed has started during his tenure as WCARES Emergency Coordinator (EC).