YOLO ARES MEETING
August 18, 2009
KG6FJL - Darrin
K6KN – Bill
K6LAV – LaVonne
KG6SJT – Greg
W6SZ – Wes
KE6GCV – Todd
KI6OBF - Jason
N6KLB – Rick
WA6TQJ – Gary
KI6RHE – Edgar
The Yolo ARES meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Yolo County Red Cross.
Todd (KE6GCV) describe the November 21 Turkey Trot, noting ham radio coverage is needed for this 5K and 10K event. Todd is the point person to coordinate ham volunteers.
Todd (KE6GCV) reported on the October 9th Mini Triathlon event that was held at Woodland High School. Successful event and everyone had lots of fun.
WESTERN STATES TRAIL TEVIS CUP
Todd (KE6GCV) and Rick (N6KLB) reported on the Western States Trail Tevis Cup that was held August 1, 2009. Voice and packet radio assistance was utilized. This successful event saw 87 finishers out of 167 who started.
DAVID AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
Gary (WA6TQJ) reported on the activities of the Davis Amateur Radio Club, noting that the club has a 35 watt repeater (Motorola) that is now on the air. They are, however, continuing to experience interference with another repeater so are working with NARC and looking at a different set of frequencies.
Gary (WA6TQJ) discussed the operator training that is being planned for UC Davis. Trainers will be Bill (K6GNI), Ken (K6WLS), Greg (WG6SJT), and Gary (WA6TQJ). The program will be Sept. 23rd from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. Program content will include message construction, sending and receiving, and using the proper message forms.
Gary (WA6TQJ) noted that the Princess Promenade will be October 4th, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the American River Bike Trail. The Sacramento Radio Club and ARES groups will provide ham coverage for this all ladies event. There will be a need for seven bicycle mobiles plus fixed mobiles. The Princess Promenade offers ride distances of 5k, 15, 26, 55, and 64 miles,
COMMUNICATIONS PLANNING FOR EVENTS
Bill (K6KN) gave a presentation describing the various types of questions that need to be answered when planning radio communications for an event. He specifically discussed planning and logistics for the Boy Scouts event, “Centennial Capitol March”, Councils from all over California have been invited to help in celebrating this historic event, hosted by the Golden Empire Council in Sacramento on Saturday, October 24, 2009 as a lead-in to the 2010 Centennial celebrating 100 years of Scouting. Approximately 10,000 scouts are expected to participate. Issued discussed included the purpose of ham radio in this type event, the number of hams needed, their responsibilities, description of the march; the number of hams required, their roles and responsibilities; pros and cons of using repeaters versus simplex communications, the best frequencies to utilize, etc.
The next meeting will be held September 15, 2009, at the Yolo County Red Cross in Woodland.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 PM