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Yolo ARES Meeting Minutes for 8/21/2012

Yolo County ARES
Meeting Agenda, August 21, 2012

I. Welcome and introductions

II. Approval of Agenda (any additions?)

III. Reports

1. Sign up for Net Control and message
The following members signed up for either Net Control or the message: Bill, K6KN; Bob, KI6BZR; Bryce, K7DWO; Ken, K6WLS; and Greg, Kg6SJT.

2. Report of work on the KE6YUV, BARK, Repeater Bill, K6KN, and Ken, K6WLS
Bill, K6KN and Ken, K6WLS, gave a report on their adventure in repairing the BARK repeater. We appreciate the support and advice of Steve, W6KCS, in getting the repeater back up and running.

The repeater is now working better than before. The problem ending up being the Notch filter.

Thank you Bill, Ken, and Steve for getting the repeater back up and operational.

3. Report of work on the K6JRB Repeater at UC Davis. Gary, WA6TQJ
Gary, WA6TQJ gave us an update on the UC Davis Repeater. They are working on linking the repeater to W6AK repeater in Sacramento on 900 mhz. Steve, W6KCS, was instrumental on this issue as well. They were having a problem with a notch filter also.

Gary made note that for this project to work, it has been necessary to tap the expertise of many local hams, including: N6KLB, WA6TQJ, KC6YUG, W6KCS

4. Healthcare Disaster Support Communication System. Bryce, K7DWO
Bryce, K7DWO, gave an excellent report on his work with Healthcare Disaster Support Communication System in Yolo County. He has helped install and test a radio at Sutter hospital in Davis. They want to be be involved with ham radio and they see the need and benefits. He also mentioned the State wide drill Drill coming up in the Bay Area. 11-17-12. Gary, WA6TQJ, gave an excellent suggestion to encourage the hospitals to start checking into the noon net:
Noon net. 146.910. Pl 162.2
It would also be a great idea for hospitals to conduct their own intra county net monthly. They could also check into the ARES net each Monday.

5. Demo of Packet formatting program for the Cache Creek Ride and Tevis.
Ken, K6WLS, and Greg KG6SJT

Ken, K6WLS, and Greg, KG6SJT, demoed a prototype web page that can be run, without an internet connect, to format data for horse events such as the Tevis. Using the packet formatting procedures for the Tevis, we have developed a web page using JavaScript that will format the raw data entered via a usb key pad to meet the expected format for the Tevis. There are many options that could be used, so the program is flexible.

The download also contains a "Auto hotkey" that will let you format the message, and instantly create a message in OutpostPM formatted and ready to send via packet. Currently the program and auto hotkey work with Google Chrome. We do have a prototype that will create the message in RMS express as well.

You can test the prototype at:

Documentation will be coming in the future.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00PM

Yolo County ARES