October Meeting Reminder

caliconRemember our next monthly meeting is this coming Friday, October 6, at 8:00 PM at the Hamilton County Communications Center.

For map and directions and more information about the meeting make sure to check out our Meeting Page.

Hope to See you there.

LVARC Hamfest 10/07/2017

Hidden Valley Hamfest
Date: 10/07/2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Directions to the hamfest: From Rt 50 turn north on Stateline Road and go approx. 2 miles and turn left on Lakeview Dr. Go approx.. ½ mile and the pool area is on the left. From Bright come down Stateline and turn right on Lakeview Dr. (Address is below in description for GPS)

On October 7, 2017 in conjunction with the Hidden Valley Indiana Garage Sale Day, the Laughery Valley Amateur Radio Club will be having a Hamfest (a garage sale of amateur radio equipment and related accessories) in the Pool Parking lot at 20660 Lakeview Drive, Lawrenceburg Indiana. (This should be the address for your GPS or Google maps).

There are several licensed “ham” (short for amateur) radio operators in Hidden Valley. Many are members of the Laughery Valley Amateur Radio Club and are volunteers in RACES and ARES. RACES is the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) which is part of Homeland Security and responds with emergency communications when needed or to provide additional safety to events such as large gatherings and charity runs like the Lawrenceburg Pregnancy Care run/walk every year. ARES is the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) which also provides communications in emergencies.

These licensed operators give generously of their time to provide reliable communications to local residents in the event of an emergency. Phone and internet are often the first things to go in a disaster!

Hams often, though, collect more equipment than they need and sometimes leave almost new equipment in their estates.
There will be a lot of lightly used/nearly new radio equipment of all types for sale and certainly some parts only buys.
For more information on the garage sale (hamfest), on the operation of LVARC/RACES/ARES and on how you can get licensed or join you can visit the Laughery Valley Amateur Radio Club website for contact information. http://www.lvarc.net/

Talk in frequency is 147.285+ (no tone).

ARRL: Hurricane Watch Net, VoIP Hurricane Net, WX4NHC Stand Down from Maria Activations

From the ARRL:

09/21/2017The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) stood down on September 20 after 60 hours of activation for Hurricane Maria as did the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center. The International Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) SSB Net will be in extended monitoring mode through Friday.

“The latest storm track is very good news for the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic,” the Assistant HWN Manager Mike Webb, KC0YHM, said on Wednesday. “We will watch the storm as it progresses…just in case.” The net wrapped up its activation by gathering damage reports and offering health-and-welfare guidance.

The VoIP Hurricane Net stood down as of Wednesday night after activating on September 19 as Hurricane Maria affected Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The VoIP Hurricane Net also was active on Monday, September 18, gathering numerous reports of severe and catastrophic damage from the island nation of Dominica. A recorded summary of reports received and a complete list of reports received from all media available to the net are available.

SATERN was active on Wednesday as stations from the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico began to check in following Hurricane Maria’s passage.

“Although the US Virgin Islands were heavily damaged, it was apparent that they had some limited communications capabilities and other resources,” said SATERN National Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH. “All of the Puerto Rican operators reported that there was an island-wide power and communications blackout. It was reported that Amateur Radio seemed to be the only communications that were operational, and that was somewhat limited as many 2-meter repeater systems were still not operational. There is no operational public water system and many local roads are impassable although some major roads have been cleared.”

International SATERN SSB Net Manager Ken Gilliland, AG6SV, relayed a report from N8PR in Florida that Amateur Radio operators on Dominica have set up an e-mail link to handle individually identified health-and-welfare messages. Feist said SATERN will continue to be in Delta II (extended monitoring) status from 1400 until 2300 UTC, continuing this schedule at least through Friday, September 22.

The American Red Cross Safe and Well website is a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available and open to the public and available in English and Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website.

Queen Bee Marathon Needs More Volunteers

19 September roster update:  KC8AZM, KE8CEI, KA8DME, N8JMV, W8MRL, KE8P, KD8YVF, KD8ZLB, KB8ZYE

The “total number needed” has been tweaked down by 2 as there will be 2 courtesy vans instead of 4 (and they promise to show up!)  We have 12-13 jobs still to fill!

Also, volunteer registration is now available — if you are one of the 9 above I have a raceday assignment for you, but we are asking everyone to sign up through the Pig now or soon:

Volunteer Registration Instructions:
1) Click here: http://volunteer.getmeregistered.com/events/open_opportunities.php?id=331
2) Find and click on your group name: Queen City Emergency Net
3) Complete the required information
4) Enter  qbham  for the group password when asked near the end of the form
5) Click “get me registered” to submit your information and receive a confirmation email

Queen Bee Half Marathon Looking for Volunteers

***NOTE: for the ARES teams out there, we recognize that this is SET weekend…Hamilton County ARES will staff the EOC radio room for this event and has committed to the level of effort necessary for this to succeed!***

Check out the route here: http://queenbeehalf.com/the-qb/half-marathon/

It is somewhat like the Pig without much of downtown, NKY, Hyde Park, and with the addition of Mount Lookout.
Starting gun is 730am with a 4-miler starting at 8am. Route will be closed at 18:00 pace so the event will necessarily be over before noon.

Here is what we’re being asked to provide:
11 water stops
someone with Iris   
someone with John   
someone with Shawn   
someone with Jeannette   
lead parade   
sweep bus   
4 courtesy vans (we expect to dispatch them from net control too)

I’d like to see 3-4 ops at net control (EMA facility on Radcliffe Dr. — please let me know if you are committed to this detail even if you’ve spoken to Bryan already.) So the total is 24-25. Tri-Health should provide medical radios and we’re working on the “interconnect” piece of that.

Volunteer registration system is not available right now — so I’m asking you to email/call me directly to express your interest. Let me know if you’re interested in last year’s assignment, or would prefer something new. Also let me know if you have any time or location preferences, whether you are new to the event or returning!

Thanks for your patience!

-73- de N8TFD/Steve
(513) 985-9844 “home”
(513) 552-5388 “work”
(859) 393-6563 cell

Amateur Radio General License Course – DIAL – October 4, 2017

Beginning October 4, 2017, the DIAL RADIO CLUB will offer a six-week class to prepare a candidate for examination in General Class Amateur Radio operator license. Meeting in Verity Lodge, on the Middletown Campus of Miami University, this class will meet Wednesday evenings, 6-9 pm.

Class will conclude November 8 and be followed by an examination session on Wednesday, November 15.

Although there is no charge for the instructional portion of this class, students should be prepared to purchase a license training manual and supplies ($25-$30) for use in class.

Class enrollment will be limited to twenty students. For registration and/or additional information, please call Beverley Taylor (n8gge@arrl.net or 513-423-3165) or Carl Morgan (k8cm@arrl.net or 513-422-9384).