Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Call to action has been given!

Members of the WVCARC have been formally been asked for assistance.

BARC or the Bridgerland Amateur Radio Club is asking for any and all Voluenteers to help with the Little Red Riding Hood Bike Ride.

The Little Red Riding Hood 

Little Red Riding Hood is an annual women’s-only ride featuring 3,500 cyclists. Little Red Riding Hood is a fully supported, non-competitive, women only cycling event. With 27, 36, 50, 70 and 100 mile distances, there is a ride for everyone.

The Bonneville Cycling Club (BCC) is proud to present the 29th Little Red Riding Hood Bicycle Ride dedicated to raising money in the fight against cancer in women. BCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and riding opportunities for everyone from novice recreational riders to riders training for LOTOJA.

Read more about it here:

The Call to action has been given!

They are asking for Ham and non Hams, or combinations thereof to come and help with S.A.G. duties in the Lewiston Utah in Cache Valley area.

This is a great opportunity to practice your radio communications skills in a event situation.
These conditions are very similar to the type of communications that would be used in an emergency situation.

Typically there is Swag usually a Shirt and other items that they offer to Volunteers Also there is a Dinner and party the night before.

There are also places to either tent camp or trailer camp near the Lewiston fairgrounds so you can really make a weekend of it.

The Little Red Riding Hood will be held this year on the Evening of June 3rd, and all day June 4th.

If you are Interested in helping our neighboring Ham Radio Club to the north please feel free to contact or click on the link here or on the Public Events page for Little Red Riding hood.

Thanks for your help

Jason Bailey

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

LiFePO4 Battery Group Buy Coming To An End.

Friday is the last day to get in on this group buy.  If you are interested please fill out the form here:


I have talked to Batteries and Bulbs and they are offering a group discount to WVCARC members on the LiFePO4 batteries listed below.

Weight12.13 lb5.5 lb1.98 lb
Charge Cycles2500*1000 - 1100#1000 - 1100#
Max Continues Discharge Current20A10A6.6A
*Reaches approximately 80 percent of its rated capacity after 2500 cycles in laboratory conditions.
*Reaches approximately 80 percent of its rated capacity after 1000-1100 cycles in laboratory conditions.

If you are interested please fill out the Google form found here:  Depending on the number of people interested they may be able to drop the price even lower.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Real Life Test - I saw that going differently in my head

So last night, My wife and I were setting in our room talking as we prepared for bed. Out side the window the wind was blowing and it was raining. On the horizon I saw several flashes through the trees....and then the power went out. Plunged into complete darkness I thought, "Oh well my go bag is right here I will grab my flash light", a tactical Streamlight microstream LED flashlight. I clicked the button and it comes to life bringing the room to a dim glow, and then darkness........ I click the button again, no change. the AAA battery had given it's all, and in my time of need. OK, no problem I have a replacement battery in my Go bag. I remove the spent cell and add the new one. "Click" the switch says as I turn it on, however, the experience was very similar. "NUTS" I grumble as I look for another battery, rummaging through my pouch. Nothing I pull out the Power Pax Battery holder which holds AA cells, but could not find any AAA cells. "NUTS".

I felt frustrated and a little foolish

My wife made her way by cell phone to the Kitchen to find the plugin emergency flashlight, and returned. I felt frustrated and a little foolish. Here I was someone who thought was prepared to deal with situations like this, only to be thwarted by my own shortsightedness. I had no charged batteries or a backup light source.

I went to bed. As I lay in the dark I took stock of the situation. Was I prepared for long term situation? What if the call came for operators? I turned on my radio to the Ensign Peak Repeater and the UARC Fansworth repeater and listened. I checked on my family. They slept peacefully.

No call came, but what if it had? Would you be ready?

No call came, but what if it had? Would you be ready? I was not, even though I thought I was.

Are "YOU" Ready? The news, local reported 82K people without power for over 6 hours. What if it had been longer, say 3 days. What would the response by local government, local church leaders, and individuals. Would your family be OK?

While this incident for me was fine, short of being in the dark for a minute, and most people just slept through it. It gives a person pause to think what if?

So in the comments I would like to hear about you experience with this event, and if it were longer, what would you do?

--Jason Bailey

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 19th In Person Meet Venue Change

Due to a scheduling conflict we are moving our Thursday in person meet to Fire Station 74.  The address is 5545 West 3100 South West Valley City, UT 84120.  We will meet at 6:30 PM tomorrow May 19th.  The theme will be show and tell.  Bring something to show if you want or come by and see what other have brought.  We will also have an update what is going on in the club.  Also Brent from Battery and Bulbs will be there to show off the latest battery technology.  Hope to see you there.  We will also be on listening on the 146.700 repeater for anyone getting lost.  Please let your fellow Hams know of the change.