Friday, April 19, 2019

2019 West Valley City Drill Assignments Posted

You can find your assignments for this Saturday here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/177elJyMjcysCFDqI4zdOmhUFcewLwh-AYHroIfA9GMU/edit?usp=sharing

I had to make a few adjustments, as some schools had multiple operators assigned to them.  I tried to keep each operators schools somewhat close to each other.  I will be starting the NET at 10:00 AM.  We will be using our repeater, 448.800 Mhz, negative offset, 100 Hz tone.  Please wait for instructions before checking in.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your assignment please let me know.  For those assigned to check in at a Fire Station I will relay your instructions during the NET.  If there are other operators who would like to participate and have not yet signed up please email me at mat.murdock@wvcarc.com.

Thank you again for your willingness to help out with this drill.

Mat
K2MJM

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Special Utah Great Shake Out NET

The Great Utah Shake Out is this Thursday, April 18th.  WVCARC will be holding a quick NET at 12:00 PM on our normal repeater which is 448.800 Mhz, negative offset, 100 Hz tone.  This is always an interesting NET as people are generally at a different location then our normal Thursday Night NET.


Mat Murdock
K2MJM

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Winlink Wednesday

It is that time of week again. Winlink Wednesday!  This week please include in the body of you check-in how many Fire Stations WVC has.  Use the Winklink General  Check-In Template.

As always, if you need more information regarding Winlink Wednesday, go here:  https://www.wvcarc.com/p/winlink-wednesday.html

Thanks,

Mat
K2MJM

April 20th Drill Update - We Need More People

This is just a reminder that we need operators to sign up for the April 20th drill.  ONLY SEVEN OPERATORS HAVE SIGNED UP SO FAR.  The goal is to check-in from every school and Fire Station in the city for a total of 33 locationsWe need a minimum of 16 operators Saturday in order to accomplish this in a timely manner. 

This is one of those times where we need to have a good showing of support.  There will be city officials present to observe our progress and organization.  We will be starting at 10:00 AM and the goal is to be complete with the drill by 11:30 AM if not earlier.  If you are able to help, please log into your WVCARC Portal account and select as many schools as you feel you will be able to visit in an hour.  Please choose schools that have not already been selected by other operators.  If you are unable to access the site and would like to participate, please email me at mat.murdock@wvcarc.com.  Thank you again for your willingness to help out this Saturday.

Mat
K2MJM

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Winlink Wednesday

This Winlink Wednesday, and unless otherwise specified, we will continue to use the Winlink check-in template.  One issue that many of you had last week was you were using old templates.  The current version of Winlink is 1.5.20.0.  The current version of templates is 1.0.88.0.

You can find out what version of Winlink you are running by clicking "Help" in the menu and then "About".  You can see what version of the templates you have by click "Messages" in the menu and then Templates.  The version is right at the top.

This week we are going to do another weather report as things could be interesting.  Please include your location, temperature, and a weather report.  Send your check-in to K2WVC.

For those new to templates follow the  step by step instructions how how to send a message.
  1. Launch Winlink Express.
  2. Select new message.
  3. Click on "Select Template" in the menu.
  4. Expand Standard Templates
  5. Expand GENERAL Forms
  6. Double Click on "Winlink Check In.txt"
A web browser window should open up.  Fill out submit, and transfer the form.

Templates only work in Winlink Express.  If you are using something other then Winlink Express then a standard check-in will suffice.

If you have any questions let me know.  Good Luck!

Thanks,

Mat
K2MJM

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Official 2019 Standard Load Posted

The official 2019 Standard Load has been release. You may view and download it here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1foaur0cFsajkNyX46Dq8tc_UpMTJUEFpL4OxGcoqctg/edit?usp=sharing 

The biggest change is with the channels 21-30 which are set aside for club use.  It includes our repeater frequency as well as a simplex entry for if it is down.

Instructions on using the Standard Load and its purpose can be found here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oYb0XtTCSvpUgSZf0XdJB4_HLCcnrA4LMzIfNpFNXhQ/edit?usp=sharing 

Remember that the purpose of the standard load is to create "a standard programming sequence, designed to make your radio operations faster and easier. It is also designed to give you local control over your own frequencies while somewhat standardizing channels and channel names county-wide."  Please review the instructions and the standard load out. If you have questions please bring them up at the next NET or post a comment below.

Thanks,

Mat
K2MJM

Saturday, April 6, 2019

April 20th Drill Update

In preparation for the upcoming April 20th drill, I need to know who will be participating.  I will be utilizing the Operator Portal for this.  I have updated the portal so that you can select multiple schools.  Given the number of operators who participated last year I am requesting that each participant select two schools.  I would also ask that you select schools not already selected by another operator.  For your information, I have cleared out all past selections so I will have a more accurate count of participants.  Please add your selections by April 16th so I can make final assignments.

Thanks,

Mat
K2MJM