Monday, October 8, 2018

In Person Meet - Car Go Kit

Our in person meet this month will be this Saturday the 13th at 9:00 AM at Station 74.  We will be talking about Go Kits.

Below is a curated list of items that will fit into a Ammo Can style container.  We will be going over these Saturday.  I think everything is Amazon Prime eligible, so if you hurry you can have them for Saturday.

Ammo Can - https://wvcarc.page.link/tc4X
AA Battery Holders - https://wvcarc.page.link/fFWD
First Aid Kit - https://wvcarc.page.link/GLp8
Flashlight - https://wvcarc.page.link/82AY
Multi Tool - https://wvcarc.page.link/NSef
FM / NOAA Radio - https://wvcarc.page.link/DW7Y

Radio - You choose your own based on budget
Radio Manual -
Roll Up J-Pole - Made by club
Survival Bracelet - Made by club
Field Operations Manual - Coming Soon

Other Items
Water, Energy Bars, Gloves, Hat, Matches, Paper, Pencil/Pen

This is just the start of your kit so you can add more stuff to it.  Got anything else you want to add to the list?  Reply to this post.

Mat
K2MJM






Sunday, October 7, 2018

Club Repeater Update


Ok, time for a Club repeater update.  We have received our frequency pair for the repeater that we are planning on installing at Station 76.  A special thank you goes out the the Utah VHF Society for getting for finding an open pair.  Our frequency is 448.800 Mhz with a negative negative offset.  Jason and I climbed up on the roof of 76 Friday and played around with some different locations and the station looks to be a great location for us.  We were actually able to contact someone in Ogden of 5 watts simplex.  Not bad at all.   
We are looking for some non penetrating roof antenna mounts like the one below.  If anyone knows were we can find some used ones or a local source of them let us know.  We will send out an announcement as we get closer to the install date.






Easy Up Non-Penetrating Roof Mount (EZ-NP-60-125)

Saturday, September 29, 2018

WVCARC Logo Contest

We are looking for a new logo.  The current logo is OK, but doesn't work very well for being put on apparel.  So, we are going to hold a Logo Contest.  The contest will run until November 1st.  The logo needs to meet the following requirements

  • Images used must be copyright free
  • Must look good when in color, grey scale, and black and white.  You may submit version of the logo for each each print type.
  • Must be able to be embroidered onto clothing.  Basically really thing lines and small type don't work well.
  • Should have Armature Radio and West Valley elements to it.
Please submit your logo to board@wvcarc.com

After the deadline WVCARC officers will evaluate the submitted logos and will choose the winner.  The person whose logo is chosen will receive a WVCARC jacket.

If you have any questions regarding the contest or would like something clarified please email us at the above address.

Good Luck!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Station 75 up and running

Saturday a few of our members met and finished setting up Fire Station 75's radios.  This puts us at a halfway mark on this project.  Stations 73, 74, and 75 are ready to go. 71 and 72 are still under construction and 76 is in the planning stages.  Special thanks to all those that have worked on these projects.  In the upcoming months we are planning an activity where we activate all available stations to very everything is working a designed.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Saturday - Firestation 75

For those that are interested I am going to be at Station 75 Saturday at 9:00 AM to finish up the wiring job we started last year.  We need to extend the coax from where the radios were original kept to a new room.  Most of it will be above the drop ceiling, however a portion of the run will be going over hard-top, so that will prove interesting.  If you have an 8 ft. ladder it would be helpful.

Thanks,

Mat

Sunday, July 8, 2018

What Makes A Good Volunteer?

Emergency telecommunication volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and with
a range of skills and experience. The common attributes that all effective volunteers share are
a desire to help others without personal gain of any kind, the ability to work as a member of a
team, and to take direction from others. Emergency telecommunication volunteers need to be
able to think and act quickly, under the stress and pressure of an emergency.

You cannot help others when you are worried about those you love. Your own family should
always be your first priority. Adequate personal and family preparation will enable you to get
your own situation under control more quickly so that you are in a position to be of service to
others.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Net Training - Principles of Disaster Communication

Taken from
Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Field Resources Manual

1.Keep transmissions to a minimum – In a disaster, crucial stations may be weak.  All other stations should remain silent unless they are called upon.  If you’re not sure you should transmit, don’t.

2. Monitor established disaster frequencies. Many A.R.E.S. localities and some geographical areas have established disaster frequencies where someone is always (or nearly always) monitoring for possible calls.

3. Avoid spreading rumors. During and after a disaster situation, especially on phone bands, you may hear almost anything.  Unfortunately, much misinformation is transmitted.  Rumors are started by expansion, deletion, amplification or modification of words, and by exaggeration or interpretation.  All addressed transmissions should be officially authenticated as to their source.  These transmissions should be repeated word for word, if at all, and only when specifically authorized.

4. Authenticate all messages.  Every message which purports to be of an official nature should be written and signed.  Whenever possible, amateurs should avoid initiating disaster or emergency traffic themselves.  We do the communicating; the agency officials we serve supply the content of the communications.

5. Strive for efficiency. Whatever happens in an emergency, you will find hysteria and some amateurs who are activated by the thought that they must be sleepless heroes.  Instead of operating your own station full time at the expense of your health and efficiency, it is much better to serve a shift at one of the best-located and best-equipped stations, suitable for the work at hand, manned by relief shifts of the best-qualified operators.  This reduces interference and secures well-operated stations.

6. Select the mode and band to suit the need. It is a characteristic of all amateurs to believe that their favorite mode and band is superior to all others.  However, the merits of a particular band or mode in a communications emergency should be evaluated impartially with a view to the appropriate use of bands and modes.  There is, of course, no alternative to using what happens to be available, but there are ways to optimize available communications.

7. Use all communications channels intelligently.  While the prime object of emergency communications is to save lives and property (anything else is incidental), Amateur Radio is a secondary communications means; normal channels are primary and should be used if available.  Emergency channels other than amateur which are available in the absence of amateur channels should be utilized without fear of favoritism in the interest of getting the message through.

8.  Don’t “broadcast.”  Some stations in an emergency situation have a tendency to emulate “broadcast” techniques.  While it is true that the general public may be listening, our transmissions are not and should not be made for that purpose.

9. NTS and ARES leadership coordination.  Within the disaster area itself, the ARES is primarily responsible for emergency communications support.  The first priority of those NTS operators who live in or near the disaster area is to make their expertise available to their Emergency Coordinator (EC) where and when needed.  For timely and effective response, this means that NTS operators should talk to their ECs before the time of need so that they will know how to best respond.