Fiber Break in Morgan Hill

Fiber break in Morgan Hill – February 2021by Heatherly Takeuchi, N6HKT Jennifer Ponce, KJ6EST, the OEM Manager for the city of Morgan Hill, CA, was sitting at her desk early on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021, when the internet went out. Internet interruptions are not common in Morgan Hill, but they are not unheard of either. […]

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Approaches to Tackle Noise Problems Vary, Remedies Elusive

From ARRL: Approaches to Tackle Noise Problems Vary, Remedies Elusive03/03/2021 RF noise is a frequent discussion topic among radio amateurs. A proliferation of electronics has cluttered and complicated the noise environment; it’s not just power lines anymore. Unless isolated from civilization, most hams experience RF interference (RFI) — sometimes without even realizing it, although spectrum […]

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ARES / Emergency Communications Updates

Santa Cruz County ARES Teaches Antenna Building via Zoom by Allison Hershey (KM6RMN), PIO Santa Cruz County ARES has enjoyed a fast-growing, enthusiastic chapter over the last few years, thanks to the dedication of a few gifted souls under the leadership of EC Bob Fike (KO6XX). However, the membership influx wasn’t from the traditional pool […]

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New Section Appointments

Richard St. Claire, K6VJ has accepted the position, District Emergency Coordinator/ San Mateo County, Bay Side. Richard succeeds Peter Liljequist, AA6PL in this capacity. Also, please welcome these Emergency Coordinators: Bob De Franco / KK6CBL (San Carlos); Steve Firpo / KF6PFZ (South San Francisco); Bob Doerr / KA6REL (San Mateo). Thank you all. […]

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Spring Red Cross Emergency Communications Drill Set

The spring 2021 Red Cross Nationwide Emergency Communications Winlink Drill will be held on May 8, which is World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2021. Details and instructions are available. Sign up for email updates. http://arc-emcomm-training.org/drills2.html#DrillInfohttps://groups.io/login?r=https2F%2Fgroups.io2FARC-EmComm-Training Ahead of the May nationwide exercise, the American Red Cross (ARC) Emergency Communications training group will continue its […]

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Reference via WT1IM: Comm Academy – FREE Online EmComm Training Event

I’m contacting you to invite folks from your Sections to consider joining Comm Academy 2021, a free online training and workshop event taking place on April 10 and 11. Comm Academy is for anyone with an interest in emergency communications techniques and technologies. Most folks who attend are part of an ARES, RACES, ACS, or […]

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Amateur Radio Helping to Fill Earthquake Report “Donut Holes”

An article describing how radio amateurs can help fill the information “donut hole” by providing post-earthquake “did you feel it” (DYFI) reports via Winlink HF radio email appeared on February 22 in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) magazine Eos. As the article points out, “Ham radio networks gear up to provide real-time, on-the-ground information about […]

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ARES Volunteers Reported Responding to Severe Weather

Weather gone wild might be an apt description of the conditions in many parts of the US, with sub-freezing temperatures in areas not prepared for that sort of thing. Aberrant weather seems to be happening across many US regions. Snow has fallen in Texas and Oklahoma, accompanied by record-setting temperature readings. The severe weather has […]

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