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Re: Phase 2 - An Emergency Communications Exercise #operatingevents #emcomm

David NC4CC
 

I think I was to help Bob with the Murdock location. If not, or needed elsewhere, I could possibly qualify for a home operator or one of the other fixed station operator.

 

Dave  NC4CC

 

 

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Subject: Re: [CARS-FL] Phase 2 - An Emergency Communications Exercise #operatingevents

 

Radio Operators

Help Wanted – Will Train

 

In order to conduct the upcoming CARS Emergency Communications Exercise – Part II, the following positions are open !!!!

 

Home Operator – Individuals with UHF/VHF Radios (base, mobile, handheld) that will contact one of the four “County Wide Hubs” reporting your call sign, your 6-digit grid square, and your received signal report.  This will be reporting from your home location, no travel or transportation is necessary,  If you already check into the “Sunshine Net” then the only difference will be setting your radio to a different “Simplex” frequency from the list that will be provided.

 

Rover Operator (12+) – Individual with VHF/UHF mobile or a handheld radio that will rove around the county trying to identify dead spots and giving grid location and signal reports.  A few specific Rovers will also have time-stamped envelopes containing specific “Messages” that need to be communicated to “county Wide Hub” stations and the ability to copy responses.  Needs ability to travel around Charlotte County during the 2-3 hours the exercise will be underway.

 

VHF/UHF Station Operator (4) –  Much like “Net Control” on “nets” these operators will be running the UHF/VHF radio at one of the County-Wide Hubs, making contacts with the Home Operators and Rover Operators and recording contacts and messages.  The messages will be passed to the HF / Digital Operators for delivery.  If responses need to go back to the Rover Operator, these will come from the local hub’s HF / Digital Operators and be passed back to the originator.  Basic 2m/70cm transceiver operation skill a plus.

 

HF / Digital Station Operators (4) – This is the person that will be converting written messages received from the VHF/UHF station operators. JS8CALL and WIINLINK operating on RF will be the primary communications methods on both 6m and 40m.  Voice (Phone) will be used at specific time windows on 6m to measure that capability.  Familiarity with digital modes and using computers to send/receive both emails and textual messages a plus.


County Wide Hub Logger (8) – This entry-level position is perfect for someone new to the Club or an experienced operator with contesting experience. This person will help the station operators by being a second set of ears, copying down information, and maintaining the station logs. Opportunities to “swap out” with the station operators exist and will vary with knowledge and experience picked up on the job.


Re: Phase 2 - An Emergency Communications Exercise #operatingevents #emcomm

Doug KM4LKC
 

Radio Operators

Help Wanted – Will Train


In order to conduct the upcoming CARS Emergency Communications Exercise – Part II, the following positions are open !!!!


Home Operator – Individuals with UHF/VHF Radios (base, mobile, handheld) that will contact one of the four “County Wide Hubs” reporting your call sign, your 6-digit grid square, and your received signal report.  This will be reporting from your home location, no travel or transportation is necessary,  If you already check into the “Sunshine Net” then the only difference will be setting your radio to a different “Simplex” frequency from the list that will be provided.


Rover Operator (12+) – Individual with VHF/UHF mobile or a handheld radio that will rove around the county trying to identify dead spots and giving grid location and signal reports.  A few specific Rovers will also have time-stamped envelopes containing specific “Messages” that need to be communicated to “county Wide Hub” stations and the ability to copy responses.  Needs ability to travel around Charlotte County during the 2-3 hours the exercise will be underway.


VHF/UHF Station Operator (4) –  Much like “Net Control” on “nets” these operators will be running the UHF/VHF radio at one of the County-Wide Hubs, making contacts with the Home Operators and Rover Operators and recording contacts and messages.  The messages will be passed to the HF / Digital Operators for delivery.  If responses need to go back to the Rover Operator, these will come from the local hub’s HF / Digital Operators and be passed back to the originator.  Basic 2m/70cm transceiver operation skill a plus.


HF / Digital Station Operators (4) – This is the person that will be converting written messages received from the VHF/UHF station operators. JS8CALL and WIINLINK operating on RF will be the primary communications methods on both 6m and 40m.  Voice (Phone) will be used at specific time windows on 6m to measure that capability.  Familiarity with digital modes and using computers to send/receive both emails and textual messages a plus.


County Wide Hub Logger (8) – This entry-level position is perfect for someone new to the Club or an experienced operator with contesting experience. This person will help the station operators by being a second set of ears, copying down information, and maintaining the station logs. Opportunities to “swap out” with the station operators exist and will vary with knowledge and experience picked up on the job.


Re: ARRL West Central Florida Section YouTube Channel #arrl

Doug KM4LKC
 

Hey.  All of the recent TECHCON Videos are now posted.  Check them out!


CARS Spring Picnic - Sat, 03/13/2021 11:00am-2:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: CARS Spring Picnic

When: Saturday, 13 March 2021, 11:00am to 2:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center

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Organizer: Charlotte Amateur Radio Society info@...

Description:

Join us on Saturday, March 13th at 11:00 am for our Spring Picnic.
The CARS club provides grill meats and condiments.  We ask that you bring a side dish to share with the group.  Salads, casseroles and desserts are always welcome.
Bring a smile and join us for another great event.

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
10941 Burnt Store Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33955

https://goo.gl/maps/f6188z3aMbyQEH1Y6


CARS Club Meeting on Thursday, March 11th at 7:00 pm #clubmeetings

Doug KM4LKC
 


 



Join us for our Club Meeting on Thursday, March 11th at 7:00 pm!

 

Don't miss our next club meeting.  We are talking about one of the leading developments in amateur radio today - Software Defined Radios (SDR).  We will have a "show and tell" on the Hermes Lite 2 Radio and a demonstration of SDR capabilities including some of the dongles available today.

LOCATION:
First United Methodist Church
Lenox Hall
507 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL  33950
Google Map to Meeting Location


If you prefer to ZOOM into the meeting, please find the invitation below:

CARS WX4E is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Cars Club Meeting for March
Time: Mar 11, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89095215391?pwd=VjJGa2s3ZUNtVks3b2UvQ2hlZlNjZz09

Meeting ID: 890 9521 5391
Passcode: 656484



One tap mobile
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Dial by your location
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Meeting ID: 890 9521 5391
Passcode: 656484
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcVYvMpkqS

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Doug KM4LKC
Having fun promoting amateur radio technology


locked Working the Birds #makeitradio

Doug KM4LKC
 

Let's go see Brian Darley's ARISS Satellite system on Thursday, March 25th.
We'll meet at the McDonalds located at I-75 and Jones Loop Road around 8:00 am.  We can grab some coffee and leave McDonald's at 9:00 am.
The Caravan will drive to the Buckingham Airfield in Lehigh Acres.  The address of the Airfield is 15191 Homestead Rd, Lehigh Acres, FL 33971
Here is a map to the location.

  

Brian will have the ARISS System setup as part of the Buckingham Army Airfield Special Event Station on the air to commemorate all of the men and women who trained at this facility during World War II.  Here is a link to the special event web page, which describes the event and the history of this World War II training facility - https://fmarc.net/buckingham/

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Doug KM4LKC
Having fun promoting amateur radio technology


UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS

Doug KM4LKC
 
Edited

UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS:

Join us at Perkins Restaurant in Port Charlotte for lunch every Friday at 11:00 am.
Directions to Perkins located here


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Doug KM4LKC
Having fun promoting amateur radio technology


Special Event - 6 Meter Net on April 15th @ 7:00 pm. #operatingevents

Doug KM4LKC
 

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 15th - We need your participation.
We are holding a Special Event contest training session on this 6-meter net night.

Doug, KM4LKC will hold a training session on phone contesting.  We have a few operators who have volunteered to "Run a Frequency".  But we need YOU to make it a pile-up!
This will give the operators a taste of the contest atmosphere during a phone event like the Florida QSO party or Field Day.  After a few operators have experienced the pileup, we will stop and get their feedback.  Others participating in the pileup can also give their impressions.

So, for this net only, we will not start with check-ins.  Instead, we will review a few ideas, discuss this contest exchange and let the pile-up begin!

The exchange will be the call sign, the last two digits of the year you were licensed, and your six-digit grid square.
For example, my information will be    KM4LKC   15    EL96bx.

Some may ask..."How do I find my grid square?"  Here is an easy link - http://carsfl.org/links/.  Scroll down until you find :

MAIDENHEAD GRID SQUARE LOCATOR MAP

Be sure to join us for a different spin on the 6-meter net.

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Doug KM4LKC
Having fun promoting amateur radio technology


CARS 6 meter Net on 50.200 USB - Thu, 03/04/2021 7:00pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: CARS 6 meter Net on 50.200 USB

When: Thursday, 4 March 2021, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:50.200 USB

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Organizer: WX4E

Description: Join us for the Charlotte Amateur Radio Society's 6-meter net on 50.200 USB at 7:00 pm on the first and third Thursday each month.


Re: Phase 2 - An Emergency Communications Exercise #operatingevents #emcomm

Doug KM4LKC
 

Steve, We will use your services.  We may need you at Bermont Road but I'll let you know.


Re: Phase 2 - An Emergency Communications Exercise #operatingevents #emcomm

Doug KM4LKC
 

Ian,

That is great.  We will work on getting you some help and organizing the equipment list.  
It would be terrific to understand the communications needs to the Babcock Ranch Community.

Thank you so much for the help!


Re: Phase 2 - An Emergency Communications Exercise #operatingevents #emcomm

Doug KM4LKC
 

Thank you, Leonard and Duwain.  We will need you both.
More to details to come.


Re: Phase 2 - An Emergency Communications Exercise #operatingevents #emcomm

Steve KO4SPC
 

Count me in. I’m flexible as to location 


On Mar 1, 2021, at 10:15 AM, Doug KM4LKC via groups.io <sunburned_fl@...> wrote:



We are getting ready for our second emergency communications exercise. As we develop our plans, we need your help. Please let us know if you can assist us with the exercise either by providing equipment or by operating the portable stations.

This exercise will involve four (4) portable stations spread across the county. These stations will need two radio systems - an HF station to work 40 meters and 6 meters and a VHF/UHF one radio system to work both VHF and UHF. The HF station will need to work voice, JS8 Call, and Winlink RF only (no internet).


Each portable station will need at least two operators. Each station will need to include the antenna systems, emergency power systems, radio systems including the computers to run JS8 and Winlink.
Antenna systems are limited to a height between 20 and 25 feet to the base of the antenna. This is designed to simulate a "painter's pole " type of antenna deployment. It would be great if we can test Angelo's 6-meter coax antenna as part of our 6-meter operations.

Ideally, we would like to have one unit in the Engelwood area located close to the Myakka but just west of the river. A second unit could be located in the Murdock area. We will have one unit located in Punta Gorda near US 17 and Bermont Road. And finally, if we would love to get a fourth unit located in the Babcock Ranch Community located in the southeastern part of the county.

That's the hard part. The easy part is that many operators will be able to assist us in testing systems from their own location using hand-held units and mobile units.

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Doug KM4LKC
Having fun promoting amateur radio technology


Re: Phase 2 - An Emergency Communications Exercise #operatingevents #emcomm

Ian KO4EFS
 

Sign Me Up!!!   (Provided it is on a Saturday or Sunday)   I can head out to Babcock Ranch.     I will need a Portable HF Antenna and a Power System, but beyond that I already have most everything else we would need.      If I can not be paired with someone with this equipment, I am pretty sure I can borrow what I need from down here and I am willing to work alone. . I may have a Ham down here that may want to go with me as well.   I will make it happen!  

I guess it is time to learn JS8 Call.   LOL

Sounds like a great exercise!!   

Looking forward to it! 

73

Ian - KO4EFS

On Mon, Mar 1, 2021 at 10:15 AM Doug KM4LKC via groups.io <sunburned_fl=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

We are getting ready for our second emergency communications exercise. As we develop our plans, we need your help. Please let us know if you can assist us with the exercise either by providing equipment or by operating the portable stations.

This exercise will involve four (4) portable stations spread across the county. These stations will need two radio systems - an HF station to work 40 meters and 6 meters and a VHF/UHF one radio system to work both VHF and UHF. The HF station will need to work voice, JS8 Call, and Winlink RF only (no internet).


Each portable station will need at least two operators. Each station will need to include the antenna systems, emergency power systems, radio systems including the computers to run JS8 and Winlink.
Antenna systems are limited to a height between 20 and 25 feet to the base of the antenna. This is designed to simulate a "painter's pole " type of antenna deployment. It would be great if we can test Angelo's 6-meter coax antenna as part of our 6-meter operations.

Ideally, we would like to have one unit in the Engelwood area located close to the Myakka but just west of the river. A second unit could be located in the Murdock area. We will have one unit located in Punta Gorda near US 17 and Bermont Road. And finally, if we would love to get a fourth unit located in the Babcock Ranch Community located in the southeastern part of the county.

That's the hard part. The easy part is that many operators will be able to assist us in testing systems from their own location using hand-held units and mobile units.

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Doug KM4LKC
Having fun promoting amateur radio technology



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Re: Phase 2 - An Emergency Communications Exercise #operatingevents #emcomm

Duwain W8JJV
 

I am in
Duwain


Re: Phase 2 - An Emergency Communications Exercise #operatingevents #emcomm

Leonard N4LJT
 

Count me in. Would like to work the Myakka river west area. I have  a radio but am not set up for portable operation ( antennas or power)and do not have all the modes functional as yet on the radio, FT-857.


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On Monday, March 1, 2021, 10:15 AM, Doug KM4LKC via groups.io <sunburned_fl@...> wrote:

We are getting ready for our second emergency communications exercise. As we develop our plans, we need your help. Please let us know if you can assist us with the exercise either by providing equipment or by operating the portable stations.

This exercise will involve four (4) portable stations spread across the county. These stations will need two radio systems - an HF station to work 40 meters and 6 meters and a VHF/UHF one radio system to work both VHF and UHF. The HF station will need to work voice, JS8 Call, and Winlink RF only (no internet).


Each portable station will need at least two operators. Each station will need to include the antenna systems, emergency power systems, radio systems including the computers to run JS8 and Winlink.
Antenna systems are limited to a height between 20 and 25 feet to the base of the antenna. This is designed to simulate a "painter's pole " type of antenna deployment. It would be great if we can test Angelo's 6-meter coax antenna as part of our 6-meter operations.

Ideally, we would like to have one unit in the Engelwood area located close to the Myakka but just west of the river. A second unit could be located in the Murdock area. We will have one unit located in Punta Gorda near US 17 and Bermont Road. And finally, if we would love to get a fourth unit located in the Babcock Ranch Community located in the southeastern part of the county.

That's the hard part. The easy part is that many operators will be able to assist us in testing systems from their own location using hand-held units and mobile units.

--


Doug KM4LKC
Having fun promoting amateur radio technology


Phase 2 - An Emergency Communications Exercise #operatingevents #emcomm

Doug KM4LKC
 

We are getting ready for our second emergency communications exercise. As we develop our plans, we need your help. Please let us know if you can assist us with the exercise either by providing equipment or by operating the portable stations.

This exercise will involve four (4) portable stations spread across the county. These stations will need two radio systems - an HF station to work 40 meters and 6 meters and a VHF/UHF one radio system to work both VHF and UHF. The HF station will need to work voice, JS8 Call, and Winlink RF only (no internet).


Each portable station will need at least two operators. Each station will need to include the antenna systems, emergency power systems, radio systems including the computers to run JS8 and Winlink.
Antenna systems are limited to a height between 20 and 25 feet to the base of the antenna. This is designed to simulate a "painter's pole " type of antenna deployment. It would be great if we can test Angelo's 6-meter coax antenna as part of our 6-meter operations.

Ideally, we would like to have one unit in the Engelwood area located close to the Myakka but just west of the river. A second unit could be located in the Murdock area. We will have one unit located in Punta Gorda near US 17 and Bermont Road. And finally, if we would love to get a fourth unit located in the Babcock Ranch Community located in the southeastern part of the county.

That's the hard part. The easy part is that many operators will be able to assist us in testing systems from their own location using hand-held units and mobile units.

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Doug KM4LKC
Having fun promoting amateur radio technology


ARRL West Central Florida Section YouTube Channel #arrl

Doug KM4LKC
 

 
ARRL West Central Florida Section YouTube Channel

Check out the new ARRL WCF Channel.  Darrell Davis, KT4WX 
is building out the content now.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFA4-HEjr-lYMFisVG_Nk5A

The purpose of the ARRL West Central Florida Section YouTube channel is
to publish videos about different areas of interest in amateur radio
primarily here in the ARRL West Central Florida Section.  The topics
will include but not be limited to: technical, ARES, QRP, Contesting,
DXing, local radio clubs.
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Doug KM4LKC
Having fun promoting amateur radio technology


Workgroups and Technical gatherings #makeitradio

Doug KM4LKC
 

Have you noticed all of the great projects our club has developed?    This is a wonderful way to get some hands-on experience with gear and ideas to help your amateur radio operations.

Check it out here - http://carsfl.org/workgroups/

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Doug KM4LKC
Having fun promoting amateur radio technology


7th Annual TECHCON - Fri, 02/26/2021 12:00pm to Sat, 02/27/2021 5:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: 7th Annual TECHCON

When: Friday, 26 February 2021, 12:00pm to Saturday, 27 February 2021, 5:00pm (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:Polk County Emergency Operations Center located between Winter Haven and Lakeland

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Organizer: ARRL West Central Florida Section Technical Conference kt4wx@...

Description: WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #20-49 - 9/17/20:  TECHCON 2021 DATE AND VENUE
SET

The 7th Annual TECHCON date and venue have been set.  The 7th Annual
TECHCON, the ARRL West Central Florida Section Technical Conference,
will be held on Friday February 26, 2021 and Saturday February 27,
2021.  The location for the 7th Annual TECHCON will be at the Polk
County Emergency Operations Center located between Winter Haven and
Lakeland.  The Friday Afternoon Workshop topic is to be determined.

If the Polk County Emergency Operations Center becomes unavailable due
to the COVID-19 situation, the conference will be transitioned to a
virtual conference via Zoom Teleconferencing.

Registration is now open for the 7th Annual TECHCON.  If you are
planning on attending TECHCON, please register for TECHCON by filling
out a TECHCON Registration Form on the Section website at
http://arrlwcf.org/section-forms/wcftechconfregistration/. Some of our
previous presenters at TECHCON are planning on returning for the 7th
Annual TECHCON, but we are looking for new presenters for the 7th Annual
TECHCON as well.  If you wish to be a presenter, please fill out the
TECHCON Registration Form and our current Section Manager Darrell Davis
KT4WX will get back with you.  For more information on TECHCON you may
go to the TECHCON web page on the Section website at
http://arrlwcf.org/wcf-special-events/wcftechconference/.

END OF PRESS RELEASE

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