HBRACES Supports the 2013 Surf City Marathon February 3, 2013 No Comments
Thanks to all that spent an early Super Bowl Sunday early morning to support HB Fire and PD at the 2013 Surf City Marathon. With 20,000 runners both 2meter and 440 nets were extremely busy. As usual there was a very hectic period of about 2 hours with “runner down” and medical calls streaming in. Tracking and dispatching of the “SAG Wagons” was done with APRS making for a very efficient dispatch. All of our communicators did a fantastic and professional job! Net control in the combined PD-FIRE command bus was extremely hectic, loud, and busy – occasionally to the point of overload. Congratulations to our net control operators for doing such a great job and adapting to a tough, evolving situation.
Net Control Supervisors for 2013 Posted December 30, 2012 No Comments
New Repeater Antenna November 16, 2012 No Comments
On Tuesday, November 14, 2012 we installed a new antenna on the Santiago Peak repeater. The antenna is a Telewave ANT150D6-9 4 bay folded dipole. It has 9.1 dBd gain. The signal is much stronger than it was and is now on par with other repeaters on Santiago. Thanks to Roy N6SLD, Bob KJ6ISH and Mike WA6SVT for their help with the assembly and install.
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Fire Expo 2012 at Gothard Fire Station October 17, 2012 No Comments
Huntington Beach RACES supported HB Fire at the annual Fire Expo held this year at Gothard Fire Station (Station 1).
Shadow Drill 800mhz Failure 2012 September 30, 2012 No Comments
Here are some pictures of our very successful 2012 800mhz failure Shadow Drill. This year was exceptionally busy and HBRACES was again successful in dispatching and providing tactical communications for all of the HB Fire rigs and personel simulating a complete failure of 800 mhz communications and failure of Metronet dispatch. Incoming fire and medical aid calls were intercepted by RACES communicators at the HBPD 911 communications center and relayed to the FDOC over a 440 mhz link. Fire dispatch and unit
tactical comms took place on a separate 2 meter net. The exercise took place during a busy Saturday 12 pm to 8 pm shift.
Disaster Expo 2012 at the Huntington Beach Library: Showing off the Comms Trailer September 16, 2012 No Comments
Fourth of July 2012 Parade Audio July 4, 2012 No Comments
Audio from the 2012 Huntington Beach July Parade may be downloaded from the link below. It’s about 3 hours long and 20MB in size.
Huntington Beach RACES Field Day 2012 – W6O June 27, 2012 No Comments
Field Day Surf City Style!
HB RACES had another great Field Day at the beach. Special thanks go to Emergency Manager Brevyn Mettler, KI6FRG and Eric Engberg, Division Chief of Operations and the Huntington Beach Fire Department, for allowing our group to access the parking area at the beach for this nation-wide emergency communications drill.
The highlight of our weekend happened when Huntington Beach Mayor Don Hansen and his wife Sara and daughter Bailey Elizabeth took a day out of their busy personal schedule to visit our operation. To top the weekend off, the City’s Police helicopter, HB1, performed several fly-bys and sent full color, P5 ATV images of the shoreline and our operation back to us in the Emergency Communications Trailer.
This year, our group established a 4A entry (four transmitters, low power class), with operations from 40 meters to 13 cm (10 GHz microwave). Most of our contacts were made on 40 meters – which seemed to be open all FD weekend!
Shelly Lothringer KC6ZOW, did a tremendous job working 40 meter SSB, filling several log pages! Pete Zilliox, K5PZ installed his G5RV antenna using a palm tree support and turned his HF mobile station into the GOTA station; Chief Radio Officer Dr. Steve Graboff, W6GOS deployed an HF station running into a random wire and auto tuner; Joe Tom, KB6JOE set up several VHF stations and a beam antenna; Wayne Yoshida, KH6WZ brought a 10GHz station as well as an HF station and a vertical wire antenna with a new auto-tuner that worked on just about any band. Last but not least, Al Estupinan, KJ6RIX, provided the most important support item of all – food! Al and his wife kept all of us happy and fed throughout the entire weekend.
We made nearly 300 phone contacts on various bands, including one SSB contact on 10 GHz, and more than 30 contacts on CW.
Here’s an interesting bit of trivia about the 2012 Huntington Beach RACES Field Day operation:
There were three ex-ARRL Hq. employees present: Peter Zilliox, K5PZ, Wayne Yoshida KH6WZ and George Barker, NA1L.
Take a look at some of the videos posted on my YouTube channel, KH6WZ!
Also look at the W6O Soapbox entry posted on the ARRL website by clicking HERE. Enter “Field Day 2012″ and search for “W6O”
Echolink Training June 14, 2012 No Comments
The Echolink training is set for Monday June 25 at 6pm in the EOC. This training will be in the form of a workshop. I’m not really that much of an expert on Echolink (particularly on Android) so I hope some of you that do know Echolink will come share your knowledge. I do not plan to hold a lecture or provide any handouts. I will have a computer on the big screen if needed.
Please bring your mobile device whether PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad or Android. Bring materials to take notes. This will be a fun get-together and a chance to talk about ham radio and computers. Beginners, experts and everybody in between is welcome. Please come. See you there.
Field Press Release 2012 June 13, 2012 No Comments
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release date: June 13, 2012
For more information, contact:
Wayne Yoshida, Huntington Beach RACES Public Information Officer
Huntington Beach Radio Volunteers Demonstrate Emergency Preparedness in Nation-Wide Drill at Pier Plaza
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — June 13, 2012 — On Saturday, June 23, 2012, the Huntington Beach Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) group will be participating in a nationwide amateur radio “Field Day.”
RACES (pronounced “RAY-sees”), is an auxiliary communications group of volunteers administered by the Huntington Beach Fire Department. During an emergency, normal lines of communications can fail leaving amateur radio communications as the only means to communicate. RACES members support public events such as the Surf City Marathon and the Fourth of July Parade, and participate in the National Weather Service weather spotter program.
RACES members use personal equipment and volunteer time and skills to provide this service at no cost to the City. There are 18 city RACES groups within Orange County, operated under their respective city and county emergency management departments.
During Field Day, amateur (ham) radio operators from the US and Canada will practice their emergency communications skills over a 24 hour period with the goal of demonstrating portable and completely independent communications. The public and the news media are invited to observe and even participate in the radio exercise. The group will be at the 6th Street beach parking lot, on Saturday, June 23 from 11 AM to Sunday, June 24at 11 AM.
About City of Huntington Beach Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)
The Huntington Beach Fire Department Emergency Services Office administers the RACES team. RACES (pronounced “RAY-sees”) is not a club, it is a volunteer group within a government agency. There are 18 city RACES groups within Orange County, operated under their respective city and county emergency management departments. Using the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), the California Office of Emergency Service (OES) adds additional support during wide-scale disasters such as earthquakes and forest fires. If you are a licensed ham operator, you may wish to join our group. Visit the HB RACES website for more information.
To learn more about HB RACES, go to http://www.hbraces.org
About Amateur Radio
Ham radio is an interesting public service as well as an educational technical hobby. Whether it’s contacting someone across the street or across the globe, or even outer space, ham radio operators are ready to supply reliable communications when normal lines fail. Ham operators range from ordinary citizens to astronauts and athletes to film stars and musicians.
More ham radio information is available via the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) http://www.arrl.org