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.

Fourth of July 2012

Huntington Beach RACES Field Day 2012 – W6O June 27, 2012 No Comments

Huntington Beach Emergency Manager Brevyn Mettler, KI6FRG (right), explains our multi-operator Field Day capabilities to Huntington Beach Mayor Don Hansen and his wife Sara and daughter Bailey Elizabeth. Photo by Pete Zilliox, K5PZ.

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”


Our picturesque Field Day location with many antenna supports – er – palm trees – in the background. Photo by Wayne Yoshida KH6WZ


From background to foreground: Shelly Lothringer KC6ZOW (operator) with Peter Zilliox, K5PZ (logger) on 40 meter phone, and Dr. Steve Graboff W6GOS operating 20 meter phone during Field Day 2012. Photo by Wayne Yoshida KH6WZ


HB FD Division Chief of Operations Eric Engberg and HB RACES Chief Radio Officer Dr. Steve Graboff working on Sunday, taking down antennas from the emergency communications trailer. At the far left, HB RACES Assistant Radio Officer Steve Albert, KC6OCE, supervises the process.

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

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.

For more information, contact Wayne Yoshida, Huntington Beach RACES Public Information Officer, at 949-500-9256 or e-mail at You can also visit

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

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)


Field Day 2011

Last summer, the City of Huntington Beach RACES team exchanged dozens of simulated emergency communications contacts from similar stations in Orange County and as far away as New York, Kansas City and Chicago. The City’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Volunteer Management Response trailer unit was deployed for the first time during last year’s emergency exercise. Huntington Beach RACES volunteer Steven Albert, Sr. (left) explains the drill to PBS SoCaL station cameraman George Barker.

SAG Wagon APRS Tracker Instructions February 14, 2012 No Comments

Please see the attached PDF document for instructions about using the marathon sag wagon APRS trackers. It very important to follow these instructions to effectively use the units and to prevent damage to the transmitter.


2012 Surf City Marathon February 5, 2012 No Comments


kg6zdp, kc6zow, and n6sld Surf City Marathon Command




MOVIE: Surf City Marathon Command

RACES Santiago and City Hall Repeaters Now Voting December 20, 2011 No Comments