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
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
RACES Santiago and City Hall Repeaters Now Voting December 20, 2011 No Comments
Shadow Drill 2011 Photos September 21, 2011 No Comments
2011 Shadow Drill July 11, 2011 2 Comments
The next Shadow drill is coming up this September 18th. We will be supporting PD as well as FD this year. Please plan to attend. We’ll need all the people we can get.
A Motorola radio will be installed in the Senior Center July 21 @ 9am. Please let us know if you’d like to help.
Field Day 2011 June 29, 2011 No Comments
W6O: Huntington Beach, CA RACES
Operating 6A in ORG this year. Our traditional location over-looking the Pacific Ocean once again provided plenty of public exposure. This year, we deployed the City’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Volunteer Management Response Unit for the first time.
The air conditioned trailer is equipped with two-way radios for the fire and police department, and includes VHF and UHF Amateur Radio gear and an ATV system as well as generators, battery power and lighting.
A highlight of our operation included a visit from George Barker, NA1F, an ex-ARRL Hq. staffer, and Public Television cameraman. We look forward to seeing our 15 minutes of fame on upcoming video productions in the near future.
73 and see you next year,
Huntington Beach RACES PIO
Wanye KH6WZ also posted this to the ARRL web site.