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From ARRL: Thanks Go to Vaca Valley Radio Club Mentor Bob Hewitt
NEWINGTON, CT, Jun 25, 2004--As a youngster, Scott Morrison became fascinated with Amateur Radio by watching his grandfather, Wilbur Morrison, W6OSD, operating his equipment in his ham shack. The younger Morrison's exposure to ham radio led him to become a US Army radio operator, but he never got his Amateur Radio license. Unfortunately, by the time Morrison left the service, his grandfather had died, leaving him without a mentor--or Elmer--to help him pursue his interest in ham radio.

Just by chance, however, he came across the ARRL Web site, and he was able to search for a club in his area. Morrison contacted the Vaca Valley Radio Club and was referred to Bob Hewitt, K6HEW. A ham since 1952, Hewitt is active in several clubs including the Vaca Valley and Trilogy Radio clubs. It wasn't long before Hewitt had Morrison attending meetings at Vaca Valley and studying the license manual. Hewitt took Morrison to an Amateur Radio license examination session at Trilogy Radio Club, where he passed the Technician license test. ...read more...    6/25/2004


Yolo County radio coverage test
The Yolo ARES radio coverage test Saturday morning, June 12, went very, very well.

We had Clay and Linda aa6mr/kf6snf down in the Clarksburg area at the fire dept. They tried out there new Starfire antenna and it worked quite well.

Clinton, kf6wlc, went north to Knights Landing and then went west to county line road and worked back south to Woodland.

Greg, kg6sjt, went out to the river road north of West Sacramento and worked his way south to the port and then crossed the causeway to Davis and went south to the old air force transmitter site by grasslands park.

Net control was run by our new member Julia, kg6oys, using my station north of winters. She did a GREAT!! job. We had good coverage from all locations, a few locations on the fringe were a little weak but readable. Every one did a great job , thanks to everyone that helped.

Darrin Ogletree
KG6FJL, EC YOLO COUNTY    6/14/2004


Photos from the May 27, BBQ meeting


Yolo ARES / BBQ Meeting
We'll start at 6:30 on May 27th...

Clinton is bringing a pasta salad.
Greg is bringing a fruit salad or basil - Potato Frittata
Clay and Linda are providing chicken.
Darrin is bringing desert
Rick is bringing drinks

E-mail Linda: aa6mr@pacbell.net


Yolo ARES meeting May 27
Meeting topics will include:
- Planning for the county radio mapping project on June 12.
- Developing a list of supplies we need to keep on hand and where we are going to keep them.
- Report on Emcomm West

For more information, contact Darrin Ogletree, ec@yoloares.org , for more information.


A Weekly Bulletin for ARES and other EMCOMM Operators and Public Safety Officials in “the west”...and beyond.


National Incident Management System
NIMS embodies the "best management practices" of the existing Incident Command System, and standardizes a nationwide approach for Federal, state and local governments to work together effectively, enabling a national policy for a single all-disciplines, all-hazards plan. The Department of Homeland Security requires adoption of NIMS as a condition for receiving Federal Preparedness Assistance Grants beginning in 2005. Acrobat PDF File    3/6/2004


Simpler method for CPR coming
In what may prove to be the biggest shift in emergency care of cardiac arrest in 40 years, cities across the country are leading a move away from the familiar practice of using mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

In its place, the cities are recommending simple chest compressions - pushing down repeatedly on the victim's chest - to mimic a steady heartbeat. The emergency medical directors who are behind the shift say research in Seattle and Richmond, Va., suggests it will save many lives. (Related story: People die in just a few seconds lost)

The movement became a full-fledged national trend last week at a meeting of emergency medical services (EMS) medical directors from 21 of the nation's largest cities. From USA Today    2/24/2004


Food for thought from the EMCOMM West Bulletin:

"I am attaching two photos of the vest that we have established here in Thurston County (Washington) as a uniform piece of attire. As you can see there are two pockets on the front that will hold radios or whatever.
We do not allow very many patches to be applied to it. Note my name and call, the Thurston County Patch and the ARRL patch. On the back is a communication patch and a Velcro section on the upper back that allows the placement of placards that deal with the event or activity or your name and call.
- Dan Crane, KB7DFL, Lacey, Washington - OES and ARES AEC
View Thurston County vest at:


Los Angeles CERT web site

"The Emergency Operations Organization of the City of Los Angeles has designated the Los Angeles Fire Department to manage its amateur radio program under the Auxiliary Communication Service agreement with the State Office of Emergency Services. The Fire Chief has authorized the group to enroll up to 500 licensed Hams to be trained to back up the Department's 800 MHz radio system, provide radio support to CERT members, their families and their Battalion leadership and 40 meter support to USAR for passing health and welfare traffic. If you are a licensed amateur radio operator who desires to serve the Department and the community, contact the Los Angeles Fire Department Volunteer Coordinator at (213) 485-3396 or at n6acs@lafd.lacity.org and tune in to the LAFD-ACS NET on Monday evenings at 1930. The 2-meter Repeater frequency is 147.300 +600 with a PL of 110.9. The 220 band is 224.680 -1.6 with a PL of 114."    2/13/2004

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