We have a new ACS-ARES go kit. It should be a very useful addition to our inventory. It was purchased with funds from the VCSO OES. Their support is greatly appreciated. It will operate from 3.5MHz to 440 MHz. The Kenwood radio has a built in GPS and TNC for packet. The Yaesu has a built in sound card for VARA and other digital modes.
Primary use will be Winlink, but can be deployed as needed. In addition to what you see, there is a built-in 50 Amp Hour Bioenno Power Lithium Iron Phosphate battery and a West Mountain Radio PowerGate. If we ever have meetings in person again, I will bring it along.
Below is the information about our virtual ACS-ARES meeting for January 04, 2021. Please note that it starts at 7:00 P.M. (1900 PDT) rather than our traditional 7:30.
The meeting is open to all. Members, non-members, and the curious. Anyone interested in what we do is encouraged to attend. Feel free to pass on this information to others you believe might be interested. This is a chance to put a face to the people you may only know as a voice on the radio while remaining safely at home. We look forward to hearing about your unique Ham experience during this difficult time.
The State of California’s Stay Home Order will go into effect on Sunday, December 6 at 11:59 pm in Ventura County and in all counties in Southern California, after the Southern California Region’s hospital ICU capacity dropped below 15%. The order closes many businesses and activities and urges people to stay at home whenever possible. The California Department of Public Health reported on Friday evening that Southern California’s ICU capacity dropped to 13.1%, triggering the Stay Home Order. The order requires bars, wineries, nail salons, hair salons and barbershops, and other personal care services to close. Private gatherings of any size are prohibited. Restaurants can stay open for takeout and delivery, but they have to shut down both indoor and outdoor dining.
Due to increasing case rates, Ventura County will move back to the more restrictive COVID-19 Tier 1 Purple. “Community members have taken action. Our average number of tests per day per 100,000 population was in the 200s and has increased to 400 this past week. This hard work from the community allowed for the State to provide the County with an adjustment factor downward. However, because our case rate was at 12 the week ending November 7th, even with the large adjustment factor, we were not able to get under the required metric of 7 or less,” said Mike Powers, County Executive Officer. “Testing is still very important for future case rate adjustments, but also for the Public Health team’s timely and effective contact investigation and tracing efforts. We are encouraging all community members to get tested. Testing is available 7 days a week at sites throughout our County.”
There is a new custom Winlink template to be used for weekly ACS/ARES check-ins. When checking in, send your Winlink Message to: email@example.com. It will be automatically processed and if everything looks good, you should receive an email confirmation to your Winlink address within 10 minutes.
Once unzipped, place all three template files (not the “Instructions” directory or this file) in your “RMS Express\Global Folders\Templates\” directory and you will see the new template under the the “Global” list.
Restart Winlink and you should be set. If you have questions, feel free to contact Stu Sheldon-AG6AG at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the last few weeks a group of VC ACS/ARES members have been working to get on the air using Winlink on HF and VHF. This is to prepare for a “ShakeOut” exercise on Oct 17.
We have our next Zoom meeting this Wednesday, September 9, at 7 p.m. where we’ll review the simulated earthquake scenario, how to complete the DYFI form, test results using Winlink under conditions of low power and discuss a VHF comms exercise as part of the ShakeOut event.
If you would like to join us there is still ample time to get on the air using Winlink and participate in the ShakeOut. If you are not ready to work digital ops just yet, the VHF comms exercise is simplex phone and may be more to your liking.