Due to the CoronaVirus our in-person General and EmComm meetings have been cancelled for the immediate future.
We are conducting all our meetings online via ZOOM. See Upcoming Events below.
We have been asked to participate in a regional EmComm drill on this coming Saturday (10/17/20) by Bob Turner W6RHK, ARES ORG Section Leader. This Simulated Emergency Test will commence promptly at 10:17 am and will only require a few minutes of your time. It is almost identical to what we do on our weekly nets. Info below:
Name: GTARC EmComm Great Shakeout Exercise
Location: GTARC 2M Repeater 146.805 (-) Pl 100
Date: Saturday, 10/17/2020
Time: 10:17 am
Net Control: Fred Bartz K8GBA
Operations: At 10:17 am Fred Bartz, K8GBA, will start the drill by calling CQ, CQ, CQ. Once he has established control of the repeater he will begin a standard GTARC net check-in process asking for check-ins based on the suffix of your call sign. Fred will come back to each check-in asking for the following information:
1. Your Call Sign
2. Your Location : General Location is OK. I.E. South Temecula, Wildomar, French Valley, Wine Country etc.
3. Radio: Handheld, Mobile or Base Station
4. Status: Available for EmComm Operations or Not Available for EmComm Operations (This is only a drill but please respond in the affirmative if you would physically be able to pass traffic if this were in fact an emergency)
Once you have passed this info to net control you are free to go. Fred will collate this information and pass it on to Bob Turner W6RHK via the ARES 440 repeater on Box Springs Mountain. The goal for this drill is to see how effective we can be at moving information around the Section.
Dr. David Dunkel W6UCI has volunteered to fill our vacant position on the GTARC Board of Directors. David is a huge supporter of our EmComm efforts and his medical experience will be a valuable addition to EmComm toolbox as we move forward. Thank you David!
At November’s General Meeting
we will be conducting our annual Board of Directors Election
. Based on our succession chart we will need at least one new board member as Alan Cook KG6TGF will be timed out. If you would like to volunteer to run for the board please contact us at:
The 2021 “Run Through the Vineyards” has been scheduled for April 24, 2021. Additional Info to follow.
The next EmComm Drill “GTARC Simplex Drill South” will take place on October 24, 2020. The drill is fully staffed with participants but we encourage all members to listen in to follow the drill. This SIMPLEX Drill has been designed to not only provide valuable communication information but to allow members to get signed off on their EmComm task books as net control operators. Participants check-in at 07:45 via the Elsinore Peak Repeater (144.895 – PL Tone 156.7) then QSY to the simplex frequency of 146.550 for the actual drill.
If you would like to participate in the “November Simplex Drill”
please contact George Taylor WJ6GT at: GWRMT@msn.com
George Taylor WJ6GT’s after action report on his September 5, 2020 “GTARC Simplx Drill North” is available HERE. Thank you George for all the hard work in creating this valuable drill!
At our August General Meeting George Taylor WJ6GT gave us an overview of his EMComm drills to be held on September 5th. & October 24th. 2020. Both events are fully staffed with participants but we encourage all members to listen in to follow the drill. This SIMPLEX drill has been designed to not only provide valuable communication information but to allow members to get signed off on their EmComm task books as net control operators. Participants check-in at 07:45 via the Elsinore Peak Repeater (144.895 – PL Tone 156.7) then QSY to the simplex frequency of 144.435 for the actual drill.
GTARC plans to run these drills on a monthly basis until all of our members have been able to participate. You can click HERE
to watch George’s General Meeting presentation.
UPDATE on the 440 Repeater; it’s been back in service since Tuesday morning May 26th at 11:30AM. The TX final and relays blew, believed to be from a double energy spike at the hospital. There is now extra surge protection on the repeater. Thank you Harry, Fred, Paul, David and Phil for your hard work in getting this issue resolved!
George Taylor, KJ6GT has volunteered to fill one of the two vacant seats on our Board of Directors. George brings a wealth of technical and EmComm experience and we look forward to his contributions.
GTARC is now able to receive online dues payments and donations via Zelle! Check our membership page for details.
On April 28, David Bever, EmComm Committee Chair, presented the GTARC approved RADO certification Task Book via a PowerPoint presentation. The presentation as well as a printable copy of the Task Book are available under the EmComm tab above. The RADO certification process is very easy and many GTARC members may already qualify if they are RACES or ARES members. The Board of Directors has approved the COMT, COML and INCM Task Books which are available under the EMComm tab as well.
Both the new Monday 9:00 AM 440 and the Wednesday 9:00 AM 2M nets are designed to give club members a chance to try their hand at being NET CONTROL. These low pressure nets are a perfect opportunity to get your Net Control requirement checked off for your RADO certification. You only need to conduct two nets as Net Control to meet your RADO Net Control requirement. To schedule your times to be NET CONTROL contact Alan Cook KG6TGF via Email
for the 440 net or Paul Miller KI6ZZC via Email
for the 2M net. After one shot at being Net Control you will be an expert!
Check out our two new GTARC Nets below:
On March 31, 2020 Ray AJ6NY gave a fantastic online presentation entitled “Getting the Most Out of Your HT & Repeater Basics”. If you are having trouble checking into our GTARC Nets, programming your radio for repeater operation or want to improve your signal strength while using your HT this is definitely a presentation you will want to review! Ray’s online presentation was attended by 30 people via ZOOM.
Click HERE to link to the online presentation with interactive links.
Click HERE to link to the Video of the March 31, 2020 online presentation.
Ray can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our EmComm GTARC Net on March 26th had more than 30 check-ins. Paul KI6ZZC was net control. Paul went through our entire membership list and called out for each club member. Once contact was made, each ham responded with their name, general location, type of radio being used, signal report and any traffic for the net. We learned a lot on this net. The first being the need for a Net Roster that is large enough for the average person to be able to read easily (available now under the Membership tab above). We also learned that some of our members had difficulty checking in due to technical issues including poor reception and repeater set up. In response Ray Addington AJ6NY presented an online “Elmering Session” on March 31. See above.
Our March 24 General Meeting on Zoom was a huge success with as many as 28 people online participating! Paul Miller KI6ZZC outlined his EmComm Net Check-in Part 1 event scheduled for March 26 at 7:30pm replacing our regular 2M Net. David Bever N6ZND prepared an interactive presentation on EmComm and presented an outline of how we could proceed as a club to become EmComm ready. We recorded David’s presentation and that video is now posted under the EmComm tab.
HarryPollak KJ6PCW’S February presentation GTARC RADIO ETIQUETTE is also available under the EmComm tab.
“Reality Rally” on May 16th 2020 has been cancelled. The “Run Through the Vineyards” has been re-schedule to June 6. The “Baker to Vegas” event has been postponed.
Weekly luncheons have been postponed until the situation improves. Judy Dean NB6J will let the membership know when our Thursday luncheons will resume.
Check the GTARC Calendar under the Calendar tab above. All our Nets, Events and Meeting Information is updated regularly. If you’d like an event posted send a request to email@example.com
Upcoming Events By Date:
1. . The next EmComm events have been scheduled for October 24th. and November 14th. If you would like to participate in the “November Simplex Drill” please contact George Taylor WJ6GT at: GWRMT@msn.com
2. The next General Meeting will be October 27. Online via ZOOM only.
Time: 07:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Subject: October’s General meeting will be another round of “Show & Tell”. Many of attendees in September did not have the opportunity to share due to time constraints. All participants are asked to be prepared to present one ham radio item that they use, own, or would like to own that may be of interest to other club members. Items can be as simple as an aftermarket antenna for a handheld radio, specialized radios, test equipment, HF antennas, Go-Bags, software programs etc. If everyone is prepared to discuss at least one item and answer questions for 2-3 minutes we should have an interesting time! Your presentation should include the item if it’s small enough to hold up to the camera or a picture if it’s something like an HF antenna or heavy tube radio if possible. Be prepared to give us the name of the item, it’s description, intended purpose and your justification for spending the money on purchasing said item. The justification part is important. Many of us are running out of excuses to spend money on ham equipment and we need some good ideas!
Daily Net by Judy Dean, NB6J
Time: 7:45 AM, daily
Repeater: Keller Peak (KE6TZG)
Frequency: 146.385 +
PL Tone: 146.2
146.550 FM and
2M (146) Frequency 1: 146.805 (-600khz) PL 100
70CM (440) Frequency 2: 446.600 (-5Mhz) PL 100
1.25CM (220) Frequency 3: 224.600 (−1.6 MHz) PL 100
GTARC sponsors several radio nets
Wednesdays 8:00 PM 28.360 MHz USB NCS – Duane Wheeler (N6DSC)
1st Wednesday 7:30PM 52.540 MHz FM Simplex NCS – David Shaw (KE6UPI)
3rd Wednesday 7:30PM 52.540 MHz FM Simplex NCS – John McDermott (KJ6UNC)
Monday 6:00PM Mad Scientist Tech Net – 146.805 MHz FM (-) PL 100.0 NCS – Mark Harnetiaux, N6WBC – A great net for anyone who likes to build things, fix stuff or take stuff apart.
Wednesday 9:00AM – 146.805 MHz FM (-) PL 100.0 NCS – Paul Miller (KI6ZZC) or other scheduled Net Control
Thursdays 7:30PM – 146.805 MHz FM (-) PL 100.0 NCS – Chuck Carriker (KM6UXR)
Following 70CM Weekly 224.600 MHz FM (-) PL 100.0 NCS – Harry Pollak (KJ6PCW)
Monday 9:00AM – 446.600 MHz FM (-) PL 100.0 NCS -Alan Cook
(KG6TGF) or other scheduled Net Control
Following 2M Weekly 446.600 MHz FM (-) PL 100.0 NCS – Harry Pollak (KJ6PCW)
Don’t have a License or need help with repeaters? Go to Classes & Training
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