Dec 102018
 

For the BCARES Membership and anyone interested in BCARES...…..

Please mark your calendars – January 14th 2019 will be our annual meeting at the Boulder County Clerk’s building, 1750 33rd St, Boulder, CO across from the Boulder City Police Station. The door will open at 17:00 / 5 pm and you are welcome to have refreshments and snacks, and meet the people behind the call-signs you hear on the nets.
The general meeting will begin promptly at 18:00. We will have distinguished guests and speakers. We will review the highlights of 2018 and look forward to 2019. As per our by-laws we will also elect Board Members at the Annual Meeting. There are four sitting board positions up for election in the odd year – 2019. To be eligible to run and to vote you must be current on your dues. You can pay them at the meeting or you can go to the BCARES web page BoulderCountyARES.org and on the right side under Pages select Donations and Dues.
We look forward to seeing everyone. Guests are welcome.
George – KA0BSA
BCARES Chairperson

Sep 182018
 

BCARES Members – What to do “if the lights go out.”

      Just a reminder BCARES is Region1 District 3 = R1D3 = “13”, V = vhf & U = uhf

How to keep in touch if all else fails

Listen to the primary and secondary repeaters. I suggest you scan them on a regular basis along with Public Service frequencies.

13V01             146.760 – (100.0)      Boulder primary, operations net

13V02             146.700 – (100.0)      Boulder secondary, logistics net

13V03             147.270 + (100.0)      Longmont regional, shelters

13VS1            146.400   simplex       Local and tactical net (not repeated)

13U05             449.550 – (100.0)      UHF back-up net repeater

13V11             146.805 – (100.0)      Gold Hill local net / shelter

13V12             147.030 + (100.0)      Allenspark local repeater

13V13             146.910 – (1230.)      AirLink mountain-wide area repeater

13V14             146.610 – (100.0)      Lyons linked repeater (IRLP)

                       D-STAR and DMR      also have established simplex frequencies for emergencies.

BCFD C          Boulder County Fire Dispatch, central repeater (and Ambulance) keep up to date…

Even though many of these repeaters are on emergency power they could stop repeating. If you turn off the positive or negative offset on your radio (check your manual to learn how to turn off the “shift” or “duplex” to not be + or -) it will be transmitting on the OUTPUT frequency. You would have simplex communication and a number of BCARES members might be listening/scanning.

All of the above frequencies can be received at the Boulder EOC and in case of emergencies the BCARES cube radios should be manned. Some signals out of the mountains are better than others. If you know you have a good direct RF path into the EOC you can relay messages if needed.

I hope everyone has access to a storage battery (12 volt car or motorcycle battery) and keep it charged and exercise it periodically. Use it and recharge it.

Anderson connectors are a very good idea for all of your radio power connections.

Anderson 12 volt (RED & BLACK) 30 amp (PP30) connectors:  https://powerwerx.com/dc-power-products

73,

George – KA0BSA

Jul 212018
 

This is an annual event at the Boulder County Fair.

We setup a booth and engage with the public to answer questions and inform the public about the service we provide to the County.  During this time the public gets a chance to interface with a number of public service agencies such as Police, Fire, Ambulance and other organizations that provide community services.

We encourage BCARES members to help out with the setup, tear down, as well as stopping by during the event to share your experiences with BCARES.

It is a fun event and an opportunity to visit with personnel from some of our partners.

I just visited the Fair website and it appears that there will be many activities this year geared toward kids as well as all First Responders on August 3rd and 4th.

Checkout the website.     https://www.bouldercountyfair.org/events/2018/firefighter-combat-challenge

Jun 052018
 

OK, folks, we've got tasking for TV support for Dead and Company concerts at Folsom this July. We need to staff two (2) cameras plus net control each night (Friday 7/13 and Saturday 7/14) from around 3pm to midnight.

The cameras will be run outside the stadium only, so gas masks are not required. 🙂

We prefer to staff this event with folks who already have training and field ATV experience, for example, having worked CU football TV support. Please go to the event page and sign up.

Jun 052018
 

It's that time again. I've started posting events for the six home games at CU, per the current schedule:

Saturday 9/15 at 1 pm

Friday 9/28 at 5 pm

Saturday 10/6 at 2pm

Saturday 10/27

Saturday 11/10

Saturday 11/17

This is a great opportunity to assist one of our served agencies in their support of public safety, situational awareness as well as an excellent opportunity to enhance your training and experience with providing video coverage for future emergency events.

We welcome folks who don't have field experience with D-ATV. If you can, please attend the D-ATV training on Saturday 8/18 if you haven't attended before.

We need your help, so please find the event(s) and sign up as soon as you can.