Jerry Schmidt

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

May 022018
 

We have scheduled a WEBEOC training session for Tuesday evening May 22nd at the EOC.

WEBEOC is a web based application that allows BCARES members to Log-in from wherever they may be to obtain information about an active incident in progress, or to access certain BCARES documentation from the BCARES File Library.

WEBEOC is required training for the Facility Support level of BCARES membership (next level beyond Associate). This level of membership is used to determine your possible deployment to a shelter during an active incident.

BCARES currently has 30 Associate level members that do not yet have this training.

This session is limited to a maximum of 18 students, so if you are interested and available for this session, please click on the date in the calendar and 'Book' yourself into the session. If you have a problem in the booking process please contact Jerry directly. We need to submit a list of names and e-mail addresses prior to the session for the instructor to create a login for each participant.

Jerry (NØOUW)  >  n0ouw@arrl.net  or 303-775-8813 and leave a message....... Thanks

Apr 092018
 

Orientation Session – Saturday April 14th  -  9-12 Saturday morning at the EOC

This is one of the three initial requirements for new applicants. We currently have 5 applicants that need this training. This session  is also open to any and all BCARES members that would like a refresher.

Please click on April 14 on the calendar and book yourself into this session if you plan to attend. We want to make certain we create enough handouts.

Thanks....... Jerry   NØOUW

Mar 192018
 

Packet Training - Part 2 - April 21st

The March training session went well. Attendees became familiar with the BCARES Packet Sets as well as their own personal setups. The big take-away was the fact that the technology is very old (AX.25), it still works today, and the only difference we are seeing is in the new interfaces (GUIs) being developed to help with setup. (Outpost Packet Message Manager, RCWinLink, RMS Express)

This second session is also to help members get up-and-running with their own packet equipment. People should bring their radios and hardware, if possible. The goal is it to make it work. All set-up questions welcome.

Please click on the date (April 21st) in the calendar and 'Book' yourself into this training if you are planning to attend.

Thanks...........Jerry  (NØOUW)

btw:

If this is your first time using packet please review videos 02, 04, 05, and 07 (they start at the bottom of the page) at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UUFE00Ijq5WsDh7Y2Ak72CiA before the class to allow us more time for station setup.  Please bring your packet station to test or to help you get it operational.  We will also have BCARES packet stations to train on.