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Bob Hollister, N7INK
27 Feb - 3 Mar - DoD Interoperability Communications Exercise (DICE 06)
Incident Command System training - Just a reminder, if you have not completed the Emergency Management Institute IS 100 or equivalent (Incident Command System) and the IS700 National Incident Management System (NIMS) courses, please do so. I need to submit a report to the county by the end of the month as to where we stand on the percentage of members who have completed those courses. Mike Evans, the county Emergency Services Coordinator, and the Local Emergency Planning Committee will conduct a 2-hour IS-700
course at the end of the next LEPC meeting. The LEPC meeting is from until . The class will run from . This 2 hour crash course will be a good way to get that one under your belt and help us meet that requirement.
DICE 06 - This is the second year that First Responders have
been invited to participate in the DoD
Interoperability Communications Exercise.
Last year, AZ State brought down their new Comm Van, nickname
Bullfrog. This year
One of the goals of this exercise will be to allow
The SAR mission that was paged out Saturday evening (26
Nov.) was for an overdue hunter in the Cascabel area of
to land the helo shortly after sun up near the victim to bring him out.
We used the Delorme Topo software to good effect plotting all the known positions as the ground team made their way in and out of the mountainous area. The 3-D terrain modeling made it easier to visualize the terrain that the ground team and helicopter was coping with.
Although Cascabel road is much better now then when I was last out that way, much more pavement, the last ten miles we traveled will still rattle your teeth fillings. I understand that the trail that the SAR members had to negotiate was even worse.
My thanks to all who responded for the mission and for KD7OED and WD8DOM for deployed with me for a chilly night. A relief team was identified to come out Sunday morning if needed but fortunately was not required. We had excellent support from home units and great communications via the 147.02 repeater. A number of HF digital messages were relayed
via the Winlink 2000 network including three with the Sheriff's Office Dispatch and WB6OTS. 75 meters, 40 meters and 20 meters were all used. We also checked into the AZ State Sunday morning RACES net.
Great support, Thank you all.
Tom Fagan, WB7NXH, Section Mgr. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It's coming up on a year now that I have been the Section Emergency Coordinator, and it's been an interesting learning experience. We now have DECs in most all our counties. Navajo, Greenlee, La Paz, Santa Cruz, Coconino, and Apache all have new DECs. That's a good thing, it's gives a single point contact in most cases for the Emergency Managers who need Amateur Radio resources. It's also a starting point for groups to build out ARES teams, conduct drills, and practice procedures.
Additionally, we had the opportunity to serve the Red Cross and the Katrina Evacuee's that came to Arizona. Operation Good Neighbor allowed us to support the Red Cross, as well as gave us a chance to see some of the issues in manning an operation which runs more than just a day. Meetings are in progress to learn and correct the problems we encountered in supporting of Operation Good Neighbor.
I would like to take a moment and thank those who have helped me, mentored me, and supported me. Without your commitment, it would have been a long year, and not nearly as productive as it's been. Tom Fagan, Brian Daly, Tommy Beckett, Bill Hosking, and Jim Pierce.
Hope everyone has warm and Happy Holiday Season Rick Aldom - W7STS Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) email@example.com .
PLC Network Solutions will be installing BPL within three 40 story luxury buildings located at Copper Square, in downtown Phoenix. The buildings include the Residences at Copper Point and the Lofts at Copper Point. The one representative I talked to said that the sales person did not mention any previous BPL interference problems. The representative was convinced that if interference occurred it would be minimal compared to the tremendous
Benefit of having access to the network from any outlet in the building. For more
information you can check out the news brief at:
Is your club membership down? Several clubs have stopped having meetings because no one attends. Several other clubs cannot find officers. I can remember when we had fewer clubs and more members. We actually had enough members showing up at club meetings to attract some fantastic speakers. Talking of speakers, we do have a panel of fantastic speakers that can speak at your club. If you have any ideas on increasing club membership contact
Mary Ahls W4NZJ, Arizona section Club Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following Arizona hams just received their FCC license, Congratulations!
Lorenzo Santillan KE7FAS, Yolanda Frasier KE7FGI, Joe Esposito KE7FAV, Hunter
Heaton KE7FEE, John Fellers KE7FEA, Robert Martens KE7FEI, John Foote KE7FDZ,
William Bernard KE7FED, Richard Black KE7FEC, Aaron Smith KE7FEB, Edward Culbertson KE7FEG, Bhaskar Meka KE7FGH, John Lang KE7FFZ, Michael Vasiliades KE7FEH, Robert Harbour KE7FEF, Robert Rigdon KE7FGG, Robert Marshall KE7FAU, Robert Hanson KE7FAT, David Durfee KE7FDA, Sean Henry KE7FDK, Raul Dominguez KE7FDO, Hyrum Johnson KE7FDP, Sean Fawcett KE7FBO.
Westfest will be on January 14th at the Glendale Community College (59th & Olive Avenues), sponsored by the Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club.
http://www.w7tbc.org Talk-In: 146.700 - (PL 162.2); 446.150 - (PL 100) Contact: Steve Grouse, W1ADW email@example.com. Start 6 am.
We have two websites for Arizona. The first is the one maintained by the ARRL
at http://www.arrl.org/sections/?sect=AZ I am limited by what I can put on that website, so we have another website located at http://www.qsl.net/arrlaz/. This website is maintained by Luis Martinez KD7GMK firstname.lastname@example.org. I want to thank Luis for doing such a great job
with the website. So make sure you check out both websites for all of the latest info.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about ARRL. If your club or group has an activity or event that would be of interest to other hams throughout our section please email me with the specifics.
I look forward to hearing everyone on their new radios this Holiday Season.
December 10th found Green Acres hosting another jovial group get-together to celebrate Christmas. Much business was discussed (monkey). It counted as a regular meeting but who was counting. A good time was had by all.
Ted Weaver, K9TED
Your Ed is recuperating from surgery in his bladder (yes, I said “in”). Consequently we have only four pages this time and then, again, the snail mail copy is going to be a little late. Sorry ‘bout that; old age I guess. I never liked even looking at hospitals…still don’t!
THE COCHISE SMOKE is published each month by e-Mail and snail Mail. Editor is Ted Weaver, K9TED email@example.com (FYI Juno will accept any transmission including pix.) Snail mail stuff you’d like to have me publish in Smoke to P.O. Box 6017, Huachuca City, AZ 85616 or use the above e-mail address.
The Cochise Amateur Radio Association, Inc. (CARA)
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Sierra Vista, AZ 85636