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Bob Hollister, N7INK
This (next) report briefly describes the support provided by
the RACES Communications team to the
At approximately 11:45 on 25 January 2007 hours the RACES
team received notification by page of a search for a missing Honduran female in
the Castle Dome area at the southern end of the Chiricahua Mountains. It had
been reported that the lady had died during the trek up from the border and
been left by the group she was traveling with in that area. Her twin sister and
brother-in-law had arrived from
We were originally
scheduled to resume the search on Saturday morning (1/27) with additional
resources. However, it (was)
subsequently determined that the victim had been in the
Replacement Laptop - The replacement laptop was pressed into
service during this mission but we experienced printing problems. There are also still software programs that
need to be loaded and the network printer problem resolved to become fully
functional. We also need to re-establish
the Shared Network Folder for holding the common files. A list of the
additional missing software has been provided to Mr. Roy Eaton of the
Big-Stick Antenna -The use of the Big-Stick Antenna and the
mast are proving to be a reasonable solution to some of the
inter-modulation/cross talk issues previously reported. The vertical separation and additional
distance provided between the antennas is definitely helping. Additionally, the
use of the replacement Motorola (versus) the Kenwood for the basic SO-1 and
Local Area Network - We hooked up a
into our area that evening. The MCU WiFi network configuration is need of
an additional antenna adapter to utilize the external WiFi antenna (
MCU Camera - Although we are not sure why, we have also confirmed that we must start the laptop computer and get it up on the network before starting the Shuttle computer (map support/digital support) to access and control the mast camera. Those times when we have not followed that protocol have usually prevented us from accessing the camera controls.
Apparently there was an issue with the new laptop computer installation that has somehow caused a problem with the network printer access. Mr. Duarte is aware of this and believes he has a fix for it.
1 - Complete the software load on the new Laptop
2 - Resolve the network printer driver conflict
3 - Obtain the
4 - Need a permanent mount for the replacement Motorola radio. It is currently being held in place by Velcro.
5 - Need to update the MCU operations manual to cover the replacement Motorola.
Primary Participants were:
CCSO SAR Team
Border Patrol - Douglas Station
Bob Hollister - Team Lead and Chase Vehicle
Charles Campbell - MCU Operator
Roger Peters - MCU Operator/ Driver
Pablo Duarte - CC IT Department
Floyd Sharp - Home Unit Monitor
Barb Heck - Home Unit Monitor
March 13-15 DICE 07, JITC,
April 28-29 La Vuelta de Bisbee Bike Race
DICE-07 – Just a reminder that DICE is getting closer. I will be looking for volunteers to operate at least a 4-hour shift on one or more of the days identified. Please set some time aside during this period to assist. This will be a great time to get some hands-on operating experience in the MCU as well as working with other response agencies.
NIMS Guidelines for NGOs - The FEMA National Incident
Management System (NIMS)
maintaining NIMS training and completing certain components of the National Standard Curriculum Guide. For us that basically includes the ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800 courses. Additional courses may be recommended in the future.
EVER WONDER ~~~~ Why Noah didn't swat those two mosquitoes?
Call To Order: The meeting was called to order by Vice President NJ7C. Other officers present were the Secretary KD7HAB, Treasurer KD7TDL, and Member at Large WB6OTS. The President KD7OED was out of town on business travel.
Report: A motion was made by
WB6OTS and seconded by KC8
Treasurer’s Report: KD7TDL no report this month, just about done with the budget. The club is solvent
Vice President’s Report: NJ7C reported that we currently have 114 members including 7 life members, 76 full members, 23 family members, 7 associate members, and one honorary member.
Report: The new amateur radio plate is not quite available yet, but it
should be available shortly. The MVD
will have information as soon as the plates are available. The next ARCA meeting will be during the
Report: Arizona ARRL Section
Manager Tom Fagan, (WB7NXH) reported during the December ARCA meeting that the
FCC has started to suspend licenses for amateurs who do not keep their mailing
address up to date. Please check QRZ.COM
or the FCC web site NOW to make sure
The FCC is considering a license restructuring proposal that would reduce amateur radio licenses down to only two (rather than the current 5) classes. If this proposal were adopted, it is possible that the FCC would require all license holder attend a VE session to have their licenses reissued under the new system (this would allow the FCC to simultaneously transition to a new database). This would place an additional burden on volunteer examiners who are already expected to have a rush of new license applications following the elimination of the Morse code requirement. Nothing is decided on license restructuring at this time, however – it is merely being discussed as an option for the future.
Rick Aldom (W7
Review: NJ7C then reviewed the
Report: WB6OTS reported that
Report: Congratulations to KB7RDG on his recent retirement, even though
it will be only about 45 days before he returns to federal service as a part
time worker! Rich reviewed the recent
upgrades to the
Material Director Report: AD7HZ asked the members if they had stuff to donate for the junque sale in May to bring it in and we will give them a donation certificate for their taxes. The junque sale is the biggest revenue producer from the Hamfest.
Report: N7INK gave a report
recapping the RACES activity over the past year. RACES members participated in 4 Public
Service events, 19 actual incidents, and 6 training events with the Search and
Rescue (SAR) group. This added up to a
total of 594.5 mission hours and 1628.5 volunteer hours for the year. He also reminded the RACES members that if
the have not finished the FEMA classes 100 & 700 they need to talk to him
and complete them as soon as possible.
He also reminded the members about the
a. Annual Fire Inspection: This inspection was conducted in October by Fry Fire Department; we now have the written report that says we passed with no deficiencies.
b. Liability Insurance: During the preparations for Santa On The Radio, we discovered that our liability insurance had been lapsed for two years. KD7OED contacted the underwriter, and KD7TDL wrote the check to get the policy reinstated. KD7OED is now working to get the equipment insurance reinstated, as well. Both of these expenses will be carried as recurring items in the budget to ensure that they are not overlooked again.
c. Green Acres Lease Renewal: Email traffic from the Bureau of Land Management permits the county to occupy the site until the lease is renewed, but the BLM still has not completed the renewal process. KD7OED has confirmed that the county has paid the rent forward through May of 2008, and has formally requested that the county facilities manager coordinate with the BLM to complete the lease renewal.
d. Green Acres Caretaker: N7
e. HF Antenna Improvement Fund: At this point we are still more than $600 short of our original fundraising goal, and since we started the fundraising effort the price of the Monst-IR 40M three-element STEPPIR antenna has gone up by several hundred dollars. The board discussed an alternative option to procure a 4-element SteppIR for 20M and up, but include an optional kit to make the driven element perform as a folded dipole on 30M and 40M. The board recommended that the technical committee do some further research on this option and come up with a detailed budget for this option before making a recommendation to the club. It is hoped that the revised estimate will allow for purchase of all required materials (less crane time) and still will leave funds available for the purchase of materials to erect the Hygain High-Tower vertical antenna that was purchased last year for use on 75M and 160M. The board also elected not to recommend purchase of these materials until we are certain of the lease renewal.
f. Contest Activity: Results of our
participation in the November Sweeps were published in the Christmas edition of
the Smoke. We are now starting the
planning for the ARRL International DX contest to be held 3-4
Larry Warren Memorial Hamfest: Randy/KC8
Election of Club Officers: The terms of office for both Treasurer and Vice-President expired this month. KD7TDL/Paul had completed a full two-year term as Treasurer, and NJ7C/ Dale had completed the remainder of KD7OED’s term as Vice-President. At the end of November, both officers agreed to serve for another term if elected, and that was the board’s proposed slating. To prevent any conflict of interest, Past President WB6OTS handled the elections. KD7HAB moved to accept the slating proposed by the board, and there were no further nominations. Both members were re-elected by a voice vote. NJ7C and KD7TDL will serve regular two-year terms as Vice President and Treasurer respectively, with their terms expiring in January 2009.
The date for the next regular meeting is
Respectfully Submitted, Pat Thies KD7HAB, Secretary
Bob Hollister, N7INK
Volunteer Hours 2006 - Although the year is not quite over I have compiled the basic stats for the year. We have had a busy year to say the least with events from the JITC DICE Exercise, the Highway 80 Propane Tanker, a large variety of Search and Rescue Missions starting with the Cave Rescue early on in March to successful victim recoveries in the mountains. All in all a very interesting year. Public Service Events - 4 (La Vuelta de Bisbee, Bisbee Coaster Race,
Perimeter Cycle Race, SV Methodist Church Readiness Day)
At approximately 12:00 on 23 January 2007 hours the RACES team received notification by page of a possible fatality or hypothermic victim in the Miller Canyon area of the Huachuca Mountains. It had been reported that a possible body had been seen near the Miller Canyon Trail under a blanket and next to an extinguished fire. The reporting party, a male undocumented alien, who was in hypothermic distress himself, did not render aid. The
RACES team arrived on scene at approximately hours and set up operations at the
quickly near the top of the trail. It appeared that the alleged victim had departed the area and left on foot south. AZ DPS Ranger followed the tracks as far as they could by air but it appeared that the individual was headed back to the Mexican border. The mission was called at approximately .
CCSO SAR Team
RACES Team: Bob Hollister - Team Lead, Charles Campbell - MCU Operator, Pat Thies - MCU Operator and Chase Vehicle, Floyd Sharp - Home Unit Monitor, Barb Heck - Home Unit Monitor
On Monday evening at approximately on
after falling about 4-5 ft while
running to catch one of her friends. Although she seemed conscious and alert
during the initial medical evaluation it is standard protocol for that type
injury to be taken to the hospital. A Fry Fire District ambulance crew
transported her to
AZ Department of Public Safety
MORSE CODE REQUIREMENT ENDS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD
ARRL Bulletin #5,
Circle Friday, February 23, on your calendar. That's when the current 5 WPM Morse code requirement will officially disappear from the Amateur Radio Service Part 97 rules. On or after that date, applicants for a General or Amateur Extra class Amateur Radio license no longer will have to demonstrate proficiency in Morse code. They'll just have to pass the applicable written examination. Federal Register publication January 24 of the FCC's Report and
Order (R&O) in the "Morse code proceeding," WT Docket 05-235, starts a 30-day countdown for the new rules to become effective. Deletion of the Morse requirement - still a matter of controversy within the amateur community - is a landmark in Amateur Radio history.
The new rules also put all Technician licensees on an equal footing, whether or not they've passed a Morse code examination. Starting February 23, Technicians will gain CW privileges on 80, 40, 15 meters and CW, RTTY, data and SSB privileges on 10 meters. Once the revised rules are in place, an applicant holding a valid Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) for Element 3 (General) or Element 4 (Amateur Extra) may redeem it for an upgrade. A CSCE is good for 365 days from the date of issuance, no exceptions. For example, a Technician licensee holding a valid CSCE for Element 3 may apply at a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) test session, pay the application fee, which most VECs charge, and receive an instant upgrade.
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