Amateur radio operators are needed for a countywide emergency communications exercise. This exercise, scheduled for Thursday May 21, is intended to tie together hospitals, clinics, and skilled nursing facilities across the county. Over 20 facilities, in 9 communities in Mendocino County have been invited to participate. 30 to 35 volunteers may be needed to adequately cover the facilities that are expected to participate. May 21, 2015 is coming up quickly so calendar the date and plan to lend a hand.
Many of you participated in similar drills over the past few years, and Tim WB9NJS, would appreciate your support again this year. If you did not participate in a previous exercise, please consider joining in the 2015 drill. This exercise is an excellent opportunity to develop your emergency communications skills, while becoming more familiar with your local health care facilities.
This year Mendocino County Health and Human Services (HHSA) has asked to extend the time frame of the drill to provide additional time to exchange messages. The exercise is scheduled to start at 10:30 AM and could run for up to 3 hours, depending on volunteer availability. This means volunteers should plan to report to their assigned facilities between 9:00 and 9:30 AM. Volunteers who are unable help for the entire period are still encouraged to participate, as facilities will be allowed to delay their start time.
The exercise will consist of using standardized forms and the ARRL radiogram format to exchange information between the facilities and an EOC in Ukiah. The option of using digital messaging will be included this year, if enough operators who are appropriately trained and equipped are available.
If you are interested in volunteering for this exercise, please contact Tim, either by WB9NJS email or by telephone at (707) 972-9388.
The Bite Hard is fast approaching and I could use a few more HAMs to drive a support vehicle behind a group of riders. This is a short stint compared to slower century rides. If I recall from last year, we had 5 staggered start groups with the pros in front and every other vehicle carried medical support. Easy peasy as it’s once around and you stay with your pack (or the majority of your pack if they stretch out).
About Bite Hard Boonville Road Race… (from their website)
The Bite Hard Boonville Road Race is a race encompassing some of the finest tarmac in Mendocino County. The race winds through valley’s of vines, redwood shaded mountains and coastal Highway 1.
The Bite Hard is a fundraiser for Cycked (www.cycked.org), Anderson Valley’s premier bike advocacy group. Cycked is working hard to bring a 30 mile bike path from Boonville to the coast at a cost of over $25,000,000!!!
The Bite Hard is sponsored by Bite Hard Cider, Boonville’s premier cider house. Offering several varieties of cider and pressed right here in Boonville this drink is sure to become a favorite post-ride/race beverage!
The Bite Hard Road Race is promoted by and permitted through AntiGravity Cycling
They hope to get about 200 riders, but it might be a few less. The course is tricky regarding radio coverage so we used 2 repeaters and Chuck kept an ear open in case we needed relays.
All went very well – no issues (other than 1st year organization quirks), no injuries.
Please contact me if you can help!!
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Hello All: The 2013 Mendocino Rally will be held on two days on two different courses, July 20-21 at the locations shown in the map links. (The courses are final. There may be some changes in the number and locations of radios.) If you plan to come please register directly at http://www.rallydata.com
Your old log-in info will get you in. If you are new, you need to register. Sign up for Saturday, Sunday, or both. Planning is coming together and we need to know who is coming. Please advise in the comments section if you only have a hand-held radio, and also if you have dual band with 440 capabilities because we may be requested to provide radio support for the timing crew.
Here is an outline of what’s up:
Saturday, July 20:
Walker Ridge Road in eastern Lake County. This is about 16 miles long. The course begins immediately off Hiway 20, easy access. It is 66 miles and 1.5 hours from downtown Santa Rosa, CA. It will be run twice in each direction.
Google Map link is https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=205644825606633376501.0004dc87efd866e235221&msa=0
Sunday, July 21:
South Mountain OHV area in the mountains east of Ukiah. This is about 15 miles long and will be run twice in each direction. Cars will be starting in Lakeport instead of Ukiah. However, we will have access from the Ukiah side, same as last year, which is much easier for people coming up Hiway 101.
Google map link is https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=216600368620911388418.0004a3bf1dd60612c8771&msa=0&ll=39.053318,-122.98233&spn=0.232484,0.653687
Sunday, July 7, 2013: Live practice and drill will be held at 10:00 AM at Youth Community Park, 1700 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa, CA, across from Piner High School. New radio operators are urged to attend, and all are welcome. We will review and practice the procedures that are unique to Rally radio operations. We will also do event sign-in with wrist bands, the Comm packet, and releases to sign so you do not have that hassle on rally day. We will also have a Comm meeting Friday night at the Headquarters Hotel where you can sign-in, and Saturday morning.
Headquarters Hotel: Rally HQ will be the Best Western El Grande hotel in Clearlake, CA. 15135 Lakeshore Drive
Clearlake, California, 95422-8106. Reservations, CALL 1-800-780-7234 Their Website is http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/CA/Clearlake-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-El-Grande-Inn/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=05433
A Travel Lodge is nearby, at better prices. Travelodge Clearlake, 4775 Old Highway 53, Lakeshore Dr and Old Highwy 53, Clearlake, CA 95422
Phone: 1-707-994-1499 Website is http://www.travelodge.com/hotels/california/clearlake/travelodge-clearlake/hotel-overview
There will be a Friday night welcome party and a Saturday night Awards party. Already we have car entries from Oregon, Washington, Utah and Colorado, as well as an inquiry from Ireland.
Attached is the Passage Log procedures sheet. New Hams must know and understand this procedure. Logs for the event will be provided in the Comm packet when you sign in for the event. Reply to me direct if there are any questions about anything. I will keep you advised as things progress. A formal Comm plan will be out the week before the event.
Thank you to all for volunteering. This should be fun.