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2015 New Year

Posted by Louis Arbanas on January 5, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Happy 2015


My personal hope is that everyone has had an opportunity to enjoy the past holiday season and is ready to go back to work. I would hope that together we may now look at all of the bright opportunities for MCAEC-ARES in this new year.


As 2014 ended and we cancelled the last two monthly Leadership meetings to allow for our personal holiday scenarios (really only 45 days) a flood of information and events have taken place during that recess that begs our mutual attention/action.


A. October 31st (approximate) ARC (American Red Cross) announced the immediate consolidation of it's paid staff Nationally which affected us locally as well. Over 96% of the planned actions and duties of ARC is now volunteer. Locally changes have taken place. Dave Burbidge W6IIQ confirmed by email the local "consolidation" of staff. I asked about the fate of the RC com trailer in Carmel. He told me that was now safely under the care of Brent Sepulvado KI6PAU.


B. November 10th a meeting was held at the ARC in Salinas with the Monterey County NGAs (non government agencies) to establish a formal VOAD (Voluntary organizations active in Disaster) group in Monterey County. This new group is envisioned as a chartered version of the National VOAD and a companion to an already established Santa Cruz County chapter under the direction of Mr. Jim Uhey. The stated goals and purpose of this organization is to identify resources in our communities that can be provided by church groups, retailers, farmers, hoteliers i.e. kitchens, food, clothing etc. Organizations that are involved are: SPCA, ARC, Salvation Army, MCAEC-ARES, County OES, and a multitude of smaller churches and organizations. The role of MCAEC-ARES being discussed might be our ability to contribute a communications resource for these organizations in their deployment of their volunteer resources. An opportunity to provide support for their command and control structure. Next meeting will be in January and anyone interested in attending this meeting is encouraged to email me for the time and location to be announced.


C. December 1st I attended a meeting in Santa Clara at the OES with the DECs who comprise the Santa Clara operating areas. The vacated position of SEC by Larry Carr was filled by Scott Morse KC6SKM chief radio officer for Santa Clara OES. Contact information is:

Name Position Call Email Cell

Scott Morse DEC SCC/SEC SV Section KC6SKM 408.799.4597

Louis Arbanas DEC Monterey Co. NJ6H NJ6H@ARRL.NET 831.419.1503

Tim Takeuchi DEC San Benito Co. W6TST W6TST@ARRL.NET 831.245.7895

Peter Liljequist DEC Bay Side San Mateo Co. AA6PL AA6PL@ARRL.NET 650.619.0933

David Richards DEC Coast Side San Mateo Co. AF6MN 650.245.5558

Robert Ritchey DEC Santa Cruz Co. KJ6FFP 831.685.9563


Robert Ritchey replaces Cap Penell a 10 year DEC for Santa Cruz now retired.


D. Richard Hilbun informed us that we lost our PO Box in Monterey. There was a really short notice to renew our box, and we had not retrieved our mail notice soon enough. We have a new address in what we believe to be an easier access box. Please take note of the change: MCAEC-ARES

PO Box 1411

Castroville, CA 95012-1411


MCAEC-ARES owes Jim Tripp a check for the annual PO BOX rental and I need your approval to reimburse him at our 1/17 Leadership meeting. Please note that all MCAEC-ARES vital information is available on our website thanks to our web master Jim Tripp WA6DIJ. Also please make note of the pass word to the confidential Leadership page designed to share our sensitive resource information:

Name: Leadership (L is capitalized)

Password: xmy*ares


E. Alan Jump N5ILN our ADEC has been in contact with Deputy Sheriff Bill Hija of the MoCo Sheriffs department radio who is Radio System Administrator, radio communications support team. Bill is interested in training officers for their Tech and General ham license. We discussed Part 97 restrictions and as an amateur radio operator himself Bill is clearly aware of the restrictions describing our frequency use and theirs. He is also convinced that the radio skills taught amateurs are supportive of his efforts to train his officers. Times available for training have been difficult to calendar due to Alan's time restrictions and we are looking for others in leadership confident in their skills to be able to help us. Radio Fest March 7th is the next testing session planned and we are wishing to get this class up and going ASAP. Please email me or Alan if you feel you can help: Alan N5ILN@ARRL.NET; Lou NJ6H@ARRL.NET


Alan has also drafted a first copy of a MOU between MCAEC-ARES and the EOC detailing the comportment of radio operators when in the building and the radio room.

That will be available at our 1/17 leadership meeting for review and adoption.


F. On behalf of MCAEC-ARES Leadership and membership I want to sincerely thank Ron Short KK7GO for his leadership and guidance in helping us make contact with MoCo Interoperability Committee. Ron a certificated cruise boat Captain has had his schedule changed and is no longer able to be our Liaison with Interoperability. Jim Tripp and myself have been alternating attending their meetings. We will need to discuss a more permanent replacement of that vital liaison function. December meeting was cancelled due to holiday scheduling.


G. Thanks to Sal DeFranco our Liaison to Salvation Army for spearheading the establishment of the Tom May radio room at the Seaside Salvation Army. Thanks to those who helped Sal, whose names I do not have at hand for this report. Also thanks to Sal and Andrew Parker WV1B for an excellent K6LY Christmas Party at that location. Tangential to this newly forged relationship Sal has feels we may have the ability to use one of their rooms for meetings/training session. Other opportunities with the Salvation Army include the SATERN radio network. The purpose of the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) is to train and acquire personnel skilled in emergency communications and message handling, who will support Salvation Army operations in local, regional and international disaster situations. Additional information:


H. Based on a discussion that was started over a year ago by Cap Pennell KE6AFE and with input from Bob Wiser K6RMW there seems to be a conflict with our published simplex frequencies and the 2M band plan by NARCC. Perhaps the new year can begin this discussion with Leadership and repeater owners in MoCo to explore the necessity to change? Our goal is to provide courtesy and respect for all radio operators in band usage. This is not something we should go into lightly as change is very difficult for everyone. Serious consideration needs to be given to the introduction of possible confusion, a failure point in an emergency. That is why it is important that all of MCAEC-ARES Leadership as well as our supportive repeater owners reach a decision on this issue. The details of this discussion will be included in a subsequent email.


Calendaring opportunities for 2015

General Meetings which are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm in locations to be announced are:

01/06 - EOC Salinas

02/03 - T/A

03/03 -T/A (Radio Fest 3/7)

04/07 - T/A

05/05 - T/A

06/02 - T/A

07/07 - T/A

08/04 - T/A

09/01 - T/A (labor day the following weekend)

10/06 - T/A

11/10 - T/A (election day on first Tuesday, changed to second Tuesday)

12/01 - Cancelled for the Holidays


Leadership Meetings held on the third Saturday of the month at 10am - 12pm at the EOC Salinas:












12/19 Cancelled for the Holidays


I. We continue to explore opportunities of uniting North and South Monterey County via RF solution. There are now many people talking about possible solutions and we are looking forward to one we can all adopt and use reliably ASAP. The one important consideration we should not overlook is our ability to share the same space with 911, and the service we provide our community and hams in those communities to be able to reach 911 by an alternate route in the event land lines and cell are not available.


J. Important to remember that Sean Lynn KJ6SWL our Net Control coordinator has designated our QSY with our weekly nets to K6JE to begin this coming first Wednesday of the Month 1/7 to be held in it's entirety on K6JE. You are encouraged by Sean to contact him for scheduling to be net control operator for the month of January. Sean and Larry Robison KJ6IXA encourages those who might like to learn to be net control operators to join us at the EOC radio room on Wednesday night at 7pm and he will be more than happy to teach you. Space is limited so please email Larry at in advance. Remember no experience is necessary. Sean Lynn is also our CHOMP Liaison.


K. Our bank ballance has remained un-changed on: 12/31/2014 @ $2,878.60

Our opening ballance was: 11/25/2013 @ $2,800.00

I've been introduced to a source that would create a 501c3 for us if we were interested.

Discussion of the advantages and responsibilities will be on our 1/17 agenda.


Next General Meeting is this coming Tuesday at 6:30pm Salinas EOC. The training for the evening will be "shadowing" provided by Pat Moore. The next Leadership meeting will be held on 1/17 10am at the EOC. Please forward any topics you would like added to the agenda for that meeting. Based on your feedback, corrections and or up-dates I will issue a meeting reminder tonight or tomorrow.


Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time, skills and purse in 2014 for the advancement of MCAEC-ARES goals and projects. It's clear that in MoCo we have many talented and interested volunteers, and it's equally clear that when we work together we demonstrate an awesome resource. Looking forward to our success in 2015.




Louis Arbanas - NJ6H

DEC Monterey County



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