Black Hills Amateur Radio Club

2020 Fire Station

Comm Test

W0BLK
Black Hills Amateur Radio Club Black Hills Amateur Radio Club
Saturday, October 17. Beginning at 8am. The Pennington and Meade County ARES groups are sponsoring a comm test for the fire stations in Pennington and Meade counties. The event will run from 8am until we finish, probably around 3pm. This will be similar to the previous two times we tested the fire stations in Pennington County. We need volunteers to drive to each of the fire stations to test access to the repeaters and simplex. Since the last test, we have added 3 new repeaters and the linked VHF repeaters have received a lot of maintenance. There will be at least one net control station at the Johnson Siding VFD #2. We may add more as discussions about procedures continue. Hams from other counties are invited to participate. We may add the fire stations from those counties if there’s enough interest. Oct 16th - The latest station lists are posted below. Be sure to print yourself a couple of logging sheets (the contact forms) to take with you. You can also use the Excel file if you want. When you complete them, please send them to Don Jarvinen, 3641 Serendipity Ln, Rapid City 57702 if you want to only deal in paper. If you want to send an Excel file or just type the contact reports into an email, please email them to Terry. Once we process the results, we’ll publish them to this page. Oct 14th - New station lists are posted below. Oct 12th - As of October 12, there have been a few volunteers for specific locations in Pennington County. Below you’ll find the current list. There have been a couple of volunteers for Meade County, but no specific stations were mentioned. Additionally, there are a few others interested in Meade, but we’ve received nothing definite from them. We would really prefer for folks to volunteer for specific stations, if possible. It’s difficult to assign everyone while not really knowing how much time or driving you to commit to. Since we’re not going to meet to divide up the stations, as we did in previous exercises, please let us know as soon as you can. Also attached you’ll find a both an excel and a pdf version of the contact form. Oct 10th - From K0DAJ: I’ve been having trouble with my email for a long time, basically not getting all that was sent to me. Today I discovered that almost all of the emails people have been sending to volunteer for the event were in the missing group. Because of this, please send your emails to Terry, AD0HL. I’ve forwarded the group of missing emails (provided to me by W0RE) to him. He’ll be setting up the schedule. Also, I’ve posted the station lists below. As people are assigned, we’ll update them and post new copies. Oct 8th - The list of repeaters and simplex frequencies to be tested is posted below. Look for the highlighted rows in the ARES frequency table. Oct 7th - The station maps are posted below. Let us know what station(s) you are interested in testing. Or, if you’re willing to go where needed, let us know that too. We’ll update the website lists as volunteer names come in. At each fire station, you’ll contact net control via each one of the linked VHF repeaters, and the Rapid City and Terry Peak UHF repeaters. Net control will probably have a portable UHF repeater at that location to test also. You’ll also need to try simplex on both VHF and UHF. As in the previous tests, it will be necessary to try a mobile rig and an HT to see what power is required to contact net control. Also, if you have any special antennas, such as a portable yagi, we’d like you to test them too. We’ll be providing forms to record all this info and a list of repeaters and simplex frequencies to test. If you’re new to ham radio, this will be a good opportunity to get your feet wet with some FM operating. If you need help, we can pair you with an experienced operator. This will of course be dependent on if you feel comfortable riding with someone else, considering the current epidemic. You can also help with net control. We’ll be practicing social distancing there. We’ll let you know when the maps and station lists are posted. If you have questions, please contact Don, K0DAJ, at compass@rap.midco.net. We look forward to another successful event. Here’s the maps. Take a look and see what stations you’d like to cover. Meade Count Fire Station Map Meade County Fire Station List (As of Oct 14) Pennington County Fire Station Map Pennington County Fire Station List (As of Oct 14) Repeaters and Frequencies Contact form (pdf) Contact form (excel)

2020 Fire Station

Comm Test

W0BLK
Black Hills Amateur         Radio Club Black Hills Amateur        Radio Club
Saturday, October 17. Beginning at 8am. The Pennington and Meade County ARES groups are sponsoring a comm test for the fire stations in Pennington and Meade counties. The event will run from 8am until we finish, probably around 3pm. This will be similar to the previous two times we tested the fire stations in Pennington County. We need volunteers to drive to each of the fire stations to test access to the repeaters and simplex. Since the last test, we have added 3 new repeaters and the linked VHF repeaters have received a lot of maintenance. There will be at least one net control station at the Johnson Siding VFD #2. We may add more as discussions about procedures continue. Hams from other counties are invited to participate. We may add the fire stations from those counties if there’s enough interest. Oct 16th - The latest station lists are posted below. Be sure to print yourself a couple of logging sheets (the contact forms) to take with you. You can also use the Excel file if you want. When you complete them, please send them to Don Jarvinen, 3641 Serendipity Ln, Rapid City 57702 if you want to only deal in paper. If you want to send an Excel file or just type the contact reports into an email, please email them to Terry. Once we process the results, we’ll publish them to this page. Oct 14th - New station lists are posted below. Oct 12th - As of October 12, there have been a few volunteers for specific locations in Pennington County. Below you’ll find the current list. There have been a couple of volunteers for Meade County, but no specific stations were mentioned. Additionally, there are a few others interested in Meade, but we’ve received nothing definite from them. We would really prefer for folks to volunteer for specific stations, if possible. It’s difficult to assign everyone while not really knowing how much time or driving you to commit to. Since we’re not going to meet to divide up the stations, as we did in previous exercises, please let us know as soon as you can. Also attached you’ll find a both an excel and a pdf version of the contact form. Oct 10th - From K0DAJ: I’ve been having trouble with my email for a long time, basically not getting all that was sent to me. Today I discovered that almost all of the emails people have been sending to volunteer for the event were in the missing group. Because of this, please send your emails to Terry, AD0HL. I’ve forwarded the group of missing emails (provided to me by W0RE) to him. He’ll be setting up the schedule. Also, I’ve posted the station lists below. As people are assigned, we’ll update them and post new copies. Oct 8th - The list of repeaters and simplex frequencies to be tested is posted below. Look for the highlighted rows in the ARES frequency table Oct 7th - The station maps are posted below. Let us know what station(s) you are interested in testing. Or, if you’re willing to go where needed, let us know that too. We’ll update the website lists as volunteer names come in. At each fire station, you’ll contact net control via each one of the linked VHF repeaters, and the Rapid City and Terry Peak UHF repeaters. Net control will probably have a portable UHF repeater at that location to test also. You’ll also need to try simplex on both VHF and UHF. As in the previous tests, it will be necessary to try a mobile rig and an HT to see what power is required to contact net control. Also, if you have any special antennas, such as a portable yagi, we’d like you to test them too. We’ll be providing forms to record all this info and a list of repeaters and simplex frequencies to test. If you’re new to ham radio, this will be a good opportunity to get your feet wet with some FM operating. If you need help, we can pair you with an experienced operator. This will of course be dependent on if you feel comfortable riding with someone else, considering the current epidemic. You can also help with net control. We’ll be practicing social distancing there. We’ll let you know when the maps and station lists are posted. If you have questions, please contact Don, K0DAJ, at compass@rap.midco.net. We look forward to another successful event. Meade Count Fire Station Map Meade County Fire Station List (As of Oct 14) Pennington County Fire Station Map Pennington County Fire Station List (As of Oct 14) Repeaters and Frequencies Contact form (pdf) Contact form (excel)