June 2021 Month Meeting of Dane/Iowa County ARES/RACES

We are now meeting (still virtually) monthly on the last Wednesday of each month. This month that will be on June 30th at 7:30 PM.

Over the next few months we will be reviewing our existing materials to determine if they are still relevant. These items are part of our standard emergency documentation that each member should keep a copy of in their personal go-kit as well as is found in Hospital station documentation and is reflected in EOC materials as well. We should all be familiar with these materials so when we need them we know where to find them. This month we will review the activation plan which includes frequencies and procedures for activation. Some are no longer relevant and some are good but need updating.

The links to the material as well as the Zoom connection information went out in our email news this week. If you did not receive that email (first look in your spam!) and then send a request for the June Newletter and include your call sign in the email. You will receive a link to the newletter in reply email.

Interhospital Emergency Preparedness Committee Support Presentation

At our April Meeting Jeff, KC9UNZ discussed the current state of our support for the Interhospital Emergency Preparedness Committee for which he has been liason sine 2016. The presentation attached here has been edited a little to make it more appropriate to share with members of that committee.

The Slide Deck can be found here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vFKjZcFnOhsh7iCOvMgW8Ew3b-Bs3jS6...
The video of the presentation can be found here: https://youtu.be/nxckSvGkTxI

May 2021 Meeting of the Dane and Iowa County ARES/RACES

Well. It's the last Wednesday of the month again and time for us to meet "In-Person" again. Well. Not really in person but we'll be able to see each other's faces! Soon we'll meet in person but for now we are still using Zoom and we'll see you all this Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 7:30 (12:30 am on Thursday UTC).

This week we have a few things on tap.

  • Last month at the end of the presentation I through a to-do list at you with things that needs to be attended to now that we are starting to be active again. I'd like to revisit that list and add to it anything I've missed. I'd also like to see what items some of our people might be interested in contributing to.
  • There is a small handful of us who have been experimenting with AREDN (Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network). None of us have the radio equipment yet but we are getting familiar with the software and the concepts. We'd like to discuss our experience, how we installed it, what we've been doing and let you all know how to take part if you'd like.
  • Finally, what new stuff have you been doing over the last few months.

If you did not receive the email with the Zoom connection information please send an email to me at kc9unz [at] arrl [dot] net. Please include your Call Sign.

SIMCOM 2021 Registration Opens

SIMCOM is Virtual this year on May 5. Day 2 & 3 have been cancelled and the event is being held virtually. If you are interested in participating you will need to register. For Information and Registration please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SIMCOM2021

The previous attachment has been removed since it referred to the 3 day event.

Moving our Monthly Meetings to LAST Wednesdays

We've been meeting on the third Wednesday of the month for as long as I can remember. Every month many of us end up with back to back in person meetings often with the result of decreasing the attendence at our Wednesday meeting. We are going to change our monthly meeting to the last Wednesday of the month. Yes, that means in months with 5 Wednesdays we will still meet on the last Wednesday. And for good behavior we'll plan on taking the month off and not meeting in person in December because everyone is busy with holidays.

Monthly Meeting - March 17, 2021 - JS8Call

We will be examining JS8Call at our March 17, 2021 Monthly Virtual Meeting @ 7:30 PM. How it works, what it does and how it might help us while deployed. Kyle, KD9RBV (and he may have some collaborators) will lead the discussion. I'll be sending out the email with the Zoom information. If you don't get the email soon send a note to kc9unz [at] arrl [dot] net and I'll forward the meeting information to you.

Thanks to Kyle, KD9RBV for his excellent discussion on JS8Call at our meeting on March 17. See below for some of the resources from that meeting

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