January 2021 Monthly ARES/RACES Meeting

Happy New Year!

We'll be meeting virtually again this month on January 20, 2021 at 7:30 using Zoom. Our subject this month will be WinLink, what it does and how we might use it for deployments. I'll be sending out an email with the Zoom connection information later this week. If you don't get an email from me by the weekend send a note with your call sign to KC9UNZ [at] arrl [dot] net and I'll send it along to you.

November 2020 Monthly Meeting

Join us for the November Monthly meeting of the Dane/Iowa County ARES/RACES. We are meeting at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 18. In addition to additional business items we will discuss the antenna requirements for the new EOC in Fitchburg. Bring your expertise. If you are not on our mailing list and need the Zoom virtual meeting invitation please send an email to kc9unz [at] arrl [dot] net.

Go-Kit unboxing - October 21, 2020

This month we will unbox our Go-Kits and get ideas for our own Go-kits. We haven't been called out this year (yet) but we should make sure our go-kits are still ready to grab. Be prepared to pull the lid off your go-kit and show the rest of the gang what you've got.

We'll meet on Zoom at 7:00 PM, check your email. If you'd like to join us and you've not received the email drop a note to kc9unz [at] arrl [dot] net and I'll send you a copy of the meeting information. Please see the attachments to this post for a number of examples of Go-Kit recommendations that we'll discuss and improve upon during our meeting.

Soldering with Dave, W2QA

On September 23, at our monthly meeting we learned the secret to soldering with Dave, W2QA. He shared some tips and some videos to help us when we need to solder. See below for a link to the video from our meeting as well as a couple of videos that Dave Recommended.

Dane/Iowa ARES/RACES discusses APRS - A disconnected Node at the July 15, 2020 Meeting

Jeff lead a discussion on APRS for the July 15 meeting. Having toyed with it last year at Bike the Barns, particularly with a setup that was not connected to the internet, he wanted to demo how he set up a node using his Kenwood TH-D72 and a small laptop and was able to track SAG vehicles while unconnected to the internet. He also demonstrated how connecting it to the internet both receives and transmits local locations.
 
Sadly there is no zoom video of this meeting, however the presentation and a link to the software used can be found below.
 
Link to APRSISCE/32 software
 
For those who would like feel free to message Jeff KC9UNZ's APRS node at address KC9UNZ-11. It is up and running for the foreseeable future.
 

Denny K9LGU spoke to the Dane/Iowa County ARES/RACES group about the National Traffic System

On June 17th Denny K9LGU gave us an overview of the National Traffic System as well as tips on the best ways to send traffic. It was an exciting meeting too since in the middle of it everyone got to experience a Zoom bombing. I've learned never to make a meeting ID, AND PASSWORD, publicly available. Please see below for a number of items from the meeting. You will find a links to the video (I've removed the Zoom bomb, so there will be a short interruption in the middle), the presentation (PDF and Powerpoint), copies of the Radiogram form and the ICS 213 and some practice messages to send.

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