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Upcoming Meetings

For the time being during the Corona Virus quarantine, the monthly meetings will be held via a Zoom conference. The next meeting is scheduled to be on December 13, 2021 at 6 PM and will not be in the sheriff's training center at 951 Low Gap Road, Ukiah. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/1sWu4.

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TSUNAMI DRILL EXERCISE

We participated in the annual Tsunami drill exercise on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. We sent sending coast watchers to report on the activation of the tsunami warning sirens in the 11 AM to Noon time frame.. We also sent coast watchers to report coastal conditions at potential tsunami inundation sites should there be an actual tsunami forecast. Teams coordinated the observations using the linked 146.820 MHz and 147.030 MHz repeaters and reporting the results on the county-wide linked repeater system to the alternate EOC location.

Here is a link to the Mendocino County potential Tsunami inundation zones https://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/tsunami/maps/mendocino

Tsunami warning sirens are located near the Pt. Arena pier, at the Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg, and in the Pudding Creek estuary and beach area in Fort Bragg..

TECHNICIAN LEVEL CLASSES

POWER SHUTDOWN IN OCTOBER 2019

As the result of a general shutdown of the AC power grid on October 26, 2019, an informal net was formed using the county-wide linked repeater system keeping everyone informed of fire hazard, power status, and fuel and grocery stores open during the period until AC power was restored on October 30. Every station participating was on some form of emergency power including the repeater sites (except for the repeater on Cahto Peak which has none). During this period most, if not all, local nets operated as usual and the county-wide Technical, Digital, Emergency, Swap Meet, and YL nets operated as usual. The station at the county Emergency Operations Center was not activated due to equipment issues at that location.

DISASTER FIRE RESPONSE BY AMATEUR RADIO IN OCTOBER 2017

On October 8, 2017 very late a wildfire broke out in Redwood Valley. As the result of that fire or possible heavy equipment brought in to fight the fire, the fiber optic cable connecting the greater Willits area and perhaps points north were cut off from telephone, cellular telephone, and all cable based internet access. By early morning Monday October 9 the amateur radio community in Mendocino County was mobilized to provide communications between all hospitals, certain health centers, and yet to be established Red Cross shelters and the forming Emergency Operations Center operations. Click here for an update on the ham radio response to the Redwood Complex fire. redwood.pdf

CHP HQ Letter to all Commands regarding using radios while driving

A letter from CHP to all commands states, in part: For the purposes of Section 23123.5(f) CVC, a radio installed and mounted in a vehicle with a wired hand microphone (e.g. business band or citizen band [CB] radio) is not considered a wireless communication device, nor is it considered a specialized mobile radio device, and therefore is not subject to enforcement under this section.

To see the whole letter, go to:CHP-Enforcement-of-Section-23123 pdf

Every mobile operator is advised to keep a copy of this letter in their vehicle and show it to an officer if stopped. Be polite. Note this will not include a hand held radio held up to the face. Use a microphone!

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