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Nov 2011 ARES/RACES Report

This month was rather busy.  We had five Monday night EmComm nets and the every third Friday morning Emcomm Breakfast.  We participated in the JOTA (Jamboree on the Air) with the Boy Scouts that was held at the Salvation Army Citadel.  The boys had a ball and so did the three operators.

Several of our members helped with the Off The Front Bike Race.  This was a 100 mile race that stated at the Trinity Church in Clovis then went up to Bass Lake and back to the church.  We operated 2 nets, kept track of the participants and alerted staffers of any problems on the course.

We participated in The Great Shake Out exercise, which was a state wide effort. At the Citadel we ducked and covered then evacuated the building.  We then resumed our position in the EOC and opened a net.  Several members checked in from either work or home with their status and availability.  We tried to contact Kings and Tulare County ARES to no avail.  All and all this was a good exercise.

Our meeting was held on the fourth Thursday with 14 members attending.  We went over old and new business and had a fine program.  Lew Roberts (KI6YWX) gave a demonstration of a home brew pneumatic antenna launcher.  He shared the construction and parts availability.  Sounded like a great project.  Chris Johnson (KJ6OUG) went over the SET Exercise to be held next month.  It will be with 2 of our served agencies, the Blood Bank and Kaiser Hospital.  This should be held on a Saturday in November.

Coming up in the near future we have The Two Cities Marathon which will be held on November 6th.  The race will start at Woodward Park, travel through Clovis and back to the park.  We have about 18 members taking part in this one.  December 21st is the Salvation Army Toy and Food Distribution.  We will help with traffic control again this year.  As I said this is a busy time of the year.

Don't forget the Monday Night EmComm Net at 1930 hr. on the 147.15 MHz pl 141.3 where we share some good information and camaraderie on the net.  On the third Friday of the month there is the EmComm Breakfast at Yosemite Falls Café just north of Shaw on Blackstone at 0830hr.  Last but not least, the EmComm Meeting will combine November and December' meetings and will be held on December 1st at 1900 hr at the Salvation Army Citadel located at 1854 Fulton St Fresno.


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