Here are two sites to check on earthquakes happing in our area:
U of U Seismograph Station
United States Geological Survey
Here are two sites to check on earthquakes happing in our area:
U of U Seismograph Station
United States Geological Survey
SLCARC ‘s Early History
Prior to and since the formation of the Salt Lake Crossroads Amateur Radio Club much occurred that formed and focused this emergency and disaster response ham club. This document sets to written record the most important of these events. Material elsewhere in this website site covers the post 2014 club history. The material here covers the early precedent setting period.
At the April 2014 Shakeout we held our second an exercise at Highland Park Elementary. John’s MSEL control system made the event run much more smoothly and we used evaluators and controllers in our exercises for the first time. For our fall exercise we held a joint exercise between the HRR, Indian Hills and McGillis elementaries. Also of note was the workshop Vigilant Guard, held on Nov 4. This broadly based exercise involved agencies coordinating with elements of the National Guard with some SN activities occurring locally. During this time early club president Susan was very active, visiting the graduating CERT classes and notifying them there were things to do after graduation. Graduating CERTS now had places to go and they were coordinated within four city quadrants.. SLCARC was a primary force in coordinating the events associated with these exercises, drills, and the active CERT groups around the city.
73s from KM7TMS & KJ7ABC
Utah’s ShakeOut Day is set for Thursday, April 15th. Please join thousands as they conduct their annual Drop Cover and Hold On exercise. You can register at the Great Utah ShakeOut’s website – www.shakeout.org/utah/
SLCARC will be practicing ham radio and S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods (SN) skills on Saturday, 17 April from 800 am-10 am for our optional events, and from 10 – 12:30 in the morning for our main events. The exercise has two phases. Please participate as able and practice safely.
Phase 1 activities focus on activities occurring within the elementary hub school districts from the individual, street, rally points, to/from hub domains. The skill practiced therein are largely up to the various participating hams within SLC’s many SLC elementary schools districts. Please use the recently posted Net Trainings as a guide to what you may choose to do. If your district has a local CERT group(s), etc., that wants to coordinate a small and appropriate field drill, please encourage such and provide some communications advice/leadership/support. These activities should occur sometime between 8 am and 11 ish. Practice SN protocols as you are able and remember to be safe as you are responsible for your own safety and proper SN protocol standards.
It is not necessary to transmit from inside the school for this exercise. On or near the rather vacant Saturday school yard is sufficient. We are trying to keep it simple and relatively quick. Be finished up and ready to go into Phase 2 about 11-11:30.
In Phase 2 we concentrate on hub comms to/from HRR (Ham Radio Room) comms. Every participating elementary school hub post, should create a very short description on a 213 message form of what practice occurred in their school district that morning. This should then be transmitted via 448.525 -100 to the HRR sometime before 12 ish. I. We encourage you to use your Logs (Station, Staffing, & Communications) and forms (213, 214) as appropriate.
After checking into HRR and exchanging signal reports, you may proceed with your 213 traffic to HRR. After all participating Hubs have completed the report to HRR, we will close the exercise and hold a short Hot Wash, all on 448.525-100.
We are hoping to hear from you/your group! Have a good ShakeOut and thank for participating.
Welcome to the “Standard Load.” This is a standard programming sequence designed to make your radio operations faster and easier. It is also designed to give you local control over your own frequencies while somewhat standardizing channels and channel names county-wide.
Military and EMS personnel know that careful radio programming is essential to successful communications in emergency situations. Good communications in times of crisis can mean the difference between life and death or mitigating property losses.
In addition, in day-to-day operations and in training, having a common set of channel numbers and names will make it much easier for new operators to learn how to navigate the large number of frequencies that might be needed in an emergency situation.
Many of us are visual learners, so looking at a tiny HT screen may not be enough for some of us. In addition to the pre-programming on our radios, we have created “standard load cards” that operators can carry with their radios or in their wallets. I also keep a full-sized printout in my emergency binder (the same place that I keep my license, ICS forms, etc.) and another small copy folded up behind my ARES ID.
(See Appendix B for an example of a printed standard load card.)
Channels 1-10: Neighborhood, Church, Group, Club, Schools, City, etc.These channels are for local groups to assign. We recommend that local groups work together and agree on a schema and make channel number and name assignments. By working together you will gain the most benefit from the standard load methodology in that you can, for example, tell your local users, “turn to channel 3” if you want them to access a specific neighborhood frequency. We recommend that you place your selected frequencies in order from where you stand outward. In my case that would be my local area (known as a Ward in my case), district, city, and county. However, you might also want to include a club, or some other entity or organizational level. You may even want to include listen-only FRS or weather channels. It is completely up to local groups how to organize these first 10 channels. Again, and we can’t stress this enough, you will benefit the most from the standard load methodology if you coordinate locally, and agree on these first ten channels to the extent possible.
Our Local Decisions Example– We decided to assign the first few channels to “Ward” and “Stake” because our emergency radio operators all work under the auspices of the LDS Church in my neighborhood. Perhaps your neighborhood is different. Had we worked under civil authority our parlance might be “Area” and “District” or some other nomenclature. (It really doesn’t matter. You get to decide how to program your frequencies. But we still recommend that you start from where you stand and work outward.) Then we skipped channel 3, saving that for future use. Then channels 4 and 5 were assigned for city use. Channel 4 was for the Draper repeater and 5 was for the Draper simplex backup frequency. Then we skipped another channel for future use. We placed the ARES check-in frequency on Channel 7. Our reasoning was that this is the first place we are going to call outside of Draper City when things get very bad. Finally, after skipping Channel 8, we placed the local NOAA station in the channel 9 slot because many of our operators own radios that don’t have a weather station capability. The district next to ours made very different decisions. They still worked outward, but they used every channel. But, they did place the Draper frequencies on channels 4 and 5 so that they would be consistent with us since we are in the same city and would be working together.
11-20 – Alternate repeaters for Salt Lake County:We have researched these repeaters over the past three years in two ways. We have continually attempted to use each repeater and we have sought information from various ARES members, Draper Ham Radio Association Officers, Kelly Weldon (our Salt Lake County Emergency Coordinator), and we used data from the Utah VHS Society Website. Based on the best information we can collect, we compiled this list of what we felt were a stable set of repeaters that we believe are likely to be available during an emergency. We make this claim based on our:
Therefore, we strongly urge local groups to leave this list as it is since it is possible that we may use some of these repeaters during an emergency situation – so having them pre-programmed, with agreed upon channel numbers county-wide would be beneficial. However, local groups may, if they have compelling reasoning, modify this list.
21-30 – Neighboring Locations:This block should be changed by local groups to fit their needs. We left our pre-programmed repeaters on the list to provide an example of our decisions. In our case, a section of Draper City is over the border inside Utah County on the south side of South Mountain in Utah Valley. Therefore, we included Utah County ARES repeaters on our list. In addition, we included a link to the Sinbad system and links further west to Tooele County. This allows us to reach out to our immediate neighbors. We recommend that your group consider who you might want to reach outside your immediate area and add those frequencies here.
The ARES Band Plan has been in place for some years. This list should look familiar to most ARES members. (With the exception of the addition of Hospital 9.) Note also that we moved all of the digital channels to the end of the list because only a few users will utilize those channels. I won’t restate all the channels in these instructions. Instead, I recommend that you review the excellent ARES graphic meant for this purpose – the ARES band plan. http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=c2xjb2FyZXMubmV0fHNsY29hcmVzfGd4OmQwMjFkNzdkMjg0ODQ2MA
Grey National Calling Frequencies
These two simplex frequencies are the standard calling frequencies. They are used for the Wilderness Protocol as well.
Blue Specialty Channels:This is a mixed group of channels used by those who have the equipment designed for these purposes.
Purple Statewide Channels:These channels are special use frequencies that may be assigned at any point during an emergency.
Brown UHP Channels:Self Explanatory. (Listen only.)
Orange Safe Neighborhoods Channels:
These are the coordinated frequencies for each city/township/unincorporated area in the valley. These frequencies are found in each of the Amateur Radio Frequencies Plan for Disasters S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods Program JIT Kits found at each Safe School and at each town/city EOC.
Rules for use of these frequencies:
The blank rows are there to give local groups space for programming their own frequencies. Other blank rows are there to allow for on-the-fly programming during an emergency. For example, ARES may need to designate a new frequency that is not on this table as “Hospital 10.” To make things easier for everybody, we can all program into our radios a new HOSP10 frequency without having to delete a frequency. In addition, some radios have a very limited number of channels and treat unused channels differently when programming. Having the blanks on the color-coded printed card will make it easier to identify where a much-needed space is available.
Appendix A: Requests & Questions (And Answers)
Could you please add 30 or 40 more green channels up front so I can move my “favorite” channels to the front?
Sorry, no…The reason of course is that this is a “standard load.” The whole concept is to have a standard set of channel numbers for everybody in the valley for each of the frequencies. This standard load is NOT meant to be a way to make it easier for just one person or one group.
Why not add another 10 or 20 green rows then?
Many of our operators have HTs with a limited number of memory spaces. So adding more green spaces means dropping some of the standard load off the bottom. For example, one of my HTs only has 99 memory spaces.
So instead, what we recommend is that you use memory registers for your favorites if your radio supports them. Place your favorites in a personal register so that the standard load has a standard channel numbering schema.
I don’t like the repeater list you have in block 11-20 or you didn’t list my favorite repeater, or you listed THAT repeater!!!.
As I have heard these comments, I’ve tried to get to the bottom of them. Wow! I’ve learned that repeaters and frequencies in this valley are a touchy subject! So I will not play favorites. Make changes if you feel it is the right thing to do. But please, be honest with yourself and your served agencies. Be sure your reasons for making changes are based on documented data and science rather than politics and opinion. Do what you can as a professional to verify that the repeater you add will have a chance of surviving a major earthquake, blackout, or other event.
There will be a MESH Training event this coming Saturday, the 28th of October at the Miller Public Safety and Education Building in room 275 starting at 9AM.
Please feel free to forward this to invite your friends! We have a large room! Hams and even non Hams that are interested in the Public Safety value of MESH in an emergency are welcome.
Session 1 9AM – 9:50 Basic MESH what is it, how does it work, what can it do. OK, I have a link up, Now what do I do? (covered briefly, Session 3 more in depth)
Session 2 10AM – 10:50 Advanced MESH –When you use something in a different way than the Engineers designed it, Bad things will happen! How to make it work, with the Wasatch 100 as an example of one solution to MESH issues. How to make AREDN work in the real world. The three issues that AREDN has that will bring the network to a screeching halt, and how to solve or get around them.
Session 3 11:00AM – 11:50 Tools and programs to help set up and utilize MESH, The three Step method to make sure a link will work. What can you do on the MESH pipeline? (Bring a laptop if you can to setup and view online tools for yourself – not a lot of power outlets, will have some for you).
Afterwards MESH Equipment show and tell, examples of hardware, and also Hardware available to be purchased at Super Buy prices – normally much less than the going rate!
Miller Public Safety & Education Building (410 West 9800 South Sandy)
Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus
After the training, the following MESH equipment will be available:
ESH Ham Radio Equipment Super Buy!
Used Nanobridge M2 Radio only $20 each
Used Nanobridge M5 Radio only $25 each
Used Ubiquiti Networks NanoBridge M2 2.4Ghz and M5 5.8GHz MIMO Radio only – This will fit in the NanoBridge high gain dish that many of you have already. The 5.8Ghz and 2.4Ghz radios are inter-changeable, allowing you to have a go-kit parabolic system with both radios! I have several radios in my bag of each frequency programmed with different loads, Ubiquity OS, HSMM-Mesh and AREDN. You just plug in the one you need!
Ubiquiti Nanostation M2 $40 each These are the more powerful Nanostation, not the Nano Loco.
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All are used, tested, in working order, but you will have to flash them your self if you plan to load another system like AREDN on them and not use the native Ubiquiti Air OS.
I also have new Ubiquiti Gigibit POE power supplies, 24 volt .5 amp units for $5 each or three for $10
Brand New Ubiquiti 24 Volt POE Switching Mode Power Supply, Model GP-A240-050 (part # POE-24-12W), Input 100-2401V, 50/60Hz Max 0.3A, Output DC 24V 0.5A with reset button. Not only provides power to the device, but protection from storm pulses when connected to a grounded outlet and with proper Ethernet cabling. PoE Adapters are highly reliable, and when used with Ubiquiti TOUGHCable™ (STP cable) with proper STP ends, they provide earth grounding and surge protection to help protect against electrostatic discharge (ESD) events
Please email me back with the quantity you are interested in.
Remember, I do not warranty these units, they should all be working when I got them.
You can pick them up this coming Saturday morning (21st) from 8 AM till Noon at:
5168 West Carolee Hill Circle
West Jordan, Ut 84084
Please bring exact change, that is greatly appreciated.
Please pass this email on to your friends that might be interested, and tell them to email me if they want some, and to be put on the Super Buy list.
MESH basic and Advanced Training Sessions coming at the Larry Miller POST Academy … Will send out an announcement soon.
David T. Bauman
Dear Friends of Amateur Radio,
We’re pleased to announce that Marvin Match (KA7TPH) will be teaching another Technician course in amateur radio in preparation to take the FCC exam.
There are many ways to study for the FCC exam, but attendance at a live course provides extra content, an opportunity to see live demonstrations and ask questions, and to meet a great group of people aiming for the same goal. We hope to see you there!
73 (“Best regards” in ham lingo),
Susan Smith, President
Salt Lake Crossroads Amateur Radio Club
When: Saturday September 23,2017 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: 589 East 18th Avenue, Salt Lake City
Come support this Eagle Project for Ewin Jones!
Come and learn to make an emergency plan, food storage, learn CPR and more!
Activities for all ages!
September 23, 2017
Sat 9:00 AM MDT · Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints- Rose Park Stake ·760 N 1200 W, Salt Lake City, UT
Sponsored by Salt Lake City Emergency Management