2009 Northbrook Canoe Challenge - AFTER ACTION Report

Conditions: RAIN. Results: SUCCESS. Performance: SUPERB.

W3QT: Looking out from the Embreeville BridgeW3QT: Looking out from the Embreeville BridgeThis is the summary after action report for the 2009 Northbrook Canoe Challenge for Cerebral Palsy. Eleven fixed station sites and two 'roving' stations at stream level along the Brandywine Creek provided coverage for participant's safety and logistics. This is a challenging communications task with 450' hilltops within 1/8 mile of stations along the river. The new CCAR 70cm portable repeater was put in service at the home of George, W3MWR north of the course on high ground. A 12 dB omnidirectional antenna at 30' was erected by Tom KB3TQS and Lor W3QA prior to the event.

Thanks to all participants: KB3FCJ, W3HOA, KB3PCY, KB3OGL, KB3TQS, W3QT, W3XE, WB3GCK, KB3CVC, K3EUI, W3JY, KB3MNL, K3YK, W3QA. Special thanks to Tom KB3TQS for supplying the repeater antenna support, to Guy N3MXB who coordinated the advance work on the event but could not participate, to George W3MWR for allowing us the use of his excellent radio site for the repeater, and to the superb NC stations: W3JY, WB3GCK, W3XE, KB3TQS, and KB3PCY. Thanks to all who sent in their email after-action reports, and to Al, W3HOA, for photos.

CCAR Net Check-ins 4/30/2009

NET CHECK INS APRIL 30 2009

NCS-W3XE GEORGE
WB3GCK CRAIG
mobile: K3YK DAVE, W3QT LLOYD, W3QA LOR

REGION I; KE3HG RICH, W3GGY RUSS
REGION II: KB3NCK JIM, W3AHR AL, KA3QKZ DON
REGION III: KB3IGL RAY, N3MXB GUY, N3ESS RAY, KB3CVC DICK
REGION IV; KB3PCY MARTIN, KB3OLG JOHN
REGION V: K5HAL CULLEN, N4SEN KEVIN, N3ESS RAY
COUNTIES: KB3MPX RYAN, W3BMA DICK
STATES: NONE
ANY STATIONS: W3JAM JEFF

SEC Message About the Flu Situation

Over the last few days, there have been some questions among various ARES, and other EmComm and OEM Leadership officials in regard to the current Health Emergency associated with the Swine Flu outbreak. (now officially being referred to as H1N1)

2009 Northbrook Canoe Challenge - General Information

To the 2009 Northbrook Team,

Thanks for volunteering for the 2009 Northbrook Canoe Challenge team. Here is the information you will need prior to packing up your gear and setting out for the event site.

Downingtown March for Babies PS Event Report

The following ARES/RACES members participated in the Downingtown March Of Dimes "Walk For Babies" on Saturday morning 25 April 2009.

W3AHR Al
N3ESS Ray
KB3FCJ Tim
KB3MPX Ryan
KB3MNL John
W3WA Jim
N3MXB Guy

The walk was held on the Struble trail in Downingtown. The walkers got off at 0935.
we met at the nearby WaWa for coffee and conversation earlier, and all operators were in place by 0900. The walk was over and we were away by 1200.

Once again, I thank those who volunteered. See you next year (i hope!).
73,

Al Rabenau
W3AHR

Chesterbrook March for Babies PS Event Report

Participating in today's event were:

WB3GCK - Craig (NCS)
K3YK - Dave
KB3FCJ - Tim
KB3TQS - Tom
KE3HG - Rich
KD6YBY - Vince (and son, Anthony)

NCS was onsite at 1000 hrs. The operators were deployed to their assigned locations at 1130. The walk began at 1215 and all CCAR positions were secured at 1330.

Quarterly Meeting - Mon, April 27, 7pm – 8pm

Quarterly Meeting
Mon, April 27, 7pm – 8pm

Room 171, GSC, West Chester (map)

CCAR Projects Update (Lor W3QA) CCAR Events for 2009 (Event leaders to present) New CCAR Web Site (feature review, W3QA) 2008 Participation (Barry Metz, K3FYV) New 2009 Training Program (Tom Smith, KB3TQS, et al.) Limerick Team Selection

CCAR Has A New Portable Repeater

Thanks goes to Jeff DePolo, WN3A, who has reworked our old Motorola GR300 cross-band ("north-link") hardware into a proper in-band 70cm full-duplex low-power portable repeater. This will be a valuable asset for CCAR in many field operations.

The repeater is running this weekend for testing from the RACES room at the GSC in West Chester, using a gain antenna on the roof. Please make an effort to program your 440 radios and give it a test before Sunday evening. I would like to get a modest idea of what we can expect from it in range and performance. Details for programming are below.

Net Protocol and Message Handling by WB3GCK

Craig LaBarge WB3GCK presented a fine review of emergency voice net protocol and formal message handling at the Tech Rally last Saturday. If you missed the presentation and table-top exercise, his PowerPoint slides are attached for you to download and review.

Good stuff, Craig!

--Lor W3QA

4/11/2009 Tech Rally Presentation "Message Handling & Net Protocal Workshop" is available for download.

The "Message Handling & Net Protocal Workshop" presentation is available for download . To download log in and select the "Download" menu selection. The file "MsgHandling Tech Rally 20090411.pdf" will be listed. Click on it to download.

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