CCAR Offers ARRL Level I EmComm Training Course and Exam

In response to many requests CCAR is offering a one day "cram" course to prepare for the ARRL ARECC Level I exam. This course will be held Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 9 AM - 5 PM the Chester County Government Services Center, Room 170. The formal exam session immediately follows the review presentations. Sign-up for this course and we will help you with advance preparations, or you can study on your own and take the exam.

Our experience says that students who prepare themselves in advance pass the exam with little trouble. Without advance preparation the chances are 50-50 or worse.

The only cost is ARRL exam fee ($15). Come in the morning and have lunch courtesy of Chester County. There is no added cost....

The ARRL Level I certificate is seen as the minimum in order to be considered "trained" for our function by County, along with NIMS-required ICS-100 and ICS-700 courses.

If you do not hold a Level I certificate, you will be contacted individually by our training team. Level I classroom training and exams are a rare opportunity and normally available through online study. We are not able to offer this course very often, as it requires considerable effort and preparation by the instructors.

Sign up now before the limited number of seats are filled! CLICK HERE!

CCAR Net Check-Ins 2/26/2009

Net Check Ins February 26, 2009

Voice:
KB3MJD NET CONTROL;
K3FYV BARRY; N3MXB GUY; K3JSE ANDY; KB3TQS TOM; W3QA LOR; KE3HG RICH; WB3GCK CRAIG; W3JAM JEFF; W3GGY RUSS; KB3NCK JIM; W3AHR AL; KB3IGL RAY; W3HOA AL; KB3RBU SCOTT; KB3PCY MARTIN; K5HAL CULLEN; N3ESS RAY; KB3FCJ TIM; W3BMA DICK; N4SEN KEVIN; K3WIL WIL; KB3FPM JOHN; W3JBS JOE; KB3CVC DICK

Digital
Winlink:
WM3L BILL; WB3GCK CRAIG; KE3HG RICH; W3QA LOR; KB3PCY MARTIN

APRS:
N/A

CCAR Check-ins 2/19/2009

NET CHECK INS/ VOICE
W3JBS JOE NET CONTROL; WA3BXE GARY; K3FYV BARRY; KB3SEM CARL; KE3HG RICH; KB3NCK JIM; KA3QKZ DON; KB3MJD JOHN; KB3IGL RAY; W3XE GEORGE; KB3PCY MARTIN; K3WIL WIL; N4SEN KEVIN; KB3FCJ TIM; KB3MPX BRIAN; W3BMA DICK; N3MXB GUY; N3NUK; KB3CVC DICK; K5HAL CULLEN; WA3VEE RON

NET CHECK INS/ Digital
Winlink – WA3NOA JIM, WB3GCK CRAIG, KB3PCY MARTIN, KE3HG RICH

APRS – WA3NOA JIM

CCAR Check-Ins 2/12/2009

K3JSE Andy (Net Control), KB3MJD, John (Drill Traffic)
K3YK Dave, K3FYV Barry, WA3BXE Gary, W3QA Lor (Traffic), KE3HG Rich, WB3GCK Craig, KB3NCK Jim, KA3QKZ Don, W3AHR Al, KB3IGL Ray, W3HOA, Al, W3JEF Jeff, W3JBS Joe, KB3CVC Dick, N3MXB Guy, KB3RBU Scott, W3XE George, KB3PCY Martin, N3ESS Ray, AA3YR Bill, K5HAL Cullen, W3BMA Dick, W3CF Doug, W3GGY Russ

Digital:
Winlink:
WA3NOA Jim, KE3HG Rich, WM3L Bill, KB3PCY Martin

APRS:
WA3NOA Jim

Delaware Valley FM Sprint Contest -- February 28

The Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club presents:
The Delaware Valley FM Sprint Contest.

Please join us on February 28th from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM for an evening of FM fun.

The object of the contest is to contact as many different zip codes as possible. The rules can be found at http://www.harcnet.org/contest.htm This is a great way to heck out your simplex coverage. It's good information to have if your favorite repeater went off the air. While the contest is centered in the greater Philadelphia area, all stations are invited to participate and submit logs.

Members: Please keep information up to date!

The following CCAR members have bad (bouncing) e-mail addresses in the CCAR database:

KB3IUM
KA3FVB
KB3PYT

ALL MEMBERS: Please log in, go to "My account" in the menu on the right, "edit" tab, then click the other tab links to complete or update your information. Be sure you enter/update ALL information, including your equipment, availability, etc.

Please make your registration count, and be ready for an activation. Thanks!

--Lor W3QA

CCAR Receives CCDES Commendation

Ed Atkins, Director of the Chester County Department of Emergency Services, sent the following letter to me. I want to share it with the CCAR members and especially those members who responded on January 20th. Thanks again all, for making me proud.

--Lor W3QA

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23 January 2009

Mr. Loring Kutchins, W3QA
Emergency Coordinator
Chester County ARES/RACES

Dear Lor,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you and the staff of CCAR for your response during the phone outage in the Atglen area on the 20th. Your willingness and ability to respond on a frigid Tuesday afternoon is just one reason I count on CCAR when the worst occurs. The expertise, dedication and continued support of the men and women of CCAR is truly an asset to the citizens of Chester County.

I realize that many things go on behind the scenes to make this program a success and I appreciate the hours of planning and training you have dedicated. I have no doubt that CCAR was prepared for a protracted deployment and, had it been required, you would have staffed additional fire stations. I appreciate the dedication of the CCAR members who respond in adverse conditions to protect the citizens. And I fully understand how fortunate we in Chester County are to have CCAR.

Please pass along my thanks to your staff and their continued service; it is truly a pleasure to work with these outstanding professionals.

Sincerely,

Ed

Edward J. Atkins, Colonel USAF (Ret.)
Director

Al Rabenau, W3AHR, Accepts RO Nomination

Long a valued member of CCAR, Al Rabenau, W3AHR, accepted the nomination for appointment as CCAR's RACES Officer. His official government appointment by a CCDES Emergency Management Officer is pending.

Al brings to this appointment his emergency responder training and experience as a fireman and EMT, as well as years of operating both digital and voice modes for CCAR. Al holds an Amateur Extra Class FCC license, Air Force Military Affiliate Radio System license AFA3RA (under shich he also operates a SHARES station), all levels of the ARECC certifications, and a vast list of emergency management certifications. His participation and performance in both actual events and exercises has always found him on the CCAR "A-team". As RACES Officer, I look forward to sharing CCAR leadership with him and furthering the mission of the organization.

Please offer Al your congratulations when you see or talk to him. Congratulations, Al!

--Lor W3QA

Minimum Training Requirements Changed

At the recent CCAR staff meetings, we reached a consensus that the minimum training certifications required of members for RACES deployment shall be altered.

Previously, members must have had at a minimum, certifications on file for FEMA (or equivalent) ICS-100, ICS-700, ARRL ARECC Level I, and a current First Aid certificate in order to be deployed on exercises and actual incidents by CCDES. This has now been changed so that the minimums are ICS-100, ICS-700, and Level 1 (ARRL or CCAR). First Aid is no longer required, but is highly encouraged for members to obtain and keep current.

These changes still allow CCAR to meet legal NIMS standards, PEMA and CCDES requirements, and ensure that members hold athoratative training certifications for the tasks they are expected to perform while deployed. These requirements also allow CCAR members to be covered under the latest legislation for Worker's Compensation and other Pennsylvania Statutes Title 35 coverages for liability relief while officially deployed.

The status of all members on the roster have been appropriately updated. Please see "Membership > Training Achievements" in the main menu to check your current status.

--Lor W3QA

2009 Events Calendar

The CCAR staff concluded two fruitful meetings last night and the planning for our 2009 season is now available on the CCAR calendar. To see what's coming up, just click on the "Calendar" item on the main menu.

The CCAR events calendar is a public calendar hosted by Google. All CCAR members have access to it to enter new events or edit existing ones.

All CCAR members also have their own FREE accounts for email, calendar, personal web site, and spreadsheet and word processing web applications at W3EOC.NET as part of your CCAR membership. To access your personal calendar, documents, e-mail and web site, simply click on the links appearing under your call sign in the right column (you must be logged into the site first). Your initial password to these personal accounts has been sent to you by email. The calendar and email applications can be integrated into your current email and calendar applications nicely. The help files are instantly available to tell you how to do these things.

Add the CCAR calendar to your personal calendar to allow easy changes and comparisons to either. How? Do this: (You must log into the site first.)

  1. Click "My calendar" in the menu to the right.
  2. Enter your call sign and password. You calendar will appear.
  3. On the left column under Other Calendars, click "Add > Add a public calendar".
  4. Select and copy this URL into your clipboard (Highlight it, and press C)

    http://tinyurl.com/dctmpf

  5. Under Add Other Calendar, click the "Add by URL" tab.
  6. Put the cursor into the field and paste the URL into it (press V). Click the "Add" button.
  7. go "Back to Calendar"

The CCAR events calendar should appear in your "My calendars" list in the left column. You can select a color of your choice for it's contents display (click the down arrow). Play with it!

--Lor W3QA

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