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					                          SARGe MEETING NOTES – FEB. 14, 2007


Attendees: Steve VanWambeck            N9VW                           Eric Jarvi              KD7WZP
           Cindy VanWambeck            K9CVW                          Ric Myers               KC7RAS
           Clay Jackson                N7QNM                          Bill Hurt               KE7HMS
           Jeannie Jackson             KD7ULH                         Rick Olsen              N6NR
           Jon Bromberg                W1JDB                          David Misakian          W6DAM
           Jan Bromberg                KE7DXY                         Robert Meyer            KE7HMR
           George Mobbs                K7GMT                          John Callaghan          KE7BAR
           Bob Mclaughlin              KE7DEN

Welcome to Robert Meyer, KE7HMR. He’s had his license for a while and has decided to join us! He is
also currently taking CERT classes and will be graduating soon!

During the review of the Wind Storm call out for EFR support, Rick Olsen reminded us that if we are
deployed to a career station we check in with the station officer. If we are deployed to a volunteer station
we sign the log with red ink. Always log all calls and visitors.
Things to keep in mind when called out:
       1) Keep track of mileage to/from your QTH to your assignment.
       2) Keep track of total time deployed including drive time.
       3) Critical: Be sure and log your presence in the station log book.
       4) Provide mileage, time and any logs to Steve and Rick. We report this up to the Section
           Manager and Battalion Chiefs. Ultimately, it gets to the ARRL HQ.

Tactical vs Regular call signs
Steve reviewed tactical vs regular call signs: Tactical call signs are used to facilitate net contacts without
having to know which operator is at which site. This is especially important for long duration events
when an operator may take a shift at different locations. The tactical call sign is used to establish the
conversation and as ID during the call as required. The two exceptions to this are for conversations that
run over 10 minutes in length and at the end of a conversation the FCC rules require that we ID with our
assigned FCC call sign.
       Example: (comments in italics)
              Station 82 this is Net Control – the initial contact
              Net Control this is Station 82 – this verifies the contact
              ……
              Conversation
              ……
              Station 82, N6NR clear – the contacted station clears with call sign
              Net Control, N9VW clear – the net operator clears with call sign

                       Note: Net Control only needs to ID on 10 minute intervals, but doing so at the end
                       of each contact keeps them from having to “watch the clock” for the ID time.

For one Station desiring a contact with another station then the originating station should contact Net
Control first and ask for permission to contact the other station. Once the channel is clear and permission
is granted the originating station would make the new contact as follows:

       Example: (comments in italics)
             Station 82 this is Net Control – the initial contact
             Net Control this is Station 82 – this verifies the contact
                                                                                                               2
               I would like to contact Station 81. – The originating station makes request
               Station 82 go ahead with your contact. – Net Control grants access
               Break, Break, Station 81 this is Station 82. – Break, this established a change in call flow.
               ……
               Conversation
               ……
               Station 81, N7QNM Clear
               Station 82, N6NR clear – the contacted station clears with call sign
               Net Control, N9VW clear – the net operator clears with call sign


We need to be thinking about “radios in a box” or “pelican cases” for backup radios with battery power
and portable antennas for rapid deployment and setup. How do we get there and how many do we need?
Rick Myers and Jon Bromberg may be able to acquire some at discount prices.

Rick Olsen reported where EFR station radios will be stored, and also stated the City of Sammamish will
be paying for some equipment. The radio for Station 81 will be under the shelf in the front office.
Stations 82 and 83 will be in the conference rooms. Unused equipment will be in the closet of the
conference room. He also mentioned 2 pelican cases are needed – one for the power supply and battery,
and one for the radio.
Sammamish EOC station radios will be on the 2nd floor – using remote consoles with radio over IP for
voice. The radios will also need to be remotely controllable. There will be an operator downstairs, and
one upstairs.

Jan Bromberg announced there will be a shelter management class in Issaquah. She’ll have more
information on that later. Also, the Sammamish Plateau Area Ministry (SPAM) is talking about how they
can be shelters in and event.

Steve VanWambeck reported the Red Cross will no longer require credit checks when they do
background checks. This has been an issue in the past. Rick Olsen says the Red Cross has manpower to
staff 2 Emergency Shelters in King County! Robin McGee is the Red Cross Communications Operator
and may call on us from time to time to man shelters or assist at headquarters.

To all the Service Support Volunteers: Rick Olsen has informed us our Psychological Evaluations will be
held on Saturday, February 24 at 10:30 a.m., at the Eastside Fire & Rescue Headquarters located at 175
Newport Way in Issaquah. Rick advises to “dress professionally”! The test will consist of:
        1) Meyers-Briggs test or equivalent
        2) IQ Test
        3) 700 multiple choice questions
The Service Support Vehicle will be painted by the same company that paints the Aid Cars, etc for EFR!
Now what we need is some cosmetic work on the inside of the cab. If you know of anyone who can help
us out, let Cindy know at cindy@vanwambeck.net! Rick suggested putting funds in 3 separate areas:
Rehab, Radio/Communications, and Ancillary (generators, lights, etc).

It has been decided to change our net day and time to Sundays at 7:00 p.m. For anyone wanting to check
in to the King County net, you can find them at 146.820 mHz, tone 103.5 on Sundays at 8:00 p.m.

Jeannie Jackson showed a video on the Mt. Rainer flood. She also announced there will be a CERT drill
Saturday, April 28 from 10 to noon at City Hall. Anyone interested in participating in this drill, please
send Jeannie an e-mail at jeanniej@nwlink.com.

				
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