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April Meeting Report

The meeting began with a discussion of the April 15 County/Municipal exercise. This was a closed exercise, but several municipalities chose to invite local hams to their municipal EOCs to participate. One municipality used the FCABC CERT channels (commercial 2-way radio frequencies).

Next was a discussion of upcoming events. There will be another exercise in mid to late May. Details will follow as they are firmed up.

April’s previously announced meeting topic, on being a net control operator, was postponed until May. Instead, as this is the second anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Barry Porter, KB1PA, showed a video by Rob Macedo, KD1CY, from last year’s National Hurricane Conference on the Amateur Radio response to the incident.

This was followed by a video from this year’s National Hurricane Conference, held in Austin, TX, on ham radio and SKYWARN in South Texas.

April Meeting Announcement

In a disaster, you find yourself first on the air. Guess what - YOU are net control! What do you do? Find out the answer to this and more at the monthly ‪meeting this coming Tuesday, April 21st at 7:30 pm in the Oak Room at Broward Health Hospital, 1600 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 33316. Come out and meet our ARES/RACES training officer, Barry Porter, KB1PA, as he shares his wealth of knowledge with us!

March Meeting Report

March’s meeting featured a visit from our new District Emergency Coordinator, Charles Benn, WB2SNN. Barry Porter, KB1PA, gave a presentation on being a successful “Shadow Communicator”.

October Meeting Report

October’s meeting was a special treat! This month we met at the Broward County Emergency Operations Center, where we learned how the radio traffic that is passed during an actual disaster is routed through an emergency management software program to the appropriate agency. Following the meeting, attendees had a tour of the EOC and Mobile Command Vehicle.

Special thanks to Miguel Ascarrunz, Director of Broward County Emergency Management Division, and Jim Calcanes WB4JC, Broward EOC Staff, for speaking to us and giving us the tour!

See photos on the facebook post.

Meeting Location Change for October

Broward County ARES-RACES will hold their monthly meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Broward County Emergency Operations Center, 201 NW 84 Ave., Plantation, FL 33324. The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm, however, we are asking that everyone arrive early so that we can get all participants signed in at the front desk.

We will be showing our radio operators how information received by the ham radio operators, such as a bridge out or trees blocking main roadways, is processed internally through an emergency management software program. After a brief meeting we will have a tour of the EOC and wrap it up with a tour of the Broward County Mobile Command Vehicle.

It should be a great meeting and we look forward to seeing everyone there. Talk in will be on the 146.910 repeater.


September Meeting Report

September’s meeting featured the presentation “GO KITS: Planning For Your Deployment” by Carol Sjursen, KJ4AWB. A lively and informative discussion was held on the topic.

Copies of the slides for his presentation are available on the Resources page, and are also linked here for convenience:

Ty Sarna, N1TY then gave a brief presentation on the updated ICS 205 form (frequency list). Copies of the latest ICS 205, and the ICS 205A (contact list) will always be available on the Resources page under Incident Forms.

August Meeting Report

August's meeting featured a nice presentation by Robin Terrill, N4HHP on an introduction to ARES/RACES and working as a radio operator at a shelter.

Copies of the slides for his presentation are available on the Resources page, and are also linked here for convenience:

Kenny, KD4ZFW then gave a presentation on an 8 band tuner-less HF travel antenna. A scan of his handout is included below:

July Meeting Report

At last night's meeting, Kai Siwiak KE4PT gave a presentation on improvised antennas that could be used in an emergency situation, including a quick 2 m dipole from coax, a way to convert a 2m mag mount to 2m/440 operation, and an off-center end fed HF dipole, plus some other tips and tricks.
A PDF of the slides for his presentation is available.

Thanks Kai!


June Meeting Report

At the June meeting, after a brief discussion of Field Day, Robert Molleda, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Miami/South Florida Office, presented the Basic Skywarn training course.



June Meeting / Basic Skywarn Training

A reminder about the ARES/RACES meeting this Tuesday, June 17th. Our guest speaker will be Robert Molleda from the National Weather Service who will deliver a basic Skywarn presentation. Even if you are already Skywarn certified, this is a presentation you won’t want to miss. If you would like to invite a friend, please feel free to do so.

Our meeting will be held at 7:00 pm (instead of the normal meeting time of 7:30 pm) and will be held in the Oak Room at Broward Health Hospital located at 1600 S. Andrews Ave. This is on the northeast corner of Andrews Avenue and SE 17th Street.