Monday, February 28, 2011

Be Ready Herriman Meeting

Be Ready Herriman meeting

Our March Be Ready Herriman meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, March 3, 2011, at the UFA Rosecrest Fire Station #123.  This station is located at 4850 West Mt. Ogden Peak (14620 South).  We’ve determined some internet and GPS map systems do not yet correctly identify the physical location.  Therefore, please refer to the map shown when you make your first visit.

Area Leaders as asked to attend a 6:00 p.m. meeting.  Communicators/ham radio, team leaders and block leaders are asked to attend at 7:00 p.m.  We will discuss block organization and activation as well as review emergency communications.  We will be testing a draft of a new communicator’s message form during the upcoming semi-annual exercise on March 12, 2011.  This form will be presented during this March 3rd meeting and any questions will be answered at that time.

We appreciate your help in preparing our community!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

News from ARRL

Fellow Hams --

This weekend I sent an email providing details about a piece of legislation that's been proposed in the United States House of Representatives, posing a direct threat to our popular 70-centimeter band. 

Cut to the chase, H.R. 607 (the "Broadband for First Responders Act of
2011") in its present form requires, among other spectrum, the auctioning of 65% of our 70-centimeter band to business users within 10 years of passage.  This is to generate revenue that is estimated to be lost as a consequence of setting up and maintaining spectrum in the 700 MHz range for public safety use.

This email is to inform you that a sample letter opposing this legislation in its present form (specifically because it requires a significant amount of our 70-centimeter band to be auctioned) is now available for all ARRL members and general hams to use in making their voices heard.  I encourage everyone who reads this email to act quickly since this legislation is reportedly gathering steam in Congress.
Please promptly visit where you will find background information on H.R. 607, the sample letter ready for you to use, and instructions on how to submit your letter.

A word of emphasis on submitting your letter: Please do NOT mail it directly to your Representative.  Due to security measures in place on Capitol Hill, letters to members of Congress are not delivered until they are screened; a process which has been taking literally 6-8 weeks.
 Don't let your letter potentially become ineffective due to this delay.

Instead, everyone is asked to mail (ideally) or fax/email their completed and signed letter to ARRL's Washington representative, John Chwat, at Chwat & Co.  Doing so will not only bypass the slow-as-molasses screening process, but it also provides Chwat the opportunity to hand-deliver your letter to your Representative and personally engage him/her about H.R. 607's threat to our 70-centimeter band.  Chwat's contact information is found at

I encourage all members of ARRL's Rocky Mountain Division -- and all Hams who you might interact with on the air and within clubs -- to prepare your letters and mail/fax/email them to Chwat & Co not later than the conclusion of this weekend.  Your timely response is important to keep H.R. 607, as presently written, from proceeding further in the US House.

Thank you for your prompt action, and see you on the airwaves!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Net News Feb 20, 2011

VHF Society Swap meet this Saturday click here for details

CERT Class this Saturday at the new Herriman fire station, click here for details

Repeater hardware upgraded by vendor and should ship on Tuesday!!!

Please scroll down and take the poll for possible new net times!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Club Meeting Feb 12, 2011

We had a great meeting today at the Butterfield Park - Emergency Trailer review.  Thank you John for the education!  John also had parts for the Go-Kits.

Repeater Update - Antenna is here, repeater should be delivered next week.  This has got to be the quickest repeater setup ever!  Big thanks to Herriman City!

The links have been updated to include the FEMA 100, 200, 700 and 800 courses.  Please take those online classes ASAP.  You must have those completed to assist in an FEMA managed event.  Tina at Herriman City will log  your course certification.

 Our blog is now on Facebook, thanks Coralee!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Net News from Feb 6, 2011

Remember the in person meeting this Saturday at the Butterfield Park (Shops).

If someone who attended the Machine Gun fire debrief will you please post a summary?

Please note that all new "Be Ready Herriman" meetings will be at the new fire station on Mount Ogden Peak.