McHenry County ARES/RACES & EMA Members Coverage Test

On October 27, 2020 7:15 PM CST the McHenry County ARES/RACES & EMA members will verify their ability to receive and acknowledge a message from the McHenry County EMA EOC.

We will open a GoToMeeting connection at 6:30 PM before the test to allow our participants time for a Q&A session on the test of their equipment. This open channel will also allow you to know when we have started the test. At the end of the test we will leave the line open for an additional half hour for more Q&A and general comment.

At 7:15 PM, Sheriff’s Dispatch will activate the EMA tones and send a message. This should act like the every Tuesday test alerting EMA Members via  TwoTone/eDispatches/IAMRESPONDING. Also at this time, a separate IAMRESPONDING message will be sent to EMA members. This is TWO SEPARATE COMMUNICATIONS.  Amateur radio operators should listen for the tones to signal the start of the exercise.

At 7:30 PM, a public service net will be started which will include an initial message and a rollcall of EMA volunteers on McEMA’s VHF transmitter set to 155.025 Mhz, PL146.2 Simplex. This is the channel labeled “EMA MAIN” on any EMA-issued VHF Handheld radios.

1. If you are an EMA Member WITH an EMA-issued VHF Handheld Kenwood radio:

  • Listen on this radio for the Sheriff’s Message and then for the rollcall net and attempt to respond back to the net via this radio. The rollcall will consist of calling all EMA-issued Radio Numbers. When your number is  called, please respond back with your radio number. Once you respond back to the rollcall (whether we can hear you or not), DON’T FORGET TO complete the SurveyMonkey questionnaire.


  • AND, monitor your phones/email for the IAMRESPONDING message. DON’T FORGET TO complete the SurveyMonkey questionnaire.


  • AND, if equipped with an Amateur Radio, have your radios set to 155.025 Mhz, PL146.2 Simplex. Listen for the message. DON’T FORGET TO complete the SurveyMonkey questionnaire.


2. If you are an EMA member WITHOUT a EMA-issued VHF Handheld Kenwood Radio: 

• Monitor your phones/email for the IAMRESPONDING message. Also monitor your phones/email for the TwoTone/eDispatches/IAMRESPONDING notification of the Sheriff’s Message. Respond on IAMRESPONDING with TEST     OK if you receive the message(s) and DON’T FORGET TO complete the SurveyMonkey questionnaire.


3. If you are an Amateur Radio Licensed EMA or ARES Member:   • Have your amateur radios set to 155.025 MHz, PL146.2 Simplex. Listen for the message. DON’T FORGET TO complete the SurveyMonkey questionnaire.

4. Optional activity (EMA Members):  • During the rollcall net, please keep track of as many volunteers RESPONDING with their radio numbers that you hear as possible. The SurveyMonkey will ask for these. If you miss some, no problem. If you     choose to not do this, no problem. This is the only OPTIONAL question in the  SurveyMonkey.

SurveyMonkey questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XT8PFTM
GoToMeeting connection :https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/689424773

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Field Day 2020 Results

Chart of our year over year results

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Severe Storm Spotting Classes On-line April 2020

NWS Chicago will be offering live webinar spotter training sessions this
spring.

The first spotter training webinar will be held on Thursday April 9th.
The plan is to hold at least one additional live webinar at a later date to be determined.

General Information: https://www.weather.gov/lot/spottertraining2020

April 9th Session Registration Link (direct link also in Tickets section):

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8900383205613779726    Follow
Instructions at this link.

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WINLINK- RMS Station Gateway is Here K9ESV-10

McHenry County ihas established  Winlink-RMS packet gateway on 145.610 Simplex No PL.  More information on the Winlink system can be found at the link for the Live System Information. Stations, status and frequence information are all at this link.  https://winlink.org/RMSChannels. Also these test stations are on HF:

  • NC9IL will now be operating Winmor P2P indefinitely on CF 3571.5 for testing purposes.
  • K9LJB will now be operating ARDOP P2P indefinitely on CF 3571.5 for testing purposes.
  • W9DSR will operate as an PACTOR/ARDOP/Winmor RMS on CF 3595.0 during the day, most days.

Per Frits Bock (WD9FMB): As these are testing platforms, there will be times when they will be down for maintenance, resets, or re-purposing.

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2018 Field Day QSO Results

Here are the QSO results from Field Day 2018, including a comparison to the 2 previous years. Great job by everyone who participated! Lots of opportunity to improve even more next year. We’ll start discussing that at the August meeting.

Points Category Year
2016 2017 2018
CW/DIGITAL QSOs
160M 0 0 0
80M 112 41 65
40M 256 216 363
20M 465 366 405
15M 130 126 100
10M 9 88 54
6M 0 0 0
2M 0 0 0
70cm 0 0 0
PHONE QSOs
160M 0 0 0
80M 22 24 50
40M 52 122 54
20M 57 94 34
15M 10 32 10
10M 0 1 0
6M 0 0 0
2M 1 0 0
70cm 0 0
SAT 0 0
Total QSOs 1114 1110 1135
Year-to-Year NA -0.36% 2.25%
CW/Digital QSOs 972 837 987
Year-to-Year NA -13.89% 17.92%
Phone QSOs 142 273 148
Year-to-Year NA 92.25% -45.79%
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