In 2010, more than 7.9 million Californians practiced Drop, Cover, and Hold On to practice how they will protect themselves during earthquakes, and increased their overall preparedness.
On Thursday, October 20th at 10:20 a.m. millions of people will participate in the 2011 Great California ShakeOut!
The Los Angeles Emergency Repeater Association will also take part, with a check-in net between 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. All licensed Amateur Radio Operators are encouraged to call Net Control on the W6NVY UHF repeater – 449.700 MHz (PL 131.8) – and report your first name, call sign, location, and what radio bands you can operate on. In addition, Net Control will be monitoring the output frequency of the W6NVY VHF repeater – 147.195 MHz – and logging simplex check-ins there.
Please take a minute sometime between 10 and 11 AM to take part in the LA-ERA ShakOut Net on October 20th.
Click the link for more information about the Great California ShakeOut.
Note: We will also have the regular Thursday night net at 7:30 PM!
A California ham has been cited for operating mobile using a 2 meter radio installed in his car and this could become a test case to find out whether the restrictive anti-cellphone law can be used against other two-way radio users.
According to a note from Dick McKay, K6VGP, a member of the Disaster Amateur Radio Network identified as Irving Osser, KE6YR, received a ticket for using his amateur 2 meter radio in his car. According to McKay, the Los Angeles motorcycle officer stated that he saw Osser on his cell phone. KE6YR tried to show the officer the two meter radio with the coil cord microphone and said he was talking to another amateur on the radio. He also tried to show the officer the hands free system he uses on his BlackBerry and finally tried to show him the cell phone log that indicated no calls were made or received.
But the officer was not interested in hearing about any of it and it has now became a tell it to the judge matter. And here is where the possibly becoming a test case for the California law. This is because Osser is an attorney by profession and plans to represent himself in court with the proper knowledge about how to address the subject.
While California does not provide any exceptions for ham radio operators, CB’ers and other non-emergency two-way radio users, by definition, two-way radio gear is not a hand held cellular telephone. None-the-less, KE6YR will still have the burden to prove in court that what he was doing was legal and that he was in fact not using a wireless telephone as defined by law. (K6VGP)
The 2011 ARRL Southwestern Division Amateur Radio Convention – HAMCON 2011 – will take place the weekend of September 9th, 10th and 11th at the Merriott Hotel in Torrance.
This convention is held each year in a four year cycle. The cycle is in Los Angeles County, then to the Phoenix, AZ area, next it is held in Riverside, then in San Diego, and then back to the Los Angeles area.
The Southwestern Division encompasses Southern California and all of Arizona. This is an official ARRL convention. This will be one of the biggest Conventions in Southern California you don’t want to miss.
More information can be found at the HAMCON 2011 Web Site located HERE.