Centralia ARES Net

Before each Centralia ARES meeting, we begin with a net check-in via radio with each team member. This serves several purposes. First, it forces each of us to use our radios thereby ensuring they are working, set to the correct frequency and are capable of communicating with the Emergency Operations Center.

Next, it uses the same net preamble used if you were responding to a call out for a disaster situation. Finally, it forces us all to use the ITU (or Law enforcement at times) phonetic alphabet which we must be familiar with.

Net control duties are usually assigned in turn to each team member. That member reports to the EOC before the 6:15pm net is due to begin. The net preamble is provided and the team member receives a review of how the EOC radios are activated, how their frequencies are selected and how to turn them on and off.

The net control preamble sheet is a simple check off sheet where each team member is listed in alphabetical order by their call sign. To assist the operator, those call signs are also listed phonetically (example: kilo, delta, 7, oscar, whiskey, November). Each team member is called and if they respond, a simple check mark in the box indicates they will be attending the meeting that follows.

This same format is used for drills however after everyone has checked in, the net control will provide additional information such as staging area locations or other frequencies to be used.

The Centralia ARES check in net is done on the ARES simplex frequency of 146.540 Mhz. Therefore to check in, each operator must be within simplex range. While this check in could be done on either the Capitol Peak Repeater or the Bawfaw Repeater, there is no need to use valuable time on a repeater and team members should be responding to the area for training anyway thereby placing themselves in simplex range. Each team member should adjust his or her arrival into the area to be ready for the 6:15 pm net.

Most Centralia ARES team members check in using their mobile 50 watt radios and external antennas. While this is usually easy, you are encouraged to test your handheld radio from time to time if within range. The following page shows the Centralia ARES net preamble.

Field Day 2014

For more info, contact: Lyle: KB7PI, 360-807-4374 (leave message) Linc: K0ZCO, 360-480-0411 Or go to: www.k7cem.com

One of the more important dates each year for many Amateur Radio operators is the annual Field Day event. Field Day is the largest on-air Amateur Radio event in the world and will be held on June 28th and 29th. Last year, more than 35,000 hams participated in Field Day in the United States. The Chehalis Valley Amateur Radio Society and the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) teams of Lewis County will once again jointly participate in Field Day in Lewis County, and you are invited to attend.

Our motto is “When all else fails… Amateur Radio works!” Field Day makes sure we are able live up to those words.

This year’s Field Day event will be held in shelter #1, Borst Park, just off Interstate 5 at Exit 82 in Centralia, June 28 & 29.

Did you know there are 452 hams in Lewis County? Quite a few are new hams licensed in the past six months who have never experienced a Field Day operation. Field Day is a great opportunity to see what Amateur Radio is all about.

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Amateur Radio Relay League. Please consider attending this year’s Field Day event at Borst Park. Work a radio, learn how to do something new in Amateur Radio, share some great food or just visit. Even if you just have a few minutes to drop by, we’d love to see you. It’s a great time to learn more about what’s happening in Amateur Radio in our area.

For more info, contact:
Lyle: KB7PI, 360-807-4374 (leave message)
Linc: K0ZCO, 360-480-0411
Or go to: www.k7cem.com

Field Day Events

Field Day is practice for emergencies, an informal contest, a campout, a picnic, and, most of all, FUN!

Six Amateur Radio stations on site will be working all the bands:

  • 2 meter
  • HF
  • Voice
  • Digital
  • Morse Code (CW)

A wide variety of emergency power systems, equipment, antennas, and radios will be available to see and use.

Project classes, a hidden transmitter hunt and a great potluck dinner at 5PM on Saturday will round out the festivities. You bring a side dish and drinks, and we’ll provide hamburgers, hotdogs, buns and condiments.