210919, The "EMCOMM Hub" on Keller Sunday at 2000 hours (PST), "Viewpoints: Ladies, let's talk about our perspective concerning amateur radio and preparedness" with Yvette, KD6ESZ


  Mission Statement for the "EMCOMM Hub" on Keller:  

"Provide a networking environment that fosters sound Keller Peak Repeater practices with respect to emergency communications and preparedness."

o  All amateur radio operators are invited to participate.
o  To follow along you can find tonight's outline at hub.rivecg.net along with many past topics/information for reference.

For operational guidance; always refer to the KPRA guidelines found here:  http://kpra.net/guidelines.html

NOTE:  If you would like to be a featured guest who has an organization that meets the net criteria and you would like to highlight it in a subsequent net, please open a dialog with Rick, KK6CTT at rngr86@...  Please put "EMCOMM Hub" in the subject line for easy identification.


  • Facilitate education and training that draws willing amateur radio operators to serve as stewards of the Keller Peak emergency communications community.  Become "The Hub" of information that prepares us to efficiently recognize and adjust to situations where proper handling of priority and emergency traffic is necessary.
  • Allow groups and individuals who participate in emergency communications and preparedness to share their experiences while providing opportunities for operators to volunteer with the organizations that provide the best fit.
  • Establish sound practices within the Keller Peak Repeater Association that recognizes and addresses the "greater good" principle in the eventuality the repeater becomes "The Hub" of emergency communication operations.
  • Flow of the net will include the following but will remain flexible:
    • Any updates from KE6RYZ, Dennis concerning the repeater.
    • Guest speaker(s) sharing personal, agency or organization information (see "scope of this net"):
      • Personal experience due to an event or personal knowledge based on work/volunteer experience.
      • Governmental or Nongovernmental organization (NGO) viewpoint.
      • Or, the club frame of reference.
    • Public Service Announcement:
      • Wrap up with something relative to the group that ends the net on a positive note.
Frequently heard courtesy tones on the repeater:
  • Dah Dit Dit Dit (- . . .):  "B" signifies the repeater is running on back-up power:
    • "Routine" QSOs should be avoided.
    • Brief "Priority" and "Emergency" traffic may be passed which may include directing operators to another repeater or simplex net.
    • Net controllers please refrain from conducting roll calls and use the net to share or exchange only important information.
  • Dah Dah Dit (- - .):  The "G" tone identifies power is derived through onsite generator backup power:
    • "Routine" QSOs should be avoided.
    • Brief "Priority" and "Emergency" traffic may be passed which may include directing operators to another repeater or simplex net.
    • Net controllers please refrain from conducting roll calls and use the net to share or exchange only important information.
  • Dah Dit Dah (- . -):  The "K" tone signifies the repeater has dropped and is awaiting the next station.
  • Dah Dit (- .):  The "N" signifies the repeater is in "net" mode.  This may include automatically or manually linked reflectors/nodes.
  • IRLP and EchoLink Check-ins:  Call, Name & Location
  • RF Check-ins:  Blocks of 5 calls:  Call, Name & Location
    • We will:
      • Check-in participants as we get comments, questions and suggestions.
      • Ask for check-ins at the end of the net (time permitting).

 "Viewpoints:  Ladies, let's talk about our perspective concerning amateur radio and preparedness" with Yvette, KD6ESZ

I.    Announcements:
  • Nets to come in the near future:
    • Join Ray, N6KZM on 10/03/21 as he shares his experience with remote operations (power issues) and his journey researching "power stations" also referred to as "solar generators."
  • Licensing and testing:
    • Amateur License Testing, every 2nd Tuesdays of the month 0800, $15 Exam fee
      • American Legion Post 426, Yucaipa, 12167 California St. TO REGISTER send Email to wd6h@...
  • Join W6LIK and the Joint Seal Beach ARES/VA on Monday, 11 OCT 21, 1830, for an open Zoom meeting with You Tube sensation from Ham Nation, Josh Nash.  Josh will discuss "Grab and Go Portable Ham Radios".  Josh is always a show stopper...  Hope you and your friends can join us for this evening.  See you then, Midge W6LIK
  • Great ShakeOut Plans?
    • West Riverside County ARES:
      • 21 OCT 21, 10:21, check-in net on the Moreno Valley RACES repeater on Box Springs.  449.300 (-) 103.5 PL.
      • 23 OCT 21, 0900-1030, information continues to trickle in.
        • All operators welcome to participate
        • Will provide and example of "meeting" on Keller, providing status and moving to a resource net based on area and activity.
        • Other operational expanded exercise tasks.
  • Local Tech Net on the W6JBT Repeater:  https://w6jbt.org/
    • Each weekday morning the “Tech Net” is held from 0700-0800 on the W6JBT repeater or Echolink at W6JBT-R.  This net is designed to bring local hams together to talk about radio issues, new products; questions and answers about everything “ham."
  • Looking for more net time?  We've had some good reports of a welcoming repeater further west that holds two weekday nets at 0900 and 2100 hours on the Catalina Repeater:  http://www.cara.radio/
  • Of course, there are the several Keller Peak nets featured here:  https://kpra.net/nets.html
  • Any other announcements?  Please send them to Rick, rngr86@... if you would like to make an announcement during the net.
II.   Introducing our guest Net Controller:  Yvette Weilacker, KD6ESZ (pronounced Why’-lack-er)
  • Yvette started out with a Tech Plus license some 30 years ago.  Over the years, she predominantly operated on 2 meters on and off as time permitted.
  • About 10 years ago she joined Jurupa RACES in Riverside where she learned about emergency communications and how they coordinated with the Riverside EOC.
  • Then later, having moved to Rancho Cucamonga, she joined Tri-City ACS which works with the local Fire Department in emergency communications.  There she received training in radio operations, first aid/CPR, CERT, and emergency preparedness.  The ACS offered Community Outreach events, such as Field Day and ham radio licensing classes and testing, and she upgraded to General just a few years ago.  While with ACS, she held the position of Finance/Admin Section Chief until she left that post and ACS last year.
  • More recently, Yvette has turned her attention to a more nationwide organization when she learned about AmRRON (the American Redoubt Radio Operators Network), and checked in to one of their local nets on the Sierra Peak repeater.  And, on that net, she found Rick – KK6CTT – who invited her to the EMCOMM Net here on the Keller Peak repeater.
III.  Three tenets of the net this evening:
  • (Ice breaker 1) What do the following terms mean?
    • "73" or seventy-three or seven-three
    • "88" or eighty-eight or less commonly used eight-eight
    • Those were relatively easy, so, what is "33" or thirty-three and how is it used?  Said to have originated about 1940.
  • (Ice breaker 2) Historically women have been active in amateur radio and one, in particular, set a very high standard in both Hollywood and amateur radio/electronics.  Does the photo below look familiar?  Who is that woman and what contributions is she known for (click on the photo to read about her)?

  • Tenet One:  This net is an outreach to women operators and their opportunity to provide insight into their journey as emergency communicators; geared toward their input concerning amateur radio and preparedness.
    • Ladies, why did you decide to become a ham radio operator; and, when you got your license, what were your expectations about how you were going to use your radio?
    • How long have you had your ham radio license?  What types of radios do you use?
    • In the time you’ve had your license, what have you been doing with your radio?
    • Do you like or dislike the technical side of radios?  What area(s) would you like help in, i.e., programming your radio, testing your equipment, antenna basics?  Do you have someone nearby who can help you with these things?
    • In the area of emergency communications and preparedness which areas can the EMCOMM Hub help and how?  What are your challenges?  What are your strengths?
    • What would you like to do with your radio that you haven’t done yet?
    • Regarding emergency preparedness in general – and even stocking up when the COVID lock-down began – how did you approach this?  What worked and did not work?  What would you do different?
    • Did you ever find you needed to leave your house in an emergency?  If so, share highlights of your experience.  Did you have a plan in place?  If not, what would you do different?
    • Do you have a Go Bag packed and ready to go?  If so, what is in it that you found is a necessity that might not be so obvious to the average person?
    • Are there any books, articles, or publications that have helped you with amateur radio and/or preparedness?
  • Tenet Two:  A chance for you to speak candidly as women about how you view previous nets and what you would like to achieve in future nets.
    • Regarding this past year’s EMCOMM nets, what do you think about those?  And what would you like to see achieved in future nets?
  • Tenet Three:  If not welcoming already, explore what would help garner your support and increase your participation in the EMCOMM Hub.
    • Is there anything we haven’t talked about tonight that you can suggest would help this EMCOMM Net be more welcoming to women so that we could be more comfortable in supporting and participating in this net?

IV.   Suggested References:

  • Women in amateur radio:  https://www.amateur-radio-wiki.net/women-in-amateur-radio/
    • Terms used to refer to amateur radio operators or their families include, from the article:
      • Ham – Radio Amateur
      • YL (young lady) – Lady Radio Amateur
      • OM (old man) – Gentleman Radio Amateur
      • XYL – Wife of a Ham
      • YL Fundamental – Mother of a Ham
      • OM Fundamental – Father of a Ham
      • Side Band – Brother/Sister of a Ham
      • Upper Side Band – Elder Brother/Sister of a Ham
      • Lower Side Band – Younger Brother/Sister of a Ham
      • Crystal controlled – Getting Married
      • Harmonics – Children
      • Silent key – Deceased operator

  • Clubs:
    • YLRL (Young Ladies Radio League)
    • SOAR (Sisters of Amateur Radio)
V.  Preparing for this net led to many discussions "behind the scenes" between KK6CTT and KD6ESZ; here is some insight:
  • Third party is welcomed:
    • Licensed station controller, if you would oblige us, please consider allowing 3rd party traffic this evening.
      • If there is interest in anyone meeting to study for their ham test, let us know; KK6CTT,  rngr86@... (R N G R not MGR a common mistake)
      • If there are only a few who are interested we will work on a Zoom or other "simple" nudge in the right direction to answer questions and facilitate those baby steps.
      • If there is a sufficient interest, we might think of doing a few meetings in a park, setting up some discussion and work through some cell phone APPs to get people started on their journey.
      • Hopefully, we'll address the potential during the net and work to tailor our future nets and "give back to the community" through our actions.
      • Maybe we'll entertain preparedness seminars as well.
  • We've been successful our first year, what can we do to add to those successes in the 2021-2022 cycle?