220102, the "EMCOMM Hub" on Keller at 2000 hours, Sunday, "Back to Basics" with Rick, KK6CTT


  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."

  • All amateur radio operators are invited to participate.
  • To follow along you can find tonight's outline at hub.rivecg.net along with many past topics/information for reference.
  • Held every Sunday night at 2000 hours (8 p.m.) California local time.
    • KPRA 146.385 (+) PL 146.2
    • or, KE6TZG-R on Echolink
I.    Administrative:
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.
II.   Check-ins
  • 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).
III.   Announcements:
  • 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@...
  • Hamster Net, first WED on HF, 7.223.
  • Local Tech Net on the CBARC or W6JBT Repeater:  https://w6jbt.org/
    • 146.850 (-) PL 146.2
    • 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/
    • 147.090 MHz (+) No PL
  • 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.
IV.    Let's run a little review with a look at basics...
  • Always consider a reputable source for information and I think the best place to start is with Governmental and NGO sources like:
    • FEMA, DHS "ready.gov"
    • State and Local agencies to include your city CERT organization.
    • Red Cross, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters...
    • Why?
      • Relatively up to date and relatively the standard being taught by everyone associated with disaster preparedness.
      • You can't fault anyone starting with the basics here but you can push them to learn more in addition to this very basic starting point.
      • Not one of these agencies readily talks about civil unrest or the ensuing mayhem that is part of the "grid down" issues that can be a very big part of the problem when community services are stretched beyond their capacity and this is were most plans will either fail miserably as the situation devolves.
  • Another place to start down the "rabbit hole" is with companies like Emergency Essentials and some of their ideas.  Of course this will lead to an over abundance of "information" to include those places you might visit where you worry about being put on some kind of "list" for being "too far out there" but YouTube University is also a great place to spend time and sort those issues out by vetting content you believe is worth your time.
    • Emergency Essentials main resource page:  Click here
    • Rule of Threes:
      • Can't live without air for 3-minutes
      • Can't live without shelter for 3-hours
      • Can't live without water for 3-days
      • Can't live without food for 3-weeks
      • Can't live without positive social interaction for 3-months
    • Suggestions:
      • Create a digital library (know your digital capabilities and how you will access your information)
      • Create a physical library
        • Less cost effective (under normal conditions)
        • Harder to "move" and "take with you"
        • But, information is at your fingertips.
    • A general personal assessment:


CalOES offers a virtual course.  Information about the virtual course can be found at https://www.solera-cert.info/basic-cert-training 

This course is a little more informative than the FEMA online course.

San Gorgonio Pass ECG


Yucaipa Valley Amateur Radio Club


San Gorgonio Pass ECG


I apologize for the tardiness of this post concerning the Hamster Net with Ed, KM6UWI and the rest of the crew:

Happy New Year everyone, it's time to start another year of hamster nets.
Wednesday January 5th at 7:30 pm on 7.223 MHz.
Meeting ID: 847 6860 0955
Passcode: 936999
Ed Clark KM6UWI.