2009 Northbrook Canoe Challenge - General Information

To the 2009 Northbrook Team,

Thanks for volunteering for the 2009 Northbrook Canoe Challenge team. Here is the information you will need prior to packing up your gear and setting out for the event site.

Downingtown March for Babies PS Event Report

The following ARES/RACES members participated in the Downingtown March Of Dimes "Walk For Babies" on Saturday morning 25 April 2009.

W3AHR Al
N3ESS Ray
KB3FCJ Tim
KB3MPX Ryan
KB3MNL John
W3WA Jim
N3MXB Guy

The walk was held on the Struble trail in Downingtown. The walkers got off at 0935.
we met at the nearby WaWa for coffee and conversation earlier, and all operators were in place by 0900. The walk was over and we were away by 1200.

Once again, I thank those who volunteered. See you next year (i hope!).
73,

Al Rabenau
W3AHR

Chesterbrook March for Babies PS Event Report

Participating in today's event were:

WB3GCK - Craig (NCS)
K3YK - Dave
KB3FCJ - Tim
KB3TQS - Tom
KE3HG - Rich
KD6YBY - Vince (and son, Anthony)

NCS was onsite at 1000 hrs. The operators were deployed to their assigned locations at 1130. The walk began at 1215 and all CCAR positions were secured at 1330.

Quarterly Meeting - Mon, April 27, 7pm – 8pm

Quarterly Meeting
Mon, April 27, 7pm – 8pm

Room 171, GSC, West Chester (map)

CCAR Projects Update (Lor W3QA) CCAR Events for 2009 (Event leaders to present) New CCAR Web Site (feature review, W3QA) 2008 Participation (Barry Metz, K3FYV) New 2009 Training Program (Tom Smith, KB3TQS, et al.) Limerick Team Selection

CCAR Has A New Portable Repeater

Thanks goes to Jeff DePolo, WN3A, who has reworked our old Motorola GR300 cross-band ("north-link") hardware into a proper in-band 70cm full-duplex low-power portable repeater. This will be a valuable asset for CCAR in many field operations.

The repeater is running this weekend for testing from the RACES room at the GSC in West Chester, using a gain antenna on the roof. Please make an effort to program your 440 radios and give it a test before Sunday evening. I would like to get a modest idea of what we can expect from it in range and performance. Details for programming are below.

Net Protocol and Message Handling by WB3GCK

Craig LaBarge WB3GCK presented a fine review of emergency voice net protocol and formal message handling at the Tech Rally last Saturday. If you missed the presentation and table-top exercise, his PowerPoint slides are attached for you to download and review.

Good stuff, Craig!

--Lor W3QA

4/11/2009 Tech Rally Presentation "Message Handling & Net Protocal Workshop" is available for download.

The "Message Handling & Net Protocal Workshop" presentation is available for download . To download log in and select the "Download" menu selection. The file "MsgHandling Tech Rally 20090411.pdf" will be listed. Click on it to download.

CCAR Net Check-ins for 4/16/2009

N/C KB3OJL JACK; DRILL KB3MJD JOHN;
MOBILE—K3YK DAVE; K3FYV BARRY; KB3IGL RAY; K3WIL WIL; N4SEN KEVIN;
ANNOUNCEMENTS WB3GCK CRAIG;

REGION 1—W3GGY RUSS;
REGION 2—W3AHR AL; WA3NOA JIM;
REGION 3—W3HOA AL; KB3RBU SCOTT; KB3CVC DICK; N3MXB GUY;
REGION 4—W3XE GEORGE; KB3OLG JOHN;
REGION 5—KB3FCJ TIM;
ADJ COUNTIES-NONE; WA2QDI JOE; WA3LGL SAM;
ANY STATIONS KB3NCK JIM; W3QA LOR; KB3TQS TOM.

Digital
Winlink: KE3HG RICH, WB3TQS TOM, WA3NOA JIM, WM3L BILL, WB3GCK CRAIG, KB3PCY MARTIN, W3QA LOR
APRS: WA3NOA JIM

CCAR Net Check-ins for 4/09/2009

04/09/2009 CCAR Thursday Night Net Total: 18

Net Control: W3AHR Al

Drill Traffic: K3WIL Will

Mobiles: K3YK Dave, W3QA Lor, KB3RBU Scott

Traffic: WB3GCK Craig

Region 1:
Region 2: KB3NCK Jim, KA3QKZ Don, K3JSE Andy
Region 3: KB3IGL Ray
Region 4: W3XE George, KB3OLG John
Region 5: K5HAL Cullen, N4SEN Kevin, N3ESS Ray, K3CIM Alex

Out Of County: W3BMA Dick Philadelphia
Out Of State:
Anywhere: WA3BXE Gary

Digital
Winlink - WM3L Bill, WB3GCK Craig, KB3PCY Martin

Northbrook Canoe Challenge for Cerebral Palsy - May 3

As time is getting near to this event, we still need at least one more operator. Please consider volunteering to come out for this fun and relaxing Spring event. FYI, background information on the Northbrook Canoe Challenge (for participants) is at http://www.ccdisability.org/nb2009.cfm.

This event is a FM simplex exercise in tough terrain, and we use the UHF FM system as a backup. We might be using CCAR's new 2M portable repeater if it's ready in time. The best equipment to use is a 20+ watt 2M FM or dual-band rig and a roll-up j-pole antenna with coax and carpenter's nylon line to reach 20+ feet into a nearby tree or use a portable mast. It needs to have sufficient 12V power for use over about four+ hours. We also may coordinate cross-band repeaters in parked vehicles for use with HTs. Operators will be at stations along the 9.5-mile river course to provide safety and communications for canoe mishaps (and they do happen!)

Participating so far are: KB3FCJ, W3XE, K3JSE, KB3PCY, KB3MJD, W3AHR, W3HOA, WB3GCK, W3QA, KB3OGL and KB3TQS. Any volunteers? There is no better way to soak in the May air than to help out the Cerebral Palsy Association of Chester County and exercise your emergency radio abilities! Please reply if you can spend this afternoon with us on the River.

Thanks and 73,

Lor W3QA

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