In our February general meeting, tonight, Kenneth Finnegan, W6KWF, will be presenting on "Building a Communications System from Scratch: Providing Communications Support for the Wildflower Triathlon"
The Wildflower Triathlon is one of the worlds largest triathlons in the world, and requires an extensive communications system to run smoothly every year. Despite being located at Lake San Antonio where there's only one cell phone tower and a single amateur repeater in range, the Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club and its alumni take on the challenge and deploy a communications system with half a dozen voice repeaters, an entire stand-alone APRS network, and a multi-console Computer-Aided Dispatch center.
Our 2m repeater is WiresX capable. This means that you can connect it to distant repeaters, nodes or even reflectors (such as the America Link, MNWIS etc) and enjoy conversations often many thousand of miles apart. Our 2m repeater puts us on the map!
Nevertheless this powerful feature can get in the way of running normal analogue FM NETs if not well understood. Here is what I mean; when our repeater is connected to a distant node it is connected in digital mode only. But our repeater can support both FM (analogue) and C4FM (digital) transmissions as it has been purposely set to AMS mode (automatic). Both transmissions can coexist (in serial mode). So it is very important that when we run our FM only NETs to disconnect our repeater from any distant WiresX nodes first. Equally it is important to let local digital users know that an analogue NET is about to begin.
To make it clear, it is the responsibility of the operator who connected the repeater in the first place to disconnect it when we have a scheduled FM NET or when he/she has finished interacting with other stations or monitoring.
The San Francisco Radio Club has been invited to manage the Communications Team for the 35th Annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon & 5K. We will appreciate your assistance for this event, our inaugural year of participation.
On behalf of all members of the San Francisco Radio Club (SFRC), past and present, thank you for your support of amateur radio.
SFRC started over a century ago, driven by individuals with similar interests. They came together then, as we do now, to learn together and from each other. We encourage interest in all aspects of the hobby, and to aid our community.
Thank you for providing me the honor of serving as President for the 2018 year, and for providing a stellar collection of leaders to serve with on the Board of Director. We look forward to continued growth, building on the strong foundation of the oldest continuously operating amateur radio club in the world.
The Board of Directors met recently to discuss the coming year, and are pleased to present the following objectives for 2018:
None of this is possible without each and every one of you. We still need and want you to share your interests and ideas. More importantly, we need your participation, not just at the meetings and events, but also in the continued development and growth of our club. We see our role as the elected leaders is not to impose, but to facilitate.
We look forward to seeing you throughout the year, at all of the SFRC events!
We are looking for photos from our Holiday Party to post to our website.
If you have attended our Holiday Party at the Basque Cultural Center last December and have taken photographs of the event, would you mind sharing a copy with us by emailing us at: email@example.com
The 2018 Board
The results are in and we have a new leadership team elected for the year 2018!. Thanks everyone who joined us live for an Ice Cream social and the election process last Friday.
Every year the San Francisco Radio Club celebrates its members and our success by hosting a Holiday Party at the Basque Cultural Center. Join us for a night of great company, great food and awesome prizes on December 17th!
This event is for members and their guests only. As always please bring two unwrapped toys for our annual Toy Drive. For more information about this event and to register to attend please click bellow.