13 March Weekly Net:

28 Check-ins, 27 Minutes


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Hawaii ARES/RACES - Hams to the Rescue

During a recent accidental Missile Warning in the U.S.A state of Hawaii, a reporter was there to do a special interest piece on Amateur radio operators.  What they really learned was more about professional communicators working as a backup system to authorities when other means of "getting the word out" might fail.

Watch the Video.

Electronics Flea Market Tailgate - Tri Cities

The Tri City area local amateurs are holding another Electronic Flea Market 
Tailgate. This event will be held on May 5th, 2018. The location will be at the
following site:
2505 W 27th AVE.
To find the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and school, if you are heading
south on Hwy 395, turn left at 27th avenue, if you are on I-82 heading
north or east take exit 113 for Kennewick. Head north approximately
1.8 miles and take a right at 27th Ave. After you get on 27th Ave. go
east for 1 mile and you will see the church and school on the right.
Suggested Items to sell or Trade: (Electronic, Electrical Type Items Only)
Commercial, Amateur, and Citizen Band equipment
Bench and Portable Test equipment
Computers, Computer parts and Accessories
Cables and Wire
Power Supplies
Radio Controlled, Robotics, and Quad Copters etc.
Electronic Components, Microprocessors, etc.
Equipment Carcasses
Any other types of Electronic or Electrical Equipment

Sellers/Vendors can set-up starting at 7:00 am
There will be no charges or fee's for sellers and buyers.
Bring your own Tables, Canopies, portable generators, or
work out of the back of your truck, car, or van.

For other information or details contact:

Dan Durflinger @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Helicopter Training

Helicopter training is NOT a requirement to be a member of ARES - RACES; however, Greater Spokane Emergency Management -DOES- require helicopter training for any members who are called upon to deploy for an emergency.  This means if the county calls us up, we can only dispatch members who have had this training.  This doesn't mean the ARES - RACES group can't use you in some other important radio communicator position.  Please don't let this be a deterrent to your participation.  Those members who wish to be eligible to deploy, must get this training.  It is only held once or twice a year, depending on the need.

Helicopter training is good for two years.  Prior training done on-line is no longer valid, even if you took it recently, you will need to take this in-person course.

The next Helicopter training opportunity is Friday, March 16, 2018 at 1800 hours (6 pm) and will last a little over an hour.

Training will be held at:

Spokane County Sheriffs Training Center
6011 N. Chase Rd.
Newman Lake, WA  99025

Go-kit Night

The Spokane ARES - RACES group met at their monthly meeting this January to display various radio and personal survival Go-kits, also referred to as Go-boxes.  These are built by radio amateurs to put all needed equipment in one place so they can essentially "grab-and-go."  The idea is to take as little time as possible to deploy.  The group will also be holding follow-on sessions to help others configure and build their own.  Stay tuned for more information.

The presentation can be found in the downloads area.


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2018 01 13 Digital Workshop

This Saturday our primary track will be an Introduction to Scripting in Winlink Express. 
Scripting can be a powerful tool to expand your connectivity via the packet VHF/UHF infrastructure. It can greatly increase your geographical range and still get the message through when parts of the system are down. 
This workshop will be an introduction to the basics of the why, when, and how of using scripting in the Winlink environment. We'll build out a number of useful scripts, so bring your computer with Winlink Express installed. We'll have stations setup to demonstrate how scripting works in real life, and if you'd like to test it on your own radio, don't hesitate to bring your Winlink radio setup as well.
Additionally, if there is interest, we'll be happy to also run an Introduction to Winlink for New Users for those that haven't yet set up or used Winlink Express (or would like additional help setting it up). If you're interested in that session, please use the contact form and select WA7AQH. If we do this track, it will start at 1030.

2018 - January Update

Happy New Year to all our ARES - RACES members and those visiting our web site.

The January Meeting, to be held on Thursday the 18th, will cover Go-kits, Go-boxes and Mobile rigs.  If you have a mobile/portable radio setup that you have "ready-to-go" at a moments notice, please bring it to the next meeting.  You'll have an opportunity to show it off and for othes to see the different ways we all put these together.  We'll also go through some hands-on time to help others with their mobile setups.  Later at the February Second Saturday Digital Workshop, we'll have a few hours to help others build and install mobile rigs.  It should be a good time.

In the upcoming Second Saturday Digital Workshop for January, you can look forward to learning more about Scripting.  This is the ability to send your digital messages via more than one repeater by using "scripts" that help channel the message the way you want.  Anyone new to digital and specifically Winlink, please come on out and the instructors can help you get set up with Winlink for the very first time if needed, or help you with scripting.

The webmaster will hopefully be posting information soon regarding upcoming Amateur license classes.  For now, dates are as follows:

  • February 10th 2018 - Technician
  • March 17th 2018 - General
  • May 12th 2018 - Technician
  • August 11th - Technician
  • November 10th 2018 - Technician

License Classes are currently being held at the Fire Training Center.  A test opportunity will be given at the end of each class.  More info to come.

Times:  0800 - 1730 (5:30 pm), with a 45 minute break for lunch.