The repeater is back in full operation with no glitches and in plenty of time for the Shakeout Net and Drill on Thursday.
I ordered a brand new Yaesu DR-2X for $900. The discount price at Ham Radio Outlet is $1,695. We get the special price because we are considered a “Club”. Yaesu has approved the order. This is a latest technology machine and should provide at least the 30 or more years of service that our previous machine has provided. Our previous machine is being repaired and will take its place in the radio facility as the backup machine.
In the interim, we had our backup, WA6MDJ, on 445.32 (445.32, -5 MHz offset, 88.5 Hz PL Tone [not CTCSS]).
We are very excited to be offering Club Days on the first and third Saturday of each month from 10am until 1pm at Fire Station 1 in downtown Culver City. This is an excellent way to learn and become proficient on the station equipment and many other things that have to do with CCARES like programing radios. If you have not yet been to our Radio Room, the “talk-in” procedure is to use our repeater, K6CCR-R, on 445.6, -5MHz offset, CTCSS code 131.8. If you do not have a radio, please call the EOC Radio Room at (310) 253-6848 for access instructions. We hope to see you at one soon!
Steve Herbert, K6CRW, and I met with the Facility Engineer at Southern California Hospital a of Culver City, formerly known as Brotman, and completed site selection for two more AREDN MESH nodes. We were very pleased with the sampling results that we were able to get and found two great locations, one on each building. The two radios should be installed soon and will serve as the central backbone for our network!
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Kevin Sherwood, AJ7C
President, Culver City ARES (CCARES)