Gables Races

Coral Gables Emergency Communications Team

ANNOUNCEMENT: March Meeting

This months meeting will take place at the Coral Gables Farmer’s Market at Coral Gables City Hall.  The meeting will be held in side the trailer.

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February 2014 Meeting Minutes

Attendance
Justin
Jeff
George
David
Lissette
Annie
Don
John Kolasisinky
Virgil
Felipe

Nets
Feb. 12 David
Feb. 19 John
Feb. 26 Annie
Mar. 5 Justin

  • Coral Gables Zone Net – short month. No nets on Christmas and New Years.  Wednesday 7pm on 147.150 (+) pi 94.8
  • Remember, Net Controls must check into the Wednesday night Main Net at 7:30pm to give the Net count to the Main Net Control operator when he/she asks for Coral Gables
  • Please email net report to Jeff
  • Please remember to follow back-up procedures if the primary person does not show.

Old Business

  • Current Copy of License/ARRL Training Certificates – Jeff must have from everyone. Please make sure to keep your personal information updated with Jeff and Lissette including amateur license and any training certificates.
  • Website – http://www.gablesraces.com or .net
  • ID Cards – Any problems? Call Martha 305-460-5424. Justin and John pending at this point.
  • Nice kit updates- Jason hasn’t been able to due much of anything.  Chargers are here, and everything needed to update them is here.  Just hasn’t had time.  Volunteers needed to help engineer them.  David and Justin have volunteered to bring up ideas.
  • JOB – no updates.
  • Remember about notification of being out of town.
  • Remember Event After-Action reports
  • Tour de Cure – It was a highly successful event.  The trailer was used and we had no problems with the trailer.  Everything ran the way it needed to for a fun and successful day.
  • Miami Marathon & Hamboree – Observations were made about the events and we discussed what we saw.

New Business

  • Trailer update – Trailer is in good shape.  Justin has, forgot to bring.  David will call Justin to pick them up.  Some medium sized cones available ay Home Depot for fairly cheap.
  • Skywarn training February 22nd with the county
  • First Aid Training during March meeting, $10 fees for materials.
  • MS150 March 1&2
  • Testing in April?
  • Skywarn May

Continuing Education – Online FEMA Courses

  • http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/crslist.asp – FEMA Website
  • www.gablesraces.com – Coral Gables ARES/RACES Website
  • All Active Members of the Coral Gables ARES/RACES team must have IS 100 and 700.  IS 200 and 800 are optional, but are highly encouraged.
  • When you receive your certificate, please make a copy and hive it to Jeff for placement in your file.
  • Members may take as many of the online FEMA courses as they wish beyond the required ones for membership.  All of the courses are free and easily reached through the able website addresses.

Upcoming Events

  • Feb. 22nd – Skywarn
  • Mar 1-2 MS150/200
  • Mar 8 First Aid Training
  • Apr 12 – Pending Testing
  • May 4 – Lotus House Ride
  • Jun 28-29 – Field Day
  • Any other Community events coming up?

Refreshments

  • March – Felipe
  • April – Justin
  • May – Jeff

Adjourned 11:30am

January 2014 Meeting Minutes

Attendance
Jason
Branden
Art
Dave
David
Jeff
George
John Dalnes
John
Virgil
Justin

Nets
Jan. 15 Jeff
Jan. 22 Branden
Jan. 29 John
Feb. 5 David

  • Coral Gables Zone Net – short month. No nets on Christmas and New Years.  Wednesday 7pm on 147.150 (+) pi 94.8
  • Remember, Net Controls must check into the Wednesday night Main Net at 7:30pm to give the Net count to the Main Net Control operator when he/she asks for Coral Gables
  • Please email net report to Jeff
  • Please remember to follow back-up procedures if the primary person does not show.

Old Business

  • Current Copy of License/ARRL Training Certificates – Jeff must have from everyone. Please make sure to keep your personal information updated with Jeff and Lissette including amateur license and any training certificates.
  • Website – http://www.gablesraces.com or .net
  • ID Cards – Any problems? Call Martha 305-460-5424. Justin and John pending at this point.
  • Nice kit updates- Jason hasn’t been able to due much of anything.  Chargers are here, and everything needed to update them is here.  Just hasn’t had time.  Volunteers needed to help engineer them.  David and Justin have volunteered to bring up ideas.
  • JOB – no updates.
  • Remember about notification of being out of town.
  • Remember Event After-Action reports

New Business

  • Trailer update – Trailer is in good shape.  Justin has, forgot to bring.  David will call Justin to pick them up.  Some medium sized cones available ay Home Depot for fairly cheap.
  • Suggestions for February meeting?
  • Skywarn pushed to April or March.
  • Joint training day with Dade Radio Club where we both build a field station and try to communicate with each other from across town.
  • Lotus House Ride – Possibly need radio operators.  It’s a small ride at that point that starts at Ponce Circle Park with routes North.  Lotus House is a woman’s shelter in Overtown.
  • Everglades Field Day will be at the South Dade Agricultural Center and will be conjoined with DRC.  Will set up a station and invite people to come by to man the stations.  Jason is suggesting that RACES join as well.
  • Shirts – Will be about $20/shirt.  Will take orders next meeting once Branden gets all the information.
  • Hamboree needs volunteers.  Please contact Jason if you wish to volunteer.  D-star, Arduino Icom will all have a booth.  Will also be a part of a Mini-Makers Faire.
  • Tour de Cure – 4 positions still need to be filled.  Tentative assignments already done.  Trailer is going to start line at Haulover.
  • Skywarn training February 22nd with the county
  • First Aid Training in March, $10 fees for materials.

Upcoming Events

  • Jan 26 – Tour de Cure
  • Jan 31 – Feb 1 Hamboree
  • Feb 2 –  Miami Marathon
  • Feb. 8 – Possible Meeting at Farmers Market
  • Feb. 22nd – Skywarn
  • Mar 1-2 MS150/200
  • Mar 8 First Aid Training
  • Apr 12 – Pending Testing
  • May 4 – Lotus House Ride
  • Jun 28-29 – Field Day
  • Any other Community events coming up?

Adjourned 11:10am

December Meeting Minutes

Attendance
Justin
Don
Lloyd
Virgil
Miguel
Brandon
Raul
John
Felipe
Jason
Lissette
David
Jeff

Nets

Dec. 18 – lloyd
Jan. 8 – Felipe

  • Coral Gables Zone Net – short month. No nets on Christmas and New Years.  Wednesday 7pm on 147.150 (+) pi 94.8
  • Remember, Net Controls must check into the Wednesday night Main Net at 7:30pm to give the Net count to the Main Net Control operator when he/she asks for Coral Gables
  • Please email net report to Jeff
  • Please remember to follow back-up procedures if the primary person does not show.

Old Business

  • Current Copy of License/ARRL Training Certificates – Jeff must have from everyone. Please make sure to keep your personal information updated with Jeff and Lissette including amateur license and any training certificates.
  • Website – http://www.gablesraces.com or .net
  • ID Cards – Any problems? Call Martha 305-460-5424. Only one missing ID card at this time is Branden, and Jason is helping to straight that out.
  • Remember about notification of being out of town.
  • Remember Event After-Action reports

New Business

  • Chargers are on order. Jeff suggests a tech committee for setting the standard for the NICE kits.
  • JOB – everything went great, committee was very happy. Radios still work after they got rained on a little. Grandstands were sold out. Thank to everyone who came out to help.
  • Trailer update – everything is in good shape, everything work. If you set up the generator for the trailer, please remember to open the vent on the gas cap otherwise the tank will implode or generator will stall.
  • D-star repeater is up. Eddie is working on digital stuff, frank working on everything else.
  • We decided last meeting to not bring the trailer. Miguel requested we bring the trailer, to stay locked by the front entrances just for show. We decided to would be ok. No staff will be needed as it will remain locked.

Upcoming Events

  • First Aid/CPR Course Feb. 8th meeting – Please bring $10 for the cards.
  • Hamboree/Mini Makers Fair January 31st – Feb. 1st – Setting up Wednesday, Thursday is vendor check-in. Show opens at noon until Saturday. Contact Jason Swift to volunteer to help. Icom showing up, tower, mfj, ham world, Yaesu has contacted, but they haven’t confirmed. Will be combined with a Makers Fair. Testing on Saturday morning at 9am.
  • Tour de Cure – January 26, emails will go out soon. Looking for communicators for the route. Starting at Haulover, through downtown, and down to South Dade. Desperately looking for motorcycle SAGS. If anyone knows anyone, please let David know.
  • Miami Marathon February 2nd
  • March 1st & 2nd – MS 150 or 200 (it’s up for discussion). Email went out today. Fun 2 days, free camping in Key Largo. Hopefully the weather will be better this year. Format changed – routes will be 50/75/100 day 1, day 2 the century is negligible.
  • Susan Komen is in flux – Dates TBD. Venue may be changing.
  • DRC Field Day – looking to do the same as last year, with Everglades Amateur Radio at the agricultural center.
  • Skywarn TBD – February 8 at there will be a session at Miami Dade EOC. We can put one on the schedule as well. Looking at March/April.

Adjourned 10:50

Announcement: Upcoming December Meeting

Please make note that the CGRACES meeting this Saturday will NOT be at the Coral Gables Police Station. Instead, we will meet at the Coral Gables 72nd Avenue facility–in the backup 911 center.

We will have talk-in on 147.15 if you need assistance. Please bring your CGRACES or photo ID to enter the facility.

CORRECTION: The trailer will not be there. We will be set up in a pop-up tent.

November Meeting Minutes

Attendance:

Jason WB0ATS
Brenden
Virgil
George
Felipe
Jeff
John
Lenny
John
Annie
David
Lissette
Ryan

Nets

Nov. 13 – Felipe
Nov. 20 – Jeff
Nov. 27  – John
Dec. 4  – David
Dec. 11 – Brenden

  • Nets take place Wednesday at 7:00pm on 147.150 (+) pi 94.8
  • Remember, Net Controls must check into the Wednesday night Main Net at 7:30pm to give the Net count to the Main Net Control operator when he/she asks for Coral Gables.
  • PLEASE email net report to Jeff
  • Please remember to follow back-up procedures if primary person does not show.

Old Business

  • Current Copy of License/ARRL Training Certificates – Jeff must have from everyone.  Please make sure to keep your personal information updated with Jeff and Lissette including amateur license and any training certificates.
  • Website – http://www.gablesraces.com or .net
  • ID Cards – Any problems?  Call Martha 305-460-5424.  Only one missing ID card at this time is Branden, and Jason is helping to straight that out.
  • Remember about notification of being out of town

Nice Kit Updates

Jason has received purchasing permission, so we can purchase things we need, like the chargers.  Things that will be purchased: power poles, wires, chargers.

New Business

  • Trailer Update – Used for Paddle Challenge and everything worked very well.  Trailer is in good shape.  There are a few things on the wish list, but it’s perfectly functioning.  Registration was finally acquired.
  • Shirts – Found performance shirts, with dry weave or the regular polos, all with embroidered logos $30-$34 range, depending on materials, size and with or without pocket.  They are self pay shirts, therefore as many as you like can be purchased.
  • Junior Orange Bowl Parade – starts at 6:30pm.  Be there at least 2 hours beforehand.  Will meet at the trailer, on the side of the Christian Science church.
  • Trailer at Hamboree -Tentatively will not be taking it because we have a staffing issue and the trailer needs to have someone inside of it at all times. 

Events

  • Flamingo Free Flea – Miller & 63rd (look for Tennis courts) – November 16
  • Testing – Tentative for the March meeting
  • JOB Parade – December 1st, in the afternoon.
  • Hamboree – January 31 – February 1st
  • Miami Marathon – February 2nd
  • Tour de Cure – January 26
  • Any other community events coming up?

Refreshments

Lenny volunteered to bring refreshments to the meetings.  Thank you Jason for your refreshments at todays meeting.

Meeting Announcement

Just a reminder that we will be offering VE Testing following our 10AM meeting this Saturday. The start time for testing is 1130.

October Meeting Mintues

Attendance:
Jason WB0ATS
Jorge
Virgil
Jeff
John
Raul
Art
Lissette
David
Don
Annie

Nets
Oct. 16 – David
Oct. 23 – John
Oct. 30 – Jeff
Nov. 6 – Jason

  • Nets take place Wednesday at 7:00pm on 147.150 (+) pi 94.8
  • Remember, Net Controls must check into the Wednesday night Main Net at 7:30pm to give the Net count to the Main Net Control operator when he/she asks for Coral Gables.
  • PLEASE email net report to Jeff
  • Please remember to follow back-up procedures if primary person does not show.

VE Team Test session November 9th

Old Business

  • V/E Team – next testing session Nov 9.
  • Current Copy of License/ARRL Training Certificates – Jeff must have from everyone.  Please make sure to keep your personal information updated with Jeff and Lissette including amateur license and any training certificates.
  • Website – http://www.gablesraces.com or .net
  • ID Cards – Any problems?  Call Martha 305-460-5424.  Only one missing ID card at this time is Branden, and Jason is helping to straight that out.
  • Remember about notification of being out of town

Nice Kit Updates
New batteries have been acquired.  They are sitting in Jason’s shop.   We have new batteries for the nice kits. Jason wants to wait until we get some better chargers before installing them so we don’t damage them with current chargers (just a power supply).

Ideas bounced around about how to make the chargers more efficient.  The idea of power poles being used was suggested.

New Business

  • Trailer Update – Used for Paddle Challenge and everything worked very well.  Trailer is in good shape.  There are a few things on the wish list, but it’s perfectly functioning.  Registration was finally acquired.
  • Paddle Challenge – Went very well.  Best coverage we’ve ever had on the water, which is good because Coast Guard Auxiliary coverage was not so good this year.  More participants have been tipping over as the years go on.  4-5 tipped over this year and they had immediate boat assistance.  Thank you to all the participants!
  • Event After-Action reports
  • Suggestions for December meeting?

Events

  • Susan Komen – No ham support needed, but you can come on your own and volunteer if you’d like.
  • Testing – November 9th
  • JOB Parade – December 1st, in the afternoon.
  • Hamboree – January 31 – February 1st
  • Miami Marathon – February 2nd
  • Tour de Cure – January 26
  • Any other community events coming up?

Refreshments
Someone needs to step up to bring refreshments to the meetings.  Thank you John for your refreshments at todays meeting.

Miami-Dade expands hurricane evacuation zones

Miami-Dade expands hurricane evacuation zones

This is a very good, informative article regarding current Miami-Dade hurricane evacuation zones.  Very important for all to read to keep up to date with current emergency procedures.

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