October 2018 Club Meeting - When All Else Fails

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Friday, October 19, 2018

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handy Man Corner

Presented By Tom, W8TK

Make a two band dipole with single feedline.



When All Else Fails

Ham Radio is There


Presented by

Logan Zintsmaster, KZ6O


What happens “When All Else Fails” in Silicon Valley?

Santa Clara County, the home to Silicon Valley, presents an interesting emergency communications environment. The county has 1.92 million residents that live in 17 communities with 15 EOCs and is spread along a 52 mile stretch of freeways surrounded by mountain ranges and the San Francisco Bay. There are 6 major interstates crisscrossing the region along with numerous freeways. There are several reservoirs in the area with one large enough to flood San Jose, 30 miles away, with 6 feet of water if the earthen and rock dam failed. There are over 500 hams who are active participants in ARES/RACES and support public service events, local and county emergency drills, and activations.

Logan Zintsmaster, KZ6O, an OVARC Member, has been involved in emergency communications activities within Santa Clara County for the past 14 years. Before moving to Tucson he was the District Emergency Coordinator for ARES and Chief Radio Officer for Santa Clara County RACES. His presentation will take a look at how amateur radio emergency communications have been structured to deal with the challenges of the county. The presentation will describe several likely disaster scenarios and how emergency communications training and operations have been adapted to address these scenarios. He will briefly describe a digital messaging network that takes packet communications and bulletin board systems into the modern times without using the Internet.   Finally, he will relate some “tales from the field” for several recent activations and drills.