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Coronavirus and Field Day 2020

At this point, it is uncertain whether or not we will participate in Field Day as a group.  We will be monitoring the situation and do the right thing to protect our members and visitors.  Stay tuned.

Otherwise, ARRL Field Day is a Ham Radio Open House where we deploy to a temporary location away from the convenience of our homes and try to contact as many other operators in IARU Region 2.  We also invite the public to participate and learn about ham radio.  It’s a lot of fun for us and our guests.

EMCOMM

Emergency communications is one of cornerstones of amateur radio. Out goal is to be prepared to serve our community in the event of an emergency or disaster when there is a need to provide organized message trafficking or to supplement failed communication mediums. The EMCOMM operator must be trained and equipped to support a wide variety of incidents. To that end we encourage participation in the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). To best be prepared and to join ARES specifically, there is training and certifications you can get for free without too much effort. Also, each Sunday night at 19:00 hrs on the W6SLZ repeater (146.700 PL 123.0) we hold an EMCOMM roll call for hams who are willing serve in the time of an emergency (though all are welcome to call in).

WESTERN KERN COUNTY ARES

As of now, TARA is associated with Western Kern County ARES:

http://westernkerncountyares.org/

TRAINING

ARES requires at least the following FEMA training courses: IS-100.B, IS-200.B, IS-700.A and IS-800.B. Additionally you need IS-100.HCB to server a hospital or health department. Find said couses at:

http://www.arrl.org/emergency-communications-training/

https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b

https://training.fema.gov/is/searchis.aspx?search=is-200

https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-700.a

https://training.fema.gov/is/searchis.aspx?search=is-800

and maybe…

https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.HCb

GO-KIT
The go-kit is a crucial part of a ham’s ability to do EMCOMM. It has all of the tools and supplies needed to operate in an effective manner and do so for many hours or even days and in perhaps adverse conditions. There are many ways to assemble a go-kit such as boxes, cases and backpacks. What matters is that you have everything you need for the EMCOMM operation on the band you’re going to work, be able to recover from a SNAFU, and to take care of your own self. Our current strategy is to be equipped to operate primarily on the 2M band with added 70CM and HF where needed. Here are some examples of what typically goes into the kit:

http://www.westernkerncountyares.org/GO%20KIT/WKC%20ARES%20Go%20Kit.pdf

http://www.westernkerncountyares.org/GO%20KIT/WKC%20ARES%20Supplemental%20Survival%20&%20Comfort%20Items.pdf

More coming…

T.A.R.A. Club Breakfast (Monthly) – (Currently ONLINE)

Join us online for a Zoom Breakfast!

We can’t go to the Village Grille so join us online for breakfast for a face-to-face QSO. We meet for a casual breakfast on the second Saturday of the month.  Breakfast starts at 8:30am and ends when we’re done eating (usually about 9:30am t0 10:00am).  This month, due the the “Stay at Home” mandate, we will share our stories online.

We look forward to seeing you there. Don’t forget to bring a friend and/or a future “Ham”.

The Public is certainly welcome!

John Dyer is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Club Breakfast – ONLINE
Time: Apr 11, 2020 08:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9587481268?pwd=SzViVlROZmt0bktEMlFwVWJrSVF6QT09

Meeting ID: 958 748 1268
Password: 14652

General Meeting – 04/9/2020 (Via Zoom) – Part 2

This month we will not be meeting at the Mountain Aire Estates.  In consideration of the “Shelter-In-Place” order by the Governor, we will be using a program called Zoom to conduct the meeting over the internet.

John Dyer is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Tehachapi Amateur Radio Association – General Meeting (Online – Part 2)
Time: Apr 9, 2020 07:35 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9587481268?pwd=SzViVlROZmt0bktEMlFwVWJrSVF6QT09

Meeting ID: 958 748 1268
Password: 14652

General Meeting – 04/9/2020 (Via Zoom) – Part 1

This month we will not be meeting at the Mountain Aire Estates.  In consideration of the “Shelter-In-Place” order by the Governor, we will be using a program called Zoom to conduct the meeting over the internet.

John Dyer is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Tehachapi Amateur Radio Association – General Meeting, Part 1
Time: Apr 9, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9587481268?pwd=SzViVlROZmt0bktEMlFwVWJrSVF6QT09

Meeting ID: 958 748 1268
Password: 14652

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