Over in the PWCARES Slack channel, Brian, WC4J and Dan, WA4GSD have been having a spirited discussion about end-fed half wave and other sorts of wire antennas.
It was suggested (hey, even I don’t need to be clubbed up side the head) that some of this discussion should be memorialized (since none of us have taken our ginkgo this morning) for future reference.
First up then, this handy dandy PDF of wire lengths.
Then there are a couple of YouTube videos:
And finally this little bit of information:
EFHW have better efficiency, lower SWR and is more forgiving on bands covered. EFLW tunes most bands but is 15% less efficient. You can look up more at this link on random wire.
Where might you use this? Why, in the field, like Brian did at National Night Out this week.
Slides from the training are available.
On Saturday, January 19, 2019, PWCARES had their first training of 2019. Some of the topics we covered included:
There are a number of events coming up this year. First for the Marine Corps Program Office.
- Crossroads 17.75K (March 23)
- Run Amuck/Belleau Wood (June 15)
- Quantico Tri/Quantico 12K (August 24)
- Turkey Trot (Our November Training (November 16)
- Honor 8K (December 7)
Other fun events:
- United Resolve HF CommEx with the National Guard (June 1)
- Save Our Wounded Warrior Bike Ride (June 8)
- Field Day (June 22 – June 23)
- The Simulated Emergency Test (2nd Weekend of October)
There are new required training events, posted on the Training Page. For the classroom courses, we will be working with the County to get them arranged, either as a part of our regular training or a couple of evening trainings. Please send your certifications to the EC when you have completed the courses. If you have prior versions, you do not have to retake the course.
There have been some minor changes in the ICS 213 form and the ICS 214 forms. Please make sure you have the current forms in your kits. There are also new forms you need to know about, including the Prince William County Resource Form (see the Quick Reference Guide) and the Volunteer Request Form. Please familiarize yourself with these forms. One minor change from past years is that the paper process will be used over WebEOC, which will have a limited role going forward. If you are familiar with WebEOC, you can forget all that material.
The ICS forms tab has now been updated with the relevant forms you should have in your kits.
A hearty thank you to the cadre for all the help in 2018 and I look forward to a great 2019.
January 2017 Training
On Saturday, January 21, 2017, PWCARES had their monthly training.
You can review the presentation slides and the workshop slides on Go-Kits if you missed the meeting or just need a refresher.
Next up, MCM Crossroads 17.75 in the Prince William Forest Park on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Details coming soon.
Prince William County ARES July 2016 Exercise
Version: 20160713–01 v1
Because of the high temperatures expected, we will move the beginning of the exercise back to 0830 EDT .
If you are not coming out, but are going to be around during our training hours, please feel free to jump on the air and participate as well, either by voice or digital means.
I will bring out a couple of pavilions for shade (and so you can see the monitors) and I will bring out a large video screen as well. Tables, chairs, and gear as I have room.
We will be conducting a multi-pronged exercise.
- There will be a demonstration of remote control of an HF station by Chuck, KA3EHL
- There will be a demonstration (and hopefully some traffic passing) of HF digital
- We will again exercise VHF digital
- We will practice sending and receiving voice traffic
Chuck, KA3EHL will demonstrate remote control of an HF station, using BBHN. This should be quite interesting!
As part of the demonstration of remote control, we will do some HF digital work. Coordination and details of the HF digital part of the exercise will be hashed out over the next couple of days with the parties who have volunteered.
We will follow our normal plan of operations for VHF digital (see the Action Plan, section 6.11 for details). This is a good chance to come out and get your gear working, configure your gear, or find out more about digital.
Please make sure you have the FLDigi software loaded prior to coming out, as we will not have reliable Internet connectivity.
Please bring a sample ICS–213 form as we will do some voice message traffic work as well!
July is traditionally a hot month. How hot? Well, during the CW150, held the last week in July a few years ago, I seem to remember losing several pounds in water over the four days we were supporting them. Average temperatures were between 90 and 105 and I had reports of highs upwards of 120 in certain microclimates.
We had such a great turnout at our last digital exercise, I would like to try another exercise with both voice and digital on the lawn at the EOC. But, like I said, it can be hot. I think it would be a good idea. But I am willing to listen to the majority on this and do something inside.
What do you think? What would benefit you most?
Our regular training will occur this Saturday, March 15, 2014. We will start at 0900 EDT.
- Upcoming Events
- Review of Prior Events
- Deployment to Foreign…Places
- Go Kit Review
We hope to see you there!
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