October 22, 2020 Virtual Face-to-face Meeting Notes

Thank you to everyone that was able to join our meeting! It was full of great discussion with both new and familiar faces. For those of you who missed it, the slide deck we referred to can be accessed with the following link:
https://www.beautiful.ai/player/-MKLDNfxPDJj_HuXHe8A
Key notes and follow-ups:

February 25, 2016 Face-to-Face Meeting Minutes

The February 25, 2016 DHRA monthly Face-to-Face meeting was opened by Tom Zane, AF7TE, President of the DHRA.  An introduction of all attending was part of the opening on Tom’s agenda.  Tom  also shared and handed out a survey for attendees to fill out about what we would like to see presented at our monthly meetings.  Eric Hansen, KG7WHZ, the DHRA’s new Licensing & Education Coordinator, called for suggestions on what members would like to hear for training items on the weekly nets, and Tom responded that the survey should also help out with that.  Eric will be setting this survey up to be communicated to the DHRA membership for response.  In Joe Costello’s absence (WH6QV, DHRA Net Coordinator), Mary Turton, KC9APG, reminded all of the need for help with running Net Control.

Announcements:

Thursday, April 21, 2016 Great Utah Shakeout annual event and the DHRA’s participation in that.  This event begins at 10:15am.  A half hour later, the DHRA will open an official tactical net to pass traffic.  Joe Costello, and Steve Decho, KE6FX, will be conducting the net at City Hall at a designated Command Post location, and Mary Turton will be acting as scribe.  Tom called for 5 DHRA volunteers to help out for calling/checking in from designated locations to be announced.  Tom’s plans for the DHRA’s involvement with the City in this event has been discussed with and approved by the City of Draper and the Salt Lake County ARES group with which the DHRA is affiliated.  Tom commented that we will only have a tactical net, and not a resource net or command net.  Carmen Roark, KE7YKJ, asked for an explanation of what these three nets are, and Tom replied that a tactical net is for the passing of traffic, the resource net is for members to check in on a different frequency, and a command net is for leaders to talk to each other on yet another frequency.

Meeting Content:

Two items were part of this evening’s meeting:  the value of a good antenna for HTs, and a show and tell of antennas.

Tom Zane gave the overhead representation by projector on a screen about the value of good antennas  was given by Tom Zane.  Major points:

1.  Physical Handling of your HT:  stand still, speak/talk ‘across’ the mic, keep the antenna pointed to the sky, and stay out of the car (if you can).
2.  Find the ‘sweet spot’ in your home.
3.  Get up a little higher.
4.  Low to moderate priced solutions, among which were:
a.  replace the default rubber duck that comes with your HT (can be done for as little as $12 with 3db gain)
b.  add a correct length tiger tail for counterpoise (correct measurements can be found by researching this on the internet).
c.  connect the radio to an external mounted antenna.

Show & Tell:

Mavis Glad, KF7QVR, demonstrated her magnetic pie pan for mounting a magmount antenna.  She also showed the magmount antenna that is being purchased by City Hall to be placed in the 9 CERT trailers, being stored on a middle shelf in each until needed during an event.  Users would need to purchase their own respective adaptive connectors to be able to use the magmount antennas with their HT’s.  Kelly Stevens, KG7ZUK, comments that ‘kits’ are available with various connectors, to which Tom Zane replied that they are very expensive, like $100, otherwise connectors can be about $3 apiece.  Mary Turton demonstrated her 300 ohm TV wire dualband jpole antenna that was scotchtaped down to a 10-ft. wood molding stick for a very portable antenna and the PVC pipe mast and stand to hold it that Ben Hunter, N7TOW, made.  She has used this antenna set up every summer at the DHRA Emergency Communications booth at the Draper Annual Safety Days in the Park in August, using weights (4 small barbells, and two sandbag ankle weights) to hold down the stand so that it did not blow down in the wind or fall over.

It was a very interesting and informative meeting.  Attendees represented 3 districts in Draper as follows:

Corner Canyon
Tom Zane, AF7TE
April Zane, KF7RKS
Thomas L. Zane – Guest
Mavis Glad, KF7QVR
Jim Graham, KG7FET
Carmen Roark, KE7YKJ
Kelly Stevens, KG7ZUK

Hidden Valley
Nate Burr, N8BIR

SunCrest
Steve Riska, KE5BAD
Mary Turton, KC9APG
Eric Hansen, KG7WHZ

11 total in attendance.  The meeting concluded at 7:55pm.

January 28, 2016 Face-to-Face Meeting Minutes

The January 28, 2016 DHRA monthly Face-to-Face meeting was opened by Steve Riska, KE5BAD, President of the DHRA.  An introduction of all attending was part of the agenda. Mickey Applebaum, KE7NZA, of the W5YI VE training team was visiting and announced that the Utah SAG ham radio group was looking for volunteers to help with parades and bicycle rides.  Those interested in supporting these activities can find more information at the Utah SAG facebook page.  Mickey will also be posting these opportunities on the DHRA facebook page.  Mickey also announced  weather spotter training and that anyone who would like this training in their community should contact him.

Guest speaker, Scott Chatwin, introduced himself as the new Emergency Services Coordinator for the City of Draper.  Scott had just attending a meeting of the Salt Lake CERT Committee council meeting, a new group formed to build a CERT network with the cities in Salt Lake County and area that will have a shared Google + calendar detailing the CERT trainings in the area:

UFA-sponsored:
Cottonwood Heights City:  Feb. 16th – March 13th
Midvale – beginning March 3rd to April ?
Taylorville – beginning April 9th-16th

Sandy City-sponsored:
March 22nd – Apr. 3rd

Bluffdale sponsored:
January 28th to ?

Scott Chatwin also displayed the magmount antenna, 9 of which have been purchased by the City for placement in each of the 9 district CERT trailers (proposed to the City by Mavis Glad, KF7QVR).

Next on the agenda were the annual DHRA elections, conducted by Steve Riska, KE5BAD.  Each of the 4 nominees were introduced and were allowed to tell a little about themselves, and another opportunity for nominations was opened to those in attendance.  Final results for this election:

President – Tom Zane, AF7TE
Vice President – Mavis Glad, KF7QVR
Net Coordinator – Joe Costello, WH6QV
Education & Training Coordinator – Eric Hansen, KG7WHZ

The final event for the evening was form training.  This consisted of a drill using HT radios with written scenarios by Mavis Glad.  Those in attendance were divided into 3 groups to represent two districts (SunCrest and Eastridge) and the Draper City Hall EOC.  Each group had a radio person and a scribe and two scenarios to practice with.  One of the groups included a person playing the role of Draper City EOC IC, played by Scott Chatwin.  We had the opportunity to read the respective scenarios, decide how to write up the important and urgent learnings in the scenario in 25 words or less, and give what was written to a ham radio operator who would call in the drill scenario to Draper City EOC.  It was exhilarating and fun and a little nerve wracking at the same time.  Thanks and a big kudos to Mavis Glad for preparing the scenarios and ‘form training.  The forms used were the IC 213 and CERT #6/IC 309 (General Message and Communications Log, respectively).

It was an enjoyable evening, with 19 persons attended the meeting as follows:

Corner Canyon
Mavis Glad, KF7QVR
Tom Zane, AF7TE
April Zane, KF7RKS
Steve Decho, KE6FX
Kelly Stevens, KG7ZUK, and wife, Joyce
Carmen Roark, KE7YKJ

Crescent View
Clark Miles, KF7PUD

Hidden Valley
Nate Burr, N8BIR

SunCrest
Steve Riska, KE5BAD
Mary Turton, KC9APG
Joe Costello, WH6QV, and wife, Michele
Eric Hansen, KG7WHZ, and children, Sam, Daniel, and Maeli

Guests:
Scott Chatwin
Mickey Applebaum

The meeting closed at about 8:20pm.

 

October 22, 2015 Face-to-Face Meeting Minutes

The October 22, 2015 DHRA monthly Face-to-Face meeting was opened by Steve Riska, KE5BAD, President of the DHRA.  An introduction of all attending was first on the agenda.  The absence of Steve Decho, KE6FX, was noted, due to his recent knee replacement surgery.

Steve mentioned that part of the meeting’s agenda would be to discuss plans and ideas for next year’s meeting contents.
The main theme for tonite’s meeting was show and tell by the members.  Most of those in attendance had something to show, demonstrate, share or tell, as follows:

John Watson, WM3V — software-defined radio
Ben Hunter, N7TOW — balun, and a solar-power junction box
Dave Smith, N4DSZ — HF antenna wiring inside a townhome
Nate Burr, KG7PXY — CW learning aid, and digital  radio
Mavis Glad, KF7QVR — purchase of magmount antennas for the City’s CERT trailers, by the City of Draper
Mary Turton, KC9APG — solar-power junction box built by N7TOW, along with her ICOM 208H radio and as applied to a 12 v 35 amp battery
Steve Riska, KE5BAD — HF Radio digitally defined, with PSK and the computer, and a solar power battery box
Todd Witzel, KE7KGI — Baofeng radios and their various models

After the show and tell concluded, a brief discussion ensued about possible activities for the coming year were discussed, including possible help with parades in Draper and elsewhere in the area, plus the need for balance on emergency preparedness training versus the growing interest in HF radio.

14 attended as follows:

Corner Canyon
Mavis Glad, KF7WVR
Lynette Banks, N7LYN

Crescent View
Clark Miles, KF7PUD

Draper District
John Watson, WM3V
JT Watson, KG7DEV
Taylor Watson, KG7DEW

Hidden Valley
Nate Burr, KG7PXY

Mountain Point
Dave Smith, N4DSZ
Sue Smith, AF7NG

South Mountain
Todd Witzel, KE7KGI
Ady Witzel, KG7WFH

SunCrest
Steve Riska, KE5BAD
Ben Hunter, N7TOW
Mary Turton, KC9APG

The meeting closed about 8:20pm

September 24, 2015 Face-to-Face Meeting Minutes

The September 24, 2015 DHRA monthly Face-to-Face meeting was opened by Mary Turton, KC9APG, DHRA Secretary. Mary opened the meeting excusing our president, Steve Riska, KE5BAD, who was home resting after a recent heart attack.

Our guest speaker was Brent Slack, Chairman of the Draper Emergency Preparedness District Representative Committee (DEPDRC, and lovingly dubbed the District Rep Committee).  Brent spoke on the re-emphasis of Neighborhood Watch in Draper with the help of Draper Police’s own, new Debi D’Amico, the parttime crime prevention specialist at City Hall.  He also explained  how the City’s emergency operation plan began in 2006, and in about 2011,  the City rolled out its FEMA plan for Districts, and Districts with District Leaders, District Reps, Area Leaders and Area Reps.  To get a jump start on running this plan, the City used the boundaries of already existing 9 LDS stakes for the boundaries of the Districts, and they also contacted local LDS stake leaders to help implement this plan and fill the roles of District Leaders and Reps, and Area Leaders and Reps with stake emergency preparedness leaders already in place, but that this plan was to serve and help all residents in the City, regardless of religion or ‘whatever’.

A few newer members in the audience commented that after they were welcomed to the DHRA, they were not contacted by their respective District leaders and would like to hear from them and wanted to be involved.  Brent replied that the District Rep Committee needs to do a better job on contacting these persons, especially when these new members are anxious to be active and involved with their community.  Mary urged the new members not to wait for their respective District leaders to contact them and to contact them themselves.

Brent also commented that with this City emergency operations plan, the City has not done well on following through and being hands-on working with the District Rep committee (and the DHRA, I might add).  And Mary shared that the City is in the process of hiring a new City Emergency Manager as the previous one is no longer with the City, and she is hopeful that this will be an opportunity for change with these problems, moving forward.

The value of CERT-trained citizens was discussed, and also the existence of the 9 CERT trailers that the City purchased and stocked with supplies, one for each District.  Dave Smith, N4DSZ, commented that Herriman had a strong City-CERT program running and would like to see that in Draper.  Mary Turton responded that Draper hasn’t had a CERT coordinator for the City for some years and that just a few weeks ago, a new civic volunteer has taken on that role — Brady Sines, KG7TKE, of the SunCrest District.

15 people attended tonite’s meeting, including our guest speaker, Brent Slack, and our newest member, Todd Witzel, KE7KGI, from the South Mountain District, who also brought a guest with him, Taylor Redfern, who is interested in getting his amateur radio license.  Todd remarked that his 11 yr. old daughter recently got her license, too.  Joe Costello, WH6QV, brought his sweet wife, Michelle, with him, and she is planning on getting her license, too.

Alot of energy was felt at tonight’s meeting.  The 15 attendees are as follows:

Corner Canyon
Mavis Glad, KF7QVR
Steve Decho, KE6FX

Crescent View
Clark Miles, KF7PUD

Draper District
John Watson, WM3V
J.T. Watson, KG7DEV
Taylor Watson, KG7DEW

Hidden Valley
Nate Burr, KG7PXY

Mountain Point
Dave Smith, N4DSZ
Sue Smith, AF7NG

South Mountain
Todd Witzel, KE7KGI

SunCrest
Joe Costello, WH6QV
Mary Turton, KC9APG

Guests
Brent Slack
Michelle Costello
Taylor Redfern

The meeting concluded at 8:30pm.

August 27, 2015 Face-to-Face Meeting Minutes

Our August 27, 2015 Face-to-Face Meeting was the 3rd Annual DHRA social held at the home of Mavis Glad, KF7QVR, and husband, Ray.  The event started at 6:30pm.  Steve Riska, KE5BAD, opened the event, welcoming all.  Dave Smith, N4DSZ, gave the opening prayer and blessing on the food. Ray and Mavis, prepared their infamous delicious dutch oven chicken recipe, to which the rest of us brought sides of salad or dessert.   Members and their spouses were invited, with attendees as follows:

Corner Canyon
Mavis Glad, KF7QVR, and husband, Ray
Steve Decho, KE6FX, and wife, Nancy
Tom Zane, AF7TE, and wife, April, KF7RKS

Hidden Valley
Nate Burr, KG7PXY, and wife, Danielle

Mountain Point
Dave Smith, N4DSZ, and wife, Sue, AF7NG

SunCrest
Scott Turton, KC9APF, and wife, Mary, KC9APG
Ben Hunter, N7TOW, and wife, Deborah, KD7EWI
Joe Costello, WH6QV, and wife, Michelle
Steve Riska, KE5BAD, and wife, Lisa

18 in all.  And we had a great time!

July 23, 2015 Face-to-Face Meeting Minutes

The July 23, 2015 DHRA monthly Face-to-Face meeting was opened by DHRA President, Steve Riska, KE5BAD.  Our guest speaker was Mark Richardson, W7HPW, who spoke on HF Antennas and a little on “DXing”, as he is afflicted wtih “DX fever”!  This will be difficult for me to relay or share the many areas he covered…I will do my best, as most of my experience is with UHF/VHF.  But I found this very interesting as my father has been into HF radio and also CW for many years, and I hope to be into HF some day soon.

Mark’s presentation covered many things, from RF tolerance and antenna theory to vertical antennas versus dipoles, plus the pros and cons of a high SWR.  He talked about gain, impedance, bandwidth and polarization, arrival angles versus distance, path loss versus arrival angle, and also antenna heights.  So if this is your bag and you were not here for his presentation, you missed alot!

Some of my gleanings from his talk, and please correct me if I’m wrong:

— RF is where the big antenna is, not the coax, and HF is much more tolerable than UHF/VHF.
— High SWR in a good coax cable is not necessarily a bad thing.  For example, in a vertical antenna with a ground, 2:1 is better as it means alot of energy is going through.
— 60 ft. off the ground is optimum for 20m.
— 20 ft. is optimum for most frequencies, and with good HF antennas, a lower antenna will outplay high antennas.
— 45 ft. is the best overall heighth for most antennas.
— A practical antenna has three characteristics:  small, high efficiency and broadband.  But you  can only have two of those options, so choose the 2 most important to you, because you can’t have all 3.
— Regarding radiation angles, the wetter the soil, the more the conductivity.

In summary, here are a few of Mark’s closing remarks:

— An antennas is better than no antenna
— Higher antennas outperform lower antennas
— Most people are happier with dipoles than verticals.
— Doesn’t matter what kind of copper wire you use:  thin or thick, insulated or bare, stranded or solid.
— Always use good coaxial cable.
— Outdoor antennas are better than indoor antennas.
— Homemade antennas are better, and you don’t have to have it all.

And finally, and most importantly — a special thanks to David Todd and Brian Anderson of the Eastridge District/Stake for help with access to and use of the projector from the library at the Eastridge Stake Center for Mark’s presentation!

13 were in attendance at our meeting as follows:

Corner Canyon:
Mavis Glad, KF7QVR
Carmen Roark, KE7YKJ
Steve Decho, KE6FX

Hidden Valley
Nate Burr, KG7PXY

Mountain Point:
Dave Smith, N4DSZ
Sue Smith, AF7NG

River View:
Darryl Hazelgren, K7UT

SunCrest
Joe Costello, WH6QV
Steve Riska, KE5BAD
Mary Turton, KC9APG

Visitors:
Mark Richardson, W7HPW – Payson
Carol Richardson, W7CDR – Payson
Rick Williams, W7HBL – Draper (River View)

The meeting closed at about 8:40pm.

May 28, 2015 Face-to-Face Meeting Minutes

The May 28, 2015 DHRA monthly Face-to-Face meeting was opened by Steve Riska, KE5BAD.  Introductions of attendees were made.  Two guests from the City Hall at Draper were in attendance — Steve Alsop, and Jake Sorensen, from the IT Department.  Steve and Jake are responsible for city technical equipment, including the amateur radio and antennas at City Hall.  It was good to have them at our meeting and meet them and to discuss and correlate with them.  Steve Riska, KE5BAD, President of the DHRA, will be working with Steve and Jake on placement of this radio equipment at City Hall and how it will be used in the EOC.

Our special guest speaker this evening was Bob Craven, N7GTE, RACES Officer for Utah; ARRL Utah Section SEC for ARES and LDS Church ERC Operations & Net Manager.  He is also the director of the State of Utah Emergency Operations Center.  Bob gave us an overview of how R.A.C.E.S. works and under what conditions R.A.C.E.S. can call on ARES members for assistance during a crisis.  He discussed the relationship between the cities, counties, the state and the Federal Government.  He also discussed the importance of families having a plan for communication in an emergency and having it written down and shared with other family members.  Bob was very helpful in answering all of our questions and many things were discussed.  We sure enjoyed his visit and presentation.  This was his second visit to the DHRA in 3 years, and we would love to have him visit again.

Meeting attendees were as follows:

Corner Canyon
Mavis, KF7QVR
Jim, KG7FET
Bruce, KG7MGG

Draper District
John Watson, WM3V
J.T., KG7DEV
Taylor, KG7DEW

Hidden Valley
Nate, KG7PXY

Mountain Point
Dave, N4DSZ
Sue, AF7NG

SunCrest
Scott, KC9APF
Mary, KC9APG
Steve, KE5BAD

Guests
Bob Craven, N7GTE – Bountiful
Steve Alsop – Draper City Hall
Jake Sorensen – Draper City Hall

15 participants and the meeting closed at 8:20pm.

April 23, 2015 Face-to-Face Meeting Minutes

The April 23, 2015 DHRA monthly Face-to-Face meeting was opened by Steve Riska, KE5BAD.

Announcements:
Steve announced that he is looking for operators who would like to be Net Control for the DHRA Net once inawhile.
Please send an email to Steve at draperhamradio@gmail.com if you would like to try or take a turn.

Our guest speaker was Stan Gordon, KE7EUH, a member of the Utah Amateur Radio Club (UARC) from Holladay, Utah and).  Stan spoke about HF digital radio Modes, with emphasis on the ones you can use with the sound card on a computer, demonstrating tones from multiple simultaneous QSO’s, using the digital modem software program, FLdigi, and Ham Radio Deluxe.  Digital sound modes PSK31 and RTTY were demonstrated, as well as THROB.  There are many applications for digital radio, such as DXing, messaging, packet radio, etc.  Stan demonstrated digi sounds from various digital radio modes and discussed digi mode decoding software.  There were a few engineers in the audience who could ask intelligent questions regarding digital radio, while others may have recalled days using Western Union teletype machines with yellow punch tape with slow baud rates or wordprocessing machines with ascii; and for the rest of us, it was way over our heads!  Click here to see Stan’s presentation.

Attendees from Draper Emergency Districts participated  as well as one guest from Holladay, Utah as follows:

Corner Canyon
Carmen Roark, KE7YKJ
Mavis Glad, KF7QVR
Steve Decho, KE6FX

Draper District
Marsha McBride, KE7EUH

Hidden Valley
Nate Burr, KG7PXY

Mountain Point
Dave Smith, N4DSZ
Sue Smith, AF7NG

SunCrest
Steve Riska, KE5BAD
Mary Turton, KC9APG
Scott Turton, KC9APF

Special Guest:
Stan Gordon, K7JIZ – Holladay, Utah

The meeting concluded at about 8:15pm.

February 26, 2015 Face-to-Face Meeting Minutes

The February 26, 2015 DHRA monthly Face-to-Face meeting was opened by Mary Turton, KC9APG.

Announcements:

DHRA 2015 Final Election Results:

President — Steve Riska, KE5BAD
Secretary — Mary Turton, KC9APG

And a big welcome to our new President, Steve Riska, KE5BAD!

Meeting Theme:

Our special guest speaker was Kelly Weldon, KD7IMZ, the EC of Salt Lake County ARES.  Kelly spoke on Grab ‘N Go bags and shared with us all his wonderful Grab ‘N go contents.  He really overwhelmed us and had about six different bags and the contents were all different.  He even had an ‘office’ go bag with all the forms, procedures, paper work, booklets for ARES, all kinds of pens (my husband, KC9APF was impressed with that).  I liked his portable antennas, and there was so, so much more.  So if you were not at this meeting, you missed alot!!  Kelly also explained the purpose and operation of Salt Lake County ARES, as the DHRA has recently partnered with them so that they can help us if our resources get depleted in serving our City in an emergency, and so that we can in reverse help out other communities in the Salt Lake Valley served by Salt Lake County ARES.  A handful of our members are already registered with SL ARES, but we encourage all of you to join.  Their weekly nets are held every Wednesday, except the 4th Wednesday, at 8:30 pm.  The weekly nets are held on our repeater at 146.700(-) T: 100 Hz except for 5th Wednesdays which are simplex nets.  More information on the weekly nets can be found on the training page.

4 Draper Emergency Districts and a visitor participated as follows:

Corner Canyon
Carmen, KE7YKJ
Steve, KE6FX
Mavis, KF7QVR

Hidden Valley
Nate, KG7PXY

Mountain Point
Dave, N4DSZ
Sue, AF7NG

SunCrest
Deborah, KD7EWI
Ben, N7TOW
Scott, KC9APG
Mary, KC9APF

Visitors
Kelly, KD7IMZ – West Valley

11 participants in all.

The meeting closed at 8:30pm.