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Upcoming Meetings

The next on-site meeting is scheduled to be on April 1, 2019 at 6 PM, (no fooling) in the sheriff's training center at 951 Low Gap Road, Ukiah. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/1sWu4. Due to participation of McARCS officers in the ongoing Technician classes, this meeting may be on-the-air instead. Listen for announcements on the county-wide net the week before.

DISASTER FIRE RESPONSE BY AMATEUR RADIO

On October 8, 2017 very late a wildfire broke out in Redwood Valley. As the result of that fire or possible heavy equipment brought in to fight the fire, the fiber optic cable connecting the greater Willits area and perhaps points north were cut off from telephone, cellular telephone, and all cable based internet access. By early morning Monday October 9 the amateur radio community in Mendocino County was mobilized to provide communications between all hospitals, certain health centers, and yet to be established Red Cross shelters and the forming Emergency Operations Center operations. Click here for an update on the ham radio response to the Redwood Complex fire. redwood.pdf

CHP HQ Letter to all Commands regarding using radios while driving

A recent letter from CHP to all commands states, in part:

For the purposes of Section 23123.5(f) CVC, a radio installed and mounted in a vehicle with a wired hand microphone (e.g. business band or citizen band [CB] radio) is not considered a wireless communication device, nor is it considered a specialized mobile radio device, and therefore is not subject to enforcement under this section.

To see the whole letter, go to:CHP-Enforcement-of-Section-23123 pdf

Every mobile operator is advised to keep a copy of this letter in their vehicle and show it to an officer if stopped. Be polite. Note this will not include a hand held radio held up to the face. Use a microphone!