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Black Bear Rampage Public Service Event

on Aug 18 : 23:14  Posted by Brian Simms  Category: Misc  Comments are turned off for this item

We could still use a handful of volunteers for this year's Black Bear Rampage mountain bike race.  The Black Bear Rampage is a Forty mile mtn bike race on the awesome Tanasi trail system in the Great Smoky Mountains. There is a twenty mile option for the beginner racers. (Ocoee river area)

This is joint effort with Hamilton County, Collegedale, and Cleveland hams. We are looking for 30 volunteers for a short race day on Sunday, September 14th. The report time is 7:30am at the communication staging area at Boyd's Gap. The race should be over by 2:30pm. Volunteers will receive a bag lunch and a custom 2014 Black Bear Rampage shirt.

There are 2 types of positions, drive to and hike to. We will be using 2meter simplex communication so mobiles for the drive to positions and Hand held for hike positions. This is a great event for testing your simplex skills as Net Control will be able to hear everyone from its location at Boyd's Gap, but you might only hear HT.

So far from Hamilton County, we have the following operators volunteering:
Roland Witt, N4SSA
Karen Witt, KW4SPN
Ben Timmerman, AC4HG
Dot Timmerman, AC4HH
Brian Simms, K4VOM
Dewayne Siddon, KE4IDH
Dan Kays, WD5CBW
Wayne James, WB4IEJ
Gary Ownby, AK4ZX
Harriet Schroeder, KK4EAO
Robert Berman, W4SET
Mark Rose, KA0YDC
Jan James, WD4JAN

Please, if you can help out send me an email at K4VOM©arrl.net.

Thanks and 73,
Brian Simms, K4VOM
Hamilton County Emergency Coordinator
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Cherokee Heritage Festival Public Service Event in Cleveland

on Jul 25 : 23:50  Posted by e107  Category:   Comments are turned off for this item

The Cleveland Amateur Radio Club and its ARES group are looking for volunteers to work a public service event on August 2nd and 3rd.

The event is the Cherokee Heritage Festival.
The location is Red Clay State Park in Bradley County.
The times are 9:30am to 4:00pm with shifts being 2 hrs long

The hams in Cleveland have been very good to assist Hamilton County with events. This would be a good time to return the favor.
This has the making of a fun event that after you are done volunteering, you can enjoy the Festival.

Please either contact Derek Wooley(KD5UBL) at <his call sign>@arrl.net

Or Brian Simms(K4VOM) at <his call sign>@arrl.net

You can also post to this message and we will make the connection for you.


Thanks and 73,
Brian Simms, K4VOM
Hamilton County Emergency Coordinator
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Amateur Radio Parity Act HR-4969

on Jul 24 : 20:36  Posted by e107  Category:   Comments are turned off for this item

The amateur radio cummunity needs your supoort. There is a bill in the House of Representatives that call for the FCC the “reasonable accommodation” three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas. At present PRB-1 only applies to state and municipal land-use ordinances, and the FCC has indicated that it will not act to provide the same legal protections from private land-use agreements — often called covenants, conditions, and restrictions or CC&Rs — without direction from Congress.

The ARRL has set up a webpage on their site for more information on HR 4969 and how to go about notifying your representative that you want their support

The page is located at http://www.arrl.org/hr-4969

Please take the time and send a letter or email to your representative soon before this session of Congress has closed. There is a form letter that you can use to to do this.

If you need any assistance, give a call or email.

Thank you for your time on this important issue.

Brian Simms, K4VOM
Emergency Coordinator
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TEMA Disaster Assessment Training

on Jul 14 : 23:53  Posted by Brian Simms  Category: Misc  Comments are turned off for this item

Just a reminder that TEMA will be in Bradley County giving a course on Disaster Assessment. The class is this Thursday July 17th 2014.
The class will start at 6:00pm EST and run around 3 hrs. The location of the training will be the Cleveland Bradley County EMA located at:

1555 Guthrie Dr NW
Cleveland, Tennessee 37311

  • Depart I-75 N
  • 1.3 mi
    At exit 25, take ramp right for TN-60 toward Cleveland / Dayton
  • 0.2 mi
    Turn left onto TN-60 S / Georgetown Rd NW
  • 0.3 mi
    Turn right onto Guthrie Ave NW
    Raceway on the corner
  • 475 ft
    Turn left onto Guthrie Dr NW
  • 48 ft
    Arrive at Cleveland-Bradley EMA on the right
    The last intersection is Guthrie Ave NWIf you reach Little St NW, you've gone too far

All ARES Members are welcome to attend.
Brian Simms, K4VOM
Emergency Coodinator HC ARES

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Meigs County Emergency Drill

on Jun 25 : 02:59  Posted by e107  Category:   Comments are turned off for this item

Wednesday June 25 at 10:00am EST, there will be a drill for the evacuation of Hamilton County to the shelter in Meigs. This is part of the exercise for Sequoyah Nuclear Plant.

Meigs County EMA, Bradley County EMA, and Hamilton County EMA will activate for this event. Bradley County and Hamilton County ARES will also call up a drill net during the time frame of the event.

Hamilton County ARES net will be on the 146.790(-) repeater. Dewayne Siddon and Brian Simms will be at the EOC to make contact with the Bradley County ARES net on 146.925(-) 114.8t and will make contact with Meigs County shelter on 147.180(+) 118.8t. We will also run the ARES net for HC on a second radio.

All ARES members are encouraged to check in to the net on the 146.790 repeater during the time frame. This will allow us to know how many members would be active during the event. There will be no further action required but to check in.

Lets have a good showing of support from Hamilton County during this drill.

Thanks and 73,

Brian Simms, K4VOM
Emergency Coordinator
Hamilton County ARES
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