760 REPEATER (wide
area) - ACTION IN PROCESS.
05/ 05 /2023 - We have just
experienced a very large Area power outage impacting over three
thousand PG&E customers. This was in addition to
communication failures (Frontier landline and internet
failures). For many, this rendered them unable to dial 911).
During this same time frame we were subject to very substantial
thunder and lightening storms (with ground contact). The
potential for ignition can be up to two weeks following a
strike. On both 5/5/2023 and 5/6/2023 SER attempted to
obtain reports from Hams on 760. Result: Not a single
SHINGLETOWN HAM RESPONDED. Then, pre-dawn on 5/6/2023 (before
the power was restored and while we were still having
communication outages), someone again keyed the 760 repeater
multiple times and woke station operators up. There was no
purpose but to harass and disrupt an operating emergency
communications system. This degenerate's actions continue to
render the 760 repeater non useable for its intended purpose.
plans are now being finalized to change the 760 repeater and
only selected Ham stations who can be trusted will be provided
access. The local HAM club boycott, its shunning,
etc..., which has followed the actions by various local ham club
members (and its prior President) to destroy the SER
program have reached the point that either the repeater is shut
down or frequency changes be made. If Hams continue to be
so short sighted, egocentric, and snobbish, it is submitted that
there will be no long term future for Ham radio. The
frequency spectrum is limited. At least emergency
communications provides a substantive community benefit
justifying the frequency allocations. One should consider that
saving the California Ham repeaters from removal throughout all
of California (about 70 repeaters were going to be removed) was
based upon the emergency communications aspect of Ham radio.
There are a few good hams who
are interested in benefiting the community through emergency
communications. We also have many non hams who are
likewise interested in benefiting the community. To
these operators, Thank you for all of your help! The repeater
changes should help this active group (Village; Midway, Long
Hollow and Rest Area) accomplish their emergency
communications needs and render the repeater useful for at least
a substantive emergency limited community purpose.
When the changes are done, it
will only be selected Hams and Areas which will have access.
Other Hams and other Areas have radios. What they do, or do not
do, is up to them. Something very beneficial was
made and was operating for all of Shingletown. However, there
are destructive forces in Shingletown which continue to
operate. We can't continue being subjected to this bad
behavior. These factors have forced us to devote our energy and
volunteer efforts to the Village; Midway, Long Hollow and Rest
05/2023 - the abuse of the 760 has been substantially reduced. Accordingly, the pending changes to the
repeater are on hold.
The policy of SER remains the same. We seek
to handle ALL emergency traffic (e.g., wild fires,
earthquakes, request for 911 relay, etc...), even from those local Hams
who have worked to destroy the SER Plan. We recognize
that a Forest Fire impacts all of us, and it can do so in
The present SER Team volunteers (Non Hams
with a few Hams) are the key people who are serious about
volunteering to help their community as to emergency
communications. Thank you for your help and community
service. We need more volunteers, both Non Ham and Ham. If
you are community minded, please help out. There is no
club to join, no dues, etc... . Please just follow the SER Plan
05/16/2023 1855 hours - monitoring check for
hams on 760. No response (Note: SER Hams are QXX except
PDS). Accordingly, participating Non Hams are clearly critical to emergency fire
preparedness. Subsequent checks during May had same result
- no Ham responses (except for the SER Hams). It has been observed that
information transmitted on 760 is picked up by local ham club
transmitted on their local repeater for their club members. So
monitoring is taking place. The group chooses to
ignore requests for response / assistance.
05/12/2023: Testing of
760 repeater again done today with request for response. The
decision to make changes is pending. However, again, NO Hams
responded to propagation tests (I 5 south .... Williams,
etc). Only Hams that ever respond (even to fire) are those few
that are part of SER Plan (but today all of them were QXX).
The repeater still has a person keying in early morning hours
waking monitoring stations up. The 760 was removed from
the SER scan plan so that active stations don't turn off their
radios due to being awakened in the middle of the
night. By making changes, we intend to be able to
open up the 760 to 24/7 scanning by active stations (Ham and Non
Ham) and thus be able to use for emergencies. At this time, we
are only suffering the negative impacts of the malicious actor(s)
without any benefit of other Hams helping out. With the
changes, the intent is that Hams and NON Hams following
the SER Plan can use for emergencies. At this point, the Non
Hams following the SER Plan are a critical and vital aspect of
emergency communications for forest fires due to the lack of
Hams helping out (we only have about 4 active Hams). The Ham
boycott appears to be continuing. Yet, fire season is upon us.
04/10/2023: The760 (Ch
10) frequency changes will be made due to the continued
abuse. This is needed to preserve the existing CORE
Emergency Radio Team and its operational needs and purposes
pursuant to the SER Plan.
The Repeater is for EMERGENCY
COMMUNICATIONS AND THE SER PLAN - CORE AREA (VILLAGE, MIDWAY, LONG HOLLOW AND REST AREA).
Many Shingletown neighborhoods
were previously allocated specific CH 1, 2, 3, and 4, for
their local neighborhood emergency communications. It is unknown
how many neighborhoods actually have organized their emergency
radio communications. We are aware of only 4
neighborhoods that have taken sustained action and are actively
following and participating in the SER Plan. Such neighborhoods
are the focus of the SER Plan.
THE 760 (CH 10) repeater IS OFF. It will be
turned on (if Control Operator is available) for SHINGLETOWN
CORE AREA (VILLAGE, MIDWAY, LONG HOLLOW AND REST AREA)
operational needs only. CH 10 IS NO LONGER PART OF THE 24/7
MONITORING PORTION OF THE SER PLAN DUE TO THE LONG TERM CONTINUING ABUSE (e.g., keying at 2:00
AM, 4:00 AM, ... waking up monitoring stations; sending false
emergency alerts, etc...). ACTIVE AND PARTICIPATING
STATIONS WILL BE ADVISED IF THEY NEED TO QSY TO CH 10 FOR
CORE AREA OPERATIONS.
(1735 hours) - Another Monitoring check was done on 760
(10). Only Hams responding were BZL (PCR) & PDS with MWM QXX.
These stations are active SER Ham stations.
Drill Smoke Check (Format Tango 4) was to be conducted on
EROC 9. During Drill, person held PTT on 146.505 and transmitted
radio music. Also, someone sent interference signal on repeater
output frequency. Both of these interferences obstructed the
Smoke Check Drill on EROC 9 and interfered with relays from Ch
10 and Ch 58. Changes are going to have to be made not only 10
but also 58 (which is 505 simplex).
Persons who have radios who are not actively participating in
the SER Nets need to reprogram CH 10 AND
55 to 146.760 simplex (with no tones in or out) with
radio set to no transmit ability in order to listen
to the 760 repeater.
02/03/2023 (760 Repeater ): The keying, malicious interference
(including the transmitting of false emergency alert
tones) has continued on the repeater frequencies. Accordingly,
the decision has now been made that changes to the repeater are
required in order to be able to use this asset for emergency
communications. Only selected stations will receive the updated
frequency information. Active radio participation in the SER Net
Plan is one of the criteria for receiving the new frequency
indicates that a Ham operator is one of the persons involved in
causing the malicious interference and destruction of this
emergency communications plan asset.
NOTICE - 760 REPEATER CHANGES (Large Area Repeater):
to continuing abuse of the 760 repeater, changes are
being planned for 2023. This is not desirable;
however, the malicious abuse prevents stations from monitoring
24/7. In the event the changes are done, then
existing radio programming for this repeater will stop
working. If your radio has the 760 repeater in
it at such time, you will no longer be able to access
the repeater. Use will be limited to those
actively participating and following the SER Plan -
i.e., emergency communications. In order
to maintain a functioning emergency communications
system, the changes appear necessary. Other
solutions are being worked on.
Malicious Interference with Emergency
Communications Plan. 11/20/2022 - the 760 repeater has been
placed back on Monitor mode only (no ability to transmit).
This was done because of malicious interference with emergency
/ 22/ 2022 A cash reward is [WAS] being offered for the identity of
the person(s) doing the malicious keying of the emergency use
repeater and the established emergency communications
plan. Contact Nathan for specifics to receive the cash
reward. 530-474-3267. Cash reward offer has been cancelled
(2/3/2023) since no one has come forward.