The annual Multi-Agency Regional Radio Interoperability Training
Exercise (MARRITE) will be on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at
Huntington City Beach parking lot, PCH/Beach Blvd. Site check-in
begins at 0700. Participant briefing is at 0830. Radio roll call is at
0900. Vehicle and equipment viewing is from 1100 to 1200.
Agencies wishing to participate should contact
OCSD/Communications Program Support Manager Delia Kraft, KR6AFT.
This event is not open to the public.
OCRACES Holiday Dinner: December 7th
The annual OCRACES Holiday Dinner will be on Monday, December 7,
2015, at 6:30 PM, at Ricardo's Don José, 1230 E. Katella
Ave., in Orange. There will be no regular meeting or net on
December 7th. RSVP is required. Contact OCSD/Communications
Program Support Manager Delia Kraft, KR6AFT before December 1st.
Next Cooperative T-Hunt:
December 14th on
The next Cooperative T-Hunt will be on Monday, December 14 2015,
immediately following the 7:00 PM OCRACES ACS net. The fox will
will transmit on the input of the
OCRACES 2-meter repeater, and hunters will compare bearings on
another frequency. The fox and hiding place (city or sector of
Orange County) will be announced a few days before the hunt.
No fees will be required to drive directly to the fox. Hunters
are encouraged to beacon their locations via APRS. This is an
exercise in working together to quickly locate interference.
OCRACES Shows Van at OCFA Open House
Some of the OCRACES members
and applicants at the OCFA Open House included (left to right)
Bill Borg, KG6PEX, Jack Clough, KK6VNB, Tom Riley, K6TPR, Fran
Needham, KJ6UJS, Brad Russo, KB6GPM, and Tony Scalpi, N2VAJ.
OCRACES exhibited its emergency communications response vehicle
at the Orange County Fire Authority Open House on Saturday,
October 24, 2015. The event was well attended, and included live
fire demonstrations and displays of fire-fighting apparatus.
OCRACES members at the event included Bill Borg, KG6PEX, Chief
Radio Officer Ken Bourne, W6HK, Fran Needham, KJ6UJS, Tom Riley,
K6TPR, and Brad Russo, KB6GPM. Three OCRACES applicants also
participated, including Jack Clough, KK6VNB, Ken Munsil, KJ6NYW,
and Tony Scalpi, N2VAJ.
and MOU Units Participate in October 3rd Drill
County and City RACES and MOU members participated in the
City/County RACES & MOU Drill on Saturday, October 3, 2015. The
scenario for this drill was flooding and mudslides, due to
intense El Niño conditions.
The drill lasted from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Drill messages
were signed by OCSD Communications & Technology Division Program
Support Manager Delia Kraft, KR6AFT, who wrote the original
drill plan. OCRACES Chief Radio Officer Ken Bourne, W6HK,
oversaw the drill, and Training Sergeant Tom Tracey, KC6FIC,
commanded the operation.
Handling outgoing traffic were Roger Berchtold, WB6HMW, Joe
Selikov, KB6EID, Radio Officer Scott Byington, KC6MMF, Fran
Needham, KJ6UJS, and Applicant Jack Clough, KK6VNB. Incoming
traffic was handled by Assistant Radio Officer Jack Barth,
AB6VC, Bill Borg, KG6PEX, Radio Officer Harvey Packard, KM6BV,
and Ken Tucker, WF6F. Assistant Radio Officer Bob McFadden,
KK6CUS< conducted Winlink operations. Randy Benicky, N6PRL, and
Applicant Tony Scalpi, N2VAJ, ran a successful 40-meter
operation. Hospital Disaster Support Communications System
(HDSCS) Assistant Coordinator Jon Schaffer, W6UFS, ran "Hospital
Participating City RACES units included Brea, Buena Park, Costa
Mesa, Cypress, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna
Woods, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange,
Placentia, Seal Beach, and Westminster. MOUs included American
Red Cross, HDSCS, and Orange County SKYWARN.
OCRACES Participates in
Field Day at Craig Regional Park
Gathered after hoisting the
tri-band beam (with 40-meter add-on) onto the Will-Burt mast at
the OCRACES van are (left to right) Dennis Brunning, KC6NVX,
Walter Kroy, KC6HAM, Capt. Ken Bourne, W6HK, Lt. Harvey Packard, KM6BV,
OCSD Communications Division Director Robert Stoffel, KD6DAQ,
Sgt. Jack Barth, AB6VC, and Kenan Reilly, KR6J.
The weekend of June 27-28, 2015, at Craig Regional Park in
Fullerton, was a highly successful Field Day for OCRACES, thanks
to the efforts of leaders Kenan Reilly, KR6J, Bob McFadden,
KK6CUS, Jack Barth, AB6VC, and other enthusiastic members
including Randy Benicky, N6PRL, Bill Borg, KG6PEX, Ken Bourne,
W6HK, Walter Kroy, KC6HAM, Martin La Rocque, N6NTH, Fran
Needham, KJ6UJS, Harvey Packard, KM6BV, Tom Riley, K6TPR (who
drove the OCRACES van to the park), Tom Tracey, KC6FIC, Ken
Tucker, WF6F, and Tom Wright, KJ6SPE. Applicant Dennis Brunning,
KC6NVX, worked hard with the members to construct the antennas
and enjoy operating. Applicant Roger Berchtold, WB6HMW, also
OCSD Communications & Technology Division personnel supplied
considerable support to the OCRACES Field Day effort, including
Program Support Manager Delia Kraft, KR6AFT, (who made important
event arrangements), Senior Telecommunications Engineer Nick
Condaras, KD3QY (who scheduled engineers and technicians to work
on the van and other technical issues for the event),
Communications Technician II Peter Jimenez, KI6UTE (who drove
the Division's Communications Field Support trailer to the site
and worked hard with antenna installations), and
Telecommunications Engineer III Brad Russo, KB6GPM (who was the
event's master chef).
May 2nd Drill Focuses on 7.2
The bi-annual County/City RACES and MOU drill took place on
Saturday, May 2, 2015. Tom Tracey and Ernest Fierheller were
assigned to lead the OCRACES members, organize messages, and
maintain documentation. Both members executed their duties very
well. The drill was organized into different exercise options,
including general messages, simplex contacts, Winlink
operations, and HF NVIS communications. A total of 18 City and
MOU organizations participated while 12 OCRACES members and
applicant staffed the County EOC RACES Room on Loma Ridge to
handle message traffic using the ICS 213 message form.
Participating OCRACES members included Jack Barth, AB6VC, John
Bedford, KF6PRN, Randy Benicky, N6PRL, Bill Borg, KG6PEX, Scott
Byington, KC6MMF, Ernest Fierheller, KG6LXT, Bob McFadden,
KK6CUS, Fran Needham, KJ6UJS, Harvey Packard, KM6BV, Kenan
Reilly, KR6J, Tom Tracey, KC6FIC, and Tom Wright, KJ6SPE. Also
operating was OCRACES Applicant Roger Berchtold, WB6HMW.
Emergency Communications Manager Delia Kraft, KR6AFT, composed
replies to the messages received at the EOC during the drill.
OCRACES Activates for December Storms
2014 was a wet month—welcomed in drought-ridden
California, but of so much concern in the burn area of
Silverado Canyon that the Orange County EOC activated
and so did OCRACES a couple of times. At 0700 hours on
Tuesday, December 2nd, the EOC was activated and staffed
with County agency representatives, to prepare for a
voluntary evacuation of the Silverado Canyon burn area,
due to potential flooding and debris flows. OCSD
Emergency Communications Manager Delia Kraft, KF6UYW,
requested OCRACES Chief Radio Officer Ken Bourne, W6HK,
to activate RACES. He arrived at the EOC at 0700, along
with Tom Riley, K6TPR. The next shifts were filled by
Ken Tucker, WF6F, Randy Benicky, N6PRL, John Bedford,
KF6PRN, Fran Needham, KJ6UJS, and Radio Officer Scott
Some of the OCRACES
members at the OC EOC RACES Room during the December 2nd
rain activation included (left to right) Randy Benicky,
N6PRL, Ken Tucker, WF6F, and Chief Radio Officer Ken
At 0833 on December 11th, ECM Kraft asked Capt. Bourne to
activate OCRACES because of a strong storm. Tom Riley, K6TPR,
was already on-scene at the EOC. He was later relieved by Fran
Needham, KJ6UJS, and Randy Benicky, N6PRL. Others were in the
wings ready to serve, but the rain let up and the EOC and
OCRACES were deactivated at about 1330 hours.
During both of these December events, OCRACES was prepared to
provide backup communications in the event that residents of
Silverado Canyon in the burn area had to be evacuated.
KK6CUS and N6PRL Chosen Officer and Member of the
Officer of the Year
Bob McFadden, KK6CUS (left), and Member of the Year
Randy Benicky, N6PRL.
At the annual OCRACES Holiday
Dinner on December 1, 2014, at Ricardo's Don José in
Orange, OCSD Emergency Communications Manager presented
the Officer of the Year award to Assistant Radio Officer
Bob McFadden, KK6CUS, and the Member of the Year award
to Randy Benicky, N6PRL. Congratulations to Bob and
Randy, who contributed much to the RACES program in
Participates in MARRITE
Mobile command post vehicles
from various agencies at the Multi-Agency Regional Radio
Interoperability Training Exercise.
Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (CalSIEC)
Southern Planning Area (SPA) conducted the Multi-Agency Regional
Radio Interoperability Training Exercise (MARRITE) on Tuesday,
November 18, 2014, from 8:00 AM until noon, at the Orange County
Public Works (OCPW) facility in Orange. The purpose of this
exercise was to test the interoperable capability of radio
communications equipment inside mobile command post vehicles.
Participants confirmed proper re-naming/labeling of
interoperability and mutual-aid channels, verified frequency and
PL compliance on VHF, UHF, 700-MHz, and 800-MHz channels, and
tested communications on pre-identified interoperability
channels with other Operational Areas, including Riverside.
RACES/ACS units also participated, testing their radios on
amateur radio frequencies.
participants at the Orange site included Anaheim PD mobile
command post (MCP), Anaheim RACES, California DOT Heavy Vehicle,
California Highway Patrol, City of Orange Police MCP, City of
Orange RACES (COAR), Costa Mesa PD/RACES (MESAC), Garden Grove
PD MCP, Huntington Beach PD MCP, Huntington Park PD MCP, Irvine
PD MCP, Irvine RACES (IDEC), Laguna Beach RACES (LBECT), LASD,
OC Fire Authority, OCPW, OCSD Samantha II, OCSD Communications &
Technology OASIS Trailer, OCRACES, Santa Ana PD MCP, Santa Ana
RACES (SART), and West-Comm MCP.
and MOU Units Assist with General Election
City and County
RACES and MOU units provided communications for ballot
transportation from 33 Collection Centers to the Vote Tally
Center (VTC) on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at the close of the
General Election. Communicators recorded the precinct numbers of
the boxes being loaded into the vans, and transmitted them to
Net Control when the vans departed from the Collection Centers
to the VTC. Three OCRACES repeaters were used for this election.
RACES Wants You!
the most exciting and rewarding part of amateur radio. Being a
RACES member gives you the opportunity to sharpen your
operating skills and technical knowledge while volunteering your services
in public-safety communications. Get involved in emergency communications now. Click the
OCRACES link for more information.
November 16: 1900
OCRACES ACS Net
2 m: Ken Bourne, W6HK
Regional Radio Interoperability Training Exercise (MARRITE)
November 23: 1900
OCRACES ACS Nets
m/70 cm/6 m/1¼ m: Scott Byington, KC6MMF
Pager: Tom Tracey,
November 30: 1900
2 m: David Corsiglia, WA6TWF
Pager: Jack Barth, AB6VC
December 7: 1830
OCRACES Holiday Dinner
(no net, no regular meeting)
December 14: 1900
OCRACES ACS Net
2 m: Jim Dorris, KC6RFC
Pager: Ken Bourne,
December 14: 1920
December 21: 1900
2 m: Ernest Fierheller, KG6LXT
Pager: Scott Byington,
December 28: 1900
2 m/70 cm/6 m/1¼ m: Ray Grimes, N8RG
January 4: 1930
840 N. Eckhoff Street, Suite 104, Orange
January 18: 1915
City/County RACES & MOU
Meeting, 840 N. Eckhoff Street, Suite 104, Orange