FEMA releases updates/refresher to NIMS

On October 17, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the refreshed NIMS to ensure that this important guidance continues to reflect the collective expertise of the whole community. NIMS applies to all incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity.

Through an iterative process of engagement with stakeholders from across the Nation, FEMA reviewed more than 3,000 comments to update NIMS guidance and incorporate the collective expertise and experience of the whole community.

The refreshed NIMS:
• Retains key concepts and principles of the 2004 and 2008 versions of NIMS;
• Reflects and incorporates policy updates from lessons learned from exercises and real-world incidents and disasters;
• Clarifies the processes and terminology for qualifying, certifying, and credentialing incident personnel, building a foundation for the development of a national qualification system;
• Clarifies that NIMS is more than just the Incident Command System (ICS), and that it applies to all incident personnel, from the incident command post to the National Response Coordination Center;
• Describes common functions and terminology for staff in Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), while remaining flexible to allow for differing missions, authorities, and resources of EOCs across the nation; and
• Explains the relationship among ICS, EOCs, and senior leaders/policy groups.

FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinars to discuss the updates in the refreshed NIMS and answer questions related to NIMS. The webinars will be open to the whole community.

The document can be downloaded from: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/148019

When all else fails – Ham Radio!

Save this news story for the next time you’re promoting ham radio. It explains how ham radio operators saved the day when all other communications stopped working during the devastating California wine country fires in October 2017.


Field Day 2017

Hi all! I won’t be doing Field Day this year because I got so much going on this weekend, but I want to wish you success this weekend and hope the event brings a lot of fun. I hope to see our name when the results get published!

2017 Hamfest Calendar for Southern California

Palm Springs Desert R.A.T.S. Hamfest

Saturday, February 4, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Palm Springs Air Museum

745 North Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Admission: $10 Parking: Free



Williams (AZ) Hamfest – Cancelled



Yuma Hamfest

Feb. 17-18, 2017

Yuma County Fairgrounds

2520 E. 32nd Street, Yuma, AZ 85365

Admission: $5 Parking: Free



International DX Convention 2017

April 21-23, 2017

Visalia Convention Center

303 E. Acequia Avenue

Visalia, CA 93277



Southwestern Division Convention (HAMCON 2017)

September 15-17, 2017

Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach Hotel

3635 Fashion Way

Torrance, CA 90501


ARRL Hamfest Calendar


Yaesu warranties extended

According to several news sources, Yaesu will extend the warranty period for all YAESU and STANDARD HORIZON products from two years to three years, effective immediately.

The Warranty Card will be showing the three years period in the future, but regardless of the Warranty Card included with the products, the three year warranty will be applied to all Yaesu products from the date of the purchase. This means that if you purchased a Yaesu product since 2013, you now have a three year warranty from date of purchase.

Any other terms and conditions of Yaesu’s Limited Warranty will not be changed.

ARRL added new “Youth Nets” web page

Since more and more young people are obtaining amateur radio licenses, ARRL has taken a first step toward giving the new young hams a place of their own by creating a web page that will be listing all of the ham radio nets on-the-air specifically for youth. When I looked, there was only one net listed, but the ARRL expects the list to grow in time. Help spread the word – isn’t it a treat seeing all of the new young hams?

Fry’s Operating Day – Spring 2016

It’s time once again for FRYS OPERATING DAY. This year there will only be one location – the event will not be held this time at the San Marcos location.

The date is Saturday, April 30th, 2016 and the location is the NE corner of the Fry’s parking lot at 9825 Stonecrest Blvd, San Diego, CA 92123 (off Aero Drive).

Setup is at 7 AM; Public Operations begin by 9 AM and will continue until approximately 4 PM.

For more information, see the San Diego Six Shooter’s web site at http://sdsixshooters.org/.