Welcome to Ojai Valley CERT




This blog provides information to those interested in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) activities in The Ojai Valley, CA. CERT works in partnership with OVARC (Ojai Valley Amateur Radio Club) which provides Ham Radio Communications - http://www.ovarc.org/.

http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert is a good place to begin learning about CERT. The fact is, immediately after a major disaster, each of us will be on our own while Emergency Services Personnel (Fire, Hospital, Police, Hospitals, etc) figure out what happened and how to respond. CERT teaches valuable self-preservation skills and empowers each of us to be of service to ourselves, family, neighborhood and community. By integrating CERT with Ham Radio, citizens can effectively communicate actionable information from the field to the Emergency Operations Center -- help will be on the way sooner.

Please check out the CERT Calendar & Map at the bottom of this web-page and sign our Guestbook (top right of page).

Ojai Valley (CERT, Ham Radio, Red Cross)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Intro to Radio Communications (Saturday, 1/31/09)

This Saturday, January 31st from 9AM to noon, the Ventura Harbor Community Council, the Ventura Port District and the Ojai Valley Amateur Radio Club will offer a free Radio Orientation class.

The Radio Orientation and hands-on use of all types of radios (FRS, GMRS, Marine, HAM) will all be covered.

The main class is Saturday, January 31st from 9-11am and those who want more hands on training can stay until noon. Holiday Inn Express - Windjammer Room (closest to Spinnaker).

Bring all of your radios for this very important activity.

You will learn about frequency bands and propagation limits, Emergency communications and practice. The Incident Command System that is used in ACS (Auxiliary Communication Service). The art of communication without adding or dropping important information. How to interact with the ACS, ICS protocol
What to say - when to say it - when to listen This is very important!!!
Net Operation, and I am sure much more - Bring your questions - the experts will answer them all.

The Holiday Inn Express hotel is providing the room at no charge for this event.

Please RSVP to this email Lynn Mikelatos at lynnmikelatos@gmail.com if you are coming. There is plenty of room so please bring friends who are interested.

Lynn Mikelatos, VHCC Chair

PS: Those of you interested in HAM licensing (Both Technician and General) - information on a February class will be available.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Info for new Ham Radio Licensees

Congratulations on your new

Ham Radio license!

What Radio Should I Buy?

January 27th @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This class provides the new ham with information about radios in general, with “'show ‘n tell” by experienced hams.

* Now that I have my license, what do I do with it?
* What radio should I buy?
* Can't I just wait and take it out of the box when there's an emergency?
* What's a "net"?
* How do I use the radio from the car?
* How do I use the radio from my home?
* What did all that technical stuff on the exam mean, and how much of that do I really need to know?

In advance of the class, have a look at this page, put together by the PAPA Group: http://papasys.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=45&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a.

How Do I Program My Radio? – and Other Stuff!

February 10th @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This class provides hands-on individual instruction, where experienced hams show you how to program your own radio. The class is scheduled a week after the first class, so you have time to buy or borrow a radio. Instructors will bring radios for you to practice on if you still haven't bought one. Make sure your radio battery is charged, and bring the manual in case the hams aren't familiar with your model.

* How do I turn my radio on?
* What frequency do I transmit on?
* How do I key-in a frequency?
* I just want to talk to another local ham, not on a repeater - how do we set up our radios?
* I want to talk on a repeater - what settings do I have to know how to make?
* What repeaters can I talk on?
* What's a repeater input frequency? Output frequency? Tone?
* What's "tone mode?"
* How do I get my radio to memorize stuff?
* How do I get my radio to display a repeater name rather than just the frequency?
* What do I say when I want to talk to someone? Who's call comes first?

Both classes will be held at the

Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center

( 27040 Malibu Hills Rd – adjacent to the Sheriff’s Station)

Please R.S.V.P. to

Debbie Larson @ (818) 224-1600 or dlarson@cityofcalabasas.com

Thursday, January 15, 2009

7th Ojai Valley CERT class starts Tues 2/24/09

**** Correction **** First class starts Tuesday, February 24th

Considering the state of the economy, I'm extremely pleased to announce that County Supervisor Steve Bennett's Office will be sponsoring the 7th Ojai Valley CERT Class.

Beginning on February 24th for six Tuesdays from 7:00PM to 9:30PM, concluding with a final Saturday Class/Drill. Capt. Steve Lazenby (Santa Paula Fire Department) will be instructing.

Please register for the class by calling Cindy Cantle at (805) 654-2703 or email Cindy.cantle@ventura.org.

Location of CERT Class - Oak View Park and Resource Center, 555 Mahoney Street, Oak View.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ham Radio Licensing on Sunday a big success

Article is in Ojai Valley News -- Wednesday 1/14/09

The following are the newly minted Hams with callsigns:

KI6VBH Frangos, Zachary A
KI6VBI Grasel, Timothy G
KI6VCI Anderson, Cynthia H
KI6VCM Anderson, William
KI6VCN Bailey, Diana
KI6VCO Bailey, Jacob
KI6VCV Eller, Carrie M
KI6VCY Gordon, Scott
KI6VDA Harvey, Jimmy A
KI6VDC Herrera, Rene A
KI6VDG McLelland, Walter M
KI6VDH Miller, Gregory S
KI6VDI Miller, Kathlyn R
KI6VDJ Miller, Marvin D
KI6VDM Obradovich, Sherry L
KI6VDN Pedersen, Jean A
KI6VDS Rhodes, Michele
KI6VDT Williams, Kenneth E
KI6VDU Ross, Tuck
KI6VED Smith, Raymond J
KI6VEI Weiner, Martin H

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Family Disaster Prep Seminar (Camarillo) 1/17/09

For those of you can travel to Camarillo, or have friends/family there, please consider attending:

Family Disaster Preparation Seminar

Learn what plans you should make and what resources you will need to keep your family safe.

Saturday, January 17th, 9:00 am to 1:00pm (w/break)
Cost is just $5.00 per person or married couple, including workbook & snack
Register at the Information Center, at 805-482-5424 ext. 21, or at roybach@jubileechurch.org


Friday, January 9, 2009

GMRS Radio Information

In a past article I discussed GMRS Radio -- information provided by Tim Shates (WQDJ631)


Please check out his web-site at: http://tekk.us

Paul (WQJF339)