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)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Review of the Icom IC-V8-SPORT (2M Ham Radio)

For those looking for an inexpensive 2M Ham Radio for around $100 new, please take a look at the information provided by Tim Shates (K6CTS)

Review of the Icom IC-V8-SPORT

This 2-meter, handheld transceiver could be the ideal radio for the newly minted ham coming from CERT and interested primarily in emergency communications. Currently available at AES for only $99 (http://www.aesham.com/index.html), this rugged radio is very affordable. Running on low power it is ideal for local area CERT operation using assigned simplex frequencies.

As to performance, we used it at the 2009 Oxnard High School Band Competition and it exceeded our expectations. On low power (0.5W) it easily hit the Olivas Park repeater, and it ran all day on six AA batteries. Out of the box it was first tested on high power (5.5W) and from the Pacific Palisades coast easily hit the CARA repeater (http://www.cara.nu) on Catalina Island over 20 miles away.

Quality, simplicity, anywhere Tough construction. The green polycarbonate front panel and aluminum die-cast chassis will provide years of durability. The 54×132×35 mm compact ergonomic body is easy for carrying anywhere. 16 button keypad for easy-to-access functions The function guidance is labeled on the 16 buttons. So you can easily manage all of the functions equipped on the IC-V8 by pushing Function key and shortcut keys. In addition, a channel number or an operating frequency can be entered from the keypad directly. Channel selection, volume, squelch and subaudible tones can be assigned to the up/down switches or rotary selector at your convenience. Set mode and initial set mode By adapting set mode and initial set mode menu, set mode allows you to arrange often-used menus easily and quickly. 5-character alphanumeric display Letters and numeral character names provide easy recognition of each channel. S-meter, keylock, tone and duplex setting icons show various operating status at glance. Up to 100 often used channels can be stored into the memory with channel name, tone and duplex setting. Furthermore, one call channel provides one touch channel access for a frequently used channel. CTCSS and DTCS operation standard 50 CTCSS and 38 DTCS tone squelch operation codes (encoder and decoder) provide quiet standby and allows you repeater access.

CERT class starts in January, 2010

I'm pleased to announce that CERT Training will be offered - sponsored by Ventura County District 1 Supervisor Steve Bennett - this coming January, 2010 in The Ojai Valley.

It is important to fully seize this opportunity by having residents (minimum 18 years old) register and attend classes. This is also a great opportunity for those that are needing make-up classes to complete the training.

The program is covered over 6 Tuesday evenings and 1 Saturday AM. Times and dates are: 6:30PM to 9PM on January 19th, 26th and February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and concluding with a Graduation Exercise on Saturday 27th from 9AM to noon.

Location is the Oak View Park and Resource Center -- 555 Mahoney Ave, Oak View.

Please register by calling Cindy Cantle at (805) 654-2703.

Ojai OK! Drill 2009 Results

Here are the results of the Ojai OK! Drill (performed on October 14th, 2009).

This is a link to my post on the OK Drill Web-site.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Ojai Valley News - Best of Ojai 2009 Award

It was a nice surprise to see this year's Ojai Valley News "Best of Ojai" 2009 -- awarded "Best Volunteer".

While humbled, I would be remiss to accept the award solely, as my efforts are only realized through the great teamwork I enjoy within the Ojai Valley Emergency Response Team (Collaboration of Ojai Valley CERT, Ojai Valley Amateur Radio Club and American Red Cross).

Ojai Valley CERT has made great strides in the last couple years in its participant growth, leadership and organization.

Ojai Valley Amateur Radio Club has had some impressive growth in the last year and the Ham Operators continue to show a level of professional concern and response within their duties.

The Ojai Team of the American Red Cross is a fun group to work with and are always there to assist (Ojai OK! Drill) and have participated together in events (July 4th Parade, Ojai Day, etc).

It's really awe inspiring to work hand-in-hand with three separate organizations that have strategically different and distinct skill-sets and roles, yet can all mutually work together in times of need.

Thank you to the Ojai Valley News and those citizens that voted -- I accept the award on behalf of OVERT (Ojai Valley Emergency Response Team).