From: Bill Talanian
Subject: Weather Station, Diablo Peak, Santa Cruz Island
On Thursday 15 January, the SBARC Weather Station at Diablo Peak was
installed. The station reports the present weather conditions every 5
minutes and transmits on 144.39 MHz. The packet information is
transmitted at 1200 baud and received by shore stations whereupon it
is relayed to the Internet. Packet collision's and latency can be
The following URL may be used for Internet access to the K6TZ Weather
Station at Diablo Peak. Place this URL into your browser. Once you
acquire the K6TZ Weather Station you may customize it anyway you
wish. Your screen display will automatically update every 3 minutes,
however, you may manually refresh the entry as necessary.
Enclosed is a jpeg picture of the K6TZ system at Diablo. The weather
instrumentation is 2nd from the right. The system reports Wind Speed,
Wind Direction, Humidity, Barometric Pressure, dew point, and
For more fundamental weather information a wind sock was erected.
Those that have slo-scan TV can view the wind speed and direction.
Note the TV camera on the main tower just behind the wind sock.
Our thanks to Aspen Helicopters and Alltech Services for their
assistance and support to and from Diablo Peak.
I just received this, and it is MOST interesting!
Subject: SLOECC, Message From SLO DEC
The Cell Phone system went down about 5 minutes after the quake. The
Land-line system went down immediately. All Amateur and County
Communications sites worked flawlessly. Thousands of citizens could
not call 911. This is why ARES/RACES Amateur Radio is so critical.
Please consider the Public Phone System, both Cell and Land-line, are in
existence to make money for the stock holders. The Public Safety Radio
System that includes Amateur Radio exists to provide for the well-being
of the community.
I thought you might be interested in the following:
Vernon L. Halterman N6RAN
Communications Technician II
County of San Luis Obispo
Information Technology Department
- ----- Forwarded by Vern Halterman/CountyofSLO on 01/07/2004 09:26 AM
Now that the dust has cleared, we can take a look at our role in the
recent earthquake. Our response was professional and much appreciated
by our served agencies.
For a long time now we've been telling other people and ourselves that
cell phones aren't the miracle we believe them to be. Yes, we've become
dependent upon them and they're very convenient. BUT they didn't work
when we needed them the most, in the middle of a "disaster."
When the shaking stopped many of you responded immediately to your
respective Emergency Communications Centers. Within a few minutes we
passing meaningful traffic.
Because the quake wasn't as bad as it could have been, our role did not
last more than a few hours. Then telephone communications gradually
returned to normal, and we were able to begin to stand down. In the
initial confusion and damage assessment, however, we were needed and we
We functioned almost seamlessly with the agencies we serve. Yes, there
were a few glitches and some things we can do better next time, but
everything worked in the way it is supposed to. The events of that day
proved ourrole is not obsolete and that we are still needed.
I think part of the reason we did so well is based on experience and
training. For years now, many of us have taken part in the "Diablo
Drills," the "Camp Bob" exercises, and have worked at CSTI. We have
also helped the Red Cross several times when fires raged in the county,
swollen rives created problems, and when neighborhoods were threatened
I was going to try to acknowledge every amateur radio operator who
volunteered. I've changed my mind. I will undoubtedly leave someone out
and I don't want to do that. So, let me simply say good work to you
all. Thank you from those agencies we serve, and especially those
people we helped...even though they may not know we were there.
DEC, SLO County
( District Emergency Coordinator, Amateur Radio Emergency Service)
I just received this, and am passing it along. I was not aware we will
have a Times reporter there, but this might give others ideas about how
we can promote our hobby!
As you probably know, there will be a foot t-hunt at Griffith Park (9:30
AM start) this Sunday. See
http://members.aol.com/joemoell/travtownmap.html for details. Marvin
Johnston, KE6HTS, is in charge.
A reporter (Steve Tice) from the Los Angeles Times has already
participated in one Saturday night hunt. Mr. Tice will be back for more
Griffith Park hunt. The reporter is working on a feature article for the
Times. Come on out and show your support. Who knows, you might get
your picture in the paper!
J. Scott Bovitz, N6MI
We will be holding our first VE session of the new year this Saturday,
January 11 at the Red Cross. NOTE THE CHANGE IN VENUE. When I reserved
the conference room at County Health for 2004, someone had already
reserved the rooms so we had to find another location. This change in
venue will be for January ONLY.
The Red Cross is located at 2707 State St. Registration will start at
8:30AM, and testing will begin just as soon as registration is
Darryl will be not be available to work on pre-registrations until
Friday, so please wait until then to pre-register.
VE Team Leader
Subject: YEAR END............
As 2003 comes to an end.......I hope we can all stop and reflect
on the blessings this year has brought to each of us.... and our
Prayer is for a peaceful, safe and prosperous New Year to each of
Let's also not forget the soldiers that are serving to keep us
safe and also their families that must sacrifice by not having
their loved ones at home to celebrate this holiday season..
Good bye to 2003 and Happy New Year 2004.........
JoAnn and Dennis Schwendtner
KA6RPN AND WB6OBB
***** Remember, an out of tune piano makes noise, not music!
***** E-MAIL: dennis(a)rain.org .
*** Dennis Schwendtner *** WB6OBB ***