Is there anybody out there willing to help us put together a radio station in Cobb, operated 24/7 by teams of young people?
CRF* is now starting (1Q2021) to develop a partnership (WIP) with another small local nonprofit which includes the goal of putting “RadioCobb“online and on the airwaves from a location in Cobb (near the Post Office) and possibly getting some kind of support from Lake County. It will be connected to the Cobb Area Volunteer Emergency Radio Network, which will be able to interrupt the radio station’s broadcast with brief CAVERN emergency alerts (in case of fire) as well as send out a “siren tone” over the airwaves in case of a major disaster or evacuation order.
We need feedback from the Cobb Area community.Would you please take 2 minutes to let us know a few quick things using the handy form below? We really need a few radio-savvy local people to help us launch this public information and safety service that gives young people the opportunity to serve the community both creatively and with an important purpose.
As the 2020 fire season draws to a (hopefully quick) close, it gives us all time to participate in a discussion about public safety and radios around Cobb Mountain. Especially relevant —while things are fresh in our minds after a few nearby fires recently grew into the first “gigafire”— is what have we all learned we still need to do?
An idea has been floated on the CAVERN Talk list to bundle different PDF information sheets together into a CAVERN Member… Booklet? …Package? As a benefit of being a CAVERN volunteer/member, you get the collected wisdom of the Community assembled in one convenient PDF package that you can print pages from for your refrigerator or bulletin board.
What pages/chapters/sections/etc do you members of the CAVERN community think the Member materials package should contain? Is a PDF file enough? Should we also organize things like bumper-stickers, tee shirts, lawn signs, etc?
Here are a few Example Ideas: + CAVERN Channel Guide (1pg Guide/128 channels/Printable) + CAVERN Member DB (Members’ firstname+callsign/all 6 Groups) + User Guide for <radio model> (1pg/Printable) + GMRS Licensing Guide (upgrade from FRS/listen to GMRS/talk) + RS Codes (how to describe someone’s signal quality on air) + Audible Signal Tones (basic ops, emergencies & special uses) + Emergency Radio Instructions (what to do/emergency radio stuff) + Pandemic Radio Guide (radios & public health) + Network Control Script (what I read if I need to lead) — Anything else to add, Cobblers?
Please make your suggestions in a Comment (below).
#2 • HELP
PLEASE, WILL YOU HELP assemble any of these 1-page documents, using information already available on the https://CAVERN.mobi website?
(1) The most basic is “Announcements” which sends out general CAVERN info (meetings, news, etc) 1-3 times a month.
(2) Next is “Alerts” which ONLY broadcasts urgent emergency info like evacuations, ongoing fire threats, power outages, sudden lightning storms, etc. If things are going well, you’ll almost never get anything from Alerts, but you have to be subscribed to get the important stuff!
HelloEverybody, We hope you’re safe right now as the many fires sparked by lightning strikes (over 10,000 in the first August storms), are flaring up all over the state and already stretching CalFire’s resources dangerously thin. Fires are continuing to run in multiple directions and impact multiple communities. There are now over 500 fires in California (including 23 major “complex” fires).
“LNU Lightning Complex Fire” (LNU = Lake Napa Unit) Fatalities:5 (plus 4 injuries — as of 24 Aug) Counties Affected: Lake, Napa, Sonoma, Yolo & Solano Multiple Blazes: Hennessey, Gamble, 15-10, Spanish, Markley, 11-16, Walbridge (13-4). Started: 17 Aug 2020 Acres Burned:350,000+ acres (as of 24 Aug) Structures:871+ destroyed, 234+ damaged, 30,500+ threatened (as of 24 Aug) Containment:22% (as of 24 Aug) —— 98%(as of 26 Sep) ——————— LNU Lightning Complex(3 fires), Sonoma-Lake Napa Unit, Cal Fire. IMT 1 (Cal Fire Team 2). Two miles north of Barro, CA. Chapparal, tall grass and timber. Extreme fire behavior with long-range spotting, short-range spotting and wind-driven runs. Numerous structures, energy and communication infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.
Lake County & Cobb Area Information
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Radio Frequencies (MHz): 462.5500 CAVERN Main GMRS Repeater Channel (DCS Tone: D071N) 154.2875 Morgan Valley Fire Command / Round Fire (“Fire 23”) 155.0250 CalFire LNUE (CAVERN 47) 169.5375 Hennessey East Fire Command
NOTE: to tune in 7-digit freqs, use Menu on your radio to set the “Step” to “2.5“, the smallest increment. On some radios, the last digit is just visible in a very tiny font on the radio’s display.
* CF 24/7 Info NOTE:the St Helena dispatch command center is handling these calls and is already stretched thin from coordinating CF’s dozens of fire engine crews. The voicemailbox may be full when you call andif it’s very busy there may be nobody able to answer, but: a 911 operator may call you back to make sure you’re not in imminent danger, so please call only w/serious issues.