LVRA MCC EMCOMM vehicle on the way to ARES meeting for demonstration
Bill Smith (W7HMV) Clark County ARES EC and LVRA member explains how LVRA is making an ARRL contest video about ARES training and the LVRA MCC vehicles' participation in an annual EMCOMM exercise.
LVRA and Clark County Neveda ARES members Lee Dusbabek (N7LD) (center) and Glenn Hale (KB7REO) (far right) attend the meeting.
Frank Kostelac (N7ZEV) gives presentation to ARES members on the LVRA MCC vehicle
Frank (N7ZEV) and Elliott (W7EB) prepare to demonstrate the MCC vehicles' many capabilities to Clark Country ARES members.
Clark County ARES members inspecting the LVRA MCC vehicle.
Frank (N7ZEV) explains MCC details to ARES member.
Elliott (W7EB) discusses the LVRA MCC with an ARES member.
Training Day! Prior to the actual exercise, LVRA members gather for hands on MCC training at Elliotts' house.
Elliott (W7EB) demonstrates how the ATV dish is put together.
Frank (N7ZEV) has done this a few times!
LVRA volunteer looks on as Frank and Elliott instruct.
Frank (N7NEV) explains that he can't make it to the EMCOMM exercise and asks Elliott if he can handle it on his own.
Elliott says not to worry, that he is up for the task!
The 2013 annual "Zombies Go Rouge" interoperability EMCOMM exercise held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The field of partisipants in the 2013 annual 'Zombies Go Rouge' interoperability EMCOMM exercise.
Elliott (W7EB) prepares the LVRA MCC vehicle for the EMCOMM exercise.
Elliott (W7EB) preps as as fellow LVRA member Lee (N7LD) and a Las Vegas Fire and Rescue team member look on.
Elliott assembles the final component onto the LVRA MCC vehicle.
Elliott waits for the 'Zombies Go Rouge interoperability EMCOMM exercise kick-off meeting.
Sgt Daniel Lake, PhD, Homeland Security/EMCOMM Coordinator goes over details of the exercise.
The LVRA MCC vehicle is prepared and ready to go!
As the EMCOMM exercise is about to begin, Lee and Elliott wish a fellow participant good luck!
LVRA member and Clark County EC Bill Smith (W7HMV) works as an exercise evaluator.
The exercise is finally under way as Evaluator Lester Smith (KF7BTT), Clark County Communications Specialist begins his inspection.
Lester Smith (KF7BTT) and Lee Dusbabek (N7LD) go over the official exercise check list.
Exercise evaluator Lester Smith gives Elliott Bloch (W7EB) a task to perform.
Lee responds to an excise coordinators' request.
Even though the LVRA MCC vehicle was among the smallest in size, it boasted the highest antenna mast! Good things sometimes come in small packages.
The repeater system in a nice rack, located in a nicely accessible corner of the station.
The repeater rack is near a window, providing ready access to the antenna group just outside.
The Mesquite Airport Fire Station, and the Mesquite repeater antenna group.
Dan beside the Snow Cat, this is how you get to High Potosi in the winter.
The Shining! Snow? What snow?
The towers enjoying a snow bath in February!
Dan looking for signals!
Two cats a day later.
Add some more ice....
And a clear sky for great pictures.
Juan and Bill "braking the wiring code" while replacing the DC supply on High Potosi.
Luke from AES, KK7XX; and Frank, President of LVRA, N7ZEV
D-Star system in the Rack and ready to go
Same system different view
ENG Truck at Field Day 2008
Same Field Day
ENG Truck with Repeater installed
Deployed for a line-of-site test
The instrumentation in the back includes tower controls and various audio and video input connections
Part of what the operator sees, and this has been updated with newer video and TV displays.
There are more radios and displays in the driver/passenger position for operation while in motion.
Frank Kostelac, N7ZEV
Gary Hartman, KK7LV, chief cook
Jody Lambert, N7FFP; Joe Lambert, W8IXD; Lori Parrish, N6LKT; Julian Rhinehart, W7JFR
Jamie Gorr, N3TOY; Dale Blanchard, WA7IXK; Frank Kostelac, N7ZEV
Mel Parrish, K6UV, transmitting
Tracy Ence, N7TNB; Blayne Ence, KG7SS; Dale Blanchard, WA7IXK
Special Guest appearance by...
Mount Potosi in January 2005
Highland Peak in January 2005 from a helicopter.
Icy Dish Antenna on High Potosi.
Ice, Cold and clouds on High Potosi
Tom Petrakis, KE4ULL organizing the staging area before takeoff.
High Potosi Mountain top as the helicopter approached.
The poor pilot was looking for a place to land that didn't have an antenna sticking up. To me I think we have more room for antenna's.
He landed OK. Even if it was on the edge. I see some room for more antenna's.
Tom Petrakis, KE4ULL, looking for more room for antenna's.
OK, guys, this is more like it. If were going to have a tower, fill it up with antenna's.
Billy Douglas, KD7JJC; Tom Petrakis, KE4ULL; and Frank Kostelac, N7ZEV after a hard day of tower work. Well done guys!
Craig Brunson, and Ralph Decker, N7TND
Frank Kostelac, N7ZEV, and signal tracking antenna
Truck equiped by Robert Matthewson, K7RJM
Mel Parrish, K6UV, and Lori Parrish, N6LKT, Looking for that hidden transmitter.
Nancy Hartman, KD7ZRU, found this one right after her husband walked by it.
Mel Parrish, K6UV, found a tough one in the bushes again.
Looks like Lori Parrish, N6LKT, is getting pretty good at this.
OK Frank, I found one. Gary Hartman, KK7LV
Refreshments! Frank Kostelac, N7ZEV; Linda Kostelac, KC7IIT; Dave Friedman, N0CLU; Robert Matthewson, K7RJM
More Refreshments! Gary Hartman, KK7LV; Nancy Hartman, KD7ZRU; Lori Parrish, N6LKT; Mel Parrish, K6UV.
Byon Garrabrandt, N6BG, & family. Lexi, Blue, Lara Garabrandt, KD6AYO and Byon Garrabrandt, N6BG.
This is the Dish Farm
Dish Farm in almost Clear Weather
Dish and a Camera
Wait! Is that Lyle? Lyle Bell, AA7AU?
Lyle Bell top & Geoff Gomes reluctantly prepare to tackle the top 10 feet.
Lyle nearly loses control of the antenna, amoung other things.
Lyle and Geoff spend over an hour cinching up the antenna in high winds. They are not happy campers.
Can't get better help than this.
The bent knee is better than a broken back.
We really need to get Chuck some knee pads.
Somebody has to supervise.
Going up, or coming down?
Lets talk about it first.
Every good work party needs equipment.
...and more equipment.
We been drummed off the hill.
All good towers need climbed.
How many antenna's does it take to talk to someone.
Fix me a sandwich too.
Hold on, I found a new wire.
Dang! I dropped the wrench again...
Park down there, will ya?
OK, did you remember to tighten the dumaphlage on the modualtion device and crack the pressure relief valve before you came down?
I know there is something I forgot to do.
OK, back to the drawing board...
Anne Porray walking grandson Brandon, watched by newlywed Phil Brunson, Lori Parrish on far left.
Harry Fielder, Agnes Fielder, Sandra Jones
Blayne Ence, Tracy Ence, Mel Parrish
Mel Parrish, Frank Kostelac, Dale Blanchard
Hey Sqeak, what's cooking?
Sam Belcher and Frank Kostelac
Linda Kostelac, Mel Parrish, Frank Kostelac, Harry Fielder
Lori, Agnes, Sandra, Linda, Rulene, Tracy, Pam
Harry Fielder, Frank Kostelac, Dale Blanchard, Sam Belcher, Blayne Ence
Margie Doss and Harry Fielder
Blayne Ence, Harry Fielder, Dick Grady, Lori Parrish, Agnes Fielder
Blayne Ence, Tracy Ence, Pam Starr, Dan Starr
Data. APRS digipeater belonging to Frank, N7ZEV
The Hut, sounds military, huh?
Frank Kostelac, N7ZEV and Tom Petrakis, KE4ULL
Nat Talpis, W7OQF and Chuck Young, KB7CG
Tom sure gets a charge out of this...
Frank, N7ZEV truck with antenna on front end.
Linda Kostelac, Genie Brothers, Chet Brothers
Frank Kostelac explaining our radio capabilities.
Joe Lambert entertaining local officials.
Frank Kostelac explaining intricacies of communication to Mr. & Mrs. Ed Barrow.
Emergency Communications kit.
Table for Display
Table staffed by Genie and Chet Brothers.
Tom Petrakis with communications gear on a dolly for portability.
Fire Trucks and equipment.
More Trucks and Equipment.
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