ARRL 2017 Simulated Emergency Test

 

 

 

2017
Simulated Emergency Test
October 7,  9 am to 1 pm

 Attention:
Steel City Members

The Steel City club house will be the control station for this test.
We will need our members to volunteers 4 hours of there time
to help out with this simulated test.  Art is arranging a training session that will take place on one of our Wednesday night
social meetings.

The annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test will take place on Saturday,
October 7 from 9:00 to 1:00 pm. The purpose of this drill is to practice
our emergency communications skills and to gain practical experience in
setting up off-the-grid communications from actual shelter sites using
emergency power only.

In preparation for the event, ECs are requested make arrangements with
local agencies that provide shelters, such as Red Cross, Salvation Army,
churches, schools, fire stations, and other community resources that are
part of local emergency plans. the mission is to place an
emergency-powered station on the air at at least one established shelter
site and to communicate with the EC at a command center using emergency
powered radio equipment.

Each shelter is expected to initiate one radiogram to the SEC containing
the location of the shelter, the number of participants, and the time
the station went on the air. ECs will forward these messages to their
DEC-designated station or to the SEC-designated station station by HF as
conditions permit (again using emergency power).

There is no restriction on modes (HF, VHF, UHF, FM, SSB, CW, RTTY,
Packet, WinLINK, MFSK, etc.) that may be used, and stations are
encouraged to use the mode which provides the most successful completion
of the objective in the shortest amount of time. The only firm rule is
that all operations will only use emergency power or facilities such as
repeaters and command centers that are capable of using emergency power.
All field stations at shelter sites MUST use emergency power only.

The Scenario for planning purposes is this: a severe winter storm
producing 3-6 feet of snow will all major highways and strand travelers
who are being housed in shelters. High winds will also disrupt
electrical power and telephone service over the entire section. Have
fun!

Work Party Successful

Today’s work party was very successful and a lot of future infrastructure was put in place.  We placed conduit buried to the driveway for a near future camera so members can check out the drive way condition.  Also conduit  was run to the telephone pole to move the inverted L over to the wooden telephone pole.  And finally a conduit was put in place to that empty far tower so we can put an antenna on top of it.

Thanks go out to:
Chuck, Art, Karl, Nate, Tim, Dave, Joe

Click on image to see the full size picture. The next button is on the top right size:

Work Party This Weekend

COME TO THE W3KWH PIZZA PARTY ON SATURDAY SEPT 16TH AT 0900. THERE WILL BE PIZZA FOR ALL THAT ARE WILLING TO COME AND HELP WITH THE WORK BEING DONE ON CONDUIT TRENCHING.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE; DON’T FORGET IT IS YOUR CLUB.

73’S
N3UUZ
CHUCK

Hurricane Irma photos from N3LL

While Bobby N3LL made it though the storm without any damage there were some trees down around his neighborhood.  He got very lucky since the eye of Irma decide to curve around Englewood, FL. Click on a photo to see an full size image.

QCWA MEETING

Our Next Meeting
The next meeting of the QCWA Chapter 6 will be held on
Saturday, September 16th, and the doors open at Noon. We will be returning to our previous venue of:

Sciulli’s Bar and Grill
1562 Island Ave.
McKees Rocks, PA

Hopefully we will seeing some of our snow birds before they head out of town as we typically plan to break bread and swap stories. As usual, solicitations are made for presentations with a bribe of a free lunch. Volunteers please contact President Jack Buzon, KA3HPM, ahead of time for agenda sequencing.
Please note that we are meeting on the third Saturday of this month to avoid conflict with other events and the holiday.

Nate Firestone W3SVJ
Chapter Secretary