SKYWARN® – Presentation

On April 24th promptly at 8 pm the Steel City ARC will be hosting a presentation about SKYWARN.  This presentation is a talk about what is SKYWARN organization and how ham radio is importance to the National Weather Service.  This will be a good meeting to learn about the service and and if you want to take the next step and become a train weather spotter.

 


SKYWARN® is a National Weather Service (NWS) program developed in the 1960s that consists of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists make life-saving warning decisions. Spotters are concerned citizens, amateur radio operators, truck drivers, mariners, airplane pilots, emergency management personnel, and public safety officials who volunteer their time and energy to report on hazardous weather impacting their community.

SKYWARN® spotter reports provide vital “ground truth” to the NWS. They act as our eyes and ears in the field. Spotter reports help our meteorologists issue timely, accurate, and detailed warnings by confirming hazardous weather detected by NWS radar. Spotters also provide critical verification information that helps improve future warning services. SKYWARN® Spotters serve their local communities by acting as a vital source of information when dangerous storms approach. Without spotters, NWS would be less able to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property.

Check out there website:
https://www.skywarn.org/

Steel City – 2019 VE Testing Sessions

Chris Grimm K3PQ is now our new VE Testing examiner contact person.  People interesting in becoming an amature radio operator or planning to up grade there license should get in touch with Chris at the link below.   The testing sessions will be on the Wednesday after the Steel City Business meeting at 7:00 PM at our club house. {DIRECTIONS HERE} Preregistration is highly recommend and will have priority, but walk-in’s will be allowed if space is available.  Check out our VE webpage for more information and the latest updates and Chris’s contact information.

May-22  June-19  July-17  August-21  September-18   October-16   November-5

NU3Q Go Box Demo

On May 8, 2019 Wednesday night Bob Mente,NU3Q will be doing a Go Box demo at the Steel City club house at 7:00 PM.  Come on up to the club house to see what all this talk of Go Boxes are about and how to make one yourself.

 

 

 

Attention Members – Access Changes

Hello Members:

This is to inform you that the 2019 password updates have taken place for the “Members Only” & “Minutes” web pages.   Also both remote’s passwords have also changed.   Please used the new passwords that were given out at the last social meeting.  If you have not received the new passwords please make sure you stop up at the next social meeting to pick them up.  Finally all key cards have been updated for the 2019 membership.

The Technical Committee

 

RUNNING FURY – SPRING  SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST

THE A.R.R.L.
WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA SECTION
SPRING  SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST

DATE:  6 APRIL ,2019
RUN TIME:  0930-1200 HRS LOCAL TIME
LOCATION: ALL COUNTIES IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA SECTION

THE SPRING 2019 SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST WILL BE A FLOOD AND ICE WATCH EXERCISE. ALL COUNTIES WITHIN THE SECTION HAVE WATERWAYS (RIVERS, TRIBUTARIES AND STREAMS) THAT CAN BE PRONE TO FLOODING FROM ICE JAMS, SNOW AND ICE MELT, SEVERE WEATHER, HEAVY STORMS,ETC.

THE AFOREMENTIONED WATERWAYS CAN HAVE SUBSTANTIAL IMPACT WHEN FLOODING OCCURS CAUSING SERIOUS THREATS TO INFRASTRUCTURE, PERSONAL SAFETY AND PROPERTY. HAVING KNOWLEDGE OF THESE HIGH WATER PRONE AREAS CAN BE INVALUABLE FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS & ACTION PLANS SHOULD THE NEED ARISE.

ALL ARES UNITS WITHIN THE WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA SECTION ARE REQUESTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EXERCISE. SHOULD THERE BE ANY SCHEDULE CONFLICTS THAT WOULD INTERFERE WITH FULL GROUP PARTICIPATION, IT IS REQUESTED THAT SOME TYPE OF PARTICIPATION BE MADE BY AVAILABLE OPERATORS.

THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES WILL BE PART OF THE EXERCISE:
1- WATERWAYS OBSERVATION AND REPORTING BE MADE BY FIELD OPERATOR TEAMS
2- THREE OR FOUR EMERGENCY SHELTER VISITS BE MADE BY FIELD OPERATORS
3- NWS PITTSBURGH WX3PIT WILL BE CONDUCTING SKYWARN OPERATIONS
4- SKYVIEW RADIO SOCIETY K3MJW WILL BE THE SECTION HF STATION WITH TWO-WAY RADIOGRAM TRAFFIC.

ACTIVITY 1—FIELD TEAMS LOCATE WATERWAYS KNOWN TO BE FLOOD PRONE… OBSERVE AND REPORT WATERWAY CONDITIONS BY SIMULATED RADIO TRAFFIC TO THEIR INDIVIDUAL NET CONTROL STATIONS VIA UHF/VHF SIMPLEX OR REPEATER. FIELD OPERATORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE SIMPLEX COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN TEAMS.

ACTIVITY 2—FIELD TEAMS WILL VISIT THREE OR FOUR EMERGENCY SHELTERS THAT WOULD BE OPERABLE DURING A HIGH WATER SCENARIO. FIELD TEAMS REPORT SIMULATED TRAFFIC TO THEIR NET CONTROL STATION WITH ANY SHELTER REQUESTS,ETC. SUCH TRAFFIC WILL BE RELAYED TO K3MJW VIA RADIOGRAM AND A REPLY SERVICED BACK TO FIELD TEAMS AT SHELTERS  BEFORE MOVING ON TO THEIR NEXT LOCATION.

ACTIVITY 3—NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WX3PIT WILL CONDUCT SKYWARN NET OPERATIONS DURING THE EXERCISE. WX3PIT WILL CONTACT ALL COUNTIES SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE EXERCISE FOR WEATHER RELATED REPORTS. IT IS PREFERRED THAT WEATHER REPORTS TO WX3PIT BE REAL TIME AS NOT TO CONFUSE THE EXERCISE.

ACTIVITY 4—SKYVIEW RADIO SOCIETY K3MJW WILL BE THE SECTION HF STATION ACCEPTING AND RELAYING HF RADIOGRAM TRAFFIC DURING THE EXERCISE. ALL RADIOGRAM TRAFFIC WILL BE TWO-WAY TO HELP PARTICIPATING COUNTIES GET FAMILIAR WITH HANDLING MESSAGE TRAFFIC. REMEMBER- EMERGENCY SUPPORT COMMUNICATIONS RELY UPON OUR BEING PROFICIENT IN ACCURATELY GETTING THE MESSAGE THROUGH IN TIME OF NEED.

FIELD OPERATOR SAFETY
-THE SAFETY OF FIELD OPERATORS IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE DURING THE EXERCISE.  BE OBSERVANT OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS WHETHER ALONG ROADWAYS, WATERWAYS,SHELTERS,ETC.
-OBSERVE AND REPORT WATERWAYS FROM A SAFE DISTANCE. THERE IS NO NEED TO BE AT THE WATER’S EDGE.
-USE COMMON SENSE SAFETY WHEN ALONG ANY ROADWAYS.
-ALL FIELD OPERATORS SHOULD WEAR SAFETY VESTS AND COUNTY ID (IF SUPPLIED)

RADIO OPERATIONS NOTES:
-FIELD TEAMS USE VHF/UHF SIMPLEX OR REPEATERS…EXPERIMENT WITH SIMPLEX BETWEEN FIELD TEAMS.
-K3MJW WILL UTILIZE 75M 3.983 KHZ FOR RADIOGRAM TRAFFIC…FOLLOW THE DIRECTION OF K3MJW OPERATOR FOR INBOUND OR OUTBOUND TRAFFIC TO AVOID CONFUSION.
-WX3PIT WILL UTILIZE 2M REPEATERS PLUS 75M 3.975 KHZ +/_ SEVERAL Hz FOR DISTANT COMMUNICATIONS.
-NEW THIS SPRING WILL BE THE USE OF DMR DURING THE EXERCISE…THE WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA TALKGROUP IS 31422. GIVE IT A TRY, DMR IS COMING ON STRONG.

SEE ATTACHED ICS-205 FOR FREQUENCY INFORMATION

THIS SPRING EXERCISE IS DESIGNED TO:
A- EXPAND FIELD OPERATING CAPABILITIES IN SIMPLEX COMMUNICATIONS
B- BECOME BETTER FAMILIARIZED IN RADIOGRAM TRAFFIC HANDLING
C- BETTER DEVELOP PREPAREDNESS PLANS FOR SEVERE WEATHER OCCURRENCES WHEN RIVERS,TRIBUTARIES AND STREAMS OVERFLOW THEIR BANKS DUE TO HEAVY RAINS, WINTER ICE AND THAW,ETC.
D- PREPARE TO WORK WITH SERVED AGENCIES SUCH AS EMERGENCY SHELTER OPERATORS. COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS.
E- EXPLORE THE USE OF DMR OPERATING ON THE W.PA. 31422 TALKGROUP

AN AFTER ACTION REPORT SUBMITTED BY EMERGENCY COORDINATORS IS REQUESTED BY 20 APRIL…THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN A PUBLIC SERVICE REPORT…LET’S SEE HOW WE DID, WHAT WORKED WELL, WHAT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT,ETC. WE’RE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM AND CAN LEARN FROM EACH OTHER. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE EXERCISE!
73 AND PRESS ON.

STEVE FAZEKAS   K3FAZ
W.PA.  ASEC & ASM

K3FAZ (at) ARRL (dit) NET

THIS DOC: SPRING-S.E.T.-OUTLINE-WPA.pdf

ICS: 2019-SPRING-S.E.T.-ICS-205-2.pdf