“Force of 50” Steps Up to Assist

“Force of 50” Steps Up to Assist Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico

Members of the Amateur Radio community have volunteered to assist in the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico and Dominica and, to a lesser extent, the US Virgin Islands. This week, 50 of the most accomplished US radio amateurs responded within 24 hours to a call from the American Red Cross (ARC) to deploy to Puerto Rico and provide emergency communications assistance there. At the ARC’s request, ARRL rallied the US Amateur Radio community to provide up to 25 two-person teams of highly qualified hams. ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, said that more than 350 answered the call, from nearly every state.

“This generous outpouring of response represents the finest qualities of the Amateur Radio community,” he said. “These individuals are dropping whatever they are doing now, heading off to an extended hardship-duty assignment, and offering their special talents to Americans who have been cut off from their families, living amid widespread destruction and without electrical power since Hurricane Maria struck the Caribbean region last week.”

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ARRL 2017 Simulated Emergency Test

ARRL ARRL Test

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 their time
to help out with this simulated test.  Richard is arranging a training session with Bud N3TIR that will take place on Sept 27th 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.


2017 WPA ARRL SET – Saturday 7 OCT 0900-1300

Scenario: For the purposes of this Drill, a severe winter storm deposits 3-6 feet of snow, stranding motorists on all major highways. Stranded motorists are lodged in shelters provided by various local served agencies. High winds have knocked out electrical power in the entire WPA Section.

Amateur Radio will establish off-the-grid communications between shelters and local Incident Command Centers. Local and county Command Centers will forward actual Formal Message Traffic in the form of Radiogram or ICS-213 messages from each shelter to the appropriate DEC and the Section Emergency Coordinator, using emergency-powered radio equipment and local frequencies.

Local ARES groups will spearhead the amateur radio effort, coordinating with local served agencies and other amateur radio groups, setting up actual, emergency-powered stations at one or more local shelter sites, sending and receiving formal message traffic using voice and/or digital modes, and maintaining communications with their local EC. Local ECs will establish and maintain communications with District designated station. District stations will maintain contact with the Section
designated Stations.

Served Agencies may include Local EMA, PEMA, FEMA, National Weather Service, SKYWARN, RACES, ACS, National Traffic System, CERT, REACT, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Fire & Rescue Departments, Hospitals, Schools, Churches, Community Centers, Travel Centers, etc.

 

Work Party This Saturday Sept 30th

WE NEED A WORK PARTY THIS SATURDAY AT 0900 FOR PLACING CONDUIT IN THE TRENCHES FROM THE CLUB HOUSE TO THE  TOWERS.  SINCE WE HAD SO MUCH FUN LAST SATURDAY, I THOUGHT YOU ALL WOULD WANT TO GET TOGETHER AGAIN.  THIS WILL COMPLETE THE CONDUIT JOB WHICH I’M SURE EVERYONE WOULD LIKE TO SEE.
PLEASE COME AND HELP  REMEMBER IT’S YOUR CLUB!!!
 
73’S
CHUCK  N3UUZ

WPA Section, South District meeting

The South-1 District Meeting is scheduled for  Sunday November 5 from
noon to 4 pm at the WACOM Hamfest at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

12:00 – Sign-in and Seating
12:15 — Greeting, ARRL Briefing and WPA News – Joe Shupienis W3BC,
WPA Section Manager and Juan Manfredi NA0B, Assistant Section Manager
12:30 — Public Service and ARES Topics – Bud Plants N3TIR, WPA
Section Emergency Coordinator, Terry Nemitz WA3UTD, South-1 District
Emergency Coordinator
1:30 — Break
1:45 — ARRL Q&A
2:00 — Working with Volunteers — Overview of ICS-244.b Course
Content
3:00 — Supporting School Radio Clubs — Juan Manfredi NA0B, Assistant
Section Manager
4:00 — Final comments and conclusion

 

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.

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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

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