Amateur Radio Volunteers Assist California Fire

Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers have pitched in to assist where needed to provide or support communication as catastrophic wildfires have struck California. Volunteers from multiple ARRL Sections in the state have stepped up to help, as some fires remain out of control. The fires have claimed several lives, destroyed more than 1,000 homes, and forced countless residents to evacuate, including radio amateurs. ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, said this week that things have calmed somewhat compared to the past couple of weeks, with American Red Cross shelter communicators stepping down after 10 days of support. Initially, there were four shelters in Redding. On August 5, the Shasta-Tehama ARES team was able to take its communications trailer to Trinity County to support a shelter in Weaverville opened for Carr Fire evacuees, he said.

“This relieved the Sacramento County ARES volunteers who had been up there for several days,” Kruckewitt said. “For mutual assistance to Weaverville, it is a 4.5- to 5.5-hour drive for the Sacramento Valley Section people who helped out. Communications at the shelter have been important, as power and cell phone coverage is often spotty, with power going off for hours at a time.” All ARES activations for the Carr Fire ended the evening of August 7.

Read the full story here:
http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-emergency-service-volunteers-assist-in-california-fire-response

2018 Hurricane Season: Some Nets to Know

Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net – Meets daily at 1030Z and 2230Z on 3815 kHz. The Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net was established in 1958 by Colonel Henry Frew, KV4BZ, for the purpose of having a general calling frequency for the Caribbean Islands and their North and South American friends. The net’s original name was the Antilles Emergency Net.
Hurricane Watch Net — 14.325 MHz (day)/7.268 MHz (night). Activated whenever a hurricane is within 300 statute miles of expected land-fall. Disseminates storm information and relays meteorological data to National Hurricane Center via embedded NHC station WX4NHC. Also relays post-storm damage reports and other relevant information.
Intercontinental Net — 7 AM to noon US Eastern Time – 14.300 MHz. Provides a means of emergency communications to any location where the normal means are disrupted by local disaster such as fire, earthquake, storms, floods and terrorist activity.
Maritime Mobile Service Net — 12 PM to 9 PM US EST or 12 PM to 10 PM EDT – 14.300 MHz – The network acts as a weather beacon for ships during periods of severe weather and regularly repeats high seas and tropical weather warnings and bulletins from the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center.
14.300 MHz Net Information – More information about nets on 14.300 MHz.
Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) – 14.265 MHz – The purpose of the SATERN net is to support the Salvation Army operations in local, regional and international disaster situations, as well as other functions.
VOiP SKYWARN/Hurricane Net — A weekly Prep Net is held on Sundays at 0000 UTC, which is Saturday evenings for most of North America. Join by connecting to the EchoLink WX-TALK conference server, IRLP Reflector 9219 or if necessary to one of the backup systems. Monitor the net during hurricanes and other major severe weather events.
From: Lloyd KA3MSE

Allegheny Co. – Public Service Update

We have received a request from Bethel Park to provide communications support for their Fourth of July Spectacular on JUNE 30 from 4:00 pm until the start of fireworks at 9:30 pm. The event is at Millennium Park near Cool Springs on Baptist Road.
https://savvycitizenapp.com/o/8057

Bob NU3Q will be net control. We need four operators with HTs. This will be a simplex event, no repeaters, no PL tones, just good-old simplex on 145.53 FM. If we get more than four volunteers, we can divide the time.
Please reply to ab3ed@arrl.net if you are available.

Additionally, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is July 14 and 15 in Schenley Park.
Contact Corky Bennett at (724) 217-5458 to volunteer.
If you like your cars loud and fast, this is your event.

The Westmoreland Air Show is July 28 and 29 at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe.
https://www.facebook.com/WestmorelandCountyAirshow/
Contact Doc Sam to volunteer. docsam@comcast.net
If you like your airplanes fast and loud and low, this is your event.

The ADA Tour de Cure is on September 15. This bicycle ride includes three courses. The longest route is 60 mile. Start/Finish is in South Side near the Hofbrauhaus. Sorry, but there are no operating positions available inside that facility. However, if you can play the accordion, they might make an exception.  We need six operators in mobile units positioned along the course. We need 6 operators with mobile rigs who can ride along in the various support vehicles. The good folks at Steel City have offered to operate a relay station for the event. This is a new event for Pittsburgh. It should be fun. If you like your tuba music low and loud, this is your event.

The Pittsburgh Great Race is September 30. NU3Q is coordinating the ham effort.
Contact Bob at nu3Q@verizon.net to volunteer.

W3YJ activated the EOC amateur station for the PEMA exercise, Atlantic Fury, on May 8. Radio contact was established with officials in Harrisburg and northwest  Pennsylvania on 75 meters.

W3YJ and AB3ED participated in the Beaver Valley Power Plant Exercise at the Allegheny County EOC on June 12. We learned how to access and enter date in the Knowledge Center that is used by all agencies participating in a drill or actual event. Radio contacts were made with surrounding counties. Examiners from PEMA and Homeland Security spoke with Harry and I about amateur radio’s potential to provide communications to served agencies. We are planning to hold a training session at the EOC for all amateurs that have a RACES ID badge. More on this at a later date.

Nearly 100 operators provided communications support for the Pittsburgh Marathon and the Race For the Cure in May. Well done!

Most recently, approximately 16 operators worked at the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge this past Saturday. If you like your hikers wet and muddy, this is your event.

73 de AB3ED
Bob

Robert T. Timmins AB3ED
Allegheny County ARES Emergency Coordinator
500 Nantucket Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15236-4453
412.576.9149
allegheny@wpa-arrl.org



From FEMA:

“FEMA RELEASES REVISED IS-100.c AND IS-700.b COURSES

FEMA is pleased to release two revised online NIMS courses during the week of 25 June:

IS-100.c, An Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100
This course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. The course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

IS-700.b, An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
This course provides an overview of NIMS. NIMS defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community – all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and the private sector – to work together seamlessly to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of incidents. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles, and components.

Together, these two online courses form the foundation of NIMS training for all incident personnel.

The classroom versions of IS-100.c and IS-700.b are also under revision and will be released later this summer.

Please note that IS-100.c and IS-700.b are updated versions of the IS-100.b and IS-700.a courses. If you have successfully completed a previous version of these courses there is no FEMA requirement to take the revised versions of the courses. However, because these courses contain new information based on the revised NIMS, October 2017, you may find it informative to review the new versions of these courses. Previous versions of these revised courses will be archived upon release of the revised courses. This will include archiving the seven discipline-specific versions of ICS 100 for the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Workers, Healthcare/Hospitals, Higher Education, Law Enforcement, Public Works and Schools. The new ICS 100 includes discipline-specific content.

The new courses will be available through the EMI website https://training.fema.gov/is/. Students will still have access to tests for the legacy versions of these courses (IS-100.b and IS-700.a) for 30 days after release of the new courses.

An additional twenty-eight NIMS curriculum courses are in final revisions for NIMS 2017 and will be released as they are completed and approved for release.

Thank you for your continued support. Together, we will continue to make the nation more resilient.”

Pictures of Scout Demo

 

Here was our setup at the event.  From the left to the right we had Karls remote set up decoding morse code. My IC820 VHF/UHF radio. The clubs IC-756Pro and finally Nates Kenwood 8330

The Scouts were have their district meeting and awards night and us “vendors” were at the other end of the pavilion picnicThat our very own Nate tuning up his good old rig using the ladder as a antennaHere is Christine having some club scout working the VHF radio and talk to Chris, Art, and Joe via the radio. Showing off the club banner

Scout Leadership Demo Thursday Night

Our club was invited by the Boy Scout to give a demo at Clever Park on Thursday night from 6:30 pm to around 8:00.  The help we need now is it would be nice to have people standing by on the Steel City 2 Meter repeater incase we need to make some contacts.  We will also try to get on 10 or 20 meters if we can get the HF radio working that is a little bit more iffy due to the noise issues we found at the park. We might make some HF contact via the remote station if we cant get the HF radio to work.   Nate was contact and he pull Karl, Walt, and myself into the demo.  Now we wont turn anyone away if you want to come to Clever Park but we really are going to try to make some demo contact via the radios.
Again any help you can give would be helpful via the radios…
Christine

Park Location:   6:30pm Thursday
Clever Park
115 Robinson Pool Dr, McKees Rocks, PA 15136

Google Maps Link:
https://goo.gl/maps/SYPUXTCkA192

Volunteers Are Needed

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Amateur Radio Volunteers Are Needed

It’s that time of year again! Since its return in 2009, the Pittsburgh marathon has grown to include over 35,000 runners. Amateur Radio has been an important part of the marathon since the beginning, and your help is needed again for this year’s event, which will run on May 6, 2018.

As in the past, we will be providing support to marathon medical staff. In keeping with the purpose of the Amateur Radio service, our main task is to provide emergency communications between the medical director and the various aid stations and other locations along the course, in the event regular communications channels fail. We also provide increased reliability for the most critical information and provide communications support to various medical officials. In order to accomplish this, we will staff many positions, including aid stations, mile markers, shadows for medical officials, and others. To fully cover all of these positions, we will need around 100 volunteer amateur radio operators, including you!

For more information or to volunteer click here

General Marathon Website

Update: Allegheny County Emergency Coordinator

This is from the
Allegheny County Emergency Coordinator:
Update: February 26, 2018

March 10, 2018: Message Handling Class (WACOM)
1696 E Maiden St
Washington, PA, United States
10:00 am start

April 14, 2018: Red Cross Drill

May 6, 2018: Pittsburgh Marathon

May 13, 2018: Race For The Cure
Schenley Park

July 14 and 15, 2018: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

July 28 and 29, 2018: Westmoreland Air Show
Latrobe, PA – Arnold Palmer Regional Airport

September 15, 2018: ADA Tour De Cure

September 30, 2018: Pittsburgh Great Race

Details for these events are announced as they become available on the Allegheny County ARES/RACES Public Service Net on Wednesdays at 9:00 pm on the 147.09 repeater (pl 88.5).

Served Agencies and event sponsors seeking communications support from Allegheny County ARES/RACES can contact the ARRL Allegheny County Emergency Coordinator, Bob Timmins AB3ED via email: allegheny@wpa-arrl.org.  Event requests from outside Allegheny County will be referred to the appropriate emergency coordinator.

ARRL THANKED W3KWH FOR HAM AIDE DONATION

http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-expresses-gratitude-for-outpouring-of-ham-aid-donations

ARRL Expresses Gratitude for Outpouring of Ham Aid Donations

10/12/2017 ARRL is thanking the Amateur Radio community for its generosity in support of the ARRL Ham Aid Fund, which is making it possible to provide relief and recovery communications in Puerto Rico. Overall, there have been more than 600 donations to the Ham Aid program in response to a call from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and nearly $125,000 has come in from clubs and individuals. Several Amateur Radio retailers and manufacturers also have stepped up to donate needed equipment. Roderick said he was amazed at the overwhelming response, including those who answered his call to join the “Force of 50” now deployed in Puerto Rico.

“The Amateur Radio community really came together in providing donations of equipment, funding, and personnel in response to the great need in Puerto Rico,” Roderick said. “The scale of these efforts and the response is making history. This has got to be one of Amateur Radio’s greatest moments. Our sincere thanks go to all involved.”

Click on link above to continue reading on the ARRL site