FALL SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST

W3KWH – Will be participate in this drill. Plan to be at the club house by 9:30 AM. as the technical committee has set up an 60m dipole and confirm the Yaesu FT-991A and Kenwood TS-590 confirm to operate on 60m.  {Both ICOM don’t}


FALL SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST –
WESTERN PA. SECTION A.R.R.L. 

WHEN: SATURDAY OCTOBER 6,2018
TIME: 0930-1200 HRS  (AFTER THE WEEKLY ARES HF NET)

WHERE: ALL W.PA. A.R.R.L. SECTION COUNTIES

OBJECTIVE: PARTICIPATION IN THE SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST
(S.E.T.) FOSTERS THE UNDERSTANDING OF INTEROPERABILITY BETWEEN AMATEUR

RADIO AND SERVED AGENCIES…NOT IN THE SENSE OF “WHEN IT ALL HITS THE FAN” BUT IN THE CONFIDENT PERFORMANCE OF CORE CAPABILITIES TO GET THE MESSAGE THROUGH. TO BEGIN THE S.E.T., PARTICIPATING COUNTIES WILL ACTIVATE THEIR SKYWARN NETS ANNOUNCING SIMULATED WEATHER CONDITIONS WHILE CALLING THEIR RESPECTIVE RADIO OPERATORS TO ACTIVE STATUS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE EXERCISE.

THE S.E.T. WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THREE COMPONENTS:
A- AMERICAN RED CROSS COMPONENT
B- 60M COMMUNICATIONS COMPONENT
C- INDIVIDUAL COUNTY OPERATIONS COMPONENT

COMPONENT A:
THIS COMPONENT INVOLVES AN AMERICAN RED CROSS SHELTER VISIT BETWEEN 1000 AND 1100 HRS. THE COUNTY SHELTER CHOSEN IN THE RED CROSS CHAPTER WILL BE VISITED BY AN ARES FIELD TEAM FOR A VISIT/MEET AND GREET WITH THE SHELTER MANAGER TO EXPLAIN HOW AMATEUR RADIO CAN SERVE THE RED CROSS SHELTER IN TIME OF ACTIVATION. DURING THE VISIT, CALL YOUR COUNTY NET CONTROL WITH LOCATION, TIME AND STATUS OF THE RED CROSS SHELTER…THEN COUNTY NET CONTROL RESPONDS WITH CONFIRMATION OF SHELTER TRAFFIC. AFTERWARDS, EXPLAIN THE MESSAGE HANDLING PROCESS TO THE SHELTER MANAGER. ONCE THE SHELTER VISIT
OBJECTIVES HAVE BEEN MET, FIELD OPERATOR MAY SECURE AND RETURN TO COUNTY

COMPONENT B:
THIS COMPONENT INVOLVES THE ABILITY OF EACH COUNTY NET CONTROL TO OPERATE ON 60M. SKYVIEW RADIO SOCIETY, K3MJW, WILL BE HANDLING THE SECTION 60M TRAFFIC ON CH.4 (5371.5khz) AND CH.5 (5403.5khz) AS BACK UP FREQUENCY SHOULD THE NEED ARISE.  ONCE THE EXERCISE BEGINS AT 0930 HRS, EACH COUNTY NET CONTROL STATION WILL CHECK IN WITH K3MJW TO BE ON THE EXERCISE PARTICIPATION ROSTER.HOURLY, K3MJW WILL CALL EACH PARTICIPATING COUNTY WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO CONTACT ANOTHER COUNTY WITHIN THE W.PA. SECTION AND HAVE THAT COUNTY CALL K3MJW WITH CONFORMATION OF CONTACT. IT IS REQUESTED THAT ALL COUNTIES KEEP A LOG OF STATIONS HEARD ON THE 60M FREQUENCIES. THIS DATA WILL BE COMPILED FOR THE W.PA. SECTION 60M DATABASE.

COMPONENT C:
THIS COMPONENT GIVES PARTICIPATING COUNTIES THE ABILITY TO TAILOR THIS PORTION OF THE EXERCISE TO WHICHEVER OBJECTIVE THEY WISH TO ACCOMPLISH

DURING THE S.E.T. EXAMPLES-
-EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT OPERATING MODES (DIGITAL,SATELLITE,CW,ETC) .

-DEVELOP A SOLUTION TO A PARTICULAR COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEM WITHIN THEIR RESPECTIVE OPERATING AREA. -BUILD AND TEST DIFFERENT ANTENNAS.

-ACCESS COMMUNICATIONS FROM KNOWN WEATHER RELATED IMPACT AREAS WITHIN THEIR COUNTY.

-PLAN AND EXECUTE A RESPONSE TO A LOCAL EMERGENCY.

-SET UP AND OPERATE FROM A REMOTE LOCATION.
IN OTHER WORDS…PUSH THE COMFORT ZONES! MAKE THIS COMPONENT CHALLENGING YET ENJOYABLE FOR ALL WHO PARTICIPATE. PLEASE PROVIDE A SUMMARY OF COMPONENT C WITH THE S.E.T. REPORT AND ICS FORMS.
SO, THERE YOU HAVE IT.ALL W.PA. SECTION COUNTIES ARE BEING REQUESTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FALL SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST. UNDERSTANDABLY, THERE MAY BE SCHEDULE CONFLICTS IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER…IN LIGHT OF SUCH CONFLICTS, PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR SEVERAL OPERATORS TO TAKE SOME PART IN THE EXERCISE.(SUGGESTION- IT MAY PROVE BENEFICIAL TO HAVE COUNTY EMA IN THE LOOP FOR THE EXERCISE. IT’S BEEN PROVEN TO HELP BUILD STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN AMATEUR RADIO AND SERVED AGENCIES IN THE COUNTY) THE W.PA. SECTION STAFF WISHES THAT ALL WHO PARTICIPATE HAVE A SUCCESSFUL AND ENJOYABLE FALL EXERCISE. REMEMBER- WE’RE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM WHEN IT COMES
TO GETTING THE MESSAGE THROUGH!

73 AND PRESS ON!
STEVE FAZEKAS, W.PA. ASEC
K3FAZ {a} ARRL.NET

Jamboree-on-the-Air

Oct 19-21, 2018
Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. This jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby amateur radio operator’s ham shack. Many times you can find the hams will come to you by setting up a station at your Scout camporee, at the park down the block, or perhaps at a ham shack already set up at your council’s camp.

When Is It?
Jamboree-on-the-Air is held the third weekend in October. There are no official hours, so you have the whole weekend to make JOTA contacts. The event officially starts Friday evening during the JOTA Jump Start and runs through Sunday evening.

For more information: https://www.scouting.org/jota/
Question for the club… Do we want to participate?

 

Monitoring Active Storms – Hurricane Watch Net, SATERN

From: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-headquarters-hurricane-watch-net-satern-monitoring-active-storms

With active storms in the Atlantic and Pacific basins, ARRL Headquarters, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), and the Salvation Army Team Emergency Network (SATERN) are all on alert. The most imminent storm is Hurricane Florence, now a major Category 3 storm, which is set to strike the Carolinas later this week. Hurricane

Watch Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said over the weekend that the net is keeping a close eye on Hurricanes Florence and Isaac, a Category 1 storm that could affect the Lesser Antilles before heading into the eastern Caribbean.

“Florence is expected to affect the US East Coast midweek, [with] Isaac affecting the Windward Islands about the same time,” Graves said. “The impact of Florence could be catastrophic, as it is forecast to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane.” Graves notes that Charleston, South Carolina, was last hit by Category 4 storm when Hugo made landfall in 1989.

As of 1500 UTC, Florence was some 580 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and 1,240 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 115 MPH. The storm is moving west at 13 MPH.

The HWN has not announced any activation plans. The net traditionally uses 14.325 MHz during daylight hours and 7.268 MHz after dark. “With propagation being extremely poor to nonexistent on 20 meters, we may be forced to operate on both bands simultaneously,” Graves said. WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is currently in a planning stage and anticipating activating Wednesday, September 12, through Friday, September 14. When WX4NHC activates, it will operate cooperatively with HWN as net stations funnel ground-level reports to the Center.

The International SATERN SSB Net has announced plan to activate in response to Hurricane Florence on Thursday, September 13, remaining in operation at least through Saturday, September 15. SATERN operates on 14.265 MHz with 14.312 MHz as an alternative frequency.

“The Salvation Army is already beginning to plan for major deployments of personnel and equipment,” SATERN announced over the weekend.

The Voice over Internet Protocol Weather/Hurricane Net (VoIPWX) is expected to activate late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Storms in the Pacific include Tropical Storm Paul, which is not expected to affect land, and Hurricane Olivia, a Category 1 storm that could threaten Hawaii. The NHC has advised Hawaii residents to monitor the storm’s progress.

Message from Chief Army MARS

As suggested by Billy Joe,  N3VEF/AAR3OY 

 Below is a message put out to MARS Stations (Military Affiliate Radio System)  from Chief Army MARS regarding a Comex exercise we just did.  This is only one example of many such exercises we do in MARS on a regular basis.  I’m passing this along in an attempt to spark an interest in anyone who might want to join MARS.  With the World affairs  the way they are right now, I think having a MARS Licenses is a valuable thing to have.  On are NETS we regularly have the Pentagon (AAR3PNT) CK in, the PA National Guard, TSA Agencies, etc., just to name a few CK in.  Right now I’m the only Licensed MARS Station at the Club.  In the past we’ve had several other members who were in MARS (Doug W3HH, Bobby N3LL, Mac W3MAC, & Sue KA3JKS).  It would be nice to have someone else in the Club with an interest in MARS.  If your Radio isn’t modified to go out of the Amateur Bands, on problem.  We have a system similar to Echolink that allows Stations to CK in using the Internet & the TeamSpeak Program.  Anyone with an interest just get in touch with me.
I’ll be more than glad to Elmer you along.  73 & Happy Labor Day Weekend.
Billy Joe,  N3VEF/AAR3OY

Please distro to all Army MARS members:

*****
Last week, 600 members of both Army and Air Force MARS put their
communication skills to the test during the quarterly DOD comex 18-3.
Responding to a simulated set of circumstances, MARS members were charged
with providing various information reports from the local and county areas
through the MARS HF network to the supported DOD headquarters using a
military standard communications protocol.

Members were further challenged during a portion of the exercise by only
operating during evening/night time hours when propagation is more
challenging. Throughout the exercise, MARS members used both traditional
single channel voice communications as well as establishing communications
links using 2G automatic link establishment.

Thanks to all the MARS stations who trained during this comex. Regardless if
you served as major/minor relay station, a net control station, a duty
officer, or provided your information messages for relay to the supported
headquarters, you are an important link in the communications chain. Well
done! Don’t forget to submit your after action reports so we can continue to
improve how we execute our mission.

English
Chief, Army MARS
*****

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