The ARES E-Letter for May 16, 2018

Michael Callaham

The ARES E-Letter

Published by the American Radio Relay League

May 16, 2018

Editor: Rick Palm, K1CE <k1ce@...>


The Dayton Hamvention is this week! -- May 18-20 at the Greene County
Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. The largest annual Amateur
Radio gathering in the US this year has been sanctioned as the 2018
ARRL Great Lakes Division Convention.


At the ARRL Member Forum at 2018 Hamvention
<>, Great Lakes Division Director Dale
Williams, WA8EFK, chairman of the ARRL Public Service Enhancement
Working Group, will talk about the dramatic changes that are occurring
among agencies serving in the emergency and disaster response sector.
He'll share an update on planning for proposed new guidelines for
participants in the ARES program, including plans for a new volunteer
management software system, called ARES Connect
Upgrades to ARES training and resources will ensure the service
continues to be a valuable partner for its served agencies into the
future. The ARRL Member Forum is scheduled for noon on Saturday, May
19, in room 3. A complete guide to ARRL activities, exhibits, and
presentations at 2018 Hamvention is available at


- Special Dayton Hamvention Issue!
- Public Service Working Group Chairman to Discuss Updates/Upgrades to
ARES in Response to Evolving Public Safety Telecoms Environment
- ARRL EXPO at Dayton
- National Hurricane Center Station WX4NHC Annual Station Test
- Oregon Holds Statewide SET on Cyberattack Scenario
- FEMA Releases New Damage Assessment Independent Study Course
- Florida County Assisted by ARES Tests 60-meter Channels for Emergency
- Media Hit: Arizona Operators Help Save Lives in Tinder Fire
- Section News: Delaware County signs MoU with Beach Town Fire Company
- Letters: On HAZMAT Responses
- K1CE For a Final: A Personal Loss, and a Loss for All of Us
- ARRL -- Your One-Stop Resource for Amateur Radio News and Information

ARES Briefs, Links:

Iowa National Guard Exercise Pushes Communications Interoperability
(5/4/18); Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Communication Test Set for
Saturday, May 12
(4/26/18); ARRL Suspends Registration for Emergency Communications
Course, as Online Platform Announces Shutdown
(4/30/18); Hams on Dominica Conduct "Preparedness" Field Day in Advance
of Hurricane Season

ARES Annual/Monthly Reports
<> can be found here,
organized by date, with a link to download a PDF of the full report.

Archives of the ARRL ARES E-Letter <> going
back to the original issue (September 2005) are available for download.

ARRL Emergency Coordinators may register their ARES group here
<> for a group ID.


ARRL Expo <>-- a large exhibit area in
Building 2 ("Tesla" Building) -- will serve as the hub for ARRL
activities, booths, and program representatives. More than 90 team
members will support ARRL EXPO, including 18 ARRL Headquarters
staffers. Recent additions to the ARRL EXPO guide include schedules for
the ARRL Stage and "Meet the Authors" table.

Hamvention's theme this year is "Amateur Radio...Serving the
Community." ARRL will reflect that spirit by sponsoring four forums on
Friday and Saturday that will comprise a Public Service Communications
Track. Convention goers attending three or more ARRL-sponsored Public
Service Communications forums will earn an ARRL certificate in
recognition of commitment to ham radio public service training and

Training Track: Public Service Communications

Friday May 18, 2018

#1: Getting Started in Public Service Communications

Presenter: Ken Bailey, K1FUG, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Assistant and
Continuing Education Program Administrator

Amateur Radio operators have a history of helping their communities by
providing radio communications in good times and in bad. You need to
prepare yourself. Preparedness is about training so you will be ready
when called upon. Being ready is about believing it can happen and
taking steps needed to act properly when things go bad. This forum is
for the newly licensed ham, and for those new to public service and
emergency communications who want to learn how to do more for their

#2: Building Partnerships

Presenters: Mike Corey, KI1U, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager;
Sarah Byrne, Community Partners Specialist, External Affairs, FEMA

Solid, collaborative, and mutually beneficial partnerships are key to
successful disaster and emergency response. Amateur Radio public
service groups rely on such partnership when serving their communities.
This session will address how to build and grow partnerships of
different levels of complexity, across a wide range of interests and
organizations -- from Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters
(VOADs), to other non-profits and businesses.

Saturday May 19, 2018

#3: Panel Discussion

Moderator: Mike Corey, KI1U, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager

A chance to hear from representatives from Amateur Radio's largest
organizations active during times of disaster and emergency.


1. Rob Macedo, KD1CY, VOIP WX Net and VOIP Hurricane Net

2. Paul English, WD8DBY, US Army MARS

3. David Stapchuk, KD9DXM, US Air Force MARS

4. Bill Feist, WB8BZH, SATERN

5. Ross Merlin, WA2WDT, Department of Homeland Security, SHAred
RESources (SHARES)

6. Ted Okada, K4HNL, Chief Technology Officer, FEMA

7. Malcolm Kyser, KG4G, Chief of Communications, Civil Air Patrol

#4: Stories from the 2017 Hurricanes

Moderator: Mike Corey, KI1U, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager

Firsthand accounts from volunteers who supported Amateur Radio's
response to the 2017 hurricanes in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and
across the Southeast US.


Oscar Resto, KP4RF - ARRL Section Manager, Puerto Rico (guest)

Fred Kleber, K9VV - ARRL Section Manager, US Virgin Islands (guest)

Andy Anderson, KP4AAN - ARRL Public Service Communications volunteer

ARRL Stage: Spotlight on Public Service Communications

Drop-in to enjoy these short public-service-themed presentations
throughout the convention. See the latest schedule posted near the ARRL
Stage in the ARRL exhibit area. The nearby Public Service exhibit will
include a display of ARRL Ham Aid equipment, which received much
attention and significant donor support following last year's

At the always-popular ARRL Membership Forum at noon on Saturday in Room
3, Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, will share an
update on proposed new guidelines for ARES volunteers (see above
story). Willams is leading a team that is seeking to upgrade ARES
training and ensure the service continues to be a valuable partner for
its served agencies into the future.

Here is the complete schedule
<> of programs, forums and
presentations for this week's Dayton Hamvention!

Have a great Hamvention and Great Lakes Division Convention!


WX4NHC, the amateur station at the National Hurricane Center in Miami,
Florida, will conduct its annual station test on Saturday, May 26, 2018
from 9AM-5 PM EDT (1300Z-2100Z). This year marks the station's 38th
year of public service at the NHC.

The purpose of this event is to test station equipment, antennas and
computers prior to this year's Hurricane Season, which starts June 1st
and runs through November 30th.

This event is good practice for ham radio operators worldwide, and
helps NWS offices across the country become familiar with Amateur Radio
communications support services available during times of severe

WX4NHC operators will be making brief contacts on many frequencies and
modes, exchanging signal reports and basic weather data ("Sunny", or
"Rain", etc.) with any station in any location. WX4NHC will be
on-the-air on HF, VHF, UHF , 2 and 30 meter APRS and WinLink
wx4nhc@... (subject line must contain "//WL2K").

Operators plan to stay on the accepted Hurricane Watch Net frequency
14.325 MHz most of the time. Due to space and equipment limitations,
there will only be two operators per shift. Hams may be able to find
the operation on HF by using one of the DX spotting networks, such as
DX Watch <>.

Operations will also be run on the VoIP Hurricane Net
<> 4PM to 5PM EDT (2000-2100Z). (IRLP node 9219 /
EchoLink WX-TALK Conference node 7203). The Florida Statewide SARNET
<> and local VHF and UHF repeaters will also
be employed to make contacts.

QSL cards are available via WD4R. Please send your card with a S.A.S.E.
Do not send QSLs directly to the Hurricane Center address, as they will
get delayed.

Due to security measures, NO VISITORS will be allowed entry to NHC
without prior clearance from the NHC PIO and Security. Only WX4NHC
Operators on the pre-approved operating schedule will be allowed entry.
For more information about WX4NHC <>, please visit
the website.

Thank you for your participation in the WX4NHC Annual Station Test
event. -- Julio Ripoll, WD4R, WX4NHC Amateur Radio Assistant
Coordinator, <> -- celebrating 38
years at the National Hurricane Center,


On April 14th, 2018, Oregon State ARES conducted a statewide SET
(Simulated Emergency Test). Oregon ARES consists of six districts.
District size consists of a minimum of three counties to as high as
five to six counties. At least 22 out of the 36 counties in Oregon
participated in the exercise with a number of County Emergency Managers

The SET was based on the following scenario: A massive cyber attack on
the electrical grid system in the Pacific Northwest devastated power
generation and transmission capabilities. The suspected foreign state-
sponsored attack effectively shut down all power until further notice,
potentially for weeks. The after effects were widespread. Fuel could no
longer be pumped; grocery stores and other food sources were shut down;
waste water systems were backing up and reliable domestic water was
scarce. Looting and panic took over.

ARES was activated and members were tasked to facilitate emergency
message traffic related to status of local communities. ARES was to
attempt to setup one or more portable stations capable of HF and
VHF/UHF using voice and digital communications modes.

Constraints imposed for the exercise were the following:

- No fixed site radio stations were permitted.

- No permanent site repeaters were to be used; portable repeaters or
simplex only was permitted.

- No Winlink CMS or Internet gateways could be used.

- No Internet-assisted communications were allowed.

- Units were to be powered by backup means i.e., by battery or

Lessons Learned:

1. A number of counties do not have portable and/or mobile radio
stations (in Go Kits). They need to be constructed, developed and

2. Radio equipment and antennas need to be tested on a scheduled basis
for operability and reliability.

3. In some cases, HF and VHF propagation was an issue. This made key
contacts an issue. This situation is not new to hams, and workarounds
need to be developed to attempt to bridge gaps.

4. Net Control management on HF became an issue. More
stations/operators throughout the State of Oregon need to be trained to
be Net Control Stations.

5. Additional Winlink training is needed.

6. After Action Reports need to be submitted on approved forms so that
they can be evaluated to determine successes and shortcomings. These
reports need to be submitted by everyone who participated and in a
timely fashion.

"SETs are designed to identify where there are successes and where we
need to address issues for improvement to ensure we are a trained and
competent resource to served agencies in a time of need. Oregon's
Spring SET was very fruitful to exercise what works and identify areas
needing improvement. We welcome the Oregon Fall SET to confirm our
progress." -- Ed Bodenlos, W7EWB, Oregon ARRL Section Emergency
Coordinator, St. Helens, OR


Damage Assessment Operations is a new online FEMA Emergency Management
Institute (EMI) Independent Study (IS) course. This course will equip
participants to conduct damage assessment in accordance with the Damage
Assessment Operations Manual: A Guide to Assessing Damage and Impact.
Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able
to: 1. Describe the relationship between damage assessment and Federal
disaster assistance 2. Describe roles, responsibilities, and activities
during each phase of the damage assessment 3. Prepare to conduct damage
assessment 4. Conduct damage assessment for Individual Assistance (IA)
and Public Assistance (PA) 5. Evaluate damage and impact to the

Click here <>for
the course.


Nassau County, north of Jacksonville, Florida, to the Georgia border,
hosted a government 60-meter exercise session on May 7, 2018, to test
the communications viability of the channelized band in the surrounding
area of their jurisdiction, using NVIS antenna systems. In planning
this operation, the county asked a 60-meter ARES net team to assist in
reporting signal strengths and audio qualities of their operators to
the county EOC (W4NAS), and if needed, assist in getting traffic into
the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) in Tallahassee,
the state capital, where operator KK4OAI was to serve as operator on
duty at the FDEM's state EOC.

Other counties, NGOs, and ARES groups wanting to participate were
allowed on a time permitting basis. The primary mission focus was on
Nassau county's likely situations and environment in this drill. Groups
were registered by 60-meter Net Control Station Paul Eakin, KJ4G
<pauleakin@...>, who thanked all for their participation. "The
results of data collected and lessons learned should be very valuable
to both Nassau County managers and the 60-meter operators for further
planning in emergencies," Eakin said.

60-meter Band (See the 6-meter band FAQ

*Only one signal at a time is permitted on any channel

*Maximum effective radiated output is 100 W PEP

5330.5USB phone1 <> and CW/RTTY/data2
<>5346.5USB phone1
<> and CW/RTTY/data2
<>5357.0USB phone1
<> and CW/RTTY/data2
<>5371.5USB phone1
<> and CW/RTTY/data2
<>5403.5USB phone1
<> and CW/RTTY/data2
<>1. <>USB is limited to 2.8 kHz

2. <>CW and digital emissions must be centered 1.5 kHz above the
channel frequencies indicated in the above chart


A broadcast news story in Arizona reported on amateurs helping save
lives in the Tinder Fire <>,
south of Flagstaff. ARES members were cited in the report as serving at
the Coconino County EOC. to provide communications coverage owing to
poor cell service at the fire line.

According to the story, for two hours, the ARES members relayed
life-saving information, getting out a code red to those in the Blue
Ridge community in the path of the flames.On the other end was a team
member on the fire line needing to get evacuation information out fast.
View the broadcast news story here


On Saturday, April 28, 2018 Sussex County (Delaware) ARES signed a
memorandum of understanding with Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company,
Station 70. Bethany Beach is a small town on the Delaware coastline.
Sussex county is one of just three Delaware counties. The memorandum
formalized a framework of cooperation and a close working relationship
between the two organizations.

Under the agreement signed by Bethany Beach Fire Chief Brian Martin,
Bethany Beach Asst. Chief of EMS Division Phillip Brackin, Sussex
County ARES Emergency Coordinator Chuck Betyeman, W3DEL, and ARRL
Delaware Section Manager Bill Duveneck, KB3KYH, ARES operators will
provide communications support to Station 70 in times of disasters,
emergencies, and public event related situations.

Sussex County ARES and Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company have worked
together for several years during public events such as the Ocean to
Bay Bike Tour, held once again on this date, and the First Responders
Triathlon. This memorandum of understanding formalizes and solidifies
the long-standing relationship, and both organizations look forward to
many more years of safety and mutual support. For additional
information, contact Sussex County ARES Emergency Coordinator Chuck
Betyeman, W3DEL <chuckyb302@...>.


I read your article Handling HAZMAT Incidents in the February 2018 ARES
E-Letter <> issue. In re
the case study presented, I agree with what you said in your wrecked
tanker scenario. It was good that you pointed out that even first
responders are limited in what they can do -- or should even try to do
-- in a HAZMAT situation.

One additional consideration that can assist responders if they can't
see placards is to assess the actual construction of the tank trailer.
For examples: the usual large and fairly smooth sided oval shape of
gasoline or diesel tanker versus a tanker carrying corrosives like
mining acids, which are usually narrower round tube type tanks that are
heavily buttressed on the outside due to the increased weight, versus a
grain or other hopper type trailer, etc.

While not being able to say exactly what is in the tanker from a
description, the person reporting should be prepared to give a good
description of the tank's construction if possible, from a safe
distance. of course.

And those binos can really make the difference. The Emergency Response
or the "Orange Book," has good info on rail cars and road trailers in
the first 10-20 pages. As they say, good information is key to an
effective, safe response. -- Ed Hutchinson, WE7H, Tucson, Arizona


I was saddened on learning of the passing of well known ARRL figure,
former Orange Section Manager, and a friend and colleague, Sandi Heyn,
WA6WZN. Sandi was the wife of ARRL Honorary Vice President and past
ARRL Southwestern Division Director Fried Heyn, WA6WZO. The couple was
inseparable, appearing together at ARRL Board meetings, conventions,
hamfests, and other Amateur Radio functions for decades. It was a real
privilege and pleasure to travel the convention and hamfest circuit
with them in the Southwestern Division for so many years back in the
1980's and 90's when I was on the ARRL HQ staff. My wife Joanne, W1GUN,
would sometimes travel with us, combining business with pleasure; for
example, visiting a hamfest in Flagstaff, Arizona, and then driving
through the desert to the Grand Canyon or the Hoover Dam and on to Las
Vegas for some R&R. We laughed and told stories. Joanne and Sandi were
kindred souls.

A more formal obituary written by the ARRL news desk can be found here
details of her numerous organizational accomplishments, volunteer
positions, work for Amateur Radio not only in the southwest, but across
the country, and her career. Here, I just wanted to say that the
amateur community has lost not only a real contributor to our
avocation, but also a fine human being. She was an Iowa farm girl, and
developed many wonderful traits. She had a sense of humility, able to
laugh at herself, and had a sense of humor (where did she come up with
that one, I would say to myself while laughing out loud). She was a
grounding influence on all of us at ARRL Board and committee meetings,
conventions and hamfests.

Sandi made friends instantly, spoke calmly and kindly with a warm
heart, humbly deflected talk of herself or her accomplishments, and had
a joy for life.

I'll always remember her and Fried, their love story they wrote
together through 57 years of marriage. It's difficult to come to terms
with her loss. -- Rick Palm, K1CE



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