December dinner party is tomorrow--but where?

Michael Callaham

The AARC December meeting, a dinner party, will be tomorrow, December
18 -- but where? As decided at the November meeting, the default will
be the Saint Thomas More Cathedral School Cafeteria, and the default
format will be pot-look. But, as noted on our home page <http://www.w4w> , the final decision was left open to debate. Today there have
(finally) been some alternative suggestions on the members-only
ArlingtonARC Yahoo! group, namely a suggestion, with one concurring
comment so far, that we party at Atlantis Restaurant in Bradlee
Shopping Center, 3648 King Street (Route 7). I have heard one
additional member say he plans to endorse Atlantis.

What do you think? If you are not an AARC member or not into the Yahoo!
scene, Activities Chair Gary KC5QCN and I would like to hear from you.
You may respond to this AARC-PUBLIC list. Would you like to try
Atlantis this year? Would you prefer the STM School Cafeteria potluck?
Would you like everyone to consider some other venue? If it matters to
you, let us know.

This is not a vote, but I'd like to get a sense of preferences tonight,
so that tomorrow morning I can let the Saint Thomas More Cathedral
School Principal know that we will mot need the Cafeteria, if that
seems to be the prevailing opinion.

Also, it has been suggested that if we do dine at Atlantis, we should
arrive about 6 pm, well before 7 pm, when the family throngs arrive.

I hope to update our home page later to day with a message such as this
one (but shorter), and again tomorrow with the final decision.

--Mike NW3V, President, Arlington Amateur Radio Club.

Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

ARRL General Bulletin ARLB017 (2018): W1AW 2018/2019 Winter Operating Schedule

Michael Callaham

ARRL General Bulletin ARLB017 (2018)

ARLB017 W1AW 2018/2019 Winter Operating Schedule

ARRL Bulletin 17  ARLB017
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  November 6, 2018
To all radio amateurs

ARLB017 W1AW 2018/2019 Winter Operating Schedule

Morning Schedule:

Time                  Mode     Days
-------------------   ----     ---------
1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWs      Wed, Fri
1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWf      Tue, Thu

Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

1500 UTC to 1700 UTC - (10 AM to 12 PM EST)
1800 UTC to 2045 UTC - (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST)

(Station closed 1700 to 1800 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM EST))

Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

2100 UTC (4 PM EST)    CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri
2100  "      "         CWs      Tue, Thu
2200  "  (5 PM EST)    CWb      Daily
2300  "  (6 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily
0000  "  (7 PM EST)    CWs      Mon, Wed, Fri
0000  "      "         CWf      Tue, Thu
0100  "  (8 PM EST)    CWb      Daily
0200  "  (9 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily
0245  "  (9:45 PM EST) VOICE    Daily
0300  "  (10 PM EST)   CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri
0300  "      "         CWs      Tue, Thu
0400  "  (11 PM EST)   CWb      Daily

                         Frequencies (MHz)
CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555
DIGITAL: - 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555
VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555


CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM
CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW

DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving

Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is
given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of
alternate speeds.

On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2330 UTC (6:30 PM EST), Keplerian
Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular
digital frequencies.

A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between
0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Thursdays and 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Fridays.

Audio from W1AW's CW code practices, CW/digital bulletins and phone
bulletin is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server
named "W1AWBDCT."  The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented
here as well.  The audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently
with W1AW's regular transmission schedule.

All users who connect to the conference server are muted.  Please
note that any questions or comments about this server should not be
sent via the "Text" window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions
or comments to [17]w1aw@... .

In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as
follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and
CW on the half hour.

All licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1500 UTC to 1700
UTC (10 AM to 12 PM EST), and then from 1800 UTC to 2045 UTC (1 PM
to 3:45 PM EST) Monday through Friday.  Be sure to bring your
current FCC amateur radio license or a photocopy.

The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 94 in the
November 2018 issue of QST or on the web at,
[18] .

  17. mailto:w1aw@...

Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Happy Thanksgiving! No brunch today.

Michael Callaham

Happy Thanksgiving! No brunch today. The weekly Thursday brunch will
resume November 29.

--Mike, nw3v
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Excerpt of ARES E-Letter for November 21, 2018

Michael Callaham

            The ARES E-Letter

Published by the American Radio Relay League

November 21, 2018

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

In This Issue:


- Hurricane Michael: Northern Florida ARES Groups Begin to File After
Action Reports
- Hurricane Michael: American Red Cross Thanks Radio Amateurs
- How to Send E-mail to a Disaster Area via WINLINK
- Southern New Jersey ARES Team Supports Search for Missing Man
- FEMA Releases 2018 National Preparedness Report
- Driver Rescued Thanks to Alert Badger Weather Net Members
- News Media Covers Amateurs' Hurricane Michael Involvement
- Ham Radio Assists in Rescue of Missing Mariner
- K1CE For a Final: HDSCS, the End of an Era of Extraordinary Service

California Fires Responses

(11/13/18) From Rick Lindquist, WW1ME, ARRL News Desk (summarized) --
Amateur Radio volunteers have been active on several fronts as
wildfires raged in large sections of California.

Camp Fire

In Butte County, northern California, the Camp Fire caused multiple
shelters to be opened to evacuees, with five Sacramento Valley ARES
<> groups involved in communications support
between the Red Cross Disaster Operations Center (DOC) and the
shelters.In addition to supporting the shelters, ARES members were also
tasked by Red Cross to shadow Red Cross delivery vehicles to provide
communications in the mountain areas to the shelters.

ARES voice, WINLINK, and email were used to pass shelter counts and
tactical messages between the shelter and the Red Cross Disaster
Operations Center and Cal Office of Emergency Services. The Red Cross
supported ARES at the shelters with hot spots and backup radios.

Working 12-hour shifts, Sacramento Valley Section District Emergency
Coordinator 3 Michael Joseph, KK6GZB, staffed the Red Cross radio
station as net control for the DOC, passing messages and tracking ARES
personnel. Sacramento ARES members have been pitching in as needed.
Joseph also has been coordinating ARES deployments as needed.

Visit the ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Facebook
<> page or Twitter
account <> for more information. -- Thanks
to Section Emergency Coordinator Greg Kruckewit, KG6SJT

Woolsey Fire

The Woolsey Fire swept through the westernmost portion of Los Angeles
County and the easternmost area of Ventura County in the ARRL Santa
Barbara Section. "Governmental radio systems used by fire and sheriff
held up," said Los Angeles Section Manager Diana Feinberg, AI6DF.
"Evacuees went to areas where cell phone service was generally
available." She said Los Angeles ARES (ARES LAX
<>) was not activated because no county
hospitals were in the affected area and no hospital outside the fire
zone was in danger of losing communication. A team of ARES LAX
operators organized by LAX-Northwest District Emergency Coordinator
Roozy Moabery, W1EH, did perform logistics work at a major drop-off
site in the San Fernando Valley for evacuee supplies.

On the air for the Woolsey Fire, both the Los Angeles County Disaster
Communications Service (DCS) -- Amateur Radio volunteers overseen by
the Sheriff's Department -- and the City of Los Angeles Fire Department
Auxiliary Communication Service (ACS) operated nets and monitored their
respective frequencies. "The DCS group at Lost Hills Sheriff Station
covers most of the Los Angeles County areas affected by the Woolsey
Fire and communicated with organized amateurs in the cities of
Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Hidden Hills, Malibu, Westlake Village, and
unincorporated mountain areas when not affected by respective mandatory
evacuation orders," Feinberg said. "The City of Los Angeles' ACS group
was involved when the city's West Hills neighborhood in the San
Fernando Valley became the fire's northeastern front, forcing about
half the West Hills community to evacuate."

Feinberg said ACS members have also been involved with delivering food
and water supplies to LAFD firefighters and performing fire patrols.
American Red Cross volunteers are reported to be using Amateur Radio in
connection with some of their fire response activities, Feinberg

Click here
full story.

And here is an 11/19/18 update: Repeaters, Amateur TV Play
Communication Role in California Fire Emergency

ARES Briefs, Links

Maritime Mobile Service Network Operators Assist Vessel with Ill Crew
(11/14/18); Eastern Massachusetts SEC Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Receives Blue
Hills Observatory Outstanding Service Award
(11/12/18); Oregon ARES Drill Scenario to Simulate Double Virus and
Hypothetical Terrorist Attack

Key References

See the ARRL 2018 Hurricanes Page <>
for Information Resources, ARRL News, Media Hits, and Donations to Ham

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.



Last month, Hurricane Michael slammed into Florida's panhandle, the
most severe hurricane to ever hit the region. ARES groups across the
entire state were either directly involved in disaster communications
efforts or secondarily involved by providing support via numerous HF
and VHF emergency/disaster nets, various modes, and organizations for
those in the affected areas. After Action Reports have begun to be
drafted and filed with Section and ARES leadership. The reports lend
insight into operating conditions and challenges, and all-important
lessons learned.

Escambia County (Westernmost Panhandle County)

On Tuesday, October 9 through Wednesday, October 10 at 1700 (almost 18
hours), Escambia County (at the western end of the panhandle) ARES was
activated for the County EOC Level 2 activation for Hurricane Michael
operations. Assistant EC Joe McLemore, KF4DVF, reported that 21 Amateur
Radio operators/stations were involved in total (fifteen county ARES
members, and six non-ARES personnel).

The ARES room inside the EOC was staffed by four ARES members. Both
open evacuation shelters were staffed by radio operators.The Escambia
County Emergency Net (also the local ARES net) was activated on the
146.76 MHz VHF repeater. Several messages were sent via a tactical VHF
local net and the HF statewide nets: The Northern Florida ARES Net and
the Northern Florida Emergency Net on 3950 kHz, were monitored in the
ARES room at the EOC for the following agencies: Red Cross and shelters
(also BRACE <>, the Be Ready Alliance
Coordinating for Emergencies), Escambia County Fire Rescue, and
Escambia County Emergency Communications.

The SATERN  <>net was also monitored by Eugene
Brannon, KB4HAH, per the request of the Salvation Army coordinated
through ARRL Northern Florida Section Emergency Coordinator Karl
Martin, KG4HBN. Digital modes were also employed in various capacities,
including APRS and Winlink. The operators monitored National Weather
Service NWS Chat, and HURREVAC (storm tracking and decision support
tool of the National Hurricane Program, administered by FEMA, the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Hurricane Center) was also
used. [NWS Chat is an Instant Messaging program used by NWS operational
personnel to share critical warning decision expertise and other types
of significant weather information that is exchanged in real-time with
the media and emergency response community, who in turn play a key role
in communicating the NWS's hazardous weather messages to the public.
NWS partners can use NWS Chat as an efficient means of seeking
clarifications and enhancements to the communication stream originating
from the NWS during a fast-paced significant weather or hydrologic

The new ARES Connect system was used to keep Escambia County ARES
members notified and to ask for assistance. The ARRL volunteer
management, communications, and reporting system allows information to
be logged by ARES members and managed through the Field Organization.
Six e-mails were sent to Escambia County ARES members via the ARES
Connect system. Two Escambia County ARES members volunteered and were
deployed to the Panama City disaster area to provide communications

All told, ARES time invested included an estimated 70.3 person-hours
for direct incident involvement, and three hours for planning and

Gilchrist County (east of the Big Bend region)

Gilchrist County is a large rural agricultural county bordered on the
north and west by the Santa Fe river and the famous Suwannee River,
with a population of roughly 20,000.

Gilchrist County EC John Greiner, KJ4YPZ, reported on pre-landfall
actions taken Thursday, October 4, activating the county 2-meter ARES
Net on the Bell repeater (147.285 MHz) at 7:30 PM. Amateurs were
informed on the progress of the storm and of the Nightly Storm Net to
begin Monday, October 8. (The storm net designation and operation
starts within 72 hours of impact to the area per ARES protocol).

By Sunday, October 7, Michael was still a Tropical Storm. Information
was posted by Greiner on the Dixie Amateur Radio Klub web blog page and
emailed to all radio operators and ARES members on the contact list. On
Monday night, the Nightly Storm Net began operations with briefings.
Greiner tested and set up radios at the Gilchrist EOC and station
NF4EC. Emergency Management planned to go to Level 2 activation on
Tuesday afternoon: By 2 PM, Michael was a Category 2 hurricane and by 5
PM was upgraded to a Category 3. More information on hurricane nets and
advisories, frequencies and schedules, was passed. On Wednesday,
October 10, the storm made landfall near Mexico Beach as a devastating
Category 4 storm.

Gilchrist County ARES monitored the situation at level 3 activation
through the passing of the storm. When the State EOC lost Tallahassee
radar and the internet, Greiner was able to provide the state EOC staff
with timely info on the current location of the passing storm. In
Gilchrist, three shelters -- one for special needs at the Bell High
School -- had been opened and three persons sought shelter.

Post-storm Recommendations: Greiner said repeaters,HF antennas, cell
towers and 911 took blows in the affected areas."There needs to be more
reliance on and training with VHF FM simplex and mobile HF antennas and
operation for resilience." A local area club has since initiated a
simplex net to begin November 20. Greiner is encouraging his ARES
members to improve their antennas for operation and participation on
simplex nets. He also said "Those that have the capability to go mobile
with HF radio and antenna are encouraged to be prepared to use the
systems after the storm's passing necessitates the lowering of fixed HF


The American Red Cross Communications Manager for the hurricane Michael
response sent the following letter to ARRL Northern Florida Section
Emergency Coordinator Karl Martin, KG4HBN:

"I wish to acknowledge and congratulate each of you and the many
amateurs who manned the stations at the Red Cross shelters and District
Operations during Hurricane Michael. As the Amateur Radio leadership
team on DR 748-19 I hope you will pass along to your associates our
heartfelt appreciation for an outstanding job. The professionalism and
dedication by each operator was truly inspiring.

"I wish to give special recognition to Sal Martocci, K4YFW, who was by
my side throughout the first three weeks. He has become the voice of
the American Red Cross in North Florida. Special thanks to Randy
Pierce, AG4UU, whose vision and hard work in support of Florida SARNET
<> demonstrated what a phenomenal emergency
communications system we are so fortunate to have in our state, and to
Pat Lightcap, K4NRD who tirelessly served as Net Control for more hours
than one can imagine.

"Special recognition to Karl Martin, KG4HBN, who pulled the ARES team
together and maintained a full staff at all locations throughout the
entire critical period.

"Beside SARNET we were fortunate to have the North Florida ARES net on
80 meters run by Terry Webb, N0TW, and Paul Eakin, KJ4G. With the 80
meter net we had virtually 100% coverage. Their team provided a much
needed service day and night.

"Supporting this outstanding leadership team were a group of phenomenal
amateur operators who are the unsung heroes spending countless hours in
the field to help alleviate human suffering. On behalf of the American
Red Cross we hope you will give your team the recognition they richly
deserve and express our sincere appreciation.

"God bless each of you." -- David Morris, K4AW, Communications Manager,
October 10 - 31, 2018, Hurricane Michael DR 748-19, American Red Cross,
Tallahassee, Florida


There's a common misconception that one has to have complicated
equipment, software and skills to leverage the ham radio-developed
WINLINK system to reach into disaster areas. In fact, one of the major
advantages of the system is that it can easily connect disaster
area-located volunteers (who must use radio to make any connection)
with anyone else in the state, nation or world. It provides an easy way
for "back-home" supporters, family and friends to keep in touch with
deployed volunteers.

First you have to know the correct email Winlink address of the
disaster-located ham: it is simply their callsign (e.g., K4AAA) thus K4AAA@...

Second, because WINLINK was built to handle slow-speed radio
connections, receiving a load of spam would be catastrophic for
throughput over a slow modem protocol. To avoid this, WINLINK
developers put in a "white list" -- a list for each WINLINK email user
of who is allowed to send them email. While the WINLINK user can simply
add you to their email-okay list, there's an even simpler way for
support amateurs to bypass this, which will not be known by spammers --
just put //WL2K at the beginning of your subject line. For example,
like this: //WL2K What is your current Status?

With those two critical components of the Winlink email message format,
anyone with normal email can make needed communications to a deployed
volunteer who is participating in the WINLINK system. One caveat:
WINLINK can't "force" email onto a volunteer who doesn't have their
radio turned on, or isn't connecting into a Winlink server station, so
it depends on periodic check-ins by the participant to check for,
receive and send email by radio.

Approximately 50,000 messages per month are transacted by this system,
so it is in regular substantial usage. WINLINK email-users can also add
entire domains to their "white list" (e.g.,,, and ) -- which might be a useful thing to
do for those who are going to be deployed and will be in contact with
officials or managers. Click here  <>for additional
information: -- -- Gordon Gibby, KX4Z, North Florida Amateur Radio Club


On November 10, 2018 Ocean County, Southern New Jersey ARES members
assisted search groups in looking for a man who was reported missing
from a local nursing home on November 2. The man suffered from
dementia. Searches had been ongoing and somewhat weather dependent in
neighborhoods around the nursing home. On Saturday, November 10, a
search was planned by the family of the missing man.

Tim Tonnesen, NJ2N, notified Bob Murdock, WX2NJ, the Ocean County ARES
Emergency Coordinator, that this search would be taking place in a
wooded area. This was considered an emergency operation for Ocean
County ARES and a plan was put into place. Tonnesen was instrumental in
contacting the local authorities and

    working with the family and search teams to execute the search
plan. Murdock concentrated on the communications technical side and
manpower. Notifications went out to all Ocean County ARES members. They
coordinated the area to be searched with Stafford Twp Police.

Search volunteers and ARES members met at 9:00 AM Saturday morning at
the Ocean County Vocational School and ARES ops established a Net
Control station at a park two miles from the school where commercial
power, shelter and rest rooms were available.The ARES mission was to
coordinate communications between the search groups. There were 143
volunteers divided into three groups and nine Ocean County ARES radio
operators. Each group had two radio operators. The groups then set out
in the three designated search areas. Topo maps were used to plot out
the search areas.

Communications initially took place on the Manahawkin 145.835 MHz N2OO
repeater, but coverage for the H-T's was a challenge due to topography.
Operators switched to the 449.825 MHz WA2RES repeater for great

When there was a private property/trespass issue, the request of the
landowner and his permission were relayed by Amateur Radio and handled
quickly. The search teams came back to the park by 1:00 PM as was
requested, with negative findings.

ARES members assisted with making sure all were accounted for.
Operators were positioned to remind searchers to sign out at the rally
point after leaving the search area.

The group of operators returned by 3:00 PM and all were accounted for.
The coordination between ARES and local and state police was smooth and
went well. Searcher-volunteers were made up of local citizens and
volunteer fire and EMS personnel. All involved were required to sign in
and out. This was well coordinated with the ARES members. All ARES
operators wore ARES ID reflective vests and were easily visible to

While the missing person was not found during this search effort, this
was a good experience for all ARES operators. A future issue that the
group will discuss is obtaining or constructing an ARES command post
shelter or vehicle.

Mike Daly, KC2SBR, summed up the event like this: "Bottom line to me
was it was real world, meaning all of elements of the incident response
got pulled together quickly and ad hoc. What I saw were volunteers
thinking on their feet, adjusting on the fly to the 'fog' that can
creep into an event response, looking for where we could fill the gaps
and add value as we went beyond just holding a radio. That experience
to me was a highlight: no exercise plan I have ever been involved in,
in the military or in Emergency Management and Continuity of
Operations, ever runs as scripted in the real world, and it's that
experience to roll with the punches and adjust as it happens that no
book can teach." -- Tom Preiser, N2XW, ARRL Southern New Jersey Section
Emergency Coordinator

Search Terms to Know

From the Kentucky Emergency Management agency --

Search Area - When search teams begin looking for a person (search
subject), they often draw lines on a map to divide the world into
search areas. These areas will then get labeled, such as A, B, C, D,
etc. or 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. When teams are sent into the field to look for
the person, they are assigned a search area and given a map of that
area. It is up to the search team to complete their assignment, return
to base and report their findings.

Point Last Seen (PLS) - This is the point on the map where the person
was last spotted by a witness with a positive identification. It might
be a trailhead, hunting camp, boat dock, parking lot, etc. If you know
for certain the person was seen standing by their car in the parking
lot just two hours ago, then you have a place to begin your search. You
also know about how far the person might be able to travel in two
hours, which helps limit your search area.

Last Known Position (LKP) - During a search, clues will turn up about
the person. Occasionally, the clue will be solid enough to be
reasonably certain the search subject left it. For example, if the
person is hiking a trail and searchers have a good unique shoe print, a
tracker can often find the same print along the trail, at a stream bed,
etc. and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the person left the clue.
Since the LKP is more recent than the PLS, you basically have a new
starting point for your search. Knowing just these two points allows
you to determine general direction of travel, approximate speed of
travel, etc.

Probability of Detection (POD or PoD) - POD is the likelihood of
finding the search subject in a given search area with the technique
used. Different search methods typically yield different PODs.

For example, imagine someone lost a silver dollar coin in a child's
sandbox. When you begin looking for it, you simply shuffled the sand
around hoping it would turn up. Your probability of detection for this
hasty search might be 25%. In other words, 25% of the time, this hasty
search would have turned up the lost coin. But it didn't. So, you begin
digging a little deeper, looking a little harder, etc., but still with
no definite technique. When you finish, you might begin asking the
person if they were sure they lost it in the sandbox. Now, you're 50%
sure it isn't in the box. So, you search a third time. But, this time
you approach the search with a more structured approach. You draw some
large blocks in the sand and run your fingers through each "grid"
looking for the coin. When you've searched the entire sandbox you
declare, I'm 75% sure the coin isn't in there. Finally, you divide each
large block in the sand, into smaller blocks and search each block by
screening the sand through a wire mesh. Sure enough, you discover the
coin. It was in there all along.

Each of the above search techniques carries with it a "probability of
detection." The more thorough the search technique, the higher the POD.
However, the more thorough the search technique, the longer it will
take you to complete the search of the same area. Managing a search is
usually a balancing act between POD and search time in the field.

Also, as you might guess, POD for a given search area becomes
cumulative. So, searching the sandbox twice quickly is usually more
effective (higher POD) than searching it once very slowly.


FEMA has released the 2018 National Preparedness Report
In its seventh year, this report summarizes the nation's progress
toward becoming a more secure and resilient nation.

The report highlights lessons learned from previous responses, along
with findings from preparedness activities. The events and activities
captured in the report allow responders and emergency managers
throughout the nation to better understand capabilities, identify
shortfalls, and build capacity in preparation for future large-scale
and catastrophic incidents.

The 2018 National Preparedness Report also identifies gains made in
preparedness across the nation and identifies where challenges remain.
These findings provide insights into preparedness and informs decisions
about future program priorities, resource allocations, and community

The 2018 Report considers select 2017 real-world incidents that tested
the nation's capabilities, preparedness trends from state, tribal and
territory perspectives, and an overview of activities and investments
to build and sustain capabilities. As a result, it provides in-depth
evaluation of five core capabilities identified in previous reports as
facing persistent preparedness challenges-- Infrastructure Systems,
Housing, Economic Recovery, Cybersecurity, and Operational


In Wisconsin, the Badger Weather Net has as its purpose the reporting
of ground truth weather data - specifically temperature and
precipitation information -- from the previous day as well as current
comparison.This net covers all of Wisconsin and some of the surrounding
area. We have capability on two bands - on 75-meters at 3.984 MHZ and
on 2-meters on the various linked Wecomm repeaters.

The following is a narrative of the emergency communications that took
place during one early morning Badger Weather Net. As I was serving as
net control for the net Saturday morning, a weak and broken signal came
in on the repeater system. It took a few calls to determine that a
fellow ham was in the ditch with a trailer, sliding off the icy roads
in Price County. He was requesting assistance of the Sheriff's

I called 911 and spoke with the friendly and helpful dispatcher at the
Dunn County Sheriff's Department. She gave me the phone number of the
Price County Sheriff's Department. I called the Price County Sheriff's
office and got Bob Hoffman, KQ9J, the dispatcher there. As a ham, he
was aware of how I had become involved and was most helpful. After
asking a few questions of the driver via a three way conversation with
me in the middle relaying, he dispatched a car to block traffic while
the pickup and trailer were pulled out of the ditch and back on the

While there were no personal injuries in this incident, the driver was
very cold and his cell phone was useless because of the terrain.
Amateur Radio and the Badger Weather Net were in the right place at the
right time to be of assistance. That's what we hams do. -- Ron Purvis,
WB9WKO, Knapp, Wisconsin

[The Badger Weather Net (BWN) was started December 14, 1964 by a
handful of Wisconsin Amateur Radio operators. Since that time the net
has provided the National Weather Service with valuable weather
observations of high/low temperatures and precipitation from across the
state. This collected data is used for input into the river forecast
model, for public and fire weather forecasts, verification of watches
and warnings, for local media use, and various research projects. The
BWN has grown over the years from only a handful of reporting sites to
over 60 stations that report the weather data daily. For more
information on this historic service net, click here
<>. -- ed.]


News 4 JAX (Jacksonville, FL) 10/17/2018 | Local amateur radio
operators needed to help communication after Michael

Florida Times-Union newspaper (Jacksonville, FL) 10/14/2018 | Nassau
County amateur radio operators aid communications following Hurricane

Gainesville Sun daily newspaper (Gainesville, FL) 10/13/2018 | Local
ham radio operators helping with post-hurricane communications

WKRN News 2 (Nashville, TN) 10/12/2018 | Ham radio operators connect
emergency teams and families stranded by Hurricane Michael

Good Morning America-ABC News 10/11/2018 | Historic Hurricane
Devastates Gulf Coast
(at 6-minute mark, look for ARES operator and ARES logo on his truck)

WFLA NewsChannel 8 (Citrus County FL) 10/11/2018 | Amateur radio
operators provide hurricane aid through the airwaves

WTSP-TV News 10 (Tampa, FL) 10/11/2018 | Hurricane Michael downs
countless trees in Marianna, Florida

The above media hits were reported by Scott Roberts, KK4ECR, Northern
Florida Section Public Information Coordinator, who said in the
November issue of the section newsletter QST NFL "Kudos to our PIO's
and EC's who took the time to talk to our media and give them accurate
accounts of what we do. Many of the operators in the Northern Florida
Section assisted with support of our served agencies in one way or
another during Hurricane Michael." Roberts is seeking more media hits
for his compilation.


[St. John, US Virgin Islands, October 3, 2018] It was Thursday night
and I was nodding in and out while watching TV. From the other room I
heard what sounded like a weak scratchy signal trying to access the
local repeater. I answered "This is Fred, NP2X, on St. Croix. The
station trying to access the repeater, you are very noisy into the
system, please try it again." I then heard, "This is Tia." (NP2RE).
Unbeknownst to me, Tia's parents had been attending the monthly meeting
of St. John Rescue, a volunteer organization serving the St John, USVI
community. Shortly after arriving to the meeting, St John Rescue
received a request for assistance from the VI Police Department: They
had received a report of a dingy spotted washed up on the rocks in Reef
Bay with no occupant. Tia's parents Larry Pruss, NP2LP, and Jennifer
Pruss, NP2QT, immediately headed to Reef Bay. Other members of St. John
Rescue headed to the marina to begin conducting the maritime portion of
the search.

What follows is Larry's summary in his own words: "Jennifer and I
traversed the various shorelines and beaches in the dark in search of
the boater. The terrain became too rocky for Jennifer to continue, so
she remained behind perched on the rocks providing flood lighting. As
the Rescue radio coverage was marginal, Jennifer and I kept in touch
via our VHF amateur radios. When the lights of the Rescue boat became
visible in the bay, both Jennifer and I found we had unreliable
communications with the boat."

"After finding the dingy on the rocks, I continued traversing the rocky
shoreline, and found the boater huddled along the shore in a rock
crevice. The boater reported his boat hit the reef, he was thrown from
the dingy. His position was an extremely treacherous spot, which the
Rescue boat could not reach. We were at the water's edge at the base of
a tall seashore cliff. The boater had minor scratches, was cold and
thirsty. I gave him a Mylar blanket for warmth and he gladly drank the
water we brought.

"With no cell service and having difficulty with our VHF radio, the
immediate need was to contact the Rescue boat that we had located the
missing person and plan his evacuation. Using our radios, Jennifer
called our daughters Tia, NP2RE, and Skylar, NP2QS, at our home and
requested they relay we had located the missing person to the Rescue
boat. Tia and Skylar immediately contacted other Rescue members that
passed along the message.

"The boater was not able to hike out as he was exhausted and without
shoes. Jennifer hiked to the top of the hill to acquire some shoes from
a resident to protect the patient's feet as we moved him from the sharp
rocks. Due to the proximity of the reef and large waves, it was also
not feasible to land the Rescue boat on the beach. Another Rescue
member, Dylan Baird, arrived on scene and managed to reach me. He

    had taken a 4-wheeler to the site, hiked down the beach, and
climbed the dangerous rocks to reach the boater's location. Dylan had
the good idea to try using the dingy to get our Rescue subject to the
Rescue boat. In the dark, Dylan and I pulled the dingy off the rocks,
bailed enough water out of it to keep it afloat, and started the
engine. Dylan made a break for the reef to get the boat further drained
of water and to coordinate next steps with the Rescue boat.

"I stayed with the boater. Dylan reached the Rescue boat and returned
with Brian Grassi, another Rescue member. We put a lifejacket on the
boater and together transported him to the Rescue boat. Upon reaching
the harbor, he was transported to the local clinic for treatment."

"We felt good about a number of things: Within approximately thirty
minutes of locating the injured boater, he was transported to the
Rescue boat. Our daughters aged 12 and 13 flawlessly executed the relay
of critical information using their newly learned skills. (Note: Tia
has been licensed for just two weeks and Skylar, just five months).The
radio and Rescue training our family received and practiced, may have
well saved a life."

Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Larry and Jennifer Pruss have been
the spark plugs of a new generation of hams on St. John. In the last
six months, and with the support of St John Rescue, they have held two
ham class sessions resulting in 23 new hams: 19 on St. John, two on St.
Thomas and two on the British Virgin Islands, through their
instructional efforts. These new licensees are members of the
community, St. John Rescue, the National Park Service, the Fire
Department, and include four youngsters under 13 years old. -- Larry
Pruss, NP2LP, and Fred Kleber, K9VV/NP2X,  ARRL USVI Section Manager

[Section Manager Kleber added this postscript to the editor: "Thanks so
much for sharing your spotlight to highlight this success in the Virgin
Islands. There will be more coming for sure. We have recently completed
a UHF link system to link the three USVI repeaters together. Soon we
will be adding IRLP/Echolink, as well as ham radio links to Puerto Rico
and other Caribbean islands."]


For years, at 5 AM on Sunday mornings as I woke to go to work at the
large Daytona Beach city hospital where I was an ICU RN, I would check
my email, and like clockwork, there would be the weekly Hospital
Disaster Support Communications System (of Orange County, California)
report from its dedicated founder and coordinator April Moell, WA6OPS.
I was always amazed to read of the weekly work of the organization: its
training, drills, certifications, awards, and, of course, mission
critical responses to the area's hospitals.

Moell wrote last month: "Effective today, October 14, the Hospital
Disaster Support Communications System has been disbanded after 38
years of service to Orange County medical facilities. After dealing
with significant medical issues the last several years, it has become
unrealistic for me to continue as coordinator and I have tendered my
resignation to the Section Manager. HDSCS members have been unusually
dedicated and resourceful, but no one has the requisite time or
specific expertise to take on the role of coordinator, which means a
succession plan has not been possible at this point and there is no
gradual way to discontinue a group such as this.The ARES model has
proven to be the most effective way to support hospitals and it is
hoped that at some point that can be continued."

April said "she is not leaving Amateur Radio so I hope I will still
have the opportunity to interact with many of you at conventions or
over the airwaves."

ARRL Southwestern Division Director Dick Norton, N6AA, said it best
when he wrote to April: "Thank you for your very long-term contribution
to Amateur Radio, and by it, to public service. The Southwestern
Division website shows you were given the Division Meritorious Service
Award in 1992. Your dedication and leadership will be missed."

I would echo Dick's comments and simply add that April Moell, WA6OPS,
has represented the very best of the amateur community's values. And, I
will miss waking up early on Sunday mornings to find her thoughtful,
comprehensive reports to start my long work shift. Best wishes for the
future, April!

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Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Home page updated with December meeting plans

Michael Callaham

The AARC home page has been updated with plans for the December

--Mike, nw3v
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Updated FCC account management procedures

Paul Wilson KI4PW

As mentioned at the November meeting by Al, K4ZB, and in the Nov 9 edition of Amateur Radio Newsline, FCC is updating its login and account management procedures. Beginning on 1 March of next year, FRNs (Federal Registration Numbers) must be associated with a CORES account. To put it in plain English, you will need a CORES account to manage your license renewals, change of address, application for a vanity call, etc. I created my CORES account last night. It was easy and painless.

From the broadcast:


STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The FCC is retiring its present version of the Commission Registration System, also known as CORES. As of March 1 of next year, anyone applying for an FCC Federal Registration Number, or FRN, must first create a username and password on the system before they can receive the FRN itself. That's already the case - but on the new CORES website anyone who already has an FRN from the old Commission Registration System will need to create a user name to continue managing it under the new system. You can find the website using the URL included the text version of this report.
This is especially important for Volunteer Examiners while administering amateur radio license exams. FRNs are used in place of Social Security numbers. Hams who do not have Social Security Numbers must instead use their Taxpayer Identification Number to get an FRN. An FRN is required for everyone using this system.
All hams who are already licensed and wishing to conduct business with the FCC, such as renewing their license or changing their address, also need to be registered properly through the new Commission Registration System so they have access to the online Universal Licensing System. It should also be noted that individuals with a new FRN will be able to log into the FCCís Universal Licensing System and set their preferences from receiving electronic copies of your documents to getting them on paper by postal mail, if desired.
Again, look at the printed version of this report at arnewsline dot org and you'll find the link to the CORES website.


Re: HQ2 To-Do?

Michael Callaham



--Mike, nw3v
On Fri, 2018-11-16 at 17:18 -0500, Chris Sharp wrote:
Looks like there is an Amazon amateur radio club:

They run an HF net: Mondays @ 7pm Pacific Time 14.270 MHz Primary,
MHz Backup

Chris N2VWO

On Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 6:21 PM Michael Callaham <vze32sw5@...

What should we do to reach out to Amazon employees coming to
<>? Perhaps some are hams.
some never thought about it. Perhaps some have a club in Seattle
will fork an instance of it here.

Share your thoughts on-list or by checking into the Arlington
Net tonight after Kim KD9XB airs Amateur Radio Newsline starting at
pm on the W4WVP 2-meter repeater: 145.47 MHz out, standard offset.
tone of 107.2 Hz is required on your 144.87 MHz signal to transmit
through the repeater.

--Mike NW3V
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Re: HQ2 To-Do?

Chris Sharp

Looks like there is an Amazon amateur radio club:

They run an HF net: Mondays @ 7pm Pacific Time 14.270 MHz Primary, 7.270
MHz Backup

Chris N2VWO

On Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 6:21 PM Michael Callaham <vze32sw5@...>

What should we do to reach out to Amazon employees coming to Arlington
<>? Perhaps some are hams. Perhaps
some never thought about it. Perhaps some have a club in Seattle and
will fork an instance of it here.

Share your thoughts on-list or by checking into the Arlington County
Net tonight after Kim KD9XB airs Amateur Radio Newsline starting at 7
pm on the W4WVP 2-meter repeater: 145.47 MHz out, standard offset. A PL
tone of 107.2 Hz is required on your 144.87 MHz signal to transmit
through the repeater.

--Mike NW3V

Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

HQ2 To-Do?

Michael Callaham

What should we do to reach out to Amazon employees coming to Arlington
<>? Perhaps some are hams. Perhaps
some never thought about it. Perhaps some have a club in Seattle and
will fork an instance of it here.

Share your thoughts on-list or by checking into the Arlington County
Net tonight after Kim KD9XB airs Amateur Radio Newsline starting at 7
pm on the W4WVP 2-meter repeater: 145.47 MHz out, standard offset. A PL
tone of 107.2 Hz is required on your 144.87 MHz signal to transmit
through the repeater.

--Mike NW3V

Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

WETA Carpool

Benn Kobb

I would like to carpool with anyone who is attending the WETA group.

I live in the Courthouse area.


Benn AK4AV

Re: Would you like to be Net Control Station of the Arlington County Net next Tuesday?


Hello Mike,

If you don't have any other takers, I can try to be NCS on November 13.

And I believe that will also be my week to transmit Amateur Radio Newsline before the net.




On 11/7/2018 10:45 AM, Michael Callaham wrote:
Would you like to be Net Control Station of the Arlington County Net
next Tuesday, November 13? If you would, please contact me, for example
by emailing nw3v -at- arrl dot net . If you've never tried it before,
there's a sample preamble (script) on w4wvp dot org . I'll be checked
in and can help as needed. If no one volunteers, I'll be Net Control

The Arlington County Net is conducted on the W4WVP 2-meter repeater. It
is listed in the arrl dot org Net Directory, which you may search even
if you are not an ARRL member.

--Mike NW3V, Arlington County Net Co-Manager (with KC5QCN)

Would you like to be Net Control Station of the Arlington County Net next Tuesday?

Michael Callaham

Would you like to be Net Control Station of the Arlington County Net
next Tuesday, November 13? If you would, please contact me, for example
by emailing nw3v -at- arrl dot net . If you've never tried it before,
there's a sample preamble (script) on w4wvp dot org . I'll be checked
in and can help as needed. If no one volunteers, I'll be Net Control

The Arlington County Net is conducted on the W4WVP 2-meter repeater. It
is listed in the arrl dot org Net Directory, which you may search even
if you are not an ARRL member.

--Mike NW3V, Arlington County Net Co-Manager (with KC5QCN)

Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Marine "deep cycle" and Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries

Paul Wilson KI4PW

There was some discussion last night on-net.

1. For marine batteries, I would NOT shop at West Marine, unless you plan to pay top dollar (or wait for a sale.) Or, "shop" at West Marine and "buy" somewhere else. When I shop on-line I buy a lot of marine supplies and equipment from Defender Marine, . By the way, "marine-grade" is one of those adjectives that allows a retailer to charge double. :)

2. I do use lithium iron phosphate batteries for portable ops with my Yaesu FT817 and in my motorcycle. They do allow deeper discharge, meaning you have more usable amp-hours for a given rating. There is also considerable weight savings. On the other hand charging them can be a little fussy. You cannot use the ubiquitous "battery tender" style chargers intended for lead-acid chemistry--you need to purchase a specialty charger. The battery and charger I is have from my 817 is from Bioenno Power.

My motorcycle battery is from Shorai.

So far it's given good service and I've had it for over five years. Most lead acids will not last more than two-three years in a motorcycle application. The OEM-specified AGM (absorbent glass mat) battery barely had enough "oomph" to start the beast on cold morning, unless it sat overnight on the charger. One quirk of the LiFePO4 chemistry is that a cold battery needs a load applied to "wake it up" before it will deliver its full Amp rating.

3. Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries scaled for automotive or marine use are still easily triple or quadruple the price of lead-acid or AGM batteries. To handle my sailboat's electrical loads, I'm looking at batteries that are north of $900 ea.

I think I'll stick with lead-acid in the boat for a while--and also not have to deal with altering the electrical system to add a LiFePO4 charge controller. This winter I'm going to add a small solar array that will keep the batteries charged.

Building a Time Machine for Radio

Benn Kobb

Here's a fine article on the Radio Spectrum Archive created by Thomas K4SWL, a good friend of mine and Kim's.

Would you like to be Net Control Station of the Arlington County Net tomorrow?

Michael Callaham

Would you like to be Net Control Station of the Arlington County Net
tomorrow evening? If you would, please contact me, for example by
emailing nw3v -at- arrl dot net . If you've never tried it before,
there's a sample preamble (script) on w4wvp dot org . I'll be checked
in and can help as needed. If no one volunteers, I'll be Net Control

The Arlington County Net is conducted on the W4WVP 2-meter repeater. It
is listed in the arrl dot org Net Directory, which you may search even
if you are not an ARRL member.

--Mike NW3V, Arlington County Net Co-Manager (with KC5QCN)

Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Links to items mentioned at the October Meeting

Paul Wilson KI4PW

Here are some links for items mentioned at the October meeting.


WETA-FM's coverage map. (Of special interest to users of the W4WVP/R 70-cm repeater)

Virginia "Perfect Storm" Simulated Emergency Test, to be held on January 19, 2019.

AMRAD (Amateur Radio Research and Development Corporation)

T-MARC (The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council)

Jamboree on the Air (happening now)

Excerpt of ARES E-Letter for October 17, 2018

Michael Callaham

            The ARES E-Letter

Published by the American Radio Relay League

October 17, 2018

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


- South Carolina Amateurs Answer Call for Hurricane Florence Response
- Minnesota Hams Use APRS, Voice to Support Bicycle Tour
- Louisiana-Mississippi Amateurs Support MS Bike Tour
- ARRL Section News
- Tech Tips: Mag Mounts an Issue with More Vehicles With Non-Steel
- Books: Disaster Emergency Communications
- ARRL -- Your One-Stop Resource for Amateur Radio News and Information

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael was the third-most intense storm to make landfall on
the United States, the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in the
Florida Panhandle, as well as the fourth-strongest hurricane in the
United States mainland by wind speed. Northern Florida ARES Teams
Handle Hurricane Duty

Earlier reports: ...

County ARES Programs Were Prepared: On Sunday night, October 7, Madison
County (in the Big Bend of Florida) EC Pat Lightcap, K4NRD, sent this
bulletin to his ARES team: "I am calling a special Net for Madison
County ARES Monday evening at 7:00 PM. We will use the Lee 145.190 MHz
repeater. If it is down we will use 146.550 simplex.The topic will be
preparations for potential Hurricane Michael that may come ashore on
Wednesday afternoon near Apalachicola and then turn to the northeast
toward the Tallahassee/Albany area. Watch the weather and be prepared."

More reports to be received will be covered in next month's issue.

ARES News, Briefs

Amateur Radio Volunteers in Indonesia Link Earthquake Zone with Outside
"Black Swan 18" Exercise to Test US Government/Amateur Radio
Interoperability on 60 Meters
(10/3/18); MARS Members to Support Defense Department Radio
Communication Readiness Exercise

ARES and Emergency Preparedness -- 2018 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test
Continues Through Fall
-- Although the main SET weekend this year was October 6 - 7, local and
Section-wide exercises may take place throughout the fall.

Key References

See the ARRL 2018 Hurricanes Page <>
for Information Resources, ARRL News, Media Hits, and Donations to Ham

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.

Partipate in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill: Tomorrow

Earthquakes can happen where we work, live, or travel. Great ShakeOut
Earthquake Drills
are an opportunity for everyone, everywhere, to practice earthquake
safety and other aspects of emergency plans. Once again, FEMA is
partnering with ShakeOut to encourage everyone to take action and
register their participation.

The 2018 International ShakeOut day is October 18, when millions of
people worldwide will hold earthquake drills in schools, organizations,
communities, and households at 10:18 a.m. local time.

to register your participation, find resources, and learn more. To
learn more about earthquake safety, watch the When the Earth Shakes
and visit


"South Carolina ARES was fully activated," ARRL South Carolina Section
Emergency Coordinator Billy Irwin, K9OH, reported. Irwin coordinated
regularly with the state Emergency Management Division. "We had
operators serving 12-hour shifts at the EMD and ultimately moved to
24-hour coverage.Two operators were deployed to Berkeley County to
assist with shelter operations at the request of the Emergency
Coordinator there." "We literally modified plans on the fly to meet the
needs of the mission," Irwin added. "Several ARRL Sections offered

Richland County EC Ronnie Livingston, W4RWL, said volunteers in his
county staffed the county EOC and the Red Cross. Operators at the State
Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) kept in contact with field
volunteers in Marion and Dillon counties after conventional
telecommunications failed there.

DEC Earl Dean, W4ESD, reported that ARES had deployed operators
coordinated with the active agencies. Horry County EC and ARRL South
Carolina Section Public Information Officer (PIO) Gordon Mooneyhan,
W4EGM, said radio amateurs set up and organized communication networks
to assist local government and emergency agencies, as well as to handle
health-and-welfare traffic for affected residents, to let their family
members outside the affected area know they were all right.

A week later, Amateur Radio operators were still dealing with
Florence's aftermath: Conventional telecommunications were starting to
return to normal in some areas, but others faced record-breaking
flooding. "Things are back to normal communication status, and
demobilization is occurring for the deployed operators," Irwin said on
September 19.

ARRL leaders in South Carolina thanked all Amateur Radio operators
providing service to their communities during Hurricane Florence,
especially to their team of emergency coordinators across the state.
They all planned for the worst, hoped for the best, and worked to be
safe. -- summarized from ARRL News reports


The "Driftless Area" of southern Minnesota and Wisconsin is known for
its scenic, hilly, beauty as well as a fine network of farm roads. That
makes it perfect for great bicycle rides such as Winona, Minnesota's
Ride The Ridges. But the same scenic hills and deep valleys also are a
communications challenge for members of the Winona Amateur Radio Club
(WARC) as they try to provide good communication for the 300 riders and

Club members provided communications for the ride, held September 15.
Four routes ranging from 23 to 105 miles were patrolled along with
seven rest stops. Good voice communication was assured using a UHF
repeater near Winona and a VHF repeater 30 miles away near La Crosse,
Wisconsin, owned by the Riverland Amateur Radio Club of La Crosse.

APRS was used to track SAG and sweep vehicles so the ride director, who
had a APRSISCE/32 <> driven unit in his
vehicle, could keep an eye on ride assets. Messaging was also a
possibility with APRS. As a public awareness effort, a large-screen
display at the ride's start and end showed friends and family the
progress of riders.

Cell coverage was spotty due to the terrain so the club installed two
temporary digipeaters to assure constant contact with the APRS units.
 It was also a public service according to club chair for the event,
Dan Goltz, WK0W. "These are not 'public play with our toys' events. We

    can bring technology to these events that the sponsoring
organizations don't have other access to. We are there to enhance the
event, and to provide a service, not for our benefit but for theirs."
There were 15 club members involved in the communications exercise.

Ride The Ridges coordinator Mike Bernatz gave another perspective to
the communication offered by WARC members: "Unless a person works with
a radio club member as I do, I know it would be impossible to realize
how very, very helpful - and almost necessary - to have the radio
operators involved." Bernatz added, "Yesterday, from start to finish,
was 'a bragging bucks bonanza.' It hit all the marks: a great [Winona
Rotary] club project, a hugely successful event, and a valuable source
of funds the club can use to help support its many other projects and
programs." -- Bob Seaquist, W9LSE, La Crosse, Wisconsin


Thirty-three Amateur Radio volunteers from southeast Louisiana and
southwest Mississippi provided support for the annual Multiple
Sclerosis 150-Mile "Dat's How We Roll" Bike Tour on October 6 and 7.
With 500+ cyclists spread over the 75-mile route each day from Hammond
(Louisiana) to Percy Quin Park (Mississippi), it was important to
maintain good communications with the five Rest Stops, mobile units,
local and state police, the MS staff and medical units. The skilled and
dedicated hams provided over 400 people-power hours of communications
support to the logistics, medical and safety teams for the ride. The
Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club (SELARC) VHF repeater and
Louisiana ARES UHF repeater systems provided excellent coverage over
the route into Percy Quin Park in Mississippi. This was the 33rd year
that local ham operators participated in the tour and they were highly
praised by Multiple Sclerosis officials and the many friends and family
members of the cyclists along the route. -- Bob Priez, WB5FBS,
Louisiana ARES District Emergency


Southern, West Central and Northern Florida Sections Hold Inter-Section
Planning Meeting

The ARRL Southern Florida Section hosted a statewide ARES meeting with
all three Florida Sections represented, at the Indian River County EOC
in Vero Beach on September 1st. With two incoming new Section Managers
and two incoming new Section Emergency Coordinators, the section reps
all felt that the time was ripe for such a meeting.

Appointed as new ESF#2 (Emergency Support Function 2: Communications)
liaison to the State EOC was ARRL West Central Florida SEC Ben Henley,
KI4IGX, of Sebring. Many items were discussed and much networking among
the participants took place. The group agreed to meet again at the
Melbourne Hamfest this month. Thanks went to Treasure Coast DEC Gary
Webster, N1PZB, and Indian River EC Bud Holman, WA4ASJ, for securing
the EOC for the meeting. - Jeff Beals, WA4AW, ARRL Southern Florida
Section Manager and Southeastern Division Assistant Director

Eastern Massachusetts Section's Operation Equinox Tests HF Capability
in Seaside Communities

Operation Equinox was conducted on Sunday, October 1, to test the
emergency readiness of HF systems of the ARES organization in the
seaside communities of Gloucester and Rockport, north of Boston,
Massachusetts. Ron Draper, WA1QZK, reported that the basic plan was to
set up portable equipment and practice members' emergency
communications response plans on a more individual level, as opposed to
ARRL Field Day, which tends to focus on a group effort.

Draper noted the opportunity for members to vigorously check out their
HF stations in portable, simulated disaster situations. Members set up
their HF antennas, found and replaced bad coax jumpers and cables, and
tried new antennas. Members also garnered experience with 12 V
batteries, and their assets and limitations. "Grab 'n' go" kits both
for HF and VHF systems were checked as well as kits for personal needs
such as food and water for 2-3 days for self-sufficiency.

The Gloucester and Rockport ARES members learned about the needs and
protocols of their served agencies. They were advised to have visible
ID badges and day packs with the personal items necessary, along with
notebooks containing phone numbers of key contacts for local and state
officials. Draper recommended the use of tents to limit exposure to the
elements. Exercise set up went quickly and efficiently. He commended
the group for a "great response for a first time short notice."


More vehicles have non-steel roof panels constructed of fiberglass,
aluminum, or carbon fiber.This makes placing a temporary mag-mount
antenna on the roof difficult. We have run into this issue several
times in the past when our radio operators were riding in Support And
Gear (SAG), sweep, or pace vehicles during special events or riding
along with a Jeep Patrol in the mountains. Recently, I was assisting a
neighboring ARES region with a special event and was riding in a new
law enforcement vehicle that had an aluminum roof panel.The solution
was to use an HT Window Mount Clip from MFJ (MFJ-310
<>). They
make a BNC, SMA, and female SMA version of this clip so you can easily
attach an HT antenna and get it outside of the vehicle. It is small
enough to throw in a ruck sack if you know you will be operating from a
vehicle other than your own. Operators may find other uses for this
mount such as to get an antenna outside of a room with Low-E window
treatment, to get some extra height for an HT antenna, etc. It may not
have the same ground plane effects of a mag-mount, but it definitely
works. -- John Bloodgood, KD0SFY, Emergency Coordinator and Public
Information Officer, Region 2 District 2, Colorado ARES (Pikes Peak
ARES); follow Pikes Peak ARES at:


Author Bascombe J. (Jay) Wilson, W0AIM, is a Certified Emergency
Manager (CEM) and has managed critical communications systems for
federal and state agencies, local public safety responders and
international organizations for major disasters. He has deployed to
over 120 disasters as incident commander, operations section chief, EOC
watch officer as well as others. He is a member of Colorado ARES.

The third edition (2015) of Wilson's book Disaster Emergency
Communications - Planning Essentials, Emergency Response Guide and
Technical Reference is published by DisasterCom World Press, Longmont,
Colorado. The book is well organized and divided into three main parts:
Planning Essentials, Emergency Response Guide, and Technical
References, with appendices and notes.

Wilson leads off by stating that "communication systems essential for
public safety have become so complex and so interdependent that when
parts of the system begin to fail during a disaster, cascading effects
are often catastrophic." He writes that only through "comprehensive
systems analysis and extensive contingency planning is it possible to
ensure uninterrupted communications during disaster situations."

Amateur Radio, of course, is part and parcel of that contingency
planning and amateurs become more effective in meeting that goal when
they have a working practical and technical knowledge of primary and
other backup/supplemental radio services and systems. Wilson's book
goes a long way towards meeting that goal.

Wilson discusses common challenges facing communicators, and the goals
of planning - to devise an infrastructure that meets the requirements
of the situation while being as resistant to failure as possible.
Planning includes an assessment of primary, backup, auxiliary, and
emergency communications systems. Wilson places Amateur Radio in and
cites ARES as an auxiliary system, which dovetails with the federal
government's labeling of our service sometimes as AUXCOMM or Auxiliary
Communications Service.

Hazards and threats to critical communications must be identified. Gap
analysis - the gap between what you have and what you need - must be
identified next. A host of other planning considerations is also

Even with the best pre-planning, the unforeseen can occur, and the next
section of Wilson's book - Emergency Response Guide -- provides a rapid
guide to essential tasks for fast look-up of information and tips,
rather than dense explanation. Initial damage assessment, determining
resource needs and prioritizing resource requirements are all
discussed. A priority is the drafting of the emergency communications
plan; the ICS Form 205 can help.

Wilson compares emergency communications systems, and cites the
advantages of ARES: Flexibility, no direct cost, voice, data and video
modes, high speed multimedia, and local and global coverage. Wilson
goes on to discuss all major communications services available to
emergency management, with a good discussion of Amateur Radio, ARES,
RACES and others.

The last part of the book is a comprehensive list of technical
references, including standard connectors, a glossary of terms,
frequency tables and other reference guides.

Recommended Reading

I recommend this book to all amateur operators involved in public
event, emergency and disaster response communications. The book will
help you to understand the entire emergency communications environment
we work in, not just Amateur Radio. The book is not full of dense
jargon, but rather is easy to read, with just the right tone.



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WETA-FM tour postponed

Michael Callaham

I have postponed the WETA-FM tour, which was tentatively scheduled for
October 16, until November 20, at the request of WETA-FM Chief Engineer
Mike Byrnes. The Arlington Amateur Radio Club will meet at the
Westover Branch of the Arlington Public Library on October 16 as
planned. Please visit <> for details.

--Mike nw3v, Arlington Amateur Radio Club President
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

October 16 business meeting and programs

Michael Callaham

I have just updated the AARC homepage at <> by
adding several paragraphs describing our October 16 business meeting
(in the Longfellow Room of the Westover Branch Library) and the two
presentations, one in the Longfellow Room and the other, tentatively,
at the WETA-FM transmitter building, home of our 70-cm repeater. Please
read the home page carefully for full details.

--Mike, nw3v, AARC President
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Re: Amateur radio KE0OG Youtube series

Prentiss K4PDJ

First time I've seen this. Very useful. Thanks, Chuck.

On Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 4:09 AM chuck norton <cenorton@...> wrote:

Good morning all,

This link may be of interest to new hams.
KE0OG covers just about all amateur radio topics.

What do you think about this series of Youtube video's?

Are these video's useful to you?

Chuck / KI4DHW