Hello Paul, this is Joe McKeon KM4UGQ (Technician) , a new member to the club.
I was thinking that the HAMS might be able to help me out. The situation is High Priority.
I am a FEMA Flood inspector and have been assigned to help people in the Beaumont Texas, Orange Texas, etc.. area. My problem is that communications there is very “sketch” and the people who have flooded homes are not really able to give me much information.
Flooded homeowners assigned to me have told me the electric substation has been flooded and it may be weeks or a month before power is restored. Interstate I-10 in many places is under water. (Similar to I-40 Nashville in 2010).
I have not gone there yet but will be leaving Nashville on Thursday Morning early heading to Houston via the Dallas access roads. Going the short way thru Mississippi then west on I-10 is not open in many places.
Next, Hurricane Irma is a monster! It is going to cross over the Florida Keys into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. IT IS A CATEGORY 5!!!! Katrina was CATEGORY 4. If it hits the Gulf Coast it is “GAME OVER” for weeks.
Here is the help I need from HAMS, and only HAMS can do it! I need information. As a Technician, I am limited on distance. I need the following.
My plan is to put my small truck camper on the back of my pickup truck and locate in Beaumont area, and not waste time driving 110 miles both ways each day to get back to the west side of Houston. In the 3-4 hours it would take me to drive that , I could inspect 1 or two more houses. I need to inspect all the houses possible before Irma causes evacuations. I can then take those inspections and return to Nashville where I will write them up and submit them so the people can get money quickly. Once Irma hits, People who are already flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Harvey are going to endure incredible hardship finding a place to live. Their jobs are gone, no money coming in, only the clothes on their back, etc… I need to maximize the time spent inspecting, NOT DRIVING TO AND FROM HOUSTON.
So here is what I need from the HAMS if they can pull it off.
I need to locate a Church, School, Home, etc… Where I can park at night, take a shower, and use a little electricity to run the AC electric on my truck camper so I can use my computer and printer. I have not been able to get thru on the landlines because they are down, people with cell phones are far away or are traumatized and can not help.
If the HAMS can get on the air with other HAMS in the area and find out where I can park at night, it would be possible the biggest contribution to getting those poor people insurance money. I expect, if I stay close to Beaumont next week, I can probably inspect an additional 10-15 homes before having to evacuate.
Knowing HAMS, and being one, I think this is a super cool project. Unfortunately, I can only transmit on frequencies that are local repeaters and simplex.
Please put the word out for me.
Thanks for your help.
Joe McKeon KM4UGQ
Just a reminder that there are two Amateur Radio – related functions coming up over the next two weekends:
Greater Nashville and Middle TN HamQuest, sponsored by: Wilson County Amateur Radio Club Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. CDT; Location: James E. Ward Agricultural Center (Wilson County Fairgrounds), 945 East Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, TN 37087
This HamQuest is sponsored by the Wilson Amateur Radio Club, with assistance from the Wilson Radio League. FORUMS: MESH Networking and its use in amateur radio, presented by Tom Delker, K1KY, is one of the highlights of the event. Keith Miller, N9DGK, ARRL TN Section Manager will provide the latest ARRL information at the ARRL Forum. Amateur radio satellite operations at this year’s Greater Nashville & Middle TN HamQuest. Michael Jordan, N1MDJ will present a forum on this subject and the construction of a simple ground station. Michael, a local ham from Mt. Juliet is the author of the article “A Portable Full-Duplex Satellite Ground Station” in the May 2017 edition of QST Magazine.
For more information, visit the HamQuest website at: http://midtnhamquest.com
Amateur Radio Technician License Class, offered by: Nashville Amateur Radio Club, Inc., and Davidson County Amateur Radio Emergency Services
When: Saturdays, August 5 through September 2, 8:00 am – 12: noon, CDT in Nashville, TN
This class will prepare students to take the FCC examination for the entry-level Technician amateur radio license. There is no charge for the class although students are encouraged to purchase the Technician Study Guide, available from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) at their website, http://www.arrl.org/shop/Licensing-Education-and-Training/. No special skills are required to take this class, and people of all ages and all backgrounds have successfully passed the examination for the Technician License. The class is scheduled to conclude just one week prior to an exam session to be held in Nashville on September 9.
June 24-25, 2017 Summer Field Day!!!
Please make plans to come.
Dates for 2017 club events so far are:
Skymont Horseback Ride – Oct. 6&7
Jack n’ Back Bike Ride – Oct. 7&8.
Martha O’Brian TBA
The Middle Tennessee HamQuest will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017 from8:00 AM until 2:00 PM CDT in the Entertainment Pavilion at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon, TN. Additional information is available at http://midtnhamquest.com/
The Cedars of Lebanon Hamfest will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park. This event is sponsored by the Short Mountain Repeater Club.
Family Day: The Club will hold its annual Family Day event on Saturday, August 26, 2017.
Additional details will be announced later.