ARRL TN Section PIC News – October Edition

October 2017 Newsletter

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AMATEUR RADIO WEEKLY

http://hamweekly.com/archive/issues/amateur-radio-weekly-issue-174.html

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Request for Help

Jose Silva

Hi,can you get messages to Puerto Rico? Trying to find out status of my mother and sisters
what are there names ??

Luz Aida Diaz Rodriguez, Maria de Lourdes Silva and Aida Luz Silva. Thank you!

we can try! what city would they be close to?

Jose Silva

City is Caguas, subdivision is called Condado Moderno. Thanks for your help on this.

All we can do is try
oh yea email where if we get a response we can send info?

Understand, thank you anyway, at least I feel I’m doing something about it.

 

Post to FB if any one gets an answer or here and I will relay.

 

Lee Alder (KK4SXX)

 

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Winlink 101 – Basic Training

Winlink 101 – Basic Training

 

FYI. All invited.

Wayne Eby, W4EBY

Cheatham County Assistant Emergency Coordinator

Tennessee Section

W4EBY@outlook.com

From: laina.stanford@yahoo.com

Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 11:02 AM

Subject: Winlink 101 – Basic Training

To: laina.stanford@yahoo.com

Please join Cheatham Co. ARES for Winlink 101 – Basic Training.  Anyone with interest is invited!  Feel free to forward this invitation to other amateur radio operators or organizations.

 

Winlink is a worldwide radio messaging system that uses amateur-band radio frequencies to provide radio interconnection services that include email with attachments, position reporting, weather bulletins, emergency relief communications, and message relay.  In this training, we will break down the different modes, explain the basic functions and let you practice connecting to a radio to send messages through Winlink.

 

Thursday, September 14 at 6:30pm

Faith Community Church

238 Ed Harris Rd

Ashland City, TN 37015

 

This venue, provided by Wayne Eby (W4EBY), will allow us more space, better internet, ability to set up actual radios to connect.  Thank you Wayne!

 

Read all about the software and how it is used in Emergency Communications.  https://www.winlink.org/

 

GET READY BEFORE THE TRAINING!

Download the FREE software at:

https://www.winlink.org/WinlinkExpress

 

Download the HTML templates (at least the ICS forms):

https://www.winlinkorg/WinlinkExpressForms

 

Don’t forget to add the HF propagation modeling!

http://www.greg-hand.com/hfwin32.html

http://www.greg-hand.com/versions/

run the itshfbc_161207.exe file

 

Looking forward to seeing you there!  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Laina Stanford, KK4HSP

Cheatham Co. ARES Emergency Coordinator

Laina.Stanford@yahoo.com

406-589-6521 cell

 

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Request for Help from Harvey

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.

My email for responses will be josephmckeon@msn.com  or 615-300-6183.

Thanks for your help.

Joe McKeon  KM4UGQ

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