Monthly Archives: March 2016

Monday night Net 2016-03-28 (script)

                              JERRY   KE4ETY  WILL YOU CALL THE NET???
 RANDY  KJ4TFU
Citing health effects and an emerging public health crisis which includes serious concerns of RF linked to serious health risks, 200 EMF scientists have signed a petition asking the World Health Organization – United Nations to create international rules concerning human exposure to non-ionizing RF radiation and to treat this matter with high priority. “According to published, peer-reviewed research, the effects of low-intensity EMF include: increased cancer risk, cellular stress, free radical formation, increased permeability of the blood brain barrier, and genetic damage. Other potential effects include learning and memory deficits, neurologic/neurotransmitter disorders, reproductive effects, and negative impacts on general well-being. Moreover, there is growing evidence of harmful effects on plant and animal life.” International Scientists Petition – See attached pdf facts file

RICK   N9GRW

The “International EMF Scientist Appeal” asks the Secretary General and UN affiliated bodies to encourage precautionary measures, to limit EMF exposures, and to educate the public about health risks, particularly to children and pregnant women. The EMFscientist.orgweb site has been visited by people in 119 countries “attesting to the global reach of this emerging public health crisis. The site contains information about this “wake up call” from the scientific community including a 3-minute video announcing the Appeal by Dr. Martin Blank, a past president of the International Bioelectromagnetics Society who has had over 30 years of experience conducting EMF research at Columbia University.” http://www.saferemr.com

MARTHA  KJ4RIQ
 PAVE PAWS RADAR SYSTEM

Mission

The U.S. Air Force maintains five PAVE Phased Array Warning System (PAWS) Early Warning Radars (EWR). These radars are capable of detecting ballistic missile attacks and conducting general space surveillance and satellite tracking. The acronym PAVE is a military program identification code.  They are able to detect and track both intercontinental and sea-launched missile threats. Early warning and attack characterization data is sent to the United States’ Missile Warning and Space Control Centers, the U.S. National Military Command Center and U.S. Strategic Command. Satellite tracking data is sent to the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) for processing.
Three systems have been modified to Upgraded Early Warning Radar (UEWR) status. They are located at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Thule Air Force Base, Greenland and Fylingdales, England. The Fylingdales system is operated by the British Royal Air Force. The UEWR systems have a co-primary mission to provide missile tracking data to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) GMD Fire Control Center (GFC/C).
The other two systems are located at Cape Cod Air Force Station, Mass., and Clear Air Force Base, Alaska.

PAUL   KJ4WQN
Features
The unique aspect of the radars is their phased array antenna technology. The systems differ from mechanical radars, which must be physically aimed at an object for tracking and observation. The phased array antenna remains in a fixed position. Phased array antenna aiming, or beam steering, is done in millionths of a second by electronically controlling the timing, or phase, of the incoming and outgoing signals.Controlling the phase through the many segments of the antenna system allows the beam to be rapidly projected in different directions. This allows interweaving of tracking pulses with surveillance pulses, allowing tracking of multiple targets while maintaining the surveillance responsibility.
Background A phased array antenna, as with any other directional antenna, will receive signals from space only in the direction in which the beam is aimed. The maximum practical deflection on either side of antenna center of the phased array beam is 60 degrees. This limits the coverage from a single antenna face to 120 degrees. To provide surveillance across the horizon, the building housing the entire system and supporting the antenna arrays is constructed in the shape of a triangle. The two building faces supporting the arrays, each covering 120 degrees, 240 degrees of azimuth. The array faces are also tilted back 20 degrees to allow for an elevation deflection from three to 85 degrees above horizontal. The radar system is capable of detecting and tracking multiple targets that would be indicative of a massive missile attack. The system must rapidly discriminate between vehicle types, calculate their launch and impact points, and perform scheduling, data processing and communications requirements. The operation is semi-automatic and requires highly trained personnel for monitoring, maintenance, prioritization, scheduling, and as a final check of the validity of warnings. Four different computers communicate with each other from the heart of the system, which relays the information to Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station and Missile Defense forward users.

(Current as of October 2015)

 ED  N1NUT
Subject: MTRAS Balloon Launch from Dickson TN – Saturday, April 9th
All-Carlton KI4NHK (ki4nhk@ki4nhk.com) has shared the below details for the upcoming Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society (MTRAS) Amateur Radio Balloon Launch.  The launch will take place from Dickson TN on Saturday, April 9th, 2016.  We spoke with Carlton about this launch at the Engineering Day event at the Adventure Science Center earlier this year.  The amateur radio payload will contain an APRS tracker as well as 2 Meter and 70 cm Foxhunt beacons.  The group is sponsoring a Foxhunt contest for the individual/team to locate the payload in the least mileage.  The balloon and payload will be expected to drift east and over the greater Nashville area.  I plan to participate as long as my schedule allows.  For those helping with other commitments or can not make the launch in person, check out the balloon progress on APRS, as well as give a listen for the foxhunt beacon transmitters.
Thank You,
Jeff Pryor KC8NNO
Nashville Amateur Radio Club/Davidson County ARES
 HAPPY EASTER SANDY HEITHCLOTH GLAD YOU ARE STILL DOING WELL…

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MTRAS Balloon Launch from Dickson TN – Saturday, April 9th

Subject: MTRAS Balloon Launch from Dickson TN – Saturday, April 9th
All-Carlton KI4NHK (ki4nhk@ki4nhk.com) has shared the below details for the upcoming Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society (MTRAS) Amateur Radio Balloon Launch.  The launch will take place from Dickson TN onSaturday, April 9th, 2016.  We spoke with Carlton about this launch at the Engineering Day event at the Adventure Science Center earlier this year.  The amateur radio payload will contain an APRS tracker as well as 2 Meter and 70 cm Foxhunt beacons.  The group is sponsoring a Foxhunt contest for the individual/team to locate the payload in the least mileage.  The balloon and payload will be expected to drift east and over the greater Nashville area.  I plan to participate as long as my schedule allows.  For those helping with other commitments or can not make the launch in person, check out the balloon progress on APRS, as well as give a listen for the foxhunt beacon transmitters.
Thank You,
Jeff Pryor KC8NNO
Nashville Amateur Radio Club/Davidson County ARES
Message from Carlton KI4NHK (ki4nhk@ki4nhk.com):
Hi Jeff,
 
MTRAS Near Space Amateur Radio Balloon Info
 
Launch Saturday April 9th 2016 (if fly-able weather)

setup and registration at 8AM
Planned balloon release and start of mobile Foxhunt 9AM
 
APRS on 144.390MHz
Foxhunt Beacon Primary 146.565MHz CW on FM
Foxhunt Beacon Secondary 433.97388MHz beacon
 
Launch Location Planned:
Oak avenue Church of Christ across from Dickson county High School.
115 Oak Avenue 
Dickson,TN 37055
 
Primary Repeater and Talk-In
White Bluff 147.375 PL 114.8
After launch, if flight moves out of range move to MTEARS
 
There will be a Foxhunt contest to find payload in the least mileage without using any APRS with 2 categories.  1st individual fox-hunters, 2nd group foxhunting.   No fee to enter but must be at the start.  Married couples in the same vehicle will get to choose to be in either group…. So Bring the XYL.   Winners by least mileage in each category will win a gift card.  If 2 fox-hunters in a category are less then 1.5 miles difference first to find wins.
 
Sincerely,
Carlton
KI4NHK
AMATEUR RADIO HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOONING

LAUNCH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

2016-04-09 @ 09:00 CDT
MTRAS
To Launch: MTRAS2-Balloon
Website: None given
APRS.FI: KI4NHK
Telemetry: APRS: 144.390Mhz,
Site: Oak Ave CoC, Dickson, TN, USA
Coords: 36.0838, -87.3871  Grid: EM66HC
Contact: Carlton Corbitt ki4nhk@ki4nhk.com
QRZ: KI4NHK
This is a 3, 1500g balloon cluster
2 payloads, FoxHunt on 146.565MHz Morse Code on FM, Cameras on both payloads, and parachute return experiment, 433.97388MHz backup beacon, accelerameter position experiment

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Save the date(s)…2016 Ham Radio Public Service events in Middle TN

Subject: Save the date(s)…2016 Ham Radio Public Service events in Middle TN
All-the 2016 Ham Radio Public Service events season is upon us in Middle Tennessee.  In the Nashville Amateur Radio Club and Davidson County ARES we have a number of great events and organizations to support.  Here is a run down of expected events and dates to make note, with initial details and current contact info.  I have included a couple additional events including a Williamson County event in which I assisted last year.  I also included an event coordinated by Michael KI4UJY from Moore County who helped with Jack and Back last year, he has invited and welcoming additional volunteers at the ERV 100 event.  Please consider providing your support and valuable services to our communities, and also great exercise and practice using our communication skills.
Thank You,
Jeff Pryor KC8NNO
Nashville Amateur Radio Club/Davidson County ARES
Walk MS: Middle TN 2016 [Davidson County/Nashville]
Saturday April 9th, 2016
Ham Group: Nashville Amateur Radio Club (Contact: Ted KM4JDM)
Big Hill Challenge (Cycling) [Wilson County/Watertown]
Saturday, June 11th, 2016
Ham Group: Nashville Amateur Radio Club
Harpeth River Ride [Williamson County/Franklin]
Saturday, June 25th, 2016
Ham Group: Williamson County ARES (http://www.wcares.org/)
Elk River Valley ERV 100 [Coffee County/Tullahoma]
Sunday, August 28th, 2016
Ham Contact: Michael KI4UJY
Tennessee CF Cycle for Life 2016 [Williamson County/Thompson’s Station]
Saturday, September 17th, 2016
Ham Group: Nashville Amateur Radio Club
Bike MS: Jack and Back 2016 [Williamson County/Moore County-Lynchburg]
Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
Ham Group: Nashville Amateur Radio Club (Contact: Jeff KC8NNO)

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TEMA-AUXCOMM Spring 2016 Exercise – Announcement

Subject: TEMA-AUXCOMM Spring 2016 Exercise – Announcement

All-see below for more details on the TEMA (Tennessee Emergency Management Agency) sponsored AUXCOMM (Auxiliary Communications) Spring Exercise 2016.  I participated in the Spring and Fall exercises last year, and it was a great opportunity to learn and train with other amateurs and public safety served agencies.  Please note the deadline for registration is April 21st, 2016.  I am personally looking forward to the Spring exercise and will be assisting in exercise planning and a leadership position as part of the Incident Command System this year.  As a, exercise participant you can expect to train and interact with 100+ amateur radio operators, many of who are also members of public safety and the emergency management community.  Even if you are only able to be onsite for one of the exercise days, that will still be a valuable experience.  Any questions let me know and we can discuss, and also note further links and contact details below.

Thank You,

Jeff Pryor KC8NNO

Nashville Amateur Radio Club/Davidson County ARES

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TEMA-AUXCOMM Spring 2016 Exercise

 

The dates for the TEMA-AUXCOMM Spring 2016 Exercise are May 5th – 8th, 2016. The deadline to register is April 21st, 2016. The exercise will be held at the campus of the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy. The physical address for the site is 2161 Unionville – Deason Road, Bell Buckle, TN, 37020

The purpose of this exercise is to test the communications infrastructure between State and local agencies. This exercise is unique in that it invites all Tennessee Amateur Radio operators to participate. It is our desire that you will work with emergency management partners in your community to determine your level of preparedness for a major disaster or loss of critical infrastructure.

Those wishing to stay overnight on campus, or to have their meals provided through the campus cafeteria, will need to contact the academy’s business office in advance to place their reservation. Each participant must cover the cost of their own meals & lodging. The meals are reasonably priced (Breakfast $6, Lunch $8, and Dinner $9), and the rooms are college-dorm style (Cost per night is $63, which includes dinner on the day of check-in, plus breakfast and lunch the following day). The academy’s business office may be reached at 1.931.294.4111 or 1.800.747.8868. Additional information can be found on their website at http://www.attorneygeneral.state.tn.us/fire/tfaca/ ***IMPORTANT: Either a meal plan and/or dormitory reservation must be on file at the time of check-in to participate in this exercise (or, with the prior-approval from the Incident Commander)***

Please submit your registration form no later than April 21st, 2016. The link to register is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ztvXxQNa3-Qxluxl3sohsFp2tFQJVs3zN3fAgWRqDH8/viewform

Additional information will be shared with registered participants after the registration deadline. Thank you!

Questions and/or concerns may be directed to:

David Wolfe, TEMA (WA4VVX)
wolfemail@bellsouth.net
dwolfe@tnema.org

Or,

Mike Harris, TEMA (N4ULM)
mharris@tnema.org

Questions regarding registration may be directed to:

Elizabeth St. Vincent
FCC: K4KTG – ARMY MARS: AAR4ZX

Certified Communications Unit Leader (TN-COML)
Communications Unit Technician (COMT)
(615) 946-9766 Mobile
(615) 301-1747 Fax
estvincent@secureidea.com

@K4KTG

 

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Storm spotter Class!!

Storm spotter class
March 17 at 6pm At lock two club house

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