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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  or 615-300-6183.

Thanks for your help.

Joe McKeon  KM4UGQ

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NARC/DCARES on the air for Engineering Day this Saturday Feb 25th

Members of the Nashville Amateur Radio Club and Davidson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service will be on the air for Engineering Day this weekend.  Volunteers will be operating on site at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville TN.  The primary time for local on air activity will be on Saturday, February 25th between 10 AM and 3 PM local time.  We will be demonstrating Amateur Radio and emergency communications to those in attendance.  If you are able to help make local contacts with visitors attending the Engineering Day event, please tune in to the following:

VHF Primary: 147.0150 MHz PL 114.8 (NARC)
UHF Alternate: 442.7500 MHz PL 100.0 (DCARES)
We will also have HF capability and will most likely be in the 20 meter band.
More info from the Adventure Science Center and Engineering Day:
Jeff Pryor KC8NNO

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From our illustrious vice president

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ARRL TN Section PIC News Jan 2017

Happy New Year!!!

A new year, new events, and a time to look back at some of the great things that Amateur Radio Operators accomplished as 2016 came to a close.

The ARRL TN Section PIC News provides an overview of some of the activities that took place in our TN Section. Check out the list of VE Sessions! There are a LOT taking place in the next few months- a perfect opportunity to encourage someone you know to get their Amateur Radio license, or to upgrade your own license to start enjoying the increased privileges that an upgrade brings! We have also included a list of many local Nets that you can participate in on a regular basis, or as a visitor if you are just passing through the area.

You can access the ARRL TN Section PIC News by clicking the link below, or by opening the attached .pdf document that has been included for your convenience.

Please pass this on to your club members, and to anyone you believe would be interested in reading about some of the Amateur Radio activities taking place in the ARRL TN Section.

Wishing all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2017,


Catherine “Cathy” Goodrich, KK4IWN
(Cell)  860-916-0151
ARRL Public Information Coordinator
Tennessee Section 
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®
If you would like to share information about your Club’s upcoming meetings or events, please send the details to for inclusion in the Monthly ARRL TN Section PIC News (if received at least one week prior to the first of the month), or in a separate communication if received after the timeline for the publication.
If you would like to subscribe or unsubscribe to the ARRL TN Section PIC updates, please email to be added or removed from the distribution list.

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ARRL TN SECTION PIC NEWS – December Edition by Cathy Goodrich


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