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Section Name:
Virginia
Contact:
Dr Joe Palsa
Daytime Phone:
804-350-2665
Evening Phone:
804-350-2665
Fax:
804-674-0714
Email:
k3wry@arrl.net

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Division:
Roanoke
Alert:

 

 ALL VIRGINIA ARES/RACES, SKYWARN, CERT, & EMCOMM GROUPS

                   ATTENTION IMPORTANT===== PLEASE READ:  

THE OLD FRONT PAGE AT: www.aresracesofva.org, is shut down.

THE SITE HAS NOW BEEN UPGRADED TO A NEW WEB SERVER AT:

----------------------------- https://www.aresva.us ---------------------------------------

PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR ARES/RACES of VA FACEBOOK PAGE WITH MANY LINKS TO IMPORTANT WEB SITES AND INFORMATION:

 -------------- https://facebook.com/groups/101756496822770/ --------------

Joe Palsa, Virginia Section Manager, K3WRY@ARRL.ORG,

Ed Krom, VIrginia SEC, WD4KHP@ARRL.NET

Description:

ARRL VIRGINIA SECTION  October/November 2017 REPORT

Section Theme---“Moving forward with Amateur Radio for our Future”

Hurricane season is half over and within the last four weeks we have had more devastating storms and earthquakes than we have had in many years. In each and every event ham radio has played a critical role in supplying immediate emergency communications as well as continuing lifesaving communications  and health and welfare  assistance in Puerto Rico.

We have never seen such wide spread incredible devastation from the earthquake in Mexico to the flooding in Texas and Florida and surrounding states. In addition, the total destruction of infrastructure in the US Virgin islands and Puerto Rico is something we have never had to deal with in generations. This is going to be a true nation building effort for our government.

There have been numerous stories written by national news organizations and online about critical amateur radio emergency communications support, including the ARRL along with the Red Cross exercising their MOU to supply equipment and operators to support local hams in Puerto Rico in search and rescue as well, police communications, as well as humanitarian health and welfare communications locally as well as internationally. This is still an ongoing operation as this report is being written. I could write pages of details about other ARES, Red Cross, SATERN, VOIP/WX NET, HWN, NWS, and numerous other organizations, but I needed to simply recognize ALL of the extraordinary service of amateur radio in times of real emergencies and disasters.

The Federal Government established FirstNet, which is in its early stages of operation as proposed to establish a nationwide system of Communications Interoperability between all Public Safety, EMS and other emergency agencies. More than several states have already signed up.  However Verizon Corporation is offering an alternative to the FirstNet/AT&T offering. With AT&T being the prime contractor for 25 years, this is going to be an interesting evolution in future communications.  The interoperability of all communications for multiple agencies at events is the goal. There would be no more excuses of the police cannot talk to the Fire Department, EMS, Heavy rescue, and many other agencies, etc..

My personal opinion with regard to Amateur Radio and ARES/RACES communications support of our citizens, local, state, and federal agencies is as follows: We have seen the evolution of communications in just the last 10 years, let alone the last century. We have thousands of types of communications devices, both wired and wireless. All of these devices, analog and digital, wired and wireless, ground based or satellite based require power sources, antennas of some type, interconnections of various types, etc.. This is progress, this was the future 20 years ago and still is the future today.  HOWEVER, actions shown by amateur radio over these last several weeks, is the BEST example of the continuing importance of amateur radio today and in the future.

Ham Radio was and still is greatest “When All Else Fails” emergency communications support in the world today. Modes of voice, analog as well as digital communications, direct digital communications, satellite communications, various video capabilities are all part of Ham Radio today. BUT REMEMBER hams are the “SOUL” of emergency communications support around the world until the government can get their organized support facilities functioning, as long as they are not destroyed.

Now speaking of the government and communications, the Federal Government has recently reminded us that simply stated; Any medical facility that accepts Medicare or Medicaid (hospitals, clinics, doctors office, dialysis centers, etc.) will be required to have a tested backup communications system by mid-November of this year.   

https://www.cms.gov/medicare/provider-enrollment-and-certification/surveycertemergprep/emergency-prep-rule.html

ARES/RACES/EMCOMM/CERT

 ARRL Field Services reporting of ARES program activities is using information, submitted from ARRL Emergency Coordinators (which is derived from monthly reports by Emergency Coordinators and District Emergency Coordinators) to generate a basic report showing the time and training that ARES groups do each month. ARES provides assistance to our communities, states and the nation through collaboration with partners at all levels.

Local and regional nets allow ARES as well as ANY ham to check into each net. This gives each ham the opportunity to test and check their equipments operation. If and when an emergency may happen, they know their equipment is in working condition.  ALL EMCOMM as well as SKYWARN members are encouraged to check into these nets. Cooperation is CRITICAL to effective emergency communications.

In Virginia, The ARES District 6 net at 1700 Local time, on Thursday of every week, has been moved to the 146.88/74.4 repeater in the Richmond area to facilitate better coverage to the southern portion of the greater Richmond, tri-cities area coverage.

Also, Please make use of our ARES/RACESofVA,  FACEBOOK  page, as well as www.aresva.us website for ARES applications, information and links to other important sites.  

The VIRGINIA SEC and his staff are continuing to work on training and improving our web site information so that new ARES applicants as well as seasoned veterans can have important information and links at their finger tips.

WINLINK

Greg Butler, KW6GB continues to operate a WINLINK weekly check-in session, basically every Wednesday (full 24 hours). This allows all Virginia ARES/RACES members as well ANY ham operator that is interested in how to use WINLINK and test effective coverage across Virginia. The  sessions information can be followed on our ARES/RACESofVA  FACEBOOK page. We are now getting over 80+ check-ins each week from all corners of the state of Virginia.

P2P SESSIONS: Morning session: ~0730-0930L, 3590 kHz (dial, USB). The afternoon/evening session will start on 40m if conditions allow, then move to 80m as needed. .

WHO: All amateur radio operators located in Virginia.
WHAT: VA ARES/RACES WINLINK Net
WHEN: Anytime on Wednesday

HOW: This net will accept check-ins via WINLINK only. Please do not use a telnet connection (which defeats the purpose of WINLINK.

Check-in format:
To: KW6GB
Subject: //WL2K VA ARES/RACES WINLINK Net Check-In
Message:
call sign, first name, city or town, county, state (HF or VHF)

KW6GB, Greg, Front Royal, Warren, VA (HF)

These sessions check-ins have been increasing weekly and we are over 60+ messages per session from all over Virginia.

SKYWARN

 Virginia SKYWARN programs continue play a critical role in all types of storm emergencies. It is important to understand that our technical abilities to forecast  weather, use of radar, satellites, etc. has improved our warning and reporting, however, nothing can beat an actual person giving a visual account from actual ground level observations.

As noted above, we are still in hurricane season, so we all must remain vigilant at all times.

SENATE BILL S.1534

We were hopeful to get this bill passed, but once again a single Florida senator killed our chance of the bill be brought up for a full senate vote. His support by and for the national HOA lobbying group is stronger than his concern for Amateur Radio emergency communications.

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Keep check on the Ready Virginia web page for emergency preparedness. https://www.ready.gov/virginia . This page includes what actions to take when you receive a hurricane watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area.

 NTS-TRAFFIC ACTIONS

 The National traffic systems continue to utilize very dedicated hams.  Traffic remains steady, but slow. We encourage all hams to learn about the ARRL traffic system as it is still in daily use as well as during emergencies. Please support your local NTS operators.

 EVENTS IN THE WORLD OF HAM RADIO

·         October 6-8 -- YLRL DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest (CW, phone, digital)

·         October 7 -- Microwave Fall Sprint (CW, phone, digital)

·         October 7 -- FISTS Fall Slow-Speed Sprint (CW)

·         October 7-8 -- GTC CW Cup

·         October 7-8 -- Oceania DX Contest (Phone)

·         October 7-8 -- Russian WW Digital Contest

·         October 7-8 -- TRC DX Contest (CW, phone)

·         October 7-8 -- SKCC Weekend Sprintathon (CW)

·         October 7-8 -- International HELL Contest

·         October 7-8 -- California QSO Party (CW, phone)

·         October 7-8 -- WAB HF Phone

·         October 8 -- RSGB DX Contest (CW, phone)

·         October 8 -- UBA ON Contest (CW)

·         October 8 -- UBA ON Contest, 6 Meters (CW, phone)

·         October 9 -- 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint (CW, phone)

·         October 9 -- RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Series (CW)

·         October 10 -- 10-10 International 10-10 Day Sprint (CW, phone, digital)

·         October 11 -- NAQCC CW Sprint

Please Check the ARRL web site, http://www.arrl.net, for all the latest major and national ARRL and world amateur radio event’s, contest’s  and meetings.

REMEMBER----Education is the key to your success, both in Ham Radio as well as in your life..

 73’s

 Dr. Joe Palsa

 Virginia Section Manager

 K3WRY@ARRL.ORG

 804-350-2665

 

 

Virginia Officials