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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

Basic Information

Division:
Roanoke
Alert:

 

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

                   ATTENTION IMPORTANT===== PLEASE READ:  

                                  OUR WEB SERVER IS:

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

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

Ed Krom, VIrginia SEC, WD4KHP@ARRL.NET

Description:

             

2019 June Virginia Section Update Letter

 

We are on the cusp of summer now. Hamfests are in full swing. Dayton is over with great success, Contests are in full swing, Field Day is this month .

The trees now have leaves, so now is time for wire antenna installs. You know we don’t install wire antennas when there are no leaves on the trees, that would be too easy. That being said installing towers should be installed care. We recently lost another tower climber whose job was commercial cell towers, but he also did ham radio towers. PLEASE be careful.

 

The new ARES plan is fully underway. The CONNECT program still has some speed bumps but it is working. On May 23 ARRL had an exercise that was created at the request of the National Red Cross to demonstrate the abilities of Amateur Radio to Emergency Communications to back up local, regional, and possible national operations during a natural or man made disaster or emergency. The demonstration has assembled Senior Red Cross Officials, FEMA, Homeland Security, and local and regional emergency managers.   This "infrastructure-free" exercise involved the

participation of portable stations around the eastern US to send flmsg forms (standard flmsg form 5739) to W1AW in Newington. Newington would then relay the received messages to a stations set up at the Red Cross in Baltimore. Participating sections included those sections from Maine to South Carolina along the east coast. Net ops were on SSB voice and the flmsg forms were sent on the digital portions of the bands

(80/40/20) using MT63-1000S. We are pleased to report that despite some bad band conditions, we were still successful in passing the messages.

The exercise was deemed a great success to actually show how Amateur Radio can back up critical communications.

 

We are also in full swing of Tornado season and as NOAA is reporting, the number of tornados having occurred already has surpassed last year at this time. We here in Virginia have already reported 29 tornados with many millions of dollars destruction. Local ARES groups are assisting in various venues to victims of storms.

Hurricane season has also begun. The VOIP/WX Hurricane Net and the Hurricane Watch nets are in full operation in preparing members for real storm activations. Both nets are directly connected to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL. to pass real time weather conditions of hurricane weather locations being hit.

 

Manassas VA Hamfest will have a new location this year. Saturday June 15. The new location is at the Manassas Park Community Center with outdoor and indoor flea markets  They also will have VE exams from 8:00AM to 12:30PM. http://manassashamfest.org

 

Roanoke Valley Hamfest, Saturday, August 3, 2019. Vinton Moose Lodge Family Center, Vinton, VA.

 

Berryville Hamfest, Sunday, August 4. Clark County Fairgrounds, Berryville, VA. http://www.svarc.us/hamfest

 

Virginia Beach Hamfest, Saturday September 7. Virginia beach Convention Center. http://virginiabeachhamfest.com/contact

 

Well there will be many field day exercises around the state this year.

I have received invitations from several clubs and I do plan to visit as many as I can. It is always exciting to see some of the wonderful stations set up in sometime beautiful locations. Hope to see as many of you as I can. Please be safe during your installs and enjoy the wonderful and important hobby.

Dr Joe Palsa

K3WRY

Virginia Section Manager

 

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ARRL Virginia Section

Section Manager: Dr Joseph G Palsa, K3WRY k3wry@arrl.org

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