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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB052 (2002)

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ARLB052 Amateurs to remember September 11

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ARRL Bulletin 52  ARLB052
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  September 10, 2002
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB052 Amateurs to remember September 11

New York City Amateur Radio Emergency Service/Radio Amateur Civil
Emergency Service (NYC ARES/RACES) members will observe the first
anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks that destroyed the
World Trade Center by activating to assist with the remembrance
activities. NYC ARES/RACES will provide communications support to
various agencies during commemorative services and events. In
addition, ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, has been invited to
address a global repeater linkup the evening of September 11. And,
special event stations are set to be on the air from New York City
and from Washington, DC, to commemorate the occasion.

Some 30 NYC ARES/RACES members will be deployed across the Greater
New York City area to support the American Red Cross, The Salvation
Army, the New York City Office of Emergency Management and other
agencies. One year ago, ARES teams--most of them from New York City,
Long Island and New Jersey--supported the same agencies during the
response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

ARRL New York City District Emergency Coordinator and RACES Officer
Charles Hargrove, N2NOV, expressed heartfelt thanks to all amateurs
coming to NYC to help. "With the chance to train and practice made
even more available to the average ham these days, please join your
local ARES group and put into practice what you learn," he said.
"Your community will thank you for it when the need truly arises."

The NYC ARES/RACES activation on the first anniversary of the
terrorist attacks will honor the memories of the amateurs who lost
their lives in the collapse of the World Trade Center's twin towers
and the other victims.

President Haynie is scheduled to address a massive repeater linkup
that hopes to span the globe. "I plan to thank all the hams who
spent thousands of hours volunteering their time on September 11,"
Haynie said. "They again demonstrated the power of Amateur Radio in
times of need." Haynie also said he wants to again acknowledge the
hundreds of supportive messages from International Amateur Radio
Union (IARU) member-societies that arrived in the wake of the
attacks.

The effort, called the Commemorative 9/11 Net, is being spearheaded
by Len Signoretti, N2LEN, of Brooklyn, New York. N2LEN's 440.050 MHz
(CTCSS 114.8 Hz) internet-linked repeater covers the Greater New
York City area. The linkup will rely on either EchoLink or eQSO
Internet software connections. Signoretti said his UHF machine is
used as a central hub to coordinate EchoLink and eQSO, so users on
each can communicate. The net will attempt to interconnect repeaters
in all 50 US states as well as in many other countries around the
world.

The Commemorative 9/11 Net is scheduled to get under way at 8 PM
Eastern Daylight Time (0000z September 12) on EchoLink and eQSO
servers and could run as long as two hours. Haynie is scheduled to
address the cyberspace and RF-linked gathering at around 9 PM EDT.

John Nistico, NY6DX, has announced plans to operate special event
station W2002WTC starting at 0000z September 11. To comply with FCC
rules, he will append "W2002WTC" to his legally assigned call sign.
QSL requests go to NY6DX.

Deanna Lutz, K7DID, reports that special event station K4P will
operate from the Pentagon and other Washington, DC-area sites
September 11 and 12. QSL with an SASE to K7DID, PO Box 70071,
Washington, DC 20024.
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