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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX002 (2003)

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SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX002
ARLX002 Amateurs Respond to Pennsylvania's Big Chill

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Special Bulletin 2  ARLX002
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Newington CT  March 5, 2003
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SB SPCL ARL ARLX002
ARLX002 Amateurs Respond to Pennsylvania's Big Chill

Amateur Radio Emergency Service and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency
Service (ARES/RACES) team members in southern York County,
Pennsylvania, activated March 3 after a natural gas shutdown forced
residents to evacuate homes. Two dozen amateurs took shifts to
assist the American Red Cross, staffed the local emergency
operations center and provided other necessary communication.

York County ARRL Emergency Coordinator Kerry Smeltzer, KA3KAR,
expected the activation to continue through March 5 as the utility
company works to correct the problem, an apparent regulator failure.
Thousands were affected, with temperatures in the teens and 20s.

The natural gas problem, which occurred around 11 AM March 3, cut
off the main supply serving the communities of Red Lion and
Dallastown. Estimates vary as to the number of residents directly
impacted by the gas failure, but they run anywhere from 5000 to
10,000.
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In addition to the ARES/RACES teams activated in York County,
Smeltzer said, ARES teams in surrounding counties and from nearby
Maryland are on standby in case they are needed. "I'm going back for
my third cycle," he said. "We hope that this thing will be wrapping
up March 5." Typical shifts were eight hours. ARES used the W3HZU
and WB3ERZ VHF repeaters.
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<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>ARLX002 Amateurs Respond to Pennsylvania's Big =
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<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>QST de W1AW&nbsp; </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>Special Bulletin 2&nbsp; ARLX002</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>From ARRL Headquarters&nbsp; </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>Newington CT&nbsp; March 5, 2003</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>To all radio amateurs </FONT>
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<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>SB SPCL ARL ARLX002</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>ARLX002 Amateurs Respond to Pennsylvania's Big =
Chill</FONT>
</P>

<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>Amateur Radio Emergency Service and Radio Amateur =
Civil Emergency</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>Service (ARES/RACES) team members in southern York =
County,</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>Pennsylvania, activated March 3 after a natural gas =
shutdown forced</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>residents to evacuate homes. Two dozen amateurs took =
shifts to</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>assist the American Red Cross, staffed the local =
emergency</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>operations center and provided other necessary =
communication.</FONT>
</P>

<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>York County ARRL Emergency Coordinator Kerry Smeltzer, =
KA3KAR,</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>expected the activation to continue through March 5 =
as the utility</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>company works to correct the problem, an apparent =
regulator failure.</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>Thousands were affected, with temperatures in the =
teens and 20s.</FONT>
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<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>The natural gas problem, which occurred around 11 AM =
March 3, cut</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>off the main supply serving the communities of Red =
Lion and</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>Dallastown. Estimates vary as to the number of =
residents directly</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>impacted by the gas failure, but they run anywhere =
from 5000 to</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>10,000.</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>&nbsp;</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>In addition to the ARES/RACES teams activated in York =
County,</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>Smeltzer said, ARES teams in surrounding counties and =
from nearby</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>Maryland are on standby in case they are needed. =
&quot;I'm going back for</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>my third cycle,&quot; he said. &quot;We hope that =
this thing will be wrapping</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>up March 5.&quot; Typical shifts were eight hours. =
ARES used the W3HZU</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>and WB3ERZ VHF repeaters.</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=3D2>NNNN</FONT>

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