In some situations, a simplex channel is helpful during an operation. Of course, an unused frequency is the best choice.
We have chosen the frequency of, 147.52 MHz. This particular frequency seems to be unused in our area, is far enough away from our two repeater input frequencies so as not to cause desense, and is easy to remember – nationwide calling frequency (146.52 + 1 MHz).
Please program in this frequency in all your radios.
The Henderson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service net will be the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. We will be running the net on the CCARC repeater K5CCL, 146.900 MHz, Negative Shift, 136.5 Tone.
You do not need to be an ARES member or an ARRL member or a club member to check in, we invite all area ham operators to check in.
And a reminder that the North TX ARES net is the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 8:30 p.m. on 3.860 MHz.
The addition of an Echolink node on the Cedar Creek ARC repeater now offers us a direct connection to the National Weather Service Fort Worth ham station via EchoLink. That station is staffed with volunteers during severe weather days. It’s already proven its value this Spring during severe weather, with the NWS communicating directly with us on our nets as needed.
When reporting weather conditions on a SKYWARN net, please describe your location such that someone not familiar with our local area would understand. For example, use mileage from a town or major road or intersection rather than a local landmark.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
600 AM CST FRI MAR 8 2013
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE USES A VARIETY OF METHODS TO PREDICT AND
TRACK SEVERE WEATHER. BUT EVEN WITH THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY…WE STILL
HEAVILY RELY ON THE EYES AND EARS OF OUR PARTNERS IN THE FIELD TO
HELP US KNOW WHATS REALLY HAPPENING.
HISTORICALLY…AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS HAVE PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN
SEVERE WEATHER OPERATIONS OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. OFTEN
REFERRED TO AS HAMS…THESE VOLUNTEERS LEND THEIR TIME…EXPERTISE…
AND EQUIPMENT IN THE FORECAST OFFICE TO HELP COMMUNICATE WITH THE
COMMUNITY WHEN STORMS THREATEN. ONE REASON WHY AMATEUR RADIO IS SO
BENEFICIAL TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS THAT IT OFFERS THE
ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH OPERATORS FROM ALL ACROSS THE REGION
SIMULTANEOUSLY. OUR HAM RADIO OPERATORS OFTEN COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY
WITH OUR TRAINED STORM SPOTTERS.
STORM SPOTTERS ARE TRAINED VOLUNTEERS WHO COME FROM ALL WALKS OF
LIFE. MANY WORK WITH THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE TO
COLLECT WEATHER INFORMATION. THEY PROVIDE THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE WITH CRITICAL INFORMATION TO AID IN THE WARNING DECISION
MAKING PROCESS. SOME OF OUR SPOTTERS ARE MEMBERS OF THEIR LOCAL
COMMUNITY FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS…MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF
PUBLIC SAFETY…OR CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS. OTHER SPOTTERS ARE
SIMPLY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CONCERNED WITH HELPING THEIR COMMUNITY
IN A TIME OF NEED.
STORM SPOTTERS ARE TRAINED TO SAFELY OBSERVE AND REPORT SEVERE
WEATHER BY ATTENDING ONE OF OUR FREE STORM SPOTTER TRAINING CLASSES.
THESE CLASSES ARE CONDUCTED AS A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN LOCAL EMERGENCY
ORGANIZATIONS…AND THE LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.
SEVERAL CLASSES ARE OFFERED ACROSS THE REGION DURING THE SPRING
MONTHS…AND AGAIN DURING THE AUTUMN MONTHS.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE INVOLVED IN
MAKING SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK A SUCCESS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK…PLEASE
We now have two procedures available for member viewing in the Files section of our Yahoo Group. Look in the Processes and Procedures folder. They are:
- ARES Member Identification
- SKYWARN Minimum Reporting Criteria
Please review these new processes.
Note: the Files area is restricted to HC ARES members only, and you must be logged in!
Thanks and 73 de n5csu
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Have you ordered your Field Resources Manual and ARES vehicle sticker from ARRL yet?
I’ve updated the roster with all ARES application forms from 2008 on, and we’ve added several new members in the past month.
Here’s are some current factoids:
- 36 members are listed on the roster; 24 have reconfirmed their interest
- 14 members have joined the Yahoo group.
- While all members have 2 M FM, 16 are also on HF.
- 8 members are HF mobileers.
- 17 members report that they can operate on emergency power.
If you are not yet a member of ARES, download the application and join us!
If you are in ARES but have not yet in our Yahoo group, click on the link to the right and join us there. We will be posting files, rosters etc., plus using the discussion board and email facility.
73 de n5csu
Yahoo has a free service called Groups which we’ll be using as a discussion board, files area and email list server. If you had perviously sined up with ARES, you should have received an invite from Yahoo Groups that went out Monday 12/24 at about 10 a.m. (it may have ended up in your spam folder!)
If you are not yet a member of ARES, please consider joining! ARRL membership is not required, nor is membership in a local radio club.
To join ARES, download the form from the link on this page. Once it is filled in, just scan it and return it to the Henderson County EC, Bill Saylor, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or snailmail to Bill Saylor, KE5WUT, 7143 Pakuna Drive, Mabank, TX 75156.
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