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Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC
 

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73,

 

 

STAY PREPARED,

STAY READY,

STAY SAFE!

Greg Evans, K5GTX
North Texas ARES
Section Emergency Coordinator

 

Collin County ARES
Assistant Emergency Coordinator/Training Coordinator

 

Mobile: 713-410-2376
Email: sec@...
Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC

 

815 Wind Elm Dr.
Allen, TX 75002

 

www.arrlntx.org
 

 

 


July 2021 NTX ARES Information Net

Bob Jones
 

To: All North Texas ARES Members

Our monthly North Texas ARES Information net will be tonight Wednesday, July 14th, at 2030 Hrs on 3860. Please join us if you can.

73 to all,
Bob,W5BJ


Red Cross Texas Weather Update - 7/2/21

Kevin McCoy
 

As we head into the July 4 weekend just an update on TX weather.  Also Hurricane Elsa. 


Thank you to the 12 Field Day locations that checked in and the sites that invited and hosted Red Cross official visits. 


 Please watch today's Texas Weather Update: https://youtu.be/SJNhkYUg048
Please watch today's Texas Weather Update for information about Hurricane Elsa. And, support the life-saving work of the American Red Cross when you give at...
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Our hearts go out to the folks in West Texas who have been affected by the weather.  Disaster Action Teams have been helping
families that had lost roofs, or damaged dwellings and need assistance. 

If you become aware of any families with unmet needs - please have them call 1-800-RED-CROS.

Also want to share that in our Hondo Tornado response we had a TX record:

Hondo Hailstone


According to the NWS this  1 1/4 pound hail stone is a record, and the largest recorded of several 6+ inchers that fell in the area.

Best

Kevin McCoy 
Lead Disaster Services Technology                                       Tactical Winlink TXRCHOU-DST
Digivol / @KF5FUZ                                                                                          TXRCAUS-DST
Operations: IT Partner



Fw: Texas Weather Update - 6/29/21

Kevin McCoy
 


Weather watchers.  As you may be aware West Texas has been having some storms and flooding.  This has been ongoing since field day.

We have had numerous calls for assistance from El Paso to Lubbock and points in between.  Not quite enough to start a Disaster Relief effort, but we have been handling this damaged dwelling by dwelling.

The incidents we are seeing are roofs blown off homes, RV and Mobile home wind / flooding issues.
 
 Please watch today's Texas Weather Update: https://youtu.be/j6BJU9x8wyg
Please watch today's Texas Weather Update to be informed of a developing tropical weather system approaching the Caribbean.
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This includes Tropical Weather watch

If you become aware of any unmet needs please have clients call 1-800-RED-CROS and ask for assistance.

Best

Kevin McCoy
Lead Disaster Services Technology                                       Tactical Winlink TXRCHOU-DST
Digivol / @KF5FUZ                                                                                          TXRCAUS-DST
Operations: IT Partner




Re: Field Day: Red Cross Message Bonus Tactical Winlink Addresses

 

We had a Red Cross volunteer named Guy Steeves come visit out the WC5C field day site in Azle yesterday, and we sent a message to these for him because he had a sheet with this information (I hadn't seen this e-mail yet).  He was pretty impressed we could send messages and e-mail with a radio. It was cool to have the Red Cross folks come and visit us, I certainly appreciated it.

73,

Tom KN6Q


On 2021-06-26 14:47, Kevin McCoy via groups.io wrote:

Field Day Reminder:


As I understand the rules you can get up to 100 bonus points 10 per message:

Rule: " 7.3.6. Message Handling: 10 points for each formal message ..." you must use RF.

Red Cross Winlink Tactical addresses that are valid in Texas for points are

TXRCAUS-DST
TXRCAUSDSTCM
TXRCHOU-DST

in addition the Winlink Thursday EMCOMM team is accepting messages from Texas with tactical address ETO-06

Note the "o" and the 0.  This maps to our FEMA region number.

If you intend to send a message to ETO-06 then please follow attached instructions.

Best

Kevin, KF5FUZ

Disaster Services Technology

American Red Cross





__________________________________________

Sent from Briar Texas via https://kn6q.org


Field Day: Red Cross Message Bonus Tactical Winlink Addresses

Kevin McCoy
 

Field Day Reminder:

As I understand the rules you can get up to 100 bonus points 10 per message:

Rule: “ 7.3.6. Message Handling: 10 points for each formal message ...” you must use RF.

Red Cross Winlink Tactical addresses that are valid in Texas for points are

TXRCAUS-DST
TXRCAUSDSTCM
TXRCHOU-DST

in addition the Winlink Thursday EMCOMM team is accepting messages from Texas with tactical address ETO-06

Note the "o" and the 0.  This maps to our FEMA region number.

If you intend to send a message to ETO-06 then please follow attached instructions.

Best

Kevin, KF5FUZ

Disaster Services Technology

American Red Cross


June 2021 NTX ARES Information Net

Bob Jones
 

To: All North Texas ARES Members

Our monthly North Texas ARES Information net will be this coming Wednesday, June 9th, at 2030 Hrs on 3860. Please join us if you can.

73 to all,
Bob,W5BJ


Re: Red Cross and ARRL Field Day in Texas - Official Visit Requests

coondaddy@...
 

The Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club would love to have you visit.

Charles Wells, President

coondaddy@...

903-603-3561

Field Day Site: St Peter Lutheran Church, 130 Luther Lane, Gun Barrel City, TX 75156

The church is next door to the Pizza Hut.

On 6/6/2021 9:50 AM, Kevin McCoy via groups.io wrote:
I am offering to provide this service and have done so for a couple of groups in North Texas already.  The deadline for this service request is 6/11/2021, we will get back to you with a confirmation by 6/18.

Red Cross is offering Field Day Visits to Class A field day sites throughout TX. Sites that are specifically set up for Field Day. 

Please provide:

contact name:

email address:

cell phone number:

and address of your field day site:

 

The Red Cross is offering:

·        Message handling – Delivery is acknowledged on Winlink to Red Cross Tactical Addresses

·        Official site visit by Red Cross Representative

·        Visit certificate and checklist (Emergency Power, etc.)

All of these items are listed in the field day rules and result in points. [ http://www.arrl.org/field-day-rules ]

Field Day sites requesting visits must be in the field day tracker - http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator

Field Day sites must request the visit by June 11, 2021.

All station classes (A-F) may also participate in message handling and acknowledgement via WINLINK to

TXRCAUS-DST,TXRCHOU-DST,TXRCAUSDSTCM.

Red Cross very much appreciates the fact that field day is an emergency exercise.  An exercise that allows FCC licensed Radio Operators to experience how to work in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.  A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness. 

Red Cross encouragement of participation in Field Day by regions and chapters is included in the MOU between the ARRL and Red Cross.

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ  kevin.mccoy@... / KF5FUZ@...
American Red Cross Disaster Services Technology.


Re: Red Cross and ARRL Field Day in Texas - Official Visit Requests

Kevin McCoy
 

I am offering to provide this service and have done so for a couple of groups in North Texas already.  The deadline for this service request is 6/11/2021, we will get back to you with a confirmation by 6/18.

Red Cross is offering Field Day Visits to Class A field day sites throughout TX. Sites that are specifically set up for Field Day. 

Please provide:

contact name:

email address:

cell phone number:

and address of your field day site:

 

The Red Cross is offering:

·        Message handling – Delivery is acknowledged on Winlink to Red Cross Tactical Addresses

·        Official site visit by Red Cross Representative

·        Visit certificate and checklist (Emergency Power, etc.)

All of these items are listed in the field day rules and result in points. [ http://www.arrl.org/field-day-rules ]

Field Day sites requesting visits must be in the field day tracker - http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator

Field Day sites must request the visit by June 11, 2021.

All station classes (A-F) may also participate in message handling and acknowledgement via WINLINK to

TXRCAUS-DST,TXRCHOU-DST,TXRCAUSDSTCM.

Red Cross very much appreciates the fact that field day is an emergency exercise.  An exercise that allows FCC licensed Radio Operators to experience how to work in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.  A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness. 

Red Cross encouragement of participation in Field Day by regions and chapters is included in the MOU between the ARRL and Red Cross.

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ  kevin.mccoy@... / KF5FUZ@...
American Red Cross Disaster Services Technology.


Re: Red Cross and ARRL Field Day in Texas - Official Visit Requests

Kevin Grantham N5KRG
 

There is no central place to request a Red Cross visit in North Texas, unfortunately.

Roger Jones recommends interested groups contact their local Red Cross chapter, explain what’s going on, and request a visit. Consult the ARRL Field Day Rules to decide what you need. I haven’t looked at the rules but you will need to know if you need a Red Cross employee, manager, card-carrying volunteer, or what in order to qualify for points.


73,

Kevin Grantham N5KRG
--
73,

Kevin N5KRG


Weekend Texas Weather Update - 6/4/21 - Flash Flood Alert, flooding alert, driving alert

Kevin McCoy
 

Interests in the Texas Gulf Coast / ARRL STX Section in particular and along flooding rivers should pay special attention to this forecast for today, but also covers this weekend.

Saturated ground conditions means that very little rain or upstream rain can quickly lead to Flash Flood or Flood.

Please. We live in the Flash Flood Belt, and lead the nation in flash flood deaths: If you deploy or are headed somewhere, check https://drivetexas.org/ BEFORE you go.  Good route planning is a GOOD idea right now.

Cautionary video from Bexar county yesterday - https://youtu.be/_dhppTjJ0bs

Please watch today's Texas Weather Update: https://youtu.be/oxVqU8HwGXI
Please watch today's Texas Weather Update to be informed of the continuing flood threat in central, southern and coastal Texas. Here is the link to the PBS s...
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Here is the link to the PBS story mention in today's report.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qDYi9HfQkI
Nearly half of the country — from the Pacific coast to the Great Plains and upper Midwest — is experiencing moderate to exceptional drought conditions. That's expected to get worse throughout the summer. As William Brangham reports, it's the western states in particular that are taking the hardest hit, and the possibilities for devastating ...
Reminder - Field day official visit request due 6/11.

Best Kevin KF5FUZ
Disaster Services Technology
American Red Cross Serving TX


Re: Winlink Wednesday 2021

John Hill - KF5VO
 

It's that time once again for Winlink Wednesday!

Field Day is at the end of this month! So, in preparation for some of the bonus points on Field Day (see Rule 7.3.6) we will use the Radiogram form for this week. Please see the instructions below:

In Winlink Express in a new message, click the "Select Template" menu item.
In the Template Manager, double-click on  Standard Templates --> RADIOGRAM & RRI Forms --> Radiogram.txt

If a field is not listed below, enter whatever you wish.
Fill out the form as such:
Precedence = R
Handling Instructions = None
Place of Origin --> Your current city/town
In the TO section...
Name = John Hill
Callsign = KF5VO
Zip = 75070

MESSAGE TEXT --> send me a note telling me the year you were licensed

At the bottom, there is a text box with the value "YOU MAY ENTER ANY ADDRESS HERE". In that box, put KF5VO. This should be the only thing in that box.
Click the "Submit" button.

When the New Message window comes back up, everything should be placed in the body of the message.

Please make sure that my callsign (KF5VO) is the only callsign in the "To:" field.

Post to Outbox.

Open a session and send the check-in.


Happy Winlinking!


Please visit the Winlink Wednesday NTX web site for more info on how to check in to the net:
https://bit.ly/2TfJNJE

If you haven't already, please join our mailing list on Groups.IO
https://groups.io/g/WinlinkWednesdayNTX


Re: Red Cross and ARRL Field Day in Texas - Official Visit Requests

 

If Kevin does not reply here 
I recommend you send him a WinLink message

Steve
KG5VK 

On Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 5:30 PM Wayne Morris, AC5V <waynemia@...> wrote:
How do we request this visit? I am with the Tri-Dounty Amateur Radio Club. It is listed. We are having field day at the Az,e TX Fire Department/EOC.

--
Steve
KG5VK
Tele 318-470-9806
ARRL NTX Section Manager 
Please note: My Out Going Email address is LottsPhoto@...
KG5VK@... is forwarded to my Gmail address


Re: Red Cross and ARRL Field Day in Texas - Official Visit Requests

Wayne Morris, AC5V
 

How do we request this visit? I am with the Tri-Dounty Amateur Radio Club. It is listed. We are having field day at the Az,e TX Fire Department/EOC.


Fw: Texas Weather Update - 6/1/21

Kevin McCoy
 

Welcome to Hurricane season, but spring storms still have their grip.  I have to hit the road, but here is a quick out on the weather.

West Texas folks - I have learned this about Richard, he stays close to National Weather Service predictions.  If he varies he is generally on the money.  So I would review that part carefully.

We still have approximately 80 folks in Non-Congregate shelter over the holiday weekend.  Most in the Deep east Texas area. 

Weekend rain has a lot of rivers on the rise, watch the video for a 2 minute update for all of TX.

 Please watch today's Texas Weather Update: https://youtu.be/Cw1KF-2bb0k
Welcome to Hurricane Season -- officially starting today, peaking September 10th and ending November 30th. Be Red Cross Ready for Hurricane Season with resou...
youtu.be
Best Kevin @KF5FUZ
Lead Disaster Services Technolgy
American Red Cross Serving TX


Communication Partner Update DR 018-21 Texas 5/21 Floods 05/28/21 16:00

Kevin McCoy
 

Communication Partner Update – Texas Flooding

We have been engaged in a Level 4 Disaster Relief effort covering many counties along the Texas Gulf Coast.  These are the result of the almost continuous storms we have experienced since May 20th. 

Disasters are categorized from 1 (e.g. Home Fire) to 7 (e.g. Hurricane Harvey).  A Level 4 Response falls into the $2.5 - $5M Expense Range.

Flooded home in
          South Texas

The response has included Sheltering, Feeding, and Disaster Emergency Supplies.

Impacted Counties currently include Tyler, Harris, Brazoria, Jefferson, Kleberg, Orange, and Nueces.

Shelters and
          Warehouses

On this map:

  • S is a traditional shelter
  • N is a Non Congregate Shelter aka Hotel rooms 
  • R is Staging Area
  • W is Warehouse
  • X is a previously open shelter now closed

Sheltering topped out at around 105 evacuees most staying in Non-Congregate Shelters (aka Hotel Rooms).  Currently there are in the vicinity of 70 folks still in shelter.

Loading Cots
          and emergency supplies

So far we fed about 18,000 meals and snacks.

We distributed 947 Clean up kits and 2,653 other disaster supplies.

We have helped more than 600 households.

We have roughly 114 Trained Red Cross Disaster Responders on this Disaster Relief Operation.

Damage
          Assessment

So at this point it looks like roughly 70 homes that are Major damage or destroyed.  Purple dots are inaccessible, and will have to be assessed when flood waters recede.

While this is bad enough, Louisiana had it worse with around 1276 Major Damage and Destroyed homes.  And once again Calcasieu Parish so badly mauled by HUR Laura was hit hard.  And about the same number of homes (1200) with minor damage.

Contact me if you become aware of any unmet needs.  If you are contacted by a person impacted by the Texas Flooding please have them call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ
American Red Cross Disaster Services Technology                                      Tactical Winlink TXRCHOU-DST

 

 


Texas Weather Update - 5/28/21

Kevin McCoy
 

Here is a quick out on the weather.  We do have an active Disaster Relief Effort in progress on the coast with about 110 Red Cross Disaster Workers.  At the peak there were more than 100 folks in shelter.  I will try and get you an update this evening. 

While this is a great 2 minute overview, and foreshadows our possible severe weather this weekend, please remember to keep in touch with your local National Weather Service,

Weather.gov will get you there, and just put in your zip code.  Have your weather radio active, and
download the Red Cross emergency app if you are out and about. 

Text "GETEMERGENCY" to 90999 to download the app.
We are not out of storm season yet.

 Please watch today's Texas Weather Update: https://youtu.be/HSFoOkjJB3s
Please watch today's Texas Weather Update to be informed of potential severe weather threats this weekend.
youtu.be


Re: Shelter-In-Place

Dr. Steven Davoust N5KCH
 

Meassage revived N5KCH


Sent from Yahoo for iPhone

On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 4:53 PM, Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC <k5gtx@...> wrote:

Thanks Ron.

 

I will push this out as part of an ARES newsletter in June.

 

73,

 

 

STAY PREPARED,

STAY READY,

STAY SAFE!

Greg Evans, K5GTX
North Texas ARES
Section Emergency Coordinator

 

Collin County ARES
Assistant Emergency Coordinator/Training Coordinator

 

Mobile: 713-410-2376
Email: sec@...
Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC

 

815 Wind Elm Dr.
Allen, TX 75002

 

www.arrlntx.org
 

 

 

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ron Adams
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 4:06 PM
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io
Subject: [ARRLNTX] Shelter-In-Place

 

FEMA just published (today) a graphic, pictogram-style "cheat sheet" with
recommendations for how to shelter-in-place in various situations.

You may want to review and share this.

73

Ron - N5SQA


Red Cross and ARRL Field Day in Texas - Official Visit Requests

Kevin McCoy
 

Red Cross is offering Field Day Visits to Class A field day sites throughout TX. Sites that are specifically set up for Field Day. 

The Red Cross is offering:

  •         Message handling – Delivery is acknowledged on Winlink to Red Cross Tactical Addresses below
  •         Official site visit by Red Cross Representatives
  •         Visit certificate and checklist (Emergency Power, etc.)

All of these items are listed in the field day rules and result in points. [ http://www.arrl.org/field-day-rules ]

Field Day sites requesting visits must be in the field day tracker - http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator

Field Day sites must request the visit by June 11, 2021.  Make sure you include the contact name, email address, cell phone number, and address of your field day site.  We will respond with a visit confirmation.

All station classes (A-F) may also participate in message handling and acknowledgement via WINLINK to

"TXRCAUS-DST;TXRCHOU-DST;TXRCAUSDSTCM" .

Red Cross very much appreciates the fact that field day is an emergency exercise.  An exercise that allows FCC licensed Radio Operators to experience how to work in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.  A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness. 

Red Cross encouragement of participation in Field Day by regions and chapters is included in the MOU between the ARRL and Red Cross.

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ
American Red Cross Disaster Services Technology.

*** Subscribe Keep up to date on TX weather including Solar weather.  In around 2 minutes everything you need to know. 

Today's update:  https://youtu.be/U9eVDZo_PGs



Re: Shelter-In-Place

Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC
 

Thanks Ron.

 

I will push this out as part of an ARES newsletter in June.

 

73,

 

 

STAY PREPARED,

STAY READY,

STAY SAFE!

Greg Evans, K5GTX
North Texas ARES
Section Emergency Coordinator

 

Collin County ARES
Assistant Emergency Coordinator/Training Coordinator

 

Mobile: 713-410-2376
Email: sec@...
Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC

 

815 Wind Elm Dr.
Allen, TX 75002

 

www.arrlntx.org
 

 

 

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ron Adams
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 4:06 PM
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io
Subject: [ARRLNTX] Shelter-In-Place

 

FEMA just published (today) a graphic, pictogram-style "cheat sheet" with
recommendations for how to shelter-in-place in various situations.

You may want to review and share this.

73

Ron - N5SQA

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