Date   

This Saturday is The Parker County Ham Fest #facebook

 

Parker County Hamfest/Emergency Preparedness Expo


More info on the Ham Fest is here

I look forward to seeing many of you there

The Doors open at 8 AM

Current Seminars scheduled are 

baofeng programming (without a computer)
ham radio at sea (cruise)
cert 1
cert 2

Steve
KG5VK


Re: West Gulf Division Fall 2019 SET - November 9, 2019

Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
 

 

 

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> On Behalf Of Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2019 7:48 PM
To: arrlntx@groups.io
Subject: [ARRLNTX] West Gulf Division Fall 2019 SET - November 9, 2019
Importance: High

 

FOR WIDE DISTRIBUTION:

 

The Fall 2019 West Gulf Division SET is on November 9, 2019, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

 

Scenario:  An unusually cold and powerful Arctic Air Mass has descended deep into South Texas.  This storm has produced blizzard conditions in Oklahoma, North, and West Texas, ice accumulation in Central Texas, and heavy rains into the Rio Grande Valley.  The combined effects of the storm system have resulted in widespread power outages throughout the Region.  Local Shelters are open throughout the region.

 

Objectives:  The primary objective of the SET will be to assess the ability of the Amateur Radio Service (ARS) throughout the Division to respond to a major event and exchange supporting information throughout the Division.  Information about the status of the local infrastructure and local weather will be gathered and consolidated from counties and forwarded to the Districts, Sections and Division levels.  Region 6 Army MARS will assist in gathering information as well. 

 

Secondary Objectives are at the discretion of ECs and DECs.  The secondary objectives can include assessing the ability to stage deployable ARO resources and assessing the ability to gather, consolidate, and report Critical Infrastructure Assessment. 

 

Additional information will be promulgated soon.

 

73,

 

Greg Evans, K5GTX

ARRL NTX SEC

ARRL NTX ASM

www.arrlntx.org

713.410.2376

 


ARRL North Texas Section Newsletter December 2019 #facebook

 


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

Thank you all for checking in!

For the trivia question, "What popular fall festival activity did the Romans bring to Britain when they invaded? ", the answer from my source is:

Bobbing for Apples. Another variation was also played where apples were hung from strings and contestants would have to try and bite into them.

There were other answers. If you looked them up on-line, we'll assume it's true.


See you next week on the Winlink Wednesday net!


Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home

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Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

It's that time once again for Winlink Wednesday!

Fill out the form for check-ins as normal. For the comment, give the answer to the following question:

What popular fall festival activity did the Romans bring to Britain when they invaded?


Remember, check-ins start officially at 12:00 am on Wednesday. Otherwise,  I may have to come up with a different name for the net.

Other instructions:

Use the "Winlink Check In" template when checking in.  As a reminder, to use the template, when the New Message screen is opened, click on the menu items Select Template --> Standard Templates --> GENERAL Forms --> Winlink Check In.txt. If you do not find the template, you may have an older version of the templates. You can find the download from the Winlink.org web site. The instructions are in the ReadMe.txt file from the download site.

Make sure in the Send To box to put my call sign, KF5VO.

In the location box, put the name of your city/town, and which gateway you're connecting through (if known).

IF YOU ARE USING SOMETHING OTHER THAN WINLINK TO CHECK IN:
In the body of the message, place the following information separated by a tab. This is how the information is sent if you are using the Winlink form. It makes it much easier for me to tally the results.

date time <tab> call sign <tab> call sign <tab> location <tab> ham band <tab> session type


Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home


Re: Update 3: Imelda Red Cross Relief Efforts 09-30-2019

Kevin McCoy
 

Owen,

Here is an example of Salvation Army and Red Cross working together closer to NTX.  An event like Imelda where they are very active.

As you know there was damage from the Tornadoes Sunday in Dallas, Collin, Panola and Van Zandt counties.

The Red Cross and its partners, including the Salvation Army, are delivering food, water and supplies to displaced residents, disaster workers and first responders.

Red Cross teams are completing damage assessments across the impacted neighborhoods and ensuring those affected have tarps, work gloves, trashbags, dust masks and more to help as residents begin to clean-up the destruction caused by the tornadoes.

If you or any ARRL member become aware of anyone needing assistance recovering from Tornado Damage - please have them call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

For more up to date info see https://redcrossntxblog.com/2019/10/21/media-update-north-texas-storms/ and follow that blog or @RedCrossNTX

Best Kevin KF5FUZ
IT/DST American Red Cross serving TX

On 9/30/2019 10:31 PM, Kevin McCoy wrote:

Owen Yes indeed,

This is too big a job for any one group to handle.  The last data I have is that they had supplied:

  • 2,500 meals,
  • 6,000 snacks and drinks,
  • 2,700 cleanup kits,
  • 500 hygiene kits,
  • 370 food boxes, and
  • 380 infant supplies.

I understand that they also had a role in initial sheltering in the Galveston area. 

I also heard that they scrambled a kitchen from Bryan/College Station last week in a joint effort with St. Vincent De Paul focused on the Winnie area.  That area was VERY HARD hit and I expect the people really appreciated that extra help. 

My data is old, from last week, and my numbers are probably off, so you might want to check with them - the SATERN folks have a great newsletter, and I expect they will be talking about Imelda in their next edition. 

 Other groups we have worked with directly are:

  • HOPE Disaster Recovery,
  • Children’s Disaster Services,
  • Lott Carey-NBCA,
  • East Harris County Empowerment Council,
  • Lamar University,
  • Lighthouse Charities,
  • TX Baptist Men,
  • United Way,
  • Harris Center for Mental Health, and
  • Spindletop Center

Not even to mention the government groups involved. 

So a lot of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster are helping out.

Best Kevin KF5FUZ

On 9/30/2019 9:27 PM, Owen Anderson via Groups.Io wrote:
I have a question by reviewing your great messages - I thought 
the Salvation Army had an extensive effort in assisting in helping
the victims - did they participate?

Owen 
KE5HRI


On Sep 30, 2019, at 7:48 AM, Kevin McCoy via Groups.Io <kevinmccoy@...> wrote:

Sheltering:

At last count we had 170 people still in 7 open shelters across the Texas Gulf Coast:

<Open Shelters.JPG>
Open Shelters

You can get the current status at:

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.html

Recovery / Client Service

While we still have sheltering in process, most of our efforts are now focused on Recovery and we are staffing 7 Recovery centers:

Chambers County
??9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | St. Louis Catholic Church (**P-RAC), 315 W. Buccaneer, Winnie, TX
Harris County
??9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Grayson Community Center, 13828 Corpus Christi St. Houston, TX
??8 a.m. to 6 p.m. | IT May Community Center, 2100 Wolf Road, Huffman, TX
??9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Kingwood United Methodist Church, 1799 Woodland Hills Dr., Rm K 105, Kingwood, TX
Liberty County
??9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Sacred Heart Catholic Church (**P-RAC), 3730 FM 160 North, Raywood, TX
Montgomery County
??10 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Tullis Library, 21569 U.S. 59, New Caney, TX
Orange County
??9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | St. Theresa Catholic Church (**P-RAC), 1409 6th St., Orange, TX

** P-RAC Parish Recovery Assistance Center... is basically a Multi-Agency Resource Center - a one stop shop for Client Assistance facilitating access to multiple sources of Charitable and Government aid.

We are seeing families that have been impacted by Imelda that were recovered or in recovery from Hurricane Harvey. An example of one of these resilient Texans is NASA Retiree Shirley Bryson - you can read here story here:

https://redcrosstexasgulfcoast.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/steel-magnolia-draws-strength-from-personal-experience-red-cross-help/

Feeding:

Red Cross has delivered more than 36,500 Meals and snacks to Imelda impacted families and responders. This in cooperation with businesses, Texas Baptist Men, and South East Texas Food Bank.

<Feeding.JPG>
Janet and Allan Sherman from Plainview, TX serving folks in Orange, TX.

Disaster Emergency Supplies

Red Cross has delivered more than 17,000 Disaster Emergency Supplies. Everything from comfort kits with hygiene items like toothbrushes and soap as well as clean-up kits for those cleaning their Imelda ravaged homes.

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Disaster Emergency Supplies to affected communities
<DES 2.jpg>

Disaster/Damage Assessment

All client aid is indexed by damage. Many charitable agencies leverage Red Cross Damage Assessment information. So do governments who are working on disaster qualifications. Damage assessment is ongoing. Sometimes we discover homes that have not been assessed and do a "hot shot". Some areas are not accessible until water recedes, and Damage Assessment must wait until it is safe.

<Damage Assessment.jpg>
Damage Assessment

Health Services, Disaster Mental Health, and Spiritual Care

There have been 3,300 visits. All Health, Mental Health, and Spiritual Care volunteers are licensed professionals who donate their time to Red Cross.

<Health Care Image.JPG>

Staffing

There are currently roughly 450 Red Crossers on the job. I have rotated off for some family business. I often find in my fellow volunteers a story that triggered their commitment to help others. So it is with Rick Cowan and a flood in Liberty TX decades ago! That experience has put him on the front lines helping for more than 20 years. You can read more about him and his efforts on Imelda here:

https://redcrosstexasgulfcoast.wordpress.com/2019/09/28/as-water-recedes-hope-grows/

Usual ARRL/ARES jobs with Red Cross

As you can see, or perhaps have experienced, disaster response is a long and complicated job. Even when communications are good, it is often chaotic and confusing. It is that much harder when communications are out or overloaded as we had in the California Wildfires and Hurricane Michael. While it may be rare in any particular location, it is inevitable, and happens 6 to 8 times a year across this great nation that we serve. In my experience the jobs most frequently done with ARRL and Red Cross are: Connection to government (EOC to Red Cross connection); Disaster Assessment communication; Shelter Communication; Helping Hand Coordination; Disaster Action Team communication. Reach out to your local Red Cross to drill these types of jobs. A great example of ARRL support of Red Cross Shelter Communications in the California Wildfires is on page 88 of the October QST. While this example was using NBEMS, we have standardized on Winlink and Winlink forms in TX response.

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ IT/DST American Red Cross of TX?? [<Twitter Icon.jpg>@KF5FUZ]





Re: Section Youth Coordinator news

 

Awesome news 
How to you and Katherine tomorrow nite
At the Plano ARC meeting 

Steve
KG5VK 

On Sun, Oct 20, 2019 at 8:00 PM K5TCJ <k5tcj@...> wrote:

congratulations

 

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> On Behalf Of Rob Forson - K5WFR
Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2019 11:55
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io
Subject: [ARRLNTX] Section Youth Coordinator news

 

For those of you waiting with breathless anticipation, Katherine, your Section Youth Coordinator, and the Shepton High School Silver Stampede Marching Band received a Superior rating at the UIL Region 24 marching competition held yesterday at Little Elm Stadium. Way to go Stallions!

 

Apologies for being off topic.

 

Rob

K5WFR

--
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: Section Youth Coordinator news

Tim Johnson K5TCJ
 

congratulations

 

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> On Behalf Of Rob Forson - K5WFR
Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2019 11:55
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io
Subject: [ARRLNTX] Section Youth Coordinator news

 

For those of you waiting with breathless anticipation, Katherine, your Section Youth Coordinator, and the Shepton High School Silver Stampede Marching Band received a Superior rating at the UIL Region 24 marching competition held yesterday at Little Elm Stadium. Way to go Stallions!

 

Apologies for being off topic.

 

Rob

K5WFR


Re: Section Youth Coordinator news

Rob Forson - K5WFR
 

Since Shepton is a Plano high school [9-10] and not a senior high [11-12], they are considered non-varsity and do not get the chance to advance.

Rob
K5WFR


Robert W. Forson, P.E.
Managing Partner
FORSON ENGINEERING LLC
7200 Swallow Branch Ln
Plano, Texas  75025
972.527.6677


Re: Section Youth Coordinator news

Brian Fox <fox.retired@...>
 

Does it qualify them for the October 26th competition?

Brian
W1FOX


On Sun, Oct 20, 2019 at 11:54 AM Rob Forson - K5WFR <rob.k5wfr@...> wrote:
For those of you waiting with breathless anticipation, Katherine, your Section Youth Coordinator, and the Shepton High School Silver Stampede Marching Band received a Superior rating at the UIL Region 24 marching competition held yesterday at Little Elm Stadium. Way to go Stallions!

Apologies for being off topic.

Rob
K5WFR


Section Youth Coordinator news

Rob Forson - K5WFR
 

For those of you waiting with breathless anticipation, Katherine, your Section Youth Coordinator, and the Shepton High School Silver Stampede Marching Band received a Superior rating at the UIL Region 24 marching competition held yesterday at Little Elm Stadium. Way to go Stallions!

Apologies for being off topic.

Rob
K5WFR


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

Thank you all for checking in! I would also like to thank the new check-ins. We have a few from Johnson county. I was happy to do the presentation for your club last week.

For the trivia question, "The word Halloween is a contraction of what Christian holiday?", the answer from my source is:

All Hallow’s Evening (All Hallows’ Even), a.k.a. All Hallows’ Eve, All Saint’s Eve, Allhalloween
In Scots “eve” is “even”. The “v” was eventually dropped, as well as the “all” and the “s” in Hallow’s. So All Hallow’s Even became Halloween. Halloween is the day before All Hallow’s Day (also known as All Saints Day) and is the first day of Allhallowtide which is a three-day celebration for Christian Saints.


See you next week on the Winlink Wednesday net!



Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home

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Mail Delivery Problem Affecting Delivery of Board Election Ballots in West Gulf Division

Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC
 

Mail Delivery Problem Affecting Delivery of Board Election Ballots in West Gulf Division

ARRL has become aware of a mail delivery problem affecting the ARRL Board of Director election ballots sent to members in part of the West Gulf Division. Recent flooding has affected some US Postal Service distribution centers in the Houston region of the state, damaging some sorting machines. This is delaying delivery to many members in that area. They are processing mail out, but there are delays in processing out bulk mail, which include the ballots. We are aware that ballots are being processed as part of their work flow, but they cannot give us a definitive date of when they will all be out for delivery.

All ballots were mailed from Hartford on Monday, September 30, as required by the Articles of Association/By-Laws. Ballots to most of the West Gulf Division were delivered in the usual time frame, which is generally 10 to 14 days.

We have received numerous requests for replacement ballots. We also have member notifications sent after making the replacement ballot request to inform us the ballot had arrived. We ask ARRL members to be patient.

If you still do not receive your ballot by Monday October 21, 2019, please send a request for a new ballot. The ARRL HQ will process replacement requests on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, via first-class mail and daily as later requests come in. That will allow 3+ weeks (24 days) for the replacement to be delivered to you and allowing for their return to ARRL’s accounting firm of CohnReznick LLP by the noon on Friday, November 15, 2019, deadline.

There is no deadline for requesting a replacement ballot. Also, there is no deadline for you to have received your ballot in order to be eligible to vote. Please note that all replacement requests need to be in writing (email is okay) but must directly come from the ARRL member. Third-party requests cannot be processed.

If you have already requested a replacement ballot but still haven’t received the original ballot by October 21, you will need reconfirm your need for a replacement by email. If your original ballot is received before that time, we also ask you confirm that, so that your request can be closed.

We thank you for your patience in this unusual situation. If you have any questions, please contact ARRL Assistant Secretary Dan Henderson, N1ND, telephone (860) 594-0236. —

 

Thanks to Dan Henderson, N1ND, Assistant Secretary, ARRL


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

It's time once again for Winlink Wednesday! Here is the trivia question for this week's comment. Remember, this is only as good as the source I randomly selected from the Internet. After all, if it's online, it must be true, correct?

The word Halloween is a contraction of what Christian holiday?

Remember, check-ins start officially at 12:00 am on Wednesday. Otherwise,  I may have to come up with a different name for the net.

Other instructions:

Use the "Winlink Check In" template when checking in.  As a reminder, to use the template, when the New Message screen is opened, click on the menu items Select Template --> Standard Templates --> GENERAL Forms --> Winlink Check In.txt. If you do not find the template, you may have an older version of the templates. You can find the download from the Winlink.org web site. The instructions are in the ReadMe.txt file from the download site.

Make sure in the Send To box to put my call sign, KF5VO.

In the location box, put the name of your city/town, and which gateway you're connecting through (if known).

IF YOU ARE USING SOMETHING OTHER THAN WINLINK TO CHECK IN:
In the body of the message, place the following information separated by a tab. This is how the information is sent if you are using the Winlink form. It makes it much easier for me to tally the results.

date time <tab> call sign <tab> call sign <tab> location <tab> ham band <tab> session type


Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home


Re: West Gulf Division Fall 2019 SET - November 9, 2019

Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
 

Let me amend that last email.  I misread the subject.  

There will be a reporting method for ECs that will include forwarding to the regional net and SEC.  

We are working on the planning now and will promulgated soon.  Some pieces that needed to be defined are being lined out...

Greg Evans, K5GTX
ARRL NTX SEC
ARRL NTX ASM
713.410.2376
Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC



On Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 7:22 PM -0500, "Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC" <k5gtx@...> wrote:

All reports should be filed via the report mechanism on the ARRLNTX website.  You should get an email copy of your report that you would forward to the DEC, If appointed.


Greg Evans, K5GTX
ARRL NTX SEC
ARRL NTX ASM
713.410.2376
Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> on behalf of Steve Darrah via Groups.Io <jsdarrah@...>
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2019 6:45:01 PM
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ARRLNTX] West Gulf Division Fall 2019 SET - November 9, 2019
 

Greg,

Do you have a plan for ARES District 5 groups to report since District 5 does not have  a DEC?  I expect the districts will report to the section and the section will report to the Division.

Steve, kd5ypb

EC - Carrollton ARES


On 10/10/2019 7:48 PM, Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC wrote:

FOR WIDE DISTRIBUTION:

 

The Fall 2019 West Gulf Division SET is on November 9, 2019, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

 

Scenario:  An unusually cold and powerful Arctic Air Mass has descended deep into South Texas.  This storm has produced blizzard conditions in Oklahoma, North, and West Texas, ice accumulation in Central Texas, and heavy rains into the Rio Grande Valley.  The combined effects of the storm system have resulted in widespread power outages throughout the Region.  Local Shelters are open throughout the region.

 

Objectives:  The primary objective of the SET will be to assess the ability of the Amateur Radio Service (ARS) throughout the Division to respond to a major event and exchange supporting information throughout the Division.  Information about the status of the local infrastructure and local weather will be gathered and consolidated from counties and forwarded to the Districts, Sections and Division levels.  Region 6 Army MARS will assist in gathering information as well. 

 

Secondary Objectives are at the discretion of ECs and DECs.  The secondary objectives can include assessing the ability to stage deployable ARO resources and assessing the ability to gather, consolidate, and report Critical Infrastructure Assessment. 

 

Additional information will be promulgated soon.

 

73,

 

Greg Evans, K5GTX

ARRL NTX SEC

ARRL NTX ASM

www.arrlntx.org

713.410.2376

 

-- 
Steve Darrah
972-679-3109


Re: West Gulf Division Fall 2019 SET - November 9, 2019

Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC
 

All reports should be filed via the report mechanism on the ARRLNTX website.  You should get an email copy of your report that you would forward to the DEC, If appointed.


Greg Evans, K5GTX
ARRL NTX SEC
ARRL NTX ASM
713.410.2376
Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC


From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> on behalf of Steve Darrah via Groups.Io <jsdarrah@...>
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2019 6:45:01 PM
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ARRLNTX] West Gulf Division Fall 2019 SET - November 9, 2019
 

Greg,

Do you have a plan for ARES District 5 groups to report since District 5 does not have  a DEC?  I expect the districts will report to the section and the section will report to the Division.

Steve, kd5ypb

EC - Carrollton ARES


On 10/10/2019 7:48 PM, Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC wrote:

FOR WIDE DISTRIBUTION:

 

The Fall 2019 West Gulf Division SET is on November 9, 2019, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

 

Scenario:  An unusually cold and powerful Arctic Air Mass has descended deep into South Texas.  This storm has produced blizzard conditions in Oklahoma, North, and West Texas, ice accumulation in Central Texas, and heavy rains into the Rio Grande Valley.  The combined effects of the storm system have resulted in widespread power outages throughout the Region.  Local Shelters are open throughout the region.

 

Objectives:  The primary objective of the SET will be to assess the ability of the Amateur Radio Service (ARS) throughout the Division to respond to a major event and exchange supporting information throughout the Division.  Information about the status of the local infrastructure and local weather will be gathered and consolidated from counties and forwarded to the Districts, Sections and Division levels.  Region 6 Army MARS will assist in gathering information as well. 

 

Secondary Objectives are at the discretion of ECs and DECs.  The secondary objectives can include assessing the ability to stage deployable ARO resources and assessing the ability to gather, consolidate, and report Critical Infrastructure Assessment. 

 

Additional information will be promulgated soon.

 

73,

 

Greg Evans, K5GTX

ARRL NTX SEC

ARRL NTX ASM

www.arrlntx.org

713.410.2376

 

-- 
Steve Darrah
972-679-3109


Re: West Gulf Division Fall 2019 SET - November 9, 2019

Steve Darrah
 

Greg,

Do you have a plan for ARES District 5 groups to report since District 5 does not have  a DEC?  I expect the districts will report to the section and the section will report to the Division.

Steve, kd5ypb

EC - Carrollton ARES


On 10/10/2019 7:48 PM, Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC wrote:

FOR WIDE DISTRIBUTION:

 

The Fall 2019 West Gulf Division SET is on November 9, 2019, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

 

Scenario:  An unusually cold and powerful Arctic Air Mass has descended deep into South Texas.  This storm has produced blizzard conditions in Oklahoma, North, and West Texas, ice accumulation in Central Texas, and heavy rains into the Rio Grande Valley.  The combined effects of the storm system have resulted in widespread power outages throughout the Region.  Local Shelters are open throughout the region.

 

Objectives:  The primary objective of the SET will be to assess the ability of the Amateur Radio Service (ARS) throughout the Division to respond to a major event and exchange supporting information throughout the Division.  Information about the status of the local infrastructure and local weather will be gathered and consolidated from counties and forwarded to the Districts, Sections and Division levels.  Region 6 Army MARS will assist in gathering information as well. 

 

Secondary Objectives are at the discretion of ECs and DECs.  The secondary objectives can include assessing the ability to stage deployable ARO resources and assessing the ability to gather, consolidate, and report Critical Infrastructure Assessment. 

 

Additional information will be promulgated soon.

 

73,

 

Greg Evans, K5GTX

ARRL NTX SEC

ARRL NTX ASM

www.arrlntx.org

713.410.2376

 

-- 
Steve Darrah
972-679-3109


Re: More bad press

Charles Penry, WA5VHU
 

I had this type of thing happen from a certain large company in Greenville. They got a new director in charge of the department that was the owner/controller of a certain tower I have Amateur Radio equipment at. The director didn't know what our equipment was nor what it did, all the director knew is that it was quickly decided that it had to go. We Amateurs and other management folks at the company tried to talk to the director but nothing would change the director's mind.

After a few weeks she lost her job over it. Our equipment is still at the tower.

It will be interesting what comes of this...

Charles
WA5VHU


Upcoming Event: West Gulf Division SET - Sat, 11/09/2019 8:00am-4:00pm #cal-reminder

section@arrlntx.groups.io Calendar <section@...>
 

Reminder: West Gulf Division SET

When: Saturday, 9 November 2019, 8:00am to 4:00pm, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

View Event

Organizer: Greg Evans, K5GTX sec@... 7134102376

Description: The West Gulf Division SET will be held November 9 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT.  

Primary focus will be communications between the Sections in West Gulf Division.  Details will be published on this site as they are developed.

73,

Greg Evans, K5GTX
ARRL NTX SEC


Re: More bad press

Owen Anderson
 

I have one comment - this TEXAS not California - the program 
Is being set up to find our weak points here by us not an agency.

So let’s wait and see what comes out of the program here
in TEXAS and corrections needed before tearing it down.

Owen 
KE5HRI

On Oct 11, 2019, at 8:31 PM, Jeffrey Angus <jdangus@...> wrote:

On 10/11/19 6:28 PM, Ken Hansen wrote:
I think this is a big issue - not stage a protest big - but a call to
wake up and make sure the communities and public services we try to
help share our belief that we provide a public service.

Ken Hansen, N2VIP
A response from a friend of mine, fairly high up the food chain.

I obfuscated a bit to avoid possible political reverberations, and obviously don???t want named, but here ya go:

There was a Simulated emergency test a while back. The idea was to use our contest station as the net control station for the state. It???s in a good position and altitude.

As the president of the club that owns the station, I asked the guy in charge what I might provide in the way of help. I asked if he wanted a 2 meter antenna put up for anything. I did manage to get a ???no" out of him, although everything else was like closely held information.

Then the day before, he sent me an email asking if I was going to be there. Unfortunately, I had to work that day.

So the day arrived, and they had three people come up that had never operated any of that equipment before, and were unfamiliar with the software. They ended up putting one of our digital stations out of commission because they did need that 2 meter antenna.

I went up earlier this week and confirmed that all of the equipment they said didn???t work, did indeed work.

The state of Ham radio emergency comms is pretty sad. Different people have different ???only one way to do this??? ideas. Locally we have people that insist we have to use mesh networks, some D-Star, some DMR, some Yaesu fusion, some FM. Even some that insist that the only way to ever do this is Packet Radio. One look at the top maps will tell you that you will need a LOT of repeaters in Central PA.

And almost none of them want to take the time to learn fldigi, which are the official programs for emergency communications here.

All of which mysteriously looks like people that don???t want to upgrade beyond Technician.

The other part of the state was apparently pissed off and didn???t participate as far as I know.

A while back one of the D-Star guys went on a rampage, telling me I was clueless and needed to pay attention about the local D-Star system and network. Oddly enough, it doesn???t exist. I kept reminding him of that until he started avoiding me.

I can only guess this is happening among other Ham emcomm groups, as this stubborness and education avoidance is a personality issue. But it???s an issue that makes it difficult to find worth.

If emergency communications are going to work, decisions have to be made regarding what equipment is to be used, what software will be used, and people have to not just use it, they have to become proficient.

The present approach is something like if NASA called Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins up a week before the moon launch and told them ???Hey we saw your names in the phone book, How would you like to go to the moon???? Then the completely inexperienced astronauts spent the entire mission arguing about how to do things

So I have a pretty good idea just why Cali is giving hams the boot. More Hams with technical smarts are needed, not just people with their own axe to grind and that only want to be Techs.

Rather than take this as a learning moment, it is much more likely emcomm people will wish to kill the messenger, or at best brand him a Cassandra.




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