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Traffic system standing by for Tropical Storm Sally traffic

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

Tropical Storm Sally is expected to make landfall in southeast Louisiana and Mississippi late Monday / early Tuesday, possibly as a Category 2 Hurricane. While not at the same level of severity as Hurricane Laura, there is potential for storm surge and damage as Sally makes landfall, and by extension, the potential for emergency, priority, or welfare traffic from affected areas.

 

Accordingly, I have upgraded the traffic system status for our Section to STANDBY. Net managers and Official Relay Stations in the North Texas Section are actively monitoring the progression of this storm. While there are no plans to stand up extended net sessions or take any other storm-related actions at this time, we will remain agile and ready to make additional resources available as needed.

 

Those interested in staying up to date on Sally are encouraged to monitor the NTS Status dashboard at https://www.k8amh.com/nts-status/ to review current radar, satellite, and wind imagery, as well as review the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center, warnings for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida from the National Weather Service, and other storm-related information.

 

73,

Aaron | K8AMH

 

 

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Aaron Hulett  |  K8AMH

 

Section Traffic Manager

ARRL North Texas Section

 

P: 469.630.2528

F: 469.731.8326

E: k8amh@...

 

PO Box 479

Little Elm TX 75068-0479

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

      

 

 

 


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

It's time once again for Winlink Wednesday!

This weekend is the Texas State QSO party. For our Texas stations, will you be operating on the air for the contest? If so, which county? For the non-Texas stations, will you be hunting the Texas counties? Let me know in the comments for this week's check-ins.

https://txqp.net/

I will be operating SSB from Fannin county. If I do search & pounce, then I may work CW.


Please visit the Winlink Wednesday NTX web site for more info:
https://bit.ly/2TfJNJE

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


September 2020 NTX ARES Information Net

Bob Jones
 

Good morning,
Don't forget that the monthly NTX ARES Information Net will be held this coming Wednesday, September 9, at 2030 Hrs on 3860. Please bring any items you would like to discuss to the net at that time. Hopefully band conditions will be favorable. Your NCS will be Bill, K5DHY.

73,
Bob, W5BJ


Bob Jones
w5bj@...
972-495-8573 (H)
972-849-3363 (C)



ARRL NTX September 2020 Newsletter

 

 Greetings fellow North Texans!

*** Many of you are already aware that the ARRL Now has a new CEO

You may not know that he is a very active On The air amateur Radio operator
He is a Life Time member of CWOPS group and a fellow DXER and Contest OP
He received over 2/3rds of the Votes by the Board of Directors, which to me shows
the over whelming majority of our Board Members at ARRL have confidence in him
He is David Minster NA2AA

*** The Board also seated a member to a brand new position at Headquarters....

The ARRL ECOM Director is Paul Gilbert KE5ZW

We can all be proud that Paul Gilbert KE5ZW is a fellow Texan
Paul is the current South Texas Section Manager, he has a wealth of background in Federal, State and Section Level ECOM and will be a valued asset to all of us. A new Section Manager will be elected for South Texas, watch ARRL News for more info.

*** The Second West Gulf Director Round Table meeting with ARRL NTX Club Officers and myself was held on the 29th of this past month (August). Due to COVID19 this round table was held virtually
by way of Zoom conferencing. We had over 24 club officers represented and I feel it was a very progressive meeting. Your Club officers gave Director John Stratton and myself more than a few issues we could work on.
Per the request I have formed an On-Line discussion area where club officers can have a working dialogue with myself and the rest of the North Texas Section Management Staff on any topics that their members wish addressed.
A couple of your officers mentioned what happen to the ARRL Club Coordinator position that the Board of Directors were working on. This position was not seated before we found the need to find a new CEO.  Now that Mr. Minster NA2AA has been appointed as the CEO and once he has found his way around the inner working of Headquarters, we hope to see some momentum on this new position.
The Club Coordinator at Headquarters will allow greater attention towards affiliated club needs.

*** Once again I make my plea for Safer Tower Climbing to everyone.

If you think Free climbing, or climbing with a Climbing Belt is Safe
You are only kidding yourself.
Every Ham Radio Club should take time out to present a video or two on Safe Tower Climbing
Every amateur radio OP owes it to their family and loved ones and them self to learn the right way to climb and work on towers. By the way Climbing Belts have not been OSHA approved for many years.
The right Gear begins with Boots and a Climbing Harness that has two Fall arrest lanyards and a positioning lanyard as well as the knowledge of when it is safe and unsafe to climb.

The recent fatality was from only a 50 foot tower!

Here is a link to an Excellent Video https://youtu.be/uJO-L3td_p8
If you are unable to view the Video,  please email me for another link.
I implore Clubs to help promote Tower Safety, maybe even an OSHA approved climbing kit for member use, everything but the Boots.

*** ARES and ECOM

Please never self  Deploy, you will only burden resources that are not prepared for your arrival.
Greg Evans K5GTX and I work closely with all neighboring Section Leaders and we would love for everyone to take heed of the following message he and I have created on this subject.....

"If you are considering volunteering as an ECOM resource during any emergency
Please make sure you first notify Section Management (SM & SEC) within your Section before
expressing your willingness and readiness to any served agencies and/or other Sections.
We appreciate willingness, however we need to do our part as a Team.
Please, allow us to do so by communicating with us first.
Steven Lott Smith KG5VK
ARRL NTX Section Manager
Greg Evans K5GTX
ARRL NTX Section Emergency Coordinator"
One should also consult their respective County ARES EC and if your an EC up channel to the District (DEC)

*** ARRL North Texas Ham of The Year 2020/2021

As of Today (September 3,2020)  I have received only one Nomination !!!
I am again accepting nomination packages for the ARRL North Texas
Amateur of the Year award
Please title the email with the Nomination "ARRLNTX 2020 HOY"
The Nominee must be an ARRL member and Reside in North Texas
Deadline for nominations is 1 October 2020
Nomination packages emailed to myself should include the full name and call sign of the Nominee
and Bullet statements of accomplishments with short paragraphs or a few sentences of justification under each bullet statement.  Again the Deadline for nominations is the First of October.

Please remember I am available to attend any Virtual Club Meetings while we all continue to Social Distance, my last announcement of this last month netted only Two invites to attend meetings.
Most important I still come bearing a Door Prize or two, dependent on how many attendees are in the meeting. I can bring a presentation that last about 15 minutes or just be on had for questions your group may have. Of course you can always drop me a line any time, email is preferred but I am welcome to phone calls as long as you are willing to leave a message if I do not answer with the topic.

No sign of Fall weather, yet.  So please stay safe in this heat.
Hydrate, Hydrate, and take cool breaks away from the heat.

73

Steve KG5VK
Tele 318-470-9806
KG5VK@...


Re: [stxares] Central and South Texas Red Cross Update Hurricane Laura (09/04/20)

Kevin McCoy
 

ARES Operators, Quick update.  I am now reporting to the HQ for the DR which is located in Orange County TX.  But still responsible for technology in the Central and South Texas area. 

As of this evening there were still 7K folks on the Texas side of the border with power issues.  (see https://poweroutage.us/)

Between Austin and San Antonio we were sheltering roughly 1000 folks (Down from 5200 at the peak).  Most from areas like Galveston were able to go home quickly.  Progress has been slower in impact areas.  Damage in Louisiana is said to be more severe.  In Texas more than 380 homes were major damage or destroyed.  We are working in partnership with the state, and we will continue to shelter folks until it is safe for them to return home.  Sheltering is also going on in Dallas Fort Worth area, the Houston area, and in locations closer to the impact area where power and infrastructure is available to support them.  We are trying to use Hotels as much as possible for COVID-19 Safety.

1400 trained Red Cross workers are on the job, and as we switch from response to recovery we are focusing increasingly on Mobile Feeding and distribution emergency supplies.  (about 47,000 - e.g. cleaning supplies, ...)

Distribution of
        Emergency Supplies

And Fixed and Mobile Feeding (110,000 Meals and snacks so far)

There has been great demand for Disaster Mental Health, Disaster Health Services, and Spiritual Care. 

Folks from affected areas (eligible counties or parishes)  can get shelter assistance by calling  1-888-991-5229

Mobile Feeding

And other resources are available from 1-800-RED-CROSS and

Texas: https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane

Louisiana: https://hurricanelaura.la.gov/

Shout out to Ron N5SBN - EC for Brazos County, sent me a great note from Baton Rouge where he is driving an Emergency Response Vehicle for the relief effort.

As always feel free to reach out to me if you become aware of an unmet need.

Best

Kevin @KF5FUZ
IT / Disaster Services Technology Lead - Central and South Texas DR 538-21 HUR Laura 8/20

On 8/29/2020 12:45 PM, Kevin McCoy KF5FUZ via groups.io wrote:

Disaster
          Emergency Supplies Drive through

Disaster Emergency Supply Drive Through in Orange County TX

ARES Operators: 

In the Central and South Texas Red Cross region we have 71 trained Red Cross workers, out of 900 Red Cross volunteers and staff responding to Hurricane Laura.  Our job has been to assist the state in sheltering evacuees.  Safely in the face of COVID-19.  Bexar, Travis, Hays, Williamson, and Bell Counties, sheltered about 6000 evacuees.  This was spread across roughly 30 hotels during the peek of the evacuation.  Across the operation sheltering was in the range of 14,000 people (Thursday Night).

The effort is shrinking rapidly. We are now supporting folks returning to their homes in areas where it is safe to do so. (Starting yesterday in the Capital area and today in the San Antonio area)

Last night there were roughly 100 folks left at the Convention Center in Austin - where TDEM with Red Cross assistance is sheltering the folks from counties where we are still working out safe sheltering closer to home.  With 88,000 locations still without Power and with Heat indexes over 100 degrees, we need to ensure that safe shelter closer to home is available.  Red Cross in conjunction with county emergency managers are working to get these locations ready closer to home for folks that evacuated to locations across Texas.

Volunteer Pam
        Harris doing damage assessment

        Pam Harris is a Red Cross volunteer doing Damage Assessment in the impact area.

In impacted areas Red Cross folks are beginning the work of Detailed Damage Assessment.  At this point it looks like as many as 8,000 homes may have been destroyed or have major damage. 

Special thanks to operators Hector KG5OTM, Ray AE5HN, and Edward KD5JUM, who have jumped in to help in CSTR TX Region.

It takes many organizations, businesses, government, and volunteer organizations to respond to a disaster of this size.  Red Cross is only a part of this overall effort.

Thank to Michael KG5RXG and Jeff KE5FGA for keeping me apprised of standby and response capability of ARES in STX section.

Thank all of you for being our good disaster relief partners since 1935!

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ
IT / Disaster Services Technology Lead - Central and South Texas DR 538-21 HUR Laura



Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

It's that time again for Winlink Wednesday!

Labor day is coming up, so I thought I would include a trivia question about Labor Day. So, use the standard Winlink Checkin template and in the comment, put the answer.

Which US President signed in to law to make Labor Day an official national holiday?


Please visit the Winlink Wednesday NTX web site for more info:
https://bit.ly/2TfJNJE

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


Re: Central and South Texas Red Cross Update Hurricane Laura (08/29/20)

Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
 

Thank you Kevin for the information update.

 

As always, the North Texas Section ARES stands ready to support you.  Please feel free to contact me at any time.

 

 

73,

 

STAY PREPARED,

STAY READY,

STAY SAFE!

Greg Evans, K5GTX

North Texas ARES

Section Emergency 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 Kevin McCoy via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2020 12:46 PM
To: main@stxares.groups.io; section@arrlntx.groups.io
Cc: alan.mcmillin3@...; McCoy, Kevin C. <kevin.mccoy@...>
Subject: [ARRLNTX] Central and South Texas Red Cross Update Hurricane Laura (08/29/20)

 

Disaster
        Emergency Supplies Drive through

Disaster Emergency Supply Drive Through in Orange County TX

ARES Operators: 

In the Central and South Texas Red Cross region we have 71 trained Red Cross workers, out of 900 Red Cross volunteers and staff responding to Hurricane Laura.  Our job has been to assist the state in sheltering evacuees.  Safely in the face of COVID-19.  Bexar, Travis, Hays, Williamson, and Bell Counties, sheltered about 6000 evacuees.  This was spread across roughly 30 hotels during the peek of the evacuation.  Across the operation sheltering was in the range of 14,000 people (Thursday Night).

The effort is shrinking rapidly. We are now supporting folks returning to their homes in areas where it is safe to do so. (Starting yesterday in the Capital area and today in the San Antonio area)

Last night there were roughly 100 folks left at the Convention Center in Austin - where TDEM with Red Cross assistance is sheltering the folks from counties where we are still working out safe sheltering closer to home.  With 88,000 locations still without Power and with Heat indexes over 100 degrees, we need to ensure that safe shelter closer to home is available.  Red Cross in conjunction with county emergency managers are working to get these locations ready closer to home for folks that evacuated to locations across Texas.

Volunteer Pam
      Harris doing damage assessment

        Pam Harris is a Red Cross volunteer doing Damage Assessment in the impact area.

In impacted areas Red Cross folks are beginning the work of Detailed Damage Assessment.  At this point it looks like as many as 8,000 homes may have been destroyed or have major damage. 

Special thanks to operators Hector KG5OTM, Ray AE5HN, and Edward KD5JUM, who have jumped in to help in CSTR TX Region.

It takes many organizations, businesses, government, and volunteer organizations to respond to a disaster of this size.  Red Cross is only a part of this overall effort.

Thank to Michael KG5RXG and Jeff KE5FGA for keeping me apprised of standby and response capability of ARES in STX section.

Thank all of you for being our good disaster relief partners since 1935!

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ
IT / Disaster Services Technology Lead - Central and South Texas DR 538-21 HUR Laura

 


Central and South Texas Red Cross Update Hurricane Laura (08/29/20)

Kevin McCoy
 

Disaster
        Emergency Supplies Drive through

Disaster Emergency Supply Drive Through in Orange County TX

ARES Operators: 

In the Central and South Texas Red Cross region we have 71 trained Red Cross workers, out of 900 Red Cross volunteers and staff responding to Hurricane Laura.  Our job has been to assist the state in sheltering evacuees.  Safely in the face of COVID-19.  Bexar, Travis, Hays, Williamson, and Bell Counties, sheltered about 6000 evacuees.  This was spread across roughly 30 hotels during the peek of the evacuation.  Across the operation sheltering was in the range of 14,000 people (Thursday Night).

The effort is shrinking rapidly. We are now supporting folks returning to their homes in areas where it is safe to do so. (Starting yesterday in the Capital area and today in the San Antonio area)

Last night there were roughly 100 folks left at the Convention Center in Austin - where TDEM with Red Cross assistance is sheltering the folks from counties where we are still working out safe sheltering closer to home.  With 88,000 locations still without Power and with Heat indexes over 100 degrees, we need to ensure that safe shelter closer to home is available.  Red Cross in conjunction with county emergency managers are working to get these locations ready closer to home for folks that evacuated to locations across Texas.

Volunteer Pam
      Harris doing damage assessment

        Pam Harris is a Red Cross volunteer doing Damage Assessment in the impact area.

In impacted areas Red Cross folks are beginning the work of Detailed Damage Assessment.  At this point it looks like as many as 8,000 homes may have been destroyed or have major damage. 

Special thanks to operators Hector KG5OTM, Ray AE5HN, and Edward KD5JUM, who have jumped in to help in CSTR TX Region.

It takes many organizations, businesses, government, and volunteer organizations to respond to a disaster of this size.  Red Cross is only a part of this overall effort.

Thank to Michael KG5RXG and Jeff KE5FGA for keeping me apprised of standby and response capability of ARES in STX section.

Thank all of you for being our good disaster relief partners since 1935!

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ
IT / Disaster Services Technology Lead - Central and South Texas DR 538-21 HUR Laura



Re: Traffic System status lowered to Monitoring

 

Hi Aaron,

Thanks for your hard work in keeping us all informed.

73 de KG5VSR, David


Traffic System status lowered to Monitoring

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

With Laura weakening, the State Operations Center ending its monitoring at 2 pm today, and storm-related traffic not materializing as much as it could have, the NTS Status has been lowered from RESPONDING to Monitoring and will remain at this level through end of day Saturday. At that time, unless storm-related traffic begins to flow out of southern Louisiana as storm assessments take place, the status will lower to Normal Operations.

 

Key items at this point:

  • Traffic handlers may resume listing normal traffic.
    • However, please hold off on routine traffic into affected areas (mainly southern Louisiana) for at least the next few days to allow time for response and recovery efforts to take place. We may seem storm-related traffic as impact is assessed.
  • While we did not see large amounts of storm-related traffic, the Texas State Operations Center and several Emergency Operations Centers were checked into traffic nets during the storm, and some storm-related traffic includes an inquiry about a marina in Lake Charles, along with general questions to net control stations related to the storm.
  • The 7290 Traffic Net will continue operating extended hours through Saturday
    • Tomorrow from 1000 hours to 1500 hours (10:00 am to 3:00 pm Central Daylight Time)
    • Saturday from 1000 hours to 1400 hours (10:00 am 2:00 pm)
    • Normal hours resume thereafter
  • The NTS Status Dashboard will remain as-is through end of day Saturday, at which point I will update it to indicate normal operations and wind down the weather-related content. I will keep this page available as a tool going forward for future incidents that may warrant traffic system response.

 

I will also mention that ARES Status is now at Normal Readiness for all North Texas ARES Districts.

 

Unless we see a rise in storm-related traffic as assessments continue in south Louisiana, this will be my last update regarding Laura and traffic system response.

 

With the response winding down, I’d like to reflect on how traffic handlers inside and outside of the Section came together to help, including several that contacted me directly to understand how else they could help right now, and confirmations that folks were holding routine traffic for the moment to help make sure storm-related traffic remained front and center to relay through the system. I am very thankful for everyone coming together to jump in and help. This is what really makes the traffic system such a powerful resource and tool, and while I would prefer that we not be needed, I am proud of our ability to provide quality emergency communications should we be called upon to assist.

 

73,

Aaron

 

 

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Aaron Hulett  |  K8AMH

 

Section Traffic Manager

ARRL North Texas Section

 

k8amh@...

 

PO Box 479

Little Elm TX 75068-0479

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

      

 

 

 


Re: NTX ARES Section Notice LAURA-0827-02 (27AUG20 1200 CDT)

Dr. Steven Davoust N5KCH
 

Thanks Greg Have a great week  Pastor Steven Davoust


Sent from Yahoo for iPhone

On Thursday, August 27, 2020, 11:51 AM, Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC <k5gtx@...> wrote:

Please note the NTX Net and Allstar Hub have terminated operations.

 

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> On Behalf Of Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2020 11:46 AM
To: arrlntx@groups.io
Subject: [ARRLNTX] NTX ARES Section Notice LAURA-0827-02 (27AUG20 1200 CDT)

 

SECTION STATUS: 

NORMAL READINESS

 

All District Emergency Coordinators, Emergency Coordinators are asked to stand down their teams. 

 

It is anticipated that this is the final advisory for this event.

 

A “a temporary waiver to permit amateur data transmissions at a higher symbol rate than currently is permitted by section 97.307(f) of the Commission’s rules, in order to facilitate hurricane relief communications within the continental United States" has been granted.

 

Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Major Hurricane in Louisiana/Texas and continues to move North in Louisiana. Initial rescue efforts have begun along the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coast areas.

 

Maintain Situational Awareness by frequently checking local Weather Office and the National Hurricane Center.

 

Weather Offices:

Lake Charles

Shreveport

Dallas-Fort Worth

 

National Hurricane Center – Tropical Storm Laura:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at3.shtml?start#contents

 

Texas State Operations Center:

Level II 

 

Texas Department of Emergency Management:

20-0013 August Tropical Weather SITREP 4 082720

Federal Emergency Declaration request for Public Assistance Category B (Emergency Protective Measures) granted 8/24

Mandatory and Voluntary Evacuations have been ordered along the Gulf Coast

 

Texas Hurricane Center: Evacuation / Reception Information

https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane

Ennis and Mesquite are Reception Centers in the North Texas Section for Evacuees.

Evacuees are being placed in hotels throughout the section.

 

North Texas Section ARES Information:

ICS-217 RMS Packet Stations

ICS-205 North Texas Section

 

North Texas Section ARES Emergency Net Activations:

The NTX Net is continuing operations on 3860 LSB for nighttime (2030 hrs) and 7277.5 daytime (0830 hrs)

The NTX Section All-Star Hub 51407 is active

The NTX National Traffic System (NTS) Traffic Net on 7290 is operating daily from 0900 – 1600

 

Please include Greg Evans, K5GTX  (SEC@...) and Steve Lott, KG5VK (KG5VK@...) on ARES activities INCLUDING Activation Requests, Staging, Deployment, Assistance and Demobilization.

 

This is a rapidly changing situation.  All members need to maintain situational awareness and be safe!  Do not deploy unless directed to by your Emergency Coordinator or District Emergency Coordinator.

 

As always, thank  you for your support and your efforts!

 

73,

 

STAY PREPARED,

STAY READY,

STAY SAFE!

Greg Evans, K5GTX

North Texas ARES

Section Emergency Coordinator

 

Mobile: 713-410-2376 

Email: sec@...

Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC

 

815 Wind Elm Dr.

Allen, TX 75002

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

 

 

 

 


Re: NTX ARES Section Notice LAURA-0827-02 (27AUG20 1200 CDT)

Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC
 

Please note the NTX Net and Allstar Hub have terminated operations.

 

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> On Behalf Of Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2020 11:46 AM
To: arrlntx@groups.io
Subject: [ARRLNTX] NTX ARES Section Notice LAURA-0827-02 (27AUG20 1200 CDT)

 

SECTION STATUS: 

NORMAL READINESS

 

All District Emergency Coordinators, Emergency Coordinators are asked to stand down their teams. 

 

It is anticipated that this is the final advisory for this event.

 

A “a temporary waiver to permit amateur data transmissions at a higher symbol rate than currently is permitted by section 97.307(f) of the Commission’s rules, in order to facilitate hurricane relief communications within the continental United States" has been granted.

 

Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Major Hurricane in Louisiana/Texas and continues to move North in Louisiana. Initial rescue efforts have begun along the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coast areas.

 

Maintain Situational Awareness by frequently checking local Weather Office and the National Hurricane Center.

 

Weather Offices:

Lake Charles

Shreveport

Dallas-Fort Worth

 

National Hurricane Center – Tropical Storm Laura:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at3.shtml?start#contents

 

Texas State Operations Center:

Level II 

 

Texas Department of Emergency Management:

20-0013 August Tropical Weather SITREP 4 082720

Federal Emergency Declaration request for Public Assistance Category B (Emergency Protective Measures) granted 8/24

Mandatory and Voluntary Evacuations have been ordered along the Gulf Coast

 

Texas Hurricane Center: Evacuation / Reception Information

https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane

Ennis and Mesquite are Reception Centers in the North Texas Section for Evacuees.

Evacuees are being placed in hotels throughout the section.

 

North Texas Section ARES Information:

ICS-217 RMS Packet Stations

ICS-205 North Texas Section

 

North Texas Section ARES Emergency Net Activations:

The NTX Net is continuing operations on 3860 LSB for nighttime (2030 hrs) and 7277.5 daytime (0830 hrs)

The NTX Section All-Star Hub 51407 is active

The NTX National Traffic System (NTS) Traffic Net on 7290 is operating daily from 0900 – 1600

 

Please include Greg Evans, K5GTX  (SEC@...) and Steve Lott, KG5VK (KG5VK@...) on ARES activities INCLUDING Activation Requests, Staging, Deployment, Assistance and Demobilization.

 

This is a rapidly changing situation.  All members need to maintain situational awareness and be safe!  Do not deploy unless directed to by your Emergency Coordinator or District Emergency Coordinator.

 

As always, thank  you for your support and your efforts!

 

73,

 

STAY PREPARED,

STAY READY,

STAY SAFE!

Greg Evans, K5GTX

North Texas ARES

Section Emergency Coordinator

 

Mobile: 713-410-2376 

Email: sec@...

Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC

 

815 Wind Elm Dr.

Allen, TX 75002

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

 

 

 

 


NTX ARES Section Notice LAURA-0827-02 (27AUG20 1200 CDT)

Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
 

SECTION STATUS: 

NORMAL READINESS

 

All District Emergency Coordinators, Emergency Coordinators are asked to stand down their teams. 

 

It is anticipated that this is the final advisory for this event.

 

A “a temporary waiver to permit amateur data transmissions at a higher symbol rate than currently is permitted by section 97.307(f) of the Commission’s rules, in order to facilitate hurricane relief communications within the continental United States" has been granted.

 

Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Major Hurricane in Louisiana/Texas and continues to move North in Louisiana. Initial rescue efforts have begun along the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coast areas.

 

Maintain Situational Awareness by frequently checking local Weather Office and the National Hurricane Center.

 

Weather Offices:

Lake Charles

Shreveport

Dallas-Fort Worth

 

National Hurricane Center – Tropical Storm Laura:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at3.shtml?start#contents

 

Texas State Operations Center:

Level II 

 

Texas Department of Emergency Management:

20-0013 August Tropical Weather SITREP 4 082720

Federal Emergency Declaration request for Public Assistance Category B (Emergency Protective Measures) granted 8/24

Mandatory and Voluntary Evacuations have been ordered along the Gulf Coast

 

Texas Hurricane Center: Evacuation / Reception Information

https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane

Ennis and Mesquite are Reception Centers in the North Texas Section for Evacuees.

Evacuees are being placed in hotels throughout the section.

 

North Texas Section ARES Information:

ICS-217 RMS Packet Stations

ICS-205 North Texas Section

 

North Texas Section ARES Emergency Net Activations:

The NTX Net is continuing operations on 3860 LSB for nighttime (2030 hrs) and 7277.5 daytime (0830 hrs)

The NTX Section All-Star Hub 51407 is active

The NTX National Traffic System (NTS) Traffic Net on 7290 is operating daily from 0900 – 1600

 

Please include Greg Evans, K5GTX  (SEC@...) and Steve Lott, KG5VK (KG5VK@...) on ARES activities INCLUDING Activation Requests, Staging, Deployment, Assistance and Demobilization.

 

This is a rapidly changing situation.  All members need to maintain situational awareness and be safe!  Do not deploy unless directed to by your Emergency Coordinator or District Emergency Coordinator.

 

As always, thank  you for your support and your efforts!

 

73,

 

STAY PREPARED,

STAY READY,

STAY SAFE!

Greg Evans, K5GTX

North Texas ARES

Section Emergency Coordinator

 

Mobile: 713-410-2376 

Email: sec@...

Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC

 

815 Wind Elm Dr.

Allen, TX 75002

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

 

 

 

 


NTX ARES Section Notice LAURA-0827-01 (27AUG20 0900 CDT)

Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
 

SECTION STATUS: 

MODIFIED STANDBY

 

Districts 1- 6 Emergency Coordinators, Emergency Coordinators are asked to stand down their teams. 

 

Districts 7-9 asked to remain on STANDBY.

 

A “a temporary waiver to permit amateur data transmissions at a higher symbol rate than currently is permitted by section 97.307(f) of the Commission’s rules, in order to facilitate hurricane relief communications within the continental United States" has been granted.

 

Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Major Hurricane in Louisiana/Texas and continues to move North in Louisiana. Initial rescue efforts have begun along the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coast areas.

 

Maintain Situational Awareness by frequently checking local Weather Office and the National Hurricane Center.

 

Weather Offices:

Lake Charles

Shreveport

Dallas-Fort Worth

 

National Hurricane Center – Tropical Storm Laura:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at3.shtml?start#contents

 

Texas State Operations Center:

Level II 

 

Texas Department of Emergency Management:

20-0013 August Tropical Weather SITREP 4 082720

Federal Emergency Declaration request for Public Assistance Category B (Emergency Protective Measures) granted 8/24

Mandatory and Voluntary Evacuations have been ordered along the Gulf Coast

 

Texas Hurricane Center: Evacuation / Reception Information

https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane

Ennis and Mesquite are Reception Centers in the North Texas Section for Evacuees.

Evacuees are being placed in hotels throughout the section.

 

North Texas Section ARES Information:

ICS-217 RMS Packet Stations

ICS-205 North Texas Section

 

North Texas Section ARES Emergency Net Activations:

The NTX Net is continuing operations on 3860 LSB for nighttime (2030 hrs) and 7277.5 daytime (0830 hrs)

The NTX Section All-Star Hub 51407 is active

The NTX National Traffic System (NTS) Traffic Net on 7290 is operating daily from 0900 – 1600

 

Please include Greg Evans, K5GTX  (SEC@...) and Steve Lott, KG5VK (KG5VK@...) on ARES activities INCLUDING Activation Requests, Staging, Deployment, Assistance and Demobilization.

 

This is a rapidly changing situation.  All members need to maintain situational awareness and be safe!  Do not deploy unless directed to by your Emergency Coordinator or District Emergency Coordinator.

 

As always, thank  you for your support and your efforts!

 

73,

 

STAY PREPARED,

STAY READY,

STAY SAFE!

Greg Evans, K5GTX

North Texas ARES

Section Emergency Coordinator

 

Mobile: 713-410-2376 

Email: sec@...

Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC

 

815 Wind Elm Dr.

Allen, TX 75002

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

 

 

 

 


Traffic system continuing to RESPOND

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

The traffic system continues to RESPOND to Hurricane Laura as it approaches the Texas/Louisiana coast.

I have been monitoring traffic and hurricane nets today, and expect that we will see more storm-related activity tomorrow versus what we saw today. Bringing things online before we need them allows for key entities to get equipment set up and verify functionality. For example, the Texas State Operations Center checked in and was monitoring one of our traffic nets today along with other Emergency Operations Center resources.

As of right now the 7290 Traffic Net is the only net that has informed me of extended operating hours, including plans to run extended hours through Saturday with more days possible based on need. 7290 is also not relaying routine traffic at this time.

With Laura now close to the coastline, I have added radar imagery to the dashboard to help provide further quick situational awareness on things. I've also added the National Hurricane Center's Audio Briefings feed and you can now play the latest briefing directly from the dashboard.

 

>> Click here to visit the NTS Status dashboard <<

 

General guidance to traffic handlers

  • Traffic handlers in the Section should refrain from originating non-storm related traffic (a.k.a. routine traffic) until after the hurricane has weakened and storm-related traffic winds down.
  • Welfare and other traffic headed into affected areas should be avoided at this time – the focus is on traffic leaving affected areas.

 

Unless breaking information comes up, my next update will be tomorrow evening around this time. In the meantime, please focus traffic handling on storm-related traffic for the moment. And, my thanks to the many traffic handlers in and outside our area who are already responding to Hurricane Laura. 

73,
Aaron | K8AMH

 

 

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Aaron Hulett  |  K8AMH

 

Section Traffic Manager

ARRL North Texas Section

 

k8amh@...

 

PO Box 479

Little Elm TX 75068-0479

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

      

 

 

 


NTX ARES Monitor Notice LAURA-0826-01 (26AUG20 0800 CDT)

Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
 

SECTION STATUS: 

STANDBY

 

All District Emergency Coordinators, Emergency Coordinators are asked to place their teams on Standby. 

 

Tropical Storm Laura is strengthening and projection models indicate landfall as a Major Hurricane in Louisiana/Texas within the next 24 hours. Maintain Situational Awareness by frequently checking local Weather Office and the National Hurricane Center.

 

Weather Offices:

Lake Charles

Shreveport

Dallas-Fort Worth

 

National Hurricane Center – Tropical Storm Laura:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at3.shtml?start#contents

 

Texas State Operations Center:

Level II 

 

Texas Department of Emergency Management:

20-0013 August Tropical Weather SITREP 3 082620

Federal Emergency Declaration request for Public Assistance Category B (Emergency Protective Measures) granted 8/24

Mandatory and Voluntary Evacuations have been ordered along the Gulf Coast

 

Texas Hurricane Center: Evacuation / Reception Information

https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane

Ennis and Mesquite are Reception Centers in the North Texas Section for Evacuees.

Evacuees are being placed in hotels throughout the section.

 

North Texas Section ARES Information:

ICS-217 RMS Packet Stations

ICS-205 North Texas Section

 

North Texas Section ARES Emergency Net Activations:

The NTX Net will begin operations at 1800 CDT on 26 August 2020 on 3860 LSB for nighttime (2030 hrs) and 7277.5 daytime (0830 hrs)

The NTX Section All-Star Hub 51407 will be activated at 1800 CDT on 26 August 2020

The NTX National Traffic System (NTS) Traffic Net on 7290 will being operations daily from 0900 – 1600 starting 26 August 2020

 

Please include Greg Evans, K5GTX  (SEC@...) and Steve Lott, KG5VK (KG5VK@...) on ARES activities INCLUDING Activation Requests, Staging, Deployment, Assistance and Demobilization.

 

This is a rapidly changing situation.  All members need to maintain situational awareness and be safe!  Do not deploy unless directed to by your Emergency Coordinator or District Emergency Coordinator.

 

As always, thank  you for your support and your efforts!

 

73,

 

STAY PREPARED,

STAY READY,

STAY SAFE!

Greg Evans, K5GTX

North Texas ARES

Section Emergency Coordinator

 

Mobile: 713-410-2376 

Email: sec@...

Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC

 

815 Wind Elm Dr.

Allen, TX 75002

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

 

 

 

 


Traffic System status updated to RESPONDING

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

Relay stations in the North Texas Section are now actively RESPONDING to Hurricane Laura, including monitoring traffic and hurricane nets, and operating extended net hours to relay storm-related traffic.

As the National Traffic System is an emergency communications resource and a component of the North Texas Section ARES Incident Radio Communication Plan, traffic handlers in the Section should refrain from originating non-storm related traffic until after the hurricane has weakened and storm-related traffic winds down. Even if we are not seeing storm-related traffic at a particular moment, the potential for storm-related traffic must be kept in mind as it may come in at a moment's notice, and while traffic is categorized as emergency, priority, welfare, or routine and this precedence dictates the order things are relayed in, minimizing routine traffic allows for better focus on other traffic categories.

I also ask that stations outside of the Texas/Louisiana area hold off on originating traffic headed to this region so that area and regional HF traffic nets serving Texas and Louisiana can focus on storm-related traffic coming out of affected areas.

You may hear stations relaying storm-related traffic originating from areas affected by Hurricane Laura. Please treat these communications with your highest regard, especially if they are EMERGENCY traffic.

In my NTS trainings I mention that once the disaster begins the time to prepare ends. If you have not practiced traffic handling before, please know that while I appreciate your willingness to help, please allow our expert traffic handlers to manage relaying storm-related traffic, and consider attending an NTS training session and participating in traffic nets after the hurricane has dissipated so that you can build your skillset ahead of the next incident.

Per the Hurricane Laura Public Advisory from the National Hurricane Center, updated at 1:00 am Central Daylight Time (0600 UTC), Hurricane Laura should approach the Upper Texas and southwest Louisiana coasts on Wednesday evening and move inland near those areas Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

Data from an Air Force Reserve Unit reconnaissance aircraft found that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 miles per hour with higher gusts. Laura is expected to strengthen significantly during the next 24 hours, making landfall as a major hurricane with 110+ MPH winds, and then weakening rapidly afterwards.

Once this weakening occurs and storm-related traffic winds down (which may or may not be close timewise), the traffic system status for the Section will change to STANDDOWN, indicating that the incident is concluding and we can resume normal traffic relaying, before returning to Normal Operation for day-to-day traffic relaying and continuous practice.

 

I will continue to update the Dashboard as this progresses.

 

>> Click here to visit the NTS Status dashboard <<


Please feel free to contact me at k8amh@... if you have any questions.

73,
Aaron | K8AMH

 

 

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Aaron Hulett  |  K8AMH

 

Section Traffic Manager

ARRL North Texas Section

 

k8amh@...

 

PO Box 479

Little Elm TX 75068-0479

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

      

 

 

 


Update on Hurricane Laura, NTS Trivia suspension

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

This is an update regarding the traffic system and Hurricane Laura.

 

 

Please avoid sending traffic to affected areas

As we move from the planning phase into the response phase, the primary focus is relaying traffic out of affected areas, and only relaying traffic back in when it is related to requests, such as a response to a request for supplies. Traffic going into affected areas should be avoided at this time.

 

NTS Status dashboard

Throughout the day I have revised and added information to the NTS Status dashboard, including the status of traffic nets operating extended hours, NWS warnings, satellite imagery, and more. It will continue to serve as the hub for the latest traffic-related information as part of responding to Hurricane Laura.

 

>> Click here to visit the NTS Status dashboard <<

 

 

The latest storm forecast continues to indicate Hurricane Laura will make landfall along the Texas/Louisiana border, ETA Wednesday evening with 110+ MPH sustained winds. Numerous hurricane warnings and evacuation orders are in effect in this area. You can find the latest forecast images at the NTS Status dashboard.

The 7290 Traffic Net will now operate extended hours, as noted on the dashboard.

 

DO NOT GO TO THIS AREA UNLESS REQUESTED AS PART OF AN ORGANIZED RESPONSE

Your safety is the number one priority. If you are part of a response program, such as Civil Air Patrol, Community Emergency Response Team, Red Cross, Medical Reserve Corps, Amateur Radio Emergency Service, or other similar organization, you should wait for instructions from your appropriate organization. If you travel to these areas without being requested, personnel on scene are not expecting you - they will not have a function for you to perform, nor food or shelter supplies for you. Please, do not travel to the affected area unless requested as part of an organization you serve.

 

NTS Trivia suspended

To help the traffic system focus on storm-related traffic, the NTS Trivia program that operates out of our Section has suspended issuing new questions until the hurricane has passed and storm-related traffic is winding down.

 

ARES Status: STANDBY

The ARES NTX Section Status remains at STANDBY and ICS-205 and ICS-217 documents are now available. See this NTX ARES Monitor Notice for more information.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at k8amh@....

73,
Aaron | K8AMH

 

 

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Aaron Hulett  |  K8AMH

 

Section Traffic Manager

ARRL North Texas Section

 

k8amh@...

 

PO Box 479

Little Elm TX 75068-0479

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

      

 

 

 


NTX ARES Monitor Notice LAURA-0825-02 (25AUG20 2200 CDT)

Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
 

SECTION STATUS: 

STANDBY

 

All District Emergency Coordinators, Emergency Coordinators are asked to place their teams on Standby. 

 

Tropical Storm Laura is strengthening and projection models indicate landfall as a Major Hurricane in Louisiana/Texas within the next 24-48 hours.

 

National Hurricane Center – Tropical Storm Laura:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at3.shtml?start#contents

 

Texas State Operations Center:

Level II 

 

Texas Department of Emergency Management:

20-0013 August Tropical Weather SITREP 2 082520

Federal Emergency Declaration request for Public Assistance Category B (Emergency Protective Measures) granted 8/24

Mandatory Evacuations have been ordered for Jefferson and Orange Counties

Voluntary Evacuations have been ordered for Chambers County, City of Galveston, City of Nassau Bay, and City of Seabrook

 

Texas Hurricane Center: Evacuation / Reception Information

https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane

Ennis and Mesquite are Reception Centers in the North Texas Section for Evacuees.

Evacuees are being placed in hotels throughout the section.

 

North Texas Section ARES Information:

ICS-217 RMS Packet Stations

ICS-205 North Texas Section

 

North Texas Section ARES Emergency Net Activations:

The NTX Net will begin operations at 1800 CDT on 26 August 2020 on 3860 LSB for daytime (0800 hrs) and 7277.5 night time (2000 hrs)

The NTX Section All-Star Hub 51407 will be activated at 1800 CDT on 26 August 2020

The NTX National Traffic System (NTS) Traffic Net on 7290 will being operations daily from 0900 – 1600 starting 26 August 2020

 

Please include Greg Evans, K5GTX  (SEC@...) and Steve Lott, KG5VK (KG5VK@...) on ARES activities INCLUDING Activation Requests, Staging, Deployment, Assistance and Demobilization.

 

This is a rapidly changing situation.  All members need to maintain situational awareness and be safe!  Do not deploy unless directed to by your Emergency Coordinator or District Emergency Coordinator.

 

As always, thank  you for your support and your efforts!

 

73,

 

STAY PREPARED,

STAY READY,

STAY SAFE!

Greg Evans, K5GTX

North Texas ARES

Section Emergency Coordinator

 

Mobile: 713-410-2376 

Email: sec@...

Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC

 

815 Wind Elm Dr.

Allen, TX 75002

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

 

 

 

 


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

It's that time once again for Winlink Wednesday! Keeping with last week's theme of GPS devices, and one of the common themes of occasionally using different forms/templates, that's what we'll do for this week.

For this week's net, we will use the template located Standard Templates --> GENERAL Forms --> GPS Position Report.txt.
When you open this template, it will show an input box on the right that is pre-populated with external GPS data if there is one attached. If you do have one attached, you can click on the button labeled "Click to User connected GPS LAT LON". If you do not have a GPS device, you can enter the GPS coordinates in manually in the text box for this. Feel free to leave whatever comment you wish in the Comment text box.

For this net, you do not need to put in a LAT/LON that is accurate to your location. Instead, you could put somewhere else, such as a famous landmark.

After you click the "Submit" button and it takes you back to the message, there are two thing needed to do:
1. Change the To: field to be my Winlink account (KF5V0)
2. Change the Subject: field to be "Winlink Wednesday Checkin"

For those of our friends that do not use Winlink Express, or have trouble with the templates, the output of the message is in this format:

Time: 2020-08-26 02:28:16Z
Latitude: 33-09.97N
Longitude: 096-43.56W
Comment: Witty Comment


That's it! I look forward to everyone's check-ins tomorrow!


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