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Air Force and Army MARS October Exercise Information

Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
 

Good Day ARES Members,

 

I am forwarding a message concerning the AFMARS and AMARS Exercise that has started and ends at the end of October. If you have an HF radio and antenna capable of 60 meters, please join in the exercise. If you have any questions, please Ken Miller or myself.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

North Texas ARES Members,

As you know AFMARS and AMARS station have started a month long exercise on 03 October 2020.  As part of our exercise we will be conducting a 60 meter nets that will start at noon or 1200 pm LDT on the days listed below:

Oct Dates:  4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25

These nets should be found on 5.330.50 if the frequency is clear with either an AFMARS or AMARS NCS.  If the frequency is not clear we will be move up on the 60 meter frequencies until we can find on.  At this time these NCS will be asking you for your amateur call sign, city and state.  Make sure your information is copied correctly, because Army MARS will be sending out QSO cards confirming your contact with a MARS station. 

As the exercise continues we will be moving traffic into the SATERN, NTS, SHARES, ARS SET operations in an ICS-213 format request for information or assigned tasking. This should be a fun exercise which both the amateur community and MARS station moving traffic between both our systems.  

If anyone as any questions about this please feel free to contact me by my attached cell phone number.

Regards,

Ken Miller
AAA6R3
Region 6 Army MARS Operational Officer
713-826-1049

 


Hamcation 2021 Cancelled

Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC
 

A Letter

From The Chairman

About HamCation 2021

 

As the world's second largest hamfest, we pride ourselves on delivering a high-quality event to our attendees and would not want to put on a show that is anything less than what the ham radio community deserves. After much deliberation, the difficult decision to postpone the 75th HamCation was made. It is with heavy hearts that we must make this decision. We had wished to see all of you next year in person, but the situation we face globally has made this challenging. Instead, HamCation will be moved to February 11-13, 2022. We are looking to host some unique Webinars, a QSO Party and possibly Prize Drawings for 2021. More information to come on our website soon.

For those who have already purchased tickets and spaces, we will be in contact with you shortly and will reach out to you directly. You will have the option to use your ticket for HamCation 2022, receive a refund or donate the funds to the Orlando Amateur Radio Club.

We thank all of you for your patience and understanding during these times and are excited to see you all again in 2022.

73,

Michael Cauley, W4MCA
General Chairman - Orlando HamCation

 

 

FWD by K5GTX

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 


ARRL NTX October 2020 Newsletter

 

Greetings fellow North Texans!

 

  • New Quarterly Round Table Discussions with Club Officers and ARRL NTX Section Management Staff has been formulated, per request from ARRL North Texas Club leaders.
    The next one of these is December 1st, 2020
  • Mentor Fest 2020 has been Cancelled
    This was decided after I asked for input on Cancelling from the Assistant Section Managers during our Team conference this past month. (all in attendance agreed we should cancel)
    We look forward to having a bigger and better event next year in April 2021
  • The Nomination Period for ARRL NTX 2021/2022 Ham of The Year is now closed, the winner will be announced by Mid November. I am now assembling a selection team to vote on the nominations received.
  • The new ARRL North Texas Website is now Live  https://arrlntx.org
    Accolades for making this happen go to Greg Evans K5GTX and Aaron Hulett K8AMH.
  • What is ANSI Z359.1 and why we should care
    If you or someone you care about climbs towers
    Climbing Harness, Carabiners etc
    Should meet the America Standards Institute Z359.11 Safety Standard
    (Home Made Safety harnesses are rarely safe and Safety Belts have not been OSHA approved for a considerable number of years)
  • NTX Section Traffic Net has their own exercise on November 7th 
    The ARRL North Texas Section and the DFW Metroplex Traffic Net(s) will hold an emergency communications exercise that Saturday
    More details may be found at http://bit.ly/2020ntsexercise
  • The ARES side of the house will have a Fall S.E.T. (Simulated Emergency Test) session on the 14th of November. Our Section Emergency Coordinator, Greg Evans K5GTX and I will have more information on the Fall SET soon.
  • During this continued time of Social Distancing.
    The Section Management Team continues to work hard for our fellow North Texas ARRL members.
    I continue to join in on club meetings by use of  Teleconference tools, whenever invited by a club officer.  Over the last 30 days I have participated in three different club meetings, and remember I still bring a Door Prize!
    To get me to join your clubs virtual meeting, whether it be by Echo Link, Zoom conference, or some other tool set. Just have your club officers drop me an invite.

Please stay Safe, whether on an antenna Tower or working with High Voltage in your Ham Shack.

73 Steve

KG5VK


American Red Cross Hurricane Laura Update 10/03/2020

Kevin McCoy
 

Continued improvements in Louisiana’s infrastructure have enabled parishes and the State of Louisiana to accept returning evacuees from Texas.  The current plan is that any Evacuees that wish to return will do so this weekend.

Dallas
            Wedding
    Some folks discover what is most important when they loose everything.
    Volunteers from DFW area helped set up this wedding in the Hotel Emergency Shelter.
    Read more:  https://redcrossntxblog.com/2020/09/30/from-hurricane-laura-evacuee-to-bride/

Currently we have folks in Hotel Shelters in Houston, Austin, and DFW areas.  We have contacted all the residents that have no damage, minor, or affected properties and provided resources and/or transportation to return home.  Evacuees that had Major Damage or Destroyed homes and have not worked out temporary housing with FEMA or other resources, will qualify for shelters in Louisiana.

Since the Texas Red Cross sheltering operation will cease after this weekend, this will probably be my last update.  However, Area Command will shift to Louisiana & East Texas.  The recovery and long term recovery will continue there.  Recall that in East Texas we had more than 500 Major Damaged and Destroyed dwellings.  Louisiana suffered more damage with more than 11,000 dwellings that were major damage or destroyed.  From my experience long term recovery will take years.

Disaster
            Emergency Supplies
        Distribution of Emergency clean up supplies

I have been fairly Texas centric in my numbers, but let me summarize the cumulative numbers for the LA+TX effort since 8/27:

️ 2600 volunteers, 620 currently deployed on the ground.

🛏️ 584k Red Cross Supported overnight shelter stays

🍱 1.4M Meals & snacks

🧳 192k Emergency relief & clean up items

️ 34k Individual Care Contacts

🕵️ 62k Dwelling Detailed Damage assessments

🏥12,200 evacuees remain in hotel shelters (down from 14,800 in my last report)

Most of these folks have had their lives turned upside down, and are more than ready to return home, relocate, repair, or rebuild. 

Meals at a
            Hotel Shelter
    Meals provided at a Hotel Shelter

If someone returns home and disagrees with our damage assessment, or sees an issue like mold, they have phone numbers to call and procedures to follow to reengage government and Red Cross resources for assistance.

Special Red Cross programs for Individual financial assistance and Shelter Resident Transition which I describe in my last update are still available.  More info is available at redcross.org/laura

Times change.  I have attached an example of a flyer with QR codes.  FYI.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Kevin @KF5FUZ
American Red Cross

 

 

 


ARRL NTS Amateur Radio Volunteers Holding 4-Hour DFW Emergency Communications Exercise

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

 

 

Hello everyone,

 

After much planning and coordination with the DFW Metroplex Traffic Net managers, we are happy to announce that we will be carrying out a National Traffic System exercise on Saturday November 7 from 10 am to 2 pm. This exercise will simulate a cellular network outage and a request from government officials for status reports via the traffic system. We’ll have an online dashboard that will track these reports in real-time.

 

There’s more information in the press release that I’ve copied below and attached. You can also find information on the exercise page at https://www.dfwtrafficnet.org/2020-functional-exercise/, including a Player Handbook that walks through expectations, and an Incident Briefing and Incident Action Plan document for those familiar with the Incident Command System.

 

The exercise will use the WA5CKF repeaters in Irving, and all traffic handlers in the Metroplex are welcome to participate. If you’d like to learn about traffic handling so that you can participate in the exercise, I have an online training session coming up on Saturday October 17 at 2 pm. Details are on the Section website, along with a link to register to attend, at https://arrlntx.org/WP/event/national-traffic-system-online-training-october-17-2020/.

 

73,

Aaron

 

 

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ARRL North Texas Section

 

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www.arrlntx.org

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARRL NTS Amateur Radio Volunteers Holding 4-Hour DFW Emergency Communications Exercise

 

DALLAS, Texas – Oct. 1, 2020 – The ARRL North Texas Section and the DFW Metroplex Traffic Net will hold an emergency communications exercise on Saturday November 7. This exercise will simulate a cellular network outage and a request from government officials for reports from amateur radio volunteers to help monitor the situation.

 

For this exercise, a simulated Emergency Operations Center will ask for cellular network connectivity reports from across the Metroplex to help gauge the scope of impact during a simulated cellular network service outage in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Exercise participants will provide this information using the ARRL National Traffic System (NTS), a network of amateur radio operators who move information during disasters and other emergencies. As information is reported via the NTS, an online dashboard will update in real time to demonstrate data collection and reporting capabilities.

 

Aaron Hulett (K8AMH), Section Traffic Manager for the ARRL North Texas Section, is excited about this exercise. “The National Traffic System provides a critical communications service,” he said, “and while this system runs every day, 365 days a year, an exercise that simulates a real-world event helps us further test the system and make refinements.”

Amateur radio operators are known for volunteering during major events to provide communications and critical details, such as providing the National Weather Service real-time severe weather observations that cannot be seen by radar.

 

“Whether relaying information critical to saving lives or property, inquiries about the health or welfare of a disaster victim, or other important information, amateur radio operators volunteering in the NTS and other programs help ensure communications go through when other services are not working or have limited availability,” said Hulett.

The exercise will take place on the Irving Amateur Radio Club’s WA5CKF repeaters on Saturday November 7 from 10 am to 2 pm and is open to currently licensed amateur radio operators. Those interested in learning more about or participating in the exercise can find information online at https://www.dfwtrafficnet.org/2020-functional-exercise/.

 

About the ARRL North Texas Section

The ARRL North Texas Section is one of 71 administrative sections of the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio in the US. Founded in 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim as The American Radio Relay League, ARRL is a noncommercial organization of radio amateurs. ARRL numbers within its ranks the vast majority of active radio amateurs in the nation and has a proud history of achievement as the standard-bearer in amateur affairs. ARRL’s underpinnings as Amateur Radio’s witness, partner and forum are defined by five pillars: Public Service, Advocacy, Education, Technology, and Membership. For more information visit https://www.arrlntx.org.

 

About the DFW Metroplex Traffic Net

The DFW Metroplex Traffic Net is an affiliate of the ARRL’s National Traffic System, focusing on traffic moving into and out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. It operates two traffic nets daily and relays on average over 200 messages each month that are addressed to recipients in and around the Metroplex, other areas of Texas and the United States, and internationally including Canada, Great Britain, and Germany. For more information visit https://www.dfwtrafficnet.org.

 

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Re: Interest in a presentation "DMR—Why would I want that, and how would I do it?"

Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
 

Ross,

 

I know a number of people who would be interested in such a presentation. I believe the best time would be in the evenings, but I will ask that others chime in.

 

We have a Zoom Conference account and would be glad to host it.

 

 

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 Ross Bennett
Sent: Sunday, September 27, 2020 2:13 PM
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io
Subject: [ARRLNTX] Interest in a presentation "DMR—Why would I want that, and how would I do it?"

 

Presentation:  DMR—Why would I want that, and how would I do it?

How many people would be interested in this presentation?

 

Hello, friend Amateurs!

 

I’ve been asked a few times to give presentations on Amateur Digital Mobile Radio, usually with the understanding that it would need to fit in 30 minutes. 

 

There are loads of folks, including YouTubers, who have tried and failed to do that.  And so far, I’ve never seen anyone make a coherent presentation on WHY anyone would want to use DMR and what it can do for them.

 

For months I’ve had a presentation forming. It should give everyone what they need to decide if DMR is for them (I think it is.), how to go about it, and how far they want to take it.

 

The presentation would be in four parts that together would run the length of an afternoon.  Or perhaps one day from 10 a.m. to about 4pm, with breaks for lunch and between sessions.  The first session would require no knowledge of DMR at all. And for once it would cover what DMR would offer to the user—not a sales pitch on how cool TDMA is with dubious promises about it being “better” than other modes.

 

In the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sessions, we’d progress through more technical information.  Here’s a rough idea of the material in the sessions.


Session 1:

Why would I want such a thing as DMR? What do we get from DMR and why did anyone even create it?  What problems does it solve?  What does this do that Analog won’t? How is this different from the other offerings from DStar, AllStar, P25, or System Fusion? How do I use it and what does it sound like? Why are hotspots a thing? What’s the point if it’s all just going through my Internet? (Spoiler: It shouldn’t be, eventually.)

 

Session 2:

What do I need to buy, build, get, or do to start DMRing? How do I operate once I’m on? What is all this radio programming about? What does it mean to talk about DMR channels, talkgroups, private calls, group calls, DMR IDs, and networks? Is it true that not all DMR radios work the same way? Why don’t they do the same things? Why are there different DMR networks and why would I pick one or another?  Or can I use them all? 

 

Session 3:

How do I put up a DMR repeater? What does the DMR network do, and how does it do it? Why is it that sometimes connections don’t work? Why is it occasionally two conversations collide right in the middle?  (Spoiler: It’s not usually rudeness or bad operating.) What do those network settings mean?  How do I pick what things my repeater will carry? Should I make the repeater local or global or something in between? And how would I?

 

Session 4:

How are DMR networks built? How many DMR networks are there? Should our club or organization link into an existing network or should we build one of our own?  Should we use more than one network at the same time? What if we want to make sure our system works if out Internet goes down? Do we need to use the Internet at all? How else can we link things together?


So I have a couple of questions before I move this from outlines and notes into reality.

 

  • How many amateurs would be interested in such a day?
  • How many amateurs would still be interested if there were a charge—say $8?—to cover the cost of the venue?
  • Are there be any clubs or venues that would be interested in sponsoring/hosting the presentation by providing a venue and perhaps inviting folks in their area?

If any of this sounds interesting, please let me know by sending me an email at ki5sr@...

 

If you’d like to get an email if such a thing becomes reality, let me know that, too and I’ll let you know if it does.

Thanks very much,

Ross Bennett
Amateur Station KI5SR
Kilgore, Texas


Re: Interest in a presentation "DMR—Why would I want that, and how would I do it?"

Guy Hale
 

Sounds very interesting to me.  I personally use D-Star gear, but have been glancing side-eyed at DMR stuff since you can get some decent radios for cheap, and it seems like it could be a lot of fun.  

For venue advice, you might have better turnout if you work on building and practicing your presentations now and present at hamfests in 2021 (Cowtown Hamfest in Fort Worth in January, Irving in March, Ham-Com in June, etc), since hopefully by then COVID will be under control enough that we'll be able to have them.  Depending on what they currently have on their schedules they may be looking just for something like this!

On Mon, Sep 28, 2020 at 8:57 AM Wyndell "Wingnut" Ferguson <circlef@...> wrote:
As a new Tech Class Im always looking to learn more...

Wyndell "Wingnut" Ferguson


On Sunday, September 27, 2020, 2:13:20 PM CDT, Ross Bennett <therossbennett@...> wrote:


Presentation:  DMR—Why would I want that, and how would I do it?

How many people would be interested in this presentation?

 

Hello, friend Amateurs!

 

I’ve been asked a few times to give presentations on Amateur Digital Mobile Radio, usually with the understanding that it would need to fit in 30 minutes. 

 

There are loads of folks, including YouTubers, who have tried and failed to do that.  And so far, I’ve never seen anyone make a coherent presentation on WHY anyone would want to use DMR and what it can do for them.

 

For months I’ve had a presentation forming. It should give everyone what they need to decide if DMR is for them (I think it is.), how to go about it, and how far they want to take it.

 

The presentation would be in four parts that together would run the length of an afternoon.  Or perhaps one day from 10 a.m. to about 4pm, with breaks for lunch and between sessions.  The first session would require no knowledge of DMR at all. And for once it would cover what DMR would offer to the user—not a sales pitch on how cool TDMA is with dubious promises about it being “better” than other modes.

 

In the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sessions, we’d progress through more technical information.  Here’s a rough idea of the material in the sessions.


Session 1:

Why would I want such a thing as DMR? What do we get from DMR and why did anyone even create it?  What problems does it solve?  What does this do that Analog won’t? How is this different from the other offerings from DStar, AllStar, P25, or System Fusion? How do I use it and what does it sound like? Why are hotspots a thing? What’s the point if it’s all just going through my Internet? (Spoiler: It shouldn’t be, eventually.)

 

Session 2:

What do I need to buy, build, get, or do to start DMRing? How do I operate once I’m on? What is all this radio programming about? What does it mean to talk about DMR channels, talkgroups, private calls, group calls, DMR IDs, and networks? Is it true that not all DMR radios work the same way? Why don’t they do the same things? Why are there different DMR networks and why would I pick one or another?  Or can I use them all? 

 

Session 3:

How do I put up a DMR repeater? What does the DMR network do, and how does it do it? Why is it that sometimes connections don’t work? Why is it occasionally two conversations collide right in the middle?  (Spoiler: It’s not usually rudeness or bad operating.) What do those network settings mean?  How do I pick what things my repeater will carry? Should I make the repeater local or global or something in between? And how would I?

 

Session 4:

How are DMR networks built? How many DMR networks are there? Should our club or organization link into an existing network or should we build one of our own?  Should we use more than one network at the same time? What if we want to make sure our system works if out Internet goes down? Do we need to use the Internet at all? How else can we link things together?


So I have a couple of questions before I move this from outlines and notes into reality.

 

  • How many amateurs would be interested in such a day?

  • How many amateurs would still be interested if there were a charge—say $8?—to cover the cost of the venue?

  • Are there be any clubs or venues that would be interested in sponsoring/hosting the presentation by providing a venue and perhaps inviting folks in their area?

If any of this sounds interesting, please let me know by sending me an email at ki5sr@...

 

If you’d like to get an email if such a thing becomes reality, let me know that, too and I’ll let you know if it does.

Thanks very much,

Ross Bennett
Amateur Station KI5SR
Kilgore, Texas


Re: Interest in a presentation "DMR—Why would I want that, and how would I do it?"

Wyndell "Wingnut" Ferguson
 

As a new Tech Class Im always looking to learn more...

Wyndell "Wingnut" Ferguson


On Sunday, September 27, 2020, 2:13:20 PM CDT, Ross Bennett <therossbennett@...> wrote:


Presentation:  DMR—Why would I want that, and how would I do it?

How many people would be interested in this presentation?

 

Hello, friend Amateurs!

 

I’ve been asked a few times to give presentations on Amateur Digital Mobile Radio, usually with the understanding that it would need to fit in 30 minutes. 

 

There are loads of folks, including YouTubers, who have tried and failed to do that.  And so far, I’ve never seen anyone make a coherent presentation on WHY anyone would want to use DMR and what it can do for them.

 

For months I’ve had a presentation forming. It should give everyone what they need to decide if DMR is for them (I think it is.), how to go about it, and how far they want to take it.

 

The presentation would be in four parts that together would run the length of an afternoon.  Or perhaps one day from 10 a.m. to about 4pm, with breaks for lunch and between sessions.  The first session would require no knowledge of DMR at all. And for once it would cover what DMR would offer to the user—not a sales pitch on how cool TDMA is with dubious promises about it being “better” than other modes.

 

In the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sessions, we’d progress through more technical information.  Here’s a rough idea of the material in the sessions.


Session 1:

Why would I want such a thing as DMR? What do we get from DMR and why did anyone even create it?  What problems does it solve?  What does this do that Analog won’t? How is this different from the other offerings from DStar, AllStar, P25, or System Fusion? How do I use it and what does it sound like? Why are hotspots a thing? What’s the point if it’s all just going through my Internet? (Spoiler: It shouldn’t be, eventually.)

 

Session 2:

What do I need to buy, build, get, or do to start DMRing? How do I operate once I’m on? What is all this radio programming about? What does it mean to talk about DMR channels, talkgroups, private calls, group calls, DMR IDs, and networks? Is it true that not all DMR radios work the same way? Why don’t they do the same things? Why are there different DMR networks and why would I pick one or another?  Or can I use them all? 

 

Session 3:

How do I put up a DMR repeater? What does the DMR network do, and how does it do it? Why is it that sometimes connections don’t work? Why is it occasionally two conversations collide right in the middle?  (Spoiler: It’s not usually rudeness or bad operating.) What do those network settings mean?  How do I pick what things my repeater will carry? Should I make the repeater local or global or something in between? And how would I?

 

Session 4:

How are DMR networks built? How many DMR networks are there? Should our club or organization link into an existing network or should we build one of our own?  Should we use more than one network at the same time? What if we want to make sure our system works if out Internet goes down? Do we need to use the Internet at all? How else can we link things together?


So I have a couple of questions before I move this from outlines and notes into reality.

 

  • How many amateurs would be interested in such a day?

  • How many amateurs would still be interested if there were a charge—say $8?—to cover the cost of the venue?

  • Are there be any clubs or venues that would be interested in sponsoring/hosting the presentation by providing a venue and perhaps inviting folks in their area?

If any of this sounds interesting, please let me know by sending me an email at ki5sr@.... 

 

If you’d like to get an email if such a thing becomes reality, let me know that, too and I’ll let you know if it does.

Thanks very much,

Ross Bennett
Amateur Station KI5SR
Kilgore, Texas


Re: Interest in a presentation "DMR—Why would I want that, and how would I do it?"

bryan.loper@yahoo.com
 

Ross,

Would like to be a part of learning more about DMR. Been active with DMR for about a year and a half. Just installed a DMR repeater here in Atlanta, Tx. We have very few people that use DMR in our area, but is a lot of fun and enjoyable. 

Repeater is static with talk group 31229 ARK-LA-TEX. More information can be found on Repeaterbook. It is being used for back-up communications for local traffic and SkyWarn activation when needed. Just look up WX5CSS or Atlanta, Tx on repeater book.

Keep me posted, and updated. Just a suggestion, may want to record the session for those that cant attend.  Ill give you $10, for the venue, the extra $2 for a cup of coffee!!! Emoji 

Thanks,
Bryan Loper
WX5CSS
Atlanta, Texas


On Monday, September 28, 2020, 03:12:05 AM CDT, danny richard via groups.io <danny70364@...> wrote:


I'm very interested in DMR would like to do this online to learn how to get started. Please keep me informed if this becomes a reality. I think  this would be a great help!!       Danny Richard KG5ESG Daingerfield TX


On Sun, Sep 27, 2020 at 2:13 PM, Ross Bennett
<therossbennett@...> wrote:

Presentation:  DMR—Why would I want that, and how would I do it?

How many people would be interested in this presentation?

 

Hello, friend Amateurs!

 

I’ve been asked a few times to give presentations on Amateur Digital Mobile Radio, usually with the understanding that it would need to fit in 30 minutes. 

 

There are loads of folks, including YouTubers, who have tried and failed to do that.  And so far, I’ve never seen anyone make a coherent presentation on WHY anyone would want to use DMR and what it can do for them.

 

For months I’ve had a presentation forming. It should give everyone what they need to decide if DMR is for them (I think it is.), how to go about it, and how far they want to take it.

 

The presentation would be in four parts that together would run the length of an afternoon.  Or perhaps one day from 10 a.m. to about 4pm, with breaks for lunch and between sessions.  The first session would require no knowledge of DMR at all. And for once it would cover what DMR would offer to the user—not a sales pitch on how cool TDMA is with dubious promises about it being “better” than other modes.

 

In the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sessions, we’d progress through more technical information.  Here’s a rough idea of the material in the sessions.


Session 1:

Why would I want such a thing as DMR? What do we get from DMR and why did anyone even create it?  What problems does it solve?  What does this do that Analog won’t? How is this different from the other offerings from DStar, AllStar, P25, or System Fusion? How do I use it and what does it sound like? Why are hotspots a thing? What’s the point if it’s all just going through my Internet? (Spoiler: It shouldn’t be, eventually.)

 

Session 2:

What do I need to buy, build, get, or do to start DMRing? How do I operate once I’m on? What is all this radio programming about? What does it mean to talk about DMR channels, talkgroups, private calls, group calls, DMR IDs, and networks? Is it true that not all DMR radios work the same way? Why don’t they do the same things? Why are there different DMR networks and why would I pick one or another?  Or can I use them all? 

 

Session 3:

How do I put up a DMR repeater? What does the DMR network do, and how does it do it? Why is it that sometimes connections don’t work? Why is it occasionally two conversations collide right in the middle?  (Spoiler: It’s not usually rudeness or bad operating.) What do those network settings mean?  How do I pick what things my repeater will carry? Should I make the repeater local or global or something in between? And how would I?

 

Session 4:

How are DMR networks built? How many DMR networks are there? Should our club or organization link into an existing network or should we build one of our own?  Should we use more than one network at the same time? What if we want to make sure our system works if out Internet goes down? Do we need to use the Internet at all? How else can we link things together?


So I have a couple of questions before I move this from outlines and notes into reality.

 

  • How many amateurs would be interested in such a day?

  • How many amateurs would still be interested if there were a charge—say $8?—to cover the cost of the venue?

  • Are there be any clubs or venues that would be interested in sponsoring/hosting the presentation by providing a venue and perhaps inviting folks in their area?

If any of this sounds interesting, please let me know by sending me an email at ki5sr@.... 

 

If you’d like to get an email if such a thing becomes reality, let me know that, too and I’ll let you know if it does.

Thanks very much,

Ross Bennett
Amateur Station KI5SR
Kilgore, Texas


Re: Interest in a presentation "DMR—Why would I want that, and how would I do it?"

danny richard
 

I'm very interested in DMR would like to do this online to learn how to get started. Please keep me informed if this becomes a reality. I think  this would be a great help!!       Danny Richard KG5ESG Daingerfield TX


On Sun, Sep 27, 2020 at 2:13 PM, Ross Bennett
<therossbennett@...> wrote:

Presentation:  DMR—Why would I want that, and how would I do it?

How many people would be interested in this presentation?

 

Hello, friend Amateurs!

 

I’ve been asked a few times to give presentations on Amateur Digital Mobile Radio, usually with the understanding that it would need to fit in 30 minutes. 

 

There are loads of folks, including YouTubers, who have tried and failed to do that.  And so far, I’ve never seen anyone make a coherent presentation on WHY anyone would want to use DMR and what it can do for them.

 

For months I’ve had a presentation forming. It should give everyone what they need to decide if DMR is for them (I think it is.), how to go about it, and how far they want to take it.

 

The presentation would be in four parts that together would run the length of an afternoon.  Or perhaps one day from 10 a.m. to about 4pm, with breaks for lunch and between sessions.  The first session would require no knowledge of DMR at all. And for once it would cover what DMR would offer to the user—not a sales pitch on how cool TDMA is with dubious promises about it being “better” than other modes.

 

In the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sessions, we’d progress through more technical information.  Here’s a rough idea of the material in the sessions.


Session 1:

Why would I want such a thing as DMR? What do we get from DMR and why did anyone even create it?  What problems does it solve?  What does this do that Analog won’t? How is this different from the other offerings from DStar, AllStar, P25, or System Fusion? How do I use it and what does it sound like? Why are hotspots a thing? What’s the point if it’s all just going through my Internet? (Spoiler: It shouldn’t be, eventually.)

 

Session 2:

What do I need to buy, build, get, or do to start DMRing? How do I operate once I’m on? What is all this radio programming about? What does it mean to talk about DMR channels, talkgroups, private calls, group calls, DMR IDs, and networks? Is it true that not all DMR radios work the same way? Why don’t they do the same things? Why are there different DMR networks and why would I pick one or another?  Or can I use them all? 

 

Session 3:

How do I put up a DMR repeater? What does the DMR network do, and how does it do it? Why is it that sometimes connections don’t work? Why is it occasionally two conversations collide right in the middle?  (Spoiler: It’s not usually rudeness or bad operating.) What do those network settings mean?  How do I pick what things my repeater will carry? Should I make the repeater local or global or something in between? And how would I?

 

Session 4:

How are DMR networks built? How many DMR networks are there? Should our club or organization link into an existing network or should we build one of our own?  Should we use more than one network at the same time? What if we want to make sure our system works if out Internet goes down? Do we need to use the Internet at all? How else can we link things together?


So I have a couple of questions before I move this from outlines and notes into reality.

 

  • How many amateurs would be interested in such a day?

  • How many amateurs would still be interested if there were a charge—say $8?—to cover the cost of the venue?

  • Are there be any clubs or venues that would be interested in sponsoring/hosting the presentation by providing a venue and perhaps inviting folks in their area?

If any of this sounds interesting, please let me know by sending me an email at ki5sr@.... 

 

If you’d like to get an email if such a thing becomes reality, let me know that, too and I’ll let you know if it does.

Thanks very much,

Ross Bennett
Amateur Station KI5SR
Kilgore, Texas


Interest in a presentation "DMR—Why would I want that, and how would I do it?"

Ross Bennett
 

Presentation:  DMR—Why would I want that, and how would I do it?

How many people would be interested in this presentation?

 

Hello, friend Amateurs!

 

I’ve been asked a few times to give presentations on Amateur Digital Mobile Radio, usually with the understanding that it would need to fit in 30 minutes. 

 

There are loads of folks, including YouTubers, who have tried and failed to do that.  And so far, I’ve never seen anyone make a coherent presentation on WHY anyone would want to use DMR and what it can do for them.

 

For months I’ve had a presentation forming. It should give everyone what they need to decide if DMR is for them (I think it is.), how to go about it, and how far they want to take it.

 

The presentation would be in four parts that together would run the length of an afternoon.  Or perhaps one day from 10 a.m. to about 4pm, with breaks for lunch and between sessions.  The first session would require no knowledge of DMR at all. And for once it would cover what DMR would offer to the user—not a sales pitch on how cool TDMA is with dubious promises about it being “better” than other modes.

 

In the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sessions, we’d progress through more technical information.  Here’s a rough idea of the material in the sessions.


Session 1:

Why would I want such a thing as DMR? What do we get from DMR and why did anyone even create it?  What problems does it solve?  What does this do that Analog won’t? How is this different from the other offerings from DStar, AllStar, P25, or System Fusion? How do I use it and what does it sound like? Why are hotspots a thing? What’s the point if it’s all just going through my Internet? (Spoiler: It shouldn’t be, eventually.)

 

Session 2:

What do I need to buy, build, get, or do to start DMRing? How do I operate once I’m on? What is all this radio programming about? What does it mean to talk about DMR channels, talkgroups, private calls, group calls, DMR IDs, and networks? Is it true that not all DMR radios work the same way? Why don’t they do the same things? Why are there different DMR networks and why would I pick one or another?  Or can I use them all? 

 

Session 3:

How do I put up a DMR repeater? What does the DMR network do, and how does it do it? Why is it that sometimes connections don’t work? Why is it occasionally two conversations collide right in the middle?  (Spoiler: It’s not usually rudeness or bad operating.) What do those network settings mean?  How do I pick what things my repeater will carry? Should I make the repeater local or global or something in between? And how would I?

 

Session 4:

How are DMR networks built? How many DMR networks are there? Should our club or organization link into an existing network or should we build one of our own?  Should we use more than one network at the same time? What if we want to make sure our system works if out Internet goes down? Do we need to use the Internet at all? How else can we link things together?


So I have a couple of questions before I move this from outlines and notes into reality.

 

  • How many amateurs would be interested in such a day?

  • How many amateurs would still be interested if there were a charge—say $8?—to cover the cost of the venue?

  • Are there be any clubs or venues that would be interested in sponsoring/hosting the presentation by providing a venue and perhaps inviting folks in their area?

If any of this sounds interesting, please let me know by sending me an email at ki5sr@.... 

 

If you’d like to get an email if such a thing becomes reality, let me know that, too and I’ll let you know if it does.

Thanks very much,

Ross Bennett
Amateur Station KI5SR
Kilgore, Texas


Hurricane Laura Update 09-26-2020

Kevin McCoy
 

We are now one month on from the arrival of Hurricane Laura which came ashore as a Category 4 Hurricane with wind speeds of 150 MPH. Laura came ashore near Cameron Louisiana and spread damage as far as Orange and Jasper counties in Texas.

It is a great feeling to be able to look into the Atlantic and not see any storms for a few days! We have also been blessed that Sally and T.S. Beta – while creating some havoc on their own, did not further impact the HUR Laura damage area.

Assisted Living
        Facility Evacuees
     These ladies evacuated Laura from an assisted living facility, and have hung together for mutual support!

As of yesterday morning we still have 14,800 evacuees in Hotel Shelters – about 1/3 are children.

  • TX = 4,300, mostly in the Dallas / Fort Worth Area, and
  • LA = 10,500, mostly in the New Orleans Area.

This is down from 15,000 in my last report.

Today there are roughly 770 trained Red Cross disaster responders deployed on Hurricane Laura.

A reminder that we are using this strategy of Hotel sheltering, and minimizing any use of traditional sheltering (congregate shelters) to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

A couple of things have changed this week that should enable residents to return closer to their homes and further move from Response to Recovery.

Power

As of this morning there were 3,800 customers without power, just last week this number stood at 36,000. So infrastructure is improving. [https://poweroutage.us/area/state/louisiana ]

Federal Response

If you would like to understand how the FEMA works in providing

  • rental assistance,

  • trailers, mobile housing, direct lease

  • and repair

I really recommend spending the 10 minutes to view this briefing from Calcasieu Parish: https://youtu.be/OYyWOGXOMrQ

Folks that need this assistance must start by registering: at https://www.disasterassistance.gov or (800) 621-3362.

State Resources are also available:

TX: https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane , and

LA: https://hurricanelaura.la.gov/

Red Cross Resources

Over and above sheltering and Feeding Red Cross is providing a couple of additional programs for recovery resources:

Red Cross Shelter Resident Transition program: This program helps to reduce the roadblocks that may be preventing return of clients from shelters. This program is specific to clients in shelters. Making shelter residents aware of whole community resources that are available, as well as specific assistance for return needs.

Red Cross Individual Assistance: Any Laura impacted family whose home suffered major damage or destroyed is contacted by Red Cross to receive immediate financial assistance, as well as other forms of recovery planning, health resources, and referrals. http://redcross.org/laura

Feeding: With the return of power and other resources (restaurants opening, ...) we are in the process of demobilizing our mobile feeding programs and kitchens. Hotel Shelter feeding continues.

Katie Gauthreax
    Katie's expecting, and her birthing plan did not include a Hurricane!  Picking up a meal at a Hotel Shelter.

Red Cross Response snapshot:

  • Provided 501,000 Hotel overnight Stays
  • Served 1.3 Million Meals and Snacks
  • Distributed 169,000 emergency relief items such as clean up kits,...
  • 32,000 Individual Care Contacts
  • Detailed Damage Assessment: 58,500 homes.

Individual care contacts include Health, Mental Health, Spiritual Care, as well as replacing prescription medications, eyeglasses or other medical equipment.

Duration:

The Red Cross will be in Louisiana and Texas for as long as it takes, working beside Disaster response partners to help people rebuild their lives.

National Snapshot:

This is a difficult time for Red Cross with the collision of wildfire and Hurricane season.  As I logged on to our volunteer connection web site this morning I saw 52 operations that are recruiting trained volunteers. 


National Operations
      Summary 09-26-20

As always, thank you for being our great partner in Disaster Response since 1935!

And thank you for taking a few moments away from the CQ Worldwide RTTY DX Contest to read this update (goodness knows I can't find a free frequency to send that Vara HF check in ; - )

Best Kevin @KF5FUZ

American Red Cross




Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

It's that time once again for Winlink Wednesday!

Looking though previous questions, I thought I posed one about Parks On The Air, but didn't see it. So, the question is, do you participate in Parks On The Air (POTA)? This is a world wide event where people take their operating station to different parks and contact people. So, you can participate as an activator (someone at the park), or as a hunter (someone outside the park that contacts people in the park). Do you participate as a hunter or activator, or both? If you do, tell me how it's going.

For more info on Parks on The Air, you can visit their website at: https://parksontheair.com/



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


Why is Fox-Hunting Important?

Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC
 

This article doesn’t specifically apply to Amateur Radio, but it is a very good demonstration of why knowing how to seek out electronic interference sources is a key skill for Amateur Radio Operators!

 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/22/uk/old-tv-breaks-broadband-village-scli-intl-gbr/index.html

 

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

 

 

 

 


Hurricane Laura Response Update & T.S. Beta

Kevin McCoy
 

T.S. Beta:  It was only 5 days ago I was giving you an update while HUR Sally was a concern.  Here we are again, with roughly 15,000 people in shelters across Texas & Louisiana.  T.S. Beta is now brewing in the Gulf with Tropical Storm and Hurricane Watches on the TX coast. 

We are in about H-40 in our standard Red Cross Planning Cycle. (Hours to arrival of Tropical Storm force winds.)  But that timing could change dramatically if the initial contact moves from Port O Connor to say more directly towards Galveston.

We have started a separate Disaster Relief effort with its own management team (FLOP) line - to facilitate the movement of people and equipment.  We have lots of practice now with our Hurricane Sheltering and COVID-19 Protocols. Our partners across Business and Government have adjusted to the New Normal and are learning fast!  Our main concerns are flooding, storm surge, and wind.  Our concern with the uncertain track is that in addition to new damage, we may see impact on the Laura recovery area.  We are calling folks up and staging Emergency Response vehicles, evacuation plans, etc. 

Please stay weather aware and be ready.

Laura Response and Recovery: 

We are now more than three weeks from landfall of this Hurricane which came ashore as Category 4 with wind-speeds of 150 mph.

We are still in a position of sheltering roughly 15,000 folks, almost entirely from Louisiana.  We are still in this situation because of a combination of the number of Major / Destroyed homes and continued Power and infrastructure issues.

Nurses Station
        Hotel Shelter
    Red Cross has provided 22,000 individual appointments for care (Health, Mental Health, Spiritual Care)

In Texas this burden is being carried by our North Texas Red Cross Region and the hotels in play are mostly in the DFW area, while we still have a small footprint in Austin, and San Antonio is done.  Here in Texas we have done our best working with the state to get all of these evacuees away from the coast.

This morning in Louisiana 36,000 Customers are still without power.  Even when power is restored, we still have > 8,000 homes which are unlivable (Destroyed or Major Damage).  So I expect we will be at this for a while - as long as it takes.

The Trained Red Cross Workforce, primarily volunteers stands at about 900 on HUR Laura.

Hotel Sheltering
        and Feeding
     Hotel Sheltering and Feeding is the COVID-19 safe way

We have served 991,000 meals and snacks, and

Distributed 168,000 Disaster Emergency supplies

Distributing
      Emergency Supplies

The next stage - Response to Recovery.

At the same time resources are coming online for a move from response to recovery.  Red Cross has a shelter resident transition team to help, and generous donations have funded individual financial assistance now available to families who suffered major damage or destroyed homes. 

Federal: FEMA is active across affected counties in Texas and pretty much the entire state of Louisiana. People affected by Hurricane Laura may be eligible for federal Disaster Assistance. They can apply at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.

State: State governments are also active with

TX: https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane , and

LA: https://hurricanelaura.la.gov/

National Snapshot

This is an extremely difficult time for us with many parallel disaster relief efforts.  Let me share again our National Operations Map - Green balloons are Formal Disaster Relief Efforts, H's are Hotel Shelters, S is a traditional shelter, but operating under COVID-19 protocols which call for increased space, health screening, and cooperation with Local Public Health.  Numbers indicate the level of the Disaster Relief effort 1 - 7 (Max)

National Operations
      Summary

So lots of National Level incidents and ongoing operations: Wildfire, Storms, and Floods...

Best

Kevin @KF5FUZ

IT / Disaster Services Technology - American Red Cross.


Mentor Fest 2020 is hereby Cancelled

 

Mentor Fest 2020 has been Canceled
Normally held the last weekend of April
was rescheduled for October 17 of this year.
 
As the ARRL North Texas Section Manager
I feel it would be irresponsible for me to continue to endorse a large gathering of people at an indoor event
which is what Mentor Fest normally is.
 
At present time there is only One Forum scheduled for the event which is just one month away.
This in itself demonstrates to myself and other members of the Section Management Team
that discussed this in a tele conference this past week that cancelling this event is the best course of action.
 
Everyone in the Teleconference agreed cancelling is the right thing to do.
 
Our Next Mentor Fest can be bigger and better than ever
the new date is April 24, 2021

I am very hopeful that 2021 brings us a much better year!

73 Steve
KG5VK


Re: Laura Update 09-14-20 Red Cross Status 08:00

Kevin McCoy
 

I have received a couple of questions regarding T.S. Sally and Laura response in Louisiana to supplement the below.  Sharing the answer in case others are interested.

HUR Laura Louisiana Response:

Louisiana suffered to a greater extent than TX did from the storm.  This is to supplement the information already provided and to answer the questions asked...

Hurricane Laura made landfall at 1 AM CT Thursday morning, August 27, as Category 4 with windspeeds of 150 mph. Laura hit land near Cameron, LA.  Parishes from the southwest, central and north west Louisiana were impacted by Laura. At least ten deaths were reported as well as widespread damage.

The Red Cross is taking over care for clients in more than three dozen hotels serving as non-congregate shelters. This is a carefully considered strategy to maximize client services while maintaining the social distancing measures required in a COVID-19 environment and minimizing the number of workers required at each shelter.
 
Eight Hundred sixty one (861) staff (Trained Red Cross disaster workers) are serving on the Louisiana DRO.

Congregate sheltering and assisted with government-funded non-congregate is being provided to more than 12,000 clients.

Detailed Damage Assessment (DDA) is approximately 96% complete with current results > 7,500 dwellings Major/Destroyed.

Disaster Emergency Supplies have reached over 14,000 households and completed distributing supplies to households impacted by wind/flooding.

Feeding has provided over 561,000 meals.

As always these larger disasters take a lot of cooperation between Business, Government, and other Non-Profits.  Local, State, and Federal Government have been very engaged.  Power Companies, and other companies have been very active in contributing to response and recovery.  I am just snap shoting our contribution, and many times it is in conjunction with great partners!

TS Sally -

This is also part of the same area command with coverage in Louisiana and Mississippi - We have pre positioned manpower and resources, but will have to lock down for safety as indicated below.  By including this operation in area command we should also be able to shift resources as needed assist in this new threat, while maintaining focus on clients and evacuees already in need.

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ

On 9/14/2020 8:37 AM, Kevin McCoy wrote:

Well, the situation may change dramatically today, and since we are 19 days after Landfall of Laura (8/28 Cat. 4 Hurricane) I thought it would be good to give you an update on the Red Cross status.

Because the majority of the greater than 7000 folks we are sheltering in TX across 49 hotels are from Louisiana, we created an Area command to combine the Red Cross response operations for the two states.  The majority of these evacuees are in the DFW area.  We have tried our hardest in cooperation with the state to keep congregate shelters at a minimum, and away from the coast!

Hotel meals

        We are using COVID-19 Protocols in Hotels to feed.  To Date more than 47,000 meals and snacks in TX for Laura Evacuees.

We have also created a separate Disaster Relief effort for Tropical Storm Sally (DR 580-21) to facilitate the movement of personnel and supplies.

On the TX side of the border we are now at 528 Major Damage / destroyed as we do hot shots on properties that were inaccessible.

The TX residents have all found their way home with the opening of Orange and Newton counties for folks to return. 

Thank you note

In LA the Hotel sheltering number is around 13K evacuees, mostly in New Orleans area.  In Louisiana the Major Damage or destroyed homes is greater than 7500 homes. 

Power is still a huge issue.  With more than 74,000 customers without power,  and this could get worse with impending weather.  This is the largest current impediment to folks getting home, or closer to home.  (see https://poweroutage.us/area/state/louisiana for the current situation.)

Disaster
        emergency Supplies
        Disaster Emergency Supply distribution site in Louisiana

At the same time as we are coordinating with the folks in LA we are keeping our eye on folks impacted her in Texas and we have 350 trained Red Cross workers helping here in TX. 

Sally:  We are locked down in southern Louisiana today (individuals get Text message to notify on specific lock down times depending on the Parish).   The arrival of tropical storm force winds is supposed to start this morning.  Then we will open up on a parish basis depending on wind force, storm surge, etc.  Even if the storm does not intensify, we really have to watch rainfall and surge ...

National DRO
        summary Map
    H indicates a Hotel shelter, Green balloon is a Disaster Relief (DR effort)
    Number indicates the size of the DR relief effort (1 - 7)

This is a very tough time for Red Cross across the nation with 42 Disaster Relief Efforts (Storms / Wildfires mostly) and 17 Incidents that cross the national thresholds (Flood, HUR, Wildland Fires, etc.)  Literally thousands of Red Cross workers assigned.

OK.  That is a thumbnail update. 

Please let me know if you become aware of a complaint or unmet need.

Pray that Sally does not intensify.

Best

Kevin @KF5FUZ




Re: Laura Update 09-14-20 Red Cross Status 08:00

Johnnie Young KG5CQO
 

Appreciate this update.

Johnnie

KG5CQO

 

From: Kevin McCoy via groups.io
Sent: Monday, September 14, 2020 8:37 AM
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io; main@stxares.groups.io
Cc: rik.chapman@...
Subject: [ARRLNTX] Laura Update 09-14-20 Red Cross Status 08:00

 

Well, the situation may change dramatically today, and since we are 19 days after Landfall of Laura (8/28 Cat. 4 Hurricane) I thought it would be good to give you an update on the Red Cross status.

Because the majority of the greater than 7000 folks we are sheltering in TX across 49 hotels are from Louisiana, we created an Area command to combine the Red Cross response operations for the two states.  The majority of these evacuees are in the DFW area.  We have tried our hardest in cooperation with the state to keep congregate shelters at a minimum, and away from the coast!

        We are using COVID-19 Protocols in Hotels to feed.  To Date more than 47,000 meals and snacks in TX for Laura Evacuees.

We have also created a separate Disaster Relief effort for Tropical Storm Sally (DR 580-21) to facilitate the movement of personnel and supplies.

On the TX side of the border we are now at 528 Major Damage / destroyed as we do hot shots on properties that were inaccessible.

The TX residents have all found their way home with the opening of Orange and Newton counties for folks to return. 

In LA the Hotel sheltering number is around 13K evacuees, mostly in New Orleans area.  In Louisiana the Major Damage or destroyed homes is greater than 7500 homes. 

Power is still a huge issue.  With more than 74,000 customers without power,  and this could get worse with impending weather.  This is the largest current impediment to folks getting home, or closer to home.  (see https://poweroutage.us/area/state/louisiana for the current situation.)

 


        Disaster Emergency Supply distribution site in Louisiana

 

At the same time as we are coordinating with the folks in LA we are keeping our eye on folks impacted her in Texas and we have 350 trained Red Cross workers helping here in TX. 

Sally:  We are locked down in southern Louisiana today (individuals get Text message to notify on specific lock down times depending on the Parish).   The arrival of tropical storm force winds is supposed to start this morning.  Then we will open up on a parish basis depending on wind force, storm surge, etc.  Even if the storm does not intensify, we really have to watch rainfall and surge ...


    H indicates a Hotel shelter, Green balloon is a Disaster Relief (DR effort)
    Number indicates the size of the DR relief effort (1 - 7)

This is a very tough time for Red Cross across the nation with 42 Disaster Relief Efforts (Storms / Wildfires mostly) and 17 Incidents that cross the national thresholds (Flood, HUR, Wildland Fires, etc.)  Literally thousands of Red Cross workers assigned.

OK.  That is a thumbnail update. 

Please let me know if you become aware of a complaint or unmet need.

Pray that Sally does not intensify.

Best

Kevin @KF5FUZ

 

 

 


Laura Update 09-14-20 Red Cross Status 08:00

Kevin McCoy
 

Well, the situation may change dramatically today, and since we are 19 days after Landfall of Laura (8/28 Cat. 4 Hurricane) I thought it would be good to give you an update on the Red Cross status.

Because the majority of the greater than 7000 folks we are sheltering in TX across 49 hotels are from Louisiana, we created an Area command to combine the Red Cross response operations for the two states.  The majority of these evacuees are in the DFW area.  We have tried our hardest in cooperation with the state to keep congregate shelters at a minimum, and away from the coast!

Hotel meals

        We are using COVID-19 Protocols in Hotels to feed.  To Date more than 47,000 meals and snacks in TX for Laura Evacuees.

We have also created a separate Disaster Relief effort for Tropical Storm Sally (DR 580-21) to facilitate the movement of personnel and supplies.

On the TX side of the border we are now at 528 Major Damage / destroyed as we do hot shots on properties that were inaccessible.

The TX residents have all found their way home with the opening of Orange and Newton counties for folks to return. 

Thank you note

In LA the Hotel sheltering number is around 13K evacuees, mostly in New Orleans area.  In Louisiana the Major Damage or destroyed homes is greater than 7500 homes. 

Power is still a huge issue.  With more than 74,000 customers without power,  and this could get worse with impending weather.  This is the largest current impediment to folks getting home, or closer to home.  (see https://poweroutage.us/area/state/louisiana for the current situation.)

Disaster emergency
      Supplies
        Disaster Emergency Supply distribution site in Louisiana

At the same time as we are coordinating with the folks in LA we are keeping our eye on folks impacted her in Texas and we have 350 trained Red Cross workers helping here in TX. 

Sally:  We are locked down in southern Louisiana today (individuals get Text message to notify on specific lock down times depending on the Parish).   The arrival of tropical storm force winds is supposed to start this morning.  Then we will open up on a parish basis depending on wind force, storm surge, etc.  Even if the storm does not intensify, we really have to watch rainfall and surge ...

National DRO
      summary Map
    H indicates a Hotel shelter, Green balloon is a Disaster Relief (DR effort)
    Number indicates the size of the DR relief effort (1 - 7)

This is a very tough time for Red Cross across the nation with 42 Disaster Relief Efforts (Storms / Wildfires mostly) and 17 Incidents that cross the national thresholds (Flood, HUR, Wildland Fires, etc.)  Literally thousands of Red Cross workers assigned.

OK.  That is a thumbnail update. 

Please let me know if you become aware of a complaint or unmet need.

Pray that Sally does not intensify.

Best

Kevin @KF5FUZ




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