September 27, 2016
PREPAREDNESS IN SEPTEMBER - WEEK 4
Hendricks County ARES is proclaiming this month “Preparedness Month.” We encourage you to take time in September to plan and execute the plan with a drill or exercise for yourself and family.
We need people to put supplies in order prior to an event, people to assist in planning and people to support drills to test themselves and their equipment. They must also build trust and a strong working relationship with public safety prior to an event.
Remember, if you fail to plan, you’ve planned to fail…
And Now, On To The News . . .
1) Speaking of preparedness, one hospital in Hendricks County has worked with Hendricks ARES to purchase a scanner and related equipment that will let them monitor Skywarn nets live during a weather emergency. The other hospital is reviewing purchase of the recommended equipment package. Also in the works is hospital purchase of equipment for a packet station and a relay station, with help by ARES in the design of the stations. All these steps will continue to improve our ability to keep vital communications flowing between the hospitals when the need is greatest.
2) Our first monthly simplex net of the season was last week. These simplex nets are an important part of training. They let you test your radio and antenna system on a simplex frequency with the NCO station and other hams around the county. Be sure to participate each month, October through April. If you would like to volunteer to be the NCO for a simplex net, contact Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can give you all the details and reserve a date for you.
3) The next hospital net will be at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 20th. The frequency of this simplex net will be 147.570 MHz. Mark your calendar and make plans to participate, as did nine local amateurs earlier this month. Note: this will be the last regular hospital net of the year. The nets will start again in January 2017 -- on the 3rd SATURADY of each month.
4) The next hamfest in the area is this Saturday at the Hoosier Hills Hamfest in Bedford. If you need supplies such as batteries or antenna parts to make your station more ready for an emergency, here are two good opportunities. Check the hamfest link on this website for more details.
5) The fall new-member orientation program is scheduled for Saturday, October 29th. E-mailed invitations will be going out this week to those who have joined since the last orientation. Please RSVP for this important training program for new ARES members.
6) If you are looking for experience in emergency communications, consider helping with one of the many public service events coming up this fall. Go to indyhams.org and click on Events for some good options.
7) You can still go training.fema.gov/is, and earn the National Incident Management System certifications that you do not already hold. To be deployed by local government agencies, you must have certificates for 100b, 200b, 700a and 800b. There are also many other training courses there that are relevant to emergency communications.
• Mike, WA9NCF, announced that 19 hams attended the Hilltop Contest event last Saturday at Weakly Hill. He also mentioned that someone used a drone (quadcopter) to hoist a 20 meter dipole up about 100 feet. Two Texas stations were contacted, as well as one in Maine. After a battery change, he took up a 40 meter dipole. Tom, WA9YI, made a contact with a station in Ohio. He said a couple more contact were made by other operators.
• REMINDER: Regarding the ARES digital net, if you need help setting up your HF equipment ahead of time, please contact Wayne AC9HP@arrl.net for assistance. We will use different modes each month, starting with PSK then moving to other digital modes like Olivia MKS63. We will also experiment with RMS Express and WinMor. Specific dates and times will be announced on the facebook page, the hendricksares.org website, and in future weekly ARES nets, so be on the lookout.
At the present time, our training consists of net operations. A new-member ARES orientation is
being planned for early fall. Details will follow soon.
Oct 1st : Hoosier Hills Hamfest in Bedford
Oct 20th : Hospital Simplex Net on 147.570 MHz at 9:30.
October 29th : ARES New-Member Orientation program. Details will be in e-mailed invitations.
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