In This Issue…
Earth, Wind, and Fire,
Dates To Remember,
The Doctor Is In,
This Week’s ARRL Letter,
ARRL DX Bulletin,
Amateur Radio Newsline,
Odds and Ends,
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._
In This Issue
Earth, Wind, and Fire,
and the usual stuff!
“Read all about it” below.
Earth, Wind, and Fire
(NOT THE BAND!)
Mark, N5HZR, sends the following about this Fall’s Statewide Emergency Management exercise and how SCARS played a role during the event:
No, it’s not what you are thinking. Each year the Oklahoma state, county and, city emergency management departments conduct an exercise that tests the interoperability of these groups. This year SCARS and Cleveland County ARES expanded our role to provide communications between the state EOC, four counties, five cities, and the Chickasaw Nation.
This year the scenario for the central and southwest agencies started with an explosion at the Newcastle casino. During the first responder efforts, the southbound lane of I-44 was blocked just south of the Canadian River bridge by an overturned 18 wheeler, so an alternate route had to be used to get responders to the casino to care for the injuries from the bombing.
Our members provided the emergency communications between agencies and got a workout when the primary communications system, WebEOC failed. We’re still not sure if a backhoe doing construction at the capital took it down, or if the system simply folded under pressure. Either way, our team got the traffic passed.
This year Bill Lockett AE5F worked in the Norman Emergency Operations Center, with Norman Emergency Management Officer David Grizzle KD5ZLG. Bill monitored the ham radios and the 800 statewide EOC net. They were able to work with the Cleveland County Emergency Manager George Mauldin KD5ZDX. Steve Venz KG5BWE, was working the radios at the Newcastle EOC with Emergency Manager Jon Tankersley WD5HCI. They also had two members of the Chickasaw Nation working the exercise with them. The American Red Cross also had a representative there. Moore Emergency Manager Galen Kitch WX5MOR was working from the Moore EOC. Rodney Barrett KF5UZA was working in the Blanchard area and was working with the McClain County Health Department response. Lea Greenleaf W5HLG ran the Cleveland County ARES two meter net on the 147.06 MHz machine where he connected with our entire group and made contact with the state EOC, and Pottawattamie County, through a connection in Seminole.
At each location, the local elected officials, and partner entities were able to monitor the activities of the day, and they were impressed with the volunteer efforts that were able to take over when the primary communications methods failed under load.
This EWF exercise happens every year during October, so if you would like to be involved, please contact Cleveland County Emergency Coordinator Mark Kleine N5HZR at email@example.com. Many thanks to all of the people involved, and they all reported that all had a good time.
Mike, N5MS, while not a member of SCARS, is a great friend of SCARS and the entire Amateur Community in Central Oklahoma. He forwarded a link from “ElectronicDesign” to a great tear-down (and clean-up) article for the long-time Amateur favorite Hygain Ham-IV rotator.
Dates to Remember
January 1 – ARRL Straight-Key Night
January 3 – SCARS VE Testing
January 12 – SCARS Monthly Meeting
Tuesday Night Elmer Night, Every Tuesday Night UFN
The Doctor Is In
Listen to it here-> The Doctor Is In Podcast
The Doctor’s Homepage is here: The Doctor Is In
This Week’s ARRL Letter
As always, the “Current ARRL Letter” is always available in full at the link below.
Read it all here: ARRL Letter
ARRL DX Bulletin
Latest version at the top here: ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
Where We Are On The Web
Homepage, News / Updates, On The Air Resources, Facebook, Twitter, Email
Odds and Ends
- ARES Memory Settings (Red Box at the bottom of the page)
- Collector and Emitter Archive
- YLRL Nets and other info
- Real-time Solar Weather
- SCARS Officers
- HF Net List
- Norman VHF Repeaters audio stream
- ARRL Outgoing QSL Service
- Announced DX Operations
- D-Star stuff
- Real-time lightning data
- Oklahoma ARES Voice Over IP Net
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles
Link below lists all the ARRL-related hamfests within a 250-mile drive of Norman for about the next 5 months. Lots of good ones close to Norman.
As always, News, Links, Repeater Info, Hamfests, Licensing, General Help & more linked from the sidebar at the SCARS Homepage – W5NOR.ORG !!!
73 de Gary, WB5ULK …_._