September is National Preparedness Month
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors National Preparedness Month each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning throughout the year. The 2019 theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.” FEMA is a long-time ARRL partner agency. This year, FEMA wants participants — which include Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers — to share their activities and success stories, as well as brief descriptions of their National Preparedness Month plans (include “NPM” in the email subject line).
An appropriate submission would be your ARES team’s planned or conducted ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) activity. The SET is designed to assess the skills and preparedness of ARES and other organizations involved with emergency/disaster response, and the 2019 SET is scheduled for the October 5 – 6 weekend. Guidelines and specific SET reporting forms for Field Organization leaders are on the ARRL website. Download and send completed forms to Steve Ewald, WV1X, at ARRL Headquarters. See page 71 in the September 2019 issue of QST for more information on the 2019 SET.
Submitted by KD4WX
Look for special event station K4MIA/8 to be active between September 13-22nd. Activity is to honor and support our Veterans.
Operators are Linda/N8LRS and Metro/W8MET acting as a sister-station from Ohio for the 4th year. This event was originated by Mike, K4MIA, from Florida with other sister-stations involved.
Details can be found on the ARRL Web site under “ON-THE-AIR” under SPECIAL EVENT under the call-letters of K4MIA. Also, this special event will be in the September QST. Please take part in this special event for our Veterans.
QSLs are available with SASE. They will be operating on 40 meters SSB.
ADDED NOTE: Other sister stations to look for K4MIA/5 and K4MIA/7.
Submitted by: KW1LL
The WCARC meeting for August 13th, 2019, has been canceled due to the possibility inclement weather. The next meeting will be September 10th, 2019.
If the need arises, there will be a severe weather net tonight. Monitor local repeaters for more information.
“Audit finds most Tennessee counties ignoring requirements to provide updates on local emergency operations plan” by Andy Sher
Submitted by KD4WX
The WCARC meeting for tonight (6/11/19) has been cancelled. The next meeting will be July 9, 2019.
Chinese Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT) has announced the impending launch of the CAS-7B satellite, also designated as BP-1B, a short-lived spacecraft that will carry an Amateur Radio payload. An unusual feature of the spacecraft is its “sail ball” passive stabilization system. The 1.5-U CubeSat is attached to a 500-millimeter flexible film ball — or sail — that will offer passive “pneumatic resistance” stabilization. CAS-7B is expected to remain in orbit for up to 1 month.
The spacecraft will carry an Amateur Radio transponder and educational mission. CAMSAT is working with Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), a top aerospace school, which is providing launch support in launch of the satellite. BIT faculty and students are participating in the development and testing of the satellite, and, with CAMSAT’s help, the university has established an Amateur Radio club (call sign BI1LG). CAMSAT said many students are now members, “learning Amateur Radio satellite communication and experience[ing] endless fun.”
The VHF and UHF antennas are quarter-wave monopoles. CAS-7B will transmit a CW telemetry beacon on 435.715 MHz. The V/U FM voice transponder downlink will be 435.690 MHz, and the transponder uplink will be 145.900 MHz (16-kHz passband).
The 3-kilogram satellite will have an apogee of 300 kilometers.
“Because of the orbital apogee and the size and mass of the satellite, the orbital life is expected to be only 1 week, up to a maximum of 1 month, which will also provide an opportunity for hams to track and monitor satellite entering the atmosphere,” CAMSAT said in announcing the new satellite, scheduled for launch in late June.
“The launch will use a new launch vehicle from a small commercial rocket company,” CAMSAT explained. “This is the first launch of this launch vehicle, and there is a large possibility of failure; if the launch fails, we will have another launch later this year.”