Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers in Puerto Rico continued over the weekend to report for daily duty at an American Red Cross (ARC) distribution center in Mayagüez and at ARC Headquarters in San Juan. The two sites are at the ready to provide a “Plan B” communication backbone in the event the seismic situation worsens. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck southwestern Puerto Rico on January 7, fast on the heels of a magnitude 5.8 tremor the day before, damaging homes in Guayanilla, Peñuelas, Yauco, and Guánica. ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, told ARRL this week that the situation is relatively “calm and quiet” for now and starting on January 22, volunteers would begin monitoring from their homes or vehicles, permitting most, including Resto himself, to get back to their jobs and homes. Continue reading “Article: “ARES Volunteers Establish “Plan B” Communication Network in Puerto Rico””
Here is a list of upcoming (2020) net controls for the WCARC Tuesday night ARES net:
Feb – Steve NN9J
Mar – Jay WS4JM
Apr – Will KW1LL
May – Larry K1MBF
Jun – Robert K1RCE
Jul – John KD4WX
Just a reminder the White County ARC is having their election of officers tomorrow evening, 1/14/20, at 7:00pm at the 1st Methodist Church (23 N Church St) in Sparta.
Hope to see you all there.
White County ARC
The National Weather Service has issued tornado watch 15 until 8 PM CST this evening which replaces a portion of tornado watch 12. The new watch is valid for the following areas in tennessee. The new watch includes 6 counties in middle tennessee
coffee, cumberland, grundy, van buren, warren, white
this includes the cities of altamont, coalmont, crossville, manchester, mcminnville, palmer, sparta, spencer, and tullahoma.
Submitted by KD4WX
Sad news to start the New Year off. Jim Frysinger WE4SI is in the hospital from a fall he had at home getting in-to his truck. A couple of broken ribs and a blood clot on his lung.
He will be out of pocket for awhile.
From ARRL (source: http://www.arrl.org/news/access-to-60-meters-continues-to-expand)
[CORRECTED: 2019-11-14 @ 1234 UTC] According to the latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter, regulatory agencies in an expanding list of countries have granted amateur radio access to a 60-meter band.
A secondary allocation of 5.351.5 – 5.366.5 MHz was released to radio amateurs in Kuwait, where they will adhere to the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) allocation, permitting a maximum power of 15 W EIRP. Indonesian and Greek hams recently gained access to the same allocation.
Meanwhile, Israel has extended authorization of 5 MHz amateur permits to the end of Decembern 2023 and added a Channel 0 to the existing eight channels, where hams may run 100 W PEP on several modes, depending upon the channel.
Still under discussion is ham radio access to a 5 MHz secondary band in Australia, where the band is used by some emergency services and law enforcement. Nearly 80 countries offer some level of amateur access to the 5 MHz band.
In the US, ARRL petitioned the FCC shortly after WRC-15 to allocate a secondary 60-meter band and to permit 100 W PEP, as already authorized on the existing channels there.
Submitted by KD4WX
Calling all radio amateurs! ESA is challenging anyone with amateur radio equipment to catch the first signals from OPS-SAT, ESA’s brand new space software laboratory.
On 17 December, OPS-SAT will be launched into low-Earth orbit on a Soyuz rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, together with ESA’s Cheops exoplanet-tracker.
Once launched, the satellite will deploy its solar panels and ultra-high frequency antenna, and then start to send signals back home.
Could you be the first on Earth to catch them? ESA’s mission control team in Darmstadt are asking for your help to find the fledgling CubeSat.
Source/More Info: https://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support/Operations/Calling_radio_amateurs_help_find_OPS-SAT
Submitted by KD4WX
A picture of Jay’s (WS4JM) uBITX radio from the November club meeting.
From NWS Nashville:
Free for anyone interested.
Submitted by KW1LL