Article: “ARES Volunteers Establish “Plan B” Communication Network in Puerto Rico”

From ARRL

Source: http://www.arrl.org/news/ares-volunteers-establish-plan-b-communication-network-in-puerto-rico

01/21/2020

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””

Tornado Watch 1/11/20

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.

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From ARRL – “Access to 60 Meters Continues to Expand”

From ARRL (source: http://www.arrl.org/news/access-to-60-meters-continues-to-expand)

11/11/2019

[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.

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“Calling radio amateurs: help find OPS-SAT!”

From ESA:

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

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Great ShakeOut

Participate in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

FEMA, in partnership with ShakeOut, encourages everyone to take action and register their participation in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.

The 2019 International ShakeOut day is Oct. 17. Millions of people worldwide will drop, cover, and hold on during earthquake drills in schools, organizations, communities, and households at 10:17 a.m. local time.

Earthquakes can happen where we work, live, or travel, and earthquake drills are an opportunity for everyone, everywhere, to practice earthquake safety and other aspects of emergency plans. Visit ShakeOut.org to register your participation, find resources, and learn more.

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