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50 Ham Radio Operators Needed For Red Cross Mobilization in Puerto Rico

50 Ham Radio Operators Needed For Red Cross Mobilization in Puerto Rico

The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked the ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. ARC needs up to 50 radio amateurs that can help record, enter and submit disaster survivor information into the ARC Safe and Well system. In the nearly 75-year relationship between ARRL and ARC this is the first time such a request for assistance on this scale has been made. ARRL now is looking for radio amateurs that can step up and volunteer to help our friends in Puerto Rico. There are very specific requirements and qualifications needed for this deployment.

Requirements
Due to the nature of this deployment you will need to process in as ARC volunteers, including passing a background check. The ARC has indicated they will cover all expenses for transportation, lodging and feeding while on deployment. ARC will also provide liability coverage for volunteers. The only out of pocket expense to the volunteer would be personal items purchased during deployment.

ARRL and ARC will require training for volunteers being deployed. ARC will provide general deployment training and advanced training in working in austere environments. ARRL will provide to ARC training on Amateur Radio equipment and modes to be used, reporting and operating guidelines. Deployment will be for up to three weeks.

Qualifications – General class Amateur Radio license or higher – Familiarity with WinLink, HF voice, and VHF simplex communications – Strong technical skills – Ability to work under difficult conditions – Ability to deploy for up to three weeks – Ability to work as part of a team

Helpful Skills – Spanish speaking – Previous experience in disaster response – Previous or current work as a Red Cross volunteer – Previous experience with shelter operations

If you feel that you meet these qualifications and would like to be considered for this deployment please contact ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, [email protected] or 860-594-0222 who will make the introduction of qualified volunteers to ARC.

Original link from the ARRL: http://www.arrl.org/news/american-red-cross-asks-arrl-s-assistance-with-puerto-rico-relief-effort

October Meeting – “HF Propagation” by K9LA

Join us at the October 5, 2017 regular meeting of the Atlanta Radio Club.

Our program is “HF Propagation” by K9LA Carl Luetzelschwab. Carl will discuss why HF is fun, the Sun’s role in HF propagation, basic propagation at HF, and simple antennas for HF.

Don’t forget – we meet at Cowtippers Restaurant on Piedmont Road just North of Monroe Drive foursome good food and discussion before the program. We arrive there about 5:55PM and leave around 7:15 for the meeting at the Red Cross on Monroe Drive.

 

See you there!

September 2017 Second Sunday Tech Topic

Join KW4MO Alan on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM for our next Second Sunday Tech Meetup:

We’re building a Function Generator and learning some oscilloscope basics. You can signup on our meetup event: http://meetu.ps/3cVfqy

And don’t forget we have free Amateur Radio testing at the same PDK location from 12 noon until 2:00 PM. Studying for your first license or an upgrade? This is the place to test – did we mention the testing is FREE?!?

September 2017 Member Meeting

Join us on Thursday, September 7, 2017 for our regular monthly meeting. The program this month is:

“HF Anywhere with Flex Radio and Smart SDR 2.0”   Jim Reed, N4BFR gives us an overview of the new Flex Radio functionality, and if all goes well, we’ll make live QSO’s from the meeting via his shack in Chamblee.

The meeting begins about 7:30 PM at the Atlanta Red Cross center located at 1955 Monroe Drive in Atlanta.

Also join us at 6:00 PM for a bite to eat at Cowtippers Restaurant located at 1600 Piedmont Road in Atlanta.

See you there!

August Friday Lunches return to Mellow Mushroom in August

As the title notes we are returning to the Mellow Mushroom restaurant in Brookhaven for our weekly Friday lunch meeting during August. Although the ‘official’ time listed in our Yahoo reflector calendar reminder lists the start time of 12:30 it’s OK to arrive at 12 noon to find good seating.

The location is Brookhaven Station Shopping Center, 4058 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319.

Web Address: http://mellowmushroom.com/store/brookhaven

See you there!

August 3rd Meeting – Curacao and Elections

Our program for August is presented by Mike ND4V Weathers and he will tell us about a DXpedition to Curacao earlier this year.

After the program we will hold our annual election for the next Executive Committee whose term will range from August 2017 – August 2018. There is one slate announced to the Election Committee and members have a chance to announce additional slates prior to the final vote. Please attend so you can have a voice in your club’s operations!

Meeting at the Atlanta Red Cross begins about 7:30 P.M. in the board room, 1955 Monroe Dr. in Atlanta.  You can join us for a bite to eat before the meeting at Cowtippers, 1600 Piedmont Rd. in Atlanta which is near the Red Cross meeting site. It’s best to be there by 6:00 P.M. to beat the rush.

See you all there!

Tri-PTC Sprint Tri-Athlon Amateurs Needed

CALLING ALL HAMS – FIRST CALL

We need your help to provide race support on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 0645-1000 for the 2017 Tri-PTC Sprint Triathlon.

This is the first and original triathlon which, after a brief change to Lake McIntosh, is back on the original course starting/finishing at PTC City Hall / Lake Peachtree.  We first supported this race back in 2002 and have provided support every year since.  This is the “short course” race 1/3 mile swim, 13 mile bike, 5K – not to be confused with the spring race PIT “long course”.

The link with all the race info is:

http://tri-ptc.com/race-information/

Here’s what we need:

BIKE

Bike 1 Hilltop Dr & Hip Pocket Rd (N)

Bike 2 Cedar Dr & Hip Pocket Rd (S)

Bike 3 McIntosh Tr & Skiff Trace

Bike 4 McIntosh Tr & Shadowwood

Bike 5 Robinson Rd & Camp Creek Tr.

Bike 6 Robinson Rd & Crestwood Dr

Bike 7 Robinson Rd & Braelinn Rd

Bike 8 Colonnade Dr & Columns Ln (S)

Bike Rover (motorcycle mobile) – AC4MG, Matt Gonter (XL)

Bike Sag Truck (need mag mount) – W4MEZ, Joe Mezzatesta (L)

OPERATIONS

Race Director Shadow – KI4HHI, Mary Catherine (M)

PD/FD Liaison –

Net Control 1 – KI4ASK, Joe (L)

Net Control 2 –

Transition / Swim –

As you can see, we need a lot of help!

The race starts at 0700, Saturday morning, August 19, 2017. We are generally done by 1000.  We’ll run this the same way we have in year’s past.  I’ll send more detailed instructions as we get closer to race day.

Our mission is to support the event organizers by providing timely communication from different locations on the race course. We help ensure the safety of ALL participants.

You do not have to be a member of ARES or even a club member to help. All you need is a Technician (or higher) license and a desire to get involved.

All Ham operators need to be on-station by 0645. At that time, we will have a check in. We will use the 442.500 Peachtree City repeater linked to 145.210 and 146.535 simplex. This should give us more than adequate coverage.

If you can help, please let me know. I also need to know what size of shirt you want (S, M, L, or XL).  If you have a preferred duty station, let me know.

Please consider donating a few hours of your time to support this fun event.

Thanks and 73,

Joe Domaleski

KI4ASK

(cell) 678-464-9016