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2014 Bike MS Results

On behalf of myself and the Panhandle Amateur Radio Club, I want to thank everyone for participating in Bike MS 2014. We had an excellent turnout of volunteers for the event and the ride was successful and safe, thanks to all of you. There were many  situations during the race that simply could not have been handled without the use of amateur radio for communications because of the lack of cell phone signal coverage along the cycling route. Thank you for volunteering. The lessons learned from our participation in this event are immeasurable and will help to ensure that our local radio operators are prepared and trained to assist in providing communications to support our community in times of disaster or emergency. Furthermore, this event simply would not be as safe and possible without your support. Your professionalism, dedication, and participation are greatly appreciated.

Towards the end of the event, we began a conversation over the air suggesting ways to streamline and improve our performance in this event in the future. The following are some considerations that were noted.

  1. SAG Operations: We will be taking steps to coordinate the SAG operation better by putting the SAG communicators directly under the responsibility of Matthew Carter, KF5CBT, the Bike MS SAG coordinator at least two months prior to the event for better coordination and instruction.
  2. SAG Operations: Portable APRS all-in-one units in each SAG vehicle would aid in streamlining logistics
  3. SAG Operations: All SAG vehicles need to be marked with magnetic signs, amber lights, and should be equipped with medical kits in addition to the kits that are already at each rest stop.
  4. General Route Improvement: The route could be marked better with signs for vehicles supporting the event and to make the route more visible and safe by making the public more aware of the cyclists on the road
  5. General Route Improvement: One cyclist complained that the diesel sweeper truck was too loud and it felt like the sweeper truck was “stalking” the cyclist at 100 yards. The sweeper truck and supply truck drivers should be more mindful of the louder diesel support vehicles.
  6. Ham Radio Logistics:  We need to develop a “Floating Comms” position to provide better logistical support. This position would be responsible for transporting lunches to all of the volunteers at rest stops 4, 5, and 6 which are located prior to the lunch rest stop, and to rest stops 8, 9 and 10 which are located after the lunch rest stop. This float position can remain flexible to provide other logistical support as needed.
  7. Breakfast: We need to find a suitable and agreeable location for a breakfast meeting prior to the event next year.
  8. Sweeper Truck: The sweeper truck needs signage and amber lighting to provide better visibility and safety for the cyclists.
  9. Sweeper Truck/Setup Truck: We need 5 gallon water jug and 5 gallon water cooler racks for both trucks.
  10. Day 2 Rest Stops: One cyclist commented that we should have TWO rest stops on day two rather than a single stop for the 50 mile route.

Please submit any and all other suggestions to Chris Seright, KE5ZRT, at 806-231-4227 or KE5ZRT@gmail.com for consideration. We want to support this event in the best way possible  and your input and feedback are critical.

Thank you again, to all who volunteered to support this event and I look forward to your feedback and participation for years to come.

Day One Location Time Call Sign Name
Net Control A Approximately 100 yards behind the lead cyclist(s) to mark the race on APRS 06:00 KD5ROK Cory and Veronica Elliott
Net Control B Assigned rest stops 06:00 KD5DYP 

KF5QDD

Adair and Mysti Winter
Sweeper Approximately 100 yards behind the tail cyclist(s) to mark the race on APRS 06:00 KE5ZRT 

KF5TCY

Chris and Sarah Seright
RS 1 Miles from start: 13.9 

Identifier: At “Home  Elevator company” gravel parking lot

06:00 KD5DYP 

KF5QDD

Adair and Mysti Winter
RS 2 Miles from start:  23.5 

Identifier: Will be near curve in road where 1258 and Parsley road meet. Gravel road leading to big, red equestrian barn, behind windmill.

06:30
RS 3 Miles from start: 36.2Identifier: Intersection of FM 1258 and County Road 6. Gate has sign identifying the ranch behind it.  Also by a windmill. 07:00 KC5HQY Daniel Blount
RS 4 Miles from start:  45.8 

Identifier: Northern Natural Gas: Claude Compressor Station

07:30 KF5MUA Bill Lewis
RS 5 Miles from start: 52.6 

Identifier: SAG stop; pull off shoulder area. This is a large dirt pull off area on the west (right) side of the road. You can also see a dirt road going up the hill just slightly to the south on the same side of the road. This location is IMMEDIATELY before beginning the descent down into the canyon. There is a road grade sign here.

08:00 N5BNU John Kimber
RS 6 Miles from start: 58.1 

Identifier: This is a large dirt pull-off area at the bottom of the canyon on Hwy. 207 on the west (right) side of the road. There is a gate identifying “Red Rock Ranch.” Set up SOUTH of the gate. Gate should not be blocked. There is plenty of room.

08:30 W5RAW Raymond Winter
RS 7 (Lunch) Miles from start: 61.6Identifier: Top of hill in graveled shoulder curve on west (right) side of 207. Same as last year (was rest stop 6 last year). This is also lunch. 09:00 KF5IDK Kim and Jinnee Parr and TX Militia Volunteers
RS 8 Miles from start: 72.4 

Identifier: This is just west of where 285 dead ends and turns west (left) at Wayside. The rest stop is located at the town gas station—a blue-gray building also known as Watson Oil Co.  Stamped event post cards are available here. When rest stop closes please deliver post cards to the gas station or the home next door and they will mail them.

09:15 KD5DYP 

KF5QDD

Adair and Mysti Winter
RS 9 Miles from start: 81.3 

Identifier: Entrance to Ceta Canyon, on the northeast shoulder of 285.

09:30 KB5WUF David Hundley
RS 10 Miles from start: 92.4 

Identifier: South side shoulder of Lawrence Rd (Where I-27 and frontage road meet), directly east of the TxDOT parking area.

09:30 KF5TTJ Jerry Lister
Day Two Location Time Call Sign Name
Net Control 06:30 KD5DYP 

KF5QDD

Adair and Mysti Winter
Sweeper 06:30 KE5ZRT 

KF5TCY

Chris and Sarah Seright
RS1 Miles from start: 23.76 

Identifier: South side shoulder of Lawrence Rd (Where I-27 and frontage road meet), directly east of the TxDOT parking area.

06:30 KD5ROK Cory and Veronica Elliott
SAG Crew Location Time Call Sign Name
Supply 1 06:30 KF5CBS Bill Brownlee
Supply 2
SAG 7 RS 6-7 06:30 KF5CBT Matthew Carter
SAG 3 with Tammye Jackson 06:00 KF5TII David Lister
SAG 9 RS 8-9 KE5ZTZ Tony Ralf
SAG 12 roving 06:00 KC5EZO Don Brostow
SAG 13 roving 06:00 KF5NKV Matt Kirkpatrick
Tour Director KF5CBR April Brownlee

 

 


SKYWARN ACTIVATION ALERT 6/8/2014

NWS AMA has requested SKYWARN activation at 6:00 PM today. NCS will be KE5ZRT & KF5TCY. All participating stations please check-in on any Caprock Intertie linked repeater system as you are available.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CURRENT HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

CLICK HERE TO RECEIVE SKYWARN ALERT MESSAGES TO YOUR CELL PHONE ***This, along with on-air notifications, is our official PARC ARES SKYWARN notification system.

 


SKYWARN ACTIVATION ANTICIPATED 6-7-14

Thank you all for your dedication and professionalism during the SKYWARN net yesterday evening. We have another round of storms coming in this afternoon and spotter activation is anticipated. Please monitor the Caprock Intertie linked repeater system for further details.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

 


SKYWARN ACTIVATION ALERT 6/6/2014

NWS AMA has requested SKYWARN activation at 3:00 PM today. NCS will be KE5ZRT, KF5TCY, & KD5ROK. All participating stations please check-in on any Caprock Intertie linked repeater system as you are available.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT VIDEO UPDATE FROM NWS AMA

CLICK HERE FOR THE CURRENT HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

CLICK HERE TO RECEIVE SKYWARN ALERT MESSAGES TO YOUR CELL PHONE ***This, along with on-air notifications, is our official PARC ARES SKYWARN notification system.


Bike MS: Valero Ride the Rim, June 21-22 2014

Saturday and Sunday June 21st & 22nd

For us Amateur Radio operators, the Bike MS event serves two purposes. First and foremost, it is a fun time to get together and give back to the community. We always have a lot of fun with this event each year. Second, and also equally important, it is practice for an actual emergency situation in which Amateur Radio operators would be called upon to provide emergency communications. For more information, visit the Event’s Website

Enjoy the weekend and put your hobby to a good use for a wonderful cause. Helping with the Bike MS Valero Ride the Rim is where the true spirit of amateur radio thrives. Let’s keep active with public service events and keep amateur radio alive and useful!

Bike MS Valero Ride the Rim encircles the picturesque Palo Duro Canyon. Second only to The Grand Canyon, Palo Duro Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the south. The routes include fully-stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, a great lunch stop each day and safety provided by volunteer nurses, HAM radio operators, law enforcement and motorcycle escorts and bike repair courtesy of OE Sports and Sun Adventure Sports. We start, finish and overnight from the beautiful campus of West Texas A&M University, with a trip down into historic Palo Duro Canyon State Park on day two.

2014 Schedule of Events

REST STOP LOCATIONS AND COORDINATES 2014

FINAL revised map 2014

Bike MS APRS Map

FINAL Radio communicator welcome packet 2014

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Day One starts Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m., on the campus of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. The route makes a loop around the rim of Palo Duro Canyon. Route options include 35 miles, 75 miles and a century (105 miles.)

Day Two begins Sunday morning at 8 a.m. on the WTAMU campus. Riders have the choice of a 25-mile or 50-mile route. Both routes take riders to the entrance to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Riders will be bused in to the state park for brunch and photo opportunities and then bused back out to ride back to the WTAMU campus.

Meals

  • Free lunch/snacks—rest stops catered (generally sandwiches, mixed nuts, fruit, etc.), but bring a sack lunch in case your duties at the rest stops and along the route prevent you from eating the meals provided.
  • Free dinner Saturday evening at WTAMU
  • Free breakfast Sunday morning at WTAMU
  • Free brunch Sunday in Palo Duro Canyon
  • Free lunch Sunday afternoon at WTAMU

 

I want to thank everyone for helping with the 2014 Bike MS Valero Ride the Rim event. Enjoy the weekend and put your hobby to a good use for a wonderful cause.

To volunteer for an available position, call Chris Seright, KE5ZRT, at 806-231-4227 or email: KE5ZRT@gmail.com

We need volunteers for Net Control Operators, Rest Stop Communicators, Sweeper Truck Communicator, and Safety and Gear (SAG) Communicators. SAG Communicator is our hardest volunteer position to fill. The MS Society is providing all of their own Safety and Gear (SAG) vehicles and drivers due to liabilities. Again, due to liabilities, a SAG driver cannot communicate via radio, phone, or otherwise while transporting a rider. We desperately need to place a communicator in each of their vehicles if possible. A 70cm HT and a mag mount antenna will be sufficient. This is a great way to participate without spending your own gas money!

 

Day One Location Time Call Sign Name
Net Control A Approximately 100 yards behind the lead cyclist(s) to mark the race on APRS 06:00 KD5ROK Cory and Veronica Elliott
Net Control B Assigned rest stops 06:00 KD5DYP 

KF5QDD

Adair and Mysti Winter
Sweeper Approximately 100 yards behind the tail cyclist(s) to mark the race on APRS 06:00 KE5ZRT 

KF5TCY

Chris and Sarah Seright
RS 1 Miles from start: 13.9 

Identifier: At “Home  Elevator company” gravel parking lot

06:00 KD5DYP 

KF5QDD

Adair and Mysti Winter
RS 2 Miles from start:  23.5 

Identifier: Will be near curve in road where 1258 and Parsley road meet. Gravel road leading to big, red equestrian barn, behind windmill.

06:30 W5FQZ Levi Knebusch
RS 3 Miles from start: 36.2Identifier: Intersection of FM 1258 and County Road 6. Gate has sign identifying the ranch behind it.  Also by a windmill. 07:00 KC5HQY Daniel Blount
RS 4 Miles from start:  45.8 

Identifier: Northern Natural Gas: Claude Compressor Station

07:30 KF5MUA Bill Lewis
RS 5 Miles from start: 52.6 

Identifier: SAG stop; pull off shoulder area. This is a large dirt pull off area on the west (right) side of the road. You can also see a dirt road going up the hill just slightly to the south on the same side of the road. This location is IMMEDIATELY before beginning the descent down into the canyon. There is a road grade sign here.

08:00 N5BNU John Kimber
RS 6 Miles from start: 58.1 

Identifier: This is a large dirt pull-off area at the bottom of the canyon on Hwy. 207 on the west (right) side of the road. There is a gate identifying “Red Rock Ranch.” Set up SOUTH of the gate. Gate should not be blocked. There is plenty of room.

08:30 W5RAW Raymond Winter
RS 7 (Lunch) Miles from start: 61.6Identifier: Top of hill in graveled shoulder curve on west (right) side of 207. Same as last year (was rest stop 6 last year). This is also lunch. 09:00 KF5IDK Kim and Jinnee Parr and TX Militia Volunteers
RS 8 Miles from start: 72.4 

Identifier: This is just west of where 285 dead ends and turns west (left) at Wayside. The rest stop is located at the town gas station—a blue-gray building also known as Watson Oil Co.  Stamped event post cards are available here. When rest stop closes please deliver post cards to the gas station or the home next door and they will mail them.

09:15 KD5DYP 

KF5QDD

Adair and Mysti Winter
RS 9 Miles from start: 81.3 

Identifier: Entrance to Ceta Canyon, on the northeast shoulder of 285.

09:30 KB5WUF David Hundley
RS 10 Miles from start: 92.4 

Identifier: South side shoulder of Lawrence Rd (Where I-27 and frontage road meet), directly east of the TxDOT parking area.

09:30 KF5TTJ Jerry Lister
Day Two Location Time Call Sign Name
Net Control 06:30 KD5DYP 

KF5QDD

Adair and Mysti Winter
Sweeper 06:30 KE5ZRT 

KF5TCY

Chris and Sarah Seright
RS1 Miles from start: 23.76 

Identifier: South side shoulder of Lawrence Rd (Where I-27 and frontage road meet), directly east of the TxDOT parking area.

06:30 KD5ROK Cory and Veronica Elliott
SAG Crew Location Time Call Sign Name
Supply 1 06:30 KF5CBS Bill Brownlee
Supply 2
SAG 7 RS 6-7 06:30 KF5CBT Matthew Carter
SAG 3 with Tammye Jackson 06:00 KF5TII David Lister
SAG 9 RS 8-9 KE5ZTZ Tony Ralf
SAG 12 roving 06:00 KC5EZO Don Brostow
SAG 13 roving 06:00 KF5NKV Matt Kirkpatrick
Tour Director KF5CBR April Brownlee
Repeaters Frequency PL Tone
Amarillo 444.200 88.5
Canyon 443.650 88.5
Wayside 444.575 88.5
Talk Around 146.520

 


AMA NWS Spotter Information Statement 4/22/14

STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS MAINLY THE EASTERN HALF OF THE PANHANDLES WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. DAMAGING WINDS TO 70 MPH AND HAIL UP TO BASEBALL SIZE WILL BE THE MAIN THREATS.

SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

SPOTTERS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS EAST OF A GUYMON TO AMARILLO LINE SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING… AND BE READY FOR SEVERE WEATHER OPERATIONS.

Click here for the full AMA NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook


Spotter Information Statement from NWS 4/18/14

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA
PANHANDLES.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY.

THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS MUCH OF THE OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS
PANHANDLES SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. ANY STORMS THAT DEVELOP ARE EXPECTED
TO REMAIN BELOW SEVERE LEVELS AT THIS TIME.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME.

$$

ANDRADE

 


AAR: Red Cross Disaster Drill 3-1-14

The PARC ARES group participated in a statewide Red Cross disaster drill today by providing local UHF communications from disaster relief assessment teams to the local Red Cross HQ, and HF communications from the Texas Panhandle Red Cross group to the East Texas chapter which was supported by the Smith County ARES team. We had some successes, and some failures as well, but we learned from our mistakes and I look forward to supporting future Red Cross activity. More importantly, we were able to establish a working relationship with Monica Lea, the new director of the panhandle chapter. Monica has invited us back to support an upcoming wildfire drill, and a large statewide shelter drill in June. The shelter drill will occur in simultaneously in all Texas Panhandle counties and we will need operators to assist from each county for the event to be a success. I will provide more information very soon.

I invited the AAN9TXA Amarillo DHS/TSA MARS team to shadow our event as a learning experience. The TSA MARS team trains to provide emergency communications during disaster events at a federal level. Because of a scheduling conflict with the PARC monthly meeting, and the Elk City hamfest, and last minute cancellations, we had a lack of ham volunteers. The ham radio licensed MARS operators eagerly volunteered to assist in this drill. Their assistance was greatly appreciated and and they did an excellent job.

I want to personally thank all who participated and encourage others to volunteer for future events.

Participants:

  • KD5ROK Cory Elliot, ARES Volunteer
  • KE5ZRT Chris Seright, ARES Volunteer
  • KF5TCY Sarah Seright, ARES Volunteer, DHS/TSA employee, Super Amazing Wife
  • KF5PUU Sharon Buckley, AAN9TXA DHS/TSA MARS team member
  • KF5PUQ Ricky Davis, AAN9TXA DHS/TSA MARS team member
  • N9RTT John Cummins, American Red Cross volunteer

Special thanks to WR9B Robert Bruse for the use of his backyard repeater which provided excellent HT coverage for the neighborhood we worked in, and KE5WRT James Hiers and K5KBV Ed Krizan for loaning HT radios for the event.

73 de KE5ZRT

 

 

 

 


Update: Red Cross Disaster Drill Saturday 3/1/14

AMARILLO, TEXAS — The Panhandle is home to some of the nation’s fiercest weather and the Amarillo Chapter of the American Red Cross will be conducting a tornado disaster drill this Saturday.

The Texas Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross, along with over 20 other Texas Red Cross chapters, will take part in the statewide simulated disaster response test. The group participated in a similar drill in 2011 along with limited PARC ARES assistance.

More than 600 disaster assessment volunteers will participate in the scenario. Those volunteers will handle mock conditions after reports of dangerous storms.

Other American Red Cross chapters participating are in Beaumont, Austin, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Dallas, Pampa, El Paso, Houston, Waco, Kerrville, Wichita Falls, Orange, Brownwood, Bay City, San Antonio, Tyler, Harlingen, Midland, Denison and Texarkana.

The Panhandle Amateur Radio Club (PARC) Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Group will be assisting with this drill.

The PARC ARES group is proud to be able to assist the Amarillo Red Cross in this drill. Additionally, we look forward to assisting the chapter in selecting and assembling their own radio equipment, and we are eager to assist with training Red Cross volunteers to become new ham radio operators as well.

Please contact Chris Seright, KE5ZRT, to volunteer to assist with this drill. 806-231-4227, KE5ZRT@Gmail.com

We will operate locally on the PARC W5WX UHF repeater, and report at the end of the day to Red Cross HQ in Dallas on 40M SSB phone depending on operating conditions.

Updated 2/25/2014

Here is the general schedule for the drill. For those that have volunteered, I am super grateful! We will utilize the PARC UHF repeater 444.475/449.575 PL 88.5 for local communications.

Day of the Exercise

0800–The Exercise Controller, support volunteers, DA Supervisor, HAM supervisory workers report to the Amarillo office at 1800 S Harrison St. The Controller and support volunteers prepare exercise materials and place signs in the neighborhood. The DA Supervisor prepares street sheets, maps, and other applicable information for the DA Teams. HAM supervisory workers will set up any necessary equipment.

0900–The DA Teams and radio operators arrive and receive their briefing and materials. They depart to begin their assessments.

1200–Teams return to the headquarters for a brief AAR and lunch.

1400–DA Supervisors submit the final 5233 form to the Disaster Program Manager and information is transmitted to HQ via HF relay


2014 SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training

Krissy Scotten, Warning Coordination Meteorologist NWS AMA, will be presenting a SKYWARN certification class for the PARC ARES group on Tuesday February 11th at 19:30 at the AES Building located at 1900 Line Avenue in Amarillo, TX. This class will be open to the public. If you are unable to attend the SKYWARN Training scheduled for our ARES meeting, the 2014 Spotter Training Schedule is available here.

SKYWARN is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service’s (NWS) severe weather spotting program with nearly 290,000 trained volunteers nationwide. Since the late 1960s, trained SKYWARN spotters have helped support the NWS’ primary mission of protecting life and property through the issuance of severe weather warnings. These dedicated citizens help keep their local community safe by conveying severe weather reports to their local NWS Forecast Office. SKYWARN spotters are integral to the success of our Nation’s severe weather warning system.

Every year the NWS conducts SKYWARN spotter training sessions. The NWS currently has 122 Weather Forecast Offices across the nation, each with a Warning Coordination Meteorologist, who is responsible for administering the SKYWARN program in their local area. There is no charge and a typical class takes about 2 hours to conduct.

Storm Spotter certification is required every two years, but please consider attending this class even if your certification has not expired. If you are not currently a SKYWARN spotter and you are interested in joining our volunteer group you are welcome to attend this training as well.

SKYWARN® is a registered trademark of NOAA’s National Weather Service.  Rules for the usage of the SKYWARN name and logo are available here.

For more information about SKYWARN, please click here.

If you are interested in joining ARES, please click here.

If you are interested in Amateur Radio, please click here.

 


January Ham Cram Results

Four individuals attended the Ham Cram on January 11th. One gentleman left early due to prior engagements and of the three that completed the study session, two (a husband and wife couple from Spearman) successfully obtained their Amateur Technician Class Operator Licenses. Congratulations to Clay and Crystal Scribner! We look forward to meeting you on the air. The next Ham Cram study session will be April 12, 2014.

I am grateful to Carl Jeans N5YXN, John Laur KF5SAB, John Ashcroft K5FS, Dan McCabe WA8YYE, Sarah Seright KF5TCY,  and Brad Miskimen N5LUL for their assistance.

73 de KE5ZRT Chris Seright

 


Winter Survival Kit: 10 Things to Keep in Your Car

Remember the uncle you had that was always so prepared about everything? He was the guy who kept a perfect log of his vehicle maintenance in the glovebox. He knew who the most trustworthy mechanic in town was. He washed and waxed his own car. And, he had a survival kit in his trunk for winter and summer.

Winter is tough on vehicles and travel. Snow, cold temperatures, ice, slush and salt play havoc on a vehicle and our driving. The odds of us having a driving emergency is much greater in winter than in the other three seasons.

So, it pays to keep a kit in your trunk with all he things your are likely to need. Some auto parts stores and mass merchandisers like Walmart or Target sell these as a bundle in their own carrying case. But if you don’t find one that meets your price, and you want to combine new purchases with stuff you already have to save money, then here is your packing list. By the way, this makes a nice holiday gift for a loved on, but should be mandatory for the kid who is off to college with a car in a snow-belt school.

  • Blanket: If you are stuck with a car that won’t start, or that has conked out, and have to wait in cold weather for help, you will want a decent warm blanket as an extra layer.
  • Snow shovel: Get a short-handled shovel, probably a coal-type shovel, to stow in the trunk in case you need to remove snow from around the wheels of your vehicle. You can buy plastic ones, but you may want to opt for a metal one in case you also need to chip at some ice or compacted snow.
  • Flashlight: Self explanatory. Keep a good-sized, water-proof flashlight with fresh batteries in case your breakdown is at night. Pack emergency candles too, as a back-up.
  • Hand warmers: Available at camping stores. Smash the bag and the chemical reaction inside creates warmth to defrost fingers that may be trying to change a tire or fiddle with an engine.
  • Matches: You never know when you will have to manufacture heat. It’s better than rubbing tow cld, snowy sticks together, hoping for the best.
  • Bottle of water and a few protein, snack bars. You hear of people surviving on ketchup packets that have fallen between the seats, but some planning will yield a better menu under emergency conditions.
  • Syphon Pump: If being out of gas is your problem, and you get offered help by a good samaritan, you want t be able to get a gallon or two of gas out of another gas tank to get you going quickly.
  • Lightsticks: These cost almost nothing at a dollar store and can be used either as a iight source or to wear in case you are shoveling snow around your wheels at night.
  • Flares: These should be in your trunk in all seasons for putting next to your car if you are pulled over in distress.
  • Whistle: It can be used to either signal for help to someone who can’t hear you yell, or to scare someone who may be trying to take advantage of your distress.
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    http://www.weather.com/life/safety/autosafety/article/winter-survival-kit_2011-10-30


    November ARES Meeting – Audio Recording

    PARC had a fantastic turnout to the ARES meeting held November 12. Thanks to everyone who came and for the renewed interest in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. If you were unable to attend the meeting, an audio recording of the meeting is available below.

    Presentation by: Troy Reno, DEC, WTX

    PanhandleARES-2013-11-12


    2013 SKYWARN Recognition Day 12/6/13

    December 7, 2013, from 0000z to 2359z
    (Local Time: 6 pm Friday December 6th to 6 pm Saturday December 7th) 

    SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

    Eddie Wood N5SUJ has again agreed to bring out his tower trailer, and Raymond Winter W5RAW will be setting up his HF radio. We need volunteers to assist in setting up the operating station on Friday at around 4 pm. We also need volunteers who are interested in operating the radio in shifts during the 24 hour period. Please contact the POC for this event, Chris Seright KE5ZRT, to make arrangements. KE5ZRT@Gmail.com

    Click here for operating procedures

    Click here for photos from last year’s event

     


    ARES Meeting 11/12/13 7:30 PM

    Please note the important upcoming ARES meeting and attend if you can!

    There will be a meeting of the Panhandle ARES on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30pm in the Amarillo Emergency Services building at 1900 Line Avenue. Troy Reno, our newly appointed District Emergency Coordinator (DEC), will be here to meet us and review the recent Borger Emergency Preparedness drill. He would like to meet all those who are involved in ARES, Skywarn and/or interested in supporting the hospital amateur radio Stations. Troy has been around the Panhandle meeting the county EC’s and checking out the hospital facilities. We would like to get as many of those interested in ARES and hospital support (RAC) there to meet Troy.

    Hope to see you there.

     

     


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    • Webcast to Feature Arduino for Ham Radio Author Glen Popiel, KW5GP
      Glen Popiel, KW5GP, author of the newly released ARRL publication Arduino for Ham Radio will be the featured guest on a webcast on Thursday, October 30, at 0100 UTC by Tom Medlin, W5KUB. Arduino devices are powerful and inexpensive microcontrollers, and they are an easy way for radio amateurs, students, and professionals to create devices that interact with […]
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    • Federal Aid Programs for the State of New Mexico Declaration
      Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the state of New Mexico.Assistance for the State, Tribal and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required: Language English […]
    • President Declares Disaster for New Mexico
      WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of New Mexico to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of September 15-26, 2014. Language English […]
    • Two Years After Sandy, Most Of New Jersey’s Boardwalks Rebuilt
      EATONTOWN, N.J. – Many of the boardwalks in New Jersey that were damaged or destroyed during Hurricane Sandy have been successfully rebuilt in the two years that have passed since the storm. Language English […]
    • State, Federal & Tribal Recovery Partners Collaborate & Coordinate on New Mexico Federal Disaster Declaration
      SANTA FE – Getting disaster aid quickly into the hands of eligible state agencies, tribal governments, certain nonprofits, community ditch associations and other local government entities affected by the July 27–August 5, 2014 flooding is a collaborative goal of the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NM DHSEM) and the Federa […]
    • Federal Disaster Assistance Includes Right of Appeal
      WARREN, Mich. – Michigan residents who receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) saying they do not qualify for disaster assistance have the right to appeal.An applicant has 60 days from the date of the determination letter to appeal the FEMA decision.“Sometimes the letter only means that FEMA needs more information,” said Michigan […]
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