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Decision Support Symposium–October 26th and 27th, 2010


October 26th and 27th, 2010.  Please register for the symposium using this link.


Amarillo Community College Polk Street Campus, Business and Industry Center.  Amarillo, Texas.  (DIRECTIONS)


This year, the Decision Support Symposium will focus on a few themes:

  • Preparedness
    • How can the local NWS Office become better prepared to serve the decision making community?
    • How do decision makers prepare for high impact events, and what lessons can the NWS learn from these examples?
  • Relationships
    • What is the importance in building relationships with the various agencies involved in decision making?
    • How can we build these effective relationships?
  • Societal Impacts
    • How does the public respond during high impact events?
    • What can be done to illicit positive decisions/behaviors during these events?
  • Big Impacts In Small Places
    • What challenges face rural communities during high impact events?
    • How can the NWS better understand and provide for the needs of rural communities?


To help National Weather Service Offices:

  • Build stronger relationships with the Decision Support Community
  • Provide improved Decision Support products and services
  • Develop a better understanding of roles in the Decision Support Community
  • Lay the foundation for future Decision Support products and services 

Also, to help our partners in the Decision Support Community:

  • Discuss their needs during high impact events 
  • Gain a better understanding of how the National Weather Service can be utilized for decision making
    • Learn what products and services the National Weather Service can provide
    • What we can provide now and in the future
  • Learn the roles of other agencies and how they respond during high impact events


By providing an open forum to discuss Decision Support services including: partner needs, societal impacts, lessons learned, effective communication techniques, and innovation.


The target audience are those in the Decision Support community including (but not limited to):

  • National Weather Service
  • Emergency Managers/County Judges
  • Forest Service/Fire Departments
  • Law Enforcement
  • Media
  • School Districts
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Department of Transportation/Public Works
  • Red Cross/Volunteer Disaster Agencies
  • BWXT Pantex

Speakers and Topics:

  • Tom Bradshaw-Meteorological Services Branch Chief, Southern Region Headquarters, Fort Worth: High Impact events across the southern region of the United States
  • Ken Grahm-Meteorologist in Charge, WFO Slidell (New Orleans): Supporting Deepwater Horizon
  • Kevin Starbuck-Potter/Randal County Emergency Management Coordinator: The Importance of Collocation During a High Impact Event
  • David Solis-Regional Liason Officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety
  • John Zeitler-Science and Operations Officer (SOO), WFO Austin/San Antonio: NWS Full Scale Simulations using the NASA Model
  • Darone Jones-Societal Impacts Program Manager, Western Region Headquarters, Salt Lake City: SAFER Concepts
  • Mark Strobin-Forecaster, WFO Monterey/San Francisco: Building Effective Relationships with the Coast Guard
  • Rich Okulski-Warning Coordination Meteorologist, WFO Memphis: Decision Support for the Beale Street Music Festival
  • Mike Chapman-Associate Scientist with Earth System Research Laboratory Global Systems Division of NCAR, Boulder, CO: Decision Support Systems for the Transportation Industry
  • John Brost-Forecaster, WFO Amarillo: Are We Ready? Results from a NWS Operational Forecaster Survey

Silent Key Garage Sale 8/21/10

  • Gateway Desktop Computer with LCD monitor, Windows XP Operating System, Purchased 2006
  • Kenwood TS 450s
  • Kenwood TS 830s
  • Yaesu FT 221 old 2m base station
  • Astron Power Supply RS-35amp
  • Motorola crystal controlled 2m mobile radio
  • Yaesu FT-1500m mobile 2m radio
  • Hammerlund speaker
  • D-104 mic
  • 2 meter beam on the pole
  • 32” Sony wide screen CRT Television
  • 80/40 wire antenna
  • Icom 218 HT

Make an offer Saturday morning August 21st, 2010 at Tex’s house 1101 Callahan St Amarillo, TX For inquiries contact: Dwight Sumner, Tex’s son, KA5KRP, 214 284-5342

Tri-State Fair Parade Saturday September 18, 2010

A few months ago, during an ARES meeting, I mentioned that I thought it would be a good idea for us to get involved in local parades to draw public attention and interest to our hobby. At that point, without hesitation, I was nominated and elected (railroaded!) as the parade committee chairperson. At the club meeting last Saturday, I proposed that we participate in the upcoming Tri-State Fair Parade on Saturday September 18th and everyone agreed.

Eddie, N5SUJ, agreed to let us use his tower trailer for an easy and effective parade float, with the tower upright but collapsed as low as possible for clearance under the street lights. K5BOB offered to loan us a hex beam antenna for an awesome visual effect. Also, it would be nice to have as many storm chase vehicles, light bars, and mobile antenna clusters as possible. I have printed about 800 business cards containing information on amateur radio and advertising for the and sites. Also, we have a couple of vinyl banners that are used at Field Day that could be put to use for this purpose.

Is it possible for someone to demonstrate CW over a loudspeaker using a keyer?—That might be really cool too!

In summary, we need the following volunteers:

  • 2  or more storm chase vehicles
  • 2 or more mobile units with numerous antennas
  • 2 or more people to walk the route and hand out candy and cards
  • somebody to handle a keyer demonstration

Please post your comments and suggestions here at the Panhandle ARES website. If you would like to volunteer to assist with this event, or if you have any questions, feel free to call my cell: 806 231-4227

73, KE5ZRT

Update 9/5/10: Our parade assignment number is #110, so we are near the end of the parade. Volunteers need to be at the staging area at 15th and Filmore no later than 9:00, and we will need to be ready to start the parade at 10:00 on Saturday September 18th. 

Terra (KE5ZRU) and I (KE5ZRT) will be riding our mobile/bicycle rigs. Eddie (N5SUJ) will be towing his tower trailer and I have a 2m beam antenna for it. Adair (KD5DYP) has taken care of putting together a CW audio loop to play over loudspeakers. Cory (KD5ROK) and James (KE5WRT) will be driving their storm spotter vehicles–If someone wants to drive my storm spotter vehicle, that would be great. Brad (N5LUL) and Adair (KD5DYP) will be driving their mobile antenna farms. Ronnie (N5ZLU) has volunteered to walk the route and hand out amateur radio literature and candy–we need one more volunteer to walk the parade with Ronnie. Eugene (K5FEO) and his kids will be riding the float/trailer.

Texas State ARRL Convention and Austin Summerfest 2010

The Texas State ARRL Convention and Austin Summerfest 2010 will be held at the Austin Airport Marriott South on August 6th and 7th. Registration Friday begins at 5:00 PM. Indoor swapfest doors open at 6:00 PM and close at 9:00 PM.  Doors open Saturday at 8:00 AM with swapping until 3:30 PM and dealers and sessions until 4:30 PM. More Summerfest information at 

Summerfest has made arrangements with the Marriott hotel and the adjacent SpringHill Suites for a special per room night rate. The rate is good for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Call 1-800-228-9290 and request a room from either the Austin Airport Marriott South or the Springhill Suites Austin South at the Austin Summerfest rate to get the special pricing.  Hope to see you in Austin at the hamfest or one of the many forums.  73, John Dyer, AE5B ARRL Section Manager West Texas Section ARRL – The National Association for Amateur Radio tm

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