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2013 PARC ARRL Field Day June 22-23

What Is Field Day?

Amateur Radio operators have been transmitting from “the field” ever since radio has been around. Since 1933, the American Radio Relay League – the National Association for Amateur Radio – has formalized this activity for one weekend each June, called Field Day. During Field Day, over 35,000 “hams” across the United States, Canada, and many other countries take their radio gear out of their homes and set up temporary stations almost anywhere imaginable: public parks, beaches, mountaintops, baseball diamonds, atop parking garages, and yes, even in fields. They do so as part of a local club, with just a friend or two or their family, or individually. In 2011, over 1.4 million radio contacts were made between Amateur Radio operators during the Field Day weekend.

 

Why do hams do this?

Many radio clubs treat Field Day as a way to keep their communications skills up in case they are needed for an emergency. Still others treat it as a competitive event and try to make as many contacts as they possibly can (good clubs will make several thousand in a weekend). Some enjoy setting up in a public place, such as a neighborhood park or the parking lot of a shopping center, to help educate the public about what Amateur Radio is and what we do.

Perhaps the best reason is, it’s simply fun! Combining the great outdoors with radio fun makes for a great weekend. Setting up an Amateur Radio station in the field, often using makeshift antennas and a power source off the commercial power grid, is at the very essence of the DIY (Do It Yourself) spirit that runs through the Amateur Radio community. Hams use Field Day to teach the general public (and themselves, too) about what it takes to reliably communicate with a person across the country, without using the Internet or a cell phone network. They learn about electronics, physics and geography, and often use “green” energy sources (such as solar or wind power) to power their transmitters.

Communication takes place via a variety of methods. You can use a microphone and talk to people, interface your computer to a radio and type messages back and forth, or even use the tried-and-true method of Morse code; it’s been around since the 1840s and is still very much alive today.

 

Sound like a lot of fun?

It is! If you’d like to learn more about Amateur Radio, follow the links listed below. If you‘re reading this because a local club pointed you here, be sure to ask when that club is having its next meeting; they’d be happy to welcome new people interested in learning more about Amateur Radio.

 

2013 PARC ARRL Field Day

The Panhandle Amateur Radio Club will participate in Field Day from the center of the new WTAMU Buffalo Sports Park across from the Activity Center in Canyon Texas. This decision was made out of necessity because PARC will be supporting the 2013 Bike MS fundraising event simultaneously from the same location, which will make things a lot easier logistically. Additionally, it is an excellent public location with all the amenities and food we need, at no cost to the club! Setup will begin at about 8:30 AM and the contest will begin at noon on Saturday and end at noon on Sunday.

The site offers a large, flat, grassy area that is well lit with restrooms very nearby. There is no access to commercial mains electricity and we do not have an available facility for indoor operations.

Click HERE for a map

PARC will enter Field Day as a category 2A, meaning a maximum of 2 transmitters may be used simultaneously and we will operate without commercial power.

 

PARC NEEDS VOLUNTEERS…

We need volunteers to help set up on Saturday, break down on Sunday, phone, CW, and digital operators, and captains to volunteer to head up each of the following Field Day operations. Please keep reading to see how you can help.

 

Stations:

 

Phone Station, Contacts=1 point

Captain: Mike McGlynn, W5MJM

 

CW Station, Contacts=2 points

Captain:

 

Digital Station, Contacts=2 points

Captain: Raymond Winter, W5RAW

 

Bonus Stations:

 

GOTA–Any Class A (or F) entry whose transmitter classification is two or more transmitters may also operate one additional station without changing its base entry category, known as the GET-ON-THE-AIR (GOTA) station. This GOTA station may operate on any Field Day band, HF or VHF, but is limited to one GOTA station transmitted signal at any time.

4.1.1.1. This station must use a different callsign from the primary Field Day station.The GOTA station must use the same callsign for the duration of the event regardless if operators change. The GOTA station uses the same exchange as its parent.

4.1.1.2. The GOTA station may be operated by any person licensed since the previous year’s Field Day, regardless of license class. It may also be operated by a generally inactive licensee. Non-licensed persons may participate under the direct supervision of an appropriate control operator. A list of operators and participants must be included on the required summary sheet to ARRL HQ.

4.1.1.3. As per FCC rules, this station must have a valid control operator present at the control point if operating beyond the license privileges of the participant using the station.

7.3.13.1. When a GOTA operator successfully completes 20 QSOs, they receive 20 bonus points. Upon reaching an additional 20 QSOs the same operator receives a second 20 bonus points, up to a maximum of 100 Bonus points per GOTA operator. An operator may make more than 100 QSOs but the QSOs over 100 do not qualify for an additional bonus.

7.3.13.1.1. Additional GOTA operators may earn the GOTA bonus points under this rule, up to the maximum of 500 bonus points. (Remember that there is a 500-QSO limit for the GOTA station. But no single GOTA operator may earn more than 100 of the GOTA bonus points except as provided in 7.3.13.2.)

7.3.13.1.2. A single GOTA operator must complete all 20 QSOs required before the bonus is earned. There is no “partial credit” for making only a portion of the 20 QSOs or “pooling” QSOs between operators.

7.3.13.2. If a GOTA station is supervised full-time by a GOTA Coach, the bonus points earned for each 20 QSOs completed under Rule 7.3.13.1. will be doubled.

7.3.13.2.1. The GOTA Coach supervises the operator of the station,doing such things as answering questions and talking them through contacts, but may not make QSOs or perform logging functions.

7.3.13.2.2. To qualify for this bonus, there must be a designated GOTA Coach present and supervising the GOTA station at all times it is being operated.

Captain:

 

Free VHF Station–Free VHF Station: All Class A entries may also operate one additional transmitter if it operates exclusively on any band or combination of bands above 50 MHz (VHF/UHF)without changing its basic entry classification. This station does not qualify for a 100-point bonus as an additional transmitter. This station may be operated for the clubs Field Day period and all contacts count for QSO credit. It is operated using the primary callsign and exchange of the main Field Day group and is separate and distinct from the GOTA station.

Captain:

 

Bonus Points:

 

Satellite–100 bonus points for successfully completing at least one QSO via an amateur radio satellite during the Field Day period. “General Rules for All ARRL Contests” (Rule3.7.2.), (the no-repeater QSO stipulation) is waived for satellite QSOs. Groups are allowed one dedicated satellite transmitter station without increasing their entry category. Satellite QSOs also count for regular QSO credit. Show them listed separately on the summary sheet as a separate”band.” You do not receive an additional bonus for contacting different satellites, though the additional QSOs may be counted for QSO credit unless prohibited under Rule 7.3.7.1. The QSO must be between two Earth stations through a satellite.

Captain: Neal Lowe, W5PVI

 

100% Emergency Power–100 points per transmitter classification if all contacts are made only using an emergency power source up to a total of 20 transmitters (maximum 2,000 points.) GOTA station and free VHF Station for Class A and F entries do not qualify for bonus point credit and should not be included in the club’s transmitter total. All transmitting equipment at the site must operate from a power source completely independent of the commercial power mains to qualify.

Captain: Chris Seright, KE5ZRT

 

Media Publicity–100 bonus points may be earned for attempting to obtain publicity from the local media. A copy of the press release, or a copy of the actual media publicity received(newspaper article, etc.) must be submitted to claim the points.

Captain: Carl Jeans, N5YXN

 

Public Location–100 points

Done. WTAMU Event Center

 

Public Information Table–100 bonus points for a Public Information Table at the Field Day site. The purpose is to make appropriate handouts and information available to the visiting public at the site. A copy of a visitor’s log, copies of club handouts or photos is sufficient evidence for claiming this bonus.

Captain:

 

Message Orientation to Section Manager–100 bonus points for origination of a National Traffic System (NTS) style formal message to the ARRL Section Manager or Section Emergency Coordinator by your group from its site. You should include the club name, number of participants, Field Day location, and number of ARES operators involved with your station. The message must be transmitted during the Field Day period and a fully serviced copy of it must be included in your submission, in standard ARRL NTS format, or no credit will be given. The Section Manager message is separate from the messages handled in Rule 7.3.6 (Message Handling) and may not be claimed for bonus points under that rule.

Captain: Neal Lowe, W5PVI

 

Message Handling–10 points for each formal NTS style originated, relayed or received and delivered during the Field Day period, up to a maximum of 100 points (ten messages). Properly serviced copies of each message must be included with the Field Day report. The message to the ARRL SM or SEC under Rule 7.3.5. does not count towards the total of 10 for this bonus.Available to all Classes. All NTS messages claimed for bonus points must leave or enter the site via amateur radio RF.

Captain: Neal Lowe, W5PVI

 

Alternate Power–100 bonus points for Field Day groups making a minimum of five QSOs without using power from commercial mains or petroleum driven generator. This means an”alternate” energy source of power, such as solar, wind, methane or water. This includes batteries charged by natural means (not dry cells). The natural power transmitter counts as an additional transmitter. If you do not wish to increase your operating category, you should take one of your other transmitters off the air while the natural power transmitter is in operation. A separate list of natural power QSOs should be submitted with your entry.

Captain: Raymond Winter, W5RAW

 

W1AW Bulletin–100 bonus points for copying the special Field Day bulletin transmitted by W1AW (or K6KPH) during its operating schedule during the Field Day weekend (listed in the rules announcement). An accurate copy of the message is required to be included in your Field Day submission. (Note: The Field Day bulletin must be copied via amateur radio. It will not be included in Internet bulletins sent out from Headquarters and will not be posted to Internet BBS sites.)

Captain: Neal Lowe, W5PVI

 

Educational activity bonus–One (1) 100-point bonus may be claimed if your Field Day operation includes a specific educational-related activity. The activity can be diverse and must be related to amateur radio. It must be some type of formal activity. It can be repeated during the Field Day period but only one bonus is earned. For more information consult the FAQ in the complete Field Day packet.

Captain: Neal Lowe, W5PVI

 

Site Visitation by an Elected Governmental Official–One (1) 100-point bonus may be claimed if your Field Day site is visited by an elected government official as the result of an invitation issued by your group.

Captain: Henry Jahnsen, N5HPJ

 

Site Visitation by a Representative of an Agency–One (1) 100-point bonus may be claimed if your Field Day site is visited by a representative of an agency served by ARES in your local community (American Red Cross, Salvation Army, local Emergency Management, law enforcement, etc.) as the result of an invitation issued by your group. ARRL officials (SM, SEC,DEC, EC, etc) do not qualify for this bonus.

Captain: Henry Jahnsen, N5HPJ

 

Web submission–A 50-point bonus may be claimed by a group submitting their Field Day entry via the www.b4h.net/cabforms web site.

Captain: Chris Seright, KE5ZRT

 

Field Day Youth Participation–A 20-point bonus (maximum of 100) may be earned by any Class A, C, D, E, or F group for each participant age 18 or younger at your Field Day operation that completes at least one QSO.

Captain:

 

Safety–Responsible for overall safety of club members and the general public during Field Day operations

Captain:

 

Networking and Logging–

Captain: Adair Winter, KD5DYP

 

Please contact Chris Seright, KE5ZRT, to volunteer to participate in PARC ARRL Field Day. 806-231-4227 KE5ZRT@gmail.com


There is only one rule change for Field Day in 2013: Stations operating as Class A or B may begin setting up at 0000 UTC on Friday (which will be Thursday 8:00 PM EDT, 7:00 CDT, 6:00 MDT and 5:00 PDT). The groups may start and stop their set-up, resuming the set-up later but may spend only maximum of 24 hours cumulative time for setting up their sites.

For a Field Day location near you, please see www.arrl.org/field-day-locator

For information and rules, please see www.arrl.org/field-day

For information about the ARRL, please see www.arrl.org

and www.arrl.org/reporter-media-information


2013 Bike MS, Ride the Rim, June 22-23

Saturday and Sunday June 22nd & 23rd

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 where 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 Wild West Ride is where the true spirit of amateur radio is. Let’s keep active with public service events and keep amateur radio alive and useful!

2013 Route Change! Bike MS: 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.

Day One starts Saturday morning at 7 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 for a total of 105 miles on day 1, with an option to stop at 100K (64 miles). The finish line is back at the campus of WTAMU.

Day Two begins and ends Sunday morning at 8 a.m. on the WTAMU campus and goes to the entrance to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Riders will be bused into the state park for brunch and photo opportunities and then bused back out to ride back to the WTAMU campus. The total on day 2 is 25 miles.

 

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 2013 Bike MS Ride the Rim event. Enjoy the weekend and put your hobby to a good use for a wonderful cause. Helping with the Bike MS fundraiser is where the true spirit of amateur radio is. Let’s keep active with public service events and keep amateur radio alive and useful!

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 6:00 KD5DYP KF5QDD Adair and Mysti Winter
Net Control B 6:00 KD5ROK Cory Elliott
Sweeper 6:00 KE5ZRT 

KF5TCY

Chris and Sarah Seright
RS 1

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Slightly after the Intersection of 4th street & FM 1151 at DAKOTA ROAD 7:00-9:00 W5RAW Raymond Winter
RS 2

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Co Rd 1 8:00-10:00 N5YXN Carl Jeans
RS 3 (Lunch)

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Claude – Claude High School near the intersection of FM 1151 & Hwy 207 8:30-12:30 W5PVI Neal Lowe
RS 4

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On the road to the right at Dripping Springs Ranch 9:00-1:00 KC5HQY Daniel Blount
RS 5

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Red Rock Ranch Canyon 8:00-2:00 K5KBV Ed Krizan
RS 6 Finish Line #1 -63 miles or 100K

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Gravel U-shaped area, just at the top of the hill 9:30-3:00 TX Militia Hams TX Militia Hams
RS 7

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FM 285 makes a 90 degree left turn at Wayside RS at a gas station with a post office inside 10:00-3:30 N5LTZ Chip Andrews
RS 8

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On Wayside Road/ FM 275 at Ceta Canyon Entrance @1721 10:30-4:00 KB5WUF David Hundley
RS 9

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On I 27 North In gated area of the country road- across from the parking area 11:00-4:00
Day Two Location Time Call Sign Name
Net Control 6:00 KD5ROK Cory Elliott
Sweeper 6:00 KE5ZRT 

KF5TCY

Chris and Sarah Seright
RS 1 6:15
Bike MS Wild West Ride SAG Crew Location Time Call Sign Name
Supply 1 KF5CBS Bill Brownlee
Supply 2
Lead SAG KF5CBT Matt Carter
SAG 1
SAG 2 KF5TII David Lister
SAG 3
SAG 4
Mobile Medic (RV)
Tour Director KF5CBR April Brownlee
Repeaters Frequency PL Tone
Amarillo 444.200 88.5
Canyon 443.650 88.5
Wayside 444.575 88.5
Cross-Band 146.550 0
Talk Around 146.520 0

 


Ham Cram Results 12/8/12

Please join me in congratulating the new amateur radio operators that attended the December Ham Cram class on Saturday December 8th. Justin Baker of Amarillo, Phillip Holmes of Pampa, Sarah Yung of Amarillo, and Adam Snow of Perryton all attended the study class and all passed the Amateur Technician Exam! Additionally, David Doan of Amarillo passed the Amateur Technician Exam and Arthur Castillo of Amarillo upgraded to Amateur General Class! The first-time pass rate of this class was once again 100%.

I would like to thank all of those who helped make this event successful. Carl Jeans N5YXN unlocked and relocked the building for us. Dan McCabe WA8YYE and RC Harkness K5ORC stopped by the class to introduce themselves to the potential new hams, and I am especially grateful to Dan for teaching a portion of the class for me. Neal Lowe W5PVI and John Laur KF5SAB were the other 2/3 of the Volunteer Examination (VE) team and I am especially thankful to John for two reasons: John brought two of his friends to test for the Tech and General Exams, and John was a real help in putting together my first test session to serve as the fill-in liaison. Finally, I am grateful to Derek Vaughan KF5QCZ, of the Regional Advisory Council, who continues to support amateur radio in his efforts to train hams to serve as emergency communicators in all of the Texas panhandle hospitals.

I believe that the local amateur community gained some young and enthusiastic ham radio hobbyists this week!

The next Ham Cram study session will be Saturday, March 9th, pass the word!

73 y’all, KE5ZRT


Bike MS Wild West Ride July 28-29 2012

Saturday and Sunday July 28th & 29th

For us Amateur Radio operators, the Bike MS Wild West Ride 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 where 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 Wild West Ride is where the true spirit of amateur radio is. Let’s keep active with public service events and keep amateur radio alive and useful!

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 at Miami.
  • Free lunch—at Miami in the park (don’t count on lunch being delivered to your rest stop). Be prepared.
  • Free dinner Saturday evening in Canadian
  • Free breakfast Sunday morning in Canadian
  • Free lunch Sunday in Canadian at the Quiet Inn—BBQ in the park

Lodging

  • YMCA—Free (bring your own bedding)
  • RV Park (Rodeo Grounds—north of Canadian) $10.00/night. Tent camping is also allowed.
  • Canadian Courts Motel (806) 323-8058
  • The Quiet Inn (806) 323-6111
  • Best Western Oasis Inn (806) 323-9660

I want to thank everyone for helping with the Bike MS Wild West Ride. Enjoy the weekend and put your hobby to a good use for a wonderful cause. Helping with the Bike MS Wild West Ride is where the true spirit of amateur radio is. Let’s keep active with public service events and keep amateur radio alive and useful!

To volunteer for an available position, call Terra Seright, KE5ZRU, AT 806-336-1746 or email: KE5ZRU@gmail.com

This is our hardest volunteer position to fill: The MS Society is providing all of their own 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 Day One Starting Line, AC East Campus 6:00 KD5DYP & KF5QDD Adair & Mysti Winter
Net Control Day 2 Starting Line, Canadian TX 6:00 KD5ROK Cory Elliot
Float / Comms Expert Starting Line, AC East Campus 6:00 N5LTZ Chip Andrews
Sweeper Starting Line, AC East Campus 6:00 KE5WXN Matthew Artley
RS 1 I-40 East and Hwy 207 6:45 W5PVI Neal Lowe
RS 2 East on Hwy 60 from Hwy 207 7:00 N5HPJ Henry Janhsen
RS 3 TxDot Picnic Area Between Panhandle and White Deer 7:15 TX Militia Hams TX Militia Hams
RS 4 Clint & Sons Beef Jerky Plant, White Deer, Hwy 60 7:30 KF5QET & KF5QES Chandice and Ben
RS 5 Celanese Plant West of Pampa on Hwy 60 near railroad tracks 8:00 KF5NKV Matt Kirkpatrick
RS 6 TxDot weigh station East of Pampa on Hwy 60 8:30 W5RAW Raymond Winter
RS 7 7 miles West of Miami on Hwy 60 9:00 AF5S Jim Moody and Childress Hams
RS 8 Lunch: Miami, in the park 9:30
RS 9 Top of the BIG HILL on Hwy 60 10:30 KD5DYN Lee Arthur
Day Two Location Time Call Sign Name
Net Control C 6:00
Sweeper Starting Line 6:00 KE5WXN Matthew Artley
RS 1 About 3 miles East of Hwy 60 on Hwy 33 6:15 KF5QET & KF5QES Chandice and Ben Cook
RS 2 At the turnaround on Hwy 33, about 15 miles east of Hwy 60 6:30 KD5DYN Lee Arthur
RS 3 Same as RS 1 7:00
Roving Medic KC5OMK Monty Denney
Bike MS Wild West Ride SAG Crew Location Time Call Sign Name
Supply 1 KF5CBS Bill Brownlee
Supply 2
Lead SAG KF5CBT Matt Carter
SAG 1 KE5ZRS James Lowe
SAG 2 KF5KEH Roland Taylor
SAG 3
SAG 4
Mobile Medic (RV) KC5OMK Monty Denney
Tour Director KF5CBR April Brownlee
Repeaters Frequency PL Tone
Amarillo 444.200 88.5
Pampa 444.400 88.5
Miami 444.850 88.5
Canadian 443.750 88.5
Talk Around 446.000 0

Panhandle Regional Emergency Preparedness Conference

Thursday and Friday, June 9th and 10th, 2011

Amarillo Civic Center, The Heritage Room

401 S. Buchanan, Amarillo, TX

Registration Deadline: June 3rd

To Register, CLICK HERE

Day One 7:30-8:30 Registration, North Exhibit Hall
8:30-9:30 Welcoming Session
9:30-10:00 Break and Coffee, North Exhibit Hall
10:00-Noon Concurrent Training Sessions
ICS Training For Executives
ICS 300
Mass Fatality Training
Mass Casualty Training
USDA-APHIS-VS
Joint FEMA/State Public Assistance Workshop
12:00-1:00 Luncheon With Keynote Speaker
1:00-3:00 Continue With Concurrent Training Tracks
3:00-3:30 Refreshment Break, North Exhibit Hall
3:30-5:30 Continue With Concurrent Training Tracks
Day Two 8:00-9:30 Continue With Concurrent Training Tracks
Day 2 of ICS 300
Day 2 of Mass Fatality Training
Day 2 of Mass Casualty Training
PIO Training
Donations Management Training
9:30-10:00 Break and Coffee, North Exhibit Hall
10:00-Noon Continue Concurrent Training Sessions
12:00-1:00 Break for Lunch
1:00-3:00 Continue With Concurrent Training Tracks
3:00-3:30 Refreshment Break, North Exhibit Hall
3:30-5:30 Continue With Concurrent Training Tracks

Target Audience: Mayors, Judges, City Council Members, County Commissioners, City/County Administrative Staff, Law Enforcement, Fire Responders, EMS Responders, Hospital/Clinic /LTC Administrators, Morticians/Funeral Directors, Emergency Management Coordinators, School Administrators, Agriculture Producers, Extension Agents, Faith-Based Organizations, Area Volunteer Groups and VOADS, Private Sector Business Active in Disaster

Cost: No Charge. The costs associated with this conference are being supported by the PREMAC with homeland security grant funding provided through the Texas Division of Emergency Management and with the generous support of the following sponsors: Amarillo College, ATMOS Energy Corporation, DH Marketing, El Paso Natural Gas Company, Panhandle Regional Advisory Council, Texas Cattle Feeder’s Association, West Texas A&M University, Williams Fire and Hazard Control Association.

Conference Objective: This conference is designed to bring the area’s emergency management system stakeholders together for discussion, networking and training on issues of common concern and interest. The format for this 3rd annual event is being expanded to a 2-day conference to allow for more diverse training that will appeal to the volunteers and professionals that are part of the emergency management system serving our area.

Keynote Speaker: Jose Garcia is the Chief Meteorologist in the Amarillo National Weather Service Office. The NWS informs local stakeholders in the region’s emergency management system on imminent weather conditions that could produce natural disasters or impact the way in which local agencies respond to those events. The NWS is providing the region’s responder agencies with a tactical advantage in preparing for and responding to events.

Printable brochure – Click Here
Detailed Information on the training tracks - Click Here
For registration form – Click Here

ACS Facility Supervisor Training

Sheltering and Mass Care are critical operations in the aftermath of a major disaster in any community. And given the relative remoteness of Texas Panhandle to the capabilities that exist in other parts of Texas it is critical that we have a robust capability to assist displaced citizens. To assist communities in Texas better prepare for this critical operation, Texas DSHS has contracted with Baptist Community & Family Services (BCFS) to work with Amarillo to further develop an Alternate Care Site (ACS) capability that could also be used as a Functional Needs Support Service (FNSS) shelter or Medical Special Needs (MSN) shelter.

While BCFS is working with Emergency Management and Public Health to identify potential shelter locations and what is required to make them functional in a disaster, the final component of the program is to provide ACS Facility Supervisor Training. I would encourage anyone who potentially could work in a shelter management role to participate in this training.

ACS Facility Supervisor Training:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Amarillo/Potter/Randall Emergency Operations Center

Course Description:

The ACS Facility Supervisor training is a 3-hour course designed specifically for those who may be tasked with maintaining or working in an ACS facility upon activation in the event of a local emergency. Medical Reserve Corp members, Red Cross shelter team members, nursing students, volunteers from local faith-based organizations, public health employees and any others you designate for this purpose are all encouraged to attend.

Topics for the training include:

  • ACS functions
  • ACS facility selection and set up
  • ACS accessibility basics and barrier workarounds (reasonable modifications)
  • Patient intake, registration and tracking
  • Logistical supply requirements
  • Recommended volunteer and professional staffing ratios
  • Volunteer roles & responsibilities
  • ACS facility management best practices, policies & procedures
  • Overall ACS facilities management techniques, including suggested ICS structure and facility management organizational charts

I appreciate your consideration in supporting this training. Please RSVP to myself and pass the word to anyone you think might be interested in participating.

kevin.starbuck@amarillo.gov

Thanks, Kevin

Kevin Starbuck, CEM, Emergency Management Coordinator

Amarillo/Potter/Randall Office of Emergency Management


Scouting for Meteorologists (and Hams) 2011-Amarillo

Scouting for Meteorologists is an annual outreach program sponsored by the National Weather Service in Amarillo for Girl Scouts of the Texas Oklahoma Plains and the Boy Scouts of the Golden Spread Council who are interested in weather as a career or hobby. Scouts are invited to become “Meteorologists for a Day” and to meet and interact with meteorologists from different segments of the career field such as television, emergency management, storm spotters, and the National Weather Service.

Scouts will have an opportunity to:

  • Generate a forecast or a warning
  • Participate in a severe weather simulation
  • Create a brief TV weather broadcast
  • Provide weather support during a emergency incident
  • Experiment with weather models
  • Learn the concepts of storm spotting and Amateur (Ham) Radio
  • Prepare for a career in meteorology

 

Where: National Weather Service 1900 English Road, Amarillo, TX, 79108

When: Saturday March 26th, 2011 1300-1700

Last year us SKYWARN Storm Spotters set up a booth in our corner of the NWS office and distributed amateur radio literature and gave an informative presentation to the scouts to show them what we do. We also gave them a chance to sit in a real live storm spotter truck, and play with the lightbar, wear hardhats and talk on a ham radio. Second to the weather balloon launch, the storm spotter presentation was a real favorite for the scouts. this is a great opportunity for us to provide a community service, support the scouts and the National Weather Service, and an opportunity to spark some potential interest in the amateur radio hobby for some of these kids who may be future community service volunteers.

We’re going to let the kids wear hard-hats and reflective ARES vests while they throw plastic practice golf balls at the truck as others sit inside the truck and report a simulated hail storm over ham radio!

To help with the Amateur (Ham) Radio/SKYWARN portion of this event, please Send me some mail! or call 806-231-4227

Chris Seright, KE5ZRT


ARRl PARC Field Day 2011 June 25-26!

Objective:

To work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries.

Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2011 will be held June 25-26, 2011.

The Panhandle Amateur Radio Club will hold it’s Field Day event at the Don  Harrington Discovery Center this year. Please join us for equipment setup at 8:00 am, and we’ll start contesting at noon.

LOCATION

Located in the Harrington Regional Medical Center
1200 Streit Drive
Amarillo, TX 79106
Phone: (806) 355-9547

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Heading East on I-40: Take the Coulter Street exit and turn left (heading north). Go north on Coulter to Wallace Blvd (2nd light past I-40). Turn right on Wallace, right on Hagy (the next street) and left on Streit Dr (the next left). The Discovery Center will be on your left.

Heading West on I-40: Take the Coulter Street exit and turn right (heading north). Go north on Coulter to Wallace Blvd (2nd light past I-40). Turn right on Wallace, right on Hagy (the next street) and left on Streit Dr (the next left). The Discovery Center will be on your left.

Click Here for a Full Map

Rules, Entry Forms And Information Packets

Full 2011 ARRL Field Day Information Packet

Full 2011 ARRL Field Day Rules

Field Day VHF Operating Tips – Make the most of your free VHF Station!

211 ARRL Field Day Summary Sheet

2011 ARRL Field Day W1AW Bulletin Schedule

ARRL Field Day Overview

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada.  Each year over 35,000 amateurs gather with their clubs, friends or simply by themselves to operate.

ARRL Field Day is not a fully adjudicated contest, which explains much of its popularity.  It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, most groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities.  It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to local elected community leaders, key individuals with the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.

Please contact Mike McGlynn, W5MJM for details of how you can volunteer to help with Field Day in Amarillo.

mjmcglynn1951@yahoo.com

806-853-9460


2011 SEVERE WEATHER CONFERENCE, Amarillo

Amarillo Civic Center March 19, 2011

Booths: 9AM-12:30PM

General Session: 12:30PM-4PM

Spotter Training: 4:30PM-6:30PM


2011 PARC ARES SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training

Krissy Scotten will be presenting a SKYWARN certification class for the PARC ARES group on Tuesday March 8th 2011 at 19:30 at the AES Building at 1900 Line Avenue in Amarillo, TX. If you are unable to attend the SKYWARN Training scheduled for our ARES meeting, the 2011 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. We have some new personnel out at the Amarillo NWS, and this would be a great time to meet them. Additionally, Krissy Scotten, Warning Coordination Meteorologist NWS AMA, will be instructing our training and she has indicated that she will be putting together a more “robust” or “advanced” curriculum specifically for our group. If you are unable to attend this training, information on future spotter trailing classes will be posted here as information is available. 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.


Storm Reports via Twitter

 You can now submit your significant weather observations to the National Weather Service (NWS) via Twitter.

Everyone talks about the weather.  Now’s your chance to “tweet” it and be heard.  Through an experimental program, the National Weather Service will be searching for tweets that contain significant weather information.

Why Twitter?

An advantage of searching Twitter for weather reports is the capability to utilize recently added “geotagging” — geographical information that is associated with something, in this case individual Tweets.  This allows the NWS to correlate each Tweet to its location when it was sent.  This capability will help to enhance and increase timely and accurate online weather reporting and communication between the public and their local weather forecast offices.  The reports will be carefully evaluated during the experiment to ensure quality and timeliness.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone with a Twitter account can participate.  Note: Trained storm spotters should use pre-established communication methods (Amateur Radio, toll-free line, eSpotter, etc.), when possible, to send severe weather reports to the NWS–although Twitter reports (photos) may be useful in addition to pre-established methods.

Here’s What You Need to Do:

If Geotagging is available on your 3rd party Twitter application:

  1. Make sure geotagging is turned on for your 3rd party Twitter app.
  2. Make sure geotagging is turned on for your Twitter account page.
  3. Submit your Tweet report via your 3rd party app in the following format:
    #wxreport your significant weather report

Some examples of weather report tweets with geotagging:

Ex. 1:   #wxreport 6.0″ of new snow as of 1 pm
Ex. 2:   #wxreport Hail 3/4 inch in diameter at 4:25 pm

If Geotagging is NOT available on your 3rd party Twitter application (or you want to use the web-based Twitter.com):

  1. Log into your Twitter account via the web or mobile device.
  2. Submit your tweet report in the following format:
    #wxreport  WW  your location WW  your significant weather report
  3. Your location can be just about anything, but the more specific the better.  Here are some examples listed from most accurate to least accurate location identification:
    • Most accurate–A latitude and longitude:
      WW 44.231, -88.485 WW
    • An address:
      WW 2485 S Point Rd, Green Bay, WI 54313 WW
    • A street intersection:
      WW intersection of Holly St and N 4th St, Perry, OK WW
    • A city name:
      WW Ft Lauderdale, FL WW
    • Least accurate–A zip code:
      WW 53221 WW

Some examples of weather report tweets without geotagging:

Ex. 1:   #wxreport WW 1289 W Oakridge Circle, St Louis, MO WW 6.0″ new snow as of 1 pm
Ex. 2:   #wxreport WW 44.115, -88.595 WW Hail 3/4 inch in diameter at 4:25 pm

What You Can Report

You can tweet any weather event that occurs in your local area, but we are most interested in significant events: snowfall, severe weather, flooding, etc.  In particular:

  • Damage from winds–briefly describe what was damaged and time it occurred.
  • Hail–include size of hail and time it fell.
  • Tornadoes or funnel clouds.
  • Flooding–briefly describe what is occurring.
  • Snowfall during an event and storm total.  When reporting snowfall, include the time period when it fell.
  • Freezing rain or freezing drizzle producing a ‘glaze’ on objects or roads.
  • Dense fog restricting visibility to less than a half mile.

Additional Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The purpose of this project is to allow people to submit reports.  Please be responsible and respectful of the purpose.
  • Be as specific as possible when describing the weather report.
  • A valid Twitter user account is required to submit reports.  As such, use of this service constitutes an agreement to the terms of service of the provider. Go to: http://twitter.com/tos for more information
  • Interested in displaying tweets from the project on your own web page? The files you need are contained here (zip). See the “readme.txt” file included for more information.

Monitoring Your Reports

The following external (non-NWS) links will monitor #wxreport tweets (click the links below):

Note: Some #wxreport monitoring websites that plot the weather report on a map may not properly plot tweets that use the “WW” location tag.

If you have any questions or suggestions for the program, please contact Corey Pieper — corey.pieper@noaa.gov


The 53rd JOTA–October 16 & 17 2010

Update: Photos from the 2011 JOTA are now on the ARES website, and can be viewed on the right sidebar of the page. You can click on a photo from the slide show to view the full-size image, and right-click to print or save a photo.

What is Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA)?

The JOTA is an annual event in which Scouts and Guides all over the world speak to each other by means of amateur radio contacts. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared, via the radio waves.

When Scouts want to meet young people from another country they usually think of attending a World Jamboree or another international gathering. But few people realize that each year about half-a-million Scouts and Guides “get together” over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the–Air (JOTA). Modern communication technology offers Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without even leaving home…..

Since 1958 when the first jamboree-on-the-Air was held, thousands of Scouts and Guides have “met” each other through this event. Not only is it fun to talk to Scouts from other parts of the world but it provides also a chance to find out about other countries and about Scouting elsewhere. Many contacts made during the JOTA have resulted in penpals and links between scout troops that have lasted for many years.

With no restrictions on age, on the number that can participate and at little or no expense, the JOTA provides an opportunity for Scouts and Guides to contact each other by amateur radio. The radio stations are operated by licensed amateur radio operators. Many Scouts and leaders hold licences and have their own stations, but the majority participates in the JOTA through stations operated by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs. Today some operators even use television or computer linked communications.

Date and duration of the event

The world–wide Jamboree-On-The-Air is organized to coincide with the third full weekend of October each year. The event starts at 00.00 hours local time on the Saturday and concludes 48 hours later at 24.00 hours local time on the Sunday. Each station can choose its own operating hours within this period.

The Amarillo event will occur at Camp Don Harrington, which is located in the west section of the Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle just 10 miles south of Amarillo on south Washington Street (FM 1541).

To volunteer to help with this year’s event in Amarillo, contact John Robinson, WDFOI at 806 206-3648 (cell) or 806 355-7889 (home). Please call after 12:00 (noon).


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

When:

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

Where:

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

What:

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?

Why: 

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

How: 

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

Who:

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

PARC ARES Upcoming Training Session

Regular meetings of ARES are held after the PARC meeting at approximately 11:30 am. Our meetings are currently located at the Amarillo Emergency Services Building at 1900 Line Avenue in Amarillo, TX. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Additionally, we encourage all amateur radio operators to participate in the ARES Net every Thursday at 7:30 pm on the Caprock Intertie linked repeater system. The purpose of this net is to provide communications during emergencies and to provide training in procedures that would apply in actual emergencies and test communications capabilities of the Caprock Intertie system. We are currently looking for volunteers to serve as net control for these nets. Please contact Carl Jeans to assist.


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