Stars and Stripes
In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14.
It commemorates the adoption of the flag
of the United States on June 14, 1777
 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.
The Flag Resolution, passed on June 14, 1777, stated:
"Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be
thirteen stripes, alternate red and white;
that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field,
representing a new constellation."
Another memorable event for today:
The United States Army is 245 Years Old Today!

 

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Eastern Pennsylvania Section ARES® Weekly Bulletin

Bulletin #088 June 14 2020

 

pspRequest from the PA Criminal Intelligence Centerpsp

Vandalism to Communications Equipment

The following is from the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center:

“The Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center (PaCIC) is requesting information on any incident involving vandalism or other damage to communications towers or other equipment belonging to ham clubs or other emergency communications entities.  Any entity whose equipment has been damaged or who has information about an incident should contact Intelligence Analyst Robin Cartwright, W3KAT, at (717) 525-5283 or rocartwrig@pa.gov. All information will be kept confidential."

Communications Equipment includes any equipment including cell phone installations etc.

W3KAT mentioned "There have also been arson and vandalism incidents involving cell phone towers in Tennessee and in Europe because of the rumor that 5G cell technology is responsible for the coronavirus pandemic."


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ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Nets

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(Section Wide Nets)
Eastern Pa Emergency Phone & Traffic Net
- Every Night at 6:00PM - 3.917MHz (The EPA Section Net!)
Note: ARRL EPA Section Manager, W3GWM, is generally available on EPAEPTN!
NEPA Digital Net - Wednesday 1:00PM - DMR Talk Group 31424 (DMR Network)
paNBEMS Digital Net - Sunday 7:30AM - 3.583MHz (Fldigi)
PA State Digital Radio Check-in Net - Tuesday 8:00PM - DMR Talk Group 3142 (DMR Network)
Western PA Section DMR Net - Wednesday at 7:30PM - DMR Talk group 31422

(Local/County Nets)

Berks County ARES/RACES Net - Monday at 8:00PM - 147.18 (110.9) - Fldigi Practice follows
Bucks County ARES/RACES Digital Net
- Wednesday at 8:30PM - 3584KHz - Mode Thor22
Chester County ARES Net
- Thursday at 7:30PM - W3EOC Linked Repeaters
(West Chester 446.525 (100), North Chester 446.175 (100), South Chester 448.875 (100))
Chester County NBEMS Net - Thursday at 8:00PM - W3EOC Linked Repeaters
(West Chester 446.525 (100), North Chester 446.175 (100), South Chester 448.875 (100))
Columbia Montour ARC/District 4 ARES Net
- Tuesdays at 7pm - 147.225 (85.4)
Columbia Montour SKYWARN Test Net - Monday at 7:30 pm - 147.225(85.4)
BlinkingDauphin County ARES Training Net - Monday at 7:00PM - 145.11(131.8)
BlinkingDauphin County ARES Skywarn Training Net - Monday at 7:30PM - 145.11(131.8)
Delaware County ARES Net - Monday at 7:30PM - 446.775 (88.5)
District 3 Digital Net - Tuesday at 9:00PM - 145.45 (82.5) (Fldigi Net)
EPARA Tech Net* - Friday at 8:30PM - 147.045(131.8)
Lackawanna County ARES Net - Wednesday at 8:00PM - 146.715(136.5)
Luzerne County ARES Net - Monday at 8:00PM - see www.w3luz.org for frequency
Monroe County ARES Net - Sunday at 8:30PM - 147.045(131.8)
Montgomery County ARES Net - Thursday @ 7:00PM - 146.835 (88.5)
Philadelphia County ARES Net - Sunday @ 9:00PM - 147.030 (91.5)
SPARK Swap and Information Net* - Tuesday at 8:30PM - 147.045(131.8)
Wayne County ARES - Thursday at 8:00PM - 145.49 (82.5)


--->(Note: send your net information to wn3lif@w3luz.org to have it listed here.)<---
* Monroe County Area Net

ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section ARES® Structure

Eastern PA Section Map
EPA Section
Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager
George Miller, W3GWM, w3gwm@arrl.org
Eastern Pennsylvania Section Emergency Coordinator
WT Jones, WN3LIF, wn3lif@w3luz.org
District and County Emergency Coordinators
(Click on Call for Email Address)
District 1
DEC
Dick Stewart
K3ITH

Bucks
Mike Sabal
KB3GJT

Chester
Dave Flad
KB3YCK

Delaware
Mike Thomas
KB3SUS

Montgomery
Chuck Farrell
W3AFV

Philadelphia
Harvey Kolodner
WA3GTL

District 2
DEC
Vacant


Berks
Alan Melnyk
K3AJM

Carbon
Vacant


Lehigh
Mike Mandell
KC3BLF

Monroe
Kevin McCauley
KB3EJM

Northampton
George Wieland
N3SQD

Schuylkill
Rob McClintock
N3RZI

District 3
DEC
WT Jones
WN3LIF

Lackawanna
Mark Krzan
N3MBK

Luzerne
Dave Kirby
N3SRO

Pike
Tom Olver
W2TAO
Susquehanna
Vacant


Wayne
Hank Grilk
WA2CCN

Wyoming
Al Brooks
N3OGD

District 4
Acting DEC
Ken Balliet
WB3BNY

Columbia
Randy Kishbaugh
N3JPV

Juniata
Vacant


Montour

Randy Kishbaugh
N3JPV

Northumberland
Ken Balliet
WB3BNY

Snyder
Ken Balliet
WB3BNY

Union
Vacant
 

District 5
DEC
Ralph Brandt
K3HQI

Adams
Don Schmitt
K3DCS

Cumberland
Andrew Mummert
W3AND

Dauphin
Terry Snyder
WB3BKN

Lancaster
Harry Bauder
N3FMO

Lebanon
Bill Daub
KE3RG

Perry
Vacant


York
Anne Zalenga
KB3ZLJ
District 6
DEC
Travis Best
W3TMB

Bradford
Meade Murtland
KA3EQU

Lycoming
Robert Brown
KB3IPZ

Sullivan
Vacant


Tioga
Vacant


Phone Number Policy: The SEC will not provide phone numbers unless it is a dire emergency. Email addresses are available above for appointed ECs and DECs. If necessary the SEC will contact the EC by phone and ask that he contact the requesting party.
   

 

>>>Emergency Coordinator (EC) - Start to Finish<<<

From the ARRL Website.

Appointment

  • The ARRL Emergency Coordinator (EC) in the Eastern Pennsylvania Section is appointed by the Section Emergency Coordinator with the concurrence of the Section Manager.*

Definition

  • The ARRL Emergency Coordinator is the person responsible for the ARES group at the local level. Working with local community officials, the Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC), and other field appointees, the EC leads his or her local ARES group through the planning, preparedness, and response phases.

Requirements

  • Technician-class license or higher; full ARRL membership, and achievement of Level 3 qualifications. (Must, within the period of 1 year, from the issuance of this document or appointment as EC, whichever comes later, or such further time period as authorized by the SM, complete all of the requirements for Level 3 qualification.)

Responsibilities

  • Promote and enhance the activities of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) for the benefit of the public as a voluntary, non-commercial communications service.

  • Manage and coordinate the training, organization, and emergency participation of interested amateurs working in support of the communities, agencies, or functions designated by the Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC)/Section Manager (SM).

  • Establish viable working partnerships with federal, state, county, city governmental and/or private agencies in the ARES jurisdictional area that needs the services of ARES in emergencies.

  • Identify and work collaboratively with local partners to assess how ARES can assist them with their mission, ensuring partners are aware of the limitations and capabilities of ARES.

  • Develop detailed local operational plans, with partner agency officials in the jurisdiction that set forth precisely what expectations are during an ARES activation. Work jointly with partners to establish relationships based on mutual trust and respect. All matters involving recruitment and utilization of ARES participants are directed by the EC, in response to the needs assessed by the agency officials. Technical issues involving message format, security of message transmission, disaster welfare inquiry policies, and others, should be reviewed and expounded upon in the ARES detailed local operations plans.

  • Establish local communications networks that run on a regular basis, and periodically test those networks by conducting realistic drills.

  • Work with the SEC and District Emergency Coordinators (DECs) to identify potential local shortcomings and define resources that may need to be drawn from adjacent ARES groups in support of a local emergency or disaster.

  • Establish an emergency traffic plan, with welfare traffic inclusive, utilizing the National Traffic System (NTS) as one active component for traffic handling. Establish an operational liaison with local and section nets, particularly for handling welfare traffic in an emergency situation.

  • Work with other Amateur Radio public service groups, organizations or programs to establish relationships of mutual trust and respect, and a coordination mechanism for the good of the public and Amateur Radio. The goal is to foster an efficient and effective Amateur Radio response overall.

  • Work for growth in the local ARES program, making it a stronger, more valuable resource and hence able to meet more of the agencies’ local needs.

  • Actively use ARES Connect to manage group personnel, schedule events and generate activities reports with the SM and ARRL Headquarters. Promote use of ARES Connect among all ARES group participants. Provide timely reporting of emergency and public safety communications rendered in the Section for potential inclusion in ARRL media relations activities.

Emphasis

Recruitment of new hams and ARRL members is an integral part of the job of every ARRL appointee. Appointees should take advantage of every opportunity to recruit a new ham or member to foster growth of Field Organization programs, and our abilities to serve the public.

Reference: http://www.arrl.org/emergency-coordinator

* amended to reflect appointment authority in the Eastern Pennsylvania Section.

 

Mailing Lists:

ServPA ServPA - Pennsylvania's Online Registry for Volunteers.

ServPA is the notification method that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania uses to notify volunteers of various activities including activations such as Severe Weather monitoring. The link is https://www.serv.pa.gov/ and when you register select "Ham Radio Operators, ARRL".

Note: Be sure your name is spelled correctly before continuing. Your name is the one piece of information that cannot be changed after you complete your registration.

Note: If you supply all the information an instant background check will be done at the completion of the registration.

PA ARES-RACES List Server

- This server, provided as a service by Carmine Prestia, K3CWP, and Pete Weiss, is made available to disseminate information and discuss topics relating to providing communications for interested amateur radio operators and others involved in planning and coordinating backup, emergency, and disaster communications through the various Amateur Radio services.

To subscribe send a one line body of text email (no subject or signature) to LISTSERV@LISTS.PSU.EDU with the following in the body of the message: SUBSCRIBE PA-ARES-RACES-L first name last name, call sign, and affiliation.

After a successful subscribe an email will be received describing list usage.

This is a very low volume mailing list but it does have some very good postings.

EPA-ARRL Web Site - The EPA Section's news source

epa arrl- The EPA-ARRL web site is a fantastic place for news and information about the Amateur Radio Activities in Eastern PA. You can send information for posting to the EPA-ARRL web master, Melody, KB3SJR, but better you can subscribe to the mail feed and get all the good stuff sent directly to you. There is a link to sign up at the bottom of the web page which is: https://epa-arrl.org/

ARES Connect - ARES Volunteer Management System

AC Cover- If you want to be a member of ARES in Eastern PA then you need to have an Amateur Radio License and you need to register with ARES Connect. If you are a member of a County ARES group and you are not registered in ARES Connect then you need to register now. Use your call as your user ID for ARES Connect!

Use this URL and join ARES: http://arrl.volunteerhub.com/lp/epa

Train PA - Training Opportunities in Pennsylvania...

train pa- The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Training Site. This is the site that your Emergency Management Personnel (State, County, & Local) use for their training needs. You can create an account on this web site and use it to take all the ICS/NIMS training but all the other recommended training. Much of it is self study. If you need the ICS-300/400 Course or HSEEP (Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program) then this is the place to go. Registration is free and almost all the training is free. Some of the class room/Instructor Lead classes may approval from your county EMA which is very easy obtain.

The URL for Train PA is https://www.train.org/pa/welcome

ARES® EMERGENCY COMMUNICATOR INDIVIDUAL TASK BOOK...

task book- All EPA ARES Members should have a personal copy of the ARES® EMERGENCY COMMUNICATOR INDIVIDUAL TASK BOOK in their possession. The Task Book explains the required and optional training, has sign-off information for the EC or the Training AEC to sign indicating that the ARES volunteer has completed the training, and eventually that the volunteer has been certified as completing a training level.

If the county has specified additional training then the volunteer should acquire a copy of the Task Book directly from the EC or the Training AEC.

If the county has not specified additional training then the volunteer can acquire his copy of the Task Book at this link:

ARES Task Books at ARRL

Note: Under Training Level 1 in the Task Book, under "Participation", those tasks marked an 'R', indicating Required, must be completed. As promised I have had the Section Manager, W3GWM, review and approve my task book.

My task book has been uploaded for all to view.

It is large (115MB) so it may take a while to download on a slow link. Not advisable on a cell phone.

WN3LIF's Task Book
Note: Task Books are required for ALL ARES volunteers including Emergency Coordinators, District Emergency Coordinators, and the Section Emergency Coordinator.

The EPA ARES Weekly Bulletin Statement of Purpose...

- The EPA ARES Weekly Bulletin (EAWB) is produced solely by the EPA ARES® Section Emergency Coordinator. The content, except for anything that is linked or reproduced with attribution, is his alone and does not represent the view of any one or any organization except himself. If you find fault with it then direct your ire toward him and him alone. He gladly takes on all comers.

The EAWB is sent on Sunday Evenings at 2100 using the Fldigi Programs and the 145.45 Repeater in Luzerne County. The EAWB is posted on the N3LLR web forum (see the bottom of the EAWB for the link) for those who cannot copy the bulletin over the air which is most of the section. Those who can copy the EAWB over the air are encouraged to do so as a form of practice with digital communications.

Immediately following the transmission a PDF copy of the EAWB is sent to all the EPA ECs with instructions to forward the EAWB to their Volunteers.


Old Communicator


Lesson Learned For This Week...

Fail Fast- Fail Fast – Continuing to do something that isn’t working is folly. If what you are doing isn’t working then stop it. Evaluate your situation and try something different. Failing Fast is a strategy not a fault.


>>>The Boy On The Beach<<<...

- Last week I wrote about D-Day. My words always fall short of the mark no matter how I try. This video about "The Boy On The Beach" hits the mark so poignantly that I dare you to watch it and not be moved to tears.

The Boy On The Beach

Click on the image and spend just short of 7 minutes appreciating this young man.


Worlds End Ultra Postponed until Saturday, September 26th!...

Aw Shucks- Those of you who have signed up as Communications Support should have received an email regarding this postponement. Autumn starts on September 22nd so it will be a great Fall day in the woods for us. Keep it on your calendars! Travis will still need the help!

Additional note: The Eastern States 100 has been canceled for this year. Another good one gone.


Time Credit for Reading the EAWB...

- Some have been taking credit for reading the EAWB without sending in the Response Word listed at the end of the EAWB.

Just to make it clear - no email from the ARES Volunteer with the Response Word then your reported time is declined.

You have to at least move your fingers and send a message to get the .5 hour credit.


>>> Attention ECs - Approve Time...

- ECs need to log in and approve the time reported bt their ARES Volunteers once per week!

You may not have time entries to approve! That can be good and bad. Its good because you might have approved it all. Thank you for that. Its bad because no one may be entering time.

OK ECs, I am not going to chase you every month to get this time approved. Your volunteers enter time all through the month. You need to stay on it weekly. AC is no longer slow. The performance issues are fixed. And so is the excuse of not doing the approvals because AC is slow.

As of this month our monthly reporting to the ARRL is finished. They can pull the reports they need on demand starting at the end of June.

If you don't have the time to approve the hours entered by your volunteers then you probably don't have the time to be an EC.


Eastern PA Section "Slack"...

- Join the EPA Slack users.

https://join.slack.com/t/easternpasection/shared_invite/zt-eid8tglv-aZtAHkJUZ9fwdLD6x67e8Q

If you already have a Slack App on your desktop, notepad, or cell phone you can add this account to it. Even a computer challenged OFYAH like me managed to successfully do it.

And a very big thanks to Robin, W3KAT, for her help with this.


ARES Connect Performance Issues Have Been Fixed...

- The Performance Problems reported by the EPA ECs and DECs appears to have been resolved by Volunteer Hub. I received an email from Sabrina at  HQ that Volunteer Hub was reporting to her that the fix was in. I emailed the EPA ECs and those that were awake have responded. Only 1 has reported an issue that is not related to performance. Several have reported that it is much better. Others just better but they were always in the understatement crowd anyway.

If you notice any problems please send them to me for resolution. There is no sense suffering or having to work-around a problem.


Forward the EAWB To Your County ARES Volunteers...

- I put emphasized instructions in the EAWB Distribution Email to the ECs and DECs last week. Forward the EAWB to your county ARES Volunteers and send a copy to wn3lif@w3luz.org. Those instructions have been in the distribution message since I started doing the EAWB way way back when. Seems this time it caught the attention of a few more ECs and the EAWB was forwarded out. The results were I registered quite a few new readers of the EAWB who want to get in on the credit for reading it.

What really caused my finals to get hot was some of the comments from the Volunteers just now getting the EAWB.

Such as this:

"Hello I read the entire bulletin. This is the first time I ever received one. The magic word is EXERCISE."

and

"I didn't know there was a bulletin. Am I supposed to get this?"

Now if these were isolated cases I would not really give a hoot but they were NOT!

I am asking all ECs to forward the EAWB to their Volunteers by 930L on the Monday following its distribution on Sunday.

Here is the list of ECs who forwarded the June 7th EAWB. Hopefully, there will be more good news to report next week.

Berks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin (thanks to K3RTS), Delaware, Lackawanna (thanks to N3RUM), Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Schuylkill, and Wyoming.

Please be sure to  forward out the EAWB to your County ARES Volunteers.


Sheltering During the Pandemic - Words of Wisdom From the Pike County EC...

- I am unabashedly "stealing" W2TAO's words from his message as the Matamoras Borough EMC. The advice is sound. There is some humor. And you might learn something. Besides, I can just copy and paste this one and it is too good to ignore.

From Tom Olver, W2TAO, EMC for Matamoras Borough, PA, and ARES Emergency Coordinator for Pike County (even though he lives in the Hudson Division!):

You’ve all heard me suggest everyone prepare for the Hurricane season, by preparing go kits and so on. The recent toilet paper shortage or general food shortages in the grocery stores – underscores this warning. I want to take a minute and remind everyone of the need to prepare.

I often insert humor in my emails – and this is what keeps me sane (and yes I call this my sanity!) but this message is different.

You MUST ALWAYS be prepared at your home with at least a month of provisions – EVERYTHING you would need. Granted, you won’t have fresh bread for a month, but you need to think about the reality that you won’t be able to buy canned goods,  toilet paper,  or paper towels – for example.

The reality here is simple – you really need to be able to fend for yourself for at least a week if a severe storm or other unrest impacts our area. I’m not saying you need to run out today and stock up but you do need to plan.

Also remember that you may lose power. Having several freezers full of supplies and no power in the summer – is a big deal!! Trying to run a generator for a week to keep your freezers frozen, will probably attract attention in a long term event. A simple winter storm can – and has taken out my electric for over a week. What you do to prepare today – makes a huge difference.

What do you do for communications? If you think your cell phone will be your life line, remember that with power out – cell tower sites rely on generator backup. In a severe storm, those sites may be inaccessible or damaged. Generators need more fuel and will fail. You need to consider how you will find out what is going on – without the internet. You definitely need to consider plain old AM / FM radio with batteries. You may also want to consider Ham Radio. You would be amazed at the coverage and capabilities of Ham Radio. If you have questions about Ham Radio – please email me.

So what prompted this message was an alert that came from the state of PA yesterday, warning every one of the hurricane season during the Covid-19 event. I suggest that you be prepared for any season any time!

Wolf Administration: Prepare for Severe Summer Weather During Global COVID-19 Pandemic

Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration is urging the public to consider how COVID-19 could change or alter emergency preparedness plans leading into summer, when we face the threat of severe weather that comes with warmer weather.

“The Atlantic hurricane season started just last week and while Pennsylvania doesn’t often take a direct hit like coastal states, we face weather systems that can cause flooding or significant power outages,” said PEMA Executive Deputy Director Jeff Thomas. “The reality of COVID-19 will change the way people plan for emergencies, and the time to think about those changes is now, not in the middle of an emergency.”

Thomas said that families should review their emergency kits and plans. Emergency kits should be updated with COVID-19 necessities such as cloth masks, hand sanitizer, and medication. Additionally, if Pennsylvanians plan to host friends or family who evacuate their homes for any reason, they should consider the need for additional emergency supplies, and plan for physical distancing measures to protect family or vulnerable loved ones.

Emergency managers, public health professionals and state, county and local officials are taking measures to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 among people who seek safety in a disaster. Tips to prepare to shelter from severe weather include:

  • Knowing where to shelter if you do not typically shelter at home;
  • Following guidance on when and where to shelter;
  • Staying informed with weather alerts through cell phone alerts, a NOAA weather radio or twitter alerts; and
  • Prepare an emergency kit with personal items you need in an emergency.

“Any actions to protect yourself from immediate threats to life safety should take priority, such as sheltering during severe weather,” Department of Health Deputy Secretary for Health Preparedness and Community Protection Ray Barishansky said. “However, whenever possible, all COVID-19 protective action guidance should be followed as long as it does not slow response or cause greater harm. It is essential that we act now to prepare for severe weather this summer.”

Families should have multiple ways to get severe weather alerts. A NOAA weather radio is an inexpensive and portable option that provides location-based weather alerts. Most models are battery-operated, but others can be powered via a USB connection, solar or by manually cranking a handle on the unit to store power.

Many media provide local weather alerts via text message, social media or apps that can be downloaded to a cellphone. Residents are encouraged to select one or more trusted media outlets, and sign up for the AlertPA notification system by CodeRED for emergency and weather related alerts, health notifications, building alerts, and other updates from commonwealth and federal agencies. Keep in mind there should never be a cost for weather alerts, other than data and texting charges that may be levied by a wireless carrier.

There are five National Weather Service Offices that service Pennsylvania, and each makes weather information available via Twitter and Facebook: NWS Cleveland (Twitter, Facebook); NWS Pittsburgh (Twitter, Facebook); NWS State College (Twitter, Facebook): NWS Philadelphia/Mt. Holly (Twitter, Facebook); and NWS Binghamton (Twitter, Facebook.) Users do not need a social media account to access the information shared on either platform./p>

For information and updates related to COVID-19, visit the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov or Facebook and Twitter.

More information about how to prepare for an emergency, including specific information for people with specialized needs such as pets or access and functional needs, is available on the ReadyPA webpage.


Thomas Olver
Emergency Management Coordinator
Matamoras Emergency Management
10 Avenue I
Matamoras, PA 18336

Tom - Thank you for the Words of Wisdom!

Errata - The links to Twitter and Facebook in the PA Department of Health are not working. They did not work in the original too.


D3DN - Zoom Sessions on Flmsg and Flamp & Winlink Basics...

- The members of the District 3 Digital Net have prevailed upon me to redo my Zoom Training Session on Flmsg and Flamp. Since Winlink has become a "hot" topic they have asked for a Zoom Session on an Introduction to Winlink. So being a sucker for my District 3 Digital Net members I have agreed to the Zoom Sessions again.

In a weak moment I decided that if I am going to do it for them I might as well offer the presentation to the Section with the caveat of "I ain't no darn expert." I am experienced and I know what works for me. I will not produce a set of slides unless I really have a weak moment but I promise to record the sessions and make them available after the presentations.

These sessions will be done on Tuesday Nights at 9:00PM. Why? Because that is the time for our usual D3DN fun, uh, I mean net.

Here is the schedule:

June 16 - 9:00PM - Flmsg and Flamp configuration and usage along with some tips and techniques.

June 23 - 9:00PM - Winlink Basics or how to find ARDOP without Google.

You want in? Email me at wn3lif@w3luz.org to register. I will email the Zoom Meeting info the night before.

Two Zoom Requirements - First, your ID for Zoom must show your Name and Call or you won't get out of the waiting room. Second, be on time because once the presentation starts I will not be able see people in the waiting room.


Communications "Tid Bits" Courtesy of Dan, WL7COO, San Joaquin Valley SEC...

- These are some video tidbits about communications that Dan found.

The first is one that I pushed around several years ago but it bears repeating again. The 4-C's of Communications.


Now I know you're all saying "But this is for Fire Fighters." Well think about it. Who needs to be more clear and concise with their communications than Fire Fighters, EMS, and Police Officers? So watch it and think about it.

This one has some good advice for those that press the mic button and then Ah and Umm their way through a transmission. It also mentions some of the vernacular that might cause misunderstandings and confusion. Pay attention to the phrase "a worker" in this article.

Plan what you want say before you speak

This last article has comments and recommendations about Portable Radio Communications and accessories. Now I don't think any of us will need a face mask microphone. But I could be wrong about that. Never can tell with the Department of Health is going to come up with next.

It also goes into detail about testing a radio. Again, this is for a Fire Department that has a budget of thousands. But as emergency communicators we need to think about what we are buying. A cheap Chinese Radio may be a bargain in the price department but if you are going to be operating in freezing and wet weather will it hold up? Will the plastic covering the mic button suddenly become so stiff you can't press it or worse it becomes stuck in transmit? So read the article and take from it what you will. There is advice there but it is up to you to use it.

Portable Radio Communications on the Fireground


So How Will You Benefit Amateur Radio Emergency Communications?...

- Thanks and a tip of the EPA SEC Hat to NL7XM for forwarding this very pertinent 'toon!

Willy on EMComm

Now That Is A Wrap...

- This is for Flmsg Users who have the normal ability to receive an Flmsg with Fldigi, have it open successfully, think I should save it, and then get distracted and close the Flmsg window without saving it. Oooops.

When Fldigi detects an incoming Flmsg (provided you have the correct configuration in Fldigi) it uses the "wrap" directory as a storage location for the incoming message. What is stored is exactly what you see in the Receive Pane in Fldigi. It starts with the [WRAP:beg] and continues on to the [WRAP:end].  It is the complete message even if it has checksum errors. It is raw but it is usable for recovery.

So where is the marvel of good stuff located? On Linux it is under the .nbems directory or on Windows it is located under the NBEMS.files folder. Go ahead and look. I am sure you'll find it. The structure is "wrap" and then there are subdirectories. They are auto, recv, and send. The stuff you want is in the "recv" directory.

Fldigi puts the incoming Flmsg text that it receives in the "recv" directory prior to starting Flmsg and feeding the saved file to it. The naming convention is date and time so it is not obvious as to what message is what (you know internal computer stuff is never human friendly) but it is easy to identify what messages showed up during a recent session.

Just for reference, this message has the file name of extract-20200607-124109.wrap. That means my station received it on June 7, 2020 at 1241Z. I am sure you can see where that comes from in the file name.

This is what is inside the file...

[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn KB3CO-20200607-0730L.b2s]<flmsg>4.0.15
:hdr_fm:21
KB3CO 20200706123900
:hdr_ed:21
KB3CO 20200706114349
<blankform>
:mg:1128 On June 7, 1913, Hudson Stuck, an Alaskan missionary, leads the first successful ascent of Denali (formerly known as Mt. McKinley) the highest point on the American continent at 20,320 feet.

Stuck, an accomplished amateur mountaineer, was born in London in 1863. After moving to the United States, in 1905 he became archdeacon of the Episcopal Church in Yukon, Alaska, where he was an admirer of Native Indian culture and traveled Alaska’s difficult terrain to preach to villagers and establish schools.

In March 1913, the adventure-seeking Stuck set out from Fairbanks for Denali with three companions, Harry Karstens, co-leader of the expedition, Walter Harper, whose mother was a Native Indian, and Robert Tatum, a theology student. Their arduous journey was made more challenging by difficult weather and a fire at one of their camps, which destroyed food and supplies. However, the group persevered and on June 7, Harper, followed by the rest of the party, was the first person to set foot on Denali's south peak, considered the mountain’s true summit. (In 1910, a group of climbers had reached the lower north peak.)
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You can open any of these files using gedit in Linux or Notepad in Windows. What you see is exactly what was in the Fldigi Receive Pane.

So how can you get this back into Flmsg? Now this is the easy part. Simply open Flmsg and under the File option on the menu bar select "wrap" and then under that select "import". Flmsg's Import function will take you right to the "recv" directory and all you have to do is select the message wrap file that you want. Flmsg pulls the file into itself and viole' you have the message back. Like so....

Flmsg Recovery

Now you can save the message as a regular Flmsg file in the "messages" directory.

Now what if you have a message that has the dreaded "checksum" error. Well, you should ask for a resend. Any Flmsg received with a checksum and has a file name of "badfile" should not be considered as valid. You should never relay a message that is not complete. If you don't get the entire message correctly then you cannot acknowledge receipt of it. And if you are forwarding it can you be sure of the content?

If you decided to say "No" to ignore errors you can still use the "wrap" file to get the contents of the message back and do some editing to make it readable FOR YOUR OWN USE!

This bulletin has gone longer than planned. Safe to say that if you are writing an Flmsg that you have to vouch for then be sure to use a NEW copy of the form so that it is YOURS and doesn't look like it belongs to someone else.


May 2020 EPA SEC ARES Report...

- The last report that I'll file with the ARRL HQ. That does not mean the ECs have to let up on approving time, setting events, and the normal stuff. Just no monthly reports. If the ECs don't keep up with that routine things then, as I have said, they probably don't have the time to be an EC.

The numbers were really good this month. Here is the link to the PDF for your reading enjoyment.

EPA May 2020 ARES Connect Monthly Report


Eastern PA Section ARRL Emergency Communications Courses Graduates...

Certificate- For May 2020 as published on the ARRL Emcomm Graduates Web Page:

Course Graduates, Call, & County
EC-001 *Denis Rossiter, KB3LXI, Cumberland
EC-016
PR-101 *Ralph Brandt, K3HQI York
IS-100
IS-200
IS-700
IS-800
IS-120C
IS-230D

* - Previously mentioned

Remember December 31st is the "drop dead" date as far an EC completing all the Level III training.

Right now your training is more important than ever. Please make every effort to complete it.


ARES Connect Time Contributions for June 2020...

Here is list of the Top 50 ARES Time Contributors for the period June 1 through June 13.

Rank,Name & Call, Hours
1. RICK AULT (KC3AHR), 20.00
2. ROBERT BROWN (KB3IPZ), 19.25
3. CHUCK FARRELL (W3AFV), 11.25
4. LAWRENCE WERTMAN (W3LGW), 10.50
5. RONALD WENIG (XXXX), 10.20
6. THOMAS DAVIS (N3XMB), 10.10
7. RICHARD STEWART (K3ITH), 10.00
8. STANLEY BOLER (AB3BL),  9.75
9. ROBERT FOLMAR (KB3VS),  9.75
10. KENNETH MARINOFF (K3FKW),  9.50
11. JOHN MUMMERT (WJ3OM),  8.70
12. CRAIG LABARGE (WB3GCK),  8.20
13. RICHARD TYIRA (KC3FKW),  7.95
14. DOUGLAS STEVENS (WA2BBS),  7.60
15. PAUL COAR (KA3E),  7.45
16. TIMOTHY CHASE (KC3MES),  7.25
17. HENRY GRILK (WA2CCN),  7.00
18. JOHN DILIBERTO (AB3ZI),  6.70
19. KENNETH KELLY (K3BFP),  6.70
20. FRANK ROCAP (N3FLL),  6.70
21. CHARLES MARTIN (KB3CO),  6.50
22. ROBERT SABER (K3RTS),  6.50
23. NATHAN ROSENTHAL (N2ADD),  6.45
24. STEVEN VAVRA (KC3NNO),  6.32
25. CLIFFORD ALLEN (AC3EU),  6.25
26. THOMAS INMAN (KC8T),  6.00
Rank,Name & Call, Hours
27. WILLIAM MOONEY (KA3PVA),  5.72
28. CAMERON BAILEY (KT3A),  5.50
29. DAVID MOSTELLER (KC3JNW),  5.25
30. RONALD SPECK (KC3NCU),  5.25
31. RICHARD REESE (KR3EE),  5.10
32. EDWARD BEAUDOIN (KK4FYV),  5.00
33. RICHARD CARUTH (K3RMC),  5.00
34. CARL DELLINGER (KC3JD),  4.10
35. RALPH BRANDT (K3HQI),  4.00
36. SALVATORE MARANDOLA (NC3U),  4.00
37. JOHN ORLUK (KC3KRE),  4.00
38. CHARLES PISTILLI (N3FKR),  4.00
39. ALAN MELNYK (K3AJM),  3.72
40. ALEX BODNAR (K3CIM),  3.70
41. BARRY FEIERMAN (K3EUI),  3.70
42. ROBERT LAWLOR (KC3NVQ),  3.70
43. KEITH COMP (KC3FVN),  3.50
44. DAVID KIRBY (N3SRO),  3.50
45. JAMES ODOM (KB3PCY),  3.50
46. PERRY PEPPER (KC3JUD),  3.50
47. PAUL ANTAL (KC3HSQ),  3.00
48. RICHARD GOODMAN (WA3USG),  3.00
49. CHRIS KELLER (WA2EXI),  3.00
50. MARK KRZAN (N3MBK),  3.00
51. GREG MC NEILL (N3PLI),  3.00
52. FRANK WERTS (WB3ABR),  3.00

221 ARES Volunteers produced 540 Hours. Value = $13,732.20 @ $25.43/hour

The new volunteer hourly rate is not out yet. Not surprised with the Pandemic.

(Hours for the SEC are not included)


ARES® Connect Credit Code...

Time Credit is given to those EPA ARES Volunteers that take the time to read this bulletin. Extra time is given for those that copy the bulletin over the air during its Sunday night transmission on the Murgas Amateur Radio Club Repeater (145.45MHz) near Wilkes-Barre, PA.

If you copy the bulletin over the air, read the bulletin, and send the code correct code before midnight on the day of transmission, the time credit is .75 hours.

Responses with the correct code received after midnight on the day of transmission are good for time credit of .5 hours whether you received them over the air or by email.

Once the next bulletin is sent all previous bulletins are expired and not valid for time credits.

Only one credit code needs to be sent.

Email your credit code to wn3lif@w3luz.org.

OTA Credit Code is W2TAO.

Reading Credit Code is FLMSG.

NB: If you respond to the bulletin by emailing the code you will be registered in AC for the next week's bulletin event. You can log into ARES Connect and submit your time and then send your confirmation message. I will go back and try to remove the registrations for those that did not submit time for the previous week.

ARES/RACES of Delaware County <---new
Phil-Mont Mobile Radio Club <---new


Closing

Thank you for copying the weekly EPA ARES Weekly Bulletin to all Amateur Radio Operators.

Send reception reports and comments to wn3lif@w3luz.org

Have a good week everyone!

73,

WT
WN3LIF
ARRL EPA Section Emergency Coordinator
email: wn3lif@w3luz.org
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