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 February MARC Meeting

Amateur Radio Emergency ServiceMARC members & friends,

The next MARC meeting will be held on Monday, February 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held in classroom A of the Central Alabama Red Cross, 5015 Woods Crossing Drive.

After a brief business meeting, we will listen to several disaster preparedness themed presentations. Mike Watkins, WX4AL, the ARRL AL district 4 emergency coordinator, will make a presentation about the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and its role in central Alabama. El Erby, the Montgomery county emergency coordinator will tell us about the local ARES situation and Otto Arnoscht, the central Alabama Skywarn, Alabama Emergency Net Golf (AENG) net manager will make a presentation about the Skywarn program and it assists the National Weather Service when severe weather happens.

I hope you will take a couple hours from your busy schedule to join me next Monday evening for what's sure to be an entertaining and informative meeting.

As always, many of us stop by Schlotzsky's around 5:30 - 6:00 for dinner and fellowship before the meeting.

73,
Scott Poole, W4SPA
President, Montgomery Amateur Radio Club


Posted by w4spa on Saturday, February 18 @ 05:07:26 EST (4066 reads)
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 National Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test Scheduled

Amateur Radio Emergency ServiceA nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 9th, at 1pm CST by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The test will be broadcast over radio, television stations, and cable and last approximately three minutes.
The EAS is a system designed to transmit emergency alerts and warnings to the public at national, state, and local levels. Although testing is conducted weekly in our area, this will be the first time the EAS has ever been tested simultaneously nationwide. The purpose of this test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the system as a way to alert the public during nationwide emergencies.
The public will hear a message indicating that “This is a test.” There is no action required while this test goes on, however it may interrupt your regularly scheduled programs on television and radio. The test should not last more than three minutes.

Posted by w4spa on Wednesday, November 02 @ 11:23:32 EDT (739 reads)
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 Simulated Emergency Test - Sat, Oct 3rd

Amateur Radio Emergency ServiceReminder - this year's Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will be Saturday, October 3. Please monitor amateur radio frequencies and listen for the exercise to begin. Please help support amateur radio and your local emergency coordinator (EC) by participating in the SET. Please remember when passing simulated emergency traffic to make clear the fact that it's a test by saying "test".

Thanks in advance for you support,

Scott Poole, W4SPA
President, Montgomery Amateur Radio Club


Posted by w4spa on Sunday, September 27 @ 08:24:06 EDT (1733 reads)
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 ARES Simplex Test

Amateur Radio Emergency ServiceOn September 12, 2009, there will be an ARES Simplex Test to see what the range is on the simplex frequencies in case the repeaters are all out. The time of the exercise is from 2 PM until 6 PM.
Frequencies are:
6 M – 52.525 mhz.
2 M – 146.550, 146.580, 147.555
1.25 M – 223.500
70 cM – 446.000.

There will be fixed stations, mobile stations, portable stations, HT stations. You give you grid square to all stations that you contact. Also let each station know whether you are portable, HT, mobile or fixed. You can download the rules by going to http://www.arrl-al.org/ and click on ARES and then click on ARES Simplex Exercise. I look forward to as many of you checking in as possible. K4DJL-El, W4SPA-Scott and KR4JY-Jim will be making contacts from down at the Red Cross Building .

Jim Eiland-KR4JY
jeiland@knology.net
Montgomery County Emergency Coordinator
Amateur Extra Class
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Posted by w4spa on Sunday, September 06 @ 21:23:18 EDT (1646 reads)
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 ARES State-Wide VHF FM Simplex Test

Amateur Radio Emergency Service**Note: Jim, KR4JY and I will be operating from the Montgomery City/County EOC during this exercise. Please try to make contact with us on one of the assigned frequencies.

The Alabama Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will conduct an FM Simplex Exercise designed to encourage members to test their range on FM Simplex. This will be a two-hour exercise starting at 4:00PM Central until 6:00PM Central time on Saturday, June 13th.

Frequencies to be used for the exercise are:

Six Meters (50-54 MHz)
52.525 MHz
Two Meters (144 - 148 MHz)
FM simplex is allowed frequencies:
146.550
146.580
147.555

*Note. You cannot operate on the National Simplex frequency of 146.520 during this exercise.

1-1/4 Meters (222 - 225 MHz)
223.500

70 Centimeters (430 - 450 MHz)
446.000

So, lets program 52.525 / 146.550 / 146.580 / 147.555 / 223.500 / 446.000
Please send in detailed reports of your activities, and consider submitting your log to the ARRL Contest as well. We'll post an after action report on the state web site in early July. Join us for Alabama ARES Simplex Exercise 2009!

Posted by w4spa on Saturday, June 13 @ 10:00:40 EDT (2747 reads)
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