Wreaths Across AmericaVolunteer Radio Op's Needed - Wreaths Across America

Houston National Cemetery Dec 14, 2019, 0630-1430

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO STAFF DUTY STATIONS WITH A HAM RADIO!
This annual event takes place across the US at all National Cemeteries.
Over 15,000 persons attended the Houston National Cemetery last year.
You can see why we need eyes and ears of good communicators at the event.

Harris County Dist 14 ARES has been invited to participate as we did last year.
Many of you assisted during this event last year.
We must have done something right; we have been invited back.

This event will take place rain or shine.

Duty stations will involve POV (privately owned vehicles) with radios or rovers with HT. We have approval to use the 145.170 MHz (-) 123.0 tone repeater or 146.500 MHz Simplex stations.

Please respond to Jon Igoe KF5VIK at jigoe4249-at-gmail.com via email if interested in volunteering. We will provide the duty station that meets with your training, experience and physical abilities.

Please volunteer! WE NEED YOU.
Ask your fellow hams; we need many operators!

John KF5VIK

 

Please consider carpooling and driving 1-2 hours to attend or driving farther and spending the night in a hotel as this is a 2-day, 16-hour class.

Prerequisites for attendance are:

  • Completion of IS-100.b, IS-200.b, IS-700.a, and IS-800.b prior to the workshop
  • An active FCC amateur radio license (Novice, Technician, General, Advanced and Extra)
  • Past experience in auxiliary communications
  • An Affiliation with a Public Safety Agency
  • A desire to work with COMLs in a NIMS/ICS environment

Dates:

  • Feb 8th and 9th, 2020, (16 hours)

Location:

Cost:

  • No tuition is charged

More info here:

Ham Radio Volunteer Opportunities are available for the 14th Annual Harris County Citizen Corps CERT Rodeo taking place on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Harris County Fire & Sheriff’s Training Academy in Humble, Texas. There are now over 41,000 CERT trained people in Harris County and the region.

This event is one of the most exciting and active public service events in the Houston area. Your support and assistance is needed.

Sign Up Today! Sign up today for this unique training opportunity By using the link below.

New Ham Radio Operator? Great! We'll get you started.

Experienced Ham? Great! We could use your help.

What: CERT Rodeo

Date: Saturday, February 8th, 2020 6am-5pm

Equipment: Only an HT with a headset are recommended for this event. We'll be using a communications trailer,

local repeater and simplex communications. This affords Hams with a handheld radio excellent coverage for this event.

Location: It's located at the Harris County Fire and Sheriff’s Training Academy

Directions: 2318 Atascocita Rd., Humble, Texas 77396 (off Ygnacio Road next to Lindsay Lyons Park)

Parking: Free parking

Schedule: Rain Or Shine

5:00 am - Monitoring Talk-In Repeater

6:00 am - Local Simplex Communications Begins

6:00 am - Ham Operator Check-in at Communications Trailer

7:00 am - CERT Teams Registration/Check-in

8:00 am - Events Begins

Notes: Ham radio operators of all skill levels and physical abilities are requested. The signup form allows you to tell us what physical ability level you are comfortable with. You can also request specific duties and assignments. Repeater/talk-In frequency, EAP, ICS-205, operator assignments and event map will be emailed to you prior to the event.

Signup: https://goo.gl/forms/Ly9xzylFePL1Br723

2020 CERT Rodeo Communications Team

Alfred J. Perez N5VEV

Christine Smith N5CAS

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Mr. Thomas Andrew Downing, WB5TAD has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the Harris County Southeast Unit in District 14 of the South Texas Section. Andrew is recommended by the current long-time EC Mr. George Fletcher, AD5CQ.

An audiologist with the Houston Methodist hospital system he has been a part of the ham radio arena for about six years. He is active in several public service events in and around Houston. Additionally, Andrew is currently a member of the Pasadena EmComm group. He is working closely with George to have a smooth transition. George has served as EC for Harris County for 10 years.

District 14 is composed of Harris County. Mr. David Underwood, WB5HJV, is the District 14 Emergency Coordinator (DEC) and approves this appointment.

This appointment is effective on August 9, 2019.

Winlink LogoSCS, the company that created Pactor, has released software for Linux to allow over-the-air monitoring of Pactor 1/2/3 transmissions for meaning. Besides monitoring Pactor 1/2/3, PMON automatically decompresses B2F/LZHUF compressed messages on the fly. This is very useful for monitoring Winlink email transfers. The program requires only minimal hardware: an inexpensive Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (minimum) computer and an inexpensive USB sound device. An SCS Pactor modem is not needed.

The program is a free download for radio amateurs from a Linux repository provided by SCS. Easy-to-follow instructions, program information and documentation are provided on this SCS web page:
https://www.p4dragon.com/en/PMON.html

Thank you to John Huggins and Gordon Gibby, MD for their original decoding programs, and to Hans-Peter Helfert and the SCS team for this needed contribution to the amateur radio community!

--The Winlink Development Team

Red Cross LogoFrom our Red Cross Liaison, distribute as you see fit.ARES Logo

Usual jobs with Red Cross and ARES are assisting with Communications at Red Cross HQ, EOC Contact, Shelters, and Disaster Assessment.

 

Starting up:

  1. Get a briefing from the Red Cross Manager/COML
  2. Establish ARES and Red Cross Liaisons to manage traffic
  3. Agree on the fastest way to exchange messages – paper, thumb drive, keep messages short, etc.
  4. Find out where you should set up
  5. Inform the Liaison of your capabilities, voice, data, who you can contact
  6. Confirm with Red Cross Your Tactical Call Sign & Cell number
  7.  Make sure you are in contact with the correct county EOC
  8. Check in with Red Cross HQ
  9. Conduct all actions safely and protect confidential information
  10. Start your logs

Mr. Robert Dittman, KB5UJM, has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Bexar County in District 12 of the South Texas Section. Robert is recommended by the current District 12 Emergency Coordinator (DEC) Ms. L. Ruth Lewis, KE5MHJ. District 12 is composed of Atascosa, Bexar, Comal, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Kendall and Wilson counties.

Robert earned his license as a novice in 1992 at the age of 14. He quickly upgraded to Technician with code, in order to use the local repeaters. Being blind, amateur radio provided a network of making friends, and new opportunities. Radio was a way of staying in touch as he traveled to Texas and the U.S. competing in the sport of wrestling. He became very active in the amateur radio emergency service, international traffic system, as well as SkyWarn.

Sidebar - Robert was able to convince a high school girlfriend who lived in Dallas to achieve her license she became KC5GNI and they must have the record of passing messages between each other from 1993 to 1996. Over the years, amateur radio has enjoyed the center stage and a place of honor in his life. Amateur Radio allowed him to become a communications officer in the Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force military auxiliary radio system member, telecommunications specialist in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary to name a few. These experiences will serve him well in his new EC position.

Robert is a life member of the ARRL and a member of the ARRL volunteer council program. Robert has again brought his love to amateur radio as his fiancé achieved her license on June 21, 2019. Her callsign is KI5FHC.

This appointment is effective on July 23, 2019.