CCAR Weekly Net Check-ins for 11/05/2009

Mobile stations: none
Region 1: none
Region 2: kb3nck jim, a3qkz don, kb3mjd John.
Region 3: kb3cvc dick, w3jbs joe, kc2kpv eric, n3mxb guy
Region 4: kb3min paul
Region 5: none
Adj counties: w3bma dick,
oxford kb3ojl lanny, k3cim alex
Anywhere: k5hal cullen, kb3 rbu scott, kb3fcj tim, w3jbs joe, wm3l william, k3ith richard

Limerick Generating Station Exercise -- Dress Rehearsal

Our dry run and communications check for this major exercise will be held tomorrow morning, Friday, November 6th. This exercise will help us uncover items to fix before the full-scale exercise on November 17th.

Here are some details for all. For the most part, I think we are ready! Please note items that pertain to you if you are participating:

1) Our work in conjunction with the County is slated to begin at 9 AM with the opening of the Chester County EOC. However, you may need more time to set up prior to that. We will be operating on a compressed time scale.

2) A callout following our SOP-1 (please review it) will commence about 8:30 AM. All members will be alerted via RSAN and reverse 911 at the contact numbers and email addresses you have on file. Please acknowledge the message as it directs, whether you have signed up for the exercise or not.

3) Teams may pre-position near your pre-assigned operating sites, but not within sight of it. Do not move to your site until you have checked into RESNET and receive a formal assignment. Be aware that you may be needed somewhere other than your pre-assigned location due to actual turnout and the need to staff priority positions.

4) Emphasis and priority will be on the Federally-evaluated EOCs at Charlestown, E. Coventry, S. Coventry, Schuylkill, W. Pikeland, and W. Vincent. At the request of the Radiological Officer, we will make an effort to staff these locations first.

5) RESNET will open on FM 446.175 (Bucktown). This frequency will also be used as TACNET during this event. Additional frequencies may be added for the full-scale exercise on November 17th.

6) Tonight, data operators should fire up their email clients and download all messages they may have waiting on the server and Winlink CMS. They may contain information you can use, and you should begin the exercise without having to spend precious minutes downloading messages that have little to do with the drill.

7) Data operators should also be sure they turn off their home email and Winlink clients if they poll the CCAR or Winlink servers. If you leave them on during your field work, you may find your messages will be picked up at home instead of where you need them. Don't make this mistake!

8) Data operators: Winlink will be used as backup. The primary ARES/RACES path for messages will be via the server. Be prepared to obtain Winlink messages should something go wrong. If you require messages via Winlink, notify TACNET by voice or contact the RACES room by phone. Winlink messages will be sent AS NEEDED, NOT AUTOMATICALLY to avoid loading the network and stacking up on the servers with unretrieved messages.

9) Voice operators: Please follow our formal message handling and net operating guidelines. Please review SOP-5 and the CCAR EOP, 3rd edition.

10) Chester County EOC team: please arrive at the RACES room no later than 8:15AM and begin preparing the workstations for operation. I will be arriving late, but before 9 AM. NCS should be monitoring the 446.175 for RESNET checkins by 8:30 AM.

11) Downingtown East Relay team: Please arrive onsite by 6:30AM to set up. I will be there to help set up and get the link established. We want to leave there for our operating positions by 8:00 AM.

12) A revised Operator's Reference has been posted as an attachment to this article on the CCAR web site. Please retrieve it and use it tomorrow.

13) Good Luck!

Lor W3QA
Emergency Coordinator

Latest Limerick Planning Documents

The latest revisions are attached below. You must be logged in to view and download them.

The "Dress Rehearsal" is next Friday. Normal call-out procedures will be used.

Lor W3QA

CCAR Weekly Net Check-ins for 10/29/2009

Checkins for the CCAR Information Net—10-29-09

Net Conrol Op: W3HOA

Checkins: K5HAL, Cullen, Liason to Southern Chester County; KB3FCJ, Tim; KB3MJD, John; W3QA, Lor; KE3HG, Rich; WB3GCK, Craig; N3MXB, Guy; KC2KPV, Eric; KB3PCY, Martin; W3XE, George; K3WIL,Will; KB3THX, Scott; KB3OLG, John; KB3MPX, Ryan; K3ITH, Dick; N3QGO, Brian; W3BMA, Dick; WA3NOA, Jim; KB3TQS, Tom; N3UD, Paul.

Total checkins via K5HAL: 2; K3WIL, KB3THX.

Total checkins: 21




Changes, Changes, Changes...

Recent work at Bucktown, Pocopson, and Nottingham have produced good results. PLEASE NOTE:

1) The outage of Nottingham UHF and VHF APRS digipeaters affecting the WX reporting system was fixed. 145.990 MHz and 440.950 are back on the air. Packets are being relayed with reliability now. If you switched your station to 144.390 as requested at Monday's Quarterly Meeting, you may now switch back to 144.990. Your WX station will report through the gateways more reliably on .99.

2) The Nottingham HSMM access points ('W3EOC Nottingham 1' on 5.8 GHz, and 'W3EOC Nottingham 2' on 2.4 GHz) are back on the air with internet connectivity available, and access to the W3EOC network email server.

3) Bucktown has TWO new D-Star repeaters. DV mode (digital voice with simultaneous low-speed data) is now available on 445.08125 MHz with a minus 5 MHz offset, and 1255.600 MHz with a positive 12 MHz offset. All D-Star repeater info is current on the web at We plan to add a gateway there sometime after Limerick.

4) IMPORTANT FOR LIMERICK EXERCISE DATA OPERATORS: The Bucktown DD (high-speed digital data) repeater has changed frequencies from 1297.8 MHz to 1297.5 MHz. You must make changes to your ID-1 programming to successfully connect! This information will be published in the Limerick Exercise documents also.

5) An email server is operating on the W3EOC data network at Pocopson. Limerick exercise D-Star and HSMM data operators will be using this for the primary backup of County internet email. After the exercise, all CCAR members will be invited to establish EmComm accounts on this server.

Thanks and 73,

Lor W3QA
Emergency Coordinator

CCAR Net Check-ins for 10/22/2009

VOICE: W3QA Lor, K3YK Dave, KE3HG Rich, KB3MIN Paul, W3AHR Al, WA3NOA Jim, KB3PCY Martin, W3XE George, KB3OLG John, W3BMA Dick, K3ITH Dick, N3MXB Guy, KC2KPV Eric, W3JBS Joe, K3JV Joe

Radio Email:
WB3GCK Craig, KB3PCY Martin, WA3NOA Jim, KE3HG Rich


CCAR Net Check-ins for 10/15/2009


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Limerick Planning Update

Thursday, October 15

Things are coming together technically. Teams are doing their jobs. A few need to catch-up, but we will be ready! Focus now is on team readiness for the "Dress Rehearsal".

I could use a few inexperienced operators for duty at the Chester County EOC on November 17th. The jobs will be logging, listening, and tracking resources. It's a fine way to see the inner workings of the EOC and RACES room, and a great way to learn. Give me a call 484-356-6405 and sign up on the web at

The "Dress Rehearsal" comm check with the county has been moved to Friday, November 6, 9AM-12PM. The date reserved for follow up after the earlier comm check date (October 24) has been canceled.

I have heard from most teams. They sent a representative to their site, checked the FM antenna, checked the D-Star or HSMM data signal, worked out the little setup details, and coordinated with the local township officials. I still need an update from the E. Pikeland, Spring City, Upper Uwchlan, Uwchlan and E Coventry teams. I'll be working with these teams individually.

At the last Tech Rally, we added Guy Battle N3MXB to the Spring City team, and Scott Fausel KB3THX to the Uwchlan team. We now have all team slots filled!

We also filled the slots for the "Out-of-Sequence" exercise involving four school districts on the morning of November 17th. Thanks to KB3IGL, KE3HG, K3JSE, WA3NOA, WB3GCK, and KB3CVC!

There are further changes to the data operator's reference sheet, and all the latest dates, places, people, and things are updated on the planning spreadsheet workbook. Oh yes, thanks to WA3NOA for providing a useful .icf file for syncing your ID-1 memory settings with everyone. Download all, review and use the info. It's attached to this posting on the website. (You can only view and download them if you're logged in first!)

We'll see you November 6th on the radio, if not sooner!

Lor W3QA
Emergency Coordinator
Chester County ARES/RACES

CCAR Net Check-ins for 10/08/2009

KB3NCK Jim, N3NUK Bill, W3JAM Jeff, N4SEN Kevin (relay), K3JSE Andy, W3QA Lor, N3MXB Guy, W3XE George, KB3PCY Martin, KB3OJL Jack, KB3OLG John, KB3MPX Ryan, W3BMA Dick, K3ITH Dick, KB3RBU Scott, W3JBS Joe

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Weekly CCAR Net Modifications


With the 446.525 repeater out of commission for a while, we'll need to attempt some workarounds for the Thursday night nets.

The NCS will conduct the net on the 446.175 repeater. At the beginning of the net, NCS will make a call for any stations that can communicate with both the Bucktown (446.175) and Oxford (448.875) repeaters and act as a Liason Station.

Here's what the Liason Station needs to do:

- Switch to the Oxford repeater and make several calls for checkins.
Ask the stations to standby on frequency

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