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
http://www.w3eoc.net/limerick09signup.

IMPORTANT!
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!

73,
Lor W3QA
Emergency Coordinator
Chester County ARES/RACES

CCAR Net Check-ins for 10/08/2009

NCS: WB3GCK
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

Digital
Radio Email:
WM3L, WB3GCK, WA3NOA
APRS:
WA3NOA

Weekly CCAR Net Modifications

All:

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

UHF and VHF FM Repeaters Out of Service

Beginning tomorrow morning, Thursday, October 8, the W3EOC 446.525 and 146.940 MHz repeaters will be out of service in order to move them to the new Criminal Justice Center. The Hazlett building and tower will be demolished beginning on October 14.

I expect we will be back on the air by mid-November. Until then, the 446.175 repeater at Bucktown and the 448.875 repeater at Octorara will be put into stand-alone repeater mode to function independently without links.

Should an incident occur while these are out of service, we will use the 446.175 repeater as our primary tactical frequency in the North, and 448.875 in the South. Tune to one of these frequencies for the regular weekly net.

73,
Lor Kutchins W3QA
Emergency Coordinator
Chester County ARES/RACES

Attention ALL CCAR Members... Credentials.

The Chester County credentialing process has begun. Please visit this page: http://www.w3eoc.org/credentials, then download and follow the instructions in the attachments at the bottom of that page. (You must be logged in first.)

You must register with the credentialing web site and enter your vital information (step one). Then, on the prescribed dates, you must appear at a verification kiosk to prove your identity using two forms of identification (step two). If you have difficulty enrolling on the credentialing web site, go to the verification kiosk anyway. A person there will assist you with enrolling on the web. Details and a FAQ are provided in the downloadable documents.

Please attend to this today!

CCAR Weekly Drill Message for 10/08/2009

A copy of this week's drill message available here for download (you must log in then click on the "attachment" link below the message). All members checking into the CCAR Weekly Information Net, should download a copy of the weekly drill message in advance and be prepared to transmit the message, if called upon by the Net Control Station. A "scripted" version of the message is included for your reference. The handling of formal message traffic is a basic skill we all need to have as emergency communicators.

Limerick Planning Update

Saturday, October 3

Thanks to Jim Giunta W3WA, Ray Jefferis KB3IGL, and especially to Al Rabenau W3AHR, Jeff Lynch W3JEF, Tom Smith KB3TQS and Mark Humphrey K3XY for their time, effort and equipment this morning and afternoon. We had a very successful engineering session proving a portable D-Star DD repeater at Downingtown East HS for the Limerick NGS Exercise. This is an excellent location to overcome the problem paths to Upper Uwchlan, Uwchlan, West Vincent and West Pikeland township municipal EOCs. Several of these sites still have local obstacles that need to be avoided, but a solution for a good signal is present at each when connecting to this portable repeater. The next version of the Limerick planning spreadsheet is attached to this story, below.

We met the school principal on site, explained our mission, received his approval and promised follow-up through Karl Mehn. We will need parking spaces blocked for the exercise. Al Rabenau tested his D-Star rig at West Pikeland and now has a good idea of how to make it work there, where to locate, etc. Mark Humphrey did a wonderful job of driving to Uwchlan, Upper Uwchlan and West Vincent to survey DD signals from Downingtown and scope out the local situations. What a team!

Rich Kucharik, KE3HG called on the repeater while we were in testing mode and reported good results using HSMM to the Bucktown HSMM Access Point. On Friday, Al Morris and I visited S. Coventry township, made arrangements for access on October 18th (the "Dress Rehearsal"), and successfully tested an HSMM rig to Bucktown. Earlier in the week, Jim Harris WA3NOA checked out his operating location at Charlestown EOC and got excellent DD signal strength connecting to Bucktown, and successfully tested radio email. Piece of cake.

WB3GCK and KB3MIN report that they have scheduled next Wednesday for a visit to Phoenixville EOC to test the 2M/440 antenna and the high speed digital connection to Bucktown.

I've not had feedback from teams assigned to other sites yet. Team members: Please move forward quickly with your visit to test antennas and your high speed connection. If you need equipment issued, please arrange with me to get it ASAP. Time is getting short!

The Tech Rally on October 10th will focus on covering these tasks and meeting any unmet team needs. One week later on Sunday, October 18th, is our "Dress Rehearsal" comm check where all teams turn out to their assigned locations and pass traffic on all channels to and from the Chester County EOC.

The latest sets of parameters for the DD repeaters are posted in the "DD Operator Settings" document below.

73,
Lor Kutchins W3QA
Emergency Coordinator
Chester County ARES/RACES

CCAR Weekly Drill Message for 10/01/2009

A copy of this week's drill message available here for download (you must log in then click on the "attachment" link below the message). All members checking into the CCAR Weekly Information Net, should download a copy of the weekly drill message in advance and be prepared to transmit the message, if called upon by the Net Control Station. A "scripted" version of the message is included for your reference. The handling of formal message traffic is a basic skill we all need to have as emergency communicators.

CCAR Net Check-ins for 9/24/2009

NCS Report 09/24/2009

Net Start: 19:30 EDT
Net End: 19:44 EDT
Net Control Station: Andy, K3JSE
Total Checkins: 15

K3JSE - Andy (NCS)
K3YK - Dave
N3TR - Bill
K3FYV - Barry
KE3HG - Rich
WB3GCK - Craig
KB3MJD - John
KB3IGL - Ray
W3HOA - Al
KB3CVC - Dick
KB3TQS - Tom
W3XE - George
N4SEN - Kevin
K3WIL - Wil
W3BMA - Dick

Digital
Radio Email:
WB3GCK - Craig, WA3NOA - Jim

APRS:
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CCAR Weekly Drill Message for 9/24/2009

A copy of this week's drill message available here for download (you must log in then click on the "attachment" link below the message). All members checking into the CCAR Weekly Information Net, should download a copy of the weekly drill message in advance and be prepared to transmit the message, if called upon by the Net Control Station. A "scripted" version of the message is included for your reference. The handling of formal message traffic is a basic skill we all need to have as emergency communicators.

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