Psychological First Aid training Opportunity

Dear SEPA VOAD Volunteers,

You are invited to attend a Psychological First Aid training that will take place at the Chester County Government Services Center in West Chester. Please see the details below and the flyer which is attached. To register, please complete the online registration at:

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2010
Time: 9:30 pm to 12:30 pm
Location: Chester County Government Services Center, Room 170
601 Westtown Rd. West Chester, PA 19380


Christie Eastburn
VOAD Coordinator
Southeastern Pennsylvania Voluntary

CCAR Weekly Net Check-ins for 12/03/2009

Checkins: 15

WB3GCK Craig (NCS)
KB3NCK Jim, KB3MIN Paul, KE3HG Rich, N4SEN Kevin, KA3QKZ Don, KB3IGL Ray, KC2KPV Eric, KB3CVC Dick, N3MXB Guy, W3JBS Joe, W3XE George, KB3PCY Martin, K5HAL Cullen, WN3A Jeff

Radio Email:
KB3PCY Martin
WB3GCK Craig

New D-Star Book


Those who are interested in getting the most out of CCAR's D-Star repeaters have a new resource.

Here's a well-written guide that explains all you want to know about D-Star operation. Check it out. Several members have done it already and recommend it!

Lor W3QA

Batteries! Get yours! -all batteries have been distributed and are no longer available-

Thanks to Jeff DePolo WN3A and a generous donation by WRTI FM, we have a number of 135 AH AGM-type sealed batteries to distribute to members -- for free! These are ideal for serious emergency backup power in the shack at home, or for permanent mounting in a vehicle. (They weigh about 100 lbs).

You must pick yours up from the GSC Tuesday, Wednesday or Monday during business hours. Call me 610-431-4227 for information on how to pick them up, or to make arrangements for pickup on the weekend (sorry, Thursday and Friday are out, gobble-gobble).

CCAR Weekly Net Check-ins for 11/19/2009

WB3GCK Craig (NCS)
K5HAL Cullen (Southern Area Liason)
W3QA Lor
K3JV Joe
W3XE George
N4SEN Kevin (Relay)
K3WIL Will (Relay)
W3BMA Dick
KE3HG Rich
K3JSE Andy

Limerick Photos

Attached are some photos submitted so far from the exercise. Enjoy.

The CCDES Director sends his thanks...

From: Atkins, Edward J.
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 10:20 PM
Subject: Limerick Exercise


We just wrapped up the Limerick Exercise. It went extremely well. My thanks to all who were directly involved tonight and to those who helped in the preparation or who were standing by ready to continue operations indefinitely if this had been a real event.

Very well done all around by all.



Limerick wind-down...


What can I say?

The whole thing was sensational. CCAR members turned out, set up, and clicked through their duties showing outstanding capability, skill and adaptability. Our new technology has the power to make the challenging tasks doable and easier for us than ever before. Wow. Clearly the BEST ARES/RACES performance ever by CCAR.

Now it's time to look back and learn something from this experience. This is why we do it! I'll be wrapping-up the exercise with a comprehensive after-action report, but first I need ALL to send me few paragraphs before tomorrow. What went well? What did not? How would you do things differently to overcome a problem? Did you need anything you did not have? Information? Equipment? Training? Thanks to everyone who have already sent in their reports.

I'd like to ask everyone with borrowed county or personal equipment to drop it off (or pick up lent personal gear) at room 026 this Saturday morning, 9-10AM. We will use this as a clearing-house. PLEASE, try to make this time. It would cost me a week's personal time to accommodate everyone else's schedule!

Ed Atkins, Karl Mehn and the FEMA evaluators all had very positive things to say about CCAR and our performance. Ed did say we "saved their butts" in a few places, yet again. You were stars!

Congratulations all. Well done!

Lor Kutchins W3QA
Emergency Coordinator
Chester County ARES/RACES

Limerick Update -- We're ready!

Monday, November 16, 2009

It was a long day today, but it was worth it. We solved the bandwidth and intermittent link problem at Bucktown. Tomorrow's exercises should proceed as planned using high-speed media, D-Star and HSMM.

Thanks to Karl Mehn for the approval and funding, Chris Bors of Land Mobile, Inc., for the tower climb and great work aiming antennas, Jim Harris, WA3NOA, for ad-hoc tests, and Andy Cooper, K3JSE, and Al Rabenau W3AHR for their teamwork, we got two link radios replaced on the 900 MHz data link to S. Coventry, and put up two new 5.8 GHz stations to form a high-bandwidth link. We had to go to 210' on the tower to find an adequate signal at that frequency. Wow, all in the nick of time. The weather gods shined on us.

Anyway, there are NO changes to the IAP from last Friday. Download the latest version and print it out if you have not already. It is attached to the last Limerick Update article. See you tomorrow on the radio or otherwise! Good luck in the exercise. And have fun.

Lor W3QA
Emergency Coordinator
Chester County ARES/RACES

FEMA News Release

FEMA To Evaluate Commonwealth's Readiness

Emergency preparedness exercise scheduled for the Limerick Generating Station

Release Date: November 5, 2009
Release Number: R3-09-018

» 2009 Region III News Releases

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency will evaluate a Biennial Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the Limerick Generating Station in Montgomery County. The week-long exercise, which will begin on November 16, will test the ability of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

Held every other year, these drills test government’s ability to protect public health and safety. FEMA will evaluate state and local emergency response capabilities within the 10-mile emergency-planning zone of the nuclear facility.

Within 90 days, FEMA will send its evaluation to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for use in licensing decisions. The final report will be available to the public about 120 days after the exercise.

FEMA will present preliminary findings of the exercise in a public briefing at 11:00 a.m. on November 20 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 150 Park Road, Reading, Pa. Scheduled speakers include representatives from FEMA, NRC, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Modified: Friday, 13-Nov-2009 11:46:53

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