EPA SET on Friday May 20th

CCAR is looking for volunteers to take part in a EPA Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on Friday May 20th. 
Time: from 7 pm to 8 pm.

More details will be shared on the Thursday evening CCAR voice net at 7:30 pm.

Basic plan for this EPA SET will look something like this:
Reason:  Severe weather and flooding has occurred in Chester County
Response: Four Shelters have been opened in Chester Cty Schools: Oxford, West Chester, Downingtown East, and Owen J Roberts.

Begin EPA SET Friday evening May 20th at 7 pm. RESNET opens on linked UHF repeaters at W3EOC at 7 pm – K3JSE net control. RESNET announces the call for CCAR ops to deploy (virtual only) on this drill
As ops check in to RESNET, they volunteer (VIRTUALLY)to go to one of these shelters 

A detailed plan has been emailed to the CCAR membership, and more information will be provided on tonight’s voice net.

The CCAR POC for this event is Barry K3EUI. Direct all responses and queries to: K3euiBarry-at-gmail.com

MS150 City To Shore September 25th and 26th

The MS150 is a bike ride from Cherry Hill to Ocean City NJ. Like any other event all operator skills are needed.

I recommend using the email address below to make the first contact.

Here is their latest request for help email:



WOW  –  We had a REAL BAD week.

This past week, we only had enough new volunteers to cover 3 route assignments, BUT we had one pull out, which of course leaves us with only a net 2 route assignments.

I very much like to think of our community as a very proud one, but I will put all pride aside to BEG and PLEAD for your help with the 2021 Ride MS – City to Shore.  As we have put out to you folks many times, this is one of, if not, the largest HAM involved Community Service special event in the country.  In order to support this event in the complete manner that it needs, we need a minimum of 150 HAM volunteers.


34 – This doesn’t seem like a big number, but until we hit it, and hopefully as quickly as possible, we are falling short in an endeavor to support the thousands of riders and other volunteers in ensuring a safe and informative event that is a major force in helping the Too Many Local Folks living with Multiple Sclerosis. 

We ask again – PLEASE DIG DEEP – to put aside the 25th and 26th of September, 2021 to come out and prove that our community is PROUD and professional enough to put communication companies to shame.  A lot of eyes are on us during this event, our peers, our reporting publications, and other supporting factions that see us as an example of what can be done when you CARE.  A few hours a day so show SO MUCH.

Please sign up on line at :           https://forms.gle/YzGMjT9aMojLA3Xt6                                                            

Or email back the attached sign up form as soon as possible.

Thank you again, and we look forward to working WITH as many of you as possible
With Much Appreciation73 EvComm (609.795.0909)


Here is the link to sign up on line:             https://forms.gle/YzGMjT9aMojLA3Xt6

Phone: EvComm (609.795.0909)

EMail: Ev Comm n3mssevcomm@gmail.com

Field Day – June 26th 2021

If you are interested in Field Day this coming weekend, please contact Gary Metz:  gmetz@comcast.net

Gary will be working at the GSC on Saturday from 2-8 OUTSIDE in the parking lot, and 2-12 INSIDE in 026.  Food and drink are on your own this time around.  The restrooms in the GSC can be used.

Thanks in advance,

David Flad / KB3YCK

CCAR Emergency Coordinator

Volunteer Opportunity – French Creek Iron Tour – 6/13/2021

The French Creek Iron Tour will actually be happening this year on June 13th, with a reduced number of riders, but they still would like support from CCAR to provide communications and SAG vehicle tracking.
This is a fun event that allows us to practice some of the techniques we would be using for real emergencies.
To fully staff the event, we need the following:

A. 5 portable operators at the 5 rest stops along the course, from when those rest stops first open for service until each rest stop is closed when the last rider passes there.

B. At least 6 (preferably 8) mobile operators to provide communications and tracker operations in the support vehicles provided by the event; you would be passengers, not drivers. So you would need a 70cm mobile rig and a mag-mount antenna; CCAR would provide the APRS tracker. We also recommend a battery, as some of the vehicles they have used in the past shut off their cigarette lighter power outlets when the ignition gets shut off (slightly awkward when you need to communicate when the vehicle is stopped). The SAG vehicles operate in overlapping shifts, so you don’t have to be the first one out in the morning, although we would need people for the first 3 SAGs that leave the starting line at 6am.

C. 2 to 3 Net Control operators at the starting/finishing line at the Kimberton Fire Department Fairgrounds to collectively cover the full duration of the event (from pre-start until the last rider crosses the finish line around 4pm). There is AC power available there.

If you are interested in assisting with this charitable event, please contact me, and let me know if you has a preference for your operating position. Please include your T-shirt size, so you can get your collector’s-edition 2021 Iron Tour T-shirt.

Andrew Pavlin, KA2DDO
CCAR tracker lead