SATERN Souther Territory Update NewsLetter Nov 02, 2012
- NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS:
SATERN And Amateur Radio Responds To Hurricane Sandy
(Some Information Provided Courtesy of the ARRL Letter of 1 November 2012)
Unless you have been living either (a) in a cave on a remote island or (b) another planet, you know that Hurricane Sandy came ashore on the afternoon of Monday, 29 October 2012 along the New Jersey shore- line. It is currently estimated that Hurricane Sandy killed 74 people (so far) and did a minimum of $20 B in damages - an amount that may increase as the assessments continue. At least thirteen (13) states have been impacted with West Virginia, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut hit the hardest. Both the International SATERN SSB Net on 14.265 MHz and the Southern Territory DigiNet on 14.065 MHz were activated for at lleast two days (Monday and Tuesday).
The Southern Territory DigiNet was active for two full days on Monday, 29 October and again on Tuesday, 30 October 2012. There were seventeen (17) check-ins from nine (9) states over the two day period of time. Some of those checking in were from the affected areas and were operating on emergency power. Others provided relays of bulletins from other services such as Coast Guard and Navy MARS (Military Auxiliary Radio System). Net Control Stations passed along bulletins from The Salvation Army with several stations rotating as the Net Control Station.
The Southern Territory DigiNet was finally secured at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, 30 October 2012.
Although there was no message traffic passed other than routine bulletin updates, this was an excellent exercise test of the DigiNet's capabilities.
In fact Amateur Radio operators across the region, from the Carolinas to Maine, responded to requests for assistance and activated local nets, supported the Hurricane Watch Net's and the VoIP Hurricane Net's operations, assisted their local and state Emergency Operations Centers and provided assistance at shelters and wherever needed. Here are some of the reports from the ARRL about the general Amateur Radio response to Hurricane Sandy:
Northern New Jersey
Two hospitals in New Jersey requested assistance from radio amateurs. According to ARRL Northern New Jersey Section Emergency Coordinator George Sabbi, KC2GLG, the hospitals were experiencing issues with their communications systems they use for direct communications between these their facilities in Middlesex and Union Counties.
Sabbi said that a shelter in Bergen County utilized radio amateurs when it opened on Monday, October 29 until late in the morning the next day. "Operators went off duty for rest and came back on Tuesday. The Red Cross is working on getting more Amateur Radio resources into additional shelters, noting that travel is a restriction for many volunteers due to the numerous road closures all over the state. I've received several reports of repeaters being on backup power or off-the-air, and in all cases, we've moved to alternate frequencies."
Southern New Jersey
Through its Ham Aid program, the ARRL sent six VHF radios to Ocean County, New Jersey. ARRL Ocean County Emergency Coordinator Bob Murdock, WX2NJ, programmed them for deployment to the six shelters in Ocean County shelters today. One of the ARRL's National VOAD partners, NECHAMA -- Jewish Response to Disaster, provided transportation to Ocean County.
ARRL Southern New Jersey Section Emergency Coordinator John Zaruba, K2ZA, ran a Section Resource net on the SNJ ARES repeater at 7 AM, 1 PM and 7 AM each day to provide support to the County Emergency Coordinators. He sent requests, asking for six relief operators from within the Section to deploy to Atlantic County and another six relief operators to go to Ocean County. Both shoreline counties used Amateur Radio in the shelters run by the American Red Cross.
"As of Wednesday, October 31, commercial communications are coming back on line in the inland counties, with some counties, such as Mercer County, starting to use radio amateurs to assist in damage assessment as roads become more passable," explained ARRL Southern New Jersey Section Manager Gary Wilson, K2GW. "The other counties are being polled for mutual aid operator support to Ocean and Atlantic County. I believe John is also starting communications with the Eastern Pennsylvania, Northern New Jersey and Western Massachusetts Sections about their eventually providing relief operators."
Wilson said that the NJ2EM operation at the New Jersey State Police's State Office of Emergency Management was secured on October 31, "as they have commercial contact now with all of the county EOCs, although their statewide 220 MHz repeater is still available for county-to-county communication."
On Thursday, November 1, Wilson told the ARRL that the "communications emergency" in the nine counties that make up the ARRL's Southern New Jersey Section is over. "While the recovery will take a long time, commercial communications systems are being restored in most parts of the Section," he said. "Amateur Radio emergency operations are continuing in Ocean and Atlantic Counties under the direction of their County Emergency Coordinators."
Ocean County Emergency Coordinator Bob Murdock, WX2NJ, said that the six shelters in the county were consolidated into one shelter. "At this time, he thinks the one last shelter might remain operational for about a week," Wilson said. "The ARRL Ham Aid VHF radios are working great there. In Atlantic County, Emergency Coordinator John Miller, KC2TNV, reported that relief operators are needed to give the operators a needed rest. Zaruba is currently polling the other counties in the Section for mutual aid operator support to Atlantic County. Both shoreline counties will continue to determine their long-term Amateur Radio needs on a daily basis, based on the American Red Cross' sheltering plans and the state of commercial communication restoration."
Wilson told the ARRL that one of the reasons that New Jersey is somewhat better prepared than other states is that New Jersey Office of Emergency Management won't approve a County Emergency Management Plan unless it includes a RACES annex. "As a result, every county EOC has permanent Amateur Radio capability on 2 meters simplex, a 220 MHz radio aimed at the NJ2EM 220 MHz repeater that covers the entire state, 2 meter APRS for text messaging and HF capability on 75 meters LSB," he explained. "These are tested once each month on statewide nets. Similarly each American Red Cross
chapter tests its 2 meter capability monthly with the central Red Cross station at N2ARC in Princeton, which then links to the State Emergency Operations Center in West Trenton. And of course, each county has a 2 meter repeater designated for their own work at the county level."
Wilson thanked all of the ARES/RACES operators in Southern New Jersey Section: "You showed that planning, regular monthly tests and dedication pay off when it comes to helping our fellow citizens in a communication emergency. When all else fails, Amateur Radio works!"
Eastern New York
The Eastern New York Section Coordination Net on the N2ACF system operated throughout Hurricane Sandy, concluding their operations on Tuesday at noon. According to ARRL Eastern New York Section Emergency Coordinator David Galletly, KM2O, Section leadership assessed the incoming reports and determined the duration of continued operations following the passage of Sandy through the Section when the net resumed on Tuesday morning. Even though the formal nets are over, the system will still be available for informal use by those stations that still need emergency communication coordination.
Galletly asked the Emergency Coordinators in the Sections to check in to the net when it resumes "to report on continued deployments and support activities. Using this information we will try to determine if any reallocation of operators by mutual aid is needed and prepare requests for shifting resources to areas in greatest need."
Following a request from Westchester County Emergency Coordinator Tom Raffaelli, WB2NHC, operators from the Northern and Central Districts in the ARRL's Eastern New York Section have begun to deploy to relieve Westchester operators. Galletly and Central District Emergency Coordinator Leonard Signoretti, N2LEN, arrived in Westchester on Thursday, November 1, to provide relief shelter duty. Operators from Albany will arrive in Westchester later on Thursday. Galletly said that he is requesting additional relief operators from other counties in the Section.
Hams associated with SKYWARN were very active in Connecticut. "Assistant District Emergency Coordinator for SKYWARN Jim McBride, KD1LD, kept all of us updated about current conditions and did a great job working with our very dedicated SKYWARN Emergency Coordinators who coordinated activity in their counties," explained ARRL Connecticut Section Manager Betsey Doane, K1EIC. "We had hams in Hartford, Fairfield, New London and Windham Counties who participated in the SKYWARN nets. We needed a fill-in for New Haven County, so Craig Lang, W1MHZ, spontaneously volunteered, even under his own emergency conditions. He ran a few nets while camped out at his neighbor's home; as I understand it, he had to be evacuated. His work was commendable."
Many shelters throughout the Section were supported by radio amateurs, some of whom are also CERT trained. Stamford Emergency Coordinator Jon Perelstein, WB2RYV, reported that eight volunteers and two American Red Cross disaster leaders -- most of whom are members of the Stamford Amateur Radio Association -- supported the three Stamford shelters, provided backup communications for Red Cross between the shelters, the Emergency Operations Center and the Red Cross chapter house in Darien. Those staffing the shelters did everything from intake to cooking to support for the elderly and infirm. Other hams staffed the Citizen Service Line, also in Stamford. This service provides a way for Stamford residents to phone in and request information about evacuation plans. The hams also took reports of downed trees and power lines for dispatch of Connecticut Light & Power and city work crews.
"While backup communications were not needed during Hurricane Sandy, we had operators at all the shelters in the area, at the EOC and at the Darien Red Cross chapter house," Doane said. "Our ham volunteers also became involved as `expediters' in dealing with various problems, such as untangling a (non-radio) communications issue that was interfering with food deliveries to the Stamford shelters. In the aftermath of the storm, the Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia was careful to single out SARA participants to various visiting politicians, including US Senator Richard Blumenthal. Both the mayor and the Director of Public Safety made specific mention of amateur radio in thanking the various volunteer groups who helped the city."
In the western part of the state, Danbury Emergency Coordinator Mark Hertzbert, WA2IZQ, and his ARES group staffed the Danbury Emergency Operations Center, the shelter at the War Memorial and Danbury Hospital. "They served as backup communicators and were generally useful to the served agencies in tasks that were not necessarily communication-related," Doane explained. "Everyone participated in continually assessing the
situation in their areas of responsibility."
According to ARRL North Carolina Section Emergency Coordinator/North Carolina RACES Officer Tom Brown, N4TAB, ARES groups in the state participated in response to Hurricane Sandy activities. "Local teams operated during the response-and-recovery phases at several County Emergency Operations Centers and at the State EOC at Raleigh; all operators participated under the NIMS/ICS model," he said. "The AUXCOMM team at the State EOC operated under the ALL HAZARDS model and we had several Communication Leaders (COMLs) and a Communication Technician (COMT) from our own resource group on duty at all times."
ARRL Delaware Section Manager Frank Filipkowski, AD3M, thanked all those in his Section who provided assistance: "I wish to thank all members in the ARRL Delaware Section for volunteering their time and effort in support of radio communications efforts during and after Hurricane Sandy. The members who left their loved ones behind to volunteer at emergency shelters and Emergency Operation Centers, police and fire stations get my heartfelt `thank you' for your extra effort during our communities' urgent need to leave their homes and families behind to support the greater good serving your community. It is at times like these that it makes me proud to be a member of citizen volunteers who give back their time knowledge equipment and love of their hobby to support their community."
There was rain, high winds, localized flooding and power outages in Northwest Ohio. ARRL Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Matthew Welch, W8DEC, told the ARRL that ARES members were activated in Jefferson County to monitor the level of the Ohio River. In Lorain County, the American Red Cross requested assistance from the local ARES group to provide communications assistance for two shelters.
The Salvation Army Responds In Force To Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy came ashore on the afternoon of Monday, 29 October 2012 along the New Jersey shore- line and rapidly moved inland. Although it was "only" a Category 1 hurricane, it brought strong winds with gusts up to 80 mph, heavy rain, a large storm surge that destroyed thousands of homes including entire neighborhoods. Gas mains were broken in many towns causing fires that destroyed entire city blocks - a tragedy reminiscent of the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Further west, Hurricane Sandy brought from 20" to 30" of snow in some parts of West Virginia and lesser amounts as far west as Ohio and Michigan.
Millions of people from Connecticut to North Carolina and as far west as Ohio - over 8.3 million, according to FEMA - were without power just as multiple cold fronts from the west begin to move in. And now there is the threat of yet another nor'easter that will move into the area bring more rain, snow and cold.
It is currently estimated that Hurricane Sandy killed 92 people (so far) and did a minimum of $20 B in damages - an amount that may increase as the assessments continue. Some news reports say that this may be the second costliest disaster in US history. At least thirteen (13) states have been impacted with West Virginia, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut hit the hardest.
Throughout all of this The Salvation Army has been very busy.
In New York City, distribution efforts will continue until power and water service is restored. The Salvation Army, as the lead agency for the City's Food Access Plan, is working with a broad coalition of partners from across the city under the oversight of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), in coordinating the distribution of badly needed water and food supplies to 14 sites in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. The effort brought together resources from several members of the Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), including the American Red Cross, as well as the City Council, the NYPD, the National Guard and dozens of volunteers from across New York City.
With the assistance of 400 National Guard troops, service sites were established in public parks and playgrounds in the hardest hit areas. During the course of the day, more than 600,000 bottles of water and nearly 300,000 packaged meals were distributed to approximately 100,000 local residents. In addition, meals were delivered to the apartments and homes of shut-in residents in these areas. Distribution Centers will be open on Friday, November 2nd, from 7:30am-12:30pm and from 9am-1pm on both Saturday and Sunday (November 3rd and 4th).
For the next few days The Salvation Army will be serving food at Seward High School in lower Manhattan where 1,000 people are being fed breakfast, lunch and dinner.
In New Jersey, The Salvation Army is providing life-sustaining services to hundreds of first responders and survivors in 15 shelters throughout 10 counties. This includes meals, snacks and hydration, as well as emotional and spiritual care. Specifically in New Jersey:
# The Salvation Army is providing support to first responders in Freehold.
# The Salvation Army's Emergency Men's Shelter in Perth Amboy will be adding additional beds to support the increased need for shelter.
# In Atlantic County, The Salvation Army has provided 3 meals a day as well as clothing at a special medical needs emergency shelter.
# The Salvation Army is now providing feeding at a shelter in Hunterdon County.
# The Salvation Army provided more than 240 people with meals, diapers, wipes, emotional and spiritual care at a shelter set up in Teterboro.
# Feeding is taking place at The Salvation Army in East Orange.
# The Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania has deployed a canteen to New Jersey to help support in Emergency Disaster Relief.
"We understand that this will be a long-term response and recovery effort, and we will be there every step of the way for those in need, but we would not be able to do what we do if it were not for the generosity of the American public and our partners," said Major Hood.
In the Southern Territory (specifically, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and Washington, D.C.), the need for services from The Salvation Army is winding down and The Salvation Army is gradually demobilizing in those areas. Services were continued to support evacuees in portions of Western Maryland and West Virginia where more than two feet of snow have left thousands without power. The Salvation Army Area Command in Charleston, WV, is keeping their doors open to shelter residents while power is being restored in their neighborhoods. In Cumberland, MD, The Salvation Army worked with the National Guard to help 100 senior citizens evacuate from a local senior home, providing 125 meals for the trip to a nearby shelter.
Several of America's leading retailers and corporations have pledged more than $1.4 million in cash and in-kind support to The Salvation Army following "Superstorm" Hurricane Sandy. The influx of large cash donations buoyed The Salvation Army, which has also received more than $1.2 million in text and online donations from individual and private donors since fundraising began. The donations are being used across the northeast and throughout the Mid-Atlantic states to help The Salvation Army provide critical services in areas hit by flooding, power outages and heavy snowfall.
"Our response to this storm is critically dependent upon the generosity of the American public and the corporate and private donors who choose to support us. We thank them for their generosity and pray that we will be able to meet all the widespread needs," said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army.
To aid The Salvation Army in its relief efforts, corporate partners including FedEx Corp., Target, PNC Foundation and Albertsons Markets LLC have made contributions in support of Salvation Army relief efforts:
# FedEx Corp. has committed $1.2 million in cash and in-kind transportation to support relief efforts across the northeast corridor. Existing relationships with humanitarian organizations will allow FedEx to lend transportation and logistics expertise to support several agencies, including The Salvation Army, in vital relief work.
# Target Corp. also committed a $50,000 cash donation to The Salvation Army to benefit the survivors of Hurricane Sandy. Overall, Target donated $500,000 in monetary support and products to assist with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The donation will include $425,000 in cash and in-kind donations to the American Red Cross, $50,000 in cash donation to The Salvation Army and $25,000 in gift cards to local
Target stores to help with community needs.
# The PNC Foundation will donate $150,000 to The Salvation Army and $150,000 to the American Red Cross for relief efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. The foundation will also match PNC employee contributions to The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, and AmeriCorps up to a total of $150,000.
# Albertsons Markets LLC, from now through November 15, will run an in-store fundraiser to support The Salvation Army's Hurricane Sandy disaster response and recovery efforts. Albertsons Markets LLC has stores in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas.
With this generosity, The Salvation Army can remain a constant pillar of support in communities where Hurricane Sandy's impact halted daily routines.
At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army.
In addition, The Salvation Army is not sending "spontaneous" volunteers - that is, untrained volunteers who are not already a trained member of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services - to the impacted areas. rather, The Salvation Army is asking people - including Amateur Radio operators - who want to be a part of The Salvation Army's disaster relief efforts on a regular basis to sign up with their local Salvation Army unit as a Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) volunteer. This can also be done by visiting the national EDS website at http://Disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org and clicking on the Volunteer banner.
Amateur Radio operators, in addition to registering as a Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) volunteer, can also register as a member of SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network) by visiting the national SATERN website at www.SATERN.org.
For more information on The Salvation Army's response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit the national EDS webisite or our blog posts at http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/ or www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.
Amateur Radio Operator Killed When HMS Bounty Sinks In Sandy
(Courtesy of the ARRL Letter of 1 November 2012)
Every DXer knows the story of the HMS Bounty and Pitcairn Island, VP6: In 1789, the HMS Bounty -- a small three-masted sailing vessel sent by Britain's Royal Navy to the Pacific on a supply expedition -- was roiled by tension between its crew and its captain, William Bligh. After landing in Tahiti and taking on a cargo of breadfruit, the Bounty set sail for the West Indies; it never reached that destination. Instead, Master's Mate Fletcher Christian led the men in a mutiny, eventually allowing Bligh and his loyalists to sail off in a longboat. After an arduous journey, they reached safety at the Dutch-owned port of Kupang. Christian and his followers ended up on Pitcairn Island where they burned the Bounty and settled on the island. Passing ships did not discover the enclave until after the turn of the century.
On Monday, October 29, a replica of the Bounty -- built in 1960 for a remake of the 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty -- sank off the coast of North Carolina as Hurricane Sandy made its way toward New Jersey. Of its 16 crew members, 14 were rescued by the US Coast Guard. Bounty Captain Robin Walbridge, KD4OHZ, never made it to one of the two deployed life rafts and is presumed dead. Claudene Christian, who claimed to be a direct descendent of Fletcher Christian, was unresponsive and passed away at a North Carolina hospital on Monday evening.
Doug Faunt, N6TQS, of Oakland, California, was one of the 14 who was rescued by the Coast Guard; Faunt served as a deckhand and was also the ship's electrician. A noted DXer and ARRL Life Member, he was part of the FO0AAA DXpedition crew in 2000 to Clipperton Island. He was also a member of the VP6DIA DXpedition to Ducie Island, and in 2007, he was part of the DXpedition to Lakshadweep. According to Spud Roscoe, VE1BC, Faunt had satellite communications equipment and Winlink capabilities on board the Bounty, but he was not the ship's radio officer. "Sailing on replica ships was a hobby of Doug's," Roscoe told the ARRL. "He had previously sailed across the Great Australian Bight on a replica of the HMB Endeavour, Captain Cook's ship. He was an able seaman of the watch." Roscoe was the radio officer on the replica Bounty for its original voyage to France in 1962.
Faunt told the ARRL that the Bounty crew tried various methods, including a satellite phone, to call for help, "but we got nothing when tried calling out on HF. We tried calling the Maritime Mobile Net, but nothing was out there. We had Winlink on the ship that we used for e-mail and accessing the Internet to post to blogs and to Facebook, and we finally found an e-mail address for the Coast Guard. As a
last-ditch effort, we used Winlink to e-mail the Coast Guard for help. Within an hour, we heard a C-130 plane, and later, a helicopter overhead." According to Faunt, it was Walbridge, as master of the ship, who sent out the distress messages.
"I don't know how I made it off the ship," Faunt recalled. "I had finished serving a long watch, and then we started going down. I was exhausted. I had to swim to get to the life raft. The water was full of rigging, and here I am, in my Gumby suit, trying to swim. It was so difficult. While swimming to the raft, I came up for air and a spar was coming at me. I finally found a raft and tried to climb into it, but I almost didn't make it, tired as I was. Through the help of my shipmates who were already aboard the raft, I got on." The two life rafts were out about 100 miles from shore when they were rescued.
The vessel left Connecticut on Thursday, October 25 with a crew of 11 men and five women, ranging in age from 20-66. After being treated at a hospital in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Faunt arrived back home in California on Wednesday, October 31. "I'm looking for a new boat to sail and a DXpedition to go on," Faunt told the ARRL. "Ham radio got me into my position on the Bounty, and ham radio got me out alive!"
Editorial: Sandy May Be "The Grinch That Hurt Christmas"
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the omeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to provide services in 5,000 communities nationwide.
As your Editor, I generally avoid direct appeals for financial assistance. I believe that each of you already give of your time - and, yes, often yourfinancial resources - and you don't need to hear yet another appeal for financial contributions.
However, I do want to point out that Hurricane Sandy has struck the United States right at the very start of The Salvation Army's annual Christmas drive which accounts for about 25% of each local Salvation Army unit's finances for the coming year. Historically, when this happens, the public gives heavily to the disaster relief effort - for which The Salvation Army is thankful - but they also then give less to the Christmas appeals and Kettles. This can be a devastating financial blow to local Salvation Army units all over the country. It often results in reduced services, reductions in employment and financial hardship for local Salvation Army units all across America.
Consequently, I ask each one of you to keep this in mind this Christmas. As your Editor and the Southern Territory SATERN Coordinator, I encourage you contribute to the Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts within the limits of your ability. But I also ask that you dig a little deeper this year and also support your local Salvation Army unit to the best of your ability.
And please accept, in advance, my thanks and the thanks of the millions of people The Salvation Army serves each year.
Check out disaster.salvationarmyusa.org for the latest in news about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services and SATERN.
Please keep Karl Ragan - KJ4BPG - in your prayers. Janet Ragan, Karl's wife of 22 years and friend for 49 years, passed away at 12:20 AM (Eastern)sday, 30 October 2012. Earlier this year Janet began to becomeincreasingly weak and the doctors could not discover a cause. Just a few weeks ago, she was diagnosed with a very severe and aggressive form of cancer that had invaded her bones, lungs and other internal organs. She was hospitalized last week where the diagnosis was confirmed. She was released to go home on hospice care this past Monday and passed away within a few short hours after coming home.
Janet is survived by her husband, Karl, and their son, Stewart.
There will not be a funeral, but a memorial service is planned for this Sunday, 4 November 2012.
Condolence messages can be sent to Karl and his son by e-mail at kahukarl@....
Karl currently serves as the Divisional Disaster Recovery Coordinator for The Salvation Army in the Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi (ALM) Division. Prior to that, Karl served for several years as the Disaster Planning Coordinator for the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Please keep Karl and his son in your prayers during this very difficult time of loss in their lives.
Best Regards and 73, From
WILLIAM H. FEIST III, WB8BZH
Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director
Divisional SATERN Coordinator
Alabama - Louisiana - Mississippi Division
Territorial SATERN Coordinator
The Salvation Army, Southern Territory
P.O. Box 4857 - Jackson, MS 39296-4857