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    Hello: See the below posting for background. If anyone is doing any special operating etc on Sept 16th send a email to me at work: bob.reynolds@wnep.com The
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 2, 2006

      See the below posting for background. If anyone is doing any special
      operating etc on Sept 16th send a email to me at work: bob.reynolds@...

      The following link shows our viewing area in Pa.






      September is US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Preparedness
      Month, and Saturday, September 16, is Amateur Radio Awareness Day. For the
      third straight year, the ARRL and Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
      groups across the US will join a coalition of more than 200 national,
      regional, state and local organizations taking part in Preparedness Month
      activities. ARES is a partner with DHS through the Citizen Corps program.
      ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, says local ARES
      groups and clubs will be making presentations to civic organizations, at
      schools and at regional fairs to showcase Amateur Radio.

      "More than 4000 ARRL 'Hello' campaign <http://www.hello-radio.org/>
      brochures have gone out in the past few weeks alone to prepare for the
      month-long initiative," he said.

      To highlight Amateur Radio Awareness Day, ARRL public information officers
      (PIOs) will promote the DHS's "30 Tips for Emergency Preparedness"
      <http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/interapp/editorial/editorial_0711.xml> to
      attract news media coverage. Some tips on promoting National Preparedness
      Month are on the ARRL public relations Web pages

      ARRL Public Service Team Manager Steve Ewald, WV1X, notes that the
      underlying theme of National Preparedness Month is to encourage everyone to
      be aware of and prepare for emergencies all year long.

      "Amateur Radio operators, led by ARRL Field Organization leaders across the
      country, are encouraged to consider this year's ARRL Simulated Emergency
      Test (SET) -- as well as all preparations and post-SET evaluations -- as a
      demonstration of your participation in National Preparedness Month," Ewald
      said. The target weekend for the 2006 SET is October 7-8

      A major ham radio presentation during September will take place on the West
      Coast. ARRL Southwestern Division Director Dick Norton, N6AA, says Amateur
      Radio Expo 2006 <http://lafair.b2v.org/> will be held in conjunction with
      the Los Angeles County Fair. "They will staff the exhibit over four
      weekends," Norton said, noting that the fair annually attracts hundreds of
      thousands of visitors.

      Amateur Radio Expo 2006 will get under way the weekend of September 9-10 and
      will feature a special event station plus interactive presentations to
      demonstrate the many facets of ham radio.

      In a related vein, Pitts says he'd like to see a tighter relationship
      between ARES organizations and the League's corps of volunteer PIOs.

      "Too often something happens, and everyone grabs a radio. No one grabs a
      camera or laptop and gets the word of ARES actions out to the media until
      long after the story becomes stale," he observed. "We have wonderful stories
      to tell, but we are too busy to tell them when they are fresh."

      Pitts said he and the ARRL Public Relations Committee are working on ways to
      better integrate public relations and emergency response actions at the
      local level.

      Pitts says that according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),
      families should plan on being totally on their own for up to four days.
      "That's like being back in ancient times: no cell phone, no Internet, no
      911," he said.
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