Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sunday Sessions 2017-18



 Keep posted for further information reference “Sunday Sessions” held throughout the winter at Meadow View, where the EAWA meets. With the radios present and antenna topside what better chance to hang around and work on projects or do some operating. It has been suggested that we schedule possibly operating some of the contests. As always if you have a project to work on or troubles with said projects bring them along and hopefully someone can help. And as always, have a new piece of equipment or a new setup to show off…come on down! Questions, comments, nastygrams…give me a shout at res.w1krp@gmail.com

Friday, September 8, 2017

Meeting Notice



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Remember that the EAWA, Ellsworth Amateur Wireless Association, will be holding it's monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept 14th at 7 PM in the Community Room of Meadow View Apartments, 25 Tweedie Lane in Ellsworth. Anyone licensed or interested in Amateur Radio is urged to attend. After the business meeting Phil Duggan will give a brief program. Phil, N1EP is going to give a very brief description of the ARRL National Traffic System, and will also describe the radiogram and how it is used. He will also quickly go over a couple ICS message forms. Anyone needing information can contact me w1krp@arrl.net or res.w1krp@gmail.com . Club info can be found at www.eawa.org

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Are We Prepared?


 
If we have never experienced it, do we REALLY comprehend the |results of a major
disaster? Amateur Radio licensees and those active in Emergency Response or
Communications Units may have |their equipment prepared, but what about the family and the family home?

We may think we have prepared, but it's a real shock when there is no water, no
electricity, no heat, no transportation and no way to get them. Consider just the loss of
electricity.
 
Do we realize:

a. that public and private wells may not pump water?

b. that service stations have no means to deliver gasoline?

c. that grocery stores close because computer connected cash registers and bar-code readers cannot function?

d. that refrigerators and freezers won't keep food

e. that traffic and street lights don't work?

f. that sewerage disposal system pumps may not function

Can we internalize the effect such events will have on us and our |family? Few can, so we
ignore the travail, the trauma and tragedy. Yet, any moderate disaster can cause significant
destruction, |injury and death, whether earthquake, hurricane, severe winter |storm or extended flooding. Partial or entire systems - roads, |water, electricity, gas - can be disrupted or destroyed.
 
There may be days, weeks, months or years without public services. Disasters are not selective and occur anywhere, anytime-no matter how lulled to sleep we may be in communities that have not suffered such events. We read about these events and watch them on TV, yet how do we interpret that to our own lives?
 
More often that not we don't.

It's just too much to think about contaminated water sources, or wells that won't work,
about no electricity or no gasoline, no heating oil, gas or propane; of life being totally changed. We shrug it off and go about our daily lives, particularly if we live in an area that was NOT affected.

Yet, questions do arise. Some officials who were saying, "prepare for at least 3 days" (i.e., loss of public services) are now saying "prepare for a month.” One official recommended
storing 200 small garbage bags for human waste disposal, intending they be put over 5 gallon buckets, then closed and disposed of by digging a hole in the ground.
 
This is likely a reaction to massive disasters around the world causing the realization that nature is in control, not mankind; that massive events WILL leave some communities without services for extended periods.

So, let's sit down and review our situation.
 
 How will we heat the family in the dead cold of winter, or store food in the stifling heat of summer? How can we have water for a self-sustaining family for, say, thirty days? Maybe 50-gallon storage drums? One source predicts a 55-gallon drum will supply a family of 4 for 2 weeks, just squeaking by.) Think solutions and implement.

Once we solve that, then let's help a friend or neighbor do likewise. Yes, it may never happen, but who knows, tomorrow the preparation that we do may help in ways we least expect!

 

Source: Kentucky Amateur Radio Web Site – www.kyham.net

Monday, July 31, 2017

August EAWA Meeting!


The next scheduled meeting of the Ellsworth Amateur Wireless Association (EAWA) will be held on Thursday August 10th at 7 PM in the Meadow View Apartments Phase 4 Community room, 25 Tweedie Lane here in Ellsworth. The meeting is opened to all, and individuals interested in getting started in Ham radio are welcome to attend. After the business meeting  Jeff Hanscom KA1DBE will give a presentation which will be of interest to all hams BUT especially of interest to newer hams and those interested in getting involved….”The Frugal Ham”…..be an active ham without breaking your budget! Hope to see everyone there! 73 de W1KRP

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Field Day 2017...One For The Books!


Well, Field Day 2017 is behind us. It was a great weekend and it seems as though everyone enjoyed themselves. Friends, radio and of course food. Who could ask for much more!? As per SOP, the setup started in inclement weather Saturday morning. We either start or end in rain…right? Its Field Day! Well, Saturday at about 1345 hrs EST the skys parted and from that point on it was great weather down on Schoodic Point at the SERC facility. For the remainder of the FD the CW station was active as was the Phone station. Add in a active GOTA station and a successful Satellite station…good times was had by all. Many thanks go out to Andy, Cheri, Evie, Chris S., Chris W., Mark, Bob, Galen, Lynn, Joe, Jeff, John and I probably have forgotten others and I apologize! Already looking forward to next year and hopefully many more local Ham Radio activities between now and then!  73 !!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"FirstNet"....Defining EMCOMM'S Future!?

Drawn from ARRL

Buildout of Nationwide First Responder Broadband Network Could Drive ARES Changes

06/01/2017The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) — a nationwide wireless broadband network for first responders — could change the complexion of how the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) functions to support communication for responders during disasters and emergencies. As an independent authority within the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA), FirstNet’s mission is to build out, deploy, and operate an interoperable nationwide broadband network dedicated to first responders. Ralph Haller, N4RH, the chairman of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), told ARRL that the advent of FirstNet “will likely be as significant as when public safety first began using radio.”

“The nationwide network will be hardened, so that it will be more likely that many of today’s public safety systems remain operational in emergencies,” Haller said, pointing out that Amateur Radio should not expect to have access to FirstNet. He cautioned, “The endurance of Amateur Radio systems in disasters has been a big selling point in the past for incorporating amateur operators in emergency plans, but perhaps not so much in the future.”
NPSTC is a federation of organizations that work toward improving public safety communication and interoperability, and ARRL has a seat on NPSTC’s Governing Board. Haller predicted that Amateur Radio’s role in emergencies will not disappear. “There is no substitute for eyes and ears on the ground in an emergency,” he said, adding that radio amateurs “can and should continue to play an important part” in supporting emergency communication.
“Amateur operators can continue to provide valuable information to emergency operations centers in the recovery phase of disasters,” he said. “Whether that intelligence gathering is reporting on storm clouds, power outages, or road closures, amateurs can help provide critical, real-time information about conditions over a vast area. While first responders are treating the injured or protecting life and property, the amateur community can concentrate on assessing the overall picture.”
On March 30, FirstNet and the Commerce Department announced a 25-year partnership with AT&T as the primary contractor to make FirstNet a reality. “The ability to communicate seamlessly across jurisdictions is critical for law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS) when securing large events or responding to emergencies and disasters,” a Commerce Department news release said. “In those instances, networks can become overloaded and inaccessible, limiting responders’ use of vital communication technologies, such as smartphones and applications dedicated to public safety services.”
Public safety agencies already use commercial wireless networks, such as AT&T and Verizon, to supplement their own radio systems and networks, although such communication is not point to point. FirstNet is initially targeted primarily to provide video and data, with mission-critical voice communication at least a decade away. EMS is likely to become a heavy user of the network, which will employ voice command functions a la Siri or Alexa.

“Be sure the public safety organizations never forget how valuable the amateurs are!” — NPSTC Chairman Ralph Haller, N4RH

Inevitably there will be coverage gaps, and the development of “deployables” is critical. These devices can expand the network to areas it doesn’t cover but where it may be needed for a specific incident. Deployables could include satellites — Inmarsat is a member of the AT&T team. Network security and encryption is a high priority. The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) now uses encryption on its data nets.
While images in the form of digital Amateur Radio television (DATV) and a plethora of digital modes are available to ARES, FirstNet could nudge ARES to more quickly adopt a similar approach. A new generation of radio amateurs steeped in data, image, and video technology is likely to drive ARES to think beyond analog.
Haller advised that the Amateur Radio community should continue to work closely with public safety organizations at all levels to assure that they remain a part of emergency plans.
“The hype about broadband should not result in amateurs inadvertently being swept under the rug,” Haller stressed. “Be sure the public safety organizations never forget how valuable the amateurs are!”
FirstNet will use spectrum at 700 MHz — no immediate threat to Amateur Radio allocations, although there is no guarantee that this won’t change as the network approaches the shift to 5th generation (5G) technology. Amateur Radio has access to significant spectrum above 700 MHz.
The expectation is that within a couple of years, a nationwide “core” network will be ready to roll out, and the first public safety users will be on board. Some regional networks have been set up for proof-of-concept purposes and to work out wrinkles. — Thanks to Mike Corey, KI1U, and Ralph Haller, N4RH

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

EAWA Website Comes Alive!


The Ellsworth Amateur Wireless Association has dug its website out of mothballs with the help of Charles AC1BS and is being updated on a regular basis with input from local hams. For information in reference to the W1TU club please check out www.eawa.org  Thanks Chuck!!