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KDKA Centennial Special Event – November

BCARPSG will join other Pittsburgh area radio amateurs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of experimental amateur radio station 8ZZ. That amateur station eventually became KDKA Radio.

On November 2, 1920 experimental amateur radio station 8ZZ broadcast the Harding-Cox presidential election returns. To celebrate this milestone, amateur radio operators throughout the area will take to the airwaves during the entire month of November to commemorate this historic event using amateur radio call signs K3K, K3D, K3A, and W8XK, the latter being the call sign of KDKA’s shortwave sister station in the 1930’s.

CLICK HERE for the FULL PRESS RELEASE

Visit the KDKA Centennial Web Site at http://www.kdka100.org/

Winter SKYWARN Training – October 27

The National Weather Service Pittsburgh Office will be hosting a SKYWARN Fall & Winter Weather Virtual Training Session on Tuesday, October 27th at 6:00 PM EDT.

This training is open to anyone with an interest in public service.

The training session will be virtual, using the Zoom video conferencing software. You must register prior to the event in order to receive an invite with the conference access codes. Please use the link below to register.

SkyWarn Training for Fall and Winter Weather Presented by the NWS Pittsburgh

Date/Time:  Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 6:00PM

Registration:      CLICK HERE to REGISTER

Topics covered will include snow measurement, snow forecasting, ice forecasting, lake effect snow, climatology of snow in the area, and many more!

Skywarn is a program of the National Weather Service (NWS). Its mission is to collect reports of localized severe weather in the United States.

Tornado Storm Tree Branch Rainstorm  - Barroa_Artworks / Pixabay

Storm Spotter Training – October 26

The National Weather Service State College Office will be hosting a SKYWARN Basic Storm Spotter Virtual Training Session on Monday, October 26th at 6:00 PM EDT.

This training is open to anyone with an interest in public service.

The training session will be virtual, using the GoToWebinar video conferencing software. For additional information and to register for this event please click the registration link below.

SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training Presented by the NWS State College

Date/Time: Monday, October 26th at 6:00 PM (2 hours)

Registration:     CLICK HERE to REGISTER

Notes:

  • Classes are free and open to the public.
  • Attendees under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  • Classes typically last about 90 minutes.
  • Be sure to download GoToWebinar on your computer prior to the meeting.
  • Test your device for compatibility by clicking here.
  • Bring a pen/pencil to the class to take notes.

More Info:  CLICK HERE for ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Fall S.E.T. Drill – October 3

The Fall Simulated Emergency Test (SET) exercise will be Saturday, October 3rd.  BCARPSG, along with clubs and amateurs across Western Pennsylvania, will be participating in this test of communications and emergency preparedness.  

Date & Time:  Saturday, October 3rd.  9:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT.

Incident Radio Communications Plan:  CLICK Here to Download the Keystone Horizon 2020 SET ICS Plan

Documents & Forms

  1. ICS-213 Form
  2. ARRL Radiogram
  3.  ARRL ARES-001 Activity Form
10/2/2020 UPDATE
Please Note, all ACS Field Assignments will be SIMULATED.  However, when accepting an assignment please simulate travel time, set-up and traffic, ad-lib as best you can but keep it realistic.  I.O.W., this is not our first rodeo, most operators can imagine just what shelter requirements would be, act accordingly.  If and when real world incidents materialize, the skills and expertise of our membership can accommodate any and all taskings the EOC Director requires of us.      


THE FOLLOWING IS A SIMULATED EMERGENCY FOR TRAINING PURPOSES ONLY.  NONE OF THE INFORMATION BELOW IS REAL OR SHOULD BE ACTED UPON BY ANYONE OTHER THAN THE TEST EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS.  THE STATEMENTS BELOW DO NOT CONVEY ANY ACCURATE OR REALISTIC INFORMATION, AND DO NOT REFLECT CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS IN BUTLER COUNTY, PA.

General Training Scenario
(KA3KST/WA3GDS Staffing the 911EOC)  – 147.300 Primary Repeater / 443.9 Repeater Alternate. Tone 131.8 Hz
 
 Read the following statement at the beginning of the Net @1030 and 1130
 
THIS IS A SECTION EMERGENCY TRAINING TEST MESSAGE 
 
QST, QST, QST, this is (CALL SIGN, ALPHA / NUMERICAL) Net Control for the Butler County Region 13 Auxiliary Communications Service.
Seasonal severe weather (high winds and heavy rains) across Butler County have caused numerous power outages and road closures due to downed trees and utility lines.  Flooding across low lying areas have forced many to seek emergency shelter.  Even though Butler County does not have a local Red Cross Chapter, surrounding County Chapters have stepped in providing mutual aid support in setting up shelters at some of our local schools.  Butler, Grove City and New Castle medical facilities are reporting numerous injuries from severe weather related incidents.  All ACS amateur radio operators are requested to check into the Net stating your callsign and availability for an ACS assignment.  I will now accept check-ins, please call CALLSIGN).     
 
Acknowledge check-ins as required, after which please read again…
 
THIS IS A SECTION EMERGENCY TRAINING EXERCISE
 
Possible Net Control Activities:
  • Assignment of ACS Operator(s) to Shelters – Within Butler County, the Butler Area Senior High(New Castle Rd.), Moniteau(RT38, just beyond West Sunbury) and or Seneca Valley Schools (RT68 Zelienople) have been utilized in the past as shelters.  Butler and Moniteau, no problem with Comm Links, Seneca Valley, not so much.  You should be aware Butler County no longer has a local Red Cross Chapter, any and all shelter activities would be provided through mutual aid agreements with counties surrounding Butler, most likely Allegheny, Beaver or Venango.
  • Assignment of ACS Field Team Operators to local Fire Departments to assist as needed i.e., monitoring stream and creek levels for flooding, downed electrical lines or communication shortfalls (Cellphone overloads).  However, within Butler County the Fire Police and CB Rangers are usually called upon for major traffic control activities

Guidelines for EOC:

  1. If possible, establish communication contacts with surrounding counties either simplex or repeater
  2. If possible, as time and traffic permits, establish digital communication with one or more shelter operators
  3. If possible, as time and traffic permits, send a Radiogram via HF 3.983MHz and receive a Radiogram via HF 3.973MHz to and from K3MJW
  4. Terminate the Net promptly at 1230  and thank all participants
  5. Forward all check-in / activity info to TBT for reporting

Guidelines for participants: 

  1. Accept assignments as they will all be virtual, participate, ad-lib but keep it realistic and most importantly, by all means have fun!!

  Misc. Notes:

  1. N3WH has volunteered to be Net Control for the Sky Warn Net on 147.360 MHz
  2. KB3TBT although engaged with a prior commitment, will attempt to handle all DMR Activity requirements

Alameda Park Allstar Link Update

On Saturday (9/19/2020) we deployed an Allstar Link node (no. 43418) to our Alameda Park repeater site (147.300 MHz). This gives us the ability to form a linked repeater system with our Winfield Township repeater (145.290 MHz) and to also connect to the Pennsylvania Wide Area Network Repeater System (WANRS). Alameda Park is currently in stand-alone mode and only occasionally connected to Winfield and the WAN-RS. The repeater is currently undergoing testing and adjustments but is OPEN for all general amateur use.

147.300 Allstar Linking Schedule

Our Alameda Park repeater will connect the the the Wide Area Network Repeater System for the following weekly nets.
DayWAN Link TimesNet (Start Time - Name)
Sunday20:55 to 22:55 21:00 - Wide Area Network Repeater System Emergency Service Net
Hosted by Cambria Radio Club ARES/ACS by AB3AA, W3TKR, KB3UIW, or N3SSD using W3WAN
Thursday20:25 to 22:2520:30 - MADXRA Net
Hosted by the Mid Atlantic DX and Repeater Association

Please note that our Winfield Township 145.290 Repeater is linked FULL-TIME to the WAN-RS.

For more information on how we participate in the AllStar Link network and the Wide Area Network Repeater System please visit our AllStar Link Repeater page.

ARES Simplex Drill – August 1

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) // Western Pennsylvania Section // Southwest District will be conducting a simplex drill on Saturday, August 1, 2020 starting at 0945 local time. Participating Pennsylvania counties will be Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington, and Westmoreland.

The purpose of this drill is to test emergency communications capabilities in the event of a repeater outage. Data collected during this drill will be used to determine simplex coverage for each county.

Agenda for Drill is as follows (for Butler County):

  • 0945 Net Control readies for Drill.
  • 1000 Net Control Initiates Net and starts taking and logging Check-Ins on the Alameda Park Repeater (147.300 MHz, positive offset, no tone)
  • 1015 Check-in’s switch to assigned county simplex frequency (see map below). In our case we will QSY to 147.57 MHz
    • All stations should attempt to make as many contacts as possible on the simplex frequency. Please log all contacts.
  • 1100 County Emergency Coordinator (EC) contacts neighboring county repeaters for inter-county interoperability.
  • 1100 Net Control monitors and logs adjacent county EC / Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) check-ins to 147.300 Repeater
  • 1115 Net Control closes the Net and forwards Log to the District Emergency Coordinator (DEC).  All other stations: please e-mail your log to Butler County Emergency Coordinator Bill Hastings (KB3TBT),  kb3tbt@arrl.net