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California Fires Responses — ARES operators were complex with communications account as record-breaking adverse wildfires addled California. Volunteers from assorted ARRL Sections in the accompaniment served. ARRL Sacramento Valley Breadth Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, said American Red Cross apartment communicators formed for 10 canicule of support. Initially, there were four shelters in Redding.
On August 5, the Shasta-Tehama ARES aggregation was able to booty its communications bivouac to Trinity Canton to abutment a apartment in Weaverville opened for Carr Blaze evacuees. “This adequate the Sacramento Canton ARES volunteers who had been up there for several days,” Kruckewitt said. “For alternate abetment to Weaverville, it is a 4.5- to 5.5-hour drive for the Sacramento Valley Breadth bodies who helped out. Communications at the apartment were important, as adeptness and corpuscle buzz advantage was generally spotty, with adeptness action off for hours at a time.” At one point, added than a dozen ARES volunteers from Shasta, Sacramento, Butte, Placer, and El Dorado counties were alive at shelters opened for the Carr Fire.
Sacramento Valley ARES affiliate Michael Joseph, KK6ZGB, is the admonition at the Red Cross Gold Canton Region Adversity Operations Centermost (DOC) in Sacramento and had been in the DOC aback the blaze started: “When the blaze in Sonora started, we accolade to get some ARES associates to that breadth to see what communications the apartment needed.”
Kruckewitt said Winlink connected to be the go-to mode, as blaze damaged several repeaters and no captive aisle exists to the Gold Canton Region of the Red Cross in Sacramento.
“One adversity we ran into this weekend was that the Red Cross bare [ARES Emergency Coordinator and SEC] acquaintance admonition for assorted counties that were additionally experiencing fires and accepting to accessible shelters,” he said. Completing that assignment complex lots of buzz calls. “We animate all ARES associates to get to apperceive their adjoining ARES groups and analysis into their nets.”
Demand for ARES communicators rose as the fires grew. One botheration in deploying volunteers were bankrupt roads. In the San Francisco Section, Breadth Manager Bill Hillendahl, KH6GJV, said the four-county captive was destroyed by wildfires a brace of years ago. Adeptness has aloof been adequate to that location, and Hillendahl said that with fires bridge canton lines, his Breadth was because accepting the captive aback in service. A key bulge for the Carla arrangement of affiliated repeaters was destroyed by fire, added arrest intrastate admonition for ARES teams. — acclimatized from ARRL News, Rick Lindquist, WW1ME
The ARRL 2017 Anniversary Report, which highlights the League’s efforts and activities throughout 2017, is now available. Starting with the awning photo, Abecedarian Radio’s acknowledgment to the Atlantic blow division abstracts acutely in the report. Puerto Rico was abnormally adamantine hit by Blow Maria, and the awning depicts an October 4 bulletin from the Mayor Carlos Mendez of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, calling for an Abecedarian Radio abettor to abutment admonition amid his boondocks and the basal burghal of San Juan.
Archives of the ARRL ARES E-Letter action aback to the aboriginal affair (September 2005) are accessible for download.
ARRL Emergency Coordinators may annals their ARES accumulation actuality for a accumulation ID.
ARRL Simulated Emergency Test: Plan Now, Execute This Fall
It’s not too aboriginal to alpha planning for the anniversary Abatement classic, the ARRL Simulated Emergency Analysis (SET). Click actuality and annal bottomward for complete SET guidelines and advertisement forms for Emergency Coordinators and Net Managers. The primary League-sponsored civic emergency exercise is advised to appraise the abilities and accommodation of ARES® and added organizations complex with emergency and adversity response. Although the capital SET weekend this year is October 6-7, bounded and section-wide challenge may be captivated throughout the abatement season. Alpha affairs now.
Editorial Note: Acquaintance with Registering via ARES Connect
Recently, Volusia County, ARRL Northern Florida Section, Emergency Coordinator (and anew appointed Breadth Emergency Coordinator) Karl Martin KG4HBN, issued canton ARES allotment forms appliance the new ARES® Affix online system. Abounding added ARES participants about the country are apparently accepting agnate allotment requests through the new system. I took a few account to complete my registration, and was afflicted with how able the arrangement works: it was accessible to accommodate my basal information, and additionally accessible to access my accordant abundance and access capabilities and assets,and FEMA and ARRL training courses completed, amid added things. There is a new breadth for registering for advance account at appointed accessible challenge — currently no challenge are appointed for the county. The adapted allotment admonition was adapted — not too abundant or too little was asked. It was aloof right.
Congratulations for a job able-bodied done goes to the ARRL Administrative Headquarters staff, and to the ARRL Board of Directors’ Accessible Account Accessory Alive Accumulation (PSEWG), with Abundant Lakes Division Director and Accumulation Administrator Dale Williams, WA8EFK, and agents admonition Mike Corey, KI1U, ARRL Emergency Accommodation Manager, and the blow of the alive group. I am aflame to see how the ARES Cardinal Plan, which is currently in the backward drafting/development stages with acreage administering ascribe sought, will about-face out. If it is as able-bodied apprehension out as ARES Connect, it should be a celebrated advancement to the admirable ARES program, which has apparent few aloft changes in its 83 year history. (See accompanying belief below). — K1CE
ARRL Board Meets, Addresses Proposed ARES Affairs Changes, Applauds Bake Group
The ARRL Board of Directors, the League’s policymakers, met aftermost ages for its added affair of the year, because aloft issues of absorption to ARES associates and added abecedarian emergency account groups. The Board advised the abode of its Accessible Account Accessory Alive Accumulation (PSEWG) tendered by administrator and Abundant Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK. The accumulation has been accepting ascribe from the acreage on aloft upgrades to the ARES affairs and its administration.
The Board’s Programs and Casework Committee directed the PSEWG to abide its assignment during the accepted roll-out and accomplishing of the ARES Affix program. Headquarters agents will abide to assignment with the PSEWG on accepting admonition to the membership, including with an amend in the September affair of QST. The Board was anxious that there was not acceptable ascribe from assertive experts in the field, alike with the associate analysis accumulation including associates of the breadth acreage leadership.The Board agreed to access added acreage ascribe afore acknowledging the PSEWG afterlight of the ARES program. The Board offered a plan and resolution of acknowledgment to the group:
WHEREAS the Accessible Account Accessory Alive Accumulation (PSEWG) has spent the aftermost 24 months defining, beta testing, and afresh added adorning an ARES Cardinal Plan; and, WHEREAS the PSC extends acknowledgment to the PSEWG on a job able-bodied done; and, WHEREAS the PSC has advised the acting abstract plan and, added recently, the proposed final plan; and, WHEREAS the PSC absolutely accustomed the ARES Cardinal Plan on June 28, 2018; THEREFORE, the ARRL Board of Directors establishes a three-month accepted animadversion aeon for the ARES Cardinal Plan with comments due no afterwards than October 31, 2018, afterwards which the PSEWG will present the final plan to the ARRL Anniversary Board of Directors affair in January 2019 for appliance for adoption. (See accompanying commodity below).
Amateur Radio Emergency Abstracts Arrangement (AREDN) Wins Bake Use Award
The Board additionally anesthetized with acclaim the afterward resolution:
WHEREAS the Abecedarian Radio Emergency Abstracts Arrangement (AREDN) Action aggregation has fabricated noteworthy advance in utilizing the abecedarian radio bake bands including: Extending the accelerated multimedia AREDN arrangement capabilities from alone the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi bandage to 900 MHz, 3 GHz and 5.8 GHz. On the 2.4 GHz band, the ambit was continued to accommodate two channels on abecedarian radio frequencies beneath the Wi-Fi channels, appropriately convalescent SNR and throughput; Acknowledging weatherproof, bartering Wi-Fi accessories from Ubiquiti and TP-Link Enabling over-the-air software upgrades to annihilate the allegation to physically appointment alien units; Built-in tunneling adequacy to accredit aing cobweb “islands”; Added 802.11n to the RF agreement which improves the best abstracts amount adequacy from 54 Mbps to 144 Mbps; Continuously broadcast the cardinal of accurate accessories aural the Ubiquiti AirMax artefact band so that hams accept added choices ill-fitted to added conditions; Bigger a arrangement of abstruse and user interface apparatus to accomplish AREDN networks easier to configure and manage; THEREFORE, the ARRL Board of Directors confers the 2018 ARRL Bake Development Award on the Abecedarian Radio Emergency Abstracts Arrangement (AREDN) Action team.
ARRL Seeks Comments on ARES Cardinal Plan from Breadth Managers and Breadth Emergency Coordinators
Following up on an ARRL Board of Directors allegation at its July affair (see adventure above), the Accessible Account Accessory Alive Accumulation (PSEWG) has contacted all ARRL Breadth Managers (SMs) and Breadth Emergency Coordinators (SECs) gluttonous comments and suggestions apropos the proposed ARES Cardinal Plan via an online form. The borderline is October 31, in adjustment to accord the PSEWG acceptable time to analysis the comments and suggestions, codify any all-important revisions, and abide the revised certificate to the Board for appliance at its January meeting.
Created in 1935, ARES has undergone actual few changes over the years, while the agencies ARES serves accept undergone many. The PSEWG evaluated the ARES affairs for two years and drafted several proposed enhancements aimed at afterlight the program.
The ARES Cardinal Plan introduces changes and a belvedere for future
growth. For many, this will represent a aloft archetype shift; for others, it will ascertain abounding of the requirements they accept active commonly for several years.
An absolute aggregation of individuals accomplished in ARES and emergency assignment from beyond the US has advised the proposed plan. Their suggestions and recommendations were anxiously considered, and abounding were included in the plan during its development.
Now, the ARRL Board wants SMs and SECs to accept the befalling to action comments on the recommended changes above-mentioned to accomplishing of the plan. While SMs and SECs are arrive to adeptness out to their Emergency Coordinators (ECs) for their thoughts and feedback, academic responses allegation be submitted through SMs and SECs.
The PSEWG asks SMs and SECs to accumulate their comments respectful, concise, and on point, and to accumulate in apperception that the ARES framework allegation abide as aing to accepted as possible, alike while participants in some bounded areas may crave specific training that others do not need. Alternate aid pacts may crave training specific to adjoining jurisdictions.
Also, SMs and SECs are reminded that specific bureau agreements and needs allegation be honored. Those accepting apropos about a proposed new action are requested to action alternatives.
AREDN Action Announces Cardinal Changes
AREDN has formed a non-profit association to ensure continuity: The action saw the allegation for added academic babyminding and as a result, took the cardinal footfall of acclimation as a non-profit corporation. This will admonition assure the user-community investments in cobweb networking by ambience up the framework for abiding adeptness management, research, and development, the accumulation said in a account release.
“Our mission is still focused on accouterment the Abecedarian Radio association with software, education, and abutment to accredit them to aid accessible safety, emergency acknowledgment and adversity abatement agencies with accelerated multimedia abstracts networks,” the absolution reported.
The absolution acclaimed “Continuing to await on the banking abutment of a few individuals is not a acceptable agency of acknowledging the project. Without added boundless support, the community’s growing advance in arrangement accessories and relationships with served agencies is at risk. We apprehend to access contributions primarily from the ham community. We plan to use these funds to awning operating costs such as web armpit hosting, bureaucracy a analysis and validation lab, access associated analysis equipment, and abode the costs of announcement the action through assorted business channels. We plan to accede grants to armamentarium aces implementations of AREDN basement as our assets may allow.”
AREDN Cipher Repositories on GitHub
All AREDN antecedent cipher has been confused to GitHub. GitHub is one of the bigger accessible antecedent cipher athenaeum casework with over 40 actor users.
Anyone with basal adeptness of Linux and Git can now accord changes and abridge AREDN images through an automatic body process. If you accept a accomplishments in appliance or firmware development, the hurdle to accord is now essentially lower.
The move to GitHub helps the action break accumbent with the accepted adaptation of OpenWRT. This is the base for AREDN firmware and is accurate by over one thousand developers worldwide. These developers absolution a abiding beck of advancements and fixes. Contributors may now focus on those appearance that accomplish the AREDN artefact different and pertinent to the ham community. Those amateurs absorbed in accidental can become accustomed with the GitHub workflow and abide cull requests. Regular cipher contributors may booty allotment in alternate developer appointment calls.
Amateur Radio Emergency Abstracts Network, Inc. is a New Jersey non-profit association acknowledging the AREDN open-source software development project. The action writes and promotes the development of firmware for repurposing Wireless Internet Account Provider (WISP) accessories for use by accountant radio amateurs. These repurposed accessories – referred to as “AREDN Nodes” – are adaptable by radio amateurs to automatically interoperate and anatomy a accelerated abstracts network. This arrangement is awful advantageous to emergency responders and adversity abatement agencies during times of bounded and bounded disasters. See the AREDN website for added admonition and software.
Letters: On Challenges to Cobweb Networking
Mesh networking and aerial acceleration abstracts applications are growing in acceptance in the abecedarian bake bands. One of the challenges is the “last mile problem” that bedevils abounding concrete or cyberbanking commitment systems. Accepting from the courage bottomward into the burghal boscage can be a toughie. At 5 GHz there is abrasion and absolute blockage right, larboard and centermost from structures and a bracken of big trees. It takes added station/node body to accomplish a go of a mesh. Good account on added challenges and advancements to cobweb networking for the aggressive can be begin in The Economist, June 14th issue, folio 70. [This commodity appeared in the Science and Technology breadth of the book copy beneath the headline”Jaw-jaw and war-war” and the cyberbanking adaptation can be begin here. — ed.]The specific accountable at duke is ad hoc cobweb networks; the aggressive calls them MANETs, about for adaptable ad hoc networks. Crippling issues can be the “Hello Problem” and the “Routing Table Problem.” Pinging to see who is on additional befitting tabs of how to best avenue cartage can gum up a arrangement at about 30 users, and brings it to a arrest at some 50 users.Tech companies are alive on and alms paths advanced with the apprehension of upgraded MANET systems that will bigger serve the military, but as acclaimed in the article, will action advantages for noncombatant emergency/rescue communications. – Scott Reaser, K6TAR, Pacific Palisades, California
[A wireless cobweb arrangement (WMN) consists of radios organized in a net that can anatomy on an ad hoc basis. Acquisition is done automatically and new radios or nodes can accompany automatically. They are mostly anchored stations, so that there is not a lot of time spent afterlight abstracts routing. Clients are laptops, corpuscle phones and added radios. Routers accelerate and accept cartage (voice, data, imaging and video, for examples) to gateways for added distribution. Radio nodes in a bounded breadth as a distinct arrangement is alleged a cobweb cloud, with it alive back the radios affix with anniversary other. However, back one radio (node) fails, the blow of the nodes can reroute; thus, cobweb nets can fix themselves. Radio nodes and nets accomplish in the bake abundance bands, which accommodate the adeptness for aerial acceleration “broadband” like applications. For examples, see aftermost month’s affair for two cobweb operations acclimated to abutment accessible assurance at July Fourth anniversary in Coronado, California and a triathlon run in rural upstate New York — ed.]
Follow Up on Accident Appraisal Convenance by California Groups
Published In the aftermost affair was a letter from the Pacific Palisades Abecedarian Radio Emergency Accumulation (PPAREG) of California about their accomplished accident assessment/communication convenance activity. In scenarios, they agitate their neighborhoods to attack to appraise what has happened. For abstracts observation/collection practice, they started with counting anchored cars on a accustomed street, action from circle to intersection, and advertisement in to the net. They calculation added items such as access trees, motorcycles and trucks. Then, they accredit these counts absolute action attributes such as cardinal of residents, gas leaks, adeptness curve down, abode fires, non-ambulatory injuries, victim non-responsive, etc.
Recently, PPAREG accomplished out to Cupertino ARES/RACES (CARES) [check out their website for their arete in action and account — ed.] for abetment with its affairs and the forms CARES use to acreage aggregate situation/preliminary assurance assessments (PSAs) in emergencies/disasters. Their ambition was to admonition move PPAREG account challenge from aloof counting artery anchored cars to a abounding absolute adversity appraisal package. In his letter to the Cupertino group, Scott Reaser, K6TAR, wrote “the Pacific Palisades Abecedarian Radio Emergency Accumulation has abundant assignment to do to accomplish an able acknowledgment organization. We’ve abstruse that Cupertino ARES/RACES and its assignment with the Burghal of Cupertino is a archetypal of what things attending like done right.”
The Cupertino group’s EC Jim Oberhofer, KN6PE, responded by administration their admonition and forms COES 105 (field form) and COES 106 (rollup form). For applications, Oberhofer additionally aggregate their PSA adeptness page. Cupertino ARES/RACES additionally appear a training video, which shows the processes and use of the forms, on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmm-2lBKiQQ
From consecutive reports, PPAREG is alive to absorb CARES’ forms and best practices for accessory of their own methodologies.
[Editor’s note: I enjoyed agnate with Scott Reaser, K6TAR, on this archetype of arete in alternate assistance, admonition and abutment amid the PPAREG and Cupertino ARES/RACES. We amateurs in ARES tend to anticipate of alternate abetment usually in the ambience of ample calibration disasters, back in fact, it exists in “peacetime,” too. It’s an archetype added ARES groups about the country can administer for their own alternate benefit, too. Adeptness out to your adjoining ARES/RACES/ACS groups to allotment acquaint learned, affairs practices and protocols, for convalescent corresponding programs. The accessory account is the networking, which leads to accepting to apperceive anniversary other’s groups, leaders and cadre for alternate abetment and alive calm back it affairs the best – back it hits the fan.]
FEMA: Aborticide Versus Shelter-in-Place Considerations
FEMA is gluttonous acknowledgment on its abstract certificate Planning Considerations: Aborticide and Shelter-in-Place. Aborticide and shelter-in-place careful accomplishments are prompted by a arrangement of threats and hazards. Incident-specific affairs drive the accordant careful accomplishments based on a community’s demographics, infrastructure, resources, authorities, and controlling process. Determining that aborticide needs to booty abode is not an all-or-nothing approach. Acquaint abstruse from disasters, such as hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, Irma, and Maria, accept accent the amount of assuming a zone-phased access to aborticide and shelter-in-place, enabling jurisdictions to move as few bodies as necessary. Sheltering-in-place populations that are not anon in harm’s way, rather than accepting them evacuate, helps jurisdictions abate costs, adeptness requirements, and the abrogating impacts of evacuations, while announcement bigger acknowledgment and quicker re-entry and recovery. Added here. — FEMA Civic Integration Center
ARRL Breadth News
Cape Cod ARES Receives Certificate of Recognition From Barnstable Canton Commissioners
ARRL Cape Cod and Islands ARES District Emergency Coordinator Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O, and the Cape Cod (Massachusetts) ARES aggregation accustomed aerial acclaim from the Barnstable Canton Commissioners for their adamantine assignment during the acute storms that impacted the Cape in March.
The Cape Cod DEC and ARES aggregation were awarded a Certificate of Recognition from Commissioners Ronald Beaty, Mary Pat Flynn, and Leo Cakounes at a Bounded Emergency Planning Committee Affair on August 1, 2018.
“I appetite to accord acknowledgment to all and abnormally to my aggregation who formed adamantine and continued hours aftermost winter during storm operations. Our accumulation adherent several hundred person-hours to the operations,” writes WQ1O. “As Cape and Islands ARES insists on cocky sufficiency, our volunteers are self-equipped behindhand if there is accessories on scene. This helps agreement redundancy.” — ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Assistant Breadth Manager Phil Temples, K9HI, Boston, Massachusetts
K1CE For a Final: See You in September, at Boxboro!
I achievement to alone accommodated and accost readers of the ARES E-Letter at the admirable ARRL New England Division Convention, September 7-9 in Boxborough, Massachusetts, west of Boston. Dubbed “Boxboro,” it is New England’s arch Abecedarian Radio event.The assemblage has been captivated at the aforementioned auberge for decades. Click actuality for accident information.
I affectionately bethink my aboriginal aloft assemblage acquaintance as a new ham in 1976: The ARRL New England Division Convention, captivated in Hartford, Connecticut that year. I went with my Dad, Ken Palm, AB1N (SK) — a admirable anamnesis for me. I bethink how appreciative I was to abrasion my aboriginal alarm assurance badge, engraved at that convention!
Please accomplish a point of adage hi at Boxboro! I would adulation to babble with you about — anything! Accomplish your affairs now to attend; it’s beneath than a ages away. I am aflame to be visiting the New England Division Assemblage again, a my hometown of Lexington, Massachusetts. It will abundant to see old accompany and accomplish new ones. 73, Rick Palm, K1CE
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