CCAR Net Check-ins 6/04/2009

NCS: WB3GCK

W3QT Lloyd, WA3BXE Gary, K3FYV Barry, KB3TQS Tom, KB3NCK Jim, W3AHR Al, KB3IGL Ray, WA3NOA Jim, KB3CVC Dick, W3XE George, KB3PCY Martin, K5HAL Cullen, KB3FCJ Tim, W3BMA Dick, KB3RBU Scott

Digital
Winlink: W3BIG Bob, WA3NOA Jim, W3AHR Al, WM3L Bill
APRS: WA3NOA Jim.

Weekly Drill Message for 6/04/2009

A copy of this week's drill message available here for download (you must log in then click on the "attachment" link below the message). All members checking into the CCAR Weekly Information Net, should download a copy of the weekly drill message in advance and be prepared to transmit the message, if called upon by the Net Control Station. A "scripted" version of the message is included for your reference. The handling of formal message traffic is a basic skill we all need to have as emergency communicators.

CCAR Net Check-ins 5/28/2009

W3HOA Al, NET CONTROL;
K3YK Dave; K3FYV Barry; W3JEF Jeff; W3AHL Al; W3JAM Jeff; KB3RBU Scott; W3QA Lor; KB3NCK Jim; KA3QKZ Don; KB3IGL Ray, WA3NOA Jim; KB3CVC Dick, K3WIL Will; K5HAL Cullen; W3GGR(?); WN3A Jeff; W3BMA Dick; WB3GCK Craig; and KB3PCY Martin.

Digital
Radio Email:
KE3HG Rich; WA3NOA Jim; WM3L Bill; W3QA Lor; KB3PCY Martin

APRS:
WA3NOA Jim

CCAR Net Check-ins 5/21/2009

KB3TQS Tom (NCS)
K3FYV (Mobile)Barry
WB3GCK Craig
KA3QKZ Don
W3AHR Al
W3HOA Al
W3XE George
KB3PCY Martin (Sent Drill Traffic)
K3WIL Will
WB3BMA Dick (Philadelphia)
KB3FCJ (Mobile) Tim

Drill Message for Week of 5/18/2009

A copy of this week's drill message available here for download (you must log in then click on the "attachment" link below the message). All members checking into the CCAR Weekly Information Net, should download a copy of the weekly drill message in advance and be prepared to transmit the message, if called upon by the Net Control Station. A "scripted" version of the message is included for your reference. The handling of formal message traffic is a basic skill we all need to have as emergency communicators.

EPA Comm Plan and Field Reference Manual Available for Download

The Eastern Pennsylvania ARES Communication Plan and the EPA Field Reference Manual are available for download. After logging in go to the EOP pulldown - both are listed.

CCAR Net Check-ins 5/7/2009

W3JBS JOE, NET CONTROL.
KB3JOE CHUCK, KV3FYV BARRY, N3MXB GUY, W3QA LOR, WB3GCK CRAIG, KB3NCK JIM, W3AHR AL, KA3QKZ DON, W3HOA AL, N3NTP JIM, KB3CVC DICK, W3XE GEORGE, KB3PCY MARTIN, K5HAL CULLEN, KB3OLG JOHN, KB3FCJ TIM, KB3CUU JOHN, KB3MJD JOHN, W3BMA DICK, KC2HNG CHRISTINE, KE3HG RICH

Digital
Radio Email:
W3AHR AL, WA3NOA JIM, WB3GCK CRAIG, WM3L BILL, W3QA LOR, KB3PCY MARTIN
APRS:
WA3NOA JIM

Weekly Drill Message for May 7, 2009

A copy of this week's drill message available here for download (you must log in then click on the "attachment" link below the message). All members checking into the CCAR Weekly Information Net, should download a copy of the weekly drill message in advance and be prepared to transmit the message, if called upon by the Net Control Station. A "scripted" version of the message is included for your reference. The handling of formal message traffic is a basic skill we all need to have as emergency communicators.

Chester County ARES-RACES Provides Communications for Northbrook Canoe Challenge for Cerebral Palsy

W3XE: George Vargo watches out for the safety of canoe racersW3XE: George Vargo watches out for the safety of canoe racersKB3PCY: Martin Odom is there with solid communications.KB3PCY: Martin Odom is there with solid communications.WB3GCK: Craig LaBarge stands watch at the 2009 Northbrook Canoe Challenge.WB3GCK: Craig LaBarge stands watch at the 2009 Northbrook Canoe Challenge.May 4, 2009, Northbrook, PA -- Fourteen members of the Chester County Amateur Radio Emergency Service and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (ARES-RACES) assembled at the 2009 Annual Northbrook Canoe Challenge and Duck Race on Sunday, May 3rd to provide logistical and emergency communications for the annual canoe race. About 200 canoe-challenged contestants in ninety-some canoes paddled down the Brandywine Creek under the watchful eye of ARES-RACES radio-equipped volunteers, who provided immediate notification to race officials over a sophisticated portable UHF and VHF radio network, designed, built and operated by ARES-RACES members.

Despite the constant rain, the race went forward without incident. “The Chester County ARES-RACES (CCAR) team has provided this service for many years. Both the Northbrook race officials and the Phoenixville-based special water rescue team, that provides volunteers annually, have expressed interest and appreciation for our members being on the lookout for trouble,” said Lor Kutchins, W3QA, Emergency Coordinator for CCAR. “Every one of our members participating today has completed advanced training in emergency communications and, in some cases, incident command. We participate in public service events often to keep sharp.” In addition to Kutchins, those who took part in Sunday’s operation included Timothy Beyer, KB3FCJ of West Grove, Al Morris, W3HOA of Berwyn, Martin Odem, KB3PCY of Kennett Square, John Anderson, KB3OLG of Chadds Ford, Tom Smith, KB3TQS of Malvern, Lloyd Roach, W3QT of Birmingham Township, George Vargo, W3XE of Avondale, Craig La Barge, WB3GCK, of Phoenixville, Richard Kane, KB3CVC of West Chester, Joe Ames, W3JY of Malvern, John Ciaccia, KB3MNL of Downingtown, Barry Feierman, K3EUI of Westtown, and Dave Proffitt, K3YK of Spring City.

Chester County ARES-RACES is part of a nationwide sanctioned cadre of FCC licensed amateur radio operators, who are recognized by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. CCAR volunteers donate their time, expertise and equipment in order to provide emergency communications for Chester County’s Department of Emergency Services and back up service for the Chester County 9-1-1 center.

--de W3QT, PIO

2009 Northbrook Canoe Challenge - AFTER ACTION Report

Conditions: RAIN. Results: SUCCESS. Performance: SUPERB.

W3QT: Looking out from the Embreeville BridgeW3QT: Looking out from the Embreeville BridgeThis is the summary after action report for the 2009 Northbrook Canoe Challenge for Cerebral Palsy. Eleven fixed station sites and two 'roving' stations at stream level along the Brandywine Creek provided coverage for participant's safety and logistics. This is a challenging communications task with 450' hilltops within 1/8 mile of stations along the river. The new CCAR 70cm portable repeater was put in service at the home of George, W3MWR north of the course on high ground. A 12 dB omnidirectional antenna at 30' was erected by Tom KB3TQS and Lor W3QA prior to the event.

Thanks to all participants: KB3FCJ, W3HOA, KB3PCY, KB3OGL, KB3TQS, W3QT, W3XE, WB3GCK, KB3CVC, K3EUI, W3JY, KB3MNL, K3YK, W3QA. Special thanks to Tom KB3TQS for supplying the repeater antenna support, to Guy N3MXB who coordinated the advance work on the event but could not participate, to George W3MWR for allowing us the use of his excellent radio site for the repeater, and to the superb NC stations: W3JY, WB3GCK, W3XE, KB3TQS, and KB3PCY. Thanks to all who sent in their email after-action reports, and to Al, W3HOA, for photos.

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