From K1NTP Mike, December 7th, 2017
(reposted from Facebook with permission)
Thanks to financial support from Bishop Hendricken High School and a community grant from IBM (via Newport County Radio Club), Mike K1NPT and Denis KD1HA (in the photo) installed antennas on a drizzly Tuesday atop the Warwick school. Hendricken has at least six licensed students who are keen to get on the air in their newly renovated ham shack.
If you’re wondering what kind of antenna that is, it’s the Ubiquiti 2.4GHz AirMax Omni, 13dBi, using the Rocket node that has been reflashed to allow self-discovering. “mesh” networking data operations on amateur freqs. See AREDN.org for more info. Great application for this network include voice-over-IP telephony, IP cameras, remote software defined radios, web servers, Winlink access. This node will be powered by 24VDC Power-over-Ethernet.
Update January 9th, 2018
I’m please to report that this Bishop Hendricken High SchoolAREDN node is now on-the-air (Student Mac, KC1CZW on the VHF radio).
A very Merry Christmas to all of you from Puerto Rico… at times like this, working a disaster in the holiday season, the importance of family hits home hard… enjoy yours this holiday season… many cannot…
May this season bring you all joy…
As many of you may already know, our Section Emergency Coordinator Paul Silverzweig N1PSX has already deployed this year to Texas to provide support after Hurricane Harvey and to Puerto Rico to provide support after Hurricane Maria.
Paul has been asked to return to Puerto Rico to provide additional support. He will be leaving this weekend to assist for several weeks. I wish him luck and I’m proud to serve under his leadership here at RI ARES.
P.S. Here are some photos and a video of the Arecibo Observatory he posted from his last trip to Puerto Rico:
“On our way to a repeater mounting, we came across signs for this which all of us wanted to see… we managed to get inside by being nice, something it would seem many Americans there were unable to muster…
The worlds largest radio telescope until recently when China completed construction on theirs, the Arecibo Radio Telescope is amazing… it sustained some serious damage during the two hurricanes, but will be repaired once the island gets stabilized…”
A short video
The final draft of the RRI Training Manual, TR-001 is now available for download. This document covers topics such as; “An Introduction to Disaster Telecommunications Theory,” “RRI Manual Mode Networks,” “Introduction to the RRI Digital Traffic Network,” “Basic Radiotelephone Net Procedures,””Radiotelegraph Net Procedures,” and so forth.
Feel free to peruse the manual and make suggestions or provide feedback to RRI.
Winter Field Day is coming up the last weekend in January (27th-28th)… I hope many of you participate… the event has been growing in participation, and I believe this year will top last year, as last year topped the year before.
And I hope we have weather like have had the last couple of years… nearly Fall like weather…
Although it is likely a good idea, I had not planned to implement an RI ARES set up for Winter Field Day… I am organizing the Newport County Radio Club effort this year, like last year and the year before… Perhaps we can investigate doing an ARES set up for next year…
Last night’s net went well. We had 20 check ins and ran over time. A good introductory net Next time we will offer up some short and fun training exercises… I hope we have at least as many check ins… December 19th… same place and time. Thanks to all who participated.
In the interim enjoy family time for Thanksgiving. Family time is scarce these days. Enjoy, and be safe.
Happy Thanksgiving week to all… eat well, and be with family… time can be unexpectedly short, so use it well…
RI ARES welcomes Tim Cashman KB1UZD as an Emergency Coordinator for Washington County in the South Kingstown area, Jeremy Taylor K1JST as an Emergency Coordinator for Kent County, and Martin Mendelson N1JMA as the Emergency Coordinator for Skywarn activities state-wide.
Tim is a long time ham who also acts as shelter manager for South Kingstown/Narragansett, as sometime Boy Scout troop leader, and otherwise savvy emergency communications operator.
Jeremy has a long background in IT, is an active ham, and is involved with the Exeter West Greenwich Schools. He has actively been helping with the development of the ARES RI membership website, coming soon.
Martin has been the Skywarn coordinator in RI for many years, and is the primary net control station for the Skywarn Net every Wednesday evening at 8:30 on the KA1RCI (look up NB1RI in updated repeater references) Network of repeaters.
All are available to assist new members.
BRAND NEW: FEMA released its updated National Incident Management System (NIMS) documentation. We encourage all ARES Members to be familiar with this system. This system is covered in the FEMA Course IS-700x… x being the most recent version available, which is currently 700a… the 700b version will be available once the disaster responses settle down.
RI ARES will be commencing a monthly VHF emergency practice net every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 9pm following the Ocean State Emergency Communications Alliance Net on the KA1RCI repeater network. Once a month, we will have fun with various emergency scenarios and drills. All licensed hams are welcome. For more information, contact one of the ARES Leadership members.
— District Emergency Coordinator : Jim KB1MAO
— Emergency Coordinator: John W1JPZ
— Emergency Coordinator: Scott WX1X
— Emergency Coordinator: Tim KB1UZD
— District Emergency Coordinator: Paul N1PSX
— Emergency Coordinator: Chuck N1CKT
— Emergency Coordinator: Ted W1GRI
— District Emergency Coordinator: Tom KA1VAY
— Looking for some ECs for Kent County; Let Paul N1PSX know if you are interested.
District Emergency Coordinator: Aaron KC1EPX
Emergency Coordinator: Guenter KC1EPY
Emergency Coordinator: Barry W1BSN
RI Skywarn Emergency Coordinator: Martin N1JMA
We look forward to hearing from you.