SATERN National Liaison
Newsletter 29 September 2017

Hurricane Maria:

Tropical Storm (TS) Maria is 350 miles NNE of Burmuda, moving East at 21 mph. TS Maria is a moderate tropical storm with sustained winds of 60 mph. TS Maria is expected to turn to the NNE and increase its speed and maintain its current strength over the next 48 hours.

There are no longer any Warnings or Watches associated with Tropical Storm Maria.

Hurricane Lee:

Hurricane Lee has weakened to a minimal Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph located about 810 miles NE of Bermuda. It is moving to the NE at about 25 mph and will increase in speed as it rapidly moves NE further out into the Atlantic. Hurricane Lee is expected to become Tropical Storm Lee later today and quite possibly dissipate by Saturday. Hurricane Lee currently poses no threat to land.

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SATERN OPERATIONS:

NET STATUS:

This is Day number 12 of the Hurricane Maria activation.

The SATERN Net will continue to be in a Delta II (extended monitoring) status from 0900 (CT) / 1400 Z until 1800 (CT) / 2300 Z today (Friday, 29 September 2017).

NEW NET SCHEDULE:

Beginning Saturday, 30 September 2017, the International SATERN SSB Net will begin a NEW NET SCHEDULE as follows:

  1400 Z to 1600 Z (0900 CT to 1100 CT):
The Net will operate at a Delta II status with comments being allowed by operators checking in provided there is no message traffic to be handled.

Net Control Operators and all stations on the Net will take a 10 second pause between each station’s comments to listen for stations with message traffic for the Net

Net Control Operators will take a break for the entire Net to listen for ARRL stations in Puerto Rico / U.S. Virgin Island (USVI) every 15 minutes.

The morning portion of the Net from 1400 Z to 1600 Z will NOT be done on Sundays.

  1600 Z to 2000 Z (1100 CT to 1500 CT):
The Net will take a break from ALL operations. Stations who wish to continue monitoring the frequency are encouraged to do so if they wish.
  2000 Z to 2400 Z (1500 CT to 1900 CT):
The Net will operate in a Delta II status monitoring for any Emergency, Priority or Health & Welfare messages coming out of the Caribbean to the United States.

Net Control Operators will take a break for the entire Net to listen for ARRL stations in Puerto Rico / USVI at 15 minutes and 45 minutes after the top of each hour.

At 2400 Z, the last Net Control Operator will continue to operate the Net if there is propagation and pending messages from the Caribbean to the United States. The decision to do that will be based on

  1. whether there are messages still pending on the Net and
  2. propagation.

The personal schedule of the last Net Control Operator will also be a determining factor.

The above schedule will continue until further notice.

NET CONTROL / NET RELAY INFORMATION & INSTRUCTIONS:

The Net Control Operators scheduled for today (Friday, 29 September 2017) are:

Time (in Z) Name (Call Sign) General Location

  1415 Z to 1600 Z Ken Gilliland (AG6SV) California
  1600 Z to 1700 Z Ken Porter (ACØML) Missouri
  1700 Z to 1800 Z Jim James (KG5BIM) Oklahoma
  1800 Z to 1900 Z George Miller (W3GWM) Pennsylvania
  1900 Z to 2000 Z Dave Bly (K7DTB) Arizona
  2000 Z to 2100 Z Joe Constantine (NX3L) Pennsylvania
  2100 Z to 2200 Z Chris Deaton (AE5TR) Mississippi
  2200 Z to 2300 Z Michael Perrett (K7HIL) Arizona

Net Controls & Net Relay Stations and stations checking into the Net should be pausing for a few seconds between transmissions throughout the Net period including the comment session. During that pause Net Control and Net Relay Stations will be asking for any stations with emergency, priority or Health & Welfare messages to check in. All other stations should listen closely and be prepared to relay weak stations with such messages.

Net Control Operators should be asking each station checking in from the affected area(s) for the following information:

  1. Any emergency, priority or Health & Welfare messages that may come out of the impacted area(s)
  2. A brief situation report from the stations’ location that includes:
    1. Their location.
    2. A general idea of the level of damage at their location (e.g. Minor, Moderate, or Severe)
    3. Is there any indication that power is being restored in their area?
    4. Is there indication that any form of communications is being restored in their area?

ALL situation or damage reports should be sent to National SATERN Liaison Bill Feist (WB8BZH) at Bill(dot)Feist(at)USS(dot)SalvationArmy(dot)org as quickly as possible so that he can keep The Salvation Army fully informed in a timely manner.

The International SATERN SSB Net strongly encourages the participation of bi–lingual (English & Spanish) amateur radio operators on the Net.

NET CONTROL AND NET RELAY STATIONS ARE STILL BE NEEDED!

Net Relay Stations are always needed to assist the Net Control Operator by relaying information from stations that the Net Control Operator cannot hear or can only marginally hear.

Stations interested in being a Net Control Operator for one or more one–hour time slot(s) between 0900 (CT) / 1400 Z through 1800 (CT) / 2300 Z should contact Net Manager Ken Gilliland (AG6SV) at AG6SV(at)ATT(dot)net and Assistant Net Manager Bob Rogers (WA5EEZ) at BobRgrs(at)Hotmail(dot)com . If the available time slots are filled up, these stations are still needed as Net Relay Stations (see above).

MESSAGE HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS:

Outbound Messages:

Outbound Emergency, Priority and Health & Welfare messages (e.g. messages coming OUT of a potentially impacted area) are being accepted by The Salvation Army / SATERN from the affected disaster area(s) into the United States.

  1. Messages that indicate that the sender and / or their family are safe and well should be delivered as soon as possible.
  2. Messages about injuries or fatalities of family members should NOT be accepted or delivered. The radio operator should have the originating person send such messages through appropriate official channels.
  3. Messages that are not about Safe & Well issues (e.g. damage to the sender’s or recipient’s property) should not be delivered.
  4. ARRL Deployment to Puerto Rico:
    1. The ARRL deployed twenty (20) highly skilled operators to Puerto Rico in support of an American Red Cross shelter mission on Thursday, 28 September 2017. The deployment is scheduled to last up to three (3) weeks under very grueling, primitive austere conditions.
    2. The International SATERN SSB Net has been asked to assist these operators when they check in to the Net with tactical, Health & Welfare and Safe & Well messages. This includes inputting information into SATERN’s Safe & Well Form (see next point below).
    3. W1AW will be participating on the Net from 2000 Z to 2400 Z on Saturday, 30 September 2017.
  5. All SATERN operators are encouraged to use the new form for entering information directly into the American Red Cross Safe & Well site.
    1. The form can be found at www.satern–hwf.us. Use Password: SATERN’RCFORM
    2. Although there are a lot of fields in this form, the minimally needed fields are:
      1. date filed (automatically filled)
      2. disaster name (automatically filled)
      3. first name of the sender (e.g. the person in the disaster area reporting they or other family members are “safe & well”)
      4. address of the sender (full address if available, but at least a city and state or country is needed)
      5. A check mark on one or more of the Sender / Registrant check boxes
      6. Your call sign in the box marked “Forms Assistant”
    3. Although this form is primarily designed to be filled out by SATERN members who receive this information from ARRL station checking into the SATERN Net from Puerto Rico (see below under ARRL), it should also be used by SATERN stations who receive enough information from any station in Puerto Rican passing Health & Welfare messages that would allow the above minimal information to be entered.

    Inbound Messages:

    Neither the SATERN International SSB Net nor SATERN.org are accepting Health & Welfare Inbound messages (That is, Health & Welfare Messages inquiries going to people inside an impacted area).

    Inbound Emergency Messages (e.g. messages affecting life–safety) should be handled as an emergency and assistance given to the best of the Net’s ability.

    Inbound Health & Welfare Inquiries should be referred to any one or all of the following resources:

    1. American Red Cross Safe and Well program at: safeandwell(dot)communityos(dot)org/
    2. An email to the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) at: maria1(at)prfaa(dot)pr(dot)gov
      Because of the high volume being received, PRFAA is asking each person to send only ONE email with NO follow–up emails. PRFAA is doing the best it can under incredibly difficult circumstances.
    3. For the Island Nation of Dominica, Inbound inquiries are being accepted by the Caribbean Emergency Weather Net (CEWN) at: WelfareDominica(at)CEWN(dot)org

    Emails to either PRFAA or CEWN should contain the following information:

    1. Sender / Originator’s Name
    2. Sender / Originator’s Location (e.g. City, Country or State if in the U.S.)
    3. Sender / Originator’s email address and / or phone number.
    4. FULL Name of the person(s) being inquired about.
    5. Community / Location of the person(s) being inquired about.

    OTHER SATERN NET OPERATIONS:

    International SATERN Digital Net: This Net is not in operation today. However, plans are being developed for a possible activation of this Net in the event that SATERN operators are deployed to the Puerto Rico / Virgin Islands Division.

    Southern Territory SATERN SSB Net: This Net is not in operation today.

    PARTNER OPERATIONS:

    ARRL: As mentioned above, the ARRL deployed twenty (20) skilled digital operators on Thursday, 28 September 2017 to Puerto Rico to support the American Red Cross with input of information to their Safe & Well site via WinMOR and voice.

    National SATERN Liaison Bill Feist (WB8BZH) and the leadership of the International SATERN SSB Net express their deep appreciation to SATERN’s partners. This willingness to serve, regardless of organizational affiliation, is a credit to the individual operators, their “home” organizations, and the Amateur Radio Service at large.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Rev. 1.00 2017-09-28 AD5XJ