Local SATERN networks across the nation will be on standby in support of local Salvation Army disaster teams response due to Y2K. In a number of areas, SATERN personnel will provide communications between local, county and state Emergency Management personnel and The Salvation Army.
Following are the Net Control Operators for the 31st of December, New Year's Eve: Time NCS Time NCS 2300Z KE1LJ 0300Z WB9RRL 0000Z N3DV 0400Z AB5SG 0100Z N3BHN 0500Z WA0LSB 0200Z KB8LJP 0600Z N5OKQ The net will run through 0600Z and stay up as long as needed. NCO's please announce the net as the SATERN Y2K Net and collect information from SATERN stations specific to their locale. Our intention is to monitor emergency operations and stay alert to potential problems. A number of you have volunteered to fill in as needed and I appreciate the service you give. We will use all sources of information and communication to increase our intelligence regarding the disposition of this potential phenomena. A number of SATERN personnel across the country will be working locally on standby with The Salvation Army, local Emergency Management, local civil authority and will make an effort to check in on the SATERN National Y2K Net. Again the net will run on 3920 MHZ give or take QRM. It will be important to identify often. Thank you for your commitment and service in this task. God bless our endeavor. Patrick E. McPherson WW9E Major NATIONAL DIRECTOR SATERN
SATERN personnel will also take advantage of their established internet operation to maintain backup communications to SATERN administrators and ancilliary personnel in addition to monitoring world wide Y2K activity.
Pope County, Arkansas
In order to be able to supply information needed by these agencies, all hams are asked to monitor the 146.82 repeater whenever possible during the December 31 - January 1 period.
The "Y2K net" will begin at 11:00 p.m. local time on the evening of December 31. The net will be on the 146.82 repeater. If no problems occur, the net will operate informally as we welcome in the new year. Stations checking in will be encouraged to monitor information sources shown above and let the NCS know of any problems.
The NCS will compile reports of problems or unusual occurrences and pass them on to the next NCS. The source and time of each occurrence should be recorded, and each should be given a number starting with 1. Also, the NEBO packet node on 145.01 will be available, and messages can be left on the K5PXP-1 (Pope County OEM) and N5URB-1 (Salvation Army) mailboxes. If problems occur, a running list of known occurrences will be posted to the packet mailboxes and regularly updated. A summary of known problems should be broadcast to the net by the NCS at regular intervals.
N5URB will be available to handle traffic going out of the local area and can send traffic on NTS, MARS, and FEMA nets via voice, CW, and PACTOR.
If the 146.82 repeater goes off the air, the net will move to the 145.39 W5VUB repeater. If that repeater is not available, we will use 146.52 simplex. Several stations will monitor 52.525 simplex on 6 meters and 3.987.5 Khz and 7.285 Khz on HF. The 80 meter frequency would normally be used at night and the 40 meter frequency during the day. Use 3.592 for CW activity.
At 9:00 AM local on January 1, there will be a statewide ARES/RACES net on 3987.5 Khz. The goal is to hear from all counties, so if you do not hear a representative from your county check in, please do so yourself if possible.
DEC 26, 1999, 8:00AM CST. TO: ALL YELL/POPE COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL FROM: N5URB - SALVATION ARMY ECOMM CENTER - RUSSELLVILLE AR SUBJECT: ECOMM ALERTING MESSAGE FOLLOWS AT 261300Z DEC 99, THE SHARES PORTION OF THE NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM UPGRADED TO OPERATIONAL LEVEL 2 - (EMERGENCY POTENTIAL EXISTS.) TESTS AND EXERCISES ON THE SCN ARE SUSPENDED. MONITORING IS INCREASED. CHECK-IN WINDOWS ARE ESTABLISHED ON NATIONAL AND REGIONAL NETS. FEDERAL RESPONSE PLAN SUPPORT AGENCIES MAY LIAISON BETWEEN FEMA, AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, THROUGH THE RUSSELLVILLE SALVATION ARMY ECOMM CENTER. IF A COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGE OCCURS, THE CENTER MAY BE REACHED BY FOLLOWING THE CURRENT, JOINT Y2K COMM PLAN. MEANTIME, THE SALVATION ARMY MAILBOX (N5URB-1) IS NOW OPERATING AND WILL REMAIN ON 145.01 AROUND THE CLOCK UNTIL THE Y2K THREAT HAS TERMINATED. END OF MESSAGE NNNN
145.320 MHz will be monitored for the first 10 minutes of each hour for most of the evening and overnight.
SATERN personnel will monitor the CFMC repeater (146.76 w/ 107.2 PL). If for some reason, the repeater goes down, then the simplex frequency used will be 146.76. There will be no formal net on this frequency barring callout of Salvation Army disaster response. It will be used as a means of contact and backup communication as needed.
SA EDS personnel and Metro EDS leadership will initially rely on the UHF commercial repeater/cell phone and alpha numeric paging. SATERN personnel will standby to backup those systems and help should a major response be required.
SATERN liaison officers will automatically respond with any
call out. SATERN personnel with hf capability are asked to
monitor and support the National SATERN Y2K network which
will be on 3920 MHZ and run from 000Z to 0600Z (6 pm to 12
am CST) or as long as needed.
The state's communications plan calls for five Regional Informtion Centers (RIC's) to gather information from the counties in their respective regions and then send that information in periodic regional reports to the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). These RIC's are located at Wilmar, Olmstad, Grand Rapids, Marshall and the Ramsey County EOC.
In the event of a communiations emergency, the RIC at Ramsey County will communicate directly with the SEOC, located in downtown St. Paul, via Amateur Radio on VHF/UHF. The four out-state RIC's will communicate with a metro area Amateur Radio station on 75 meters which will then relay traffic to the SEOC via Amateur Radio VHF/UHF.
Originally, the metro area Amateur Radio station designated for this task was to be located at the Robbinsdale Amateur Radio Club station at Robbinsdale Public Safety. However, due to technical difficulties (horrendous local QRN), that station will now be located at The Salvation Army Metro Emergency Disaster Services Center in St. Paul. During a communications exercise on Saturday, the Amateur Radio station at the Metro EDS Center worked well in this capacity.
SATERN operators are needed to staff the HF and VHF/UHF stations at the Metro Emergency Disaster Services Center from 1700 Hrs (local) on Friday, December 31, 1999 through 0500 Hrs (local) on Saturday, January 1, 2000. Any SATERN operators available prior to 1700 Hrs (local) would be appreciated so some pre-net tests could be run.
In addition, operators are also needed at the State
Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) for these same hours of
operation. This call comes by request of Minnesota Division
of Emergency Management at the last Association of Emergency
Radio Organizations (AERO) meeting on December 16.
New York City
TSA's Division Hq. is a 14 story building, and the tentative plan is that the Colonel will be there through the prime time.
EDS uses NexTEL (900 mHz cel/trunk) which has its quirks on good days.
NYC SATERN standby plans are as follows:
The A.R.L.O will be at his home location monitoring 6m, 2m, and 70cm frequencies, as well as NYC FD, PD, OEM & REACT. His location is 100' ASL. He has six generators and fuel for standby operation in excess of 72 hours. His home is at the East side of NYC's five counties (NYC Nassau County line almost).
Plans are to have a SATERN member available to respond with any canteen (NYC has 3 canteens).
It is also planned to have a SATERN member available to go to Div Hq if the Colonel wishes. Another possibility is to supply a HT for the Colonel to use should the phones and NexTel go down.
Tests will be conducted, trying out simplex communications between the EOC, Div Hq, my home, and the normal canteen locations this week.
NYC RACES personell will be manning the RACES station at the EOC (one of the people manning the station is also a SATERN & EDS member). My understanding is that RACES will be activated if there is a need.
Cincinnati (SWONEKY) Division will be operating:
Boone County (KY) EOC, with a canteen stationed across the river there.
Circulating another canteen on the north side of the river, ready to respond.
The EDS Operations Center will be on HF and in radio contact with local county/city ops. I hope to have the internet also up and running most of the time. There will be a crew there handling the phones as needed.
There will also be operations on 3920, depending on the availability of an antenna system. It may be possible to put up a permanent antenna system later, especially if this 'demo' proves useful.
The EDS OC will be monitoring the SHARES, FEMA, KY ARES, SATERN and probably other nets from 0000z or so until close, which will depend on fire departments, EMAs and so on.
We will also try to monitor the 3.920 SATERN frequency. Locally,
we will monitor the 146.82 VHF repeater. If for some
reason it goes down, we will go to 146.52 simplex. The
EARS club in Edmond, OK, just north of OKC will cover
their hospital and the local agencies. There is an antenna
installed at the Mercy Hospital in NW OKC and there will be
an operator assigned to this location.
Both SATERN and EDS Response teams will be at SATERN H.Q. as well as having a SATERN operator at the Allegheny County E.O.C.
Frequencies to be used are 146.610/444.950/223.980/29.64/52.64(all linked together) for SATERN which has a Y2K compliant controller and emergency power. The H.Q. will also have building generators ready and running by 23:55 local time as well as the mobile SATERN communications trailer and all canteens outside, running and ready to roll.
Alegheny County SATERN will be on the National SATERN H.F. emergency net
monitoring as W3SAT as well, with capabilities of working all bands and
packet, from anywhere in the region within moments of any incident that may