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Posted January 28, 2014

SATERN Eighteen Annual Introduction and Seminar
January 25, 2014


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* The “18th Annual SATERN Introduction and Seminar” took place this past Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 9:00am-2:30pm at the San Bernardino Citadel Corps. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the day such a success! From Bonny K6UKE and Sherry K6DOE who were hard at work with check ins and name tags, to Daniel KJ6QCB who handled the talk ins on SATERN Red. Thank you to Dennis WA6ACC, Bob W6QED and everyone who worked so hard setting up. Thanks to the boy Scouts who prepared the complimentary lunch and to the San Bernardino Corps for hosting the event and for providing the food and hydration that was enjoyed by all.

A special thank you to the guest speakers, Major Daniel Henderson who gave excellent insight to Disaster Communications and emergency response based on his unique experiences in International Disaster Services while on assignment overseas in Estonia and Georgia. We also give a heartfelt thanks to Bob Turner, W6RHK, our ARES Section Emergency Coordinator, who helped us to understand and appreciate the good work they do to bring emergency communications down to the last mile. Bob has attended every one of the Annual SATERN Seminars and we consider ourselves so fortunate that he was available to be one of the highlights of this year’s seminar. We continue to express our appreciation to Jim Puza, the Western Territorial SATERN Coordinator and to Ken Cavallero, the Western Territorial EDS Director for their participation in the seminar and for the awards they presented to Trace KI6DPN as he stepped down from being SATERN Coordinator for the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties Section after completing four very good and successful years in this leadership position.

We also thank Tony KE6JZF for his Herculean efforts organizing and supporting this year’s Seminar, including the mailings, email responses, tracking the head counts for lunch and tying together any loose ends that needed attention.

Thank you to Bonny K6UKE for donating the flashlights, measuring tapes and multi-meter that were given away as door prizes. Thank you Tony KE6JZF, Trace KI6DPN and Arta KI6DPO for donating the 3 HT’s that were also given away as door prizes. Thanks to Paul AE6TR for all the photos. Thanks To Paul KG6AOK for his hard work and interfacing with the Corps Officers and staff.

Trace KI6DPN wants to express his personal thanks to Arta KI6DPO for all of her work and effort supporting him in his position throughout the years, for without Arta everyone knows that Trace could not have accomplished any of the goals that our section has achieved during his time as Section Coordinator.

Thank you to each and every one who attended this year’s 18th Annual SATERN Seminar and for the generous contributions that you made towards the lunch and to our local SATERN section. If not for SATERN membership who attended and for the many guests and interested amateur radio operators who participated, none of this would have been worthwhile.

Finally, we give thanks to God for making it all possible.
Please mark your calendars NOW for next year’s Seminar, being held the last Saturday in January, 2015. (01-31-2015)

 

Posted October 21, 2013

SATERN and The Great California Shakeout
October 17, 18 & 19



The Great California Shakeout

* The Great California Shakeout was conducted this past Thursday at 10:17am. Many SATERN members participated at home, at the office or wherever they were at the time and to dropped, covered and held on during the drill. To everyone who participated, thank you for being prepared!

* Building in the Great California Shakeout, SATERN responded with our quarterly “Stand By Drill” on Friday, October 18 at 8:30pm. SATERN members checked in on using simplex frequencies and were accepted by Larry WB6AZB, primary Net Control Station for this drill.
Thank you Larry and Pam for your good work logging the check ins and compiling the results.

* Our annual “All Hands, All Locations Drill” was called as a follow up to Friday’s quarterly drill. All available SATERN Members deployed to their assigned Corps on Saturday, October 19. The San Bernardino Citadel Corps acted as the designated EOC for the drill with Team Leader Paul KJ6QXC the designated Incident Commander. Roll Call began promptly at 9 am and drill communications continued successfully until the close of the drill at approximately 11:15am. All SATERN Teams were heard from, despite some Corps reporting a simulated total catastrophe. Many SATERN members worked from their vehicles in the Corps parking lots. The Salvation Army Corps that were open to us were, The San Bernardino Citadel Corps, Redlands Corps, Cathedral City Corps, Ontario Corps, Victorville Corps, Moreno Valley Corps, Murrieta Corps, The Perris ARC and The San Bernardino ARC. The locations where we had to operate outside in the parking lot were The Riverside Corps, Hemet Corps and the Morengo Valley Basin Field Office.
Well done everybody and thank you for making this year’s “All Hands All Locations” drill another success.

 

Posted September 20, 2013

SATERN ARRL Field Day, 2013
Saturday June 22, 2013


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SATERN 2013 ARRL Field Day

SATERN Field Day, 2013 CQ, CQ, CQ Field Day. This is W1SAT, F-9-Orange
Good time had by all.
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Posted October 5, 2013

SATERN Seventeenth Annual Seminar
Saturday January 26 2013


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SATERN 17th Annual Seminar

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Posted June 23, 2012

SATERN ARRL Field Day, 2012
Saturday June 23, 2012


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SATERN 2012 ARRL Field Day

SATERN Field Day, 2012 CQ, CQ, CQ Field Day. This is W1SAT, F-7-Orange

SATERN's participation in this year’s ARRL Field Day was a tremendous success. Using FEMA's Incident Command System (ICS) as a model, plans were set in motion for setup and operation with "W1SAT 7F Orange" exchanges to other hams across the nation.

Thank you to the 67 participants that came to the Ontario Corps EOC and De Anza Park on Euclid Avenue in Ontario, CA to contribute their time, resources and energy in setting up, operating and demobilizing the event. Thank you to the many SATERN members and friends that contributed contacts and resources for the event but were unable to be present.

We promised it would be a lot of fun and that promise was absolutely fulfilled. Thank you to the many direct participants who accepted positions in the many areas of responsibility to make SATERN's Field Day 2012 the success that it has now become. Not everything went perfectly, but with cooperative attitudes, flexibility and the resourcefulness that everyone shared, no problem was insurmountable.

In short, the day was filled with a ton of logged DX contacts, lots of personal exchanges of friendship and camaraderie, and a bushel load of fantastic food and drinks. We can't possibly thank everyone enough who made the day possible, but please know that every effort, contribution and kind smile was noted, welcomed and well appreciated. On behalf of everyone who was a part of SATERN Field Day 2012, a sincere "Thank You" to one and to all.

 

Posted February 4, 2012

SATERN Sixteenth Annual Seminar
Saturday January 28 2012


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Photographys by, Ricardo Tomboc Friend of SATERN and Paul Hager AE6TR SATERN member.
SATERN 16th Annual Seminar

Salvation Army Hams it up!
by Ricardo Tomboc

The San Bernardino Salvation Army Citadel Corps sponsored the 16th annual SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network) Amateur Radio Operations Seminar this past Saturday. About 175 Ham radio operators from the Southern California area flocked to attend the seminar. Over ten members of the American Red Cross Arcadia Chapter, Communications Services attended the seminar as well.

SATERNS's purpose is to train and acquire personnel skilled in emergency communications and message handling, who will support the Salvation Army operations in local, regional, and international disasters situations.

This one day seminar covered various topics. Major David Ebel from the Escondido Corps spoke on the topic of "The Resilient Responder" giving insights on spiritual and physiological aspects of the emergence responder.

Bill Scholz is the Auxiliary Unit Coordinator for US Coast Guard. Bill spoke on the topic of "Maritime Communications & Connections to Emergency Comms". Bill also gave an overview on marine radio operations.

Dr. Kate Hutton from Cal-Tech shared her expertise as a Seismologist. If you don't know the Doctor by name, you will know her face! Dr. Kate Hutton appears on all the major television news stations whenever there is a seismic event of interest to the public. Dr. Hutton's topic was on the "Shake-Out Earthquake Scenario: What & Why?" Dr. Hutton's talk focused on specific geological events that are being expected in the Inland Empire.

Dr. Hutton made the statements that the IE is overdue for a seismic event on the San Andreas of a magnitude 7.5 or greater. But the Doctor also gave us a ray of hope in that studies show that the rate of recovery increases as preparations are taken for the event.

During the seminar the Divisional Disaster Director for the Salvation Army Western Territorial Headquarters, Don Read, presented Major Steven Ball San Bernardino Corps, two disaster flags for its involvement in disaster preparedness.

 

Posted June 26, 2011

SATERN ARRL FIELD DAY
Saturday June 25, 2011


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Good time had by all

SATERN’s participation in the ARRL Field Day on Saturday, June 25 at the Salvation Army Ontario Corps and the adjacent DeAnza Park was by all accounts another tremendous success. Let me start with a sincere “Thank you” to each and everyone of you that participated yesterday.

Setup began at 7:00am with the launching of the antennas high into the trees by Tom WA2IVD. Tom was followed closely behind by Boy Scout Troop 699 of Rancho Cucamonga, who assisted setting up of tables and chairs while working on their “Service Merit” badges. Additionally, Troop 699 officially opened field day by leading us in the “Pledge of Allegiance”.

SATERN began operations precisely at 11:00am local time as W1SAT 10F Orange and continued operation throughout the day, finally bringing down the last station at approximately 7:00pm. Thank you to all of the operators and guests who gave of their time and energy to promote and share in the fun of the day’s activities.

A Hot Dog and Hamburger lunch with chips and drinks was very well received, along with the many individual donations of water, fruit, cookies and other snacks to fill our nutritional needs. Particular thanks to Deborah N2LZN, Daria KJ6PDG, Rosi KA6YEZ, Arta KI6DPO, Judy and Christine for their support in planning, supplying and preparing the lunch. An additional note of gratitude to Deborah N2LZN for her home made baked ziti, fresh salad and rolls which she pleasantly surprised us with for dinner.

We enjoyed learning about Amateur Satellite Communications from Andy WN6EDV and Sherry K6DOE, who shared their knowledge and enthusiasm with us during the Field Day Educational Activity. Their home brew dual band “Arrow” Antennas were the rage! It was a lot of fun attempting satellite contacts throughout the afternoon. Thank you so much Andy and Sherry!

The spirit of fun and cooperation was evident throughout the entire day. Everyone was full of good cheer, were flexible and worked together flawlessly towards common goals. We successfully worked through the challenges of operating solely under battery power using 5 watts or less on all stations, while Elmering fellow hams in the operation of CW as well as sharing pointers on how to successfully contest on the HF bands.

Congratulations to Laurel WB6OAK for successfully passing the FCC test to upgrade her amateur license to General. Thank you to the SATERN VE Team members, Arta KI6DPO, Sherry K6DOE and Bill KC6QCR who took time during Field Day to administer the test.

Thank you to our distinguished guests and guest operators for your valuable contributions in time and talent. Thank you to the families that provided physical and moral support throughout the day. Thank you to the Rialto Amateur Radio Club who joined forces with SATERN for Field Day this year, demonstrating a wonderful spirit of cooperation between two organizations.

Thank you to all of the individuals who tirelessly and unselfishly worked over the last 2 months planning this event for the enjoyment of anyone who would take advantage of the opportunity. Many of you made special efforts to contribute at the planning meetings and accepted specific tasks and responsibilities for Field Day. Your efforts directly resulted in the smooth operation and complete success of the day.

Credit where credit is due. A special word of thanks to Tony KE6JZF for his continued and tremendous contributions behind the scenes. Without JZF’s generous contributions of equipment, time and effort, SATERN’s participation in Field Day would not have been possible. Tony has, over the years, created the blueprint of success which I have followed for the last three years in which I’ve had the opportunity to lead SATERN in our Field Day activities. Kudos Tony as I express my personal note of thanks.

Finally, I thank the Lord for watching over us and for protecting us throughout the entire day yesterday, as well as his protective hand during our travels to and fro. We are so grateful for the favorable weather and the cooler temperatures with which we were graced. Most of all, we give thanks for being afforded the opportunity to exercise our privileges as amateur radio operators in this great country during the ARRL Field Day and throughout the rest of the year.

A debriefing meeting is scheduled for 10:00am Friday, July 8, 2011 at the Ontario Corps. Anyone who would like to share their thoughts and ideas, based on their observations from this year’s event, and who are looking towards improving next year’s Field Day are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Respectfully Submitted and 73,
-Trace, KI6DPN-
Tracy A. Willette
SATERN Committee Member
SATERN Section Coordinator
Riverside/San Bernardino Counties
(Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network)
ki6dpn@arrl.net
www.satern.net
(909) 800-1681


 

Posted May 30, 2011

SATERN Annual
Half Day Training
Saturday May 28, 2011


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Good time had by all
Tom WA2IVD gave a great presentation

 

Posted April 15, 2010

SATERN Activated
El Centro Earthquake
Monday April 5, 2010


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Congratulations on a job well done to SATERN members,
Mark KF6PIW, Bill KC6QCR and Tony KE6JZF for their support while being activated in El Centro in response to the Calexico earthquakes.

The radio team reported for duty on Monday the 5th and returned Wednesday evening.
We also appreciate all those who were ready and on call for the weekend duty.
Thank you gentlemen for your valuable communications assistance and for representing our section of SATERN so well.

 

Posted November 11, 2009

SATERN at the NEW HEMET
SALVATION CORPS GROUND BREAKING
SUNDAY NOVENBER 8, 2009,


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Posted October 24, 2009

SATERN ALL HANDS ALL LOCATIONS DRILL
October 10, 2009,


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Posted October 13, 2009

SATERN at the AMATEUR RADIO EXPO
September 2009, POMONA FAIR


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Posted July 21, 2009

SATERN ARRL FIELD DAY
Saturday June 27, 2009


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SATERN ARRL Field Day, June 27, 2009

CQ, CQ, CQ Field Day. This is W1SAT, F-11-Orange, QRP.

This year's participation by SATERN in the ARRL Field Day was fun, filled with interesting challenges and many rewarding successes! The first of three planning meetings began on the 4th Friday in April, supported by 3 separate meetings by the Antenna Committee.

Our stated primary objective was “to work as many stations on any and all allowed amateur bands, and in doing so to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions.” We also wanted to “develop skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness and to acquaint the general public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio” and to have fun in pursuit of our goals.

Filed Day began at dawn on Saturday morning with the opening of the Ontario SA Corps and the securing of our permitted area at DeAnza Park. The setup crews worked diligently, starting with the Table & Chair Crew and the Antenna Crew. The PR Booth was erected and all the equipment was laid out. Stations began to come on line with more SATERN members and guests arriving throughout the morning to help. Everyone worked hard together as we overcame the challenges of hanging antennas, placing batteries and setting up so many stations. Great stuff!

This year we had a maximum of 11 stations that were simultaneously active and on the air. These stations included PSK-31, CW, SSB and 2-meter FM modes. A total of 42 members and guests participated as recorded in the Sign-in Log. Thank you to Judy NB6J for her awesome abilities and support through her work distributing Press Releases to some 20 newspapers and journals. It's the kind of “behind the scenes” support that too often is overlooked and becomes a thankless chore. We appreciate your tremendous help and support Judy, thank you!

Of particular note, Anne N6BOP joined us and was a great asset to the PR Booth. Anne has been supporting SATERN, and all the wonderful groups on the Keller Peak Repeater for many years. She seems to have an endless supply of energy and kind words to one and all. Thank you for your support, Anne. You are one of a kind and we all love you!

Due to the tenacity over the years of Tony KE6JZF, for the first time the Mayor of Ontario, The Honorable Paul Leon, and his wife made a special visit to SATERN's Field Day activities and stayed for some time to meet and greet our members and guests and to applaud SATERN for it's support of the Salvation Army and the Ontario community at large. Thank you Tony and thank you Mayor!

Marty Woll, N6VI, the ARRL Southwest Division Vice Director also found time in his busy schedule to visit the SATERN sponsored Field Day activities. Many of you will remember Marty as one of our keynote speakers at this year's SATERN Annual Seminar. Thank you Marty for your thoughts and cheerful support this year!

Another change this year was the inclusion of lunch, which was supplied by donations of SATERN Members and their families. The menu included all-beef hot dogs, chips, sodas, water and a variety of cookies. A special thanks to the Kitchen Crew for setting up and hosting the lunch at the SA Ontario Corps' kitchen. It all went down in a most tasty way! We operated throughout the day on 5 watts maximum output which qualified us as QRP with the ARRL. Next year we will work 5 watts ERP, as suggested by another distinguished guest of the day, Dennis KE6RYZ and his lovely wife Maria. Their two dogs stayed away from the food tables for fear of being mistaken for lunch. Dennis also supplied some additional radio equipment for our use. Thank you Dennis. Your generous support is greatly appreciated!

We also had some terrific help from David KI6BHB, known for his work with the NTS traffic net. Dave was an important asset with his work on CW and for working the NTS traffic points with James KI6OTO. As a matter of fact, these two Amateur Operators were one of the last to break down their stations. Their dedication is exemplary!

Fred KT6K gave a wonderful class on Antenna Theory, particularly as applied to Field Day. His discussion was topical and most informative. Thank you Fred for your extra effort. We all enjoyed the lesson!

The day came to a close just before the sun started to dip in the sky and all operators assisted in the tear down of their stations. Everyone is to be highly commended for their hard work and positive attitudes throughout the day. All in all this year's Field Day was a lot of fun due to everyone's hard work, cooperation and positive attitudes!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the great success SATERN enjoyed at the 2009 Field Day event. A friendly voice of gratitude to the following people who participated in many ways:

Planning Crew:
Bill K6IFF, Chris KD5ADU, Darr WB6GGO, Fred KT6K, HansAE6NN, JamesKI6OTO, TonyKA6YEZ, Tony KE6JZF, Trace KI6DPN

Antenna Crew:
Darr WB6GGO, Fred KT6K, Tony KA6YEZ, Tony KE6JZF

Table and Chair Crew:
Arta KI6DPO, James KI6OTO, Scott KI6CXD, Trace KI6DPN

Kitchen Crew:
Beth (Fred KT6K's XYL), Rosie (Tony KA6YEZ's XYL)

PR Booth and Equipment Security:
Anne N6BOP, Bonny K6UKE, Sherry K6DOE

Operators & Guests:
Anne N6BOP, Arta KI6DPO, Bob W6QED, Bob KF6KVR, Bonny K6UKE, Chris AD5ADU, David KI6BHB, Darr WB6GGO and Celeste, Dennis KI6RUI, Hans AE6NN, Harvey N6HF, Dennis KE6RYZ and Maria James KI6OTO, Jim KF6IRS, John KD6ZDR, Fred KT6K and Beth, Judy KI6BFW, Ken AC6NG, Lacretta KI6SWL, Mayor Leon and Wife, Lem N6PY, Lisa Moreno, Mark KF6PIW, Mark KI6AIY and Pam, Marty N6VI, Nathan KI6LZA, Paul AE6TR, Paul KI6OJC, Paul KI6ZZC, Richard KI6OOT, Robert KJ6ACS, Ron KI6PXF, Sherry K6DOE, Scott KI6CXD, Tim KI6RRZ, Tony KE6JZF, Trace KI6DPN

 

Posted June 23, 2009

SATERN annual half day training
Saturday June 13, 2009


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S.A.T.E.R.N. Annual Half Day Training Seminar a great success!

Saturday June 13, 2009
SATERN half day training session began at 0900 hours on June 13, 2009 at the San Bernardino Salvation Army Corps. We had 23 members present to listen, learn and make comment or suggestions to our speaker/trainer, Tony Stephen KE6JZF. The training was an education on how SATERN got its start within the Salvation Army; Emergency Disaster Services; A basic understanding of how the Emergency Management Cycle and ICS (Incident Command System) works within the Salvation Army/SATERN. We also discussed SATERN message handling and radio etiquette.
Thanks to all for participating and making this a terrific training session. Thanks also to Tony KE6JZF and Tony KE6YEZ, for providing the bakery goods and coffee, and of course, the Salvation Army for allowing us the use of their facility for our Meetings.

Remember, July 25, 2009 all day training session at the Riverside Salvation Army Corp. Interested contact Tony Stephen KE6JZF and keep watching the website for updates.

73
Cathy K6VC
SATERN Member

 

Posted February 7, 2009

SATERN Thirteenth annual Seminar
Saturday January 31 2009


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13th annual SATERN Seminar

On a bright sunny day on Saturday January 31, 2009, Amateur Radio Operators (HAMs) met at The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps for specialized training. With the backdrop of the San Bernardino Mountains, over 100 Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) operators and friends, participated in six hours of training that included:

• What the future holds for Communications based on new research
Presented by Jay H Jones Ph D, WB9FPM, University of La Vern

• How best to work with the Media during a disaster
Presented by Suzi Woodruff Lacy, Salvation Army Division Director PR

• Improving the use of your radio equipment to meet communication challenges
Presented by Marty Woll N6VL, Vice Director ARRL Southwestern Division

The attendees viewed PowerPoint presentations and numerous displays and received handouts. A special moment was a donation of radio equipment in memory of silently key Edward Willette KG6ZWC. This gift was received on behalf of The Salvation Army by Captain Stephen Ball, the San Bernardino Corps Officer. The Captain also presented the family with a plaque in appreciation of the donation.

There were lots of door prizes which pleased everyone, along with the great lunch prepared by Boy Scout Troup 428. Representatives from many community organizations and Amateur Radio Relay League were also present. SATERN members attended from as far away as Utah, Nevada, Bakersfield and San Diego.

SATERN members and prospective radio operators continued to express their interest in having more of these workshops.

 

Posted November 24, 2008

SATERN/Salvation Army Golden Guardian Communication Drill
AN UNQUALIFIED SUCCESS!

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Note we do not have pictures for operators of the
Victor Valley Corps, Cathedral City Corps and Sierra Del Mar DHQ

SATERN, California Golden Guardian Communication Drill
an unqualified success
November 13, 2008

Salvation Army, SATERN November 13 Golden Guardian Communication drill A very successful drill. We established communication links with all Salvation Army locations within San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Traffic was successfully passed.

Thanks to Don Read, The Salvation Army Sierra Del Mar EDS Director for coordinating The Salvation Army Corps with our SATERN operators.

We had 25 SATERN members taking part along with 7 friends of SATERN total of 32. 18 locations, 10 Salvation Army Corps, 2 Salvation Army ARCs, 1 Salvation Army Field Office, 1 San Diego Salvation Army DHQ and 4 SATERN relay locations

Sierra Del Mar DHQ San Diego was contacted via VHF, we were able to pass and receive message traffic.

Riverside County AEOC was contacted and our communication link was verified.

San Bernardino County EOC was not contacted; as it turns out they heard us but were buried with other communications that they were unable to respond.

SATERN Western Territorial HF Relay was contacted, however as soon as the drill started our HF communications went down hill due to interference and static, thus making HF communication next to impossible, we gave it our best shot.

Everyone who participated in this year’s drill is commended for their unselfish contribution of time, energy and equipment in support of SATERN’s efforts to improve our emergency communications skills and to test our readiness to serve the Salvation Army through amateur radio.

Thank You
Tony, KE6JZF
SATERN Committee Member
(Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network)
Riverside/San Bernardino Counties Section
ke6jzf@verizon.net
www.satern.net


 

Posted November 10, 2008

SATERN ANNUAL ALL HANDS ALL
LOCATIONS COMMUNICATIONS DRILL
Saturday October 25, 2008



SATERN October 25 Communication drill summary
In my opinion we had a very successful “All Hands, All Locations” drill. Although we have a few problems to solve, a tremendous amount of traffic was successfully passed and we established communication links with all Salvation Army locations within San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

Everyone who participated in this year’s drill is commended for their unselfish contribution of time, energy and equipment in support of SATERN’s efforts to improve our emergency communications skills and to test our readiness to serve the Salvation Army through amateur radio. Special notes of thanks to all the Team Leaders and to the SA Corps Officers for their invaluable contributions to make this year’s drill the tremendous success that it was!

Special thanks to Captain Ball who acted as our Incident Commander.

We had 40 SATERN members taking part along with 2 non-SATERN members Phil N6CMF, Yucaipa ARC and Bob KI6DIP, who help support the Perris ARC.
16 locations, 10 Salvation Army Corps, 2 Salvation Army ARCs, 1 Salvation Army Field Office, 2 SATERN relay points and one Yucaipa ARC HF/VHF relay location.
The Ontario Corps was unable to open for us so we operated from the park next door to The Ontario Corps.

SATERN October 25, 2008 drill summary.
All Salvation Army locations within the San Bernardino and Riverside Counties were contacted and message passed both ways.
Relays were required.
SATERN Goal met

San Bernardino County EOC was not contacted; as it turns out they were having power problems and were not on the air.
SATERN Goal not met

Riverside County EOCs: Not contacted.
SATERN Goal not met.

SATERN HF SATERN Western Territorial HF Relay was not contacted; Warren told me he was all set up and ready to go then got involved with another project and forgot about our SATERN drill, it happens
SATERN Kern County was not contacted; do not know if they were on the air or not.
SATERN Concord was contacted; message passed however very hard copy.
Sierra Del Mar DHQ San Diego was not contacted via HF or VHF we were able to pass a PACTOR e-mail to DHQ.
Currently we are working on a 2 meter simplex relay route.
SATERN HF goal not met, except for contacting SATERN Concord

Western Territorial THQ, Long Beach was not contacted: They were not on the air
SATERN goal not met

SATERN Field Radio was deployed to the field and messages were passed. Both voice and digital i.e. PACTOR e-mail
SATERN goal met

Problems:
Problem: Many/most of our SATERN field location found it very difficult to understand SATERN Red frequency net control.
Action: We found that the transceiver microphone was operating out of specifications, along with the mike problem; we found that the units’ deviation setting was also out of specification.
Action: We have been able to correct the deviation, however the mike, we are unable to adjust to an acceptable audio level. Replacing the microphone solved this problem.

The transceiver that we were using on the Blue frequency was ok; however we have been able to adjust both the mike gain and the units’ deviation to produce a very acceptable audio level.
Proof of the pudding for both transceivers will be on our November 13 drill
We want to thank SATERN member, Conny W6KCJ for his trouble shooting expertise in finding and fixing these problems

Problem: We had some field locations that normally had copied SATERN net control in past drills, however this drill in some cases they were having problems copying and required more relays than in past drills.
One item we found was, we had our cross band radio output power setting reversed. I had set the power setting between the ARC and IC for 20 watts, and set the power from the ARC to SATERN field locations was set to 10 watts. This has been corrected, want to wait and see how we get out on November 13 drill.
One other item we have to consider is, we did re-locate our cross band location from Redlands to the San Bernardino Salvation Army ARC, which is only about 4 miles from our San Bernardino IC. It is a nice tall building, although this re-location may have added to the problem, really don’t know at this time; I think it’s best to wait and see until after the November 13 drill.

Problem: Using the Break and Go message handling procedure.
When we first started, some of us failed to adhere to break and go message handling. This usually happens every year, our SATERN drill ground rules clearly state to use this method, we demo the break and go once a month after our SATEERN weekly net, we also have an audio demo on our SATERN web site. In the past it works itself out after a couple of messages.
Action: We will discusses this at our SATERN committee meeting and maybe we can come up with additional training

Problem: Message tracking. It seems every year we get the comment we should look into a message numbering system.
Action: This year the SATERN Committee will re-visit our SATERN message tracking.

Problem: SATERN net control had problems getting set up and starting the drill.
They did not have a general over view of how our SATERN IC works.
SATERN net control operators and supporters were not given a general briefing prior to the start of the drill
Action: Think about creating a SATERN IC start-up briefing sheet.

Problem: Field locations in many cases, because we are simplex, are unable to hear each other and end up stepping onto each other.
Action: Before placing a call, listen and ask if the frequency is clear, hopefully you will get a yea or nay response from one of our relays.

General Comments
Think about adding a ENC tone on SATERN net control, so field locations may Tone/SQL if they wish.

Reminder to properly set your Squelch control

Thank You
Tony, KE6JZF
SATERN Committee Member
(Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network)
Riverside/San Bernardino Counties Section
ke6jzf@verizon.net
www.satern.net
(909)628-2843


 

Posted July 5, 2008

SATERN ANNUAL ARRL Field Day
AN UNQUALIFIED SUCCESS!

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SATERN ANNUAL ARRL FIELD DAY AN UNQUALIFIED SUCCESS!
SATERN Field Day
June 28, 2008

History and Success! That's how Field Day 2008 will be remembered. Those who attended will remember the camaraderie from lugging tables, chairs and boxes of "radio stuff" from cars in the parking lot of the Ontario Salvation Army Corps office just south of our Field Day site in Ontario De Anza Park on Euclid Ave.

We started at about 0700 PDST, as field day actually begins at 1100 hours PDST. Task at hand was to string wire antennas between trees, set up tables and chairs at each operating position, put a radio and battery at each station and move into place. Mission accomplished, we were ready to go at 11 am.

Trace KI6DPN and Tony KA6YEZ were our chief antenna hangers. Using a tennis ball and small weights worked very well, antennas were successfully strung high in the trees. Also we found Tony KA6YEZ has a great throwing arm.

By 1100 hours we had 20m and 10m ready to go on CW, along with 10m, 15m, 20m and 40m operating phone. One nice thing about this park is that you can be in the shade all day by either picking a “good spot” to start with or by moving your table to match the existing shade.

This year as last, we worked QRP at 5 watts per station, all battery powered. All stations were to be within a 1,000' circle. Running like frequencies as far apart as possible and at 90 degrees to each other went a long way toward lessening any interference problems.

One of our Bonus point’s activities was to include a specific educational-related activity. Bill K6IFF presented a very informative class on “Working the FM Satellites” This is what we kicked off our SATERN field day with at 11 pm

As pre-planned, at approximately 6:30pm Saturday night we tore down from the park declaring “The party’s over!” and headed home making one last QRP contact to the elation and applause of the group.

In recognition of their participation in Field Day 2008, we would like to highlight the names and call signs of the following SATERN members and guests:

• Tony KE6JZF was this year's field day coordinator and general gofer.
• Trace KI6DPN was appointed “Chief of Antenna Installations”.
• Tony KA6YEZ Worked with Trace, working to get the antennas installed as high in the trees as possible. Tony was also our chief operator for 10 meters CW and SSB.
• Joe AE6JM along with his grandson Miguel worked 40 meters SSB.
• Miguel KI6JXX worked with Joe operating 40 meters SSB.
• Jim KC6YKV Operated 15 meter SSB.
• Bill K6IFF worked 20m CW and gave us our FM satellites class.
• Paul AE6TR worked 20 meters SSB and was givin the days DX award for contacting Hawaii.
• Donnie N6ZOL worked with Rick KI6OOT, helping with set up and also working our 2 meter FM station using our solar charged battery and getting the initial first 5 contacts.
• Rick KI6OOT worked with Donnie on the 2-meter operations. Their inquisitive and friendly spirits were contagious and uplifting to the entire group.
• Dave KI6BHB, SATERN guest, helped Jim on 15 meter SSB and stepped in for Bill operating 20 meter CW.
• Jim KI6OTO along with his father, stopped by so see us in action. A big thank you to Jims father for helping with tear down and moving tables back into the Salvation Army Corps.
• Amber KI6ROT, stopped by so see us in action. Tony KA6YEZ took time to show Amber around and explain our SATERN field day activities.
• Lt. Tamez, The Salvation Army Corps Officer, opened up the Corps and made sure everything was as we needed, with a gracious and welcoming smile.

As for operating conditions, 5 watts does not generally make for huge signals at the receiving station's site. We all heard many stations calling, but those stations often could not pull us out of the "mud" of interference. It is this very condition, however, that makes the field day experience so valuable for emergency operating.

If called upon to respond to a site of an emergency, you can be pretty well assured that right at first there will be no grand antenna structure and possibly no electricity. You need to bring with you everything you might need for a 24 hour stay. Wire dipoles, ropes to string them up and co-axial cables don't take very much room in a backpack. And don’t forget water and a granola bar!

Mark your calendars now and set aside the 4th weekend in June of next year. Come experience the thrill of working through the interference with SATERN! You’ll practice and improve your abilities to provide emergency radio communications for a worthwhile organization and have the wonderful opportunity to make some new friends at the same time. We all had fun this year and consider the day to be an unqualified success!

 

Posted May 19, 2008

SATERN annual half day training
Saturday May 17, 2008


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S.A.T.E.R.N. Annual Half Day Training Seminar a great success!

Saturday May 17, 2008 Our Skywarn Weather Safety Class began with a warm welcome to all from Tony, KE6JZF. Tony introduced visitors Tom, KJ6TDC of SATERN San Diego and Captain Sutter, the Salvation Army San Bernardino ARC Officer. Captain Sutter was also presented a copy of the book "It's a Disaster" by Tony. Tony then proceeded with the SATERN "Break and Go" message handling audio training demo and informed us of the importance of being well prepared to handle messages for the Salvation Army.

Brian Cox, KG6WRX, SATERN member and San Bernardino County Skywarn Assistant Coordinator, was introduced as our Skywarn Weather Safety Instructor. Brian expertly defined weather terms and then he explained the life cycle of a thunderstorm followed by the different developments, stages and heights of cloud formations. He informed us that lightning is likely to strike the tallest object in the area and then may spread out across the ground. Brian told us that the safest place to be during a thunderstorm is in an indoor location away from windows or if driving to stay in your car. If you must go outside then crouch down to make yourself a poor lightning target and never lay flat on the ground.

Brian continued teaching us about wind, relative humidity, dew point and storm fronts. Floods can be very dangerous, he related, as water 2 feet deep can carry away most cars. He then continued discussing snow, ice, hail, white outs and heat waves. Brian provided an overview of the fundamentals of spotting severe weather with a lot of excellent and easy to understand information. Finally, many weather related myths were dispelled, which was very interesting and informative. For instance, lightning can indeed strike the same location twice or more.

Class participation was very active and lively, with lots of great questions. One member related that Ben Franklin invented the lightning rod before he infamously flew his kite in a thunderstorm. All in attendance agreed that Brain gave an outstanding presentation and we are all grateful to him for taking his time to share with us his knowledge and expertise.
Outstanding presentation Brian. Thank you

We wish to thank Captain Ball and Captain Sutter for their continuing support of our SATERN section. Furthermore, we wish to thank Captain Ball for supporting and hosting out SATERN seminars and training classes using the San Bernardino Salvation Army facilities and for having a Corp employee on hand to support our needs. Outstanding!

We thank all of the SATERN members who attended and contributed to the day's success. Thank you!

Remember to stay informed.
Be active with amateur radio.
Listen to NOAA radio for continuous weather reports.
Keep your survival carry kits ready and be prepared.
www.swskywarn.org
www.satern.net

 

Posted March 16, 2008

Boy Scout Antenna Donation and Transfer
Saturday March 15, 2008


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Boy Scout Antenna Donation and Transfer

On Saturday March 15, 2008 the SATERN Committee and Major Fritz met at a park located in San Bernardino at Waterman and 40th Street. The intent of this meeting was to receive four antennas that were built for our SATERN section by Boy Scout Troop 251.

The Eagle project belonged to Nathan Hager, KI6LZA, who headed up the troop’s effort to build the antennas. This is Nathan’s final step towards successfully becoming an Eagle Scout. I have to say up front that I was wondering what we were going to get. However, after seeing one of the antennas fully assembled and erected it became evident what an outstanding job that was done by Nathan and his fellow scouts.

SATERN was presented with four 20 meter antennas and masts that telescope from about 5 feet in height to about 26 feet in height. Furthermore, the well thought out design will easily accommodate more bands by simply adding additional lines.

It was good to see Major Fritz again as we went ahead and put up one of the antennas, took some pictures and signed Nathan’s project completion sheet.

OUTSTANDING JOB Nathan!
SATERN sincerely thanks you and Boy Scout Troop 251.

 

Posted February 1, 2008

SATERN Twelfth annual Seminar
Saturday January 26 2008


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SATERN 12th Annual Seminar

On Saturday January 26th, 2008 our 12th Annual Introduction and Seminar was held at the San Bernardino Corps facility. Coffee, donuts and signups occupied the 0830 to 0900 time slot with the meeting starting promptly at 0900. Gregg Stockdale is, and has been, our Master of ceremonies for several years, a task that he handles with aplomb and humor. He introduced Captain Nancy Ball who gave a welcome to all assembled and offered a prayer for our continued good health and usefulness to God’s purpose.

Silent key Ed Willette was again memorialized by his family who donated three 2 meter radios and three power supplies in Ed’s name. Said equipment is affixed with a memorial plaque and will go to the local corps that need upgraded radios.

Dick Norton, N6AA, of ARRL field offices gave a short talk. Notable was that if you currently have a senior membership, ARRL’s board decided to raise the membership dues in 2009. If you qualify as a senior member and you want to beat a little bit of the increase, sign up in 2008 for 5 years at $36.00 per year.

Board members were introduced. Tony Stephen, KE6JZF, explained the display of SATERN’s field radio set-up. It’s a portable (about 100 pounds, Tony says) radio in a cargo container with wheels. It has just about all modes and bands used by modern Hams. It’s either battery powered or AC powered when AC is available. This is set up for mountain top use, but can go most anywhere.

Our first speaker was Joy Matlack, KD6FJV, who spoke on integrating communications. To communicate means getting an exact idea from one place to another, in our case by radio. We all need to agree on what terms, abbreviations and phonics we will use so that both ends of the conversation will be using the same information in the same way. At a disaster we may interface with many responder types – police, fire and gov’t folks, not to mention many civilians. We will need to interpret police jargon, fire speak and other forms of language not commonly used by all. We’ll need patience and a good attitude. We need to know who in our chain of command is allowed to give us messages to transmit. We need to use a logging system for our traffic – common sense says so and ensuing lawsuits demand it. Ask questions – there are no dumb questions. It’s always easier to deal with questions than mistakes.

Our next speaker was Ken Cavallero of Salvation Army Del Oro and Golden State divisions of EDS who has mega-experience at numerous national disasters, including 911. Ken spoke on things that he had observed about SATERN, bad and good. He started his presentation with a little history of the Salvation Army and how it is structured into four territories. Then Ken discussed Salvation Army Disaster Services and Salvation Army ICS. Ken’s lesson to us is that within the Incident Command System we should transmit what we are given to transmit without adding opinion, innuendo and supposition. If you don’t absolutely know that it’s true, don’t say it on the radio.

The Boy Scouts and their leader, Bob Turner, Jr., KI6DIP, prepared a lunch fit for kings. The food was ready for the masses precisely at noon and not a minute too soon! The troop served hamburgers and chili with all the fixings as well as soft drinks and chips. Fortunately, the weather held and a majority of the attendees enjoyed their lunch outdoors on the picnic tables. Lunch proved to be a great time of mingling and sharing with each other.

After lunch, we heard from Mike Ward, KG6WSL, with San Bernardino County Sheriffs Search and Rescue. Mike spoke on the need for multiple means of communication during rescue efforts as San Bernardino County is vast in size and terrain. The county’s radio system does not even begin to cover the nooks, crannies, valleys and hillsides of much of the desolate wilderness. He has found over the years that a combination of all modes is needed in different places and terrains. The Keller Peak 2 meter repeater was integrated into the rescue radio stable when other modes/bands just didn’t quite work.

Mike showed us a training film about Melissa Foo, a world experienced hiker who became detached from her hiking mate in July of 2006. Her partner was carrying all of the bedding, clothing, water, food and cell phone. All she had was a bottle of orange juice and her digital camera. The video showed Melissa as she filmed herself making potentially life threatening decisions. Rather than stay put once she realized she was lost, she wavered in deciding what was the best way to rescue herself. The terrain in which she was operating was extremely hilly, thick with brush and had no cell phone coverage– even if she’d had one. Big lesson – carry a mirror to reflect light to searching aircraft and carry personal survival gear at all times, including a compass, a knife and equipment to build a fire.

Between speakers, prizes were awarded with items like LED flashlights, multi-meters, a tool box full of various hardware pieces one might need around the ‘shack’ and a Grand Prize of a 1000 watt 2 cycle gasoline engine generator. That prize went home with John, WD6BKY.

SATERN would like to thank the speakers, organizers and everyone who attended the seminar which made the event a great success. Thank you and we look forward to seeing each and every one of you again next year!

 

September/October 2007
Re-posted June 4, 2008

SATERN at the Pomona Fair
Amateur Radio Expo September/October 2007


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S.A.T.E.R.N. generated much interest at the Amateur Radio Expo 2007
We wish to thank all who helped out.
Check out the pictures.

The SATERN Committee wish to thank Tracy KI6DPN for taking the lead
for our SATERN booth at the Pomona Fair Ham Expo 2007.
Great Job Tracy,
Thank you.

 

Posted July 5, 2007

SATERN ANNUAL ARRL Field Day
AN UNQUALIFIED SUCCESS!

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SATERN ANNUAL ARRL FIELD DAY AN UNQUALIFIED SUCCESS!
SATERN Field Day
June 23 and 24, 2007

History and Success! That's how Field Day 2007 will be remembered. An unqualified success to look back on. Those who attended will remember the camaraderie from lugging tables, chairs and boxes of "radio stuff" from cars in the parking lot of the Ontario Salvation Army Corps office just south of our Field Day site in Ontario De Anza Park on Euclid Ave.

We started at about 0600 PDST, as field day actually begins at 1100 hours PDST. As it turned out we needed every minute to string wire antennas between trees, set up tables and chairs at each operating position, put a radio and battery at each station and move into place.

Jack K6DMM and Conny W6KCJ brought their slingshots with a fishing reels attached with which to shoot a weight through and over selected trees and branches (when the tree cooperated). Jack K6DMM had the best eye and Conny W6KCJ had a very cool sling shot that used a tennis ball instead of fishing weights. Both were most effective and all the planned antennas were successfully strung very high in the trees.

By 1100 hours we had 20m, 40m and 15m all on CW, along with 10m, 15m, 20m and 40m operating phone. One nice thing about this park is that you can be in the shade all day by either picking a “good spot” to start with or by moving your table to match the existing shade. Furthermore, the weather cooperated with cooler temperatures than last year and a nice, soft breeze had a cooling effect throughout the day. Oh yeah, and thanks to Tony KE6JZF’s previous arrangement with park officials, we had no sprinkler surprises either!

This year as last, we worked QRP at 5 watts per station, all battery powered. All stations were to be within a 1,000' circle, so there was bound to be some interference within bands. As an example, 40m CW interfering with 40m phone and vice-versa. Running like frequencies as far apart as possible and at 90 degrees to each other went a long way toward lessening any interference problems.

At approximately 6:30pm Saturday night we tore down from the park and moved into the Ontario Salvation Army Corps building. We had 3 stations working Saturday night. Bob WA6KER expertly operated our 80-meter CW station, Harm AC6VN skillfully operated our 20-meter CW station and Tony KE6JZF proficiently and successfully operated our 2-meter station.

Approaching 11:30pm the bands started to fade, along with the operators. Knowing that we had to be out of the Ontario Salvation Army Corps by no later than 8:00am on Sunday morning, the decision was made to call it a night. So the remaining dedicated diehard operators signed off, removed all remaining antennas, packed it all up, turned out the lights, declared “The party’s over!” and headed home for a welcome bed and to dream of making one last QRP contact to the elation and applause of the group.

In recognition of their participation in Field Day 2007, we would like to highlight the names and call signs of the following SATERN members and guests:

• Harm AC6VN was this year's field day coordinator. He worked 20 meter CW and kept statistics on his laptop computer. At night (after 1900hrs) we moved indoors into the Corps fellowship hall where Harm worked 20m CW.
• Jack K6DMM was appointed “Chief of Antenna Installations” and was first on scene, directing the antenna teams to near perfect installations. Jack also worked 20m phone during the day and expertly tutored interested members about antenna theory and setup.
• Conny W6KCJ provided invaluable assistance, helping to get the antennas installed as high in the trees as possible. He worked closely with Jack K6DMM as well as many others. Conny was also instrumental in achieving great SWR readings for 20m CW.
• Dennis KG6YBV assisted setting up, helping to move tables and chairs from the Salvation Army Corps into De Anza park and doing everything that was asked of him.
• Arta KI6DPO and Trace KI6DPN, both helped with set up and tear down. They helped set up our SATERN PR table, assisted moving tables and chairs and had a ton of fun learning and working our 15m SSB station.
• Jack N6UYB arrived very early to assist with antenna setup. Jack also worked 40m and 20m SSB. At the end of the day Jack also helped to pack things up and was a great overall asset to the team.
• Bill K6IFF and his wife Cherie jointly worked 40m CW and brought in many contacts.
• Hans AE6NN worked diligently on 10m SSB throughout the entire day in the park. His focus and his tenacity were admired by all.
• Bob WA6KER worked the late shift and operated 15m and 80m CW. Bob provided many excellent contacts and a great sense of humor to the group.
• Paul AE6TR had to leave early, but provided tremendous help to Tracy and Arta, providing instruction on how to properly operate the 15-meter SSB. Paul also had the opportunity to provide great PR to many curious observers from the passing public.
• Bonny K6UKE worked with Sherry, helping with set up and also working our 2 meter FM station using our solar charged battery and getting the initial first 5 contacts. .
• Sherry K6DOE worked with Bonny, also helping with set up and 2-meter operations. Their inquisitive and friendly spirits were contagious and uplifting to the entire group.
• Tony KE6JZF worked tirelessly with setup, tear down and field day coordination. During the day Tony made sure everyone had a working position that they liked and left no hand standing idle. Tony also worked 2 meter FM at night inside the Ontario EOC.
• Malena Bell-Pollitt was the Salvation Army Ontario staff member that opened up the Corps and made sure everything was as we needed, with a gracious and welcoming smile.

We also had two distinguished visitors this year.
Joe Madas AE6JM, ARRL assistant division director came by to say hello and to 'check us out.' As usual, Joe came with an encouraging handshake and a friendly smile.
Malena Bell-Pollitt, Salvation Army Ontario Corps staff member, stopped by to say hello and to offer thanks for our emergency communications service.

As for operating conditions, 5 watts does not generally make for huge signals at the receiving station's site. We all heard many stations calling, but those stations often could not pull us out of the "mud" of interference. It is this very condition, however, that makes the field day experience so valuable for emergency operating.

If called upon to respond to a site of an emergency, you can be pretty well assured that, right at first, there will be no grand antenna structure and possibly no electricity. You need to bring with you everything you might need for a 24 hour stay. Wire dipoles, ropes to string them up and co-axial cables don't take very much room in a backpack. And don’t forget water and a granola bar.

Mark your calendars now and set aside the 4th weekend in June of next year. Come experience the thrill of working through the interference with SATERN! You’ll practice and improve your abilities to provide emergency radio communications for a worthwhile organization and have the wonderful opportunity to make some new friends at the same time. We all had fun this year and consider the day to be an unqualified success!

 

Posted May 10, 2007

SATERN May 5, 2007
HALF DAY CLASS ROOM TRAINING
INTRODUCTION OF OUR NEW SATERN FIELD RADIO


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SATERN Field Radio Training May 2007 along with a Great BBQ Hamburger and Chili lunch!

On Saturday May 5th, 2007 we had our annual half-Day SATERN Training held at The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps. As in the past, Major Fritz hosted and supplied his usual outstanding lunch. His chili is the best!

This year SATERN training was the introduction of our new SATERN Field Radio just completed and ready for SATERN Emergency Communications.

Tony KE6JZF stood in as the instructor. The intent of this training was to familiarize our SATERN members with the operations of the SATERN Field Radio.

Tony went thru unpacking, General set up, 2 meter operations, HF operations, Pactor E-mail operations, PSK 31 operations, shut down and re-packing.

There were about 21 SATERN members in attendance and we hope we all got a basic understanding of our SATERN Field Radio.

We want to thank all who attended. We also want to thank Major Fritz for his time and for his outstanding lunch.

Thank You
KE6JZF
Tony Stephen
SATERN Committee Member
(Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network)
Riverside/San Bernardino Counties Section
ke6jzf@verizon.net
www.satern.net
(909)628-2843