SATERN National Liaison
Newsletter 10 October 2017


Atlantic Hurricane Season 2017 To Date:

To date, the Atlantic Hurricane Season has produced 15 named storms beginning with Tropical Storm Arlene (19-21 April) through Tropical Storm / Hurricane Ophelia (08-?? October). This includes 5 Tropical Storms (Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don and Emily), 2 Cateroy 1 Hurricanes (Franklin and Nate), 2 Category 2 Hurricanes (Gert and Katia), 1 Category 3 Hurricane (Lee), 2 Category 4 Hurricanes (Harvey and Jose) and 2 Category 5 Hurricanes (Irman and Maria). Ophelia, currently a Tropical Storm, is expected to become a hurricane of unknown strength by tomorrow (Wednesday, 11 October 2017) that will remain in the mid-Atlantic.




Today (Tuesday, 10 October 2017) will be the last day of Delta II operations unless notified otherwise. As of today, the International SATERN SSB Net will have been activated for 22 consecutive days for 171 hours of service from 18 September through 10 October 2017. This will have been the longest activation of the International SATERN SSB Net since at least Hurricane Katrina (2005).

This action is being taken because of two (2) primary factors. First, the number of messages handled by the Net has dropped dramatically in the last few days. Second, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey (KI1U), who is currently deployed to Puerto Rico to support the FEMA ESF-2 (Communications) function reports that almost all messages are now being sent intra-island by either HF or VHF to San Juan where the messages are then processed by normal means (e.g. telephone and email). As a result, it is the assessment of the Net leadership and the National SATERN Liaison that the primary mission of the International SATERN SSB Net for the Hurricane Maria operation has been successfully fulfilled.

The Net Control Operators scheduled for this final day of operation (Tuesday, 10 October 2017) are:

  Time (in Z) Name (Call Sign) General Location
  1415 Z to 1600 Z Dave Boss III (KF7YWR) Idaho
  2000 Z to 2100 Z Bill Rivers (KF4MGF) Florida
  2100 Z to 2200 Z George Miller (W3GWM) Pennsylvania
  2200 Z to 2300 Z Dave Bly (K7DTB) Arizona
  2300 Z to 2400 Z Jim James (KG5BIM) Oklahoma

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.

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


Beginning TOMORROW, Wednesday, 11 October 2017, the International SATERN SSB Net will return to its normal Delta I operation schedule with the pre-net beginning at 0930 CT and the Net beginning at 1000 CT.


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


ARRL: 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 WinLINK and voice. That deployment will continue through at least 19 October 2017. In addition, as mentioned earlier, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey (KI1U) is deployed to Puerto Rico to support the FEMA ESF-2 (Communications) function.

I am copying the latest ARRL Situation Report here: (See attached file: 100917.docx DOCX 13Kb)


National SATERN Liaison Bill Feist (WB8BZH) and the leadership of the International SATERN SSB Net express their deep appreciation to SATERN’s partners.

He also wants to express his heartfelt appreciation for all of the SATERN and partner organization operators who have helped SATERN during this extraordinarily long activation.

He also expresses his gratitude to those operators from SATERN and its partner organizations that have participated as Net Control and Net Relay Stations. 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.

Finally, he wants to express his gratitude to the following specific people who have contributed time, energy and resources far beyond the call of duty to this historic effort:

Ken Gilliand AG6SV Net Manager, International SATERN SSB Net. He has, and continues to, provide countless hours – often 10–12 hour PER DAY – to manage the Net and recruit Net Control Stations. As he is so fond of telling others who have helped him so much, “You deserve a merit badge for this.”

Bob Rogers WA5EEZ Assistant Net Manager, International SATERN SSB Net. He has also provided many hours assisting AG6SV in the management efforts of this Net.

Larry Watford W4AUE He has provided numerous web–based operating aids for this operation including an Instant Messaging service for the Net Control Stations, on–line message forms and more.

Don Poisson N5DOA Although he has remained mostly silent on the Net, he has been there almost continuously monitoring and providing information and advice to the Net Manager.

Ken Standard AD5XJ Webmaster for He has worked hard to keep the website updated with fresh information at a moment’s notice at all hours of the day and night.

As the National SATERN Liaison, I quite literally could not have done this without these people’s assistance and the assistance of everyone else on the Net. Your professionalism and willingness to contribute so many long hours was absolutely vital to the operational success of this mission.

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

Bill Feist, WB8BZH












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