SATERN National Liaison Newsletter (Update)


Hurricane Maria:

Hurricane Maria is 530 miles SSE of Cape Hatteras, NC, moving North at 9 mph. Hurricane Maria has decreased in strength to a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 110 mph. Some fluctuations in intensity are expected over the next day or so. Maria’s continues its’ move North and is expected to continue this general movement at least through Monday. Fluctuations in intensity are to be expected as it gradually weakens over the next several days.

At this time, there are no Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warnings or Watches in effect regarding Hurricane Maria. Interests along the Carolina and Mid–Atlantic coasts should monitor the progress of Hurricane Maria. Tropical storm or hurricane watches may be needed for a portion of the coast later today.

Hurricane Lee:

Hurricane Lee continues to rapidly intensify in the mid Atlantic about 865 miles East of Bermuda. It is a small hurricane – only about 70 miles across – which continues to very slowly travel in a large circle “chasing its tail” through next most of next week before it begins to move NNE further out into the Atlantic. Hurricane Lee currently poses no threat to land.



The SATERN International SSB Net will continue to be in a Delta II (extended monitoring) status from 0900 (CT) / 1400 Z until 1800 (CT) / 2300 Z today (24 Sep 2017). An assessment about whether to continue operations tomorrow (Monday, 25 September 2017) will be made later today.


A Net Control Roster has been developed through Monday. The Net Control Operators scheduled for today (Sunday, 24 September 2017) are:

  Time (in Z) Name (Call Sign) General Location
  1430 Z to 1600 Z Ken Gilliland (AG6SV) Northern California
  1600 Z to 1700 Z Ken Porter (ACØML) Missouri
  1700 Z to 1800 Z Dwight Greenberg (WF4H) Florida
  1800 Z to 1900 Z Larry Watford (W4AUE) Alabama
  1900 Z to 2000 Z Bob Rogers (WA5EEZ) Oklahoma
  2000 Z to 2100 Z Joe Bassett (W1WCN) Florida
  2100 Z to 2200 Z Chris Deaton (AE5TR) Mississippi
  2200 Z to 2300 Z Tony Hackenberg (K4QR) Florida

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:

Stations checking-in from the potentially impacted areas will be asked to provide the Net Control Station with 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 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 hour or more one hour time slot(s) between 1100 (CT) / 1600 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).


Outbound Messages:

All Outbound Emergency, Priority and Health & Welfare messages (e.g. messages coming OUT of a potentially impacted area) will be accepted. Inbound Messages:

Neither the SATERN Net nor are accepting Health & Welfare Inbound Health & Welfare 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. red cross
     American Red Cross Safe and Well program: HERE.

  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.


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

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


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

To date Net Manager Ken Gilliland (AG6SV) and Assistant Net Manager Bob Rogers (WA5EEZ) have received offers of help as Net Control and Net Relay Stations from some forty (40) operators from the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), the Voice Over IP Weather Net (, the Maritime Mobile Service Net, the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS),and the American Radio Relay Leauge (ARRL / ARES) and others.

In addition, the ARRL station W1AW has been monitoring the SATERN frequency and helping to handle messages.

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 2017-09-24 AD5XJ