SATERN National Liaison
Newsletter 26 September 2017

TO: All SATERN Operators


Hurricane Maria:

Hurricane Maria is 210 miles SE of Cape Hatteras, NC, moving North at 7 mph. Although Hurricane Maria is still a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph, it continues to gradually weaken. Hurricane Maria is expected to become a tropical storm by tonight or Wednesday.


At this time Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for parts of the North Carolina coast. Interests along the Carolina and Mid–Atlantic Coasts should continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Maria.

Hurricane Lee:

Hurricane Lee is a moderate Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 100 mph located about 745 miles East of Bermuda. It is moving to the West at about 10 mph and may increase in speed and strengthen some over the next 24 hours before beginning to weaken. It is a small hurricane that is about 90 miles across. 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 (Tuesday, 26 September 2017). An assessment about whether to continue operations tomorrow (Wednesday, 27 September 2017) will be made later today.

This is Day number 9 of the Hurricane Maria activation, making it the longest activation since Hurricane Katrina (2005).


A Net Control Roster has been developed through Friday, 29 September 2017. The Net Control Operators scheduled for today (Tuesday, 26 September 2017) are:

Time (in Z) Name (Call Sign) General Location
  1415 Z to 1600 Z Dave Boss (KF7YWR) Idaho
  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) Arizone
  2000 Z to 2100 Z Joe Constantine (NX3L) Pennsylvania
  2100 Z to 2200 Z Chris Deaton (AE5TR) Mississippi
  2200 Z to 2300 Z Joe Bassett (W1WCN) 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:

  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 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).


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.

Inbound Messages:

Neither the SATERN International SSB Net nor 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:
  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.

Net Manager Ken Gilliland (AG6SV) and Assistant Net Manager Bob Rogers (WA5EEZ) continue to receive offers of help as Net Control and Net Relay Stations from partner organization operators such as 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 2017-09-26 AD5XJ