SATERN National Liaison
Newsletter 27 September 2017

Hurricane Maria:

Former Hurricane Maria – now Tropical Storm (TS) Maria – is 145 miles East of Cape Hatteras, NC, crawling North at 5 mph. TS Maria is a strong tropical storm with sustained winds of 70 mph – just below the 74 mph threshold for a Category 1 hurricane, TS Maria is expected to continue weakening over the next several days.


At this time Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for the Northern half of the North Carolina coast up to the North Carolina / Virginia State Line. TS Maria is expected to begin making at turn to NNE later today and begin its move out into the Atlantic and away from all land.

Hurricane Lee:

Hurricane Lee is a strong Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 110 mph located about 520 miles ESE of Bermuda. It is moving to the WNW at about 9 mph and may increase in speed and strength to major Category 3 hurricane (111 to 129 mph) later today before beginning to weaken on Thursday. It is a moderate size Category 2 hurricane that is about 120 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 (Wednesday, 27 September 2017). An assessment about whether to continue operations tomorrow (Thursday, 28 September 2017) will be made later today.

This is Day number 10 of the Hurricane Maria activation, surpassing the 8 days of operation for Hurricane Irma earlier this month and 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 (Wednesday, 27 September 2017) are:

Time (in Z) Name (Call Sign) General Location
  1415 Z to 1600 Z John Evans (N3HBX)) Maryland   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 John Crowe (AG4ZL) North Carolina   2000 Z to 2100 Z Bill Rivers (KF4MGF) Florida   2100 Z to 2200 Z Chris Deaton (AE5TR) Mississippi   2200 Z to 2300 Z Michael Perrett (K7HIL) Arizona

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.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.
  4. ARRL Deployment to Puerto Rico:

    1. The ARRL is deploying twenty (20) highly skilled operators to Puerto Rico in support of an American Red Cross shelter mission on Thursday, 28 September 2017. The deployment is scheduled to last up to three (3) weeks under very grueling, primitive austere conditions.
    2. The operators come from ARES, MARS and other organizations.
    3. Their primary mission will be to support the American Red Cross Safe & Well site with input provided via outbound WinMOR and voice messages.
    4. The International SATERN SSB Net has been asked to assist these operators when they check in to the Net with tactical, Health & Welfare and Safe & Well messages. This includes inputting information into SATERN’s Safe & Well Form (see next point below).
    5. A time schedule for SATERN operators to be expecting these stations to check–in will be published later today.
  5. All SATERN operators are encouraged to use the new form for entering information directly into the American Red Cross Safe & Well site.

    1. The form can be found at www(dot)satern–hwf(dot)us. Use Password: SATERN–RCFORM
    2. Although there are a lot of fields in this form, the minimally needed fields are:

      1. date filed (automatically filled)
      2. disaster name (automatically filled)
      3. first name of the sender (e.g. the person in the disaster area reporting they or other family members are “safe & well”)
      4. address of the sender (full address if available, but at least a city and state or country is needed)
      5. A check mark on one or more of the Sender / Registrant check boxes
      6. Your call sign in the box marked “Forms Assistant”
    3. Although this form is primarily designed to be filled out by SATERN members who receive this information from ARRL station checking into the SATERN Net from Puerto Rico (see below under ARRL), it should also be used by SATERN stations who receive enough information from any station in Puerto Rican passing Health & Welfare messages that would allow the above minimal information to be entered.

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 & 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.


ARRL: As mentioned above, the ARRL is deploying 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 WinMOR and voice.

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