SATERN National Liaison
Newsletter 28 September 2017

Hurricane Maria:

Tropical Storm (TS) Maria is 275 miles ENE of Cape Hatteras, NC, moving ENE at 8 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 maintain its current strength over the next 48 hours.


There are no longer any Warnings or Watches associated with Tropical Storm Maria. TS Maria is expected to continue its turn to the ENE on Friday and increase in speed as it moves out into the North Atlantic away from all land masses.

Hurricane Lee:

Hurricane Lee continues to be a strong Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 110 mph located about 445 miles East of Bermuda. It is moving to the North at about 9 mph and may increase in speed as it gradually weakens and moves NNE further out into the Atlantic. It is a moderate size Category 2 hurricane that is about 180 miles across. Hurricane Lee currently poses no threat to land.



This is Day #11 of the Hurricane Maria activation.

The SATERN Net will continue to be in a Delta II (extended monitoring) status from 0900 (CT) / 1400 Z until 1800 (CT) / 2300 Z today (Thursday, 28 September 2017) and tomorrow (Friday, 29 September 2017).


Beginning Saturday, 30 September 2017, the International SATERN SSB Net will begin a NEW NET SCHEDULE as follows:

  1400 Z to 1600 Z (0900 CT to 1100 CT): The Net will operate AT a Delta II status with comments being allowed by operators checking in provided there is no message traffic to handled.

Net Control Operators and all stations on the Net will take a 10 second pause between each station’s comments to listen for stations with message traffic for the Net

Net Control Operators will take a break for the entire Net to listen for ARRL stations in Puerto Rico / U.S. Virgin Island (USVI) every 15 minutes.

The morning portion of the Net from 1400 Z to 1600 Z will NOT be done on Sundays.

  1600 Z to 2000 Z (1100 CT to 1500 CT): The Net will take a break from ALL operations. Stations who wish to continue monitoring the frequency are encouraged to do so if they wish.

  2000 Z to 2400 Z (1500 CT to 1900 CT): The Net will operate in a Delta II status monitoring for any Emergency, Priority or Health & Welfare messages coming out of the Caribbean to the United States.

Net Control Operators will take a break for the entire Net to listen for ARRL stations in Puerto Rico / USVI at 15 minutes and 45 minutes after the top of each hour.

At 2400 Z, the last Net Control Operator will continue to operate the Net if there is propagation and pending messages from the Caribbean to the United States. The decision to that will be based on

  (a) whether there are messages still pending on the Net and
  (b) propagation.

The personal schedule of the last Net Control Operator will also be a determining factor.

The above schedule will continue until further notice.


The Net Control Operators scheduled for today (Thursday, 28 September 2017) are:

Time (in Z) Name (Call Sign) General Location
  1415 Z to 1600 Z Harry Steger (WØHMS) Missouri
  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) Arizona
  2000 Z to 2100 Z Sam Clark (WA5DTY) Texas
  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(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.
  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 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).
    3. W1AW will be participating on the Net from 2000 Z to 2400 Z on Saturday, 30 September 2017.
  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 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 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. 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.


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. 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 2017-09-28 AD5XJ