straight key WF4DD Recent Training

club logo14.10.11
Ken, KG4FGC, conducted a training session on digital voice transmission. He gave a demonstration of digital voice using the ADCO25 standard, which is quickly becoming the national standard http://radio-scanner-guide.com.

Stations participating in the WFUARC Net were WK4CW WF4DD (net control) KG4FGC (training) WA8HW KJ4IYK KJ4UFG NA4P N8STA WB9SZL KC4WSK. Thanks to all of you for your contribution.

7.10.11
Fred, NA4P, conducted training on plain language transmissions with emphasis on the following prowords and procedures: AFFIRMATIVE, NEGATIVE, ROGER, OVER (on HF), prohibition of Q-signals or Z-signals on voice transmissions, "Think before you transmit. Press PTT before you begin to speak."

Stations participating in the WFUARC Net were WF4DD (net control) KJ4ENM KG4FGC WA8HW KJ4IYK KA4JWU NA4P (training) N8STA KG4UFG KC4WSK. Thanks to all of you for your contribution.

29.9.11
Ken, KG4FGC, conducted the training.

Stations participating in the WFUARC Net were WK4CW WF4DD (net control) KC4EOD KG4FGC (training) KJ4IYK KA4JRL NA4P KC4WSK. Thanks to all of you for your contribution.

22.9.11
Fred, NA4P, discussed the state of the SARSAT emergency location program and the change of all location activities to 406 MHz. For additional information see http://www.sarsat.noaa.gov/.

Stations participating in the WFUARC Net were WK4CW WF4DD (net control) KC4EOD KG4FGC KA4JRL NA4P (training) KC4WSK. Thanks to all of you for your contribution.

15.9.11
Because of the lateness of the hour the WFUARC net was not conducted.

8.9.11
Ken (KG4FGC) discussed lessons learned from the recent flooding in the northeast. Click this link to see supplemental information from Ken concerning his lesson.

Note: Eric WK4CW announced on the FCARES net tonight that NC Area 9 now has its own web oage. The September version can be found at http://www.rcarc.com/ARES/area9_92011. The site can become an important tool in our service to Area 9.

Stations participating in the WFUARC Net were WK4CW WF4DD (net control) KC4EOD KG4FGC (training) KA4JRL KG4JWU NA4P . Thanks to all of you for your contribution.

11.8.11
Ken, KG4FGC, discussed the reappraisal going on in Emergency Services circles of the recommendation that households prepare for a 72-hour before relief appears. He pointed out that in the recent nuclear accident in Japan some families had to wait as long as a week before help arrived.
The 72-hour period, as it turns out, is a remnant of the old Civil Defense recommendations from the 1950's based on the decay rate of the most dangerous radiation products created by a nuclear bomb.
In a subsequent e-mail, Ken points us to the following web sites for additional information:

http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Toss-Three-Day-Preparedness-Message-061711.html
http://www.cowlitzcountydem.blogspot.com/2011/07/why-72-hours.htmlhttp://www.smcready.org/Community/OneWeek.html

NOTICE: The WFUARC Net will observe its late-summer suspension from August 12-September 7. The net will resume on September 8.

Stations participating in the WFUARC Net were KK4ALO KJ4CDM WK4CW WF4DD (net control) KG4FGC (training) KG4JWU NA4P KJ4PAH WB4QXG KC4WSK AF4XC. Thanks to all of you for your contribution.

4.8.11
Fred, NA4P, used the unusually high temperatures experienced in the Winston-Salem area recently to remind the net that any outside activities, perhaps those associated with emergency services, should be undertaken with some caveats in mind:
Dehydration and heat stroke are real dangers in the present climate. When working or playing outdoors one should drink large amounts of water or sports drink, wear light clothing--light both in color and in weight, avoid overexertion, wear a hat. Even these precautions may not be enough, and one should look for the early symptoms of heat exhaustion, including headache, dizziness, dry skin, reduced urination, and confusion. At the first appearance of one or more of these symptoms, you should go inside, drink large amounts of fluids and seek medical assistance if the symptoms persist.

It might have surprised some to learn that dehydration is more likely in a humid environment than in a dry one. High humidity means the air has already absorbed a large amount of moisture and is less able than previously to absorb sweat. Pooling of sweat or visible signs of sweat may indicate that the humidity is high and one's body is not cooling as efficiently as it might.

During your outdoor BBQ, alcohol, including beer, and carbonated drinks are not your friends. Water, juice, and sports drinks are.

If you are less than 5 years old or more than 65 years old, you may be especially susceptible to dehydration.

Dehydration can lead very quickly to heat stroke, a very serious medical situation.

Information for this presentation
came mainly from the web site of the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Stations participating in the WFUARC Net were KJ4CDM WK4CW WF4DD (net control) KG4ECI KG4FGC KG4JWU NA4P (training) KD4TVE AF4XC. Thanks to all of you for your contribution.

28.7.11
Ken, KG4FGC, instructed us on the topic "The Efficacy of Emergency Messaging," which posed the question as to why many people do not follow evacuation orders even when the warnings have been given in a timely manner. He based his presentation in part on a paper delivered April 18, 2011 at the National Hurricane Conference by Betty Hearn Morrow, PhD, Professor Emerita of Sociology at Florida International University. Professor Morrow held that effective disaster information shold appeal to emotional, social and cognitive concerns of the audience, Effective messages are vivid, emotional, and clear.

Another resource Ken used was Eric Holder, "Motivating People To Become Prepared For Disasters," on his blog Disaster Zone for July 18, 2011. Holder summarized ideas developed by Chris Nance of the California Earthquake Authority and Kristin Hogan of the City/County of San Francisco. Their research had suggested that effective messaging should use reason to deliver information but emotion to motivate people to follow directions. Negative emotion like guilt should be avoided.

21.7.2011
Fred, NA4P discussion of Brennan's presentation by focusing on the last part that deals with tornadoes associated with tropical cyclones when they make landfall. Some of the most important points in this part of the presentation was that the tornadoes associated with landfall are usually relatively weak (F1-F2) and that 63% of them occur in the northeast quadrant of the storm, measured against true north. As a consequence landfall on the Gulf coast of the United States normally brings larger numbers of tornadoes than those on the Atlantic coast because Gulf cyclones hit first with the dangerous northeast quadrant.

Stations participating in the WFUARC Net were KJ4CDM WF4DD (net control) KG4FGC KJ4IYK KG4JWU KC8OEX KR4OK NA4P (training) KD4TVE KC4WSK. Thanks to all of you for your contribution.

4. 7. 2011
Ken, KG4FGC, presented training to the WFUARC Net based on a presentation by Michael J. Brennan at the National Hurricane Conference on April 21, 2011.

Ken made clear that the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is not a sufficient indicator of the inland winds that accompany a tropical cyclone. He summarized the various factors Brennan identifies as important in addition to the landfall wind.

The second part of Brennan's presentation deals with tornados associated with tropical cyclones and will be the subject of next week's training (21.7.11).

FYI: I (NA4P) have just received my copy of the small waterproof manuel published by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security entitled National Interoperability Field Operations Guide ISBN 016087905-1 available from the U. S. Government Bookstore for $9.00. A free PDF version of the same manual is is available at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/EMS/pdf/NIFOG.pdf

Stations participating in the WFUARC Net were KJ4CDM WF4DD (net control) KJ4ENM KG4FGC (training) KG4JWU KC8OEX NA4P KC4WSK. Thanks to all of youfor your contribution.