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Siren Test Volunteer Sign Up

The Annual Douglas County Visual Siren Test will be held on Saturday March 3rd.  This exercise is to provide a radio operator at each siren location to observe it during activation.  This will confirm that it is rotating as expected, that the siren is sounding properly and that it is in good repair.    With more than 100 sirens in Douglas County all available hams are needed.      This year there will be only be two soundings.  The first one at 11:00 am, and the second at 11:30 am.     If everything goes off as scheduled the net should be secured by 12:00 noon.

Sign up now to help with the 2018 Douglas County Siren Test at the link below.

https://tinyurl.com/2018SirenTest

 

 

SKYWARN Spotter Training

The annual severe weather spotter training session for Douglas County will be held on Tuesday March 27, at the Elkhorn South High School.  The session will start at 7:00 pm.

Click here for a map:  https://tinyurl.com/DouglasCountySpotter2018

Everyone is welcome to attend this training.  All Amateur Radio operators are strongly encouraged to attend this program.

This training session is conducted by the National Weather Service.

Red Cross is Back on the Air

WØEQU is operational from the Heartland Chapterhouse, thanks to the hard work of AI7Q, NØUP, KAØVNY, KØCTU and NØTRK.  These folks have been working to get the Red Cross amateur radio station back on the air after the feed lines between the tower and the building were unfortunately removed several years ago.  This required the replacement of the lightning arresters on the tower.

The HF antenna has an improved mounting system which will not put stress on the balun or resistor that are critical to its operation, and it is also now on a pulley system to allow it to be lowered for servicing.

The group worked to confirm that the VHF/UHF antennas are still good operating condition.     The group also have packet back on the air and added a AREDN mesh node as well.    They also have acquired a couple of computers for use at the station.   AI7Q and the group are working on a wish list for the station.

Currently the Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club, a long time support of ARES working with the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross, has loaned a complete Kenwood TS-570D station to be used until the equipment can be updated.     The antenna and radio were working well.  KØCTU heard a station that he worked many times during National Parks on the Air.   K7CAR was camped in Nevada and was coming in 59 to Omaha.

While the radios are working again, there is still a lot of work to do in the radio room itself, so it will be a while before there will be any organized non-Red Cross or emergency operations from the site.

Weekly SATERN Nets

The International SATERN SSB Voice net is on  14.265.0 MHz – Monday – Saturday at 10:00 am Central Time

The International SATERN Digital net is on 14.065.0 MHz  on Saturday at 12:00 noon Central Time

The Central Territory  SATERN SSB Voice net is  on 7.265.0 MHz on Saturday at 9:30 am Central Time

Omaha SATERN should check into the Douglas County ARES FM Voice net 146.940(-) MHz on Sunday at 9:00 pm CDT