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RRI-East Status: AWARE

posted Mar 14, 2017, 3:43 AM by C. Matthew Curtin   [ updated Mar 14, 2017, 4:10 AM ]

BULLETIN—RADIO RELAY INTERNATIONAL
Effective 1100Z March 14, 2017

Radio Relay International will be activating for a limited response to the winter storm due to impact the East Coast this evening and tomorrow. This will be a limited operation designed to serve three purposes:

  1. Collect basic situational awareness from Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area.
  2. Exercise and demonstrate our capabilities for served agencies.
  3. Test our abilities to activate and collect data for an emergency event.

Response Procedures

RRI requests the following information to be collected at three hour intervals (as available):

  • Total storm snowfall
  • Wind speed measured/maximum gust in the preceding three hour-period (if available).
  • Any significant infrastructure issues such as closed roads, power outages or the like.

RRI radio operators and others are encouraged to review Section III-A of the Tropical Storm Net Standard Operating Guidelines available at http://www.tropicalstormnet.org/services.html.

A few examples of typical reports might be:

22 P W2ABC 6 PERTH AMBOY NJ  100Z MAR 14
NWS-PHI
MIDDLESEX COUNTY SNOW 650 WIND
47/55
STEVENSON
23 P W2ABC 13 PERTH AMBOY NJ 1400Z MAR 14
NWS-PHI
MIDDLESEX COUNTY SNOW 1120 POWER
OUTAGE AFFECTING PERTH AMBOY EDISON
AND RARITAN NJ
STEVENSON

Please note that the wind speed and barometric pressure noted in the Standard Operating Guidelines are optional.

Frequency/Net Procedures

Reports will be collected via CW at the top of the hour on 7115 kHz (+/- 5 kHz):

0700 EDT (141100Z)
1000 EDT (141400Z)
1300 EDT (141600Z)
1600 EDT (141900Z)

Reports will be collected via voice at the bottom of the hour (half past) on 7235 kHz LSB (+/- 5 kHz):

0730 EDT (141130Z)
1030 EDT (141430Z)
1330 EDT (141630Z)
1600 EDT (141930Z)

Call “RRI” or “Radio Relay International.” For example, on CW: RRI RRI de WB8WKQ QTC 1 P K

Sources of Data

Sources for data include:

Direct observations.
Please note: when measuring snow, three to five measurements of depth should be taken and then averaged to arrive at a value. Measurements in areas protected from high winds and drifting are preferred.
Reliable third party.
This can include observations from EMCOMM members, CERT groups and others.

Please note that there is no restriction preventing delivery of basic weather data to several agencies. For example; a weather or SITREP report can be transmitted via a local Skywarn Net and also the RRI network.

Operations Supervisor

The operations supervisor will be Jeff Miller, WB8WKQ.

END

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