The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a mandatory nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Sept. 27, 2017 at 2:20 pm EDT. The test will assess the readiness for distribution of the national level test message, as well as verify its delivery.
The EAS test is made available to radio, television, cable and direct broadcast satellite systems, and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test’s message will be similar to the regular monthly test message of the EAS with which the public is familiar, only inserting the word “national.” “This is a national test of the Emergency Alert System. This is only a test.”
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The FCC has announced that the Office of Management and Budget has approved, for 3 years, the information-collection requirement of the Commission’s March 29 Report and Order (R&O) that spelled out Amateur Radio service rules for the two new bands — 630 meters and 2200 meters. Notice of the action appears in today’s edition of the Federal Register. Before using either band, stations must notify the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), formerly the Utilities Telecom Council, that they plan to do so, and if UTC does not respond within 30 days, they may commence operation.
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During disasters or other emergencies, radiograms are used to communicate information vital to saving lives and property, or to inquire about the health or welfare of a disaster victim, often called 'health and wlfare trafic'. AND for a anyone affected by or in a disaster area to get the word out to family that they are safe. This is one of the things we are talking about when we say “When All Else Fails” – amateur radio is there! Amateur Radio operators practice these skills every year at field day or even our weekly nets. Remember hearing ‘Does anyone have any formal traffic to deliver or originate via the National Traffic System?’
The NTS was started in 1915 by the newly formed ARRL, as a method of using amateur radio to pass emergency and non-emergnecy messages. The NTS uses a standardized format that maintains accuracy, accountability uniformity and daily nets to pass messages to and from stations around the globe. The NTS uses ALL modes to communicate, Voice, CW, and Digital modes on any band used by amateur radio. Interested in becoming an NTS operator? No restrictions - ANY class of license and have an interest is all thats required.
More on the National Traffic System is found at: http://www.arrl.org/nts
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Update on Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia
The following is an update on Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia from Radio Amateurs of Canada. [They are] monitoring the progress of the storms in the Caribbean and any necessary Amateur response.
The National Hurricane Center has issued the following public advisories:
Stay tuned to [their] website and to [their] social media sites for more information:
Here is a list of frequencies:
Puerto Rico: 3.803, 3.808, 7.188 MHz. Radio Amateurs in Puerto Rico also will cooperate with the Hurricane Watch Network on 7.268 and 14.325 MHz.
Cuba: Daylight hours, 7.110 MHz (primary) and 7.120 MHz (secondary); Provincial Net: 7.045, 7.080 MHz, and on other lower frequencies as necessary. Nighttime, 3.740 MHz (primary) and 3.720 MHz (secondary) and on other lower frequencies as necessary.
Dominican Republic: 3.873 MHz (primary), 3.815 MHz (secondary), 7.182 MHz (primary), 7.255 MHz (secondary); 14.330 MHz (primary), 21.360 MHz (primary), 28.330 MHz (primary).
Your usual cooperation is appreciated.
Doug Mercer, VO1DM CEC
RAC Vice-President and Community Services Officer
Emergency Coordinator IARU Region 2