Update on Hurricane Irma: SATERN Bulletin
The following news item is an update on Hurricane Irma from the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN):
International SATERN Operators
International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Emergency Coordinators
SATERN Newsletter / Bulletins List
As everyone knows by now, Hurricane Irma is a “potentially catastrophic” hurricane forecasted to make landfall on the Florida Keys and southern tip of Florida sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday (09/10/2017) morning. It is then forecast to move straight up the entire Florida peninsula into Georgia and Tennessee with potentially serious impacts on South and North Carolina and the midwest.
Serious communications interruptions are very likely, especially in Florida.
In addition, Hurricane Irma has already had a devastating impact on several island nations and U.S. Territories in the Caribbean.
International SATERN SSB Net:
The International SATERN SSB Net will remain in Delta II mode through Saturday, 16 September 2017. This includes operations on Sunday 10 September. The hours will remain as they have been all of this week – 0900 (CT) / 1400 Z through 1800 (CT) / 2300 Z each day.
Southern Territory SATERN Net:
The Southern Territory SATERN Net will be activated beginning on Saturday 09 September 2017 through Saturday, 16 September 2017. The Southern Territory Net will begin at the same time the International SATERN Net ends – 1800 (CT) / 2300 Z – and will operate until 2200 (CT) / 0300 Z. It will resume operations at 0700 (CT) / 1200 Z until 1000 (CT) / 1500 Z
In other words, the International SATERN Net will be active during the daytime hours when the 20 meter band is generally open (barring atmospheric disruptions) and the Southern Territory SATERN Net will be open in the late evening and early morning hours when 20 meters is not active yet.
Net Operations Protocols:
All Net Control Operators need to do the following:
1. Ask for, and leave a break for, emergency, priority or health & welfare message traffic between each station’s comments. Collecting this information is the primary duty of the SATERN Net during this emergency.
2. Collect a brief situation report from the stations’ location that includes:
a. Is there any hurricane wind damage? If so, is it minor moderate or severe?
b. Is there any tornado damage? If so, is it minor moderate or severe?
c. Is there any flood or storm surge damage? If so, is it minor moderate or severe?
d. Are there any power outages? If so, how wide-spread?
e. Are there any communications disruptions? If so, what kind and how wide-spread?
Neither the SATERN Net nor SATERN.org will be accepting INBOUND Health & Welfare Inquiries (Health & Welfare Messages inquiring about the health and welfare of people inside an impacted area). INBOUND Health & Welfare Inquiries should be referred to the American Red Cross Safe and Well program at:https://safeandwell. communityos.org/
SATERN is only accepting OUTBOUND emergency, priority or health & welfare messages that are coming OUT OF the disaster impact area.
THERE IS AN URGENT NEED FOR NET CONTROL OPERATORS ON BOTH NETS.
Any who wishes to volunteer as a Net Control or Assistant Net Control Operator for a one hour time slot or has questions about this activation for the International SATERN SSB Net should contact Net Manager Ken Gilliland (AG6SV) atAG6SV@ATT.net and Bob Rogers (WA5EEZ) at BobRgrs@hotmail.com.
Any who wishes to volunteer as a Net Control or Assistant Net Control Operator for a one-hour time slot or has questions about this activation for the Southern Territory SATERN Net should be forwarded to Net Manager Ken Standard (AD5XJ) at AD5XJ@ARRL.net.
Both the International SATERN SSB Net and the Southern Territory SATERN Net strongly encourage the participation of bilingual (English & Spanish) Amateur Radio operators on their Nets.
International SATERN Digital Net: There are no current plans to activate this net at this time.
William H Feist
Divisional Disaster Liaison
National SATERN Liaison
Update on September 7, 2017:
Radio Amateurs of Canada is monitoring the progress of the storms in the Caribbean and any necessary Amateur response.
The National Hurricane Center has issued another public advisory with an update on Hurricane Irma:
Stay tuned to this website and to our social media sites for more information: Twitter https://twitter.com/ractweets and Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/radioamateurscdn/
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.