Sunday, April 29, 2018

Calling the MAYDAYl

It's the OFFICIAL emergency call ... "MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY this is YOURCALL YOURCALL YOURCALL OVER" or on CW "SOS SOS SOS de yourcall yourcall yourcall K"

That's not taught much anymore but it should be.  Another blog discussed it.

First, receiving the call is easy (and difficult).  Acknowledge the caller and inquire of the nature of the emergency.  If it's a local emergency, call 911 on the phone.  One should also know the local number for emergency services apart from 911.  Can you reach your fire department, police department, emergency medical services, public works without calling 911?  It's important you do so.

The hard part of the receiving part is in listening.  A recent Amateur Radio Newsline Report noted an amateur radio operator answering the MAYDAY but the report also noted caller had to  call on a half-dozen repeaters before he got an answer.

If folk insist on putting up devices, one would expect them to also insist on monitoring them.

Next, stay on channel.  Assure the caller that help is on the way.  Be prepared to offer first aid tips and other information, ex. weather conditions that may change the way the emergency will play out.

If you are on High Frequency and have requested Federal Assistance, ex. Coast Guard, Military, FEMA, give them the frequency of the emergency.  Coast Guard and other Department of Defense resources have frequency-agile radios capable of tuning to ham radio frequencies.  Once they are on your net, listen in case they lose contact with the station.

If you are not going to monitor 24x7, use the Wilderness protocal.  Listen at the top and bottom of the hour for five minutes.  Proposed by K0NR, the protocol is simple and takes the guesswork out of 24x7 monitoring.

At night, it would be easy to sleep with a radio tuned to 146.52 for that important MAYDAY call.

Finally, you have done the MAYDAY.  Folks are rescued.  The fire is out.  The medics have started the line.  Call your section manager to let him know the story for QST and other ham radio media.  Help others learn.  

Sunday, April 22, 2018

American History ReWrite

A few weeks ago, @60Minutes Tweeted

Now a personal note, folks in the South can't help where they lived.  So many can't help that "Bobby Lee" is a cousin. 

It's really interesting that over 100 years after the "losers" lost, the statutes and building names are coming down.  If the person was so vile, one would think the statutes and building names would have come down within years of the of the War of Northern Agression, much less be put up years after the tragic time.  Who says Civil War ancestors can NOT be remembered by their offspring?  It's HISTORY.  It's not a pleasant part of our Nation's history but, if we don't remember it, we will be doomed to repeat it.

Andy Stanley said it well when he mentioned that, if the church had done the ONE commandment Jesus said to do at the Last Supper, THIS war, World War I, and even World War II would have been unnessary. 

Can't we spend our time and money on something more productive?  Don't we need to focus on LOVE rather than HATE?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Being Storm Ready in a Weather Ready Nation

By this time, Oklahoma weather has produced a tornado warning or 15.

Are you just now getting ready? 

Weather Ready Nation participants know how to get ready.  Skywarn volunteers have been preparing in the "off-season" for "show time"

If you're reading this, it's not too late for you to get #OKready.

1.  Make a plan
2.  Build a kit to support the plan.
3.  Practice the plan.
4.  Help others #UntilHelpArrives

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