Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Where is 10 meters open now? #ARRL #hamradio @tentennet

Ten Meters is one of my favorite bands. Even when it's not "open", it's frequently open. With the sunspots on the rise, so should the activity on the band increase.

Have you found the Daily Nets yet? Nets listed there will help determine if the band is open. There's  a search box that lets you know which nets are in operation at a particular time.

DX Cluster spots, just for 10 meters, are available to use as a guide for band conditions.

DXMaps offers a map of openings AND the ability to post spots all in one place.

Also, there's a map and paths band openings over a 24-hour time period. The site lists the stations and who heard who over PSK.

Another propagation tool gives up a forecast for six- and ten-meter openings.

There's a number of 10 meter software defined radios that one can use to see where's the band is open. Two are dedicated to the "Beacon Band".

Also, a list of beacons on Ten is available. Tune here to see where the band is open, even when "it's not".

Ten Meters is one of my favorite bands. Thankfully, there's plenty of tools to take some of the Magic out of the Band.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

#RedCross Ready in #Hurricane Season @RedCrossOK

Did you miss preparing for the first of Hurricane Season in Oklahoma?

1.  "We are too far inland to deal with hurricanes."  In other words, it won't happen here.

2.  "We will never be in a hurricane."  In other words, it won't happen to me.

Both are common reasons for "Okies" to pass over Hurricane Season.

However, can we remember some facts?

1.   Hurricane Katrina hammered the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coasts.  Both left damages that, even today, are not repaired.

The outcome of Katrina was a flood of evacuees into Oklahoma and every other State.  The American Red Cross operated a shelter at Camp Gruber for days following that fateful event. 

Please don't say tropical weather does not happen here.  Five tornadoes resulted when the storm came ashore south of Altus along the Red River.

2.  Never is a long time and folks have a way of going on vacation.  The only way you can assure yourself that a Hurricane won't harm you is to stay home.

Even then, as one can see, you can't get too far away from the Gulf to be impacted.

Please become #RedCrossReady during Hurricane season.  Those preparations will help during Winter Storm Season, Football Season, Tornado Season, and the other months of the year.

Please consider being a  volunteer with the American Red Cross .

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Skywarn folks know the answer

The Storm Prediction Center has a tornado watch in your area.  Your local weather service office has broadcast a tornado warning.

The radar went down 15 minutes ago.

What does one do?

With only a very few exceptions, the radar on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone is provided by your tax dollars.

Skywarn folks know the answer

In Oklahoma, Skywarn offers training to everyone so everyone know what's fake and what's not as well as how to report to whom the observation.

There are tools like MPING to  help.see who is reporting what.

In Oklahoma, the Mesonet has a network of Stations giving wind speed and direction.  For the public safety folks, there's a plugin that displays lightning using the Nationwide Lightning Network. 

Skywarn folks know the answer.

So, the storm has passed.  Your weather radio went off while it was in the area.  The radar will come back in six hours.  In the mean time, what did you do?  What were you supposed to do?

Skywarn folks know the answer.  Find your local emergency manager and ask him or her how to be involved in Skywarn.  Your life may depend on your being aware, especially when technology fails.

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