Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Who is going to Enid? #ARRL #hamradio

EARC Always There - Always Ready

2013 ENID HAMFEST Saturday, November 2nd 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Hoover Building Garfield Co Fairgrounds
TALK-IN: 145.290 (-) No PL (W5HTK) 
•PRIZES: • Yaesu FT-8800R Amateur VHF/UHF transceiver • Three dual band VHF/UHF handheld transceivers • Vendor certificates, merchandise • ARRL items. 

TICKETS $2.00 TABLES $3.00
LOCATION: Hoover Building, County Fairgrounds, 305 E Oxford Ave. One block west of U.S. 64 (N 4th St). Coordinates: (36.42796, -97.87545)
TALK-IN: 145.290 (-) No PL (W5HTK)
GRAND PRIZE: Yaesu FT-8800R Amateur VHF/UHF transceiver. (Drawing at 2:00 p.m. from names of all attendees. No need to be present to win this grand prize.)
• PLUS THREE! Three dual band VHF/UHF handheld transceivers. (Each given in an hourly drawing at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Must be present to win. One prize per attendee.)
• AND MORE: Numerous vendor certificates ($40, $20, and $10), merchandise and ARRL books and certificates.
PROGRAMS • ARRL Forum, Kevin O'Dell N0IRW, OK Section Mgr • ARESOK Forum • Oklahoma Repeater Society (ORSI) Fall meeting • (Tentative):•Broadband-HamnetTM HSMM-MeshTM overview • MERC Region 1 Support discussion •
LICENSING EXAMS • W5YI VE testing at 1:00 p.m. All license grades. $14 fee for each exam. Bring two forms of identification and, if testing for upgrade, bring a copy of your current license.
RAG-CHEW SESSIONS • On- and off-site
FREE FOOD • Donuts and hot beverages, 8 to 10:00 a.m. (Diabetic alternatives available) • Hot dogs and beans, condiments, beverages, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
TICKETS • Admission $2.00 per person. (Age 12 and under free if accompanied by adult.) Admission includes one drawing ticket. Extra tickets $1 each, or $5 for pack of seven.
TABLES • $3.00 each. Request tables via (or by mail before Oct.27th to EARC, PO BOX 261, ENID OK 73702). Pre- reserved tables not claimed by 9 a.m. will go to others in order of request.
FOR VENDORS: Building will be open for set-up 6:30 - 8 p.m. Fri., and 6:30 - 8 a.m. Sat.
An ARRL-approved event, hosted by The Enid Amateur Radio Club.
For more information: or 580-233-2496

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Coming Soon: FEMA Think Tank

Please join Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deputy Administrator Richard Serino and the International Association for Emergency Managers (IAEM) for a FEMA Think Tank conference call onOctober 30, 2013 from Reno, Nevada. The event will provide the opportunity to listen, ask questions, and gain perspective as panelists share their stories on how they use innovative response technology to revolutionize disaster operations, with a particular focus on rescue robots that range from bomb detection to heart beat detection.

Richard Serino, FEMA deputy administrator
John Price, DHS Science and Technology program manager
Dr. Ken Goldberg, professor at University of California at Berkley
Dr. Robin R. Murphy, professor at Texas A&M University
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Pacific)
International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference
Silver Legacy Hotel & Reno Events Center Reno, NV
Special Note: Only IAEM registrants may attend in person; the call in line is open to the public.
CALL IN:           

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Texoma Hamarama #ARRL #hamradio

Yes, I am planning to be one of a number of folks from the Altus Skywarn Association and the Altus Amateur Radio Club to attend Texoma Hamarama, Ardmore OK.

Hamfests are fun ways to meet new people, catch up on old friendships, and maybe catch a bargain or two.

Are you attending this event?   Hope to see you there.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Drop, Cover, HOLD on.

This advice holds true for any disaster.  Read the instructions now.

The American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Salvation Army all offer tips for before, during, and after Earthquakes.

Please take the time to read the material, make a plan, build a kit and practice the plan through out the year.

When you Drop, Cover, Hold on, it may be too late to read the instructions.

Do you have a plan?  

Monday, October 14, 2013

#ARRL has an App for That #hamradio

ARRL - Google Play:

The link is a search for Android applications and the American Radio Relay League has an application for reading QST and a Repeater Directory.

The QST app, of course, requires a membership and allows the user to read online or download for later reading.

Here's two fine examples of how your ARRL is moving into the next decade.

What else has the ARRL done to excite you toward amateur radio?

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Are you Ready? #AltusOK #OKready

As part of our continued commitment to increase community preparedness and resilliency, are you participating in the Great Central US Shakeaout, which will take place on October 17 at 1017 hours?

In order to prepare to participate in the drill, please review the following steps and take actions that will help to protect you during an earthquake. 
Step 1:
Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.
Step 2:
Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency. 
Step 3:
Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.
Step 4:
Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.
We will remind you the day before the ShakeOut and will ask for your participation on the 17th. 
Remember, in an earthquake, we:

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

National Preparedness Month #OKready #AltusOK #NPM13

Well, it's over.  It's another 11 months before the focus on Preparedness appears on your radar.

At the beginning of the month, you learned about #30days30ways.  You heard from +Craig Fugate talk about the Federal Emergency Management Agency talk about Ready Month.

During the month, the world experienced wildfire, earthquakes, floods, mall shootings, drought, measles, drills, exercises, and Local Emergency Planning Committee conferences.

National Preparedness Month is not a flash in the pan.  It's more than a month.  Preparedness is a lifestyle.

Efforts like First 24 Hours and Do One Thing continue the focus throughout the rest of the year.

The question is "Are you better off AFTER National Preparedness Month?".  If not, then why not?

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