Tick, tock!marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. Use this opportunity to not only prepare your clocks to “fall back”, but also prepare your home for fire emergencies by changing the batteries in your smoke alarms.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke alarms are essential to home fire safety and should be properly maintained. To promote fire safety in your home, remember to:
To learn more about fire escape planning, check out this USFA public service announcement.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Replace your weather radio batteries too!
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 1:56 PM
Saturday, October 17, 2015
As an additional incentive, the Tulsa Digital Radio Club (TDRC) foundation will provide, free of charge, a completely functional RMS Express Station, including the tablet computer, soundcard TNC interface, and Baofeng HT dual band radio to any emergency management station that agrees to participate in the upcoming November 7th COMEX with the MARS group. This offer applies to any emergency management group in the greater Tulsa metro area, within 20 miles of Broken Arrow, OK.
For stations outside of the 20 mile area, the TDRC will provide, free of charge, a tablet computer with RMS Express and soundcard TNC interface to work with the station's existing VHF base station.
For outlying stations wishing to work the HF Winmor portion, the TDRC will provide, free of charge, a tablet computer with RMS Express and soundcard TNC interface to work with the station's existing HF base station.
For all three options (HT, VHF base, or HF base), TDRC personnel will meet with the operators and provide training in RMS Express and, in the case of operator provided VHF or HF stations, will install the soundcard TNC interface and tablet computer.
The only "condition" is that the emergency management station operate RMS Express during the upcoming COMEX and send and receive messages with the AE5ME-15 system. Equipment is free to use as you wish after the exercise is complete. Of course, we hope you continue to see the value of RMS Express and use it as a tool for future events and exercises.
Keep in mind that many of you may already have the resources to run an RMS Express station if you have a TNC built into your radio. For example, the Kenwood TS-2000 has a built-in TNC that can operate on packet by connecting to the com port on the radio.
Deadline for applying for the above hardware is Saturday, October 17th in order to allow us to distribute stations and conduct training with operators prior to the exercise. Please send email to ae5me at yahoo dot com.
Thanks to Jeff, AE5ME for this information.
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 6:38 AM
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 11:22 AM
Sunday, October 04, 2015
Fire Prevention Week 2015
Fire Prevention Week! This year’s theme is: “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm!” is
This message encourages you to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between when most people are asleep.
Smoke alarms save lives! If there is a fire in your home, a working smoke alarm will give you a chance to quickly escape. Learn how to properly install and maintain smoke alarms in your home by visiting the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) “Smoke Alarm Central.”
Fire safety is something everyone can practice. The NFPA has interactive games and activities to make Fire Prevention Week fun for the entire family. Test your fire safety knowledge with the NPFA Fire Quiz. Kids can also learn how to stay safe with puzzles and videos featuring “Sparky the Fire Dog.”
Download the Fire Prevention Week infographic to share important fire safety tips with family and friends.
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 12:00 PM
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