The ARES E-Letter for October 17, 2018


Accessed on 18 October 2018, 1356 UTC, Post #731.


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Editor:  Rick Palm (K1CE).

Comment:  Here are some of the leading emergency communications trends being covered by “The ARES-E-Letter” for 17 October 2018.  Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael was the third-most intense storm to make landfall on the United States, the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in the Florida Panhandle, as well as the fourth-strongest hurricane in the United States mainland by wind speed. Northern Florida ARES Teams Handle Hurricane Duty (10/12/18)

Earlier reports: Amateur Radio Assets Active as Category 4 Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall (10/10/18) ARRL Headquarters on Alert for Hurricane Michael (10/9/18); Hurricane Watch Net Announces Plans as Hurricane Michael Approaches Gulf Coast (10/8/18)

County ARES Programs Were Prepared: On Sunday night, October 7, Madison County (in the Big Bend of Florida) EC Pat Lightcap, K4NRD, sent this bulletin to his ARES team: “I am calling a special Net for Madison County ARES Monday evening at 7:00 PM. We will use the Lee 145.190 MHz repeater. If it is down we will use 146.550 simplex.The topic will be preparations for potential Hurricane Michael that may come ashore on Wednesday afternoon near Apalachicola and then turn to the northeast toward the Tallahassee/Albany area. Watch the weather and be prepared.”

More reports to be received will be covered in next month’s issue.

ARES News, Briefs

Amateur Radio Volunteers in Indonesia Link Earthquake Zone with Outside World (10/1/18) “Black Swan 18″ Exercise to Test US Government/Amateur Radio Interoperability on 60 Meters (10/3/18); MARS Members to Support Defense Department Radio Communication Readiness Exercise (10/3/18)

ARES and Emergency Preparedness — 2018 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test Continues Through Fall — Although the main SET weekend this year was October 6 – 7, local and Section-wide exercises may take place throughout the fall.

Key References

See the ARRL 2018 Hurricanes Page for Information Resources, ARRL News, Media Hits, and Donations to Ham Aid.

ARES Annual/Monthly Reports can be found here, organized by date, with a link to download a PDF of the full report.

Archives of the ARRL ARES E-Letter going back to the original issue (September 2005) are available for download.

ARRL Emergency Coordinators may register their ARES group herefor a group ID.


Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

The final round of Amateur Radio Technician Licenses classes begins of 01 November 2018 at the Keaau Community Center in Keeau (Hawaii Island).  The VE-administered test will begin on 06 December 2018.  A test fee of $15.00 will be collected at the time of each exam.  For details, contact Doug  Wilson (KH7DQ) at

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).





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