Monday, September 28, 2015

NTS Info Table at SW Division Convention



The photo shows the NTS table at the ARRL Southwest Division Convention, Sep. 11-13 in Torrance CA.  Note the “traffic” cones!  We collected 15 radiograms, not as many as we had hoped.  But we did spend a good deal of time talking with the convention goers, and otherwise politicking.  We also had a "tech talk" presentation

Informational literature distributed by the Earthquake Country Alliance, which sponsors the annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill, stresses the family "out-of state contact."  That relative would be an information clearinghouse for the extended family, in case of a disaster.  Any family member in the affected area could call or text the OOSC, if that is possibly, or perhaps send a radiogram if it isn't, letting the family know information about their location, health, etc.

We suggested the following text:

ARL FIFTY THIS IS ONE
WAY I MIGHT CONTACT YOU
AFTER A QUAKE OR OTHER
MAJOR DISASTER X BEST REGARDS

But we did send a number of other individual messages as well.  We used a local mesh network to send batch files (ultimately by telnet) to the alternate RN6 MBO station in northern CA, and hence into NTSD.  The primary MBO station was without power at the time, and the operator both evacuated and deployed, on account of the Butte wildfire southeast of Sacramento.  The alternate MBO operator was "on a learning curve."  All out-of-the-area traffic eventually got out, however.  Some of it has even been serviced.  The few local messages that we got were delivered on the spot.


Traffic handlers who helped out:  Gary Wong W6GSW, Randy Branson WB6NCT, Clara Woll KJ6CNO, Jutti Marsh K6FRG, Grant Gemel KK6AHZ, Jim Lankford K6JGL, Rick Stutsman N6IET, Steve Brody N1AB.  The Pacific Area Chair Rob Griffin K6YR was on hand to help answer questions at the tech talk.  Thank you all very much!!

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