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Lancaster County ARES Storm Spotters
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Thanks to everybody for coming out and
spending your afternoon and morning with us here.
My name is Ed Kaiser ORPT and I'm
the president of the Lincoln Amateur Radio Club this year
and newly appointed EC for Lancaster County,
and first off we we gave Reynolds an award
and I'd just like to thank him once more for
all he's done to help me transition
and make the transition smooth,
and hopefully your retirement and the little white balls
that you're going to go kick around fields
will look well.
You can't hear me?
These guys are getting me.
Quite a bit of changes in ARES for Lancaster County.
Since I was appointed we started a new process
to streamline things,
to make things easier for you,
to make things easier for us with respect to
collection of data,
and knowing where we can put you out in the field.
We've got some other information we're going to feed you.
We've added two new spots or points this year,
.24 and .67,
and those are in your storm spotter packet
that will come out to you and an email for any of those,
or all of you who have signed up, and attended today,
and shown us that you've attended.
First off we'll try and get those out to you,
and then anybody else who wishes to have one
can send an email to myself or Aaron,
and 0ADR and we'll get to that storm spotter package.
So for those of you who have not registered,
and let us know that you're attending today,
you can go to a brand new website
that we've made specifically for ARES,
and down here in the bottom of the front page,
there's a place for you to put your call sign,
your first name, and your last name,
just to let us know that you're attending today,
and you can do that at any time.
The website is very active and ready to go.
On this website you're going to find a lot of other data.
I populated this thing in about two and a half months.
Lots of work, stress, and energy have went into this.
Lots of help from Greg KT0K and 0ADR.
The folks on our AEC, all my AECs that are out here.
This has been a very rapid transition for us and move,
and I want to thank everybody for all that you've done
to make this happen and come to fruition.
I don't think we would be here today
had it not been for each one of you guys,
and what you've brought to the table.
So with that a lot of this presentation
that you're going to see today is very similar in nature
to what you've seen in the past,
because I was under tight time constraints
to get this PowerPoint presentation put together,
so I used a lot of what Reynolds is done because
let's face it 44 years it worked.
If it ain't broke don't fix it right.
So you're going to see some additions.
You're going to see some changes.
Don't have to be an LARC member
to be out here.
You don't have to be an active person in
LARC public service.
You don't have to be a SKYWARN veteran.
You could be in a newbie being trained today.
You don't have to be a QCWA member,
though I don't even know how to get that.
Be 25 years?
I past that.
I could be a quarter-century guy.
You don't have to have a general
and you don't have to be an extra.
All we ask is it to be involved with
Amateur Radio Emergency Services,
have a radio and a license would be a good thing
for us to put you on a point.
I'll have to write your name on the chalkboard.
(muffled chatter) (laughing)
Last year in 2016 we had a 103 people attended the training.
Was that at Harden Hall?
Is that where that was?
I was busy working on a repeater that day and so,
just like Michael and 0FER was working on them today.
160 spotters are now or now have the state credentials.
We were called out three times last year.
One of which everybody's familiar with.
At least my insurance man is very familiar with mine,
61%, 61 people
responded and came out to at least one of them.
A total of 776.33 hours of volunteer service,
and they logged 2,277.7 miles
in three call-outs.
Let's hope we don't have to do that this year,
but you should be prepared to do it now.
Here's your new ARES organization.
This is the organization that
you'll see a significant change in folks,
and as I call these folks out if you wouldn't
mind standing so people can get an eyeball on you.
Ron Mayhew KE0BHQ,
primary backup net control operator.
He'll also be handling other stuff like the SKYWARN test,
that we're, the siren test
that we're doing.
I believe in delegation and and moving things around
because that's how you become a team,
and we need to make a team out of it
as there's a lot to do.
I've realized in the last three months that I'm not
a granular of sand in the shoes that you carried men.
So and that's not blowing smoke either.
Ron May, or I said Ron.
Myron Coleman NG0M up here
will be our secondary net control operator backup.
Greg Brown KT0K,
who chose to take last because
he says I'd rather be the last in the line.
Okay we'll put your last in line,
but you are getting my radio when I go out of town, so.
Troy Schurmann KE0TAS,
right up here to back,
and Myron both will be at EOC again.
We've done a lot of work with communication with the EOC
and setting up that team.
We've got a new position on board and
I can't thank him enough for everything he's done.
Brother you made it happen, Aaron Rogge N0ADR
as administrative and IT support.
He's helping out with the website, the software that we use,
the master database that that we collect
all your information and put it into.
Aaron has worked very feverishly and hard to make it happen.
So thank you.
Rod Hutt I didn't see him in here.
Rod are you in here somewhere?
I didn't, I missed Rod today.
There he is.
Bob takes care of all the hospitals and media,
and he just spent three days out traipsing from one hospital
to another hospital to another hospital to another hospital
to some of those radio places,
and checked them all out and fortunately all those systems
are up and running with the exception of the two,
Surgical Hospital and Brian East.
Now last year in your storm spotters packet,
the information was given that you would need to have
a handheld and cross band this year.
You will again until we can get those
systems fixed and repaired,
and Bob is totally hoppy on top of that.
Thanks Bob, appreciate all you're doing.
Repeater systems, I'm still going to take care of
the K0KKV76 repeater.
Michael Ruhrdanz at 0FER will back me up.
Our warning officers Roark.
I thought I saw you here,
will be the guy popping the tones on the repeater
putting it into storm watch mode,
and we're going to you're going to have
some new information coming with respect to that.
Mike Wasserstein is your backup also.
I didn't see Mike here today.
Is he not here today?
He was in the hospital if I saw him.
Let's hope he gets better.
During the inclement weather,
of course we want you to monitor your local media.
Fill up your gas tanks.
Keep them ready to go.
If you can tell I'm trying to roll through this
because I know y'all are tired
and there's a steak sitting at home waiting for me so,
but there's a lot of other data that we'd like to give you.
Follow the weather, sign up for your watches,
Get those apps, get them on your cell phone,
and whenever there's a storm watch posted
monitor K0KKV 146 76 minus,
and 85 146.85 yes.
What do you mean alert tones?
You mean text messaging?
For those who wish to have it.
You're on page 10, I'm still on five.
That's alright Ricky.
Okay, the point evaluation was done,
and it was done by both Troy KE0TAS,
Mark Hosking and Jim David Saber.
They went out to each one of the sites.
I don't know how exactly,
how many miles they drove this time,
or how many the Troy did.
Troy do you got a number?
Send me that in an email, I need to keep track of those,
those miles, and the amount of time that you put in.
This year the EOC has added two more points.
One is an old number which turned into 4.3 or 43,
and now we've got a new one 24,
it's at just north of 134th and Alvo Road.
By the way all of this data is in your new
storm spotter packet that will come out tomorrow.
So you don't have to take any notes because it's all there.
You got a new point, 67.
It's just south of a 150th and in Garden Street,
that's just west of Bennett,
and so I've traveled to both of those sites
very early this morning.
I didn't see a whole lot because it was very dark,
but I did go to both of those sites and look at 'em.
As a matter of fact I went to all the sites
before I came down here.
Moved a few points a couple of them 15 and 62.
Those notes are in your storm spotters packet.
If it came out in blue they'll be in blue
just underneath the point itself.
Navigational notes for 22 and 59,
and those navigational notes are bold.
Just lets you know essentially that you can't
depart from the site going eastbound from this direction,
because you might get stuck,
and we don't want to send Troy out
with his four wheel drive,
'cause you made the point we're going to send you
to fix 'em.
Here's your new map for 2017, made by Troy.
Greg is currently in the process of building another one
that's a little colorized version.
I kind of like color,
but this is the most current
up-to-date map, carrying all the new points.
You'll see them encircled in black for the two new points,
and I'm probably,
and I talked to John in 0RHL.
John's very knowledgeable in the weather base,
and I've asked John to pick up that 24 point on
the first, second, third, so that I can get his opinion
of that particular point and what he thinks,
and so we may have to have somebody go to his normal spot,
but we'll see how he likes 24.
If he likes it better, it might be closer to home right?
That's right there's no big ditches and roadways
with water over the road in your way there on this one.
So this is all in your storm spotter packet.
The support points Bryan East, Bryan West,
Madonna Rehabilitation Center,
Nebraska Heart, Surgical Center,
Lincoln Regional Center still.
All of these points are still available.
KFOR, KLIN, KLKN-TV, KOLN/KGIN- TV also.
Those support points are still there.
All of the information that you need
at each one of those points is in your packet.
So when I email these things out to you
make sure you get a copy of it, print it.
If you'd want a printed copy
or you can't print it yourself,
let me know, I'll be more than happy to supply that,
and we'll either get it in the mail
or we'll meet up with you somewhere.
Hospitals, media, other Lincoln/Lancaster County
Operations Center, or EOC,
the airport, National Weather Service in Valley,
and newly installed when was it two years ago, UNOPD.
UNOPD's on-site so not too bad.
Here's your calling tree.
This is how it works when EOC requests
that we go out on point and
feed them some data as to what's happening out there,
I'm first in line to get the call out.
If for some reason I'm not here.
It goes to Ron.
Ron has the software, he's fully capable of running that.
Each one of these net control operators
has experience in running a net.
They know what they're doing and
the flow of data will be seamless,
and so Gregg KT0K will be next in line
if Myron is going down to EOC.
If Myron is not going down to EOC
then he would be next before Greg.
If we get to this point.
If like I said earlier I'm out of town,
Greg will have the radio that's issued to ARES
and our club LARC from the EOC,
and he'll be able to communicate back and forth with them.
Ron has the other radio.
There's two other folks in the room, Ron,
let's see Reynolds you're a deputy.
You have a radio we can communicate,
and John N0HR,
KR0P my bad.
He has another radio that we can communicate with him
as a deputy director from his home.
Use KOLN TV weather for your alert, your watches,
and your warnings, now on the ARES.net web site.
We have radar up here, there's a radar page.
You can go look at it and you can see it.
You can see when there's something bubbles popping up as
Reynolds so eloquently said,
the little red bubbles popping up.
When they come out you'll be able to see that.
That's all on the website ready for you.
We'll use cell phone text messaging
to notify you of a call out,
as is them done in the past and
let you know if we need you and then
if you're coming all the way from Nebraska City,
that's a long jaunt man.
Okay, that's why we asked for your cell phone carrier.
Certain techniques in sending out that message to you,
is after my phone number or the at sign.
but we'll only use that for those of you folks
that would like to have that,
as has been done in the past,
we'll continue that same tradition.
and this leads into the next couple of slides,
because we're streamlining how we do things with respect to
POC notifications of
the status of a particular point.
I use Randy K0NC as an example here because
I don't know if it's 64 or 65
that he would normally go to,
but we are doing now instead of the 10 minute fax
status update, it's real time from the website.
So our net control operators are plugged into the website
in a private page that can't be manipulated
by the outside public but yet it affects the viewing
of another page that EOC is going to be viewing,
and it shows all of the spotter points,
and as we take that site from a secured position or status
to an assigned, it just drops up and it says
the site is signed.
It's real-time bam, hit the refresh button you're there.
As we show you on point, it goes to on point.
What this does is streamlines and saves time.
If for some reason something is popping up
in the southwest side of the county
and we've got somebody at 51,
but yet we don't have anybody at 501,
but they're assigned and they happen to show up,
and in that split second Jim's down there
and he's looking at the map
and he's looking at the radar,
and he goes I'd really like to know what's going on up here
but I'm not seeing that that point is secured,
or that I have somebody on point.
Now he will.
Now he can send down the message through Troy
at net control there at EOC.
Hey give me an overview of what's happening in five land.
So that is exactly what EEOC is seeing.
So when we ask you to make 64 a part of your call sign
in the example in the earlier page,
K0NC64 on point,
the board that EEOC is seeing
is nothing more than a big map
with red yellow and green dots
to indicate what status that point is.
They're not listening to a call sign.
They're listening to the point number,
because that's what they're seeing on the map.
So it's easy for me to go and say,
Greg I'm going to assign you 11
or 12 whichever one you want,
and as soon as I assign him to 11 on my page,
it drops down to an assigned.
Okay now EOC sees that that point has been assigned,
there's somebody on the way.
We're not going to send you or assign you a point
unless you are ready.
So as done in the past don't check in
unless you are ready to be assigned a point
of someplace in the county.
This is what EOC see is going to see.
They're going to make their decisions based off of this
and so it's taken a lot of coding,
and I crashed it at 3:30 this morning,
but I'm working on getting back up so.
I'm not a programmer okay, but I made this site work.
Primary repeater systems K0KKV.
What's new about KKV this year?
Michael and 0FER has added
a UHF repeater to 76
and linked it in full time.
It's located currently at Old Father, 442.7
and it requires 146.2 CTCSS encode tone
to get into the repeater and open it up.
There's a lot of high power transmitters up there so
we locked it down.
It's not a closed repeater, you can use it
if you're a net control operator on any normal
Sunday through Saturday ARESnet and you're downtown Michael
and you still like to run a net on Monday nights,
you're welcome to use your handheld
from the north side of the building
you're going to be living in
because you're within line-of-sight of that repeater
which is linked 100% full-time to 76.
Secondary backup repeater is K0SIL 147.195.
These assignments were chosen by me this year.
I didn't look at anybody else's tests.
I went out to each point myself and did I field analysis
of how well those repeaters were doing
with either a handheld or signal level meter
or any other device I could use to hear the repeater
on just a little small wire coming off
of my center conductor,
and so N0FER is going to be your secondary backup repeater.
That's 147.24 plus.
K0LNER or the 85 machine will be
last in that, in that list of backup repeaters.
Primary UHF repeater for talk around.
That meaning you're on point and you want to communicate
with somebody on another point.
Please don't do it on 76.
Go over to 443.0.
It's a very robust repeater with ample county wide coverage.
It's located at Nine Mile Prairie
out in the northwestern quadrant of the city,
and I've tested it all the way out to York,
and as far east as Gretna,
far south is Wymore and as far north as Freemont,
and that repeater really works well for UHF.
Secondary UHF repeater 444.1 W0DMS.
Neither of those require CTCSS tone,
at some point in time there may be one put on there.
We'll update you if that happens.
Repeater modes done is they have been done in the past.
Normal 100 Hertz tone when we're in a SKYWARN watch mode,
or we're in normal everyday let's get on the repeater,
which by the way we need more activity on 76,
so keep your hand out let's just let you know yeah.
Tuesday night net for sure definitely.
There's no beep, no,
(mimicking repeater tone)
we go to ask a SHYWARN Watch when Roark pops the tones
to let us know that there's some inclement weather
headed our way.
We still have the 100 hertz tone.
We have a courtesy message in one second of hang time
on the repeater transmitter and you will hear the,
(mimicking repeater tone)
at the end of each ID
and of course it changes the ID from a voice ID to CWID.
We go into a watch,
what you've heard in the past I don't know how many years,
what's it been 20 years?
SKYWARN Watch or SKYWARN net starting,
because we do so many other types of nets,
I moved it to ARES net starting at
and it gives the time.
First it'll change the tone to 123 hertz.
It comes up with the 767 tones, DTMF,
for those of you that like to have DTMF tone coated squelch
to open up your radio and you can go to sleep
and not listen to the chatter,
and then it doesn't go
(mimicking repeater tone)
just my bad, and actually,
(mimicking repeater tone)
so WX when we go into a SKY or a ARES net mode.
We do other Nets.
Some of those other Nets that aren't
inclement weather related and so I thought it best
to change that to an Amateur Radio Emergency Services net,
and so both K0KKV and K0LNE repeaters
will be doing this with the exception,
the 85 machine does not change CTCSS tone.
I believe they put a tone on it,
but I gotta verify with Blaine of a 100 Hertz.
All your storm spotter packets like I said,
they're readily available.
I've got to make one insignificant change to the
CTCSS tone on the UHF repeater,
contain all your instructions, a new letter from me,
year 2007 points, the JPEG map, driving directions,
GPS coordinates the new points are included,
the ARES organization contact information,
frequencies to monitor, weather words,
your same words for WXM20,
and your field resource manual from the ARRL.
When we're out there and we're on our ports, our points and,
that way one way,
and we're asking you when you first show up,
be precise, be direct.
Let us know wind direction, gusts, precipitation
beginning or ending, hail beginning and ending,
definitely the time frame, size,
wall clouds, lower rings, rotations, et cetera.
Only report what is equal to or more important than
your last report telling me that you've got horizontal rain
in this one and a light dusting in the next report.
Okay, you can let us know if the if the net is dragging,
there's nothing really happening,
and you want to pop up and give a report
that you're seeing sun over Hallam
and you're seeing darkness over Lincoln,
we pretty much already know that,
but you're welcome to make that report if you'd like
if there's no other activity on the repeater,
because some people like Greg need to be woke up,
he told me, I can't use you.
Expect the unexpected.
Report anything unusual.
If you're here in a little rattle,
that's either a squirrel or it's a snake.
Don't climb in the ditch man if you need to,
'cause either the squirrel is going to bite you,
or the snakes going to wrap on ya.
Any abnormal or unexpected aroma's.
It could be something, take for instance a,
a silo has fallen or a grain bin has fallen over,
and now you have something coming your direction,
or you've got an anhydrous tank that the wind has come up
and decided to send your way and it's opened up.
You're not smoking meth are ya?
Actually he brings up a great point.
He is good isn't he.
When you're out there and you're driving
down that country road,
I mean pay attention to what's on either side of the road.
I mean a lot of these tweakers if you will,
they will find farm field entrances
and they go down into the creek beds
or they go down into a fence line,
and they build meth labs or drug labs.
I even found a still, they were doing alcohol.
It was pretty good too.
I mean I seen 140 proof in my time but 160.
That pretty much dropped to my knees.
And again you know the normal check phrase,
if you've got somebody pull up behind your vehicle,
we see this a lot,
until last year I was always at the repeater,
I never really went out to a site,
but I always felt it was my duty
to go to the repeater system,
and make sure that we had no issues.
That the repeater if it did fail,
I could be right there on site fixing it
and have you back up,
and so far for 17 or 18 years it worked,
until last year, well last year I had to go out on a point.
I couldn't go to the repeater and I sustained
$6,800 damage to my truck.
So now you know why I'm the EC.
I'm not going on point no more, that's you guys.
No, I understand, and so you know.
Some folks have I've talked to already have said,
you know I just got a brand spanking new car,
I can't see taking it out there.
Can you send me to a hospital?
You know if a hospital point is opened up,
and I need somebody to go there yeah,
but just because you got a brand new car,
I'd say go down and buy you old Datsun you know
and maybe use that or an old pickup truck.
Chevy's are great to beat up on you know.
You get that Ford, now we're going to have to have
If you go and we get you called out there,
which we want to see people check in and ready to go
at a moment's notice,
don't take your family.
It's not a picnic.
Last year when I was backing the trailer down into the,
this does you just how wrong I am,
I had a trailer hooked up to the back of my truck,
and it had all of my band gear in it.
A lot of band gear.
I backed the trailer underneath that awning.
I left the truck out in the damn hail.
Truck can be replaced.
You can't replace the 21 inch sub woofer
that was made back in the 60s, and so,
priorities, and so, watch the skies not your toys alright.
So we've got this great website and it's got
lots of features on there.
When we got your on point there's no sense in sitting
there watching the radar so,
if you need to see it and there's really not much
going on, you know check it,
but put your phone back down.
Don't do it.
Computers, smartphones, take your eyes off the sky,
and it takes you off of what we want you to be looking for,
and so when Ron is sitting there,
and he gets a little private message from Troy that says,
hey I need to see what's happening on that new point at 24,
I know that John's not going to have
a cell phone in his ear.
I don't know about Ed being on 43.
You might be looking at their radar
to see how come that sun's over there
and a black spot over here.
I'm looking to going back home and so
pay attention to what's going on around you.
Make sure that you're always
in connection with your environment.
You know your escape routes.
You know what's happening around you.
You know, you know who's up behind you,
who's down the road down here,
that way if you need to make a fast exit you can.
Let's have some basic equipment,
either in your car and a duffel bag.
I got mine in the back of my truck.
Water, snacks, hey man Doritos they work great,
a flashlight I got one of them Baofeng handhelds.
Cost me 30 bucks man.
It's got a great little flashlight on it.
I found that out when it died my battery the first time.
Get one that the button doesn't stick past the
Boots just in case you got to push yourself
back out of the ditch,
or your trailer out of a horse canopy,
and then of course those like me more snacks.
So I like the Mike and Ike's Red Rageous,
just for anybody that knows.
I take bribes.
Remember that if a tornado strikes anywhere in this county,
we are going to automatically roll into
post disaster relief.
Okay, each one of the net control operators has protocol
in their AEC manual that lets them know
what we need to do.
Whether we need to split this net and have
two nets going to make this happen,
south sides, north side, east side, west side
to accommodate all of the traffic
that needs to be passed to EOC, we may do that.
Coincidentally if I'm running the net on 76,
Ron will simultaneously be running the net on both 24 and 85
He will be listening on both of those frequencies
to help you make it to your spot,
and if for some reason I need to go potty
he'll take over 76.
The way that I've designed this procedure
or made the procedure come back together
is that Ron will be running a net at the same time I am,
and that way if for some reason I go down
or I'm out, or have to leave,
he can take the net and still have access to EEOC
and feed them the same data that I was
seamlessly and flawlessly
and you guys won't even know that we've done it
with the exception of the guy that's talking to you,
and so Greg has that,
Myron will have as soon as I get with him,
back up are our responsibilities we're back up for 911,
or a staff incident command.
Some of those stuff.
We can assign our operators to medical facilities
for the Red Cross,
and we can do damage assessment preliminary,
and then we forward that on that data
and we collect all of this.
Some of the other requirements that we ask of you.
This particular one is the FEMA online courses.
This here is your website, NEARES.net,
and you can go do all of these online courses
simply by clicking on those links,
and it's all available for you right here,
per LB 573.
Some of the spotters exams that were done today,
by the way we had quite a few, thank you,
and I believe we've had well over 130
people sign in today so far.
Just on paper, not what have done on the line.
Role of the SKYWARN spotter, SKYWARN convective basics.
That's all available right there on the website.
Please if you will because I'm not familiar
with everybody's email addresses,
put your name in when you set up your account
with these folks, so that it when I go
to update the database I got a name to work with
until I familiarize myself and memorize your email address.
At 560 people in the database,
I believe it's highly unlikely I'm going to,
you know, memorize all of your email addresses,
but I'm pretty good so far.
Where is Gene Levitt at?
Now you spelled your own email wrong.
But I figured it out.
I knew it was you,
only because your hubby did one with the,
added one to his.
You can do this all online over at any ARES.net.
And of course we want you to attend today's
and that written examination that we talked about,
15 question test,
you can now do online on the website itself.
Just click on the spotter exam,
and the same questions that you had today in your,
are right there too.
I'll look at all of those entries at the end of the day,
and then I update the database.
It's all there.
By the way there's also ARES membership form
that you can fill out.
All of the data that you did in your short form
that we printed and had you do here,
the long form is online and you can do that.
It just pops up a little message that lets you know
that your entries have been submitted, thank you.
It won't send you an email because I'm not about that.
My email has increased in the last two and a half months
to well over 300 emails a day.
Thank you Reynolds.
All the forwards from the MED-ED and UR that you guys do,
if you didn't put my name K0RPT@ARRl.net
as your teacher/supervisor,
or to just send it to me, it went to Reynolds.
Reynolds compiled it.
Once a week and then send it to me.
I've had a lot of fun with that.
Especially the multiple ones, but I,
I am getting the data and though I haven't responded
to some of you, trust me I've got your data
if you put it in there, and if you have any questions,
or want to know if the database has been updated,
just call me, send me an email,
and we'll respond to you as quickly as we can.
Here you go,
role of the SKYWARN spotter.
Again SKYWARN spotter convective basics,
do that all here, click on it,
make sure you put my call sign in there
so I can get that data.
Then you get this certificate that comes to you.
Where is Ken at?
You're a little late buddy.
It's time to take it again.
Yeah he needs to renew.
Every three years okay.
But they send me the the notification
that you've taken the test again and passed it.
I can collect your certificates and keep it in a file
and send them to you for your own printing,
or I can just take the data that you passed it.
The certificate is always nice to have though.
How many in here are not hams.
Ever thought about getting a license?
(muffled chatter) (laughing)
Aaron Roggi right up here,
and I gotta beg of you okay,
because he got his wife to do some teaching.
I've been married 26 years,
for me to get my wife to do anything is pretty good.
Aaron got his wife to do some teaching okay.
They're going to start doing a technician class
4-18, that's a Tuesday night,
and every Tuesday thereafter
continuing through May 23rd.
If you'd like to go down,
there's no pre-registration required.
There's no fee, it's free.
Just show up on the first night
and Aaron will get you fixed up,
and then when you're done, we can get you out here,
and so get you on a point.
Of course that's all sponsored by
the Lincoln Amateur Radio Club.
So if you're not a member of the Lincoln Amateur Radio Club
it's a mere 20 bucks, and we'd love to have you
join us and support us.
Become a pride certified spotter,
and then you can be there.
That brings me to the end of my presentation
for my first year.
So I'll open the floor to questions.
Let me go back to the page.
If you look up here at the top column,
across the top tabs it says spotter exam.
I can move it over here if you want to have it
in the link section.
I just wanted to remind everybody that
because the generosity...
I had a question about that,
because I wanted to actually put that
Can I take a feed from you? Yeah.
The Chancellor's University
Are you, are you passing the 123 hertz tone
because I'd only like to stream it when we're in a net.
No, it's always on.
For the spotter exam yes.
Your UART and MED-ED you can take every year,
and I suggest that you do because they do change it up,
and actually for any of you that have taken
the spotter exam the last few years,
next year it will be new.
I took Reynolds test from last year
and just put it in to save myself some time,
to write that code took quite a bit,
but we got it in there and wanted to make sure
that you were aware that this is all available
to you now online.
It's not mandatory to take the UART and role of the SKYWARN.
I do suggest it.
It is mandatory to take every three years
the credentials test or the spotters exam
that we give right here at training.
Is it 18, yeah it is 18.
I don't know, what's the, what's the laws on the ride along?
That's 18 and over still, okay, yes sir.
What are you doing in Nebraska man?
Sweet, well thanks for coming.
So... (muffled chatter)
If you're on an amateur frequency
and you're checking into our net, okay,
it's only common sense for me to be reluctant
to take the report, because I don't know you.
You're not trained through our facility.
I don't know that you've got that degree in meteorology.
All I know is there's a new call sign checking into my net.
Now our software will allow me to add that call sign
to my net and I can quickly go to Google or
ARRL and I can do a search on your call sign
and find out who you are,
but it isn't going to tell me your educational background.
No, no I just--
I take your, I can take your report.
The nice thing about that is
is that I've got triangulation capabilities
with all the other people out on their points
to verify what you're saying.
I think I've got the perfect cure for you man,
give me your call sign, you're name, and your information
go to the website any NEARES.net,
click on that tab that says ARES membership
and fill it out if you're living locally now,
Do it anyway and then when we, when we,
when you come through and you pop in on a storm net.
Hey it'll pop up, we'll know who you are.
Oh no, never.
Yeah, we'll check you in.
I might tell you to go to another frequency
and continue but...
Still in the state of Nebraska.
They're not going to know who you are
unless you're registered with their organization.
Yeah and since they're a state park...
We are, I talked to David Savor about this.
The reenactment of the ID badges and at this point in time
it's just not,
it's not it's not something that's going to happen.
I could tell them I'm goofy too.
They'd probably believed me though right?
(chuckling) (muffled chatter)
and you can prove that.
You can have them call me or send me an email,
and I'll certainly say that yeah he's passed the test.
Yeah, sure, be happy to reply to any emails that are sent.
On this site, do you have to check in or
log in on that?
No, the site is not a site where you will log in
and build an account.
We certainly don't want to have to make you give me
all your, you're giving me all your personal data
anyway over here.
Any any information that we're asking for on that membership
is all public knowledge anyway.
You can find it just by simply googling you
but you're not going to build an account,
so no you won't log in.
So in other words to verify that you got...
No, because as soon as you hit the submit button
it sends me a message and tells me that.
But I've already taken 'em,
but I didn't have your address.
Didn't matter, if you're doing it on this site,
that's a server in my basement.
and as long as you don't put in a phony callsign Laura,
now I'm going to be watching you.
Michael did his.
Just a couple of follow up...
I guess I didn't, I didn't,
I didn't emphasize it did I?
Especially for new hams.
When Ed was talking about CTCSS and...
Okay CTCSS, continuous tone coded squelch,
if you've got a radio look in your manual
to determine how to turn it on and turn it off.
What it is is it's a, it's a tone...
Sub audible tone.
I can hear the tone on 76 and I can hear it on 442.
Okay, I can hear those tones,
but what it does is it closes the receiver,
and it requires a transmitter trying to talk to you,
to transmit that tone,
and vice versa, and if you don't have the tone,
why your receiver is going to be quiet.
Same thing goes with DTMF tone coded squelch.
Same thing with DCS coded squelch.
Any other type of
private line if you will, to coin the old Motorola phrase.
Basically it allows you to leave your radio off...
If you need help with that just contact any of us.
Ron's the go-to guy.
Aaron's the second one.
We had a couple years ago...
Yeah it'll be updated to pretty soon.
This is actually my website.
Here ya go.
Well a great reminder is attending the training,
because now normally Reynolds would have
a query built up in the database
which was written pre 2016 access,
unfortunately I couldn't pull that data
out of the 2012 13 14 and 15 databases
to have those readily available for you.
So we're kind of starting a new in 2016 access.
So if you have not taken your spotter exam.
Three years from now I'll have one waiting for you
ready to do it again.
Question number two is the last one.
Do you have the old recordings on the new website?
I do not but I believe I know where I can get them.
You're welcome to take that test every year if you'd like
by the way because it will change every year.
Any other questions this side, yes ma'am.
They are going to come via email.
As long as I've got a correct email address that I can read
I will send it to you.
I'm sorry, any others I'm looking.
I'm having a tough time seeing way up there.
You know I play in a band
and I'm used to sitting on a stage
where I'm looking down at people.
This is a little tough.
Any other questions before we close this?
How do you get to that, you type in your URL,
Thank you guys.
Be safe out there in the trenches.
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