Active NELA ARES Members are encouraged to check back here often for the latest announcements.

17th Annual SKYWARN Recognition Day - December 5, 2015

posted Nov 6, 2015, 12:31 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 6, 2015, 12:34 PM ]

The 17th Annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) on-the-air event is set for Saturday, December 5, from 0000 UTC to 2400 UTC. Cosponsored by ARRL and the National Weather Service, SKYWARN Recognition Day pays tribute to Amateur Radio operators for the vital public service they perform. Registration is now open for stations planning to participate from a National Weather Service (NW) Forecast Office; a list of NWS participating offices is on the NWS SKYWARN Recognition Day web page. During the 24 hour event, Amateur Radio operators set up at NWS offices contact other hams across the country. This event is also aimed at strengthening the bond between Amateur Radio operators and local NWS offices.

SKYWARN Recognition Day is not a contest. During SKYWARN Recognition Day amateur stations exchange contact information with as many National Weather Service-based stations as possible on SSB, FM, CW, RTTY, and AM on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus 70 centimeters. Repeater contacts are permitted.

Stations exchange call signs, signal reports, location, and a one or two-word description of the weather (eg, sunny, partly cloudy, windy, rainy). Procedures are detailed on the NOAA SRD web page.

The volunteer SKYWARN program comprises nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters -- many of them radio amateurs -- who identify severe storms and provide NWS forecasters with reports of local weather conditions during severe weather events.

To learn more, visit the SKYWARN Recognition Day website at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/hamradio

WA5WX Northeast Louisiana ARES Brochure Available for Download (PDF)

posted Nov 3, 2015, 9:03 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 3, 2015, 9:07 AM ]

We now have a full-color 8.5 x 11 two-sided brochure available for download in Adobe PDF format (see the link below). This is a great way to introduce someone to the excitement of public service in emergency communication. It even has our website address and telephone number already included in the layout.

Coronal Mass Ejection Disaster Exercise - NOV 8-10, 2015

posted Nov 3, 2015, 5:07 AM by Unknown user

Louisiana ARES will be participating in a multi-day DOD MARS contingency communications exercise on Sunday, November 8th. The Coronal Mass Ejection event will focus on improving the cooperation between MARS and the amateur radio community.

ARES needs your assistance in establishing radio-only contact with amateur radio operators in all 64 Louisiana Parishes, during the Sunday afternoon and evening. The exercise objective is to obtain situational awareness information of local conditions following a nation-wide crisis event. For each Parish, net control will request: 
  • Call Sign
  • Parish name
  • Status of the following services: 
    • power
    • water
    • sanitation
    • medical
    • communications
    • transportation
Only real-world information is collected. Simulated conditions are not reported - if the power is really on, then the report  shall be the power is on. Your checking should be: 

K5AAA EAST BATON ROUGE - ALL SERVICES FUNCTIONAL - OVER

During the net MARS stations will check into the net to obtain the above information for relay to MARS nets. 

Your ARES Staff and Net Control operators may active brief local nets on Sunday afternoon to help reach everyone. The local report will be compiled and sent to the State ARES Net at 19:30. We will also be able to accept reports on the ARES Digital Net before and after the voice net. 

Thanks again for your interest in supporting this exercise.

CLICK HERE for more information on Coronal Mass Ejection

FEMA Administrator on Amateur Radio use in an Emergency

posted Oct 31, 2015, 9:48 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 3, 2015, 7:52 AM ]


At an FCC conference in May 2011, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate mentioned that "When Everything Else Fails. Amateur Radio often times is our last line of defense." He said that we often rely on cell phones and public safety communication for their resilience, but we must remember that they fail--"They do, they have, they will!" Mr. Fugate went on to recommend that "A strong amateur radio community," "be plugged into" emergency communications plans. He emphasized that amateur radio should be included in emergency planning, because "When you need amateur radio, you really need them." In closing he included amateur radio communications as part of a broad mission which has one objective--to meet the needs of survivors of a disaster.

This video was filmed by the FCC and is in the Public Domain.

National Weather Service SKYWARN Training Underway

posted Oct 28, 2015, 9:08 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 28, 2015, 9:14 AM ]

The National Weather Service Shreveport Office is in the process of conducting SKYWARN Spotter classes in November throughout Region 8. For more information on dates, times and locations, check out the SCHEDULE on this website.

WA5WX Web Address Now Active

posted Oct 26, 2015, 6:13 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 28, 2015, 12:52 PM ]

NELA-ARES.org is now WA5WX.org

Northeast Louisiana ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service), which has been operating under the web address of NELA-ARES.org, has successfully secured the WA5WX.org internet domain name. As a result, all documentation, online references and email addresses will be updated to reflect that change. Please take time to update your contact information accordingly.

NET Control Operators are encouraged to DOWNLOAD THE LATEST NET PREAMBLES.

2015 Louisiana ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET)

posted Sep 22, 2015, 6:48 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 28, 2015, 9:09 AM ]

This year's Louisiana Section ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will be conducted on Saturday, September 26th from 9 am until 1 pm local time. All active NELA ARES members are invited and encouraged to participate directly in the event while area amateur radio operators are also invited to participate, but will be given only limited participation access.

An email message containing preliminary event information will be sent to all active NELA ARES members at 8 am on the morning of the exercise. This email will coincide with the initial impact of the simulated emergency test. Scenario details will follow promptly at 9 am on the 146.850 MHz repeater located in Monroe with continuing event coordination being handled on that same frequency. Should the repeater be unavailable, the repeater located in Calhoun will be the acting as backup on the frequency of 146.970 MHz. Participants will be asked for their equipment and skills capabilities at the time of check-in.

Unlike past SET exercises which involved scenarios of eminent hurricane landfall or approaching severe weather events, this year we will be evaluating our organizational and individual abilities to initiate and maintain radio communication under emergency power conditions. This means that preparations should be made ahead of time to accommodate remote, off-the-grid equipment operation. Such operation could involve the use of backup generators, automobile-supplied power sources and/or solar energy. Each amateur should decide what power source and environment is best suited for his/her participation.

Resulting evaluation data, comments and suggestions will be collected from all participants afterward and forwarded to the ARRL Louisiana Section as well as Headquarters for feedback. It is also our intention to discuss these results at our next monthly ARES meeting.

For more information or if you have questions, contact KC6UVA Mark Armstrong, Ouachita Parish Emergency Coordinator, at kc6uva@nela-ares.org or by phone at (318) 947-9053

We look forward to hearing you on the air!

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