September FTX will commence at 0900 on the 23rd and run thru 1600 on the 24th at Training Area North. This will include a gear check as we move from urban settings to rural settings. Training Operations will include establishing the patrol base and security patrolling the perimeter. HF and VHF Communications will be set up so we can get back into routine communications.




At this date in the month, recovery from Hurricane Harvey is underway in coastal Texas, and Hurricane Irma is wallering Florida, possibly following a course to end up here in North Carolina in 5 days time. We should make this an opportunity to review our FEMA, CERT, and Red Cross training. Check the FEMA Training List over on the sidebar. The list of FEMA Independent Study classes was last revised just this spring to include Active Shooter.




CERT – Community Emergency Response Team Training is somewhat of the red-headed step-child of FEMA, has a very good Toolkit detailing the steps to set up and your local Team going.  The training materials is available in a good location from FEMA, but the quick guide videos are best had from the Toolkit page.
 still has the handy form you can print out for your list of contacts and primary and secondary meet-up locations. The time to do this is when you’re not facing an imminent disaster. Right now, today, might be as a good time as you’re going to get.





The local Red Cross offers OSHA Certified First Aid, CPR and AED Training in Greensboro for $100.  Visit their site to find and schedule a class that works for you.



Dates for NCPATCON is 5-8 OCT. Time to send your monies in if you haven’t done that yet.




Suggested reading for this month:



Make a Plan – has the checklist for  your emergency disaster plan for your friends and family.


Hurricane Watch Net


From the Hurricane Watch Net website



“The primary mission of the Hurricane Watch Net is to disseminate tropical cyclone advisory information to island communities in the Caribbean, Central America, along the Atlantic seaboard of the U.S., and throughout the Gulf of Mexico coastal areas. We also collect observed or measured weather data from amateur radio operators in the storm affected area as well as any post storm damage, and convey that information to the Hurricane Forecasters in the National Hurricane Center via the amateur radio station in the center (WX4NHC).



The Hurricane Watch Net generally activates whenever a hurricane is within 300 statute miles of expected land-fall.  Our area of coverage includes the Caribbean, Central America, Eastern Mexico, Eastern Canada, as well as all US Coastal States.  When activated, you will find us on 14.325 MHz by day and 7.268 MHz by night.  Why do we state these frequencies without a plus or minus amount?  Because those who are operating using marine radios have to program in the frequencies – marine radios do not have a VFO or RIT.  Furthermore, these two frequencies come preprogrammed into many marine radios.”



Operations is currently on stand-by till the next one comes along.  Another directed net that is swamped with membership applications.  Worth your time to listen to.




And non-emergency traffic is handled from the SATERN SSB Net.  Mostly outgoing messages from those either about to get clobbered by a hurricane or those picking up the pieces and trying to send out their situation reports via HF, because land-line and cell phones are out.  Skills with 100 watts and a wire pay off here.



Health & Welfare Information

International SATERN SSB Net

OUTBOUND Health and Welfare Traffic Only

Operations are on 14.265.00 MHz

9:00 AM CDT (1500 UTC) to 6:00 PM CDT (2300 UTC)

Southern Territory SATERN Net

OUTBOUND Health and Welfare Traffic Only

Operations are on 7.262.00 MHz (LSB)

7:00 AM CDT (1200 UTC) to 10:00 AM CDT (1500)

6:00 PM CDT (2300 UTC) to 10:00 PM CDT (0300 UTC)


Not all disasters roll in from the tropics.  Some days it sprouts up right down town.  Maybe on one of those days when you also happen to be down town.  Maybe just not today.  Would be a good thing to add to your list of many things-to-do, would be to spend some time in town and  mapping out those potential hot spots and mark the quickest routes away from those points.  Also learn to gauge what a normal amount of foot traffic is in these areas.  Might be easier to notice the makings of a flash mob.  A good article at ITS Tactical on the subject of Urban Uprisings.