Tuesday September 7th 2021 was my second week being official net control for the Ulster & Northern Dutchess Radio Net and my alternate net control was fellow Poughkeepsie resident, Jim KD2VAH.
Since the name of this net is a bit of a mouthful, perhaps the abbreviation of UNDR NET may catch on, or may not. What do you think? (Share comments below if you dare!)
The month of September in the United States is National Preparedness Month as sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and more details can be found at READY.GOV
Every week has a different theme, with the first week being focused on how to make a plan.
With the hurricane season in full effect, most places between Louisiana all the way up the Hudson Valley of New York have had massive impacts from this latest storm and good advance planning is useful should you expect to ever be impacted by natural or other disasters.
Amateur radio and its different ways of providing redundant auxiliary communications are good to be aware of as a way to add comfort to certain situations.
Some helpful tips from our participants
This week's on air discussion enabled by the wide area Overlook Mountain Amateur Radio Club and its repeater high above Woodstock, NY on 146.805 MHz had two features this session.
The first feature was some high level thoughts about planning. Here are some top snippets from the 8:00 PM discussion on what to prioritize.
#1 - Shelter & Clothing - Listen to what Ken KD2TQS has to say here.
#2 - Water, Food, Fuel & Cash/Barter Items - Listen to Bob KD2QAK's thoughts.
#3 - Security & Realistic Capabilities - Bob KD2RFI in Catskill shares some great information
A picture is worth a thousand words - Feature Numbah Two!
Within amateur radio, we have access to privately funded and club managed VHF and UHF repeaters which are great tools that extend communications capability to those with lower powered stations, such as a hand held radio. The end result is wider communications capability with minimal effort and antenna requirements.
There were 10 total participants during the September 7th UNDR Net and while the focus of the net is to serve the Ulster and Northern Dutchess Counties of New York, because the reach of the 146.805 MHz repeater is so great, this week we had the following local and further away participants:
- Steve K2GOG (Net Control, Dutchess County New York, Poughkeepsie)
- Jim KD2VAH (Alternate Net Control, Dutchess County New York, Poughkeepsie)
- Ken KD2TQS (Dutchess County New York, Rhinebeck)
- Bob KD2QAK (Dutchess County New York, Red Hook)
- Bob KD2RFI (Greene County New York, Catskill)
- Erich KD2VBA (Columbia County New York, Elizaville)
- Matt KD2GGF (Ulster County New York, Kerhonkson)
- Lou KD2TVS (Passaic County New Jersey, Hewitt)
- Bob K2LD (Greene County New York, Tannersville)
- Jerry WA2RKN (Dutchess Co New York, Hyde Park)
The signal level was set to high on Steve's radio so that those receiving the signal would need to adjust reception audio correctly to receive the signals and convert them in real time to pictures. Future tests will have reduced signal levels to aid in reception by some participants.