Swamp Cabbage Festival Parade

While a couple of the usual suspects were setting up special event station N4N, the rest of the Hendry EM volunteer reservists for CERT, amateur radio, and Red Cross were cruising Bridge Street in the parade.

KJ4WIC at the wheel, KM4EWE providing security, KM4OWK in the Red Cross vest, and one of our newest licensee’s, KM4OVY (center left) is also Hendry County’s CERT coordinator.

Photo courtesy Keitha Daniels


There were over 5-hundred of those blue swag bags they’re carrying. EM volunteer teams spent nearly 20 hours packing them. The were all gone into the spectators within the first few blocks.

Photo courtesy Hendry County CERT
Photo courtesy Hendry County CERT


Emergency management volunteer reservists come in all ages…

Photo courtesy Hendry County CERT
Photo courtesy Hendry County CERT


This banner nearly wiped out the office’s ink supply for the year …

Photo courtesy Hendry County CERT
Photo courtesy Hendry County CERT

Ohio ARES Helps in Water Problem

(Reprinted courtesy Feb. 2016 ARRL ARES E-Letter)

Flint, Michigan, isn’t the only area with water problems due to high lead content. Starting the week of January 18, approximately 8,100 customers of Sebring, Ohio, water were notified that they too had problems with high lead content in their drinking water.

On January 22, both Ohio and Mahoning County Emergency Management Agencies began passing out bottled water in Sebring.

Mahoning County ARES Emergency Coordinator Wes Boyd, W8IZC, activated ARES to assist. Response on the workday was low, but a handful of ARES volunteers was able to respond.

According to Boyd, “EMA and Red Cross were overjoyed that radio operators came to work not needing a radio.” ARES volunteers joined others in moving and distributing water supplies. Another call was out for the weekend, where more water was to be distributed.

This is a perfect example of being ready to serve in whatever capacity we can, in order to help our communities. Sometimes it doesn’t involve only operating a radio.

Stan Broadway, N8BHL, Section Emergency Coordinator, Ohio

Colorado Exercise Deep Freeze

— John Bloodgood,KD0SFY, EC and PIO — Region 2 District 2, Colorado ARES (Pikes Peak ARES) – Reprinted courtesy Feb. 2016 ARRL ARES E-Letter

Colorado is no stranger to snow. In October 1997 a devastating blizzard hit the state resulting in several deaths, many stranded motorists, and more people in need of help.

On Saturday, January 9, 2016, the El Paso County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) held exercise DEEP FREEZE ’16 in conjunction with the Colorado National Guard, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other agencies to practice a response to an October ’97 type of event.

At the invitation of the Red Cross, operators from Region 2, District 2 (Pikes Peak ARES) of the Colorado Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service set up alternate communications between the Red Cross shelter and the county Emergency Operation Center (EOC). Two Pikes Peak ARES members were dual hatted as county Special Communication Unit personnel and manned the radios in the EOC while another ARES member worked at the shelter.

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John Bloodgood, KD0SFY, prepares to send a digital message. (Photo courtesy KD0SFY)

Tuesday Self Test – Extra Class

This Tuesday Self Test question is from the Element 4 Extra Class Question Pool:

E1B01 (D) [97.3]

Which of the following constitutes a spurious emission?

A. An amateur station transmission made at random without the proper call sign identification

B. A signal transmitted to prevent its detection by any station other than the intended recipient

C. Any transmitted bogus signal that interferes with another licensed radio station

D. An emission outside its necessary bandwidth that can be reduced or eliminated without affecting the information transmitted

QRV – February #2

The last few weeks have been very eventful in Southwest Florida. We have had tornados and cold temperatures, car crashes and fires. It just goes to prove that you never know when a disaster is going to strike.

Those that prepare themselves, their 72-hour kits, and their homes prior to a catastrophic event are much less likely to suffer the long term effects and will quickly return to normalcy. Those that don’t heed the warnings of wisdom and prepare are the ones that will suffer the most.

My job as an Emergency Manager is not only to write plans for the government, but the bigger responsibility is to educate you, the public, to be as well prepared as you can be. If after an event, you still need help, we will always be there for you.

By preparing a 72-hour kit, you will not be a burden on your friends, neighbors, or the local responders. Heed warnings now and educate yourselves.

Knowledge is power and disasters are unpredictable.

Until next week, be safe and be working on your kits.

– – Brian Newhouse, Director of Emergency Management

Tuesday Self Test – General Class

This Tuesday Self test question is from the Element 3 General Class question pool:

G1B01 (C) [97.15(a)]

What is the maximum height above ground to which an antenna structure may be erected without requiring notification to the FAA and registration with the FCC, provided it is not at or near a public use airport?

A. 50 feet

B. 100 feet

C. 200 feet

D. 300 feet

Tuesday Self Test – Technician Class

This Tuesday Self Test question is from the Element 2 Technician Class license question pool:

T1B01 (B)

What is the ITU?

A. An agency of the United States Department of Telecommunications Management

B. A United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues

C. An independent frequency coordination agency

D. A department of the FCC

QRV – February #1

Have you ever been witness to an emergency and didn’t know what to do or how to react? Have you stood helplessly and watched as a friend or loved one suffered until professional responders arrived to restore order to a hectic situation?

When you dial 911, help is only minutes away, but in some situations, seconds could mean the difference between life and death. I’m sure you are asking yourself, “What can I do to help?” The key to any survival situation is preparation and knowledge!

There are many low and no cost resources right here in Hendry County that can help you, help yourself.

In the past year, the combined emergency services in Hendry County have hosted numerous classes and most were free.

Topics such as CPR, Basic Firefighting, Biohazard Investigations, Shelter Management, Management of Faith Based Organizations in Disasters, Incident Command, Logistics, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training and Amateur Radio licensing.

After training, put that new knowledge to good use by volunteering. The Emergency Management Reserve Corps is always looking for volunteers of all ages.

If it’s an adrenaline rush you’re looking for, every fire department in Hendry County is all volunteer and they are always looking for help.

It is everyone’s responsibility to be prepared by being ready and able to respond to a disaster, large or small. The more prepared you are before a disaster, the less affect it will have on you.

– – Brian Newhouse, Director of Emergency Management