New SKYWARN Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Posted
Our ARLinks Skywarn Team has been busy working on an updated version of our new Skywarn Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). The team is lead by Randy Wright, AE5RW and with assistance from Josh Carroll, N5JLC. In all, there are 10 members on this important team. Please familiarize yourself with our new procedures. The new SOP represents much input and many suggestions from club members over time, along with input from other Skywarn organizations and personnel from the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in North Little Rock. This SOP remains in draft form at this time and if you have input or would like to make a suggestion, please contact one of the team members as soon as possible. The CAUHF Group may vote to adopt or reject the new SOP document at the next regular meeting on July 9, 2018.
NEXT MEETING – Monday Night, July 9, 2018
6:00 p.m. Meeting and Program
at the AETN Studios in Conway, Arkansas
Guest Speaker: John Evans, WB5BHS
Program: HF Digital Communications
Location: Arkansas Education Television Network (AETN), 350 S. Donaghey on the southeast corner of the UCA Campus in Conway. Enter at the corner of Donaghey and Powell Streets.
We are honored to have John Evans, WB5BHS as our guest speaker. He will be presenting the program on HF digital communications. We will have an HF rig set up to demonstrate digital modes. Remember to eat before you come as this meeting is not being held in a restaurant. As usual, we will have a $1.00 raffle drawing at the end of the meeting. The grand prize is a new Baofeng GT3-WP, dual band handheld radio valued at approximately $50.00. See you there!
2018 CAUHF Group Officers:
President: Tim Leet, K5TEL
Vice President: Kelly Hester, W5RHS
Secretary-Treasurer: Rheta Spurlin: KG5RMS
Board Member: Ron Stailey, KG5RON (2 year term; beginning 2nd year January, 2018)
Board Member: Mike Clay, AC5XV (2 year term; beginning 2nd year January, 2018
During times of severe weather, AR Links System will activate the National Weather Service SKYWARN Program
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Let’s All Get Together!
For quite some time, we have considered establishing standard simplex frequencies for use within the CAUHF Group (and for anyone else who wishes to play along with us). All of these frequencies fall within the ARRL Band Plan for VHF and UHF. Here’s what we’ve come up with thus far. We will not use PL tones on any simplex frequency (unless it becomes necessary in the future). During special events, disaster drills, etc., we can refer to these as “tactical channels”. Please program all of these simplex frequencies into your mobile radios and HT’s. You never know when you might need them.
|VTAC Channel||VHF||UTAC Channel||UHF|
|VTAC-1 National Simplex||146.520 MHz||UTAC-1 National Simplex||446.000 MHz|
|VTAC-2||146.535 MHz||UTAC-2||446.025 MHz|
|VTAC-3||146.550 MHz||UTAC-3||446.050 MHz|
|VTAC-4||146.565 MHz||UTAC-4||446.075 MHz|
|VTAC-5||146.580 MHz||UTAC-5||446.100 MHz|
Some folks just pick any old frequency for simplex but that really is not wise. If you are not careful, you can accidentally pick a repeater frequency. Also, you must remember that VHF simplex frequencies need to be at least 15kHz apart and UHF simplex frequencies need to be at least 25kHz apart (as shown above) to avoid interfering with each other. We began with the VHF National Calling Frequency as the baseline at 146.520, then for each succeeding “channel”, we went up 15kHz. We also began with the UHF National Calling Frequency as the baseline at 446.000, then for each succeeding “channel”, we went up 25kHz. At this point, this is merely a proposed plan–just a suggestion. Let’s hear your thoughts.
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