Monthly Newsletter of the
Olympia Amateur Radio Society
P.O. Box 2861, Olympia, WA 98507
Table of Contents
Amateur radio responds in force in wake of terrorist attacks Amateurs among the missing in World Trade Center attack From the Oval Shack Callsign change notice OARS Net check-ins Treasurer's Report OARS Directory by Call Suffix OARS Members by Name
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Some already are calling it "Amateur Radio's Finest Hour," as volunteers answer the call to assist in ongoing relief and recovery operations in New York City, Washington, DC, and western Pennsylvania in the wake of terrorist attacks on the US September 11. The need continues for operators to assist over the long haul, however. Current estimates suggest hams may be needed for a month or longer in the New York City area, and for at least the next two weeks in Washington, DC.
Along with most other federal agencies, the FCC closed its offices and sent its employees home following the attacks. The FCC issued no emergency declarations nor other special instructions to the Amateur Radio community. The ARRL advised amateurs to stay alert to instructions from local authorities.
New York City-Long Island Section Emergency Coordinator Tom Carrubba, KA2D, reports that hams have been supporting emergency officials and the American Red Cross relief and recovery effort. Amateurs have been staffing several Red Cross shelters in addition to a staging/National Disaster Medical System center, various Red Cross units, and the Greater New York City American Red Cross Headquarters as well as the New York City Office of Emergency Management.
Carrubba says the telephone system in lower Manhattan continues to be problematic because of the high call volume. "American Red Cross communications are overloaded, and traffic from the shelters is coming into the New York City net at a rapid pace," he said. "The Amateur Radio ops are doing a great job under very difficult and strange conditions, but this is what they have trained for; they are getting it done well."
Red Cross Communications Officer Jay Ferron, N4GAA, agreed. "The Amateur Radio community has come out very big and very strong," he said, adding that local clubs and repeater groups have volunteered gear, frequencies and operators.
New York City District Emergency Coordinator Charles Hargrove, N2NOV, has expressed his appreciation to the amateur community. "Thank you for all the support and well wishes," he said. "This is a difficult time for all of us. We appreciate all the amateurs who have volunteered their time and equipment."
Carrubba also cited the ongoing efforts of Guy Richman, KC2AYG, who has been coordinating net controls for the ARES nets, and Manhattan ARRL EC John Kiernan, KE2UN.
Carrubba is seeking additional volunteers from the Greater New York City region. He has asked out-of-state volunteers to "stand by until we can provide for your safety and comfort." Volunteers need a VHF (2-meter) or, preferably, a VHF/UHF (2-meter/70-cm) mobile radio, power supply and cables, and mobile/portable mag-mounted gain antenna. Carrubba says hand-helds are not sufficient to deal with the difficult operating conditions. "Operators are still needed," he said, but stressed, "This is a difficult assignment."
Amateurs are working two 12-hour shifts per day, 8 AM to 8 PM and 8 PM to 8 AM, "plus or minus three or four hours, mostly plus," Carrubba said. Additional information is available on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org>.
At the scene of the Pentagon attack near Washington, DC, Virginia Section Emergency Coordinator Tom Gregory, N4NW, reports an "upbeat" crew of about two dozen amateurs is staffing six Amateur Radio stations in the immediate vicinity of the Pentagon. "What shocked me the most was the devastation you can see right there, 100 feet from the building," Gregory said. "The destruction is total."
The ARES operation is providing logistical support between the Salvation Army's relief and recovery effort on site and the agency's Arlington headquarters. The Salvation Army has deployed several mobile canteens and a feeding unit to serve military and civilian emergency personnel assigned to the recovery operation.
"What we're finding is that communication is very difficult because of the tremendous amount of noise from the construction-type equipment and the generators providing power for the lights and support staff," Gregory said. Because of the noise level, operators are being rotated frequently in and out of the immediate vicinity of the attack. "There's the emotion of it, and there's the tremendous amount of noise, and it's very grating on you because you can hardly hear the radio to communicate," Gregory explained.
Gregory described the entire area as "very crowded with people" inside and outside the Pentagon. "People and equipment cleaning up, finding bodies, finding plane parts, firefighters still checking for hot spots, hoses, equipment," he said. "The damage to the building looks worse when you are right next to it than it does on TV."
"I found that it took me a few minutes to realize the gravity of what was going on and the importance of what we hams are doing in our own small way to help out," Gregory said. "The devastation of that building is awesome, and it puts things in perspective and it certainly made me proud to be an Amateur Radio operator and serve the people of the United States by offering the support we could."
The Pentagon ARES operation continues to seek volunteers. "Because of the immensity of the thing, we're trying to have six amateurs on duty at all times," he said. "We need 20 volunteers every day for at least two weeks." Volunteers should e-mail Tom Gregory, N4NW, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gregory emphasized that Pentagon site security is extremely tight. All ham volunteers must have a photo ID issued by a government entity to the secured area. "The FBI is handling issuance of IDs for access to the secured area and is doing a complete NCIC check before a photo ID is issued," Gregory said.
At the so-called "fourth" plane crash site in rural Somerset County western Pennsylvania, Kevin Custer, W3KKC, reports a busy scene as the investigation continues. Custer arranged preliminary repeater communication into and out of the crash site on Tuesday to help the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Pennsylvania State Police, the FBI and other state and federal agencies on the scene.
Custer said the investigation could continue for several weeks. "At this time we are preparing for the possibility of family members coming to the crash site -- or close by," he said.
Montgomery County, Maryland, Deputy RACES Officer John Creel, WB3GXW, observed that while the enormity of the attacks is bound to touch the amateur community directly or indirectly, he has seen nothing but professionalism among the responding operators in his area. Creel advised amateurs to "just be prepared," and he echoed the sentiment of many that the events of September 11 will be with us for the rest of our lives.
More detailed and updated information on Amateur Radio's involvement in the disaster relief and recovery efforts is available on the ARRL Web site http://www.arrl..org.
-- from the ARRL Letter
At least four Amateur Radio operators are among the many still missing in the aftermath of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. The attack also destroyed the major TV and radio transmitting site atop one of the twin towers.
The hams reported missing so far include:
* Steven A. "Steve" Jacobson, N2SJ, 53, of New York City, a transmitter engineer for WPIX TV, and an ARRL member.
* William V. "Bill" Steckman, WA2ACW, of W Hempstead, New York, a transmitter engineer for WNBC TV. He was well know in the NYC area and ran a number of repeaters from the World Trade Center, most notably the 434 MHz ATV repeater.
* Robert D. "Bob" Cirri Sr, KA2OTD, 39, an ARRL member from Nutley, New Jersey and the ARRL District Emergency Coordinator for Hudson County. A Port Authority police officer, Cirri was on the job helping to evacuate workers from the building when it collapsed.
* Michael G. Jacobs, AA1GO, 54, an ARRL member from Danbury, Connecticut. Jacobs worked at Fiduciary Trust Company International, which had offices in the World Trade Center.
The collapse of the World Trade Center brought down the master TV transmitting antenna that served all but one television station in New York City, as well as several radio stations and amateur repeaters. "The broadcast community is in absolute shock," said Hudson Division Vice Director Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML, who works for ABC News. "We all knew transmitter engineers, we all knew people who worked up in those towers near those big television transmitters, and they're gone."
Mendelsohn said many viewers in the Greater New York City Area who are not on cable can only see WCBS, channel 2, which maintains its transmitter site on the Empire State Building. WCBS has offered assistance and space to help the other stations get back on the air from its site, he said. "None of the other transmitters exist anymore. They're in the rubble along with the master antenna system, hundreds and hundreds of two-way radio system antennas, and boxes and, of course, untold thousands of people who perished."
There was cause for rejoicing in the case of another amateur who worked in the World Trade Center. Rob Nall, WV0S, reports that his friend, Herman Belderok, Jr, KB0EEB, managed to get out of the building just minutes before the structure collapsed.
-- from the ARRL Letter
There are a couple of subjects that I want to touch on this month. The first is that one of our members was injured in a motorcycle accident on the day of the Horse-a-thon. Tom Dennis was injured when he dumped his bike. It is ironical that he was in the Waddle Creek area when it happened, as there were several Hams out there for the Diabetes event. Unfortunately Tom did not have a radio with him. I found out about his situation when I called the sheriff's office to speak with him. Upon hearing he was in the hospital, I visited him and presented him with a get well card and some candy.
This however occurred three days after the accident. I was upset that the "word" had not gotten out. The "grapevine" did not work. At the recent OARS picnic that was held at KC7CKO's house, Larry told me that he and K7KIP were upset that they had not been informed of Toms situation. I explained to Larry that I put out the information on both the ARES and OARS nets the evening of the day I found out. I believe that it is the purpose of our nets is to place information in the hands of the members.
Thanks to Larry and his wife for the very nice cookout that they hosted at their house. The evening was very nice weather-wise. I am sure I can speak for all who attended that it was a nice event. All the food was excellent.
As most of you know, I did get deployed to a fire camp in Chelan County to assist with communications on the Rex Creek Fire. The three member team that was sent from here in district four spent a week there. At first we were located at a camp at 25 Mile Creek, on the south side of Lake Chelan. Later we were relocated to the Rodeo Grounds in Chelan where the main base had been established. Most of the assistance we provided was not in the form of Amateur Radio. We hand carried messages from person A to person B. We helped in connecting telephones, PA speakers and numerous other tasks. We helped build rain shelters, needed to keep equipment dry from the rain that fell there. And we were there ready to perform other tasks as needed. I found it to be a good experience. Yes, I would do it again. I will be giving a presentation on this at the next ARES and OARS meetings.
Speaking of the next OARS meeting, it is September. This is the time to nominate your OARS Officers for the year 2002. So please plan on being at the next meeting. Our October meeting will not be held in the usual place; we have been ousted for the night due to a public pipeline meeting. A site for the meeting will be arranged.
-- 73 Dan, KB7DFL
Callsign change notice
The new callsign for the Washington state RACES station at the Emergency Management Division at Camp Murray is W7EMD.
Please correct your records and give this widest dissemination.
-- Jim Sutton WA7PHD, WA State RACES Officer
OARS Net check-ins
The following stations checked in on the OARS General Information Net one or more times in August 2001:
AA7YD AB7PS K2SAR K7CEZ
K7TAG KB7DFL KB7JDL KC7FEC
KC7LA KD7ISO KI7SS N7AGG
N7GGX N7JHJ N7TPT N7WW
W3GE W7SAY W7UUO
The net meets at 7:30 every Tuesday evening on the 3 linked OARS repeaters: 147.36, 224.46, and 441.40 MHz. All Hams are invited to check in.
As of 8/31/01
GENERAL FUND (checking account)
Previous balance $ 2,428.03
Ending balance 2,307.76
REPEATER / PACKET FUND (savings account)
Previous balance $ 924.77
Ending balance 924.77
-- Ed Fitzgerald, N7WW, Treasurer
OARS Directory by Call Suffix
Name Call Address City ST ZIP Phone
Curt Dawell 1708 Ann St Olympia WA 98506 360-357-2771
AAJ Roy Bernd
KD7AAJ 9101-39 Steilacoom Rd SE
Olympia WA 98513
AIJ David Bushell KC7AIJ 1908 Thurston NE Olympia WA 98506 360-754-4588
AKL H.J. Motomatsu WB7AKL 5107 Matsu St NW - Trlr Olympia WA 98502 360-866-7975
ARY George Carle N7ARY 1809 Centerwood Dr SE Olympia WA 98501 360-943-3536
AXV James Sharp KC7AXV 3208 80th Ave. SE Olympia WA 98501 360-491-6188
BNS Chris Chambers KA7BNS 908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502 360-866-0800
CEX James Pace
K7CEX PO Box 1602
Centralia WA 98531-0748
CEZ Mark Hannigan K7CEZ 2409 Morse Rd SE Olympia WA 98501 360-352-9189
CKM Rex Richardson WL7CKM 1616 Gov Stevens Ave SE Olympia WA 98501 360-352-1233
CKO Larry Watkinson KC7CKO 1405 9th Ave SE Olympia WA 98501 360-943-4352
D Dora Anna Fill
NI5D 3 Fair Oaks Dr
Conway AR 72032
DFL Daniel Crane KB7DFL 4310 Glen Terra Dr. SE Lacey WA 98503 360-459-1564
DHE Sharon Campbell N7DHE 9101-24 Steilacoom Rd. Olympia WA 98513 360-491-6460
DOY Rick Damitio W7DOY 7023 Mullen Rd SE Olympia WA 98503 360-491-2587
EIM Mark Matthies N7EIM 900 Grant St SW Tumwater WA 98512 360-943-1624
FEC David LeFevre
KC7FEC 3737 Golden Eagle Lp SE
Olympia WA 98513
FED Amy Wong KC7FED 1416 Dogwood St SE Lacey WA 98503 360-438-7411
FEE Charles Scovill KC7FEE 6625 Bellevista St NW Olympia WA 98502 360-866-1961
GAQ Gard Forester
KF6GAQ PO Box 8721
Olympia WA 98509
GE Jeff Withers W3GE 6010 193rd Ave SW Rochester WA 98579 360-273-8614
GEG Deloise Tilton KB7GEG 506 South King St. Centralia WA 98531
GGX Paul Leach N7GGX 2030 Cardinal Lane Lacey WA 98503 360-438-5777
GMC John Moore N7GMC 2407 Tyndell Circle SW Tumwater WA 98502 360-357-6234
GZM James Belluomini KD7GZM 9101-186 Steilacoom Rd SE Olympia WA 98513 360-491-3766
HA Bob Keppler
KE7HA 1120 Chestnut SE
Olympia WA 98502
HCT Clark Main N7HCT 5509 Thornbury Dr SE Lacey WA 98513 360-923-1300
HFS Dorlene Keppler N7HFS 1120 Chestnut SE Olympia WA 98502 360-943-1368
HKI Gary Ernest N7HKI 2718 24th Ave. SE Olympia WA 98501 360-352-2503
HOD Tom Wolfe N7HOD 4848 Marian NE Olympia WA 98506 360-459-9447
HOE Dona Wolfe N7HOE 4848 Marian NE Olympia WA 98506 360-459-9447
HRY Kenneth Smith W7HRY 7627 Cooper Point Rd. NW Olympia WA 98502 360-866-2507
HTG Jim Ryan KD7HTG 10505 Ryan Ln SE Olympia WA 98513
HTX Lois Cox KB7HTX 4818 Belwood Dr. NE Olympia WA 98506 360-357-6256
I Steve Ward
WC7I 5034 Meridian Rd. NE
Olympia WA 98506
IC Bill Fill KD5IC 3 Fair Oaks Dr Conway AR 72032 501-327-0337
IIF Ruth Barber K1IIF 4316 Chambers Lake Dr. SE Lacey WA 98503 360-438-5921
ISO John Kennedy KD7ISO PO Box 5556 Lacey WA 98509
IVM Ben Bennett N7IVM 1212 Tabitha Ct NW Olympia WA 98502 360-705-8533
JDL Helen Hannigan KB7JDL
2409 Morse Rd SE
Olympia WA 98501
JHJ Robert Goodnow N7JHJ 4017 Indian Summer Dr SE Olympia WA 98513 360-456-2427
JJY Paul Patton K7JJY 4031 21st Ave SE Apt 219 Lacey WA 98503 360-943-3701
JSK Keith McDonald N7JSK 10337 Carney Dr. SE Olympia WA 98501 360-352-2514
KIP Kip Stilz
K7KIP 4625 Norcross Ct SE
Olympia WA 98501
KQD Dave Blohn KD7KQD PO Box 998 Rochester WA 98579
KTG Thom Solberg N7KTG 3067 60th Ave SE Olympia WA 98501 360-456-3297
LE George Lanning
KB6LE 4129 Green Cove N.W.
Olympia WA 98502
LIN Sandy Blohn KD7LIN PO Box 998 Rochester WA 98579
LJS Richard Solem KD7LJS 290 E Sunnywoods Dr Shelton WA 98584 360-427-0672
LWB Jon Bennett W7LWB 7132 Hawks Prairie Rd NE Lacey WA 98516 360-459-0697
LZA Phil Norris KD7LZA 205 Shadow Ln NE Olympia WA 98506 360-491-1873
MHC Marc Cote
KD7MHC 2105 Wedgewood Dr SE
Olympia WA 98501
MNM Marie Chambers KC7MNM 908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502 360-866-0800
MX Ken Elfbrandt AA7MX 918 Corral Lane SE Tumwater WA 98501 360-357-4447
NE Rollo Shaw
AB7NE 1809 Sawyer St SE
Olympia WA 98501
NN Ron Hill W7NN 10624 Zephyr Ln SW Olympia WA 98512 360-352-7779
NV Don Shields KJ7NV 1872 Circle LN SE Lacey WA 98503 360-438-5066
OF Matt McKibbin
AB7OF 4020 14th Crt NE
Olympia WA 98506
OH James Elliott AA7OH 3455 Martin Way #18 Olympia WA 98506 360-456-5571
OKC Bill Tilton K7OKC 506 South King St. Centralia WA 98531
OQM Kathy Watkinson KC7OQM 1405 9th Ave SE Olympia WA 98501 360-943-4352
OSX Barbara McRoberts KB7OSX 9101-68 Steilacoom Rd SE Olympia WA 98513 360-438-2965
PNX Lisa Withers
KB7PNX 6010 193rd Ave SW
Rochester WA 98579
PRT Jack Barber W1PRT 4316 Chambers Lake Dr. SE Lacey WA 98503 360-438-5921
PS Sara Lyon AB7PS 7734 Nottingham Ct SE Olympia WA 98503 360-459-9263
PT Bill Phillips AB7PT 1111 Archwood Dr SW #279 Olympia WA 98502 360-754-0271
PUC Al Williams K7PUC 706 Frederick St NE Olympia WA 98506 360-753-1328
QHK Ruth Bolstad
KC7QHK 700 Black Lk Blvd SW #135 Olympia
QIS James Cox W7QIS 2727 Canterbury St Springfield OR 97477
RDJ Bob Campbell
WA7RDJ 9101-24 Steilacoom Rd.
Olympia WA 98513
RHK Kathleen Moore KC7RHK 2407 Tyndell Circle SW Tumwater WA 98502 360-357-6234
ROZ Duane Bradford WB7ROZ 204 Shadow Ln NE Olympia WA 98506
SAR Keith McIntosh K2SAR PO Box 788 E Olympia WA 98540
SAY Allan Jones
W7SAY 2752 Stratford Ln SW #3532 Tumwater
WA 98512-6029 360-352-7516
SPZ Chuck West KC7SPZ 9315 Deerbrush Ct SE Olympia WA 98513 360-459-8790
SS Lee Chambers KI7SS 908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502 360-866-0800
SSD Sharon Kinder N7SSD 502 S. Edison St. Olympia WA 98501 360-943-6187
TAG Ken Dahl
K7TAG 1120 Palomino Ct SE
Tumwater WA 98501
TPT Ghery Pettit N6TPT 3131 Leeward Ct NW Olympia WA 98502
UUO Wallace Music W7UUO 5305 Stikes Ct. SE Lacey WA 98503 360-491-0354
VNY Morgan Chambers KC7VNY 908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502 360-866-0800
VVA Tom Dennis KA4VVA 1919 Evergreen Pk Dr #18 Olympia WA 98502 360-754-6651
WIC Isabel Ernest
KA7WIC 2718 24th Ave. SE
Olympia WA 98501
WJP William Palmer K7WJP 19100 Huntington St SW Rochester WA 98579 360-273-4528
WW Ed Fitzgerald N7WW 5006 Lacey Blvd. SE Lacey WA 98503 360-491-2289
YD Robert Lyon AA7YD 7734 Nottingham Ct SE Olympia WA 98503 360-459-9263
ZBS Frank Bergess
KD6ZBS 427 Sawmill Ct SE
Olympia WA 98513-1590
ZIP Dick McRoberts WB9ZIP 9101-68 Steilacoom Rd SE Olympia WA 98513 360-438-2965
ZOW Ray Ferris W7ZOW 2318 Boulevard Ct. SE Olympia WA 98501 360-357-2219
ZPS Dorothy Ferris W7ZPS 2318 Boulevard Ct. SE Olympia WA 98501 360-357-2219
ZWN Kristopher Chambers KC7ZWN 908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502 360-866-0800
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OARS Members by Name
Ruth Barber K1II
James Belluomini KD7GZM
Ben Bennett N7IVM
Jon Bennett W7LWB
Frank Bergess KD6ZBS
Roy Bernd KD7AAJ
Dave Blohn KD7KQD
Sandy Blohn KD7LIN
Ruth Bolstad KC7QHK
Duane Bradford WB7ROZ
David Bushell KC7AIJ
Sharon Campbell N7DHE
George Carle N7ARY
Chris Chambers KA7BNS
Kristopher Chambers KC7ZWN
Lee Chambers KI7SS
Marie Chambers KC7MNM
Morgan Chambers KC7VNY
Marc Cote KD7MHC
James Cox W7QIS
Lois Cox KB7HTX
Daniel Crane KB7DFL
Rick Damitio W7DOY
Tom Dennis KA4VVA
James Elliott AA7OH
Gary Ernest N7HKI
Isabel Ernest KA7WIC
Ray Ferris W7ZOW
Bill Fill KD5IC
Dora Anna Fill NI5D
Ed Fitzgerald N7WW
Gard Forester KF6GAQ
Robert Goodnow N7JHJ
Mark Hannigan K7CEZ
Ron Hill W7NN
Allan Jones W7SAY
Bob Keppler KE7HA
Dorlene Keppler N7HFS
Sharon Kinder N7SSD
David LeFevre KC7FEC
Paul Leach N7GGX
Robert Lyon AA7YD
Sara Lyon AB7PS
Mark Matthies N7EIM
Keith McDonald N7JSK
Keith McIntosh K2SAR
Matt McKibbin AB7OF
Barbara McRoberts KB7OSX
Dick McRoberts WB9ZIP
John Moore N7GMC
Kathleen Moore KC7RHK
H.J. Motomatsu WB7AKL
Wallace Music W7UUO
Phil Norris KD7LZA
William Palmer K7WJP
Paul Patton K7JJY
Ghery Pettit N6TPT
Bill Phillips AB7PT
Jim Ryan KD7HTG
James Sharp KC7AXV
Rollo Shaw AB7NE
Don Shields KJ7NV
Kenneth Smith W7HRY
Thom Solberg N7KTG
Richard Solem KD7LJS
Kip Stilz K7KIP
Deloise Tilton KB7GEG
Kathy Watkinson KC7OQM
Larry Watkinson KC7CKO
Chuck West KC7SPZ
Al Williams K7PUC
Jeff Withers W3GE
Lisa Withers KB7PNX
Dona Wolfe N7HOE
Tom Wolfe N7HOD
Amy Wong KC7FED