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Every Monday night, the Arizona Emergency Net – Maricopa meets on 2 meters FM for training and exercise in the public service communication arts. We focus on preparation and readiness for public service – be it scheduled events like bike races or drills, or emergencies such as storm damage or terrorist attacks. Someone has to be ready. This net is dedicated to addressing that challenge. The Arizona Emergency Net – Maricopa also activates during threats or emergencies affecting Maricopa County

6-14-2010 - Surviving The Storm - KD7HLQ

21-08-2010

The topic was "SURVIVING THE STORM". 35 stations checked in to the net.

We discussed ways to stay safe and on the air in the event of severe weather, despite several risks you might encounter. Above all, operator safety is most important. Staying on the air should never take precedence over operator safety.

Lightning:
Lightning can be a risk, both outdoors and indoors. If you are outdoors when a thunderstorm strikes, seek shelter inside or in a vehicle if at all possible.

Each year, ham radio operators support the Zane Grey Highline Trail 50 mile race near Payson. Many participants hike in to their positions, leaving them far from shelter should a thunderstorm strike. In their briefing materials, they are provided the following thunderstorm safety protocol which is wise advise any time you find yourself exposed to lightening away from shelter:

“LIGHTNING SAFETY. In the event of lightning in the area
a) Minimize radio traffic.
b) If time from lightning to thunder is less then 8 seconds, notify Net Control and shut down radios. When the lightning moves away, beyond the 8-second delay, return to the air and notify Net Control.
c) If possible, take shelter in a vehicle.
d) If you are away from vehicles, kneel on ground or sit on pack. Do not lie on ground. Do not take shelter in wash or stream bed.”

If outdoors, do not use umbrellas in thunderstorms, as they make excellent lightning rods. Instead, use a rain poncho or a rain coat, or it may just be safer to get wet.

When operating indoors during a thunderstorm, there are safety tips to be observed as well:
- Disconnect outside antennas from your radio. Have an indoor antenna ready to connect so you can stay on the air.
- Disconnect from the AC power outlet in your house. Have a battery backup you can connect to in order to stay on the air

Power Failure:
Power failures can be common during severe weather. Ways to stay on the air in a power outage include:
- Battery backup
- Generators
- Switch to a headset on your radio, as on many radios it will consume less power than the built in speaker
- Consider moving out to your car and using your mobile radio (using your car as a power source).

Wind:
Wind can pose a hazard to both the operator and the station. Blowing objects can cause injury, so be sure to stay indoors where it is safe. An indoor antenna (including one in the attic) can provide backup in case your outdoor antenna is damaged by wind.

Rick Scholz, KD7HLQ served as net control. Thanks to Dennis, N7NTM, and Donna, N7LQK, our Alternate Net Controls.

Recordings of these nets are available at www.AEN-MAR.org. Thanks to Gary Felix, W7TXR, for providing those recordings.

Next Week's Topic: TWO CHANNEL LIASONS: When and why do we need liaisons to other channels? What does it take to effectively monitor 2 radio channels at once? (Equipment, skills, and temperament) How can these skills be improved?

Marc, W7AYU, volunteered as Alternate Net Control next week.

--Rick

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