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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

6-20-2011 - Surving the Storm - KF7CCC


We had 30 stations that participated in the net. Of those, fifteen had operated safely during bad weather. The other fifteen either chose not to operate during storms or operated in a way they thought could be considered dangerous.

What sort of problems could you encounter in bad weather, and how can you get around them?

Antenna problems:
- use an antenna in the attic
- use a mobile rig in the car/truck
- use an HT in the house
- but test beforehand to know what repeaters you can hit
- if you lose all repeaters, who can you reach from your position?
- use a mobile antenna in the house (make sure you have adapter cables)
- get off the outdoor antenna as soon as you hear thunder

Power problems:
- switch to battery backup before a surge takes out your radio
- know how long your batteries will last, and have extras for HTs
- use a generator if you've got one (test it regularly)
- use car/truck for power
- have a battery or hand-cranked light, maybe a battery weather radio

Operator problems:
- be concerned for your safety
- have enough food, water, medicines
- know your radio
- keep coffee handy if you need it
- have an emergency plan for kids / pets
- have weather-appropriate clothing ready to go
- program your radio with common repeater output freqs (including 147.24 simplex)

When might you be forced off air?
- danger to life or property
- evacuation orders
- outside: time from lightning to thunder under 8 seconds
- ozone, hair rising on body
- fast rising waters

If you're forced off air, notify net control if you can (and if you know, say if it's a temporary or permanent condition). If you can, continue to log things even while you're off air - you might provide info that nobody else can when you get back on.

Amateur radio operators can be a big help when bad weather comes. We can provide info that isn't available from other sources. But we can only do that if we're able to keep on air. In bad weather situations, you often have to react quickly. Make sure you've tested things and know they'll work BEFORE a storm hits. Why not try running on battery power with an indoor antenna this week? Take advantage of the good weather to know how things will be when the sky turns dark.


I want to thank Marc W7AYU, for volunteering as Alternate Net Control.



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