April 12 2017 CLUB MEETING Loren Lawrence – Club President N5PUV
INTRODUCTION • VISITORS MEET AND GREET • TREASURERS REPORT • MARK MADDOX • OLD BUSINESS • Storm Spotting Training • LakaAtalantaDuathalon Event • Goodman Missouri • NEW BUSINESS • May 13th Sprint the Bent • May 27-28 Hickory Creek • Great Ozark Open Water Swim • June 17 Tour de Fun • Field Day Locations • 2 possible Locations now • Must pick 1 tonight • TRAINING PRESENTATIONS TONIGHT (Loren) • Storm Spotting Highlights BCROAgenda
Beginning Balance ----------------------------------- $ 1827.01 • Income (-) (+) • Dues 20.00 • Expenses 83.40 • Ending Balance---------------------------------------- $ 1763.61 Treasurers Report March 2017
The OAK Room at NWACC at Center for Health Professionals I-49 Exit for Highway 62 Exit 86 Storm training class, who all went?
Notes LaKeatalanta event! Was lots of Fun!, recap Yes, I used the vertical OCFD I showed you all how to build in the last meeting!!
Position 4 across from Monte Chicken • Position 5, crossing New Hope, • Position 6 near closed convenience store • New Order of Race • Foot Race • Bike Road Race and Mountain Bikes • Foot Race Again 4 6 5 Lake atalanta road race records
Sprint the Bend is a sprint distance triathlon consisting of a 500 yard open water swim, a 15 mile road ride, and a 5K run. • Event DATE: May 13, 2017Event TIME: 7:30amLocation: Horseshoe Bend Park • Event Schedule: • 5:30 a.m. Transition Opens • 6:50 a.m. Transition Closes • 7:00 a.m. National Anthem and Pre race meeting • 7:30 a.m. First Wave Starts • We need several volunteers: • 2 in Park with HT’s • 4 on the road race with Mobile units on 70cm or 2 meter • 1 or 2 Net Control = 7 volunteers
The Great Ozark Open Water Swim Festival powered by GPP Everyman Series takes place in the scenic Ozark Mountains in beautiful Beaver Lake at Hickory Creek in Springdale, AR • This open water swim festival offers 4 distances for all level of swimmers! 1k, 2k 5k, and 10k. • Event DATE: May 26-28 2017 • Event TIME: • Friday: 6pm • Saturday & Sunday: 8:30am • Volunteers Needed: • This one is a water based event at Hickory Creek. • We need Hams in Kayaks or small boats with HT’s and perhaps some in the park. • 1 or 2 Net Controls Near the action. • Remember this is a 3 day (evening, and two mornings) event • So we will take all the volunteers we can when they can be there
A road and mountain ride is here for this year's Tour de Fun. What else? The Beer Garden afterwards is at the GPP Cycling and Multisport Patio! All on Saturday, June 17. • Includes Downtown Rogers and Lake Atalanta for Mountain Bikes • The Tour de Fun is TASC's biggest annual fundraiser held every year to help TASC continue in its support of local teens. Without your participation in this event, hundreds of teens in NWA would go without accessible counseling, resources, and service opportunities. • Saturday Fun Fest 50k Bike Ride 6:45 a.m.Saturday Fun Fest 100k Bike Ride 7:00 a.m.Saturday Fun Fest Mountain Bike Ride 7:10 a.m. • Volunteers Needed: • 1-2 Net Control • 2 Mobile or Walk a Ham radios or Ham Bikes • 2 HT’s will work on street corners = 5
One is out toward Decator, where we had it last year • 8030 La Croix Road • Generators allowed • RV campers allowed • Long way there for most • Few visitors experienced • Kind of intimidating? • Hard for news to find or visit • They have never come
New Site is In Rogers! • 905 S 13 street • Generators allowed (Honda) • Tents allowed • Easy to find • In Town, News can find • Perhaps others can too • It’s a wooded lot also • Closer to town We need to decide which one is where we want to do Field day this year WE need a vote from Members!
Severe Weather SpottingPreparation, Safety, and Communications Steve Hilberg, N9XDC Debbie Fligor, N9DN Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Attitude and Frame of Mind • You are a storm SPOTTER, not a storm chaser! • Your job is to provide factual, real-time information about weather conditions • We all work together in the interest of public safety
Attitude and Frame of Mind Severe thunderstorms can be deadly To be an effective storm spotter you must also pay attention to your own safety! • Training • Awareness
Awareness Know What’s Going On
Awareness • Understand how the system operates • Know the terminology • Key to effective communication
Awareness Daily Convective Outlooks are issued by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK www.weather.gov/Tulsa
Four Levels of Risk • APPROACHING • Strong thunderstorms are possible but little or no severe weather is expected • SLIGHT • Well-organized severe thunderstorms are expected, but in small numbers and/or low coverage
Four Levels of Risk • MODERATE • A greater concentration of severe thunderstorms, and often greater magnitude • HIGH • A major severe weather outbreak is expected • Usually “PDS” (Particularly Dangerous Situation) included in Public Severe Weather Outlooks (PWO) and watches
New Experimental Outlook Day 4-8 Outlook
Watch • Means the conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms or tornadoes to develop • Issued for a period of 4 to 6 hours • Area covered may be as much as 20,000 to 40,00 square miles • May be trimmed, canceled, replaced, or re-issued as required
Warnings • Issued by local NWS office • Issued when severe weather detected by radar, observed by spotters, or observed by public safety officials • Typically for periods of 15 to 60 minutes • Area covered is usually one to three counties or parts of counties (polygons)
Ready Kit Items to have with you for safe and effective spotting
Required • County or site map • Radio or other communications equipment • If using H-T, be sure to have extra batteries and/or auxiliary power cable • Clipboard, paper and pen • Identification – ARES or ESDA ID, drivers license, vehicle placards
Strongly Suggested • Report forms or a micro cassette recorder to keep logs with • Wind gage, ruler, compass or GPS • Flashlight with extra batteries and bulbs
Recommended • Binoculars or small telescope • Rain coat that is bright colored or worn with orange vest
Optional • Folding chair or lawn chair if you are not under lightning • Snacks, non-alcoholic drinks • Video or film camera, with extra tapes, batteries and film • Fire extinguisher and first aid kit • Spare fuses, paper towels, insect repellant
At the Beginning of Storm Season, and Occasionally Thereafter • Make sure the lights all work: headlights, flashers, turn signal, break/backup • Check your fluid levels: oil, coolant, brake, battery and windshield cleaner • Inspect your radios, coax, power connectors, antenna and antenna connector
Every Time You Go Out • Fill the gas tank • Check your windshield wipers – it’s going to rain on you • Check your tires – tread, pressure, and spare • Put a fresh coat of Rain-X on the windshield if you have time
On the Volunteer Activity Your Safety is Important!
Spotter Safety • Take a partner if possible • Driver concentrates on the road • Spotter concentrates on spotting and navigating • Always let net control know where you are
Spotter Safety Survey Your Spotting Location • Move completely out of traffic • Be visible - parking lights (not hazard flashers) or yellow caution light • Be sure you have a good field of view (at least 180o) • Important for spotting and safety • Are there power lines overhead?
Spotter Safety Survey Your Spotting Location • Too much mud? • Tall dry grass - a potential fire hazard near your exhaust • Avoid low spots or ditches that may flood quickly in heavy rain • Know your escape routes! Have more than one escape route!
Spotter Safety Driving Safely • Rural intersections can have low visibility due to crops or weather • Heavy rain and hail=poor visibility and may mean you are in “wrong” part of storm! • Avoid water flowing over roads - six inches can float a moving car (hydroplaning) • Lightning can strike miles away - stay in your vehicle