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									M.E.T.E.R.S. Newsletter – November 2009
A monthly publication of the Middle East Tennessee Emergency Radio Service, Inc.
(METERS is a registered, non-profit, service organization based in Knoxville, serving all the
surrounding area.) General membership meetings are normally held at 7 PM, on the 4th Tuesday
every month. Our November meeting will be held on November 24th and the meeting will be at
the Knox County Health Department, 140 Dameron Street, Knoxville. Licensed Amateur Radio
Operators are invited to join METERS and assist in meeting the needs of our served agencies.
Our club call sign is KC4EM. Website: . Members’ submissions are invited
for this newsletter, in plain text format, subject to space available and editing. Editor: John Randle
K9RSQ; e-mail to K9RSQ”at sign”TDS.NET ; Phone (865) 675-1293, or mail to: John Randle,
10625 Summit Mtn Ct, Knoxville, TN 37922.
President’s Statement for November 2009
By Sam Burgis KA4APE

Our new year in METERS is off to a good start. Members who have served as leaders in special
officer and committee chair functions have agreed to continue assisting in our organization. We
have also involved several new members and look forward to more involvement from our newest
hams. Your contributions are invaluable to the continued operations of METERS to meet our
purpose in emergency communications.

We will have a members meeting on November 24 and our party on December 10. These two
events will complete this calendar year, and we will continue with our meetings for next year on
January 26.

Our party on Thursday, December 10, will be held at the Shoney’s on Lovell Road at 6:30 PM.
Each METERS member and their guest are invited to attend. We appreciate the members
suggesting locations for the party and voting for their choice. Everyone make plans to come and
enjoy our party at the new location.

Vice-President’s Statement for November 2009
By Dan Gainer K4DNG

Every Tuesday night at 9:00 PM on the 146.940 repeater, METERS has a RACES training net.
OK, so what is RACES (pronounced “Ray-Sees”) and what does that have to do with Ham Radio?

The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) was created long before 9/11 by two
federal agencies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC). Like the National Incident Management System (NIMS),
RACES is a process by which local, county or state governments can structure a formal
relationship with Amateur Radio volunteers who are trained to provide EMCOMM services
during civil emergencies. RACES is open to qualified Amateur Radio volunteers, however, those
volunteers must possess some basic qualifications.

Registration is required for RACES participation, and it provides certain legal liability protections.
The Federal Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 details these protections. Many states also provide
similar volunteer protection. The additional benefits of registration are that RACES members
receive support from government agencies that are familiar with operators’ abilities, training,
skills and limitations. RACES volunteers can thus be reasonably assured of receiving a suitable
assignment within the scope of their training and physical capabilities.

In summary, RACES is a concept designed to work in support of government agencies and in
concert with other official volunteer operations during declared emergencies.

Some of the basic requirements are for RACES volunteers are:
1) Successful background check
2) Basic operator training completed (Emergency Communications courses)
3) Satisfactory equipment inspection by the Radio Officer
4) Regular participation in drills, events, and incidents.
5) Continuing education – courses and exercises (e.g., ICS, NIMS, etc)
6) Registered with the primary local agency (i.e. KEMA)

If you would like more information about RACES and/or to confirm you are qualified –or already
registered- to be a RACES volunteer, please see Gary Buczkowski AG4XO, the METERS
emergency Operations Officer.

73 de K4DNG

Net Notes – November 2009

Emergency Preparedness Training
Provided By Rick Frost / K4REF
Below are a series of emergency preparedness programs I ran across. They are geared toward
health professionals, but could be useful to anyone interested in disaster intervention. I think
these are very well done and a great intro to emergency preps. They cover the
history/development of ICS (FEMA's Incident Command System) in response to California's
wildfires. SEMS (California) and NIMS (National) are also discussed. A lot of interesting EMS
video too. If you have some time… take a look.
Disaster Preparedness:Natural Disasters
Source: University of California Television, First Aired: 10/5/2009 , Length: 53 minutes
Earthquakes, fires, floods. Natural disasters come in all shapes and sizes. If one hits your
community, will you be ready? Do you understand the systems in place to respond to these
disasters and ensure the health and safety of your community? Join noted experts Dr. John
Blossom and infectious disease specialist Dr. Christian Sandrock as they talk with health care
providers and disaster response experts about how to respond when a natural disaster strikes.
Disaster Preparedness: Chemical and Biological Agents
Source: University of California Television, First Aired: 10/12/2009, Length: 56 minutes
Anthrax, nerve gas, industrial accidents. The thought of such things strikes fear in all of us.
Thankfully, there are systems in place if such an event should occur. Join Drs. John Blossom and
Christian Sandrock as they talk with disaster response experts about how healthcare providers -
often the first responders in these cases - can best detect, report and respond to chemical and
biological events.
Disaster Preparedness: Pandemic Influenza and Emerging Infections
Source: University of California Television, First Aired: 10/19/2009, Length: 58 minutes
You can't watch TV these days without hearing about the threat of diseases like swine flu, bird flu
or other emerging infections. With so much conflicting information in the media, it's hard to
discern the facts about these pandemics and how we can best protect ourselves. Join Dr. John
Blossom and infectious disease specialist Dr. Christian Sandrock as they talk with disaster
response experts about how to recognize, report and respond to these pandemics, and lessons
learned from previous experiences.
Disaster Preparedness: Disaster Volunteerism
Source: University of California Television, First Aired: 10/26/2009, Length: 43 minutes
When disaster strikes, we need all the help we can get, especially within the healthcare field. But
how can well-meaning volunteers offer their assistance without becoming a hindrance to the
carefully coordinated disaster plan? Dr. John Blossom and infectious disease specialist Dr.
Christian Sandrock talk with disaster response experts about how healthcare providers of all
varieties can volunteer through sanctioned organizations and how we can train more people as
volunteers for future disasters.
Carry on and 73,
Rick Frost :)
Editor Notes: AG4XO has sent out a revised version of the METERS Call Tree 091026.pdf and Calling
Tree Instructions.pdf via the mailing list. All METERS members
should ensure that they have a copy of these documents.

Field Day 2009 Report … Congratulations Field Day Crew
Provided by Larry Osterman / W8JYQ

FD results are in the December issue of QST and our METERS Field Day team operating at
Lakeshore Park in June 2009, came in with one of our best performances ever with 2,824 points.
In our 4F category we were #7 out of 16 teams nationwide. No other TN teams competed in our
category. Thanks to Tyra AI4KG for assembling and submitting the data for our team, and thank
you to all members who participated in a great performance.
- Larry W8JYQ, Field Day Coordinator for 2009

ARRL Activities ….
By John Randle K9RSQ / Editor

The following is re-printed from The ARRL Letter Published by the American Radio Relay League October
29, 2009 copyright The ARRL Letter/American Radio Relay League.

On October 27, the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) granted the first waiver
that allows amateurs who participate in a government-sponsored emergency preparedness and
disaster drill to communicate on behalf of their employers during the drill. The waiver request was
made on behalf of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. That state conducted a full-scale exercise on
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 from 8 AM-5 PM (EDT) to test their emergency response to the
possible release of chemical agents at Blue Grass Army Depot, located near Richmond,
Kentucky. Click here for more

The following is re-printed from The ARRL Letter Published by the American Radio Relay League
November 5, 2009 copyright The ARRL Letter/American Radio Relay League.

Around 9:45 on the night of October 23, while attending an overnight event at the Boy Scouts'
Camp Emerald Bay on Santa Catalina Island, Karl Tso, KI6PCW, and his wife, Deborah Ava,
KJ6CRZ, of Topanga, California, decided to climb a hill to check out the view -- and to see if they
could get into the repeater on the island with their handheld transceivers. As they climbed the hill,
the two radio amateurs heard a sound; Tso turned his high-powered flashlight on the source, only
to discover a man who had fallen 48 feet to the rocks below, bleeding and severely injured. Read

The following is re-printed from The ARRL Letter Published by the American Radio Relay League
November 12, 2009 copyright The ARRL Letter/American Radio Relay League.

On Wednesday, November 11, Veterans Day -- called Remembrance Day or Armistice Day
outside the US -- was celebrated all over the world. Originally a holiday that marked the end of
World War I -- the "War to End All Wars" -- has been set aside to honor all who have served their
country. It was on November 11, 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, that
Germany signed the Armistice, formally ending the hostilities that had been ongoing since 1914.

The ARRL would like to take this opportunity to thank our service veterans. Whether they served
on active duty or reserve, during peace time or time of conflict, they served their county with
honor. We also would be remiss if we did not remember the families of those veterans who kept
the homefires burning bright; without their love and support, our veterans would have indeed been

ARRL Headquarters has its share of service veterans: Contributing Editor Al Brogdon, W1AB
(Army); Publications Sales Associate Mark Dzamba, KB1FMY (Air Force); Assistant VEC
Manager Perry Green, WY1O (Army); Volunteer Archivist Charles Griffen, W1GYR (Air Force);
Technical Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR (Army); News Editor S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA (Coast
Guard); DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L (Army); Reprints Specialist Tony Nesta, AA1RZ
(Navy); Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N (Navy); Technical
Relations Specialist Jon Siverling, WB3ERA (Army); Field and Regulatory Correspondent Chuck
Skolaut, K0BOG (Air Force); Education & Technology Program Coordinator Mark Spencer,
WA8SME (Air Force), and Archivist Perry Williams, W1UED (Air Force).

Thank you for your service -- your sacrifice and the sacrifice of your fellow service members is
not forgotten.

If you're an American ham, chances are that your call sign was issued by the Federal
Communications Commission. A "no brainer," right? Well, if you're an American ham who
happens to be stationed at Guantanamo Bay or at one of the US bases in the Antarctic, your call
sign is not issued by the FCC -- it's issued by the base commander. Guantanamo Bay (or Gitmo as
it's commonly called) uses the KG4 prefix, followed by a two-letter suffix; this block is reserved
exclusively for American hams at Gitmo. As for Antarctica, the Antarctic Treaty
<>, signed on December 1, 1959 (and
entered into force on June 23, 1961), established the legal framework for the management of
Antarctica, including allocation of amateur call signs; the National Science Foundation received
their block on July 1, 1959. US military hams in Japan and Korea are also issued special call

- KA2AA-KA9ZZ -- reserved for US Army-authorized amateur stations in Japan.
- KC4AAA-KC4AAF -- reserved for the National Science Foundation's use at the South Pole
- KC4USA-KC4USZ -- reserved for US Navy-authorized amateur stations at their Antarctic bases.
- KG4AA-KG4ZZ -- reserved for US Navy-authorized amateur stations at Guantanamo Bay).
- KL9KAA -- KL9KHZ -- reserved for assignment to US personnel stationed in Korea.
- The 40 call signs having the first two letters AF, KF, NF or WF and the letters "EMA" following
a numeral are available to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The FCC once issued call signs to hams who lived in the Caroline Islands and the Marshall
Islands. Even though these entities – former United Nations Trust Territories -- now have their
own sovereignty (and DXCC prefixes), the FCC will not issue call signs in the following blocks:

- KC6AA-KC6ZZ -- KC6 was two DXCC entities: The Eastern Caroline Islands and the Western
Caroline Islands. The Eastern Carolines became the Federated States of Micronesia (V6) and the
Western Carolines became the Republic of Palau (T8).
- KX6AA-KX6ZZ -- the former Marshall Islands, now the Republic of the Marshall Islands
You can find out more
on the FCC's Web site. Now you know!

Guest Column …
What's Happening? (aka) Stay Alert !!!
By Larry Osterman W8JYQ

FBI Speaker: - At our October 27th meeting, FBI SA Ed Herbst told us that the FBI's primary
objectives are: a) protect against terrorist attacks, b) protect against foreign intelligence operations
and espionage, c) protect against cyber crime, and d) Protect against public corruption. He added
that the most elusive terrorists are the lone wolf types (T. McVeigh, T. Kuzinski, etc.), but to spot
them we need cooperation and vigilance of all citizens, plus citizen willingness to record accurate
information when sighting suspicious activities. He gave us the FBI info line (544-0751), but also
pointed out that our local sheriff may respond faster in an emergency situation (Dial 911).

Cyber Security: - Retired Adm. Mike McConnell former head of the CIA and NSA, appeared on
CBS' "60 Minutes" with Steve Kroft Sunday November 8th. Adm. McConnell said, "If I were an
attacker and I wanted to do strategic damage to the United States, I would either take the cold of
winter or the heat of summer, I probably would sack electric power on the U.S. East Cost, maybe
the West Coast, and attempt to cause a cascading effect. All of those things are in the art of the
possible from a sophisticated attacker."

Kroft asked, "Do you believe our adversaries have the capability of bringing down a power grid?"
"I do," McConnell replied. -- Asked if the U.S. is prepared for such an attack, McConnell told
Kroft, "No. The United States is not prepared for such an attack."

President Obama in a recent speech said, "It is now clear this cyber threat is one [of] the most
serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation… We know that cyber
intruders have probed our electrical grid, and that in other countries cyber attacks have plunged
entire cities into darkness". (Ref: CBS 60 Minutes, Nov. 8, 2009)

Terrorism: - In July 2005 a warning by someone named Juval Aviv, reportedly an Israeli agent
was circulating on the Internet. (It still shows up from time to time.) Snopes has described the so-
called intelligence and accompanying warnings as an elaborate spoof to take advantage of our 9/11
fears. Despite the misinformation, some of the Aviv observations in the spoof seem pertinent and
may be on target. For example:
    1) Our airport detection systems are outdated, still looking for metal (guns!) while
        explosives (and many weapons) are now plastic or other composites.
    2) Shoe and liquid explosives are already exploited and not likely to be used again,
        pointing out that our precautions are reactionary, not proactive nor creative.
    3) Security is still focused on the check-in gates and not enough on the outside
        baggage check-in area where airports now seem most vulnerable.
    4) Suicide bombers may not be needed when all they need is to have a valet park the
        rigged vehicle in the hotel garage or venue parking area, leaving the explosives in
        the trunk for remote activation from a safe distance.
    5) Today's targets are likely to be stadiums, shopping malls, entertainment venues,
        etc. and scattered across the country for larger simultaneous impact.
    6) Certain extremist groups have no shortage of suicide operatives and many are now
       located inside our existing organizations ready for activation. (Sounds familiar!)
    7) We are easily distracted by domestic politics and events, allowing this inattention
       to be exploited by terrorist plotters. (Ref: Snopes: Juval Aviv)

"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." –John Curran 1776.

Editor's Notes – November 2009
By John Randle, K9RSQ / Editor

Personal items were found in our room after the meeting last night. If you lost any items there,
please send Sam an email identifying the items to ka4ape(at) or call him at 865-

Swap & Shop ….
METERS is providing this information solely as a courtesy to its members. The accuracy of any
and all listings is the responsibility of the listing party. METERS accepts no responsibility for
editing errors. All items are subject to prior sale or withdrawal. If any member would like to post
a listing in the next issue, please email it to me at "k9rsq(at sign)". Depending on the level
of interest generated, this service may or may not be continued subsequent, issues

Item 1: Submitted by Larry Osterman / W8JYQ, E-mail w8jyq (at) Phone 865 690-5096
"For computer collectors only":
 For Sale: If you collect really old computers or know someone who does, and if you recall what
CP/M was, this may be of interest: I have three Epson QX-10's with original boxes and complete
CP/M software plus tech. manuals and Epson User magazines dating to 1985. These are in like
new museum-quality condition. Includes a RAM Disk, Roger Amidon's history of Valdocs tape,
and other accessories. (Most current Epson dealers don't have a clue what this is, and Epson
doesn't archive this old stuff.) These sold new for $2700 each competing with the original IBM
PC, which at that time ran on a new system called MS DOS.
All items are in 9 or 10 boxes, for minimum $300. (No shipping)

Item 2: Submitted by Joseph Pate / KG4RED, E-mail or Phone: 865-776-2551 or 865-938-5876
A. 1ea IC-82 2Meter HT with a BR22n battery and a drop in charger about 6 mon old: $110.00
B. 1ea IC-706 MK-II-G 100 watt mobile rig with extra HM-154 hand mike: $650.00 OR BEST
C. 1ea MFJ-259B Antenna Analyzer NEW with power supply: $250.00 OR BEST OFFER
D. 1ea Signal-Link Model SL-1F sound card interface with Icom cables: $75.00 OR BEST

73’s & QRT
de K9RSQ


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