About Carmine Prestia

Amateur Radio Extra Class License K3CWP ARES Emergency Coordinator, Centre County PA RACES/ACS Radio Officer, Centre Centre County PA

Amateur Radio Operators provide Communications for MS Walk in State College, PA

On April 30th Centre County ARES provided Communications for the 2017 Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk in State College. About 250 walkers participated to raise awareness and funds for the MS Society. This is the first time the Society asked amateur radio to assist with communications over the three mile course. ARES was fortunate to recruit operators from Centre, Blair, Clearfield, and Clinton Counties. Incident Command System forms were used to prepare for the walk and distribute the information to the participating operators several days prior to the walk. Continue reading

Centre County Amateur Radio Operators Provide Communications for Nittany Cycling Classic

Centre County amateur radio operators from both the Nittany Amateur Radio Club and Philipsburg Amateur Radio Association participated in providing communications for the Nittany Cycling Classic bicycle race held on the 25th of March, 2017 in the Black Moshannon State Park/Forest. There were two events; time trials starting at 07:00 and the actual race starting at 10:00. This event is sponsored by the Penn State Cycling Club and is sanctioned by the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC). The race covers 20 miles on Beaver Road and Rattlesnake Pike in multiple loops. Continue reading

PEMA Asks for Digital Nets During Major Winter Storm.

PEMA and the State EOC is requesting a digital net for the upcoming Winter Weather event from tomorrow (Monday March 13) through Tuesday.

PEMA is requesting that the net(s) run from 2200 Monday, 3/13 through 2200 Tuesday, 3/14, local time.

Please go with 3.583 USB, from 2200 Monday through 0900 Tuesday.
7.0725 USB from 0900 through 1800 Tuesday. 3.583 USB from 1800 through 2200 Tuesday evening. All spots at 1500 Center Waterfall with Olivia 8/500.

2016 Multiple Sclerosis Society Keystone Country Ride Report

The 2016 MS Keystone Country Bike Ride was held Saturday and Sunday July 23 and 24.  As usual, amateur radio provided essential communications for ride administration and safety.  The ride starts in Hollidaysburg, PA on Saturday morning and ends in State College that afternoon.  On Sunday, the riders repeat the process back to Hollidaysburg for a total of 150 miles.  2016 is the 21st anniversary of the ride and amateur radio has been part of the event from it’s inception.  Forty two people volunteered to help with amateur radio.  Thirty seven of those were amateur radio operators.Amateur radio volunteers came from the following Pennsylvania counties; Bedford, 8: Blair, 14; Butler, 1; Centre, 13; Huntingdon, 3; Snyder, 2; Venango, 1. Continue reading