Skywarn Recognition Day 2017 was scheduled for Saturday December 2. Matt, K3RMS and Carmine, K3CWP arranged for participation starting about 14:00 UTC. Matt is an employee of the National Weather Service at State College, WX3CTP, and Carmine activated his HF station at home. The NWS station is VHF only. Click the link to see the stations worked. Continue reading
The Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Communications Test is scheduled for Saturday, 13 May 2017. You can find complete information about the event and how to participate at:
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 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
The following information was received from Harry Bloomburg, W3YJ, SEC for WPA ARES:
To: All Western PA ARES Emergency Coordinators
The US Air Force Reserve will be holding a major airshow the weekend of May 13-14 at their base in Moon Twp. near Pittsburgh. Continue reading
On Saturday, September 19th, 2015 members of the Nittany Amateur Radio Club (NARC) provided communications support to the Annual Penn State 4-H Competitive Trail Ride in the Rothrock State Forest. Centre Communications of Bellefonte PA again loaned their Display Vehicle to the Emergency Coordinator who set the unit up at the race midpoint.
The Display Vehicle not only provided a VHF radio but also a comfortable location with a table and a white board. Here the operator, K3CWP, used the white board to note when riders entered and left the midpoint. This allowed race organizers to see the status of the riders at a glance. After the midpoint closed the SUV transported two operators to the last checkpoint before the riders entered a very rough ‘horse only’ trail.
Special thanks to Centre Communications sales representative Kevin Ermol and owners Karl Hosterman, K3ARL and Eric Brooks, N3EB for the use of this valuable asset.
On September 20, 2014 the Penn State University Extension hosted the annual 4-H Keystone Ride, a competitive trail ride in the Rothrock State Forest. Thirty one entrants rode their horses over a twenty eight mile course starting and ending at the Penn Roosevelt State Park. Amateur Radio Operators (ARO) from the Nittany Amateur Radio Club (NARC) provided communications throughout the course of the ride. Continue reading
The Communications Plan (ICS-205) for the race:
2014 Comm Plan Mo Valley ICS 205.pdf
The Communications Plan (ICS-205) for the August 9, 2014 Moshannon Valley YMCA Mountain Bike Race.
|Author:||Carmine W. Prestia, Jr., K3CWP|
|Date:||August 6, 2014|
The Assignment sheet (ICS-205A) for the race (Incomplete):
The Western Pennsylvania Emergency Communications Conference is scheduled for June 14, 2014 at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown Campus. Click on this sentence to go to the website with information on the conference.