BCARES NEWS Archive - 2012

•Saturday, March 23 introduced the first Bucks County Simplex Contest. This relatively informal event gave us a chance to work the county without dependence on repeater infrastructure.

•The beginning of February had Hunterdon County, NJ ARES asking for help with a search and rescue operation; then with communications assistance for the well-attended, though tragic, memorial service. We were glad to have a couple members be able to join their efforts.

•January's meeting focused on NTS, and the use and setup of the county field kits. We discovered a number of areas where we could contribute improvements.

•January 1, 2013 saw a change of Emergency Mangement leadership as John Dougherty stepped aside and Scott Forster took the reins of Bucks EOC.
• Members helped Doc, W3GAD, support the Canal Run and Thanksgiving Run the third week of November.

• Tuesday, November 13, at 7:30pm was our regular meeting, highlighting APRS as an emergency communications tool. The presentation can be found here.

• In October, BCARES supported the covered bridges bike tour, on Sunday, October 7. On Monday, October 29, Bucks County EOC called up BCARES for activation in support of Hurricane Sandy operations. Thanks to all who gave their time, energy, and equipment to help protect our communities.

• September was also busy, with our Simulated Emergency table top exercise at the regular bi-monthly meeting. At the end of the month, BCARES members are participating in the health department flu pandemic drill, as well as the MS-150 City to Shore bike race. September is also Emergency Preparedness Month, so this would be a good time to refresh any batteries, water, food, and medications that may be in your go kits.

• August was our most active month in terms of public service and training so far this year. This included our digital demo in Warminster Community Park, the Livestrong Challenge, and the PEMA AuxComm conference among other activity. August also saw the promotion of BCARES member, N3FKR Rocky Pistilli, to Montgomery County Emergency Coordinator. Congratulations.

• The remainder of May and June were also very active months. Members provided support for the Warminster Memorial Day parade, the ADA Tour De Cure biking fundraiser, and the annual golf outing at Five Ponds. And although BCARES was not able to host a Field Day station of its own (maybe next year), most members joined one of the club stations in the area, with some operating from home.

• In May, Jason, N3RAY offered a great presentation on NIMS and ICS. A copy of the presentation can be found here.

• April was a very active month for public service, with members participating in the Valley Forge Revolutionary Run, and the March for Babies walks in both Tyler Park and Montgomery County. In addition, we've been taking a look at the best way to improve performance at the EOC station.

• The end of March gave us an opportunity to showcase our emergency communications response on a light scale with the statewide Severe Weather exercise. Though we only had two locations to operate, BCARES was the most organized and most prepared agency involved with the exercise. We highlighted a number of areas where we do well, and several areas where we can improve. The after action report can be found here.

• The meeting on March 13 was well attended, including a visit by Section Manager-elect Bob Famiglio K3RF. It was decided that BCARES would continue to serve at the county level, developing supportive relationships with area clubs and townships. The structure will keep the organization as an ARES affiliate, consisting only of licensed amateur operators, with the option of coordinating with other emergency communications groups such as REACT as distinct organizations.
Please review the meeting minutes for more details, and information about upcoming projects.