Who Are We? The FCDT net is a Philly regional net set up to enable us to share our technical skills using sound cards and radios. Over the past few years we have concentrated on FLDIGI and FLMSG/FLAMP,  Winlink (HF SSB and 2m FM) as well as SSTV,  FT8, VARA chat and VAR AC, Sound Card Oscilloscopes, sound card Signal Generators and other apps. We work closely with the ARES/RACES organizations in the Delaware Valley but we are an independent net,…
As was discussed on the weekly Net last night, w3big@delcoares.net W3BIG has provided us with the ARESMAT Task Book (Levels 4 and 5).  These are the requirements to be eligible for ARES Mutual Assistance Team deployment in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  This is a great concept, although please keep in mind that it is still in the initial phase of coordination within the Mid-Atlantic region.…
Although I expect less impacts from the winter storm here in Delaware County, PEMA has activated ACS for storm reports.  Any ham radio operator can join in and submit reports. In support of PEMA's Activation for Hazardous Winter Weather, PEMA ACS will be collecting winter weather data every 2 hours starting at 8pm Sunday Jan 16 til 8pm Monday Jan 17 unless demobilized sooner. Jan 16th at 8pm,10pm  Jan 17th at 12am, 2am,4am,6am,8am,10am,12pm,2pm,4pm,6pm,…
Here’s an update and clarification about the PEMA ACS activation email and blog post from yesterday. Also, the latest forecast models are moving the storm’s path a bit, and as a result this may be less of a big snowfall event, and more of some winters mix with heavy rain.  Keep an eye on the forecast and I will send out more information if NOAA alerts are issued or SKYWARN is going to be activated for Delaware County. I want to clear up confusion that resulted from yesterday’s email. To clarify,…
We have updated the Delco ARES Calendar to indicate who will be acting as Net Control.  We will also be adding an agenda for each monthly meeting onto the calendar as well so everyone knows in advance what we will be discussing or learning that meeting. If you are interested in acting as NCS for a weekly Analog and/or Digital Net, please just email net@delcoares.net mailto:net@delcoares.net to let us know which Nets and Dates you are interested in.  The base scripts are below,…
Just an FYI, PEMA ACS may be activating for a winter storm this weekend, and if they do we’ll be activating SKYWARN. PEMA ACS maybe be activating for this weekends upcoming winter weather event starting this Saturday at 07:30 till Wednesday 08:00 please respond with your availability and if your county ACS is activating.  We will provide more details as this event gets closer.  For more details or questions please email tbest@w3tmb.com mailto:tbest@w3tmb.com
Wyalusing, PA – January 11, 2022 – For Immediate Release https://epa-arrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Screen-Shot-2022-01-12-at-11.23.49-AM.png The ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, is pleased to report the re-election of George W. Miller, (Amateur call sign W3GWM) to a third 2-year term as section manager for the 34 counties of Eastern Pennsylvania (EPA). Miller resides in Wyalusing, PA. As the Eastern PA (EPA) ARRL section manager,…
Bob Wilson, W3BIG https://www.qrz.com/db/w3big will be the new East PA Section https://epa-arrl.org/ Emergency Coordinator coming on board Dec. 1, 2021. Bob lives in Upper Chichester Township, Delaware County. Bob has been a Ham since 1978, was previously the Emergency Coordinator for Delaware County https://www.delcoares.net/ from 2008 until 2015.
This afternoon and tonight, November 16, 2021, our local Limerick Generating Station (LGS) will be performing their every other year exercise to demonstrate emergency communications capabilities should there be a problem at the Nuclear Power Plant.  Starting around 3 or 4 pm this afternoon, you will hear Chester County and Montgomery County providing voice and data communications using several different modes.…
SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN™ volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN™ volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative.…