public-service Archive

Blog posts about the activities of the RRRA ARES Committee and the “voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications” (“Amateur Radio Service.” 47 “CFR” 97.1(a). 2016.), provided to the public by Amateur Radio operators.

Jingle Bell Run Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are still needed to provide communication support for the 2016 Jungle Bell Run on Saturday, December 3rd.

Volunteers will be stationed outside along the course and should meet at the Courts Plus fireplace at 8:15 AM to obtain their assignments. The race starts at 9:00 AM.

Please contact  if you would like to volunteer for, or have any questions about, this event.

Sunday Night NCS Operators Needed For 2017

Net Control Station (NCS) Operators are needed for the 2017 Sunday Night VHF/UHF nets.

NCS operators call the net to order at its designated start time, periodically call for participants to join, listen for check-ins, keep track of the roster of stations for that particular net session, and generally orchestrate the operation of the net. A Net Preamble (or script) is provided to aid NCSes in operating their nets.

2016 SET Results

The ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET), conducted on October 1st and 2nd, 2016, was a national emergency exercise “aimed at testing the skills and preparedness of Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and other organizations that are called into action in actual emergency situations.”[1]

During the 2016 SET the Red River Radio Amateurs (RRRA) conducted tests of HF and VHF coverage in the Red River Valley. The Net Control Stations periodically polled the W0ILO repeaters, the VHF National Calling Frequency, and 3.860MHz, logging the call-signs and locations of check-ins. No logs are available for the HF portion of the SET. However, according to a statement by KC0DCF at the October 2016 RRRA business meeting, HF operations were not conducted at NDSU as planned due to equipment issues. Mark KK0V operated HF from home and logged 5 contacts.

Stop The Bleeding Introductory Presentation

“All too often, victims of active shooter or mass-casualty incidents bleed to death waiting for medical treatment. … Most of these shooting events are over in 15 minutes and people can bleed to death within five minutes from these severe injuries.”[1]

Unfortunately it can take more than five minutes for professional first responders to arrive at an incident scene; this is where Immediate Responders, “civilian bystanders … who perform external bleeding control for victims at the point of wounding before the arrival of professional responders”[2], are critical for victim survival. As Amateur Radio Operators we are often present at incidents where Immediate Responders may be needed During the October 2016 Business Meeting, Everett Patterson from the Fargo Fire Department will present an Introduction to their “Stop the Bleeding” training program. This presentation will discuss why the program was developed, who developed it, and what the training is for.