AAACERT Amateur Radio Net – QSL Card Info

Good evening. If you are checking into the net or have checked into the net the QSL below is what you will receive. I expect to mail the cards out around 05 July. Cards will be sent to the address as it is shown on QRZ. If you have  different USMail address that you want use, email me by using the Contact Us form.

AAACERT Amateur Radio Inaugural Net QSL.

We would like to thank Hal & Sue of CheapQSLs for their help with the design and printing of the cards and for the many revisions that we went through. I can’t thank them enough for their help.


Local Amateur Radio Field Day Events

On the fourth weekend of June, more than 40,000 amateur radio operators (hams) throughout North America set up temporary transmitting with their clubs, groups, friends or individually to operate from remote locations. The purpose is to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933 and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest
and, most of all, FUN!

It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.
The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
Amateur Radio operators use these same skills when they help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walka-thons;
celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.
But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so complex — ham radio has been called into action, again and again, to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in a real disaster and post-disaster situations such as recently deployed after the devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico.

Where to find local Field Day Activities in Anne Arundel County

Davidsonville, MD
Davidsonville Family Recreation Center
3789 Queen Anne Bridge Road
Davidsonville, MD 21035
Contact: Keith Miller, AE3D
Talk-In: 147.105+/107.2

Pasadena, MD
Downs Park Youth Camping Area
Sponsor: Maryland Mobileers Radio Club (W3CU)
Talk-In: 146.805- / 107.2
Contact: Ross Sorci

Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Launches “Know Your Zone”

The following is taken from the MEMA website.

Program Designed to Ease Evacuation in Areas Subject to Tidal Floods, Surge

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (June 14, 2018) — With the record-setting 2017 hurricane season still fresh in most American’s minds, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), in conjunction with local emergency managers, is rolling out a new hurricane and severe weather evacuation system as a result of the Maryland hurricane evacuation study which concluded earlier this year.  The study identified 3 large areas in Maryland subject to tidal flooding. Know Your Zone aims to bring awareness of the evacuation zones to the forefront of Marylanders’ summer plans and make evacuation notices easier to disseminate.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently released its forecast for the upcoming season and predicted near- to above-normal activity.  However, it only takes one storm hitting the mid-Atlantic area to seriously affect Maryland.

“As experts are forecasting an active Hurricane season this year, I strongly encourage all Marylanders to be proactive, prepared, and to Know Your Zone,” said Governor Hogan. “We are all too familiar with the devastating impacts of severe weather and flooding, so remain vigilant, spread the word to your friends, family, neighbors and let them know about the importance of this potentially life-saving initiative.”

The Know Your Zone Logo. A Hurricane Icon with the Maryland State Flag image in it. Text reads "Know Your Zone It's as easy as A-B-C"

Residents of and visitors to Maryland are encouraged to visit the new interactive Know Your Zone web page,, where they can learn more about the project. On that page, you can type in an address and quickly find out what zone, if any, the property is located in.

The first year of the program will encourage Maryland residents to know the evacuation zone of their residence, business or vacation site. The zones are designated by letters AB and C.

Zone A areas are the most likely to be impacted by severe flooding in the event of a major storm or hurricane. In future years, the program will focus on refining evacuation routes away from the affected areas. “Proper and timely messaging for evacuations saves lives,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland. “This new system is designed to make it easier for local emergency managers to evacuate areas by encouraging Marylanders to Know Your Zone before a storm hits.”

The three evacuation zones only affect areas subject to tidal flooding or storm surge – communities at or near the Atlantic Ocean, the Coastal Bays, and the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. That covers 16 Maryland counties along with Annapolis, Baltimore City and Ocean City.

“Hurricane Sandy in 2012 was a wake-up call for the mid-Atlantic region; it could have been Maryland,” said Strickland. “Working with local and federal partners, and using technology that until recently was not available, we studied updated flooding and surge patterns caused by more powerful storms to develop these new evacuation plans.”

If local officials feel an evacuation is needed to protect lives, they will issue the order by zones instead of having to define specific geographic areas. This program is similar to one rolled out last year in neighboring Virginia.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November. Hurricanes can cause strong winds, heavy rain, inland flooding and other severe weather, but residents in Maryland can be prepared by ensuring they know how to receive a warning, have a plan, practice safety tips and know their evacuation zone.

It is important to remember Maryland can see hurricanes and impacts from a storm hundreds of miles away. Hurricanes can produce 150-plus miles per hour winds, tornadoes and tremendous flooding from both tidal surges as well as torrential rain

Residents can also take the following actions to remain safe:

  • Build an emergency supply kit and develop a family emergency and communications plan.
  • Stay tuned to trusted sources such as the National Weather Service and local broadcasters for official weather information.
  • Follow instructions and advice given by emergency officials, especially instructions related to evacuation.
  • During severe weather, stay indoors away from windows, close all interior doors, and brace external doors. If you live near the shore or coast, expect the storm tide will inundate your home.
  • Monitor NWS flood warnings for your area and be prepared to seek higher ground. Flooding is often our biggest threat.
  • Fill a bathtub or other large container with water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets.
  • Charge electronic devices before bad weather hits and consider keeping a charger in your car.

Additional preparedness information can be found on MEMA’s website at Residents can download the free MARYLAND Prepares mobile app. They can also follow MEMA on Twitter or on Facebook.

AAACERT Amateur Radio Net, Tuesday 19 June – Reminder

AAACERT will host it’s first amateur radio net this Tuesday, 19 June at 1930. ALL amateur radio operators are invited to check in.

To commemorate this special occasion, AAACERT has designed a special QSL card and US Postage stamp for the inaugural event. This is a limited edition of both the QSL and the US Postage stamp ONLY for those who check in on Tuesday. The special QSL cards will be mailed within two weeks after the net.

We expect there will be numerous check-ins so please be patient during the check-in and follow the Net Control Operator (NCO) instructions. This will be a directed net.

Date/Time: Tuesday, 19 June 1930 hrs.
Frequency: 442.3000 / 107.2 (Annapolis)
Echo Link: 90911

Contact Erick Graves (WA3G) or Paul Bowling (W4ATN) for additional details.

CPR trained citizens can help save lives in Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County and City of Annapolis has joined the growing list of communities participating in a project to help save lives of sudden cardiac arrest. The PulsePoint app (available for Apple and Android devices) alerts CPR trained individuals who are nearby allowing CPR to begin before the arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

If you are interested in CPR training information is available at

Get Trained, Get the App, Save a Life!

Read more:
Anne Arundel app connects anyone CPR trained with nearby heart attack victims

AAACERT Basic CERT, Class 2018-02 Graduation

AAACERT Instructors awarded Certificates of Completion for the Basic CERT class to thirteen individuals on Saturday, 09 June.

AAACERT Basic CERT Class, 2018 June 09, Class 2018-02.

The graduating Basic CERT class received instruction in disasters, incident command structure, disaster medical operations, use of fire extinguishers, psychological aspects of disasters, search and rescue and other topics intended to teach the students what to do in case of a disaster or other emergency.

Moulaged “patient” for the AAACERT Basic CERT disaster drill.


Volunteer victims were moulaged, made up to appear to have injuries, as part of the classes final disaster drill. The volunteers then were spread about the area hidden in various locations and the class members were required to find, triage (sort the victims according to their injuries) and move them to a central collection point. Anne Arundel County Police the arrived on the scene where the student acting as the Incident Commander gave report.

Congratulations to all who attended and thank you to all of the volunteers and instructors. Special thanks to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department for the use of classrooms and the “yard” and to Anne Arundel County Police for participating in the final exercise!

Ebola outbreak spreading overseas again

Two years ago, West Africa was declared Ebola-free following the 2014 outbreak. New cases are now turning up in the same region and while the international response is more proactive than four years ago, this new outbreak has already spread from rural areas into a densely populated city area, increasing the potential for spread.
So far the outbreak is still small and officials hope to contain it. Unlike the 2014 outbreak, they have promising experimental vaccines in their arsenal this time, which already have proven to be helpful in recent trials.
It is always a good idea to keep ahead of potential threats, and EMS personnel
could again play a large role if Ebola makes it to the United States (PDF, 636 KB) in the future. Agencies should review and update response plans, patient transport protocols, infection control or any other plans that might cover response to a patient with Ebola.

Current guidance:  The National Association of State EMS Officials has a list of Ebola-related resources including after-action reports, training, hospital preparedness, EMS checklists, fact sheets for law enforcement, legal issues and much more.
Public Health Emergency provides EMS providers and other healthcare workers to prepare for and treat patients who may be infected.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes transmission, signs
and symptoms, prevention, and treatment of Ebola.
The Journal of Emergency Medical Services published “A First Responder’s
Guide to Ebola” during the last outbreak.
Ensure your personnel are up-to-date on recommended guidance from national level agencies and consider a formal review or in-house training on them.

The article is from  EMR-ISAC, The InfoGram, 2018 June 07

CERTCON 2018 Needs “Victims”

Volunteers are needed to role-play as victims for the 2018 CERTCON. We could use your help!

2018 CERTCON Mass Casualty Incident Field Exercise

2018 CERTCON, the Mid-Atlantic conference for Community Emergency Response Teams, is conducting mass casualty emergency preparedness exercises. These exercises enable our teams to practice responding to large scale emergencies.

We are asking for volunteers to play the role of residents who are victims of a natural disaster. Mock victims will be able to choose their level of injury. We need all types of roles from highly dramatic with little trauma to highly traumatic with little drama. Some volunteers may choose to play entirely non-moulaged victims such as family members, worried well, and psychologically injured patients. All roles are vital in making the scenario as realistic as possible for the responders.

A variety of Moulage (simulated casualty makeup) will be applied by Moulage Technicians. Victims will be briefed on the scenario, safety information, and basic acting skills and then placed in the simulated cityscape or in the high rise building. First responders will assess, triage (level of injury/severity will be rated) and simulate lifesaving treatment. Victims will be moved to a casualty collection point for procedural treatment and then transport to hospitals will be simulated.

Because of the graphic nature of this event, we limit victims to age 14 and above and minors will be required to have a consent form signed by a parent or guardian. Montgomery County Public School SSL hours will be honored, and forms will be available.  This is a secured location and a state-issued ID is required. A change of clothes is recommended.

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Check-In
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  • Role Player assignments
  • Moulage application (makeup applied to simulate injuries)
  • Role player briefing will be conducted to explain the scenario situation in greater detail, safety procedures, and what actions will be expected of the mock victims
  • Actor/role players will interface with emergency responders – they will be assessed, triaged, and simulated treatment will occur
  • Hospital transport will be simulated – emergency vehicle transport to actual hospitals will not occur
  • A hot wash/debriefing (evaluation of the exercise) will be conducted
  • Actor/role players will complete a Participant Feedback Form based on the experience
  • Volunteer check-out

Further details will be emailed to those who have registered.



Chemical Suicides Create Dangerous Environments for First Responders

Three law enforcement officers in Georgia were hospitalized in May after being exposed to toxic fumes at the scene of a possible chemical suicide. Chemical suicides involve people mixing easily-attainable chemicals to produce a toxic gas, which can kill rather quickly. Often this is done in an enclosed space such as a car; occasionally people use “exit bags”: plastic bags placed over the head, connected to a gas supply. Instructions are,  unfortunately, readily available on the internet.

car in dark alley

In many but not all chemical suicide incidents, the victim leaves a written warning for whomever will find them. Typically, the first instinct when faced with an unconscious person in a car is to open a door or break a window; in a home or hotel, rushing in after gaining access is also the norm. Though well intended, these actions also endanger first responders or anyone else attempting to render aid.

It is important to gain situational awareness and take time to perform a quick evaluation of the scene for responder safety — even if time is critical:

  • Look for signs taped to doors or windows warning of any danger.
  • Look in the windows for chemical containers or chemical fog.
  • Take notice of any faint chemical odors.
  • Look for tape sealing the edges of doors, windows or vents.

For more information, see the Chemical Suicide Case Study and training for first responders offered by The International Association of Fire Chiefs also offers resources and a webinar on chemical suicide response.

This article appeared in the May 24, 2018 InfoGram PDF ~160 KB. |  Subscribe to the InfoGram

Other articles include:

  • Emergency management planning for schools
  • Coordination between emergency management and water utilities
  • EMS Week: Stronger Together

CERTCON 2018 – Learning For Life, 2018 June 23 & 24

CERTCON 2018 is almost here!! Register TODAY!

The Montgomery County (Maryland) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is sponsoring the annual CERT conference in the National Capital Region. The conference will provide education and hands-on training to CERTs in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The CERTCON 2018 theme is “Learning For Life” and is the foundational concept for this year’s classes, lectures, workshops and training exercises.

A ticket is required for each day of the conference. There will be 2 separate registrations due to 2 different locations.

Day 1: Saturday, June 23, 2018- Montgomery College- Germantown Campus

The event begins Saturday June 23, 2018 at 0900 at the Montgomery College campus in Germantown. Doors open at 0800. There will be plenty of free parking available on campus. Saturday’s schedule will include breakout sessions on topics ranging from COOP Planning for small businesses to water safety. There will also be panel discussions and interactive exercises.  An follow up email with full event details, maps, schedules and more will be sent in June.  We expect Saturday’s event to run until approximately 1630.

Day 2: Sunday, June 24, 2018- Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy

CERTCON 2018 moves to the new Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy for a day of apparatus displays, hands on breakout training, and a hyper-realistic field training exercise (FTX), designed to test CERT skills and teamwork held in the facility’s “high bay” three-story indoor cityscape. Doors open at 0830, and the event begins at 0900. We expect CERTCON 2018 to wrap up about 1500. There is plenty of free parking at the academy. State ID required for entry to the PSTA.