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Re: [W6EK Groups.io] [HFpack] NVIS isn't an antenna

Jef - N5JEF
 

Joe -

I'm glad you liked it.  I liked it too.  That why I forwarded it, written by Bonnie Crystal  KQ6XA.

Bonnie is very active in amateur Automatic Link Establishment (ALE), Portable HF, and Selective Calling (SELCALL) as well.


- Jef  N5JEF

On Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 2:07 PM Joe Ramirez <kn6fhjoe@...> wrote:
Jef, I love what you wrote about NVIS isn’t  an antenna.I would like your permission to make a copy for my self.I think every new ham in our club should have a copy.Thank you jef.   





VE Exams Session #ve - Sat, 12/01/2018 8:00am-9:00am #ve #cal-reminder

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VE Exams Session #ve

When:
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Description:
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[pr:14568] Reminder: SKYWARN Recognition Day 2018 is December 1 UTC

Carl Schultz <caschultzca@...>
 

FYI

Begin forwarded message:

Hello all,
 
I just wanted to give you all a reminder that SKYWARN Recognition Day is this upcoming Saturday, Dec. 1 -  http://www.arrl.org/news/reminder-skywarn-recognition-day-2018-is-december-1-utc
 
This represents a great opportunity to highlight an important aspect of the public service component of Amateur Radio. Please be in contact with the local reporters and editors that you have relationships with, and use this event to make them aware of the important bond between amateur radio operators and the National Weather Service. (Feel free to use the link above to our story on SKYWARN Recognition Day as the basis for your press release or note to your media contacts.)
 
Dave
 
David Isgur, N1RSN
Communications Manager
ARRL, The national association for Amateur Radio®
 
(w) 860-594-0328; (c) 860-214-3961
 


SFARC Net - Thu, 11/29/2018 7:30pm-8:30pm #cal-reminder

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7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Re: Help for Hams in the Camp Fire

Greg D
 

My recollection is that there have been a number of discussions over the years on the "use any means" clause in the regulations...  Arguably everything such agencies do is an emergency, but I don't believe that gives them cart-blanche to use ham on an on-going basis.  Note also that this is specifically not a governmental agency, as they describe it.  It's a 503C non-profit.  The site also lists a ham radio license as beneficial but not required.  Does not seem right.

Perhaps a good question for follow-up with folks who really deal with this sort of regulatory stuff...  I'm not an authority in any regard on this.

Greg  KO6TH


Alan Thompson - W6LAN wrote:

If it's Disaster Recovery, and Government Agencies are involved, maybe they can supersede customary FCC Comm ID rules due local emergency conditions. Seems like I remember a question in one of the license exams on this.

I wrote to two contacts I found on the sites to thank them, and to ask for more information on how this effort was supported, eg, who supplied the radios, etc..

Alan - W6LAN


On 11/22/2018 11:45 PM, Greg D wrote:
Interesting organization, but I don't think it makes them exempt from needing to identify with valid amateur radio call signs if they are using amateur radio frequencies...

Greg  KO6TH


W6LAN wrote:

I wondered about that, too, and thought at first I'd mis-programmed my radio for a gov frequency instead of a Repeater in the Ham bands. More about that Repeater, and the people behind it:

W6SCR
Butte County Sheriff's Communication Reserve
1670 Albion Ct
Chico, CA 95973
USA
The Butte County Sheriff's Communications Reserve is an all-volunteer auxiliary of the Sheriffs Office. The team serves as Butte County's Auxiliary Communications unit and is available for deployment 24/7 to any agency who makes the request. The team maintains a repeater system on 145.290- tone 110.9 along with several APRS digipeaters and Igate.

More information, including pictures of its communications truck and HF station at the Sheriff's dispatch center can be seen at the website http://www.buttescr.org

The Butte County Sheriff’s Communication Reserve (BCSCR) is a 15 member, all-volunteer auxiliary unit of the Butte County Sheriff Department. Comm Reserve serves the Sheriff’s Office, allied agencies, select NGOs and the greater North Sacramento Valley region.

Comm Reserve is an on-demand team of communications professionals. BCSCR members set up tactical repeaters and IP infrastructure, program / keyload subscribers, maintain repeater sites and draft incident communications plans. The unit also performs select C2 functions.

BCSCR is a self-financing, not-for-profit and registered 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. More about donations here.




Alan - W6LAN





Re: Help for Hams in the Camp Fire

Alan - W6WN
 

If it's Disaster Recovery, and Government Agencies are involved, maybe they can supersede customary FCC Comm ID rules due local emergency conditions. Seems like I remember a question in one of the license exams on this.

I wrote to two contacts I found on the sites to thank them, and to ask for more information on how this effort was supported, eg, who supplied the radios, etc..

Alan - W6LAN


On 11/22/2018 11:45 PM, Greg D wrote:
Interesting organization, but I don't think it makes them exempt from needing to identify with valid amateur radio call signs if they are using amateur radio frequencies...

Greg  KO6TH


W6LAN wrote:

I wondered about that, too, and thought at first I'd mis-programmed my radio for a gov frequency instead of a Repeater in the Ham bands. More about that Repeater, and the people behind it:

W6SCR
Butte County Sheriff's Communication Reserve
1670 Albion Ct
Chico, CA 95973
USA
The Butte County Sheriff's Communications Reserve is an all-volunteer auxiliary of the Sheriffs Office. The team serves as Butte County's Auxiliary Communications unit and is available for deployment 24/7 to any agency who makes the request. The team maintains a repeater system on 145.290- tone 110.9 along with several APRS digipeaters and Igate.

More information, including pictures of its communications truck and HF station at the Sheriff's dispatch center can be seen at the website http://www.buttescr.org

The Butte County Sheriff’s Communication Reserve (BCSCR) is a 15 member, all-volunteer auxiliary unit of the Butte County Sheriff Department. Comm Reserve serves the Sheriff’s Office, allied agencies, select NGOs and the greater North Sacramento Valley region.

Comm Reserve is an on-demand team of communications professionals. BCSCR members set up tactical repeaters and IP infrastructure, program / keyload subscribers, maintain repeater sites and draft incident communications plans. The unit also performs select C2 functions.

BCSCR is a self-financing, not-for-profit and registered 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. More about donations here.




Alan - W6LAN




[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with IMP Aerospace & Defence, Goffs, NS, Canada

Greg D
 

Hi folks,

11:05 AM this coming Saturday, 11/24!

Especially if you have kids or grandkids over for the Thanksgiving Holiday, consider listening in on the next school contact with the ISS.  This will NOT be an RF event - the Ham telebridge station is over in Italy.  BUT, they are planning to stream the event live on the Internet.  Logistics, below.

Highly recommended is to review the questions beforehand, and write down what you think the astronaut's answer will be.  Then listen to the broadcast and see how close you come.

Enjoy!

Greg  KO6TH


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Subject:     [amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with IMP Aerospace & Defence, Goffs, NS, Canada
Date:     Thu, 22 Nov 2018 21:39:52 -0500
From:     n4csitwo@...
To:     ariss-press@..., amsat-bb@...



An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at IMP Aerospace & Defence, Goffs, NS, Canada on 24 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 19:05 UTC. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between OR4ISS and IK1SLD. The contact should be audible over Italy and adjacent areas.  Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.  Watch for live simulcast at http://www.ariotti.com (staRting about 10 to 15 minutes before AOS) and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/FtU9oQigifo


The IMP Company makes the Robotic Arms for the ISS and did for the Shuttles.

Despite the disappointment of having to cancel a previously planned ARISS in late September during our Family Day activities preparations for this next opportunity to speak with Serena are in full swing.  The original participants who were selected from a pool of applications received from our IMP Aerospace and Avionics facilities are prepared and looking forward to taking part in this very unique opportunity.  During the delay the youngsters were able to do additional research on station life and experiments which has resulted in some interesting questions that we hope Serena will enjoy.  As an ARISS Mentor it's very encouraging to see the level of interest from the entire group including parents.

As a contractor IMP Aerospace has a long history in the manufacture of space rated avionics components.  This includes portions of STS Canadarm and the ISS Canadarm2 as well as numerous satellite and planetary rovers.  The original contact was planned to take place in one of our maintenace hangars at Halifax Stanfield International Airport however with this new opportuntiy we have moved the venue to the Keshan Goodman Branch of the Halifax Public Library System.  This been the site of previous ARISS contacts and always draws alot of attention.  This location allows us to invite media as well as the general public to observe and share in the inspiration this contact has to offer.  In addition to the usual pre-contact activities a presentation from the Halifax Center of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will focus on space based astronomy as well as specific instruction on how to identify visable ISS passes.  The contact will also have a potential for global viewing as the contact will be simulcast from not only the library location but from the ground station located at IK1SLD in Northern Italy.

 
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:


1. What happens when you sneeze in space?

2. What kind of physical training do you have to go through before going into
   space?

3. Do you believe signs of life, past or present, will be found in our Solar
   System?             

4. What is the coolest thing you've seen from the Space Station?

5: How do you handle medical issues in space especially if they are life-
   threatening?

6: What's it like to be an astronaut?                         

7. What does it smell like inside the ISS?

8. Is any food grown on the Space Station?             

9. How do you do laundry on the ISS?                 

10. How does your spacesuit stay warm?

11. In order to maintain altitude or avoid orbital debris a reboost or
    avoidance maneuver is performed.  Can you feel that taking place inside
    the ISS?

12. How long did it take for you to adjust to the weightless environment on     
    the ISS?

13. How does life spent on the underwater training laboratory "Aquarius"
    compare with life on the ISS?

14. Is it noisy or quiet inside the space station?

15. What has been the biggest health concern astronauts have had to deal
    with?

16. What's your favorite space meal?           

17. How do Astronauts take a shower in space?

18. Does the entire crew gather for meals?

19. What do you do in your spare time for entertainment?  

20. How do you know when to go to bed at night?

 

 

 

PLEASE CHECK THE FOLLOWING FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ARISS UPDATES:

 

      Visit ARISS on Facebook. We can be found at Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS).

 

      To receive our Twitter updates, follow @ARISS_status

 

 

 

Next planned event(s):

 

    1. Ecole Primaire Jean Jaurès et Arnaud, Troyes, France, telebridge via

       IK1SLD. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS

       The scheduled astronaut is Alexander Gerst KF5ONO

       Contact is go for: Tue 2018-11-27 16:28 UTC

       Watch for live simulcast at http://www.ariotti.com (starting about 10         

       to 15 minutes before AOS)

 

 

About ARISS:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, see www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org, and www.arrl.org.

 

Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN

 


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Re: Help for Hams in the Camp Fire

Greg D
 

Interesting organization, but I don't think it makes them exempt from needing to identify with valid amateur radio call signs if they are using amateur radio frequencies...

Greg  KO6TH


W6LAN wrote:

I wondered about that, too, and thought at first I'd mis-programmed my radio for a gov frequency instead of a Repeater in the Ham bands. More about that Repeater, and the people behind it:

W6SCR
Butte County Sheriff's Communication Reserve
1670 Albion Ct
Chico, CA 95973
USA
The Butte County Sheriff's Communications Reserve is an all-volunteer auxiliary of the Sheriffs Office. The team serves as Butte County's Auxiliary Communications unit and is available for deployment 24/7 to any agency who makes the request. The team maintains a repeater system on 145.290- tone 110.9 along with several APRS digipeaters and Igate.

More information, including pictures of its communications truck and HF station at the Sheriff's dispatch center can be seen at the website http://www.buttescr.org

The Butte County Sheriff’s Communication Reserve (BCSCR) is a 15 member, all-volunteer auxiliary unit of the Butte County Sheriff Department. Comm Reserve serves the Sheriff’s Office, allied agencies, select NGOs and the greater North Sacramento Valley region.

Comm Reserve is an on-demand team of communications professionals. BCSCR members set up tactical repeaters and IP infrastructure, program / keyload subscribers, maintain repeater sites and draft incident communications plans. The unit also performs select C2 functions.

BCSCR is a self-financing, not-for-profit and registered 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. More about donations here.




Alan - W6LAN



Re: Help for Hams in the Camp Fire

Alan - W6WN
 

I wondered about that, too, and thought at first I'd mis-programmed my radio for a gov frequency instead of a Repeater in the Ham bands. More about that Repeater, and the people behind it:

W6SCR
Butte County Sheriff's Communication Reserve
1670 Albion Ct
Chico, CA 95973
USA
The Butte County Sheriff's Communications Reserve is an all-volunteer auxiliary of the Sheriffs Office. The team serves as Butte County's Auxiliary Communications unit and is available for deployment 24/7 to any agency who makes the request. The team maintains a repeater system on 145.290- tone 110.9 along with several APRS digipeaters and Igate.

More information, including pictures of its communications truck and HF station at the Sheriff's dispatch center can be seen at the website http://www.buttescr.org

The Butte County Sheriff’s Communication Reserve (BCSCR) is a 15 member, all-volunteer auxiliary unit of the Butte County Sheriff Department. Comm Reserve serves the Sheriff’s Office, allied agencies, select NGOs and the greater North Sacramento Valley region.

Comm Reserve is an on-demand team of communications professionals. BCSCR members set up tactical repeaters and IP infrastructure, program / keyload subscribers, maintain repeater sites and draft incident communications plans. The unit also performs select C2 functions.

BCSCR is a self-financing, not-for-profit and registered 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. More about donations here.




Alan - W6LAN


Re: Help for Hams in the Camp Fire

Alan - W6WN
 

Hello All,

We all just returned home this afternoon to take a break. I'll try to check into the 'Net tonight.

Jim is right. Money is what the NGOs need most since they can use it to buy to provide the help needed most. It's a pretty stunning mobilization on the ground there - well over two thousand workers involved.

Alan - W6LAN


Re: [pr:14564] a little joy in our emergency exercise

Gary - KB7QWC
 
Edited

Absolutely awesome.  Thanks for sharing Carl.

 

   …Gary, KB7QWC

      Foresthill, CA

 

From: sfarc@w6ek.groups.io <sfarc@w6ek.groups.io> On Behalf Of Carl Schultz
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 4:39 PM
To: SFARC Group <sfarc@w6ek.groups.io>
Subject: [from W6EK Groups.io] [pr:14564] a little joy in our emergency exercise

 

 

 

Begin forwarded message:



From: "Steven Fletcher" <srfletcher@...>

Subject: [pr:14564] a little joy in our emergency exercise

Date: November 14, 2018 9:43:52 AM PST

Cc: deb provo <dprovo@...>, David Kidd <ka7ozo1@...>, Nathan Hersey <natehersey@...>

Reply-To: Steven Fletcher <srfletcher@...>

 

ARRL PR Editor 

Steve Ewald

David Isgur

 

As you may know, ARES and other Aux Comms in Oregon just completed their Fall 2018 SET. There were some "normal" challenges in the SET and one complex contingency task. The contingency task was nicknamed the MacGyver task and it generated a lot of enthusiasm. In it, all the antennas from the county EOC have been blown off by a micro-storm, adding to the difficulties of the primary SET scenario. Counties in Oregon competed with themselves and with each other. The requirement was to get a message to W7GCO in Grant County Oregon by three unique hops. Some did this in three or four hops and one county sent a slightly different message twice using three different unique hops. All together there were over 30 different methods used by 15 counties. In the case of Multnomah County ARES, they made it more complicated and designed a plan to use 11 hops. The attached photo, as described by Deb Provo, the Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Multnomah County ARES, "is a picture of many smiling faces after last hop was completed".

 

In my opinion, this photo is emblematic of what is best in amateur radio and should be shared widely. It added a lot of joy to our emergency exercise.

 

You have permission to use this text and this photo as best serves the needs of ARRL and the greater amateur radio community.

 

Beside this wonderful photo, here is a link to a video they put together: Multnomah ARES 2018 Fall SET

 

Kindest regards

 

steve

 

Steve Fletcher

SET Designer

Grant County, OR.,ARES EC

Phone: 541-699-1909

K7AA  

 

 

 

 

 


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[pr:14564] a little joy in our emergency exercise

Carl Schultz <caschultzca@...>
 



Begin forwarded message:

From: "Steven Fletcher" <srfletcher@...>
Subject: [pr:14564] a little joy in our emergency exercise
Date: November 14, 2018 9:43:52 AM PST
Cc: deb provo <dprovo@...>, David Kidd <ka7ozo1@...>, Nathan Hersey <natehersey@...>
Reply-To: Steven Fletcher <srfletcher@...>

ARRL PR Editor 
Steve Ewald
David Isgur
 
As you may know, ARES and other Aux Comms in Oregon just completed their Fall 2018 SET. There were some "normal" challenges in the SET and one complex contingency task. The contingency task was nicknamed the MacGyver task and it generated a lot of enthusiasm. In it, all the antennas from the county EOC have been blown off by a micro-storm, adding to the difficulties of the primary SET scenario. Counties in Oregon competed with themselves and with each other. The requirement was to get a message to W7GCO in Grant County Oregon by three unique hops. Some did this in three or four hops and one county sent a slightly different message twice using three different unique hops. All together there were over 30 different methods used by 15 counties. In the case of Multnomah County ARES, they made it more complicated and designed a plan to use 11 hops. The attached photo, as described by Deb Provo, the Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Multnomah County ARES, "is a picture of many smiling faces after last hop was completed".

In my opinion, this photo is emblematic of what is best in amateur radio and should be shared widely. It added a lot of joy to our emergency exercise.

You have permission to use this text and this photo as best serves the needs of ARRL and the greater amateur radio community.

Beside this wonderful photo, here is a link to a video they put together: Multnomah ARES 2018 Fall SET

Kindest regards

steve
 
Steve Fletcher
SET Designer
Grant County, OR.,ARES EC
Phone: 541-699-1909
K7AA  






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[pr:14566] Deadline approaching for Leonard Award nominations

Carl Schultz <caschultzca@...>
 

A message for all from our Communications Manager at HQ

Begin forwarded message:

Hello all,
 
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from ARRL HQ!

Just a quick reminder that the deadline for submitting your nominations for the 2018 ARRL Bill Leonard Award is fast approaching. We will be accepting nominations until November 30th, end of business day.

Please see the rules and how to submit here: http://www.arrl.org/bill-leonard-award

 
Dave
 
David Isgur, N1RSN
Communications Manager
ARRL, The national association for Amateur Radio®
 


SFARC Net - Thu, 11/22/18 7:30pm-8:30pm #cal-reminder

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SFARC Net

When:
Thursday, 22 November 2018
7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Description:
Check-in for Club updates from Officers and members, QSTs and more. Everyone is welcome!

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Elmer Net - Wed, 11/21/18 7:30pm-8:30pm #cal-reminder

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When:
Wednesday, 21 November 2018
7:30pm to 8:30pm
(GMT-08:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
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Description:

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Re: More Mystery Antennas

Bruce - K6BAA
 

Google maps shows: 800 Price Ave, McClellan Park


On 11/20/2018 2:12 PM, Patrick Barthelow wrote:
Looks to me Bruce,  like a Log periodic, wide bandwidth  hard to scale by eyeball probable frequency range...
A clue might be a rough pointing azimuth.  Next time if you can get a building number or a McClellan street numbe,  we can peg it on a Google maps.
Best, 73,   Pat Barthelow   AA6EG
apolloeme@...

"The most exciting phrase to hear in Science, the one that heralds
new discoveries,  is not "Eureka, I have found it!"    but:

"That's funny..."  ----Isaac Asimov 




On Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 11:29 AM Bruce Anderson <anderson51@...> wrote:
Drove past this building at McClellan Field. Yagi on an unmarked building.

Any ideas?

Bruce-K6BAA






Re: More Mystery Antennas

Patrick Barthelow
 

Looks to me Bruce,  like a Log periodic, wide bandwidth  hard to scale by eyeball probable frequency range...
A clue might be a rough pointing azimuth.  Next time if you can get a building number or a McClellan street numbe,  we can peg it on a Google maps.
Best, 73,   Pat Barthelow   AA6EG
apolloeme@...

"The most exciting phrase to hear in Science, the one that heralds
new discoveries,  is not "Eureka, I have found it!"    but:

"That's funny..."  ----Isaac Asimov 




On Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 11:29 AM Bruce Anderson <anderson51@...> wrote:
Drove past this building at McClellan Field. Yagi on an unmarked building.

Any ideas?

Bruce-K6BAA





Re: More Mystery Antennas

Greg D
 

Log periodic, I think. Definitely not technically a Yagi-Uda antenna.
Very wide band, probably microwave through low VHF. Also circularly
polarized, or at least switchable horizontal and vertical. Interesting
reflector element.

I wonder what it's aimed at? I don't think that's a rotor at its base.
Not enough slack in the feed line to accommodate any significant rotation.

But do be careful taking pictures of such things...

Greg KO6TH


Bruce Anderson wrote:

Drove past this building at McClellan Field. Yagi on an unmarked
building.

Any ideas?

Bruce-K6BAA




More Mystery Antennas

Bruce - K6BAA
 
Edited

Drove past this building at McClellan Field. Yagi on an unmarked building.

Any ideas?

Bruce-K6BAA


Re: Help for Hams in the Camp Fire

Jim - N6MED
 

Kudos Alan for the huge contribution you are making to the recovery effort. What follows might be already well know to many and, perhaps not so well know by others.
In my humble experience working with the Red Cross during both Response and Recovery phases of disasters, the 2nd best (or perhaps the first?) thing folks can do is contribute $. Numerous ngo's jump into the fray, all with donated $. Whatever paid staff there might be is minimal at most. At shelters one will find 100% of the staffing done by volunteers, ARC handling housing, health services, mental health services, outreach, etc. Salvation Army, all volunteers preparing meals and feeding, faith-based ngo's providing shelter facilities, portable shower facilities, etc. SPCA and others taking care of disaster victim pets.Hams augmenting disaster comms, service groups like Lions Clubs, Kiwanis, and many, many more. SAR groups (presuming that's your contribution, Alan) are self-supporting.
Bottom line: $ to your ngo of choice. The groups know where money will be best used in their response and recovery efforts.
Jim / n6med

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