John Beckman - W4BTX HAM RADIO "A PAST TIME FOR A LIFETIME"W
It was my pleasure to be part of THE origins Salvation Army RTTU team back in the '6-s and 70s. I vividly recall an earthquake in Mexico that destroyed most of a city and caused countless deaths. We loaded our TTY machines on a plane and under the Salvation Army flag set up a health and welfare service. I was on the receiving end in the US. When we got a request to check on someone we sent the request to the RTTY station in Mexico. They sent kids on motor bikes out to check on survivors, and the answer was relayed to us. Then we had the job of informing US relatives of the condx of their kin in Mexico. Our leader of that group received a medal from the Mexican President.
.On June 2, The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) launched a new SATERN International SSB Net on 14.325 MHz. Net sessions will take place Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11 AM Central Daylight Time, in cooperation with the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), which has used 14.325 MHz for many years during its own activations. Just down the band, another net sporting the same SATERN acronym -- the Strategic Auxiliary Team Emergency Readiness Net -- has established itself on SATERN's former frequency of 14.265 MHz. The latter net was organized by Lee Glassman, WA5LEE, a former manager of the original SATERN. The Salvation Army made the distinction clear in its announcement launching the new SSB net on 20 meters.
The new SATERN organization (Strategic Auxiliary Team Emergency Readiness Net) is not associated with The Salvation Army," SATERN National Committee Chair Michele Heaver told ARRL. "At this time, SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network) is no longer associated with Lee Glassman and does not support his new efforts with the Strategic Auxiliary Team Emergency Readiness Net. This is a breakaway organization."
"The SATERN split will entail a new "updated and revised SATERN website" in the near future, The Salvation Army (TSA) said in its announcement. The new SATERN under Glassman has established its own web presence.
The "original" SATERN -- the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network -- is a fully integrated Salvation Army program within The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS). It was organized in 1988 by Major Patrick McPherson, WW9E (SK). For details on this project CLICK this link to Read an expanded version.
73 from John, W4BTX, until next week. Take care, and stay safe.