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SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX009 ARLX009 FCC, federal agencies shut down after terrorist attacks ZCZC AX09 QST de W1AW Special Bulletin 9 ARLX009 >From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT September 11, 2001 To all radio amateurs SB SPCL ARL ARLX009 ARLX009 FCC, federal agencies shut down after terrorist attacks Along with most other federal agencies, the FCC has closed its offices and sent its employees home in the wake of apparent terrorist attacks this morning in New York City, Washington, DC, and elsewhere. The FCC has issued no emergency declaration nor other special instructions to the Amateur Radio community. The ARRL has advised amateurs to stay alert to instructions from local authorities. President George W. Bush has announced that the US military is on high alert in the US and abroad. US air traffic was shut down after two airliners struck the twin towers of the 110-story World Trade Center in New York City this morning within a short time of each other. The building's towers partially collapsed in the wake of the collisions. An aircraft subsequently crashed into the Pentagon, and another aircraft crashed near Pittsburgh, reportedly after being hijacked. American Airlines and United Airlines both have acknowledged that they have lost planes this morning. More than 260 died in the crashes. Thousands were believed injured in New York City; there's no estimate on the number killed. New York City-Long Island Section Emergency Coordinator Tom Carrubba, KA2D, said there has been no request for any Amateur Radio Emergency Service response at this time, although hams have been requested to assist the American Red Cross. New York City's emergency management offices are located in the World Trade Center. He said he was alerting all amateurs, especially ARES and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service personnel, to get prepared and to stand by. Carrubba said he's in the process of setting up a command channel on a linked repeater system that will cover the area from New York City into Long Island's Suffolk County. Kenneth Goetz, N2SQW, reports New York State RACES is operational on 3.993.5 and 7.248 MHz handling emergency and governmental-type traffic. He asked amateurs to avoid these frequencies. In the Washington, DC, area, Virginia SEC Tom Gregory, N4NW, says Virginia ARES has been put on alert but has not yet been activated. ''I've asked everyone to monitor the emergency frequencies and to keep a full tank of gas.'' He said the attack on Washington has resulted in a massive traffic jam as workers in DC attempt to leave the capital; cellular telephone communication was next-to-impossible. While no emergency nets are in operation yet, Gregory said all repeaters would be available as well as 7.243 MHz and 3.947 MHz on HF. Virginia RACES reportedly has been activated at the state emergency operations center at Virginia State Police headquarters in Richmond as a precautionary measure. The FCC's Riley Hollingsworth today suggested that the amateur community remain calm but ready. He invited amateurs monitoring any suspicious radio activity to contact him, and he will relay relevant information to the FCC duty team. He advised monitors to tape such radio traffic, if possible. Should a state of war be declared, Amateur Radio would not automatically be shut down. This requirement was eliminated prior to the Gulf War. NNNN /EX Subject: [hamemergency] HAM EMERGENCY NET FREQYUENCIES OPERATIONAL NOW. Sept. 11, 2001 Tuesday FYI ----- SOME OF THE EMERGENCY RADIO HAM NETS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED AND ARE VERY ACTIVE ASSISTING IN TRAFFIC AND OPERATIONS CONCERNING TODAYS CRISIS:- 7240.00 Khz. RACES 7250.00 Khz. RACES 7255.00 Khz. cordinating net 7260.00 Khz. Races 14244.00 Khz. NYC traffic 14265.00 Khz. SALVATION ARMY 14300.00 Khz. Intercin Traffic Net/MMSN 14326.00 Khz. Health and Welfare There many more local and long range nets not listed here. PLEASE ADD TO THIS LIST IF YOU CAN. THANKS MURRAY EPSTEIN , ve2auu