Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network

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The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) is a network of volunteer amateur radio operators that provide emergency communications between Salvation Army posts, and pass messages with health and welfare information between the Salvation Army and the general public.

The group is open to amateur radio operators of all license classes, and of any (or no) religious faith. SATERN routinely operates on VHF and HF ham bands, but may operate any mode on any amateur radio frequency during an event.

During the Northeast blackout of 2003 the group was active in Upstate New York as well as the Salvation Army headquarters in Manhattan.[1]

Also when the F-5 hit Joplin Missouri. May 5 2011. The S.A.T.E.R.N. Units were activated also. They Provided Communications and helped with the distribution of Water,Ice,Personnel items,Food and Medical care. Food Trucks were dispatched to many effected areas to provide meals to victims and Emergency Workers and Law Enforcement and assistance was given to victims that would show up. Not to mention the distribution network provided Clothing and shelter for many people. The Salvation Army was providing the Shelter and in house eating facilities.

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  1. ^ Rick Lindquist, N1RL (October 2003), Hams a Bright Spot during Power Blackout, QST

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