Subject: Re: world events From: at <mercuriGRADIENT.CIS.UPENN.EDU> Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 23:40:07 -0400
With regard to the postings about the situation in the US on our newsgroup -- there ARE things that the auditory community can do to help in this effort: I wondered if there are people with directional hearing expertise who could assist in the location efforts. It has been mentioned in the press that occasionally there are sounds from the site that are believed to be people still alive. I would hope that anyone with expertise that they think could help with sound localization (or even sonar) would contact their local American Red Cross and register their service availability. A Thousand Amateur Radio Operators (of which many Auditory members may be, including myself) are needed in NY to operate communications equipment. I have attached below the call for volunteers. If you hold a current FCC license, please review the info at the bottom of this email and see if you can lend a hand. We need your help. Also, as a general announcement, the Audio Engineering Society Conference scheduled for THIS weekend in NYC has been postponed to November 30 - December 3, 2001. Given that the Javits center (where the convention was to have been held) has been taken over by the Federal Emergency Management team (this is a good thing), and considering that the rescue and clean-up effort may go on for months, the AES conference may be further postponed. Info will be available via www.aes.org as well as from NY AES HQ (which was not directly affected). I hope that our auditory newsgroup will post other requests and notices similar to these, which are relevant to our expertise and interests. As well, I hope that posters will be aware that this will continue to be a difficult time for many members, so some sensitivity will be appreciated. Sincerely, Dr. Rebecca Mercuri. KA3IAX (FCC General Class) ****Attached message for Radio Amateurs within commute of NYC: This site is for licensed Amateur Radio Operators to register themselves for communications duty in support of the relief effort at the World Trade Center. http://wtc.ab2m.net/ The site lists the equipment requirements and a checklist of items to bring. There is also a form to fill out to register. 73, Kip Burnett, KB2EGI ARES Emergency Coordinator, Mercer County NJ.