From ARRL news: 01/09/2018Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) will conduct a Communications Exercise (COMMEX) on January 17 and on the third Wednesday of subsequent months during 2018, 1500-2100 UTC. These exercises will use the 60-meter channels and will test and exercise interoperable communication (federal/state/local/tribal/Amateur Radio) for use during a major disaster in which the conventional telecommunication infrastructure has been significantly damaged or destroyed.
FEMA Region 10 will use the call sign WGY910. Other stations that may take part include, but are not limited to, other FEMA stations, DHS, USCG, SHARES, DoD, and National Weather Service. Stations (both federal and amateur) associated with agencies and organizations that provide response support in accordance with the National Response Framework are encouraged to participate.
The COMMEX will use all five 60-meter dial frequencies: 5,330.5 kHz; 5,346.5 kHz; 5,357.0 kHz; 5,371.5 kHz, and 5,403.5 kHz as part of the exercise.
Thanks to member Mark Bauserman for his diligent and thoughtful compilation of amateur radio repeaters in the Puget Sound area.
The Puget Sound HAM Repeater Maps book is available as a printable PDF file (11 pages, see link below) and consists of several maps and lists to help the ham trying to establish VHF or UHF communications in the region. Especially valuable are the excellent repeater maps including Jefferson and Clallam Counties, Kitsap County, and northern Puget Sound. A couple of linked repeater systems are also mapped out, covering the greater Puget Sound area and southwest Washington coast.
Elements of the US Department of Defense will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.
On the third Wednesday of each month, FEMA Region X conducts a COMMEX consisting of radio check in’s from authorized state, tribal, federal and amateur stations to test HF interoperability in case of an emergency or disaster response. Cities, counties, tribes, authorized Federal agencies and amateur operators that support jurisdictional emergency management organizations are welcome to participate. The coordination and authorization of this net between Federal stations and amateur licensees has been coordinated and authorized by the NTIA and the FCC. (Download full FEMA press release by clicking: RX COMMEX Plan_MAR2017_PublicRelease.)
Since the band conditions have changed so much on 80m, 60m, and 40m in the evenings, i.e. start to go very long as it gets later in the day, the Five Dot Three Nets on Saturdays will start at 5pm Pacific Time. I hope you can be there tomorrow night, Sat. Jan. 14 at 5pm Pacific Time!
For those who want to participate in the 60 meter digital net tomorrow (or even just listen,) here are the latest instructions from Christine Masters, AF7OK. If you have the equipment and just need help getting set up and on the air, please email me, KL7HI@arrl.net.
We will have the digital net Monday, 1/9/2017, from 1215 to 1245 Pacific Time on 5346.5 kHz, Ch.#2, with a center frequency on FLDIGI of 1500 Hz, so the digital messages will be on 5348.0 kHz. The voice net will be at 1pm on 5330.5 kHz USB, Ch. #1. See the updated announcement attachment below for more info.
FEMA Region 10 to Conduct Monthly Interoperability Communications Exercises during 2017
FEMA Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) will conduct interoperability communications exercises (COMMEX) during 2017 on the third Wednesday of each month, 1500-2100 UTC. The initial exercise will take place on January 18.