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.)
Download Dick Illman, KH6EZ’s slide presentation as shown at the February 2017 Vecom meeting.
- Word from out DEM, Lynn Sterbenz
- Chart: Jefferson County Organizational Structure
- ARES Registration forms, add your cellular provider
- Repeater Update
- Cape George Fire Hall
- 60m HF Interoperability nets on 5330.5 kHz
- Communication Academy
- Health and Welfare Traffic update
- Search and Rescue, Simplex Repeaters
Click this link to download PDF file: jefferson-county-ares-vecom-february-2017-4
de Christine, AF7OK
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.
If stations don’t want to participate in the digital nets, that is fine – you are still welcome to check in to the voice net, as always! Continue reading “60 Meter Digital Net Instructions for 1/9/17”
In the world of Emergency Communications (Emcomm) there is an increasing emphasis on getting ARES and RACES stations to be able to directly communicate with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and military MARS stations on 60 meters (5 MHz). It’s worth checking this band out because it has some propagation characteristics that may become more useful as the sunspot cycle declines.
Unlike other bands, this band has some interesting rules and operating practices that require some study before jumping in.
Continue reading “60 Meters Interoperability”
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.
Today Dick, AH6EZ covered several topics including:
- Cascadia Rising after action report–final draft (PDF download)
- Repeater update
- VECOM Survey
- VECOM Certification Process
- Communication Academy
- Quarterly COMMEX 60 meter exercise
- New EMCOMM focused digital satellite
- Demo of Baofeng manual programming
- Simulated disaster net–tabletop demo
To download the Power Point slides (pdf) for this meeting, click HERE: jefferson-county-ares-vecom-november-2016.