Information on 2016 Simulated Emergency Test

The attached files has some planning information for the 2016 SET scheduled for Sep 30 – Oct 2
(Updated 9/21)
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May 2016 ARES Report

Total number of ARES members: _13_ Change since last month: _same_ (+,-, or same)

Local Net Name: _Calvert AUXCOMM Net_ Total sessions _5_

NTS liaison is maintained with the _Maryland Emergency Phone_ Net

Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: _6_ Person hours _42_

Number of public service events this month: _0_ Person hours _0_

Number of emergency operations this month: _0_ Person hours _0_

Total number of ARES operations this month: 6 Total Person hours _42_

Comments:

Website: https://auxcomm.k3cal.org
Listserv: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/calv-ares
Net: Monday nights after the CARA net (~8PM) on the 146.985MHz repeater.
Training Meeting: Third Tuesday of the month at 7:30PM usually in Prince Frederick.

No emergency activations or public service events this month.

Our monthly meeting was well attended. We discussed hurricane preparedness and looked at areas that are at risk to flooding. We discussed possible actions that need to be taken during a hurricane event and what we can do at home to be prepared.

Work continues to establish an amateur radio station at Calvert Memorial Hospital. Hope to have more information on this in the June report.

Signature: Eric H Christensen Title: (EC or DEC) _EC_ Call sign: _WG3K_
Please send to your SEC or DEC as appropriate by 2nd of the month FSD-212 (1-04)

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April 2016 ARES Report

Total number of ARES members: _13_ Change since last month: _same_ (+,-, or same)

Local Net Name: _Calvert AUXCOMM Net_ Total sessions _4_

NTS liaison is maintained with the _Maryland Emergency Phone_ Net

Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: _4_ Person hours _30_

Number of public service events this month: _0_ Person hours _0_

Number of emergency operations this month: _0_ Person hours _0_

Total number of ARES operations this month: 4 Total Person hours _30_

Comments:

Website: https://auxcomm.k3cal.org
Listserv: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/calv-ares
Net: Monday nights after the CARA net (~8PM) on the 146.985MHz repeater.
Training Meeting: Third Tuesday of the month at 7:30PM usually in Prince Frederick.

Nothing to report for this month as it’s been quiet. Monthly training meeting was cancelled due to low participation.

Work continues to establish an amateur radio station at Calvert Memorial Hospital. Hope to have more information on this in the May report.

Signature: Eric H Christensen Title: (EC or DEC) _EC_ Call sign: _WG3K_
Please send to your SEC or DEC as appropriate by 2nd of the month FSD-212 (1-04)

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March 2016 ARES Report

Total number of ARES members: _13_ Change since last month: _same_ (+,-, or same)

Local Net Name: _Calvert AUXCOMM Net_ Total sessions _5_

NTS liaison is maintained with the _Maryland Emergency Phone_ Net

Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: _6_ Person hours _32_

Number of public service events this month: _0_ Person hours _0_

Number of emergency operations this month: _0_ Person hours _0_

Total number of ARES operations this month: 6 Total Person hours _32_

Comments:

Website: https://auxcomm.k3cal.org
Listserv: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/calv-ares
Net: Monday nights after the CARA net (~8PM) on the 146.985MHz repeater.
Training Meeting: Third Tuesday of the month at 7:30PM usually in Prince Frederick.

Our net has been well attended since we started it earlier this year. We focused on training members on the Radiogram format and sending and receiving formal traffic. We also took the opportunity to test out our 10-meter backup frequency and had good participation there as well.

Our training meeting was held in Prince Frederick where we performed a table-top exercise revolving around supporting the county in the event of a failure of the microwave network affecting the trunking system. The overall mission of the exercise was to find deficiencies and begin to train on our weak areas.

Signature: Eric H Christensen Title: (EC or DEC) _EC_ Call sign: _WG3K_
Please send to your SEC or DEC as appropriate by 2nd of the month FSD-212 (1-04)

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February 2016 ARES Report

Total number of ARES members: _13_ Change since last month: _same_ (+,-, or same)

Local Net Name: _Calvert AUXCOMM Net_ Total sessions _4_

NTS liaison is maintained with the _Maryland Emergency Phone_ Net

Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: _5_ Person hours _40_

Number of public service events this month: _0_ Person hours _0_

Number of emergency operations this month: _0_ Person hours _0_

Total number of ARES operations this month: 5 Total Person hours _40_

Comments:

Website: https://auxcomm.k3cal.org
Listserv: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/calv-ares
Net: Monday nights after the CARA net (~8PM) on the 146.985MHz repeater.
Training Meeting: Third Tuesday of the month at 7:30PM usually in Prince Frederick.

We went on alert twice for weather events during the month of February. The first was a brief snowfall that dropped ~5 inches of snow on the area. No adverse affects were felt and we stood down from alert shortly thereafter.

The second event was a moderate possibility of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. Calvert County was under tornado warnings twice accompanied by several severe thunderstorm warnings. No tornadoes or funnel clouds were seen, thankfully, and we stood down once the front moved through and the tornado watch was cancelled.

Our training meeting was held in Prince Frederick where we did a debriefing of the blizzard operation in January. We also discussed digital operations. Karl, KG1L, brought in a collection of 2.4GHz antennas that he made from scratch and those were discussed as well.

March’s on-air training topic is formatting Radiograms and the modified ICS-213 used for manual mode relay.

Signature: Eric H Christensen Title: (EC or DEC) _EC_ Call sign: _WG3K_
Please send to your SEC or DEC as appropriate by 2nd of the month FSD-212 (1-04)

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Severe weather expected today

201602241733 PWO graphicsThere is an enhanced risk of severe weather later this afternoon for all of central and eastern Maryland and the District of Columbia.  The greatest threat will come from tornadoes and high winds between 4PM and 10PM.

All stations are asked to monitor NOAA Weather Radio and the 146.985 MHz repeater to the maximum extent possible during this event.  We will likely go to a stand-by mode later today if a tornado watch is issued.  Any station available to be net control for a period of time tonight, if needed, should contact Eric WG3K.

Update at 16:00L

The Storm Prediction Center has issued Tornado Watch number 28 for our area until 11PM.  There is a moderate risk of tornadoes and a high risk risk of severe wind.

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More snow and ice…

Beginning tonight through Monday and into Tuesday most parts of Maryland will see snow and ice.  The current forecast for Calvert County shows a 100% chance of snow for Monday with accumulations of 1-3 inches of snow and ice.  The ice comes from the snow changing over to sleet in the afternoon.  At some point, likely Monday evening into Monday night, the snow/sleet will change to rain and areas where surfaces are already below freezing will see freezing rain.

All members should prepare themselves for possible power outages now and monitor the 146.985 repeater as much as possible.  At this time there hasn’t been any requests for support.  Stay tuned…

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January 2016 Snowstorm After Action Report

I’ve compiled some notes on the recent snowstorm activation.  The after action report is now available for download.  Please take a look as we’ll be discussing this at this month’s training meeting.

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January 2016 ARES Report

Total number of ARES members: _13_ Change since last month: _same_ (+,-, or same)

Local Net Name: _Calvert AUXCOMM Net_ Total sessions _2_

NTS liaison is maintained with the _Maryland Emergency Phone_ Net

Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: _1_ Person hours _16_

Number of public service events this month: _0_ Person hours _0_

Number of emergency operations this month: _1_ Person hours _127_

Total number of ARES operations this month: 2 Total Person hours _143_

Comments:

Website: https://auxcomm.k3cal.org
Listserv: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/calv-ares

January started quiet enough but ended with a thick blanket of snow covering everything. The Blizzard Watch, which put our efforts into action, was issued the Wednesday before the snow storm came through. We went into a stand-by activation beginning Friday afternoon and secured on Sunday morning.

We collected 52 weather observations that were transmitted to the National Weather Service WFO in Sterling, Virginia. The forecaster receiving the first batch of these reports reiterated their importance due to the low confidence in the forecast for Southern Maryland.

Overall, we had 16 stations participating in our activation. Our after-action report is still in the works but will be made available soon.

Our training meeting was held at the Drum Point Property Owners Association Office/EOC on the third Tuesday of the month with 8 members in attendance. Various training opportunities were discussed.

Our next training meeting will be held on 16 February at the County Services Building in Prince Frederick. We also hold a net starting on the 146.985 MHz repeater following the Calvert Amateur Radio Association Net on Monday evenings at 7:30P.

Signature: Eric H Christensen Title: (EC or DEC) _EC_ Call sign: _WG3K_

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Added Training

Links to the ARRL Emergency Communicator training (EC-001 and EC-016) have been added under then Training tab (top of the screen).  These courses are specific to the amateur radio  communicator and are good resources for any AUXCOMM member.  Please take some time to review the courses and determine if this is something of interest to you.

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