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Monthly Packet Message Passing Exercise

Date: 10/18/23 Start: 9:00 AM End: 1:30 PM Location: SCC BBS Packet Network
Credential Credit (What's this?): Yes

The Monthly Packet Message Passing Exercise will be held on the third Wednesday of the scheduled month.  Please read the Training page for this event for additional information you need to know before starting this exercise.

The intent of this exercise is to provide an environment to pass packet messages that simulate participation in a real event as an experienced county packet operator who has been assigned for mutual aid support for Xanadu County and City.  During the course of each monthly exercise, participants will be asked to pass at least two 3rd party messages in each direction (PacketItForm) and at least two operator-to-operator messages in each direction.

The simulated scenario will be different for each month.  Likewise, the messages and the forms used will vary from event to event.

This exercise will last for one week.  The session starts at 09:00 on the Wednesday scheduled for the event.  The session ends at 17:00 on the following Wednesday afternoon.  An "office hours" Zoom meeting will be held that Wednesday evening at 19:30 following the end of session.

You can join this event at any time during the operational period to participate.

An assignment email will be sent to those that signed up before the Tuesday evening prior to the Wednesday start. If you do not receive this email by Wednesday at 09:00, please contact the event instructuor.  Also: please use your assignment information only for the duration of this practice session.

Please email the instructor:

  • If you sign up for the event after the Tuesday evening prior, or
  • Have to drop or cannot complete the event for any reason

Instructor email for this month: Mark Laubach, K6FJC -at- ARRL -dot- NET

Zoom office hours information will be sent a few days after the events starts.

To increase preparedness, it is suggested that every 3 to 4 months, you tear down the packet station equipment you would use for a mutual aid assignment and set it up in alternate location (e.g., garage, back yard, local park, etc.).  Create a checklist of all the items you need for the alt location.  This is only a suggestion and if you are inclined to give this a go, let us know with your participation sign-up.


The simulated scenario for this month:  Xanadu Halloween Parade

Late sign-ups are accepted for this event.  However, you must notify the instructor by internet email in order to receive the assignment for this practice.  The instructor will try to respond to late signup requests within 24 hours of email receipt.

REMINDER: Yes, there are SCC County Standards for packet messages.  See here.


Participation will be logged for all participants that send all the requested PackItForms and packet ICS309 for this exercise.  See the training page for details.

The following positions are available for this event. You can state your preference when you sign up for the event. The event coordinator will attempt to accommodate your request. Based on the event and its requirements, the event coordinator may move hams to positions other than those requested.

Click on a position title for a description of the specific requirements for that position

Primary Station24
Alternate Station49
Manual Operation5
Just for Fun5
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