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Weekly SPECS/SVECS Packet Practice

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General Information

Weekly packet packet is more than a typical amateur radio net check-in. Our weekly packet practice incorporates several real-world activities to help ensure our operators and equipment are always ready. The weekly practice is conducted by the two main emergency communications service groups in Santa Clara County:

Practice closes promptly at 2000 hours (8pm) on Monday (for SPECS) or Tuesday (for SVECS). It is best not to wait until the last minute to send your message since forwarding your message across the BBS network does take a short but finite amount of time.

Practice messages may be sent up to six days prior to the Monday or Tuesday deadline.

Everyone is welcome to send a practice message for either or both nights.  Using multiple different sources to send your message(s) is encouraged: from your assigned primary BBS, from your assigned secondary BBS, from another BBS in the SCCo network, from another BBS on the AMPRnet, from another BBS on the BBS Network, from Winlink, from e-mail.

 

Weekly Rotating Simulated BBS Outage

Each week, we simulate a different BBS outage.  The BBS will not actually be disabled.  We will simply avoid using it for practice messages that week.  The purpose is to verify that both the network and our user community can easily deal with a catastrophic failure and still get the message through.

The scheduled for simulated outages is as follows:

Net Day Simulated Outage
First Monday or Tuesday of the month W1XSC
Second Monday or Tuesday of the month W2XSC
Third Monday or Tuesday of the month W3XSC
Fourth Monday or Tuesday of the month W4XSC
Fifth Monday or Tuesday of the month none

Note: In the event of a real outage, the simulated outage schedule is suspended for that week.

Do not use a BBS for weekly packet practice the week it is being simulated as down

Examples:

You consult the "SCCo Packet Tactical Calls" bulletin and determine that the primary and secondary BBSs used to receive "SCCo Packet Practice" are W2XSC and W4XSC, respectively.

Example 1: It is the first Monday or Tuesday of the month. Your primary BBS is W1XSC.  Therefore, your BBS is simulated down and you can't use it to send a message. The recipient's BBS (W2XSC) is unaffected. So, you connect to your assigned secondary BBS to send your message to PKTMON@W2XSC or PKTTUE@W2XSC.

Example 2:  It is the second Monday or Tuesday of the month.  Your primary BBS is (W1XSC) is unaffected. The recipient's BBS (W2XSC) is simulated down so it cannot be used to receive messages. Therefore, messages will be received on the secondary BBS (W4XSC). So, you connect to your assigned primary BBS and send your message to PKTMON@W4XSC or PKTTUE@W4XSC.

Example 3:  Is is the second Monday or Tuesday of the month. Your primary BBS is W2XSC. So your BBS is simulated down. The recipient's BBS (W2XSC) is also simulated down. So, you connect to the assigned secondary BBS and send your message to PKTMON@W4XSC or PKTTUE@W4XSC.

Confused?  Think of it like this:  You have a primary e-mail account on Yahoo and secondary/back-up account on Google.  Your friend has a primary e-mail account on Google and back-up account on AOL.  If Yahoo is down, you can't use it to send your message, so you use your Google account. If Google is down, neither you nor your friend can use it. So you send your message from your Yahoo account to your friend on his/her AOL account. 

Ask questions on our packet discussion group.

 

Monthly Rotating Message Format Schedule

Please use the designated message format according to the schedule below. If you have difficulty with PacFORMS, or if you are from checking in from another county, you can use a plain text message. But for Santa Clara County users, the use of PacFORMS is critical to EOC operations and is strongly recommended when indicated below.

Month Message Format
January Plain Text
February PacFORMS:  XSC ICS-213 Message Form
March PacFORMS:  XSC EOC-213RR Resource Request Form
April PacFORMS:  XSC OA Municipal Status Form
May Plain Text
June PacFORMS:  XSC ICS-213 Message Form
July PacFORMS:  XSC EOC-213RR Resource Request Form
August PacFORMS:  XSC OA Municipal Status Form
September Plain Text
October PacFORMS:  XSC ICS-213 Message Form
November PacFORMS:  XSC EOC-213RR Resource Request Form
December PacFORMS:  XSC OA Municipal Status Form

 

Setup

 

Practice Message

Weekly practice messages can be sent using simple text messages or any of the PacFORMS forms. The use of PacFORMS according to the above schedule is strongly encouraged for Santa Clara County users.

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