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|Overview||Dust off your go kits, brush up on procedures, and practice an end-to-end field deployment! This is as close to the real thing as you can get.|
Everyone MUST sign up in advance, no drop ins.
Open to all amateur radio operators interested in emergency communications who have a current SCCo Disaster Service Worker (DSW) registration.You need to arrive at Staging by 0815.
Individuals who do not have a current DSW registration with Santa Clara County can sign-up to register when they arrive at the drill. You need to arrive no later than 0800 to start the DSW Registration process.
|Purpose||A county-wide communications exercise designed to practice
mobilization, deployment and demobilization of amateur radio
operations. The activities are varied and have been designed to
provide fun and education while, at the same time, developing experience
with operating according to the standard procedures required for
We will operate much like we would during a real activation. You will need to be prepared to operate based on the assignment given, be able to program your radio when given a new frequency, have all the necessary go-kit forms available, and operate per the Performance Standards and Best Practice and your training.
Attendees have the option to sign up for various types of assignments. Click on the links below for more information about the type of assignment/activity and the equipment required:
There will be two shifts with varied activities that you can take part in. Each shift will be two hours.
All sign-ups should be done on-line, as far in advance of the event as possible, so the event staff can plan for the number of attendees.
Some activities require minimum qualifications, read the sign up pages. For example, Net Control assignments require the participant to at least have a C4 Credential. If you are signed up for a Credential Evaluation you must have the other requirements for that Credential completed or receive approval from the Credential Program Manager.
|Sign-Up||To participate in this drill, you MUST sign-up in advance. You can select from up to two skill areas (one during each shift). Sign into the Activities database and look for the September 17th County-wide Communications Exercise. Select the type of activity (Field, Net Control, Packet, or Shadow) you want to perform and then sign-up for one of the positions offered. Read the requirements for each position before signing up.|
Map showing location of Raynor Park.
Map showing the park layout and the Staging/Check-in location.
Saturday, September 17, 2022 (rain or shine)
|Weather||Average daytime temperatures on September 17th: High temp: 82 F; Low temp: 58 F.
Sunny with a slight chance of precipitation.
Sunrise 6:51 Sunset 19:12
|Forms||Be sure to start your ICS-214 Unit Activity Log prior to leaving your home. A list of the ICS forms required for your go-kit can be found on the Operations page of this web site: Go-Kit Forms These are the ICS Forms you should have in your Go-Kit.|
|Travel to Drill||
If you are a registered DSW, you are expected to use the Resource Net and follow standard Resource Net procedures.
If you are NOT a registered DSW, you will NOT use the Resource Net and will not be tracked. Travel to the drill on your own. You can Register for DSW before the drill but need to sign-up in advance.
|Resource Net||The following repeaters will be linked together for the drill and will function as the resource net:
W6ASH is not currently linkable and will NOT be used,
use one of the other repeaters.
|Net Usage||Everyone is required to be on the proper net at the proper time. An ICS-205 Communications Plan will be provided at Staging. The Resource Net is used for travel to and from the event for registered DSWs. The Staging Net is used whenever you are not on an assignment or when traveling between staging and your assignment. Assignments may involve other nets. Be sure you always check-in and check-out properly when moving from one net to the other. Always pay attention to the net control operator for whichever net you are on and answer promptly when called.|
|Training Info||Additional information on the disaster server worker program, resource net procedures and net types and usage can be found in the Fundamentals of Emergency Communications training course materials. If you have not taken this course, you are advised to review the course materials prior to the drill.|
ALL participants must bring the following minimum equipment with them, on their person.
See the individual assignments in the Activities section above for additional equipment suggestions.
Participants desiring to take part in a Credential evaluations will have other equipment requirements, depending on the type and level of the evaluation. Consult the Credential Program Handbook for a list of the required equipment for each Credential level.
|Check-In||After checking into the Staging Net from your vehicle, walk to the Staging Area to complete the check-in procedure.|
Credential Evaluations can be requested for the following credentials: F3, F2, N3, N2, P3, P2, S3, and S2. Equipment evaluations and knowledge checks can be scheduled with your evaluator for another time after the drill.
If you want a Credential Evaluation please sign up no later than Saturday, September 10th.
|Lunch||There is no specific time defined for a lunch break. The drill will run continuously with only a short 30 minute break between shifts. Attendees can stop and take their lunch/snack break in between assignments (30 minutes) or whenever it is convenient.|
|Check-Out||After you have completed each assignment, check into the Staging Net and return to the Staging Area for re-assignment or check-out. Be sure to turn in all paperwork and fill out an evaluation form so we can capture your feedback.|
|Travel Home||If you do not desire to be tracked home, simply leave the drill after checking out of Staging. You will not be covered by DSW at this point.
If you do want to be tracked home and covered by DSW, check into the Resource Net from your car, prior to leaving the park. Respond to Net Control H&W checks while in route, check out of the net when you arrive home. Alternatively, you can check out of the Resource Net at any time on your way home if you decide to go somewhere else; your DSW coverage will end at that point.
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