Emergency Services Deployment Exercise

Fulton County Amateur Radio Club Emergency Services Deployment Exercise
April 14, 2021

On April 14, 2021 at 8:00 P.M. the Fulton County Amateur Radio Club and the Emergency Services Net will be conducting a deployment exercise, in which we will attempt to cover the entire county. We are asking all hams to assist in this event if possible.

The purpose of this net is to test our repeaters, along with our individual equipment to make sure we are ready for an emergency, along with making sure we can cover the entire county. We will be doing this with not only mobile radios in our vehicles but will be working with HT’s as well. There will also be some exercises conducted on Simplex to simulate the repeaters being down.

Here is an outline of how this will work:

  • At 8:00 P.M. we will start the net on the 147.195 repeater. We will take check in like a normal net. We will also ask Kim, KE8ITJ, to set up the DMR relay and if possible include the FRS/GNRS group.
  • After everyone has checked in, we will ask everyone to deploy. We are asking that everyone go to a local police, fire or other first responder location near your home QTH. In the event that we have multiple operators in the same area we may ask some to move out further to help cover areas where we have no one.
  • Upon reaching your deployment site please check back in to the net on 147.195. Once everyone is in position, we will ask for a report of the weather at your QTH. Please use our traffic handling skills to do this correctly.
  • At this time we will also ask Kim, KE8ITJ , to pass any weather traffic from his FRS and GMRS group.
  • We will then ask everyone to check in on the 147.285 repeater. If this repeater is not working,we will skip this test.
  • Everyone will now be asked to go outside of their vehicle and use their HT to check into 147.195. If you are unable to reach the repeater from your location with an HT, please check back in from your car radio so we know everything is OK and that HT coverage isn’t good in that area.
  • We will the move to 146.460 simplex. Try checking back into the net. We will use relays and get everyone checked in if possible. The Health care center stations are designated relays, but anyone that hears someone the rest don’t may act as a relay.
  • Everyone will then be released to their home QTH. Please check back into the net on 147.195 and let net control know you made it home safely. You will then be released from the net. Someone will assume net control until the FRS and GMRS group has also been accounted for.

We are hoping to get all HAM operators in the area involved in this. This includes anyone who is unable to deploy. Any help we can get with relays will help greatly.