Drill

Simplex Drill – January 16

The BCARPSG will be running a VHF simplex drill to test VHF radio-to-radio communications. The drill will take place on Saturday, January 16th at 2:00 PM. All amateur radio stations are welcome to participate in this drill.
 

BCARPSG Simplex Drill Details

 
Date/Time:    Saturday, January 16th, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
 
Primary
Frequency:    147.57 MHz (simplex)
 
Backup
Frequency:    147.300+ MHz (repeater), PL 131.8
 

Procedure:

  1. Net Control W3TXG will activate the net and take check-ins on 147.57 MHz starting at 2:00 PM.

     

  2. If you cannot reach W3TXG then please attempt to relay through a station that has contact with W3TXG.

     

  3. KA3RNF will monitor the Alameda Park repeater (147.300+/PL 131.8) to assist with any stations that cannot make contact on 147.57

    Please attempt to make contacts on simplex and use relay stations if needed. It will be good practice using relays. If that fails then please check-in with KA3RNF on the repeater frequency and await further instructions.

  4. W3TXG is located in the South-West corner of Butler County so there is a chance you will not be able to make contact without a relay station. As a result, net control may be passed to a centrally located station after the net is underway.

Please keep a log of your contacts and at the conclusion of the drill please forward results to chucklewis at zoominternet.net

Fall S.E.T. Drill – October 3

The Fall Simulated Emergency Test (SET) exercise will be Saturday, October 3rd.  BCARPSG, along with clubs and amateurs across Western Pennsylvania, will be participating in this test of communications and emergency preparedness.  

Date & Time:  Saturday, October 3rd.  9:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT.

Incident Radio Communications Plan:  CLICK Here to Download the Keystone Horizon 2020 SET ICS Plan

Documents & Forms

  1. ICS-213 Form
  2. ARRL Radiogram
  3.  ARRL ARES-001 Activity Form
10/2/2020 UPDATE
Please Note, all ACS Field Assignments will be SIMULATED.  However, when accepting an assignment please simulate travel time, set-up and traffic, ad-lib as best you can but keep it realistic.  I.O.W., this is not our first rodeo, most operators can imagine just what shelter requirements would be, act accordingly.  If and when real world incidents materialize, the skills and expertise of our membership can accommodate any and all taskings the EOC Director requires of us.      


THE FOLLOWING IS A SIMULATED EMERGENCY FOR TRAINING PURPOSES ONLY.  NONE OF THE INFORMATION BELOW IS REAL OR SHOULD BE ACTED UPON BY ANYONE OTHER THAN THE TEST EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS.  THE STATEMENTS BELOW DO NOT CONVEY ANY ACCURATE OR REALISTIC INFORMATION, AND DO NOT REFLECT CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS IN BUTLER COUNTY, PA.

General Training Scenario
(KA3KST/WA3GDS Staffing the 911EOC)  – 147.300 Primary Repeater / 443.9 Repeater Alternate. Tone 131.8 Hz
 
 Read the following statement at the beginning of the Net @1030 and 1130
 
THIS IS A SECTION EMERGENCY TRAINING TEST MESSAGE 
 
QST, QST, QST, this is (CALL SIGN, ALPHA / NUMERICAL) Net Control for the Butler County Region 13 Auxiliary Communications Service.
Seasonal severe weather (high winds and heavy rains) across Butler County have caused numerous power outages and road closures due to downed trees and utility lines.  Flooding across low lying areas have forced many to seek emergency shelter.  Even though Butler County does not have a local Red Cross Chapter, surrounding County Chapters have stepped in providing mutual aid support in setting up shelters at some of our local schools.  Butler, Grove City and New Castle medical facilities are reporting numerous injuries from severe weather related incidents.  All ACS amateur radio operators are requested to check into the Net stating your callsign and availability for an ACS assignment.  I will now accept check-ins, please call CALLSIGN).     
 
Acknowledge check-ins as required, after which please read again…
 
THIS IS A SECTION EMERGENCY TRAINING EXERCISE
 
Possible Net Control Activities:
  • Assignment of ACS Operator(s) to Shelters – Within Butler County, the Butler Area Senior High(New Castle Rd.), Moniteau(RT38, just beyond West Sunbury) and or Seneca Valley Schools (RT68 Zelienople) have been utilized in the past as shelters.  Butler and Moniteau, no problem with Comm Links, Seneca Valley, not so much.  You should be aware Butler County no longer has a local Red Cross Chapter, any and all shelter activities would be provided through mutual aid agreements with counties surrounding Butler, most likely Allegheny, Beaver or Venango.
  • Assignment of ACS Field Team Operators to local Fire Departments to assist as needed i.e., monitoring stream and creek levels for flooding, downed electrical lines or communication shortfalls (Cellphone overloads).  However, within Butler County the Fire Police and CB Rangers are usually called upon for major traffic control activities

Guidelines for EOC:

  1. If possible, establish communication contacts with surrounding counties either simplex or repeater
  2. If possible, as time and traffic permits, establish digital communication with one or more shelter operators
  3. If possible, as time and traffic permits, send a Radiogram via HF 3.983MHz and receive a Radiogram via HF 3.973MHz to and from K3MJW
  4. Terminate the Net promptly at 1230  and thank all participants
  5. Forward all check-in / activity info to TBT for reporting

Guidelines for participants: 

  1. Accept assignments as they will all be virtual, participate, ad-lib but keep it realistic and most importantly, by all means have fun!!

  Misc. Notes:

  1. N3WH has volunteered to be Net Control for the Sky Warn Net on 147.360 MHz
  2. KB3TBT although engaged with a prior commitment, will attempt to handle all DMR Activity requirements