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PRACTICE NETS, EXERCISES,  COMMENTS, STATUS REPORTS / DRILLS / AFTER ACTION REPORTS, ETC...

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  RESULTS of Practice Net on May 28, 2020  6 Divisions; 2 smoke column reports (drill); and 9 Areas Reported  (Village, Inwood, Circle K,  Wilson Hill South, Battle Creek, Bible Belt, Ash Creek Dersch, Dersch 44, Starlite).   39 total Station Reports processed and mapped (Tango 9A,  Tango 4, and drill smoke columns).  

Operations included: Situation reports Fmt Tango 9a / 9m (all stations);  QWA procedure - Brevity Fire Watch (all stations); Smoke Check - Tango 4 (some stations). PLUS: Drill Smoke Columns reported from Millville Plains/44 lookout (mileage marker 10.77), and Rock Creek/44 (mileage marker 40.60).

The drill Smoke Column Reports were mapped / Triangulated on Format Tango 9A and the estimated location of Drill Fire was determined to be at   T30N   R2E   S29 (Digger Butte Area).  Such is about 6-1/4 miles south of  the Starlite Area; about 5-1/2 miles South East of  the Wilson Hill South Area; and 5 miles SSE of the Rest Area Neighborhoods.   A Drill call was made to Cal Fire while Net Control concurrently requested that all stations transmit the estimated location of the Drill fire into their participating Area / Neighborhood Nets. The Ham net was on standby for this to take place.  If a neighborhood wasn't participating, then they would not be aware of the fire (drill in this case). 

Winds were reported by Tango 4 reports as none. Winds are very important. A point for consideration is that during the Camp fire it was reported  that the fire was growing, during its first burning period, at “one football field per second. A clear illustration of the need for early detection.

A SPECIAL THANKS goes out to all participating Area and Neighborhoods (hams and non hams).  We are making very positive progress!

Net Stations assisting included:   Hams, Neighborhoods nets (hams and non hams); Ham NCS; Ham 505 MONITOR; Ham Mapping 1, Ham Mapping 2 (mapping Fmt Tango 9a) and Triangulation 1 (mapping Fmt Tango 4 and fire / smoke aspects from Fmt Tango 9a); Ham Cal Fire Monitor, 160 TC, and Alpha Control. All coordinated with a Total Net Time  36 Minutes.  

Net Control (and 505 monitor) requested that the Summary of  Mapping, Summary report, NC recommendation, Triangulation report, and Drill Fire information be relayed by all stations into their Areas / Neighborhoods immediately after close of Ham SER Net.  

How large of an area was covered in 36 minutes?   Taking into account the Drill reporting from the Millville Plains Lookout, and Rock Creek / 44 report,  the exercise covered over 300 square miles of area.

Here is a photo of the Format Tango 9A mapping summary prepared by Triangulation 1

Great job to all those who are helping out.  Each individual report (Ham or Non Ham) is essential. The System allows all of your individual reports to be summarized, relayed, mapped, and reviewed in a very short period of time. That is why following the system is critical.

Not all Shingletown  Areas / Neighborhoods are participating.  Some are only dealing with their immediate neighbors while others are doing nothing at all.  Coordination of all neighborhoods is needed to avoid a "flames are at the back door" situation. 

Please ask other Areas / Neighborhoods to join in. Early detection of Fire, helps Cal Fire and all of the Shingletown Area.  

5/28/2020 Practice Net SET FOR May 28, 2020 Agenda: 

    * ALL STATIONS (HAM AND NON HAM) - Sitrep (Tango 9a / 9m); and  QWA procedure - Brevity Fire Watch;  AND 

    * FOR HAMS AND THOSE WANTING TO HELP OUT MORE:  Smoke Check Format Tango 4.   

    * PLUS: WE ARE GOING TO INCLUDE A - DRILL SMOKE COLUMN  / TRIANGULATION EXERCISE FOR THE PURPOSE OF SEEKING TO DETERMINE THE LOCATION OF A DRILL FIRE SOURCE (SEE SCRIPT). 

TRIANGULATION IS TO BE DONE ON FORMAT TANGO 9A (MAP FILE IS AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE DESIRING IT.  PRINTING CAN BE DONE AT ELLIS IN REDDING FOR ABOUT $14.00).

 Radio Station Operators include: Neighborhood Nets HAMS AND ON HAMS; Hams; Area Coordinators;  Ham Mapping Stations 1 and 2; Ham Triangulation Station; Ham NCS; Ham Cal Fire Monitor; Ham 160 Tango Charlie;  Ham Alpha Control.  AND HAM 505 Monitor.

 For this to work, all neighborhoods and Hams need to participate. Please help out.

 IF YOU KNOW OF AN AREA THAT IS NOT HELPING OUT, PLEASE ASK THEM TO JOIN IN.  NONE OF US ARE IMMUNE FROM A SHINGLETOWN  FIRE!

 Please monitor frequencies 24/7 - early detection means cal fire can respond sooner. Remember, if you see a fire or smell suspect smoke - call 911.  THANKS. NATHAN    73     K6PDS

  5/23/2020: PG&E is installing (May, 2020) a site at Reeds in Shingletown. In the event of a Public Safety Power Shutoff event, a mobile generator will be transported to the site to provide electricity to about 80 PG&E customers... in the event of other Power Outages, a mobile generator is to likewise be transported to the site to provide electricity (per  owner of Reeds). ... . It is important to note that during these power outage events (planed or otherwise), the generator must be transported to the site at Reeds ...READ MORE HERE

Village Ch 1 Activation:  5/22/2020, Cal Fire call out for flu fire / residential structure fire at 30542 Figaro Dr.   Village Ch 1 Activated. Foxtrot 7 provided report from scene.   Cal Fire arrived on scene.  As of 1905 hours (approx) Fire out per homeowner, Cal Fire investigating and cancelled response.  We had several Village Stations that were on frequency.  Great Job Village stations.   73

  RESULTS of Practice Net on May 21, 2020:   6 Divisions and 10 Areas Reported  (Village, Inwood, Circle K, Rest Area, Wilson Hill South, Battle Creek, Bible Belt, Ash Creek Dersch, Dersch 44, Starlite).   39 Station Reports (Tango 9A,  and Tango 4).  Operations included: Situation reports Fmt Tango 9a / 9m (all stations);  QWA procedure - Brevity Fire Watch (all stations); Smoke Check - Tango 4 (some stations); Drill Fire reported by Cal Fire Monitor (PG E lake area) – later reported as “contained – drill”. Net Stations assisting included:   Hams, Neighborhoods nets (hams and non hams); Ham NCS; Ham 505 MONITOR; Ham Mapping 1, Ham Mapping 2 (mapping Fmt Tango 9a) and Triangulation 1 (mapping Fmt Tango 4 and fire / smoke aspects from Fmt Tango 9a); Ham Cal Fire Monitor, 160 TC, and Alpha Control. Total Net Time  31 Minutes.  Summary Mapping, Summary Triangulation, and Drill Fire information relayed by Hams into Areas / Neighborhoods immediately after close of Ham SER Net.

 Please ask other Areas / Neighborhoods to join in. Early detection of Fire, helps Cal Fire and all of the Shingletown Area.

  Why the SER Plan  and YOU are essential: Reflect on the fact that you, as part of the SER Net Plan, are helping in the immediate and rapid reporting and review of  critical factual information and reports over a large geographic area (in excess of  140 + square miles; and with location lookouts being used - in excess of 600 square miles).  "Buried amongst the trees", this information is simply not available to you, me , or  other individual residents.  This SER Plan reporting is all done in a very short period of time  (approximately 30 minutes).  In addition to providing vital information to residents, this information can be provided to emergency services. I submit that such information is not otherwise available to Cal Fire or the Sheriiff  in the event of a large geographic event as it unfolds. For example, summary of earthquake damage reports immediately following an earthquake; what areas have the ability to dial 911, and who can't?; and  reporting of a fire when there is a total communication failure of cell phones, land lines, reverse 911,  internet, etc...).  Such information can be vital to limited resource allocations.  Please ask others to help out. Community participation (i.e., reporting and communicating) is essential for successful implementation. All residents need to do is report in - The SER plan is designed to process your information.

  Practice Net SET FOR May 21, 2020 - Agenda:  Sitrep (Tango 9a / 9m);  QWA procedure - Brevity Fire Watch; and Smoke Check Format Tango 4.  Radio Station Operators include: Neighborhood Nets; Hams; Area Coordinators;  Ham Mapping Stations 1 and 2; Ham Triangulation Station; Ham NCS; Ham Cal Fire Monitor; Ham 160 Tango Charlie;  Ham Alpha Control. 505 Relay Net - suspended. For this to work, all neighborhoods and Hams need to participate. Please help out.

RESULTS  FOR VILLAGE CH 1 PROPAGATION TEST ON MAY 18, 2020 (SEE FMT ROMEO 24 - VILLAGE)       

KEY SUMMARY POINTS - AREA (VILLAGE) CH 1 (MURS): 
-AVERAGE READABILITY FOR OUTSIDE ANTENNA STATIONS TO HEAR OTHER OUTSIDE ANTENNA STATIONS = 4.63  GOOD
-AVERAGE READABILITY FOR INSIDE ANTENNA (RUBBER DUCKY) STATIONS TO HEAR OUTSIDE ANTENNA STATIONS = 3.8 NOT ACCEPTABLE
-AVERAGE READABILITY FOR OUTSIDE ANTENNA STATIONS TO HEAR INSIDE ANTENNA STATIONS (RUBBER DUCKY) = 3.3 (NOT ACCEPTABLE)
-AVERAGE READABILITY FOR INSIDE ANTENNA STATIONS (RUBBER DUCKY) TO HEAR OTHER INSIDE ANTENNA STATIONS (RUBBER DUCKY) = 2.6  (FAILURE)
CRITERIA - READABILITY:
X = Nothing heard
5= Q5 Perfectly Readable
4= Q4 Readable with practically no difficulty
3= Q3 Readable with considerable difficulty
2= Q2 Barely Readable, occasional words distinguishable
1= Q1 Unreadable

  Village CH1  Propagation Testing SET FOR MAY  18, 2020 AT 1900 HOURS. Preparing for wildfire season.

RESULTS of Practice Net on May 14, 2020: 4 Divsions and 8 Areas Reported  (Village, Inwood, Circle K, Rest Area, Wilson Hill, Battle Creek, Bible Belt, Emigrant). 40 Station Reports.  Operations included: Situation reports Fmt Tango 9a / 9m (all stations);  QWA procedure - Brevity Fire Watch (all stations); Smoke Check - Tango 4 (some stations); Triangulation Mapping of 2 reports of DRILL smoke columns with Drill call to Cal Fire Reporting estimated location of Drill Smoke Column (providing Township, Range and Section of smoke);  Inter-Area relay of Neighborhood reports; 505 Relay Net. Stations assisting included:   Hams, Neighborhoods nets (hams and non hams); Ham NCS; Ham Relay Control; Ham Mapping 1 (mapping Fmt Tango 9a) and Triangulation 1 (mapping Fmt Tango 4 and fire / smoke aspects from Fmt Tango 9a); Ham Cal Fire Monitor. Total Net Time  36 Minutes.

  Comment: Neighorhoods need to relay reports into the Ham Net. If neighborhoods only keep information to themselves then there is no overall sharing of information. Logic tells us that if no one is sharing information then by definition we will not receive reports of smoke, fire or other emergencies from other areas. (5/17/2020).

  Comment: We need more stations to help out and be able to run net operations (Neighborhoods and Ham) when others are absent.  Hams and Non Hams need to step up and help run nets so that anyone can run the nets during emergencies. "let Joe do it" doesn't work when Joe is out of town. So we all need to become proactive and  step up to the plate. (5/17/2020).

  Comment: 505 Relay Net (suspended - lack of use):  This has been developed and the procedure works well. Thank you to KK6DOO, AJ6KJ AND K6PDS FOR RUNNING THIS BACK UP RELAY NET during primary net operations.  The 505 Relay Net was set up for when repeaters fail and simplex operations will be needed with relays (which should be practiced). Also, some stations may not be able to reach the repeater being used for the Primary Net.  However,  there has been a lack of support / use by other Hams for the 505 relay net and those who are presently running the nets can only do so much. At this time, we are working to do Triangulation for locating sources of smoke  (and that is a position requiring a station to only perform that task).  Relay Control attempted to also perform the  Triangulation  function. Such is not a workable situation.  Accordingly, the 505 Relay Net  is suspended. We need more people who are willing to help out. (5/16/2020)

  Village After Action Report - Drill March 28, 2020 (welfare check / tree blocking road trapping residents during fire evacuation)

  Village Safety Drill Results

    Village Safety Drill - Evacuation ALERTING exercise for Wildfire Risk (Drill only - no actual evacuation) 3-14-2020

Every Thursday at 1900 hrs, SER Practice Nets. Please join in and help out - (all year).

  SER ACTIVE FIRE NET ACTIVATION 11-12-2019 SER ACTIVE FIRE NET ACTIVATION 11-12-2019       Shingletown Fire

  SER STATUS REPORT 20190830 - VILLAGE NEIGHBORHOOD SMOKE CHECK - GREAT JOB VILLAGE!

  SER STATUS REPORT 20190829: Sitrep and Brevity Fire Watch Reports (no suspect fires / smoke); plus Drill House Fire Relay to 911; 33 Station reports (neighborhood Areas and Ham) transmitted / relayed, mapped and plain english summary by Division provided. Net completed in 20 minutes. 

  SER STATUS REPORT 20190822 Sitrept, Brevity Fire Watch - Net completed in 16 minutes . 24 reports mapped.

  SER ACTIVE FIRE NET ACTIVATION 8-14-2019       Shingletown Fire 

  SER STATUS REPORT 20190815  Sitrept, Brevity Fire Watch, Drill Emergency Traffic, NCS radio failure during net.

  SER STATUS REPORT 20190808 Earthquake Drill Communications Blackout.

SER STATUS REPORT 20190801