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The Shingletown Emergency Radio

Emergency Radio Operations Center TEAM

WARNING - RADIO UPDATES REQUIRED (5/11/2022): Due to continuing malicious interference on Channel 10 (55) (Primary Ham Repeater), stations may only be able to listen, but not transmit on that Ham Repeater. 

Additionally,  5/28/2022 - due to continuing malicious interference on Village 9 (primary Village and inter-area relay),  Operator Level 1, 2, 4, and 5 radios for the Village, Midway,  Long hollow and other Areas relaying into the Village Core Net, must be re-programmed. Failure to have your radios programmed for the updates will result in your inability to communicate into the Village Core Net operations (EROC). Only active participating stations (i.e., monitoring. reporting into SER radio net operations. and participating in emergency tone outs - e.g., wildfires, etc... ) and which are following SER procedures and in good standing, will receive the updates for their Operator Level. Others may be able to listen; however, you may only be hearing summaries of net operations conducted by other procedures. If there is not enough time due to circumstances, you may not receive any information. In any case, you will not be able to transmit into Village Core Net  operations. Call 530-474-3267 to schedule radio updates (which are done at no charge).  This is all volunteer to help protect against raging wildfire risks. Success totally depends on people helping out.

As of 1/27/2022, the SER Plan has been modified to establish a volunteer Emergency Radio Operations Center TEAM  (EROC TEAM) with a purpose to continue conducting regular practice drills and practices,  and conduct emergency communications.    Due to the local ham efforts (led by a few key persons in a Club)  to destroy the Shingletown Emergency Radio Plan,  we have had to recognize the resulting  SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCED radio response and Area assistance the SER Plan previously had. . The Area COORDINATION goals for emergency wild fire (and other emergency) tone outs have thus been reduced to reflect this reality. Only limited Areas are presently being coordinated. Other Areas, and Hams,  are not participating and have not been helping.   

At present, we have a great team of selected volunteer Hams and Non Hams who regularly participate.  This  EROC TEAM (Non Hams and Hams) is our focus for seeking to achieve an Activation Ready group that can conduct and run emergency radio communications (both on Ham and Area Nets).  Assistance is still needed. We only have 5 Ham operators who are helping out. We need more.

As of 1/27/2022, the SER Plan has been modified to establish a volunteer Emergency Radio Operations Center TEAM  (EROC TEAM) to continue conducting regular practice drills and provide radio response BUT NOW WITH A REDUCED coordination to emergency wild fire (and other emergency) tone outs. THUS, SER IS NO LONGER ATTEMPTING TO COORDINATE ALL OF SHINGLETOWN.  ONLY SPECIFIC AREAS ARE PARTICIPATING. Other Areas were simply no longer participating  or helping out. Attempting to coordinate such Areas was a futile.  Other Areas previously set up still have their radios, and frequency allocations. They can still derive benefit from the EROC Teams activations. However, it is up to them to decide if they are going to actually do something for their neighborhoods

The following Areas (and/or individuals therein) are the Areas / Neighborhoods which regularly participate, seek to monitor the scan plan 24/7, respond to emergency tone outs and provide radio assistance; and follow the SER Plan procedures. As such, coordination of emergency communications is now focused on these EROC TEAM Areas only:  Village (Operations Center),  Midway, Long Hollow, Rest Area (ham operator); and Battle Creek (ham operator). 

If you desire and intend to actually participate,  please call 530-474-3267. 

This EROC TEAM approach is necessary so that the Emergency Communications System can continue to operate. Without people who are willing to actually help out,  the system simply will not be able to survive.    

With this Team approach, the goal is that wild fire information can be made available to Shingletown. The EROC Team volunteers plan on doing the best they can. However, without a large geographic area to gather reports from (which we previously had), this task has become much more. For example, if the EROC Team volunteers internet fails, that vital information source is gone.  With the Ham boycott, other Areas which may have internet are no longer participating.   

Some reasons for this major modification (which has resulted in substantial work to modify the frequency plan; modify operational procedures; remove  certain formats; modify Formats;  terminate  projects (e.g., coordination with OES for alerting); rendering prior training materials and videos out of date, etc...),  are discussed BELOW.          

This EROC TEAM approach (with modifications to the Frequency Plan and issuing multiple levels of restricted frequencies and other defensive operation modes) is necessary so that the Emergency Communications System can attempt to continue to operate. 

Briefly, immediately following the initiation of and continuation of destructive work  by the President of the local ham club (Dar Walker, W6IO) (including: his making repeated false statements about Non Hams and emergency use of Ham frequencies to save human life; his seeking to remove the 2 backbone repeaters from the SER system which was operating; his making false and deceitful statements about the 8 o'clock monitoring procedures designed to facilitate 24/7 monitoring); the take over attempt; and the Ham "followers" boycott; the SER Plan went from being able to activate (within seconds) over 100+ to 150 square miles of  Area (and almost immediately provide coordinated emergency wild fire net reporting), to the present situation where one Ham was on the radio requesting help for an active fire net while hams listened, but none of them assisted.   The destructive work done by W6io, and his followers,  has destroyed a community emergency communications system for wild fires that took approximately 7 years to build.   11-29-2020  SER Scan Plan - STARC 165 repeater removed. Read  HERE  More recently, during the early part of 2022 (on the Air) w6io boasted about his tactics to avoid paying for a TV cable his family member had ruined due to a burn pile. He bragged that "well, I am a devious person".  Well, such a devious person (his own words) has intentionally destroyed an Emergency Communications  Plan which took years to build and which was working extremely well. Why a "club" would even have such a person be its "President", much less be  allowed to be a member,  is beyond comprehension. It certainly does not reflect well upon any "club".   Now, we are struggling to keep the system operational as fire season is here, and we can fully expect a bad fire season. [See FAX December, 2020. See also, FAX of September, 2021 confirming emergency use by non ham reasonable to save life (FCC Acting Chief  Counsel, Umair Javad (per FCC website), is the person who advised the Congressman's office staff of this position); also see SER POLICY PROCEDURES - NON HAMS IN EMERGENCIES - FCC regulations and FCC response:].

Thank God for the 4 Shingletown hams that are currently helping. If they are absent (remember, this is all volunteer and we can't be here all of the time), the entire Ham portion of the system collapses and its resources and benefits rendered useless during an emergency. Thus, emergency wild fire information gathering, processing, and sharing between neighborhoods, as well as ground teams viewing of a fires location and progress, etc..., is removed.  The local ham club boycott is such that requests for assistance during wild fires is simply ignored, while such ham operators listen and do nothing. During one Fire Net, a ham came on to advise that he had a radio with all of the Cal Fire frequencies in it. When asked to assist by monitoring a Cal fire Tactical (we needed help) - the ham would not help.  So, being a "Ham" is all about the toys you have and bragging about them during a Fire Net, but refusing to help.  When I first started this project years ago, I was told by a public safety official that they didn't like to work with Hams.  The "emergency" service aspect which Hams love to talk about appears to be window dressing, at least in Shingletown.  

We additionally have continued to be subjected to emergency communications blocking both on Ham and Neighborhood nets during actual fires, in addition to being subjected to keying of the repeater during the night  and pre-dawn hours which destroys the emergency 24/7 monitoring for all of Shingletown. 

In order to at least attempt to avoid becoming another "Paradise" fire situation, immediate changes were necessary. We have been at the point that it became clear that it was delusional to think that Shingletown could "rely" on  local hams or that they would assist.  

Thank you to those 4 Hams that are helping out!

As a result,   the EROC TEAM of NON HAMS AND HAMS (IF AVAILABLE) WILL CONDUCT EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS. IF THERE ARE ONLY NON HAMS AVAILABLE FROM THE EROC TEAM AT THE TIME OF A WILD FIRE EMERGENCY, THEY ARE TO  RUN THE EMERGENCY NET (EITHER ON VILLAGE 1 MURS AND/OR HAM FREQUENCIES AS NECESSARY TO SAVE LIFE). The objective is to have a TEAM that works together and functions as a cohesive unit in the time of stress, potential panic, and when the need for critical information is "NOW".   All of this is volunteer. So, if people don't help out, then there is no system of communication and no warning for that fast moving wild fire when all cell and landlines stopped working and we never got that reverse 911 call. 

For those who continue to be of the viewpoint that a wild fire does not constitute an immediate threat to the safety of human life and/ or immediate threat to property, ... you can view photos of Paradise and other Wild fires  - HERE.

 

 

 

For Information, the following matters are no longer being worked on and/or removed from web site, as result of above situation.

SHINGLETOWN EMERGENCY RADIO COMMUNICATIONS OPERATIONS   MANUAL [ S E R C O M ]  - HERE (IN PROCESS) (WORD VERSION)  

  Radio SER Plan Frequencies - progam into your radios  (due to intentional interference with the emergency communications plan - removed from web site).

   SER FREQUENCY ALLOCATIONS AND SCAN PLAN  HERE  UPDATED

Please call 474-3267 for coordination and don't use another Areas frequency allocations. Objective is for all Areas to be able to run emergency nets at the exact same time without interference; and at the same time Have Ham Nets Operating with all Nets being Coordinated (i.e., Hams and Non Hams - using Area Coordinators).  Procedures are important for this to work. System is designed to handle 80 plus station reports from 10 or more Areas, and have all results mapped and Triangulated with a summary report being completed - all within approximately 30 MINUTES! (the area is over 100+square miles - showing who can't dial 911; who has no power ....; earthquake magnitudes; with all areas having completed a Brevity Fire Watch report. Non Hams merely have to plug in and follow the simple base level reporting. The SER system handles the rest. But, we need volunteers - that's you!

  Area Channel 1 - Inter-Area Communications (Fmt Romeo 15)  (MURS RELAY HUBS - INTER-AREA COMMUNICATIONS)     (due to intentional interference with the emergency communications plan Format removed from web site) MURS RELAY HUBS INTER- AREA COMMUNICATION FMT ROMEO 15 HERE updated 11/15/2021  CH 1  INTER-AREA COMMUNICATIONSRELAY REPORTING - PROPAGATION TESTING. ALL AREAS MUST DO TESTING.   Removed.

. SER PLAN - COORDINATING WITH CAL FIRE AND OES.  Read  HERE . NOTE: THESE EFFORTS TO COORDINATE OES ALERTING THROUGH THE SER SYSTEM HAVE STOPPED.

SER - PROPOSED ALERTING PROCEDURES WHEN EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION RECEIVED FROM OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES - SHASTA COUNTY.  WHAT HAMS AND NON HAMS ARE TO DO.  SER POLICY   WAS  HERE.  NOTE: THESE EFFORTS TO COORDINATE ALERTING WITH OES HAVE STOPPED.

OTHER REPORTS - no longer being pursued.

FMT TANGO 6A- WELFARE CHECK REPORT  Page 1 - script area/neighborhood; Page 2- script Inter Area-HAM; Page 3 Area Frequencies - Ch # reference table; Page 4 Protocol.
FMT TANGO 6B - SCHOOL BUS EVACUATION ASSISTANCE,  ACTIVATION & REPORT form will be expanded to include vans, trucks, anything that can assist.
FMT TANGO 6D - NEEDS REQUEST REPORT (E.G., FOOD, WATER, ASSISTANCE...
FMT TANGO 6Z - EMERGENCY / PRIORITY TRAFFIC REPORT  (5/30/2020)
FMT UNIFORM - AREA DRIVE THROUGH - RAPID NEEDS / DAMAGE ASSESSMENT  2020 0401 VERSION DRAFT

  FMT UNIFORM - AREA DRIVE THROUGH - RAPID NEEDS / DAMAGE ASSESSMENT  2020 0401 VERSION DRAFT - REVSION WAS IN PROCESS / CHANGES STOPPED.

FMT SIERRA 2 - ICS 213 General Message 
FMT TANGO  5 - POCKET REFERENCE CARD FOR FORMAT TANGO 9M AND 9A; AND FORMAT TANGO 4 8/16/2019   POCKET  REFERENCE CARD
 

 

    TRAINING AID VIDEOS / PDFs; and RESOURCES

        TRAINING AID VIDEOS / PDFs; AND RESOURCES  HERE 

RESOURCES - no longer updating 

  SER Training Aid  Videos / PDF   MEDICAL PREP: copy of the Combat Lifesaver course materials  HERE
   DISTASTER PREP: CERT Materials
      Phonetic -Alphabet

 

                                                                     No longer updating

WHICH ONE WILL HIT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD - REFUSE TO BE A VICTIM

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FIRE SEASON

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POWER OUT, SNOW BOUND, NO 911

 

  SER FREQUENCY ALLOCATIONS AND SCAN PLAN

    REMOVED FROM WEB SITE.

FREQUENCY ALLOCATIONS AND "SCAN PLAN" (AKA "SCAN") - Frequency plan revised. Forced to design multiple frequency plans used for the EROC Team; and the need to have restricted and limited distributions to seek to avoid the malicious interference with emergency communications (e.g., forest fires, etc...).

12/29/2021 due to intentional interference with the emergency communications plan, interference with actual radio communications, false radio emergency signals on plan frequencies, radio and TV noise while PTT held down, ETC..., the linked documents have been removed. 

HAM FREQ. PLAN BLOCK 1 & 2:  FMT NOVEMBER, Procedure for Designating Primary Frequency / Alternate Primary Frequency when low battery, bad weather, non operating repeaters and other situations  on page 2 of Format November. IF A SITUATION ARISES,  SER PLAN NETS MAY BE ACTIVATED BY ANY PARTICIPATING HAM STATION OPERATOR AT ANY TIME (24/7).  SCAN THE PLAN FOR ACTIVATION ALERTS. Your radio must be turned ON, and Scanning the Plan (or be on the Alert Frequency), to make the plan work. NEIGHBORHOODS SHOULD SCAN THE PLAN FOR HAM ACTIVATIONS SO THAT THEIR LOCAL AREA / NEIGHBORHOODS (CH 1 - NON HAM FREQ ) CAN BE ACTIVATED IF NECESSARY.

NEEDS TO BE UPDATED FOR REMOVAL OF 165 REPEATER - SEE FMT YANKEE 4 BELOW.

 

FMT YANKEE 4 - NON HAMS PROGRAM THESE FREQUENCIES INTO YOUR RADIO    11/29/2020    / UPLOADED SUCH CONFORMING CHANGES 1/20/2021]     UPDATED 10/29/2021   11/1/2021

 

FMT YANKEE 5  AREA / NEIGHBORHOOD FREQ ALLOCATION [MURS / FRS] UPDATED 7/16/2019  SEE YANKEE 5A BELOW FOR ALLOCATIONS  NOT CURRENT CALL NATHAN

 

FMT YANKEE 5A SUMMARY OF  AREA / NEIGHBORHOOD FREQ ALLOCATION [MURS / FRS] UPDATED 8/25/2020   NOT CURRENT  CALL NATHAN

 

 
TO HAVE PLAN TYPE RADIOS PROGRAMMED, CALL 474-3267