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Emergency Radio Comms - 

When there is another complete communications blackout (as took place in Feb. 2019 - Shasta County State of Emergency) and a Raging Forest Fire is in your area, you will not be getting any reverse 911 call. What is your family / neighborhood plan? 

 It is up to you and your neighborhood to establish a Radio Communications Plan.  The plan already exists, you just need to join in. 

Neighbors can also make direct contact with other neighbor(s) or family member(s) to find out if they are okay and/or need assistance.

Practice Radio Nets are being conducted weekly. 

HAM FORMATS

MURS/FRS FORMATS

REFERENCES

FREQUENCY PLAN:

FREQUENCY PLAN:

FREQUENCY PLAN BLOCK 1 & 2:  FORMAT NOVEMBER, Procedure for Designating Primary Frequency / Alternate Primary Frequency when low battery, bad weather, non operating repeaters and other situations in on page 2 of Format November. IF A SITUATION ARISES,  SER PLAN NETS MAY BE ACTIVATED BY ANY PARTICIPATING 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.. MURS/FRS FREQUENCY ALLOCATION BY AREA updated FORMAT YANKEE 5  CLICK HERE TO VIEW <<  destroy all prior versions!  UPDATED 5/18/2019

Radio Frequency Plan - Non Hams - Program these frequencies into your radios. CLICK HERE TO VIEW  IN PROCESS OF REVISION

 

FORMAT YANKEE 6 - MURS/FRS NEIGHBORHOOD SAMPLE MONITORING STATION SET UP AND MONITORING OPTIONS FOR YOU TO PICK -   click here to view


Non Hams: OUTSIDE ANTENNA Suggestions to help with Emergency Communications CLICK HERE TO VIEW <<

HAM NET SCRIPT:

MURS NET SCRIPT:

Net Control / HQ:

HAM NET SCRIPT                        FORMAT KILO 1 click here to view

FIRE NET (KNOWN FIRE); SMOKE CHECK (SEARCH UNKOWN SOURCE); EARTHQUAKE, VOLCANIC; SITREP; FIRE WATCH BREVITY .     

Overview  of Plan for: Nets, Sub-Nets, Ground Teams - Format Lima 00

 

AREA LEADS:

FORMAT KILO 9M - MURS/FRS NEIGHBORHOOD MURS/FRS NET SCRIPT click here to view. Bare Bones Net Script for your Neighorhood Area. Start practicing now.  

 

 

 

 

FORMAT LIMA 3 - MURS/FRS - NEIGHBORHOOD ACTIVATION OVERVIEW click here to view. Is your radio on? Why Not? You can't drive your car unless you turn it on. Same for your emergency radio communications. 

 

 

 

 

HAM

REPORT FORMATS:

MURS / FRS

REPORT FORMATS:

KEY CHECK LIST FOR MURS / FRS =  TANGO 9M 

 

FORMAT TANGO  9A   [KEY CHECK LIST FOR HAMS]

 click here to view   COMBINATION REPORT FOR HAMS - SITREP; EARTHQUAKE; NEEDS; FIRE WATCH BREVITY; EMERGENCY AND PRIORITY.

Rough Mapping - Format Romeo 8 - this map to be updated periodically  Updated 5/18/19

click here to view 

 

FORMAT TANGO  9M  <<< (MURS/FRS CHECK LIST) click here to view  This is for MURS/FRS NEIGHBORHOOD REPORTS.

The Neighborhood Area Leads are to summarize reports for relay to Area Coordinator and Net Control. It is a check off list for Reporting problems and also if you are okay, or need assistance. Please read through and print it out and have it right next to your radio. ALL STATIONS KEEP FMT  TANGO 9M NEXT TO YOUR RADIO AS YOUR REPORT CHECK LIST

ABOUT:

Presentation about MURS/FRS Neighborhood Reporting May 7, 2019 - click here (PDF) - How it works.

Murs Neighborhood Emergency Radio - Presentation at April 3 Shingletown Council Town Hall

The February 2019, State of Emergency and Ham Radio- click and read report 

 

 

 

FORMAT TANGO 4 - Smoke Check Report 04/08/2018

 

FORMAT MIKE 7FIRE WATCH BREVITY Q CODES  UPDATED  Updated 5/19/2019

Over view diagram showing Emergency Radio communication relationship between your neighborhood (neighbor to neighbor), your Neighborhood Leads, your Neighborhood Coordinator and the Public Ham Net . CLICK HERE TO VIEW <<

 

FORMAT ROMEO 7 - SMOKE LOOKOUT LOCATIONS   (version 20171022 (form erroneously shows 2016, but is 2017 version)

EMERGENCY COMMS - MURS RADIO AND YOU. SHINGLETOWN DIVISIONS, NEIGHBORHOOD MURS AREAS.  PLEASE READ, FORM YOUR GROUPS AND HAVE YOUR "LEAD" CALL NATHAN AT 530-474-3267. CLICK HERE TO VIEW

Remember - "SIMPLE is a blank page, until you must write the correct answer on it"

ANY QUESTIONS CALL ME: 530-474-3267

SER Thursday Night Practice nets - Will resume.

Participating stations, please continue with plan and be on frequency in the event of emergency or necessary comms - monitor 24/7 to extent possible.  73

The "Shingletown Emergency Radio" Plan

Net, Thursday at 1900 Hours

For the Station Operators who have their radios turned on.

Questions?  call 530-474-3267

Fire Safety - video on being Ember Prepared

In Shingletown, STARC is assisting with the SER Smoke Check,  Earthquake, and Situation Reporting emergency radio plans. 

This is  great for Shingletown and surrounding areas! 

Thank you STARC.

Read about the positive community service procedures and activities conducted by Ham Radio Operators using the SER PLAN HERE.

Help stop disasters before they happen.

When there is smoke at 2:00 A.M., and your question is - "where is the fire"? (and the fire department is asking "where is the fire" ? ...

"The few who matter, are on frequency."

 One part of this program is about coordinating Station Operators from different reporting locations in the mountains / hills of our community in an effort to triangulate on possible source locations of smoke.

PART 1:   SER - Scheduled Nets / Formats. 

There are 3 Net Categories: 

 Smoke,   Earthquake,   and  Situation reports.  

SMOKE NET  -  FORMS

PLEASE PRINT OUT AND HAVE IN YOUR GO-KIT

FOR MOST RECENT VERSIONS - CALL 474-3267

SEE ABOVE
 
 
 

                                                                                       

 
   

EARTHQUAKE NET - FORMS

FORMAT TANGO - Earthquake Reporting Event Call in (EQ, Explosion etc...) THIS IS NOW VOID FORMAT

 

SITUATION REPORT NET - FORMS

FORMAT TANGO 9 - Situtation Report Net QXi D 20171110 THIS IS NOW VOID FORMAT
 

What are these local "Q Codes" I hear?    

Why don't you just say - "I don't see any smoke or fire...?"

We use our local Q Codes "QW_" series for the MONITORING portion of the smoke reporting program (seeking 24/7 monitoring).  The Q Codes avoid long winded explanations, and provide defined brevity  (See Format Mike 7).  

For example, the Q Code "QWA" involves specific defined steps a station takes before transmitting.  It also avoids the use of the trigger words "smoke" or "fire".  

Consider this Q Code report:   

           "K6PDS, QWO viewing East  3 miles, light,  QWA, out". 

It is clear and understandable even when you are not next to your radio, or when the radio reception is not real clear. Under our procedures, merely giving your call sign means you are reporting from your home QTH.  Yes, you need to look up the meaning of the Q Code (format Mike 7). But only a few are routinely used. 

Compare the above Q Code report to this non defined report

 "... hey Joe, I am looking around and I don't see any smoke or fire but looks like its a little smoky to the east of me".  

If you look at the Q Code report, that message is very specific. A few words communicate a lot of information. 

In contrast, the non defined report, doesn't advise whether the person is mobile, or at home. It doesn't tell you what steps the station took to make the report. It doesn't tell you whether the station has classified the "little smoky" as general atmospheric smoke / haze, or as smoke from a fire, etc... . You probably would have to go to the radio and ask. 

One of the purposes of the monitoring plan is to have people "listening", and to avoid having  back and forth "chatter" on the frequency plan. Such non defined "chatter" will result in operators turning off their radios.

If there is an actual fire event, we use plain English in our smoke net (Format Tango 4).  The Reporting Nets are structured, brief and factual.  Mapping and triangulation is part of the Smoke Net. 

How about joining in?  

And yes, Q Codes are proper on VHF. Under the Plan, you pick your level of involvement.

"Those who matter, are on frequency."

Your family and home are important to you. 

Turn on, Tune in, and Scan the Plan. 

  HF NETS ARE CONDUCTED ONLY WHEN ACTIVATED. 

INCIDENTS

Link for Incident Information  http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_current

Cal Fire Twitter https://twitter.com/CAL_FIRE

Northern California Geographic Coordination Center  https://gacc.nifc.gov/oncc/news.php

MAP VIEWER

Map Viewer:  https://maps.co.shasta.ca.us/ShastaCountyMap/

WINDS - DIFFERENT ALTITUDES 

Winds: You can select the altitude with the elevator slide  on lower right side.  https://www.windy.com/?40.502,-121.807,9

AIR QUALITY 

AIRNow - Redding, CA Air Quality

Wildfire Smoke Information:  https://www.co.shasta.ca.us/index/drm_index/aq_index/aq_wildfire.aspx

Air Quality

FLIGHT TRACKER

FlightTracker

WEATHER STATIONS

Intellicast   http://www.intellicast.com/local/weather.aspx?location=USCA1053

Whitemore (South of Miller Mountain Rd)

Shasta Forest Village

 Wilson Hill Rd.

 Hidden Meadows

 East of Starlight Pines

 Nehemiah Dr.

 Manton (East by South East of Manton & South of Forward Road on Cedar Ridge Rd.)  

GENERAL WEATHER / RED FLAG / CHAIN CONTROL

Weather

Check for Red Flag Warning Alerts

Shasta Chain Control

REFERENCE MATERAL

Reference Material 004 -Tactical CAllsigns and Procedures Tactical Callsigns and Procedures

Reference Material 005- Q Codes Q Codes

Reference Material 006 - Common Abbrev. CW Work Abbrev. CW Work

 Lat / Long  Plotting points on maps using Latitude and Longitude

GPS Coordinates: http://www.gps-coordinates.net

Spotting Fire Behavior:  http://www.fbfrg.org/crown-fire/6-1-spotting-fire-behavior

CAMERAS

Shingletown Cam is located on the north side of HWY 44 in Shingletown

Lassen Park Cam is located in Shasta County on the south side of eastbound HWY 44 at the Lassen Park North Entrance

Bogard Rest Area Cam is located in Lassen County on SR44 at the entrance to Bogard Rest Area

This is not a once a week  "check in net". 

This is an active community service by  local  Operators [seeking 24/7 monitoring] (any licensed Ham radio operator who can hear us)  who wants to take positive action to help locate smoke from a forest fire so that the Fire Department can respond and put it out, before our homes are burned to the ground.  Many operators can form the basis of a Radio Network to triangulate on potential sources of fire / smoke.  Mountains, shifting winds, ridges and valleys make it hard to locate a fire (especially at night).  Each person may not be able to monitor 24/7, but with a group, and each person making a bona fide attempt, it can be done.  We need many Radio Operators to make this work. Please join in.

Just turn on your radio and leave it on.

Help stop a disaster before it happens! Be proactive, not reactive.

You don't have to say anything. Just have your radios on and listen scanning the plan FREQUENCIES. Then respond when a smoke report is made, or other emergency is heard, or observed; or if you smell smoke, you call in your smoke report.  Obviously, we need people on the air to hear a call. That is where you come in - you merely report your situation from your home, or other location.  This is NOT a substitute for 911. If you have an emergency, dial 911. You can even listen on a "quiet" frequency so you don't hear people randomly talking. Control stations would map the results of radio smoke reports in an effort to locate the potential source of smoke and call in the results.  Want to join in?   

Call 474-3267 for information. 

This program seeks coordination with those who are monitoring their radios under the PLAN set up for local comms.  The PLANS are here.  Now, they  just need to be used. The informal group is  the Shingletown Emergency Radio Net.  ALL Ham operators are invited to take part - just turn on your radio(s),  and leave it on!

That's it.  

 It is what it is.   "The few who matter, are on frequency."

73    K6PDS

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You don't have to "join" or become a "member".  Just turn on your radio, follow the PLAN, and help out.

 

PLEASE JOIN IN.