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Emergency Radio Communication Plan - Fire, Earthquake, Storm, Power Outages, Welfare Checks, Smoke Checks, etc... 

HAMS AND NON HAMS - NEIGHBORHOOD COORDINATION

This is the only Official source for the Shingletown Emergency Radio Plan

Check back for updates, download forms and training aids.

STATUS REPORTS- DRILL NETS

  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

 

 

 

 

  KEY REPORT FORMATS:
SIT REP &  QWA:  FMT TANGO 9M     FMT TANGO 9A  (HAM) 

SMOKE CHECK - FORMAT TANGO 4 - 

FORMAT TANGO  5 - POCKET REFERENCE CARD FOR FORMAT TANGO 9M AND 9A; AND FORMAT TANGO 4 8/16/2019   POCKET  REFERENCE CARD

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

FORMAT TANGO 5A - POCKET REFERENCE CARD FOR FORMAT MIKE 7FIRE WATCH BREVITY Q CODES  8/16/2019  POCKET  REFERENCE CARD    

Net Control / Back Up Net Control etc.. Mapping Format Romeo 8           8/16/2019

SER Training Aid  Videos / PDF:

  Video - Smoke Check - Format Tango 4 - How to - HERE

   PDF EMERGENCY TRAFFIC - REPORTING HOUSE FIRE - USING RELAY - How to - HERE

  Video - Conducting your Neighborhood Net - Having other Stations help out Monitoring - How to - HERE

  Video - QWA Procedure (Brevity Fire Watch) - How to give your report - HERE

  Video - Emergency Traffic - How to give your report - HERE

on Facebook [official / authoritative site]

Thank you to those businesses and organizations helping out with the Shingletown Emergency Radio Net. They include:

  Craig Sauls Computer Repair Service                209-581-2208     530-474-1636  

Reed’s Market Shingletown:  474-1212  

Shingletown Amateur Radio Club (STARC) President: Dar Walker 474-3087 W6iodar@gmail.com  

Shasta Forest Village Fire Wise Community    Doug Young: 474-4944

  Video - Situation Reports and QWA Neighborhood Reporting / Tango 9M and QWA - How to give your report - HERE
  Resource PDF Manual - Baofeng UV-5R The (Chinese) Radio Documentation Project

    INCIDENT INFORMATION

SHERIFF - SHASTA COUNTY      Incident Info https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents

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

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

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

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        FlightTracker

  Want to be added to e-mail list?  send request to zlaw@taxsos.com

   Non Licensed and Hams (Licensed) working together:

For this weeks Net (SITREP and QWA procedure): Neighborhoods use FORMAT TANGO 9M    

(please read and practice how to transmit instructions on page 3).

Hams see page 2 of FORMAT TANGO 9A on how to report - please read and practice.

FOR REFERENCE - This document shows your area  click here to view [This document s used by the Ham Net Control Station to Summarize REPORTS FROM ALL AREAS AND DIVISION.   THE PLAN IS TO HAVE  IN EXCESS OF 80 REPORTS GOING THROUGH THE SYSTEM. THAT IS WHY EACH STATION MUST FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES.

AND HERE IS THE OVERALL DIVISION MAP (ENLARGE IT ON YOUR SCREEN TO SEE) - well over 200 square miles.

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 (HAM AND NEIGHBORHOODS) are being conducted weekly - THURSDAY AT 1900 HOURS (7:00 P.M.) ON A DESIGNATED SCAN PLAN FREQUENCY -i.e.,  HAM - 760  165 OR 505 (see Format November, Block 1).  NEIGHBORHOOD NETS TO BE ON YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD  ALERT FREQUENCY (DRILL) - BUT EACH NEIGHBORHOOD HAS TO HAVE SOMEONE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD RUN YOUR NET AND RELAY TO/FROM THE SER HAM NET.

          CALL NATHAN (474-3267) WITH QUESTIONS. ALSO,  WE CAN MEET AT YOUR SHINGLETOWN NEIGHBORHOOD AND PROVIDE INSTRUCTIONS. 

SER Ham Net Reporting is to be done pursuant to the procedures set forth for the SER Net.  Such is necessary to facilitate smooth and efficient processing of reports.  The ONLY authorized sources for Documentation, Formats, Procedures, and Explanations concerning the SER PLAN is this WEB SITE and Nathan Zeliff.  UPDATES AND MODIFICATIONS ARE PERIODICALLY MADE. THEREFORE,  YOU NEED TO CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES AND DESTROY ALL OUTDATED VERSIONS OF DOCUMENTATION YOU MAY HAVE.  If you see an error or matter requiring clarification, contact Nathan Zeliff at 530-474-3267.

NON HAMS   

  1Flyer - WHY do you need a Neighborhood  Emergency Radio Net?

   2. BASIC CONCEPT OVERVIEW <- CLICK 

   3. WHAT RADIO?  SAMPLE Radio Set UP IN HOME / MONITORING OPTIONS <- CLICK    

(can purchase RADIO  on web - e.g., Amazon, etc...)  NOTE- MODIFICATION OF THE CONNECTOR TO THE RADIO IS BEING WORKED ON - CHECK BACK.  6/17/2019

  3AWhy should the Baofeng UV-5R be one of your emergency radios?  - YOU CAN LISTEN TO VITAL INFORMATION (I.E., POTENTIALLY LIFE SAVING - E.G., CAL FIRE, ETC...)!

  4. WHAT ANTENNA? Non Ham Antenna Set Up  <- CLICK 

                   HAM   ANTENNA  CONSIDERATIONS:   

Diamond Antenna X30A Dual-Band Base/Repeater Antennas X30A  [2 meters 144-148 MHz  70 cm  440-450 MHz] https://www.dxengineering.com/parts/dmn-x30a                                                

Hy-Gain GPG-1B  [144-148 Mhz range] http://www.hy-gain.com/Product.php?productid=GPG-1B

  5. WHAT FREQUENCY Do You Use for Your Neighborhood?  MURS/FRS FREQUENCY  ALLOCATION  BY AREA updated FORMAT YANKEE 5  CLICK HERE TO VIEW <<  destroy all prior versions!  UPDATED 7/16/2019

  6. PROGRAMMING YOUR RADIO- Radio Frequency Plan - NON HAMS - Program these frequencies into your radios.

          CLICK HERE TO VIEW  <<<<-----UPDATED 7/15/2019

                                                           ADDED CH# 71 TO 92 (FRS)

                                                UPDATED 6/13/2019    Program Radio  - Youtube Chirp

                                                UPDATED 6/18/2019    Program Repeater into Radio Youtube  by hand     

  6AATTACH RADIO SUMMARY CARD TO YOUR RADIO (IF RADIOS PROGRAMMED AS PER ITEM 6 ABOVE). PRINT OUT, FOLD IN HALF, LAMINATE AND ATTACH TO RADIOS FOR REFERNECE - HERE    (THIS IS THE VERSION FOR RADIOS PROGRAMMED BEFORE THE 7/15/2019 UPDATE WHICH ADDED FRS CH# 71 TO 92.)

 

  6BATTACH RADIO SUMMARY CARD TO YOUR RADIO (IF RADIOS PROGRAMMED AS PER ITEM 6 ABOVE). PRINT OUT, FOLD IN HALF, LAMINATE AND ATTACH TO RADIOS FOR REFERNECE - HERE    (THIS IS THE VERSION FOR RADIOS PROGRAMMED TO REFLECT THE ADDITION OF CH # 71 TO 92 FOR FRS). THIS WILL BE ADDED SHORTLY

   7.Questions - Call Nathan 474-3267

  8A. DRILL #1 - Non Emergency Traffic

  8B. DRILL #2 - Relaying Reports Between Areas (e.g., Areas that do not have an Area Coordinator) 6/17/19

REPORTING FOR

 HAMS AND NEIGHBORHOODS /NON HAMS

    9A. SITREP HAM      FORMAT TANGO 9A      (HAM)      

                                                                                                                                   UPDATED 7/17/2019

COMBINATION CHECK LIST REPORT FOR HAMS - SITREP; EARTHQUAKE; NEEDS; FIRE  WATCH BREVITY; EMERGENCY AND PRIORITY. [the referenced Procedure Manual is in process and NOT uploaded]

                 9B. SITREP AREAS   FORMAT TANGO 9M   

                                                        (NEIGHBORHOODS /NON HAM).  UPDATED 7/05/2019

COMBINATION CHECK LIST REPORT FOR NEIGHBORHOODS - SITREP; EARTHQUAKE; NEEDS; FIRE  WATCH BREVITY; EMERGENCY AND PRIORITY - FORMATTED FOR RECORDING ALL REPORTS BY STATION

FORMAT TANGO 9E  - SITREP EXAMPLE REPORTS - MOVING REPORTS THORUGH THE INFORMATION PIPLEINE (YOU CAN FILL THIS IN BEFORE TRANSMITTING. CAN BE USED BY EACH NEIGHBOR; EACH AREA LEAD; AND EACH AREA COORDINATOR). SHOWS HOW YOU TRANSMITT YOUR REPORTS FROM THE MENUE ITEMS APPEARING ON:

10.. SMOKE CHECK REPORT  

                                            FORMAT TANGO 4 - Smoke Check Report 08/10/2018

 

11.. FIRE WATCH BREVITY Q CODES

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

 

12.. SMOKE LOOKOUT LOCATIONS

                                             FORMAT ROMEO 7 - SMOKE LOOKOUT LOCATIONS  

                                                         (version 20171022 (form erroneously shows 2016, but is 2017 version)

 

NET CONTROL AND AREA LEAD FORMATS

15. HAM 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..

 16. HAM NET Control / HQ - NET SCRIPT

                 HAM NET SCRIPT FORMAT KILO 1 click here to view
                                                                                                      updated 8/10/2019

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

 17. NCS / HQ FMTS - ROUGH MAPPING and MURS PROPAGATION TESTS :

                 17A.     Rough MAPPING - Format Romeo 8 - updated 8/16/19 click here to view

                 17B.     MURS RELAY HUBS INTER- AREA COMMUNICATION  RELAY REPORTING - PROPAGATION TESTING. ALL AREAS MUST DO.  HEREFORMAT ROMEO 15 updated 7/29/2019

            17C.     FORMAT ROMEO 9 - MAP TOWNSHIP/RANGE/SECTION - SHOWING AREAS/NEIGHBORHOODS (THE ACTUAL MAP IS ROUGHLY 3' X 3' (THIS IS SHOWN SO THAT AREAS CAN IDENTIFY THEIR LOCATIONS. HERE  (ENLARGE ON YOUR SCREEN TO VIEW)

             17D.     FORMAT ROMEO 14 - SIMPLEX MAPPING FREQ. 146.505 (MAPPING BETWEEN NEIGHBORHOOD AREAS - IN PROCESS) HERE  7/27/2019

  18.  AREA LEADS  - NET SCRIPT

                  18A.    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.  

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

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. 

UPDATE  5/29/2019

24.  RESOURCES - VARIOUS:

OTHER

                 Phonetic -Alphabet

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR NEIGHBORHOOD PREPAREDNESS

25. MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS:

                      A.  Attached is a copy of the Combat Lifesaver course materials  HERE

40. DISTASTER PREPARENESS:

                       A. CERT Materials

 

 
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 

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 <<

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

Testing to become a Ham

https://www.eham.net/exams/

 

 

 

 

Program Radio  - Youtube

 

 

 

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

ANY QUESTIONS CALL NATHAN AT: 530-474-3267

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.