Radio Comms -
"Shingletown Emergency Radio" Plan ("SER")
Here are a few
of the positive community service procedures and activities
conducted by Ham Radio Operators using the SER PLAN:
Smoke Ham Radio Reporting system to facilitate locating unknown
sources of smoke / fire in our hills / mountains by using radio
reports from station operators. The reporting system is for the
purpose of triangulating on potential sources of smoke /
fire using wind speed, wind direction, Station QTH, odor
level, smoke / haze concentrations, etc..., and then reporting
results to CalFire.
2. Earthquake Ham Radio Reporting system to record levels
of earthquake severity by geographic area. Standardized
reporting information to be provided to CalFire and other
emergency responders so resources can be dispatched to
areas likely having higher levels of damage / injuries.
3. Brevity Ham Radio Situation Reporting system to provide
information on such matters as: severe snow storms, trees
down, electrical power out, phone services not working, internet
not working, 911 services not working, families in need of
food, water, blankets, medical, etc... .
4. Tone alert activation system procedures for different
levels of activation (including an alert frequency and procedure
for participating stations).
5. Frequency plan, and prioritization to address
repeater failures due to lack of power, mechanical failure, busy
frequencies, etc... . Stations are to merely follow the specific
frequency plan and rotation (and SCAN THE PLAN 24 /7 as best
they can). VHF, HF and Digital are part of the plan. CW is
And here are a few
items we have done with the above system:
1. Arson Watch Radio teams set up on patrol in the woods
late at night. There was an arsonist starting fires in the
wooded areas. Radio Plan included (using a sub net procedure):
scheduled check ins, reporting, and Net Control Station (home
2. Vehicle accident on highway 44 during icy road
conditions - truck with trailer lost control, hitting
tree. Radio call from vehicle made. Home base station
relayed accident information to 911. Home base station
went to scene, set up flares and directed traffic until Highway
3. Vehicle accident on highway 44, person ejected from
vehicle rollover (person went through the air about 30
feet). Radio relay made to 911. Station
operators directed traffic, and station operator (with medical
training) (who heard the report on the radio) drove to the
scene and assisted before paramedics arrived.
4. Elderly lady was being followed home by suspicious
individual to remote area. Radio call made and home base
station relayed to 911. The suspect vehicle was pulled
over by the Sheriff before he got out of Shingletown.
Arrest made on outstanding warrants.
5. 2017, summer, multiple fires (along side of road)
in downtown Shingletown. Radio operators arrived,
helped direct traffic. Station operators drove from Viola to
Shasta Forest Village (and other areas) being on the look out
for a specific suspicious vehicle, and looking for any other
fires. Additionally, station operators drove back roads.
6. 2017, approximately 7 suspicious fires started in the
woods near homes in Shingletown. Cal Fire responded with ground
and air support. Radio station set up Field Radio Station
Net near fire, and provided information on fire status. Other
stations relayed reports into the Field Radio Station Net
(e.g., information from Cal Fire dispatch etc... ).
Residents monitoring were able to know factual information on
scene as well as heard the relayed reports on the status of the
7. Developed and placed in use a Q Code monitoring
report system for smoke reporting which can be done
periodically and randomly from home base stations as well as
mobile stations who give reports from or near lookout points and
anywhere they may be. Purpose is to provide very short
report formats, providing specific information, so as to
facilitate monitoring by operators who are working and can't
listen to a lot of radio talk. Reports may be while a
station is mobile and traveling on Highway 44, traveling
on Highway 5, or traveling and/or located in: Redding,
Millville, Palo Cedro, Manton, Cottonwood, Whitmore,
Mt. Lassen National Park, etc... ).
8. We conduct weekly drills for earthquake, situation
reports, and smoke / fire.
Actions taken by radio
operators beyond the radio communication plan are the
responsibility of the individuals personally.
have to "join" or become a "member".
Just turn on your radio, follow the PLAN, and help out.
disasters before they happen.
474-3267 for information.