Coming on October 23rd, ARES is conducting a statewide communications exercise. It’s purpose is to test our ability to communicate with each other around the state. County ARES groups were contacted and we have 20 counties and SEMA signed up to participate. Due to the amount of work and timing, the request for participants is now closed so all of the injects and traffic can now be organized. It will be interesting to see how well we can communicate around the state and also pass the traffic acurately and quickly.
The scenario for the exercise follows:
“Shaken Not Stirred”
Statewide Communications Exercise 2021
Ready Reference V3.0
Scenario:A magnitude 6.5 earthquake occurred along the New Madrid Seismic Zone near Hornersville, Missouri at 0723 hours CDT on October 21, 2021.
Time Jump: The exercise begins at a point 48 hours following the onset of the earthquake.
Exercise StartEx/EndEx: 0800-1200 CDT October 23, 2021
Messaging: Formal messages have been prepared for each participating venue. The voice messages are in the ICS-213 format. Digital messages will be primarily ICS-213 format with some possible variations.
Statewide Voice Net: The Missouri Emergency Service Net (MESN) will conduct a directed net at StartEx on 3.963 mHz (Pri) or 7.263 mHz (Sec) as determined by the NCS. NCS will be Joye McElwee N0OCP from Bolivar.
Statewide Digital Net(s): A directed net at StartEx on 3.590 mHz (Pri) or 7.083 mHz (Sec), USB, as per the Missouri Digital Data Plan. Check-ins and administrative operations will occur via BPSK-31 at 1500 Hz on the waterfall. Formal message traffic will be conducted on BPSK-31 or other suitable mode at 700 Hz on the waterfall. NCS will be Bill Sweeney W0WTS in Carrollton. When possible, digital stations are encouraged to monitor the MESN net for voice messages addressed to their location.
Winlink: All Winlink communications must utilize Winlink RMS nodes. Peer-to-Peer Winlink is not evaluated in this exercise. Winlink stations in St. Louis and St. Charles areas must access Winlink via HF. Winlink stations are encouraged to monitor the MESN net for possible voice messages to their location.
Tactical Call Signs: Tactical Call Signs will be used at all playing venues, supplemented with your FCC Call Sign as required by FCC rules. Tactical Call Signs are being developed by the exercise team and will be made available to all players soon.
After Action Reports: An overall After Action Report (AAR) outlining the strengths and areas for improvement will be produced at some point following the submission of venue/player evaluations. Missouri Section SEC Jeff Young KB3HF will host a Section-wide Zoom meeting Hot Wash following the end of the exercise. All exercise participants are encouraged to log in. The Zoom link and approximate time will be distributed to all playing venues prior to the exercise.
For those unable to join the Zoom meeting a local or regional Hot Wash should be held immediately following the end of the exercise (EndEx) by any means at their disposal. Hot Wash content to be sent to Exercise Director email WA0BER@arrl.net as soon as possible for inclusion in the eventual Exercise AAR.
- This is preliminary information with any updates to follow
- The comprehensive Player Handbook will be distributed prior to the exercise. However, the information in this Ready Reference will enable players to participate successfully in the overall exercise.
District A – Richard Fretwell, W0KRF
BC ARES Members participated in the following nets: MTN, MESN, ARES, Region A Healthcare, and various club nets.
KE0LMZ ran the Region A Healthcare Net in August with KE9AVT acting as a relay station There were 14 check ins with 6 being from healthcare facilities.
On September 5, 2021, four members of the Benton County ARES were on site to provide radio communications for the Warsaw 4th of July fireworks, which was rescheduled to September due to COVID.
The annual MECC SET was focus for the month. The Platte County Resource Center EOC was re-activated. After a three hiatus the stations were assembled in a permanent location. The facility antennas allowed Vhf Simplex communications up to 60 miles. Digital Data and Voice communications are now available to surrounding counties.
In Clay County, Smithville Fire Station #2, The ARES communication facility computers & Radio systems for Digital and Voice Communications updated. The Winlink Express VHF Gateway W0KCN-10 145.030 confirmed. The results of the preparation was appreciated by ARES members during the SET exercise.
September 2021 “MODES” “Missouri Digital Emergency Service”.
MODES 3.985 MHz Thursday 10:00 am CDT.
FIVE sessions QNI 78 QTC 6 26 hours. ZOOM Mtg for Technical Discussion. NCS utilized FSQcall trigger “#” / “@” to expedite responses from participating stations.
Additional “MODES” info at https://modes.groups.io/g/main/topics. FLdigi-FSQ or FSQcall for net interaction. New members are welcome.
NCS KA0OTL Jeff, Net mgr
September Activity Report
The following activity and service hours have been reported by the DECs. 34 Counties and 7 DECs reported.
Thanks for all of the support for Missouri Section ARES.