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2016 NH Simulated Emergency Test Saturday November 5th
Goals: Load up message handling networks, exercise ARESMAT procedures, move messages “out of the area.”
Exercise start 8am
Exercise end 1pm
Precipitating disaster: Large category 5 hurricane that zeroes in on Hampton Beach before veering northward and ripping up the center of the state. No counties spared.
Systems to be utilized and tested: Section nets, local nets, NTS, Winlink Repeaters will be operational until 10:30 am, and then all will fail, forcing all operations to go simplex. Repeaters will actually be shut down where possible, and ops will move to repeater output frequency, or to a simplex frequency as listed in Attachment A.
All stations will be encouraged to operate on battery or generator power from 10:30am until exercise termination.
Layer 1 – External communications with ARC National HQ, FEMA, NWS
Certain assigned stations will simulate National Red Cross, FEMA and NWS to receive and originate messages
b) Support requests and replies
Layer 2 – ARESMAT manpower and resource requests
Messages requesting additional operators, messages between volunteer reception centers and Section Net stations coordinating
a) In-section requests to SEC
b) NE Division requests
c) ARRL national requests
d) Communications between simulated ARESMAT volunteer reception centers and members of HF resource net.
1) Each group will have one member on the Resource Net
2) ARESMAT volunteer reception centers will be simulated at Salem I-93 rest area, Lebanon I-89 rest area, Seabrook I-95 State Liquor Store, Keene State Liquor Store, Pheasant Lane Mall southern overflow parking (actually in MA) (Not actually at any of these locations – find a suitable similar field location to set up in)
3) Messages coordinating needs with simulated incoming volunteers from outside the state
Don’t forget to begin and end each message and tactical exchange with “This is a drill.”
Hello NH Radio Amateurs
The Amateur Radio we know today owes its existence primarily to the lobbying efforts by the ARRL in the early part of the 20th century. After the creation of the Amateur Radio Service by the Federal Radio Commission (predecessor to the FCC), the US government quickly realized how valuable a resource Amateur Radio is to the public, especially during emergencies. In the Northeast in 1936, nearly 200 people lost their lives during February floods that inundated most towns where major rivers flowed and without the services of the Amateur Radio operator, according to League historian Clinton DeSoto, fatalities would have been much greater.
As was the case in 1936 and since then, Amateurs have been engaged in relaying messages and providing communication when conventional means fail during times of emergencies. It is important to realize this resource is a major reason our government continues to acknowledge and recognize the need for the Amateur Radio Service. As it did in the early part of the 20th century, the League today continues to advocate for the Amateur Radio Service and our continued use of the RF spectrum.
If you are new to Amateur Radio (or even a seasoned operator), and looking for a new challenge, why not join the over 200 NH Amateurs currently using their radio skills with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service also known as ARES. ARES operators are “Radio Minutemen” who make their stations available for public service events and during times of emergencies. Typically, ARES groups meet together once a month and most have weekly on air meetings to discuss various aspects of emergency communications and message handling. These activities help hone their skills for the time when they may be called to serve during an emergency.
NH has 12 ARES groups, roughly divided up by county. Each group is led by an Emergency Coordinator (EC). Each EC may have an Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) whose focus may be on specified tasks within the group. An Amateur Radio license and willingness to participate are the usual prerequisites to join. A listing of the ARES group nearest you can be found at the NH ARES web site www.nh-ares.org
Now is a great time to become actively involved. NH ARES needs you! Go to www.nh-ares.org and click on the NH ARES needs you link, fill out the application and the EC in your area will contact you. If you have questions feel free to contact the Section Manager, email is email@example.com or you can contact the Section Emergency Coordinator, Wayne Santos, N1CKM. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Stohrer, K1PJS
NH Section Manager
NH Amateur Radio Clubs
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Contoocook Valley Radio Club
Central NH Amateur Radio Club
Granite State Amateur Radio Association
CCDX Amateur Radio Club
Port City Amateur Radio Club
Great Bay Radio Association
Lakes Region Repeater Association
Twin State Radio Club
Nashua Area Radio Club
Littleton Amateur Radio Klub
White Mountain Amateur Radio Club
Androscoggin Valley Amateur Radio Club
Interstate Repeater Society
Capital Area Repeater Society