Before undertaking an emergency assignment away from home, you must make arrangements to ensure the safety of your family.
The Kingston ARES network will consist of a Net Control Station(NCS), Out Stations at each location requiring our assistance and, when necessary, a Relay System. Each station of the ARES Net shall have a minimum of two operators on duty, one of whom can be unlicensed. The station shall be equipped with a two metre transceiver with a suitable antenna system, and have emergency power and lighting available. The provision of backup systems is advisable. Each station should have a blank network chart, log sheets, message forms, a clip board with a supply of scratch paper, pencils, eraser and an emergency light (flashlight).
KingstonARES shall use theKINGSTON NET frequencies listed below for operations. If a field net is required in conjunction with the Kingston net, it shall use the frequencies listed under FIELD NET. The Kingston Repeater,VE3KBR (146.940- MHz) will normally be used for net operations and should be monitored for instructions. If unavailable,ARES Channel 2 (146.475 MHz simplex), will be used by Net Control. TheARES 70 cm repeater, VE3KTO, (443.300 + 5 MHz) will also be monitored simultaneously by Net Control.
As soon as the station operators arrive at their assigned site, they should report to the person in charge at the site and advise him/her of their availability to provide emergency communications. They should explain how traffic is passed, and mention the locations with which they are in communication. They should, in conjunction with the site manager, establish the physical location of the station, taking into consideration accessibility, antenna erection, privacy and facilities.
All requests and information regarding net traffic must be routed through theNCS and all stations shall acknowledge receipt of instructions from theNCS (WILCO) before carrying out the instructions. Only traffic concerning net operations shall be handled on the net frequency. All other traffic shall be passed off net using a channel assigned by theNCS.
|KINGSTON NET||FIELD NET|
|Ch01 146.940 SX||Ch11 146.445 SX|
|Ch02 146.475 SX||Ch12 146.505 SX|
|Ch03 146.535 SX||Ch13 146.550 SX|
|Ch04 146.565 SX||Ch14 146.580 SX|
|Ch05 147.090 + VE3KAR||Ch15 145.775 SX|
|Ch06 146.940 - VE3KBR||Ch16 146.730 - VE3TJU Canwarn|
|Ch07 145.070 SX Packet||Ch17 443.300 + VE3KTO|
|Ch08 147.420 SX||Ch18 446.500 SX|
|Ch09 147.450 SX||*Ch19 445.500 SX|
|*Ch10 146.595 SX||*Ch20 147.570 SX|
* Reserved for Cross Band Repeater Link Note: 146.52 SX, the International Calling Frequency, is not Used for ARES operations
|A ALFA||N NOVEMBER|
|B BRAVO||O OSCAR|
|C CHARLIE||P PAPA|
|D DELTA||Q QUEBEC|
|E ECHO||R ROMEO|
|F FOXTROT||S SIERRA|
|G GOLF||T TANGO|
|J JULIET||W WHISKY|
|K KILO||X X-RAY|
|L LIMA||Y YANKEE|
|M MIKE||Z ZULU|
|ACKNOWLEDGE (Number 3)||I have received your message number three|
|AFFIRMATIVE||yes or permission granted|
|BREAK||used at END of address and at END of text of a formal message|
|CORRECT||that is correct|
|INCORRECT||that is incorrect. Correct version is|
|INITIAL||a single letter follows|
|I SPELL||I will spell the next word|
|I SAY AGAIN||I will repeat all (or following part) of my last transmission|
|MORE/NO MORE||used with END OF MESSAGE to signify that you have (do not have) more traffic|
|OUT||my communication with you is ended. Will stand by for any reply.|
|OVER||this transmission is ended. Go ahead with your reply|
|READ BACK||repeat entire message (or following part) back to me|
|ROGER||I have received your last transmission|
|SAY AGAIN||repeat all (or following part) of your last transmission|
|VERIFY (Number 3)||check entire message number 3 with the originator|
|WORDS TWICE||I will (or please) transmit each word twice|
|WILCO||your instructions received, understood and will comply|
The Emergency Coordinator, or a station appointed by the EC, will make an announcement at the commencement and at approximately hourly intervals, using the words "This is a Simulated Emergency Exercise" with a brief explanation of its purpose, duration, etc. During the exercise, all formal messages must be preceded by the words: "This is a Test Message".
General Procedures The procedures used in Net operations should be simple, brief, direct and contain all necessary information. All formal traffic will be handled by using the standard Amateur Radiogram Form.
When an operator has a message to send, the NCS will be notified that the
station has a message for another station. If the message has a Precedence
other than Routine (R), it shall be specified as: Emergency (E),
Priority (P) or Welfare (W). The definitions of these are given
on the red ARRL card entitled "Amateur Message Form". For example:
"Net Control, this is Red Cross. One Welfare message for Kingston General. Over." "Red Cross, stand by. Kingston General, did you receive that transmission ? Over." "Kingston General, Roger." "Red Cross and Kingston General, change to Channel 3 and pass your traffic. Out." "Red Cross, Wilco, Out." "Kingston General, Wilco, Out."
This is an example of passing traffic on a simplex frequency where Red Cross has message number 3 for theEOC:
"EOC this is Red Cross. I have one Welfare message for you. Over." "Red Cross, pass your message. Over." The message is passed, ending with: "........End of message. No more. Over." "Eoc acknowledges number 3. Out." "Red Cross, Roger. Out."
Both stations then return to the Net frequency and advise the NCS of their return.
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