About This Form

Amateur Radio donates thousands of man-hours of supplementary public service communications in civil emergencies, official drills and events such as parades and marathons each year. Such events show Amateur Radio in its best light, and it is critically important that ARRL bring documentation of this public service work to the attention of the Congress, the FCC and other public officials. Your information below is an important addition to the record. Please complete and return this form to the Public Service Branch at ARRL Headquarters. Thank you.


1. Nature of activity (Check one).

Communications Emergency. Amateurs supplied communications required to replace or supplement normal communications means.

Alert. Amateurs were deployed for emergency communications, but emergency situation did not develop.

Special exercise. Amateurs supplied communications for a parade, race, etc.

X       Test or drill. A training activity in which amateurs participated.

2. Brief description of activity: Communications support for the 1999 Municipality of Anchorage's Tri-annual International Airport Mass Casualty Disaster Drill

3. Places or areas involved: Anchorage, Alaska

4. Number of amateurs participating: 39

5. Event start date/time: 20 May 99/0700           6. Event end date/time: 20 May 99/1430

7. Duration of event (hours): 7.5                         8. Total man-hours: 292.5

9. Number of repeaters used: 1

10. Estimated manpower cost: $2,925 (man-hours times $10/hr)

11. Estimated cost of equipment used: $24,650 (hand-helds, repeaters, etc.)

12. Total estimated cost of service: $27,575 (add amounts from lines 10 and 11)

13. Nets and/or frequencies used (including repeater call signs): Anchorage ARES Net, KL7ION repeater (147.3/147.9 MHz); 146.52 MHz simplex; 446.4 MHz crossbanded to 146.52 MHz, 145.3 MHz (Packet), 144.39 MHz (APRS)

14. Number of messages handled: Continuous tactical traffic

15. Names of agencies receiving communications support: Office of Emergency Management (Municipality of Anchorage), Anchorage International Airport Safety Office, People Mover (Anchorage Public Transit), Anchorage International Airport Operations, Providence Hospital, Alaska Regional Hospital, Alaska Native Medical Center, 3rd Medical Group (Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital), Blood Bank of Alaska

16. Please list call signs of amateurs who were major participants: KL7CC, KL5T, KL7CDG, NL7NN, KL0CY, NL7NC, KL0PJ, NL7RT, KL7GBC, KL7TS, KL7GR, WL7KY, KL0FE, AL7EJ, WL7YR, WL7BF, WL7CKB, WL7BW, KL0QV, NL7DL, WL7CSR, KL7QZ, KL0CW, KL0NC, WL7CQK, NL7DK, KL0QW, WL7BC, KL0EO, KL0HN, KL7GLU, KL0SU, KL7EQX, WL7CQ, KL7HIU, KL7GID, KL7GN, WL7MX, KL7HMS

17. Other comments: This drill consisted of a simulated crash of a civil airliner at Anchorage International Airport. All Municipality of Anchorage Emergency Services organizations participated, and the drill involved hundreds of people. Amateur communications primarily supported dispatch and coordination of victim transport to local hospitals, but also involved coordination of additional logistics and support resources. A small APRS network was established which demonstrated the power of that system very effectively, and emphasized the importance of developing this technology in Alaska. Further, standard VHF packet stations showed how valuable text-based data links can be, especially when passing list traffic, etc. We also employed a crossband repeat radio at the EOC to eliminate the interference caused by co-located 2-meter transmitters operating on separate nets.

Please attach photos of amateurs in action, newspaper clippings or other data.


Name of Amateur Radio organization providing service: South Central Radio Club, Anchorage Amateur Radio Club, ARES

Location of organization:  Anchorage                                     State: AK

Your name: Larry K. Petty                                                     Call sign: KL5T

Address: 2229 Turnagain Parkway, Anchorage, AK 99517

ARRL appointment, if any: Assistant Section Manager, Volunteer Examiner, ARES
                                                        e-mail address: [email protected]

Telephone: (907) 552-9780       (907) 243-5856
                           (days)                     (evenings)

I attest that the information provided above is complete and true to the best of my knowledge.

Larry K Petty, KL5T                                                                                                  11 Jun 99