Maine Simulated Emergency Test – Saturday, October 28th
The exercise time-frame is one day after a major state-wide ice storm. The event has interrupted much of the normal communications across the state – land-line telephone, cell phone, and internet. Electrical power is also out in many areas. Physical damage is primarily related to downed trees, towers, and utility poles, with some damage to homes and other buildings. Shelters have been opened, but many people are staying in their homes without any means of “normal” communications. Demand for outbound 3rd party Health & Welfare communications services is high and medical needs & emergencies in the community are a concern.
Exercise Goals (Statewide)
- Utilization of the statewide HF net for the passage of SITREPS, Weather Reports, and Welfare messages by voice.
- Use of flmsg standard and custom forms with Winlink Express (statewide) and NBEMS (local ares). These may be sent to MEMA (N1WJO) or any group using Winlink or NBEMS. Messages to the SEC may be sent to the Knox EMA (KX1EMA) using Winlink.
- Use of Winlink to send Welfare radiograms to KB1TCE (Serving as a target station).
- Closed loop communications between agencies: agency to agency, with replies usinh ICS-213 format.
- Test proficiency with composing / transmitting formal traffic, including ICS and Radiogram formats. Use of proper phonetics and prowords for all voice communications. Brevity is important for all communications, voice or digital, to avoid tying up circuits.
- Community involvement is encouraged.
During last year’s SET we were able to establish communications with each of the FEMA shelters throughout Cumberland County. This provided valuable data that will be useful in determining what communications equipment is required for a deployment to one or many of these shelters. For the first hour or two of the 2017 SET, we will attempt to activate these shelters again, and compare results. This is primarily an FM Simplex test, which will take place on 146.580. Operators at each location will establish contact with the CCEMA Bunker (WS1EC), and National Weather Service Gray (WX1GYX) from each shelter location. The information exchanged will include signal report, and weather report from each location.
If operators have the ability to use multiple power levels, it is recommended to try it at 5 Watts, Medium, and High Power, and report changes in signal strength for each level. If not, just mention what power level you are using, and what type of antenna/radio combination. For those who have DMR capabilities, you’re also encouraged to attempt contact between the shelter location and both CCEMA and NWS using DMR Simplex on 145.510.
Below is a list of the shelters in Cumberland County
- Brunswick High School
- Falmouth High School
- Gorham Middle School
- Gray-New Gloucester High School
- Greely Middle School
- Lakes Region High School
- Portland Expo Building
- Scarborough High School
- South Portland High School
- South Portland Community Center
- Westbrook High School
- Windham High School
Volunteers are still needed at some of the shelter locations and to help out at the CCEMA Bunker!
The second part of the exercise will be to establish contact with MEMA on the HF net, and to compose messages (or forward them) to the following stations using Winlink: N1WJO (MEMA), KX1EMA (SEC), KB1TCE (Target Station, for forwarding of health & welfare or routine traffic).
If we have time after this is, we will try to establish further communications between counties via 2m Simplex, (including NBEMS), HF, or Winlink.
- Statewide HF (SSB): 3940 Night / 7262 Day
- Digital Modes (NBEMS) HF: 3583 Night
- WSSM-ECT Primary Simplex: 146.580
- WSSM-ECT Secondary / SKYWARN Simplex: 146.595
- DMR Simplex: 145.510
- See the Maine ARES Frequencies Chart for County Simplex Channels
- Knox County to KX1EMA (Also SEC)
- Lincoln County to K1LX
- Waldo County to W1EMA
- MEMA to N1WJO
- Piscataquis County to KB1WEA
- Hancock County to AB1PZ
- York County to W1WDW
- Cumberland County to WS1EC
- Oxford County to W1OCA
- Androscoggin County to W1NPP
- Washington County to N1EP
- Aroostook County to KB1WGN (Also NWS Caribou)