2014 simulated emergency test

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EC Meeting notes

Initial thoughts

  • Need to start planning early
    • Use the Spring Test to evaluate 60M propagation
  • Need to get back to HSEEP
  • 2013 exposed significant planning deficiencies
  • Decide if SET is to provide training, an exercise, or to expose weakness in systems and procedures.
    • Typically we are trying to find weaknesses, or test new plans. But I wonder if we could somehow make it more training oriented? Not sure how to do that.
      • We could create tasks achievable by membership and not limited to leadership. I.E. points for field stations, portable digital, county to county, county to state, state to state, HF contacts, etc.
  • How can we get the nets more involved given that we need more and more to be digital.
  •  Can we establish a schedule for sending OUTbound digital traffic to ALL, District, County? I.E. ALL on the hour, District on the quarter hour, County on the half hour.
  • Investigate using Olivia mode to push h/w messages out to the field. Usage of winlink/winmore to upload tfc to SEOC or to push traffic to those out of range of Olivia.
    • Currently no winlink capability at SEOC other than MARS. Looking to correct that but I doubt it will be there for SET2014. -Olivia station could access Winlink network via Winmore sound card mode if needed.
  • Winlink has capability to send traffic to SEOC internet email.
    • This would be a "Hybrid" approach, but usually works because there are so many redundant internet mail servers. Additionally, email accounts can be established on the fly, and accessed by whatever connection happens to be available at the time. Think of email as part of the SEOC, not a shortcoming on our end, especially if it lets them test Satellite based email.
    • hamgate.eaton (SEOC connection to ampr net) currently down but expected back soon. Today even VHF packet isn't an option, except for close-in nodes that can make a direct hit.
    • Might be able to have at least an RMS gateway at SEOC soon, but we also have a finite number of radios there. I have asked KD8IWB to take point on a project to integrate HF packet, but stuff that needs money will take time. Update: We have requested funding for an NTSD station prior to getting the new SEOC up, but we will need to shut it down during exercises/incidents when both antennas are needed.
  • Investigate how many counties can contact SEOC on VHF FM repeaters. What percentage of state population does this represent? Can we create a plan for the SEOC to "reach out" to repeaters in nearby districts? This tests the least common denominator, 2M FM. Perhaps we send a message out of the SEOC via Olivia and expect a response via 2 meters if in range, 60 meters if out of range, Winlink if still out of range. We could publish a listening schedule for 2 meter repeaters. i.e. District 1 on the hour, District 2 on the quarter hour etc.
  • Investigate implementation of an ARES Message Scribe as an assistant to NTS NCS. NCS is busy running the net. Scribe can copy digital traffic to keep NCS in the loop. NCS or Scribe can provide fills or take traffic from those w/o digital capability.
  • Investigate interoperability between AuxComm stations. i.e. can CAP talk to Mars or Satern.
    • We had an interesting discussion about this at the D3 AuxComm meeting. MARS, of course, can operate both amateur and MARS frequencies. However, even though many CAP members are hams, they may not operate on amateur frequencies when they are activated as CAP. So it takes two people sitting next to each other.
  • Test a district HF frequency.
    • Districts need an HF frequency, I wonder how many have thought of this
  • Investigate using HF Voice and Digital on different bands for minimum interference.
    • We're usually lucky to have one band with decent conditions. There might be some advantage, tho, to having 7 and 8 on 40 and the other on 80, but not as much of an interference advantage as different bands.
      • With Digital we are entering at least the SO2R operations.
      • Perhaps 60M for digital?
  • Investigate consolidating HF nets to do more with fewer people. Also to use for tactical communications and coordination, as opposed to H/W.
  • Test functionality of 60 Meters. National interop test in March-April 2014 on 60M.
  • Have counties designate field stations to check-in on 60M as part of Comm-Outage Scenario.
  • Make plan flexible enough to overcome several path outages.
  • Given our AuxComm push should we involve MARS, SATERN, CAP
  • Get EM participation at the County Level.
  • Should we reach out to DCs during planning? Carol Wolfinger?
  • MICIMS component? (We skipped that totally during 2013)
    • MICIMS Should be tested- Perhaps one of the NCS/ARES scribes could upload our messages there.
  • QMN and CW mode should be included in SET. Equipment options should be encouraged for the CW mode such as: = USE low power, 25 watts or less = USE tube equipment; a tube transceiver, or a stand alone tube transmitter or receiver
  • Get the scenario out to the field maybe as early as July 1. Reason is to get individuals and groups INFORMED and up to speed to encourage readiness and collaboration.
    • We provide the scenario, let the counties decide how to dovetail their exercise into it. Make the communications plan available by July 1.

SEOC availability schedule should be published.

Exercises should be evaluated aganst specific tasks: