Emergency & Community Service

Purpose: To maximally prepare for, and provide, emergency and community services to the County and to the community.

The Carroll County Amateur Radio Club (CCARC) Emergency Management Team serves as a vehicle to coordinate ham related emergency and community activities that support providing auxiliary emergency communications for Carroll County and community service to both Carroll and local events and activities.

You do not have to be a member of CCARC to be on this team.  By registering as a volunteer with the Team you will be added to the list of hams to be notified of opportunities to help the community.  [this seems weak]

Chair: Don, W3DVG  do you want an email here?

Packet POC: Tony, KF3AK do you want an email here?

Packet Winlink Info; how to contact or use, maybe links to winlink, list of local nodes?, maps?, test address?  Can use mine so I keep in practice

The CARET Net

Tuesday’s 8:30 pm, any CCARC repeater

Net Control Schedule

Date Net Control
1st Tuesday name, call
2nd Tuesday name, call
3rd Tuesday name, call
4th Tuesday name, call

CARET Net Script

The Net Control script is here.

Our Packet work

Winlink nodes

operating status as of

Station map

  • Add list of VHF infrastructure (call signs and locations)
    • Extract from my status chart
  • Maps
    • Map of “local” infrastructure (I’ll generate)
    • Map of wide-area infrastructure (Rockville-Cascade (I’ll generate)
  • Mention UHF/9600 infrastructure is “in the works” but no details (It’s too feeble to use at the moment and can only frustrate those who attempt it)
    • My rationale (and I ramble):
      • Two-way signals must be at or very near full scale on S-meter to achieve success
      • Requires expensive hardware (special transceiver or TNC)
      • Gorsuch Road site is critical to the network, but unavailable until the “new antenna” is usable (apparently, there is a cabling problem that the new antenna did not fix)
      • The Frederick RMS is months away from operation, if at all (and this was the “driver” for UHF)
      • The Carroll Lutheran Village (CLV) digipeater is all but useless on UHF (gangbusters on VHF)
        • (Pete—did you or Fred use an analyzer on the CLV antenna?  There is a likelihood that it is not dual band. Months ago, I used my HT to use 449.875 and that repeater was full scale, leading us to plan for UHF at CLV)
      • Intended to support emcomm at the county’s critical sites (both EOCs and Carroll Hospital)
        • Fewer “noisy” stations on the frequency are better

Suggested Technical Capabilities

  • VHF portable
  • Winlink via VHF
  • Winlink via HF
  • MT63 via VHF
  • Portable operation with these capabilities (go-kit)
  • Battery or off-grid power option
  • [can we bring together resources and provide real support to folks getting these capabilities?  possible hardwares, softwares?
  • Tech Capabilities & Training topics
    • Introduce HeyWhatsThat profiling tool (http://www.heywhatsthat.com/profiler.html)
      • Works good on VHF and UHF (and higher)
      • Possible Tech Talk
    • Winlink via HF
      • Winmor (soundcard mode)
      • Pactor 2/3 (requires special/expensive hardware) 

Suggested Training

[ICS, SKYWARN?]

Contact or Register

How to?  Don, me?

CARET Net

[ROTA]  1st week of month, 2nd week of month, etc

 

Other

We had a handbook on the pod kits in draft.  maybe that should be revisited?