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Every Monday night, the Arizona Emergency Net – Maricopa meets on 2 meters FM for training and exercise in the public service communication arts. We focus on preparation and readiness for public service – be it scheduled events like bike races or drills, or emergencies such as storm damage or terrorist attacks. Someone has to be ready. This net is dedicated to addressing that challenge. The Arizona Emergency Net – Maricopa also activates during threats or emergencies affecting Maricopa County

7-5-2010 - What we learned during the activation drill - KB8YYA


The Arizona Emergency Net - Maricopa met for a DRILL activation Monday night.

The surprise topic was "EMERGENCY ACTIVATION DRILL". The hour prior to the routine net we held an unannounced activation drill in which we simulated a dam failure upstream of the Valley.

The regularly-scheduled topic has been postponed.

33 stations participated between the drill and the routine net

We accomplished all our stated objectives:
We simulated a net activation with simulated deployments requested by Red Cross through the County.

We spawned off a separate tactical net to handle the traffic related to evacuation shelters.

We demonstrated and exercised the value of the Arizona Emergency Net - Maricopa as a resource and information net during deployments.

We explored two new net assignments -- SCRIBE-SITREP and SCRIBE-RESOURCE.
We challenged the Net Manager to respond to some planned and some completely spontaneous problems.

Summer storms are coming. Historically, the Arizona Emergency Net - Maricopa is an information net during storms, staying abreast of developments. The information attracts hams to "tune here", thereby providing a single focal point for hams to gather on-air. If agencies request amateur radio volunteers, the net asks the listening hams to fill those requests as a resource net.

Thanks to the several stations who accepted special assignments.

Special thanks to Dreux, KB8EMU, for stepping into the gap when Rick, W7STS, was suddenly unable to be Net Control. Dreux responded on very short notice and led the drill and routine nets.

Many of these weekly nets are recorded, thanks to Gary, W7TXR. The archives are at

Next Week's Topic: "ROLE OF EOCs". We'll hear from several area emergency operations centers (EOCs) and explore what it means when they come on the air. Some EOCs might even have opennings for radio amateurs.

I will be our Net Control.

-- Mike



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