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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

09-26-2011 - MCECG Events Explained - AK7RB

07-10-2011

The Arizona Emergency Net - Maricopa met for a routine, training activation last Monday night, 26-September-2011.

The topic was "MCECG Events Explained"

31 stations checked in and participated in the net. 18 participants have served in more than 6 MCECG events, 6 participants had 1 to 5 MCECG events under their belts. Another 3 participants have worked other public service events, though not at an MCECG event, and 4 participants have not yet had the opportunity to work a public service or MCECG event.
The net was designed to have those with MCECG experience share their knowledge and enthusiasm about MCECG events with the other net participants.

The Maricopa County Emergency Communications Group (MCECG) was organized to help public service minded hams to be able to find and participate in public service events. MCECG provides event coordinators who help public service event staff to plan and carry out their events. The event coordinator provides the experience, expertise, planning, safety, tactical, and logistics support to the event. The volunteer hams provide the tools (radios) and communications experience to be the eyes and ears for the event.
MCECG events are runs, walks, bike rides, triathlons, parades, and other events which meet the criteria of an MCECG event, which are:
* Our personnel are safe.
* Radio communication adds value to the event. Communication needs aren't being met by other services (cell, commercial, etc.).
* Our personnel have meaningful roles, worthwhile jobs to do.
* Quality event -- organizers provide adequate planning, directions, support, consumables, and safeguards for the event.
* Commitment to participants and volunteers -- organizers support even the slowest, last runners or cyclists; leave no one behind.
* Event, cause, and leadership are attractive to volunteers.
* Available date on our calendar.

We reminded everyone that MCECG has no dues, and no requirement for public service participation.
Sign up for as many or as few events as you like. No calls or emails will be sent to harass or guilt you into participating. You're a volunteer, and appreciated as such.

We discussed how to sign up on the MCECG website:
• Go to www.mcecg.net
• click the login tab
• click the new user tab
• fill in the information

We also discussed how to sign up for an event:
• Click on the select events tab
• Events are listed by date with the status of open, preview, full, and locked
• Click on the detail button next to any of the events to read a brief description of the event, and see the event coordinators name and contact information
• Click on the sign up button next to an open event

And at the end of an event, remember to return to the website to log your miles and time.

We talked about the many places for a ham operator to serve in an event, be it at a rest stop, on the trail, in a vehicle (SAG), on a bike, net control, start/finish, etc. And we discussed talking to the event coordinator if you're uncomfortable or uncertain about an assignment. Changes can be made, or pairing with a more experienced ham is an option. The goal is to have the event be a meaningful experience for you.

Public service closely matches emergency service. So public service keeps us sharp and current on our radios and communication skills. That makes us better prepared for emergency service as well.

I want to thank Chris, K6OZY, for volunteering as Alternate Net Control.

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