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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

1-30-2012 - Repeater Failure Drill - KE7VIN

19-02-2012

The Arizona Emergency Net - Maricopa met for a routine training activation last Monday night, January 30, 2012.  However gremlins got to our repeaters and we ended up doing a REPEATER FAILURE DRILL.  The published topic, Tactical Communication Exercise will be covered at a later date.

When the repeaters failed the Net switched to simplex on the Shaw Butte output frequency, 147.24.  Net Control solicited help from other stations to round up people on the Mt. Ord 146.92 repeater and bring them over to the simplex net.  We then took check-ins with the assistance of stations who relayed in check-ins that Net Control could not hear.  After collecting reports an instruction was sent out to call a telephone number and follow the instructions on the answering machine there.

23 stations checked in to the net.  Of those 18 completed the exercise by calling the telephone number and leaving the information requested.  
Surprisingly, 3 stations that did not check in also left their information on the answering machine!  Good for them.  In a real emergency stations that can hear and carry out instructions, even when they can't acknowledge the instructions, could mean the difference between success or failure of the mission.

We demonstrated the strong points of Amateur Radio; the ability to recognize, adapt, and overcome.  We are frequency agile and do not have to depend on repeaters.  Good job to all who participated.

I want to thank the stations that stepped forward and took assignments as Alternate Net Control Stations; Terry- KE7LPG, Dreux - W7EMU, and Dave - K1LPI (who evidently sits on top of the world in New River and can talk to almost everybody in the Vally of the Sun on simplex!).  I couldn't have done it without you.

Next week's topic is "NET OPERATION".  Rick, K7TEJ, will be Net Control.  Eric, KF7SZX, contacted me after the net to volunteer for Alternate Net Control.

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