HARVEST MOON Quarterly Statewide COMEX Results
Not too bad folks we are getting better. We will continue training handling traffic, equipment use and setup, and logging requirements. One thing we could do is maybe pick an evening and do some training and discussions on Zoom in regards to this. Thank you so much for being there, your support is appreciated.
Even with bad HF conditions, we were able to pull off the exercise. HF opened a bit after noon. We used VHF 2 Meters, 220 MHZ, UHF/70 CM, HF VARA, voice and FM to pass the traffic, using mainly the ICS 213s. The Comm Center was manned by Don/KL7JFT & Carol/KL2FA. I had outlying stations in Matsu off Knik Taft/KL4BH(Fire Station 6-2), Kathy/KL7KO in Anchorage, Jim/AL4W in Palmer(Palmer EOC), Brian/KL4A (CAP PIO liaison) at Trail Lakes, Bridgit/KL4B on Lazy Mountain, Rich/KL7RCS liaison to the Win system in Meadow Lakes, Jameson/KL4TK, roaming in Wasilla. We has some good training and added to our emergency group.
We connected with Juneau, Kodiak, Tok, North Pole, Palmer, Wasilla, Homer, Soldotna, Kenai, Eagle River, Chugiak and Anchorage. We had a few check ins on 3920 and 2 check ins on DMR TG 3102. Dave/KL7EB, the Section Manager checked in on 147.30 for an exercise update. We had a total of 9 check ins on 2 Meter, 5 check ins on HF, and 2 on DMR.
Traffic handled by KL7JFU Comm Center
194 Winlink messages, incoming, originated, outgoing, relays and acknowledgments. We ran 3 Winlink Stations, 1 2 meter, 1 220, and one HF. The Comm center was ran off Battery and Generator power for the entire exercise. We monitored 3 local repeaters and 3920 on HF and TG 3102 on DMR Repeater. We also had the KL7JFT-10 RMS up, the KL7JFT-5 APRS IGATE up, and the Eagle Packet network from Matsu to Homer up. Received an additional 7 msgs after close of exercise for a total of 201.
Message templates received and work quite well were the ICS 213, County Status Report, Winlink Check in report and Weather report. In Matsu we like to have our stations submit the last 3 so we know their status and condition and who and what we have at the remote locations. Stations without Winlink do this with a paper forms they carry in their go boxes as well has message blanks.
Items noted during the exercise. Stations need to know their lat long in order to plot their positions more accurately. Stations need to know how to get the weather from their nearest airport or NOAA and thru Winlink. If all else fails, this is where the weather spotter training comes in on our SKYWARN Program. Also folks need to keep a Comm Log and the ICS 214, which is their time sheet for the operation. Our upcoming training will including logging and msg ops.
Exercise Scenario: Hunting season is upon us with hunters all around the central part of the state are the field and isolated. Weather has changed and severe blizzards are occurring, weather has closed in and planes are grounded. Winds up to 50 MPH. There is a lost musher in Anaktuvuk Pass area. Hypothermia is a major concern and planned pickup of hunters requiring air extraction can not be accomplished. Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is the nearest facility and Covid procedures are in affect. The SEOC is coordinating rescue efforts with the Air National Guard. Report any information that will be helpful in rescue of the hunters.