146.440 @ 9:15AM & 7:15PM - write it down & tuck into your wallet!
At the last joint CERT / INWP meeting in Spirit Lake (2nd Sundays, 2 PM, ALL are invited to CERT South gatherings; see www.inwPrep.com for calendar), we hammered out a comms routine. Thanks for the guidance, Chief Steele!
Recognizing that weekly ham nets are certainly useful, we wanted to create a situation where no member was more than about 12 hours from a designated contact time in the event of an emergency.
AMRRON has a designated freq of 146.420; this is just a couple clicks up from CH1 if your BaoFeng has been programmed by Don. In our groups, we have operators of ALL skill levels (I'm near the bottom of the sludge pile), so here's one way to get to 146.440 if you have the ubiquitous 5 or 8W BF:
Press & hold the bottom right key until you hear the word "UNLOCKED".
Press the appropriate #s, one at a time: 1-4-6-4-4-0 - your radio will probably repeat them back to you.
Press & hold the bottom right key until you hear the word "LOCKED".
There ya go.
This is NOT a formal Net. Think of it as a radio check to see who in our group may be listening at this time (9:15AM or 7:15PM).
At 9:14 (if no one is already using the freq), press the transmit button and say YOUR version of my words (Somebody jump in here and square me away if I'm not saying this right):
This is Kilo India Seven, Bravo India Victor; Russ, near Blanchard.
I'm looking for any members of the Bonner County Community Emergency Response Team who may be on the air at this time, come back?
Then listen. At 9:15, repeat above. Then listen. Same at 9:16.
Finally, if no response, say:
This is Kilo India Seven, Bravo India Victor; negative contact. Standing By. (or, "Off the air." if you won't be standing by!).
If you hear someone reply, go for it! If you hear someone but they can't hear you, make a note of it. Call or email them, or send the info to me, so we can help create a comms bridge throughout the area! If you don't have a ham license yet, but do have a radio, LISTEN in & let us know what you heard!
Why do this? If you have a specific emergency at your location, no one would know if your phone was out. Now you have 2x a day where hopefully you've created something in your neighborhood. Odds are, if it hit the fan, we'd all be on 146.420, the AMRRON freq. Most of us need practice, just so we can feel comfortable with a keyed mike in our hand.
A radio, like concealed carry, is just a precaution, insurance, a what-if. That's why one should always be within reach, esp when they are less than $30.
Remember, Don's class starts 9/24:
Please send a reminder to your folks of the Tech HAM class that starts Monday evening at 6:30 PM on 9/24 at the Priest River Community Church Horizon Center on HWY 2. - Don Goodrich - don.goodrich@Cheerful.com AF7DG
So, we cobbled this thing together an a brief meeting. Maybe it will get fancier as time goes on. Meanwhile, if I screwed something up on the above, straighten me out. And, remember: Don't yell at me, I'm only a volunteer!
Russell S. Spriggs, KI7BIV, C.E.R.T.
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