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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

3-22-2010 - Base Station Operation - KE7VIN


28 stations participated in the net. Of those, 15 (54%) were operating from base stations.

In a break from previous years, we did not demonstrate functions. We discussed how we define a base station (fixed location, better antenna, higher power), features available to a base station but not a field station (computer, internet, notepad, bathroom, climate control, no limit on operating time with multiple operators - work around the clock), and functions a base station can fill during a public service event (monitor weather, access to land-line when no cell service is available, net control, HF, digital modes, make phone calls to various parties to work out details, relay traffic using better antenna & range, fixed location for gathering point, more than one radio). These advantages and functions would come in handy during an emergency or disaster, too.

Field stations (mobile and HT) are the eyes and ears of an even, the boots on the ground. Most events couldn't function without them. But, base stations can play very important roles, too. We all need to look at the capabilities of our base stations and decide how we might be able to put them to use in a public service event or disaster.

Thanks to Andrew, KF7CCC, for acting as Alternate Net Control.

Next weeks topic will be "SMOKE TEST". How much power is your station capable of? When what the last time you used your maximum power? We will exercise our radios on high power and what happens. Kelly, AK7RB, will be Net Control.

No one volunteered for Alternate Net Control for next week.


Categories | AEN-MAR Weekly Net


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