By Paul Teel WB9ANX Tulsa Emergency Coordinator and Jeff Scoville AE5ME
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Tulsa and Rogers County volunteers. We are less than one week away from the annual Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on October 7th. Operations will begin at 0900L time.
The two documents that you will need, the ICS-205 communications plan (pages 1 and 2), are available at https://aresok.org/ics205. The planned participation is growing in Oklahoma, and we encourage you to join in. We also have stations from international locations, including Germany and the Philippines.
In Tulsa or Rogers County
If you are in the local Tulsa market, please check in to the staging net on 145.110 at 0900.
Advise Net Control if you are.
Operating on emergency power,
Have Winlink or NTS message traffic,
Are available for additional assignments (meaning you are not a check-in only). You will be given instructions on what to do next.
Outside of Tulsa or Rogers County
You may not be able to reach the 145.110 staging net.
If so, you can still participate in the exercise in the following ways;
Check-in with the Net Control Operator (NCO) on DMR talk group 3140 (statewide)
Check-in with the NCO on Oklahoma Link talk group 314022
Send a Winlink message to Jeff Scoville. Address it to AE5ME in Winlink. You can send that message via FM on any Winlink gateway near you (145.03 statewide or 145.04 in OKC).
Send a Winlink message to Jeff AE5ME via HF. Frequencies are in the ICS-205.
This is a very ambitious project and would not be possible without the ARES Tulsa Team—many thanks to them.
Submitted by Paul H. Teel WB5ANX, Emergency Coordinator - Tulsa County
ARES Tulsa County will conduct the annual Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 0900 – 1200. We will have multiple ways for everyone to participate in Tulsa and Rogers Counties and around the state.
The objectives are to test communication skills during emergency power conditions, Net Control Operations (NCO) management of resources, stress accuracy in message passing, and to have some fun, all with a scenario ripped from recent headlines.
Included in this year’s SET;
VHF/UHF FM operations,
Simultaneous operations on various nets requiring multiple NCO’s,
Joint exercise with Rogers County,
Winlink and NTS message traffic (multiple nodes for access, also HF operations for long haul),
DMR on talk group 3140 statewide,
Oklahoma link (which is also available on DMR TG 341022),
Hospital Net (Tulsa only),
Pilot programs of new ways to send digital pics of damage assessments to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) (if you are interested in this mode, let me know)
Using ICS and NTS forms.
How do you prepare?
To participate in the Winlink portion of the exercise, email Jeff Scoville AE5ME, at AE5ME@winlink.org by September 29.
Check your equipment and software to prepare you for Winlink and NTS message traffic.
Watch for the ICS-205 that will contain the frequencies for the SET. Then, program your equipment as appropriate.
Examine your ability to operate on emergency power.
Saturday morning, Oct 7, follow the check-in processes as the SET unfolds, starting at 0900. All NCOs must check in on the staging net at 0900.
ARES OK officers are also welcome to check in and participate.
ARES Tulsa volunteers should make every effort to participate.
As a part of the Year of the Volunteer celebration, the mystical callsign W1AW will be traveling to the corners of ARRL-land. ARRL members in each state/territory will be asked to operate their stations for two different weeks using the callsign W1AW/x where x is one of the local regions: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, KL, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH7, KH8, KP2, KP3, or KP4. For example, Oklahoma’s second week is running now and runs through August 22, 2023, at 2359z, using the callsign W1AW/5. You can operate on time/band/mode slots throughout the week, and hams will be able to operate their stations using W1AW/. Sign up for a space today at https://ok.arrl.org/w1awok/.
Traveling W1AW rules include:
Remember that each operator must follow the rules for their license class. Stay in the sub-bands that you’re legally allowed to operate in.
Operators do not need to be at the same site.
Members that contact the Traveling W1AW stations will receive 5 points.
Each band/mode combination can be activated simultaneously. For example, N5OP could be working on 20 M SSB, N5OK could be working on 20 M CW, N5AZQ could be working on 20 M FT8, and N5HZR could be on 40 M SSB, all at the same time.
The state weekly assignments are shown below in the W1AW/ Schedule area below.
State operations start at 0000z each Wednesday.
State operations stop at 2359z the following Tuesday.
Operations should not happen on the 12 M, 17 M, 30 M, or 630 M bands.
All logs for the week should be consolidated into one ADIF file so the folks at ARRL HQ can load them into LoTW. The https://ok.arrl.org/w1awok/ page is the OK schedule.
Sign up today, and see you on the air!!!
Send something that your club is doing well to me email@example.com, and we’ll submit it to the ARRL club newsletter and the ARRL club newsletter. Our Oklahoma Affiliated Club Coordinator, Jim Shideler W5JCS, can help you find a club or help your club become affiliated. We currently have 39 clubs listed at https://ok.arrl.org/clubs/. Look for a club near you, or verify that your club is on the list. Send Jim an email at W5JCS@arrl.net if you need club assistance.