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  SER - FIRE NET ACTIVATED 7/12/2020

 0918 HOURS SER FIRE NET TONED AND ACTIVATED BY K6PDS ON 165 ONLY.

(Further activations pending situation progress.  Full activation would be for very serious situation. 165 is part of the SCAN PLAN).

Approx 0918 hours, Cal Fire reported 2 to 3 acre fire in grass, moderate rate of spread, 1 (one) structure involved.  Reported location 30485 Battle Creek Bottom Road.

Net Control used Internet map to determine  location and lat and long [Map Viewer:  https://maps.co.shasta.ca.us/ShastaCountyMap/.  

Net Control used Lat and Long to post to Format Romeo 9A. (see photo of mapping here).  

Net Control estimated Fire to be approximately 3 miles  SW  of Wilson Lookout, bearing  218 True; and approximately 4 miles South of Village.

Net Control Estimated wind speed at location of fire – 6 MPH (corrected) determine from this link   [ https://www.windy.com/?40.502,-121.807,9  ].  See Format Romeo 9A, above, for presentation on map.

Periodic brief reports made by Net Control  on 165 based on Cal Fire radio monitoring. Example: forward progress stopped, copter cancelled… .  During event, assets being cancelled by  Cal Fire.  At 1022 Cal Fire advised remaining resources will be committed 1 hour. Net Control recommendation  -  deactivate Fire Net, no station had contrary recommendation, and monitoring station agreed.

 Fire Net deactivated at 1024 hours.

 Thank you to all on frequency, which included:   K6PDS, KE6DHO, W6IO, AJ6KJ, KQ6CS and another station  which  Net Control did not copy call sign. Telephone contact with KK6SWE.

 ADDITIONAL NEW RESOURCE – thank you Larry:

Cal Fire Camera – viewing South of Wilson Hill.

Thank you Larry  - KK6SWE for providing information about this camera).

http://www.alertwildfire.org/shastamodoc/index.html?camera=Axis-Shingletown&v=81e003f

 WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS TO HELP OUT – FOR ALL APSECTS, NET CONTROL, MAPPING, TRIANGULATION ETC… .  Any station needs to be able to step in and help out and follow the PLAN.  If those presently running the Nets are not available, we need others to be able to step up.  K6PDS  - 73  

Practice Net July 9, 2020 - RESULTS.  Another Great Job!

Sitrep (Tango 9A / Tango 9M) conducted along with QWA procedure; PLUS drill smoke column Triangulation.  

Ham and Individual Neighborhood nets conducted Situation Reports (all areas which reported into nets: had electricity, had ability to call 911, had internet, no earthquake activity, no need for inter-area welfare checks,  etc...; and 

all areas reporting into nets had conducted Brevity Fire Watch procedure and reported no suspect smoke, fire or embers; PLUS  

DRILL triangulation on smoke column with Drill report to Cal Fire. Drill smoke reporting stations used combination of Highway 44 mileage marker; while the other station "wasn't sure of where he was on 44 - advising was  "near Viola", but had phone GPS Lat / Long.  Both sources used to triangulate on Map Format Romeo 9A and estimate Smoke Column Location. Drill call placed to Cal Fire.

5 Divisions, 11 Neighborhood Areas reported; plus 2 drill smoke column reports and total of 30 station reports (including call to specific Neighborhood Area Frequency). Total net time 35 minutes.  After nets, TX  Ham Net Summary (Format Kilo) into neighborhood nets by Hams AND/OR non hams. When TX to neighborhoods, Q Codes AND PLAIN ENGLISH USED. Nets routinely cover all of Shingletown (and over 140 square miles).  A very efficient and rapid procedure to find out what is actually happening during fire season. PLUS, in this drill we also triangulated and reported a Drill smoke column location. Thank you to all you actively participated. 

  Practice Net July 9, 2020 - Agenda:

Practice Net will involve  Sitrep (Tango 9A / Tango 9M) and all stations conduct "QWA Procedure"  (when announcing agenda, including neighborhoods, use the SER terms, please don't change or make stuff up).
 
PLUS WE WILL TRIANGULATE ON A DRILL SMOKE COLUMN.  ONE STATION WILL REPORT ITS LOCATION USING MILEAGE MARKER ON HIGHWAY 44  AND THE SECOND STATION WILL USE GPS (LAT / LONG) TO REPORT ITS LOCATION.   The smoke column drill script is here:
FMT-KIL0-22-SER-DRILL-smoke colum-Ver2020.07.09.pdf Drill Script - Smoke Column / Triangulation - with one station reporting using GPS - Lat / Long as reporting location.  PLEASE USE DECIMAL DEGREES UNDER THIS PROCEDURE.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ALL AREAS USE THE STANDARD SER PROCEDURES. PLEASE DON'T MAKE STUFF OR CHANGE THINGS BECAUSE SOMEONE THINKS IT IS "COOL" OR "BETTER". Why? BECAUSE THEN OTHERS WILL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND WE WILL NOT HAVE A COHESIVE SYSTEM. YOU NEIGHBORS MAY HAVE TO RUN THE NETS IF OTHERS ARE NOT AVAILABLE - SO WE MUST FOLLOW THE PLAN. OUR SER NETS (AND ACTUAL EVENTS) SHOW THAT THE SYSTEM WORKS.
We should put our energies into working the plan as written and designed. 
Thank you.
 
Nathan   73  k6pds

Missing 11 Year Old Boy found safe - July 3 2020:  Thanks to KF6JAQ for the great job in advising of the active search (Sheriff, CHP, Cal Fire) for an 11 year old boy in Shingletown  (in a remote area) .  The Sheriff's Office was contacted and a complete and accurate description of the boy was obtained. Such information was then sent out over  the 760 and 165 repeaters for station operators to be on the look out.  Several operators were on frequency (24/7 monitoring, which is what the SER program is about). Thank you KK6SWE, KF6FAQ, AJ6KJ, K6PDS, W6IO, KQ6CS,  W6MWM*, and others).  Radio Operator (K6PDS) was loading up his 50 watt radio Go Box, and necessary outdoor equipment, water, supplies, maps, etc...,  to report to the search area when news was received that the boy was found, and was safe.  Learning points from this event for those who desire to assist in these type of activities:  1.  have your 50 Watt Radio Go Box and field equipment ready; 2. If  you  (or anyone) receives an alert about an event from your phone,  text, etc..., please TX over the SER plan (actual facts only). This Lost Person Report was sent out by public officials only to certain areas (not all of Shingletown) - so you can't assume everyone received notice (thank you AJ6KJ for this comment); 3.  Other radio operators outside your specific area / neighborhood may be able to assist; 4.  Base stations (with good outside antennas) should be at the ready  24/7 (with back up power supply - battery, generator, etc...) to act as Net Controls for field operations (including Simplex operation) even during complete communication failures and power outages.  This type of situation may also present itself as to wild fires. This may involve field radio station operators reporting actual observations concerning a local fire from lookout locations and/or ember patrols.  Stations should have the Format Romeo 9A Map at the ready.

Form - Fire Ember Observation Report is Here (for those who desire to assist): http://www.shastadefense.com/A-FmtTANGO6-FireEmberObservationReport20190910.pdf

     *7/4/2020 - ADDED W6MWM AS ANOTHER STATION ON FREQ. THANK YOU.

RESULTS (condensed) of SER Practice Net on July 2, 2020 : 

Great Job! Ham and Individual Neighborhood nets conducted Situation Reports (all areas which reported into nets: had electricity, had ability to call 911, had internet, no earthquake activity, no need for inter-area welfare checks,  etc...; and all areas reporting into nets had conducted Brevity Fire Watch procedure and reported no suspect smoke, fire or embers  Total net time 24 minutes. Nets routinely cover all of Shingletown (and over 140 square miles).  A very efficient and rapid procedure to find out what is actually happening during fire season. 

AND  - When all communications have failed - what other system do you have to find out what is going on in your neighborhood, and other nearby neighborhoods (e.g., that forest fire 5 miles away)? 

Reminders:  System only works if people have their radios on and help out. 

                     Outside antennas are needed for best propagation.

                     We must all test our systems with the weekly drills.

                     If  you are able, upgrade to Alinco Radio. Boefang has reliability issues. 

                     Each Area / Neighborhood should have its own Area Map with streets and radio station

                                     operator locations marked.

GOD BLESS AMERICA!  

CELEBRATE THE FOURTH OF JULY, AND

 THE EXCEPTIONALISM THAT IS THE USA!

  7/1/2020 Update - Shingletown Murder suspect dead after auto accident in Southern California. 

Thank you W6IO for announcing this update on the SER Scan Plan and the Village Ch1.  https://krcrtv.com/news/local/shingletown-murder-suspect-dead-after-crash-in-southern-california

  ALERT  ALERT - 6/27/2020 -SUSPECT IN SHINGLETOWN DOUBLE HOMICIDE IDENTIFIED.   BE ON LOOK OUT. CALL 911. DO NOT ENGAGE - CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS - MORE HERE

  ALERT 6/27/2020 - REPORTS  MADE ON 760  AND 165 AS TO SHOOTINGS NEAR DERSCH / 44.  DERSCH CLOSED (ROAD BLOCK) NEAR DERSCH / 44.   STAY AWAY FROM AREA FOR SAFETY.  AT 1820 CHP WAS REMOVING ROAD BLOCK AND TX WAS MADE ON FREQUENCIES AS TO SUCH STATUS.  

THANK YOU W6CCR, WHO WAS IN THE AREA OF THE SHOOTING AND MADE A QST ON 165 SHORTLY AFTER THE INCIDENT - THEREBY ALLOWING PERSONS TO KNOW ABOUT THE DANGEROUS AREA AND TO STAY AWAY FOR THEIR SAFETY. THIS WAS MOST LIKELY THE VERY FIRST PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF THIS DANGEROUS SITUATION (I.E., BEFORE ANY NEWS BROADCAST, INTERNET POSTING, ETC...). GREAT JOB W6CCR AND ALL THOSE ON FREQUENCY AND MONITORING.  WHEN DRIVING, RADIO OPERATORS ARE VITAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION FOR FIRES, EMERGENCY SITUATIONS,  STATUS OF ROAD CLOSURES, ETC... . 

RESULTS of Practice Net on June 25, 2020:   5 Divisions and 9 Areas Reported  (Fisher, Village,  Circle K, Rest Area, Wilson Hill South,  Bible Belt, Ash Creek Dersch,  Dersch 44, Starlite).   27 Station Reports (Tango 9A, Tango 9M; and QWA procedure). Net Stations assisting included:   Hams, Neighborhoods nets (hams and non hams); Ham NCS; Ham  505 MONITOR; Ham Mapping 1 and Ham Mapping 2 (mapping Fmt Tango 9a and QWA reports on Fmt Romeo 8); and Triangulation 1 (mapping QWA reports on Fmt Romeo 9A -Township, Range and Section Map - no suspect smoke, fire or embers); Ham Cal Fire Monitor, 160 TC, and Alpha Control. Total Net Time  24 Minutes (approx 150 square miles covered).  Summary Mapping, information and NCS recommendation relayed by Hams or ANY STATION (E.G., NON HAM)  into Areas / Neighborhoods (i.e., their Area Ch 1)  immediately after close of Ham SER Net.

 Please ask other Areas / Neighborhoods to join in. Early detection of Fire, helps Cal Fire and all of the Shingletown Area.  

  6/18/2020  1900 Hours: Ham Net (on Prim Repeater and 505 Simplex) coordinated with Individual Neighborhood nets (each on their own frequency). All stations conducted Situation Reports and Brevity Fire Watches (to determine no suspect smoke, fire or embers). Nets routinely cover over 140+ square miles. All Nets tonight were  completed in approximately 23 minutes.  

6/15/2020  1900 Hours on 760 repeater: Radio On Air class - was done.  HAMS AND NON HAMS WERE ASKED TO  LISTEN TO TRAINING ON NEIGHBORHOOD SMOKE TRIANGULATION OVERVIEW:

IT WAS REQUESTED THAT ALL RADIO TEAMS JOIN IN.      FIRE SEASON IS HERE.
K6PDS gave a brief 10 minute training class on  760 covering:  Sample report intake form; sample posting of reports to neighborhood map; Identification  by way of triangulation of potential source location of smoke; critical importance of stations not smelling smoke to provide report; supplemental call would be made to Cal Fire with results; delivery of mapping results to Cal Fire Engine responding to neighborhood..
 SIMILAR PROCEDURES ARE USED FOR THE HAM NET.
All Neighborhoods were asked to have their Area/Neighborhoods maps ready. They can be used for smoke checks, welfare checks, evacuation assistance, and other uses.
 

  June 14, 2020 – Village Smoke Check Net Activated (Shingletown Emergency Radio):

Cal Fire Radio reported a large blanket of smoke in the Village.  Village Ch 1 Smoke Check was activated.

Within about 7 minutes (or less) the Village Radio Team  had 9 Station reports from stations located at various locations throughout the Village, AND  ALL STATION REPORTS WERE MAPPED ON FORMAT ROMEO 21 - VILLAGE. With the Lead Station conducting the Net, that was 10 Radio Stations participating on Frequency.

It is fair to say that the Village Radio Team had completed mapping and had a situation analysis completed before Cal Fire had arrived at the Village  [read more]

  6/13/2020 - 1400 hours: Village (F1) conducted brief 12 minute training class on Village channel 1 covering:  Sample report intake form; sample posting of reports to neighborhood map; Identification  by way of triangulation of potential source location of smoke; critical importance of stations not smelling smoke to provide report; supplemental call would be made to Cal Fire with results; delivery of mapping results to Cal Fire Engine responding to neighborhood.. [8 Village Stations checked into Radio Class on Village 1].  Training Example 001 - Village Mapping. Smoke Check Format Tango 4M

Triangulation Mapping Tools - Plotting Triangle (e.g., locating source of smoke from forest fire).

Weems & Plath 101 Protractor Triangle with Handle ( I purchased a set on E-bay).

https://mdnautical.com/plotting-tools/1574-weems-plath-101-protractor-triangle-with-handle.html

Video on use:

It can be used on the Ham Net AND your Area / Neighborhood Net maps to triangulate on sources of forest fire smoke.

  Cal Fire - and the SER Plan: Yesterday (6/7/2020), I had discussions with Cal Fire regarding the SER program. I was advised by the Cal Fire Captain, Shingletown, that they like what we are doing. The Captain said that the SER program provides situational awareness for participants during events and is beneficial to the community.  We also discussed our Smoke Triangulation procedures (Tango 4) which seeks to locate the source of smoke (e.g., at night, etc.... The Captain said that if the location of the fire is not known, they too have to smell the air and many times have to get out of the truck for such purposes while searching areas. The value of the SER procedure was clearly recognized when the Captain advised that he would like to have a neighborhood team member provide the results of the smoke mapping when they arrive in a neighborhood (e.g., the Village). This way they can use the mapping results to aid them in locating a fire.

We will be doing more Format Tango 4 training on the Air. We have done this procedure for about 4 years now, and it is beneficial. The more participants, the better it is.
Please get your Neighborhood SER Teams together. A team approach is beneficial to all.

June 8, 2020  (Monday) at 1900 Hours:  Practice  Live Radio Class  on 760 (non hams Ch 10). Both Hams and Non Hams should listen. The following exercises will be conducted:

1.  Area Coordinator’s TX of Situation Reports, EQ and QWA reports (Format Tango 9a) (different area reports illustrated).

2.  Mapping station summary of mapping (Romeo 8) (all stations to record on Format Kilo).

3.  Illustration of how Non Hams and Hams transmit the format Kilo summary into their area / neighborhood nets after the Ham Net (purpose is to make sure areas receive summary report information – any station is to do this on their Area Ch 1).

  6/5/2020  Comment:  Neighborhood nets are to start taking reports at the 6 minute mark.  The Ham Net is to start taking reports at the 9 minute mark.  Why? Because there is coordination of the Neighborhood Nets and the Ham Nets. Further, those behind the scene are running the nets and doing work.  NCS and Leads are to use a timer and do an actual count down - eg., "...reports in 5 minutes.  reports in 4 minutes, reports in 3 minutes, etc...  This avoids dead air. 

This is an emergency net.  Please do not welcome guests, etc..., as it distracts other stations while they are setting up (e.g., 505 relay net, 505 monitor,  Mapping 1,  Mapping 2,  Triangulation 1, etc... ).  We must all follow the scripts. Nets are to be conducted as we would during an emergency.  

If people in your neighborhood and other neighborhoods are not helping out by giving reports then they are not helping the rest of the community (including you and your family) in determining the location of a fire, status of stations not being able to call 911, downed power lines that can cause a fire (remember the Paradise fire, etc...), or helping to relay your families emergency need to relay a call to 911, etc... . If  your neighbors are not actually transmitting and reporting during our Practice Nets (unless elderly / with disabilities, etc...),  because they are "too busy" to spend 15 minutes a week for their neighborhood, then you must assume that they will not be there to help you.  Talk is cheap.  We need to work with those who are participating and helping out.  If no one in your neighborhood is helping, then you should work to be able to relay to another area. 

  6/4/2020  Practice Net SET FOR  JUNE 4, 2020 Agenda: 

Sitrep, earthquake, and QWA procedure. It  is important that all stations actually perform the QWA procedure – brevity fire watch  following earthquake

DRILL ELEMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS (items 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, below):

 1.  Total communications failure ( no phones, no cell, no electricity, no ability to call 911, no ability to get reverse 911 or code red, ....etc...)

     STATION’S PARTIAL  REPORTS  INCLUDES: AS FOLLOWS:

          “…QXI  D / F”  “/Y” and  “QWA

 2.  Earthquake from /m1 to /m8 (buildings collapse):

      STNS TO REPORT AS FOLLOWS (look at  meanings on Fmt Tango 9A /9M – menu):

             If you are in Division 1 (north and south):                “…QXI D /M1”

            If you are in Division 2 (north and south):                “…QXI D /M3”

            If you are in Division 3 (north and south):                “…QXI D /M5”

            If you are in Division 4 (north and south) as follows:

                                       Starlite and other areas  :     “…QXI D /M6”

                                        Bible Belt                      :      “…QXI D /M8” (buildings collapse)***

            If you are in Division 5 (north and south):    “…QXI D /M6”

 ***AS TO “/M8”  NCS – REQUEST DRILL CALL TO CAL FIRE  - USE 160 TANGO CHARLIE – ASSIGN TO STATION. STN TO REPORT BACK WHEN CALL MADE.

        SAMPLE HAM REPORT FOR VILLAGE AREA:

           NCS    “NEXT’

          SNT:   “PDS  FMT TANGO 9A”

          NCS:   “PDS,  GO

           STN:   “K6PDS – REPORT TANGO 9A, AREA COORDINATOR,

                       DIVISION 3 NORTH , VILLAGE,

                       STATIONS REPORTING 14

               QTH N  QXI D  /F  / M5  / Y       QWA    END REPORT, OUT”

                              SAY…”SLASH  FOXTROT     SLASH MIKE 5    SLASH YANKEE…”

           NCS:  “ROGER”  [PAUSE]  “NEXT”…

 3.  PRIORITY TRAFFIC - DURING ABOVE REPORT TAKING (AT RANDOM TIME):

 Ham (designated station) to call in report  in “DRILL priority traffic”

NCS – SAY “ ALL STATIONS STANDY AND COPY DRILL PRIORITY TRAFFIC”

         -  SAY “ PRIORITY TRAFFIC – GO”

                       “my location is “McCumber Road  and Ritts Road” “priority traffic – power lines down on road” I am okay and do not need assistance DRILL w6xzy”

          - NCS –  SAY ROGER,

                        REPORT #   AND

                        EMERGENCY TRAFFIC REPORT #  ____ (USING FORMAT TANGO 6 Z).

         - NCS  Ask station to relay to 911 –  

                STN ADVISES ALL PHONE SYSTEMS  NOT WORKING.

          NCS – DIRECTS  Use  OF 160 Tango Charlie (drill only – no call) – have station make call and report back to NCS.

 4.   EMERGENCY TRAFFIC - DURING ABOVE REPORT TAKING (AND AT A RANDOM TIME);

                A non ham (designated station) calls in –

                   “Drill Emergency  MEDICAL”

                NCS All stations standy  and copy

                NCS SAY – DRILL EMERGENCY TRAFFIC – GO AHEAD.               

                NON HAM – DRILL –

HUSBAND HAVING HEART ATTACK, AGE 65, MY ADDRESS IS 123 VILLAGE DRILL ROAD, SHINGLETOWN – DRILL”

    NCS – “ROGER”  REPORT # _____  (I.E., Fmt tango 9A # assigned by NCS)

                                 (And referencing the below Emergency Traffic Report #)

                 AND EMERGENCY TRAFFIC REPORT #  ____   (assigned by NCS)

                                                                       (USING FORMAT TANGO 6 Z)

                NCS – DIRECTS  Use  OF 160 Tango Charlie (drill only – no call) – have station make call and report back to NCS.

  RESULTS of Practice Net on May 28, 2020  6 Divisions; 2 smoke column reports (drill); and 9 Areas Reported  (Village, Inwood, Circle K,  Wilson Hill South, Battle Creek, Bible Belt, Ash Creek Dersch, Dersch 44, Starlite).   39 total Station Reports processed and mapped (Tango 9A,  Tango 4, and drill smoke columns).  

Operations included: Situation reports Fmt Tango 9a / 9m (all stations);  QWA procedure - Brevity Fire Watch (all stations); Smoke Check - Tango 4 (some stations). PLUS: Drill Smoke Columns reported from Millville Plains/44 lookout (mileage marker 10.77), and Rock Creek/44 (mileage marker 40.60).

The drill Smoke Column Reports were mapped / Triangulated on Format Tango 9A and the estimated location of Drill Fire was determined to be at   T30N   R2E   S29 (Digger Butte Area).  Such is about 6-1/4 miles south of  the Starlite Area; about 5-1/2 miles South East of  the Wilson Hill South Area; and 5 miles SSE of the Rest Area Neighborhoods.   A Drill call was made to Cal Fire while Net Control concurrently requested that all stations transmit the estimated location of the Drill fire into their participating Area / Neighborhood Nets. The Ham net was on standby for this to take place.  If a neighborhood wasn't participating, then they would not be aware of the fire (drill in this case). 

Winds were reported by Tango 4 reports as none. Winds are very important. A point for consideration is that during the Camp fire it was reported  that the fire was growing, during its first burning period, at “one football field per second. A clear illustration of the need for early detection.

A SPECIAL THANKS goes out to all participating Area and Neighborhoods (hams and non hams).  We are making very positive progress!

Net Stations assisting included:   Hams, Neighborhoods nets (hams and non hams); Ham NCS; Ham 505 MONITOR; Ham Mapping 1, Ham Mapping 2 (mapping Fmt Tango 9a) and Triangulation 1 (mapping Fmt Tango 4 and fire / smoke aspects from Fmt Tango 9a); Ham Cal Fire Monitor, 160 TC, and Alpha Control. All coordinated with a Total Net Time  36 Minutes.  

Net Control (and 505 monitor) requested that the Summary of  Mapping, Summary report, NC recommendation, Triangulation report, and Drill Fire information be relayed by all stations into their Areas / Neighborhoods immediately after close of Ham SER Net.  

How large of an area was covered in 36 minutes?   Taking into account the Drill reporting from the Millville Plains Lookout, and Rock Creek / 44 report,  the exercise covered over 300 square miles of area.

Here is a photo of the Format Tango 9A mapping summary prepared by Triangulation 1

Great job to all those who are helping out.  Each individual report (Ham or Non Ham) is essential. The System allows all of your individual reports to be summarized, relayed, mapped, and reviewed in a very short period of time. That is why following the system is critical.

Not all Shingletown  Areas / Neighborhoods are participating.  Some are only dealing with their immediate neighbors while others are doing nothing at all.  Coordination of all neighborhoods is needed to avoid a "flames are at the back door" situation. 

Please ask other Areas / Neighborhoods to join in. Early detection of Fire, helps Cal Fire and all of the Shingletown Area.  

5/28/2020 Practice Net SET FOR May 28, 2020 Agenda: 

    * ALL STATIONS (HAM AND NON HAM) - Sitrep (Tango 9a / 9m); and  QWA procedure - Brevity Fire Watch;  AND 

    * FOR HAMS AND THOSE WANTING TO HELP OUT MORE:  Smoke Check Format Tango 4.   

    * PLUS: WE ARE GOING TO INCLUDE A - DRILL SMOKE COLUMN  / TRIANGULATION EXERCISE FOR THE PURPOSE OF SEEKING TO DETERMINE THE LOCATION OF A DRILL FIRE SOURCE (SEE SCRIPT). 

TRIANGULATION IS TO BE DONE ON FORMAT TANGO 9A (MAP FILE IS AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE DESIRING IT.  PRINTING CAN BE DONE AT ELLIS IN REDDING FOR ABOUT $14.00).

 Radio Station Operators include: Neighborhood Nets HAMS AND ON HAMS; Hams; Area Coordinators;  Ham Mapping Stations 1 and 2; Ham Triangulation Station; Ham NCS; Ham Cal Fire Monitor; Ham 160 Tango Charlie;  Ham Alpha Control.  AND HAM 505 Monitor.

 For this to work, all neighborhoods and Hams need to participate. Please help out.

 IF YOU KNOW OF AN AREA THAT IS NOT HELPING OUT, PLEASE ASK THEM TO JOIN IN.  NONE OF US ARE IMMUNE FROM A SHINGLETOWN  FIRE!

 Please monitor frequencies 24/7 - early detection means cal fire can respond sooner. Remember, if you see a fire or smell suspect smoke - call 911.  THANKS. NATHAN    73     K6PDS

  5/23/2020: PG&E is installing (May, 2020) a site at Reeds in Shingletown. In the event of a Public Safety Power Shutoff event, a mobile generator will be transported to the site to provide electricity to about 80 PG&E customers... in the event of other Power Outages, a mobile generator is to likewise be transported to the site to provide electricity (per  owner of Reeds). ... . It is important to note that during these power outage events (planed or otherwise), the generator must be transported to the site at Reeds ...READ MORE HERE

Village Ch 1 Activation:  5/22/2020, Cal Fire call out for flu fire / residential structure fire at 30542 Figaro Dr.   Village Ch 1 Activated. Foxtrot 7 provided report from scene.   Cal Fire arrived on scene.  As of 1905 hours (approx) Fire out per homeowner, Cal Fire investigating and cancelled response.  We had several Village Stations that were on frequency.  Great Job Village stations.   73

  RESULTS of Practice Net on May 21, 2020:   6 Divisions and 10 Areas Reported  (Village, Inwood, Circle K, Rest Area, Wilson Hill South, Battle Creek, Bible Belt, Ash Creek Dersch, Dersch 44, Starlite).   39 Station Reports (Tango 9A,  and Tango 4).  Operations included: Situation reports Fmt Tango 9a / 9m (all stations);  QWA procedure - Brevity Fire Watch (all stations); Smoke Check - Tango 4 (some stations); Drill Fire reported by Cal Fire Monitor (PG E lake area) – later reported as “contained – drill”. Net Stations assisting included:   Hams, Neighborhoods nets (hams and non hams); Ham NCS; Ham 505 MONITOR; Ham Mapping 1, Ham Mapping 2 (mapping Fmt Tango 9a) and Triangulation 1 (mapping Fmt Tango 4 and fire / smoke aspects from Fmt Tango 9a); Ham Cal Fire Monitor, 160 TC, and Alpha Control. Total Net Time  31 Minutes.  Summary Mapping, Summary Triangulation, and Drill Fire information relayed by Hams into Areas / Neighborhoods immediately after close of Ham SER Net.

 Please ask other Areas / Neighborhoods to join in. Early detection of Fire, helps Cal Fire and all of the Shingletown Area.

  Why the SER Plan  and YOU are essential: Reflect on the fact that you, as part of the SER Net Plan, are helping in the immediate and rapid reporting and review of  critical factual information and reports over a large geographic area (in excess of  140 + square miles; and with location lookouts being used - in excess of 600 square miles).  "Buried amongst the trees", this information is simply not available to you, me , or  other individual residents.  This SER Plan reporting is all done in a very short period of time  (approximately 30 minutes).  In addition to providing vital information to residents, this information can be provided to emergency services. I submit that such information is not otherwise available to Cal Fire or the Sheriiff  in the event of a large geographic event as it unfolds. For example, summary of earthquake damage reports immediately following an earthquake; what areas have the ability to dial 911, and who can't?; and  reporting of a fire when there is a total communication failure of cell phones, land lines, reverse 911,  internet, etc...).  Such information can be vital to limited resource allocations.  Please ask others to help out. Community participation (i.e., reporting and communicating) is essential for successful implementation. All residents need to do is report in - The SER plan is designed to process your information.

  Practice Net SET FOR May 21, 2020 - Agenda:  Sitrep (Tango 9a / 9m);  QWA procedure - Brevity Fire Watch; and Smoke Check Format Tango 4.  Radio Station Operators include: Neighborhood Nets; Hams; Area Coordinators;  Ham Mapping Stations 1 and 2; Ham Triangulation Station; Ham NCS; Ham Cal Fire Monitor; Ham 160 Tango Charlie;  Ham Alpha Control. 505 Relay Net - suspended. For this to work, all neighborhoods and Hams need to participate. Please help out.

RESULTS  FOR VILLAGE CH 1 PROPAGATION TEST ON MAY 18, 2020 (SEE FMT ROMEO 24 - VILLAGE)       

KEY SUMMARY POINTS - AREA (VILLAGE) CH 1 (MURS): 
-AVERAGE READABILITY FOR OUTSIDE ANTENNA STATIONS TO HEAR OTHER OUTSIDE ANTENNA STATIONS = 4.63  GOOD
-AVERAGE READABILITY FOR INSIDE ANTENNA (RUBBER DUCKY) STATIONS TO HEAR OUTSIDE ANTENNA STATIONS = 3.8 NOT ACCEPTABLE
-AVERAGE READABILITY FOR OUTSIDE ANTENNA STATIONS TO HEAR INSIDE ANTENNA STATIONS (RUBBER DUCKY) = 3.3 (NOT ACCEPTABLE)
-AVERAGE READABILITY FOR INSIDE ANTENNA STATIONS (RUBBER DUCKY) TO HEAR OTHER INSIDE ANTENNA STATIONS (RUBBER DUCKY) = 2.6  (FAILURE)
CRITERIA - READABILITY:
X = Nothing heard
5= Q5 Perfectly Readable
4= Q4 Readable with practically no difficulty
3= Q3 Readable with considerable difficulty
2= Q2 Barely Readable, occasional words distinguishable
1= Q1 Unreadable

  Village CH1  Propagation Testing SET FOR MAY  18, 2020 AT 1900 HOURS. Preparing for wildfire season.

RESULTS of Practice Net on May 14, 2020: 4 Divsions and 8 Areas Reported  (Village, Inwood, Circle K, Rest Area, Wilson Hill, Battle Creek, Bible Belt, Emigrant). 40 Station Reports.  Operations included: Situation reports Fmt Tango 9a / 9m (all stations);  QWA procedure - Brevity Fire Watch (all stations); Smoke Check - Tango 4 (some stations); Triangulation Mapping of 2 reports of DRILL smoke columns with Drill call to Cal Fire Reporting estimated location of Drill Smoke Column (providing Township, Range and Section of smoke);  Inter-Area relay of Neighborhood reports; 505 Relay Net. Stations assisting included:   Hams, Neighborhoods nets (hams and non hams); Ham NCS; Ham Relay Control; Ham Mapping 1 (mapping Fmt Tango 9a) and Triangulation 1 (mapping Fmt Tango 4 and fire / smoke aspects from Fmt Tango 9a); Ham Cal Fire Monitor. Total Net Time  36 Minutes.

  Comment: Neighorhoods need to relay reports into the Ham Net. If neighborhoods only keep information to themselves then there is no overall sharing of information. Logic tells us that if no one is sharing information then by definition we will not receive reports of smoke, fire or other emergencies from other areas. (5/17/2020).

  Comment: We need more stations to help out and be able to run net operations (Neighborhoods and Ham) when others are absent.  Hams and Non Hams need to step up and help run nets so that anyone can run the nets during emergencies. "let Joe do it" doesn't work when Joe is out of town. So we all need to become proactive and  step up to the plate. (5/17/2020).

  Comment: 505 Relay Net (suspended - lack of use):  This has been developed and the procedure works well. Thank you to KK6DOO, AJ6KJ AND K6PDS FOR RUNNING THIS BACK UP RELAY NET during primary net operations.  The 505 Relay Net was set up for when repeaters fail and simplex operations will be needed with relays (which should be practiced). Also, some stations may not be able to reach the repeater being used for the Primary Net.  However,  there has been a lack of support / use by other Hams for the 505 relay net and those who are presently running the nets can only do so much. At this time, we are working to do Triangulation for locating sources of smoke  (and that is a position requiring a station to only perform that task).  Relay Control attempted to also perform the  Triangulation  function. Such is not a workable situation.  Accordingly, the 505 Relay Net  is suspended. We need more people who are willing to help out. (5/16/2020)

  Village After Action Report - Drill March 28, 2020 (welfare check / tree blocking road trapping residents during fire evacuation)

  Village Safety Drill Results

    Village Safety Drill - Evacuation ALERTING exercise for Wildfire Risk (Drill only - no actual evacuation) 3-14-2020

Every Thursday at 1900 hrs, SER Practice Nets. Please join in and help out - (all year).

  SER ACTIVE FIRE NET ACTIVATION 11-12-2019 SER ACTIVE FIRE NET ACTIVATION 11-12-2019       Shingletown Fire

  SER STATUS REPORT 20190830 - VILLAGE NEIGHBORHOOD SMOKE CHECK - GREAT JOB VILLAGE!

  SER STATUS REPORT 20190829: Sitrep and Brevity Fire Watch Reports (no suspect fires / smoke); plus Drill House Fire Relay to 911; 33 Station reports (neighborhood Areas and Ham) transmitted / relayed, mapped and plain english summary by Division provided. Net completed in 20 minutes. 

  SER STATUS REPORT 20190822 Sitrept, Brevity Fire Watch - Net completed in 16 minutes . 24 reports mapped.

  SER ACTIVE FIRE NET ACTIVATION 8-14-2019       Shingletown Fire 

  SER STATUS REPORT 20190815  Sitrept, Brevity Fire Watch, Drill Emergency Traffic, NCS radio failure during net.

  SER STATUS REPORT 20190808 Earthquake Drill Communications Blackout.

SER STATUS REPORT 20190801