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PARTICIPANTS MUST CONSULT THIS PAGE FOR PLAN UPDATES,    AFTER ACTION REPORTS (FIRES, LOST PERSON SEARCH, POWER OUTAGES, SNOW STORMS, ...); PRACTICE NETS, DRILLS,   ETC..

Prior reports and after action:   Current Page     004  003   002  001

CURRENT REPORTS / AFTER ACTION ARE BELOW.

SER  SYSTEM FOCUS IS THE SHINGLETOWN CORE  WHICH INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING ACTIVE AND PARTICIPATING AREAS:  VILLAGE;    LONG HOLLOW;    MIDWAY;    REST AREA (ham);    STARLITE (ham).  The Emergency Radio Operations Center TEAM approach in use (adopted 1/27/2022).

Volunteers are critical in order for this to work.  The CORE volunteers are doing a great job! 

9/2/2023: ANYONE CAN LISTEN (ASSUMING YOU ARE IN RANGE WITH GOOD PROPAGATION) TO:  CH 9;   CH 10 - 146.760  AND/OR   CH 13 - 146.505. JUST PROGRAM YOUR RADIO(s)  WITH NO TONES, NO OFFSET AND NO TX.

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2024  05 23  Net Cancelled for this week.  Stations should still be monitoring 24/7. 
2024 05 21  Radio Communications - Evacuation Planning.

Over the last couple of days you may have noticed testing on CH 10 (rx)  / Ch 55 (TX) (146.760 repeater).
 
This will be in a SER  report format in future, but for now this is the summary REPORT. 
 
You should know this in the event an evacuation becomes necessary.
1.  From Hwy 44 and Ponderosa. Traveling North on Ponderosa to Whitmore Rd.
     Vehicle Odometer miles (approx)  13.9 miles.
 
     50 Watt radio with Mag mount worked well.
     HT (UV5R) with 14.5 inch antenna also worked well.
     Areas along this route had no cell phone reception.
2.  100 Rd at Ponderosa - heading East Bound on 100 Rd., and looping back onto 
     Withrow Rd. at Ponderosa:
     50 Watt with Mag mount worked well.
     HT with 14.5 inch antenna also worked well.
     (There were some "rough" spots along this route, both road wise and
      radio propagation).

PLEASE NOTE:  A 50 WATT WITH MAG MOUNT WOULD BE PREFERABLE, ESPECIALLY IF THE REPEATER GOES DOWN AND YOU HAVE TO RELY ON SIMPLEX  - CH 13   /  CH 58. However, on both of these tests the small UV5R with the 14.5 inch antenna did a good job for both transmit and receive.  TX on repeater is limited to selected participating stations who assist in providing reporting information. All persons may benefit from listening.
More testing is being done for other potential evacuation routes. The above testing along with summarizing of results took about 5 Plus HOURS.

WE SHOULD ALL BE CARRYING A RADIO WITH US IN OUR VEHICLES.
MONITOR  SCAN PLAN 24/7.
Thank you to VL  F7.

PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T HAD THEIR RADIOS UPDATED SHOULD AT LEAST HAVE CH 10  (IE., THE 146.760 REPEATER)  PROGRAMMED WITH NO TONES, NO OFFSET, AND NO TX SO THEY CAN AT LEAST LISTEN IF THE CHANNEL IS USED. Those who don't follow the SER Plan should develop a plan for their areas.
Thank you.

Nathan

 

2024 05 16:  To our knowledge SER is the only group actually conducting Emergency Evacuation Communications.

SER NET – AGENDA:

    Check in followed by

    Drill  -  Mobile Evacuation Net  (LINKS BELOW)  (road conditions, needs, etc…) 

     http://www.shastadefense.com/Mobile%20Evac%20Drills.pdf

         http://www.shastadefense.com/Mobile%20Evac%20Net%20Script%202023%2009%2008.pdf

Check ins  11 :

   VL:     F1  F7 F2  F8 S3 B1  B7  B6

   MW:   MW3 

   LH:     LH1

   SL:      KJ ON 760

   RA:     QXX

STNS QXX  20 :

VL  :    S1  S2  S6  S7  F14  T10

             E1  E4   G7  L3  L4   L9

             L10  C6  I1

SL   :    JF

MW:    MW 1 MW2, MW4

RA:      MWM

MOBILE EVACUATION NET – DRILL – ON EROC 9:

       Stations practiced “Needs”, and “Reports      

       Stations participating in Drill Mobile Evacuation Exercise:

                                                      F1  F7  B1  B6  F8  F2  S3 MW3 

AFTER ACTION:

Stations did a great job taking on the rolls of   “Need”, “Report” and “Temp Control”.

Stations used good discipline in only stating their tactical before being told to “go” by a “Temp Control”.

 This is giving us good practice for stations actively using their radios and preparing for a potential evacuation due to wildfire.

 MOBILE UNITS MUST USE PROPER ANTENNA (MURS / HAM). THUS, DO NOT USE A  CB  ANTENNA.

 O/S antennas at Home are again highly recommended.

 CAR TO CAR COMMUNICATIONS:  Also, during an evacuation, Stations might use Channel 40 or  CHANNEL 80 for disciplined communications between family vehicles while traveling in close proximity to each other. NO CHIT CHAT.

 

2025  05  15  SOME ALERT FM  UNITS FAILED TO ALERT.  REASON: SOME UNITS DO NOT HAVE THE "ALL CALL ALERT FM ADDRESS CODE"

HERE IS LINK TO VIDEO SHOWING HOW TO ENTER THAT CODE:  HERE

 

2024 05 15  Shasta County Public Warning System - Reminder to register and update
https://www.shascom911.com/  is source of the following:  Sign Up Now.
[Shascom is] now providing notifications from local emergency response teams in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. Register your phone number now to start receiving notifications like evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil-water notices, and missing-child reports.
https://alertshasta.genasys.com/portal/en <<-- log in at link to left

YOU WILL SEE THIS ON THE COUNTY PAGE:

Welcome to Shasta County Public Warning System!

 

Once registered, please create a contact in your phone for Shasta County Public Warning System.

Phone alerts will show up as: (530)718-2990 

Email alerts will be from: AlertShasta <noreply@genasys.com>

Text/SMS messages will show up from: Sender ID 65513

 

2024 05 15    1009 hours - silent monitoring activated. Residential fire alarm - Cal Fire tone out  (Ash Creek...) .. Tac 11 ...  no cameras on area ...  1027 hours false alarm, cancelling response. Silent monitoring deactivated.
2024 05 15   0950 HOURS  SHERIFF Alert FM TEST. SEVERAL UNITS FAILED (I.E., DID NOT ALERT)

VL UNITS - FAILED:  F1  S1   

              (UPDATE: THE ALL CALL  CODE  CC0822 UNDER ADDRESSES WAS NOT IN RADIOS - BOTH  F1 AND S1 UNITS  WERE UPDATED)

                   - UNITS WORKING:  i1 unit worked.  G7 advised unit worked.

                   S6 - NEED TO ADD ALL CALL CODE  CC0822 UNDER ADDRESSES.

LH:  FAILED:  LH1   (need follow up)  (need to add all call code under addresses   CC0822).

MW: no units

SL:  FAILED:  KJ  (UPDATE: THE ALL CALL  CODE  CC0822 UNDER ADDRESSES ADDED - unit has now been updated).

Note Whispering woods reported their unit worked.

CALLS MADE TO ALERT FM. See above corrective action.

 

2024 05 09:  SER NET – AGENDA:

    Check in followed by

    Drill  -  Mobile Evacuation Net  (HERE)

     http://www.shastadefense.com/Mobile%20Evac%20Drills.pdf

         http://www.shastadefense.com/Mobile%20Evac%20Net%20Script%202023%2009%2008.pdf

 

Check ins:

   VL:     F1  F7 F2  B1   B7   F8   I1   B6   S3

   MW:   MW3 

               MW1 (MOBILE AT BLACK BUTTE / 44  NO COPY)

   LH:     LH1

   SL: 

   RA:   

STNS QXX:

VL  :    S1  S2  S6  S7  F14  T10

             E1  E4   G7  L3  L4   L9

             L10  C6

SL   :    KJ

MW:    MW2, MW4

RA:      MWM

MOBILE EVACUATION NET – DRILL – ON EROC 9:

       Stations practiced “Needs”, and “Reports”. Additionally, we had 1 relay of a “Need” (EVACUATION OF 80 YEARL OLD MALE WHEEL CHAIR) (F1 acted as relay of  “ need” between MW3 AND B1).

       Stations participating in Drill Mobile Evacuation Exercise:

                                                      F1  F7  I1  B1  B6  F8  F2  MW3    MW1   LH1

AFTER ACTION:

Stations did a great job taking on the rolls of   “Need”, “Report” and “Temp Control”.

Stations used good discipline in only stating their tactical before being told to “go” by a “Temp Control”.

This is giving us good practice for stations actively using their radios and preparing for a potential evacuation due to wildfire.

MOBILE UNITS MUST USE PROPER ANTENNA (MURS / HAM). THUS, DO NOT USE A  CB  ANTENNA.

O/S antennas at Home are again highly recommended.

CAR TO CAR COMMUNICATIONS:  Also, during an evacuation, Stations might use Channel 40 or  CHANNEL 80 for disciplined communications between family vehicles while traveling in close proximity to each other. NO CHIT CHAT.

 

2024 05 08 MOBILE EVACUATION NET SCHEDULED FOR Thursday night (assuming no Actual activation) THE NET AGENDA IS (ON EROC 9):
1.  Check ins; followed by
2.  Drill Mobile Evacuation Net.
During a large area evacuation no station will be able to be sitting at home directing the Net as people will be getting family into vehicles and evacuating.
For this Drill, F1 will start off the Drill Mobile Evacuation net, and then we need stations to step up.  We haven't practiced this for a while, so it may not be perfect, but now is the time to practice. No excuses for not participating.
We will have to rely on very tight radio procedures (i.e., the same type of procedures we use in our regular weekly practices). Thus, do not simply key the mike and start talking because if the procedures are not followed, then people will not hear reports due to doubling, and you will not know whether your "report" or "need" was even heard by anyone, and you will screw up the emergency communications.  There will be problems due to propagation and "things that go wrong". That is life.  We don't explain why. Just fix it and keep moving. Wasted talk may be preventing an emergency call.
Simply put, each neighborhood would follow these procedures on their CH1 (Village on Ch9), while in their neighborhood. 
Then upon exiting their neighborhood, each station having left its neighborhood, would then use the same procedure on CH 10  or Ch 13 for listening  (Ch 55 or CH 58 for transmit depending on which Channel the mobile net is being held).
Thus, once out of your neighborhoods we may have stations reporting on CH 55 (listening on Ch 10)  from Viola (or beyond) to Redding (or beyond) and North and South of that line of travel.
Stations will essentially have either a report to make or a request for information, or possibly need a 911 relay, etc... ..
The station desiring to make a report, for example, will simply key the mike and give their tactical -e.g.,   "Foxtrot 1, report"
Then ANY STATION  jumps in and acts as "TEMP CONTROL" ... (the Temp Control is the station that is acting as CONTROL for that brief communications cycle - i.e., handling that REPORT, or that REQUEST FOR INFORMATION).
When that communications cycle is done that specific Temp Control says  "Temp Control out" (unless he / she is available to handle another Comms Cycle).
Then, any next COMMS CYCLE would be handled by any station who is at a safe location and is able to act as "Temp Control" at that time.
Stations should be recording reports and requests, etc...   The Radio operator should not be the person who is driving the vehicle!
PLEASE REFER TO PAGE ONE OF THE ATTACHED SAMPLE MOBILE EVACUATION NET DRILLS. PRINT OUT THIS PAGE SO YOU CAN USE IT DURING THE DRILL.
 
WE WILL USE EITHER  EXAMPLE 1, 2 , 3, OR 4 (on page 1) and these can be repeated numerous times during our practice so that everyone has a chance to actively participate.  Ignore the "tacticals" shown in the examples. ANY STATION CAN WORK THE EXAMPLES.
Any questions, call me  530-474-3267
Nathan
2024 04 20  1842 hours  Cal Fire tone out - low hanging line  ... Ponderosa Way  / Westmore Rd. just past Black Butte ... E 42 Responding .. communication line down - contact Frontier ... roadway not clear .. 1906 hours Silent Monitoring Deactivated.
2024  04  20  - 0643 hours  Cal Fire tone out - Smoke Check   ... Ponderosa / Shingletown Glen area ... 0654 hours  E 520 reported Drift Smoke UTL  Available.  Silent Monitoring Deactivated.
2024 04 19   1925 hours - Cal Fire - Smoke check ...  Mobile park drive, burning trash. SER Silent Monitoring activated.  E 520 Responding 1926 hours.  ...  E 520 in area ... 1931 hours ...   E 520 advises  homeowner in compliance.  E 520 available.  Silent monitoring deactivated 1934 hours.
2024 04 19  - VL F1 Alert FM device shows "no service" (radio portion of unit works fine)  (1841 hours). Unknown if any other units show such. 1853 hours, the "no service" message was gone.  I looked on line and it was recommended if "no service" appears move unit to another location in home.  Recommendation:  County should test units at least 1 time per month. Moved unit to new locatoin and message "no service" came back on. Thereafter "no service".  
2024 04 17 It is again urged that stations get outside antennas for their homes. 
Also, if there is an emergency involving immediate safety of life, ANY STATION IS TO HANDLE EVEN IF IT IS ON THE HAM REPEATER and you are not a Ham !
Stations must Monitor EROC 9 and their Area Ch 1. (Exception - Village monitors EROC 9 NOT ch 1).
Also, Stations are asked to monitor Ch 10 (which is listening to the Repeater). Stations with TX capability on the repeater use Ch 55 to transmit in emergencies.
 
It is strongly recommended that Stations with TX ability on Ch 55 carry an extra hand held with them in their vehicles!  I will program it for you.
Nathan
 
2024 04 17  - agenda announcement.  Thursday  4/18/2024, we will conduct a Situation Report Net.
 
PLUS, during the net, we will have a DRILL 911 RELAY exercise.
 
The person making the drill 911 call request will be set up before the net. HOWEVER, we need any station to act as the drill 911 relay station. If more than one station volunteers, Control will pick the station.
The concept is that as the net is operating (this could include a Fire Net, etc...), a [drill] 911 relay request is made.  The net is temporarily paused and the [drill] 911 call is handed off to a volunteer who makes the [drill] 911 call (don't actually call during the drill).  While the [drill] 911 relay station is making the [drill] 911 call, the net continues its normal operations.
Then, later during the net, the drill 911 relay station advises control that the call has been done (don't actually call 911 for the exercise) ... then the normal net operations continue.
Thereafter, Cal Fire 20 will advise control when dispatch for the 911 [no actual dispatch TX because this was a drill] call has been transmitted over the Cal Fire frequency by Cal Fire.  Then, again, normal net operations continue. Thus, we are concurrently handling multiple traffic matters (e.g., situation reports, QWA procedure, and [drill] emergency traffic).

Please note that Control Stations, example, Fire Control, Triangulation, Mapping, Cal fire 20, Internet Winds, ...Camera, backup, Lookout stations, etc..., should NOT be the 911 relay station because that would stop the Net Operation which could be handling a wildfire. So it is imperative that stations not performing Net operations step up and volunteer.

Thank you.
 

SER – SITREP.  CELL PHONE OUTAGE  AND  FRONTIER INTERNET OUTAGE.

AREA  / NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNICATION OUTAGES / FAILURES

DATE:     4/15/2024

Report Prepared by:  VL  F1   (K6PDS)

 

OUTAGE TYPE

[OK  = NO OUTAGE / OR SERICE RESTORED AFTER OUTAGE]

OUTAGE

STARTED  /

OBSERVED

SERVICE RESTORED

                       

AREAS / NEIGHBORHOODS IMPACTED

 

 TIME

TIME

VL

MW

LH

SL

RA

Cell phone   

4/15/2024

1626  HRS

 

 

RESTORED

4/15/2024

2340 HRS

OUTAGE

 

OK 4/15/2024 2340 HRS

OK

OK

OUTAGE

 

OK 4/16/2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRONTIER LAND LINE

N/A

 

OK

OK

OK

OK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRONTIER –INTERNET

(Also impacts VOIP for those with such service)

4/15/2024

1626  HRS

 

 

RESTORED

4/15/2024

2340 HRS

OUTAGE

 

OK 4/15/2024 2340 HRS

 

 

OUTAGE

 

OK 4/16/2024

 

INTERNET –STAR

                       LINK

N/A

 

 

OK

 

 

 

INTERNET - HUGHES

N/A

 

 

 

OK

 

 

 

 

INFORMATION AS TO ESTIMATED TIMES FOR SERVICE RESTORATION(S):

     FRONTIER INTERNET – PER  VL S6 , FRONTIER ADVISED ESTIMATED TIME FOR RESTORATION  12:36 AM   4/16/2024  (I.E., MIDNIGHT   36 MINUTUES ON 4/16/2024)

     CELL SERVICE – PER  VL  S 6  AT&T ADVISED PLANNED RESTORATION  4/16/2024 AT 4:48 PM (I.E., 4/16/2024 AT 1648 HOURS.

                                                 

ABOVE INFORMATION / REPORTS TX/RX ON:    EROC 9            760  (10  / 55)

 

STATIONS PROVIDING REPORTS / RESPONDING AS TO ABOVE:

VL  :      F1  F7  S6  L9  G7 S3  I1  B1

LH  :      LH

MW:      MW3  MW1

SL   :      KJ

 

 
2024 04 14 (Sunday): VL F1 observed Alert FM device message  "No Service". Phone contact made with S1  i1 and s6 all of their units did not have such message.  Later as of 1214 hours, the "No Service Message" on F1 Alert FM device went away. Reason for this is unknown.
2024  04 12 (Friday)  - PG&E Scheduled power outage for work (large area outage 4000 customers).  Power off at 2300 hours; power restored  2024 04 13    0514 hours.
QWI Reminder:  Planned PG&E outage for repair work on April 12 2024 (Friday) (2300 hours) to April 13, 2024 (Saturday) 0500 hours. 

Per KRCRTV news:  impact 4000 customers in:  Shingletown, Manton, Paynes Creek.

Core Participating Areas:  VL  MW  LH  SL  RA  Recommendations include preparations should be made, fuel, battery backup for communications, and  Elevated Monitoring of EROC 9 and 760 (10) during outage for any assistance needs.

Above TX on EROC 9 and 760 (10) at approx 0920 hours.

USE OF HAM REPEATER - FIRE SEASON   4/10/2024

Ch 55 (is the ham repeater) and certain radios have CH 55 which gives those radios the ability to transmit on the repeater.


Ch 10 is the same frequency as Ch 55 but that Channel can listen only.

You may hear emergency traffic on Ch 10 (this is the Channel you can scan along with EROC 9).
IF you don't have CH 55, then listen and call 911 if necessary.
IF YOU HAVE CH 55 and hear emergency traffic on Ch 10), then please go to CH 55 and respond on frequency and handle the emergency traffic (e.g., call 911) even if you are not a licensed ham.
IF YOU HAVE CH 55 and are outside of your area (e.g., Village, Midway, Long hollow, Starlite, etc...) and have an emergency (e.g., serious auto accident / immediate safety of life .... ) call 911 by phone if you can. If you can't use the phone, then USE CH 55  AND ANY STATION IS TO RESPOND AND PROVIDE RADIO ASSISTANCE EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT A HAM.
IF YOU HAVE CH 55 and are outside of your area (e.g., away from Village, Midway, Long hollow, etc...) AND SEE A SMOKE COLUMN (not a controlled burn)  (NEAR SHINGLETOWN), CALL 911. ALSO, GET ON CH 55 AND CALMLY ADVISE WHAT YOU SEE AND ITS APPROXIMATE LOCATION EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT A HAM.  STATIONS HEARING THE INFORMATION SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE THE REPORT AND  ACTIVATE EROC 9 (OR OTHER PROCEDURE) SO THAT APPROPRIATE ACTION CAN BE TAKEN BY THOSE ON FREQUENCY.

PLEASE DO NOT SHARE YOUR RADIOS WITH ANYONE ELSE. IF SOMEONE DOESN'T HAVE WHAT'S IN YOUR RADIO THEY ARE NOT TO GET IT!  EVEN TODAY, WHILE WE WERE OBTAINING RADIO REPORTS ABOUT THE PLANNED PG&E OUTAGE ON EROC 9, A PERSON IN THE VILLAGE WAS ATTEMPTING TO JAM OUR COMMUNICATIONS.
 
K6PDS IS THE CONTROL OPERATOR OF THE REPEATER. THE ABOVE NON HAM USE OF THE HAM REPEATER IS FOR EMERGENCIES (IMMEDIATE SAFETY OF LIFE....).  If operators make a mistake, K6PDS will deal with such matters on the telephone on a personal basis to explain any misunderstandings with a view towards positive resolution. We have a great team and want to keep the positive juices flowing. Everyone makes mistakes. We just fix it and move forward.
There may be Hams who disagree with the above. If they don't like our system, then they can set up their own system.  It is merely asked that they don't interfere with our emergency communication plan. There is to be no argument about SER Procedures. Thus, either follow it, or set up your own system.   FCC regulations have already been reviewed by legal counsel.  We are entering fire season and just recently an elderly lady died in a Shingletown house fire (while there was significant snow in the area).   Our goal is to deal with emergency communications to save life. Shingletown has a history of Power outages, cell phone outages, land line outages, and internet outages. At times, all of these have taken place at the exact same time.
It is recommended that operators have several radios.  One radio at home attached to an outside antenna.  Plus a second radio with them when traveling (Recommend mag mount type antenna for vehicles) to Redding, Reeds, Viola, Manton,  etc...
Having more people get their Ham Radio License would be great if possible. This would facilitate the SER emergency system.
Radio practice is critical so please actively participate during our weekly nets and respond to radio communications.
Listening is fine, but if operators don't provide information there is nothing to listen to. We are focused on those radio operators who are providing vital emergency information, following the SER Plan,  and participating. That way, those who just want to listen have substance to listen to.
 
Notices of Planned PG&E outage for repair work on April 12 2024 (Friday) (2300 hours) to April 13, 2024 (Saturday) 0500 hours.  TX on EROC 9- Areas receiving notices and responding on EROC 9:     VL    MW   AND   SL.  (Stations responding  F1 F7  I1  L9 MW3 (MW3 also advised his brother in Starlite Pines received notice) and T10).  Recommendations: preparations should be made, fuel, battery backup for communications, etc...  (TX on EROC 9 and Summary on 760  (10) (55).    The extent of the outage beyond the above areas is not known at this time.

Note: while above reports being taken, a person was jamming the frequency. 

2024 04 09 - Cell Service (Verizon) - issues QWI - F1 ad F7 noticing intermittent problems (e.g., call and no ring at other end - going directly to voice mail and/or call merely disconnects.  TX at 1937 hours on EROC 9 for information. TX Acknowledged by S6  MW3.

SL  KJ also advised of cell phone issues e.g., dropped calls.

2024 04 08  as of 1029 hours: Village Stations reported Land Lines now have dial tone.

Reports of  dial tone: (VL):   F1    F7  S1  S6 S3  S1 L3. Plus G7 - email.

2024 04 08  as of 0957 hours Frontier Technical Support (Charles, Frontier) advised  VL  F1 that  services for the Area Outage (no dial tone Frontier Land Line) are estimated to be restored by 10:00 PM  tonight (4/8/2024). However, immediately after the phone conversation, I  (VL F1) received a text from Frontier advising that the outage is expect to be "fixed by 04/09/2024 10:00 P.M"  (which is tomorrow night). Which is the actual case is unknown at this time.

Note: When you call into Frontier (before reaching a human), the automated system of Frontier still advises that there is "no service outage".

Recommendation:  All SER participants are requested to maintain high level of monitoring for any emergency traffic / and relay to 911 using cell phone  (or other means you have).  If there is emergency traffic on the repeater (760; Ch 10  Ch 55) SER plan participants are requested to please respond and handle it even if you are not a ham. Just follow SER Procedures.

 

2024 04 08  as  of 0923 hours - Frontier land line failure - continues in village. 

 

2024 04 07  as  of 2020 hours - Frontier land line failure - continues in village. 

(Today, Frontier finally acknowledged that there was an Area Outage - to some customers).

2024 04 06 - FRONTIER LAND LINE FAILURE - VILLAGE - observed at 1655 hours.  Frontier fraudulently advises all persons reporting outage that there is no Area Outage.

 Village  stations reporting no dial tone:  F1  F7  B6  I1  L3  S1 S6 S3.

 MW1  and SL (KJ) - reported Frontier land lines -operational in their Areas.

Frontier Land Line Outage appears to be limited to the Village area (Area with approx 400 Homes). Note: Frontier Internet is working in Village.

F1 contacted Frontier regarding Village Frontier Land Line failure.  Also, S6 advised she is on Chat with Frontier.

F1 results on contact with Frontier: Frontier ignoring Area Outage (no dial tone). I advised no one can dial 911 on Frontier Land Lines, and this week a Shingletown home burned down and an elderly lady died in the fire.  Advised Frontier that lack of dial tone is a critical safety matter. Frontier continued to deny the existence of Area outage.

Frontier advised that "if there is an Area outage his system would detect it". I told him that your  Frontier System is broken because their is IN FACT AN AREA outage and Frontier has received multiple reports from different people. Frontier is simply ignoring it. He (Frontier) hung up. This is nothing short of Fraudulent denial of an Area Outage on the part of Frontier. 

TX on EROC 9 - Stations advised to be on higher level of alert for any needed 911 relays (i.e., persons who have cell phones relay the call).  However, a concern is that not all stations with Frontier Land Line have radios - so they will not be able to report a need to call 911 for emergency medical or to report fires.

F1 called FCC emergency line  202 418 ...  FCC advised they will contact Shasta County Sheriff.  FCC advised that the Sheriff can contact Frontier and expedite the matter.  Also, F1  contacted Shasta County Sheriff and was advised that I would receive a call back. Waiting for call back from Sheriff.   

S3 advised he is on Chat with Frontier.

F1 - as of 1849 hours no call (cell phone) from Sheriff. 

F1 - E-mail sent to KRCRTV news.

F1 - as of 2232  hours no call  (cell phone) from Sheriff and Frontier Land Lines still no dial tone.  It appears Frontier is merely denying the existence of an Area Outage so that they don't have to fix it over the weekend. 

LESSON:  IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY WE MAY BE ON OUR OWN!  WE NEED TO ALL BE PREPARED AND BE ABLE TO WORK AS A TEAM. Our radio communications system is vital and all need to actively participate.

 

 
03/28/2024 - Net Cancelled.
 
03/20/2023  - TEST OF ALERT FM.   Per the news, the Alert FM system is scheduled for testing at  0950 hours.

Our previous inquiry indicated that very few stations in the Village have the device. Most residents do not appear to have the device.

Action  Point:  In the event of an emergency alert through Alert FM, those who have such devices should relay the information out on EROC 9 so everyone is aware of the situation. Merely state exactly what was provided through the Alert FM system without any opinions or speculation.

Note: results of Alert FM testing in Village.  2 stations didn't receive any alert signal.  1 station received the alert FM signal.

QWI  SAFETY Information 2024 03 14 - SHINGLETOWN BURGLARIES (INCLUDING US. POST OFFICE - SHINGLETOWN).
This is the Action News Now Clip of Recent Burglaries. 
 

I understand a Town Hall meeting is being set up. If you have more information, please advise.
All stations should monitor 24/7 and be prepared to relay any reports concerning fire, crime, etc ...
Stations responding to TX (BY  VL F1)  on EROC 9:     L9  L3 F7  LH MW2  MW3  SL (KJ- PHONE).
 

2024   02  22

1900 hours   

Report of Net Operations  -  SERCAP

Total Net Time:     12   minutes 

Net

Infrastructure

 

AGENDA > 

 

SITUATION REPORTS

Control

B1

Areas Reporting

# RPTS

Stns Reporting

Back Up

F1

   Village  DIV  3 N

17

VL: F1  F7    L9  L10  I1  S1  S2  L3  L4  F8  F2  B6  B1 G7  E4  F14 S3  

55 Silent

F7

   Shingletown/Pioneer Pizza

 

VL: 

  55 Relay

----

   Midway  DIV 2 N

4

 

58 Silent

S1

   Long Hollow  DIV 3 N

1

 

  58 Relay

----

   Rest Area       DIV 3 N

0

Ham:   QXX

160 TC

F1

   Starlite           DIV 4 N

1

Ham:   KJ 

Mapping

F1

Drill Reports

N/A

N/A

Cal Fire 20

160 TC

F7

F1

TOTAL REPORTS

TAKEN & PROCESSED >

23

 

Triangulation

     

 

Flight Radar

 

       Stations  QXX >

 6

VL:    E1  T10  C6   S6  S7 

LH: 

MW:

RA: (Ham)     MWM;  1 STN

 SL:  (Ham)   

 

 

DEDUCT STNS INVOLVED IN DRILL REPORTING EXERCISE   

N/A

N/A

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TOTAL  PARTICIPATING

                      STATIONS -->

 

 29

Includes Stations Reporting during Net AND Stations QXX but are active in the program.

Drill 911 Relay

 

     

CONTROL SUMMARY:            

All Stations and Areas reporting  QXA;  no exceptions. 

CONTROL RECOMMENDATION: 

 NO ACTION                                                            

 

AFTER ACTION.

We are doing a great job!  On 2/22/2024, we had 23 reports from 4 different neighborhoods (spanning an approximate linear distance of  9 miles) which were all mapped, summarized and concluded with Control making the recommendation of “no action” based on the reports. Recently we had a station report all the way from Redding (mobile) approximately 24 miles east of the Village. Our SER Nets have emergency infrastructure set up and running during the entire net (i.e., Control, Backup, Mapping, 160 TC, Cal Fire 20, 55 silent, and 58 silent). 160 TC is a tactical for emergency last resort capability to reach Cal Fire when all phone systems are totally down (e.g., no land line, no cell, etc…). Only select stations have this. Mapping is recording and summarizing all reports. Cal Fire 20 is monitoring Cal Fire Dispatch. The Silent tacticals are monitoring the Ham frequency portion of the SER Plan. All of this was set up, and placed in full operation while receiving and processing substantive neighborhood reports, and then all deactivated within 12 minutes. Great Job Emergency Communications TEAM.

 Reminder:  Please don’t provide your report until CONTROL advises you to “go”. During this net, 3 reports had to be repeated because a report was given out of turn (station had not been told to “go” by Control, Backup or a Relay Station).  The two reports in process were blocked and the 3rd report wasn’t heard. All three had to be repeated because control stations (Control and Mapping) couldn’t copy any of them. This took about 2 minutes and during an emergency (e.g., raging wildfire), this would not be good.  Remember, you may not hear conversation because of your location. If you just start giving your report you are blocking other communications and you aren’t even being heard. That is why we use Control, Backup and provide for Relays and advise stations to “go”. An exception would be emergency traffic. In that case a station with emergency traffic would wait for a break in communications, and say “emergency traffic” and then all stations are to standby. Control stations would then advise the “emergency traffic” to “Go” and the traffic would be worked under our specific emergency traffic procedures.

 Thus, in summary:  

1. Please do not give your tactical until Control station says  “next”. 

 2. Please don’t give your full report until Control states for you to “GO” (e.g., :  “Foxtrot 1, go”).  The reason is that if you merely start talking because you don’t hear anyone on frequency, you may be blocking another station who is communicating with Control, Back up, or a relay station which you don’t hear. This means that none of the reports get copied by Control, and they all have to be repeated.  We are in rough terrain and covering a large area, so you most likely will not hear all stations involved. That is why we use Relays and Back up.

At the end of your report be sure and state “end of report”  or  “out”.  This way Control station(s) know you have finished.

 Great job Emergency Communications TEAM!

 

 

2024  02  18  1839 hours – Cal Fire Tone out – Missing person 16 year old  - address reported as 7185 Mill Creek Road. SER Silent monitoring activated  (monitoring included: Cal Fire Dispatch and Sheriff Dispatch)…  K6PDS call to Sheriff non emergency # and obtained description: 16 year old white male, wearing Blue Shirt. Blue Jeans, Black boots, long black hair.  Cal Fire and Sheriff responding. SER TX  on 760 (Ch 10 / 55)  and on EROC 9 of : SER Missing Person Advisory including description (above), person missing since 1530 hours, had left by himself, direction of travel unknown and requesting stations monitoring to contact anyone they know in the area by phone … and advise them to be on look out for  missing person and to call 911 if have information.  Sheriff and Cal Fire Searching …

Stations on Frequency (EROC 9 and/or  760  (ch 10/55) and responding:  F1 (PDS) ,  F7,  S1 (BZL), S2,  I1,  B1, G7, F2 . 

Monitoring Sheriff frequency – Sheriff advising -  they need more help for search. … K6PDS prepping to join ground search (radio 50 watt go box with battery, radio 50 watt vehicle mounted,  HTs (2), cold weather gear, Head light, flash lights, bull horn, field freq to base plan Ch 10/55 and EROC 3,...) ,   … 1930 hours  DAVID 9 … may have found him …. 1934 hours  missing person located and he is en route to Shingletown Store and will meet up with Cal Fire and Sheriff at that location.  SER TX update on EROC 9 and 760.

SER Net Missing Person Advisory Deactivated 1936 hours – TX on EROC 9 and 760 (10/55).

AFTER ACTION: We had strong winds and substantial rain.  

2024   02  15

1900 hours   

Report of Net Operations  -  SERCAP

Total Net Time:     9   minutes    4 AREAS RPTING    21 RPTS    29 PARTICP.

Net Infrastructure

 AGENDA > 

 SITUATION REPORTS  

Control

B1

Areas Reporting

# RPTS

Stns Reporting

Back Up

F1

   Village  DIV  3 N

15

VL: F1  F7   S1  S2  L9  L10 I1  L3  L4  B6  E4  F8  F2  G7  B1

55 Silent

F7

   Shingletown/Pioneer Pizza

 

VL: 

  55 Relay

----

   Midway  DIV 2 N

4

 

58 Silent

S1

   Long Hollow  DIV 3 N

1

 

  58 Relay

----

   Rest Area       DIV 3 N

0

Ham:   QXX

160 TC

F1

   Starlite           DIV 4 N

1

Ham:   KJ 

Mapping

F1

Drill Reports

N/A

N/A

Cal Fire 20

160 TC

F7

F1

TOTAL REPORTS  TAKEN & PROCESSED >

21

 

Triangulation

     

 

Flight Radar

 

       Stations  QXX >

 8

VL:    E1  T10  C6 

           S6  S7  S3  F14

LH: 

MW:

RA: (Ham)     MWM;  1 STN

 SL:  (Ham)   

 

 

DEDUCT STNS INVOLVED IN DRILL REPORTING EXERCISE   

N/A

N/A

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TOTAL  PARTICIPATING                       STATIONS -->

  29

Includes Stations Reporting during Net AND Stations QXX but are active in the program.

Drill 911 Relay

 

     

CONTROL SUMMARY:            

All Stations and Areas reporting  QXA;  no exceptions. 

CONTROL RECOMMENDATION: 

 NO ACTION                                                            

 

AFTER ACTION:   At the end of your report be sure and state “end of report”  or  “out”.  This way Control station(s) know you have finished.

 Also, please do not give your tactical until Control station says  “next”. 

 Also, please don’t give your full report until Control states for you to “GO” (e.g., :  “Foxtrot 1, go”).  The reason is that if you merely start talking because you don’t hear anyone on frequency, you may be blocking another station who is communicating with Control, Back up, or  a relay station which you don’t hear. This means that none of the reports were copied by Control, and they all have to be repeated.  We are in rough terrain and covering a large area, so you most likely will not hear all stations involved. That is why we use Relays  and Back up.

 
2024  02 15  This morning a random monitoring check was conducted on EROC 9.
 
TX  1 tone, (Safety Report) Q 70  and monitoring check.
Following Stations on Frequency and responding:
VL.  F1   F7  S1  G7  L3  B1  B6  S3
SL:  KJ
MW:  MW 3
LH:  LH
That is a total of 11 stations (covering 4  individual Area / Neighborhoods) who were monitoring and responded to a non planned random  TX of   SAFETY REPORT Quebec 70  and monitoring check.

Great Job !
2024  02 15  - NOTE KRCRTV  over the air has been out for several days. Internet is working.  2024   02  16  krcrtv came back on air.
2024  02 14 - Conducted Monitoring check on EROC 9.
2024 02 11    1818 hours Cal Fire Tone out - Smoke check Alpine way X Black Butte. RPT from neighbor .. Cal Fire Responding ... SER Silent monitoring activated  ... estimated distance to MW  1.98 miles  ... 4.9 miles VL. .. no camera view .... internet winds out of East 1 kt  .. E 2463 searched area UTL, available... Cancelled. SER silent monitoring deactivated  1839 hours.

2024   02  08

1900 hours   

Report of Net Operations  -  SERCAP

Total Net Time:     12   minutes     4 AREAS REPORTING   22 REPORTS   29 PARTIC

Net

Infrastructure

 

AGENDA > 

 

SITUATION REPORTS  

Control

B1

Areas Reporting

# RPTS

Stns Reporting

Back Up

F1

   Village  DIV  3 N

16

VL: F1  F7  E1  G7 L9  L10  S1  S2  L3  L4  B1  B6  F2  F8  S3  E4

55 Silent

F7

   Shingletown/Pioneer Pizza

 

VL: 

  55 Relay

----

   Midway  DIV 2 N

4

 

58 Silent

F1

   Long Hollow  DIV 3 N

1

 

  58 Relay

----

   Rest Area       DIV 3 N

0

Ham:   QXX

160 TC

F1

   Starlite           DIV 4 N

1

Ham:   KJ 

Mapping

F1

Drill Reports

N/A

N/A

Cal Fire 20

160 TC

F7

F1

TOTAL REPORTS

TAKEN & PROCESSED >

22

 

Triangulation

     

 

Flight Radar

 

   

   Stations  QXX >

 

 7

VL:    I1  T10  C6 

           S6  S7    F14

LH: 

MW:

RA: (Ham)     MWM;  1 STN

 SL:  (Ham)   

 

 

DEDUCT STNS INVOLVED IN DRILL REPORTING EXERCISE   

N/A

N/A

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TOTAL  PARTICIPATING                       STATIONS -->

  29

Includes Stations Reporting during Net AND Stations QXX but are active in the program.

Drill 911 Relay

 

     

CONTROL SUMMARY:            

All Stations and Areas reporting  QXA; no exceptions. 

CONTROL RECOMMENDATION: 

 NO ACTION                                                            

 

AFTER ACTION:   

At the end of your report be sure and state “end of report”  or  “out”.  This way Control station(s) know you have finished.

 Also, please do not give your tactical until Control station says  “next”.   

Also, please don’t give your full report until Control states for you to “GO” (e.g., :  “Foxtrot 1, go”).  The reason is that if you merely start talking because you don’t hear anyone on frequency, you may be blocking another station who is communicating with Control, Back up, or  a relay station which you don’t hear. This means that none of the reports were copied by Control, and they all have to be repeated.  We are in rough terrain and covering a large area, so you most likely will not hear all stations involved. That is why we use Relays  and Back up.

2024  02  05  2343 hours Cal Fire tone out - Oven Fire 29902 Westmore. SER Silent Monitoring Activated. ... Cal Fire responding - Engines,  Water Tenders, Batalion, Training, Prevention ...   Estimated in area of -121.940  40.515 (approx 2.02 miles NW of VL and 1.67 Miles NE Midway).  2350 Hours E 22 at scene - nothing showing - investigating. 2357 hours - fire contained by homeowner, cancel incoming. 2359 hours updated - false alarm - smoking food in oven. Midnight 03 SER silent monitoring deactivated.
2024 02 03 SER Safety Code Test (1055 hours)- TX Drill Q 70 on EROC 9 BY VL  F1. Responding stations:  MW 3  MW1  VL:  S1  E1  B1  C6.  Thank you to those on frequency and responding. Great job.   SER Safety Situation codes  

2024   02  01

1900 hours   

Report of Net Operations  -  SERCAP

Total Net Time:     13   minutes

Net

Infrastructure

 

AGENDA > 

SITUATION REPORTS;       

 PLUS   DRILL 911 EMERGENCY TRAFFIC RELAY (USING SCRIPT – HERE)

Control

B1

Areas Reporting

# RPTS

Stns Reporting

Back Up

F1

   Village  DIV  3 N

9

VL: F1  F7  G7  L3  L4  B1  B6  F2  F8    

 Due to 911 drill   F1 did drill 911  – also counted in report total

55 Silent

F7

   Shingletown/Pioneer Pizza

 

VL: 

   

   Redding -

2

VL:  S1  S2

  55 Relay

----

   Midway          DIV 2 N

4

 

58 Silent

F1

   Long Hollow  DIV 3 N

 

           QXX

  58 Relay

----

   Rest Area       DIV 3 N

 

Ham:   QXX

160 TC

F1

   Starlite           DIV 4 N

 

Ham:   QXX

Mapping

F1

Drill Reports (e.g., 911 relay –Drill emergency traffic relay).

3

DRILL 911 RELAY: REQUESTING STN                  F1

DRILL 911 RELAY STN          F1

CAL FIRE 20- RPT “TX” OF DRILL BY CAL FIRE DISPATCH       F7

Cal Fire 20

F7

TOTAL REPORTS

TAKEN & PROCESSED >

18

Note: Any  “RELAYS” OF REPORTS are NOT in count.

Triangulation

     

 

Flight Radar

 

       Stations  QXX >

14

VL:   E1  E4 S3 I1 S6 S7 F14 C6 L9   L10 T10  

 LH:                                 QXX 

 RA: (Ham)  MWM;       QXX

 SL:  (Ham)  KJ               QXX

 

 

DEDUCT STNS INVOLVED IN DRILL REPORTING EXERCISE   

-3

F1  AND F1   AND F7 (DEDUCTED TO AVOID DUPLICATE COUNT)

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TOTAL  PARTICIPATING                       STATIONS -->

  29

Includes Stations Reporting during Net AND Stations QXX but are active in the program.

Drill 911 Relay

F1

     

CONTROL SUMMARY:             

All Stations and Areas reporting  QXA   no exceptions.  We also did DRILL 911 RELAY

CONTROL RECOMMENDATION: 

 NO ACTION                                                            

 

AFTER ACTION: TONIGHT WE AGAIN HAD  INTERFERENCE DURING NET.

WE NEED MORE STATIONS TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE NET PRACTICES.

 

2024   01  18

1900 hours   

Report of Net Operations  -  SERCAP

Total Net Time:     11   minutes 

Net

Infrastructure

 

AGENDA > 

SITUATION REPORTS  USING Fmt T9A  OR T9M

 

Control

B1

Areas Reporting

# RPTS

Stns Reporting

Back Up

F1

   Village  DIV  3 N

13

VL: F1  F7   S1  S2  E1  F8  F2  L3 L4  F14  B1 S3  G7

55 Silent

F7

   Shingletown/Pioneer Pizza

 

VL: 

  55 Relay

----

   Midway  DIV 2 N

4

 

58 Silent

F1

   Long Hollow  DIV 3 N

1

 

  58 Relay

----

   Rest Area       DIV 3 N

0

Ham:   MW  QXX

160 TC

F1

   Starlite           DIV 4 N

1

Ham:   KJ 

Mapping

F1

Drill Reports

N/A

N/A

Cal Fire 20

F7

TOTAL REPORTS

TAKEN & PROCESSED >

 

19

 

Triangulation

     

 

Flight Radar

 

       

Stations  QXX >

 

10

VL:    B6    E4  T10  C6  L9  L10

           S6  S7  I1

LH: 

MW:

RA: (Ham)     MWM;  1 STN

 SL:  (Ham)   

 

 

DEDUCT STNS INVOLVED IN DRILL REPORTING EXERCISE   

N/A

N/A

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TOTAL  PARTICIPATING

                      STATIONS -->

 

 29

Includes Stations Reporting during Net AND Stations QXX but are active in the program.

Drill 911 Relay

 

     

CONTROL SUMMARY:            

All Stations and Areas reporting  QXA;

 no exceptions. 

CONTROL RECOMMENDATION: 

 NO ACTION                                                            

 

AFTER ACTION:   

At the end of your report be sure and state “end of report”  or  “out”.  This way Control station(s) know you have finished.

 Also, please do not give your tactical until Control station says  “next”.  If you merely start talking just because you don’t hear anything on frequency, you may be walking on another station who is communicating with Control, Back up, or  a relay station which you don’t hear. This means that such report may have to be repeated.  We are in rough terrain and covering a large area, so you most likely will not hear all stations involved. That is why we use Relays  and Back up.

 Procedure:  Back up will TX and deactivate at the end of Net (i.e., as instructed by Control and will be the last station to “deactivate” just before Control deactivates the Net).  If we also use (for example)  “55 relay” and/or “58 relay”, such stations will  TX and “deactivate” as instructed by Control (e.g., “…55 relay deactivated”), but will likewise not advise that the net is deactivated.  Rather it is only Control that actually Deactivates the Net.

2024 01 14 Cal Fire tone out  1951 hours - large fire visible on cameras. Buffalo Dr.   X   Aoudad. CDF TAC 11. SER Silent monitoring activated.  INKS Ridge  CAMERA large fire visible (flames). Using Cameras - incident estimated at - 122.104   40.471. No address given by Cal Fire. Internet winds out of North at 3 KT. . .. Cal fire on scene and met with property owner - structure is an old abandoned mobile home fully involved (double wide).  .. difficult access could get engines stuck .. walked to scene ... . incoming units stage at Buffalo and Dersch. ... Double wide on ground ..  E 2474 remains at scene and assuming Buffalo IC; all others cancelled.- Releasing all at staging   ... will let it burn out. 2035 hours SER Silent Monitoring deactivated.

AFTER ACTION:  Need  higher outside antenna for radio #3  to get better TAC 11 reception.

  2024  01  12   Propagation test  EROC 9  (approx 1810 hours)  VL F1   and   SL KJ  - Q5 both ways.  Note:  VL S1 advised heard SL KJ Q4 and VL F1 Q5.

2024   01  11

1900 hours   

Report of Net Operations  -  SERCAP

Total Net Time:     11   minutes 

Net

Infrastructure

 

AGENDA > 

SITUATION REPORTS

 

 

Control

F1 thenB1

Areas Reporting

# RPTS

Stns Reporting

Back Up

F1

   Village  DIV  3 N

12

VL: F1  F7   S1  S2  I1  F8  F2  L3 L4  B1 S3  E4

55 Silent

F7

   Shingletown/Pioneer Pizza

 

VL: 

  55 Relay

----

   Midway  DIV 2 N

4

 

58 Silent

F1

   Long Hollow  DIV 3 N

1

 

  58 Relay

----

   Rest Area       DIV 3 N

0

Ham:   QXX

160 TC

F1

   Starlite           DIV 4 N

1

Ham:   KJ  VIA PHONE

Mapping

F1

Drill Reports

N/A

N/A

Cal Fire 20

F7

TOTAL REPORTS

TAKEN & PROCESSED >

18

 

Triangulation

     

 

Flight Radar

 

       Stations  QXX >

11

VL:    B6  F14  E1  T10 C6 L9  L10

           G7 S6  S7

LH: 

MW:

RA: (Ham)  MWM;  1 STN

 SL:  (Ham)    N/A

 

 

DEDUCT STNS INVOLVED IN DRILL REPORTING EXERCISE   

N/A

N/A

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TOTAL  PARTICIPATING

                      STATIONS -->

 

 29

Includes Stations Reporting during Net AND Stations QXX but are active in the program.

Drill 911 Relay

 

     

CONTROL SUMMARY:            

All Stations and Areas reporting  QXA;

 no exceptions. 

CONTROL RECOMMENDATION:   

NO ACTION                                                            

 

AFTER ACTION:   

F1 started net and B1 substituted in during net as Control ( very good transition during net).