Wow! What a great 5th Saturday exercise!
Spokane County ARES - RACES had over 20 participating radio operators. The team worked voice, Winlink, home stations and remote. Here is a sampling of where operators were deployed for this exercise:
- The National Weather Service (NWS)
- Sacred Heart medical center
- The Combined Communications Building (CCB - 911 call center)
- Fairchild AFB
- The DEM building
- A handful of high schools and other (not home) locations
The team operated both Winlink and Voice traffic. ICS 213 reports submitted by voice followed a "block-by-block" relay by operators using the actual ICS 213 form, similar to how an ARRL Radiogram would be passed. This worked well according to reports by our net controllers.
The team utilized alternate frequencies to pass reports as needed, either to an alternate net control, or to the NWS.
The Emergency Coordinator team managed even more from the DEM building:
- Receiving both voice and Winlink traffic from the Steven County ARES team
- Checking in to the state-wide net on HF from the ECC (Communications Room at the DEM building)
- Successfully connected and downloaded Winlink messages using Pactor over HF from the ECC
- Successfully connected and downloaded Winlink messages using VHF Packet from the ECC
- Sent County Requested (Exercise) Resource Requests via Winlink WA_ISC_213RR forms to Camp Murray, and received return receipts
Today, the team demonstrated without a doubt, they can operate more than voice, more than digital; they are strongest with both skill sets. This is why no matter which methods work for an individual, they are valuable to Spokane County ARES - RACES.
Catch you on the air. :)
-- Asa Jay Laughton - W7TSC, MSgt, USAFR, Retired
Spokane County ARES-RACES EC/RO