FEMA to conduct 60 meter test on 21 December 2016


Big Island ARRL News, 13 December 2016, 01:35 hrs, UTC, Post #65.

Accessed on 13 December 2016, 01:35 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Larry Stokes (N7IBC), Idaho ARES. Thanks to Eric Grabowski for the tip!

Here is an item from the Idaho ARES organization that may be of interest to Hawaii radio amateurs.  On Wednesday, 21 December 2016, between 1700 and 1800 hrs UTC, FEMA will conduct an Interoperability test from Bethel, Washington on the 60 meter band. The frequency for the test will be 5.330.50 MHz USB.

Here is the complete text of the message, with credit going to the Idaho ARES group.

“Posted on Dec 07, 2016 11:27 PM UTC

December 7, 2016

Notification of Interoperability Test by FEMA

TO: Idaho ARES personnel

Date: December 21, 2016
Time: 1700Z—1800Z
Designated Frequency: 60 Meter band, (5.330.50 USB)

Net Control Station: WGY 910, FEMA—(Bothel Island, Washington)

FEMA has announced an interoperability test to be conducted on 12/21/2016, between
1700Z and 1800Z, on the 60 Meter band, using 5.330.50 and USB, (Upper Sideband).

Stations from FEMA, SHARES, MARS, and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
will participate.

Amateur radio stations involved with the ARES program have been asked to participate as
If you are a General or Extra class operator and have 60 Meter band capability, please take
Amateur radio stations who do participate are advised to follow the FCC regulation of no
more than 100 Watts output power with their radio stations.

All amateur radio stations participating should also remember that the amateur radio service
are secondary users on the 60 Meter band, and if asked to cease operations by a primary user,
(US Government), they should do so immediately.

All traffic during the interoperability test will be conducted via net control, callsign: WGY910.

If any further information is published before the above test, I will forward it prior to the
day of the test.
This test is an excellent opportunity for ARES members to communicate with Federal,
state and other organizations via HF radio.

Thank you,

Larry Stokes- N7IBC

Idaho ARES Idaho Section Emergency CoordinatorNews, article 49, posted by Larry Stokes(N7IBC).”

If propagation is favorable, please try to participate in the FEMA test, recognizing, of course, the parameters outlined in the above press release.

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