Welcome to the “ARES 2019 SET Exercise” update from Big Island ARRL News.

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Content provided by Tony Kitchen (WH6DVI).

Accessed on 10 September 2019, 1525 UTC, Post 1111.


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Re: [BIARC] [khrc] ARES 2019 SET Exercise – Why put so many frequencies into East Hawaii’s Communication plans?


Tony Elias via BIARC biarc@mailman.qth.net

Sep 9, 2019, 7:00 PM (10 hours ago)
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To answer Joe’s question, WH6FZH the plan in East Hawaii is to use the grid madness VHF and UHF frequencies plus a few added ones during the SET exercise. In East Hawaii we are allocating about 11 VHF and 10 UHF frequencies. Some won’t be used if we can’t find a hub operator to stand up in a particular community.  That is fine; we don’t need a hub in EVERY community, but the more the merrier. The frequencies are allocated and will be coordinated so different groups aren’t stepping on each other.

In a real life disaster, people who didn’t know where other stations are at on VHF would go to 146.520 and listen and/or ask. We would ask hub operators to monitor it and tell anyone that comes up the frequency for the local hub.  The same thing holds true for the ARES on the Kulani Cone (146.760)  frequency. It is more of a a calling channel in this situation.

During hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, everyone  mostly operated on 146.520. This worked because they were covering a large area with very few amateur radio operators, across a long period of time. (8+ weeks?)  Radio operators worked from Hill top locations and could get long distances via simplex relays.

The SET exercise is different. We have many hams in East Hawaii, operating in a very short period of time. In an actual emergency I would not be surprised to hear 30+ hams show up on some VHF frequencies. We have enough operators that an HF station can be setup in each community. Since HF traffic may be aimed at different groups  (Red Cross, HC CD, State CD, HealthCom, SkyWarn, etc.) and also via multiple modes, it makes sense to have different frequencies allocated for VHF in each community to feed traffic to the HF stations. If you can’t reach your local hub, reach out to one close to you.

Multiple field stations, multiple hubs, servicing multiple ‘customer groups’ via multiple modes is the recipe for getting more traffic passed in a shorter time period.

The UHF channels are for informal team traffic, while the vhf channels are used for formal message traffic, like sitrep, RFA, RFI, Skywarn, etc.  A VHF channel will likely be dedicated to Comms between Hilo Hospital and HC CDA-EOC. CERTs might be operating a hub, or they might be operating on their own and may or may not need the services of their local hub for getting communication to HC CDA-ACS. It could go in any direction, so we just have to start with a plan and stay flexible.

Tony Kitchen

From: khrc@groups.io <khrc@groups.io> on behalf of Joseph Rosenbaum <joseph.rosenbaum@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, September 9, 2019 11:23 AM
To: khrc@groups.io <khrc@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [khrc] ARES 2019 SET Exercise – a brief preview

Tony, are all the simplex frequencies from grid madness plus a few extra going to be on the ICS-205 you will be sending out?

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