OperationS: Working Group

The Operational Working Group designs the functional operating procedures directly relating to how efficiently messages are encoded and flow across the KARO-ECHO network. It designs methodologies to handle emergency communications needs of the Kensington/El Cerrito Community when conventional communications services are rendered inoperable and/or overloaded.

Job Responsibilities/Purview

Operational issues go beyond the development, testing, and maintenance of the physical infrastructure (the development and maintenance of hardware, software, portable and fixed emergency power installations, radios, digital equipment, antennas). OPERATIONS here refers to efficient radio operator procedures, net operations, efficient message handling operation, as well as establishing the goals of the training unit (training in the use of batteries, solar back up, the use of automobile charging systems, portable operations, mobile operations, message centers, message formatting, net procedures, and the like). The Operational Working Group should identify and recommend technical improvements and needs including the integration of needed digital communication development for KARO-ECHO.

Join Our Fun Team

Team Lead: Jamuel, KM6HBO

Current Volunteers

  • Hal, KK6NDF
  • Jamuel, KM6HBO
  • Rob, K6RJM
  • Mike, KM6CXI
  • Howdy, KE6BEE

More volunteers are needed

Completed Tasks

Portable Go-Kart equipped on wheels with 50 watt dual-band radio, dual-band gain antenna, 105 AH AGM deep cycle battery, and GMRS radio, antenna, and mast. (Completed May 2019)

Flow Chart from Area ICPs to EOC via ham radio (task completed 3/2018)

Flow Chart from Intra-area FRS stations to the Area ICP (FRS/GMRS) (task completed 3/2018)

Inter-area Flow Chart from Area ICPs to other Area ICPs (facilitates mutual aid such as nurses, doctors, medicine, water, food, personnel, tools, batteries, water, etc.) Facilitated by Ham Radio and/or GMRS. To sum up, the intra-area communication to be provided by FRS and aided by GMRS who can relay to the area ICP. The area ICPs communicate to and from EOC and Fire stations by Ham radio. Inter-Area communications by ham radio by ham radio or GMRS. (task completed 03/2018)

Produce and maintain a one page FRS/GMRS Operations and procedures page. (Completed 04/2018)

Protocols and Procedures: Net control duties and procedures, (task completed, 12/2017)

Develop and practice message handling procedures such as the use of phonetics, pro-signs, obtaining fills, good operating procedures), written message handling, relaying, message center operations and procedures, etc. See Field Operations Handbook (Made Available to All Members)

Develop and install a 3 ring binder containing pencils, erasers, blank paper, forms ICS 213, ICS 209, ICS 214, Simplex frequency list, radio operating manuals, maintenance logs, Net Control log, phonetic alphabet, and the Field Operations Handbook at each Operations Center(Tassajara Park, Harding Park, Hilltop School, the Kensington Community Center, FS 65, FS 71, FS 72, the EOC, and portable Go-Kart(s).

Ongoing Tasks in Progress

Develop and build a digital store and forward communications system at FS 71 and/or the EOC.

Develop a Shelter and Evacuation Center Health and Welfare message center plan

Develop a parallel GMRS to interoperability message center operational plan at each Communications Hub to interface with our ARS networks

Run a Simulated Emergency Test (SET) at minimum twice a year to test portable message handling and emergency power capabilities.

Develop and run mini-exercises on each Thursday night training nets

Develop and run the training part at the monthly KaroEcho Monday meetings

Update the KaroEcho Disaster Plan

Related Pages

Written Messaging: How To and Formats

External Links:

A nice portable Go-Kit by Benicia Amateur Radio Club (youtube video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BrHsMfEZT4

A very simple and compact dual band go-kit; but well thought out and complete for 8 hours plus.

ARES (ARRL) Manual http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Public%20Service/ARES/ARESmanual2015.pdf

ARES Field Resource Manual http://www.arrl.org/files/file/ARES_FR_Manual.pdf

Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale [https://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/topics/mercalli.php ]

Palo Alto amateur Radio Assn. on Choosing a Suitable Battery Based on Characteristics

The IARU EmComm Guidebook (excellent in all regards. Well thought out! Thanks to Rod, W6ROD!