All amateur radio operators in Coos County, whether or not you are a member of the CoosCounty Amateur Radio Club or the Coos County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) group, are encouraged to become familiar with the existence of the Coos County EYEWARN information gathering net capability and it’s protocols to be used in the time of need.
The following information is provided to help you become familiar with the EYEWARN net procedures before you check in.
When activated, the net operates in one of two modes. The two modes are “actual event” and “exercise”. The Tuesday nets are normally operated in the exercise mode and the text in brackets below is used.
The net opens with the following statement:
QST....QST....QST: This is [___call sign & name___] net control for the Coos County EYEWARN Disaster Information Gathering Net. This net is an actual event [exercise] net.
The purpose of this net is to collect information from [simulated] visual situation reports [and provide a training opportunity] for the Coos County EYEWARN information gathering Net. This net operates on the 146.580 Simplex.
If there is an actual emergency, call 9-1-1.
The Coos County EYEWARN net is now open for an actual event [Exercise Activity].
Once the net is opened there is a call for previously identified and trained EYEWARN net control stations (NCS) that are available. Following the call for EYEWARN NCS stations and the assignment of an alternate, or backup, NCS then calls Coos County communities for any amateur with visual situation reports they can give. There is usually specific information that is requested and check-ins should use the following procedure to check into the net when their community is called. Report from the community you are in which may be different than your QTH.
When you check in... give your community, your call sign phonetically, then the visual report.
The NCS may call the community again. The community list may be shortened if CEOC wants a more focused picture of an event to a specific area. After all the desired information is gathered, the net will be closed.
With no further business listed, I will be closing the Coos County EYEWARN information gathering net. We would like to thank everyone for their participation in the net.
Thank you for your interest in learning about the Coos County EYEWARN net and hope to hear you check in with a report on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm or, more importantly, during an actual event.