Hello to all!
The Cape Cod and Islands District Amateur Radio Emergency Service will conduct a winter operations exercise on Saturday January 30th, starting at 10am, to test its capability in establishing communications with stations within its district and outside it under emergency conditions. The operational exercise called “Dark Shadows” will test the ability of several stations to communicate with a centrally located command station in Sandwich, MA. This will also be a drill to test some of our Hospital stations, primary EOC stations, shelters and other ARES member home stations.
Unlike many previous exercises, this one will also feature home stations prominently as they would be vital in keeping with the scenario being used for this exercise. The exercise will attempt to build upon the lessons learned from our past operational exercises. This time, we will not be concentrating mainly on expedient setup of equipment outdoors. We will be attempting to operate our gear using emergency power within our served agency communications centers, EOCs, primary stations and home stations. Emergency power will be the primary focus of our exercise.
Operations will be conducted over HF, VHF, and UHF radio using SSB and FM voice, and digital NBEMS/Fldigi. We are especially interested in out of area HF stations over NVIS and any long distance VHF/UHF abilities or relays.
The exercise document can be found here:
EMA ARES SEC