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(short ) Green Dawn FSE observations

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    Casey, KA5WAX
    Participant

    Hi Folks,
    I participated in the Green Dawn exercise today. Happy to describe it in detail if anyone wants.

    however Radio-Wise I noticed that:
    * many Hams in the crowd of CERT folks, with HTs programmed to the pre-defined channel plan
    * sizeable # of CERT folks with FRS radios.

    Some Ham group decided to ditch the pre-defined channel plan, and came up with another frequency for simplex on-site communications. This was spread word-of-mouth as folks noticed who was packing what.

    About half an hour later the IC decided that all tactical work would be on FRS since that was the predominant tool ( and they had brought a big box of extras. )

    I’m new enough to all this I couldn’t tell if this was part of the exercise or not.

    Now the trick was that once FRS was decided folks with Ham sets which could receive FRS were in a bind, as the common reference was ‘Go to Chanel 4, 4’ which is some FRS frequency with a CTCSS tone/code dealy. For the most part people couldn’t find / didn’t know what frequency 4 was, and what the frequency of the tone/code was. ( I’ve since printed out a reference page for my kittage. )

    At the wind-up / burn-down / hot shower / debrief there was some frustration expressed about this early flailing, and the light/incomplete use of the participants Ham skills.

    end of radio stuff. Onward!

    #10044
    Joseph, K9JOE
    Participant

    Be aware that not all FRS radios are consistent channel wise between brands and sometimes the CTCSS tones are non-standard. And, it is not legal to use a ham radio to transmit on FRS frequencies.

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