We have a new “evergreen” version of our FAN Radio Ready Exercise information that can be used for each of our upcoming exercises. You can view it online or download it as needed.
FAN Radio Ready Exercise Information for March 13th, 2022
Charge your radios; Have AA batteries available for backup power.
Skill: Simultaneous Quarter Check-ins & More Phonetics
Tactical Assignments - Reply here to RSVP for the exercise
Communication Command Post will be on Reservoir
Slack Channels will be monitored for questions or problems
Hello Radio Ready Participants,
We hope to hear you all this Sunday at 6:00 pm on Channel 6 for FAN’s monthly Radio Ready exercise.
Please RSVP for this Second Sunday exercise by contacting the Radio Coordinator
This helps us to know if we are missing someone on the net and where we need to fill in for Quarter Leaders or other tactical positions.
We will start on Channel 6 at 6:00 (1800) and once the Quarter Leaders are checked in everyone will tune to their assigned Quarter channels for QLs to lead check-ins from the radio operators. When your quarter has completed check-ins, return to Channel 6. We will leave Net Control on Channel 6 if we have all QL positions filled. Return to Channel 6 by 6:15 if you have not heard transmissions.
Please review the Exercise Overview for more details and the Quarter Leader Script.
Print the roll call form or other form of your choice for documentation.
Channel 6 will be monitored from 5:45 to 6:00 pm for radio checks.
The Slack workspace (Fan-Radio) channel #On-Air BackUp Comms can be used if you have problems connecting on the air. If you need an invitation to join Fan-Radio on Slack, please let us know.
Helpful Hints: Remember radio waves travel best within line of sight and your body and house can act as a shield. You may need to move outside or experiment to find your best location. Hold your antenna upright and speak close to the mike. Hold the PTT key for a second before speaking to allow all of your transmission to be heard. Make sure your batteries are fully charged.
Ham net will start at approximately 6:40 on 145.45 MHz, tone 123, offset -0.6.
Be prepared to switch to 446.050 MHz (CERT SE Dist. 2). Our Simplex is 146.42 MHz
Topic to Consider: Anything to report? And using phonetics for any two of your initials will be asked of FRS/GMRS operators to end all transmissions. See QL Script for more detail.
Practice helps hone our skills and improve our familiarity with each other to better serve us in the event of an actual emergency. We look forward to hearing you on the radio!
Your Radio Ready Team
Thanks to the City of Eugene Neighborhood Matching Grants Program and to all contributors to the FAN Emergency Radio Communication Project
Required and Useful Documents Links
Useful information to prepare for and participate in the exercise, as well as to have on hand for reference. A brief description is provided and new or updated documents are noted.
This Month’s Exercise Documents:
Exercise Overview & QL Script Updated monthly.! A Must Read!!!
Includes details and scripts for the current exercise. Please Read.
- Tactical Assignments– Updated monthly Includes assignments and volunteer needs.
REQUIRED Reading for Quarter Leaders. Please have the script on hand for the exercise.
- FAN FRS/GMRS Roll Call Updated month! You can use this to document who you can hear
QLs: this is your Quarter Roll Call. Includes FRS/GMRS Radio Operators listed by Quarter. Contact the FAN FRS/GMRS Roll CallRadio Coordinator if we missed you or for changes. The last page is blank and may be printed to use as a blank form in lieu of FRS/GMRS Blank Check-in Form
- FRS/GMRS Blank Check-in Form Optional. While a roll call list is useful, a blank form helps improve listening and writing skills that aid accurate message transmission.
- Ham Check-in Blank Form (see above- Same form for use during FAN Ham net)
- Ham Roll Call List Updated monthly. List of FAN Ham Operators
Documents Recommended to Print (once) to Keep with your Radio and/or Field Kit
- Neighborhood Radio Communication Response Guide 8/21 Current Version
Newly revised by City of Eugene for all Neighborhoods and supersedes the previous version. Includes plan description, tactical positions, useful checklists, ICS forms and just about everything you need to know. Replace your old Response and Field Guides with this version.
Includes Channels for all FAN Quarters, City and Neighborhood Frequencies, Local Emergency broadcast stations, and basic information. Good to have in your field kit.
Includes Quarters and Zones (Hint- Print on back of FAN RR Plan Basics or a favorite cheat sheet and add to Field Guide or laminate for field kit)
- Pro Words: Clear, Concise & Phonetic Alphabet Review Phonetics for the exercise
A one page cheat sheet. Similar information is available in Response Guide pp 42-44
- Troubleshooting & Backup Communications (Optional)
Backup Communication info is specific to FAN Radio Ready. Includes a few videos about FRS radios. More troubleshooting information is on page 31 of the Response Guide
It is recommended to have a couple Damage Assessment Forms and several General Message Forms (ICS 213) in your field kit. Free Classes about the Incident Command System (ICS) are available online through FEMA if you are interested in learning more.
ICS 100, ICS 200 and IS-700 are suggested but not required to participate with Radio Ready.
- Midland T70 Series Manual Link to FAN issued 2 Way Radios
- FAN Radio-Ready Map (for zooming in and out, to see street names) It’s a map.
- Eugene EmComm – Radio Volunteers in Support of Community Safety Check here for City-wide radio em comm information. It includes many useful links. Check it out!