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Thursday, 28 February 2008 02:54

ARES Standard Operating Procedures

Frequencies

The VE5RI repeater is on 146.94- mhz. If it's unavailable then use the national 2m FM calling frequency of 146.520.

As of May 2008, there is a UHF short range repeater covering the City of Lloydminster and a considerable area around the city - VE5YLL - on 444.725+ mhz.  Expressly intended for emergency situations but you might hear some locals chatting at other times.

The Sask Alta Radio Club conducts a weekly net on the VE5RI repeater every Sunday evening at 2100 hrs local time.

The Alberta HF ARES Frequencies are 1.844 MHz, 3.765 MHz & 7.055 MHz (LSB), plus 14.135 MHz & 144.144 MHz (USB). These are from ARES Edmonton Region web site.

There is also a weekly ARES net on 80m. 3.765 MHz LSB at 19:45 hours local each Sunday for ARES ER check-in net.

For informational purposes the Saskatchewan ARES frequencies are Regional 3.744 and 3.753, National 7.055. The Saskatchewan ARES net is on 3.753 0830L Sundays. (Although these might be out of date.)

Message handling

As you receive a message from the served agency assign it a number. Write a summary of the message. the message number and other information in your incoming message log

When reviewing a message to be transmitted ask the sender if you feel the message could be shortened while keeping the essential content. Also ask if you feel something is ambiguous. Two classic such questions that have been mentioned recently are power bars, food or electrical or 4x4s, rubber wheeled or wooden. However do NOT change the message without permission.

When transmitting a message you will be convinced you are speaking too fast. But you won't be. I suggest writing down the message header, body and foot on a scrap sheet of paper as you are speaking. After transmitting each of the header, body and the footer, verify that the receiving station has succesfully written down the portion of the message.  Use a phrase such as "How copy so far?" 

When you receive a message write it in down on a message form.   Once finished receiving assign a number and use that number in the message header and the incoming message log.

Station log

The station log records when you are on scene, changing operators, changing sites, leaving the site or other significant event. Better to log too much than too little.

Problems specific to rural locations

One of the unique problems to working in rural areas is long distances to the repeater. Or if on the fringes of the repeater a marginal signal when in town. In particular Vermilion in town, possibly Wainwright in town and definitely Mannville will have trouble. In those places a directional antenna will help punch through the walls and buildings and give a better signal to the repeater or simplex to adjacent locations.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 January 2011 00:07