- Created on 10 June 2010
- Last Updated on 12 March 2013
The main task for the group is to provide back up or additional communications capacity between Agencies in the Edmonton Region. In most circumstances, 3 VHF nets will be activated, as detailed below: -
(Members may also monitor VE6HM (VHF 147.060 MINUS shift) during sever weather watches or warnings)
The AGENCY NET
As soon as ARES Net activity commences, ARES members should check in to the net and await further instructions. Once checked in ARES Members should monitor VE6HM (VHF) and not change frequency unless instructed to do so.
Net control will be established at the Northern Alberta Radio Club site (the VE6HM site) as soon as possible on VE6HM (147.060 MHz MINUS shift), Channel 2. (Note - no secondary net location site has yet been designated).
This net links all active agencies together in a post disaster situation. It enables direct back up communication between the agencies, should other means of communication fail.
THE RESOURCES NETNote that VE6NHB (145.410 MHz MINUS shift) Channel 7, will be used as an ARES Members resource coordination frequency leaving VE6HM for check-in and later emergency/ disaster traffic between Agencies.
This net is used initially to record volunteers on duty and to allocate them to wherever is needed. Whether this is to Agency locations, the net control station, rescue centers, hospitals or the incident net, depends on circumstances. In addition this net is used to accept offers of assistance from outside the immediate area (using SARA linking or IRLP) and to schedule volunteers on and off duty. Later this net is also used to co-ordinate volunteer food, water, batteries and other supplies that are required.
Net control will be established at the Northern Alberta Radio Club site (the VE6HM site) as soon as possible on VE6NHB (145.410 MHz MINUS shift), Channel 7. (Note - no secondary net location site has yet been designated).
THE TACTICAL NET
Net control will be established at the Northern Alberta Radio Club site (the VE6HM site) as soon as possible on , VE6NC (147.015 MHz PLUS shift) Channel 6. (Note - no secondary net location site has yet been designated).
This net provides communication from the vicinity of an incident (if not widespread) to the net control station, The City EOC or other served Agencies. In the absence of other communication the requirements of the Agencies can be communicated to net control and relayed via the Agencies Net to the required Agency. Again, this is back up communication.
In an ideal situation the NARC Pac II, with its mobile repeater, is positioned upwind of the incident location. This then enables operators with low power portable equipment, to communicate with each other via the repeater, at the same time with net control being able to access the repeater direct. The link back to the net control station is best on UHF (a possible future development of the NARC Pac II), but VHF access by net control will work.
Note that the group uses the "Alberta Motor Association" Edmonton Street Map, as a its standard operational map.