Re: Weekly Analog Net Roster - OpsCodes

Mike Corum

Morning Jer

My Op's codes are;

A, B, D, E, M, W

Thanks -- Mike, KD6AEB

On Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 6:33 PM Jer Kostro - Red Cross <jer.kostro.AK6QJ@...> wrote:
Hi, All -

You may have noticed on the Tuesday night net roster a column labeled
"OpsCodes". This is a tool by which the Communications Duty Officer
(CDO) or, if we have been activated, the event's Communications Unit
Leader (Com-L) can get a quick idea of some of our team members basic
capabilities in order to make initial assignments. We haven't updated
this in awhile - in light of the ongoing possibility of  Public Safety
Power Outages this seems be a good time to do so.

There are currently seven OpsCodes:

D => DMR. You have a DMR radio programmed with our two talk groups.

E => Emergency power. You can operate 'off the grid' for a period of
time - you might be asked to estimate for how long if/when the CDO/Com-L
contacts you . My personal criteria is to have enough alternative power
(generation and storage) for a 8-12 hour daily shift for a minimum of
three days, assuming one mobile radio operated at 10w with a duty cycle
of 20% (20% talk/80% listen). YMMV - having access to a mobile radio in
you car counts towards this.

A => External antenna. Having a gain antenna on your roof, tower, or
temporary support will give you signal a better reach.

B => Beam antenna (ideally external). This gives your signal a better
reach through directionality, especially in simplex mode. Examples
include a VHF and UHF yagis or a dual band log periodic antenna (i.e.
Elk). Team members with the appropriate equipment can operate VHF or UHF
SSB mode, increasing effective signal strength hence range. Although I
haven't played with the concept yet UHF DMR and a beam antenna looks
promising for simplex operations.

H => HT only. More of a limitation than an asset. You can produce a
signal, but it's limited by a small antenna and low power. This can be
partially compensated for by using a external and/or beam antenna.

W => Winlink-capable. A team member who can send/receive VHF and/or HF
Winlink messages.

M => Mobile. Ideally, a 50w single or dual band radio in you vehicle
with a gain antenna mounted externally. This counts as being emergency

We purposely tried to keep this simple (few people bother to fill out
long forms). If you are a net participant please review your codes and
update as necessary. Next week I'll  upload a "special edition" with the

73 and thanks for you consideration,

Jer aka AK6QJ

Mike Corum

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