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Upcoming Field Exercise on Tuesday Evening, July 27

MCACS will conduct a field exercise from 6PM to 9PM on Jul 27, 2021. This will be in lieu of the regular Tuesday evening Emergency and Public Service Net. Rain date is the following Tuesday.

The general shape of this communications exercise is that of an MCACS net with a net control operator at a “home” location and other MCACS members participating in the net from remote sites. The goal is for each remote operator to send a message to the Montgomery County EOC (station call sign WA3YOO) and receive a response using an ICS-213 General Message Form to record the message and response. Template messages will be provided to make it easy to compose a suitable exercise message.  The response will be a simple acknowledgment confirming receipt of the message.

We’d like to get as many of our members as possible to participate in this exercise. This will be our first in-person operating event since the beginning of the pandemic, but as you will see, we will be gathering only in small groups, and the activity will take place outdoors.

Additional details about the exercise can be found on this webpage. Please look over this material even if you are unable to participate to get an idea of the modus operandi.

On-Air ICS Training

Back in February, we embarked on a campaign to get more of our members to complete the four FEMA courses required for full membership in MCACS. On June 8, we wrapped up our presentation of the fourth course in the series.