Public Service Event
Public Service Event Operator
Training was held in April 18th and May
2, 2015 by Radio Amateurs of the
Gorge. Classroom and Field exercise training sessions were held
to develop skills useful for participation in Public Service
Events which the club supports: horse rides, bike rides, and
cross channel swim.
The Classroom session held at the Hood River Fire Hall was four
hours focused on the following: VHF/UHV field equipment,
non-radio gear, safety, documentation, relationships and radio
communication. There was also a short tabletop exercise focused
on radio communications and documentation. About ten trainees
attended the classroom session.
Hood River County, with the
assistance of the County Emergency Manager, provided
the shelter and a good portion of Toll Bridge Park
for the field training event.
The Field Exercise and Mini Field Day was held at Toll Bridge
Park. Trainees were asked to deploy field VHF/UHF stations as if
this was a real event. The training net was established and a
training scenario was executed. Nine trainees, and several more
experienced operators, each having been assigned a training
station and tactical call were asked to communicate typical
event messages, and document all communications. After the
training a “Hot Wash” was done to get comments for future
training efforts. Participants then toured all the different
field station set-ups. There were quite a few interesting
antenna and radio set-ups
Stewart (KE7LKW) and Terry
(KB7DRX) conduct the "Hot Wash" following the
training field exercise.
The exercise wrap up generated
a number of question and resulted in some good
KB7DRX makes a point during
the "Hot Wash"
After the Field Exercise the group changed gears to focus on
equipment and skills oriented toward field HF set-up and
operation. This was to provide an opportunity to get familiar
with field HF station set-up and operations and fire up for ARRL
Field Day. (Five) HF stations were set up with
A bed mounted mast with a
2m/70cm antenna mounted.
Terry (KB7DRX) discusses his
mobile communications van and his newest work in
progress, a portable tower.
Stewart (KE7LKW) walks around
his camp\radio truck. Note the drive on mast
support with 17' colinear.
Leo(KF7MYR) and Rich (N7TCO) setup
Leo's HF station. An IC-718 to a AH-4 antenna tuner attached to a
sloping long wire.
Stewart's (KE7LKW) CW operating
position. He used K2 to a 87' long wire set
up to work the 7QP contest.
Greg (KF7WQP) operated is Ecomm
GoBox to communicate PSK31 and RTTY during the 7QP
contest which fell on the same day as the field
Two station not shown are Don's
(WA7KME) Photog par excellence. Who was
obviously to busy snapping to shot his Icom based
GoBox. To bad it is a nice configuration.
And Terry's (KB7DRX). Terry had a crowd around his
van for a good part of the afternoon. Both
stations were set up for SSB and both participated
in the 7QP contest.
It wasn't all training and
radio activity. Dogs were provided by WA7KME
and a large POT-O-BEANS came from KF7WQP. If you went away hungry it was your
Bob (KG7HCL) Radio
Amateurs of the Gorge President
Amateurs of the Gorge
Greg (KF7WQP) Just
likes beans because "I am waisting
It was a very successful outing
with nine amateurs gaining insight into what is
required to participate with W7RAG to provide
communications for public service events. It
was also gave some insight into what would be
required for amateur radio operators to participate
in communications during an emergency situation.
The W7RAG Club and the Hood River County ARES group
felt that the Class room training in conjunction
with a quick follow on field exercise was a success.
The nine participants also felt that the training
was very good and have subsequently signed up for
two public service events in mid and late May.