Emergency Status Operations

In an emergency, a net control station will use a code to place SMLRS in emergency status.  The link is always operating, so emergency status changes:mobile

  • Courtesy tone changes to Morse Code “W”
  • Network Call-Sign ID changes to Morse Code characters
  • Network links to internet reflector

If you hear the network in Emergency Status, please LISTEN to Net Control and only transmit when requested to do so.

When emergency status ends, a system announcement is made, courtesy tones/ID’s return to normal status, and the IRLP Internet link ceases.

Reporting Procedures  – BEFORE you Call

  • Take time to BE SURE of your observations
  • Formulate your report before keying the mic (see format below)
  • If you are MOBILE, be sure of your location
  • Remain CALM
  • Speak SLOWLY and CLEARLY
  • Use Standard Phonetics (see below)

Reporting Procedures – Format.  State your information in this order:

1.         Station Calling   (Call Sign)

2.         Your Location

3.         The nature of your conditions (imminent danger, extraordinary, location of interest)

4.         Detailed description (See examples below)

Imminent Danger Descriptions

Nature of Danger                          Details

 Weather-Related  Number of injuries/casualties
 Medical  Conditions causing injury
 Traffic Hazard  Type of immediate response needed
 Whether a request for assistance has been made on other communication channels
 Whether dangers of additional injuries exist

Extraordinary Conditions Descriptions

Emergency Conditions Descriptions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phonetic Alphabet

Phonetics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When emergency status ends, a system announcement is made, courtesy tones/ID’s return to normal status, and the IRLP Internet link ceases.

The network has robust power back-up systems.  Each repeater site has a large UPS battery system to hold the network on the air if normal power sources are interrupted.  The battery system will operate until the on-site generators (one at each repeater site) provide power.  Also, if the Crane link is disabled, a code will substitute the 442.425 repeater in Springfield as the link.

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