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Michigan District 3 Emergency Activations

Standard operating procedures for District 3

Joseph Tuscher

Michigan Section District 3

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This document comprises the standard operating procedures for the third district of Michigan Section Amateur Radio Public Service Corps.

1. Introduction
2. Michigan Counties Within District 3
3. Frequencies to Be Used
4. District 3 County Notification Procedures
5. Emergency or Drill Net Conduct
A. Revision History

1. Introduction

This document shall be a written set of regulations that will govern Amateur Radio operating procedures within Michigan District 3 during emergency activations. The following procedures for emergency communications, drills and tests shall be adhered to. All Amateur Radio operators shall be properly licensed under the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Part 97 Rules and Regulations, and shall operate within these rules.

2. Michigan Counties Within District 3

County County County
Alcona - 147.040 PL 123.0 Arenac - 147.940 PL 103.5 Bay - 147.360
Genesee - 147.260 PL 100.0 Gladwin - 147.180 Huron - 146.880
Iosco - 147.140 Lapeer - 146.620 Midland - 147.000 no PL
Ogemaw - 146.940 Oscoda - 147.140 Saginaw - 147.240
Sanilac - 146.860 Tuscola- 146.660  
Table 1. District Three Counties

Each of the counties within District 3 has an ARRL Emergency Coordinator (EC).

3. Frequencies to Be Used

The following frequencies are to be used in order, listed below:
  1. 145.310 Bay City Repeater (-600) (PL=131.8)
  2. 146.940 (NORTH)
  3. 147.440 (SIMPLEX)
  4. 3.932 (CONTACT FREQ.)
The above frequencies are to be used for county-to-county communications only. Each county within District 3 may use their own appointed frequencies as directed by their EC.
At the discretion of the District EC, a Net Control Station (NCS) may be appointed to handle large volumes of traffic that may be generated on the above frequencies, depending on the size of the drill or event.

4. District 3 County Notification Procedures

Each county within District 3 shall appoint a liaison to monitor the District 3 Net requesting assistance for the drill or emergency communications net. Each county within District 3 shall submit a list of contact persons to the DEC.

5. Emergency or Drill Net Conduct

Our conduct and manners on the radio are the standards by which many people judge the attitude, quality, and the efficiency of each Amateur Radio communications net.
Stating Your Traffic: Stating the nature of your traffic helps the Net Control Station (NCS) determine the priority of incoming communications. (Emergency, Priority, Routine)
Transmitting Lengthy Messages: Communications outside of District 3 shall be in NTS traffic format. All messages shall follow the NTS format, of 25 words or less. The person sending the message shall read the message as written. Do not change the wording of any message.
Phonetic Alphabet: The Phonetic Alphabet should be used for spelling out unusual names and/or station call signs and locations. The names used after each letter has been found to be the most understandable over the air. They should always be given as:
A - Alpha B - Bravo C - Charlie D - Delta E - Echo
F - Foxtrot G - Golf H - Hotel I - India J - Juliet
K - Kilo L - Lima M - Mike N - November O - Oscar
P - Papa Q - Quebec R - Romeo S - Sierra T - Tango
U - Uniform V - Victor W - Whiskey X - X-ray Y - Yankee
Z - Zulu     
Table 2. Phonetic Alphabet

A. Revision History

Revision History
Revision 0-1Thu Feb 2 2012Joseph Tuscher
Initial draft
Revision 0-0Thu Feb 2 2012John McDonough
Initial creation of book by publican