TBARG Meeting ~ June 1, 2017
Review of Munson Exercise on April 19
- Badges are essential for hospital access. The badges give us access to all Munson affiliates. 23 hams now have Munson credentials.
- Munson had positive reviews and praise for our participation.
Areas of concern
- Voice communication was a serious issue and it created a bottle-neck.
- Voice using form 213 is a slow method of communicating
- Need minimum of 2 people per location- each location needs a dedicated operator and a runner
- Possible Munson volunteers to help with running messages
- Need a digital means to send communication
- Possibly e-mail based
- Needs to be printed documentation that traffic was sent and received
- Packet is already in place at both Munson and Glens office. Could Munson provide packet at each hospital?
- APRS automatically finds the required nodes to find recipient.
- Need a master plan what we want to accomplish and how
- Need more than one frequency for communication- need additional channels to handle traffic and then switch back to working/ calling channel
- Have all our radios programmed to the same channels so frequencies would be standard- possibly first 25 channels could be “local use” but next set of programmed freq. would be standard. Might help people think globally rather than local
- Training on the 800 MHz could be an option
- Hospitals and locations need to have a runner component to it so radio operator stays with radio
- Form a Digital committee to explore digital communication options incl. pricing and availability
- Work on getting a buy in from 911 services passing traffic between 911 and other emergency services
- Get 800 training
Future Exercises and Projects
- Monthly net from Munson
- Explore unified memory channels
- Form a link (cooperation) with other regional ham groups
- Drills using message passing
- Explore “fire chat” app to send messages via smart phones without internet utilizing Bluetooth