2nd Tuesday - Training NET 145.410 Repeater PL -103.5
3rd Tuesday - Simplex Relay Net 147.540
4th Tuesday - Training NET 145.410 Repeater PL -103.5
5th Tuesday - To be announced during 2nd Tuesday Training NET
Team Training Guidelines
The York County Emergency Communication Team is led by emergency management volunteers who are affiliated with and directed by the York County Emergency Management Agency.
We welcome any licensed amateur radio operator with a sincere desire to serve his or her community during a time of need to volunteer to become a part of the team. We are an all-inclusive team regardless of political, racial, religious, or lifestyle differences. A productive, positive, and impartial attitude creates an atmosphere of mentorship and acceptance. A willingness to learn from one another and from our missteps without fear of judgment or criticism is paramount to success. In other words. . . the values that foster a team.
Individuals volunteering their services, and/or their equipment should also meet the following:
1) Complete and submit a volunteer application and
2) Participate in as many meetings, training sessions, nets, simulated emergency tests, public service events, and emergencies/disasters as time and availability permits.
In addition to the above, within one year of joining YCECT, new team volunteers will complete the following courses.
Certification of York County Emergency Communications personnel will be made through the YCEMA, YCECT Leader and Assistant YCECT Leader.
Certification will be via the following:
Records of External Training: External training will include those courses taken by the YCECT member from outside sources to include, but not limited to the ARRL, Maine ARRL Section, RACES, the National Weather Service and FEMA Independent Study Courses.
Members will provide copies of all certificates of training to the YCECT Leader and Assistant YCECT Leader who will provide them to the York County Emergency Management Agency (YCEMA) upon request.
Records of Internal Training: Internal training will include those courses offered by YCECT or their served agencies. YCECT will retain a copy of training completed by its members at regular and special meetings.
YCECT members will provide copies of all certificates of training to the YCECT Leader and Assistant YCECT Leader. Credentialing of YCECT personnel will be made through the York County Emergency Management Agency.
• Trainee — A new team member with no prior training in emergency communications (Amateur Radio License only)
• Responder — Has met all training requirements for the Responder level in YCECT.
• Leadership — Has met all training requirements for the Leadership level in YCECT and is RACES credentialed.
• Management — Has met all training requirements for the Management level in YCECT and is RACES credentialed.
• Senior Management — Has met all training requirements for the Senior Management level in YCECT and is RACES credentialed.
Credentialing of YCECT and RACES members will be via an identification badge issued by the YCECT Leader and/or Assistant YCECT Leader and York County Emergency Management Agency. Verification of credentialing certifications, training, and licenses will be accomplished through the YCECT Leader and/or Assistant YCECT Leader and York County Emergency Management Agency Personnel. Credentialing and certification records will be maintained by YCECT Leader.
Any member of YCECT who, for any reason, suspects a communication emergency exists should monitor the 145.410 PL -103.5 repeater for net activity and/or announcements. (In case of repeater failure, monitor 147.540 simplex).
If local telephone service is available, the YCECT Leader and Assistant YCECT Leader should be notified by telephone.
In an emergency in which Amateur Radio might serve the community, the YCECT may be alerted by a served agency.
Served agencies have the authority to activate YCECT for duty in an emergency.
Self-activation of Emergency Communication team members is discouraged.
Activation Status Levels
The YCECT has adopted seven levels of status to better inform members and teams of impending actions within York County, Maine and out of state. This will allow members and teams to judge, in an approximate time frame, the extent of the involvement they will be requested to respond to.
Level 0 (Green) - No Operations/Normal. No emergency exists and members are not required to activate.
Level 1(Yellow) — Notification of possible activation. This will be a situation advisory and does not mean YCECT will be activated. There will be no time frame attached to this level. Members and teams will be requested to monitor certain nets and frequencies and to update call trees, as required. Members and teams are requested to check all equipment, ready kits and operations plans for possible activation.
Level 2 (Orange) — Notification of probable activation. An approximate time frame will be given with this level. It allows YCECT members an opportunity to take time off from work, rearrange schedules, etc. Definite net times and frequencies will be set, staging areas will be announced, as well as mission details.
Level 3 (Red) — Notification of activation. This will put into motion call trees and nets to coordinate the activation of YCECT members and teams in accordance with prescribed York County procedures.
Level 4 (Blue) — Demobilization. This will put into action the demobilization of YCECT responders after operations have ceased.
SKYWARN — This is a special activation that will be implemented at the request of the National Weather Service to solicit severe weather and damage reports. A SKYWARN net may or may not be called on the York County Emergency Communication primary repeater or simplex frequency at the discretion of the EC. All YCECT members should monitor the daily HWO (Hazardous Weather Outlook) from the NWS for information regarding the need for spotter activation.
RACES - In a circumstance that falls under President's War Emergency Powers Act those team members that have been so credentialed by the York County EMA for RACES would be activated.
If telephone service is available, a telephone recall/alert will be initiated by the EC and/or AEC(s). Upon awareness or notification that a communications emergency exists, available members of YCECT will call into the York County Emergency Communication NET on the 145.410 PL 103.5Hz repeater. If, for any reason, the repeater is not in operations, the net will be called on 147.540 simplex.
If telephone service is available, members not having 2-meter capability will call the YCECT Leader or Assistant YCECT Leader and notify him/her of their availability. YCECT members will be advised where to report for duty. The AEC for Operations will prepare the appropriate ICS forms for YCECT operations during the incident. Copies will be forwarded to the Incident Communications Unit Leader for inclusion into the Incident Communications Plan.
The YCECT Leader or Assistant YCECT Leader or designee will assume net control or designate another station as net control station (NCS). This station (NCS) is designated as a "Key Station" and will be extensively utilized during a communications emergency. Key Stations should have full emergency power capability with relief operators assigned to ensure continuous operations.