Monthly Drills

Purpose

Drills are used to exercise specific operational skills, practice digital and voice network operations, and assess user performance. Each Drill will be narrowly focused on a small set of skills and will be designed to require one hour or less to complete. Drills will be the primary tool used to certify user performance.

Implementation

  • On the Tuesday prior to the Drill, the weekly ACS training net will be used to distribute information and field questions about the Drill. When the drill requires detailed information to be distributed, the information will be posted on this page of the Pinellas ACS web site and distributed via email and Winlink.
  • As a rule, users will participate in Drills from their home QTH.

Schedule

Drills will take place on the forth Thursday of each month except during those months in which a Functional Test, Simulated Emergency Test, or Full-Scale Exercise is scheduled.

Drill Activity


September 2021

Title: Simplex Mode Operation

The ACS/ARES® Tactical-Resource Net will be established at ACTIVATION LEVEL 1 using the primary ACS repeater system, W4ACS. Once the net is established, the drill will begin. The three phases of the drill are listed below.

  • Part 1: Transition to a county wide simplex net.
  • Part 2: Send an announcement to all simplex net participants and verify receipt.
  • Part 3: Return to the W4ACS repeater system for closing remarks and net deactivation.

This drill has two objectives.

  • Provide training to the membership on Simplex mode operation.
  • Identify the appropriate number of relay stations, and practice relaying information between net participants.

August 2021

Title: Simplex Mode Operation

The ACS/ARES® Tactical-Resource Net will be established at ACTIVATION LEVEL 1 using the primary ACS repeater system, W4ACS. Once the net is established, the drill will begin. The three phases of the drill are listed below.

  • Part 1: Transition to a county wide simplex net.
  • Part 2: Send an announcement to all simplex net participants and verify receipt.
  • Part 3: Return to the W4ACS repeater system for closing remarks and net deactivation.

This drill has two objectives.

  • Provide training to the membership on Simplex mode operation.
  • Identify the appropriate number of relay stations, and practice relaying information between net participants.

July 2021

Title: Contingency Mode – Primary and Secondary Repeater Failure

The ACS/ARES® Tactical-Resource Net will be established at ACTIVATION LEVEL 1 using the primary ACS repeater system, W4ACS. Once the net is established, the drill will begin. The three phases of the drill are listed below.

  • Phase 1: Simulate a failure of the W4ACS Primary Repeater System. Then transition to the WD4SCD back-up repeater system.
  • Phase 2: Simulate a failure of the WD4SCD Back-up Repeater System. Then, transition to a county wide simplex net.
  • Phase 3: Return to the W4ACS repeater system for closing remarks and net deactivation.

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