SCCARC objective is to support local 1st responder groups with their communication needs in the event of a disaster. These local groups include (see attached chart for scc groups).
All local radio emergency traffic goes through the Sun City Center Amateur Radio Club.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE GROUPS WITHIN SUN CITY
Each of the SCC responder groups has their own radios and frequencies.
Intra-CERT communications are done on 146.400 simplex.
KP Security and Community Association have their own business radios. The SCCARC is given a CA radio as a communications link in an emergency.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue uses their own talk-about radios and can (barely) relay traffic to the Riverview station, and so on back to the EOC. CERT Tampa hams now man the City of Tampa engine stations to avoid this problem, but Hillsborough CERT has not yet been tasked with this duty by HCFR.
If CERT or some other group needed to talk with EMS, they would call the 147.225 Net Control Station and ask to go direct.
Each Sun City Center Emergency group cannot generally talk with each other or relay important information to the EOC or other key groups-- such as Baycare or HCSO. --We have organized our volunteers to provide that comm need via a VHF net on the 147.225 using our Call Tree.
We also have apossible need to support CERT at PODs (located at United Methodist Church parking lot 1201 West Dell Web Blvd) or local Red Cross, Salvation Army, or Church-sponsored relief groups.
During a disaster a radio at the Club Station will be monitoring the EOC on 147.105 MHz on one of our VHF radios. The Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) might call requesting that the Sun City Center Emergency Medical Service (EMS) send ambulances to Tampa General. The SCC Radio Club would be monitoring the 147.105 EOC Net Control Station and would copy the traffic. They would use 147.225 Net Control Station KE4ZIP to contact the EMS squad. The ARES team ham stationed at the EMS squad would relay the message to the EMS Chief, get a response, and send the response back to the 147.225 Club Net Control Station . The Radio Club Net Control Station would pass the EMS response to our 147.105 NCS radio and thence back to EOC. PROBLEMS DISCOVERED DURING DRILLS
Monitoring intra-responder group traffic has resulted in our Net Control Station 'missing' several EOC or SCC responder calls in the past drills. There's no need for the SCC Radio Club Net Control Station to monitor the hospital, HCSO, or other frequencies.
In last year's drill, repeated calls from HCSO were not picked up by the SCC NCS as he was monitoring the hospital net traffic -- and had turned the volume OFF on his main EOC rig.
There are weaknesses in our network. A real hurricane hit would take down the EMS antenna on Sun Towers and I doubt that the EMS folks know how to change their radios to simplex.
The KP Security antenna perched atop their gatehouse would also probably go down -- and maybe our club antenna too. The only secure- looking antenna is at Patrol and it's been discussed several times that we should put a spare 2-meter on their mast and run coax into the building in advance -- especially as they have the backup generator.
In the past most of the EOC traffic concerned bed count census data at the shelters.
WCF Section ARES Emergency Coordinator/RACES Neil Lauritsen W4NHL
Hillsborough County EC/RACES
Fred Nassar KD8AQ
Asst ECs & Deputy Races
Keating Floyd KC4HSI
Mike Fletcher NI4M
Fred Hendershot N3BUL
Chuck Hast KP4DJT
Bill Barron W1WAB