FEMA Region 10 (The Pacific Northwest) will hold a communications exercise on Jan 17 2018. Again, in this exercise they will use 6o M Frequencies. The following bulletin regarding the exercise has been received.
CANADIAN AMATEURS PLEASE NOTE:
AN IMPORTANT POINT FOR CANADIAN HAMS ….IF the US FEMA station uses WGY910 ( the FEMA callsign for Region 10), it is NOT “Amateur” so Canadian Amateur stations can’t talk to them. But if FEMA uses their Amateur radio callsigns, then Canadian Amateurs can communicate with the FEMA “Amateur stations”. Its an important distinction to remember. American hams can communicate with FEMA WGY stations but Canadians can’t. Bear in mind also they may be other government stations with non ham call signs on the air in addition to FEMA stations.
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ARLX001 FEMA Region 10 Communication Exercises Will Make Use of 60
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho,
Oregon, and Washington) will conduct a Communications Exercise
(COMMEX) on January 17 and on the third Wednesday of subsequent
months during 2018, 1500-2100 UTC. These exercises will use the
60-meter channels and will test and exercise interoperable
communication (federal/state/local/tribal/Amateur Radio) for use
during a major disaster in which the conventional telecommunication
infrastructure has been significantly damaged or destroyed.
FEMA Region 10 will use the call sign WGY910. Other stations that
may take part include, but are not limited to, other FEMA stations,
DHS, USCG, SHARES, DoD, and National Weather Service. Stations (both
federal and amateur) associated with agencies and organizations that
provide response support in accordance with the National Response
Framework are encouraged to participate.
The COMMEX will use all five 60-meter dial frequencies: 5,330.5 kHz;
5,346.5 kHz; 5,357.0 kHz; 5,371.5 kHz, and 5,403.5 kHz as part of