The groups AGM was held on Sunday 19th Nov 2023. The group officers were re-elected on block with G1SCQ, G4OKH and M3MPD staying in post.
Items discussed included further plans for exercising links and message passing particularly during periods of power supply disruption. Thanks were also offered to Mike G7NJP for all his attendance at events over the years who had recently retired from active duties.
The group recently took part in a winter preparedness workshop for the Norfolk Resilience Forum voluntary and faith groups.
This explored a worsening weather situation affecting the county from icy roads up to full snow and then with the addition of tidal flooding. The various voluntary and faith groups were able to explore where they fitted into the response of the statutory responders – adding value and support where they are able to. It also explored capability over a prolonged period and how organisations can support local communities as well.
Kevin G1SCQ recently attended the Zone 4 election for controller for east of England. This includes the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Beds, Herts and Cambs. Mike G8EEY (the current holder of the post) was elected with no other nominations being received.
Following election brief discussions took part re recruitment, covering larger events, wider area coverage for user services during power outages and scheduling of more regular zonal meetings for controllers.
Thank you to all the members that attended the groups AGM via Skype. Re – election of the group officers took place with G1SCQ, G4OKH and M3MPD staying in post.
Topics discussed included:
- Use of the national Raynet DMR server
- Use of HF and exercising for wider area networks
- Norfolk wide communications to provide resilient communications between key sites
Thank you to the group members that assisted with the communications at this yearly event.
Runner numbers were down slightly from previous years and thankfully St John Ambulance had few casualties to deal with.
We ran control from a local highspot and this provided good coverage on 2m with a separate PMR link to St John.
The Norfolk Resilience Forum (which we are part of through the Voluntary and Faith group) have recently launched some on-line training. This is for those involved in emergency response and also those that would like to understand how Norfolk prepares for emergencies
It can be found at this link
Thank you to all the members that attended this event. Around 240 riders took part on one of the warmest days of the year so far. Luckily there were limited issues for riders and our role was very much around logistics and especially tracking the final riders of the day.
We ran the usual 2m net which provided good coverage and in addition some of the members trialled a Fusion net on 70cm. This allowed some testing around location sending/receiving and has given further thought for further uses of this mode.
The groups membership has been renewed and the the new ID cards have been received. They will be distributed over the course of the next few months as events occur.
The groups AGM took place on Sunday 21st November via Skype. There was a good turnout of members. Re – election of the group officers took place with G1SCQ, G4OKH and M3MPD staying in post.
Topics discussed included:
- training opportunities including communications between key sites
- use of digital modes at events and how we could extend it
- recruitment of new members
Thank you to all the team that were able to help provide safety communications cover at this multi-distance event. There were 220 riders taking part and only a limited number of issues to deal with. This was mostly related to a change in course layout made following heavy rain. However by 10:00 we were all where we needed to be to monitor the activity.
We ran an amateur net on 144.650MHz and a PMR net for several non Raynet volunteers.