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.
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.
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.
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.
We provided safety communications cover at this yearly half marathon. Our user service St John Ambulance were kept busy towards the end as temperatures were high and several runners struggled in the heat.
A 2m simplex net from a local high spot provided good cover around the course.
Thank you to all the group that took part in the Norfolk Resilience Form virtual exercise on 17th June. Highlights included a test of a Whats App group for group alerting and a really good availability level if it had been a real call.
The exercise centred around a severe weather event that had power outages around Norfolk. We were asked to provide communications from several village halls set up as places of safety back, to the emergency control room in King’s Lynn for the emergency planning team. The scenario does lend itself to more thought outside of the exercise about how we could achieve the links using minimum equipment and personnel.
Thank you to the members that were able to assist at the first and one of the few events of our year. The Covid-19 rules had prevented all of our other traditional activities from taking place. As part of the Covid-19 Secure risk assessment the arrival times were staggered throughout the day and riders were pre-booked to avoid any over crowding at the start point. I suspect if they hadn’t pre-booked a lot would not have attended as it was particularly cool in the wind and at times wet. We had around 150 riders taking part with some travelling from as far south as Kent.
We established a good 2m net for the main traffic on 144.650. A small PMR net was also run to the non-licensed marshals that helped at two of the check points.
With little usage over the year several batteries on handhelds failed at control, even having been put on a top up charge the day before. A lesson to check in advance the condition of older NiMH cells. The main sealed lead acid battery used for the repeater unit also suffered a similar fate at around 15:00.
Thank you to the members that were able to assist with safety communications at this event. We had one of the wettest days of the year to contend with but still had 70 riders turn out to brave the elements.
We established a good 2m net for the main traffic and a couple of the team used 80m as well. A small PMR net was also run to the non-licensed marshals that helped at two of the check points.
Control location with dual band 2m/70cm Slim Jim and 80m vertical deployed.
Thank you to the team that turned out to cover this annual event. Just over 300 runners took part with the bulk finishing without any issues.
We used simplex communications on 144.650 MHz throughout the event with control moving between two strategic locations on the higher parts of the course. This provided good coverage between our stations.
Thank you to the team that turned out to provide radio cover for this annual event. Just over 70 riders took part with only a couple of incidents for St John Ambulance to deal with.
We covered the bulk of the course on 10w to the standard mast. Local talkthrough was used to allow for flexibility at the start/finish area.