Friday, August 13, 2010

CAP to Conduct Disaster Relief Exercise this Weekend

According to an article in the online website of the Canby Herald, the Oregon CAP will be conducting a disaster relief exercise this weekend.

The large-scale exercise will include aerial and ground operations throughout the state as the CAP members respond to mock disasters and simulated terrorist activity.

A USAF team will observe the exercise and other agencies that will participate includes the U.S. Coast Guard and the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.

The exercise will be run out of the patrol’s Incident Command Center at the Aurora State Airport.

For my friends on the PDX list and others in the area here are some VHF freqs to watch. These freqs are based on extensive monitoring and study, the frequency/designator list below is believed to be the current loadout of the ground radios used by the CAP nationwide.

And, before the CAP community has a major hemorrhage as usual and sends the Feds to knock down our door, let me hasten to add that the information presented in this column has come from open sources we found on various Internet websites and from Milcom monitors in various areas of the country. Absolutely no internal CAP classified sources were used to compile the frequency list below.

I wrote an extensive article on all of the VHF freqs used by CAP in the May 2010 Monitoring Times Milcom column (if you miss one issue you miss a lot). But to help out those who don't subscribe (and you really should), here are the frequencies to watch for CAP activity:

139.8750 141.0000 141.5750 143.5500 143.6250 143.600 143.7000 148.1250 148.1375 148.1500 149.2750 150.2250 150.5625 MHz

National CAP Plan (Supposedly Zone 1 in all the new ground-only radios)

141.5750 Simplex 127.3 Hz Command Control
141.0000 Simplex 131.8 Hz Command Control
149.2750 Simplex 141.3 Hz Air-to-Air
150.5625 Simplex 151.4 Hz Air-to-Air
150.2250 Simplex 162.2 Hz CAP Guard Channel
139.8750 Simplex 173.8 Hz Tactical/Miscellaneous use (also used on the Canadian Border as an input to the 148.1250 repeaters)
148.1250 Simplex 100.0 Hz Primary Talk-Around
148.1500 Simplex 100.0 Hz Secondary Talk-Around
148.1375/143.6250 203.5 Hz Airborne/Tactical Repeater
148.1375/143.6250 192.8 Hz Airborne/Tactical Repeater
148.1375/143.6250 131.8 Hz Airborne/Tactical Repeater
148.1375/143.6250 162.2 Hz Airborne/Tactical Repeater
148.1250/143.5500 203.5 Hz Airborne/Tactical Repeater
148.1250/139.8750 Canadian Border repeaters
148.1500/143.7000 203.5 Hz Airborne/Tactical Repeater
148.1500/143.6000 Canadian Border repeaters

Again there is more to all this, but that is about 2,000 words in the MT May issue. Field reports on what was heard is always welcomed at the email address in the masthead.