Central Idaho Amateur
Radio Club
     
CIARC - Public Service - St. Luke's McCall
St. Luke's Hospital McCall - Amateur Radio Station

The Central Idaho Amateur Radio club donated a TRAM-1481 dual-band VHF/UHF antenna and feed-line, to be installed at St. Luke's Hospital in McCall, in support of the Icom IC-2820H tranceiver that they already held.

Pictured left, in clock-wise order, are Richard Wagner (W7ELE), holding the antenna, Larry Stokes (N7IBC), David Sorensen (KE7FST), and Bob Renn (KF7JPJ), while presenting this donation to St. Luke's.

During the spring and summer of 2017, St. Luke's installed an antenna base on the roof of the main hospital building, and routed the feed-line to a small office that is adjacent to a conference room. On August 18, 2017, Larry Stokes (N7IBC) and Ray Montagne (W7CIA) completed installation of the TRAM-1481 antenna.

There is a significant amount of radio frequency energy emitted from hospital equipment, resulting in indications of a received signal, with significant signal strength, on a number of frequencies. Verification of repeater access was performed, yielding good results on:

  • KC7MCC No Business Mt. (147.020, +offset, 100.0 Hz)
  • KC7MCC Brundage Mt. (146.900, -offset, 123.0 Hz)
  • W7VOI Snowbank Mt. (146.620, -offset, 100.0 Hz)

Coverage testing on the following repeaters was not successful. It is possible that the radio was reaching these repeaters and that the receive signal fell below the stray RF observed at the receiver. Additional testing, using a monitoring station that is not located on the St. Luke's campus would be required to complete an assessment of performance on these repeaters:

  • K7BSE Boise (146.940 MHz, -offset, 100.0 Hz)
  • KA7ERV Pilot Pk., Boise Co. (145.310 MHz, -offset, 100.0 Hz)

The Icom IC-2820H is programmed with local Amateur Radio repeater frequencies, and the full compliment of band-plan compliant 2-meter simplex frequencies, and has a dual receive capability. The radio is also programed with receive only capability on local Public Safety frequencies and local Aviation frequencies.

With the CIARC 33cm link-back-bone running, the KA7ERV repeater can be reached via the 33cm linking system1. Additionally, the K7BSE repeater can be reached via linking to the K7ZZL 70cm/UHF repeater on Snowbank Mt., which then employs a remote-base to reach the KC7MCC Brundage Mt. repeater2. Additional linking capabilities to the BrandMeister DMR network are available on request to a designated control operator, by activating the 33cm link on either the W7CIA or N7IBC DMR repeaters3.

St. Luke's is planning a three-story building, as their campus expands. It is hoped that the radio and antenna can be relocated to that building, upon its completion, in order to achieve an improved communications capability.

It is highly recommended that Amateur Radio operators that wish to volunteer as a radio operator for this facility, obtain an ICS-100 certification. Obtaining the ICS-100 certification can be done on-line, without cost, by clicking here. It should be noted that it has been recommended that St. Luke's make an ICS-100 certification a requirement for volunteer Amateur Radio operators.

A copy of the Incident Command System ICS-213 Form presentation4, recently given at a Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club meeting, and a supply of ICS-213 forms, will be placed in the operating postion in the near future. A placard has also been provided, which lists the memory channel programming on one side and some basic operating recommendations on the other side.

The following ICS-205 Form contains a partial listing of Amateur Radio frequencies that are pre-programmed into the Icom IC-2820H:


ICS-205 INCIDENT RADIO COMMUNICATIONS PLAN
1. Incident Name:
ANY
 
2. Date/Time Prepared:
Date: 19 AUG 2017
Time: 1728 Z
3. Operational Period: Date From: TBD Date To: TBD
Time From: TBD Time To: TBD
   
4. Basic Radio Channel Use:
Zone
Grp.
Ch # Function Channel Name/
Trunked Radio
System Talkgroup
Assignment RX Freq
N or W
RX Tone/
NAC
TX Freq
N or W
TX Tone/
NAC
Mode
(A,D, or M)
Remarks
      CIARC-2N   147.020 MHz   147.620 MHz 100.0 Hz A KC7MCC CIARC 2m REPEATER, NO BUSINESS MT.
      CIARC-2B   146.900 MHz   146.300 MHz 123.0 Hz A KC7MCC CIARC 2m REPEATER, BRUNDAGE MT.
      KA7ERV   145.310 MHz   144.710 MHz 100.0 Hz A KA7ERV REPEATER, PILOT PK. BOISE CO.
      K7BSE   146.940 MHz   146.340 MHz 100.0 Hz A K7BSE ISRA REPEATER, BOISE
      W7VOI-62   146.620 MHz   146.020 MHz 100.0 Hz A W7VOI REPEATER, SNOWBANK MT.
      146.40   146.400 MHz   146.400 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      146.42   146.420 MHz   146.420 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      146.44   146.440 MHz   146.440 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      146.48   146.480 MHz   146.480 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      146.50   146.500 MHz   146.500 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      146.52   146.520 MHz   146.520 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      146.54   146.540 MHz   146.540 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      146.56   146.560 MHz   146.560 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      146.58   146.580 MHz   146.580 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      147.40   147.400 MHz   147.400 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      147.42   147.420 MHz   147.420 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      147.44   147.440 MHz   147.440 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      147.46   147.460 MHz   147.460 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      147.48   147.480 MHz   147.480 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      147.50   147.500 MHz   147.500 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      147.52   147.520 MHz   147.520 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      147.54   147.540 MHz   147.540 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      147.56   147.560 MHz   147.560 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
      147.58   147.580 MHz   147.580 MHz   A SIMPLEX (TACTICAL)
5. Special Instructions:
THIS ICS-205 FORM PROVIDES INFORMATION ON THE CAPABILITIES OF THE AMATEUR RADIO STATION LOCATED AT ST. LUKE'S MCCALL. FOR ANY SPECIFIC INCIDENT, THE FRQUENCY ASSIGNMENTS DESCRIBED IN THE ICS-205 FORM FOR THAT INCIDENT TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER THIS ICS-205 FORM.
6. Prepared by: Name: RAY MONTAGNE Position/Title: W7CIA Signature:
ICS-205, Page 1 Date/Time (mm/dd/yy):   08/19/2017 1728 Z

A Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) now exists between St. Luke's Hospital, McCall, and the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club, which provides an agreement that enables the CIARC to better serve the needs of St. Luke's.



NOTES:

  1. Linking of the KA7ERV repeater onto the CIARC 33cm Link Back-bone can be enabled or disabled by remote command initiated by a control operator on either end of the link. By default, this link is disabled. The link is intended to support Idaho ARES operations, and any public service communications where appropriate (i.e. mutual agreement between KA7ERV and the CIARC).
  2. The K7ZZL UHF repeater (443.300 MHz, +offset, 110.9 Hz) is currently offline, as of 19 Aug 2017.
  3. Brandmeister network access on both the W7CIA and N7IBC repeaters, via the CIARC 33cm link back-bone, is limited to time-slot 1, using the active Talk-Group. No control over Talk-Group selection is possible via the CIARC 33cm link back-bone. Both W7CIA and N7IBC repeaters are members of a Brandmeister cluster that interconnects participating repeaters on Talk-Group 8/Regional. If the link is enabled on either repeater, both repeaters will be participating. At no time should the 33cm link be simultaneously enabled on both W7CIA and N7IBC repeaters as an audio feedback loop will result.
  4. Brandmeister network access on both the W7CIA and N7IBC repeaters, via the CIARC 33cm link back-bone, is limited to time-slot 1, using the active Talk-Group. No control over Talk-Group selection is possible via the CIARC 33cm link back-bone. Both W7CIA and N7IBC repeaters are members of a Brandmeister cluster that interconnects participating repeaters on Talk-Group 8/Regional. If the link is enabled on either repeater, both repeaters will be participating. At no time should the 33cm link be simultaneously enabled on both W7CIA and N7IBC repeaters as an audio feedback loop will result.
  5. A copy of the ICS-213 presentation, and accompanying numbered ICS-213 form, can be downloaded by clicking here.