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Maine ARES
EmComm Training - Test Level 1

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1. The most important thing you bring to EmComm is ___________________.



2. Amateur radio EmComm Volunteers have the same role as emergency responders.


3. With regard to your attitude.... (Select the most appropriate answer.)


4. EmComm Volunteers can be compensated for operating their amateur equipment when they are assigned to work with a government agency as a RACES operator.


5. During a major emergency, are cellular telephones a consistantly reliable resource for emergency communication?


6. Once trained, regular review of procedures is not necessary.


7. Amateur radio operators can activate RACES operations if there is a widespread emergency.


8. ARES and RACES have redundant functions, therefore, only one of these two organizations should serve a given geographic area.


9. Amateur radio operators responding to an emergency should follow the Incident Command System methods and integrate into the ICS system that exists for the incident.


10. What are the two highest precedences for Radiogram messages?


11. You do not know who is listening to an amateur radio transmission.


12. Which of these modes enhance privacy/security over normal voice communications practices:


13. Amateurs are not allowed to operate non-amateur equipment during an emergency.


14. The best time to deal with stress is to learn coping mechanisms before responding to an event.


15. What type of net is created when there are a large number of stations needing to use the frequency or the volume of traffic cannot be dealt with on a first-come first-served basis.


16. An operator's stress condition should be assessed before the operator is released from an assignment.


17. Simulated emergencies usually have no influence on how we handle the real thing.


18. No EmComm member can be expected to be prepared to respond effectively during an emergency. After all, we're just amateurs.


19. What defines an incident?      


20. The Incident Command System is a management tool designed to assist anyone who has the responsibility for the successful outcome of an incident.


21. Within EmCom the acronym "NVIS" stands for:


22. During emergencies, the person responsible for making statements to the media and press is:


23. You're asked to relay a CERT team message from FRS. What service did that come through?


24. Power generators should always be grounded to prevent:


25. Antenna mast guy wires should always:


26. Amateurs may provide emergency communications on a frequency not in the Amateur Radio bands only under the following conditions:


27. During emergencies, routine message traffic may be processed between "priority" messages.


28. Providing public service communications is good practice for emergency operating.


29. You may provide communications for a pizza delivery service if they are unable to locate their driver.

30. If you are approached by a television reporter during an emergency, what should you do?


31. If you receive a written message to transmit for an agency, you should correct any errors in grammar and spelling before it is sent.


32. The words chosen for the ITU phonetics are used because each word sounds completely different from the others.


33. If you receive a message from another station that is difficult to understand, you should:


34. During emergencies, the NCS does not control the event but is there to control the flow of information.


35. A "tactical" net is a directed net using tactical call signs and is usually restricted to traffic for the event only.


36. What type of net is used to acquire volunteers and make assignments for the event?


37. Traffic nets are for passing formal (formatted) messages to and from the traffic system (i.e. NTS and/or RRI). These nets may be formal or informal at the discretion of the NCS.


38. A tactical call sign is used to identify a location or function during an event regardless of who is operating.


39. Checking in with "this is" then a pause or unkey followed by your call may work on some nets but, it does cause delays and potential problems.


40. Imagine this situation: You are operating your radio normally and a fireman comes up to you and tells you to stop transmitting or turn off your equipment. What should you do next?


41. You should identify your station at the end of each transmission in order to comply with FCC regulations.


42. Being a good communicator does not necessarily include which of the following items:


43. A liaison station's job is to maintain communications between two nets.


44. FM simplex will often be used for on-scene tactical nets because:


45. Imagine this situation: A river has overflowed its banks in a canyon some 135 miles from the nearest city. Several hundred people are without telephone and power. You must establish communications between the flood area and your county EOC. What would be your choice for accomplishing that task since the canyon is shadowed from any repeater sites?


46. What would you do in this situation? You have been handling traffic through a local repeater when suddenly it stops functioning. What action should you take to continue operating?


47. As an amateur volunteer communicator, you may be asked to do things that aren't directly related to operating your radio such as cleaning up debris from an open area, assisting with setting up of tables and chairs, etc. at your location. You should:


48. What are the "essential" items that should be in your possession while operating in an emergency?


49. Various EmComm groups have recommended that operators "standardize" on the Anderson Power Pole Connector because:


50. The reason some EmComm units fail is:


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