EmComm Basics Test Part 1 Please fill in your Name, Call and E-mail then complete the 50 question part 1 of the Emcomm Basics test. Name Call Email 1. The most important thing you bring to EmCom is: a strong work ethic your operating expertise the proper attitude knowledge of digital modes2. Amateur radio EmCom Volunteers have the same role as emergency respondersTrueFalse3. With regard to your attitude....(Select the most appropriate answer.) It doesn't really matter. It demonstrates how much I really know. Determines the effectiveness of the Amateur Radio participation. It helps keep everyone in a good mood.4. EmCom Volunteers can be compensated for operating their amateur equipment when they are assigned to work with a government agency as a RACES operator.TrueFalse5. During a major emergency, are cellular telephones a consistently reliable resource for emergency communication?TrueFalse6. Once trained, regular review of procedures is not necessary?TrueFalse7. Amateur radio operators can activate RACES operations if there is a widespread emergency.TrueFalse8. ECom and RACES have redundant functions, therefore, only one of these two organizations should serve a given geographic area.TrueFalse9. 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.TrueFalse10. What are the two highest precedences of NTS messages? Emergency and Priority Formal and Informal Routine and Health & Welfare11. You do not know who is listening to an amateur radio transmission.TrueFalse12. Which of these modes enhance privacy/security over normal voice communications practices: Packet CW Pactor All of the above13. Amateurs are not allowed to operate non-amateur equipment during an emergency.TrueFalse14. The best time to deal with stress is to learn coping mechanisms before responding to an event.TrueFalse15. 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. Informal net Open net Directed net MARS net16. An operator's stress condition should be assessed before the operator is released from an assignment.TrueFalse17. Simulated emergencies usually have no influence on how we handle the real thing.TrueFalse18. No ECom member can be expected to be prepared to respond effectively during an emergency. After all, we're just amateurs.TrueFalse19. What defines an incident? Your neighbors arguing High School foot-ball game Broncos Game Any event that involves the potential or real threat to individuals or property20. The Incident Command System is a management tool designed to assist anyone who has the responsibility for the successful outcome of an incident.TrueFalse21. Within EmCom the acronym "NVIS" stands for: National Volunteer Instructor Service Normal Variable Inductance Sum Near Vertical Incidence Skywave Nevada Volunteer Information System22. During emergencies, the person responsible for making statements to the media and press is: You. The Served Agency Public Information Officer. The ARRL Section Manager. The ECom representative.23. You're asked to relay a CERT team message from FRS. What service did that come through? Fragle Rock Show First Radio Service Fresno Regional Standard Family Radio Service24. Power generators should always be grounded to prevent: Electrical shock Creating a spark that could start a fire Cause excessive interference All of these25. Antenna mast guy wires should always: Be tightened and secured Have bright colored pennants attached Be cleared away from wire antenna conductors All of these26. Amateurs may provide emergency communications on a frequency not in the Amateur Radio bands only under the following conditions: A) When no other means of communications is available. B) Because military equipment is usually higher power. C) A condition exists that is life threatening. D) Any time better conditions allow it. A and B above. A and C above.27. During emergencies, routine message traffic may be processed between "priority" messages. Only when directed to do so by the NCS. Whenever you feel it has waited long enough. After "normal" operations have been resumed.28. Providing public service communications is good practice for emergency operating.TrueFalse29. You may provide communications for a pizza delivery service if they are unable to locate their driver.TrueFalse30. If you are approached by a television reporter during an emergency, what should you do? Say - Oh, am I going to be on TV? Say - I'm not allowed to talk to reporters. Refer them to the served agency Public Information Officer Describe your function and what you are doing there.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.TrueFalse32. The words chosen for the ITU phonetics are used because each word sounds completely different from the others.TrueFalse33. If you receive a message from another station that is difficult to understand, you should: Rearrange the wording so it makes sense. Discard it as invalid or return it to the sender. Interpret what you felt they intended to say. Relay or transmit it exactly as it was received.34. During emergencies, the NCS does not control the event but is there to control the flow of information.TrueFalse35. A "tactical" net is a directed net using tactical call signs and is usually restricted to traffic for the event only.TrueFalse36. What type of net is used to acquire volunteers and make assignments for the event? Operational net. Resource net. Tactical net. RACES net.37. Traffic nets are for passing formal (formatted) messages to and from the National Traffic System (NTS).TrueFalse38. A tactical call sign is used to identify a location or function during an event regardless of who is operating.TrueFalse39. 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.TrueFalse40. 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? Contact the NCS and let them know you will be off the air. Tell the fireman you must ID and sign off first. Do so immediately and without question. Let the fireman know you are just doing your job and continue.41. You should identify your station at the end of each transmission in order to comply with FCC regulations. No. Everyone knows who you are. Yes. It lets everyone know who was talking. No. FCC rules say every 10 minutes or at the end of the contact. Yes. But, only if you are using tactical call signs.42. Being a good communicator does not necessarily include which of the following items: Proficient in CW net operations. Uses tactical call signs when assigned. Answers promptly when called by NCS. Follows established net protocol.43. A liaison station's job is to maintain communications between two nets.TrueFalse44. FM simplex will often be used for on-scene tactical nets because: A) It saves repeater time. B) It limits the coverage area. C) It is the most efficient mode for that purpose. D) The equipment is easiest to operate in nearly any situation. Both A and B above. Both C and D above.45. Imagine this situation: A river has overflowed it's 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? Set up HF stations at both locations using an NVIS antenna system. Provide a UHF station and downlink to a relay station at another location. Provide a UHF or VHF link through an HF station. Any of the above that will be most effective.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? Find another repeater that is still operating and move there. Switch your radio to "simplex" on the repeater output frequency. Change bands and join another net that is still operating. Throw up your hands and give up.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: Refuse as you are only there to operate your radio equipment. Do whatever is necessary to keep served agencies happy. Assist if you can, if it affects your operating safely. Assist as long as you are comfortable doing the work and it does not interfere with you ability to communicate. 48. What are the "essential" items that should be in your possession while operating in an emergency? ECom, RACES or agency ID card, amateur license and your radio. Food, water and extra clothing. Your well prepared "go bag", radio, batteries, food and water. All of the above.49. The ECom organizations have recommended that operators "standardize" on the Anderson Power Pole Connector because: It is less costly than OEM connectors and easier to find. It allows your radios to be used by other people. Your equipment can be more easily interchanged at any location. You will have your equipment look like everyone else's.50. The reason some EmCom units fail is: Lack of interest; nothing ever happens here. Poor leadership; everything is disorganized There's nothing in it for me; takes too much of my personal time. I'm not needed, someone else will always volunteer. All of these reasons can contribute. How would you rate this examination? Very easy, anyone could pass it. Some of the questions made me think. It was challenging, I had to work on several of them to get the answer. Much too difficultPlease enter the CAPTCA letter. It is case sensitive.The ACS would welcome any comments you may have on this test. Top . If Submit does not appear to work, check the Top for empty fields.