This is a radio exercise on the last Tuesday of each month beginning at 7pm (Atlantic Time). The exercise began in December 2008 as a radio net for TMR (Trunked Mobile Radio) system, agencies and operators around the province of Nova Scotia.
The net grew to include testing of all modes of communications including Satellite phones and amateur radio. Amateur radio operators associated with local EMO (Emergency Measures Organization) were asked to learn the operation of TMR radios in case they were needed as radio operators in Emergency situations.
The exercise is also a great time to test backup power (batteries, generators etc.) for radios and EOC (Emergency Operations Centers) around Atlantic Canada.
Amateur radio operators associated with EMO, ARES, CANWARN & Red Cross are invited and encouraged to take part in this exercise.
“It is better to practice learning how to use these radios and run backup power in a monthly exercise than to have them sitting on a desk and expecting them to work in a power outage or a real emergency or disaster”
Link to more info on Exercise Handshake, including the data on the latest Handshake http://www.maritimeamateur.ca/exercise-handshake
Checking in on Handshake using Amateur Radio.
- Find Exercise Handshake on the MAVCOM repeater system and IRLP Reflector 9014.
- HF operations on 3.675Mhz.
- Call in when Net Control is looking for check-ins using your callsign only.
- When Net Control calls you in, give your name, location, all modes of communications at your location, number of operators besides yourself, repeater you are using, if you have emergency backup power and if you are or are not using it.
- Once you have finished checking in indicate if you are going to leave the net or monitor.