This project originally came from a Link-up Protocol used by several individuals and disaster preparedness Retreat Groups to be used in case of a real-world emergency when normal communications are unavailable.
Since the average citizen is NOT an Amateur Radio Operator, we want to have a standardized method of being able to communicate with one another. Nearly everyone in our circle has at least one form of communication requiring no license to operate, such as CB, FRS/GMRS, or MURS radios. Because this link-up protocol is being distributed among various circles, if someone need assistance they have the highest probability of linking up with someone of like-mind, even if the two parties do not personally know each other prior to that moment.
RADIO TYPE CHANNEL FREQUENCY
– CB 3 26.985 MHz
– FRS/GMRS 3 462.6125 Mhz
– MURS 3 151.940 Mhz
Do NOT use sub-channels (or “privacy” codes)
Make Contact In 3 – 2 – 1
– 3 (Turn your radio on and set it to Channel 3)
– 2 (Attempt to transmit and/or listen for approximately 2 minutes)
– 1 (Attempt again every 1 HOUR, on the hour, to save batteries)
If there is a real emergency, you could also monitor CH3 to give assistance to others in need. To save batteries, monitor for 2 minutes on each side of the hour, to increase the chances of hearing another “Redoubter” who may be communicating using the “Make Contact In 3-2-1” method.
Ham Radio operators are a huge part of this and are encouraged to monitor the Channel 3 Project. Then do the following:
Share information with other Hams on 146.420
Get the information to an HF capable Ham, especially one well-versed in the digital modes that AmRRON uses
The HF digital Ham then begins to share the information regionally and nationally if necessary
Remember, when making contact with someone you don’t know, always proceed with caution.
Also remember the "Top of the hour" is only a meetup place. Take whatever time you need to exchange information.