Question: Doesn't the FCC one-hour rule for the RACES preclude any drill or exercise that exceeds one hour?
Reply: Several jurisdictions have a long history of participating in hours-long events and do not run afoul of the one-hour rule. How? Avoid designating it formally as a RACES exercise. The net is not activated as a RACES net but as the special event net or other appropriate title.
The one-hour rule is to prevent the use of RACES for on- going activities that should otherwise be provided for by government radio systems such as Police, Fire, Local Government and similar Radio Services. It was never intended nor interpreted to prevent RACES personnel from public service participation. What is important is that the local government disaster preparedness official authorize the activity and provide Workers Compensation coverage (in California) for the entire participation period. The allows the jurisdiction to stimulate the interest of its responders and provide valuable training opportunities.