Emergency Coordination

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++++++ARES® Membership++++++

Qualifications for membership in El Paso County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (EPCARES) are as follows:

  1. Have the following credentials:

a.       ICS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System

b.      ICS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

c.       IS-700 NIMS, an Introduction

d.      IS-800 National Response Framework (NRF), an Introduction

e.       Intro to Emergency Communication (EC-001). New time and location to be determined. See EC-001 Announcement below from ARRL.

"ARRL has been informed that the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC), the provider of the online platform though which ARRL offers its EC-001 course, is being dissolved, effective July 1, 2018.  That decision was announced today by Charter Oak State College, the parent organization of CTDLC. CTDLC officials cited the fiscal challenges faced by the Connecticut State College and University System and the State of Connecticut as a whole for the decision to close the CTDLC platform. 

ARRL is working on steps to address the dislocation that this decision will cause our members and others who planned to take this course. While we look at moving our course content to a new delivery mechanism, new registrations for EC-001 will be suspended effective immediately. Those who signed up for the EC-001 session starting on May 30 will receive a refund. 

ARRL had already been in the process of developing new content for the EC-001 course, and now we will intensify the process of selecting a new platform on which to post this material.  

More information on the new course content and new host site for the EC-001 course will be available in the near future as soon as a decision is made on an alternative delivery mechanism."

Candidates should submit an ARES® Registration Form (fsd98) along with copies of the above certificates of completion. Send them to kb5hpt@arrl.net.

By submitting your application for membership in ARES® you have indicated the following:

  1. You have registered your qualifications and communications equipment for use in public service during a communications emergency.
  2. You can work in a controlled environment.
  3. You have a desire to make a contribution to your community.

++++++EPCARES Mission Statement Is:++++++


Our Core Values Are: 

 Confidence             Commitment         Excellence

Respect                   Integrity

++++++EPCARES Data Operators++++++

ARES® Digital Operators: Positions are available for ARES® Digital Operators within the El Paso County ARES® (EPCARES). Required stations are as follows:
                        a. Winlink 2000; VHF Packet Station capable of Winlink Express and Paclink
                        b. Winlink 2000; HF Station capable of WINMOR, ARDOP, and VERA
                        c. Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System (NBEMS); VHF/HF Station

++++++ Amateur Radio Communications Teams (ARCT) ++++++

ARCT Type 1 

Full field station and 4 mobile/portable units. For single or multiple agency support. Is not dependant on any outside power source or infrastructure. Team consists of 12 licensed and registered AROs with ten (minimum) vehicles. Team Leader (General class or higher). Liaison to the incident Communications Coordinator (COMC). Assistant Team Leader (General class or higher) Capable of VHF/UHF digital/voice, HF digital communications for tactical and voice communications for logistics, health/welfare, administrative, and other radio traffic.

ARCT Type 2

4 licensed and registered Amateur Radio Operators with two vehicles. Team leader (General class or higher). Capable of VHF/UHF & HF digital/voice communications for tactical, logistics, health/welfare, administrative, and other radio traffic.

ARCT Type 3 (Multiple)

4 licensed and registered Amateur Radio Operators with two vehicles. Team Leader (Technician class or higher). Capable of VHF/UHF digital/voice communications for tactical, logistics, health/welfare, administrative, and other radio traffic.

ARCT Type 4 (Multiple)

For assignment to agency or supplemental/relieve an existing multi-agency ARCT. 2 licensed and registered Amateur Radio Operators with two vehicles. Technician class or higher. Capable of VHF FM (minimum) equipped w/digital capabilities. HF desired w/digital capabilities (General class or higher required).

ARCT Type 5 (Multiple)

For assignment to agency or supplemental/relieve an existing multi-agency ARCT. 1 licensed and registered Amateur Radio Operator with a vehicle. Rarely ordered singly. 1 VHF FM (Minimum) with vehicle (Technician class or higher).

++++++SKYWARN® Coordinator Wanted++++++

Person/s interested in the SKYWARN® Coordinator position must have the following qualifications:

  • Active in the  SKYWARN® spotting program.
  • Two years active SKYWARN® field spotting.
  • Must travel to the National Weather Service in Santa Teresa, NM when activated and for bimonthly SKYWARN® nets.
  • Must be General class or above.
  • Must be D-Star/D-RATS qualified.

Interested person/s must contact Lew, KB5HPT at kb5hpt@arrl.net 

January 2019

EC’s Bulletin


 Amateur radio means different things to different people. To some it is a hobby. To us in the ARES® (Amateur Radio Emergency Service®) it is a service. We offer this service to the local Office of Emergency Management, and disaster relief agencies in the community. Our served agencies do not care how we accomplish our goal, but they do expect quality results in the form of accurate, and concise messages complete with the proper service data. They require that we be trained by their standards. They are also looking for a clearly defined chain of authority.

The Federal Communications Commission recognizes the capability of Amateur Radio by stating in Part 97.1 (basis and purpose) of the FCC Rules and Regulation, “recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.”

The ARRL (American Radio Relay League, Inc.) sponsors the ARES®. ARES® is recognized nationally for its contribution towards saving lives and property during disasters. ARES® has been in service to communities since 1935. It was originally called the “Amateur Radio Emergency Corp.” It has since changed its name to the Amateur Radio Emergency Service®. This is by far longer service than any other Amateur Radio group that provides emergency communications. Granted, most amateur operators can provide some type of communications during a disaster, but ARES® organizes our response through training and preparedness. The traffic-handling format used by ARES® has been tried and tested time and time again in many disasters. It has consistently met the standards set by the served agencies.

Individuals need not be a member of any club or ARRL to belong to the ARES®. You don’t have to spend every other weekend training for a disaster. It does require that you have a sincere desire to serve your community and can operate in a controlled environment. Go to http://www.hamradioelpaso.com/emergency-coordination and check out ARES® Membership to see how you can get started today to be an ARES® member.

Questions and comments regarding this article are welcome and encouraged. Send an email to the address shown below.

Join me at the Sun City club on February 15 (7 PM) where I will be talking about the new changes being made by ARRL, Section Manager and Section Emergency Coordinator to ARES®. We have a completely different way we operate now. The past is past and the future in ARES® is bright.

NOTE: The terms ARES and Amateur Radio Emergency Service is both registered trademarks of the American Radio Relay League, Inc. and are used by permission.

Lew Maxwell, KB5HPT
DEC, District 6 – Far West Texas
e-mail: kb5hpt@arrl.net

December 2018

DEC Bulletin

In November 2013 the Winlink Development Team (WDT) released its next generation of Winlink 2000 (Email via Amateur Radio). The hybrid system design marked a major milestone in Winlink’s growth with higher reliability and performance. The hybrid system fully meets the Department of Defense Instruction for radio-only message transfer without the use of the Internet. The hybrid system still takes advantage of the Internet as long as it is available, but when the Internet connection is lost the system can still provide end-to-end email delivery.

At the present time a client connected to a Radio Mail Server (RMS) that is connected to the Internet is piped directly through to a Common Message Server (CMS). Now with the hybrid system if the Internet is lost the RMS will look for a neighboring RMS and deliver the email to that server. The new server will then deliver the email via the Internet. If that RMS doesn’t have Internet either it will do the same and look to its neighboring RMS. Each RMS is capable of determining the calculated path to the destination Message Pickup Station (MPS). The MPS is an RMS gateway the user chooses to use to have routine radio-forwarded messages delivered to for pickup. The user can designate up to three MPS’.

The path for message forwarding is calculated at each RMS. The forwarding network is much like a mesh network. Self-initiating, self-healing like the Broadband Hamnet network.

What makes this hybrid system valuable in disaster conditions is that it automatically forwards message from RMS to RMS with minimal network infrastructure. By using HF we can deliver a message with fewer relay stations. The system optimizes delivery time end-to-end.

The FCC amateur rules confines automatic station to a very narrow shared sub-band space. USA hybrid RMS stations are not allowed to use the automatic, unattended sending. RMS Relay will notify the operator that it has messages to be forwarded manually. The operator will have to manually check to see that the frequencies are clear before manually sending the messages.

Hybrid RMS stations outside the jurisdiction of the FCC may run fully automatic. So the worldwide network will route the message to our Canadian or Mexican RMS stations across North America. Despite these restrictions the latency of end-to-end delivery is not compromised. Latency remains 1 to 2 minutes.

So, with or without the Internet amateur radio operators will still be able to deliver a message in a timely, accurate and efficient manner using the digital mode. Also take a look at the Nov. 21, 2018 issue of the ARES® E-Letter (http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=2018-11-21 ), “How to send E-mail to a Disaster Area via WINLINK” by Gordon Gibby, KX4Z.

Questions and comments are welcome and encouraged regarding the content of this article. Send an email to the address shown below.

Lew Maxwell, KB5HPT
DEC, District 6 – Far West Texas
Email: kb5hpt@arrl.net

 Previous articles can be found on the subpages links towards the bottom of this page.

The terms Amateur Radio Emergency Service and ARES are both registered trademarks of the 
American Radio Relay League Inc. and are used by permission.  

Lew Maxwell, KB5HPT  
DEC District 6 - Far West Texas
Email: kb5hpt@arrl.net  
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