Emergency Coordination

                                                      Emergency Coordinator's Page                                                                     
                       
                                            
       
(Previous articles can be found on the sub-pages at the bottom of this page)
Direct all questions about this page to kb5hpt@arrl.net

++++++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:++++++

WE ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF BUILDING A VIABLE ARES ORGANIZATION THAT IS PROPERLY TRAINED AND ADEQUATELY STAFFED WITH THE END GOAL OF FUNCTIONING PROFESSIONALLY IN ANY EMERGENCY THAT MAY COME OUR WAY.

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 



September 2018

DEC Bulletin

The next time you attend an amateur radio club meeting or gathering ask the attending members for a definition of the Amateur Radio Service of today. My guess is if you get a definition at all it will be of what the service use to be, not what it is or can be. The Amateur Radio Service has for years always been on the cutting edge of technology. Many amateur radio operators are responsible for new technology developments in today’s industry. But, when it comes to amateur radio we are in a time when we put more effort in an outdated technology and are slow to adapt to a new technology.

“Hindsight is twenty-twenty” is a true statement. The CW, AM and SSB will always be an important part of our amateur radio history. For the most part this is probably why the definition you get will be what it is. In today’s Ham society when you here the phrase “when all else fails”, so will amateur radio. No mater how sound the older technologies were, our systems will fail today because we are failing to progress. Without advancement amateur radio is on a collision course to failure. It will die do to the lack of interest. It will fail because the primary modes of the new communication will be over the heads of the growing population of the ageing, uninterested amateur radio operators.

We need to ensure that we continue to recruit new younger Hams and continue the development of new technology in the Amateur Radio Service. “Elmer or Elmering” is a term that is hardly ever used anymore in the local amateur radio clubs. The term “Elmer” means to foster, train, and promote growth of new Hams. Elmers do not need to know the future, but they shouldn’t hold new Hams in the past. For amateur radio to progress Elmers should pass on knowledge and assist in getting the new Hams station on the air. Let the new Hams have their own new experiences.

We should not ridicule new or upgrading amateurs for wanting to adapt to the new technologies or modes. We should not condemn them for not wanting to spend time learning the older technologies, just as we cannot condemn the older Hams for their wanting to spend their time on SSB or CW. Through the new amateur’s accomplishments, we will keep the history of amateur radio alive. We need to continue to build a bridge so that the old remains the important part of our history but providing new technology will lead the service into the future of communications.

Rest assured that when the freshly graduated engineers enter the workforce they spend no time learning the old programs or technology. They are put to work using the new knowledge and technology they brought to the table from college. Older technology will die and pass away making room for new technology. Some of the old traditions will be lost, but new ones will be formed and take their place. We in amateur radio are no different. We cannot hold back the future. One thing is for sure in life – it will change. So, get onboard and help the Amateur Radio Service move on into the future.

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

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


August 2018

DEC Bulletin

The next time you attend an amateur radio club meeting or gathering ask the attending members for a definition of the Amateur Radio Service of today. My guess is if you get a definition at all it will be of what the service use to be, not what it is or can be. The Amateur Radio Service has for years always been on the cutting edge of technology. Many amateur radio operators are responsible for new technology developments in today’s industry. But, when it comes to amateur radio we are in a time when we put more effort in an outdated technology and are slow to adapt to a new technology.

“Hindsight is twenty-twenty” is a true statement. The CW, AM and SSB will always be an important part of our amateur radio history. For the most part this is probably why the definition you get will be what it is. In today’s Ham society when you here the phrase “when all else fails”, so will amateur radio. No mater how sound the older technologies were, our systems will fail today because we are failing to progress. Without advancement amateur radio is on a collision course to failure. It will die do to the lack of interest. It will fail because the primary modes of the new communication will be over the heads of the growing population of the ageing, uninterested amateur radio operators.

We need to ensure that we continue to recruit new younger Hams and continue the development of new technology in the Amateur Radio Service. “Elmer or Elmering” is a term that is hardly ever used anymore in the local amateur radio clubs. The term “Elmer” means to foster, train, and promote growth of new Hams. Elmers do not need to know the future, but they shouldn’t hold new Hams in the past. For amateur radio to progress Elmers should pass on knowledge and assist in getting the new Hams station on the air. Let the new Hams have their own new experiences.

We should not ridicule new or upgrading amateurs for wanting to adapt to the new technologies or modes. We should not condemn them for not wanting to spend time learning the older technologies, just as we cannot condemn the older Hams for their wanting to spend their time on SSB or CW. Through the new amateur’s accomplishments, we will keep the history of amateur radio alive. We need to continue to build a bridge so that the old remains the important part of our history but providing new technology will lead the service into the future of communications.

Rest assured that when the freshly graduated engineers enter the workforce they spend no time learning the old programs or technology. They are put to work using the new knowledge and technology they brought to the table from college. Older technology will die and pass away making room for new technology. Some of the old traditions will be lost, but new ones will be formed and take their place. We in amateur radio are no different. We cannot hold back the future. One thing is for sure in life – it will change. So, get onboard and help the Amateur Radio Service move on into the future.

Questions and comments are welcome and encouraged regarding 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.
 

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American Radio Relay League Inc. and are used by permission.  

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DEC District 6 - Far West Texas
Email: kb5hpt@arrl.net  
 
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