June 2019

June 2019

DEC’s Bulletin

The ARRL Field Day provides valuable training for EMCOMM (EMergency COMMunitations) operators in assembling a portable station. The objective of field day is to teach operators to set up and operate a radio station under emergency conditions. After setting up the station you must sustain operations for twenty-four hours. You get to sharpen your operating skills by pulling out those weak signal contacts. While under real emergency conditions you will not want to contact just anybody. You will have specific stations to contact in specific locations. There is more to EMCOMM operations than making as many contacts as possible and only giving signal reports. Field day is contesting.

Why do I need to have a portable station? Portable stations are part of your “Go-Bag”. Our clients do not provide amateur radio stations for us to operate when we deploy to their locations. While class A, B, and C are of value to EMCOMM operators Class E (battery power) is probably where we would be operating for awhile at first.  Make sure you have enough emergency power to sustain your operation. We train under worst-case scenario and hope for better conditions in an actual disaster. The El Paso Amateur Radio Club, and the Sun City Amateur Radio Club both operate their stations from there club locations during field day. Drop by the club(s) and operate a station for a while. Look around and get ideas for how you can set up an emergency station of your own. When field day has ended tally up your points and submit them to ARRL or donate your points to your favorite club to help boost their aggregate score.

The ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is a nationwide exercise for EMCOMM groups to determine our strengths and weaknesses in providing emergency communications for our community.  The SET window is September 1 thru November 30. This is where the real meat is for EMCOMM operators. We take the knowledge gained from our training during the year and set up our portable station at the agency or shelter. We test our traffic-handling abilities during the SET. We work in a controlled environment. We work with a variety of modes under simulated-emergency conditions. The SET is not just for ARES® or NTS. The SET is open to all individuals and groups that wish to participate. We will announce the SET through the Ham Radio El Paso.com/DEC Bulletin, and then by a RESOURCE NET on the 146.70 repeater the day of the SET. Those responding to the resource net will deploy to a location with a portable station. Boots-on-the-ground is important with ARES® and EMCOMM operators. NTS is the only group that has all the comforts of home while providing a service to the community.

Get out of the house and support your club(s) on field day weekend this year (June 22 and 23). If you are interested in volunteering your qualifications and equipment for duty in emergency communications, can operate in a controlled environment, and have a sincere desire to serve your community then consider an ARES® membership. Please contact me as shown below.



I’m sure that everyone has heard that the “Marines are looking for a few good men”. I am looking for a few good amateur radio operators. I have been approached to establish amateur radio stations in all the area hospitals.

  • Amateur radio operators are needed to perform hospital communications. Will work in teams of two people (ARCT Type 4).
  • Must complete FEMA courses IS-100c and IS-700b. Additional training will be provided locally.
  • Hospitals will provide additional credentialing.
  • VHF/UHF radios capable of transmitting 25 watts will be needed. Antennas will be provided by hospitals.
  • Will be required to man stations in the hospitals for all exercises and nets.

Get a friend and form a team. Contact me as shown below to get started.



What is it: The Android App is an application you can download from the Google Play store to your Android devise (phone or tablet). For iOS users download RS-MS1l app from iTunes store onto your iOS devise (phone or tablet). The iOS app will ONLY work with the ID-4100 radio. The app allows us to do instant messaging, send photographs, and even has a map included so we can see exactly where each other is physically located.

When is it: June 26, 2019.

Where is it: Reflector 055D.

What will be needed: An ICOM ID-31A, ID-51A PLUS, ID-51A PLUS2, ID-4100, ID-5100 or an IC-7100 radio. Some of the stations also use the DVAP or DV MEGA, and Raspberry Pi. The radio is connected to the app via the OPC-2350LU data cable. If the ID-4100 or the ID-5100 has the Bluetooth module installed, then the data cable is not needed. Connect the device via the Bluetooth.

What time: 7:30 PM MDT.

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

Questions and comments are always welcome and encouraged. Send an email to the address shown below.

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