Emergency Coordination

Emergency Coordinator Report ----- Emergency Coordinator's Page

Previous articles can be found under the "Emergency Coordination" link

File for download can be found at 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.

Questions and comments regarding the content of this web page and articles are always welcome and encouraged.

Send an email to the address shown below.

Lew Maxwell, KB5HPT

Amateur Radio Emergency Service

DEC, District 6, WTX Section

Email: 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)

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.

++++++WINLINK TUESDAY++++++

This net will run each Tuesday (except 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s) for 24 hours. Check in anytime during the 24 hour period. Address messages to Lew, KB5HPT, DEC, Dist.6, WTX Section and Jim, NE8U, Radio Operator, Dist. 6, WTX Section unless otherwise noted.

If you are an ARRL Field Appointee please use your Position/Title for the messages.

All others please use Radio Operator for your position/title.

The stations checking into this net are encouraged to use their ARES GO-BOX with the NVIS antenna. The use of EOC stations is also encouraged.

***Sending Messages***

The HF Mode of the week will be ARDOP Winlink or VARA HF Winlink. Please use the WA5TED RMS as primary target otherwise use best available. We would like to use all West Texas Section assets if possible. Use ARDOP P2P or VARA P2P on the frequency and time shown below.

***P2P HF***

My HF station and Jim, NE8U will be on the air from 8:30 AM through 10:30 AM (MST), for VARA HF P2P connections on center frequency 7.063.5 MHz with a dial frequency of 7.062.0 MHz. We will also be on 80m from 5 through 7 PM (MST) on 3595.0 MHz center frequency 3593.5 MHz dial frequency. On the 80m session we will be using 500 bandwidth. Tactical call signs are not permitted with the P2P mode.

***VHF/UHF***

[El Paso Locals] The VHF/UHF mode of the week will be Packet Winlink or VARA FM. Please use the KB5HPT-10 Packet RMS on 145.070 MHz or KB5HPT-10 VARA FM RMS on 439.010 MHz simplex as primary target.

***NOTE:***

MAKE SURE THAT THE REQUEST READ RECEIPT IS CHECKED AT THE TOP OF THE MESSAGE. DON'T FORGET TO MARK THE MESSAGE AS WINLINK MESSAGE, P2P WINLINK or RADIO-ONLY. TO GET CREDIT FOR THE NET ALL SENDERS MUST RECEIVE A MESSAGE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BACK.

***Form for the week of Jan. 18***

This week we will look at the Quick Health & Welfare - Status or Information Message also called Welfare Message. The Welfare Message is used to send information or a status report to family members or friends via Winlink E-Mail. This is an outbound message ONLY. No reply is processed. Note that at the bottom on the form the data can be saved. This type of message normally would only have a routine precedence.

The Welfare Message Form is locate in the Template Manager under the General tab. On the Winlink Express page click on MESSAGE at the top of the page then click on NEW MESSAGE, or click the NEW MESSAGE icon then click on Select Template. Expand the Standard Templates and scroll down to GENERAL Forms and expand that tab. Scroll down to Welfare Message.txt and double click it or highlight it and then click on SELECT at the top of the page. The form will open up in your browser.

When the form opens up fill in the boxes with the appropriate information. Follow the instructions in the blanks. Be sure to enter Exercise, Exercise before any comments in the Message box. When finished click on Save Quick H&W data or Submit then OK and close the browser window.

In the Enter a new message page be sure the Send As: box is correct. Be sure that the Request message receipt box is checked. In the To: box address the message to NE8U;KB5HPT. Please do not send two messages to me. Only send to KB5HPT or my tactical call sign TXEPCARESDEC. Click on Post to Outbox. Listen for a clear frequency and send the message.

***NOTE***

80m HF session from 1700hrs. to 1900hrs. (MST). We will using the 500Hz bandwidth NOT 2300Hz. On the Winlink Express page select VARA HF P2P (VARA HF Winlink) session window. Then Open a Session. To put VARA HF into 500Hz mode on the VARA HF Peer-to-Peer Session page (VARA HF Winlink page) click on SETTINGS then VARA TNC Setup. Change the Session Bandwidth to 500. Click UPDATE.

***NOTE***

In P2P mode even though you created one message and addressed it to two or more people when you post the message to the OUTBOX you will have two or more separate messages waiting to be sent. In P2P mode tactical address are not allowed.

Feel free to distribute this to other friends/groups and encourage then to participate in our Winlink Tuesday.


Lew Maxwell, KB5HPT

Amateur Radio Emergency Service

DEC, District 6, WTX Section

Tactical Address: TXEPCARESDEC

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

El Paso County ARES® (EPCARES) has immediate openings for communications teams in support for our local EMCOMM needs. The teams consist of two technician or above class operators (ARCT type 4). Must have mobile radios with antennas not mounted in the vehicle. See Amateur Radio Communications Teams (ARCT) below for more details. Then contact me at the email address shown below.

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 VARA FM.

b. Winlink 2000; HF Station capable of ARDOP HF, VARA HF.

c. Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System (NBEMS); VHF/HF Station

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.

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

Lew Maxwell, KB5HPT

Amateur Radio Emergency Service

DEC, District 6, WTX Section

Email: kb5hpt@arrl.net

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

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

++++++ 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

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

Amateur Radio Emergency Service

DEC, District 6, WTX Section

Email: kb5hpt@arrl.net