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

DEC, District 6 – Far West Texas

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.

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 the ARES GO-BOX with the NVIS antenna. We will allow the use of a home station while the Go Box is being put together. 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 will be on the air from 8:30 AM through 10:30 AM (MST) for ARDOP P2P, and 5 PM through 7 PM (MST) for VARA P2P each Tuesday.

The Center frequency is 7.063.50 MHz.

The VHF 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.

Connect using VHF Packet Winlink P2P or VARA FM P2P sessions on 145.650 MHz simplex. The time are the same as for the P2P HF times.

If all the above methods to check in fails, then use Telnet Winlink.

***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 OR P2P WINLINK. TO GET CREDIT FOR THE NET ALL SENDERS MUST RECEIVE A MESSAGE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BACK.

***Form of the Week for Nov. 24***

This week we will take a look at the Incident Status Report (SITREP) Form. The SITREP is found in the Template Manager. Click on New Message icon then Select Templates. Expand the Standard Templates. Scroll down to General Forms and expand that folder. Select Incident Status Report.txt. Either double click the form or highlight the form and click on SELECT at the top of the Template Manager page. The form will appear in your browser window.

Create a scenario and then make a report based on that scenario. Don't forget to enter the Setup Information found at the top left corner of the form.

When finished click on Submit then OK. Close the browser window.

In the Enter a New Message form in Winlink Express be sure the Send As block is correct. Address the message to KB5HPT, Post the message and send it.

Feel free to distribute this message to your friends/groups.

***Real Time Communications and Coordination***

If there is a question during the net, maybe something is not understood or a frequency needs to be changed here is a way to get the situation resolved.

***How to Load D-RATS***

1. Go to https://groups.io/g/d-rats/topics and join the group.

2. When approved click on the Files Tab on the left side of the page.

3. Click on D-RATS Program Files and select the latest version of D-RATS. The WIN XP also works on WIN10.

4. Download the file and install it. When the CONFIG page pops up fill in your Call Sign then click SAVE.

***How to Connect to the AE5HE Ratflector***

1. Click on File>>Preferences>>Radio.

2. Click ADD and in the ADD Port box give it a name of your choosing

a. TYPE is Network

b. Host Address is: ae5he.ham-radio-op.net

c. Port is 9000

d. Password leave blank

e. In the Radio page uncheck the ENABLE Boxes of the other Ratflectors that maybe checked.

3. We will hangout in the El Paso Chat Room.

a. In the Chat Pane. Click on Join Channel.

b. In the Join Channel Box enter El Paso then click OK.

c. At the bottom of the Chat Pane click on the #El_Paso tab. You are in the El Paso Chat Room.

4. To find the File Repository on the AE5HE RATflector follow these instructions.

a. In D-RATS click on the FILES TAB.

b. In the Station box click the drop-down arrow and select W5ELP

c. If W5ELP is not displayed in the Stations List hover the mouse over the Stations List area and right click. Select Ping All Stations.

d. With W5ELP selected click Connect.

e. When the files populate the box below select Winlink Tuesday.txt. There may be more than one file. Get all with that label.

f. Click Disconnect when finished.

g. To read the file go the the D-RATS Shared folder on your desktop and open the Winlink Tuesday Net file.

73,

Lew, KB5HPT

DEC, District 6, WTX Section

++++++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

DEC, District 6 – Far West Texas

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

DEC, District 6, WTX Section

Email: kb5hpt@arrl.net