Emergency Coordination

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

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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 and club stations are also encouraged.

***Sending Messages***

The HF Mode of the week will be VARA HF Winlink (USB-D). 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 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 (MDT), and I will be monitoring the 80 meter frequency 3595.0 MHz center frequency, 3593.5 MHz dial frequency bandwidth= 500Hz from 6-7 PM (MDT).

***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. WE ENCOURAGE THE USE OF RF UHF/VHF/HF RATHER THAN TELNET.


***Form of the week for Nov. 29***


Important! If the new message update or Winlink Express program update screen pops up when opening Winlink Express update them before beginning this exercise.


Read carefully.

This week we will take a look at the ARC 204, Work Assignment form. DO NOT CONFUSE THIS FORM WITH THE ICS USA 204. The ARC 204 is found in the Template Manager. Click on MESSAGE at the top of the page in Winlink Express and select New Message. Click on SELECT TEMPLATES on the Enter a New Message page that pops up. Expand the Standard Templates. Scroll down to ARC Forms and expand that folder. Double click the ARC 204 Work Assignment.txt form. The form will appear in your browser window.


The Incident Name is Winlink Tuesday Exercise. You are the Team Leader and the person preparing this form. Fill in all blanks as appropriate. Under NAMES fill in 2 other people besides yourself. Start any Special Instructions with Exercise, Exercise. When finished you can save the data then click on Submit then OK. Close the browser.


In the Enter a New Message page in Winlink Express be sure the Send As: block is correct. Be sure the Request Message Receipt box is checked. Address the message to NE8U;KB5HPT or my tactical address TXEPCARESDEC. In P2P mode tactical address are not allowed. Post the message to the outbox. Listen for a clear frequency and send the message.


***NOTES***

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.


P2P information:

On the Winlink Express page in the Open Session box select VARA HF P2P. Then open the session. The morning 40 meter session is from 8 AM to 10 AM (MST) on 7.063.5 center frequency, 7062.0 MHz dial frequency. For the Mode use USB-D. Bandwidth=2300 or 500 Hz. For those working I will be monitoring the 80 meter frequency 3595.0 MHz center frequency, 3593.5 MHz dial frequency bandwidth= 500Hz from 6-7 PM (MST).


Feel free to distribute this message to your friends/groups. They are invited to participate.


Lew Maxwell, KB5HPT

Amateur Radio Emergency Service

DEC, District 6, WTX Section

Tactical Address: TXEPCARESDEC

TX RACES: DRO-08-A

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

El Paso County ARES® (EPCARES) is seeking team members 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).