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 and club stations are also encouraged.

***Sending Messages***

The HF Mode of the week will be 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 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 from 6 PM to 7 PM (MDT) for VARA HF P2P connections on center frequency 7.063.5 MHz with a dial frequency of 7.062.0 MHz.

***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 Jun 28***


This week we will take a look at the Hospital Incident Command System Communications List (HICS-205A). The HICS 205A - Communications List provides information on all radio frequencies, telephone, and other communication assignments for each operational period. The HICS-205A is prepared by the Communications Leader (Comm-L) and given to the planning section chief to be added to the Incident Action Plan (IAP).


Click on New Message icon. Click on Select Templates. Expand the Standard Templates. Scroll down to HICS Forms and expand that folder. Then click on HICS205A.txt. Double click on the form. The form will appear in your browser window.


You can save the HTML data to a text file by clicking on the Save HICS205A Data button at the bottom of the form. Then later open a new HICS-205A and import the data by clicking on Load HICS205A Data button at the top of the form. When reloading the data into a new form the saved data can be edited to reflect any changes/updates that need to be made. Be sure to save the new data before sending the new form. Data from the HICS-205A can be imported from or exported to a spreadsheet.


The Incident Name for this exercise is "Winlink Tuesday Exercise". You are the Comm-L filling out this form. In block 2 the Operational Periods are 12 hours. In block 3 select Internal Contacts Only. Fill in all other blanks with the appropriate information. Fill in at least 3 lines of information. In the Special Instructions box start comments with EXERCISE, EXERCISE.


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. Be sure the Request message receipt box is checked. Address the message to NE8U;KB5HPT or use my tactical address, TXEPCARESDEC. Post the message to the Outbox. Listen for a clear frequency and send the messages. In P2P mode tactical address are not allowed.


+++NOTE+++

When sending to multiple stations in P2P mode notice that even though you created one message there will be multiple messages in the Outbox. Multiple sessions will have to be initiated to deliver them. In P2P mode tactical addresses are not allowed.


The 40m frequency is 7063.5 MHz center frequency, 7062.0 MHz dial frequency from 8:30am to 10:30am MDT. In the interest of those working I will be monitoring the 40m frequency from 1800 hrs. to 1900hrs MDT.


Feel free to distribute this message to friends/groups and ask them to participate.


Lew Maxwell, KB5HPT

Amateur Radio Emergency Service

DEC, District 6, WTX Section

Tactical Address: TXEPCARESDEC

++++++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).