Emergency Coordination

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

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

Files 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: ldmax12@yahoo.com

++++++ARES® Membership++++++

Qualifications for membership in El Paso County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (EPCARES) are as follows:

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:

++++++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***

Use VARA HF Winlink through a gateway or Telnet or VARA HF P2P. See below for VARA HF P2P information.

***VARA HF P2P***

My HF station will be listening to 7116.5 MHz center frequency, 7115.0 MHz (dial frequency). Bandwidth is 500Hz. 

***VHF/UHF***

[El Paso Locals] The VHF/UHF mode of the week will be VARA FM. Please use the 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 for week Jul 16***


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


This week we will look at the Radio Net Log. This log can be exported to a spreadsheet and then later reloaded into a new net log form. We have all filled out a net log at one time or another. It's straight forward.


This is a fillable log and is found in the Template Manager.  


1. Click on the MESSAGE>>NEW MESSAGE>>SELECT TEMPLATE>>EXPAND SELECT TEMPLATES>>GENERAL FORMS>>RADIO NET LOG.txt. Double click to select the form. The form will open up in your browser window.


2. At the top left of the form click on Setup and enter WINLINK TUESDAY EXERCISE. 


3. Box 1. Incident name: Enter Center City 4th of July Parade. 


4. Box 2a. Enter July 4, 2024 for the Operational Period in the From: and To: blocks.


5. Box 2b. enter 0800 for Time From: and 1200 in the Time To: block.


6. Box 3. Name /Position (NCS): Enter June Doe 


7. Box 4. Name/position (Backup): John Doe 


8a. First Data Line:

a. Call Sign: enter AA5AAA

b. Location or Tactical Call: enter Start line

c. Station Check in enter 0800

d. Comments: Start team in position.


8b. Second Data Line: 

a. Call Sign: enter AA5BBB

b. Location or Tactical Call: enter Logistics

c. Station Check in enter 0800

d. Comments: Logistics Team in position.


9. In the Sender's Comments or Additional Information Box: enter Exercise, Exercise. 


10. Don't forget to enter page 1 of Page 1 at the lower right corner of the form. 


11. You may save the data by clicking on the Save Form Data button or export the data to a spreadsheet by clicking on the Export Data to Spreadsheet Format button. 


12. Click on Submit then OK. Then close the browser window.


13. Back on the Enter a New Message page. Be sure the Send as: is correct.


14. Be sure the Request message receipt block is checked. 


15. In the To: block enter KB5HPT or my tactical call TXEPCARESDEC. 


16. Click on Post to Out Box. 


17. Listen for a clear frequency and send the message.


***NOTES***


P2P Information: ***(READ CAREFULLY)***   

On the Winlink Express page in the Open Session box select VARA HF P2P from the drop down menu. Then open the session. The morning 40 meter P2P session is from 8AM to 10AM (MDT). Lew, KB5HPT will be listening on 7116.5 MHz center frequency, 7115.0 MHz dial frequency. For the Mode use USB-D. Bandwidth= ***500Hz.*** 


In P2P mode even though you created one message and addressed it to two or more people when you post the message to the OUT BOX you will have two or more separate messages waiting to be sent.  


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


Go to https://www.hamradioelpaso.com/emergency-coordination for complete details on Winlink Tuesday.


Lew Maxwell, KB5HPT

Amateur Radio Emergency Service

DEC, District 6, WTX Section

Tactical Address: TXEPCARESDEC

TX. RACES: DRO-8A

++++++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 VARA HF, UHF/VHF station capable of VARA FM.

                        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).