When to self ID

Riley Hollingsworth is the ARRL guy managing the Volunteer Monitor program and he has cleared up a few things about when you must self ID.

 

You must self ID once every 10 minutes if:

  1. You are using your own callsign
  2. You are using a club callsign, like W4CAE or K4EMD
  3. You are using a special event tactical callsign, like the ones used for Harbison 50K or Tour De Cure
  4. You are using an ARES/Auxcomm tactical callsign, Like LEX EOC or State EOC

Of course you will self ID sooner if the event coordinator directs you to. In some events you might be asked to self ID on every transmission you make. An example would be “Net Control LEX EOC message body goes here K4LLE

 

 

You must self ID every 60 minutes if:

1 You are using an FCC issued 1×1 special event callsign. An Example is K2L. It is also suggested that you instead of every 60 minutes you self ID every 30 minutes just to be on the safe side. You should always follow the direction of the event coordinator.

 

FCC article on FCC issued 1×1 callsign, CLICK

There is no need to say “for ID” just say your callsign

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Are you ready for Communications Duty ?

This one hour 22 minute video from the RATPAC Planning team is a must see for ARES and Skywarn volunteers.  All statewide emergency frequencies are listed in the tactical communications plan,  download it,  print it out,  keep it next to your radio.

 Click on the picture for the video.

Q&A starts at the 46 minute mark, some very good questions.

ARES Membership

Click here to find out how to join the ARES team

Also

Click on About US above to find out who the EC is for your county

Comm Academy 2021 Presentations

Just in case you missed it here is the complete list of Comm Academy presentations. Just CLICK here.

I recommend:  Pandemics and Power Outages – What next?
Presented by Brian Daly – ARRL Georgia Section, Technical Specialist

 

FEMA Webinar ARRL/ARES

FEMA conducted this very informative session on March 30 2021.  If you missed it you can watch it, they record all of them. But they told us it would take weeks to get the recording uploaded so you may have to check back a few times before it actually shows up. Click on the link,  scroll down and click on COMMUNICATIONS and it should be at the top of the list.

https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/individuals-communities/preparedness-webinars

Local ARES net menu tab

If you would like your ARES net added to this list please send an email to Pete K4LLE at pete.emmel.k4lle@gmail.com with all the info and I will get you on the list.

Field Guide for Handhelds (HT)

 

Everyone in Emergency Management should know about this book. Consider if

you are at a deployment and someone shows up with an HT that needs to be

programmed to be useful. But nobody is familiar with the HT and the

owner forgot how to program by the keyboard.

This book contains minimal keyboard programming info on 85 different

HT’s  It  isn’t a replacement for a nifty guide but does provide info on

frequency, offset, tone etc programming. Absolutely essential. We now

have a copy in the Aiken EOC trailer.

CLICK….Available on Amazon for $22.95

Dave, WB5NHL

South Carolina ARES Statewide HF Net

 

New time and frequency has been announced 3.990 at 6pm Tuesdays for the ARES HF net originating out of South Carolina. All are welcome. Check netlogger for the frequency just in case we moved.

In the case of an exercise or actual emergency the frequencies in the Tactical Communications Plan will be followed.

Site Update

 

Greetings fellow ARES Members,

We had an issue with the website today that was unexpected and we lost all of our backups. We will get the site back up shortly.

Thanks for your understanding.

Billy – k9oh