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


Statewide Full Scale Exercise 2021

2021 SC FSE Statewide COMMEX EXPlan DRAFT

Demonstrate the ability to pass traffic to the State EOC

Demonstrate the ability to use simplex

Demonstrate the ability to use all resources available.


You should be familiar with how to fill out:

(click on download tab above for fillable PDFs)

ICS-214 (activity log, the State EOC calls this the position log)

ICS-205 Communications log

ICS-213 general message

Contact your leadership team for more information or to volunteer. For ARES you can click on about us and scroll down for the EC in every county.

Winlink Vara FM P2P Challenge

Mission accomplished is this: Send a ICS-213 via Winlink operating in Vara FM peer to peer mode on a VHF frequency in simplex mode only with no telnet/internet station involved from the farthest point in SC to the state EOC.
We have the state exercise coming up on April 24 so that is the deadline to accomplish this task.
UPDATE 4/10/2021 
Mark KM4RK , AEC Dorchester is running Winlink Vara FM and will be available as the entry point for the  low country. We need a station in between to make the simplex trip to EMA 3 then we can do this.


Vara FM Stations menu tab added to the top menu so we can see who is participating


I just sent out an email asking for assistance from operators that are Winlink Vara FM P2P capable. This email went to all of the District Coordinators and every county EC, along with Officers from some of the clubs on the coast (if I could find your email address on QRZ). If you didn’t get it just drop me a message and I will resend it to you.


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.

ARES Membership

Click here to find out how to join the ARES team


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

Local ARES net menu tab

If you would like your ARES net added to this list please send an email to Pete K4LLE at 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 5pm 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